Obituaries October 30, 2013

obit AllisonGeorge E. Allison

Commander George E. Allison, United States Navy retired, 88, beloved husband and father, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from a heart attack, in Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

He was born on October 8, 1925, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to Clyde and Hazel Allison.  On completion of high school he entered the V12 program and attended Missouri State Teachers College in Kansas, and the University of Southern California.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1959.  After flight training at Pensacola and Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, his first assignment was at Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

In 1948, he married Jan Blanchard of Newport.

Mr. Allison enjoyed an illustrious career as a Naval aviator, including duty as a flight desk officer on attack aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid (from 1959 to 1961) and executive officer of F8 (Crusader) squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia (from 1962 to 1964).  From 1964 to 1968, he served in the National Command Center in the Pentagon as area operations officer and briefer for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  And in 1968, he served as Naval representative to U.S. and NATO commanders, to the joint coordination center, Europe, outside London, England.  His last assignment was as assistant Naval representative NAVPRO at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.  After 31 years, he retired from the U.S. Navy.  After retirement, he worked for a short time as office manager for Children’s Eye Center.

He was committed to volunteer work and helping others. He spent many years volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Samaritan’s Suicide Prevention Hot Line, and the early efforts to restore the Connecticut River through the Connecticut River Recapture Project.  He was a devout and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 40 years, serving on various boards and participating in the church renovation.

He was a wonderful father to his two daughters, Lauren and Cynthia, and a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Jan.

In his early years, he enjoyed tennis, chess, driving his TR3 sports car, and in later years relished his summers at their cottage on Lake Memphremagog in Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughters Lauren Allison Fisher and her husband, Stephen, of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Cynthia Allison Miezis and her husband, Ron, and their children, Aleksandra and Grant, of Olney, Maryland; his sister Mary Hulbert of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; his niece Linda Tomkinson; and by his nephews: the Reverend David and Daniel Miller and their families.

Funeral services were held on October 28, in Vernon, Connecticut.  A private family interment will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Meadowlark Road, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

For online condolences and a guestbook, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com, or www.curtis-britch.com.

obit bemisGlendon Evart Bemis

Glendon Evart Bemis, 92, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

He had been visited by loved ones that day and shared some beautiful memories with his sons and family friends.

He was born on January 1, 1921, in Cavendish, to Harry and Ina Bemis.

He lived his life with a passion for the simple things.  He was of the last graduating class from Black River Academy, and was part of the junior league high school basketball champion team in 1938.  He joined the military by means of the Army shortly thereafter and was quickly sent to participate in World War II.  He returned home after the war and then married Constance Knudsen (Bemis) in 1962.

Of his greatest enjoyments in life that he shared with everyone he loved, his most enjoyed was trout fishing at one of his favorite places, Knapp Pond in Cavendish, and also Crystal Lake in Barton, where he spent 21 years living in his cabin on the lake.  He was also an avid partridge hunter and trapping enthusiast and imparted that passion on to his two sons and granddaughter alike.

He loved high school basketball (Indiana) and major league baseball as a St. Louis Cardinals fan since he was a child.

He saw the good in everyone and everything and was always welcomed with a smile from everyone he saw.  As a man of great strength and perseverance, he showed everyone what life is really about just by living it the way he saw fit and he enjoyed a wonderful long run on this earth.  He was and is an asset to his small family and we will miss him dearly day in and day out.

He is survived by his two sons:  Glendon Scott Bemis Jr. of Chester, and Shawn Bemis of Tyson; his granddaughter Meagan Cobleigh of Chester; his sister-in-law Helen Bemis of Rutland; and by his former wife Constance Bemis of Ludlow.

He was predeceased by his brother Wallace Bemis.

A graveside service was held on October 26, at the Cavendish cemetery.  A celebration of his life followed at American Legion Post #36 in Ludlow, of which he was a 60-year member, with military honors.

obit CadyFrancis “Frank” Charles Cady

Francis “Frank” Charles Cady, 72, of Hardwick died peacefully on October 25, 2013, at his home, in the care of Eric and Julie, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on July 15, 1942, in Woodbury, to Nellie (Richardson) and Cleon Cady Sr.

He was a logger during his lifetime.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, listening to country music, baseball, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children:  Duane Blair, David Cady, James Cady, Lisa Small, Julie Upton, Eric Cady, and Aaron Cady; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his mother Nellie Cady of Hardwick; his brother Richard Cady; his sisters:  Beverly Patrick and Lucille Foss; and by many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his son Francis Blair; and by his brothers:  Cleon Cady Jr., Raymond Cady, and Robert Cady.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, November 3, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, with Pastor Al Lamos officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on November 3, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Inc., 198 Demars Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit MarkwellFlorean R. Markwell

Florean R. Markwell, 83, of Derby died on October 23, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on August 28, 1930, in Canada, to Edward and Tessie (Gardyne) Washburn.  On July 29, 1950, she married Raymond Markwell, who survives her.

She was a member of the Baptist Church in Beebe, Quebec.  Her hobbies included cooking, doing puzzles, and she enjoyed going to church.  She liked to ride around the back roads in the area and she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was very close to her sister Esther.

She is survived by her children:  Norman Markwell of Newport, Catherine Bennett and her husband, Mike, of West Charleston, Diane Galeucia and her husband, Gordon, of Texas, Keith Markwell and his wife, Denise, of Derby, and Susan Humes of Newport; her grandchildren:  Leo, Tim, Anthony, Gloria, Andrew, Phillip and Sarah; and by nine great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Esther and her husband, Clarence, of Beebe.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Jennifer; two sons:  John and David; and by three sisters.

Funeral services were held on October 28, in Newport.  Interment followed in Griffin Cemetery in Griffin Corners, Quebec.

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

obit MarsdenPauline June Marsden

Pauline June Marsden, 72, of Island Pond died suddenly on October 23, 2013, in Morgan.

She was born on June 18, 1941, in Waltham, Massachusetts, to Steve and Marguerite (Hodsden) Fournier.  On June 28, 1955, she married Rodney Marsden, who predeceased her on June 30, 2004.

Her family was her life and she always enjoyed their visits.  She also enjoyed going to Foxwood and Mohegan casinos.  She liked to work in her garden, cook for family and friends, decorate her home, and more recently, travel with her companion, Dale Stewart.  She loved life and enjoyed helping the elderly and others in the community.

She is survived by her children:  Stephen Marsden and his wife, Chris, of Connecticut, Diana Marsden and Joseph Siok of Connecticut, Todd Marsden and his companion, Janice, of Connecticut, Mark Marsden of Vermont, Denise Marsden and her husband, Ron Pelletier, of Connecticut, Kimberly Burdo and her husband, Peter, of Missouri, and Cynthia Marsen and her fiancé, Tom Philipps, of Connecticut; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her sisters:  Beatrice Castrogiovani of Island Pond, and Lorraine Farley of Derby; her sister-in-law Priscilla Morin of Massachusetts; her companion Dale Stewart of Derry, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers:  Stan, Robert and Ted; and by her sister Mary Ellen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, October 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date at Lakeside 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 PerraultFrank A. Perrault

Frank A. Perrault of Westford died peacefully on October 22, 2013, at home, after a lengthy illness.

He was born on July 1, 1934, a son of Queen Allard and Albert Perrault of Newport.

During his childhood, he enjoyed playing board games and sports with friends.  Later in his teen years, he met the love of his life, Jan Langevin, who eventually became his wife of 59 years.  The couple spent their first two married years in Panama while Mr. Perrault served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.  Shortly after, he enrolled as an accounting major at the University of Vermont.

He spent his professional career as a comptroller serving higher education accounting and finance departments at Trinity College, St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont (UVM).  He later served as vice-president of finance/treasurer at McAuliffe’s Office Products, Vermont Copier, and Copytek, after he served as comptroller at House Mouse Designs.

Upon his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Perrault enjoyed a cross-country adventure trip.  Soon after, they spent over ten years in selfless devotion while caring for their elderly parents in their home.

Mr. Perrault was an avid New England Patriots, Red Sox, and UVM hockey fan.  He enjoyed sharing season tickets with his grandchildren.

Surviving family members include his loving and devoted wife, Jan; his son Kyle of Buena Vista, California; and his daughter and son-in-law, Candis and Don Kjelleren, of Charlotte.  His grandchildren include:  David, Jenna, Steven, Perry and Hayden Kjelleren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Constance Landry; and by his in-laws, Frank and Candis Langevin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  There will be no calling hours.

Those wishing to contribute in his memory may send donations to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

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

obit perryMark Noel Perry

Mark Noel Perry, 54, of Brownington died on October 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on November 13, 1958, in Newport, a son Noel and May (Folson) Perry.  He attended Lake Region Union High School and later worked for Ethan Allen as a machine operator for 37 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, walking, gardening with his beloved Sheila, and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a jack-of-all-trades, an exceptional mechanic and driver, and he also was a soccer coach for St. Paul’s School.

He was past president of the men’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #798, Knights of Columbus of Orleans, former Soap Box Director, and a member of the St. Paul’s School Board Fund-raising Committee.

Mr. Perry is survived by his children:  Miranda LaPierre of Callowhee, North Carolina, Nicholas Perry and his fiancée, Meagan Marsh, of Derby, and Benjamin Perry of Randolph; a grandson, Devon LaPierre; his mother May Fortin and her husband, Rene, of Holland; his fiancée Sheila McFarlane of Orleans; his brothers and sisters:  Noni Moore and her husband, Brian, of Brownington, Linda Perry and her friend, Bill Crowley, of Holland, Luke Perry and his wife, Trisha, of Newport, Dean Perry and his wife, Lindy, of Brownington, Rosa Hathaway and her husband, Rick, of Florida, Neal Perry and his wife, Rebekah, of Brownington, and Brian Perry and his friend, Candy Hansen, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; his numerous nieces and nephews; Sheila’s three sons:  Travis, Josh, and Joel; and he loved all the grandchildren:  Melody, Travis Jr., Braden, Mercedes, and Jonathon.

He was predeceased by his father Noel Perry on April 25, 1976.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Orleans.  Interment will take place at a later date at the Brownington Village Cemetery in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Soap Box Derby, care of Dr. Norman Turcotte, 45 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit prattMardy Pratt

Mardy Pratt of Johnson, formerly of Lowell, died on October 18, 2013, following a long illness.

He enjoyed fishing and camping with family, especially teaching his stepson Caleb how to fish.  He will be greatly missed.

He lived in Lowell from 2006 to 2012.

He leaves behind his fiancée Marcia Warner; his stepson Caleb Warner; and granddaughter Glycerine Ulendorff.  He also leaves behind a sister, Kelly Pratt, of Calais; and a brother, Robert Pratt, of Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also leaves his nieces and nephews, including Joshua, the oldest nephew who considered Mardy a father-figure.

The family will have a potluck on Saturday, November 2, at 12 p.m., at the Lowell Congregational Church, as a celebration of his life.

obit scelzaRichard J. Scelza

Richard J. Scelza, 60, of East Charleston, died peacefully, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on January 14, 1953, to the late Angelo “Bromo” and Jeanne (Marcotte) Scelza of White River Junction.

He was known for his artistry in stone masonry.  His talents will warm many homes for generations to come.

He was employed by Eagle Eye Farm, where he took his job to heart and thought of his co-workers and clients as part of his family.

Among his many talents and knowledge, he was a master at gardening and sugarmaking.  One could say he was a passionate sugarmaker.  His business was called Willoughby Lake Sugarmakers.  He enjoyed teaching the art of sugarmaking to his children and grandson Brendan.

He was a dedicated husband, father, brother, and grampy.

Brave is a word that best describes Richard.  He fought a tough battle with cancer and one thing was for sure, he did it his way.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; their son Scott Scelza and his wife, Cally Moulton, and their children, Brendan, Emma, and Gracie; his son Jeffrey Scelza and his fiancée, Jessica Welch, and their daughter, Allayna; his sister Carol and her husband, Greg Stevens, of Tunbridge; his brother Tom Scelza of Orleans; his sister-in-law Joan of White River Junction; his sister Mary Lou Scelza of White River Junction; and by his brother Michael of White River Junction.  He also leaves behind his aunt Connie Lenard of Windsor; his aunt Anna Scelza of North Hartland; along with many cousins, and his nieces and nephews who considered him their favorite uncle.  He will also be missed by his in-laws:  Rikki and Anthony Zarbo of Fenton, Missouri; and Debbie and Brian Yacks of New Baltimore, Michigan.  He also leaves behind many friends who knew him as R.J.

He was predeceased by his brother Gary of White River Junction.

There will be a gathering at the Westmore Town Hall in Westmore on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m.  The town hall is near Willoughby Lake, where he loved to be on his boat.  Please come share a story or two about him while we celebrate his life.

Albert Vaart

Albert Vaart died on October 26, 2013, at his home in Jay, just short of 96 years of age.

He was born on November 5, 1917, in Tartu, Estonia.

He had been a resident of the Northeast Kingdom since 1989, arriving from New Jersey soon after his retirement.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot for the Estonian Air Force and then the German Air Force on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.  He was shot down in February of 1945, but he parachuted to safety.  Badly injured, he was found by German forces and transported to a hospital near Munich.  Over many months, he was restored to health.

He emigrated to New York City in 1951, where he was reunited with his wife, Hedvig, and their young son, Andres, who had arrived in America the year before and whom he had not seen since Andres’ birthday late in 1944.

In New York City, Mr. Vaart went through a dozen years of night school, eventually earning a PhD in civil engineering.  He found work in the design and manufacture of paper goods, developing and deploying new computer design systems with the West Virginia Paper and Pulp Company.

His avocation and love was music.  In the New York City area, he sang in and led choirs in the Estonian community and in the Estonian Russian Orthodox Church.

After his retirement at 70, and widowed, he moved to the Northeast Kingdom, buying a home near Troy.  The location reminded him of his native Estonia, and he wanted to be near a flight school comrade living nearby in Canada.  Amazingly, Mr. Vaart returned to flight school in Newport.  At the age of 75, he soloed again for the first time since the war.

Helping him build his Vermont life was a local resident, Clemence Leblond, who had sold him his house near Troy.  The two developed a deep friendship and love.  Clem’s love and loyalty sustained Albert through numerous illnesses and the growing weakness of his later years.  They traveled together, ate together, and sang and played together at Albert’s electronic organ.

He left behind Clem and the many members of her family that supported the two — they were a second family to him.  Along with them, surviving are Andres and his wife, Tracy, of Reston, Virginia; and Albert’s grandson, Ryan, and his wife, Lynn, of Arlington, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 31, at 3 p.m., at the Brownington Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

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

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Obituaries October 23, 2013

obit campbellPhyllis W. Campbell

Phyllis W. Campbell, 86, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on Monday, October 7, 2013, at her home in Solomons, Maryland.

Born Phyllis Louise Wendling, on December 11, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from Lakewood High School and earned a BA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in classical piano.  She married Earl, a mechanical engineer for General Electric working in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1951.

The hard working, ambitious young couple settled in North East, Pennsylvania, where they physically built their own home with great pride.  After his job moved the family to Broomall, Pennsylvania, in 1967, she earned her master’s in library science from Villanova University while raising three teenagers.  Throughout the rest of her life, she enjoyed working as a librarian and archivist in many different settings.  In recent years, she worked at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Mrs. and Mr. Campbell retired in Newport to be near their daughter Jean’s family in 1987, after living in Burtonsville, Maryland, for seven years.  During the winters, they began spending time in Chesapeake Beach, near Carol’s family.  It was there that Mr. Campbell died in 1990.  For the next 20 years, Mrs. Campbell made annual winter visits to Maryland, joining and actively participating in the communities of both Newport and Chesapeake Beach.  While living in Newport, she sang in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church choir, was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, enjoyed Gourmet Bridge, volunteering in the school libraries that the grandchildren attended, and at the North Country Hospital library, participating in Community Circle trips, the Derby Stock Company, and the Ladies League at the Newport Country Club.  In 2010, she permanently relocated to the Asbury Community in Solomons.

While she loved her books, volunteering, gardening, and travel, her passion was music.  She spent her life playing classical piano, singing in choirs, attending concerts and shows, and performing in and supporting local theater.  Each member of her family felt surrounded by her love and support, and every community she lived in was enriched by her boundless energy, talents and passion for life.  She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters:  Jean Holcomb and her husband, Dr. James Holcomb, of Newport, and Carol Donovan and her husband, Fred, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and by her son Donald E. Campbell and his wife, Cynthia, of Chalfont, Pennsylvania.  She was incredibly proud of each of her eight grandchildren:  Sarah Summerton and her husband, Scott, Elizabeth Holcomb, James Holcomb and his wife, Summer, Meghan Holcomb, Rachel Holcomb, Kathryn Krische and her husband, Tom, Anne Donovan, and Ryan Earl Campbell; as well as by her great-grandsons:  Campbell and Jameson Summerton.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Earl D. Campbell; and by her brother Robert E. Wendling and his wife, Trudy.

A memorial Mass was held in Solomons, on October 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678.

Michael L. Daggett

 Michael L. Daggett, 64, of Holland died on October 17, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 31, 1949, in Holland, a son of Bernard and Gertrude (Tice) Daggett.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He formerly worked for the City of Newport, building the sidewalks around town with his polka dotted hat.

He is survived by his son John Daggett of Newport; his companion of 19 years, Rebecca Buchholz, of Holland; and her children:  Jessica and Veronica Mott of Newport; a sister, Alyce Daggett, and her daughter, Shelbi Favreau, of Newport; numerous grandchildren, to whom he was known as Grump and Papa Daggett; and also by his close friends:  Amy, Jennifer, and Ellie.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit DurocherAlfred A. Durocher

Alfred A. Durocher, 50, of Coventry died on October 14, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on January 13, 1963, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a son of Alfred and Juliette (Arel) Durocher.  On December 24, 1995, he married Pamela Beaumont, who survives him.

Mr. Durocher was a truck driver for Dan St. Onge Trucking for eight years.  He enjoyed watching sports, especially football on television, going to the barn with his brother-in-law Darryl to help with the chores, and also going with him to farm auctions, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Durocher of Coventry; his two children:  Pauline Beaumont and her boyfriend, Mike Hale, of Coventry, and Michael Durocher and his girlfriend, Aubrey Keith, of Derby; three grandchildren:  Dylan and Juliette Perkins of Coventry, and Dakota Durocher of Derby; a mother-in-law, Sylvia Beaumont, of Coventry; his nephew James Vigeant and his wife, Chelsie, of Northfield; two brothers-in-law:  Darryl Beaumont and his wife, April, of Coventry, and Todd Beaumont of Coventry; his sister-in-law Dolores Mckinney and her husband, Greg, of New York; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Juliette Durocher; a sister, Claudette Lauzon; a brother-in-law, Albert Lauzon; and by his father-in-law Louis Beaumont Jr.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin, 88, formerly of Howe Village, Massachusetts, died on September 27, 2013, at Quaboag Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

She was the wife of Leo Fortin, who died in 1984.

Born in Irasburg, she was the daughter of Ulderic and Dorilla (Herbert) Girouard.

She was a printing clerk for Aucoin Printing in Spencer, Massachusetts, for 25 years, retiring in 2008.

She was a member of the Former St. Mary’s Church where she was a member of its St. Anne’s Sodality and Women’s Guild.

She enjoyed bingo, trips to the casino, crocheting, knitting and dancing.

She leaves two sons:  Robert L. Fortin and his wife, Jeanne, of Milford, Massachusetts, and Philip G. Fortin and his wife, Annette, of West Brookfield; four daughters:  Candy O. Donohue and her husband, James, of Spencer, Yvette R. Durell and her husband, Douglas Sherwin, of Westminster, Linda S. Worthington and her partner, Mark Sablack, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and Lisa E. Lapierre and her husband, Peter, of Spencer; her sister Rose Desmarais of Orleans; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on September 30.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary, Queen of the Rosary Food Pantry, 60 Maple Street, Spencer, Massachusetts, 01562.  www.morin-morrison.com.

obit lontineRoland W. “Red” Lontine

Roland W. “Red” Lontine Sr., 84, of Newport, died on October 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 6, 1929, in Newport, a son of Joseph Alexander and Florence (Marandola) Lontine.  In 1952 he married his first wife, Velma “Peggy” Levick, who predeceased him in 1974.  In 1982 he married Dorothy Herman, who predeceased him in 2012.

Mr. Lontine was a carpenter for Larry Rivard and helped build Johnson State College.  He also worked for the city of Newport’s maintenance department for 14 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He also enjoyed mechanic work, horseshoes, and loved his family and grandkids.

He is survived by his children:  Richard Lontine of Berkshire, Paul Lontine and his fiancé, Sonya, of Lowell, Bruce Lontine and his wife, Brenda, of Barton, Robert Lontine and his wife, Sharon, of St. Albans, Lynn Lontine of Derby, Steven Lontine of Newport, and Roland W. Lontine Jr. and his fiancé, Dale Barratt, of Sheldon; by 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters:  Isabelle Holmes of North Troy, Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Lawrence Lantagne and his friend, Alice Coderre, of Newport, Bud Lontine and his wife, Janice, of Newport, and Ann Hansen and her husband, James, of Newport; his stepchildren:  Shirley Lague and her husband, George, of Derby, Barbara Hammond and her husband, Eric, of Derby, William Emerson of Orleans, Beverly Coffey and her husband, John, of Ontario, Canada, Wayne Emerson and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, Deborah McTheeny and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Nancy Dewing and her husband, Brian, of Coventry; his 19 stepgrandchildren; his 27 stepgreat-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa St. Francis, in 2000; two brothers:  Donald and David Lantagne; daughter-in-law Donna Lontine; and by a nephew, Alan Jacobs.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, at 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call on Thursday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport following the funeral.

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

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

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Obituaries October 16, 2013

Burton A. Baraw

Burton A. Baraw, 78, of Newport Center died on October 11, 2013, in Newport Center.

He was born on September 29, 1935, in Holland, a son of Joshua and Rosie (McKinney) Baraw.  He married Lillian Pope, who predeceased him.

He enjoyed his work as a mechanic for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He is survived by his children:  Jackie Arel and her husband, Chuck, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Judy Cornell of Newport Center, Steve Baraw of North Troy, Tim Baraw of Newport Center, and Penny Coe and her husband, Gary, of Newport Center; his 20 grandchildren; his brother David Baraw, and his wife, Joyce, of Newport Center; his two sisters:  Ruth Santaw and her husband, Dale, of Derby, and Irene Farrar of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Lillian Baraw, and by his stepson Gary Sheltra.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital renal dialysis unit, care of Wendy Franklin, Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 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 LamereDorothy E. Lamere

Dorothy E. Lamere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on October 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1919, in Coventry, to Harold and Etta (Bowley) Griffin.  She graduated from West Charleston High School in the Class of 1936.  On August 11, 1941, she married Walter J. Lamere, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Lamere was an office clerk and cashier for the Grand Union in Morrisville, Essex and Middlebury.

Her hobbies included playing bridge, cribbage, cooking, crocheting, knitting, and she was an avid Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her children:  Phyllis Robinson of Mt. Laguna, California, Richard “Skip” Lamere and his wife, Joan, of Waterbury Center, Walter E. Lamere of West Burke, and Jeannine Kneeland of Burlington; her grandchildren:  Kelly Stallings and her husband, Eric, of Manchester, Massachusetts, Jason Kneeland and his wife, Liz, of Fairfax, Virginia, Torrey Gallagher and her husband, Paul, of Quechee, and Jared Lamere and his wife, Anne, of East Montpelier; her seven great-grandchildren:  Andrew and Jacob Kneeland, Liam, Nara, and Tavi Gallagher, and Jackson and Austin Lamere; her sister Phyllis Russell-Goss of Orleans; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald, Dean, and Francis; her sons-in-law:  Roland Robinson, and James D. Kneeland; and by her daughter-in-law Nancy Lamere.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 17, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

obit pepyneEdward Walter Pepyne Sr.

Edward Walter Pepyne Sr., 87, of Derby and Ashfield, Massachusetts, died on October 4, 2013, in Derby.

Born December 27, 1925, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the only child of Walter Henry and Francis A. (Carroll) Pepyne.

Lawyer, psychologist, and educator, he received his BA from American International College in Springfield in 1948, his MS from the University of Massachusetts in 1951, his professional diplomas from New York University in 1955 and the University of Connecticut in 1964, his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1968, and his J.D. from Western New England College in 1978.

As an educator, Dr. Pepyne was a public school teacher in Hardwick and West Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1948 to 1953; an instructor in the School of Education at New York University from 1952 to 1954; superintendent of schools on Block Island, Rhode Island, from 1954 to 1956; assistant professor of education at Michigan State University from 1956 to 1958; and director of pupil services in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, from 1958 to 1962, and Chicopee, Massachusetts, from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968, Dr. Pepyne began teaching in the College of Education at the University of Hartford, where he retired as professor and division director in 1985.

A licensed psychologist, he served as psychological examiner for the Norwalk, Connecticut Board of Education from 1964 to 1965, and hearing officer for the Connecticut State Board of Education, adjudicating issues related to the education of children with disabilities, from 1980 to 1999.

A member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals — First Circuit, U.S. District Court — Massachusetts District, U.S. Tax Court, and the Vermont Bar, Attorney Pepyne operated a general practice law office from his homes in Ashfield from 1980 to 1999, and in Derby from 2004 to 2005.

An early proponent of high school driver education, Dr. Pepyne was co-author of Better Driving (1958); associate editor of Highway Safety and Driver Education (1954); chairman of the editorial committee for Man and the Motor Car (fifth edition, 1945); and he made driver training films as an educational program consultant for Aetna Life & Casualty Co., in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1962 to 1974.

He was active in numerous professional, governmental, and civic organizations including the Massachusetts, Vermont, and Franklin County (Massachusetts) bar associations; the Connecticut Consortium on Law Related Education; the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association; the American Psychological Association; and the New England Educational Research Organization.  He served as chairman of the planning board, from 1979 to 1983, and town moderator, from 1980 to 1981, for the town of Ashfield; town counsel for Charlemont, Massachusetts, from 1983 to 1984; a member of the judiciary nominating council, Western Regional Committee, from 1993 to 1999; and a member of the Mohawk Trail Regional, in Massachusetts, school committee from 1999 to 2000.  He was a member of the Mt. Tom and Franklin County amateur radio associations, the program chairman of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from 2006 to 2007, and a long time member of the Elks, Kiwanis (serving as Division 12, Lieutenant Governor from 1991 to 1992), Masons, Shriners, and Phi Delta Kappa.

His story telling and sense of humor will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, of Derby; his nine children:  Deborah Daniels, Edward Jr., Susan Bressette, Byron, Shari Phillips, Randy Parker, David, Allison Millett, and Jennifer Code; his 15 grandchildren; and by his four great-grandchildren.

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 RobinsonPeter A. Robinson

Peter A. Robinson, 78, of Barton, formerly of Newport, died on October 12, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on May 24, 1935, in New York City, to Curtis and Mary (Sears) Robinson.

He graduated from Black River High School in Ludlow, and attended the University of Vermont, where he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball with the #8 jersey.  He moved to Newport in 1967 to become Newport’s city manager, a position he held for 22 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, the Newport Rotary Club, the Black River-Lafayette Lodge #85 Free and Accepted Masons, and the Newport Country Club.

He later took up the game of golf and enjoyed playing it at the Newport Country Club.

He is survived by his children:  Glenda Garrow and her husband, Brent, of Enosburg, and Judy Robinson of Derby.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Kristopher and his wife, Nicky, Peter and his fiancée, Lisa, Curtis, Steven, Jocelyn and her fiancé, Stuart, and Tyler; his great-grandchildren:  Mason and Cyrus; and by his half-brother David Carlsen of Colorado.

He was predeceased by his daughter Patti Robinson Guyette.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., on Thursday, October 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Stetson officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 17, from 4 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activities 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 SouliereAime Roger Souliere

 Aime Roger Souliere, 57, of Newport died on October 10, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on December 20, 1955, in Newport, to Maurice Roger and Pauline (Binnette) Souliere.  He attended North Country Union High School in Newport.

Aime was a meat cutter for the former Memphremagog Meats with his father and step-mother Bettie, and with R.J.’s Friendly Market in Newport.  He also cut meat for many outdoorsmen.

He loved spending time with his son Caleb, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, being outside and hanging with his friends.  He was a member of the Walleye Association and a former member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his son Caleb Souliere of Newport; his stepsons:  Troy Chapman of Virginia, and Travis Chapman of Burke; his step-mother Bettie Souliere of Derby; his brothers:  Dan Souliere of Derby, Brian and Dalton Souliere and Apopka of Portland, Oregon, Paul “Chipper” Souliere of Louisville, Colorado, and Jeff Souliere of Florida; his sister Sharon Smith of Derby; several nieces and nephews; and by a dear friend, Amanda Jensen, of Coventry.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Jennifer Souliere.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 16, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to the Passumpsic Savings Bank, for the Caleb Souliere Education Fund, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Leo R. Spaulding

Leo R. Spaulding, 73, of West Charleston died on October 8, 2013, in Rutland.

He was born on February 25, 1940, in West Charleston to James and Jessie (Wilson) Spaulding.

He attended schools in Charleston and was a truck driver for West Charleston for many years.  He was an outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed watching deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife on and near his home.  He also loved his dog Penny very much.  Penny was his loyal companion throughout the years.

He is survived by his siblings:  Rose S. Flanders and Avis Rogers, both of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Beverly Spaulding of West Charleston; his nieces and nephews:  Huey Flanders and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Rose Dutil and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Dana Blanchard of Newport, Brenda Mannino and her husband, Len, of Wells, Maine, Duane Spaulding of East Fairfield, Donna Rogers of West Charleston, and Shirley Davis and her husband, Rod, of Derby; and by several great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Jessie Spaulding; his brothers:  Milton and Alton Spaulding; his sister Elva Blanchard; and by his brother-in-law Ted Flanders.

A private graveside service will be held at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Our House, 48 South Main Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701; 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 October 9, 2013

Joan Carolyn Armstrong

Joan Carolyn Armstrong, 72, died on August 22, 2011, in Marysville, Washington.

She was born on May 18, 1939, in Troy.  She was the daughter of Orfice C. Armstrong and Gertrude M. Reed.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse for many years in Vermont and California.  She later went back to school and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She is survived by her sister Jean Tousant and her husband, Gordon; and by her six children:  Kim Cota-Anderson and her husband, Jeff, of Marysville, Keenan Cota of Milton, Sherry Cota and Sheryl Cota of Burlington, Pamela Cota of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Archie Cota of Montgomery; and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will return to Vermont and be laid to rest with her parents on October 11, at 1 p.m., at the Troy Village Cemetery in Troy.

 

obit CollinsReginald L. Collins

Reginald L. Collins, 52, of Brownington died suddenly on October 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 23, 1961, in Newport, to Raymond and Berdina (Scott) Collins.  On July 4, 1988, he married the love of his life, Deborah Hackett, who survives him.

He was employed by Newport Furniture Parts in Newport.

He and his wife enjoyed hunting and fishing together and going to the family camp in Lowell.  They entered cars together at the demo derby at the Barton fair.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, #48 Jimmy Johnson.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Collins of Brownington; his children:  Reginald Collins Jr. and his companion, Cassandra Wheeler, of Brownington, Travis Collins and his wife, Jaime, of Barton, Melissa Chapple and her husband, Justin, of New Hampshire, and Nicole Jankowski of Massachusetts; his parents:  Raymond and Berdina Collins of Brownington; his grandchildren:  Mason, Carter, and Jarret Chapple, all of New Hampshire, and Olivia Collins of Barton; his siblings:  Douglas Collins and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, Mark Collins of Newport, and Lori Collins of Derby; his mother-in-law Ann Hackett of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law Charles Hackett Sr.

Friends and family are invited to a potluck in his memory at his parent’s place, Raymond and Berdina Collins’ home in Brownington, on Route 5A, on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Deborah Collins, 2951 Willoughby Lake Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

 

obit deyoEleanor Deyo

Eleanor J. Deyo, 93, a former resident of Brattleboro, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in the comfort of her son Marvin’s home in Sheffield, where she had been living since August.

Mrs. Deyo was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1920, the daughter of Ernest and Vera (Lee) Green.  She was raised and educated in Orleans, and had attended Orleans High School.

With her husband, she owned and operated several restaurants in the area that included the former A&W Rootbeer on Putney Road, the former Harmony Café on Elliot Street, and the former Vermont Chef in Wilmington, which the couple operated seasonally during the winter months.  Additionally, the Deyos owned the former Puritan Diner in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  During World War II, she had been employed at the former Estey Organ Company.

She was a very colorful person who loved dressing up and decorating for every holiday.  She loved dancing and was known to be out every Saturday night kicking up her heels.  She really enjoyed going out to breakfast with her friends at Walmart and McDonalds.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband Harry.  She was also known for her excellent cooking.

She was an active volunteer for several years at the Brattleboro Senior Center until the age of 90 and was a life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5.

With her husband she had attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

On November 16, 1940, in Brattleboro, she was married to Harry N. Deyo, who predeceased her on June 21, 1995.

Survivors include three sons:  Norman and his wife, Kaye Deyo, of Boise, Idaho, Michael and his wife, Mary Deyo, of East Dorset, and Marvin Deyo and his partner, Lucille, of Sheffield; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by one son, Malvin Deyo, who was Marvin’s twin; two sisters:  Marion and Elizabeth; and by two brothers:  Harold (Zeke) and Harry Green.

In accordance with Mrs. Deyo’s final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled.

Interment will take place in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Brattleboro, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence, please visit www.atamaniuk.com.

 

Lawrence E. Gallant

Lawrence E. Gallant, 89, of Hyde Park died on September 28, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

He was a former resident of Barton.  He was born in Newark, and was the postmaster at Derby Line for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean MacDonald Gallant; two daughters:  Jan Kuhn and Jill Jupen; three grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

 

obit PerryLeon Andre Perry

Leon Andre Perry, 74, of Brownington died peacefully on October 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1939, in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.  On August 9, 1986, he married Mary E. Carpenter, who survives him.

He was a longtime farmer of the Stone House Farm in Brownington.  He was a lifetime lover of animals big and small, including nationally recognized Ayrshire and Guernsey cows, which earned him recognition in the hall of fame at the Vermont Eastern States Exposition building.  From his champion bull merit “Noble Boss” to his varied breeds of show chickens and registered collies, he very much enjoyed showing and judging cattle.

After farming he pursued a longtime interest in antiques — perhaps his favorites were his Sawyer prints and hens on a nest.  He could often be seen at various flea markets looking to buy, sell, swap or just tell a joke.

He is survived by his wife Mary Perry of Brownington; his children:  Kathy and Stan Robinson, Gina and Steve Gracie, and Steve and Tammy Mitchell; his siblings:  Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Claire Lyon of Brownington, and Loretta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who fondly referred to him as “Uncle Leon” and “Grandpa Leon”; and by his brother-in-law Raymond Darling of Barton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ezekiel and Cecile Perry; his sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Darling; and by his brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis Perry.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, October 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 10, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair, “The Children’s Room,” P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

obit RoyerVirginia Theresa Royer

Virginia Theresa Royer died on October 3, 2013, at her home in Newport Center.

She was married for 65 years to Ernest Royer, who predeceased her on July 12, 2013.

She loved spending time with family and grandkids, playing with her poodle, Missy, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, gardening, and cutting firewood with her husband.  For many years, they farmed in Coventry and then built a garage where Mr. Royer repaired vehicles and Mrs. Royer did the bookkeeping.

After selling to their son, Larry, they were a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county delivering firewood as their idea of retirement.  In her younger years, she worked at both the Governor Prouty Inn and the Valley House in Orleans as a housekeeper and cook.

She is survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; her two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Paquette and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; her grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, Melissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, and Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee; her great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy and her husband, Dan, Larry III, Amanda and her fiancé, Sebastian Lyonnais, Isaac, James and his fiancée, Michelle, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, and Erika; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; a brother, Robert Limlaw, and his wife, Betty; her three sisters:  Christina Williams, Marion Corbitt and her companion, Roger Fournier, and Marilyn Gray and her husband, Brian; her brothers-in-law:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Royer; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; her brothers:  Gardner, David, and Walter Limlaw; and by her daughter-in-law Martha Royer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow at the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, 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 spatesWilliam “Bill” F. Spates

William “Bill” F. Spates, 67, of Lynn, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Hilda L. (Riley) Spates, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates.  He was raised in Newport, attended Newport schools, and was a graduate of the former Cambridge Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He made his residence in Lynn for 48 years.

He served as a lieutenant for 12 years in the Army National Guard.  Together with his wife and three sons, they owned Bass Associates Inc., supplying commercial construction companies with architectural metals.  He was a member of East Baptist Church in Lynn, and was also a member of Gannon Golf Club.  He was an avid hunter and golfer, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family.

He was a guy who lived life to the fullest.  He always had a broad smile, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a good word.  He loved his children and his grandchildren beyond reason.

He had a gift for always building up the underdog.  And the only time he looked down at someone, was to give them a hand up.  He wanted you to always look up for your help, and would never mind raising a cold one in his honor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons:  Adam M. Spates and his wife, Maria Boverini, of Lynn, Sean D. Spates and his wife, Amy, of Lynn, and Graham C. Spates and his wife, Elyse, of Lynn; his five grandchildren:  MacKenzie, Christian, Jack, Sydney and Collin Spates, all of Lynn; his two sisters:  Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida; one brother, Douglas Spates, and his wife, Vivian, of Derby; one sister-in-law, Robin Bradley, and her husband, Kevin, of Lynn; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Frank Spates Jr.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m., from the Solimine, Landergan And Richardson Funeral Home, at 426 Broadway (Route 129), in Lynn, followed by a funeral service in East Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are Friday, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations are preferred to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in honor of Dr. David Steensma, Dr. John Koreth, Sarah Cahill, Melissa Houston, Mary Delaney and “The Gang,” 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

Directions and a guestbook may be found at www.solimine.com.

 

Sandra L. Wells

Sandra L. Wells, 54, of Irasburg died suddenly, at her home, on October 1, 2013.

She was born on March 10, 1959, to Donald and Margurite (Soraghan) Wells.

She loved running her own yard sales, loved her seven cats and loved her home.  She will be remembered for her big heart.

She is survived by her loving companion Elias Richard Green of Irasburg; her siblings:  Steven Wells of Franconia, New Hampshire, and Sharon Doyle of Weymouth, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on October 5, at her home in Irasburg.

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

 

obit WilleyPaitlynn Harley Willey

Paitlynn Harley Willey, beloved infant daughter of Amy LePage and Jedd Willey, died on September 30, 2013.

She was born on September 11, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents, Amy LePage and Jedd Willey of North Troy; her siblings:  Brooke and Fawn Roberge; her maternal grandparents:  Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy, and Robert and Lori LePage of Derby; her paternal grandmother Melanie Willey of Jay, her paternal great-grandmother Helen Corey of Texas; her maternal great-grandparents:  Alfred and Shirley Santaw of North Troy, and Robert and Carole Flystra of Wayne, Maine; her maternal great-great-grandmother Norma Demers of Newport Center; her aunts and uncles:  Wayne LePage of Newport, Nicholas LePage of Derby, Brent McClure and Sasha Prue of Newport Center, Max Bly and Sarah Lang of Newport, and Jessica Bly of Massachusetts; her great-aunt and uncle, Kathy and Shelly Sheltra of Newport Center; and by her cousins:  Kayanna McClure, Joseph and Justin Turcotte, Kallie and Jalen Rojas both of Massachusetts, and Brianna Bly of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandfather George Willey; and by her great-great-grandfather Paul Demers.

A graveside service was held on October 7, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American S.I.D.S. Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110.

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

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Obituaries September 25, 2013

Edward Coldren Bechtel

Edward Coldren Bechtel, 91, of Essex Junction died on August 22, 2013, at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.

He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1921, the son of Floyd and Helen (Coldren) Bechtel.

He graduated from Reading High School.  He enlisted in the army during World War II and served in the First Special Service Force and then the 82nd Airborne.  He met his wife, Theresa Bessette, when he was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen for training, and they married in 1946 and moved to Essex Junction in 1950.  He retired from the John Hancock Insurance Company.

He loved barbershop singing and was a longtime member of the Green Mountain Chorus and many barbershop quartets.  He was also a proud member of the VFW.

He is survived by his children:  Kathryn Converse and husband, David, of Newport, Carol Hathaway and her husband, Donald, of Essex Junction, Christina Gonillo and her husband, Joe, of Essex Junction, and Henry Bechtel and his wife, Sandy, of Colchester; his daughter-in-law Randy-Kay Lavalley of Burlington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and by eight nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by Theresa, his wife of 65 years; his son Charles Edward Bechtel; and his sister Mary Gallagher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex Junction.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Hall Rebuilding Fund, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452; or to Essex Rescue Inc., 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

obit DavisRita Davis

Rita Davis, 67, of Craftsbury died on September 20, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 24, 1946, in Hardwick, a daughter of Emile and Jeanne d’ Arc (Bellavance) Dufresne.

She was raised in Glover and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964.  In her earlier years, she worked for National Life.  On April 1, 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, Ross Davis, after he returned from Vietnam.  Mr. and Mrs. Davis have resided in Craftsbury since 1968, where she was a stay-at-home mom and babysitter for many youngsters until being elected town treasurer in 1977.  She was also elected the Craftsbury town clerk in 1983, and held those positions until 1987, when she went to work for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, retiring from there in 2011 as their business manager.  Mrs. Davis held several positions as alumni association treasurer, Craftsbury trustee of public funds, Craftsbury Academy trustee and treasurer, Craftsbury selectman, and secretary and treasurer of the Salvation Army.  In 2004, she was honored by receiving the Craftsbury Academy Alumni Award.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and an honorary member of the Craftsbury Academy National Honor Society.

Her hobbies included knitting, her flower gardens, watching and feeding hummingbirds, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived her husband Ross Davis of Craftsbury; her two children:  Lynn Paradis and her husband, Ronald, of Franklin, and LTC Stephen Davis and his wife, Michele, currently stationed in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania; her grandchildren:  Cody Paradis, Brian Paradis, Catherine Paradis, Brandi Paradis, Andrew Davis, Madison Davis, Sydney Durbin and her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Harlynn and Cecelia; her sisters:  Lorraine Tolman and her husband, Harold, Doris Voyer and her husband, Roland, Jeannine Young and her husband, Joseph, and Diane Leslie and her husband, Wallace; her brothers:  Leonel and his wife, Debbie, Lucien and his wife, Sandy, and Roger and his wife, Michelle; and by extended aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her loving parents as well as by her in-laws:  Malcolm and Catherine Davis; her sister Pauline Smith; and by her sister-in-law Paula Dufresne.

Funeral services were held on September 24, in Hardwick, with the Reverend Francis Prive celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Rita Davis Scholarship Fund, Craftsbury Schools, 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.

Marjory “Dede” Glenn

Marjory “Dede” Glenn of Island Pond died on September 20, 2013.

She was born on May 13, 1922.

She leaves a sister, Virginia; her children:  Gregory, Bonnie, Robert, Bruce and Tim; and her grandchildren:  Heather, Kevin and Katherine.

Her family and friends mourn because they miss her, but they rejoice that she is now at home with Jesus.

obit MontminyForrest J. Montminy

Forrest J. Montminy, 76, of Barton died peacefully on September 20, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 14, 1937, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He worked throughout his life at various plumbing businesses in the Northeast Kingdom.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR on television, and attending races at Loudon, New Hampshire.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his children:  Kathy Mensalvas and her husband, Andy, of Oahu, Hawaii, Terri Gay and her husband, Ronnie, of Woodbine, Georgia, Forrest Montminy Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Oregon City, Oregon, Carol Krohn of Sandy, Oregon, and Randy Montminy and his wife, Shelley, of Tuscon, Arizona; his grandchildren:  Leegabe, Kala, Alyssa, Travis, Brandon, Brittany, Alex, and Nicholas; his four great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Roy Montminy of Enfield, Connecticut, Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Windsor, Connecticut, Cecile Brown and her husband, Dick, of Hardyville, Virginia, and Bruce Montminy of Brandon; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Montminy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #76, P.O. Box 92, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Meals on Wheels, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 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 stevensClinton G. Stevens

Clinton G. Stevens, 70, of Barton died peacefully on September 21, 2013, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1942, in Stowe, to Howard and Eliza (Patch) Stevens.  On July 26, 2003, he married Marion Hilliker, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He worked as a crane operator for Winterset and has been disabled for the past 18 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He enjoyed hunting at his camp in Craftsbury for many years.  He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, and he liked the Yankees and Cowboys, and Mark Martin was his favorite NASCAR driver.  His hobbies also included playing cards, camping with his camper, and clown ministry.  He loved spending time with his family and he was loved by all.

He is survived by his wife Marion Stevens of Barton; his children:  Wendy Stevens of Pennsylvania, Cindy Morris and her husband, Bryan, of Virginia, Clinton J. Stevens of Lyndonville, Josiah Stevens of Lyndonville, Bradley Urie and his wife, Chastety, of West Glover, Amy Giroux and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Amanda Aiken and her husband, Tim, of Glover, Michael Hooper and his wife, Kimberly, of Johnson, Steven Hooper of New York, and Jason Hooper of Burlington; his many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his brother Bertram Stevens of Texas; his nieces and nephews, and a special niece, Nancy Hale, and her husband, Dave, of Essex; and by his mother-in-law Gabrielle Hilliker of Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on September 25, from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Project Matter, 25:40, Church of God, P.O. Box 245, 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 September 18, 2013

obit wheelerPauline (Simino) Wheeler

Pauline M. (Simino) Wheeler, 81, of Newport died on September 12, 2013, in Newport, a day after her birthday.  Her death comes after a few months of failing health following hip replacement surgery.

She was born in Irasburg on September 11, 1932, to Earl and Molly (Howell) Simino.  In her early years, she worked at Jay’s Snack Bar in Derby.  Memories created there lasted her a lifetime.  One of her most endearing memories that arose out of time at the snack bar was meeting a Newport boy named Wayne Wheeler in 1958.  They married on June 20, 1959.  Together they raised three sons and operated the Antenna Man, installing thousands of rooftop and satellite antennas during more than half a century of business.

Mrs. Wheeler took great pride in her role of wife and mother, but her greatest and most cherished role was that of grandmother — to both two-legged and four-legged grandchildren.  She gave her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren, unconditional love.  She and her husband traveled near and far to attend their school and sporting events.  They also enjoyed numerous trips with Community Circle.

Gifted with a dry, Vermont wit and a quiet wisdom, she raised three sons, seldom raising her voice.

Although she never had a daughter of her own, she always treated her sons’ wives or partners as if they were her own daughters.  She found a daughter in her only granddaughter, Emily, her partner in mischief and misadventures.

Having been dealt a bad hand at a young age, she had every reason to be a bitter woman, but she wasn’t.  She found the best in everything and everybody.

While working in Massachusetts, her father met, fell in love, and married a young woman named Molly.  She was working there to send money back to her family in Newfoundland.  After Earl and Molly married, they moved back to Earl’s hometown of Irasburg.  The couple had three children:  John, Elizabeth (Scott), and Pauline,the youngest.  However, the love affair between this young Vermonter and the young woman from Newfoundland was short-lived.  Molly died on June 2, 1937, during a tuberculosis outbreak.  Pauline, who was four years old at the time, was left with no memories of her mother.  Her father never remarried.  John and Elizabeth, who are no longer with us, helped their father raise Pauline into the kind and compassionate soul we all knew and loved.  She was a 1950 graduate of Orleans High School.

She is survived by her husband Wayne, and their sons:  Jeffrey of Newport Center, Scott and his wife, Penny, of Derby, and Kevin and his wife, Tammy, of Orleans.  She loved her husband and sons, but the sun rose and set over her grandchildren:  Curtis Wheeler and his wife, Gabrielle, of Presque Isle, Maine, Nicholas Wheeler and his partner, Abby Iselborn, of Bangor, Maine, Emily Wheeler of Essex, Jordan and Aaron Wheeler of Orleans, and Jeffrey Hensley of Meriden, Connecticut.  She is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, April Wheeler.  In addition, she is survived by her cat, Mittens, and by the many wild birds, especially her cardinals, that she fed throughout the decades.

As we now have to say good-bye to our wife, mother, and grandmother, it’s unimaginable to think that we are going to walk the remainder of our lives without her, but without a doubt her quiet teachings are forever rooted in us.  And we have little doubt her spirit will forever gently guide us on our journey, the same way she guided us when she was with us.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  A celebration of her life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m.  Internment will follow at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Being a lover of all animals, domestic and wild, people are encouraged to donate in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, at 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 TiceMaurice A. Tice Jr.

Maurice A. Tice Jr., 67, of Derby died on September 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on January 5, 1946, to Anna (Lucas) Tice and Maurice Tice Sr.

He was a truck driver and had been since the young age of 17.  He had been driving truck for Pike Industries for the past 34 years.  His hobbies included spending time on Gore Mountain, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, gas and steam engines, antiques, restoring late model trucks, driving his John Deere tractor, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marion (Percy) Tice; his children:  daughter Tina (Percy) Miller and her husband, David, of Littleton, New Hampshire, daughter Angela Tice of Derby, and son Daniel Tice of New York City, New York; his grandsons:  Michael Miller and Matthew Miller of Littleton, and Akuei Tice of Derby; his mother Anna (Lucas) Tice of Derby Line; his brother Terrance Tice and his wife, Lorraine, of Holland; his sisters:  Nancy and her husband, John Pelletier, of North Troy, Diane Kenney of Derby Line, Gloria Willis of Newport Center, Sally Tice of Derby, Debra and her husband, Craig Shepard, of Holland, and Lorriane and her husband, Randy Griffin, of Morgan; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Maurice Tice Sr.; as well as by his grandsons, Albert Lyon and Benjamin Lyon.

In honor of Mr. Tice’s request, there shall be no funeral.  There will be a celebration of his life held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., with Kevin Deslauriers officiating for those that wish to celebrate his life with his family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit ShoverGladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover

Gladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover, 96, of Barton, formerly of Brownington, died peacefully on September 9, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on June 7, 1917, in Evansville, a daughter of William and Adelaide (Boydon) Labor.

She attended Evansville Graded School for eight years and then cared for her mother and baby sister.  In 1932 she attended high school in Orleans, graduating in 1936.  She then attended Burlington Business College, for a six month course.

She married Harold Shover of Westmore on June 7, 1938.  They had 53 years plus together before he died on October 29, 1992.  They purchased a home in Brownington Center in 1945 and two sons were born to this union:  Ronald James and Harry Clayton.

She was auditor for the town of Brownington, substitute and voted in from 1947 to 1968, when she assumed the position of treasurer, holding this office until 1983.  She was assistant town clerk for 23 years, retiring in 1991.  She was a former member of the Orleans Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, and she was also a member of the Brownington Center Church where she played the organ for many years.  She enjoyed cooking and reading.

She is survived by her sons:  Ronald Shover and his wife, Maria, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Harry Shover and his wife, Julie, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Veronica Ellis and her husband, Allen, of Front Royal, Virginia, Harold Shover and his wife, Gwen, of DeFuniak Springs, Harry Shover of DeFuniak Springs, and Danyelle Shover of Barton; and by her four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She is also survived by her brother Maurice Labor and his wife, Almeria, of Island Pond; her sister Beverly Royer of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Harry, Harold, and Fred; and by her sisters:  Bessie, Alice, Marjorie, and Anna.

A graveside service was held on September 14, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Center Church, 9 A Spirit Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Elmeria Labor

Elmeria Labor of Island Pond died peacefully on September 13, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in 1922 in Saint-Valere, Quebec, to Georges Geoffroy and Mary Anne (Mastha) Geoffroy.  At six weeks old, her family moved to Morgan, where the family farmed.  She attended graded school in Morgan and Stanstead, Quebec, and attended high school in Orleans for a time.

She married Maurice Labor of Evansville in 1943, and they began their married life in Derby Line, later moving to Beebe.

Mrs. Labor was an active member of St. Edward’s church, and a member of the Altar Society.  She and her husband moved to Auburn, Massachusetts, in early 1967, where her husband found further work in the tool and die industry.  While there, she continued with her love of homemaking, crafts, and gardening.  After retirement, she and her husband lived seasonally in Morgan and North Fort Myers, Florida, for 20 years.  Her most recent residence was at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 70 years, Maurice; her children:  Larry Labor and his wife, Pauline, of Morgan, and Cynthia Manning and her husband, George, of Campbellton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Mark and Anne Labor, Sarah and Roger Start, Steve Labor and Jeannie Labor, Laura and Christopher Comtois, Tim Weeks, and Dawn Veilhauer, and their families; her ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Valeda, George, Armand, Oscar, Mary, Antoinette, Mary Jeanne, John, and Cecile.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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

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

Service

Tim A. Sanville

Committal services for Tim A. Sanville will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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Obituaries September 11, 2013

obit tatumMartha Corinne Seaton Tatum

Martha Corinne Seaton Tatum died peacefully on August 30, 2013, at home in Derby, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was born on December 28, 1919, in Topeka, Kansas, and grew up mostly in Kansas City.  As a girl, she was the best roller skater in her neighborhood and did not like school or schoolteachers.  Her favorite place was her grandmother’s farm in Burlingame.

She did excel, however, as a psychology major in her last two years in college, motivated in part by a desire to help a cousin.  During World War II, she interrupted her work for the war department to learn to fly in hopes of serving in the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots), although as it turned out she was unable to gain enough weight to pass the physical.

She had a lifelong love for music, dance, and horses, and a later attachment for dogs (especially three German shepherds), undoubtedly heightened by her own accomplishments with each.  She also loved butterflies, birdcalls, and weaving, and was an expert knitter.  From her college days, she had a deep attachment for the Chesapeake Bay, where her parents kept a small log cabin that remains a gathering place for family to this day.  And her avid interest in architecture contributed to raising her family in an architect-designed house with a flat roof and glass walls in the woods of Connecticut.

A person of astonishing strength and gentleness, she always met the world with empathy, compassion, and kindness.  She was a person of great wisdom and extraordinary grace, steadfast and selfless in her central devotion to family and friends.

It is difficult to imagine a finer angel in God’s heaven than she was on this earth.

She is survived by her oldest son Liston and his wife, Donna, of Orleans, and Liston’s daughter, Shanti, and her family; her middle son Jesse of Derby; her youngest son’s wife, Miriam, and their two sons, Steven and Owen; and by her sister Jane Harrell of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and her four children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Liston Tatum, on May 5, 2012; and by her youngest son, Dr. Brent W. Tatum, on March 10, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Vermont Public Radio Classical, a touchstone of beauty for her in both bright and dark hours.

obit royerPriscilla B. Royer

Priscilla B. Royer, 91, of Derby Line died peacefully on September 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on August 27, 1922, in Newport, to Ernest and Malvina (Bernard) Leroux.  On June 2, 1941, she married Victor Royer, who predeceased on August 3, 1989.

She was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella, where she held all of the officers’ positions.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a longtime member of the Forever Young Club and an honorary member of the North Country Swingers Dance Club.

She and her late husband, Vic, enjoyed traveling, going to area dances, and playing cards, especially cribbage.  They owned and operated Paul’s Market on Indian Point Street and later owned Royer’s Market on East Main Street for several years.

She is survived by her children:  David Royer and his wife, Diane, of Orleans, Jane Flynn and her husband, Urban Jr., of Derby, and Gerard Royer and his wife, Patricia, of Derby; her grandchildren:  Cathy Bell and her husband, Chad, of Orleans, Mark Royer and his wife, Lynn, of Orleans, Paula Hollander and her husband, Peter, of Ludlow, Peter Mason and his wife, Tonya, of Milton, Christopher Royer and his wife, Jamie, of Newport, and Adam Royer of Burlington; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

Glenna F. Murphy

Glenna F. Marie Murphy, 95, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on June 6, 1918, in Troy, to Edward and Ada (Place) Field.  On September 2, 1938, she married Francis Murphy, who predeceased her on October 29, 1981.

She graduated from North Troy High School and was a licensed nurse assistant at North Country Hospital and also spent many years working for the Orleans County Hospital.  She loved spending her time with her family, knitting, crocheting, gardening, snowshoeing, fishing, completing crossword puzzles, and cooking.  She also enjoyed teaching her grandchildren about life and she adored her pets.

She is survived by the following:  her daughter Carolyn Arel of Lowell; her grandchildren:  Patrick Arel and his wife, Gina, of Lowell, Laura Staib and her husband, Lonnie, of Alaska, and Shannon Driver and her husband, Jason, of Jay; her great-grandchildren:  Jill and David Legacy of Lowell, Andrew and Jenna Arel of Swanton, Kylie Gelo of Alaska, Holly Gelo and her fiancé, Jeff, of Pennsylvania, and Kortni and Olivia Driver of Jay; her great-great grandchildren:  Lauren and Rebecca Legacy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Marshall and James Field; and by her sisters:  Kathryn Squires and Alice Dunn.

A funeral service and interment were held at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on September 9.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 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 McNealJoan M. McNeal

Joan M. McNeal, 76, of Newport, beloved wife of Brian McNeal of 57 years, died on September 2, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 24, 1937, in Newport, a daughter of Louis and Arlene (Turner) Rocheleau.  On February 4, 1956, she married Brian McNeal, who survives her.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

She was a licensed LNA and was employed by Bel-Aire Nursing Home.  She was also a substitute teacher at the Canaan School District in Canaan.

She was also a Sunday School teacher and was on the executive board of the Newport United Methodist Church.  Her hobbies included oil and water painting on canvases, playing the piano and taking care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Brian McNeal of Newport; her children:  Timothy McNeal and his wife, Brenda, of Mobile, Alabama, Brian C. McNeal and his wife, Vicky, of Theodore, Alabama, Jodi Baker and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Kelly Meunier and her husband, Andre, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Meghan, Jenna, Chelsey, Britney, and Rianna; and by her great-granddaughter Emma Jane.  She is also survived by her sister Jane Comtois and her husband, Marcel, of Rochester, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother William Louis “Roach” Rocheleau, and by her sister Juanita Rocheleau.

Funeral services were held on September 10, in Derby.  Interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association 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 FalconerMichael G. Falconer

Michael G. Falconer, 45, of Brownington died peacefully on September 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on November 5, 1967, in Newport, to Fleurette (Dupuis) Falconer and the late Geoffrey Falconer Sr.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1986.  He was a sawyer at the Lamarre Sawmill in Evansville for over 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his nieces and nephews, and riding on country dirt roads with his chocolate lab Tucker.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting with numerous neighbors.  He loved his job working side by side with Robert at the sawmill.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Orleans.

He is survived by his mother Fleurette Falconer of Brownington; his brothers:  Geoff Falconer Jr. and his wife, Renee, and William Falconer and his wife, Angie, all of Brownington; nieces and nephews:  Tyler, Brittany, Michelle, Geoffrey, Kennedy, and Cameron; his paternal grandmother Emily Damon of Rock Island, Quebec; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Geoffrey Falconer Sr. on June 20, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 13, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Tim Naples.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on September 13, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chris Grenier Scavenger Hunt for cancer, care of Jessie Davignon, 15 Able Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, Newport died on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home.

He enlisted in the Navy, after graduating from Newport High School.  He specialized in oceanography and received several awards for his accomplishments in this field.

Upon discharge, he opened Curt’s Autobody & Guns in Derby, with his father.  In 1978 they separated the business, and he opened Curtis Auto Repair Service in Newport.  In 1987 he migrated to Napa Auto Parts and worked as the outside salesman for several years, finally returning to carpentry and his own business of P.C. Enterprise and working as the superintendent of Pine Grove Cemetery Association.

He was an important member of his community.  Over the years, in his spare time, he was a member of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the Newport City Police Department, the Newport City Volunteer Fire Department, the board of civil authorities, the development review board, and the school board.  He was also a justice of the peace, and a certified diver for the Vermont State Police.  He was also crucial to the following community events:  The International Skate (1984), the Vermont dog sled races (1985 to around 1989), and the Newport Aquafest.

He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed such activities as hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.  He was also a member of the Vermont Handgunners Association as a law enforcement marksman, and enjoyed competing in the “shoots.”

He was a special man, and very giving of his time.  He gave everything for his family, and always treated his friends like family.  He was a cancer survivor of 20 years from melanoma in his eye.

He was one of seven siblings, born to Samuel D. Curtis and Grace T. Curtis.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Scott Curtis; his two children:  “Pete” Paul Arthur Curtis II and Annie Jane Curtis Christoni and her husband, Thomas J. Christoni; and by one granddaughter, Samantha Jane Christoni.

He will be so missed by all his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dr. Leslie Lockridge’s Let’s Care Lots Foundation, for cancer support services.  Dr. Lockridge was a huge part of Mr. Curtis’ life and he gave the family two years to enjoy life with him.  We are forever grateful.

Donations may also be sent to the American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery, in care of Tara Genzlinger, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Services will be at a later date at the discretion of the family and will be announced for the public.

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

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Obituaries September 4, 2013

obit CyrIrene B. Cyr

Irene B. Cyr, 71, of Newport died on August 26, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Newport Center.

She was born on September 2, 1941, in Newport, the daughter of Cleon and Alice (Prevost) Wells.

She was interested in arts and crafts, going to church, going for walks, fishing, and she enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren visits.

She is survived by her children:  Linda Wells and her companion, Robert Rivera, of Connecticut, Edward Cyr of Newport, Michael Cyr and his wife, Doris, of Brownington, and Angelina McAlister and her husband, Don, of Newport Center; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister Doris Johnson of Lancaster, New Hampshire; her very special niece Lisa Johnson Brown; and by her dog Lilly.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Manuel Cruz, and Edward Cyr Sr.; her brothers:  Rene, Gerald, and Don; as well as by several nieces and nephews that she thought a great deal of.

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.

William G. Buchanan

William G. Buchanan, 54, of Irasburg died on August 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 5, 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Janice (Flannery) Buchanan and the late William E. Buchanan.

He was a self-employed diesel mechanic.  He enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, snowmobiling, walking in the woods, riding on country roads, working on cars with his sons, and he loved horses.  He will be missed by his good friend Roy Stevens and his horse Image.

He is survived by his children:  Steven Buchanan and his wife, Rachelle, of Irasburg, and Brian Buchanan and his companion, Alicia, of Plymouth, Massachusetts; his two grandchildren:  Shaughn and David; his mother Janice Buchanan of Attelboro, Massachusetts; his life partner Kathleen Johnson of Irasburg and her sons:  Thomas and Andy Foren; his siblings:  Scott Buchanan and his wife, Donna, of Massachusetts, Michael Buchanan of South Dakota, Denise Sawicki and her husband, Edward, of Massachusetts, and Tara Buchanan and Matthew Zunagar of Rhode Island; and by many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his aunts:  Annie Wescom and her family of Vermont, Alice Marckres and her family of Vermont, and Virginia Donovan and her family of Massachusetts; his uncle Michael Flannery and his family of New York; and by his faithful canine companions, Bear and Nellie.

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 danielsWilliam Ray Daniels

William Ray Daniels, 66, of Newport died suddenly, at home, on August 21, 2013.

He was born on April 12, 1947, to Elwyn J. Daniels Sr. and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels in Hardwick.

He graduated in 1965 from Hardwick Academy.  In 1968, he graduated from Champlain College.

Most of his life was spent living and working in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  However, for a time, he did leave, traveling to Wyoming, then Idaho and Washington.  In 1976, he returned to Vermont to work at the Sam Daniels Company for his brother where he stayed for many years.  He went west again for about seven years then returned to live in Brownington for many years, with his sister and family.  He worked in many places in the Northeast Kingdom.

As a youth, he was in the Boy Scouts of America.  He continued until he completed the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

For the last several years, he had lived in Newport.  He was an active member of the VFW auxiliary and served as president for several years.

He is survived by his brother Elwyn James Daniels Jr. and his wife, Lorraine, and their three grown children:  Jayne and her husband, Billy Collins, and Kevin and Michael; his nephew James Daniels and his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Abby; his niece Janice and her husband, John Guilmette; his sister Lesley D. Moore and her husband, Michael Moore, and their two sons:  Robert M. Moore and his wife, Kim M. Moore, and their daughter Michelle and their two sons, Dalton and Michael Moore, and James C. Moore and his three daughters:  Mariah Moore, Kristen Moore and Kayah Moore.

He was predeceased by his parents Elwyn and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels.

Calling hours will be held at the Holcomb-des Groseilliers Funeral Home, at 97 Church Street in Hardwick, on Wednesday, September 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A graveside committal service will be held at the Main Street cemetery in Hardwick, on Thursday, September 5, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire to make contributions in his name, they may be sent to the Newport VFW.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through desgros@vtlink.net.

Roland Mathais Fortin

Roland Mathais Fortin, 89, of Derby died peacefully on August 28, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 23, 1924, in Holland, the son of Philippe and Merilda (Poulin) Fortin.  On August 3, 1946, he married Colombe Faucher who survives him.

During his lifetime he was a dairy farmer.

He is survived by his wife Colombe Fortin of Derby; and by his children:  Rosaire Fortin and his wife, Brenda, of Derby, Joseph Fortin and his wife, Lillian, of North Troy, Andre Fortin and his wife, Kathy, of Coventry, Francine Martin and her husband, Earl, of Island Pond, and Gilles Fortin and his wife, Mary, of Chazy, New York.  He is also survived by his son-in-law Reginald Smith of West Charleston; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children:  Norman and Rolande; and by the following siblings:  Jules, Gerald, Henri, Louis, Albert, and Joseph Fortin, and Jean Marie, Albertine Amyot, and Albina Brodeur Sr., Julienne Fortin and Candide Blais.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 6, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Friday, September 6, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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

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

obit frenchArthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French died on August 26, 2013.

“…these trees shall be my books

And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character;

That every eye which in this forest looks

Shall see thy virtue witness’d everywhere.

As You Like It, act 3, scene 2, quoted by Mr. French in Gateway, Northfield Mount Hermon’s yearbook, in 1949.

Although born in New York City on May 9, 1929, Mr. French lived much of his life across from a glacial lake in Westmore.  Together with his identical twin brother Wayne, he attended a one-room school, learned to swim and fish in the summer, and ski and skate in the winter.  Living through the Depression, he remembered working lumber mills at Lake Willoughby and when ice was harvested for sale.  He and his brother posed for paintings by regionalist painter Paul Sample and cycled seven miles to Barton each week to participate in Boy Scouts.  He knew many local trails, leading hikes up Wheeler and Mount Pisgah when he worked at Camp Songadeewin near Willoughby’s North Beach.  As a teenager, he attended dances at the Westmore Community Hall and Shadow Lake Dance Hall.

In 1945 he left with his brother to attend Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he excelled in sports.  Winning letters for skiing, cross-country and track, he was later nominated for the Northfield Mount Hermon Athletic Hall of Fame.  He and his twin brother graduated in 1949 to enter the University of Vermont (UVM), where they continued to be involved in sports.  While on the ski teams at both Mount Hermon and UVM, the twins took pleasure in posing together for team photographs, a Rorschach mirror image with their identical faces and identical black and white reindeer sweaters placed side by side in the center.

During summers he worked at the Ethan Allen Furniture Mill in Orleans, where he met Mary Karlene Dawson.  They married in 1952, the same year Mr. French joined the Navy to study electronic communications.  His daughter Katherine was born in 1953 while he was stationed at Treasure Island near San Francisco, California.  Assigned for a two-year tour of duty to Japan, he took advantage of an available darkroom to become a gifted amateur photographer and traveled through the Japanese countryside as a tourist.  Pursuing youthful interests, he went skiing in Honshu and climbed Mount Fuji, purchasing the customary walking stick to obtain wood burned stamps to mark his progress on the way to the summit.  Returning to the United States, he and his family lived on Skaggs Island, California, a former center for top secret radio surveillance before coming back to Vermont.

Re-enrolled at UVM, he graduated in 1959 with a degree in agricultural economics and lived in Burlington for the next four years while working at General Electric.  His children Melanie, David and Daniel, were born in 1956, 1959, and 1962, respectively.  In 1963 the family moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he found work at Sprague Electric and then for the state of New Hampshire in professional positions related to economics and statistical analysis.  However, vacations and many weekends were spent at the house where he’d grown up.  He taught his children to ski and took them on hikes, sometimes tracing locations described by Robert Frost.  Like many Vermonters, he loved the woods and went deer hunting.  His idea of a perfect vacation was to spend two weeks cutting enough wood to feed the cast iron stove that heated his house.

After suffering a second heart attack, he returned to Vermont in 1992 where he took retirement seriously as an active member of the Westmore community.  Serving at town lister and member of the zoning committee, he helped chart the exact location of the original county road, completed a geological survey with oversize aerial views, and amazed fellow listers with his ability to locate boundary markers.  As a volunteer at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, he would greet visitors to explain about early tools and farm implements.  Interest in genealogy resulted in a well-documented family history that explored lines of immigration from Halstead in southern England during the 1500s, as well as his father’s service in the trenches of France during World War I.

Mr. French finished what he started and did so thoroughly.  Picking up a copy of Return of the Native at the Westmore Attic Auction, he regretted not completing the book in high school, and became a diligent Hardy scholar, reading not only the complete works, but also viewing every film inspired by the books.  Remembering a teacher reading aloud from Northwest Passage, he researched every piece of information he could find about Rogers Rangers, convinced that the party beat its retreat from Canada along Vermont Route 5A.  “They must have walked past the house,” he’d remark.  “But we can’t be sure.  I wasn’t home at the time.”

However, residents of Westmore observed that Mr. French was often at home, watching the sunset between hanging pots of red geraniums from the front porch of the house where he’d lived as a child.

Survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years, as well as his twin brother Wayne and his wife, Nancy, all of Westmore, he is also survived by his children:  Katherine French and Tim Hamilton of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Melanie French of Westmore, David and Jeannie French of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and Daniel French and Diane Curtin of Concord, New Hampshire; and by his grandchildren:  Mary Hamilton French of Cambridge, England; Leah Hamilton French of Houston, Texas, Ben Kindregan of Boston, Massachusetts, Billy and Matt French of Hopkinton, and Nicholas Curtin French of Concord.  He is also survived by his niece and nephews:  Steve and Kathy French, Tori and Ralph Fletcher, and Mike and Karyn French; and by his grandnieces and nephew:  Jason and Megan Fletcher and Tabitha French.

Funeral services were held at the Westmore Community Church on September 1.  Commemorative services and a celebration of his life will be held next summer, dates to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Arthur French may be made to the Westmore Community Church, Hinton Hill Road, Lake Willoughby, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit martinDonald I. Martin

Donald I. Martin, 86, died peacefully on on September 1, 2013, at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.

He was born in Plainfield in 1926.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He married Florence Couture in 1946, and they shared love and life until her death in 2011.  They lived for many years in Orleans, where he operated an auto repair business.  He was active in many local organizations, including scouting and the Lions Club.

In the mid-1960s they moved to Ballston Spa, New York, and Mr. Martin started a new career as an auctioneer.  He excelled in that profession working at auto auctions throughout the Northeast.  In 1970 he started, along with his sons, Martin and Sons Auction Sales and Service, Inc.  He continued to auctioneer into his 80s.  He was past president of the New York State Auctioneers Association, a lifetime member of the Vermont Auctioneer’s Association and a member of the New York State Auctioneers Hall of Fame.  He was known for his engaging chant, abundant charm and a bit of a playful mischievous streak.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin retired to their homes in Craftsbury and Port Charlotte, Florida.

Mr. Martin loved people, and talking to people.  He loved the woods, especially around their cabin in Craftsbury.  He enjoyed traveling, boating and any activity that involved his family, in particular bonfires at the cabin and venison feeds at camp.  Most of all, he loved Florence.

He will be deeply missed by his six children:  Terry and his wife, Ruth, Keeseville, New York, Ronald and his wife, Susan, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Stephen and his companion, Paula Lapham, of Plattsburg, New York, Sharlene and her husband, Robert Spalding, of Casco, Douglas and his wife, Paula, of Sandown, New Hampshire, and Christopher and his wife, Janice, of Buena Vista, Colorado.  He will also be missed by his grandchildren:  Asa, Chase, Renee, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah; his great grandchildren:  Lindsay, Jasmine, and Starr Lynn; his siblings:  Arlene Nelson, Janet Chadwick, Charles, Robert, and Jackie Jacquis; his nephews:  Bruce, Roger, Paul, and Randy Martin; and by numerous relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road on Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 7, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury, with the Reverend Claverlito Migrino celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Common Cemetery on Craftsbury Common, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Country Village Assisted Living Home, P.O. Box 600, Casco, Maine 04015.

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

obit StokesKenneth Blair Stokes

Kenneth Blair Stokes, 67, well-known journalist of Newport died suddenly on August 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 29, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Jone Clifford Stokes and Dorothy (Jewell) Stokes.  On August 9, 1967, he married Kateri Anne Laizer, who survives him.

He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.  He later entered the United States Air Force.

He was an avid amateur astronomer, a passionate photographer and a gifted writer.  He was an adventurer and explorer at heart.  He was a man of faith who sought to guide his children, family, and friends in ways of the Lord.

He retired from the Newport Daily Express, where he was employed for many years.

He is survived by his wife Kateri Anne Stokes of Newport; and by his children:  Jason C. Stokes and Carolyn J. Stokes Walker.  He is also survived by his five-year-old “grand puppy” Bowser.

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.

Marcia B. Willet

Marcia B. Willet, 99, of Burlington, North Carolina, and formerly of Claremont, New Hampshire, died on August 16, 2013, at Peak Resources Care Facility in Graham, North Carolina, following a period of failing health.

She was born on June 30, 1914, in Danville, the daughter of the late Charles F. and Florence D. (Higgins) Burdick.  She had been a Claremont resident since 1940 before moving to North Carolina in 2006.

She had been employed as a hostess and front desk cashier in area hotels that include Colonial Hotel, King Arrow Hotel, Moody Inn, and Woodbine Cottages.  She was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She was a true Burdick in every way.  She was proud of the fact that three of her father’s brothers (one of them was his namesake) had fought in the Civil War.  She loved her family and loved it when her cousin, Nick Burdick, would tell her of what the “younger” family was doing.  From working with figures to a job with the state, to real estate, reporting, furniture making, computers, and truck driving, she decided the Burdick name was doing well.

She loved visiting and loved it when family stopped in.  She would fill her cousin Nick in on the family as she knew it, and would show pictures of long dead family members.  She was a dear, sweet lady who was very easy to talk with.

Members of her family include two nephews, one niece, eight grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins.

She was predeceased by three sons:  Jerry C. Willett, Raymond J. Downing, and Robert J. Downing; and by a brother, Marshall E. Burdick.

Graveside services were held on August 24, at the family lot in the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont.

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Obituaries August 28, 2013

obit YoungConstance (Hathaway) Young

Constance (Hathaway) Young died on July 16, 2013, at the Manor in Morrisville.

She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on February 5, 1918, a daughter of the late Guilford C. and Nellie (Shirley) Hathaway.  She graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River and from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the Class of 1939.

She married Francis A. Young in 1943 in Fall River.  They later moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where they lived for the next 30 years, where Mr. Young worked as executive secretary for the International Exchange of Persons, an arm of the Fulbright Program.

Mrs. and Mr. Young began the move to Craftsbury upon Mr. Young’s retirement, and they became full-time residents in 1983.  They were involved in many community activities over the years, especially with St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick.

Mrs. and Mr. Young had no children of their own, so they took on the role of favorite aunt and uncle for the many nieces and nephews.  College students found their way smoothed by checks that seemed to arrive at critical times, and visitors to Washington always received a warm welcome and, very often, a guided tour of the sights, including some of the lesser-known institutions such as the Botanical Gardens.  After they moved to Craftsbury, their beautiful house and land became a favored destination and gathering place for friends and relatives.  Mrs. Young was a dedicated gardener, and flowers always graced the house in season.

She is survived by her niece Constance Rabin, and her nephew Elton Follett, by their children and by many nieces and nephews in the Young family.

She was predeceased by Mr. Young in 1995; and also by her sisters:  Ellen H. Follett, Emily A. Macomber, and Shirley H. Pope.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Hardwick on September 9, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating, and ashes will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Young Memorial Trust, the Francis A. Young Scholarship Fund, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, 14456; or to the memorial fund at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit wellsDean “Dino” Edward Wells

Dean “Dino” Edward Wells, 83, of Irasburg died on August 23, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 30, 1930, in Albany, the son of Ralph and Mattie (Demerritt) Wells.  On December 21, 1955, he married Audrey Jean Benjamin of Derby, who predeceased him.

Mr. Wells owned and operated a dairy farm in Irasburg since 1961.  He was a truck driver and logger, which was his life work for over 50 years.  When he was younger he loved riding motorcycles, and playing the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and piano.  His band played in several nightclubs in the area and produced two albums.  He loved going to the Tunbridge and Fryeburg fairs.  He was a very social person who had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and he also loved having a good time with his family and friends at his garage.  That garage in Irasburg was the site of many large corn roasts featuring live music from local artists and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Kenneth Lance Wells and his wife, Lori, of Orleans, Randall Layne Wells and his companion, Patricia Kilday, of Irasburg, Janis Leigh Patoine and her husband, Norbert, of Sutton, Holly Lynne Tremblay and her husband, Tony, of Brownington, Gayle Lynda Veilleux and her husband, Mark, of Westfield, and Dean Edward Wells II of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; his 12 grandchildren:  Brandon and Paige Wells of Orleans, Anni and Lance Wells of Irasburg, Denis Royer and Ernie and Matt Wells of Sutton, Sara Locke, Jim and Angie Davio, Chelsey and Ryan Vellieux of Westfield; his 12 great-grandchildren:  Emily, Ashton, Gavin, Leah, Audrey, Denis III, Mattie, Josie, Lily, McKenzie, Madison, and Morgan; and by his nephew Michael Wells of Albany.

He was predeceased by his brother Arland Wells; and by his nephew Gene Wells.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Thursday, August 29, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association 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 SanvilleTim A. Sanville

Tim A. Sanville, 55, of East Ryegate died suddenly on August 21, 2013.

He was born on January 7, 1958, in Newport.

Mr. Sanville was a self-employed carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and carpentry.

He is survived by his wife Tammy Cinnamond of East Ryegate; his children:  Joshua and Jeremy Sanville, both of North Troy, and Jennifer Sanville of Orleans; two stepchildren:  Adam and Ryan Hamrysky of East Ryegate; his eight grandchildren:  Cally, Caydence, Riley, and Morgan Sanville, Preston, Abigail, Makayla and Hazen Baraw; his brother John Sanville and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; his sister Bonnie Sicard of Beebe; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

Funeral services were held on August 28, in Newport.  Interment will be at a later date in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to New Digs for Dogs, 538 French Pond Road, North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774.

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

obit PercyNancy Currier Percy

Nancy Currier Percy, 70, of Newport died on August 20, 2013.

She was born on November 21, 1942, in Newport, the daughter of Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier.  She graduated from Newport High School in Newport.  She married Ralph Percy, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a fan of Elvis Presley and Chuck Norris.

She is survived by her daughter Stacey Shinske and her husband, Laurence, of Glenville, New York; her grandchild Danny Jackson Percy of Portsmouth, Virginia; her siblings:  Janice Currier Blais of Newport, Gerald Currier of Newport, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Timothy Currier and his wife, Sandie, of Island Pond, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, of Holland, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, of Windsor, and Loren Currier of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Scott; and by the following siblings:  Donald, Bruce, Thomas, and infants Paul, Paula, and Pamela Currier.

Funeral services were held on August 24, in Newport.

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

obit LaCossThelma Jean LaCoss

Thelma Jean LaCoss, 87, of Brownington Center died on August 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Forest Dale, the daughter of Dewey and Agnes (Dimick) Larock.  On June 9, 1951, she married Carlton B. LaCoss, who predeceased her on June 10, 2000.

She graduated from Brandon High School in Brandon, and also from nursing school in Vermont and Brooklyn, New York.  She was a registered nurse at the New Britain Memorial Hospital and the Bristol Hospital, both in Connecticut, and more recently she worked at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.  She was also a cadet nurse in the Army during the Korean War era.

She was a member of the Brownington Ladies Group and the Brownington Center Church.  She was a past member of the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a fan of horses, ponies, ox pulling, knitting, and making mittens and hats for the local children.  She was an avid reader and sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the New England Patriots.

She is survived by her sons:  Douglas LaCoss of Stowe, and Tim LaCoss of Brownington; her granddaughter Tabitha LaCoss of Stowe; a brother, Maurice Larock, of Pittsford; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Arnold, Donald, and Roger Larock.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., on September 7, at the New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit harringtonTimothy J. Harrington

Timothy J. Harrington, 57, formerly a resident of Albany, was involved in a fatal accident this week.

Mr. Harrington earned his Gold Wings in 1983, which included over 1,000 recorded free fall jumps.  He brought his family to the Northeast Kingdom in 1989 for camping adventures and to escape the busy life of Connecticut.  He decided to build here in 1995, where he enjoyed raising his family.

His passions were building rock walls around his property, paddling the river during duck hunting season, smoking a good cigar, and talking politics with the boys.

He is survived by his sons:  Ryan, a U.S. Marine, Phillip, an engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Patrick, who will be graduating from Lake Region Union High School this year with the goal of becoming an electrical lineman.  He also leaves behind his mother Joan Harrington; and his sister Terrie Ouellette from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.

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

Carlton Dean Bickford

Carlton Dean Bickford, 76, of Glover died on August 23, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on March 15, 1937, in Glover, the son of George and Helen (Baker) Bickford.

In 1960, he married Mary Jane Bean, who survives him.

Mr. Bickford was an electrician.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons of Barton, and a past member of the Glover Fire Department.  He was a former director of the Barton Fair Association with his primary interest being the pulling events.  He loved to cut firewood, spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed his family, friends, sugaring, working in his vegetable garden, and the Vermont outdoors.  He loved the companionship of his dog, Buddy, and cat, Em.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Bickford of Glover; his children:  Stacey Lee Lemire and her husband, Denis, and Jeffrey Bickford and his wife, Nikki, all of Glover; his ten grandchildren; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Pauline Laughlin of Enfield, New Hampshire; his brothers:  Stanley Bickford and his wife, Louise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Ernie Coolbeth and his wife, Beverly, of Lyndonville; his two special brothers-in-law:  Raymond McCoy of West Burke, and Ronald McCoy of North Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Community Church, care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

Lorna C. Beaulieu

Lorna C. Beaulieu, 76, of Hampton, Virginia, died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at North Hampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

She lived in Hampton for 45 years, where she enthusiastically supported her children’s sporting events, established and was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5500, and she enjoyed designing beautiful flower arrangements for all kinds of celebrations.  She always participated, supported and helped with VFW activities, parades and visits to the veterans at the Hampton Veteran Hospital.  She loved her country, the flag and for what it stood for, and was proud to have served in the United States Air Force.

She was born in Newport.  In 2007, she was reunited with her uncle Ted Carpenter, Kathy, and numerous other relatives, where she and Larry Mattera celebrated with all.  She loved her family and was blessed to be joined together again with each of them.

She is survived by her son Bruce Beaulieu and his wife, Cathy; her daughter Pamela Schy and her husband, Marty; six grandchildren:  Nathan and his wife, Emily, Emily and her husband, Matt, Levi, Rocki, April and her husband, Randy, and Casie; her great-grandchildren:  Nolan Schy, Tori, Joey and Thomas Chappell, Kaitlyn Pierce, Kendra and Johnneicia Thorn; and by her beloved friend and companion of 11 years, her Chihuahua, Sandy.

She was predeceased by her husband Omer (Frenchy); her parents:  Wilfred and Alice Carr; her great-grandson Matthew Chappell; a special companion, Bob Brewer; and by her soul mate Larry Mattera.

A service was held on August 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Newport News SPCA and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6.

Death notices

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, of Newport died peacefully on August 20, 2013, at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Joan Curtis.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French, 84, of Westmore died on Monday, August 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on Sunday, September 1, at 1 p.m.  All welcome.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the church.

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Obituaries August 21, 2013

obit huntingtonPriscilla Huntington

Priscilla “Patty” T. Huntington, 90, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in her home of over 40 years.

She was the daughter of Edwin and Emma (Monteith) Towne, born on April 9, 1923, in Newport.  Growing up, she and her family lived on West End Avenue in Newport.  She graduated from Newport High School in 1941.  She also graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine.

In 1946, she married Perley “Pat” Huntington and was a supportive coach’s wife in Woodstock and Barre, as well as Paxton, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir while living in Woodstock and Paxton.  Her favorite hymns were “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Just As I Am.”

She worked for various companies including Mass Mutual and Liberty Mutual as an administrative assistant before retiring in 1982.  She spent several summers as an administrative assistant and tutor at Camp Winape on Seymour Lake in East Charleston.  She was a campaign manager for the American Red Cross membership drive’s Charlotte County chapter, a Sunday school teacher in Shrub Oak, New York, she volunteered at New York Hospital Auxiliary in Peekskill, New York, a Girl Scout leader in Ossining, New York, and a secretary for the New York Methodist Church Commission on Education and the Charlotte County Athletic Boosters Club in Punta Gorda.  She and her husband were an integral part of “Save Our Brick Streets” in historical Punta Gorda in the 1980s, and were featured on CNN.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, playing cards, card writing and rug braiding.

She also enjoyed Lake Memphremagog and loved spending her summers with her family, loved ones, and friends at “The Nutshell” on Farrant’s Point in Newport.  The highlight of the summer would be the Towne family reunion hosted at one of the Towne girl’s homes, where all six of the Towne girls and their families and friends would gather for fun with food, talk, music and play.  She also enjoyed the Derby Fourth of July celebration and Labor Day celebrations in the North Country.

She will be greatly missed by her children:  Stephen Huntington and his partner, Trevor Ngo, of San Jose, California, Donna Betts and her husband, Zane II, of Mount Dora, Florida, Cynthia Bazemore and her husband, Robert, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Punta Gorda, and Daniel Huntington and his wife, Kerstin, of Cape Coral, Florida; her grandchildren:  Jamie Bazemore and her partner, Tiffany Silsbee, Johanna and her husband, Kendall Showfety, Paulina and Katrina Huntington; her sister Phyllis “Pet” Gladding; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Pat Huntington; her parents; and by her sisters:  Shirley Olson, Edwina “Stubby” Sutphen, Beverly “Nonnie” Eldridge and Natalie “Billie” Blackmore.

No service is planned at this time.  Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Punta Gorda Historical Society, Tidewell Hospice, or any other hospice organization in your area.

Norma Creart Belway

Norma Creart Belway, 96, of Newport died peacefully on August 16, 2013, at Bel-Aire Center.

She was born on May 26, 1917, in Auburn, Maine, and lived there until her marriage to Albert Belway in 1945.  They moved to Newport in 1947.  Mr. Belway predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Murial Belway of Kamus, Utah, and Beverly Hamblett and her husband, Timothy, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Lydia Caise of Norco, California, and Christopher and his wife, Karen, and Gregory and his wife, Danielle, Hamblett of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Zachary, Ashton, and Bryn Hamblett.

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

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a simple act of kindness be done to anyone who knew and loved Ms. Belway as a remembrance of her.

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

obit MarshSlayton Robert Marsh

Slayton Robert Marsh, 85, a nearly life long member of the Brownington Village community, and most recently of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died on August 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 20, 1928, in Brownington, a son of Robert and Blanche (Metcalf) Marsh.  He graduated from Orleans High School with many stories about his love of team basketball and working the woodlots with his FFA classmates.

On November 2, 1947, he married his love, Patricia Loveland, who survives him.

Mr. Marsh was an incredibly strong man with an equally strong work ethic.  Over the years he was employed for his carpentry skills, and later the J.B. Colton Co. where windows and doors were then being handmade.  Later, he took employment as an electrician for the village of Orleans, where he later served for many years as the village manager.

During his life in Brownington, Mr. Marsh was never still.  He truly enjoyed the countless hours spent remodeling the huge and beautiful family home, planting and working in his bountiful gardens of vegetables and berries, mowing the expansive lawns, painting and repainting the home he so loved, and somehow always finding time to entertain and play with his children, their friends, his grandchildren and their friends.  Nothing got in the way of the love and devotion he felt and showed to his family.  Hugs and smiles were his calling card.  He felt and showed the bond he held with his beloved Brownington and the community members he called friends.  His sense of pride in this community was often shown when he was either called upon or volunteered his time and talent in the form of carpentry and painting of the church, the cemetery fence, replacing blown fuses so the service could go on, building many church and ladies aid room fires, and always delivering a fresh, warm, homemade pie to any neighbor who might need one.  As the leader of his family, he could anticipate the need or want of each individual, and was always one step ahead of those needs.

He loved playing sports in all seasons.  Baseball, basketball in his barn court, hiking Mount Pisgah with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even at 80 years old, horseshoeing during his lunch breaks with Butch, hunting, fishing, after-dark hide-and-seek with his grandsons, and watching football and hockey on television, were all that made his life so fun.

He was a member of the Brownington Village Congregational Church and a former member of the Brownington Grange.

He is also survived by his two daughters:  Nancy Reynolds and her husband, Red, of Derby, and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom, of Irasburg; his grandchildren:  John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim, of Newport, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Barton, and Mercy Martel of Irasburg; and by his great-grandchildren:  Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Kristen, Kara, and Enoch John Rowell V, Trevor and Avery Rowell, and step great-granddaughter Megan Prue;  He also leaves behind several cousins whom he cared about deeply.

He was predeceased by his two brothers:  Stanley and Herbert Marsh; and by his first child, his beloved daughter, “Vicki,” at the age of 20.

A graveside service was held on August 16, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Village Congregational Church, 126 Parker Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

obit proctorKatherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor

Katherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor, 62, of Newark died on March 4. 2013, after a love-filled, joyous, blessed, and enlightened life.

She was born on March 22, 1950, in Seaford, Long Island, New York, the fourth child of William Alexander and Helen Marion (Sudnick) Speckels.  After spending time working on a ranch in Montana, seeing some of the world out West, she came back East, and met and married Roger B. Cummings in 1973.  Together they created five children:  Grace, Nevada, Gabrel, Aurora, and Keresey.

In 1987, she married Mitchell D. Proctor, and completing this loving family, came Rachel, Mikal and Malachi.

She was first and foremost curious, a wandering spirit, a gypsy; in every aspect of life she would discover and pursue with inspiring enthusiasm the avenues of knowledge.  She loved babies, animals, plants, nature, reading, writing, dowsing, rocks, crystals, fairies, kayaking, camping, hiking, talking, singing, storytelling, laughing, and shared great conversations over delicious, percolated coffee.

She goes ahead of her children:  her daughter Grace and her husband, Peter Currier, and their sons:  Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus, of Lowell; her son Nevada and his fiancée, Karen, of Orange, New Hampshire; her son Gabrel and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; her daughter Aurora and her children, Maximillian and Ava, of Irasburg; her daughter Keresey of Asheville, North Carolina; her daughter Rachel and her husband, Glenn Towle, and their daughter, Minevera, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her daughter Mikal of Asheville; and her son Malachi of Asheville.  She is also survived by her brother Frederick Speckels and his wife, Helen, and their sons:  Paul, Stephen, and Christopher of Huntington, Massachusetts; and by her sister Judy Speckels of New Mexico.  She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister Christine (Speckels) Fontaine.

A private ceremony was held on her sixty-third birthday and a public interment will be held this summer, for which a notice will be published.

Should family or friends wish, condolences may be sent to Grace and Peter Currier, 417 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

If desired, contributions may be made to Newport City Grow A Neighborhood, in Ms. Proctor’s name, care of Jen Black, 153 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. 

Jean de Boufflers

obit TromblyLeo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr

Leo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr., 67, of Newport died on August 13, 2013, at the VA Hospice in White River Junction.

He was born on March 17, 1946, in Plattsburg, New York, the son of Leo and Doris (Rumph) Trombly Sr.

He graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville with an associate’s degree.  He was a corporal in the United States Marines in the Vietnam War as a communication specialist where he served two tours.  He was a truck driver for the civilian transport in Iraq.  He was also an auto salesman at Mulkin’s Chevrolet and Paquin Motors in St. Albans.

On September 5, 2009, he married Carol Ann Perry who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and camping in his motor home.  He also enjoyed gardening and cooking on the grill.  He was very patriotic, generous, and loved his animals.

He is survived by his wife Carol Ann Trombly of Newport; his children:  Myra Alix and her husband, Todd, of Jay, and Matthew Trombly and his wife, Kendall, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dakota, Phoenix, and Sage Alix, Korbin Trombly, Alexis Middleton, and Alea Waters; his pets:  Daisy Mae the cat, Patch the dog, Billy Bong the cat, and missing cat Tom Tom; his sisters:  Carol Sevigny and Patricia Rocha, both of Newport; his half-brothers:  Bill Trombly and his wife, Sharon, of Virginia, and Tom Trombly and his wife, Kelley, of New York; and by his half-sisters:  Sharon Sklarski and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Denise Dineen and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Mary Destromp of Massachusetts, and Pamela Trombly of Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by a sister, Diane Trombly.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home.

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

obit wigginSarah L. Wiggin

Sarah L. Wiggin, 87, of St. Johnsbury Center died on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The Wiggins had lived in the house they built on Chickadee Hill off Sanger Drive since 1957.

She was born in Orleans on August 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Colonel Orvis D. Mathews and Eva (Horner) Mathews.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1943, and from Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1945.

On December 20, 1952, she married Charles K. Wiggin.

She worked for the government while at the Federal Housing Administration, later worked at Passumpsic Savings Bank in St. Johnsbury, and retired as a caseworker at the St. Johnsbury office of the Vermont Department of Social Welfare.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles K. Wiggin; her son Richard Wiggin of Littleton, New Hampshire; her daughter Deborah W. Matthews of South Burlington; her grandson Joshua S. Packard and great-granddaughter Alexis Packard, both of St. Johnsbury Center; and by her great-granddaughter Raegan Monroe of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Mathews; and by a granddaughter, Brooke Allyson Wiggin.

There were no services.

Given her love for dogs, please consider a material contribution to the Lyndon Dog Pound, 6603 Memorial Drive, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

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