Obituaries November 20, 2013

obit brennanTom L. Brennan Jr.

Tom L. Brennan Jr., 83, of Newport died on November 8, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on January 9, 1930, in Jay, to Tom and Alice (Magoon) Brennan Sr.  On July 4, 1954, he married Edith Hamelin, who predeceased him on September 2, 1997.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  During his lifetime he was a hydro operator for Citizens Utilities where he retired after 20 years of service.

He was a former owner of the B&D Market in North Troy and the Hotel Reba.

He loved to hunt, fish, golf, and garden.  He loved almost any sport and to go out to eat.  He loved to see his grandchildren and have them for visits and the whole family at holidays and other gatherings.

He held memberships with the American Legion of North Troy, where he was a life member, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and he was a former member of the Masons.

He was a man of few words but when he spoke people generally listened and respected what he said.  His grandson Dillon is attending Norwich, which he was extremely proud of.

He is survived by his children:  Rebecaa Morton and her husband, Stan, of Tennessee, Kathy Descheneau and her husband, Dennis, of Newport Center, and Jeffrey Brennan and his wife, Paula, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Amy Martin and her husband, Matt, of Derby, Bridgett Wiggitt and her husband, Sam, of Newport Center, Dennis Descheneau Jr. of Newport, Jacob Morton of Tennessee, Dillon Brennan of Newport Center, and Colin Brennan of Newport Center; his great-grandchildren:  Brittany and Olivia Clogston of Derby, and Kody Martin of Derby; his sister Dorothy Portghese of California; and by his dear friend Joanne.

He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on November 15, in Newport.  Interment took place in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 08555.

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

Lucille K. Bresse

Lucille K. Bresse, 99, of Island Pond died on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 23, 1914, in Island Pond, to Herbert and Rose (Devlin) Aldrich.  In 1935, she married Ernest Bresse, who predeceased her in 1989.

Mrs. Bresse was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Circle and past regent of Island Pond.

She loved to cook and supported area bake sales to the delight of all who bought her donuts and cakes.  She also liked to embroider and did so for many years.  She also canned from the many vegetables that her husband grew in their large garden.  She also assisted the teachers during lunchtime for several years.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of Newcaney, Texas, and Margaret Perkins and her husband, Gerald, of West Charleston; her daughter-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and by her sister Geraldine Percy of Titusville, Florida.

She was predeceased by a son, Edmund Bresse; her brother Donald Aldrich; and by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins.

Funeral services were held on November 18, in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Matre Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit BuchmanBetty Rose Buchman

Betty Rose Buchman, 88, of Island Pond died on November 10, 2013, in her home that she shared with her son, Scott Buchman.

She was born on January 25, 1925, in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Cecil and Goldie (Murphy) Ordiway.

After graduating from Mount Jewett High School in June of 1942, she moved to Washington, D.C., to assist in the war effort, working with the Army Map Service.

On November 7, 1946, she married Erich Eugene Buchman, a private in the U.S. Air Force, in Tucson, Arizona.  They went on to raise four children, eventually retiring in Island Pond, where they spent more than 30 years.  Her husband predeceased her in April of 2009.

She enjoyed a long and loving life as a mother and homemaker.  She was an avid birdwatcher, and she loved animals, gardening, and the outdoors.

She is survived by three children:  her daughter Doreen Lee Buchman, and her son-in-law William Lammers, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, her son Avery Scott Buchman of Island Pond, and her daughter Lisa Kerstine (Buchman) Presutto, and her son-in-law Patrick Presutto, of Parkertown, New Jersey, as well as her daughter-in-law Peggy (Peltz) Buchman of Fern Glen, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Nicole Rose Ozgul and her husband, Aytac, of Beach Haven West, New Jersey, Kyra Lee Lammers of St. Paul, Minnesota, Erica Maxine Lammers of Kutztown, Gregory Peltz of Lighthouse, Pennsylvania, and Brian Peltz of Pine Hill, New Jersey; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Craig Lane Buchman, of Vincentown, New Jersey; as well as by five siblings:  Audrey Jane (Ordiway) Burns of Tampa, Florida, Verle Norman Ordiway of Franklin, Pennsylvania, Ralph Elbert Ordiway of Tampa, Alice Virginia (Ordiway) Owen of Mount Jewett, and Erda Kathryn (Ordiway) Flanigan of Dover, New Hampshire.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond.  A reception hosted by the family will be held at the Island Pond American Legion immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

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

Faye R. Cher

Faye Rose Cher, 67, of Bethel, Connecticut, formerly of Glover and Wheelock, died on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Danbury, Connecticut.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Downs Hickok, in 1991.

Born in Danbury on January 10, 1946, daughter of the late Joseph Cher and Evelynne Fay (Terpening) Cher Barrett, she was a 1963 graduate of Bethel High School.  She moved to Vermont, retired from the Department of Social Welfare after 30 years of service, and pursued her passion for country folk art, painting on anything she could find, and marketing her talents under the name of “Cherwares.”

She enjoyed sharing her work at various local establishments and was an active member of the Peacham guild of artists for many years.

She is survived by her partner David Gruenig of Wheelock; her daughter Tonya F. Hickok Cher and her significant other, Brian Houghton, of Barre; a brother, Stanley R. Cher, and his wife, Barbara, of Woodbury, Connecticut; her sister Laura Cher Homa and her husband, Joseph, of Bethel; her granddaughter Kristen N. Howell; her great-grandson Kameron Cher; as well as by nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of her lifetime of giving to others through her work and art, the family asks that you practice a random act of kindness.

Per her request, there are no calling hours or services.

Information and online condolences are at hullfuneralservice.com.

obit DaggettBurton Kenneth Daggett

Burton Kenneth Daggett, 70, best known as “Joe,” died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, of natural causes related to multiple sclerosis.

He lived in Holland with his wife, Vicki.

He was born on August 21, 1943, in Newport, the son of Bernard Fred Daggett and Thelma Willey Daggett.  He grew up on the Daggett family farm in Holland, and he graduated from Derby Academy in 1962.

Shortly after graduating, he left the family farm and bought a dump truck.  He was very proud of the work he did to help build the Northern Vermont segment of Interstate 91 in the mid-1960s.

On June 15, 1968, he married Vicki Cowens, the love and angel of his life.  He sold his dump truck in 1970 and built a home on his Uncle Ted’s farm on the Morgan Road in Derby.

He and his wife lived there for 25 years and raised their two children, Andrew and Jennifer, before they moved back to Holland in 1995.

He loved animals and had many beloved pets in his lifetime, including his beloved dog, Virgil, who served as his faithful companion once he was no longer able to drive.

After selling his dump truck, Mr. Daggett went to work for Pike Industries as a heavy equipment mover in 1970.  He worked for Pike for 15 years before making a change to driving milk truck in the mid-1980s.  He worked as a milk truck transport driver for the balance of his trucking career.

He loved the open road and he loved to drive truck.  He was meticulous with the care of his vehicles and took a great deal of pride in keeping his trucks spotless, inside and out.  He was also a very capable mechanic and could identify and fix any problem he ever encountered with any motorized vehicle that he ever drove.  In addition, he possessed a very keen, analytical and innovative mind and was often sought out for solutions to problems.  After retiring from trucking in the early 1990s, he served as selectman for the town of Holland and volunteered many hours with the town road crew.  He found a great deal of pleasure serving in these civic roles.

He realized his greatest enjoyment in life from spending time with the people that he loved.  He was an extremely devoted family man.

He and his family will forever be grateful to his many caregivers over the last 20 years of his life.  He was most blessed by the unconditional, unwavering, selfless care of his wife, whose complete devotion allowed him to live within his home with as much quality of life as possible throughout the duration of his illness.

Mr. Daggett was a model man, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

He had an incredibly strong work ethic and admirable sense of honor and integrity.  He was selfless, determined, and would always do more for others than he would ever do for himself.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and a strong sense of purpose.  Ironically, his strength was never more evident than throughout the course of his disease.  As his physical body failed, his resolve and resilience strengthened.  He was a remarkable example of strength through adversity.

He is survived by his wife Vicki; his son Andrew and his wife, Erin, of Brookfield, New Hampshire; his daughter Jennifer and her husband, Ronald Patenaude, of Holland; and by his grandchildren:  Katelyn, Jacob, and Molly Patenaude, and Autumn, Audrey, and Andrea Daggett.  In addition, he is survived by one brother, Gordon “Bub” Daggett of Holland; one half-sister, Alice Daggett of Newport; and by his nephew Steve and his wife, Jenny.

He was predeceased by a half-brother, Michael Daggett; a sister-in-law, Colleen; and by his special father- and mother-in-law, John and Mollie Cowens.

Per Mr. Daggett’s request, there will be no official memorial services.  Folks are very welcome to visit his wife and family at his home in Holland at any time.

Cards and remembrances may be mailed to his family at 3045 Valley Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  Please include specific memories.

Donations in his memory may be made to Clara Nadeau, Border Livestock Plus 4-H, Gore Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  These donations will be used to support agricultural youth education and character development, which Mr. Daggett valued deeply.

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

obit GriffinMary E. Griffin

Mary E. Griffin, 89, died peacefully on November 12, 2013, at her home in West Charleston, where she lived for 70 years.

She was born on March 8, 1924, in Derby, to Wilfred J. and Lena (Duval) Gendreau.

Mrs. Griffin graduated from Derby Academy in 1943.  On November 8, 1943, she married Francis Griffin.

She was a cook for the Charleston Elementary School and served on the North Country Union High School board for 23 years.  She was also a 4H leader and cook at Coutts-Moriarty 4H camp.  She was member of St. Benedict’s and more recently the Mater Dei Parish council.

Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Simoneau; her grandchildren:  Timothy and Tammy Simoneau, Michelle and Joey Hall, and Diane and Michael Pettengill; her great-grandchildren:  Samantha, Korrie, Morgan, Riley, Madison and Jayden Simoneau, and Katelyn, Gwen and Abigail Pettengill; her great-great-grandchild Penelope Long; her daughter Joanne Grassette; her grandchildren:  David Bean, Robert and Monica Bean, Heather and Jim Buttonow, and Christopher Bean; her great-grandchildren:  Haley and Griffin Bean, Brandon and Heather Bean, and Madison and Samuel Buttonow; her daughter Sally Brochu and her husband, Edward; her grandchildren:  Christine and Brian Wichert, Philip and Lynn Brochu, and Daniel Brochu; her great-grandchildren:  Isaiah and Owen Brochu; her daughter Dorothy Myers and her husband, Barry; her grandchildren:  Andrew and Danielle Myers, and Baylee Myers; her great-grandchildren:  Ruby and Ava Myers; her son Earl Griffin; her daughter Donna Willis and her husband, John; her grandchildren:  Benjamin and Angela Marcoux, Jason Marcoux, and Tyler Griffin-Marcoux; her daughter Anne Griffin; her grandchildren:  Melissa Currier, Trevor and Jennifer Currier, and Jonathan and Janine Currier; her great-grandchildren:  Jonathan, Christopher, Nicholas and Daniel Carpenter, Trevor Jr., Janie and Isabella Currier, Kiana, Kayla, Andrew and Matthew Currier; her son Francis “Tommy” Griffin; her grandchildren:  Jessica and Michael McQuaig, Kylee Griffin, and Cody Griffin; her great-grandchildren:  Connor and Trevor McQuaig; her daughter Jane Lueders and her husband, Carl; her grandchildren:  Emma, Luke and Page; her daughter Susan Broadbent and her husband, Joseph; and her grandchildren:  Bethany and Matthew.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis Griffin; her children:  Nancy, Diane and Timothy Griffin; her parents, Wilfred and Lena Gendreau; her sister Irene Gendreau; her grandchildren:  Adam Myers and Matthew Sinclair; and by her great-grandchild Milo Jewett.

Funeral services were held on November 15, at St. Benedict Labre Catholic Church in West Charleston.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

The family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Mater Dei Parish, Youth Group & Family Formation, in care of Annie Gonyaw, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 1, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

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

Julia C. Hood

Julia Claire Hood, 89, formerly of East Hardwick, died peacefully at the Greensboro Nursing Home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, with her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith at her bedside.

She was born on May 18, 1924, in Swanton, the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Martin) Laraby.

She had several jobs during her working years which included working as a waitress at Ray & Lucy’s Restaurant in Hardwick, as an assembly line lacer at the shoe factory in Littleton, New Hampshire, as a gas station attendant and as a manager of the Darling Inn, both in Lyndonville.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time.

She was a very private person.  The love of her life were her two cats, Snow and Baby.  She always found great comfort having at least one cat living in her home.

Along with her many friends, she will be missed by her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith of East Ryegate.  Barbara went to live with Ms. and Mr. Hood when she was six months old.

She was predeceased by her parents and her ex-husband, Wendell Hood, whom she had taken care of for the last two years of his life.

To honor her request, there will be no funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit lawrencePauline M. Lawrence

Pauline M. Lawrence, 91, of Troy died suddenly on November 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1922, in Troy, to Arsene and Armande (Bessette) Brault.

She married Robert Lawrence, who predeceased her in 1992.  She attended Sacred Heart School.

Mrs. Lawrence was postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Troy from 1967, retiring after 22 years of service.

Her hobbies included playing music, birdwatching, and gardening.  She loved her faith and family.  She was past choir director and organist for Sacred Heart Parish for 48 years.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia and her husband, Raymond LeMay; her grandchildren:  Mark LeMay and his wife, Barbara, of Troy, Maria LeMay Companion and her husband, James, of Florida, and Melissa LeMay and her fiancé, Luke White, of Texas; her great-grandchildren:  Melina and Michael LeMay, Chantal Companion and her husband, Brian Knudsen, and Marcia Piper; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Hayden and Jacoby.  She also leaves her sisters:  Cecile Harold and her companion, Carl Mowery, and Yolande Lahue and her husband, Marvin.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Theresa, Fernande, Rachel, and Estelle; and by her brothers:  Albert and John.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Troy, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jay Food Shelf, 1036 Route 242, Jay, Vermont 05859.

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

obit masonDustin Joseph Mason

Dustin Joseph Mason, 25, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

He was born on July 21, 1988, in Burlington, the son of Monte and Shirley Deuso Mason.  He was a 2006 graduate of Peoples Academy and the automotive program at Green Mountain Tech Center.

He had worked at several garages over the years and was currently employed by the town of Morristown’s road crew.  He took great pride in his work.

He loved hockey, beginning with several years in the Stowe youth league and was a member of the first Peoples Academy team.  He was an avid Bruins fan.  He was a three-time state arm wrestling champion and at one time was ranked sixth in New England.  He enjoyed hunting and was recently involved with building the family camp in Craftsbury.  He liked doing side jobs with his tractor and was always very particular with his work.  He was always just a call away if anyone was in need of help.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.  He was a great friend and dedicated family man.

He is survived by his wife Amanda Machia Mason; a daughter, Kaileigh Mason; a son expected to be born in March; his parents, Monte and Shirley Mason of Morristown; his mother-in-law Shirley Machia of North Hyde Park; his father-in-law James Machia of Waterville; his brother-in-law Jason Machia of Waterville; his aunts and uncles:  Ron and Liz Gamble, Elessia and Roger Audet, Rebecca Ross of Albany, Donna and Eddie Skinner of Albany, and Charlotte and Richard Holt of Tucson, Arizona; his cousins:  Mona Allen of Tucson, Tim and Brenda Hall and family, Diana and Ben LeRiche and family, Tammy Gamble and family, Kevin Mason and Angela Ross and family, and Ken and Sherry Ross and family; his special friends:  Kyle, Scott, Mike B., Chris, Dean, and the town of Morristown road crew; and by many other friends too numerous to mention.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Douglass Mason; and by his grandparents, Esslyn Mason and Chelsia Mason.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Morrisville. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund being established for the benefit of his children and may be sent to:  Shirley Mason, 1264 Stagecoach Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Edwin Ovitt

Edwin Ovitt, 60, of Orleans died suddenly on November 15, 2013.

He was born on May 15, 1953, in Charleston, to Regena Ovitt (Moulton) and Herbert Ovitt.

He was a longtime logger, and recently worked for Tivoly.

He enjoyed fishing and playing poker with his friends and family.

He leaves behind a loving fiancée, Stella Bennett; and four children:  Patrick Bennett, Kevin Ovitt, Lilah Ovitt, and Laurel Ovitt.  He will be sadly missed by his brothers:  Rock, Kean, Rustin, and Dustin; his sisters:  Regena, Valerie, Brenda, and Debra; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Lori Powers.

A celebration of life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall from 12 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 24.

obit PepinElaine Edith Davis Pepin

Elaine Edith Davis Pepin, 70, of Derby died unexpectedly early on Saturday morning, November 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 19, 1942, daughter of Jerry and Natalie Davis.

She attended schools in Derby and was a proud, active alumna of Derby Academy.  In 1961, she attended Champlain Business College, then completed an associate’s degree in business through the Community College of Vermont in 1980.  She recently returned to membership in the Northstar 25 Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a new member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was an active member of the Community National Bank Community Circle and the Vermont 251 Club, which she very much enjoyed.

A compassionate senior companion and caregiver with an infectious laugh, she was a generous and loving woman adored by many people.  A volunteer at the Derby Historical Society, she was also the author of numerous articles for the Northland Journal, including many about Jay’s Snack Bar.

She was an avid scrapbooker, researcher of family genealogy and collector of cookbooks who published several cookbooks of her own.  She lived for dancing, music, cooking, her dog, Missy, and the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, and by her ex-husband Paul Pepin, previously of Brownington.

She is survived by her long-time partner and loving companion, Joel “Papa Joe” Howes of Derby; her four children:  Theresa Pepin of Eden Mills, Dianne Pepin of Laconia, New Hampshire, Jerry Pepin and his wife, Sonja, of Brownington, and Christine Favreau and her husband, Mark, of Sheldon; her grandchildren:  Heidi Cyr, Jeannie Powers, Michelle Pepin, Geralyn, Gerin and Jaemin Fortin Pepin, Ryan Pepin, and Madison Favreau; her great-grandchildren:  Cole Phillips and Hunter Carlton; her sister Linda Dumond and her friend, Richard Roberts of Canaan; her brother Kenneth Davis and his partner, Sheila Dickerman, of Brandon; her brother Harvey Davis and his wife, Joan, of Bethel; her brother Craig and his wife, Jean, of West Charleston; as well as by many beloved nephews and nieces.  She loved her sisters- and brothers-in-law, including Irene Leblanc, the late Allen LeBlanc, Armand Pepin, Lorraine Pepin, Raymond Pepin, Beverly Pepin, Edward Pepin and Linda Pepin.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, November 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Academy Alumni Association, P.O. Box 757, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit SmithPeter Scott Smith

Peter Scott Smith, 50, of Newport died on Friday, November 8, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, after a long battle with muscular dystrophy.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4, 1963, and grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York.

He leaves behind his beloved six-year-old son Jayden, the light of his life; his parents:  Ronald and Irene Smith; his brothers:  Ronald Lee Smith and Christopher Smith; his sister Jacqueline Wilson and her husband, Jamie; his nieces:  Jonnie Michelle Brewster and Julia Payson; his grandniece Michelle McElroy; his nephews:  Matthew Smith, Alexander Smith and Jericho Wilson; his aunts and uncles, Catherine Meade, Theresa and Dennis Rosadio, and Frank Manchester; and many cousins.  He will be dearly missed by all his friends in Vermont and Rockaway Beach.

There will be no calling hours.  A Mass 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 WilleyAmanda Lynn Willey

Amanda Lynn Willey, 30, of Derby died suddenly on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 18, 1982, in Newport, to Jeffery and Julie (Stone) Willey.

She was a people person and was always willing to give a hand to anyone.  She loved to go to the beach with her kids.  Her children meant the world to her.

She leaves her son Tyler Dagesse and her daughter Madison Dagesse, both of Barton.  She is survived by her father Jeff Willey and Vickie of Westmore; her mother Julie Willey of Barton; her special niece Brianna Cotnoir of Barton; her aunts and uncles:  Peggy Bly and Tom of Derby, Tammi Hodgdon of Newport, Shirleen Willey and her friend, Alan, of Evansville, Lois Menard of Glover, Joan Willey and her husband, Eric, of North Hyde Park, Harley Stone and his wife, Cathy, of Craftsbury, Dale Stone and his wife, Audrey, of West Burke, John Willey and his wife, Nan, of Evansville, and Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton; her grandmother Avis Billado of Enosburg; and by several cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister Amy Willey in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Hugh and Blanche Stone; and by several uncles.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, on Thursday, November 21, from 10 to 11 a.m.

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

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

obit WilsonDorothy Leigh Wilson

Dorothy Leigh Wilson, 81, of Newport died peacefully, with her loving husband and children at her side, on November 15, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on February 1, 1932, in Andulsia, Alabama, to John and Gladine (Wissenhaunt) Merriman.

On September 28, 1957, she married Charles Wilson, who survives her.

She is survived by her husband Charles Wilson of Newport; her children:  Joyce Norrie and her husband, David, of St. Johnsbury Center, Jonathan Wilson and his wife, Marti, of Brownington, and Joseph Wilson and his wife, Penny, of Irasburg; her grandchildren:  Marissa Gadapee and her husband, Corey, Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, Jamie Wilson, Danny Gosselin and his fiancée, Amanda Gamble, Tiana Gosselin and her fiancé, Dakota Moses, Skyla and Naula Wilson, and Tucker Wilson; her great-grandchildren:  Damyin, Kiare, McKenzie and Axel; her brothers and sisters:  Houston Merriman of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Charles Merriman of Mountain Center, California, William Merriman of Carrollton, Texas, Louise Davis of Judsonia, Arkansas, Ima Green of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Lorraine Miller and her husband, Allan, of Eustis, Florida, and Betty-Faye Haskew of Mobile, Alabama; and by many nieces and nephews.

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.

Share

Obituaries November 13, 2013

Robert Wayne Ciechanowicz

Robert Wayne “Bob” Ciechanowicz, 67, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born in Morristown on September 29, 1946, son of Antoni and Geraldine (Kimball) Ciechanowicz.  He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969, also serving in Vietnam.  A graduate of Johnson State College, he had a long and distinguished career in information technology, working for the state of Vermont and Ben and Jerry’s.

In retirement, he most enjoyed cooking, fine wine and being with his family.

He leaves his wife of 17 years, Marge of Jericho; two daughters:  Jennifer of St. Albans, and Karen, and her son Tyler, of Burlington; his brother Joe of West Charleston; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and a nephew who will miss him greatly.  He is also survived by his first wife, Bonnie Lynn of Jericho.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, at 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction.

Gifts in his memory may be made to a local animal shelter or charity of one’s choice.

 

obit KennedyThelma Lee Kennedy

Thelma Lee Kennedy, 85, of Newport died on November 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 7, 1927, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Nate and Mary (Ellis) Lee.

She married James Thomas Kennedy, who predeceased her on July 30, 1995.

Her hobbies included sewing and she enjoyed instrumental music.

She is survived by her daughters:  Rever Kennedy, Grace Palmer and Diane C. Venezia, all of Newport, and Linda M. Pate of Pageland, South Carolina; her sons:  Milton H. Anthony of Jericho, Michael B. Cheney of Newport Center, and Nathan Edmonds of Barton; her sisters:  Otha Griffin of Louisiana, and Dorothy Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada; her twin brother John Wilson of Las Vegas; her twelve grandchildren; a host of friends and relatives in Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, and California; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Leon Washington and L.T. Wilson.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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

 

obit MeunierRobert “Rob” Paul Meunier

Robert “Rob” Paul Meunier, 47, of Newport Center died suddenly while on a hunting trip in Ontario, just after shooting an eight-point buck, on November 5, 2013.

He was born in Newport on October 18, 1966, son of Paul and Jeanette Meunier.  On September 23, 1989, he married his one and only true love, DeAnn Desrochers.

He so very much loved life and enjoyed each and every day.  He took such great pride in his two children, Ben and Kate, who he loved and adored beyond words.  There is not one thing that they said or did that he was not totally interested in.  They, along with his father, Paul “Wally,” were truly his best friends.

Mr. Meunier was so proud of the hunting camp that he owned and built with his dad and brother-in-law.  He looked so forward to those two weeks in November that they spent there — good times, good stories, good friends, good food.  How many suppers did he plan and cook for many of his friends at Big Buck Lodge!  And, of course, we can’t forget the ice fishing in the winter on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent many hours with DeAnn, Ben, and Kate in the ice shack fishing for perch.  He enjoyed people stopping by for a visit at the shack so much, he so looked forward to that.  He drilled many holes for his family and friends looking for that “hot spot” where the fish were hiding.  There was the famous chart in his basement that kept track daily and yearly of how many fish were caught each day, not to mention who caught the most fish, he or DeAnn.

He was an extraordinary human being with an endless supply of caring and compassion for anyone that he crossed paths with.  He was a great son, husband, father, brother, and uncle.  He was a great friend to so many people.  He will be missed by so very many people.

He was also so dedicated to the business he ran with his parents, Meunier Construction.  He worked so diligently to make sure each and every customer was happy and satisfied.

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, their two children:  Benjamin and Katelyn and her companion, Justin Shattuck; his parents:  Paul and Jeanette Meunier; his sisters:  Sue Perkins and her husband, Rob, and Amy and Brian Fletcher; his mother-in-law Vivian “Connie” Desrochers; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law:  Denise and Jim Daigle; his brother-in-law Dennis Desrochers; his grandmother Simone Meunier; and by his nieces and nephews:  Kyle and Lauren Perkins, Riley and Alex Fletcher, Nicholas Daigle and his fiancée, Sheena Brown, James “J.D.” Desrochers, and David Desroches and his companion, Amber Roberge.  He had a special bond with each one of them and thought of them as his own.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Roger Daigle and Tony LeMay; and his very loyal employees:  Rene Daigle and Jimmy Brown.  He is also survived by many aunts and uncles and so very many special and close friends.

Funeral services were held on November 11, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children for their education and future, in care of Denise Daigle, 217 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Ernest H. Punt Sr.

Ernest H. Punt Sr., 72, of Coventry died on November 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1941, in Springfield, to Horace and Rose Mary (Koloski) Punt.  On June 26, 1971, he married Christine Fogg, who predeceased him on May 18, 2010.

He enjoyed farming, playing cribbage with family and friends, going to area fairs and fishing with his grandchildren.  He loved family visits and he enjoyed going to his grandchildrens’ sporting events.

He is survived by his children:  Jessica and Ernie Punt Jr., Anthony Punt, and Patricia Brown and Sebastian, all of Coventry; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and by his brothers:  David Punt and his wife, Marie, of New York, and Wayne Punt of White River Junction.

A celebration of his life will take place on November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at his son Ernie’s house.  Call 754-6577 for directions.  Burial will take place at a later date.

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

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

 

Barbara H. Ransom

Barbara H. Ransom, 90, of Burlington died peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 9, 1923, in Bennington, the youngest daughter of Marjorie and Frank Hayes.  She attended Bennington schools, and spent many hours exploring the Bennington area woods and fields.  After graduating from St. Joseph’s Business College, where she proudly typed 123 words per minute on a manual typewriter, she worked initially as a secretary at Bennington College, and then as the administrative assistant for the Bennington Superintendent of Schools.

In 1946, she married her childhood companion, Earle N. Ransom, and they moved to Burlington.  Mr. Ransom attended the University of Vermont and Mrs. Ransom worked as a secretary at GE until the birth of their first child.  From then on, she stayed at home raising her family.  She volunteered for over 20 years at C.P. Smith Elementary School, tutoring students in math and reading.  The school community recognized this service by presenting her with The Golden Apple Award.

Throughout her life, she shared her love and knowledge of nature with generations of family, friends and neighbors.  She was an active member of the Heineberg Senior Center, where she enjoyed playing the piano, becoming a pool shark, and where she joined the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her daughters:  Laura and her husband, Stephen DeMaroney, of South Burlington, Kathleen Getty of Williston, and Beth Hale and her companion, Gilbert Tabor Jr., of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer DeMaroney and her partner, John Ste. Marie, Karen DeMaroney, Amanda Getty and Jared Benedict, Michael Getty, Frank Lee Hale III and his fiancée, Tanya Murray, and Jededia Hale; her great-grandchildren:  Klyer Hale and Frank Lee Hale IV; her sister Dr. Janice Hayes of Ormond Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by a special neighbor, Toni Taginski, who called Barbara her second mother.

She was lucky to have Nancy Dinkel as her caregiver, and Nancy has become part of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Earle, in 1985; her parents; her sister Alison McLaughlin; and by a family friend, Laura Govoni.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, November 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, at 71 South Union Street in Burlington.  A service honoring her life will be held at Corbin and Palmer at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

 

obit RobertsDorio P. Roberts Jr.

Dorio P. Roberts Jr., 54, of North Troy died on November 9, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 11, 1958, in Newport, to Dorio Roberts Sr. and the late Geneva (Denton) Roberts.

He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, cooking, and working in his garden.  He was a very jolly, good-humored person, and was known in the area as “Little Doe.”  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling, softball, and playing various card games.

He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic.  He loved to tinker and work with his hands.

For 24 years he lived in Mashpee, Massachusestts, with his ex-wife Gena Roberts, the mother of his son, before moving back to North Troy six years ago.

He is survived by his son Ryan Dorio Roberts of Mashpee; his father Dorio P. Roberts Sr. of North Troy; his brothers and sisters:  Danny Roberts and his wife, Frances, of California, Dennis Roberts and his wife, Tracy, of North Troy, Darlene Potvin and her husband, Arnold, of Newport Center, Donna Kennison and her husband, Michael, of North Troy, Denise Roberts of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Devin Ryan of Roxbury; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Geneva Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, November 13, at the North Troy Congregational Church.  Interment will be at a later date at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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

Share

Obituaries November 6, 2013

obit BoschPhyllis (Treadwell) Bosch

Phyllis (Treadwell) Bosch, 83, of Bolton, Massachusetts, died on October 24, 2013, at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts.

She was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, on August 11, 1930, daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Galeucia) Treadwell.

She was the wife of the late F. Michael Bosch.

She grew up in Tewksbury, graduating from Lowell Nursing School and Mass Memorial Nursing School, where she earned her RN.  She worked as a nurse at All Saints Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, and in Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital, both in Connecticut.

She was married in 1952 and made her home in Watertown, Billerica, Concord, and Harvard, all in Massachusetts.  After a brief stay in Wilton, Connecticut, she lived in Bolton from 1985 until her death, spending summers in Morgan.

She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, a hospice nurse, and served in a widow-to-widow program.  She gave to many charitable organizations and was an active member of the church.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and cross-stitching.  She especially enjoyed doll collecting and reading.  She played piano all her life and learned the organ in the 1980s.

Her survivors include her children:  Steve M. Bosch of Beverly, Massachusetts, Carol J. Bosch and her husband, John Willett, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and David A. Bosch and his wife, Penny Schnee-Bosch, of New York, New York; and three grandchildren:  Michael K. Bosch, Matthew A. Bosch-Willett, and Thomas J. Bosch-Willett.  She is also survived by a great-grandson, Nathaniel J. Bosch.

A celebration of her life was held November 2, in West Acton, Massachusetts.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Save The Children at www.savethechildren.org.

 

obit ChristoniThomas J. Christoni

Thomas J. Christoni, 51, of Derby died suddenly, at home, on October 31, 2013.

He loved the Northeast Kingdom and all things related to it.  He was an avid ice fisherman, and enjoyed any kind of salt water or fresh water fishing opportunities.  He loved hunting in the fall with friends and family, and always enjoyed the fruits of his hunts and fresh fish.

He was an avid sports fan — golf was his main passion — and he played very well for having just begun.  Any game that was on, he would be watching.  Baseball, football, basketball and hockey were continually hearing his voice yelling at the television.

He worked for many years at Vermont Aerospace in Lyndonville.  He loved his work there as a machinist, engineer and IT man. He was an extremely dedicated worker, who would never miss a day of work.  He loved all his co-workers — Ken Bean, Joe P., Ed Bedard and Roxanne were just a few that he spoke of daily.

He was a friend to many, and his philosophy was that friends and family were the most important thing.  Nobody should fight and not make up as life was short and you must get along.  His love for his daughter was everlasting and huge — there was not a thing that he would not do for her, his Samantha.

He is survived by his wife Annie; his daughter Samantha; his mother Kay Christoni; his brother John Christoni; his nephew Logan Biscornet; and by his mother-in-law Joan Curtis.  There are too many family members and friends to write.  He was well loved.

He was predeceased by two of his favorite people in the world:  Paul Curtis, his father-in-law, and his brother Jimmy.  The deaths of those men took a hard toll on him, and he missed them dreadfully.  He always said that Paul was his best friend in the world.  And now he can be with them both.

Our world was a better place because of his being here in it for a short time.  He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Rock on, Thomas — we will miss you horribly.  Nothing will be the same.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on November 9, from 11 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.  A reception will follow at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.  All are welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Samantha Christoni Education Fund, Passumpsic Savings Bank, 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.

 

Carol Allbee Gouin

Carol Allbee Gouin, 83, a lifelong resident of Bow, New Hampshire, died on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the CRNA Hospice House.

She was the daughter of Hiel and Margaret (Dalziel) Allbee.  She was a graduate of Concord High School in the Class of 1948.

She owned and operated the Bow Beauty Shop for over 40 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, the Bow Heritage Commission, the Bow Conservation Commission, the New Hampshire Cosmetology Association, candlepin bowling leagues, the New Hampshire Sports Car Club and the Sports Car Club of America.  She enjoyed spending summers at Crystal Lake in Barton, fishing with friends.

She is survived by her daughter Marcia LaPierre and her husband, Stephen, of Chazy, New York; her daughter Susan Libby-Andrews and her husband, Wayne Andrews, of Bow; a son, Mark E. Goodwin, and his wife, Brenda, of Bow; a stepdaughter, Louise Carr, and her husband, Byron, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; her grandchildren:  Matthew E. LaPierre, Lisa A. Goodwin, and Heather A. LaPierre; three great-granddaughters; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Zoel A. Gouin; a granddaughter, Erika Goodwin; a great-granddaughter, Sarrah Beth Rabideau-LaPierre; and by her sisters:  Pearl Painchaud and Jane Lindquist.

Graveside services were held November 1, at the Evans Cemetery in Bow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Messages of condolences may be offered at http://www.bennettfuneral.com/.

 

obit hermanGeorge A. Herman

George A. Herman, 74, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, died on October 12, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 14, 1939, in Boxford, Massachusetts, and was the son of the late Bernard and Hazel (Fuller) Herman-Morrison.  He attended schools in Boxford and Andover, Massachusetts.

He worked as an arborist for over 20 years at Valley Tree Service of Groveland, Massachusetts.  He later moved on to Avco Systems Division in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and later retired as a facility maintenance technician from Presidential Gardens of Bradford, Massachusetts.

His favorite hobby was fishing with his sons and grandsons, along with trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, or Foxwoods with his wife, Lorraine.  His life was centered around his loving family and watching the Red Sox!  He was a handy man, who had the knack to be able to fix anything.  He also enjoyed playing cards and working on cars.

He is survived by the love of his life, and wife of 53 years, Lorraine E. (Poore) Herman; and by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren:  his son George and his wife, Donna, of Derry, New Hampshire, and their six children:  Scott, Christopher, Patrick, Matthew, George, and Adam and his girlfriend, Sheena, and her two kids:  Dezirae and Zakary; daughter Dyana and her husband, Oscar Figueroa, and their two children:  Christian and Noah; son David and wife, Sandrah, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and their two children:  Devin and Caitlyne; son Michael of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and his daughter, Amber, of Nashua, New Hampshire; daughter Lori and her husband, Paul Smith, of Chester, New Hampshire, and their three children:  Ryan, Tyler, and Kayla, and her son, Evan; and son Timothy of Lawrence, and his two sons:  Andrew and Nicholas of Lincoln, New Hampshire.  He is also survived by his sister Sylvia Lancaster of Brownington; and by many nieces and nephews, and his relatives in the Vermont area.

He was predeceased by his sister Sally Gill of Peabody, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, Inc., 5 Mountain Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803.

Condolences may be made at www.pollardfuneralhome.com.

 

obit kinseyFrederick Cornelius Kinsey

Frederick C. Kinsey, 87, of Albany, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died on October 29, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, from complications from an undiagnosed collapsed lung, which he got cutting wood.

He was born on December 18, 1925, to Frederick C. Kinsey Sr. and Geneva (Whitcher) Kinsey, at their home on the family farm in Barton.  After his father left, he and his brothers, David and Bob, helped their mother run the farm.  For years they ran a milk route in town.  He graduated in 1944 from Barton Academy where he was in the Future Farmers of America (FFA).  He even traveled to the 1946 FFA convention in St. Louis, where he was named an American Farmer.  He tried to join the armed forces after graduation, but his knees and necessary farm work kept him on the home front.

He and his brother Bob were outstanding athletes at Barton Academy and both were involved in town-team baseball for years after the war.  He had caddied at the Barton Country Club since his youth, and had a lifelong love of golf.

Mr. Kinsey married Louise Rowell on June 7, 1947.  They soon started a farm raising chickens, and had Helen, Leland, and Blaine while on the South Albany farm.  In 1952, they moved to County Road and started their dairy farm.  Natalie and Kyle were born there.  Brother Bob married Louise’s sister, Eunice, and also farmed, and they all ran almost joint operations for years.

Fred and Louise kept farming until 1968, and they continued to live in their home even after the animals and much of the land were sold.

Fred took a job at E.M. Brown & Son in Barton, delivering grain and building supplies, and often even unloading railroad cars of grain with a scoop shovel.  He also had side businesses of lawn care in summer, cutting and selling firewood year-round, and running the family sugaring operation.  When he retired from E.M. Brown, his other work only increased.  As part of his lawn care, he kept the Barton Fire Department grounds, and the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, where he and Louise were members, and the Manse grounds, mowed and trimmed gratis.

As a young man, he had played drums in local bands at dance halls and street dances, playing his loved swing music.  His musical ability led him to be a member of the church choir for much of his adult life.

Natalie and her husband, Tom, were able to take him and his family to Scotland a number of times.  He was always interested in history, particularly the Civil War, in which his great-great-grandfather had fought, and been captured, and survived the steamship Sultana explosion while returning prisoners-of-war, which killed 1,900.

He was a participant in the local Civil War Roundtable, and had traveled with groups and family to many of the battlefields of that war, and the terrible prison where his ancestor had been held.

All those who knew him will miss his ready wit and smile.

Private burial in Andersonville Cemetery, where his eldest daughter, Helen, and infant son, Nolan, are also buried.  A service of resurrection was held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association of Barton, of which he was a member for years; or ECHO, an anti-hunger organization, 17391 Durance Road, North Fort Meyers, Florida, 33917.

 

obit MooreBarbara Moore

Barbara Moore, 78, of Newport died on November 2, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Newport on March 15, 1935, to Leonard and Mamie (Snider) Moore.

Miss Moore spent most of her life in the Newport area except for several years when she became a nun.  At the age of 58, she went back to school, taking courses in liberal arts, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Johnson State College, which she was very proud of.

She also enjoyed crocheting and making ceramics.

She was predeceased by her brother Ronald Moore in 2002.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, November 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

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

 

obit tylerLouis Otis Tyler

Louis Otis Tyler, 87, of Island Pond died on Thursday evening, October 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born in Oakdale, Connecticut, on April 25, 1926, to Henry and Ida (Parker) Tyler.

He joined the Navy in 1948, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, serving on the U.S.S. Sierra.  He was honorably discharged on November 12, 1952.

He retired from the James River/AMPAD Corporation paper products mill in North Stratford, New Hampshire, during the mid-to-late-1980s, as a maintenance technician.

He enjoyed motorcycling, playing games on his computer, riding his lawnmower, and driving his car.  He could fix almost anything, especially if it was electrical.  He was quite proud of his cooking skills and sewing abilities.

He is survived by one brother, Harry Tyler, of Uncasville, Connecticut.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, three sisters, and a dear friend, Ernestine Currier.

He will be dearly missed by his friends and neighbors in Island Pond.

No public calling hours or services are planned.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share