April 1, 2009 Obituaries

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James A. Cota




James Cota with his grandchildren, from left to right, Mikayla, Ebony, and Hunter.


James A. Cota, 60, of Barton died March 24, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Cota was born November 9, 1948, in Barton, a son of Russell and Doris (Buskey) Cota.
On April 11, 1970, he married Linda Pelkey, who survives him.
He was a lineman for Barton Electric; he retired in 1991.
He was a member of the Vermont National Guard.  He held memberships with American Legion Post 23 of Orleans and the Orleans Country Club.  He played softball for many years with a Barton team.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Cota, of Barton; by two children, Tim Cota and his wife, Crystal, of Brownington and Tisha Hankinson and her husband, Glenn, of Newport; by three grandchildren:  Mikayla, Hunter, and Ebony; by his father, Russell Cota, of Barton; by two brothers, John Cota and his wife, Audrey, of Cambridge and Jeff Cota and his wife, Jean, of Barton; by his sister Jeanne Nadeau and her husband, Wayne, of South Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Doris, in 1991.
Funeral services were held March 27 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Carol Borland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James Cota Scholarship Fund, Community National Bank, attention Crystal Boutin, P.O. Box 577, Barton, Vermont 05822, for his grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Daniel T. “Danny” Horner




Daniel T. “Danny” Horner, 45, died Saturday evening, March 28, 2009, in East Burke as a result of an automobile accident.
Mr. Horner was born in Newport on September 29, 1963, a son of Aaron “Bay” Horner Jr. and Sylvia Boucher Horner of Derby.  He attended Albany Community School, and he was a 1981 graduate of Lake Region Union High School.
He was an auto mechanic and was employed by Gilmour Ford in St. Johnsbury.
He enjoyed hunting, spending time with his pets, and caring for children.
He leaves his mother, “Sib,” of Derby; his sister Michelle Tetreault and her husband, Dale, of Cabot; two brothers, Rick Horner of Albany and Aaron Horner III and his friend, Maureen, of Derby; his niece Brooke Tetreault; two nephews, Dylan Tetreault and Sean Horner and his wife, Renee; four uncles:  Robert and Lawrence Boucher and Phillip and Robert Horner; his aunt Josephine Bowen; many extended family members; and a dear friend, Kevin Wheeler, and his family of Newark.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. to the hour of service.  Spring interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Albany Village Cemetery.
Contributions in Mr. Horner’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





Kurt Schraudner


Kurt Schraudner, 80, of Bamberg, Germany, died March 2, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Schraudner was born October 16, 1928.  He was a lifelong resident of Bamberg in a multigenerational family of master photographers.  He carried on the family photo studio first established by his grandfather, then passed to his father.  Two of his children continue the family trade and the business name Foto-Schraudner.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lieselotte Schraudner.  He is survived by his children:  Gaby Schraudner and Juergen Schraudner and his family of Bamberg, Hannelore Schuman and her family of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Andrea Hunt and her family of Coventry.
A small service for family and close friends was held March 18 in Bamberg prior to burial.
Local donations in Mr. Schraudner’s name may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.





Albert William Smith




Albert William Smith, 52, of Newport died peacefully on March 21, 2009, in Burlington, with his family by his side.
Mr. Smith was born July 28, 1956, in Newport, the only son of Walter and Tessie Smith of North Troy.
He was a fun-loving guy, a friend to all, doing for others before himself, a great softball player and pool shark, and talented welder at Ethan Allen in Orleans.
Forever by his side were his two cats, Fred and Ethel, companions to the end.
For a number of years he was a member of the North Troy and Orleans fire departments.  He was an 11-year veteran with the Air and Army National Guard in Burlington.  He was a member of Jay Peak Post 28 of the American Legion for 20 years.
His parents survive him.  He is also survived by his sisters Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold Jr., of Jay and Katherine Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay; by four nieces and a nephew:  Susan (Cota) Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of Los Angeles, California, Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, of Milton, Karen Cota of Valley Village, California, Angela Mayhew Mead and her husband, James, of Newport Center, and Melinda Mayhew Smith of Waitsfield; by his great-niece and -nephews:  Sierra and Tyler Mead and Mathiew Smith; by his aunt Roberta Clark of Chicopee, Massachusetts; and by several cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Albert and Belle Lahue, of North Troy; by his paternal grandparents, William and Minnie Smith, of North Troy; and by several aunts and uncles.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held March 26 in Newport with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating.  Spring interment will be in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to Jay Peak Post 28, American Legion, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Wayne Rene Wells



Wayne Rene Wells, 57, of Derby died March 22, 2009, in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Mr. Wells was born January 21, 1952, in Newport, a son of Rene Sr. and June (Hart) Wells.
He enjoyed fishing and camping.
He is survived by his mother, June, of Derby; by six brothers:  Roy Wells of Derby Line, Richard Wells and his wife, Vicky, of Derby, Robert Wells of New Port Richie, Florida, David Wells of Troy, Wade Wells and his wife, Susan, of Lyndonville, and Mark Wells and his wife, Cindy, of Newport; by two sisters, Beverly Barow and her husband, Wilbur, of Newport and Diane Benway and her companion, John, of Derby; by stepbrother Jason Wells of Conway, New Hampshire; by stepsister Jessica Wells of Plymouth; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Rene Wells Sr.; by his brother Rene Wells Jr.; and by his sister Gloria Paradis.
A celebration of his life was held March 30 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Wells’ memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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