April 15, 2009 Obituaries

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Marcel Albert Bathalon

 

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Marcel Albert Bathalon, 58, of Irasburg died April 11, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Bathalon was born April 28, 1950, in Burlington, a son of Ernest and Jeanne (Rondeau) Bathalon.
He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1969, and he was employed at Ethan Allen in Orleans.
On September 10, 1977, he married Diane Brasseur.
He held membership with the Knights of Columbus Council 2285 of Newport.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Bathalon, of Irasburg; by four children:  Dana E. Bathalon and his wife, Sarah, of Coventry, Rene Y. Bathalon and his wife, Ann, of Irasburg, Christine-Anne S. Bathalon and her fiancé, Travis Degre, of Jay, and Christopher J. Bathalon of Irasburg; by a cherished granddaughter, Makyla; by siblings:  Lucien Bathalon and his wife, Jane, of Derby, Raymond Bathalon and his wife, Lillian, of Troy, Jean Bathalon and his wife, Yvette, of Irasburg, Richard Bathalon and his wife, Beth, of Cabot, Pierre Bathalon and his friend, Jean, of Johnson, Jacque Bathalon and his wife, Karen, of Coventry, Guy Bathalon and his wife, Aline, of Derby, Denis Bathalon and his wife, Betsy, of Newport, Robert Bathalon and his wife, Joanne, of Westfield, and Bernard Bathalon and his wife, Tammy, of Westfield; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Members of the Knights of Columbus 2285 are requested to meet at the funeral home Friday evening for prayers.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 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 Mr. Bathalon’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.


 

Erich “Buck” Eugene Buchman

 

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Erich “Buck” Eugene Buchman, 85, of Island Pond died April 9, 2009, at his home, with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Buchman was born December 9, 1923, in Los Angeles, California, a son of Erick and Nellie (Short) Buckman.  On November 7, 1946, he married Betty Rose Ordiway, who survives him.
He retired in 1963 from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 20 years.  He then went on to a 20-year career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, based in Trenton, New Jersey.
In 1985 he retired to Island Pond with his wife.
He enjoyed woodworking, and he was a member of American Legion Post 80 in Island Pond.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Buchman, of Island Pond; by his daughter Doreen L. Buchman and son-in-law William H. Lammers of Kutztown, Pennsylvania; by his son Avery Scott Buchman of Trenton; by his daughter Lisa K. Tronco and her companion, Patrick Presutto, of Parkertown, New Jersey; by granddaughters:  Nicole Ozgul and her husband, Aytac, of Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Kyra and Maxine Lammers of Kutztown; by daughter-in-law Peggy Buchman of Hazelton, Pennsylvania; by niece Harriet Moring of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and by nephew Gary Soule of Norfolk, Virginia.  He was predeceased by his son Craig L. Buchman and by his sister Barbara J. Soule.
Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Alice M. Labounty

 

Alice M. Labounty, 89, of Newport died peacefully April 5, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Labounty was born October 2, 1919, in North Troy, a daughter of Harry and Edith (Cassidy) Sargent.
On April 18, 1939, she married Reginald Labounty Sr., who predeceased her in 1990.
She was a dairy farmer on her own farm for many years, and she was a minister with the Newport Advent Church.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, playing the accordian, reading, and being in the company of her family.
She is survived by four children:  Reginald Labounty Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Canaan, Alice Bowman and her husband, Leland, of Derby, Beverly Keenan of Derby, and Rachel Leithead and her husband, William, of Newport Center; by stepdaughter Shirley Fortin of Irasburg; by 17 grandchildren:  Debbie Durgin, Sharon Payne, David and Michael Labounty, Joanne Lawson, Karen Thomas, Steve and Scott Bowman, Gordon and Brian Tice, Rose Daigle, James Leithead, Janet Morin, David and Darren Fortin, Betsy Pion, Jeffrey Broe, and Mary Skidgel; by 40 great-grandchildren; by four great-great-grandchildren; by her sister Helen Morse of Jay; by her sister-in-law Roberta Sargent of Jay; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by son-in-law Ronald Keenan; by grandson Roger Labounty; by two brothers, Roy Sargent and Hugh Hazzard; and by sisters Margaret Mayhew and Bernice Beerworth.
Funeral services were held April 9 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.  Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Labounty’s memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center, paliative care, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Robert “Bob” M. Lancaster

 

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Robert “Bob” M. Lancaster, 51, of Derby died April 10, 2009, at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Lancaster was born July 19, 1957, in Tokyo, Japan, a son of Lois Smith, who survives him.
He was predeceased by his father, Royden Lancaster Sr.; by his stepfather, Lawrence Smith; by his wife, Fahrvnnisa; and by his extended family in Turkey.
He is survived by his daughter Jessica Lancaster of Bristol, Connecticut; by stepchildren:  Tim, Robbie, Michelle, Joshua, and Sarah; by his brothers:  Royden Lancaster, and his wife, Marlene, of Derby, Roger Lancaster and his wife, Kristan, of Williston, Randy Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Newport as well as his twin brother, Raymond Lancaster, of Palm Harbor, Florida; by his sister Linda Bussiere and her husband, Andre, of Newport; by stepsister Jody Casey and her husband, Sean, of Newport; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Newport.  Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, in care of Deborah Smith, 77 Young Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Dorothy M. Ling

 

Dorothy M. Ling, 93, a lifelong resident of Greensboro, died at her home on April 5, 2009.
Mrs. Ling was born September 26, 1915, a daughter of Alton and Bertha (Young) White.  She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1933, Johnson Normal School in 1935, and Goddard College in 1970.
On September 2, 1950, she married Fred A. Ling.
She taught for many years in northern Vermont, mostly in elementary schools but also in special education.
She was a member of Greensboro United Church of Christ, the Caspian Lake Grange, the Hazen Road Pomona Grange, and Riverside Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was an active volunteer in many aspects of the community.  She served as a 4-H leader for more than 25 years and on county and state foundations.  She was a school director for ten years, a founding member and active participant in the Greensboro Historical Society, and a volunteer at the Greensboro Free Library and the Greensboro Nursing Home.
She was a local news reporter for many years with the Hardwick Gazette and the Caledonian-Record.  In 1981, she was selected as Vermont’s Outstanding Senior Citizen, and in 1985 she was recognized by the United Church of Christ as an Outstanding Laywoman.  The town of Greensboro honored her in 1990 with the Greensboro Award for Community Service.
Survivors include her son Arthur Ling and his wife, Sharon, of Hardwick; her daughter Alice Crosby and her husband, Ben, of Derry, New Hampshire; her daughter-in-law Janice Ling of Springfield, Missouri; five grandchildren:  Tonya Madison and Nicole Tilden of Barre and Eric, Monica and Kelsey of Springfield, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren; her sister Clara Wells and her husband, Marvin, of Marshfield; her brother Lawrence White of Glover; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, on September 13, 1984; by their son Alton on March 24, 2009; by her sister Josephine White; and by her brother Irwin White.
A memorial service was held at the Greensboro United Church of Christ April 14.
Donations in Mrs. Ling’s memory may be made to the Greensboro United Church of Christ, Mission Fund, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

June A. (Grover) Messier

 

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June A. (Grover) Messier, 80, of Newport died April 10, 2009, in Newport, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Messier was born December 15, 1928, in Newton, Massachusetts, a daughter of
James Madison Grover and Eleanor (Perry) Grover Vanier.  She grew up in
Lyndonville and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1946.
After high school she worked at Vermont Tap and Die and then moved to Newport where she worked at Montgomery Ward and H.P. Hood.
She was a very sweet and sociable person, enjoying her time with family
 and friends.  She had a lifelong love of the ocean and spent many childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard.
She loved to dance, especially to big band music.  She met her husband, Renald J. Messier, at the Red Wing Dance Hall.  They were married on June 28, 1952, and shared a happy life
 together raising two daughters.
She dearly loved her mother- and father-in-law, and she loved spending Sundays at the farmhouse in Newport Center.
  Her husband’s famous garden was a big part of her life, as was playing cards on Saturday nights.  Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
She is survived by her husband, Renald, of Newport; by her daughters Jane E. Tomlinson and her husband, Robert, of Montverde, Florida, and Ann Marie Lanoue and her husband, James, of Barton; by grandchildren:  Andrew and Laura Lanoue; by her sister Barbara Bell and her husband, James; by sisters-in-law:  Henriette Armstrong and her husband, Robert, Andrea Smith, Marguerite Burrell, and Claire Burlton and her husband, Pete; by brother-in-law Roger Messier and his wife, Bettie; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her sister Marion Parker and her husband, Tom; and by her brother James Grover.
Funeral services were held April 14 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Messier’s memory may be made to St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, in care of the centennial fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Jessie E. Mitchell

 

Jessie E. Mitchell, 99, of Newport died April 7, 2009, at her home in Newport.
Mrs. Mitchell was born April 14, 1909, in Newport Center, a daughter of Lucius and Florence (Ouimet) Allen.
In 1938 she married Warren S. Mitchell, who predeceased her on November 12, 1988.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  She held membership with the United Church of Newport.
She is survived by her sister Shirley Turner of Newport; by her nephew Duncan McKay and his wife, Judy, of Orange; by her niece Louise Young and her husband, Neil, of East Corinth; and by great-nieces Nan Mann, her husband, John, and their son Michael Bottiggi, Joan Whiting, her husband, Larry, and their son Benjamin, and Kathryn Lamson, her husband, Albert, and their children Matthew and Allison.  She was predeceased by sister-in-law Marjorie McKay and great-nephew Duncan McKay Jr.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Mitchell’s memory may be made to Indoor Recreation of Orleans County, P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Irene Marie Pollander

 

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Irene Marie Pollander, 103, of Barton died April 8, 2009, in Barton.
Mrs. Pollander was born in L’Ange Gardier, Quebec, on November 10, 1905, a daughter of Felix and Lea (Roberts) Hamel.
On May 15, 1923, she married Stanley Pollander, who predeceased her on April 20, 1977.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, spending time with family, and working in her vegetable and flower gardens.
She is survived by her children:  Nancy Cresswell and her husband, Greg, of Newport Center, Pauline Ryan of Barton, Genevieve Lafleur and her husband, Richard, of Orleans, Joan Souliere of Newport, and Philip Pollander and his wife, Barbara, of West Palm Beach, Florida; by 26 grandchildren; by 35 great-grandchildren; by ten great-great-grandchildren; by sister-in-law Theresa Pollander of Norwalk, Connecticut; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by sons Francis and Aldei Pollander; by siblings:  Aldei, Claudiemere, Arestide, Gerard, Joseph, and George Hamel, Cecile Bouchard, Elizabeth Danielson, and Theresa Carroll; by stepbrother Arsyne; and by niece Joanie Blay, with whom she spent her early childhood with her aunt Irene and uncle Stanley.
Funeral services were held April 14 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Barton on May 18 at 11 a.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Pollander’s memory may be made to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Hill Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Thyselius

 

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Mary Elizabeth Thyselius, 74, of Newport, known as “Grammy Angel,” died April 12, 2009, in Barton.
Mrs. Thyselius was born April 29, 1934, in Long Island, New York, to William and Matilda (Brouffil) Bovers.
She graduated as an art major from Skidmore College in Saratoga Spring, New York.  She held careers in advertising design, art therapy, and nursing home activities.
She was the widow of Peter John Thyselius.
She is survived by her daughter Annie Rose Brown of Derby; by her son John Peter Thyselius of Manville, New Jersey; three grandchildren:  Jason Philhower of Derby and Autumn Thyselius and Justice Thyselius of New Jersey; and by two great-grandchildren, Jonas Philhower of Newport and Dakota Truett of Arizona.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Friends may call on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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