April 27, 2011 Obituaries

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Ralph W. Ainsworth


Ralph W. Ainsworth, 66, of Hardwick, died peacefully at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Hardwick, January 29, 1945, a son of Paul E. and Arlene (Ross) Ainsworth.
He attended school in Woodbury and Hardwick and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict in Okinawa as a medic.  Following service in the Army, he joined the Vermont National Guard where he served another 22 years, retiring in March of 1992.
On May 22, 1971, he married Orise Dufresne in Hardwick.  Together they made their home and raised their children in Hardwick.  Mr. Ainsworth was a lifetime member of VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville, American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #7 in Hardwick.  He had been a past member of the Hardwick Fire Department and had been active in the Cub Scouts when his boys were young.
Mr. Ainsworth had been employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, Whitcomb Furniture in East Barre, and he had purchased and operated an insulation company under the name of Four Seasons Insulation for many years until his recent retirement due to failing health.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at the family camp on East Long Pond in Woodbury, and loved his time with family, especially with his grandchildren.
He leaves his wife of just short of 40 years, Orise Ainsworth, of Hardwick; two sons, Scott and his wife, Karen, of North Monmouth, Maine, and Shawn of East Hardwick; a daughter, Laura, and her husband, Tony Rachatellelle, of Columbia, Missouri; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Chase of North Monmouth, Paige of East Hardwick, and Cody of Columbia; and an anticipated new baby boy; two brothers, Paul Ainsworth of Eden, and Wendell Ainsworth and his wife, Ann, of Hardwick; twin sisters Jean Mancini and her husband, Thomas, of Barre and Ann Brown and her husband, Richard, of Woodbury; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Arlene Ainsworth, and his parents-in-law, Armand and Therese Dufresne, as well as sister-in-law Wanda Grassette Ainsworth.
A funeral service was held on April 26 at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.  Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Wayland A. Baxter
Wayland Baxter, 68, of Glover, died at home after a long battle with cancer on April 23, 2011, surrounded by the love of those around him.
He was born in Barton on March 24, 1943, a son of William A. and Genevieve (Ferrin) Baxter.
Mr. Baxter took pride in his work.  He operated heavy equipment principally for SCI and J.A. McDonald.  Before returning home to Vermont, he had worked in the coal mines of Virginia.
He served in the Army in the early 1960s and was a member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23.  He especially enjoyed watching NASCAR races.  He had a love for the great outdoors and so enjoyed living where he lived on Shadow Lake.
He is survived by Pamela Peters, his soulmate of the past 16 years, and his beloved Labrador Brandy; also his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law; sister-in-law; a couple of aunts, and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held later in May and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions, payable to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and marked for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, may be sent to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, attention Jim Flynn, P.O. Box 905, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh/com.
Ellen M. Brault


Ellen M. Brault, 78, of Westfield died on April 19, 2011, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born September 26, 1932, in Lowell, a daughter of Edward and Lida (Gendreau) Darby.
On November 12, 1951, she married John C. Brault Sr. who predeceased her.
She and her late husband purchased the Brault Meat Market from his parents in 1962 and they ran the store until they sold it to Tony in 1991.
Mr. and Mrs. Brault enjoyed traveling and they spent several winters in Florida.  Mrs. Brault enjoyed playing bingo and attending senior meal sites.
She loved her children and grandchildren very much and always delighted in their visits.  She also took care of her mother for over ten years with tremendous love and affection.
She is survived by her mother, Lida Darby; her children:  John Brault Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Texas, Carmen Menard and her husband, Rick, of St. Johnsbury, Kathy Couture and her husband, Jean, of Troy, Kim Smith of Massachusetts, and Tony Brault of Troy; by ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; by a brother, Edward Darby, and his wife, Gertrude, of Newport; and by a sister, Ann Racicot, and her husband, Andre, of Westfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road (Sias Avenue) in Newport with Pastor Rick Menard officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Relay for Life/Cancer Society, care of Carmen Menard, 453 Main Street St. Johnsbury, Vermont  05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joanne Keenan Casavant


Joanne Keenan Casavant, 67, of Irasburg died peacefully on April 18, 2011, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a long battle with sarcoidosis.
She was born in Kingston, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1944, a daughter of Roger and Eva (Turcotte) Keenan.
On December 15, 1962, she married Keith (Casey) Casavant who survives her.
She was employed by the Irasburg school for 34 years before retiring.  Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed attending casinos, baking, bowling, dancing, traveling, and the company of her family.
Mrs. Casavant is survived by her husband, Keith (Casey) Casavant, of Irasburg: her daughters:  Laura Potter and her husband, Jeff, of Albany, and Corinne Royer and her companion, Gary Guyer, of Lyndonville; four grandchildren:  Justin Potter, Evan Royer, Mickayla Royer, and Connor Glass; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Roger and Eva Keenan; her brothers Ronald and Donald Keenan; and by a sister Connie McKennan.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport on April 23 with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.  Interment followed in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the 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-converse-rushford.com.
Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand


Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand, 44, a resident of Holland, died at his home on April 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1967, in Newport, a son of Dewey and Patricia (Walker) Farrand.
He was known by many knicknames:  Doggie, the Great Grondini, Uncle Grizzley, and Bub.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1985.
Mr. Farrand was a construction worker for Spates Construction and Audet Construction, both of Newport, and J&L Foundations of Fairfax.
He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, four-wheeling, boating, and scootering with Barb.  He was always willing to give a hand to help anyone who needed it.  He enjoyed the many visits from his nephews.
He is survived by his soulmate, April Blouin, and her children Kacie Morrison and Donovan Blouin; by his brothers and sisters:  Michael Grondin and his wife, Carol, of Albany, Peter Grondin and his wife, Judith, of Newport, Terry Grondin and his soulmate, Katherine, of Morgan, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Daniel, of Derby Line, Barbara Fecteau and her husband, Randy, of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his fiancé, Tina, of East Concord; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Dewey and Patricia Farrand.
A celebration of his life was held on April 21 at the home of Vicky and Daniel Lewis in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756, or VFW Ladies Auxilliary Cancer Aid Research, P.O. Box 312, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Raymond Ernest Labbee


Raymond Ernest Labbee, 81, of Newport Center died on April 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 12, 1929, in St. Odilon, Quebec, a son of Antonio and Armoza (Cloutier) Labbee.
On August 28, 1952, he married Yvette Mathieu who survives him.
For most of his life he and his wife owned a dairy farm in North Troy.  He most enjoyed spending time with his family and his cat Snoopy.  Prior to his illness he loved hunting, fishing, trapping, carpentry, spending time outdoors mowing his lawn, and taking care of the flowers with his wife.
Mr. Labbee is survived by his wife, Yvette Labbee, of Newport Center; a daughter, Raymonde Hill, and her husband, Allen, of Newport Center; a son, Marcel Labbee and his fiancé, Mary Blais, of North Troy; grandchildren:  Danny Pepin and his wife, Holly, of Troy, Mike Pepin and his wife, Amanda, of Troy, Lisa Sargent and her husband, Jason, of Newport Center, and Dennis Labbee and his companion, Caitlyn, of North Troy; great-grandchildren:  Darielle, Cadence, Kendra, and Trent Pepin, Travis and Ashley Pepin, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; a brother, Real Labbee, of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; twin brother Edmund Labbee of North Troy; sister Yolande Labbee of Quebec City, Quebec; sister-in-law Rachel Labbee of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; and by many nephews and nieces, all from Vermont and Quebec.  He was predeceased by a brother, Adrien Labbee; brother Laurent Labbee; and sisters-in-law Mariette Labbee and Muriel Labbee.
Funeral services were held on April 25 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
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-converse-rushford.com.
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