August 12, 2009 Obituaries

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Marion Agnes Gariepy

Marion Agnes Gariepy, 99, of Newport died peacefully August 5, 2009 in Derby Line.  She was born November 1, 1909, in Sutton, Quebec, the daughter of James and Edna (Hart) Thomson.  On October 1, 1938, she married John H. Gariepy who predeceased her.  She attended schools in Canada and came to Newport in 1946 and has made her home here since.  Mrs. Gariepy was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.  She is survived by two children:  John R. Gariepy and his wife Linda of Newport, and Pauline Monahan of Wakefield, Massachusetts; also by seven grandchildren and their spouses, 20 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Douglas and Harold Thomson, and a son-in-law, John Monahan, in 2007.
Funeral services were held on August 10 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Michael Reardon S.D.V. celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Should friends desire contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Raymond A. Saxton


Raymond A. Saxton, 67, of Derby Line died peacefully on August 8, 2009, in Newport, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born October 7, 1941, in New London, Connecticut, a son of Kenneth and Evelyn (Withey) Saxton.  On August 1, 1964, he married Cecile Stillman, who survives him.  Mr. Saxton was a journeyman, machinist, and inspector for Electric Boat General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut, where he retired in 1997.
He also worked for the Security Department at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.  His family and grandchildren were his life.  He is survived by his wife, Cecile Saxton of Derby Line; four children:  Michael Saxton and his wife, Rose, of Marlborough, Connecticut, Michelle Tarryk and her husband, Daniel, of Derby, David Saxton and his wife, Pamela Morrone, of North Stonington, Connecticut, and Jennifer Saxton and her companion, David Tillinghast, of Jewett City, Connecticut; and by the following grandchildren:  Nicholas, Dennis, Jonmichael, Katherine, Katelyn, Anastasia, and Adam Saxton, Melissa Villegas and her husband, Frank, Kellie Tarryk, Stacie Tarryk, Stephanie Tarryk, Staff Sgt Emily Logan, Andrew Logan, James L. Williams III, and Raymond Williams; and by great-granddaughter,  Andrea Messier; by a brother, Arthur Saxton, and his wife, Cheryl, of Stonington, Connecticut; by two sisters, Virginia Jones of Stonington, Connecticut, and Shirley Perry of Groton, Connecticut; and by aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and by a grandson, Daniel J. Tarryk, Jr.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday August 16, at the Derby United Church with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby United Church Building Fund, Derby, Vermont 05829.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




William B. Smith

William B. Smith, 66, of West Glover died suddenly on August 6, 2009, at his home.
He was born August 8, 1942, in Stanford, Connecticut, a son of John and May (Sheriden) Smith.
On May 17, 1986, he married Ruth Dowley who survives him.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.  Mr. Smith was a truck driver for 18 years, then retired from Poulin Lumber in 2004.  Among his hobbies, he enjoyed golfing at the Barton Golf Club, boating, fishing, and camping.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth Smith, of West Glover; three children:  Stacy McCarthy and her husband, Tim, of Cheshire, Massachusetts, Kendra Whittemore and her husband, Dakota, of Greensboro, and Stella Smith of West Glover; by a grandson, Ryan McCarthy of Cheshire, Massachusetts; by a brother, John F. Smith of West Glover; by a sister, Peggy O’Brien of Connecticut; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
Private graveside services were held at the convenience of the family.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Future Farmers of America, in care of Bill Stevens, Lake Region Union High School, Orleans, Vermont 05860 or to the Glover Ambulance Squad, c/o Suzanne Gibeault, P.O. Box 64, 48 County Rd, West Glover, Vermont 05875.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at  Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




David H. Wood

David H. Wood, 77, of Rutland died August 4, 2009, in Rutland.  He was born January 7, 1932, in Derby Line, a son of Leland and Helen (Heyer) Wood.  Mr. Wood served in the United States Army and graduated from the University of Vermont.  He also graduated from Boston University where he received a master’s degree.
He was an educator and a principal for Lake Region Union High School for a total of 34 years.  On May 30, 1959, he married Marlene Cashin who survives him.  He was a member, past president and a founding member of the Lake Salem Association.  He enjoyed his cottage on Lake Salem for 46 years.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and he loved his family and their visits to the cottage as well as their home in Rutland.  He is survived by his wife Marlene Wood of Rutland; two sons:  John Wood and his wife Penny of Stratham, New Hampshire, and Robert Wood and his wife Patricia of Newport, New Hampshire, and by the following grandchildren:  Geoffrey Wood and his wife Christina of Dover, New Hampshire, Michael Wood of Dover, New Hampshire, Laura Wood of Stratham, New Hampshire, Christopher Wood and Katherine Wood both of Newport; by a sister Nancy Shumski and her husband Henry of Burlington; and by the following nieces and nephews:  Debbie and Kevin Smith of Derby Line, Linda and Kevin Prell of Connecticut, and Scott and Julia Shumski of Jericho.
Funeral services were held August 8 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Jake Kocis officiating.  Interment followed in Derby Village Cemetery with military honors.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Salem Lake Association, in care of Andrew Major, 67 Major’s Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.  On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.




Doris Y. (Morse) Wright


Doris Y. Wright, 82, died Friday, August 7, 2009, surrounded by her loving family at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Doris was born June 3, 1927, in North Troy. She was the oldest child of Clarence and Irene (Arel) Morse.
She attended school in North Troy, Windsor, Weathersfield Bow, which are all in Vermont.  As a young child Doris and her family moved often, giving her many opportunities to meet new people and share those friendships with anyone who would listen. In her adult life she and her family moved many times before settling down in her small home in Windsor.
Doris was a kindhearted person who loved life and the wonderful people in it.  She loved late night crafts with her sisters, and she was always ready for camping, a hand of cards, or going to a dance.  Most of all, it was a joy for her to spend time with family and friends.  Though Doris’ job for most of her life was cooking, the most rewarding was that of wife, mother and grandmother.  She was a faithful woman and stuck by the people she loved most.
She is survived by four children:  Clarence Breault and his wife, Theda, Rene Verge and his wife, Cheryl, Donna Paul and her husband, Mike; and Ike Verge; by six stepchildren:  Barbara Vashaw and her husband, Raymond, Kathy Ovitt and her husband, Kevin, Patty Borcuk and her husband, Fred, and Dickie, Fred, and Michael Wright; by 29 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; by four brothers and three sisters: Frank Morse, William Morse and his wife, Kathie, Richard Morse and his wife, DeeDee, Gordon Morse and his wife, Shirley, Pearl Landry and her husband, Bob, Florence Dow, and Shirley Remick; by two sisters-in-law, Esther Wright and Bertha Davis; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents; by one son, Allen Breault; by two daughters-in-law, Alice Breault and Katha Verge; by one brother, Clovis Morse; and by three husbands: Matthew Breault, Adlore Verge, and Richard Wright Sr.
Services were held at Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes in Newport on August 10, officiated by granddaughter, Peggy Bragg.  Burial will be at the Jay Cemetery with a family service.
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