Obituaries September 9, 2015

Milton J. Bowen Sr.

Milton J. Bowen Sr., 84, of Jay died on August 31, 2015.

He was born in Seymour, Connecticut, to the late Carroll and Nellie Bowen.

He served proudly in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He had a deep appreciation of the outdoors and a love for Vermont and Alaska.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling, music, dance, and spending time with his family. He was a very honest, kind, and gentle man.

He is survived by Barbara K. Bowen, his wife and the love of his life for 42 years; his daughters: Susan Dubois and her husband, Eben, and Mary; his sons: Martin and his wife, Valorie, Milton Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou, and Rich and his wife, Diane. He leaves behind many grandchildren, who he was very proud of and who he loved very much: Ryan, Isaiah, Martin, Gabriel, Juls, Audrey, Brendan, Sean, Jessica, Bobby, Jason, and Amy. He leaves two great-grandchildren: Rae Lyn and Max of Texas. He is also survived by his brother Everett Bowen and his wife, Shirley; and by a sister-in- law Angie.

Mr. Bowen was predeceased by three brothers: Claude, Rueben, and Buddy; and one sister Blanche.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CastonguayMargaret Grace Castonguay

Margaret Grace Castonguay, 73, of Island Pond died on September 3, 2015, after a long courageous battle with cancer, in New Haven, Connecticut.

She was born on March 5, 1942, in Island Pond to Bernard Clifford Worth and Josephine Margaret (Ball) Worth.

She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond. On May 21, 1964, she married Peter Castonguay who predeceased her in 1993.

She was assistant town clerk in Island Pond for over 25 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 80 of Island Pond. She loved to travel, read, cook, and spend time at the cabin in Morgan. She enjoyed visiting with people and she never met a stranger.

She is survived by her children: Mark Castonguay and his wife, Robin, of Island Pond, and Catherine Hilliker and her husband, Todd, of Delaware; her grandchildren: Garrett Hilliker of Delaware, Kristen VanHekle and her husband, Dave, of Delaware, Shelby Castonguay, and Brandon Castonguay, both of Island Pond; her great-granddaughter Stella Grace VanHekle of Delaware; her long-time special companion Wendall Lacoss of Wallingford, Connecticut; her siblings: James Worth and Sheila of Island Pond, Gloria Gaboriault of Island Pond, and Gayle Perry of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday, September 9, until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DyerSarah Elizabeth (Hannah) Dyer

Sarah Elizabeth (Hannah) Dyer, 83, of Derby, died on August 31, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 1, 1932, in Balfour, North Carolina to Carl and Eva (Hill) Hannah.

In 1955 she married Clifford C. Dyer Sr., who predeceased her.

She loved her flower and vegetable gardens that she shared with her family and friends. She was an avid reader as she read book after book. She babysat for lots of children and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and going for bike rides with her husband.

She is survived by her children: Robert Rudder and his wife, Dianna, of Canaan, New Hampshire, Iris Guyer and her husband, Russell, of Morgan, Clifford Dyer Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Grantham, New Hampshire, Janice Charbono of Canaan, Pam Boyles and her husband, Mike, of Windsor, Missouri, and William Dyer and his wife, Lorine, of Canaan; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, three sisters, her son-in-law Jerome Charbono, and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert P. Knowles

Robert “Bob” Knowles, 88, of Belleview, Florida, died on August 18, 2015, in Ocala, Florida, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Derby, a son of Wilmer and Della (Hayward) Knowles.

On September 14, 1953, he married Charlotte Broome, who survives him.

He was an inspector at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut. He retired from Pratt and Whitney, and moved back to Derby and worked at Butterfield and Company in Derby Line. He purchased the family land and he and his wife built Char-Bo Campground in Derby. They operated it for thirty years. Before retiring, they spent winters in Florida. Upon retiring, they bought a home in, and moved permanently to, Belleview.

Mr. Knowles was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Belleview. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Japan during World War II.

Mr. Knowles is survived by his wife; one brother Dale Knowles of Newport; one sister Flossie Boucher of Newport; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Parenteau of Brownington, and Sissie Broome of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesdsay, September 9, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 10835 Southeast 70th Avenue, Belleview, Florida 34420.

 

obit MessierLeopold A. Messier

Leopold A. Messier, 73, of Coventry died peacefully on September 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 20, 1942, to Lucien and Clarice (Lafleur) Messier. On October 3, 1986, he married the former Marlene Carpenter who survives him.

He was a dairy farmer most of his life. He loved hunting, fishing, and helping others wherever needed. He also loved working the farm, tending to his vegetable and flower garden, and feeding the birds. Leo and Marlene loved going to the ocean in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dining on seafood dinners, especially lobster rolls.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Messier of Coventry; his children: Melissa Harbec and her husband, Michael, of Irasburg, Joni Pion of Coventry, Anthony Little of Coventry, John Messier of Montgomery, and Theresa Stone of Swanton; his grandchildren: Matthew Harbec and his wife, Ashley, of Orleans, Mark Harbec and his fiancé, Mandi Fecteau, of Irasburg, Curtis Pion and his fiancé, Aja Emerson, of Orleans, Nicholas Pion of Derby, Deserae Pion and her companion Brent Chilafoux of Coventry, Kaya Little, and Kingston Little both of Coventry; his great-granddaughter Leila Pion of Orleans; his great-grandson Alexander Harbec of Orleans; his siblings: George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Darlene Choquette and her husband, Richard, of Coventry; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Carpenter and his companion Lisa Digman of Coventry, and Scott Carpenter and his wife, Laura, of Derby Line; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his special friend Joe Chatier.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and by his brothers-in-law: Terry and Randy Carpenter.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday September 8, at the Church of God on the Crawford Road in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.   Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Hubert “Andre” Palardy

Hubert “Andre” Palardy, 81, of Newport died suddenly on August 31, 2015.

He was born on July 26, 1934, in Newport, son of E. Antonio and Vivian (Beauregard) Palardy.

He had a natural ability in electrical, plumbing, and mechanics and used these abilities in his various employments. He resided in Florida for most of his life and returned to Newport in his later years.

He was an avid follower of the weather and weather statistics. He enjoyed riding his bike around town, and he loved gardening.

He is survived by his sisters: Yolande Young and her husband, Neil, of Derby, and Jacqueline Palardy and her husband, Arthur Bloete, of Maine. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Economou.

Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 83 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit StuartTravis L. Stuart

Travis L. Stuart, 41, of Newport died on September 2, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on April 15, 1974, in Newport, a son of Richard Stuart Jr. and Barbara (Sweeney) Stuart now of Glover.

Mr. Stuart was a carpenter and loved crafting cedar furniture as well as many different jobs. He loved his birds and his best friend Holly Dog.

He is survived by his son Anthony Stuart of Ferrisburg; a grandson Tanner Stuart of Ferrisburg; his parents; his companion Linda Major of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Todd Stuart.

A family service will be held at the Albany Cemetery at a later date. A remembrance lunch will be held at the Glover Community Church on Saturday, September 12, from noon to 2 p.m., with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Volunteer Fire Department, 63 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Glover Ambulance, 48 County Road, Unit 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Vinal photoBruce Rex Vinal

Bruce Rex Vinal, 49, of Newport died peacefully on September 3, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on January 10, 1966, in Webster, Massachusetts, to Charlotte (Sargent) Vinal and the late Raymond Vinal.

He was employed for many years as a painter for Memphremagog Rentals in Newport. He was a very kind hearted man with a great wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed watching football, the Boston Red Sox, fishing, and he loved his two dogs Sheba and Molly.

He is survived by his daughter Desiree Vinal of Lyndonville; his grandson Ryker J. Vinal, of Lyndonville; his companion Tammy Teaster of Newport; his mother, Charlotte Vinal of Newport; his siblings: David Vinal and his wife, Pat, of Whitney Point, New York, Ricky Vinal of Newport, and Linda Bowen and her husband, Michael, of West Charleston; and his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 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 Thursday, September 10, from 3 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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A risky deal, or a path to home ownership?

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The Barton home occupied by Mr. McCausland and Ms. Stenta for nearly two years.  Photo by Tena Starr

The Barton home occupied by Mr. McCausland and Ms. Stenta for nearly two years. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr  

BARTON — Dave McCausland, Sue Stenta, and Ms. Stenta’s three children — the youngest being 17 — are living in tents at Pageant Park campground here on Crystal Lake this summer.

They say it’s not by choice.

“Welcome to crazy land,” Mr. McCausland said on a particularly windy afternoon that threatened to tear their tents apart.

He and Ms. Stenta said they ended up being campers because they had to leave their Barton house after an assistant state fire marshal inspected it and found it was unsafe. The house had no running water, except in the basement, the plumbing wasn’t hooked up, there were exposed wires, and the only heat was an improperly installed woodstove, which they put in themselves.

Also, there are questions about what appeared to be an open sewer line in the backyard.

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Larcher explains life on a small scale dairy in France

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Cheese expert Ivan Larcher inaugurates Sterling College’s new Common House with a lecture on small-scale environmentally conscious dairy farming on August 20.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Cheese expert Ivan Larcher inaugurates Sterling College’s new Common House with a lecture on small-scale environmentally conscious dairy farming on August 20. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — A master cheesemaker whose work takes him to every continent but Antarctica finds true happiness on a small farm in central France. It’s not hard to imagine that as the elevator pitch for a Hollywood movie, but for Ivan Larcher it’s just life.

Mr. Larcher told his stories and laid out some of the economic realities of life on his small farm in a short talk sponsored by Sterling College in its new Common House — formerly ArtHouse — on Thursday, August 20.

After graduating from an elite French college for dairy professionals, Mr. Larcher was hired by a global company and sent to Japan to advise its sales staff as it sold starter cultures to cheesemakers. His territory — northeastern Asia — included Korea and China, as well as Japan.

Within a year, Mr. Larcher said, he realized the job was not for him.

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David Budbill’s opera returns to the Kingdom

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After a neighbor criticizes her behavior, Grace (Mary Bonhag) vents her anger at her prying neighbors. Photo by Joseph Gresser.

After a neighbor criticizes her behavior, Grace (Mary Bonhag) vents her anger at her prying neighbors. Photo by Joseph Gresser.

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by Joseph Gresser

MONTPELIER — Many people think of opera as an art that’s far removed from their daily concerns. That may or may not be the case with the traditional repertory, but the people who inhabit A Fleeting Animal, the collaboration between poet David Budbill (formerly of Wolcott) and Brookfield composer Erik Nielsen, will be recognizable to anyone in the Northeast Kingdom.

The opera had its premiere and a Vermont tour 15 years ago. Those who missed it then have another chance when the show returns for a six-town tour between September 11 and September 20. It will hit the Kingdom on Sunday, September 13, for a 4 p.m. performance at the Hardwick Town House.

On Monday evening the cast and production crew were hard at work putting the…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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History as seen through the novels of Jeffrey Lent

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A novel by Jeffrey Lent

A novel by Jeffrey Lent

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by Paul Lefebvre

History as seen in the novels of Jeffrey Lent: In the Fall (542 pages), published in 1999 by Atlantic Monthly Press, and A Slant of Light (357 pages) published in 2015 published by Bloomsbury.

To write out of time, or write imaginatively about a century that transpired 100 years ago, is a tricky proposition for any writer to undertake. Historical novels have evolved to become a genre of their own, but the best ones are arguably those that focus on a particular event. The one that comes readily to mind is the American Civil War novel Killer Angels, written by Michael Shaara. It’s a novel so good at recreating the pivotal three-day battle of Gettysburg that more than one reader has mistaken imaginary characters for real ones.

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Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at [email protected] — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.

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Obituaries September 2, 2015

obit biron VETHanford E. “Jack” Biron

Hanford E. “Jack” Biron, 92, of Derby and Norton died in Newport on Tuesday August 25, 2015.

He was born on May 18, 1923, in Norton to Joseph and Eva (Pelletier) Biron. In 1951, he married Nina “Jean” Bates, who predeceased him in 2001.

He graduated from Brighton High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II from October 1943 to February 1945. He worked on the family farm, was a Railway Mail Agent and eventually went to work for U.S. Customs in Morses Line, Island Pond, Norton, Derby Line, and Newport, retiring in 1978 as a Supervisory Inspector.

Mr. Biron was a member of the Island Pond American Legion, a past president and director of the Orlex Credit Union, former lister of the Town of Norton, as well as many other positions.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling to many different areas of the country. He liked gardening, tree farming, coin collecting, hunting, fishingobit vets flag, and especially spending time at his camp in Norton with his family.

Mr. Biron is survived by his children: Dale Biron and his wife, Debbie, and Bonnie Birchard and her husband, Dean; his grandsons: Matthew and Adam Birchard, and Devan Biron. He is also survived by his brother Clifford Biron of Island Pond; and his sisters: Pearl Brissette of Michigan, Elizabeth Biron of Newport, and Pauline Wolf and her husband, Gil, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Bette Ann Biron in 2010; and by two brothers: Wilfred and Edward.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont with the Reverend John Genco officiating with full military honors to follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 2, from 1 p.m. until the hours of the funeral. A turkey dinner will follow at the American Legion in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, for those who are fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CargillEdith May Cargill

Edith May Cargill, 95, of Derby died on August 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1920 in East Charleston to Howard and Bertha (Lassonde) Nichols.

She married Merle Gray, who predeceased her. She later married Glen Griffin, who also predeceased her, and on October 19, 1963 she married Lyle James Cargill, who predeceased her on December 16, 2013.

Mrs. Cargill was a member of the First Congregational Church in Island Pond and she was also a Girl Scout leader.

Her hobbies included family genealogy, sewing, knitting, and making crafts and cakes.

She is survived by her children: Stuart Gray and his wife, Janice, of Concord, and Reginald Gray and his wife, Colleen, of Charlotte; her stepchildren: Gary Griffin and his wife, Jeanine, of Brandon, Brian Cargill of Monkton, Colleen Gray of Charlotte, Duane Cargill of Great Falls, and Dwight Cargill of Fairfax; her sister Ruth Seidell of Enfield, Connecticut; her brother Rendall Nichols of Newport; many grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother Rodney Nichols; and by her sister Marjorie Crouss.

A graveside service was held on Friday August 28, at the Derby Line Cemetery with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

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

 

obit collins VETWilliam Collins

William Collins, 68, of Westfield died on August 25, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 3, 1947, in Newport to Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and served in the Vermont Air National Guard.

Mr. Collins was a building contractor for Gerard Pion and Sons Construction Company of Lowell. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, coaching little league and basketball in the Westfield area, and also played baseball. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping in the woods and watching westerns on television.He is survived by his sons: Joel Collins and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Peter Collins and his friend Darlene Peters of Hancock; his grandchildren: Morgan of Newport Center, and Justin of Barton; his great-grandchildren: Ivy and Robert; his brother Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; his sisters: Carolyne Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his brother-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by his former wife Cheryl Houston Collins of Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents: Rita Collins on July 17, 2009, and Durward Collins on October 20, 2014; and by his sister Pamela Niles in 2013.

obit vets flagA graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital nursing staff on all floors and emergency room, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit dean VETElwin W. Dean

Elwin W. Dean, 91, of Derby Line died on August 27, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 6, 1924 in Orleans, a son of Levi and Altheda (Metcalf) Dean.

On May 29, 1953, he married Patricia Chapdelaine, who survives him.

Mr. Dean served 42 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as the head of Veterans Affairs in Vermont.

He was a selectman in Coventry for many years. He was a member of the Coventry Congregational Church and the Orleans Federated Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed listening to and playing country music on his guitar and he also played the clarinet and the saxophone. Mr. Dean loved farming, driving his tractor, and he played semi-pro-baseball. He was valedictorian of his class and was also inducted in the Orleans County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Dean spent his life defending our country and helping others. He was a wise and gentle man who will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Dean, of Derby Line; and their two children: Wayne Dean and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westbrook, Connecticut, and Christy Dean-Dunn and her husband, Matthew, of Middletown, Connecticut. He was loved by four grandchildren: Nicole, Jacob, Matthew, and Amy Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dean was predeceased by a son Elwin Dean Jr.; and brothers and sisters: Mike, Lyle, Ray, Elaine and Thelma.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Friends may call on September 5, at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PhillipsRaymond R. Phillips

Raymond R. Phillips, 73, of Hyde Park, died on August 29, 2015, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was the fifth child born to Louis and Catherine (Weeks) Phillips.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed sitting and telling fish stories with his great-grandson Levi. He also enjoyed going to powwows and meeting new family members.

He was a longtime employee of the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad until it closed as the Lamoille Valley Railroad. He enjoyed the job and the many friends he made there.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 51 years, Roxie (Germain) Phillips; his son Raymond and his wife, Ann, of North Troy; his daughters: Melody of Hyde Park, and Francine of Derby; his youngest son Timothy of North Troy; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren, plus three more on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: Albert “Tom” Phillips and his wife, Shirley, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Margaret Young of Claremont, New Hampshire, Richard and Cory of North Carolina, Ralph and Darlene of Ludlow, Susan and her husband, Leo Dagesse, of Derby, Michael and his wife, Barbie, of Johnson, Deborah and her husband, Charley Phillips, of Fair Haven; many nieces and nephews; and his two fur babies Precious Angel, and Lacy J.

Mr. Phillips, who has gone to his Lord and Savior, was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and by a grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with the Pastor Alden Lauver officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery on Thursday, September 3, from noon until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit rowellMary Patricia (McGue) Rowell

Mary P. Rowell, 86, of Highgate Falls, died on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2015, in St.Albans, at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, with loving family at her side.

Mrs. Rowell and her beloved husband, Willard, lived for many years in the Fairfax community. Following the onset of health issues, they made their home near family in Highgate Falls.

Born in Fairfield on April 21, 1929, Mrs. Rowell was the daughter of the late Ralph Sheridan McGue, and Harriet (Clay) McGue. She graduated high school from Mount St. Mary’s in Burlington, Class of 1947.

On October 20, 1951, she married Willard Rowell, of Albany, a young gentleman who had studied at Champlain College. The young couple wanted their own farm, and hoped to raise a family. The Rowells later owned and operated a sizeable dairy farm in Albany, where they raised a family of six. During years of lean milk pricing, Mr. Rowell frequently worked construction on oil and gas pipelines to supplement the farm income. Mrs. Rowell was then charged with managing farm operations and addressing family needs, often for months at a time. She was a tireless worker, had great compassion for others, and proved herself many times as a well-seasoned business manager.

During the late 1970s the Rowells moved to Fairfax to care for family, and eventually purchased her parents’ home there.

Mrs. Rowell had a discerning eye for fashion and her home was beautifully furnished. She bought and sold antiques for many years, and with a smile would tell you, “It had its rewards.”

While the barn sale seemed to pique her interest, it was the people she most enjoyed. Perceived as an opportunity, gardening offered a tranquil moment. Her beautiful flower gardens and vegetables were always nicely tended. She was proud of her family, she was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed large family gatherings. She was an avid reader, found board games, cards, and puzzles enjoyable, but most of all she was a kind person, a devoted wife, and loving mother.

Mrs. Rowell was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years.

She is survived by her six children: Bill Rowell and his wife, Nancy (Rollins), of Highgate, Brian Rowell and his wife, Tammy (Pilbin), of Highgate, Steven Rowell and his wife, Carmie (Maietta), of Hinesburg, Jane (Rowell) Fisher and her husband, Chuck, of Irasburg, Carolyn (Rowell) Powers and her husband, Stephen, of Anderson, South Carolina, John Rowell and his wife, Tina (Reicker), of Saint John, New Brunswick; her grandchildren: Elizabeth and her husband, Andrew, Matthew, Megan, Michael, Anthony, Emily and her husband, Jenoah, Anna and her husband, Craig, Patricia and her husband Nathan, Jennifer, Nikki and her husband, John, Kristina and her husband, Robbie, Joshua, and Jenna; great grandchildren: Peyton, Xavier, Landon, Derek, Myles, Charlie, Hayley, Asa, Jonathon, and Julia; one sister, Kathleen (Thomas) Bott, of Plainville, Connecticut; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Jacobs of Florida, Carol Sheridan of Connecticut, and Marguerite Chambers of Texas; and by her infant brother Patrick McGue of Fairfax.

The Rowell family would like to offer their gratitude to the caregivers at Mrs. Rowell’s residence, Franklin County Home Health, Northwestern Medical Center, Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, Am Care, and Missisquoi Valley Rescue for their care, compassion, and support.

A funeral service was held on Friday, August 28, at the Kidder Memorial Home, in Swanton. Father Maurice J. Roy officiated. Interment was at the Rowell family lot in the Albany Village Cemetery, where a graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Gifts in Mrs. Rowell’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit TaborLance J. Tabor

Lance J. Tabor, 29, of Brownington died suddenly on August 20, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 21, 1986, in Newport, to Cindy (Little) Bernier and Larry Tabor Jr.

He was a carpenter for Gochie Carpentry in Lyndon. Among his hobbies were fishing, swimming, camping and football. He also loved sliding with his kids.

He is survived by his children: Ryah and Kylie both of Barton; his mother, Cindy Bernier of Newport; his father, Larry Tabor Jr. of Jay; his girlfriend Amanda Gochie of Lyndon; and by three sisters: Brooklyn Bernier and her boyfriend Nathan Green of Newport, Taylor Bernier and her boyfriend Ben Ste. Marie of Derby, and Kayla Bernier of North Carolina. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents: Lawrence Tabor Sr. of Derby, and Ann Tabor of Newport; his maternal grandparents: Albina Flanders of Newport, and Frederick Little and his wife, Beth, of Newport Center; his four nieces: Rayna, Hailey, Rowan and Olivia; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his stepfather Paul Bernier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

Mrs. Westover graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read The Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at Solid Rock Assembly in Brownington Center Church and at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid, supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly but will rejoice in knowing that she has moved to her heavenly home with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as by daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

She is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida; Betty Larose of Vermont; Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont; Ed Westover of Vermont; and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina; Christopher Larose and his son Dylan and daughters Kayana, Kaylene and Kaydriene of Vermont; Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina; Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut; Monica Larose of Vermont; Roany Meyer of Massachusetts; Brittany Howard (Westover) and her husband, Chase, of Georgia; and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister in-law Florence Whitcomb and by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on August 22 at noon.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

The above is a corrected version of an obituary that ran on August 19.

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Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant at Bread and Puppet

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

The Bread and Puppet Theater on Route 122 in Glover presents Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant on Sunday, August 30, at 3 p.m.  Museum tour at 1 p.m. and ding dongs at 2 p.m.  Following the circus and pageant, Great Small Works will perform in the cathedral.  Suggested donation is $10.  For more information, call 525-3031 or visit www.breadandpuppet.org

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Bacon pleads innocent in Greensboro killing

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Ryan Bacon (left) and his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, in Orleans Superior Court shortly after Mr. Bacon pled innocent to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his grandfather Lou-Ron Schneider.  Police say Mr. Bacon shot Mr. Schneider Sunday after a quarrel over his grandfather’s relationship with his mother.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Ryan Bacon (left) and his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, in Orleans Superior Court shortly after Mr. Bacon pled innocent to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his grandfather Lou-Ron Schneider. Police say Mr. Bacon shot Mr. Schneider Sunday after a quarrel over his grandfather’s relationship with his mother. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 26, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The man who allegedly shot and killed Lou-Ron Schneider of Greensboro Sunday pled innocent to a first degree murder charge Tuesday and was ordered held without bail.

Police say Mr. Schneider was the shooter’s grandfather, and the two had a dispute about Mr. Schneider’s relationship with his mother.

According to a police press release, after a roughly 24-hour manhunt, Ryan P. Bacon, 30, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, turned himself in at the Hardwick police station Monday evening and was taken to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.

He made a brief appearance in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court the next morning where his lawyer, Jon Valsangiacomo, entered the innocent plea and reserved the right to argue that Mr. Bacon should be released on bail while awaiting trial.

Judge Timothy Tomasi said the presumption in cases carrying the possibility of a life…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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East Albany Catholic church is likely to be sold

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The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.  Photo by Tena Starr

The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle August 26, 2015

EAST ALBANY — The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.

Mass hasn’t been said at the church for some time now, but it has been used for weddings, baptisms, funerals, and until a few years ago there were services on Catholic holidays, said longtime parishioner Paul Daniels.

Mr. Daniels provided a tour of the old church on Sunday, a church his Irish ancestors helped build starting in 1869, he said. He’s feeling nostalgic about its demise, which has come about both through lack of attendance and the need for repairs, said parish priest Tim Naples.

The problem is a financial one, not particular to St. John of the Cross Church, but to the entire Most Holy Trinity Parish, which includes…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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