Obituaries March 9, 2016

Lois Elnora Guyette

Lois Elnora Guyette, 92, of Newport died peacefully on February 29, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on September 2, 1923, in North Troy to Melvin and Mary (Duffy) Dunn. She graduated from North Troy High School.

She married Merrill Guyette, who predeceased her.

She was a seamstress for the former Bogner USA of Newport.

Her hobbies included quilting, reading, and she also had a vast knowledge of local history.

She is survived by her children: David Guyette and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center, Casey York of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Robert Guyette of North Troy, John Guyette and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, and Melinda Wood, who was a longtime companion of her son James Guyette. She is also survived by her stepchildren: Marilyn Currier, Merrill and his wife, Kathy, Maurice and his wife, Kathy, Muriel Dunn, and Mary Gagnon; her brother James Dunn and his wife, Barbara, of Lakeland, Florida; and by her multiple grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son James Guyette; her sisters: Fratia Marsh, Dorothy, and Roberta Dunn; and by a brother, Grover Dunn.

A celebration of her life was held on March 4, in Newport. Spring interment will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Fund, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-Morin-2Claude J. Morin

Claude J. Morin, 65, of Holland died on March 2, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on July 26, 1950, a son of Leonard and Agathe (Audet) Morin.

Mr. Morin owned CJM Farm Equipment for 36 years.

He loved going to farm auctions, going to Florida, and he loved life on the road, watching sports, and, most importantly, he loved his two children very much.  He was loved and adored by his family, especially his children.

He was a successful, self-made businessman who was passionate about his work, family, and friends. He was always the life of the party and he loved to socialize and talk with anyone he met. He was kind, funny, smart, and endlessly loving. He will forever be missed and in our hearts.

He is survived by his two children: Whitney Morin and her wife, Sarah Chaisson-Warner, of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Matthew Morin of Holland; his fiancée, Johanne Lampron, of Montreal, Quebec; his brothers and sisters: Donald Morin and his wife, Bonnie, of Richmond, Gilles Morin of Holland, Richard Morin and his wife, Helen, of Morgan, Yolande Bronson and her husband, Tim, of Derby, Rene Morin of Holland, Mark Morin of Derby, Celine Rathe and her husband, Eddie, of Colchester, Gerald Morin and his wife, Caroline, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Andre Morin of Holland, and Johnny Morin of Holland; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Agathe Morin; and by his brother Normand Morin.

Funeral services were held on March 5 in Derby Line. Spring interment will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Kidney Association, P.O. Box 244, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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obit-ParenteauEdward J. Parenteau Sr.

Edward Joseph Parenteau Sr., 89, of Derby, a very kind and gentle soul, died on February 26, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 7, 1926, in Montgomery Center, to Leo and Anna (Guyette) Parenteau.

As a 17-year-old sailor, Mr. Parenteau ferried troops onto Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944. He and other men aboard the landing craft were greeted by blistering German artillery fire. The dead and dying soon filled the ocean and beach. Mr. Parenteau miraculously survived unscathed.

He was a child of the Great Depression. He understood the importance of hard work. As a youngster he lived in Newport for a couple of summers and worked as a bellhop at the Newport House, which was located on Main Street. He used to laugh at how he looked like a little Philip Morris cigarette sales boy in his blue uniform with gold trim, including a gold trimmed hat. Much of his earnings went toward helping his family survive the tough economic times.

Anybody who knew Mr. Parenteau, knows he was a patriotic man. The tattoo on his left arm said it all: Death before Dishonor. When Japanese Forces bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, an event which launched the United States into World War II, although only in his early teens, Mr. Parenteau was ready to defend his country. Much to the concern but reluctant acceptance of his parents, in 1943, he lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was only 16. He was stationed aboard LST 337, a troop and equipment transport and landing ship. Shortly before sunrise on D-Day, he slipped into a much smaller landing craft, a LCVP. With a crew of four, they ferried hundreds of servicemen right up to Omaha Beach. Mr. Parenteau was often asked by area teachers to visit their classrooms to talk about his wartime experiences, a request he almost always accepted. His story was also featured in various publications, including the Burlington Free Press and Vermont’s Northland Journal. He was also interviewed by WCAX News, and the Northeast Kingdom Voice television program. Although a very proud veteran and interviewed by many, he always remained humble. He and his wife, Shirley, also enjoyed attending LST reunions, and in 2004 the two of them, along with a group of other area World War II veterans, traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the newly unveiled National World War II Memorial. After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, Mr. Parenteau had the entrepreneurial spirit running through his blood. Among many endeavors, he was an accomplished carpenter, building a number of area homes. And as an airplane pilot, he, along with Cecil Wright, founded Newport Air Freight in Coventry. He also founded Northeast Canoe, making countless high quality canoes. Between 1990 and 1996, he and his wife owned The Brown Cow restaurant in Newport. Before he finally retired, he drove cars for Key Auto and Hayes Ford.

He and his wife were married on March 14, 1989. They were married for almost 27 years. He enjoyed time with his family and friends and traveling to Alaska to visit and go King Salmon fishing.

Mr. Parenteau would gather with his World War II buddies at the Irving Oil in Derby Line where they drank coffee and solved the problems of the world on a daily basis. His buddy Joe Queenin of Derby Line is now the only survivor of this group of friends.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his sisters and their spouses: Amelia and Francis Ormsbee, and Glennis and Tom Barry. He leaves many loving memories to be cherished forever by his children: Edward J. Parenteau Jr., Alan Parenteau, Gary Parenteau, Debra Lawes, and Roger Parenteau; his grandchildren: Shelby, Katlin, Travis, and Tara Parenteau, Torie Bingham, and Sara Schifilliti, Crystal Millspaugh, and Karen and Kevin Lawes; his great-grandchildren: Tripp Schifilliti, Autumn Millspaugh, and Kristen Chilafoux; his stepchildren: Faye MacFarlane, Lance, Tim, and Karl Loukes; his step-grandchildren: Megan Kelley, Jhasmine Lamb, and Porsche Nicely; his step-great-grandchildren: Chelsea, Landyn, Rohan, Chevelle, Kobe, and Kara.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Anna Guyette; and by his brothers: Melvin, Raymond, Leo, and Merle Parenteau.

Funeral services were held on March 5 in Newport. Spring interment will be with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont.

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obit-Perron-1Ruth Menard Perron

Ruth Menard Perron, 86, of Newport, died at the Derby Green Health Care Facility on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

She was born in Coventry on October 31, 1929, to George and Martha (Dupuis) Menard.

She married her high school sweetheart, Leo Perron, on March 29, 1948. He predeceased her on May 1, 2014.

She was primarily a housewife who took great pride in caring for her home and children. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed walks in the woods, especially finding that perfect Christmas tree.

She is survived by her daughters: Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and JoAnne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; her grandchildren: Michael and Mandy Mislak, Stephanie and Matt Kevin, Jillian Gray and her fiancé, Tyler Cochran, and Jonathan and Amy Gray; her great-grandchildren: Sawyer and Mollie Mislak, Conor and Bryce Kevin, Gabriella Cochran, and Austin Gray.

She was predeceased by her son Leo Ernest; a sister, Pauline Gaboriault; and by her step-siblings: Mariette Hamel, Iselle Goddard, and Laurent Menard.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on March 11, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Relay For Life, American Cancer Society, care of Leslye Kenney, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit-ulmanCornelius M. “Neil” Ulman

Neil Ulman of Craftsbury died on February 27, 2016, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington after a stroke. He was 77.

He and his wife, Barbara, moved to Craftsbury in 1996 from Huntington, New York, as his long career as a reporter and editor with The Wall Street Journal was winding down. He loved the outdoors and was known to many as an enthusiastic skier and rower at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Having earlier been a sailor for many years, he took up flying in 2001. After earning his pilot license and instrument rating, he took dozens of friends, neighbors, and relatives up for scenic flights. He was active with the Catamount Trail Association and served on the board of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. He was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church. In recent years he returned to his interest in writing poetry. Some of his poems appeared in the Chronicle.

Mr. Ulman was born in 1939 in New York City to Morrison and Katharine (Strong) Ulman. He grew up in Syosset, New York, and graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in 1956. He graduated from Princeton University in 1960 and served two years in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant, junior grade. In 1962 he joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter in New York. There he met Barbara and they were married in 1963. He was posted to London, England, in 1970. From the London office he covered Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. He returned to the U.S. in 1976 as Boston bureau chief and then moved back to New York where he was foreign editor and later senior international correspondent, travelling to Japan, China, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil among other places. In the mid-1980s he was the head of the group of reporters covering science, technology, and the oil industry.

Among many other adventures he went dogsledding in the Canadian Northwest Territories to report on diamond mining and sailed from Bermuda to New York in a small boat to report on the Gulf Stream. He reported from British and U.S. Navy vessels and from an oil supertanker. In 1995 he participated in a winter camping course in the mountains above Jackson, Wyoming. Altitude sickness laid him low and he had to recover for months at home. (He did file the story, though.) That’s when he determined to move to Craftsbury.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; his son Nick of Los Altos, California; his daughter, Katharine Mertens, of Portland, Oregon; his grandchildren: Blair Mertens and Tessie Ulman; his sister Katharine Brush of Princeton, New Jersey; his brother Stephen Van R. Ulman of Greenport, New York; and by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Craftsbury Chamber Players.

obit-veraAdam Vera

Adam J. Vera, 29, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Johnson.

He was born on May 13, 1986, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the second son born to Albert and Susan Vera.

He graduated from North County Union High School in 2004 and earned degrees in both chemistry and music in 2009 from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

At the time of his death, he was employed as a lab technician at Haematologic Technologies in Essex Junction.

Outside of work, music and mountains were his true passions. Trained as a classical guitarist, he played electric and bass guitar as well as drums. A quote attributed to him on Facebook has him saying that “everybody should have a set of drums in their living space.”

As an outdoorsman, he was known as a fellow who liked to go solo. He liked climbing mountains and finding his own way. A Thanksgiving Day tradition for him was to hike Burke Mountain in the morning. If there was snow on the ground, he could be seen carrying his snowboard on his back so that when he came back down the mountain, he would be flying across snow where no one had been or seen.

At Burke he also taught others as a snowboard instructor. In the summer he skateboarded and hiked whenever he could find the time. As a hiker, he had a unique style that saw him more than once climb Mount Mansfield wearing flip-flops.

In Johnson, he played in pick-up bands, and is remembered by his band mates as someone who was generous with his skills. He had a memorable presence.

A friend from college remembered him showing up at a wedding, describing him as “gorgeous, smiling, and sorta flirting with my mom.”

Another bid her final respects by wishing him an afterlife surrounded by mountains and guitars.

He leaves behind his mother, Susan Vera, of Island Pond; his father, Albert Vera, of Bennington; his brothers: Aaron Vera and his wife, Lindsay, of Troy, New York, and Andrew Vera of Island Pond; as well as relatives and friends far and near.

All are invited to a gathering on Saturday, March 12, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in Island Pond to share the times they had with Adam.

obit-walcottMarilyn (Rublee) (Sharp) Walcott

Marilyn (Rublee) (Sharp) Walcott, 90, died on February 27, 2016, in Essex.

She was born in Enosburg Falls to Glenn W. and Lillian (Towle) Rublee. Later, her father married Elgie.

She worked several jobs before marrying Walter M. Sharp in 1950. Mr. Sharp died shortly after their daughter Cindy was born. Ever strong, she raised Cindy alone, working at the University of Vermont, until she married Alden D. Walcott in 1958. Together, they had three children: Carlton, Stephen, and Mary.

After some years at home, she worked for Encyclopedia Britannica, selling educational materials to schools and libraries around the state.

She lived in Essex Junction for 65 years. She was active in church and community. She was on the Brownell Library board during fund-raising to build the library addition. She and her husband summered at Shadow Lake in Glover. She researched the history of the camps there and she published Reflections on Shadow Lake in 1998. For 20 years, the couple wintered in Venice, Florida. They also travelled extensively.

Ms. Walcott was caring and had a quick mind. She was interested in people, asking questions about the lives of everyone she encountered. She loved her garden and playing bridge. She was an expert seamstress. She was always busy with some project!

She is survived by her daughter Cindy Walcott and her husband, Michael Alger, of Grand Isle, and their children: Emily and Asa; her son Carlton and his wife, Laure, of Essex Junction, and their children: Sarah, Keith, and Ashley; her son Stephen and his wife, Shari, of Fairfax, and their children: Jack and Kyle Gagnon; her daughter Mary Lasher of Columbia, Maryland, and her children: Ben and Sophie; and by her seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alden; and by her sister Leah Cramton.


In Holland: Meeting set to discuss failed school budget


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by Tena Starr

HOLLAND – The school board here plans to hold a public meeting on Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m.  Board members hope that Holland’s voters will tell them how to move forward in the wake of last week’s budget defeat, or at least why they voted the way they did.

The budget, which is voted on by Australian ballot, was rejected 94-79 despite the fact that it had been cut by about $80,000 from the previous year.

At the same time, Holland voters approved their share of the North Country Union High School and junior high school budgets.

The town school budget was down for the second year in a row, but because of…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Barton Village annual meeting: Village gets bigger, new trustee elected


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by Joseph Gresser

BARTON – Barton Village is a little big bigger than it was before its annual meeting Tuesday night.  By a vote of 23 to 1 residents voted to incorporate a small piece of land near the intersection of Route 16 and the Roaring Brook Road into the village.

The adjustment to the village charter was decided by Australian ballot and must still be ratified by the Legislature before it becomes final, but it is one of the final steps before the old Roaring Brook Road bridge is replaced with a new span.

Voters also elected Cathy Swain, a new resident to the village, to fill the seat vacated by Trustee Ryan Longe.  Mr. Longe, who…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport City Council: Wilson passed over for council president


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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT – The first council meeting after Newport’s annual meeting usually begins with a drowsy run of reappointments to a wide variety of city offices.  That pattern was broken Monday when Alderman Steven Vincent passed over the incumbent, Alderman John Wilson, to nominate Alderman Neil Morrissette as president of the council.

Alderman Jacques Roberge seconded the nomination, and Mr. Wilson was effectively removed from the position, which he’s held since Paul Monette was elected Mayor in 2009.

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Glover Talent Show and Pie Auction March 19


The Glover Public Library invites the public to another March talent show and pie auction on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Glover Town Hall.

Escape the winter doldrums and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment by local stars. During the show, people may bid on pies and other amazing baked goodies courtesy of talented local bakers. All money raised will benefit the Glover Public Library.

For more information, call the library at 525-4356. — from the Glover Public Library.

For more things to do, see our events page.


Coventry Town Meeting: Diaz keeps clerk and treasurer jobs


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by Randi Morse

COVENTRY – Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz retained both jobs at Town Meeting here Tuesday, despite a caution about her bookkeeping that the select board had put in the Warning for Town Meeting.

Auditors have consistently returned negative comments about her record keeping, and many of the same problems have persisted for years.

When the 2016 Town Report was released, residents were unsure what would happen as Ms. Diaz’s bookkeeping, as the treasurer, had not fared well in the reports from Graham & Graham, and from Gene Besaw and Associates.  Both audits recommended that numerous changes be made by Ms. Diaz, most of which she had, at the time of Town Meeting, yet to implement.

The second article of the Warning Tuesday asked to change the treasurer’s three-year term to a one-year term.

Board member Scott Morley… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Lowell Town Meeting: Road commissioner loses close race


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by Sam Thurston

LOWELL – The first order of business at Town Meeting Tuesday was the schools.  After re-electing the school directors whose terms had expired, the budget was looked at.  Last year the budget was $1,754,498, and this year it is $1,880310 (which is a spending of $11,676 per equalized pupil).

A motion from the floor was presented to level fund it – to only appropriate the amount given last year.  School Director Steven Mason, with the other two directors standing behind him, defended the figure asked for.

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Brownington Town Meeting: Board returns to three members


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by Eileen Wolfe

BROWNINGTON – Were voters at a mudslinging match?  Or a law school class?  How about a comedy of errors?

Town Meeting on Tuesday seemed to incorporate a bit of all those as people lurched and fought and eventually zipped their way through town and school affairs.

The meeting got off to an inauspicious start  By lunchtime, eight votes had been taken to decide five articles (or sub-articles), and it turned out that only three of the five final decisions would stand.  In addition, a less than congenial tone had been set that would continue… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Troy Town Meeting: Voters opt to buy property for preschool


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by Tena Starr

NORTH TROY – Following a fairly long and typically feisty discussion, voters at Town Meeting here Tuesday agreed to spend $76,000 to buy the so-called Allen property, a lot and house adjacent to the school.

The short-term plan is to use the property for a preschool.

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Obituaries March 2, 2016

obit-BoucherFlorence “Flossie” Catherine Boucher

Florence “Flossie” Catherine Boucher, 85, of Newport died on Friday, February 26, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born on April 2, 1930, in Burlington, to Wilmer and Della (Hayward) Knowles.

She graduated from Derby High School. She married Ernest Boucher on October 5, 1946. She worked at the American Maple for most of her career.

She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was exceptionally supportive of her grandchildren’s activities and events that made for many special memories. She loved her dogs, Tanner and Colby. She had a large circle of friends, many lifelong, whom she visited weekly to play dominos and enjoy conversation. She enjoyed her flowers and was a wonderful cook. She was a vibrant, giving, social person and had a special knack for engaging conversation. We will miss her dearly and “love her to the moon and back.”

She is survived by two sons: Dean Boucher and his wife, Bonnie, of Derby and New Mexico, and Ron Boucher and his fiancée, Cindy, of Newport; her five grandchildren: Meghan Wilson and her husband, Winn, of Derby, Emily Nagengast and her husband, Dave, of Reno, Nevada, Kayla Horacek and her husband, Sandy, of Los Angeles, California, Mitchell Lahar and his wife, Kelly, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Sophia Congdon of Newport; her three great-grandchildren: Benjamin Wilson and Trey and Benn Horacek; her brother Dale Knowles and his wife, Connie, of Newport; her sister-in-law Charlotte of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews. She remained close with Carol Boucher of Derby and Susan Catalano of California.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Boucher; and by her siblings: Leonard, Robert, Pearl, and Dorothy.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery, Derby.

In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, contributions may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-Bowen-1Douglas M. Bowen

Douglas M. Bowen, 69, of Albany died on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, following a short illness.

He was born December 10, 1946, in Newport, son of Merle and Josephine Horner Bowen. He attended Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

He married Sandy Rooney in 1965 and they had a daughter, Michalla, and a foster daughter, Penny Herman. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen ran the Albany General Store for several years before divorcing.

In 1986, Mr. Bowen met Ione Armstrong, his partner for the last 29 years. Together they enjoyed camping, going out to dinner, going for rides, and spending time with their families and their cat Sammy.

Mr. Bowen worked for the state of Vermont Highway Department for 30 years. He was the caretaker at the Albany Cemetery for the last 16 years, and he took care of private lawns around Albany.

He is survived by his partner, Ione Armstrong, of Albany; his mother, Josephine Bowen, of Morrisville; his brother Gordon Bowen and his wife, Hazel, of Morrisville; a sister, Mildred “Millie” Merriam, and her husband, Bert, of Morrisville; his stepchildren: Sheila, Dennis, and Sherry; his grandchildren: Scott Nelson and his wife, Tasha, of Hyde Park, Hillary Braun of Morrisville, Chasity and Jason Herman of Brownington, Ryan and Zachary Chayer, and Jordyn and Corey Cowles of Albany; three great-grandchildren: Kailee, Brianna, and Trent; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Merle Bowen; his daughter Michalla “Micky” Nelson; and by his grandson Corey Nelson.

There are no services planned at this time. Interment will be in the spring in the Albany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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obit-grayEllis A. Gray Jr.

Ellis A. Gray Jr., 54, of Derby died on February 25, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on January 29, 1962, in Newport to Judy Batchelder Gray and the late Ellis Gray Sr.

On August 3, 1996, he married Angela Graves, who survives him. He was a truck driver for Barrup Farms and previously was a sign painter and lettered cars. His business was known as “The Sign Guy.” He formally worked at Gray Transport, Karl Johnson Trucking, Tivoly Manufacturing, and Thibodeau Machine Shop.

At the age of 15, he started on Jim Lamothe’s race car team. He was a driver and crew member. He later worked on Wally Watson and Mike Gosselin’s racing team.

He enjoyed watching hockey, football, NASCAR races, his children’s sporting events, and music and dance concerts. He enjoyed traveling to Watkins Glen, New York, every August for an annual family vacation for the NASCAR race. He was a very devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Gray, of Derby; his children: Alan, Kristin, Elliott, Timothy, Adam, and Charlie, all of Derby; his grandchild Kerrighan Rose Gray of Newport; his daughter-in-law Kari Maxham of Newport; his mother, Judy Gray, of Derby; his half-sister Melanie Gray of Lyndonville; his sisters: Candy Patenaude and her husband, Paul, of Derby, and Wendy Hamelin and her husband, John, of Westfield; his brother Scot Gray and his friend, Sheila Carpenter, of Derby; his three “adopted” children: Rebecca Greenleaf of Island Pond, Tyler Brown of Derby, and Kylie Monfette of Holland; his stepfather Robert Brosseau Sr. of Barton; his stepbrothers and stepsisters: Robert Brosseau Jr. of Derby, Joseph Brosseau of Hardwick, and Andre Brosseau and Tammy Huntington of Glover, Theresa Quinlan and her husband, Dan, of Ellsworth, Maine, and Debbie Messier and her husband, Shawn, of Hardwick; his in-laws: Carl Mears Jr. of Ascutney, Sandra and Richard Carter of Granby, Connecticut, Linda and Lance Bowen of Arizona, and James Graves of Holland; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sons: Ellis III and Denis; his father, Ellis Gray Sr.; his nephew Paul McKee; his in-laws: James and Mildred Graves; and by his sister-in-law Sheryl Mears.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 19 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. The family requests a “dress down” service of jeans and any sports related clothing to honor what Mr. Gray loved.

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obit-greavesClaire Alice Brosseau Greaves

Claire Alice Brosseau Greaves, 88, of Walden died on February 27, 2016, at her home, with her loving husband and family by her side.

She was born in Roxton Pond, Quebec, on October 18, 1927, to Leo and Albertine Brosseau. The family moved to Vermont in 1929.

On April 18, 1953, she married John Greaves and they began their life on the farm in Walden Heights.

She loved caring for her family, tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking and canning, knitting, crocheting, and in her later years, painting. She worked on the farm for many years doing the hard work that needed to be done each day. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a devout communicant of St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.

She is survived by John, her devoted husband of 62 years, and their children: Tess Greaves, Den Greaves, Jan Greaves and her partner, Tom McFarland, Bit Carlson and her husband, Wendell, and Perley Greaves and his wife, Carolyn; her nine grandchildren: Kara Greaves, Jim Ackermann and his wife, Sara, Ryan Greaves, Kirby Parker, Phil Greaves, Ian Ackermann and his fiancée, Caitlin Celley, Brad Greaves and his wife, Jackie, Alex Parker, and Dan Greaves and his fiancée, Anna Laggis; as well as her two great-granddaughters, Allie and Andee Ackermann.

She also leaves behind her siblings: Georgette Greaves, Guy Brosseau and his wife, Mona, Lucy Royer and her husband, Raymond, Robert Brosseau, Denise Dewing, Paul Brosseau and his wife, Nicole, Norman Brosseau and his wife, Aline, and Susan Aste and her husband, Forrest; her sisters-in-law: Claire Brosseau, Jane Greaves, and Marjorie Greaves; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Mary Strong; her brothers: John, Lawrence, Dennis, and Raymond; her brothers-in-law: Edgar Strong, Marvin Greaves Sr., Wendell Dewing, Clarence Greaves, and Frank Greaves; and her sister-in-law Marjorie Norman.

Calling hours will be held at des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick on Friday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick. Spring interment will be held at the Walden Heights Cemetery in Walden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice Care, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to St. Norbert’s Church, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit-nadeauArmand Gerard Nadeau

Armand Gerard Nadeau died unexpectedly on January 13, 2016.

He was born and baptized in the small village of Dover Fox Croft, Maine, in 1930. It was here and in northern Vermont that Emmanuel and Celinda raised Mr. Nadeau, four brothers, and two sisters.

What he learned in his childhood, he would carry with him for life! One, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church, and a special spot for the blessed Virgin Mary, and to pray the rosary. Two, the love of family, to pray together, to stay together, and to fight for your family’s protection and honor. This is where his dream was answered. On August 30 1958, he married the love of his life, Theresa Ann Besaw. Three, the love of work; from the time he was a young boy he worked like a man; hard labor is just a challenge. Always watch another craftsman or engineer to learn a new job or technique. As the teacher and foreman show doing the job and let your man decide the best way to complete the task. Work hard, make it fun, and it leads to success.

Mr. and Mrs. Nadeau’s pride and joy are their lovely family of six children: three boys and three girls: Ann Marie, Andrew, Mary Ann, Robert, Rosalie, and Rodney. The family traditions of religion, family, and hard work were joyfully passed on to the next generation. The Nadeau family blossomed with 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Nadeau loved being with his wife and nothing was better than a picnic or party with their family. Being a builder, he gave the greatest gift a man could give to his young adult children — he helped them build their first homes. This was a great bonding experience, a huge savings, and got them in beautiful houses. And, of course, it was fun working with the family. Mr. Nadeau started working as a young boy in the wood mill and family farm to help his family with expenses. When he was old enough, he took a full-time job at the furniture mill working his way up the ladder. At the age of 22 he purchased his first dairy farm, and with a lot of hard work he sold and purchased a larger farm in 1956. The Nadeaus started building barns, so Mr. Nadeau did that during the day and chores before and after work. Soon barn construction was too busy, the farm was sold, and a new house was built in Orleans for his young family. Soon Nadeau Brothers construction was building mostly houses, and this led them to Essex, where hundreds of houses were built by the boys. In 1974 it was time for another career change, and after getting the permits he and his brothers built Nadeau Lumber. With the blood, sweat, and tears of all the family members, a successful lumber store in Jericho grew quickly.

At the young age of 54, Mr. Nadeau retired in 1984. It was time to start spending winter in the warmth of Florida. The house was all set up to have Mr. and Mrs. Nadeau’s parents spend as much time as possible. There was time for cards, puzzles, crosswords, bikes, motor scooters, and little pleasures that there was never time for while working. There was time to restore a car, and best of all there was plenty of time for all kinds of different campers and camping. Retirement allowed for the pleasure of daily Mass and extra time for prayer, shared with his wife each day. Summer was a change of scenery, heading to Vermont to be with his boys building and looking forward to the big family gatherings.

As a generous man, Mr. Nadeau loved to give, to all, through money and his services. He donated an unbelievable amount of hours to each parish to which he has belonged — fixing, repairing, and maintaining — which includes ten years at St. Thomas Aquinas, before actually being employed there for two years.

He was a proud life member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a Eucharistic minister and minister of the sick, bringing Jesus, love, hope, and joy to the two nursing homes and homebound Catholics of St. Cloud, Florida, for 23 years. If somebody needed handyman work done, they could call Mr. Nadeau; he could fix anything, for anybody. Call him husband, call him dad, call him grandpa, great-grandpa, or brother, uncle or friend. No matter what you call Mr. Nadeau, make sure to listen to the most important lesson he lived by: “Don’t hold grudges, always forgive.”

Burial will be in the spring in Underhill.

obit-omanHenry C. “Hecky” Oman

Henry “Hecky” Carl Oman died at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 12, 2016, after a valiant fight against ALS.

He was born in Holden, Massachusetts, on January 10, 1955, to Henry S. Oman and Lillian (Jappinen) Oman, and lived most of his life in Massachusetts and Vermont.

He was an avid fisherman and spent the last of his healthy years restoring a boat and motor which were his pride and joy. His interests included camping, fishing and canoeing adventures with his friends, and, later on, spinning tales about these happy and story-worthy times. A bit of a MacGyver, he also enjoyed tinkering to the musical sounds of Bonnie Raitt and Little Feat. Friends and family spent many a fine hour “appreciating” his detailed descriptions of his projects; with love, of course.

He is survived by his sisters: Nancy Shepard and her husband, Dennis, of Boise, Idaho, and Polly Hakala of South Burlington; his brother Richard Oman of Twin Falls, Idaho; and by his sister-in-law Carol Oman of Acton, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and their children and his posse of lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother John Oman of Acton.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date.

Contributions in his name may be made to the ALS Association.

obit-Perry-1Richard Scott Perry

Scott Perry of Irasburg died on February 23, 2016.

Holding his wife’s hand on that morning, he was “promoted to glory.”

He was born on a snowy day in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 28, 1940, to Vergil Mize Perry and Frances Louise (Betty) Boggs Perry. He graduated from Bethesda/Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

He was an editor by trade — a wordsmith — and he specialized in educational publications. He wrote and edited reading labs for Science Research Associates, Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Division, the W. Clement Stone Foundation, Harper and Row, Ener-Gem Success Systems with J. Warren McClure, ASP & Associates, varied freelance projects, and for over 20 years with the Stephen Ministry Series. He always said, “Everybody needs an editor!” He spoke at workshops around the country and Canada teaching leadership workshops in Christian caregiving by the laity. He was a program leader for “Christian Caregiving A Way of Life,” “Ministry to Inactive Members,” and other similar programs, and was an occasional guest preacher at area churches.

In 1961, he married Lynn Elena Shearer at Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village, New York, and is survived by her. He is survived by his children: Amy Suzanne Waters and her husband, Andy, the Reverend Bonnie Ruth Forsman and her husband, Bill, and Andrew Scott Perry and his wife, Lee; his grandchildren: Stephanie Lynn Waters, Austin Thomas Waters and his fiancée, Alyson Germinder, Chester Andrew Forsman, John Chandler Forsman, Corwin Scott Perry, Cameron Vergil Perry, Jacqueline Lee Perry, and Jewel, Jacob, and Jessica Mason. He is also survived by two sisters: Sally Estes and her husband, Tom, and Ellen Perry; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Carole; and by a niece, Lynn Allison Bernhardt.

He was a writer by profession and a reader for pleasure. He was a playful person and enjoyed games — croquet, Monopoly and card games with the grandchildren, and he was a regular at the bridge table with various local duplicate bridge games. He also greatly enjoyed reading everything about Abraham Lincoln and dinosaurs, Bible study, and he always loved having a dog by his side. He was a friend of Bill W’s for a few months short of 50 years.

He served on the board of North Country Hospital, was an Irasburg firefighter in his early years in Vermont, and was a communicant member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on in Newport on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow in the parish house.

obit-PreseaultMichael R. “Cowboy” Preseault

Michael R. “Cowboy” Preseault, 62, of St. Albans died on February 22, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on March 25, 1953, in Newport to Alice (Paradis) Preseault and the late Fernand Preseault.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans and entered the United States Navy, where he served from 1971 to 1974.

He was a supervisor for Peerless Clothing in St. Albans. He was co-owner of the former Newport Beverage and Redemption Center with his dad in the 1980s.

He loved his family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, and watching NASCAR races. He also loved softball as he followed, played, coached, and umpired games in the Northeast Kingdom.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Preseault of Irasburg; his brother Francis Preseault and his wife, Patricia, of Arlington; his sister Lori LeBlanc and her husband, Rene, of Irasburg; his sisters-in-law: Carmen (Gaudreau) Preseault of Bradenton, Florida, and Celeste (Pepin) Preseault of Bradenton; his 12 nieces and nephews; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends like Pat Parks of St. Albans.

He was predeceased by his father, Fernand Preseault, in 2000; and by his brothers: Dennis in 1996, and Brian in 2005.

Funeral services were held on February 27, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit-taylorPreston Augustus Taylor

Preston Augustus Taylor, 91, of Meridian, Idaho, died on February 21, 2016, with his family by his side. He was residing at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

He was born on May 6, 1924, in Irasburg. He attended South School in Newport until he reached eighth grade, when he was needed on the family farm. He obtained his high school diploma many years later by going to night classes at Spaulding High School in Barre.

On October 2, 1944, he married Helen Catherine Conner in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Winooski. They made their home in Barton. Through the years they also lived in Barre and Montpelier, and in 1977 they moved and made their home in Meridian.

He was a loving, devoted father to his 12 children. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and coin collecting. He also enjoyed traveling. His favorite place was Yellowstone National Park. He enjoyed spending time and reminiscing with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom he loved very much.

He belonged to the Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart, and Morning Light Community. He was also a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church.

He was an independent trucker, hauling milk, sawdust, and gravel to help build the road in Jay Peak. When they moved to Barre he worked as a derrick operator at Buttura & Sons. When they moved to Meridian he helped run a daycare with his wife, and had rental properties.

He is survived by his children: Marilyn (Taylor-Reynolds) Bisson and her husband, Rosaire, of Barre, James Taylor and his wife, Maureen, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne and his wife, Cathy, of Meridian, Gary and his wife, Jeanne, of Meridian, Joyce (Taylor) Dutil and her husband, Leo, of Barre, Michael and his wife, Debbie, of Boise, Jeff of Emmett, Idaho, Tim and his wife, Denise, of Meridian, Carole (Taylor) Tucker and her husband, Brent, of Boise, and Cathy (Taylor) Pruett of Meridian. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers: Richard of West Glover, and Adlord and his wife, Lois, of Barton; his sister R. Marion Taylor of Hyde Park; his sister-in-law Betty Taylor of Morrisville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen; two children: Joseph and William Taylor; a granddaughter, Dolly Taylor; and by his brothers: Wilfred and Edwin Taylor.

Funeral services were held on February 27 in Meridian. He will be interred in the Columbarium at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at a later date.

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obit-ValleyEvelyn Pearl Valley

Evelyn Pearl Valley, 88, of Newport, a kind and gentle soul, died on February 25, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 29, 1927, in Barton, to Walter and Gladys (Bushaw) Barton. She attended Barton Academy and later worked at International Shoe in Claremont, New Hampshire, where she was awarded the title of “Queen” at an annual beauty contest.

On January 12, 1954, she married Rene C. Valley, also from Barton. He predeceased her on April 7, 1998. In 1961 they moved to Enfield, Connecticut, and started a family, which was her passion and delight.

Her Aunt Eva taught her to sew and she artfully stitched love into many britches. She was a remarkable cook and baker. When she returned to the Northeast Kingdom in 1981, after she and Rene purchased the Long Branch Restaurant, she became highly regarded for her creative birthday cakes. At Valley’s Steakhouse/Dug Out and Cafe she crafted all the baked goods for the well-known Sunday brunch.

Affectionately known as “Ma Valley” to the many she adopted as her own, she always offered an interested ear and caring heart. For her grandchildren, “Gram” was a devoted and loyal confidant who held a special place in her indulgent heart for each one of them.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

She leaves loving memories to be cherished by her daughters: Cathy Valley of Essex Junction, Ellen Stanley and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Ella Barry and her husband, Daniel, of Newport; her grandchildren: Danielle, Travis, Michaela, Hunter, Jacob, and Christopher; her great-grandchildren: Jayden and Kairin; her sister Marilyn Beauregard of Derby; her brother Cecil Barton of Maui, Hawaii; and many nieces and nephews who were so very dear to her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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