Obituaries February 22, 2017

Charles R. Averill

Charles R. Averill, 88, died peacefully at Harris Hill Nursing home, in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 7, 2017.

He was born May 12, 1928, to Paul L. and Margaret (Daley) Averill in Concord. “Charlie” graduated from Concord High School in 1947 then served in the naval reserve for eight years. He worked for Greenland Services where he learned small engine repair. He became a salesperson for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, which led him to Hoagland’s Autobody where he worked for 30 years. He enjoyed acquiring the skills to repair horse drawn carriages and antique automobiles, and used those skills to stripe the Concord Coach. He spent his spare time restoring his 1923 Model T Ford Touring Car and was a longtime member of the Profile Automobile League.

His background in the automotive industry transitioned into working for the Concord Group Insurance. There he became a state and provincial chairperson representing New England and Quebec for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR), meeting with the three major automobile manufacturers regarding safety and proper repairs of the new unibody automobiles.

Mr. Averill was a Concord Kiwanian since 1974, serving on the board of directors, and receiving the George F. Hickson Fellow Award. Through his inspiration, the annual antique and classic car show was launched. Also, through his efforts, the city of Concord installed a sign indicating the area behind Everett Arena as Kiwanis Waterfront Park. He assisted the 20/20 vision committee in acquiring a public boat ramp for launching kayaks and canoes as well as developing the annual Riverfront Jamboree. Mr. Averill was also chairman for maintaining the grounds of the Kiwanis Waterfront Park, where he enjoyed participating in its upkeep.

Mr. Averill had a love of music — especially the classics and opera — and played the drums during his school years, forming his own band. He enjoyed golf, was an avid walker and loved woodworking and carpentry. He built his own summer cottage on Willoughby Lake in Westmore. He had a tireless passion for helping others. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers at the cottage.

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Clancy and her husband, Richard. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Eleanor (Meadows); two daughters: Pamela Wolfstone of Farmington, Maine, and Beth Beaugeard and her husband, Larry, of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; and a son, Paul Averill and his wife, Chrys, of Concord; five granddaughters: Stacy, Lexi, Alyssa, Bronwyn, and Shaylah; and one grandson Jared; one great-granddaughter Ella Rose; many nieces and nephews of the Clancy, Davis, and Meadows families; and cousins of the Daley family.

Mr. Averill will be missed; through it all he never lost his sense of humor.

Visitation was held on February 19, in Concord. Burial will be private.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.bennettfuneral.com.

Robert O. French

Robert O. French, 71, of Springfield, Massachusetts, died on February 7, 2017, surrounded by his children.

Mr. French was born in Newport on February 22, 1945, the son of the late Ovila and Blanche (Prue) French. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School, class of 1963. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his career working at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (Cunningham) French on July 7, 2014; and a sister, Donna Boisvert.

He is survived by his three devoted children: Karen Chapin and her husband, Michael, of Hampden, Massachusetts, Daniel French and his wife, Mary, of Springfield, and Christopher French and his wife, Jenny, of East Longmeadow; and he leaves five cherished grandchildren: Lauren, Stephanie, Danielle, Emily and Anna. He also leaves two brothers: David French and his wife, JoAnn, and James French and his wife, Patricia; three sisters: Katherine French, Aileen Coulombe and her husband, Gerald, all of Newport, and Julie Farioli and her husband, David, of Melbourne, Florida; and a brother-in-law Laurent Boisvert of Newport.

His funeral was held on February 13 at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home in Springfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow. He was buried with full military honors in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. French’s memory to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 280 Chestnut Street, Sixth Floor, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199.

Online condolences can be shared at www.byronkeenan.com.

 

Basil G. Kokoletsos

Basil G. Kokoletsos, 81, of Barton died on February 11, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on June 15, 1935, in Thessaloniki, Greece, and was the son of George and Olympia (Rodopoulos) Kokoletsos.

Mr. Kokoletsos came to the United States to attend Illinois Institute of Technology on a scholarship and received a degree in electrical engineering. On December 23, 1957, he married Marcella Nobile in Chicago.

Besides his wife he is survived by his two daughters: Nicole Akiki and her husband, Sam, of Allendale, New Jersey, and Noelle Crane and her husband, Marshall, of Ridgewood, New Jersey; and by his grandchildren: Athena, Christiana, Anthony and Christian Akiki, and Mitchell and Nicholas Crane; his brother Theodore Kokoletsos; and his wife, Soula, of Vouliagmeni, Greece; and nephews George and Gus.

Mr. Kokoletsos served in the United States Army in Korea. In the 1970s he founded Strongwall Industries in Ridgewood, retiring in 2005. He vacationed in Barton and retired here in 2010. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, skiing, and hiking.

A Mass will be celebrated in the spring at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Kokoletsos’ name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018, or at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/ways-to-give.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Louise Annette Helen McElroy

Louise Annette Helen McElroy, 89, of St. Johnsbury, died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center on February 9, 2017.

She was born on September 16, 1927, in Albany, a daughter to the late Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gile. She grew up in Albany. She worked as a sales clerk at Grant’s and Hovey’s in St. Johnsbury for many years.

Mrs. McElroy loved to go on walks and go shopping. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and working in her flower garden at her home on South Main Street in St. Johnsbury. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast. She was a quiet presence, kind and dependable. She always put her family first, spending many days with her sisters and brother and at family gatherings.

Mrs. McElroy had no children but did take a strong liking to her neighbor’s children, Lisa Stuart and Jerry Cote, and they enjoyed spending time with her and her husband, Armond.

She is survived by her sisters: Margaret Wright of St. Johnsbury, Laura Gonyaw of Barton, and Rena Young of Connecticut. She is also survived by her long-time best friend Marion Bennett of Lyndonville.

Mrs. McElroy was predeceased by her husband, Armond McElroy; brothers: John and Ernest Gile; and sisters: Marie Chiovetti, Rose Sanville, Bertha Shortsleeve, and Alice Voyer.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. McElroy’s name to the NEK Council on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.

Rene P. Perrault

Rene P. Perrault, 90, died February 5, 2017, in Newport.

He was born January 9, 1927, in Green Valley, Ontario, the son of Rene A. Perrault and Adrienne Phaneuf of St. Johnsbury. He was one of three sons. He graduated with two years of business college in St. John, Quebec, and entered the employment of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, where he worked in different capacities and vicinities for 20 years. He retired in Newport, in 1986 with an early pension.

He married Micheline Courchesne, in St. John, Quebec, in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Micheline; and by his brother Robert Perrault of Newport Center. He was predeceased by his brother Raynold Perrault of Concord, New Hampshire. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by Urgel Bourgie, of Montreal, Quebec.

 

Charles Arthur Plante Sr. 

Charles Arthur Plante Sr., 79, died peacefully on the morning of Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his home in Lyndonville.

He had a love of the outdoors and many hobbies including hunting, fishing, and gardening. He also enjoyed brewing his own beer, singing, whistling tunes, and telling jokes. Spending time with family and pets was one of his favorite things to do.

He sadly leaves behind his wife Nancy Plante of Lyndonville; his son Gregoire Plante of West Newbury; his grandchildren: Joseph Plante and his wife, Katie, of Newbury, Charles Plante III of San Francisco, California, Adam Plante and his husband, John, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Brook Robillard and her husband, Chris, of Epsom, New Hampshire, Daniel Hawkins of Portland, Oregon, and Timothy Labor Jr. and his wife, Lahanah, of Sanford, Maine; his six great-grandchildren; his brother Robert Plante of Bradford; and sister Janeane Bruno of Bradford; and his dog Peanut.

He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Gabrielle (Viviers) Plante; his sons Charles Plante Jr. and Guy Plante; and two of his siblings.

A celebration of life will be planned for the spring. Friends and family will be notified of the date and time.

 

Nelson C. Stevens III

Nelson C. Stevens III, 72, a beloved son, father, husband, and friend to many, died suddenly on February 10, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with his daughters by his side.

He was born July 12, 1944 at Cottage Hospital in Barton, the son of Nelson II and Barbara (Leno) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens received his high school diploma from the Barton Academy in 1962, and furthered his education by attending two years of college at Johnson State College. He was a mason by trade, taught by his father Nelson C. Stevens II, with many displays of his craft throughout homes all around the county. He was also was an independent used car salesman, who enjoyed driving a newly purchased Cadillac around town himself before finding a buyer. For over 40 years he was employed by the Chronicle, performing a variety of tasks, from working in the printing room, to delivering the papers to local stores.

On August 13, 1990, he married Rachel Archer who survives him.

Mr. Stevens was raised on a farm in West Glover. Growing up, and through the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling, along with a round or two of golf. He loved spending time with family and friends, sharing stories and laughing over jokes.

He bowled for several years on a league, at the Candlepin in Barton; shot pool at all of the local bars, taverns, and pool halls — in fact, he was well known for his pool playing skills; and played horseshoes, especially at the annual Willoughby Lake tournament.

He is survived by the mother of his daughters, Linda Butler Stevens; his mother Barbara Stevens; and his daughters Carole Briere and her husband, Scott, and Tracie Stevens; and by his grandchildren Oakley Stevens, and Katelynn Briere; by his brothers Gary Stevens, and Jeffrey Stevens and his wife, Pam; by his sister Rebecca Griffin and her partner, Ronald Moss; by his stepdaughter Melissa Archer and her husband, Daniel Border; and his stepson Vercil Warner; as well as, several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind Squeaky and Bubbles, the kitties he adored.

He was predeceased by his father Nelson C Stevens II.

He will be grievously missed by all who knew and loved him.

For those wishing, donations in Mr. Stevens’ memory may be made to zerocancer.org/donate, or mailed to ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer, 515 King Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

A memorial and celebration of Mr. Stevens’ life is planned for Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion Post #21 on Veterans Avenue in Newport at 4 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at: www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Lorraine D. Tolman

Lorraine Delores Tolman, 72, of Greensboro, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born September 15, 1944, in Hardwick, the daughter of the late Emile and Jeanne (Bellavance) Dufresne. She attended Glover public schools, Catholic school in St. Johnsbury, Hardwick Academy, and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1962. She married Harold George Tolman later that same year, on December 29, 1962. They recently celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Mrs. Tolman was a hard worker and was employed at the Come and Eat Restaurant in Hardwick, the Charlmont Restaurant in Morrisville, and cleaned camps to support her future endeavors as a payroll professional. She received her real estate license, working with Strout Realty, and was proud to have worked as the payroll tax administrator in the payroll department at National Life Insurance Co. in Montpelier for more than 15 years. She retired in 2000.

Mrs. Tolman was an active volunteer in her community. She was a member of Mary Queen of all Saints Parish, treasurer and member of Court St. Veronica Catholic Daughter in Hardwick, past member of the Hazen Union school board from 1981 to 1989, auditor of accounts for the town of Greensboro, Lake View Union School treasurer, founder and past president of the Green Mountain Payroll Association for 20 years, and a member of the New England Payroll Association. She taught catechism at St. Michael’s Church for a few years. As a coach’s wife, she spent countless hours helping to raise funds for the baseball and basketball teams, washing uniforms, and watching and supporting many games. In 2006, Mrs. Tolman and her husband received the Greensboro Award for their many years of service to the Greensboro community. She personalized storybooks and letters for children called, “Grams Choice Books.” For more than 31 years, Mr. and Mrs. Tolman would gather with their family on the Maine coast. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, glass etching, and crafts, moose hunting, and outdoor activities. She was especially fond of capturing photos of wildlife with her camera systems and sharing the excitement of those with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Harold, of Greensboro; a son, Jefferson Tolman and his wife, Jacquelyn (Ramsay), of Greensboro; three daughters: Laurie Hodgdon of Stowe, Annette Jones and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury, and Penny Jones and her husband, Andy, of Elmore; ten grandchildren: Chris, Brent, Hannah, Nicole, Logan, Emily, Alysha, Kaitlyn, Abigail, and Meghan. She was also survived by nine great-grandchildren; three brothers: Leonel Dufresne of East Albany, Lucien Dufresne of Williamstown, and Roger “Pudge” Dufresne of Fairfax; three sisters: Doris Voyer of Calais, Jeannine Young of Craftsbury, and Diane Leslie of Zephyrhills, Florida; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; and by siblings, Pauline Smith, Rita Davis and two infant sisters.

Visiting hours will be held Friday evening, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home at 60 Elm Street in Hardwick.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. Spring burial will be in the Tolman family lot in the Greensboro Village Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

Beatrice Young

Beatrice Young, 80, of North Troy, died on February 10, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on July 28, 1936, in Troy, to Sanford and Agnes (Gilbrault) Cota. She married Robert Young who predeceased her.

She was a furniture maker for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed cooking for large gatherings, being with her family, and having company at her home. She appreciated Sara her caregiver who did many things to help her out.

She is survived by her children: Debra Merrill and her husband, Stanley, of North Troy; by her grandchildren: Scott, Paul, Ryan, Chesley, and Brent; and by her great-granddaughter Olivia. She is also survived by her brothers: Sanford Cota Jr. and his companion, Sandra Peters, of North Troy, and Marvin Cota and his wife, Sandy, of Colchester; by her sisters Margaret Willis of North Troy, and Shirley Alix and her husband, Tony, of Florida; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert; by her parents Sanford and Agnes Cota; by her son Randy Young; by her brother Floyd Cota; and by her sisters Betty and Madeline.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at the North Troy Village Cemetery with Pastor Micky Richards officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the service. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819. Online condolences can be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 15, 2017

Earl S. Scott Sr.

Earl S. Scott Sr., “Earl the Squirrel,” 63, of Derby, died on February 6, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 5, 1953, in Newport to George Sr. and Lura (Simpson) Scott. On September 2, 1994, he married Yvette Chaput who survives him. He was a lift attendant at Jay Peak ski resort.

Mr. Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, demo’s, telling jokes, working at Jay Peak, snowmobiling, and meeting new people.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Scott of Derby; by his children: Leslie Kimball and her husband, Brian, of Northfield, James Aiken Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Derby Line, and Earl Scott Jr. and his girlfriend, Jeanie Lahue, of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Wyatt Pion, and Kristopher and Jayden Aiken; by his brother George Scott Jr. and his wife, Susan, of West Charleston; and by nieces, nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law; and by his best friends: Norman Sargent of Derby Line, and Laurette and Ken Baraw of St. Johnsbury. He was predeceased by his parents George Sr. and Lura Scott; a grandson Brendan Nathan Aiken; his brother Brian Scott; and his mother-in-law Violet Chaput.

Private family services will be held. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Yvette Scott, 2477 Route 5, Lot A7, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

William L. St. John

William L. St. John, 87, of Island Pond and formerly of Harvard, Massachusetts, died on February 7, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on December 18, 1929, in Clinton, Massachusetts, to William H. and Marie (Lecomte) St. John. On October 24, 1953, he married Claire L. Ducharme in Willimansett, Massachusetts, and lived in Norfolk, Virginia, with his wife until being discharged from the Navy on February 27, 1954.

He grew up spending time and working on local farms. He graduated from high school on June 13, 1947. He joined the Navy on April 27, 1950, and spent boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He attended Aviation Structural Mechanic School at Naval Air Technical Training Command in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 1950 to February 1951, and graduated first in his class. He was then assigned to Navy squadron VP 44 in Norfolk. He attained the rating of U.S. Navy-aviation structural mechanic petty officer second class.

After he was discharged, Mr. and Mrs. St. John moved to Clinton, then to Harvard. During this time he acquired his journeyman plumbing license and worked for R.L. Wood Plumbing and Heating Company in Still River, Massachusetts, for 13 years. He began work for the Department of Defense at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, in 1966 as a plumber. He became certified as an operator of drinking water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants. He was supervisor of water and sewage treatment facilities at Fort Devens from 1978 to 1988. He retired in 1988.

He and his wife moved to Island Pond in November of 1989, where he served as a member of the town sewer commission. He joined the Brighton Snowmobile Club and served as the ticket chairman for six years. He was also a groomer operator for two years. He held membership with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.

Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, reading, target shooting, listening to country music, and watching the Red Sox or Boston Bruins on TV with his children. However, he never hesitated to tell anyone about the five best relaxing vacations he ever had which were experienced aboard the Heritage, a coasting schooner out of Rockland, Maine, with captain’s Doug and Linda Lee.

As a charter member of the Harvard Sportsman Club, he spent many hours helping to get the club started. When the club finally bought land, he worked on the rifle ranges and later installed plumbing in the clubhouse. He was a member of the first club pistol team. At the annual turkey shoots, he and his children worked the trap shoot for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Harvard Sportsman Club and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He especially enjoyed hiking through the woods with his dogs, Mr. Bean and Midnite.

He is survived by his wife Claire St. John of Island Pond; by his children: William V. St. John and his wife, Regina, of Hudson, Massachusetts, Robert St. John and his fiancé, Sarah Ostholthoff, of Franklin, Massachusetts, Richard St. John of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, Marie St. John-Noonan and her husband, Marty, of Litchfield, Connecticut, and Louise St. John of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by his grandchildren: Katelyn Gleason, Billy St. John, Kevin Girard, Kyle St. John, Keith St. John, Jennifer St. John, Heather St. John, Joseph St. John, Christine Noonan, Casey Noonan, Robert Artus and Alex Artus; by his great-grandchildren: Jack E. Gleason and Hayden St. John; by his siblings: Helen Wood, Yvonne Hendrickson and her husband, John, and Pauline Savaria and her husband, Bertrand; by his sisters-in-law: Barbara St. John and Shirley St. John; and by his good friends: Maurice Barnes, Gerry and Kathy Savaria, and Dorothy Allen.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Marcelle Murphy, Frances Wood, Elsie Rose St. John, and Marie Conroy; by his brothers: Paul St. John and Alfred St. John; a beloved daughter-in-law Carol (Kelly) St. John, gone too soon; and brothers-in-law: Donald E. Wood, Roger L. Wood, and Jack Conroy.

Funeral services were held on February 13 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Claremont, New Hampshire. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #80, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846, or to the Matre Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

John L. Willey

John L. Willey, 58, of Newport died peacefully on February 10, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born on November 14, 1958, in St. Albans to Avis Billado. On February 2, 2002, he married Nanette Meunier who survives him.

He was a highly decorated retired disabled veteran who served in the Army and National Guard for 28 years altogether. He was stationed abroad in Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. He held a lifetime membership at the VFW Post #798 of Newport.

He loved fishing, hunting, being outdoors, playing cards, watching channel 3 news, woodworking, spending time with his little buddy Jayden, and chilling with his dogs Harley and Chopper.

He is survived by his wife Nanette Meunier-Willey of Newport; by his daughters: Jessica Sheltra and her husband, Matthew, of Derby, Evelina Lacasse and her husband, Jeremy Sr., of North Troy, Amanda Paxton and her husband, Kam, of Ottawa, Ontario, and Roxann Downing of Newport; and by his son Joseph Paxton and his wife, Chelsey, of Newport; by his grandchildren: Katie, Jeremy Jr., and Colten Lacasse, and Jayden Paxton (his little buddy); by his mother Avis Billado and her companion, Junior, of Enosburg; his twin sister Joan Aither and her husband, Eric, of Hyde Park; by his brothers: Jeff Willey and his wife, Vicky, of Westmore, Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton, and by his sister Shirleen Willey and her companion, Allen, of Evansville; and by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday February 17, at the Newport Baptist Church. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 8, 2017

Ruth Madeline Barron

Ruth Madeline Barron, 103, died on January 30, 2017, at the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington.

She was sharp of wit and mind, and occasionally of tongue when the occasion warranted it, to the end. She died in her sleep with excellent care, in pleasant surroundings that she had called home for the last four years.

Ms. Barron was born in January of 1914 in Barton. She attended Barton Graded School, Barton High School, and the University of Vermont, graduating with a doctorate in history in 1936. For the next ten years, she worked and attended (off and on) Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1946, with a master’s degree in science.

Her life’s work took her to several cities east of the Mississippi River, where she worked at different times with children, young adults, adults, and seniors in special care facilities. Ms. Barron retired at the age of 70 and moved to Burlington to be close to family members.

An avid reader all her life, she especially enjoyed mystery and detective novels and read about the cities and countries to which she traveled. She traveled throughout the world with Venice and Russia, in that order, being her two favorite destinations, both of which she visited several times. Her last trip abroad was to Brazil in October 2003 at the age of 89 to attend the wedding of her great nephew.

With these interests, Ms. Barron paid little attention to television, with the exception of news and baseball, specifically, the Boston Red Sox. She was a huge fan and knew all the team members, their statistics, and a great deal about their opponents over the years. She enjoyed classical music and visits to Manhattan to attend theater productions and to visit museums.

She is survived by her two nieces: Carley Stevens-McLaughlin, and her children: Cassandra Townshend, and Calista Freitag and their families; and Rowena Drown, and her children: Rhonda Coates, Jarrett Drown, and Harley Drown and their families. She is also survived by her two nephews: Graydon Stevens and Larry Stevens, and his two children Tinah Whitcomb, and Eric Stevens, and their families.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy Barron, Betty Hebert, and Priscilla Stevens Sharp.

Interment will be held in the spring.

Allen Lee Charland Sr.

Allen Lee Charland Sr., 70, died January 28, 2017, in Vergennes, surrounded by his loving family and loyal friends Dick Eddie and Bob Manny.

Mr. Charland was born June 20, 1946, in Newport, to Bernard H. and Madeline (Judd) Charland. He lived briefly on his grandparents’ Judd’s farm after a fire destroyed the family home in Morgan. This is where he acquired his love of farming and trucking. The remainder of his childhood was spent in West Charleston with his natural family. At the age of 50, Mr. Charland earned his GED, which he was most proud of. He loved to put models together with his grandson Tyler, enjoyed listening to country music, and most of all loved fishing with his grandchildren.

Mr. Charland lived with his loving daughter Nicki and her husband, Kurt, the last few months of his life, where he enjoyed making jams, helping in the kitchen, and playing cards. He loved his grandchildren, Sean, Andrew, JR, Alexis, Paige, Tyler, and Dante, with all his heart.

In the last months of his life his most loving granddaughter Alexis spent every day with him and during this time he was introduced to Snap Chat and Facebook. His great-grandson Jack spent many of these days with him as well. He thought the world of Jack, as well as his loyal cat, Petey.

He is survived by his loving sons: Sid Sumner and his wife, Carol, of Monkton, Charles Sumner and his wife, Debbie, of Bridport, Sam Charland and his wife, Maureen, of Norwich, Connecticut, and Bernard of Burlington; his loving daughters Nicki DeGraaf and her husband, Kurt, of Vergennes, Angeline of Burlington, and Bernadette of Bristol. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Charland of Newport; brother-in-law Gary Major of North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dianna (Mayo) Charland; his daughter Kimberly Charland; his parents; and by siblings Robert Charland, Bonnie (Charland) Major, and Jimmy Charland.

A celebration of Mr. Charland’s life will be held in the spring at Clark Cemetery in Morgan, with his friends and family.

Memorial contributions can be made to Project Independence/Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

Dawson D. Green

Dawson D. Green, 71, of Derby, died on February 1, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born on March 3, 1945, in Derby. He was the son of Earl J. and Cora B. (Trucott) Green.

Mr. Green worked as a farmhand in earlier years then went on to work in the woods.

He is survived by his brother Hubert Green and his wife, Sherry; his sister-in-law Mary Green; by many nieces and nephews; and by his best friend Lucy the beagle.

He is predeceased by his parents; and by three brothers: Dale, Waldo, and Roland Green.

Per Mr. Green’s wishes, there will be no services.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Kay Lafoe Harding

Kay Harding, 70, died at her home in Alliance, Nebraska, on January 17, 2017, after a long illness.

She was born in Alliance on June 16, 1946, where she spent her early years. Then in the tenth grade, her parents moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where she finished high school and then attended the University of Wyoming, and got her degree in physical education.

Her son, Trent Ackerson, was born in Laramie, and then they moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she met Richard Lafoe from Derby Line. They got married in Laramie and moved to Morgan, and then to Holland. Their son Alex was born when they lived in Holland.

Ms. Harding was a self-employed bookkeeper and income tax preparer for several businesses in the area and worked with the weatherization program for many years. She was active in many community activities. She started the Morgan Red Cross Swim Project at Seymour Lake, chaired the first Morgan Green Up Day, was a member of the “Dizzy Dames” Home Dem. Club, and volunteered at the Morgan Elementary School.

When she moved to Holland she did not stop. Ms. Harding was the Holland delinquent tax collector and a representative for the town with the North Country Supervisory Union. She coached the majorettes at North Country Union High School, worked with migrant education in the area and ran for state representative for Orleans County. She had other odd jobs at the Long Branch and the East Side Restaurant. She enjoyed, and was proud of, her work with The Border Livestock 4-H Club, as she was a 4-H member in her youth. Her last years of working were at Canaan High School where she mentored several children who continued to be in contact with her for many years.

Ms. Harding was in Vermont for 25 years. Then the Midwest was calling her home, first in Montana, and then back to her roots in Alliance. There she was active in the church and was in the bell choir and volunteered wherever needed in her senior community.

On a more personal note, anyone who knew Ms. Harding was aware that if she had an opinion on something she was not afraid to express it. She was an avid reader and had the uncanny ability to remember everything she read. She was very creative with crafts and was always willing to share her talents with anyone who wanted to learn. Her Christmas wreaths were outstanding and she sent them to all her family. She was an avid gardener and had the most beautiful flowerbeds. Her animals meant the world to her, especially Anuke. Spending time by a nice fire in the evenings was her comfort and relaxation.

Ms. Harding had an eclectic variety of friends and if you were fortunate to be one of them you got to know the special person she was and the big heart she had.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ellinor Miller Harding; her father, Perry Harding; and recently by her older brother Perry “Butch” Harding; leaving her younger brother Greg Harding.

She is survived by her two sons: Trent Ackerson and his wife, Stacy, of Almont, Colorado, and Alex Lafoe, of Gunnison, Colorado; her grandchildren: Trent Ackerson Jr. and his friend, Stacie Bingham, Cody Ackerson, Josh Ackerson, and Bruce and Birke Lafoe, all of Gunnison. She loved all of her boys unconditionally. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many. Rest in peace and love.

Linda R. Herman

Linda R. Herman, 73, of Brownington, died on January 27, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1943, in Newport, a daughter to Howard and Vivian (Joslyn) Coapland.

On May 4, 1962, she married Allan Herman, who predeceased her on October 11, 2016.

She liked to crochet and knit, going to Florida with her husband, having her grandchildren stay overnight, and playing cards. She loved flowers and birds, and liked cooking for her family.

She is survived by her children: Mary Maclure and her husband, Marcel, Penny White and her husband, Bruce, Allan Herman Jr. and his companion, Melissa McElroy, and by her son Allan’s stepdaughter Linda Bryce and her husband, Ed. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, and Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Tonya White, Vanessa White and her boyfriend, Jason Joyal, Hillary White and her boyfriend, Chris LaBounty, Keith and Emily Herman; and by her great-grandchildren: Alexander and Elijah Maclure; by her in-laws, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, Frances Fletcher, Norman Herman, Wendal Herman and his wife, Nancy; by several nieces and nephews; by her very close friend Janice Glasson; and by the two who called her gram, Melanie and Dylan Gagnon.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Roger Fletcher; and sister-in-law Pat Herman.

Interment will be held in the Coventry Village Cemetery in the spring.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Harriet Urie King

Harriet Urie King, 90, died at her home in West Glover on February 5, 2017.

She was born in Andersonville in the town of Glover on June 5, 1926, to Ernest and Mae (Corner) Urie. She attended graded school in Andersonville and graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After high school she worked in a children’s hospital in Haverstraw, New York.

On August 25, 1948, she married Donald King and they were married for 68 years. They lived for 30 years on the King family farm, then moved to their home on King Hill.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. King is survived by her four children: Evelyn and David Kennison of Irasburg, Wayne and Denise King of Williamstown, Dean and Patricia King of Burlington, and Gregory and Rhonda King of Lyndonville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Bernard Urie of Orleans; a sister, Beverly Grant of Barre; and two sisters-in-law: Pearl Urie of West Glover and Ellen Urie of Canaan, Connecticut. She was predeceased by a daughter Donalie Jean; brothers: John, Edwin, and Howard; and by a sister, Mary Ellen Knapp.

Mrs. King was a member of the West Glover Church and the Willing Workers.

She loved watching the birds all year long, and enjoyed her gardens and the many flowers around her home. She took great pleasure in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved the many family gatherings held in their home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the West Glover Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Glover Church, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Shirley L. Pearson

Shirley L. Pearson, 77, of Barton, died on February 3, 2017, at her home.

She was born on May 30, 1939, in Greensboro, to Donald and Ellen (Stearns) Willey. She married Cliff Pearson, who predeceased her.

She was a caregiver at the Gennis Nursing Home in Morrisville for many years where she retired. Mrs. Pearson enjoyed being with people, going for rides on back country roads with her husband, and stopping at local eating places for lunch. She also was an avid reader and loved playing cards with family and friends.

She is survived by her siblings: Virginia Richardson and her husband, Don, Linda Smith and her husband, Richard, Jeannette Guyette, and Sylvia Gates; and by her special family: Buck, Sheree, Linz, and Wes Parker. She is also survived by her very good friend, Julie McKay; as well as her close friend and caregiver Brenda Lanou.   She was predeceased by her son Donald Chabot; by her brother Frank; sister Evelyn Kellog; and by her nephews Donald Marckres and David Ostrout.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 12 Elm Street, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Home Care, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Paul Stanley Winship

Paul Stanley Winship, 81, of Lowell, died on November 25, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 7, 1935, in Fairfax, the only child of Stanley Sylvester Winship and Frances Matilda Cross. His family moved to Essex Junction where they lived and worked on the Whitcomb farm for many years. He graduated in 1954 from Essex High School where he played on the baseball and basketball teams.

Mr. Winship joined the Vermont Air National Guard in 1956 where he served honorably as a full-time technician until 1986. His 29 years of service included tours in the base supply complex and the motor vehicle section. He also enjoyed an active participation in Vermont Air National Guard volunteer activities. He served as a member of the technician recognition committee, and was a member of the Vermont Air National Guard rifle and pistol team, where he won many medals and trophies, of which he was very proud. He was also selected for driver/escort duty for many dignitaries who visited the Guard during his career. Mr. Winship retired from the Guard with the rank of master sergeant.

In his free time Mr. Winship enjoyed wildlife photography, camping, fishing, hunting, competitive rifle and pistol shooting, archery, gunsmithing, and car restoration and repair. He was a member of the Green Mountain Corvette Club where he won first- and third-place trophies for the 1967 Corvette that he bought and fully restored. He participated in and won trophies in many rifle, pistol, and archery competitions at various fish and game clubs. His hunting and fishing took him to Canada and Maine as well as to Pennsylvania and Wyoming. He loved the peacefulness and solitude of the unspoiled great outdoors, which is why he moved to Lowell, in 1988, where he bought a deer camp and renovated it to become his home and mountain getaway.

He is survived by his only child, Kathy Brady, and her husband, James C. Brady, of Essex Junction; as well as his five grandchildren who he enjoyed spending holidays and special occasions with: Dylan, Rory, and Danielle Brady of Essex Junction, Hagen Brady now living in Washington State, and Sahra Brady and her husband, Andres Velasquez, of Los Angeles, California. In May of 2015 he welcomed his first great-grandson, Matias Velasquez, who came to visit Vermont from California and met his great-grandpa in October 2015.

A memorial for family and friends is being considered for a date to be announced later. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312

Online condolences at can be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 1, 2017

John W. Badger Sr.

John W. Badger Sr., 84, of Westmore, died on January 14, 2017 at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Newport in the loving arms of family members. His passing followed several years of declining health at home under the loving care of his devoted wife, Irene (Austin) Badger.

Mr. Badger was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the second son of Joseph and Nellie (Ripley) Badger. Sadly, his mother died when he was a toddler. The Badger boys became wards of the state and were placed in foster homes, but with twice-weekly contact with their father until his death when Mr. Badger was fourteen. Two of Mr. Badger’s foster families — the Holmes and Willard families — loved him dearly and considered him their own. Marian Willard came to serve as the “mom” he so desperately wanted and ties with the ensuing generations remain strong to this day.

Mr. Badger attended the Farm and Trades School on Thompson’s Island, in Boston, and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of the sports programs offered by the school. His academic grades were passing, but the As were in conduct, effort, and athletics. Thus began a lifelong involvement with sports — as a player, a die hard fan, a coach, a ref, a mentor, and a supporter.

Mr. Badger left school to join the Navy where he proudly served from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. During these years, Mr. Badger and his first wife became proud parents of their first child when a daughter came in to the world Badger-style at Chelsea Naval Hospital during hurricane Carol.

After the Navy, Mr. Badger was employed at Texas Instruments for several years. In 1966, he and his wife moved their young family of five children to Canaan to begin a successful venture as dairy farmers. In the early seventies they sold the farm, but remained in Canaan. During this time, Mr. Badger was divorced and began employment as a janitor and maintenance man at the Canaan schools that his children attended. He continued to coach and ref, and was a staunch supporter of his own children’s athletic endeavors including his youngest daughter’s prowess in gymnastics — new sport for the Badger family.

He was just as passionate about the children’s academic successes and was so proud that all five went on to acquiring degrees in their chosen fields.

In 1979, Mr. Badger left Canaan and moved to Orleans and then to Westmore with his wife, Irene. He worked one year at Butterfield’s, then worked as custodian at Barton Academy and Graded School until his retirement in 1994. Before and after retirement, he always had many jobs on the side such as window washing and floor refurnishing for area schools and businesses, employment by the town of Westmore as a transfer station attendant, caretaker for several Willoughby lake properties, and the list could go on. In any endeavor, no matter how menial, he took each responsibility very seriously.

However, Mr. Badger played as hard as he worked. In later years, he played the small local golf courses, enjoyed kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing with his neighbors. He was always a hunter and fisherman, and over the years had skidoos, and a motorcycle and boats. On the quieter side, he enjoyed camping, especially at the state parks and Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine. He organized Fourth of July camping events for family and friends at the family’s Westmore property for several years. He was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed chess and other strategy games. He liked easy listening music, Katherine Hepburn movies, and in recent years found classical music very soothing. His greatest joy was time spent with family and friends and at the sports events, music recitals, and milestones of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Irene (Austin) Badger; his five children: Deborah Badger, John W. Badger Jr., Dianne Badger, Stephen Badger, and Jacqueline Powers; his grandchildren: John W. Badger III, Megan, Jared, Jeffrey, and Jonathan Badger, and Samantha Powers; and his great-grandson, Owen. He is also survived by his ex-wife and the mother of his children, Mildred Badger; his brothers- and sister-in-law: Alice Badger, Eugene and Anita Austin, George and Gail Ruggles, and David and Carol Brisson; and by several nieces and nephews, cousins, and very close friends of all ages. Also grieving his loss is his much loved dog, Lucky Lady.

Mr. Badger was predeceased by his parents; by his older brother, Joe; by his foster parents and several foster siblings including a very special sister, Ruth.

A memorial service was held on January 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Elm Street in Barton.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Barton and/or Orleans American Legions, or to a charity of one’s choosing.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier, 20, of Derby Line, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on January 18, 2017, surrounded by family.

Mr. Forcier was born on June 28, 1996, in Newport.

He had a love for animals, especially his cat Bailey. His favorite pastime was to hang out with friends and listen to his music. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed him. He enjoyed life, but with his passing, has given the gift of life to four other people with his gift or organ donation.

Mr. Forcier left behind his mother, Karen Bullis; his father Dylan Mobbs; brother Kyle Forcier and his girlfriend, Mariah Flynn; his sister Blake Leighton and her boyfriend, Brett Falconer; grandmother Marlene Bullis; and great-grandmother Thelma Willis. He also leaves half brothers and sisters Dustin Brow, Owen Mobbs, Madison Locke, and Hannah Mobbs; aunts and uncles Roy and Rhonda Bullis, Roxanne and Christopher Couture Sr.; his cousins Leanne Perras and her husband, Kris, Samantha Bullis, and Christopher Couture Jr.; niece Hannah Forcier; and nephews Caden Wells and Brayden Wells.

Mr. Forcier was predeceased by his grandfather Joseph Bullis in 2012; and his cousin Lindsey Couture in 2013.

Instead of flowers, any donation to Mr. Forcier’s final expenses would be appreciated, and can be sent to his mom, Karen Bullis, P.O. Box 83, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Services and burial will take place in the spring.

Patricia Herman

Patricia Herman, 75, of Brownington died on the evening of January 26, 2017 in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1941 in Orleans. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase. She attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1959. She married Norman Herman on October 31, 1959. She worked at the Brownington Central School for 32 years in the cafeteria. She enjoyed going to bingo, knitting, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Norman Herman, of Brownington; her children: Sheryl McCoy and her husband, Steven, of Sebring, Florida, Jean Messier and her companion, Jeffrey Ferrin, of Newport Center, and Michael Herman and his wife, Penny, of Brownington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Paul, Ashley, Jessica, Scott, Tracy, Amy, Chasity, and Jason; and by eleven great-grandchildren; her siblings: Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, New York, Larry Chase and his companion, Beverly White, of Brownington, and Phyllis Kennison of Brownington. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Wendell Herman and his wife, Nancy; and by her sisters-in-law: Frances Fletcher, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, of Barton, and Betty Blair. She was also survived by her sister-in-law Linda Herman who died on January 27, 2017.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Richard Chase; an infant son, Donald; her son-in-law Michael Messier; and her brothers-in-law: Roger Fletcher, Allan Herman, and Melvin “Stub” Kennison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon up until the hour of the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service: c/o Dot Collier, Treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc, 62, of Orleans, died in Westmore on the morning of January 26, 2017, as a result of an ice-fishing accident on Willoughby Lake.

He was born July 30, 1954, the first of six children born to George and Anne (Raboin) LeBlanc. The family lived in Lowell and Westfield, and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1973. Mr. LeBlanc spent the first part of his working years helping his father on the family dairy farm. He also spent two separate stints working at Ethan Allen in Orleans and two at Tivoly in Derby Line. He retired from Tivoly in August.

Mr. LeBlanc took his time finding the right partner to share his life with, and in September 2006, he married Susan “Sue” Dawley LeBlanc, who survives him. Mrs. LeBlanc brought many gifts to their life together including; a stepdaughter, Tina Bearce and her husband, Justin, of Bradford; and a stepson, Keith Richardson and his wife, Amanda, of Concord, New Hampshire.

Mr. LeBlanc was known as a kind and loving guy, and his family meant the world to him. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed walking in the woods, working in his blueberry and raspberry gardens, and spending time on the Dawley family farm in Mt. Holly.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, George and Anne LeBlanc of Orleans; his sister Polly Duquette and brother-in-law, Paul, of Newport Center, his sister Linda LaPlume and brother-in-law, Cyril, of Derby, his sister Rita LaPlume and brother-in-law, Guy, of Milton, his brother Rene LeBlanc and sister-in-law, Lori, of Irasburg, and his sister Amy Turner and brother-in-law, Mike, of Bolton. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Mr. LeBlanc also leaves five grandchildren who will miss the Lego building, train set ups, bike rides, watching movies, and long walks. Dylan, Sam, and Jack Bearce, along with Oscar and Ella Richardson were the joys of his life.

A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 4, at 11 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. A reception will follow at the Orleans Municipal Building, all are welcome.

Online condolences can be made at www.curtis-britch.com

 

Helen Emily Mosher

Helen Emily Mosher, 102, of Irasburg, formerly of McLean, New York, died on January 23, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

Mrs. Mosher was born in McLean on July 20, 1914, the daughter of Frank G. and Cora L. Trapp, and raised on the family farm, a place she remembered vividly and fondly for the rest of her life. During her high school years, the family spent summers on the farm and the rest of the year in Syracuse, where she met Howard Mosher, her future husband, in an English class at Onondaga Valley Academy. After graduation in 1932, she and Mr. Mosher spent four years at Syracuse University, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a major in French.

Following a year’s work as a secretary at Cornell University, Helen married Howard at the family home in McLean in August, 1937. Until Mr. Mosher’s retirement from a career in teaching and school administration in the mid-1970s, the couple lived in six different communities in upstate New York. Their longest residence was in the central New York village of Cato, where their two sons went to high school. Bringing her life full circle, Mr. and Mrs. Mosher spent their retirement years at the family home in McLean. Two years after her husband’s death in 1996, Mrs. Mosher moved to Irasburg, where she was cared for by her older son, Howard Frank, and his wife, Phillis.

A woman with a great heart, Mrs. Mosher loved God, her family, and the many friends she made wherever she lived. Her gift for attentive listening made everyone she knew feel important and valued. Approaching each day with gratitude and pleasure, she delighted in conversation, books, and nature. Never forgetting her rural roots, she knew exactly what Robert Frost meant by “the need of being versed in country things.”

Along with many friends made late in her life, Mrs. Mosher leaves behind these family members, all deeply grateful to have known and loved her: two sons, Howard Frank Mosher and Terence Mosher; their wives, Phillis Mosher and Judith Mosher; a grandson, Jacob Mosher; a granddaughter, Annie Williamson and her husband, John; and two great-grandchildren, Frank James Williamson and True Williamson.

Services will take place at a later date.

 

Howard Frank Mosher

Howard F. Mosher, age 74, of Irasburg, died on January 29, 2017.

He was born in Kingston, New York, on June 2, 1942, the son of Howard H. and Helen Emily Trapp Mosher.

Mr. Mosher lived most of his adult life in Irasburg. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Phillis Mosher, graduated from Syracuse University, and moved to the Northeast Kingdom. They had two children, Jake and Annie.

Mr. Mosher received his master’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1968. (One clear fall morning in 1995 Mr. Mosher drove to the university on business. As he got out of his car, a high-ranking member of the college community there to welcome him said, “Good morning, Mr. Mosher. Welcome to civilization.” Mr. Mosher canceled his business, got in his car and drove home to Irasburg, where he promptly wrote to the university repudiating and rejecting, for all time to come, his master’s degree from that stately seat of learning and civilization. He then nailed the [now defunct] diploma to the side of his barn and blasted it with .06 bird shot from his 16 gauge partridge gun.)

Mr. Mosher worked as a teacher at the former Orleans High School (a trial by fire if there ever was one), and at Lake Region Union High School. He also worked for a number of years as a social worker with needy teenagers (through the infamous Orleans County Council of Social Agencies, under the restrained and sedate guidance of Thomas J. “Tom the Outlaw” Hahn, with whom Mr. Mosher would later fish nearly every trout brook in the state of Montana.) As part of his lengthy apprenticeship to writing about the Northeast Kingdom, Mr. Mosher worked for several months as a “helper” to the Kingdom horse logger and former whiskey runner and moonshiner, Jake Blodgett, for whom the Moshers would later name their son Jake. About 1975, Mr. Mosher turned to full-time writing. He published his first book Disappearances, two years later. (Disappearances did not meet with universal acclaim. One prominent reviewer editorialized: “Vermont Writer Should Disappear.” After nailing the offending review to the side of his barn and following standard procedures, Mr. Mosher scouted up Jake Blodgett and took off the rest of the day to go brook-trout fishing.) Over the course of his career, Mr. Mosher published 12 novels, two memoirs, and countless essays and book reviews. In addition, his last work of fiction, Points North, will be published posthumously in the winter of 2018. He never suggested that a writer “disappear.”

Mr. Mosher is survived by his wife, Phillis; his son, Jake; his daughter, Annie, and son-in-law, John Williamson; his grandson and granddaughter, Frank James and True Williamson; and his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Mosher.

At the request of Mr. Mosher, there will be no visiting hours. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2, at the Irasburg United Church and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joshua House, Inc., P.O. Box 156, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolence at www.curtis-britch.com.

Submitted by Phillis Mosher. Written by the deceased, Howard Frank Mosher.

Arthur G. Provost Jr.

Arthur G. “Skip” Provost Jr., 76, of Jay, died on January 23, 2017 in Newport. He was born on July 24, 1940 in Burlington, to the late Arthur G. Provost Sr. and Dorothy (Sherman) Provost. On January 19, 1963, he married Linda Lyon who survives him.

Mr. Provost was a Chief Petty Officer E-8 in the United States Navy for 25 years. Among his many hobbies he enjoyed sailing, reading, running, swimming, canoeing, camping, and playing tennis. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy, and the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Provost of Jay; by his children: Scott William Provost and his wife, Carolyn, of Bozrah, Connecticut, David Alan Provost and his wife, Alicia, of Redmond, Oregon, and Kimberly Ann Lindner of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Loreli, Donna, Paul, Katie, Connor, Lindsey, and Quinn Provost, Drew Lindner, Kyler Baker, and Reyanna Coombe; and by his sisters-in-law: Cathy of Vermont, and Sandy Shepard and her husband, Larry, of Williston; and by his nieces: Gigi, Angela, and Kristy. He was predeceased by his son Christopher Paul Provost; and his brother Gary Provost, both in 2001.

Funeral services were held on January 27 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Joseph Queenin

The village of Derby Line has lost its unofficial mayor, and the world has lost a great community spirit. Joseph “Joe” Queenin, 93, died in Newport on January 2, 2017, with his family, whom he cherished, giving comfort at his side.

Mr. Queenin is survived by his beloved son, John, and his wife, Penny; and two grandsons: Joseph J. and Bob J. Queenin, both of Derby Line. He was predeceased by his great-grandchild Caidence Queenin in June, 2010.

Mr. Queenin was born on June 1, 1923 to Francis and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Queenin, He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts with the blood of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins running through his veins. He was a diehard fan of the teams until his passing, and without a doubt he has now reconnected with Bev, his wife of 65 years, in Heaven, and they are in search of some of the Boston greats who passed before them.

A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Queenin had a far from perfect childhood. As a teenager he was orphaned, but his only sibling, Hugh, nine years his senior, stepped in for their parents. In February 1941, Hugh, then a reserve Army officer, joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was assigned to the Derby Line border station. The two brothers settled in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin attended his junior year at Derby Academy, but he transferred to Newport High School in his senior year. Unlike Derby Academy, Newport had a football team which he joined. He graduated from Newport High School in 1942.

As with most people of his generation, Mr. Queenin remembered exactly where he was when he heard the news that Japanese forces had bombed the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched the United States into an already raging World War II. He was standing on Newport’s Main Street in front of what was then the Royal Restaurant. Angered by the attack, he enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. He was followed into full-time military service by Hugh, who served as an officer. Following basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Mr. Queenin shipped out to the Pacific. He saw action on the island of Bougainville, followed by some of the bloodiest fighting of the war on the island of Okinawa.

Upon discharge from the military in December, 1945, he returned to Derby Line and reconnected with a young woman he met in Derby Line before the war, and had corresponded with during the war years. Her name was Beverly Piatti. On May 24, 1946, she became Beverly Queenin. They shared 65 years of marriage before Mrs. Queenin’s death on September 19, 2011. The love of his family, friends, and neighbors helped him survive the loss, but he never stopped missing Bev, the love of his life. He credited Mrs. Queenin for making him the man he was. For a time, the couple owned a newsstand in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin worked at the the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1984.

He had a lifelong love of sports, a love he brought to Vermont. For many years he was a well-known baseball and basketball coach. He also served as a basketball referee. Mrs. Queenin was also fanatical when it came to sports. The couple passed their love of sports onto their son John, and their grandsons Joe and Bob. Mr. Queenin also volunteered for the North Country Union High School hockey teams, including manning the penalty box during home games. He also spearheaded the Toys for Kids program in Orleans County, a program that helped provide underprivileged children with gifts for Christmas. In addition, he volunteered at North Country Hospital for many years. His good works were not overlooked. He was honored several times, including in 2013, being named Northeast Kingdom Senior of the Year by the Area Agency on Aging. He was also named WCAX’s Super Senior in 2014. In addition, he was a frequent guest on the Vermont Voice radio show, and the Northeast Kingdom Voice television show.

Proud of his military service, Mr. Queenin was a frequent guest in area schools. He shared his memories of World War II, not to brag, but in hopes that the students would not only learn about World War II, but also understand the horrors of war. In 2012, he traveled to California to celebrate the two hundred thirty-seventh birthday of the Marine Corps, staying aboard the Queen Mary. Then in 2014 he went on a dream trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

He was active until the very end, always concerned for others before himself.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 2, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 3, with the Reverend Fred Barker and Scott Wheeler officiating. Spring interment will take place at Derby Line Cemetery with full military honors and escort by Patriot Guard Riders.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 25, 2017

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs, 95, of Derby, died on December 24, 2016 in Newport, after a long and happy life and a short illness.

She was born on August 11, 1921 in Orleans, to Lucien Joel and Grace Alfreda (Brown) Whitehill.

She attended school in Morgan schools, graduated from Derby Academy in 1939 and Lyndon Normal School in 1942. She taught school in Irasburg, Holland, and Barre, and was a substitute teacher for many years. She was a Derby resident for most of her life and was dedicated to the community. She served as a trustee at the Dailey Memorial Library for over 50 years, where she was also librarian for several years. She was an active member of the former Newport Women’s Club, Home Dem, and the Retired Teachers Association.

Family was the center of her universe and her smile was always brightest when she was around them. She provided a wonderful home for her children and she was proud of the adults they grew into. She enjoyed getting together with her siblings to share good times and fond memories. She enjoyed cooking, making crafts, gardening, painting, crosswords, and reading. She embraced technology and stayed in touch with her family and friends through social media. She was actively engaged in politics and liked to keep up with current events. She was a whiz at playing word games with her family and friends, and her competitive streak would show.

On April 17, 1946, she married Rudolph Julian Burroughs in Derby Line. Mr. Burroughs predeceased her in 1998. She is survived by her children: Shirley Martineau of Colchester, Nancy Boucher and her husband, Irving, of Essex, Janet Fortin and her husband, Conrad, of Derby, Cathy Day and her husband, Terrance, of Waterville, Martha Friend and her husband, Robert, of Bristol, and Stephen Burroughs of Clayton, North Carolina. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and their families; 21 great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: David Whitehill, Kenneth Whitehill, Anita Plummer, Norma Lemeiux, Barbara Whitehill; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Carly Whitehill; brothers-in-law Conrad Lemeiux and Reginald Plummer; a son-in-law, Leo Martineau; and her nephew, Michael Plummer.

A private interment will be held in the spring. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

 

Gail Marie Thompson

Gail Marie Thompson, 61, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, surrounded by her family.

Ms. Thompson was born on January 24, 1955, in Newport. She grew up in Brownington Center, living with her grandmother Eliza Thompson and her mother Evelyn Thompson. She attended local schools where she met her lifelong friend Gail Aldrich McKenna. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans. Along with her mother, Ms. Thompson moved to Massachusetts in the mid 1970s where she worked as a unit coordinator at Emerson Hospital, an EKG technician, ran her own business setting up health clinics in the Fitchburg area, and later took a position as an office manager in a cardiology office in Concord. For the last 25-plus years, she has been a practice manager for Barkin and Green Pulmonary Specialists. The last few years Ms. Thompson has split her time between living in Florida and Maine, working primarily from home. She was very involved with the Grange throughout her life. She was active in several churches beginning with the Brownington Center Methodist Church — teaching Sunday School, participating in Bible study and lifting her voice to the Lord in song. Ms. Thompson volunteered frequently throughout her life — most recently with children at an after-school childcare program at the Lake Alfred United Methodist Church in Florida. During the last few years, she has spent countless hours enjoying and caring for her young cousin Maleeya Towle.

Ms. Thompson was bright, funny, and caring. She loved reading, music (she had a beautiful singing voice), gardening and shopping. Family was very important to her. Uncles, aunts, and cousins took care of her and she in turn took care of them. Betty Robinson and family were very dear friends to Ms. Thompson and a big part of her life.

She was predeceased by her mother, Evelyn Thompson; her grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by her cat, Kitcat. She is survived by many cousins and friends; and her beloved cat, Taz.

A graveside service will be held at the Brownington Center Cemetery at a date to be determined.

To share an online condolence, please visit www.advantageportland.com. Memorial donations in her name can be made to: Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or House of Hope, Inc., 812 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, or at info@houseofhopelowell.org.

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Obituaries January 18, 2017

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett, 79, died peacefully in her sleep, in her own home in Glover on January 7, 2017.

She was born in Florence, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1937, to Cassie and Horace “Earl” Fay. She was a homemaker and raised seven children.

She is survived by six children and their families: Clifton and Pat Bennett of Cornish, New Hampshire, Steve and Christine Shatney of Greensboro, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and Paul Tumulty of Orange, Crystal Bennett-Bancroft and Ronnie Bancroft of Bolton, and Cassandra Cabrera of South Burlington; by a daughter-in-law, Stella Bennett of Irasburg; and by an abundance of both grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two brothers also survive her: Earl Fay and his wife, Nancy, of Massachusetts, and Carl Fay of Virginia. She is also survived by a multitude of extended family, including her sister-in-law Grace Brooks of Connecticut; and many of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin Bennett Jr.; and her son, Calvin Bennett III; as well as several siblings.

Mrs. Bennett, “Le” to those who knew her well, loved to cook for a crowd — her own family, with friends and neighbors as well. Her favorite pastimes included traveling in her camper to bluegrass festivals and meeting many new friends there, traveling in Maine and walking the Marginal Way on the beach, crocheting and sewing, reading Debbie Macomber novels, and talking on the phone, but she especially loved spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors — the bigger the crowd, the better. She has enriched many lives with her ever-ready sense of humor, love of music and games, and caring contributions of gifts, advice, and a shoulder to lean on. There are no words to express how sorely she will be missed, but she will forever live on in the many hearts she has touched.

Service arrangements will be held in the spring at the family’s convenience. Further notifications will be made accordingly.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Brian I. Drown

Brian I. Drown, 68, of Barton, died at his home on January 14, 2017.

He was born on August 16, 1948, in Barton. He was the son of the late Grosvenor “Bud” and Lucille (Crandall) Drown.

Mr. Drown was a member of the Vermont National Guard. He loved his dog Buddy, and enjoyed taking him along for rides. He also enjoyed horses and playing scratch tickets.

He is survived by his sister Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Azarias “Lou”; and by his nieces and nephews: Jason Larocque and his wife, Roxanne, of Burke, Jodi Morley and her husband, John, and their two daughters: Taylor and Brooke, of Orleans, Joshua Drown and his wife, Alice, and their two children: Avery and Amelia of Orleans, Erin McGee and her friend, Steve, and their three children: Isaiah, Zeke, and Zoe of Enosburg, and Deveney Wolfe and her husband, Mike, and their two children: Benny and Paulina of Ohio.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Brent Drown.

A graveside service will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Drown’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Paul E. LeBlanc

Paul E. LeBlanc, 97, of Orleans, died on January 14, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 31, 1919, the son of Alex and Dorilla (Fortier) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1942, he married Gertrude Choiniere. They had six children.

He worked for the Nassikas Cheese Factory in Barton and Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans. For many years he ran a garage sale at his home.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Lamarche of Irasburg, Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda, of Orleans, and Paulette Riendeau of Albany; daughters-in-law: Roberta LeBlanc of Meriden, Connecticut, and Irene LeBlanc of Orleans; by grandchildren: Pierre, Marc, and Andre Lamarche, Raymond, John, and Renee Hamel, Travis and Amber LeBlanc, and David, Daniel, and Jeremy Riendeau; by 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Mr. LeBlanc was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude, in 1992; by sons: Theodore and Allen; and daughter Joanne; by his sons-in-law: Claude Lamarche and Bernard Riendeau; his grandsons: Bernard Riendeau Jr. and Doug LeBlanc; also by his parents; and his brothers: Dominic and Roland LeBlanc.

There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Thelma E. Moulton

 Thelma E. Moulton, 87, of Newport Center, died on January 10, 2017.

She was born on October 30, 1929, in Orleans. She was the daughter of Carroll and Bessie (Elsemore) Green.

She attended Lyndon State College where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and later taught at the Newport Center graded school for many years.

Mrs. Moulton loved traveling around the U.S. with family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with her children, grandchildren, and her many friends. She enjoyed spending her birthdays with her special friends at the East Side Restaurant.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She is survived by her daughters: Joanne Hammond and her husband, Leonard, Susan Moulton, and Janice Moulton, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Michael Marquis and his companion, Pam, Amy Marquis, Jody Marquis and her companion, Steve Davis, Jason Marquis and his wife, Melanie, Matthew Hammond and his wife, Karen, and Karen Chitambar and her husband, Ted. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; by a special sister-in-law, Geraldine Green; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Moulton; a son, David Moulton; her two brothers, Naaman and Floyd Green; by her son-in-law Denis Marquis; and by two half brothers, Earl and Olin Green.

A funeral service was held on January 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Deslauries officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Moulton’s name to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305, or to the Newport Healthcare Center Activities Program, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Carroll Lyle Silloway

Carroll Lyle Silloway, 71, of Charleston, beloved husband of Linere (Zupan) Silloway, died at his home on January 10, 2017.

He was born on June 16, 1945, in St. Johnsbury. He was the son of Lyle and Pauline (Brown) Silloway.

He married Linere Zupan on March 21, 1970, and together they enjoyed the good life on Echo Lake.

Mr. Silloway enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Linere Silloway; their two children: Rhonda Wooldridge and her husband, Timothy, of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Craig Silloway and his wife, Kristin, of Tampa, Florida; his seven grandchildren: Jack, Jordan, and Christopher Wooldridge, Connor and Bailey Cunningham, and Derek Silloway and Gabrielle Lambert. He is also survived by his brother David Silloway of St. Johnsbury.

He is predeceased by his brothers Fred and Peter Silloway.

Upon request of the family there will be no funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Silloway’s memory to the Orleans-Essex County VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 11, 2017

Jacalyn Rae Bennetta

 Jacalyn Rae Bennetta (Jacki Thompson), 64, of Shelton, Connecticut, died on December 31, 2016, with her family by her side, at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton.

Ms. Bennetta was born on September 24, 1952, in Newport, to the late Merrill “Manny” and Rachel (McNamara) Thompson of Glover.

She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1971 and worked at Bogner Ski Wear in Newport before moving to Connecticut.

She had a distinguished career in the health care industry. She worked at several area facilities including Masonicare Hospice. Prior to her retirement in January of 2016, she was an RN and nursing supervisor at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center for many years. Still working at the facility per-diem until recently, she felt the staff was her second family. Ms. Bennetta had many interests, quilting being her favorite pastime. If you were fortunate to receive one of her quilts as a gift, you knew it came with much love and hours of dedication.

Ms. Bennetta was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband: Joseph Bennetta of Shelton, a retired Teamster union official at Local 191; daughter Judith Richard and her husband, Jeff, of Oxford Connecticut; sister Rebecca Twombly of Shelton; and grandsons Benjamin and Brian Richard of Oxford. These two boys were the light of her life. She is also survived by nephew Chad Twombly and his family, of Oxford; by several stepchildren and grandchildren; and by her Dad’s beloved dog Rio.

Services were held on January 4 at Riverview Funeral Home, in Shelton. Spring interment will be held at a date to be announced in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be sent to United Methodist Homes, 580 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, Connecticut 06484, in memory of Jacki Bennetta.

Our beloved best friend will be missed. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Armand R. Diette

Armand R. Diette, 79, of Barton and Summerfield, Florida, died on January 2, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Sutton, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Diette was born in West Glover on June 22, 1937, son to the late Arthur Felix and Maria (Sheltra) Diette. He was raised and educated in West Glover, joined the Air Force at the age of 17 and was stationed in Texas at Amarillo Air Force Base. On May 20, 1961, he married the former Elizabeth E. Sicard and they shared 55 years together. Mr. Diette worked as a plumber. The Diettes made their home in Barton and wintered in Florida for many years. Mr. Diette was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards, and was almost always the winner at horseshoes. He so very much loved visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Diette is survived by his beloved wife, Betsy Diette; his five children: Kathy Devereaux and her husband, Chris, of Sutton, Peter Diette and his wife, Teresa, of Barton, Kevin Diette and his wife, Jennifer, of Richford, Tracy Dupuis and her husband, Richard, of Groveton, New Hampshire, and Jeffrey Diette and his wife, Stephanie, of Brighton, Colorado; a sister: Antoinette “Peanut” Makrianis of Holyoke, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren: Brandi, Matthew, Joel, Kevin Jr., Corey, Carlie, Kaitlyn, Lauren, and Erin; and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Meghan, Gabriel, Madison, Briahna, and Ella; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by seven siblings: Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Pauline Gilfillan, Irene Renault, Rachel Coburn, and Janet Currier.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

There will be no calling hours.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Winston Eddy Dowland

Winston Eddy Dowland, 74, of Holland died on January 2, 2017.

Mr. Dowland would have preferred to start this with one of his bad jokes. He loved making the people around him laugh, even if it ended with a shocked, “Oh Winston.”

He was one of those people who loved family and country, and the legacy of his love and service is long and impressive.

Born on June 20, 1942, in Derby Line to Bernard and Gertrude (Sanborn) Dowland, he was one of seven children.

In 1958, he joined the Navy and began his lifelong service to, and pride in, this great country. Mr. Dowland served during the Cuban missile crisis on the ship enforcing the missile blockade. He did five tours in Vietnam and served on the submarine base in Pearl Harbor. In 1978, he retired from the Navy with an honorable discharge as a chief petty officer, having been awarded many medals for his service. He entered the reserves for another ten years, for a total of 30 years of service in the Navy.

In civilian life he worked for several companies and opened his own successful welding business, where he created and sold the pattern for his dumpster and quad track designs. However, he never stopped serving his country, his state, or his town.

He was a member of the VFW Post #798, the Newport Elks #2155, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #22, where he was instrumental in getting transportation vans for local veterans needing rides to the VA hospital in White River Junction. He also served the DAV as commander, chaplin, treasurer, adjutant, and service officer. His volunteerism spanned over 20 years. He also served with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, and the State Department of the Vermont DAV, serving as commander, and then as treasurer.

He served the great state of Vermont as a state representative from 2004 to 2006, and he served his hometown of Holland on the select board for many years.

But for all of the service he gave his country, state, and town, it was his family that gave him the most enjoyment. He married his loving wife, Heather (Dawber), in 1992, and for over 24 years they spent every day together, working, serving, and spending time with family.

Mr. Dowland loved taking his nieces and nephews on trips around the United States, and because he loved history, they learned history. He loved big family get-togethers, with lots of laughter and children running around. In the past few years he enjoyed helping to care for his great-nieces and -nephews, Kennedy Atwood, and Madison, Anora, and Theodore Montminy. He and Madison had a special relationship, and she loved spending time at “Unky’s” house.

Mr. Dowland enjoyed raising beef cattle. He enjoyed talking Nascar with Lenny and Brian, and was a big Dale Jarrett fan. He was a history buff, but kept current on new technologies through various periodicals. He enjoyed his daily paper, and talking politics with anyone who would listen. He enjoyed telling those politically incorrect jokes, and getting a reaction. He loved seeing the snow on the trees after a storm. He lived with integrity, and a fierce respect for this country, and he had a huge heart for those he loved. Mr. Dowland was one of the good guys, and he leaves behind a huge family and a multitude of friends that know it, and will miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Dowland of Holland; by his children: Lisa King, and her husband, Lenny, Lori Groleau and her husband, Pierre, and David Dowland and his wife, Lara; by his grandchildren: Melissa King, Daniel and Patrick Groleau, and Quinn Dowland; by his brothers and sisters: Vickie Tear, George Dowland, Philip Dowland and his wife, Rosie, Eddie Dowland, and his wife, Doreen, and Rocky Dowland; by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Sherry and Brian Montminy and Stacy and Wade Wright; and by his very special nieces and nephews: Brian and Christie Montminy, Ashley Montminy, Justin St. Pierre, Addie and Tanner Atwood, Wade and Amber Wright, and Scott Dowland; and by many other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his great-nieces and great-nephews, who held such a special spot in his heart.

He was predeceased by his sister Louise Simino and her husband, Rollin; by his brother Bernie Dowland; and his brother-in-law Brian Tear.

The family is sure that Mr. Dowland would have loved to end with one of his jokes too, but they are sure that anyone who knew him could remember one he told. Those who knew and loved him know how he impacted people’s lives, and want to honor him through service to others.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the DAV Chapter #22, P.O. Box 735, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Alfred R. Monty

Alfred R. “Al” Monty, 82, died peacefully on January 2, 2017, surrounded by his devoted wife and children.

Mr. Monty was born in Northfield on June 29, 1934, to Charles and Valeda (Bedard) Monty. He grew up in Washington, Vermont. He graduated with the Class of 1952 from Spaulding High School in Barre.

On April 16, 1955, he married the love of his life, Anita (Cano), who survives him. Mr. Monty is also survived by his four children: Susan Poczobut and her husband, Skip, David and his wife, Cristy, Edward and his wife, Robin, and Alan and his wife, Lauren. He was particularly proud of his grandchildren: Michael Poczobut, and his wife Sandra, David Poczobut, Kathryn and Allison Monty, Andy and Rob Marcotte, Nicole Caron, and her husband, Kyle, Luke Caron, Emily and Heather Monty, and Jacqueline, Paige, Alexis, and Anthony Monty.

There was always a youthful spark from him when he interacted with his three great-grandchildren: Alexander, Emilia, and Jackson Poczobut. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other extended family, including a special sister-in-law, Therese Monty.

Mr. Monty is survived by one sister, Lise Leary.

He was predeceased by his parents; by five siblings and their spouses; and by all of Mrs. Monty’s sisters and spouses.

Mr. Monty began his full-time career with Montgomery Ward in Barre, retiring after 35 years.

Although Montgomery Ward dominated his life from 9 to 5, his passion for square dancing consumed his after-work hours. Growing up, Mr. Monty would sing as he milked cows on the family farm. Discovering a talent for music early on, he attended local barn dances where he began his square dance calling career. It was at one of these dances that he met his future wife.

In early years, Mr. Monty taught square dancing to students of all ages in almost every town in Washington County. For many years, square dance class was mandatory in the physical education programs in Montpelier. Each school year would culminate with festivals at both the Barre Auditorium and Plumley Armory at Norwich. In later years, he traveled throughout the state teaching adults to dance. He taught his last class in December. The friendships that Mr. and Mrs. Monty forged with all the people they met throughout the many years were cherished by both of them.

In 1976, Vermont Life featured Mr. Monty in an article titled “King of the Callers.” For many years, Mr. Monty, accompanied by dancers, was a guest on the WCAX show “Across The Fence.” He was honored as one of WCAX’s Super Seniors in 2015. He also attended auctioneer school and presided over many local auctions.   His accomplishments were also profiled on “Chronicle,” a Boston news program.

Although not formally trained, Mr. Monty had a gift for building and design. He never wasted a square inch of space in his designs. His rudimentary scratching on a sheet of graph paper, along with keen negotiation and management skills, resulted in the successful completion of many building projects, including homes for himself and all his children. He designed the Granite Hills Credit Union building in Barre and served as the general contractor for a large infrastructure project at St. Monica Parish. His last unfinished project was for a new parish rectory.

Mr. Monty was a spiritual man and was a lifelong member of St. Monica Parish in Barre, serving on the building and grounds and finance committees. For many years he and his sons served together as ushers at Mass. He continued to serve as an usher every Saturday evening.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Monica Parish on Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m.

To honor Mr. Monty’s legacy and help bring his final dream full circle, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Monica Parish Rectory Fund, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641.

For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

 

Quincy Adam O’Gorman

Quincy Adam O’Gorman, 23, of Island Pond died suddenly on January 1, 2017, in Island Pond.

He was born on August 17, 1993, in Newport to Kim (Hackett) Moore and the late Mark O’Gorman.

Mr. O’Gorman graduated from North Country Union High School with the class of 2011 and attended Johnson State College. He was a construction worker, a handyman, and did some catering work. He enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and loved the outdoors. He loved playing football on the North Country football team. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed spending time with his buddies.

He is survived by his mother, Kim Moore, and stepfather, Robert Moore, of Brownington; by his siblings: Michael O’Gorman of California, Dalton Moore, Michael Moore, and Michelle Moore, all of Brownington; by his girlfriend, Alexa Williams, of Johnson; by his paternal grandmother Muriel O’Gorman of Island Pond; maternal grandparents Anthony and Shirley Hackett of Oxford, Maine; and stepgrandparents Michael and Lesley Moore of Brownington; by his aunts and uncles: Alson and Kathy Kinney of Island Pond, Timmy and Becky Hackett of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Anthony and Cheryl Hackett of Brownington, Valerie Hackett of Bryant Pond, Maine, Carol and Raymond Santaw of Island Pond, Christine Forgues and her fiancé, Chris Briggs, of St. Johnsbury, Billie Jo and Gordon Tice of Derby, and Candy Baraw of Craftsbury; and by numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Mark O’Gorman on May 7, 2007; and by his cousin Taini Kinney on June 8, 2004.

Calling hours were on January 10. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Ingalls and the Reverend Judy Castonguay co-officiating. Spring interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond. Should friends desire, contributions can be made at www.gofundme.com/help-with-quincys-funeral.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Marie I. Sexton

Marie I. Sexton, 68, beloved wife of Stephen Roberts of Newport, died at her home on January 6, 2017.

She was born on November 30, 1948, in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late Rhoem and Francis (Schatz) Sexton.

She proudly served her country during the Vietnam era from 1967 to 1969 in the Marine Corps. She married Stephen Roberts in May of 1968.

Ms. Sexton worked mostly as an LPN, working in several area nursing homes. She also became a licensed journeyman plumber and worked with her husband.

She enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of the American Legion Post #21.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Roberts; and their children: Stephen C. Roberts and his wife, Noreen, of Newport Center, Carl Roberts and his wife, Cara, of Newport, Charlie Roberts and his wife, April O’Brien, of Newport Center; by six grandchildren: Eli, Hanna, Sam, Max, Charlotte, and Isaac; by two brothers: Marty Sexton of San Jose, California, and Charles Sexton of Campbell, California; her sister Laura Sexton of Truckee, California; and by a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a grandson, Dustin, in 2012.

Upon request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Sexton’s memory to the American Legion Handicap Access Project, American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Florence Emma Stowell

On December 17, 2016 Florence Emma Stowell, 81, conceded the battle she so courageously fought with ALS, indeed surpassing the medical community’s expectation by over a year.

Mrs. Stowell was born in Newark on January 8, 1935, to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting. After graduation in 1953 from Lyndon Institute she was united in marriage to Clayton Stowell. They were blessed to be able to celebrate their sixty-third anniversary in August of 2016.

She is survived by her husband; and by three children: Michael Stowell and his wife, Joyce, of Shelburne, David Stowell and his wife, Anne, of South Wheelock, and Diane LaBounty and her husband, Dennis, of Lyndon. She is survived by eight grandchildren; and she was blessed to live long enough to meet her first great-granddaughter Brynlee. She is also survived by a brother, Donald Cutting of Irasburg; and a sister, Mary Corbett of Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her parents; and a sister Barbara Lawson of Irasburg.

Florence’s wishes were to be cremated and held until she can be placed together with the love of her life in the Lyndon Center cemetery. The family is, however, comforted in knowing that we have an angel watching over us that is able to walk and talk and do all the things that ALS so cruelly took away from her.

 

Marie Audrey Thayer

Marie Audrey Thayer, 90, of Newport died peacefully on January 6, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Burlington on November 15, 1926, a daughter of Victor Noel Beaupre and Aurora Elizabeth Landry Beaupre.

She graduated from Burlington High School and moved to Gleasondale, Massachusetts, in 1944 to live with her aunts. There she married Everett Miller in 1947, and they had a son together named Martin Miller. In 1955 she and her husband moved to Newport to live with her brother- and sister-in-law. In 1957 she married Donald Thayer and had two sons, Robert and Charles.

In Gleasondale, Mrs. Thayer trained to be a telephone operator. In Newport, she continued her occupation as a telephone operator and, while her sons attended school, she became a cook at Lakeview Elementary School. Later she worked as administrator to her husband’s business, Don’s Heating Service.

The family enjoyed watching Mr. Thayer race boats and attending car races.

Mrs. Thayer was an avid reader. She loved doing crossword puzzles and enjoyed animals, especially cats. She was known for her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She loved to tease and had a very positive outlook on life. She was never judgmental and had a giving heart. For most of her life, she lived on Bay Street and Lake Road in Newport. She was a resident at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport for the past several years.

Mrs. Thayer was predeceased by her husband, Don Thayer; by her brother P.C. “Bope” Beaupre; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Beaupre. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Morey of Troy; by her sons: Martin Miller and his wife, June, of Berlin, Massachusetts, Robert “Oscar” Thayer and his wife, Tina, of Derby, Charles Thayer and his wife, Leslie, of Hamilton, New Jersey; by grandchildren: Faye Miller Benoit and her husband, Joseph, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Katelyn Thayer and her fiancé, Robert Kennedy, of Dracut, Massachusetts, Evan Thayer and his girlfriend, Chelsea Duggan, of Colchester; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. The family will announce a graveside service to take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Alden Robert Twiss

Alden Robert Twiss, 91, known to all as Bob, died peacefully on January 6, 2017, at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in the presence of his loving family.

Mr. Twiss was born on March 4, 1925, in Craftsbury to Alden and Grace (Seaver) Twiss. He attended the local schools and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1942. A varsity star athlete in basketball and baseball, he also actively participated in a variety of school activities. He served three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. That assignment took him to England, France, and the Philippines, until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946. Mr. Twiss attended the University of Vermont, lettering in varsity basketball and baseball, and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1950 and master of arts degree in 1956. He was a teacher and coach at Craftsbury Academy, principal in North Troy, Newport, and Stowe, and superintendent of schools in Vergennes and Randolph. He later served as superintendent of schools for the Nauset Regional School District and Harwich School District, both on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In his retirement he enjoyed watching sporting events, playing bridge, and being involved in community activities.

Mr. Twiss served as president of the Craftsbury Academy Trustees, deacon of the United Church of Craftsbury, president of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, director of the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, and president of the Vermont Superintendents’ Association, just to name a few. The town of Craftsbury dedicated its 2016 annual report to him, a significant honor that acknowledged his many worthy contributions to community life and affirmed the high regard and deep respect held for him by the citizens of his hometown.

He is survived by two children: Deborah Dickovick of Burlington and R. Jeffrey Twiss and his wife, Sarah, of Reading, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: J. Tyler Dickovick and his wife, Alessandra, Kathryn (Dickovick) Lambert and her husband, Adam, Cameron Twiss, and Lindsay Twiss; four great-grandchildren: Carolina and Gabriela Dickovick, and Steele and William Lambert. He is also survived by his sisters: Joyce Duff and Alice McEdward and her husband, Bob; and his brother Carl Twiss and his wife, Judy.

Mr. Twiss was predeceased by his stepdaughter Sharon Sumner; his first wife, Caroline (Cameron) Twiss; his son-in-law Colonel J. Gary Dickovick; and his second wife, Joan (McQuiston) Twiss.

He was a staunch community member wherever he put down roots; however his heart always belonged to his beloved hometown of Craftsbury. Memorial gifts honoring Mr. Twiss may be directed to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or Craftsbury Academy, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

A funeral service will be held at the Craftsbury Academy Gymnasium in Craftsbury Common on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences can be made at Curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 4, 2017

James Anthony Chamberland

James Anthony “Jimmy” Chamberland, 27, of Newport, died on December 22, 2016, at his home.

He was born on July 8, 1989, in St. Albans to Debbie Chamberland and John Szarek. Mr. Chamberland received his GED and his high school diploma. He loved rap music and even some country. He loved being with his family and friends, helping other people, and making people laugh as he had a great sense of humor. He especially enjoyed razzing his family as he loved the Yankees while the rest of the family are diehard Red Sox fans. He enjoyed movies, working on his computer, phone, and all electronics. He enjoyed playing cards especially poker. He loved animals especially his cat Tabby as he would play fetch with her, and he enjoyed his dog Stax.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Chamberland, of Brownington. He is also survived by his nine-year-old daughter; and by his longtime best friend and love of his adult life, Ashley Geoffroy; and his “brothers”: Mitch, Dillon, Rene, Jeff, Brian and Robbie. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Eric and Crystal Carter of Newport; his uncle James Chamberland of Orleans; by his aunt Darline Chamberland; and by cousins: Sabrina Clark of Burlington, Ronnie Boutin Jr., Sabrina Carter, and Kaylee Boutin of Newport; and by many true friends, old and new.

He was predeceased by his uncle Steve Chamberland; and his “brother” Dan Wing. A celebration of his life was held at New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, on December 31, with Pastor Dan Prue Jr. officiating.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Charles Thomas Hudson

Charles Thomas Hudson, 36, died in his home in Barton on December 26, 2016, after a long struggle with brain cancer.

Mr. Hudson was born June 10, 1980, at George Air Force Base in California. He graduated from Crowley High School in Crowley, Texas, in 1999.

Mr. Hudson served five years in the U.S. Army as a counter intelligence agent. He was a disabled veteran who served combat tours in both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and was a longtime Mensa member.

Mr. Hudson was an avid gamer, a loyal friend, a loving husband, and a devoted son.

He is survived by his wife, Felicia (Welton) Hudson, of Barton; his mother Deborah Crane-Foote and step-father Kenneth Foote, both of Barton; his father William C. Hudson of Fort Worth, Texas; his grandmother Grace Crane of Troy; and his step-brother Brian Foote of Brooklyn, New York.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Derby Line, on Friday, January 13, at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Susan Lynn Johns officiating.

A potluck reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are encouraged to donate to the charity that speaks most to their heart.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert B. Jones

Robert B. Jones, 62, of Holland, died on December 19, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 5, 1954, in Newport to Bruce and Dorcus (Percy) Jones. On November 4, 1972, he married Laurette Turgeon, who survives him.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Jones, of Holland; by his son Christopher Jones and his wife, Jami, of Hyde Park; by eight grandchildren; by his parents, Bruce and Dorcas Jones, of Derby; his brother Brian Jones and his wife, Lynda, of Derby; by his in-laws: Norman and Mary Turgeon of Newport; his brother-in-law Dennis Turgeon and his wife, Rachel, of Balston Spa, New York; sisters-in-law: Joann Barrup and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Linda Turgeon-Meunier of Jay.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Memorial Animal Society, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison, 84, of Lowell died on the morning of December 21, 2016.

She was born on August 13, 1932, in Glover to the late Archie and Marie Ann (Grenier) Perron. She married John Kennison on April 1, 1953, and together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo, gambling, family gatherings, and Perron family reunions.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #21, and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Alfred Pepin Post.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Gary and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Terry and his wife, Brenda, of Rochester, New York, and Linda McAllister and her husband, Gary, of Lowell. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by her sister Maria Dickie; and her brother-in-law Reginald Sanford.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Kennison, who died in 2011; by her brothers Robert, John, George, and Armand Perron; and by her sisters Rita Gagnon and Joyce Sanford.

Services will be announced at a later date in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris, 85, of Lyndon Center, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on November 16, 2016, following a lengthy period of declining health.

She was born in Lyndon on December 9, 1930, the daughter of Edward L. and Emma E. (Dana) Cleary. Mrs. Paris was a lifelong resident of Lyndon. She attended Lyndon Corner Elementary School and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1949.

On March 2, 1956, she married Lanny R. Paris, with whom she shared 60 cherished years. They had two children, Gary and Rhonda.

Mrs. Paris was a homemaker, but worked in the Lyndon Corner Elementary School hot lunch program while her children attended school there. Later, she worked at the Colonnade Inn and at Bag Balm.

From her childhood, she spent every summer at the family’s camps at Shadow Lake in Glover. She truly enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and preparing meals to share with all who visited. Mrs. Paris loved anything to do with the lake: fishing, boating, waterskiing, or just floating in the water. She also enjoyed playing many lawn games with her family.

She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and aunt.

Mrs. Paris is survived by her husband, Lanny; her daughter Rhonda Paris; her son Gary Paris and his companion, Shawna Wilkerson, all of Lyndon Center; by her sisters-in-law Sally Baillargeon, and Jean Conn; and by several special and close nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband’s parents: Dorothy S. King and Murray F. Paris; her sister Barbara Cleary Cameron; and brother-in-law George Gordon Cameron Jr.

At the request of Mrs. Paris, there will be no visiting hours. A 2017 private summer burial with family and friends will be held at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the Upright Steeple Society, P.O. Box 224, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

Condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne, 95, died on Christmas Day at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Glover on January 24, 1921, a daughter of Adelbert C. and Sadie W. Leland. She graduated from Barton Academy and then went on to Vermont Junior College for secretarial studies.

Mrs. Sherburne worked for National Life for a year before returning home to Glover to marry Dr. Roy Sherburne on December 20, 1941. They shared 54 years together before he died in 1995.

She moved to Bridgton, Maine, where Dr. Sherburne opened his family osteopathic medical practice. In 1949, they returned to St. Johnsbury where she assisted her husband in his medical practice on Eastern Avenue for many years.

Mrs. Sherburne was a member of the North Congregational Church, the Eastern Star and the Arlington Home Dem Group. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children: Dale Sherburne and his wife, Judy, and Dawn Lowrey and her husband, Russell; four grandchildren: Nathan Lowrey, Betsy Rice and her husband, Shawn, James Sherburne and his wife, Elizabeth, and John Sherburne and his wife, Sandra; nine great-grandchildren: Jake, Julia, Nicholas, Eric, Sarah, Andrew, Sam, Anna, and Max; and her sister-in-law Anna Leland.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers: Dr. George Leland and Donald Leland; and by sister Marilyn Morgan and her loving companion, John Marsh.

At the convenience of the family, a spring committal and burial will be held at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Therese L. Sicard

Therese L. Sicard, 90, of Barre died on December 20, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

Born in Saint Roch d’Orford, Quebec, on August 30, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Berard) Lafontaine. She was raised in Rock Forest, Quebec, where she attended schools.

On July 20, 1953, she married Marcel Sicard at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was a homemaker during the time her children were growing up.

She lived in Beebe Plains and was employed at Bogner’s in Newport from 1973 to 1984. Upon her retirement in 1984, she moved to Newport. After her husband died, she made her home with her daughter Jeannette Therrien in Barre.

Among her interests were quilting, knitting, word search, traveling to Florida and Arizona, and spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Survivors include her daughters: Jeannette Therrien and her husband, Gilles, of Barre Town, Diane McDowell and her husband, Bob, of Peoria, Arizona, Susan McGough and her husband, Tim, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cecile Griswold and her husband, Marc, of New River, Arizona. She is also survived by her sisters, Jeanne Darc Audet of St. Jean, Quebec, Marthe Lafontaine of St. Pie, Quebec; by brother, Jacques Lafontaine of St. Hubert, Quebec; as well as by eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Gerard Lafontaine; and one sister, Rita Provincial.

A Mass and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries December 21, 2016

Bernard D. Butler

Bernard D. Butler, 97, of Barton, died peacefully on December 14, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on August 14, 1919, in Irasburg to Arthur and Glenna (Huntington) Butler. On July 12, 1941, he married Shirley Kimball who predeceased him in 1997.

He served his country during World War II and was stationed in France and Italy. All of his life he was a very hard worker. He was a farmer on the Glover-Barton Road from 1953 to 1969, worked at Butler’s Bus Service for a few years, and then worked for Barton Motors for many years where he retired. He was also a transporter for the Area Agency on Aging in the Barton area, serving senior citizens for years.

He was a member of American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his son Willis Butler and his wife, Sandra, of Barton; by his grandchildren: Sarah Butler-Collins, and Bernard Dana Butler and his wife, Tammy; by his great-grandchildren: Brandon Dana Butler and his companion, Caitlin Jones, Keira Butler, and Alyssa Butler. He is also survived by his brother Francis Butler and his wife, Phyllis; by his sister Florence Tillinghast; and by 34 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Arland, Faye, Stanley, Pauline, Annette, Shirley, and Beatrice

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Meal Site, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr.

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr. died on Monday, December 12, 2016.

He was born February 28, 1933, in Newport to Joseph Albert and Maria Boulanger Currier. He was the eldest of four boys.

Having spent his childhood in Newport, he graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in June of 1950.

He was well decorated with numerous USAF meritorious ribbons of commendation for exemplary service and leadership and was proficient in Atlas, Titan, and Minuteman missile strategies. He was stationed in Texas, Washington State, Maine, Florida, California, and Massachusetts, and often flew out of country on various tactical missions. He retired at the rank of senior master sergeant in 1970 with the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command at Westover Air Force Base.

Mr. Currier went on to work as a Prudential Insurance agent in Granby, Massachusetts, for 23 years. After enjoying full retirement with Prudential, he was employed by Hulmes Transportation operating Pioneer Valley Transit Authority vehicles to assist community members throughout Belchertown and Granby for ten years. He enjoyed being part of his community and fostered many longstanding relationships with the families he met through the years.

He was a past president and member of the Granby Lions Club for many years. He was adorned as a eucharistic minister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where he also taught CCD. He was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, the local post of the American Legion, and the DAV.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Currier; four children: Diane Janas, James Currier, Donna Halon, and Michael Currier; and six grandchildren: Melinda, Chelsea, Mitchell, Jake, Emma and Brady.

He was predeceased by his son John in 1982; by his brother Louis in 2014; and most recently by his brother Bob on December 9, 2016.

He loved fishing, boating, reading, and the green hills of Vermont, where he enjoyed part-time residency on the Bluffs of Lake Memphremagog in Newport for over 30 years. His family and many friends will miss him dearly.

Visitation was on December 18 at the Beers & Story S. Hadley Funeral Home. A Mass was held December 19 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby. Burial with military honors followed at West Cemetery.

 

Harold Vernon Duckless

Harold Vernon Duckless, 86, of Newport Center, died on December 14, 2016, at his home, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1929, in Newport Center to Forrest and Lillian (Butlar) Duckless. On July 3, 1954, he married Lucille Godin, who survives him.

Mr. Duckless was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years. He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was owner and operator of the Duckless Service Station in Newport Center for 27 years. He held membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #2155, the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Duckless, of Newport; by his daughter Darlene Duckless of Newport; and daughter-in-law Gail Duckless. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jeffrey, Cody, Jason, and Jonathan; by his great-grandchildren: Colin, Caleb, and Aquilla. He is survived by his brothers: Robert Duckless of Brattleboro, and Elwood Duckless and his wife, Louise, of Newport Center; by his brother-in-law Charles Nadeau of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Brian Duckless; by his siblings Kenneth and Louise Duckless and Myrna Nadeau; and by his sister-in-law Marilyn Duckless.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Wayne Roland Meredith

Wayne Roland Meredith of Island Pond died peacefully at North Country Hospital on Thursday December 8, 2016, following a long period of ill health. Funeral services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.   The family would love for people to share their memories and view further information about Mr. Meredith’s life online at www.awrfh.com.

 

David Stewart Rowden

David Stewart Rowden, 70, died December 17, 2016, at his home in Brandon.

Mr. Rowden was born on May 3, 1946, the eldest son of Scott and BettyMae (Stewart) Rowden. He was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire, but his family lived for short times in Wells River and Manchester, Vermont, later settling in Derby. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1965. He joined the United States Navy after graduation and served until October 1969. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked in construction during the building of Jay Peak. He was instrumental in the construction of the Jay Peak Tram. Mr. Rowden served as a police officer for the city of Newport. He later began a career as a game warden with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. He served for 30 years and retired in June, 2005.

Mr. Rowden and his family have made Brandon their home for many years. Following his retirement he had served the town of Brandon as a police officer for several years, and more recently had worked at ACE Hardware / Brandon Lumber. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Brandon American Legion Post #55, where he belonged to the Legion Riders. Mr. Rowden was active in his community. He was a former member of the Brandon Fire Department and Brandon Area Rescue Squad, and the Lions, as well as Friends of the Town Hall. He was also a proud member of Life Bridge Christian Church.

Surviving is his wife Sally (Thomas) Rowden of Brandon, whom he married on August 10, 1974, in Poultney; his son Scott T. Rowden and his wife, Lori, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his daughter Jennifer Lynn Charter and her husband, Scott, of Brunswick, Georgia. He is also survived by one brother: Richard Rowden of Burlington; and two sisters: Janet Howard of Hardwick and Susan Fortin of Derby; his grandchildren: Emaleigh Rowden, Zoe Kate Charter, and Hunter Rowden. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 23, at 11 a.m., at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Reverend Roger Foster, pastor of Life Bridge Christian Church will officiate. Following the ceremony the family will receive friends at Brandon American Legion for a time of remembrance. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Poultney Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, December 22, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Life Bridge Christian Church Community Service Fund, P.O. Box 404, Brandon, Vermont 05733.

 

Shirley L. Turner

Shirley L. Turner, 94, of Newport died on December 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1922, in Newport Center to Lucius and Florence (Ouiment) Allen.

She was married to Harold Turner, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Turner was a bookkeeper by trade, and her training followed her all of her life. She kept meticulous records, and made sure that everything balanced every month. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to discuss current events. She said that the recent elections provided her the opportunity to combine those two traits.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the United Church of Newport. She loved traveling to Maine to be near the ocean, doing crossword puzzles, and she really enjoyed the company of her dog Bella, who provided her with many hours of joyous entertainment.

She loved all of her friends, including Kim and Gary Small, Naomi Bryant and her sisters, as well as very special friends Steve and Alma Marsh.

She is survived by her stepson Graydon and his wife, Joyce, of El Paso, Texas, and by her step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister and her husband, Jessie, and by Warren Mitchell.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences are at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 14, 2016

Alma C. Blay

Alma C. Blay, 92, of Newport, died on December 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1924, in Newport, to Edward and Weltha (Magoon) Davio. On October 15, 1945, she married Percy Blay, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Blay was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. Among her hobbies she enjoyed playing bingo and cards, going for rides with Mr. Blay, shopping, and collecting steins. She also loved to cook and loved having family visits and gatherings.

She is survived by her son Stanley Blay of Newport; by her grandchildren: Christina Montminy, Britt Blay, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, and Renee Rivard. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Nicole, Samantha and her husband, Chris, Saber and her companion, Tony, Hayden, Drew, Dylan, Noah, and Kelby; by three great-great-grandchildren: Ava, Fallon, and Remy; and by her brothers: Ken Ormsbee and his wife, Rose, and Francis Ormsbee and his wife, Amelia; by her sisters: Janice Heath and her husband, Donald, Joan McDonald and her husband, Ken; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by sisters-in-law: June Wheeler and Phyllis Davio.

She was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Nadeau on June 20, 2015.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

John “Jean” M. Campbell

John “Jean” M. Campbell, 90, a well known businessman from Newport, died on December 6, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on September 13, 1926, in Newport Center, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. Mr. Campbell entered the United States Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.

During his very active lifetime, he was first a farmer, then a cattle dealer/auctioneer and owner of Campbell’s Commissions Sales on the Airport Road in Coventry.

In his day, he was known as the best auctioneer in the Kingdom and very well liked by many. When he sold the farm, he went into logging and buying land, and from there he started and ran the very successful John Campbell Real Estate Company. He was also a director of the former Lyndonville Savings Bank for many years and made many good friends over the years. He helped many young people in their first time home ownership and he also helped many people start their first businesses.

Mr. Campbell was always his happiest when he was operating his bulldozer in the woods or working on a land subdivision. He loved that work and he knew how to do it just right.

He had a vision for land development, and many people today have a home on some lot that he made available. He came from the school of hard knocks. He knew what work was all about, and was never afraid of any challenge, and he had many.

He was a charter member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, a member of American Legion Post 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He is survived by his children: Peter Campbell and his partner, Sheila, David Campbell and his partner, Nancy, Joan Green and her husband, Bob, Janice Urie and her husband, David, James Campbell and his wife, Kim, Karen Bacon and her husband, Bart; and by his grandchildren: Derek Green and his wife, Janelle, Kristin Theriault and her husband, Jake, Heather Urie, Ethan Bacon and his wife, Katie, Peter Urie and his wife, Tammy, Lindi Mitsou and her husband, Chris, Kara Morin and her husband, Shane, Chris Channell and his wife, Roxanne, Andrea Hawli and her husband, Rani, Debbie Collins, and Chris Sanville.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Abigail and John Tyler Green, Dominic, Drew and Willa Theriault, Kain, Eric and Kaylie Bacon, Oliver Urie, Tawnee and Taylor Collins, Hunter and Meadow Sanville, and Chase Channell. He also leaves his former wife and mother of his children, Bernice Campbell; as well as Judy Boyd Branch, and Chad Boyd; his sibling Dolores Lantagne, and her husband, Clarence; and a very special niece Michelle McCall and her husband, Wally; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family: Michelle Gosselin and her partner, Mike, Chase and Faith Gosselin, Matthew Poutre and his wife, Jenna, Jaida and Henry Poutre and Marc Poutre, and his partner Rick Besaw.

He was predeceased by his grandson Tyler Green; by his sisters: Bibiane Lamarche, Yolande Howe, Yvette LeBlanc, and Carmen Sheltra; and his brother Ange Emile Campbell

“A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.” As John said: “I’ve had a pretty good run.”

Funeral services were held on December 12 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Edward Earl Curtis

Edward Earl Curtis, 59, died on November 18, 2016, in Coxsackie, New York, after a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1957, in Newport, to Dallas and Betty (Percy) Curtis.

Mr. Curtis was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and water ski.

He is survived by his parents, Dallas and Betty Curtis, of Pinson, Alabama, and formerly of Derby; by his two sons, Dylan and Dallas Curtis; his two sisters, Patricia Curtis of Connecticut, and Nancy Long and her husband, George Andrew, of Tinson, Alabama; his niece Heather Hunt; and by his nephew Justin Corkins.

A graveside service in the Derby Center Cemetery will be announced at a later time in the spring.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Norbert G. Lessard

Norbert  G. Lessard, 89, of Derby, died on December 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 11, 1927, in North Troy to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard. On June 28, 1969, he married Rita (Midge) Risicato who survives him.

Mr. Lessard worked on the family farm in his younger years and farming was dear to his heart.

He moved to Massachusetts in 1961 where he worked as a material handler for 15 years at the Colonial Press, and for 15 years at Weetabix, both in Clinton, Massachusetts. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Vermont in 2004.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools and was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed camping, farming, loved cars, and going to the family farm. He loved to tease his nieces and nephews, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Midge) Lessard, of Derby, by sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard, Jeannine Lessard, and Eleanor Test; and by his nieces and nephews: Irene Levangie, Denise and Tom Johnson, Thomas Lessard, Donald Lessard, Pat and Scott Laber, Susan Keysar, Tom and Mary Tetreault, Margaret and Mike Derick, Richard and Sue Tetreault, Kim Harrison Blackwell, Roger Lessard, Evelyn Lessard, David, Jim and Janet Lessard, Bobby and Dee Lessard, Eddie and Barbara Lessard, and Greg and Robin Lessard.

He was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rita Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; by brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, and Philip Lessard; by nieces and nephews: Theresa Harrison, Ronnie Lessard, Scottie Keysar, and Michael Harrison.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, followed by funeral services at St. Edward’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m., where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Catherine E. Perkins

Catherine E. Perkins, 85, of Westmore, died peacefully on December 8, 2016.

She was born on April 3, 1931, in Derby to Earl and Evelyn (Wing) Bowen. On April 29, 1948, she married Harvey Perkins, who predeceased her on May 11, 1997.

Mrs. Perkins was a school bus driver for Lake Region Union High School where she retired after 20 years of service. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, and she loved to cook, especially doughnuts which were greatly appreciated by the group going to hunting camp and other family members year-round. She worked with her late husband, Harvey, on their farm haying and running machines. She was a caregiver and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

She is survived by her children: Terry Perkins and his wife, Jeannette, of Coventry, Ronald Perkins and his wife, Valerie, of Westmore, Oscar Perkins and his wife, Cheryl, of East Burke, and Debbie Burkewitz and her husband, Tim, of Irasburg; by ten grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Wayne Bowen and his wife, Janice, of West Charleston, Melvin Bowen and his wife, Jackie, of West Charleston, Joyce Moulton of Derby, Lorraine Pepin of California; and by her sister-in-law Evelyn Bowen. She was predeceased by her daughter Diane, and by her brother Edward Bowen.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Bradley R. Peters Sr.

Bradley R. Peters Sr., 80, of Coventry, died on December 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 7, 1936, in Albany, to Roy and Betty (Shatney) Peters.

Mr. Peters worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, and riding around listening to country music. He loved Pontiac cars.

He is survived by his children: Betty Peters of Lenoxville, Quebec, Marjorie McClanahan and her husband, Larry, of San Jose, California, Mary Payne and her husband, Matt, of Newport, and Bradley Peters Jr. of Coventry; by his grandchildren: David McGovern, Robert McGovern, Alex McGovern, Elisabeth McGovern, Star O’Keefe, and Toma O’Keefe. He is also survived by his siblings: Alice Coderre of Lunenburg, Geraldine Fuller and her companion, Dennis Fields, of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Gloria Reams and her husband, Clark, of Palm Springs, California, Kathy Pierce and her husband, Tim, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his dad, Roy Peters; and his mom, Betty Blanchard; by brother Vernon Peters; and his sister Shirley Peters.

Funeral services were held on December 14 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Spring interment will be in Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Bryan James Ryea

Bryan James Ryea, 51, of North Troy, died on December 10, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 13, 1965, in St. Albans, to Gloria Ann (Shover) Ryea and the late Ira Odson Ryea Jr.

He graduated from Tynsborough High School and received a welding degree from Lowell Technical Trade School, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He was a self-employed painter in the area.

He enjoyed fishing, shopping trips, loved the out of doors, cooking for the family, and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ryea, of Massachusetts; by his children: Katie Ryea of Lowell, Brianna Ryea of Lowell, and Gerard Ryea of North Troy; by his mother Gloria Gagnon and her husband, Gerard, of Dracut, Massachusetts; by his brothers: Roger Ryea of Richford, and Edward Ryea and his wife, Sandra, of Methuen, Massachusetts; by his nephews: Joshua, Brandon, twins Michael and Matthew, and Carson Ryea; and by his niece Shantelle Ryea; by his companion, Melissa Randall, and her children: Douglas Small Jr. and Mia Small, all of North Troy. He was predeceased by his nephew Jeremy.

A graveside service will be held at the South Richford Cemetery in the spring.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Dennis M. Willis

Dennis M. Willis, 69, of Troy, died at his home on December 9, 2016.

He was born on June 27, 1947. He was the son of the late Malcolm (Pete) and Lillian (Allen) Willis.

Mr. Willis attended school in Troy and North Troy, then he went to work in New York State for his uncle Glen Ellsworth, where he met his wife of 47 years, Linda. Shortly after that, Mr. and Mrs. Willis made their permanent home in Troy. Over the years he worked as a truck driver, farmer, and retired from Columbia Forest Products.

Mr. Willis had many hobbies, but he especially loved going to Jim Crawford’s hunting camp in Westfield, attending Allen family reunions, and RV camping with Mrs. Willis. They camped seasonally at both Char-Bo and Millbrook campgrounds where they made so many special friends. No one ever left their campsite without some teasing, a funny story, a meal, or a beverage. Mr. Willis loved people and loved to live life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Collins) Willis; his son Richard Willis and his partner, Terry Davis; and daughter-in-law, Marley Willis. He is also survived by his four granddaughters: Ashley, Heather, Brittney, and Caitlyn; and great-grandchildren: Noah, Gabriel, Trenton, Tara, Tory, and Traven; by his brothers Gary Willis and his wife, Fay, Keith Willis and his wife, Jackie, Jim Willis and his wife, Janet; and brothers-in-law Richard Collins and his wife, Donna, and Jeff Miller; and sister-in-law Carol Crandall and her husband, Mark. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son David Willis; grandson Trevor; and sister-in-law Deborah Collins.

A celebration of life for Mr. Willis will be held on Sunday, December 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Community Center, 110 North Hill Road, Westfield, with a Masonic service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to the charity of their choice in Mr. Willis’ honor.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

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