Obituaries December 13, 2017

Alden Carl Aldrich Sr.

On the morning of December 9, 2017, Alden Carl Aldrich Sr., 79, died in Newport.

Although his family and friends are saddened by the loss, knowing he is reunited with his beloved wife, Frances, the love of his entire life, brings serenity and joy.

Mr. Aldrich was born in May of 1938, in Brownington, the youngest of Francis and Marcia (Young) Aldrich’s nine children. He resided in Coventry when first born and moved later on to the family’s farmhouse in the Lake Willoughby area where he would meet the love of his life, Frances. When Alden met Frances at the early age of 14, it was love at first sight. They would go on to be married when she was 16, and shortly after he had turned 18. They started their life in Springfield, Massachusetts, but returned to their beloved Vermont to start their family.

Mr. Aldrich worked as a long-distance truck driver, traveling the United States until retirement. He always loved returning to his native Vermont. In 1973, he bought his family farmhouse near Lake Willoughby, where they lived with their five children for many happy years. In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich would travel to Florida where they joined their fellow friends and church members from the Northeast Kingdom, and where they enjoyed retirement and the sunshine. Throughout his life he attended the Brownington Center Church, and more recently the Albany United Methodist church. He was always known for his wry sense of humor; though the children would roll their eyes, they greatly enjoyed it. They often joke with one another, as each inherited a little bit of his humor. He will be missed immensely.

Mr. Aldrich is survived by his sister, Eileen Provost; and his children: Marcia Blouin-Bushey and her husband, James Bushey Jr., of Irasburg, Alden Aldrich Jr. of San Jose, California, Peter and Robin Aldrich of St. Albans, and Paula and Roger Bernier of Barton. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Allison and Adrian Hahr of Barton, Stephanie and Dan LaBarron of Holland, Jessica and Alex Urango of Santa Clara, California, Emily Aldrich and Angel Maldonado of Mountain View, California, Noah Aldrich and Kally Aldrich of St. Albans, Tess Leeper of Trappe, Maryland, Anna Leeper of Cranston, Rhode Island, Jennifer Bushey and Ryan Roberge of Lowell, Amy and Lester Jewer III of Irasburg, Jesse Bushey and Raymond Coderre of Barton, Alicia and Steven Boardman of Sparks, Nevada, Nicholas and Ariel Bernier of South Burlington, and Joseph and Courtney Way of Cabot, Arkansas. His eleven great-grandchildren survive him, with three more on the way.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Frances (White) in 2015; his daughter Amy in 1977; and as his son-in-law Dwane Blouin in 2000. His brothers: Roderick, Roger, and Edward and sisters: Avis, Sally, Elin, and Theda, also predeceased him.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 16, at 2 p.m., at the Albany United Methodist Church with Pastor Nathan Strong and Pastor George Lawson officiating. Donations can be made to the Irasburg Senior Meal Program in Irasburg.

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

 

Armand A Fontaine

Armand A. Fontaine, 83, died on November 30, in Newport, with his family by his side.

He was born on July 8, 1934, in Walden to Arthur and Bertha Fontaine. He attended school in Greensboro Bend. He married Betty Blouin on September 3, 1955. They were married for 62 years.

Mr. Fontaine worked at Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury as a machinist. He also worked as a truck driver and hauled fence posts to New York. More recently he worked at Tivoly in Derby Line for 33 years.

He loved music and played keyboards for many years in local nursing homes. It made him happy to see the joy in the faces of the residents.

He like hunting and fishing with his grandson Josh.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; and his three sons: Michael and Jessie of Barton, Marcel and his wife, Karen, of Orleans, and Andrew of Barton; his grandchildren: Joshua, Jared, Summer, Robby, Chad, Heather, Eugenie, and Gilman; six great-grandchildren; and many friends, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters: Henrietta and her husband, Dave, Fernande and her husband, Levi, Jeannine, Rose and her husband, Tom; his brothers: Jules and his wife, Anne, Leo, and Denis.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; his sister Michelle, his brother Conrad; and his sister-in-law Dana.

A celebration of Mr. Fontaine’s life will be held in the summer at the convenience of the family.

 

John P. Gratton

Deacon John P. Gratton, 86, of Derby, died on December 7, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born August 19, 1931, in Derby Line, to the late Herve and Blanche (Roy) Gratton. His mother died when Mr. Gratton was five years old, so as a young boy he was a boarder at the Catholic school in Saint-Césaire, Québec, and did some grade school in Rock Island, Canada. He stayed with “Mom and Pop” Gosselin while he attended high school at Sacred Heart in Newport. His senior year, he enlisted in the Army. He got his GED and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On stateside he served as assistant to the chaplain and later was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport.

On June 14, 1951, he married Norma Hendrick who survives him. In the earlier part of their 66-and-one-half years of marriage they had ten children. Family came second only after God to Mr. Gratton. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Gratton taught their children to pray and the importance of a spiritual life. Night prayers were said as a family. Sunday Mass was a must. Mr. Gratton’s love for his family was evident in his actions and comparison of them to precious gems. He worked several jobs at a time to provide for them and to assure that Mrs. Gratton was able to be a stay-at-home mom. Back when no one worked on Sundays and businesses closed down for the Lord’s Day, it was family day when he would take them on picnics, Sunday drives (with a station wagon filled to busting with children singing as they explored new roads), for a day at the lake swimming, to the drive-in theater, fishing, or visiting friends and relatives. There were no dull moments.

Mr. Gratton taught catechism for a few years and he and Mrs. Gratton helped Father Yvon with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. He played baseball, helped with Boy Scouts, and directed St. Benedict’s church choir at different times in his life.

He attended classes to become a deacon and on September 23, 1989, he was ordained. He was a deacon for St. Benedict Labre Church in West Charleston and St. Edward the Confessor Church in Derby Line, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He held several different positions in his 39-plus years at Columbia Forest Products, his last position being a purchasing agent. He also did income taxes and was a bookkeeper on the side. He retired from the mill on July 1, 1997. The speech he gave at his retirement party was one of humility where he apologized to the crowd if he ever had hurt or upset anyone.

Besides his wife, Mr. Gratton is also survived by his children and their spouses: Michael Gratton of Derby, Bobby Gratton and his wife, Linda, of Council, Idaho, Neena Gratton of Derby, Peter Gratton and his wife, Janet, of Newport Center, Timmy Gratton and his wife, Kendi, of Bristol, Danny Gratton and his wife, Mary, of Essex Junction, Angela Cerkovnik and her husband, Michael, of Davidson, North Carolina, Andre Gratton of Cherryville, North Carolina, Ronnie Gratton and his wife, Paula, of Fairfax, and Ricky Gratton and his wife, Neha, of Derby.

He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

His sister Pauline Gratton predeceased him.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 15, at 1 p.m., at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Derby Line. Calling hours will be prior to the funeral in the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations can be made to Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Debra Levins

Debra Levins, 55, of Concord, New Hampshire, died on November 26, 2017, at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House with her loving husband, Tom, by her side.

Mrs. Levins was born in Newport. She moved to Rutland and was a graduate of Rutland High School with the class of 1980. After high school she entered the nursing program at the University of Vermont where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing, graduating in 1984.

In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Levins moved to the Concord area where they have lived ever since raising their family. Mrs. Levins worked at the Concord Hospital for over 30 years as a registered nurse. In her free time she enjoyed going to craft fairs. She loved spending time at the beach sitting in the sun with several of her best friends whom she would go with every year.

She leaves her beloved husband, Tom Levins, of Concord; her three sons: Matt Levins, Andy Levins, and Tim Levins, all of Concord; her mother, Carlene (Wright) Cook of Newport; her father, Richard Cook of Rutland; her brother Brian Cook and his wife, Kate, of Lyme, New Hampshire; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as many great friends.

A funeral was held at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home in Penacook, New Hampshire, on December 3.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations be made to the college funds of Mrs. Levins’ sons. Please make checks payable to Kim Levins, 9 Kingsley Avenue, Rutland, Vermont 05701; or donation can go to gofundme.com/levins-college-fund.

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Obituaries December 6, 2017

Richard G. Gonyaw

Richard G. Gonyaw, 73, died on November 24, 2017, after a short battle with cancer at the Union House in Glover. He was a lifelong resident of Barton.

He was born on December 26, 1943, in Barton. He was the son of the late Ferdinand and Laura (Gile) Gonyaw.

Mr. Gonyaw served from 1960 to1964 in the United States Air Force. During this time he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and later spent time at the Goose Bay Air Base in Labrador, Canada.

He worked as a machinist for over 30 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he built jigs for furniture building and maintained equipment. He was a dedicated employee who took pride in his job. He enjoyed visiting with his co-workers, often baking them treats. He enjoyed staying busy. He had many skills and was always available to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He was an avid gardener; every year he planted a substantial vegetable garden with the intent of sharing his bounty with others. He found pleasure in working in the woods on his property where he could be found cutting firewood to heat his home and using his tractor. He was an outdoorsman and delighted in watching the deer come to his apple trees.

Mr. Gonyaw was a dedicated and loving father. He spent many hours at ballgames starting with T-ball and little league all the way through high school baseball. In his early years, he relished being a Cub Scout leader. While his son Kevin was growing up, he led his troop in building lean-tos on his property, camping in the winter, and teaching them survival skills.

He was also an excellent cook. He was very fond of his family and prepared many Thanksgiving dinners for his extended family — often cooking for 20-plus people.

He is survived by his son, Kevin Gonyaw, of Ruidoso, New Mexico, and by his ten siblings: Marie Moeykens of Windsor, Lillian Gonyaw of Walpole, Massachusetts, Edward Gonyaw of Sarasota, Florida, Dean Gonyaw and his companion, Denise Marshall, of Glover, Priscilla Sicard of Bradenton, Florida, Wayne Gonyaw and his companion, Carol Sears, of McGraw, New York, Bruce Gonyaw and his companion, Lynn Benoit, of Barton, Linda Covington and her husband, Charles, of Anchorage, Alaska, Marion Irvin and her husband, Greg, of Myakka, Florida, and Fran Dempsey and her husband, Fred, of North Carolina; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Rita Jean Gonyaw; his parents: Ferdinand and Laura (Gile) Gonyaw; his brother Carl Gonyaw; and several brothers-in-law.

A funeral service will be held at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton, on Friday, December 15, at noon. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. up until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Rescue Squad, in care of Sue Medor, P.O. Box 64, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

 

Robert L. Langdeau

Robert L. Langdeau, 73, died unexpectedly on November 25, 2017, at the Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida, following pulmonary emboli.

Mr. Langdeau was born on June 1, 1944, in Claremont, New Hampshire, the son of Lionel and Irene (St. Cyr) Langdeau.

Growing up in Orleans, he graduated from the Orleans High School. There he played basketball, baseball, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and trapping in the Barton River. His first jobs were working in the Anderson Mill and caddying at the Orleans Country Club. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and served four years in Japan.

On January 1, 1968, he married Donna Cook at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. He very much liked working for Air North at the Burlington International Airport and the friends he made there for 11 years. Following his work at the airport, he was employed by IBM in Essex, where he worked for over 25 years, and made many more friends, before retiring in 2006.

Mr. Langdeau enjoyed playing golf, gardening, playing cards, spending winters at Intercoastal Estates in Titusville, watching stock car races throughout New England and beyond (especially the Oxford 250), and UVM Basketball. But most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna (Cook) Langdeau, of Essex; his son Gary Langdeau and his wife, Debora, of Milton; and their children: Sydney, Casey, and Kiersten; his daughter Brenda Murphy and her husband, Shawn, of Georgia; and their children: Connor and Teagan; his sister Joanne Lawes and her husband, Carroll, of Williston; Mrs. Langdeau’s siblings; and many nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents: Leo in 2000, and Irene in 2006; and recently by his niece Debra (Cook) Levins on November 26, 2017.

In honor of Mr. Langdeau’s parents, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

A funeral service was held on December 5, at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. Burial will be in Irasburg.

Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.

 

Rocky J. Quirion

Rocky J. Quirion, 61, of Newport, died on November 26, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on June 25, 1956, in Newport, to the late Herve and Cecile (Bessette) Quirion.

He enjoyed music, gardening, fishing, and socializing with friends and family. He was also a member of the Eagles Club in Newport.

He is survived by his brother Yvon Quirion of Granby; his sisters: Lisa Quirion of Newport, and Danielle Austin and her husband, Keith, of West Charleston. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers Peter Quirion and Gilles Quirion; and his wife, Sandra.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Quirion’s memory to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries November 29, 2017

Azarias Bousquet

Azarias “Lou” Bousquet, 68, of Brownington, and North Port, Florida, died from a short fight with cancer on November 19 under hospice care in Florida.

He was born on February 4, 1949, to Azarias and Eleanor Bousquet in Newport. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Massachusetts and Connecticut where he grew up. In Connecticut, Mr. Bousquet was a truck driver for many years. In 1997 he married his wife, Bonnie, in Venice, Florida. They moved to Vermont where he retired from the Department of Corrections as a supervisor of security. After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Bousquet spent their summers in Vermont and their winters in Florida.

Mr. Bousquet enjoyed perch fishing in his boat with Jodi and Butch, and loved spending time with his granddaughters just being “Poppie.” He loved deer hunting and spending time with his friends at Choinieres’ camp. Unfortunately, he was unable to make the hunting trip to Vermont this year. He liked to play golf with his uncle Bob at the Barton golf course. In his younger years, he completed two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the First Cavalry Division.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his stepdaughter Jodi Morley, and her husband, John Morley III; and his granddaughters Taylor and Brooke Morley, all of Orleans; his stepson Jason Larocque, and his wife, Roxanne, of Lyndonville; his siblings: Robert Bousquet and his wife, Jackie, of Connecticut, Michael Bousquet and his wife, Carol, of Florida, and Denise Kolenda and her partner, Greg, of Indiana. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather Robert Mitchell; and his youngest sister Diane.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post #23, P.O. Box 72, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

A celebration of his life with military honors will be held next summer in Vermont. Online condolences can be sent to the family at [email protected]

 

Edward Anthony Dzindolet

Edward Anthony Dzindolet, 76, of Brownington, died on November 18, 2017, at his home.

He was born on October 2, 1941, in Framingham, Massachusetts, to Anthony and Cecelia (Gimskie) Dzindolet. In August 1980 he married Ultruda Cilly, who predeceased him in 1988.

Mr. Dzindolet was a self-employed TV repairman. He was a former member of the Eagles.

He is survived by four children; by his sister Madeline Gazzard of Ashland, Massachusetts; and by his brother Richard Joseph Dzindolet and his wife, Patricia, of Framingham.

His family thanks all of his TV patrons for using his services, and all his friends.

Funeral services were held on November 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

Spring interment will take place at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

 

Agnes G. Fedele

Agnes G. Fedele, 88, died peacefully surrounded by family members at her home in Newport on November 21, 2017.

She was born on March 12, 1929, in Newport, to the late Alice (Raymo) and Edward Gosselin. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1948 and married John Fedele on June 20, 1949. Her husband predeceased her in 2006.

Mrs. Fedele was well known and active in the community. In early years she worked at Montgomery Ward Department Store. One of her favorite jobs was working at the Newport Daily Express as she had a passion for reading, writing, and photography. She wrote community and human interest stories, and was well known for writing “Weekend Devotions” inspired by her faith and from observing good deeds in the community. She also wrote feature stories for Vermont Life magazine.

Mrs. Fedele was a faithful Catholic, devoted to God and her religion. She was secretary for St. Mary’s Parish in Newport, where she composed the church bulletin and a reflection on the weekly Gospel readings. With music as an important part of her life, she shared her musical talent by playing the organ at services and singing in the choir. In 1997, she was recognized with other choir members for 50 years of service by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. She was the pianist for many concerts and functions at Sacred Heart elementary and high schools in Newport, as well as for church organizations such as the Daughters of Isabella. Additionally, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #21 and a charter member of the VFW Post #798. She treasured time with her family, particularly enjoying family gatherings, sing-alongs, and having her grandchildren for sleepovers.

She is survived by her children: David Fedele and his wife, Peggy, of Newport, John E. Fedele and his wife, Joanne, of Newport Center, Rosemary Kennedy and her husband, William, of Wilder, Dennis Fedele and his wife, Solange, of Phoenix, Arizona, Michael Fedele and Lynn Austin of Sharon, and Stephen Fedele of White River Junction. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Lenton.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 1, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, November 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Fedele’s memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Vermont, vermont.wish.org.

 

Rose S. Flanders

Rose S. Flanders, 96, of West Charleston, died on November 23, 2017.

She is survived by her son Hubert Flanders; her daughter Rose Dutil; her son-in-law Randy Dutil; and her grandson Matthew Dutil.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick “Ted” Flanders, in 2000; and her daughter-in-law Linda Lawson Flanders on May 8, 2017.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Anna Victoria Tice

Anna Victoria Tice, 90, of Derby Line, died peacefully on November 19, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on October 24, 1927, in Derby, to John and Catherine (Jimmo) Lucas Sr. On June 24, 1945, she married Maurice A. Tice Sr., who predeceased her.

She enjoyed playing cards weekly with her friends, crocheting, reading, and she loved to cook food for her friends. Mrs. Tice would help her friends and family in any way that she was able to.

She was a member of the Home Dem in Holland.

She is survived by her children: Terrance Tice and his wife, Lorraine, of Holland, Nancy Pelletier and her husband, John, of North Troy, Diana Kenney of Derby, Gloria Willis of Newport Center, Sally Tice of Derby, Debra Shepard and her husband, Craig, of Holland, and Lorraine Griffin and her husband, Randy, of Morgan.

She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; and by several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Marion Tice of Derby; her brothers-in-law: Robert Tice and his wife, Joan, of Derby, and Earl Tice of Holland; and by several special close friends; her card playing friends and gambling crew.

She was predeceased by her son Maurice Tice Jr. in 2013; and by her granddaughter Jessica Lewis in 2016. She is also predeceased by her siblings: Allen, Robert, Kenneth, Raymond, Harold, and John Lucas Jr., Betty Theberge, Lillian Labounty, Bertha Pepin, Roberta Lundy, Doris Gray, Mary Harvey, and Helen Patrick.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland. 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 shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Theodore F. Zahne

Theodore “Ted” F. Zahne, 59, of Barton, died suddenly at his home on November 20, 2017.

He was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He was the beloved son of Ted and Bonnie Zahne and the oldest of seven loving siblings: Rose Zahne (deceased), Fran Macaluso, Chris Zahne, Greg Zahne, Mary Hansen, Billy Zahne; cherished uncle of Bonnie and Johnny Macaluso, Ivonna, Bonnie, and Kevin Zahne, Abby Zahne, Rose and Kate Hansen, and “Richie.” He so loved, and in return was so loved by, his nieces and nephews as he was “the biggest kid of them all.” He will also be sadly missed by his in-laws: John, Ilona, Rob, Yvonne, and Sue; as well as many cousins and friends.

Mr. Zahne was an avid reader and a self-taught computer enthusiast. He was particularly fond of the Adobe suite and created and shared many of his “visions” — some in jest and others in seriousness. He spent most of his life in New Jersey but moved to his beloved Northeast Kingdom over ten years ago to search for solace after the passing of his dad, “Doc.” He was happy to help with the care of his good friend, Butch Rash, for the last few years. He had a kind heart and a silly spirit. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral service was held on November 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton. The Reverend Timothy Naples officiated the service.

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

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Obituaries November 22, 2017

George Henry Kern

The Reverend George Henry Kern, 95, of Pennsville, New Jersey, died peacefully on November 9, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family.

The Reverend Kern was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, on February 24, 1922.

He is survived by his devoted children: William of Gibbstown, New Jersey, Robert and his wife, Cynthia, of Delaware, and Robin, and his wife, Carmen, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was a loving grandfather to Allyson, Donovan, Sawyer, Renee, and Sean; and an adoring great-grandfather to five.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy Hunt Kern, in 2014. His grandson Michael also predeceased him in 2007.

The Reverend Kern served the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston, from 1986 to 1993. He and Mrs. Kern lived in Morgan, on beautiful Lake Seymour, from 1978 to 1996, where they enjoyed many years of snowmobiling, boating, square dancing, and numerous church activities. From 1996 to 2006, they split their time between Woodbury, and Ocala, Florida. The Reverend and Mrs. Kern cherished their many lifelong friends they made along the way.

Prior to moving to Vermont full time, they resided in Gibbstown and Pennsville, New Jersey. He worked for the DuPont Company at the Deepwater Plant AZO Area for 34 years. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Gibbstown Fire Department and served 15 years on the Gibbstown Board of Education. The Reverend Kern also served as an associate pastor and on the board for Clonmell Methodist Church and on the Gibbstown Library Board.

A graveside service will be held for both the Reverend and Mrs. Kern at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Clonmell Methodist Church or Arc of Gloucester County. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.

 

Leo E. Menard

Leo E. Menard, 82, of Middlefield, Connecticut, beloved husband of Sharlene P. (Hartford) Menard, died peacefully on October 26, 2017, at Hartford Hospital.

He was born in Craftsbury, a son of the late George and Diana (Boulais) Menard. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army. He retired after many years from Frenchie’s Auto Body.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene; children: Anne Olszewski and her husband, Patrick, of Middlefield, Patricia Angello and her husband, Gary, of Middlefield, Timothy Menard of Oregon, Phillip Menard of California, Maureen Byron and her husband, Bruce, of Kentucky, and Thomas Menard of Middletown; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by five brothers and six sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother.

Mr. Menard was very involved in his church. He was a Eucharistic minister and for many years brought communion and comfort to St. Colman parishioners. He loved his flowers and woodworking. His favorite pastimes were his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on October 30 in Connecticut. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Middlefield Fire Department, care of Middlesex County Community Foundation, 211 South Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.

To share memories or express condolences online, please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.

 

Dale S. Woods Sr.

Dale S. Woods Sr., 87, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Woods was a U.S Navy veteran. He was born, raised, and died a native Vermonter. He was retired from the state of Vermont.

He loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. He coached Little League baseball for many years; many kids remembered him for that. He was president of the coin club for many years as well as on the board of directors at the Newport Country Club. He was an avid collector of historical and antique postcards of Newport and the Northeast Kingdom.

He was predeceased by his mother, Addie, in 2008.

He leaves three sons: Dale Jr. and Judy Woods of Bristol, Jon and Jennifer Woods of Essex, and Peter Woods of Newport. He also leaves three grandchildren: Seneca Woods of San Diego, California, Lance and Nicky Woods of St. Johnsbury, and Daniel Woods of South Burlington. He had one adorable great-granddaughter, Lucy Woods, of St. Johnsbury.

Try to remember Mr. Woods for who he was before Alzheimer’s disease stole all his memories. He loved giving back to the community he spent his entire life in. He will be missed by many.

Rest in peace, Dad, wish his boys: Dale Jr., Jon, and Peter.

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Obituaries November 15, 2017

Cynthia C. Hall

Cynthia C. Hall, 85, of Newport, wife of Richard M. Hall, died on November 10, 2017, in Newport.

She was born in Newport on October 3, 1932, the daughter of Jay and Gladys (McCauley) Carr.

Mrs. Hall was a graduate of Green Mountain College. She was administrative assistant to the medical director of Mary Fletcher Hospital and to the chairman of the department of medicine at the medical college of the University of Vermont. She was accredited as a registered medical records administrator.

She had many happy years living and working with her family on their Christmas tree farm in Derby.

In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by daughters: Cynthia of West Newbury, and Emilie of Newbury. Also surviving are her cousins: Carroll Huntington of Holland Patent, New York, and Celine McCauley of South Burlington.

There will be no calling hours. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. The family would appreciate letters of memory in lieu of flowers.

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

 

Lionel Lasseigne

Lionel “Larry” Lasseigne, 93, of Wells River died on November 9, 2017, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 21, 1924, a son of Albert Andrew and Sophie Josephine (Miller) Lasseigne. He went to elementary and high school in Witchita, Texas, and later moved to Venice, California. Mr. Lasseigne served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from May 24, 1943, to October 27, 1945. He entered the service as an armor nose gunner on a B-24, based in southern Italy. He was a nose gunner on the lead ship of his squadron. He flew 39 missions with some of them being hazardous missions. He received the Air Medal and four Battle Stars. After leaving the service, he worked as a land surveyor for 16 years for the city of Los Angeles Water and Power Company.

Mr. Lasseigne met Luella Leeper in 1949 and they married March 31, 1951. He was a communicant of St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Wells River and a Wells River Village Trustee for many years.

He was predeceased by his son, Lawrence Joseph Lasseigne in 2000; his mother, Sophie Josephine (Miller) Lasseigne; his father, Albert Andrew Lasseigne; and a brother, Albert Charles Lasseigne.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Luella “Lue” Lasseigne of Wells River; two daughters: Teresa Westbrook and her husband, Richard, of Brunswick, Georgia, and Annette Parenteau and her husband, Gerard, of Westmore; his son Jon Lasseigne and his wife, Lori, of Wheelock; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Wells River.

Burial will be at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cottage Hospital, Hospice Program, 90 Swiftwater Road, Woodsville, New Hampshire 03785.

For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com.

 

George E. Wood

George E. Wood of Binghamton, New York, died on October 20, 2017.

He was born in Newport on January 30, 1952.

His mother was Mary Wood and his father was George Wood. He was predeceased by both of his parents. He was also predeceased by his two sisters: Barbara Ross and Marion Wood.

He is survived by two sisters: Charlotte Vinal and Caroline Dopp and her husband, Larry, all of Newport; and by his brother Charles Sargent of Webster, Massachusetts. He also leaves an aunt and many nieces and nephews.

He had a good sense of humor and liked to joke around. He loved his motorcycles, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and playing cribbage with his friends.

His family says he will be missed a lot, and they love him.

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Obituaries November 8, 2017

Rita Helen (Lamarche) Brown

Rita Helen (Lamarche) Brown, 69, died on October 30, 2017, at her home in Colchester.

She was born on June 2, 1948, a daughter of the late Laurier and Flora (Robillard) Lamarche. She graduated from Orleans High School, class of 1966. She moved to Burlington to work at the Howard Bank where she met her future husband, Gary Herman Brown. She then began work at the Fanny Allen Hospital. Upon losing her husband to leukemia on November 28, 1980, she found employment at Essex High School in 1981, so that she could enjoy summers and school vacations with her daughter. She loved her job at the high school and was there for 36 years. In fact, she was hoping to retire this past June.

Ms. Brown was diagnosed in March with a rare form of cancer and courageously fought through for seven months. Most recently, she suffered several strokes and died peacefully while at home under hospice care. She was surrounded by her very loving and devoted family who will miss her tremendously.

She enjoyed celebrating each and every milestone with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. She loved to attend each and every school and church event, including concerts, dance recitals, soccer, baseball and basketball games, as well as anything in between. In her spare time, her passions also included shopping, traveling, craft shows, movies, dinners with friends, and family reunions where she played a mean game of dominos and a card game called cuckoo. She loved to support all those in need by way of sending cards, making food, and supporting everyone whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her daughter Wendy Colgrove and her husband, Mark; three brothers: Ronald Lamarche and his wife, Yvette, Maurice Lamarche and his wife, Betty, and Raymond Lamarche and his wife, Janine; her sister Lorraine Webster and her husband, Eugene; her aunt Janine Robillard; three grandchildren: Corinne, Nathan, and Thomas Colgrove; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home Essex Chapel, located at 57 Main Street in Essex Junction. Funeral services will be held at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road in Essex Junction on Saturday, November 11, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jim Wilkens officiating. Burial will follow starting at 2 p.m. in the family plot in Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg.

Memorial contributions in Ms. Brown’s memory may be made to Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452; or Friends of Colchester Music in care of Mary Fran Holly, 121 Buckingham Drive, Colchester, Vermont 05446. Please make checks payable to FCM.

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

William C. Coe

William C. Coe, 88, of Craftsbury Common, died peacefully, while surrounded by family, on October 30, 2017.

The son of the late William B. Coe and Margurite Habersang Coe, “Bill” was born on February 5, 1929, in Durham, Connecticut, where he spent most of his life. His early years were spent loving and working on the Coe Brothers Farm alongside his father, uncles, foster brother, and cousins. He developed a lifelong regard for the land and the gifts it brought.

Mr. Coe graduated from Durham High School in 1947. He married his beloved wife of 55 years, Marjorie Loring Coe, on October 20, 1951, following her graduation as a registered nurse from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing.

He is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Loring Coe; his stepmother Lillian C. Coe; his foster brother Joseph Downes; and his cousins Robert and Edward Coe.

He is survived by his loving daughter Barbara Coe Mutrux; his son-in-law Wayne Mutrux; and his two cherished grandchildren: Micah Coe Mutrux and Sarah Anne Mutrux, all of Vermont; and his nieces and nephews.

After the sale of Coe Brothers Farm in 1957, Mr. Coe began a lifelong career with the Middletown Savings Bank in 1958. He contributed his time to the Durham Volunteer Fire Department and the Durham Fair Association, and he was a member of the Durham Grange and various civic organizations while continuing to enjoy fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He and his wife moved to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, when the Middletown Savings Bank, later Liberty Bank, opened a branch office there. When he and his wife retired, they began to travel and loved bringing their grandchildren to numerous national parks. They settled in Myrtle Beach in 1995 for most of their retirement, making new friends, always keeping old friends near and dear.

In 2016, he moved to Craftsbury Common to be with his daughter and her family. They enjoyed a weeklong reunion with his lifelong friend, Bob Hall, of Durham. This very special time was his final gift to his loving family.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 10, at 1 p.m., at the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mr. Coe’s name may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or at craftsburycommunitycarecenter.org/annual-appeal; or to any nonprofit organization.

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

 

Phyllis E. Page

Phyllis E. Page, 85, of Holland, died on November 3, 2017 in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on October 6, 1932, in Florence, Massachusetts, to Nels and Ethel (Dickinson) Gustafson. On September 9, 1957, she married Herbert DeGray who predeceased her in 1985. On December 17, 1988, she married Floyd Page who also predeceased her. She graduated from North Hampton High School in the class of 1950.

Mrs. Page was employed by the Springfield Rifle Company in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the clerical department for ten years.

She held memberships with the Florence Congregational Church in Massachusetts and attended Holland Community Church in Vermont. She enjoyed painting, watching NASCAR (she was a Tony Stewart fan), and she was an avid New England Patriots fan.

She is survived by her niece Lillian Campbell of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her great-nephew Daniel Campbell also of Holyoke; and by several other cousins in South Carolina and Florida. She is also survived by her dear friends: Lorraine Tice and her husband, Terry, of Holland; and by their children: Paul and Carolyn Tice of Milton, and Mark and Lee Tice of East Dummerston.

She was predeceased by her sister Christine Cunliffe.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, at the Spring Grove Cemetery in North Hampton, Massachusetts, with the Reverend Janet Champagne-Forbes officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Andrea Rita Robert

Andrea Rita Robert, 86, of Derby, died peacefully on October 30, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Care Center in Newport.

She was born on October 31, 1930, in South Troy, a daughter of Omer and Maria (Halde) Poutre.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1947. She was a nurses’ aide for North Country Hospital, a seamstress at Slalom Ski USA, and more recently, a caregiver for the elderly.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, dancing, and playing bingo and cribbage. She was a devoted grandmother.

Mrs. Robert held memberships with American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 of Newport and Daughters of Isabella.

On September 14, 1952, she married Roland “Pete” Robert, who predeceased her on March 21, 2017.

She is survived by her daughters: Linda Stone and her husband, Rodney, of Irasburg, and Carol Robert and her husband, Matthew McIntyre, of Enfield, New Hampshire; her son Steven Robert and his wife, Denise, of Newport; her daughter in-law Brenda Robert of Derby; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law Lawrence Robert and his wife, Bea, of Huma, Arizona; her sisters-in-law: Doris Bent and her husband, Norman, of Orleans, and Rachel Yeaton and her husband, Dean, of Plymouth, New Hampshire; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved son Michael Robert in 2009; and by her brothers: Laurent and John Poutre, her sisters: Henrietta Flanders, Gabrielle Boudreau, and Sister Simone, Estelle, and Germaine Poutre.

The family thanks the nurses, staff, and caregivers at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for their amazing care and attention given to Mrs. Robert during her short stay.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital Renal Dialysis, in care of Wendy Franklin, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

A Mass was celebrated on November 4, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

 

Charles J. Roth

Charles J. Roth, 75, died peacefully at his home in Island Pond on November 3, 2017.

He was the loving husband of Linda (Olah) Roth to whom he was married 42 years.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of Charles Roth Jr. and Anna (Pazsik) Roth, he was a resident of Vermont for 44 years and was proud to call Island Pond home for 32 years.

He grew up involved in his family’s greenhouses, the beginning of a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. A graduate of Delaware Valley College, he earned a degree in ornamental horticulture. Later in life he enjoyed being a steward of his property in Vermont, raising polled Herefords and improving habitat, including planting countless oak trees.

Early in his life, Mr. Roth volunteered for military service in the Army during the Vietnam era. Thereafter he taught agriculture at the high school level. He was published in two national publications, Full Cry and American Cooner. His primary career was with the postal service where he served 31 years as postmaster. He was particularly proud to have had 14 of his charges go on to become postmasters. He was a longstanding member of numerous organizations, including the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post #80, and Vermont Houndsman, where he had served as vice-president.

Outside his professional career, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming. Having been a college wrestler and football player, he would later become active in youth sports as a coach and sponsor. He maintained a friendship with Bill Wilson for 38 years. He was a fan of Big Bill baseball in Quebec and Florida Institute of Technology sports. His enjoyment of all his activities was magnified by sharing them with his family and close friends, to whom he was a steadfast and loyal supporter and leader. This was most evident when gathered for one of his fondest interests, to sit at the table and share a good meal, thoughts, and stories.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his one daughter Emily Roth of Newport; two sons: Charles Roth and his wife, Carolyn, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Adam Roth of Newport; and his grandchildren: Addison Abbott, Charlie Roth, Benjamin Roth, and Andrew Roth; three cousins: Carol Palmos and her husband, George, Barbara Zehner, and Tom Pazsik and his wife, Mary Anne; his brother-in-law Al Olah and his wife, Donna; and two lifelong friends: Bruce Palmer of Jupiter, Florida and William Pinque of Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 9. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution would be welcomed for the American Legion Brighton Post #80 at P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

 

George David Thompson

George David Thompson, 84, of Newport, died suddenly on October 25, 2017, at his home.

He was born on March 11, 1933, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to George and Doreen (Kingscott) Thompson. On April 30, 2015 he married Judi Littleton who survives him.

During his lifetime, he proudly served in the Canadian Army during the Korean War era. Upon his discharge he continued to use his military service training as an electronics specialist and service technician, then later as a licensed electrician employed in commercial and industrial plant maintenance. He held membership with the Canadian Limber Gunner’s Association and was an honorary lifetime member of the Seventh Toronto Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery. He had recently completed the full restoration of a 1942 World War II army jeep, which he proudly and affectionately displayed as a tribute to the World War II and Korean War veterans of both Canada and the United States. He was a proud life-member of the National Rifle Association and a fond participant in the shooting sports. He was warmly regarded by all who knew him, and affectionately admired by those close to him. He was so very much a loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Judi Thompson, of Burleson, Texas; a loving daughter Peggy Garrett and son Brian Thompson, and their families, of Weatherford, Texas, and Newport, respectively. He is also survived by three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Melvin Thompson.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sybil Burnham Wolff

Beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, Sybil Burnham Wolff, age 88, died on October 31, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

She was a devout Christian and a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. She was active in the St. Andrews Mission Commission and volunteered at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. She was a trained water safety instructor and avid supporter of the AAU swimming program of San Antonio from 1960 through 1969.

Mrs. Wolff was born in Glover on February 7, 1929, and has family in the Barton area. She is a Daughter of the American Revolution. She loved to travel and never met a stranger. She loved to serve at the church.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Colonel Richard C. Wolff, M.D., retired; their sons: Eric C. Wolff and Richard D. Wolff; her six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and her sister Beverly Ann Brogan; along with many wonderful nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Mary Zulewski; and her grandson Stevie C. Ince Jr.

Services were held on November 4 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio. A private interment was held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Women at the Well and/or Agape Ministries. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.porterloring.com.

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Obituaries November 1, 2017

Charles Frederick (Williamson) Allen

Charles Frederick (Williamson) Allen, 75, of North Troy, died peacefully on October 24, 2017, with his loving wife, who gracefully cared for him through several years of health challenges, by his side.

Mr. Allen was born on December 18, 1941, to Charles and Donaldine (Carter) Allen. He grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts, and was a 1961 graduate of Scituate High School. He was a competitive wrestler and football player. He attended Lyndon State College. After college, he did practice teaching at Derby Academy in Derby, and was an assistant wrestling coach. From there, he went on to earn his associate’s degree in engineering at the University of Vermont.

Mr. Allen’s early career was spent working as a surveyor for the Vermont Highway Department. He also worked in numerous men’s clothing stores: namely Frederick’s, of Newport; Yale Genton Men’s Clothing of Springfield, Massachusetts; and Steigers, also of Springfield. He was the buildings and grounds director at Wilbraham Munson Academy in Wibraham, Massachusetts.

He married the love of his life, Nancy (Parmenter) Allen, on June 23, 1979. With the marriage, they brought love for one another’s children. Mr. Allen loved sports and was a passionate and lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. His hobbies included gardening, drawing and painting, and reading. He also dabbled in carpentry. His unrelenting faith in God served as an example and strength for all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Nancy; along with their children: Kelley Soland and her husband, Terry, of Altoona, Wisconsin, Tracy Stankus and her husband, Joe, of Holden, Massachusetts, Julie Allen of Ustes, Florida, Cathryn Ste. Marie and her husband, Peter, of North Troy, and David Judd of North Troy; his sister Linda Kirk and her husband, Richard “Skip,” of Tewksbury, Massachusetts; his brothers: James Allen and his wife, Carol, of Tennessee, and David Allen and his wife, Cindy, of Florida; fifteen grandchildren: Emily Judd, David Judd Jr., Alexandria Judd, Peter Ste. Marie, Deana Ste. Marie, Nicole Fletcher, Benjamin Ste. Marie, Katie Ste. Marie, Noah Ste. Marie, Lydia Ste. Marie, Ray Perry, Sonya Perry, Randy Allen, Carissa Bautz, Mark Perry, and Jessica Hutchinson; twelve great-grandchildren; and many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Donaldine (Carter) Allen, of Galax, Virginia; and his brother John Allen of Key West, Florida.

A funeral service was held on October 29 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed at the North Troy Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Allen’s name may be made to his favorite Christian radio station: WJSY-LP FM 96.1, P.O. Box 1043, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Charlotte Brousseau

Charlotte Brousseau, 83, of Cold Hill Road in Lyndonville, formerly of Concord and Irasburg, died on October 24, 2017, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Christmas Eve in 1933, in Concord, to Edward and Ellen (Patridge) Stuart. She was raised and educated in Concord, graduating from Concord High School in 1952. On September 29, 1956, she married Raymond Joseph Brousseau. Mr. and Mrs. Brousseau remodeled a one-room schoolhouse in Irasburg, turning it into their family home of 40 years.

Mrs. Brousseau worked as a homemaker and a part-time cook while she raised her three sons. When they were older, she went to work at the cabinetry department at Ethan Allen in Orleans. After retirement, she traveled with Mr. Brousseau out west and across the country in their mobile home. In 2009 she moved into her son’s home in Lyndonville, where four generations lived under one roof. In 2014, after 58 years of marriage, Mrs. Brousseau lost her husband, Ray.

She enjoyed cooking, but especially loved to bake. She also liked camping, bluegrass music, crocheting, and spoiling her great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons: Richard of Glens Falls, New York, David and his wife, Deborah, of Lyndonville, and Mitchell and his wife, Dawn, of North Troy; two sisters: Madeline Beagle of Concord, and Doris Houghton and her husband, Raymond, of Concord; seven grandchildren: Eric, Shane, Kaylin, Adam, Matthew, Kelley, and Kari; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Brousseau; her sister, Thelma Olden; and her grandson, Patrick.

Services, officiated by Father Bernard Gaudreau, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 3, at Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury. Burial will follow immediately at Concord Cemetery in Concord. There will be no calling hours.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Richard Clayton Brown

Richard “Dick” Clayton Brown, 83, died on October 26, 2017. He was a resident of Hardyville, Virginia, born on March 25, 1934, in Derby, the second son of the late Horace Stuart and Charlena Etta (Brooks) Brown.

He attended school in Barton Academy. Upon earning a bachelor of science degree at the University of Vermont, he started work at the Social Security Administration (SSA). He was drafted into the U.S. Army three weeks later in 1956. Later he returned to the SSA to become a computer analyst, manager, etc., retiring after 33 years of service. His interests were many: the love of animals; horticulture; volunteering at Junction, Inc. (a drug and alcohol abuse treatment program) in Westminster, Maryland, in the seventies — which included taking a young man into his home for rehab — Hands Across Middlesex, and the Lions later in life.

Originally from New England, he was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, who had a passion for genealogy. He dedicated decades toward research. He was a true family man with the utmost integrity and honesty. He was the rock of his family and loved them, including his extended families in Florida, Montana, Vermont, and Washington and would help anyone in need.

He was predeceased in death by younger brother Philip Arnold Brown of Glover.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cecile Ann (Montminy) Brown; his daughter Beth Ellen Brown of Hayes, Virginia; his son Craig Richard Brown of Buford, Georgia, and his wife, Jennifer Susan (Bell) Brown; grandchildren Emma Sharlene Brown and Ethan Philip Brown; elder brother Horace Stuart Brown Jr.; sisters Janet Elfrieda (Brown) Hagerlin and Sara Dawn (Brown) Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Faulkner Funeral Homes Bristow-Faulkner Chapel located in Saluda, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, Virginia 23043 and the Wounded Warrior Project charity, to which Mr. Brown contributed. https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate. “It’s not about the war; it’s about the warrior.”

 

Daniel Cote

Daniel Cote, 56, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, died on September 27, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his mother Suzanne, formerly of Newport; his daughter Melissa; his sisters: Helene and Micheline; his brothers: Alain, Denis, Robert, and Rejean; and his grandchildren: Jacob, Kylie, Emma, and Chloe. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His brother Rene predeceased him in 2005.

To cherish Mr. Cote’s memory, his family held a celebration of life on October 28, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, officiated by Father Rijo Johnson, to accompany him to his final resting place.

His family wishes to thank all family members and friends for their sympathy. Donations in Mr. Cote’s memory can be made to cancer research.

 

Madeline (Amyot) Descheneau

Madeline (Amyot) Descheneau, 86, a resident of Belchertown, Massachusetts, for over 21 years, died on October 26, 2017, at her home surrounded by her devoted son Joseph and daughter-in-law, Carole.

She was a loving wife of the late Ernest Descheneau.

She was born September 1, 1931, in Brownington to the late Louis and Ellena (Dube) Amyot. She grew up and lived in Brownington before moving to Chicopee, Massachusetts, in 1948. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Westvaco U.S. Envelope for over 42 years.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Elizabeth church in Ludlow. She was a devoted wife, mother, and loving meme to her three grandchildren and two great granddaughters. She will be deeply missed by her son Joseph Richard Sr. and his wife, Carole, and their children Joseph Richard Jr., Sarah Richard, and Jenna-Nicole Richard; two great-granddaughters Amber and Scarlette; her sister Judith Morse; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Descheneau was predeceased by her sister Gervaise Descheneax; and two brothers: Roland and Andrew Amyot.

Her family received relatives and friends for calling hours on October 30 at the Ludlow Funeral Home. That was followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Church.

Burial followed in Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Systems Atrophy Foundation at www.multiplesystematrophy.org.

For further information, please visit [email protected].

 

Eva E. Quijano Fearino

Eva E. Quijano Fearino, 71, of Derby and Morgan, died on October 21, 2017.

She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a daughter of Nicaslo and Esperanza (Deriberprey) Quijano on January 5, 1946.

She was a licensed practical nurse who enjoyed taking care of patients. She was a member of the Cars of Yesteryear club and enjoyed horseback riding, painting, and gardening.

She is survived by her sons: Phillip Quijano and his wife, Michelle, Kenneth Fearino and his wife, Jacqueline, and Robert Fearino; and her grandchildren: Alexander, Shawn, Benjamin, and Phillip Anthony.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband, Salvatore Fearino.

A funeral service was held on October 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.

Should friend’s desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Fearino’s name to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, P.O. Box 355, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05030.

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

 

Maurice Tunney Ingalls

The family of Maurice Tunney “Mort” Ingalls wish to let our friends and family know that he sadly died on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2017, at the age of 91.

He was born on his family farm in East Albany to Harlow and Ora (Decker) Ingalls on September 27, 1926. Life on the family homestead was hard during the Great Depression but became even tougher when at the age of two, his father died from pneumonia with his mother also being two months pregnant with six other children at home.

Through hard work and sticking together, the family survived.

When World War II broke out, and on his seventeenth birthday, with his mother’s permission, Mr. Ingalls enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the USS Sturtevant (DD-240) with the responsibility of escorting and defending merchant ships from marauding German U-boats as they were convoying across the North Atlantic to Europe. Just a year later, when he turned 18, he was already on his twenty-second crossing. During his time at sea, their protection ensured that no ships were ever lost.

Mr. Ingalls was honorably discharged at war’s end and returned home to his loving wife, Earlah Elaine “Ruth” Farr Ingalls. For about seven years he worked on various farms, including the farm of Allen Nelson.

In 1952 he re-enlisted in the Navy for four more years and proudly served in the Korean War.

Throughout his service of country and his career in construction, Mr. Ingalls always had the devoted love of his wife, Ruth. Even when unthinkable tragedy struck, when they lost four daughters to the terrible disease cystic fibrosis, Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls’ love persevered for nearly 70 years — surely helped by knowing that they had a healthy, loyal son Bill.

Sadly Mr. Ingalls was predeceased by his wife, Ruth; his four daughters: Mary Lyn, Susan, Paula and Deborah: as well as his parents; two brothers: Richard and Pat; and four sisters: Helen, Fern, Arlene and Alfa.

He is survived by his brother Harlow; his son Bill and his wife, Toni; his grandsons: Jesse and his wife, Sally, Russell and his fiancé, Deb, Keith and his wife, Mimi, Kevin and his wife, Trisha, Adam Kipp, and his granddaughter Amy Blaise. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Taylor and Ella Blaise, Adison, Dashiel, and Daniel Kipp, Skylar Randall, Jonathan, Blake, and Sophia Ingalls, and Indira Needham Castro.

Mr. Ingalls was an avid bingo fan, loved playing cribbage and, when younger, enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He will always be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.

He also had lifelong memberships to the VFW, American Legion and DAV.

Funeral services were held on October 31 at the Irasburg United Church on the common with the burial at the Albany cemetery immediately following the service.

Online condolences are at curtis-britch.com.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063.

 

Diana Lee Kahlstrom

Diana Lee Kahlstrom died peacefully at her home in Newport on October 26, 2017, with friends and family by her side. She was 66.

She was born on July 24, 1951, in Orleans, to Arvid Willard Edgar and Maybelle (Rowell) Kahlstrom.

Ms. Kahlstrom loved family gatherings with Connie and Leonard Bowen who loved her and will miss her very much. She enjoyed rides in the country and her room that was just off the kitchen where she could always be part of the action. She was feisty, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved loud bluegrass music. She was delighted to hold the family grandbaby, Marshall, and enjoyed playing with Duke the hound dog, who also appreciated her company. She had an infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes.

She is survived by her mother, Maybelle; and her sister, Kathy, who loved and cherished her. She was predeceased by her father Arvid; and her brother, Arvid.

There will be a family gathering to remember Ms. Kahlstrom at the Bowen Family residence in Derby. Donations in her memory may be sent to the National PKU Alliance, P.O. Box 501, Tomahawk, Wisconsin 54487.

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

 

William T. Smith

William T. Smith, 69, of Brownington, died suddenly on October 25, 2017, in Newport with family by his side.

He was born on March 2, 1948, in East Burke, to Franz and Jetta (Ramsey) Smith. He graduated from Newport Academy in 1966 and attended college at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He entered the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his love, Connie McCoy, of Brownington; by his loving daughters: Krista J. Miner and her husband, Chris, of Newport, and Karrie Briggs of Newport. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren: Stephanie Miner and Aiden Briggs; and his devoted sister Jetta Grant and her husband, James, of Virginia, and their children. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, and Timothy Marckres and his wife, Angel; and all of their children.

He is predeceased by his parents, Jetta and Franz; and his sister Toni Smith.

Mr. Smith enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, gardening, traveling, hiking, kayaking, taking care of his chickens, and being with family. He was a Marine through and through and took pride in his veteran status. He held memberships with the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alfred Pepin Post #79

A graveside service with full military honors was held on October 31 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Toni M. Smith Scholarship Fund, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Florida Elise Brodeur

Florida Elise Brodeur, 96, of Daytona Beach, Florida, and formerly of Newport, died on October 18, 2017.

She was born on March 24, 1921 in St. Dominique, Quebec, the daughter of the late Stanislaus and Rose Alba (Coderre) Gosselin. She attended Sacred Heart School in Newport.

On July 6, 1939, she married Adelard Brodeur who predeceased her in April 1970.

She is survived by her children: Simone Brodeur of Bennington, Claire Pouliot and her husband, Maurice, of Newport, Claude Brodeur and his wife, Nancy, of Malta, New York, and Dennis Brodeur and his wife, Mina, of Bennington; by her grandchildren: John Pouliot and his wife, Rochelle, of Medway, Massachusetts, Ron Pouliot and his wife, Brooke, of Essex Junction, Sarah Zink of Columbus, Ohio, and Bethany Frost and her husband, Clenn, of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania; by a great-grandson Spencer Pouliot of Medway; and by a sister-in-law Marcelle Gosselin of Newport. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Laurent, Louis, George, Paul, Leon, Edward, Albert, Mathias Gosselin, Irene Morin, Antoinette Lussier, and Blanche Boudreau.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Monday, October 30, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

 

Robert Joseph Cadieux

Robert Joseph Cadieux, 73, of North Troy, died peacefully at his home on October 22, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer.

Born on November 28, 1943, to Roland and Avis (Archer) Cadieux, who both predeceased him, he grew up and spent most of his life in North Troy. He graduated from North Troy High School in 1962. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Lucille Laura (Choquette) Cadieux, on May 9, 1964.

Mr. Cadieux’s early career was spent working for various wood manufacturing companies in New York, Iowa, and Vermont. He spent 11 years as the waste management operator for the village of North Troy and then worked ten years as the waste management operator for Wyeth Nutritional, Inc. in Georgia, Vermont, where he retired in 1999.

During his early retirement, Mr. Cadieux enjoyed working part time at Ben and Jerry’s in St. Albans. He loved sports and was a passionate and lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. His hobbies included gardening, bee keeping, baking, and especially traveling. He was fortunate enough to travel throughout most of the United States including Alaska, California, Washington, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, and also enjoyed trips into Mexico and Canada. He always looked forward to his yearly pilgrimage to New York to fish, pick apples, tour wineries, and, on occasion, visit a casino.

Mr. Cadieux is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lucille; along with his four children: Tina Derck and her husband, Harry, of Hemet, California, Vikki Draper and her husband, Todd, of Eagle River, Alaska, Daren Cadieux of North Troy, and Shawn Cadieux and his wife, Patti Bean, of Beebe Plain; six grandchildren: Joshua Draper, Ethan Draper, Dorothy-Anne Derck, Harry Derck III, Robert Derck, and Mikayla Cadieux; one great-granddaughter Lilian Derck; three sisters: Joanne Young of North Troy, Patti Dumont of North Troy, and Judith Wright of Plymouth, Massachusetts; two brothers: Richard Cadieux and his wife, Laurel, of Derby, and Roland Cadieux Jr. of Westfield; and many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at the North Troy Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to North Troy Village Cemetery, in care of Gloria Willis, 783 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, Massachusetts 02284-9168.

Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at http://www.curtis-britch.com.

 

John Ferrara

John Ferrara, 86, of Westfield, died peacefully on October 20, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his son, John; his two grandchildren: Abby and Evan; and his brother, Thomas, and his wife, Nina, of Port Washington, New York.

Out of respect for Mr. Ferrara’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. After cremation, he will be interred at a private family service in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The NRA Foundation, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.

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

 

Cecile M. Quirion

Cecile M. Quirion, 90, of Derby, died peacefully on October 20, 2017, in Derby.

She was born on April 11, 1927, in Waterville, Quebec, to Pierre and Helene (Beaudoin) Bessette. On July 1, 1950, she married Herve Quirion who predeceased her in 1965.

Mrs. Quirion had worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed playing the piano, organ, and accordion. She loved all family gatherings, knitting, and crocheting. She was a very social person and enjoyed going out with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Lisa Quirion of Newport, Danielle Austin and her husband, Keith, of West Charleston, Rocky Quirion of Newport, and Yvon Quirion of Granby. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three sisters; and four brothers, all of Canada; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Peter Quirion in 1985 and Gilles Quirion in 2012.

A private family service will be held. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

Jude K. Smith

Jude K. Smith, 80, of Irasburg, died on October 17, 2017, at his home.

He was born on January 19, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York. In December 1976 he married Ursula N. McManus who survives him.

Together they owned and operated the Snowline Lodge in Jay for 26 years. Prior to their settling in Jay, he served in the military for 26 years. Major Smith was with special forces in Vietnam, and served several years in Germany and Korea. He was especially proud to be selected as the field artillery coordinating officer for the 2/75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was a Ranger, a soldier, and loved his country.

Mr. Smith was a longtime member of the Rotary Club where he was past president. He was also a member of the Newport Country Club and American Legion Post #28.

He taught at Community College of Vermont for 15 years, and he was an assistant football coach under Cy Benson and Bob Davis at North Country Union High School. He also was a former member of the Jay zoning board.

He is survived by his wife Ursula Smith of Irasburg; by his children: Christopher McManus and his wife, Bobbie Joe, of Barton, Lars McManus and his longtime companion, Rachael Levine O’Donnell, of North Troy and Colchester, and Debra Selcke and her husband, Larry, of Minnetonka, Minnesota; his grandchildren: Bailey McManus, Trevor Miller, and Taylor, Reade, Zack, and Cole Selcke; his brother Frank “Skip” Smith and his wife, Susan, of Boynton Beach, Florida; his sisters: Sharon and her husband, Pete Clarkin, of Virginia and North Carolina, Maureen Burns and her husband, Edward, of New Jersey, and Ivah Betros and her husband, Kenny, of Pennsylvania; his sister-in-law Christine Kruempel of Germany; his brother-in-law Gebhard Noeth and his wife, Waltraud, of Germany; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank Smith Sr. and Margareta Flood-Smith; and also by his grandson Nicholas Miller on July 29, 2017.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Newport Rotary Veterans Fund in care of Patsy Tompkins, P.O. Box 166, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A celebration of life will be held at the North Troy American Legion Post from 1 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 5. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Wesly Allen Warren

Wesly Allen Warren, 25, died tragically at his home in Craftsbury Common on October 20, 2017, after suffering with depression.

Born on October 9, 1992, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Mr. Warren graduated from Craftsbury Academy with high honors in 2011. In 2015, he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications technology at New England School of Communications/Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Afterwards, for about a year, he worked at White River Toyota, taking photographs. He then found a job at Telefunken in Windsor, Connecticut, which he loved doing, working with his friends Kyle, Ryan, and Toni. He was looking forward to the sound studio being built soon.

Mr. Warren is survived by his loving parents, Patrick and Michelle Warren, of Craftsbury Common; his grandmothers Beryl Sweatt of Craftsbury Common and Carol Peebles of Perkinsville; and his aunt Melissa Currier of Cavendish. He also leaves many cousins and great aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers: Ron Holden, John Peebles and Allen Sweatt. He was also predeceased by a special cousin Stephen Wiley.

Mr. Warren had a passion for playing and listening to music. He enjoyed playing baseball and soccer in school. He also enjoyed playing video games with his best friend, Kyle. He was the light and joy of his family’s lives.

“We will miss him deeply with all of our hearts,” they said. “He will live on forever with us.”

A service to honor his life will be held at the United Church of Craftsbury on Saturday, October 28, at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards downstairs.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wesly Warren Memorial Fund. The purpose of this fund, through the Union Bank, will be to create a system of support for young people with depression.

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

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Obituaries October 18, 2017

Effie M. (Hall) Brown

Effie Mae (Hall) Brown, 82, formerly of Barton, died peacefully after a period of failing health on October 12, 2017, in Loudon, New Hampshire.

One of 14 children, she was the daughter of William V. and Shirley E. (Hunt) Hall. She was born on February 2, 1935, in Barton. She attended school in Westmore and Barton.

After moving to Boscawen, New Hampshire, she married and raised six children. She worked for 28 and one-half years at Beede’s Electric in Penacook, New Hampshire, where she retired in 2000.

Mrs. Brown enjoyed reading, playing bingo, and attending country music concerts, but most of all her passion was racing. In the late ’50s and early ’60s she raced six-cylinder cars at Bryar Motorsport Park, now New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon and Pine Speedway in Rumney, New Hampshire, with her family. Her favorite NASCAR drivers were Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. She collected their racing memorabilia as well as owls and cardinals. She also enjoyed spending time on Crystal Lake in Barton with her family. But most of all she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Shirley Helmholtz; her granddaughter, Christine Brown; and five brothers: Clarence, Edwin, Raymond, and William Hall, and John Baird.

She is survived by her children: Linda Trefethen and her husband, Paul, of Loudon, Wayne Brown of Berlin, New Hampshire, Barbara Murphy of Boscawen, Cathy Currier and her husband, Robert, of Franklin, New Hampshire, and Dale Brown and his wife, Deborah, of Franklin. She also leaves 15 grandchildren: Michael Trefethen, Michelle Bedard, Shannon, Richard, Karen Corbiel, Kandy Shattuck, Alyssa Hamilton, Shane Legere, Steven Brown, Destiny Gauthier, Melissa Menkin, Jason Currier; her step-grandchildren: Amy Lariviere, and Craig and Cory Burton; and 32 great-grandchildren. Her siblings include: Dorcas Wood of Franklin, Sandra Elliott of Pembroke, New Hampshire, Robert Hall of Concord, New Hampshire, Marilyn Collins of Coos Bay, Oregon, Susan Audet and Bruce Hall, both of Concord, Donna Richardson of Spring Hill, Florida, and James Baird of Concord.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.

There will be no calling hours or services as per Mrs. Brown’s wishes. The Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium in Boscawen is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Madeleine Daignault

Madeleine Daignault, 90, of Derby Line, formerly of Orleans, died on October 11, 2017, in Derby Line.

She was born on September 10, 1927, in Montreal, Quebec. On November 3, 1951, she married Claude Daignault, who predeceased her in 1975.

She had been an inspector for the former Slalom Ski Wear company. She was a faithful member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans for many years. Mrs. Daignault loved to go for rides in the country looking for wildlife. She enjoyed doing puzzles and loved the company of her family.

She is survived by her children: Francis Daignault and his wife, Deborah, of West Glover, Mark Daignault of Orleans, John Daignault and his wife, Judy, of Livermore Falls, Maine, Marjolaine Grant of Jay, Maine, Maryse Hodgkins of Barton, Susan Weed and her husband, Preston, of Wray, Colorado, and Lynn Daignault and her husband, Gerry, of Barton; 13 grandchildren: Christopher and Penny, Stephanie and Melinda, Robert and Jennifer, Jessica, Teresa, James, Rhonda, Joshua, Hillary and Hanna; and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Pierre Gingras of Montreal; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister MaryPaul Roy, and by three brothers: Jacques, Bernard, and Phillip Gingras.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, officiated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will follow in St Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

William George Strouse

William George Strouse, 35, of St. Johnsbury, died on October 7, 2017, in St. Johnsbury, after a gracious and faith-filled journey with colon cancer.

He was born on December 24, 1981, in Burlington, to James T. and Margaret Mary Strouse. He was the youngest of six children, all of whom doted on him from the very beginning. He graduated from Burlington High School in 2000 and the Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C., in 2005, with a degree in civil engineering.

While in D.C., he met the love of his life, Brittany Marie Isabelle. They were married on August 6, 2016, in Newport.

Mr. Strouse loved life and among the biggest joys were the gatherings he and Mrs. Strouse would have for family and friends. One of his most recent joys was the restoration of their home, a 200-year-old Vermont farmhouse.

Mr. Strouse continually served to remind those who knew him of their blessings in life, particularly one of life’s greatest gifts — friendship. He enriched many lives through his contagious energy, humor, generosity, faith, and sportsmanship (he was an avid hockey player).

Mr. Strouse is survived by his loving wife, Brittany Marie Isabelle Strouse; his parents, James T. and Margaret Mary Strouse; his brothers and sisters and their families: James and Gabriella Strouse and their children Theresa and James, Margaret Strouse and her children Madeline, Sophia, and Mariela, Sarah and Daniel Curry and their children Amelia and Elizabeth, Joseph and Stacy Strouse and their children Mary and Irene, and Elizabeth and Bryan Connolly and their children Lillian, William, Jack, and Caroline. He is also survived by his parents-in-law, Constance and Richard Isabelle; his sisters-in-law Kristin Isabelle Messina, and her husband, Nicholas, and Lauren Isabelle; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents as well as his infant brother, John Robert Strouse.

The Strouse and Isabelle families have enormous gratitude for the love and kindness of family, friends, and community members who came together to support them throughout Mr. Strouse’s treatment.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington, on October 12.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Colon Cancer Alliance in Mr. Strouse’s honor, found online at fundraise.ccalliance.org/blue-star-tributes/strouse; or by attending a church service and praying for him.

To send online condolences to his family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

 

Thelma L. Willis

Thelma L. Willis, 94, of Newport, died on October 5, 2017, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Beebe Plain on March 29, 1923, the daughter of Clinton and Leda Willey. In 1941 she married Melvin Willis, who predeceased her in May of 1972.

She is also predeceased by her son John Willis; her brothers: Clesson Willey, Roland Willey, Basil Willey, and Lyle Willey; her sister Betty (Willey) Laraway; her granddaughters: Wendy (Willis) Judd, who was the daughter of Duane and Bev Willis, Lindsey Couture, who was the daughter of Chris and Roxanne Couture; and her grandson Justin Forcier, who was the son of Karen Bullis. She was also predeceased by her sons-in-law: Claude Roberge and Joseph Bullis.

She is survived by her children: Duane Willis and his wife, Beverly, of Inverness, Florida, Donna Willis, wife of John Willis, of Inverness, Marlene Bullis of Newport Center, Trudy Roberge of Newport Center, Jody Cleveland and her husband, Mark, of Barton; and many grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Connie (Willey) Knowles and her husband, Dale, of Newport, and Iva (Willey) Shannon of Clearwater, Florida; and her brother Ernold Willey of Shreveport, Louisiana.

She asked that the family give a special thank-you to her granddaughter Lisa Spooner, who was always bringing her special treats and visiting often.

Mrs. Willis loved putting puzzles together, playing cards, playing Yahtzee, and she loved to travel with friends. She was always helping friends and family and was a very caring person and an awesome mother.

Donations in Mrs. Willis’ name may be made to the Activity Department at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

There will be no calling hours. Her interment will take place in the spring.

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

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Obituaries October 11, 2017

Brent R. Amyot

Brent R. Amyot, 31, of North Troy, died suddenly on October 2, 2017, in North Troy as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born on February 18, 1986, in Newport, to Richard and Penny (Nutting) Amyot.

He loved hiking, artistic painting, whittling, wood-burning, being outdoors, and panning for gold. He also loved working with his hands, and he helped rescue people in Biloxi, Mississippi, during Hurricane Katrina. He traveled extensively for a person his age.

He is survived by his parents: Richard and Penny Amyot of North Troy; by his grandmother Dale Nutting of North Troy; by his siblings: Amanda Amyot and her boyfriend, Tyler Blais, of Newport, Ericka Amyot and her wife, Kelly Amyot, of Newport, and Tia Nadeau and her fiancé, Joe Kulakowski, of Newport; by his niece Briana Marie Bordeau; by his foster siblings: Jacob Tucker of North Troy and Stephanie Foster of Newport; by his aunts and uncles: Wanda and Rick Dobler of North Troy, Sandy Bushey and her fiancé, Barney, of Kentucky, Cheryl and Chuck Wood of North Troy, Pamela and Dave Belaska of Milbury, Massachusetts, Andre and Rollande Amyot of Westfield, Bob and Shirley Amyot of Bristol, Connecticut, Denise and Bob Tetreault of Derby, Rosemarie and Wayne Morse of Jay, Diane and Steve Cutting of Troy, and Lisa and John Guyette of North Troy; by his special friend Joe Gillich and his family of Mississippi; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Everett Nutting; his paternal grandparents: Jean and Andre Amyot; and his cousin Freddie Bushey.

A Mass was celebrated on October 7 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Journey To Recovery, 58 Third Street, Suite 3, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Reginald W. Carter

Reginald W. “Reg” Carter, 57, of Newport, died on October 2, 2017, in Newport surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 19, 1960, in Newport, to Iona (Bullis) Carter and the late Wayne Carter. On May 9, 2009 he married Carolyn A. Stewart, who survives him.

Mr. Carter graduated from North Country Union High School in 1979. He was employed as a machinist for over 30 years at North Country Engineering in Derby. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, listening to rock and roll music — especially AC/DC — and he was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Carter, of Newport; by his son Nathan Carter of Newport; by his stepchildren: Patrick Uhsmann and his companion, Annette Cota, of Orleans, Jessica Stewart of Newport, and Amanda Stewart of East Hartford, Connecticut; by his grandson Oliver Uhsmann; by his mother, Iona Carter, of Derby; by his siblings: Rosemarie Bowen and her husband, Don, of Coventry, Ronald Carter of Derby, Patricia Pierce and her husband, Jim, of West Charleston, and Candice Allard and her fiancé, Bill Anthony, of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his special friends Jim Norris of North Troy and Timmy Carter of Essex; and by Maverick, his beloved furry friend, and Alfie.

He was predeceased by his father, Wayne Carter; and by his niece Ashley Allard.

A celebration of life will be held at V.F.W. Post #798 on Central Street in Newport on Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Michael J. Hunt

Michael J. Hunt, 49, of Barton, died on October 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1968, in Newport. He was the son of Dalton and Mary Kay (Ober) Hunt.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1986. He coached in many different sports in the Barton area. He was also a Cub Scouts leader and took part in anything else that his sons were involved in. He truly loved his home and the Barton area, enjoying the outdoors and watching the wildlife along with his dog Odin. He had recently taken up photography as a hobby.

He was employed as a produce manager for Price Chopper.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Hunt, of Barton; by his sons: Joshua Hunt and his girlfriend, Ericka LaGumina, and Thomas Hunt; by his parents, Dalton and Mary Kay Hunt, of Barton; and by his siblings: Alan Hunt and his companion, Kate Schneider, and their son Adam, and Shawn Hunt and his wife, Megan; and by his nieces: Savannah Wall, Gabriella Wall, Natalia Wall, Cynthia Moeller and her husband, Jonathan; and by his nephews: Jason, Jared, and Justin.

He was predeceased by his son Phillip on April 3, 1997.

Funeral services were held on October 9 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

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

 

Myrtle (Rollins) Jerzykowski

Myrtle “Mitzie” (Rollins) Jerzykowski, 95, of South Bend, Indiana, died on October 1, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

She was born on May 27, 1922, to the late Herbert and Helen (Woodbury) Rollins in East Concord, and lived in South Bend most of her life.

Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother Richard Rollins.

Mrs. Jerzykowski retired in 1992 from The Associates, where she worked for 30 years in accounting, both in South Bend and in Irving, Texas. She later worked part time as a monitor in the south dining hall at the University of Notre Dame, from 1996 until 2015.

On June 9, 1944, she married John Jerzykowski Sr., in Barton. He died on July 29, 1969.

Mrs. Jerzykowski is survived by her daughter Sandra McHenry and her husband, William, of Lufkin, Texas; her son John Jerzykowski Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Buchanan, Michigan; seven grandchildren: John Jerzykowski IV and his wife Airasellie, Robbee Center and her husband, Matt, Tammy Willmon and her husband, Royce, Jennifer May and her husband, John, Billy McHenry and his wife, Rique, Kristopher McHenry and his wife, Rebekah, and Melissa Jerzykowski; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters: Doris LaClair and her husband, Carrol, of Summerfield, Florida, Joan Frobig and her husband, George, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary Young of Leominster, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Jerzykowski attended Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend. She loved to tend to her flower gardens and is well known for having them look so nice. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They kept her young.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. The time and place will be announced in the South Bend Tribune and on the Kaniewski Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana 46635.

To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.

 

Kenneth E. McDonald

Kenneth E. McDonald, 69, of Derby, died suddenly at his home on
October 6, 2017.

Mr. McDonald was born on February 17, 1948, in
Newport, to the late Christina Davidson and Merle McDonald. He spent his childhood in Morgan and his early years working for Rudy Burroughs in the woods, then with Real Desrochers driving a truck. He worked thirty years for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan L. McDonald; and his children: Dana Kennison of Derby, Kim Dupuis and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tracy Costa and her husband, Dave, of Island Pond; by his grandchildren Tina Royer and her husband, Derek, of Newport Center, Michelle Aiken and her husband, James, of Derby Line, Amanda Hastings of Derby, David Hicks of Michigan, Shaun Hastings of Connecticut, and Eric Dupuis and his wife, Sarah, of Irasburg; and his great-grandchildren: Kristopher Aiken, Jayden Aiken, Henry Bean, Landen Dupuis, Noah Dupuis, Harper Dupuis, Avery Royer, Bentley Cartee, and Adalynn Jones. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Carpenter, of Derby; his brother, Dean McDonald, of Barton; and his brother-in-law, Gary Carter of Plainfield. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Reginald McDonald, Gordie McDonald, Larry McDonald; and his sister Shirley Carter.

Mr. McDonald enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, camping, and spending time with his
grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14, at 11 a.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, officiated by Pastor Robert Cargill.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. McDonald’s name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Fish and Game Club, P.O. Box 187, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

Thelma L. Willis

Thelma L. Willis, 94, of Newport, died on October 5, 2017, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Beebe Plain on March 29, 1923, the daughter of Clinton and Leda Willey. In 1941 she married Melvin Willis who predeceased her in May of 1972.

She is also predeceased by her son John Willis; her brothers: Clesson Willey, Roland Willey, Basil Willey, and Lyle Willey; her sister Betty (Willey) Laraway; her granddaughters: Wendy (Willis) Judd, who was the daughter of Duane and Bev Willis, Lindsey Couture, who was the daughter of Chris and Roxanne Couture; and her grandson Justin Forcier, who was the son of Karen Bullis. She was also predeceased by her sons-in-law: Claude Roberge and Joseph Bullis.

She is survived by her children: Duane Willis and his wife, Beverly, of Inverness, Florida, Donna Willis, wife of John Willis, of Inverness, Marlene Bullis of Newport Center, Trudy Roberge of Newport Center, Jody Cleveland and her husband, Mark, of Barton; and many grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Connie (Willey) Shannon, of Clearwater, Florida; and her brother Ernold Willey of Shreveport, Lousiana.

She asked that the family give a special thank-you to her granddaughter Lisa Spooner who was always bringing her special treats and visiting often.

Mrs. Willis loved putting puzzles together, playing cards, playing Yahtzee, and she loved to travel with friends. She was always helping friends and family and was a very caring person and an awesome mother.

Donations in Mrs. Willis’ name, may be made to the Activity Department at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

There will be no calling hours. Her interment will take place in the spring.

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

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