Obituaries January 17, 2018

Thomas W. Almeida

Thomas W. Almeida, 54, of Holland, died on January 5, 2018, in Newport, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on September 16, 1963, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Marianne Eovacious Almeida and the late Robert Almeida.

Mr. Almeida was an excellent carpenter who built many different structures including his own home in Holland. He loved snowmobiling, tinkering on his cars, traveling, and camping, including going out to the West Coast. He was a man of many talents including welding, plumbing, electrical, and finish cabinet making.

He is survived by his fiancé, Lynne Drury, of Holland; by his mother Marianne Almeida of Kingston, Massachusetts; and by his sister Terri Ann Almeida and her lifelong companion, William McLaughlin, of Kingston.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Almeida.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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

 

Reynold R. Choiniere

Reynold R. Choiniere, 88, died on December 21, 2017. He was at home at Michaud Manor with his daughter Sharon at his side.

Mr. Choiniere was born on the family farm in Brownington to Ulric and Clara (Larocque) Choiniere on January 24, 1929. He was the fifth of ten children.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ulric and Clara Choiniere; his brothers: Victor, Raymond, Ovide, Alton, Alcide, and Harvey; his sister Theresa VanZile; and by his sisters-in-law: Florette and Lucille; and his brother-in-law Robert VanZile.

Mr. Choiniere attended schools in Evansville and Brownington. When he was old enough, he got his first job at Braywood Heel in Orleans. He then enlisted in the Merchant Marines at age 17.

On June 1, 1949, he married the former Tillie (Leland) Pierce, and soon after moved to Massachusetts. Over the 15 years of their marriage they had five children.

In the summer of 1965 he moved back to Vermont with his children. Before school started the two youngest children went back to Massachusetts with their mother.

Mr. Choiniere was employed at Ethan Allen in Orleans for over 25 years.

In 1967 he met Esther Alberici, who was a waitress at Don’s Restaurant. After moving to Newport he became very active in the community. In 1969, Mr. Choiniere and Ms. Alberici were married. He became involved with starting the Mini Olympics in Newport with Bob Green. He was involved with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, which brought senior housing to Newport. They became pillars of the community.

The highlights of Mr. Choiniere’s life were the years he and his wife put together the Christmas dinner for the lonely from 1984 to 2009. His wife died in 1998 and Mr. Choiniere continued the dinner in her honor until he retired in 2009, due to blindness from macular degeneration.

From 1999 to 2003, he served as the mayor of Newport.

Mr. Choiniere is survived by his brother Leonel and his wife, Doris; his sister Claire and her husband, Robert Jannetti; his sisters-in-law Barbara Choiniere, Evelyn Hurlburt, Roberta Choiniere; and Harvey’s wife, Carmella; his children: Sharon, Ronald and his wife, Jeanne, Donna Marcou, Claire Bain, James, and Phyllis Alberici. He had 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, Declan Davis. He also had many nieces and nephews. He was a blessed man with a large family and loved them all.

A graveside service followed by a memorial and luncheon will be held on May 26. More information will be made available.

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

 

Everett Carlton Dickinson Jr.

Everett Carlton Dickinson Jr., recently of Derby, formerly of Rockville, Connecticut, died on November 30, 2017, at the age of 88. Having enjoyed a relatively healthy life, he succumbed to one of the culminating effects of dementia, aspiration pneumonia, after a brief hospital stay.

Born an only child to Everett Dickinson Sr. and his wife, Irene (Weber), on June 26, 1929, he lived his entire life in Rockville, except for recently having moved to Vermont to be closer to his two daughters.

He graduated from Rockville High School and spent the majority of his working career at the Rockville post office. Other jobs included stints at factories and the old Plastifoam Company.

He married Doris Caouette from Southbridge, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1955, and had three children: Irene, Jeanne, and Paul. Irene lives in Morgan. Her three children, Frederick, Spencer, and Heather do as well. Spencer has a daughter, Cadence. Jeanne Dickinson also resides in the Northeast Kingdom. Paul Dickinson and his wife, Linda, live in Alpharetta, Georgia. Paul’s son Samuel is employed in Indiana in the music and computer fields, and his daughter Bailey is finishing college with aspirations of becoming a physician’s assistant.

Prior to meeting Ms. Caouette, Mr. Dickinson joined the army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan for almost two years and came home when the war ended.

“Little Duke” enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and hunting. Learning the skills from his mother’s brothers, he could fly fish with the best of them. For years he made his own flies and could pull a fish out of holes where others thought there weren’t any. He was equally gifted when it came to bird and rabbit hunting. He belonged to the Rockville Fish and Game Club and the Manchester Fox and Coon Club. He absolutely loved pheasant hunting and made pheasant cacciatore with the birds he brought home. Rabbits were marinated in a brine and became the German dish hasenpfeffer. A lot of fish were traded for deli meat. He spent many enjoyable afternoons at the clubs, playing cards and swapping stories. His son Paul often went skeet shooting with him, and the two earned many trophies. When a mild stroke affected his ability to shoot right-handed, he taught himself to shoot left-handed, with equal accuracy.

Mr. Dickinson’s second love in life, besides his wife, was time spent with his dogs. He had numerous hunting dogs over the years — beagles, springer spaniels, English setters, and pointers. Peanuts, Snoopy, Brandy, and Lucky were dear to his heart.

His good eye and hand coordination also benefited him when playing horseshoes and ping-pong. He was the eastern Connecticut regional champ in ping-pong one year, and earned numerous trophies in horseshoe tournaments.

He was also an avid gardener. Every summer numerous tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, rhubarb, etc. were produced from his well-kept home garden, and some years from a community garden as well. Mrs. Dickinson made tomato sauce that was enjoyed during the winter. He was extremely proud of his blueberry bushes. Mrs. Dickinson made lots of pies for the freezer, and Mr. Dickinson gave a lot away to his neighbors. He also cut brush and made wreaths one year.

Winter pastimes included photographing birds at his bird feeders. Heaven help the blue jays or starlings that tried to take more than their fair share! When cardinals returned to raise young each summer, he was quite pleased.

Black and white TV had just come out when he was young, and he preferred the good old-fashioned shows like “Gunsmoke,” other westerns, and combat films. Of course the nightly news with Walter Cronkite was a ritual.

A man of few words, he steadfastly met what he felt were his responsibilities and priorities in life. He will be missed by his wife of 62 years, Doris; and his children, especially his first-born, Irene.

 

Anna F. Leland

Anna F. Leland, 94, of Barton, and formerly of Houlton, Maine, died on the morning of January 12, 2018, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on February 1, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Edwin and Faye (Thompson) Fleming.

In September of 1950 she married George H. Leland who predeceased her in 1994.

She enjoyed playing bridge, flower arranging, and gardening.

She was a member of the Book and Thimble Club, Order of the Eastern Star, a 4-H and cub scouts leader, a member of the Orleans Federated Church, and a past president of her garden club.

Ms. Leland retired from North Country Hospital in Newport as a registered nurse in the emergency room, and district trainer coordinator for EMS services. Early in her career she was a nursing instructor at the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her children: Roy Leland of Orleans, Sara Sos and her husband, John, of Belmont, Massachusetts, Edwin Leland and his wife, Karen, of Jupiter, Florida; her sister Marilyn Fleming Lloyd of Skowhegan, Maine; and her brother John Fleming of Ludlow, Maine. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Ruth Fleming Sanders and Hope Fleming York.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Orleans Federated Church, 34 School Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

 

Joseph Laurent Niper

Joseph Laurent Niper, 81, of Island Pond, died on January 8, 2018, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, due to complications from a stroke. His family was by his side.

He was born on April 1, 1936, in Stanhope, New Jersey, to Berthuel and Dora (Laurent) Niper. His middle name was his mother’s maiden name.

He is survived by his brother Sidney Niper and his wife, Linda, of New Jersey. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law: Barbara Niper and Gloria Niper, both of New Jersey.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Edward, and his wife, Linda, John and his wife, Jean, Frank, Peter, Paul “Dale,” and James, all of New Jersey.

He worked at Compac Paper Company. In his free time he would get together with his friends to swim dogs and hunt ’coons in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. It is in Vermont that he became “Uncle Joe,” to his adopted family, through Fred Moore and Maggie Moore. He moved to Vermont to retire in Island Pond.

Through the years, Mr. Niper came by every night to trade dogs, ride back roads, and go to the barn. He loved hunting and fishing, horses, hunting dogs, and to hang out at the barn and go to horse and pony pulls with his friends and family.

From this adopted family, he was predeceased by Fred Moore of Brownington, and Kevin Twofoot.

He leaves: Fay Moore of Brownington, Maggie Morgan and her husband, Floyd, of Island Pond, William Moore and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Blaine Moore and his wife, Robin, of East Charleston, Dennis Moore and his wife, Claudia, from Hando, Texas, and Sherri Moore and her longtime companion, Dan, from Colebrook, New Hampshire; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

As per Mr. Niper’s wishes, there will be a memorial gathering in the late spring for all family and friends. Details will be announced at a later date.

 

Paul A. Raybold

Paul A. Raybold, 75, of Brownington, formerly of Harmony Township and Phillipsburg, New Jersey, died on January 3, 2018, at his home, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on November 28, 1942. He was the son of Magdalene and Lewis Raybold.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Raybold.

Mr. Raybold was a man of many talents. After graduating from Archmere High School he served four years in the U.S. Air Force, serving time in Okinawa during the occupation of Japan. After the service he was a welder at Franklin Steel, a machinist/welder at the former L.A. Fish Company, and drove a school bus for First Student. He was also owner of R&S Enterprises, a precision automotive machine shop and engine rebuilder; a commercial flight engineer; and the apiarist for the state of New Jersey. He was also a member of the Harmony Fire Company. After retiring from the state of New Jersey he moved to Vermont where he enjoyed farming and raising animals on his property.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his stepdaughters: Erin and Sarah; and a stepson Greg. Interment will be in Phillipsburg.

Mr. Raybold will be sorely missed by his many friends from Vermont, New Jersey, and the surrounding area.

 

Josephine M. Worth

Josephine M. “JoJo” Worth, 97, of Newport, formerly of Island Pond, died on January 9, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on October 4, 1920, in Newark, to James and Margaret (Morgan) Ball. On February 19, 1940, she married Bernard C. Worth who predeceased her.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1938. She was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church in Island Pond and was very active in the choir and Bible study. She enjoyed embroidery, reading the Bible, sliding, snowshoeing, feeding the birds, and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Gaboriault of Island Pond, Bernard J. “Deak” Worth of Island Pond, and Gayle Perry of Danville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Mark Castonguay and his wife, Robin, of Island Pond, Cathy Hilliker and her husband, Todd, of Deleware, Stuart Gaboriault and his wife, Elaine, of Westmore, Paul Gaboriault and his wife, Holly, of Georgia, Stacey Camley of Newport Center, Kristie Bronson of Connecticut, Travis Perry and his wife, Joanne, of Danville, and Angela Payeur and her husband, Matt, of Danville; by nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; by her daughter-in-law Sheila Worth of Island Pond; her brother James C. Ball of West Burke; and her sister-in-law Bernice Ball of West Burke.

She was predeceased by her daughter Margaret Castonguay; by her siblings: Everett and Kenneth Ball; and her son-in-law Richard Perry.

Funeral services will be held in the spring at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 21 Middle Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Wayne Vincent Before

Wayne Vincent Before died at his home on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

He was born on December 11, 1926, to Lewis Austin Before and Celia (Moeykens) Before in Newport. He had one brother, Maurice Before, and one sister, Marita (Before) Lalime.

He married Marguerite Langevin on November 7, 1959, and they lived happily together in the Newport area for 67 years. Mr. Before was a U.S. postal carrier for 33 years. For the majority of that time his route was the east side of Newport where he walked 14 miles every day.

Prior to that he served in the Army just before the Korean War. He was stationed on Hachiboto Island in Korea where he was the sergeant in charge of harbor entrance control and ship maintenance. He enjoyed his time in the service and was proud to serve his country. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Post #21 in Newport.

He was an avid hunter, trapper, and ice fisherman. Mr. Before also had a love of flying small airplanes. He owned two airplanes in his lifetime, and at times he assisted with Civil Air Patrol. He had a gentle, softspoken demeanor and was very loved by his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his daughter Bonnie Sweet in 2010 and by his wife, Marguerite Before, on May 18, 2017. He was also predeceased by his brother and sister.

He is survived by his son Dwayne Before and his companion, Donna Chaffee, of Newport, Daniel and Tracy Before of St. Johnsbury, Helen Before of Troy, and his son-in-law John Sweet of Texas. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

There will be a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date.

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

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion, Post #21, 160 Freeman Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

Harold S. Carpenter

The Reverend Harold S. Carpenter, 83, of Westfield, formerly of North Sterling, Connecticut, and Cabot died peacefully on December 26, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport with family by his side, after a brief battle with pneumonia.

Mr. Carpenter was born August 5, 1934, the son of George and Hazel (Pierce) Carpenter of Cabot.

As a young man, he enjoyed hunting, working on the family farm, and working for local farmers. He graduated from the State School of Agriculture in Randolph in 1953 and joined the Army in 1954. He spent three years in the military and was honorably discharged in 1957 with a Natural Defense Service Medal as well as a Good Conduct Medal. He graduated from Barrington College in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree.

On September 6, 1958, he married Rebecca Thurber of Plainfield, who survives him. He is also survived by their two children: Lisa Samford and her husband, Tim, of Granbury, Texas, and Merry Hamel and her husband, Kevin Paxman, of Westfield; his sisters: Ruth Glaude of South Windsor, Connecticut, and Grace Glaude and her husband, Ronald, of Brooklyn, Connecticut; by 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

On December 9, 1973, Mr. Carpenter was ordained into the ministry. He was the beloved pastor at Line Baptist Church in Foster, Rhode Island, for 40 years. He loved his family, reading, traveling, visiting with folks, and watching almost any ball game.

Mr. Carpenter was predeceased by his parents, George and Hazel; his brother Howard in 1992; and his brother-in-law Lionel in 1993.

Per his wishes, there will be no funeral service.  A memorial service and interment will take place in the spring or summer of 2018 at the convenience of family.

Online condolences or memories can be shared by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Conrad H. Daigle

Conrad H. Daigle, 84, of Newport, died peacefully on January 7, 2018, in Derby.

He was born on May 22, 1933, in Westfield, to Leo and Marie (Carrier) Daigle. On April 3, 1954, he married the former Connie Diette, who survives him. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was owner and operator of the Westfield General Store in Westfield. He enjoyed attending yard sales, hunting, and fishing. He was one of the few original members of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol. He loved to tinker on old watches and fix old bikes and give them to needy children. He also loved his animals and enjoyed trips to Maine with his family, and telling stories. His greatest joys were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Daigle, of Newport; by his children: Lisa Daigle-Farney and her husband, Michael, Peter Daigle, and Julie Carpenter and her husband, Robert; by his grandchildren: Benjamin and his companion, Caitlin Arcangeli, Matthew and his wife, Nicole Ernest-Farney, Aubrey DePaul and her husband, Brad, Joseph Daigle and his wife, Lisa, Colton Carpenter and his wife, Kayla, by his great-grandchildren: Justin, Mikayla, Lila, Haley, and Zoe Daigle, Brandon, Kiresten, and Sierra DePaul, and Oliver and Wyatt Farney.

He is also survived by his siblings: Yves Daigle and his wife, Hilda, Norman Daigle and his wife, Doris, Jacques Daigle and his wife, Theresa, Norbert Daigle and his wife, Rita, Louis Daigle and his wife, Sandy, Monique Temple and her husband, Allyn, Louise Daigle, Laurette Lewis and her husband, James, and Jeannine Tayler and her husband, Bernard; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Jackie and his brother Charles.

Mr. Daigle was a member of American Legion Post #21, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and the Knights of Columbus.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. A graveside service with full military honors will be held on May 11 at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

 

Gloria Jean Jacobs

Gloria Jean Jacobs, 74, of Newport died suddenly on January 2, 2018, at her home.

She was born on November 8, 1943, to Harold and Hattie (Woodard) McGivern. On June 23, 1961, she married Melvin Ray Jacobs, who predeceased her on June 6, 2008.

Mrs. Jacobs retired from the Orleans division of Ethan Allen in January 2006 after 40 years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her special friend, Verna Weed, and playing cards at the American Legion with her sister-in-law and friends.

She is survived by her three children: Michael Jacobs and his wife, Jane, of Island Pond, Deborah Kippen and her husband, Glen, of Coventry, and John Jacobs and his wife, Theresa, of Irasburg; and by the following grandchildren: Paul Patenaude Jr. and his partner, Joanna Hisman, Carissa Patenaude and her partner, Greg Jones, Chad Tetreault and his partner, Selina Crowe, Michelle Bonneau and her husband, Jay, Dana Jacobs and his wife, Ashley, and Tyler Jacobs and his wife, Kaitlyn; and by her great-grandchildren: Kaden and Paityn Jones, Porter Patenaude, Layten Tetreault, Brady and Lacey Bonneau, and another great-grandbaby Jacobs is on the way. She is also survived by her sisters: Pauline Bosley of Springfield and Iris Tracy and her husband, Paul, of Somers, Connecticut; by the following brothers: Robert McGivern and his wife, Christine, of Ohio, and Reginald McGivern and his wife, Sandra, of Bellows Falls; by her sisters-in-law: Janice Jacobs of Newport and Marlene Percy of Coventry, and their husbands; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin Jacobs; by her father and mother, Harold and Hattie McGivern; by her daughter Cindy Jacobs Tetreault; her grandson Nicholas Jacobs; by her brothers Raymond, Harold Jr., and Ronald McGivern; and by her sisters: Virginia Locke and Gertrude Abbott.

Funeral services were held on January 5, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her daughter Cindy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences are at curtis-britch.com.

 

Elaine B. Horner Mugford Jourdan

Elaine B. Horner Mugford Jourdan, 89, died on December 9, 2017.

She was born in Waterbury on October 26, 1928, to Maurice D. Horner and Viola Miner Horner. She was the youngest of four children. Her siblings Arietta, Lawrence, and Maroni predeceased her.

Ms. Jourdan graduated from Waterbury High School in 1946. She was very gifted musically. She started tapping out tunes on the piano before she was five years old and sang with a perfect ear. In high school, she belonged to all the music clubs, including glee club and a trio called The Sunshine Lassies, to name a few. She married Gerald Jourdan on June 22, 1946. Her first of two children, Gerald Jourdan Jr., was born on May 9, 1947. Her second child, Jill Elaine Jourdan, was born on May 23, 1964, some 17 years later.

Ms. Jourdan worked at Cellucord Corp. for 15 years. During this time, she did a lot of volunteer work playing the piano for the Vermont State Hospital, and at nursing homes. She was also active in the Catholic Church, serving as grand regent of Catholic Daughters and an officer in the Alter Society. She led a very full and active life. Mrs. Jourdan also served for many years on the Waterbury Ambulance Squad. She loved the people she worked with. She divorced and moved from Waterbury to Barre.

Ms. Jourdan met her second husband, Elmer Mugford, and they married on October 22, 1978. She inherited many stepchildren and step-grandchildren who she enjoyed and loved. She and Mr. Mugford shared five years together before he died. During this difficult time, she became very involved in the Barre Tones and her quartets. It was the most rewarding time of her life. The Barre Tones were like a family to her.

In 1996, she was chosen Ms. Vermont Senior. Three years later, she was chosen to represent Vermont in the American Classic Woman pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi. She joined the workforce again at age 58, after Mr. Mugford died. She worked for the council on aging for 15 wonderful years. She met and made many lasting friendships. During this time, she spent many good times drinking and playing cards with her buddies Ginger, Kirby, Henry, Mimi, and Cindy.

In her twilight years, Ms. Jourdan first lived with her son and daughter-in-law in Williamstown, and then moved in with her daughter Jill. She enjoyed a closeness with her daughter that was very special. She was very proud of her grandsons: Christopher and Geoffrey. She adored her daughter-in-law, Sally, who helped to care for her until she died. She loved all of her nieces and nephews, to include: Susan Griffin, Kim Healy, Jean Ellis, Tracey Guss, Roxane Ellis, Jan Robinson, and the Jourdans: Larry, Sheila, David, Diane, Trevor, Dana, and Leia.

At the age of 89, she was an amazing woman: bright, funny, and a good friend. Ms. Jourdan’s pretty green eyes and her smile brightened the room. She will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m.

 

Dalton H. McBride

Dalton H. McBride, 87, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Derby, died peacefully in his sleep on December 26, 2017, at the McClure Respite House in Colchester.

He was born on March 3, 1930, in Island Pond, the son of Dr. William H. McBride and Ruby McBride. On June 16, 1951, he married Patricia Jean Smith, who predeceased him on August 26, 2002. Mr. McBride graduated from Brighton High School in 1947. He attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of arts degree. He was a pitcher for the UVM baseball team. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 as a commissioned officer. In 1957, he obtained his master’s of education from the University of Vermont. Mr. McBride taught at McIndoe Falls Academy, Derby Academy, and was principal at Canaan High School. He then worked for the U.S. Customs Service at the Derby Line Port of Entry from July 1962 and retired in May 1987. He was an avid golfer during his retirement years in Florida.

He is survived by his four children: William McBride of Charlottesville, Virginia, Mark McBride and his wife, Diane, of Derby, Lynn Maroot and her husband, Herbert, of Newport, and David McBride of Colchester. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother William Bruce McBride.

There will be a private spring graveside service at the convenience of the family. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester for their loving care. Donations in his memory can be made to the Island Pond Historical Society in Island Pond, or the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester.

 

Elizabeth A. Stone

Elizabeth A. Stone, better known as Skippy, 68, of Lowell, died peacefully on January 1, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia, with her loving family at her side.

She was born on November 26, 1949, in Newport, the daughter of the late Paul Sr. and Ruth (Mason) Stone. She leaves one brother, Paul Stone Jr. and his wife, Gaetene, of Newport. She also leaves behind her loving companion of many years, Merrill Crawford Sr.

Ms. Stone was married to Delbert Cota in 1969 and they had four daughters: Amy Sue Deavitt and her husband, Keith, of South Burlington, Buffy Lynn Ardine and her partner, Doug Wagner, of Concord, New Hampshire, Hiedi Rae Rappold and her husband, Scott, of Jay, and Betsy Ann Purvis and her husband, Michael, of Chichester, New Hampshire; and nine grandchildren: Amber Deavitt and her partner, Mike Bailey, Brenna Deavitt, Nicholas Deavitt and his companion, Beth Cota, Sierra, Jacob, and Ryan Ardine, Zachary Perrault, Ryleigh Rappold, and Logan Purvis. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Robbie Guilding, Bentley Mosher, and Nora Deavitt.

She was predeceased by her great-grandson Dawson Mosher.

Ms. Stone loved to cook, crochet, dance, and most of all travel. She has been from border to border and made many friends. She never met a stranger. She also loved animals that left many paw prints on her heart.

She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post #2438 of Bay City, Texas, for over 30 years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with Pastor George Lawson officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

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

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Obituaries January 3, 2018

Gilles M. Blais

Gilles M. Blais, 85, of Derby Line, died on December 29, 2017, in Franconia, New Hampshire, in the company of his immediate family.

He was born on June 28, 1932, in Holland, to Antonio and Jeannette (Duquette) Blais. On September 7, 1957, he married Rachel Ferland, who predeceased him on March 12, 2014. They were married for 56 years and raised a family of five sons together.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, he joined the Army and served during the Korean War. Following his graduation from UVM with a civil engineering degree in 1961, he worked on major road construction projects including various stages of the I-91 interstate highway in the Derby and Newport area. Upon his father’s retirement as superintendent of the International Water Company in Derby Line, he took over the same position, which he held for the next 23 years.

In 1974, he and close friend Dick Rivard started Do Drop ’N, a swimming pool installation and service company that was a part-time endeavor for both men, which employed younger family members and provided a means for assisting with many college educations. He continued to work on swimming pools well into his retirement years.

He enjoyed listening to French-Canadian music and playing cards with family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren, and going to Florida to spend time with family and friends. He was an active member of the community having served as a Little League coach, Boy Scout scoutmaster, and timekeeper for North Country Union High School hockey games. He was also a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Derby Line Fire Department, the Elks, and the Northeast Rural Water Association, where he held various positions.

He is survived by his fiancée, Aura Hodge, of Littleton, New Hampshire; and his children: Donald Blais and his companion, Francine Brandolino, of Clifton Park, New York, Bernard Blais and his wife, Bernadette, of Randolph, New Jersey, Paul Blais and his wife, Diane, of South Burlington, David Blais and his wife, Dale, of Danville, New Hampshire, and Patrick Blais and his wife, Cynthia, of Hudson, Massachusetts. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. He is survived by his four siblings: Doris Poirier of Barton, Pauline Sanville of Barton, Sylvia Lauzon and her husband, Phil, of Fort Covington, New York, and Gerald Blais of Newport. He is also survived by numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held that afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. An interment with full military honors will be held in the St. Edward’s Cemetery later this spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North Fund, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756; or by going online at www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/donate/norris-cotton-cancer-center.html. Online condolences may be viewed at curtis-britch.com.

 

Lawrence Scott Castro

Lawrence Scott “Lar” Castro, 56, of Twin Falls, Idaho, formerly of Newport, died on November 27, 2017, from a heart attack following a medical procedure, with his longtime companion Debbie Folan at his side.

Mr. Castro was born December 22, 1960, in Roseville, California, to the late Penelope (Kenyon) Wheeler and Peter Castro. He, and his sister and brother grew up in Newport on Field Avenue. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1978. He enjoyed going to rock and roll concerts, paint ball activities, spending time with friends at Four Corners — a popular swimming spot, and gathering with friends.

Earlier in his life he worked as an oil burner technician and an electrician, and later he installed and monitored security systems for businesses and homes in California and Idaho. He would go on to co-own a security alarm company.

Mr. Castro was a cancer survivor, but he enjoyed outdoors activities and sharing his experiences while mentoring others in Awana and other church groups. He truly enjoyed assisting others with the study of the gospel of Christ, and Bible verse study along with the prayer at the beginning and ending of the night.

He is survived by his companion, Ms. Folan; and her children: Christopher Folan and Jennifer Fletcher and her husband, Johnny, and their child Aurora. He is also survived on his maternal side by his siblings: Debbie LaMadeleine and her husband, Darryl, their son Brandon and his girlfriend, Melissa, and their daughter Madison. He is also survived by his brother Scott Castro and his wife, Lisa. On the paternal side of his family, Mr. Castro is survived by his aunt Mary and her children: David Rodriguez and his wife, Tina, Diana Rodriguez, Virginia Martinez and her husband, Julian, Consuelo Montano and her husband, Juan, Jessica Williams, and AnnaMaria Mendoza; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins who collectively have 26 children and 32 grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Castro’s sister Debbie or brother Scott at [email protected] and [email protected] and will be forwarded to his loving partner Ms. Folan.

 

David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George, 94, died on December 9, 2017, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born October 24, 1923, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Maxine Elliot Riley and Arthur Emlyn George.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doris “Dot” R.F. George; his son David Kirk George; his brothers: Roy and Albert George; his sister Maxine George; and his beloved aunts: Sadie, Cora, and Mary Riley.

During Mr. George’s childhood he had a fond love for music and was an avid pianist. As he grew up, he followed in the footsteps of his father, working in the steel mills in Sydney. He was a tool and die machinist in the steel mills. He then went on to be a pilot in the Canadian Air Force where he met his darling wife, Doris, overseas, during the end of World War II. She was an airplane mechanic in the British Royal Air Force, and they were married after the war ended.

After several booms and busts of the steel mill, Mr. and Mrs. George moved to Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1961, where he was a tool and die machinist for an industrial plastics company. In Quincy, “Lloyd” found his love for tennis and cribbage. He spent many vacations traveling to Aruba with his family and loved being on the beach. In 1992, he retired to the hills of Vermont, where he and Mrs. George lived in a schoolhouse on the Baird Road in Barton. He continued to capture the memories of his family in photography. Mr. George was a beloved father, grandfather, and husband, and he showered everyone with loads of love.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Arthur Emil George, Celeste Jones and her husband, Bobby, Jesse George, Willow Seely and her husband, Mike; and his great-grandchildren: Ezra, Ira, and Olivia George, Jada, Dylan, and Ethan Jones, Madelyn Lucas-George, and Ryder and Koa Seely.

The family will have a ceremony in the summer of 2018 to celebrate Mr. George’s life.

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

 

William T. Hawkens Jr.

William T. Hawkens Jr., 93, of Newport, died on December 25, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Hawkens was born in Jay, Maine, on November 4, 1924, the son of Irene and William Hawkens. He attended Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire, where he proved to be an excellent student athlete.

In the fall of 1942, he enrolled at Columbia University in New York City. After completing the first semester, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and sent to Camp Blanding, Florida, for basic training with the 66th Division. He was later selected for Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and upon completion was commissioned a second lieutenant in U.S. Army. After receiving additional advanced training, he was shipped to the Pacific Theater of operations.

When released from active duty in September 1946, he enrolled at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and in February 1949, graduated with a bachelor’s degree. It was during this time that he married Shirley L. Atwood who was to be his partner and companion for the next 63 years.

His first employment was with the W.T. Grant Company in their management training program. Things were going well with his work, and the family had two additions: Robert and William.

Then in December 1950, he was recalled to active duty and was soon on his way to Korea. His last assignment there was as a prisoner of war inspector for the Eighth Army. When finally released by the Army, he returned to work for the Grant Company. During this time there was another addition to the family, Mary Ellen. A later promotion to senior buyer position gave him the opportunity to make several trips to Hong Kong and Formosa. His next move was to accept the position of vice-president of operations for Gerard Industries, a large furniture manufacturer located in Puerto Rico. Later when Anderson Manufacturing Company, a small furniture plant in Vermont came up for sale, he and an associate made the purchase. He ran the plant with success and in late 1967 sold his interest. He then joined Ethan Allen, Inc., where for the next 18 years he had many assignments — the last as vice-president of the distribution division. Finally health problems forced him to retire.

He is survived by three children: Mary Ellen Maclure and her husband, Yves, of Newport, William and his wife, Judy, of Warwick, New York, and Robert and his wife, Julie, of St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his special friends: Ron, Cindy, Eric, and Wayne.

His beloved wife of 63 years, Shirley, died on May 15, 2009; and he was predeceased by his brother Munroe in 2016.

One thing that Mr. Hawkens really enjoyed was working with people. They were always treated as adults and were expected to act accordingly. His rules were simple: play to win, do your best, show respect, work to improve, be a good loser, and most important have fun. He followed his own rules, still playing softball at age 65.

Mr. Hawkens was a member of the Kennett High School Hall of Fame, American Legion Post #28, and Maine Lodge #20 both at Farmington, Maine.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Wilson, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O Box 1510, Ransom, West Virginia 25438-1510.

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

 

Michael F. LaBounty Sr.

Michael F. LaBounty Sr., 61, of West Charleston, died peacefully at his home on December 21, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on January 1, 1956, in Newport, to Kenneth and Pauline (Blay) LaBounty.

On October 22, 2017, he married Arlean Decker, who survives him.

Mr. LaBounty was a mechanic by trade and enjoyed driving trucks. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and watching his grandsons race stock cars.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his children: Michael LaBounty Jr. and his wife, Julie, of Irasburg, Joseph LaBounty of West Charleston, and Jessica Judd and her husband, Eric, of Morgan; his six grandchildren: Cameron, Braxton, and Zander Judd, and Garrett, Kyle, and Mia LaBounty; his stepchildren: Dustin Hillis and his wife, Anna, of East Merideth, New York, Aaron Hillis and his wife, Felicia, of East Charleston, and Neal Hillis of Newport.

He is also survived by his siblings: James LaBounty and his wife, Linda, Brian LaBounty, Dennis LaBounty, Rick LaBounty, Barbara Cain and her husband, Michael, Gloria Pinkerton and her husband, Jim, Linda Pion and her husband, Armand, Mary Petit and her husband, Gerry, and Joanne White and her husband, Jerry; by his dear friend Dean Gonyaw of West Charleston; and by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his parents and an infant sister, Patricia LaBounty.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

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

 

Rita Grace Leduc

Rita Grace Leduc, 94, of North Troy, died peacefully on December 22, 2017, in Barton.

She was born on June 12, 1923, in Lowell, to Elphege and Arphena (Ruel) Lamarche. On October 30, 1944, she married Rosaire Leduc, who predeceased her on February 28, 1997.

She is survived by her son Norman Leduc and his longtime companion, Madeline Leary, of North Troy; her daughter Meghan Turner and her husband, Tyson, of Winooski; her brother-in-law Raymond Poliquin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Rene and Joseph Lamarche; and her sister Gloria Poliquin.

Mrs. Leduc worked at a couple of small stores in North Troy. She enjoyed vegetable gardening and flower gardening, and was always ready to give a hand or help someone out without hesitation. She was very community oriented and spent many hours helping her husband make and sell wooden gift items at their store in North Troy.

Funeral services were held on December 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Spring interment will be at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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

 

Janine E. Robillard

Janine E. Robillard, 87, of Orleans, died on December 23, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on June 21, 1930 in Brownington, to Claude and Gladys (Marshall) Houston. On June 28, 1949, she married Florian Robillard who predeceased her May 9, 2007.

She worked for over 57 years on the family farm with her late husband. She was active with every aspect of their farm. She also enjoyed cooking, knitting, bowling, and traveling to Florida.

She is survived by her daughter Jane of Westfield; by her son-in-law Armand Brunelle of Brownington; by her grandchildren: Gabriel Brunelle of Alburg, Adam Brunelle and his wife, Debbie, of Brownington, and Heather Lucas of Troy. Mrs. Robillard is also survived by her great grandchildren: Erin Brunelle, Bethany Lucas, Alex Brunelle, Kierra Miskiman, Caylin Miskiman, and Ryan Martel; and by many nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law Billie Houston.

She was predeceased by her son Rene Robillard in 1974; by her daughter Janet Brunelle in 2006; and by her siblings: John and Merton Houston and Monna Marotte.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

 

Morris Alden Rowell

Morris Alden Rowell, 85, of Craftsbury died peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2017.

He was born at home on the family farm in South Albany on January 13, 1932, the fifth of eight children of Harry and Helen (Urie) Rowell. He attended Craftsbury Academy, where, in addition to his high scholastic achievements, he established a reputation for fast driving that would continue for the rest of his life. (A ditty from his yearbook: “That cloud of dust that just whizzed past/is Morris, — as usual, driving fast.”)

Upon graduating in 1950, he farmed until 1957 with his brother Marvin in South Albany. He and his brothers Marvin and Hollis, and their cousin Alan Urie operated the Shadow Lake Pavilion, also known as Urie’s Dance Hall, during those years, providing a very popular Friday night entertainment spot throughout the summer months.

In January 1957, Mr. Rowell married Carol Johns, with whom he started a family that would grow to five children. Also in 1957, he moved from South Albany to East Craftsbury and began farming at Brassknocker Farm. Over the next 30 years, he grew and modernized the farm, introducing a milking parlor and free-stall system in the 1960s, expanding the Jersey herd and tillable acreage, and introducing state-of-the art silage and manure management systems.

In 1970, Mr. Rowell and his brothers Marvin, Hollis, and Wilbur purchased Slayton Motors in Hardwick. The business was renamed Rowell Brothers, Inc., and operated continuously for more than 40 years, at one point being one of the largest Ford tractor dealerships in New England. Farmers throughout the region came to Rowell Brothers for tractors, farm equipment, milking systems, and all manner of parts and repairs. Mr. Rowell was well known and respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of parts as well as his sage advice on how to fix every type of farm equipment. After retiring from the business in 2013 at the age of 81, the loss of Morris’ knowledge and service to farmers across the region was lamented in an article by Ben Hewitt in Yankee Magazine.

Mr. Rowell was deeply involved in the Craftsbury community. He served on the Craftsbury Academy school board from 1965 to 1980 and was instrumental in preserving the independence of the Craftsbury school in the late 1960s during a time of statewide consolidation into larger, union schools. He served on numerous town committees as well as on the boards of the East Craftsbury Cemetery and the John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library. He was a lifelong member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained as an elder, served numerous terms on the session, and contributed his excellent tenor voice to the choir for many decades.

Mr. Rowell’s wife, Carol, died in October 1973 after a long illness. Late the following year, he married Mary Anthony Cox, a family friend who headed the ear training program at the Juilliard School. Over the more than 40 years of his marriage to Mary Anthony, he was able to nurture his deep love for music as well as travel to Europe multiple times with her and eventually his grandchildren. He was a dedicated supporter of the Craftsbury Chamber Players, of which his wife was a founding member and director. He was regarded as a second father to many of the musicians who stayed in his home each summer during the concert season. His innate musical talent was a gift he passed on to all of his children.

Mr. Rowell was famous for his pie-making and inspired many to learn how to master the art of a good crust. He hosted a Sunday dinner after church every week for family and friends. He was extremely proud of the accomplishments of his family members. His grandchildren knew that he always had a treat on hand for them, and they could count on him showing up at their concerts and athletic events.

Although he never had the opportunity to go beyond a high school education, he was a voracious reader of history and biographies. Mr. Rowell was widely known for his loyalty, wisdom and kindness — and for his lifelong habit of humming as he went about his daily business. Until his health began to decline, he was considered one of the first people to call if someone needed help.  He was a living example of his strong Christian faith and what it means to be a good man.

Mr. Rowell is survived by his wife, Mary Anthony Rowell; siblings Louise Kinsey of Albany, Eunice Kinsey of Craftsbury, Marvin Rowell and his wife, Georgette, of Albany, Wilbur Rowell of Irasburg, and Harriet Grenier and her husband, Charlie, of Waterbury; sisters-in-law Ruth Rowell of Glover and Alta Rowell of Crossville, Tennessee, and Saxtons River; his children: Margaret Rowell and her partner, Saul Treviño, of Craftsbury, Mary Rowell of Craftsbury, Frances Rowell of North Bergen, New Jersey, John Rowell and his husband, James Blue, of Craftsbury and Washington, D.C., and David Rowell of Craftsbury; grandchildren: Katie Rowell and her fiancé, Tim Oswald, of Keene, New Hampshire, Annie Rowell of Craftsbury, Carolyn Rowell and her partner, Elijah Mayhew, of Hardwick, Alden Blue of Craftsbury and Washington, D.C., and Effie Blue of Craftsbury and Washington, D.C.; and great-grandchildren: Eden Mayhew of Hardwick and Zoë Oswald of Keene. He also leaves 24 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and first wife, Carol; brothers George and Hollis; sister-in-law Ruth (McBride) Rowell; brothers-in-law Fred and Bob Kinsey; and several nieces and nephews. He was especially close to Fielda Calderwood, a dear family friend of more than 50 years.

Mr. Rowell’s family would like to express sincere gratitude to the excellent caregivers who made it possible for him to live at home despite physical challenges in his last years, and to the kind and compassionate hospital staff for all they did to ease his passing.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Craftsbury Chamber Players at P.O. Box 37, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or online at www.craftsburychamberplayers.org and the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church at 1097 Ketchum Hill Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

A celebration of Mr. Rowell’s life will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m., immediately followed by a reception at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. In his honor, those who would like to bring a homemade pie to be served at the reception are invited to do so.

 

Mary Jane (Dextraze) Talbot

Mary Jane (Dextraze) Talbot, 85, of Barton, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day, 2017, in Burlington, after celebrating with her loving family.

She was born in Eden, on April 10, 1932, to the late Wilfred and Armenie (Richer) Dextraze.

She lived with her family in Williston and surrounding towns until the age of 17 when they moved to Barton where her father made and sold furniture. It was in Barton where she met Leo Talbot, who she married on September 24, 1955. She loved going out dancing with Leo and “the crew,” playing card games with family and friends, and being on the bowling league. Several years after her husband Leo’s passing, she married Roger Talbot in 1981. Throughout her life she worked at the Barton Progressive Furniture Company, The Dress Shop in Barton, Barton Dry Cleaners, and Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Talbot loved being on the road, wherever the road took her. There were few roads in the Northeast Kingdom that she may have not traveled. She loved being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially on Sundays, birthdays, holidays and every day. She spent the last three months at Newport Health Care Center where she shared a room with her dear sister-in-law Collette Boutin. She loved it there, was grateful for the assistance and care of the dedicated staff and enjoyed participating in the activities.

She leaves her two loving daughters and their families: Jo-Ann (Talbot) Hudson and her husband, Bill, and Claire Talbot and her husband, Robin Lacoss; her grandchildren: Derrick Hudson and his wife, Anna, Heather (Hudson) Girard and her husband, Justin, and Joel Lacoss and his fiancé, Lynsey Hartshorn; her treasured great-grandchildren: Skyler Pike-Girard, Khloe Girard, and Finley Hudson. She also leaves her baby sister Theresa Smith of Massachusetts, her sister-in-law Collette Boutin; and her brother-in-law Claude Talbot of Connecticut; along with many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Talbot was predeceased by her loving husband, Leo, in 1973, her husband, Roger, in 1994; by her great-grandson Kyle Pike-Hudson; and by her siblings: Norman, Raymond, Leo, and Eli Dextraze, Maggie Lampron, Yvette Poirier, and Annette Potter.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, on Saturday, January 6, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place in the family lot in St. Paul’s Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Talbot’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton Vermont 05822. The family also invites people to share their memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Harold G. Vincent Jr.

Harold G. “Hal” Vincent Jr., 92, husband of Adeline Hamersley Vincent, died in Bradenton, Florida, on November 22, 2017.

He was born April 14, 1925, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Harold G. Vincent Sr. and Helen Cook Vincent. He grew up in Barton and North Conway, New Hampshire. He graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire in 1943. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds suffered at the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Mr. Vincent attended Bowdoin College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. There he enjoyed membership in the Zeta Psi Fraternity and played inter-fraternity sports. He subsequently received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

He spent his entire professional career as an educator. He worked first as a teaching principal and coach in Chester. In 1956 he moved to Springfield, where he taught English and coached junior varsity basketball and golf. He was athletic director for several years.

When awarded a Ford Foundation grant, Mr. Vincent took a leave of absence from Springfield High School. With his first wife, Rachel Buck Vincent, he toured the United States observing alternative teaching methods and also spent time studying film at the Canadian Film Board. Upon his return to Springfield High School, he incorporated some of the concepts he had learned into a social issues course using contemporary music, poetry, and film.

He was active in the Springfield Rotary Club and its annual Penny Sale fund-raiser. He prided himself on many years of perfect attendance wherever his travels took him.

He retired from Springfield High School in 1982. Thereafter he and his wife divided their time between Bradenton and Shadow Lake in Glover, until Mrs. Vincent’s death in 1999.

Mr. Vincent married Adeline Hamersley in 2001. She survives him and was dedicated to his care as dementia and a series of infections got the best of him over the last few years.

Mr. Vincent enjoyed a long, active, and mostly healthy retirement. He exercised his keen competitive drive with a robust outdoor schedule of golf and tennis. He partnered with his wife, Adeline “Lyn” Vincent, for regular bridge games in Vermont and Florida. He spent lots of time in the quieter pursuits of bird photography, writing poetry, and his memoirs. For a number of years he immersed himself in genealogical studies.

Besides his first wife, Mr. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents Harold G. Vincent Sr. and Helen Cook Vincent; his brother James A. Vincent; and his sister Rosemary Vincent Shirley Clay; and her son Brian Shirley.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter Laurel Vincent of Danville; his son Ralph Vincent and his wife, Nancy Birkett Vincent, of Sutton; and two granddaughters: Lilla B. Fortunoff and Robin B. Vincent. He also leaves his nieces: Helen Bryant, Joyce Woolson, and Nancy Adams; and nephews: James A. Vincent Jr., Arthur Shirley, and Dr. Owen Buck. He is also survived by three stepsons: Victor, Paul, and Michael Van Etten. Michael was of great help to Mr. Vincent over the last fifteen months, and Paul’s daughter Erin became a staunch advocate for his health care in his final months. He is survived by an adoring extended family as well as his special caregiver Gwen.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Anyone who wishes to honor Mr. Vincent’s memory should give to the charity or association of their choice.

 

Maurice M. Vincent

Maurice M. Vincent, 86, of North Troy, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 30, 2017.

He was born in North Troy to George and Myrtle Vincent on April 22, 1931. He grew up one of ten children and lived most of his life in North Troy. He joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He worked in the plywood/veneer industry his entire career, retiring from Columbia Forest Products as a plant supervisor in 1996.

Mr. Vincent went by several names: Maurice, Moe, Dad, but none he loved to hear more than Papa. He dedicated his entire life to his wife, his children, and especially his grandchildren. He was a hard-working man who dedicated long hours to his job, but he always made time for his grandchildren. Most of them would come on a Friday night and hated to go home on Sunday night every weekend. After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent’s nightly routine consisted of going from house to house visiting their four boys and grandchildren. It was a very rare occasion that he missed a night but if he did he always called to check in and tell them he loved them. He took great pride in helping educate his grandchildren by providing them with the gift of tuition. He loved to spend time with his boys hunting and fishing. He always looked forward to their yearly fishing trips to New York with his sons and close friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 28 where he frequented often to socialize with his many friends in his younger years.

Mr. Vincent had a strong faith in God and the Catholic religion, and he belonged to the St. Vincent de Paul and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. He married his soul mate Gloria Hart on September 6, 1954. She was the other half that completed him and the love of his life. In their 63 years of marriage they provided a loving home to their four sons. Their door was always open to their family and friends. Mr. Vincent’s world was changed forever when his youngest son Chris died unexpectedly in 2007. That fateful day in August, he lost part of his heart. He never quite got over it and it was never the same thereafter.

Mr. Vincent is survived by his wife Gloria (Hart) Vincent of North Troy; by his sons: Steven and his wife, Carmen, of Newport, Brian Vincent of Newport, and Dennis and his wife, Sandra, of Troy; and his daughter-in-law Cindy Vincent-Goodyear of Jay. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Nathan Vincent and his wife, Andrea, of Newport, Elizabeth Fogg and her husband, Chuck, of Saco, Maine, Chad Vincent of Newport, Brooke Gosselin and her husband, Roger, of Westfield, Zachary Vincent and his fiancée, Jasmine Pion, of Westfield, Seth Vincent and his fiancée, Melinda Ryea, of North Troy, and Jenna Watkins and her husband, Joseph, of Coventry; by his great-grandchildren: Kennedy, Madeline, Jaxson, Zoey, Ivy, Ava, Sydney, Mack, Harper, Zara, and another to arrive in June. He is also survived by his sister Madeline Dingman of North Troy; his sister-in-law Virginia Drown of Newport Center; and very special friends Leroy and Trudy Pickering of Tupper Lake, New York.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher; his parents George and Myrtle Vincent; his in-laws: Raymond and Bertha Hart; and by eight of his siblings.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy where a Mass will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 20, 2017

Lorraine F. Caouette

Lorraine F. Caouette, 94, of Island Pond, died on December 9, 2017, at her home.

She was born on March 27, 1923, in Island Pond, to Harry and Irene (Davis) Osborne. On July 5, 1941, she married Herbert Caouette, who predeceased her on November 26, 2003.

She graduated valedictorian from Brighton High School. At one time she was librarian for the town library in Brighton.

Mrs. Caouette and her late husband enjoyed traveling, gardening, knitting, sewing, and watching birds. She was a member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond and the church choir. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Island Pond. She was very active in her community with many different organizations as well as various committees in her church; however her biggest joy and love was her family and their get-togethers. She was very proud of all her children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments, and her greatest concern was that her family was all okay and in good health.

She is survived by her children: Richard Caouette of Rutland, Linda Goulet and her husband, Craig, of Island Pond, Janis Barnes and her husband, Burton, of Island Pond, Christine Hill of Fair Haven, and Eileen Bailey and Teresa Caouette, both of Island Pond. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; her brother Lynwood Osborne and his wife, Helen, of Alabama; and her sister Ruth Perrier of Burlington.

She was predeceased by three brothers: Maynard, Donald, and Robert; and by her sister Joanne Hill.

A Mass was celebrated on December 14 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Brighton Rescue Squad in care of Derby Line Ambulance, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

 

Roy C. Cote

Roy C. Cote, 66, of North Troy, died suddenly on December 12, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on February 25, 1951, in Newport to the late Levi and Sylvia (Jones) Cote.

Mr. Cote was the owner of Roy Cote’s Taxi for many years. He enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, hunting, and using word search books. He shoveled walkways for St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy and he also took people on errands and appointments. He also shoveled driveways for elderly people and delivered meals in North Troy on Christmas. He helped his great friends Donald St. Onge and Durward Starr with many things. He was always on the road but rarely for himself. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone if needed, even to a stranger. He was always willing to help, and he loved to pick and joke with everyone. He had a heart of gold.

He is survived by his siblings: Beverly Morse of Jay, Grace Gardner of Millbrook, New York, Ross Cote Sr., and his companion, Janet Pepin, of Quebec, Russell Cote and his companion, Mary, of Sutton, Quebec, Roger Cote and his wife, Jessie, of Mansonville, Quebec, and Rupert Cote and his wife, Jeannette, of Manchester, New Hampshire; by two aunts: Ruth Hastings of Knowlton, Quebec, and Esther Jones of Vale Perkins, Canada; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters: Charlotte Linton and Margery Page; three uncles: Buddy Hastings of Knowlton, Kenneth Jones of Mansonville, and Lawrence Jones of Vale Perkins; two brothers-in-law: Freddie Morse of Jay and Roswell Gardner of Millbrook; and by his sister-in-law Sandy Leavitt Cote.

Funeral services were held on December 16 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with Pastor Rick Shover officiating.

Spring interment will be in Jay Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Church, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

 

Michael John Hamer

Michael John Hamer, 69, of Greenville, North Carolina, formerly of Newport Center, died peacefully in his sleep on December 10, with his longtime friend Amy Hazard by his side.

He was born June 6, 1948, to Aline Fortin and Bill Hamer. He and his sister, Joan Hamer, grew up on their family dairy farm in Newport Center.

Mr. Hamer graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport in 1966. He studied for the brotherhood at Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Essex, New York. He attended Johnson State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Vermont in 1973.

He joined the VISTA anti-poverty program, serving first in New Orleans and then Greenville, where he settled in the mid-1970s, and became an integral force in the local music scene and volunteer community. He was among the first to become, in 1983, a Witness for Peace in Nicaragua.

After a diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, he completed rehab at Pitt Memorial Hospital. In 1986, he joined the English faculty at East Carolina University, where he taught until 2013.

He lived for many years on Park Avenue, where his home was the site of frequent celebrations that centered around good food, music, and his large cast of friends.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair for 33 years, he remained active as a singer-songwriter-band leader and as a community volunteer in many organizations, including Greenville’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the Support Team for Adaptive Recreation, the Friends of Greenville Greenways, ReLeaf, and the Pamlico Tar River Foundation. Friends may remember him by contributing to one of these organizations or to the nonprofit of their choosing.

He is survived by his sister Joan, who lives at their home; his nephews Bill and Dan Cellucci; his niece Colleen Rush; several cousins; and many excellent caregivers, including, most recently, Patricia Williams.

There was a celebration of life, led by the Reverend Bob Clyde, on December 15, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville.

 

Reginald Dean Hunt

Reginald Dean “Reg” Hunt, 97, a longtime resident of the St. Albans area, died on December 12, 2017, at the Northwestern Medical Center with his family and friends at his side.

Born in North Troy, on August 25, 1920, he was the son of the late Oliver Hazard Perry Hunt and Anna Gertrude (Goodwin) Hunt. In 1940, he married the former Ruth Esther Ladd who predeceased him in 1987.

Mr. Hunt was a 1938 graduate of North Troy High School and then owned and operated Hunt Gas and Appliance from 1949 to 1965, after which he was employed at R.L. Vallee. Later he joined Vermont Gas Systems, which was bought out by the Gas Company of Vermont, first working in St. Albans then in Barre. He retired in 1982. After his retirement, he moved to Island Pond where he managed the municipal water system. He retired from that position at the age of 92 in 2013. In 2013, he moved back to St. Albans and resided at the Holiday House.

He was a former member and Deacon of East Charleston Congregational Church and was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans. He was a proud and longtime member of the Kiwanis Club in Barre, a past master of Franklin Lodge #4 of the Free and Accepted Masons in St. Albans and a member Island Pond Lodge #44. He also was an officer with VAST and had served on the St. Albans Town School Board. Mr. Hunt enjoyed wintering at the Pelican Pier in Ellenton, Florida, and the adventures with his good friend, Gene Boren.

He leaves two children: Patricia King and her husband, Edward, of Benson, and Richard Hunt and his wife, Marlene, of Newport Center; three grandchildren: Tom King and his wife, Beth, of New London, Wisconsin, Karen Shields and her husband, Kirk, of Benson, and Heather Hawa and her husband, Kemal, of Vienna, Virginia; three great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Katherine Hawa, and Emily Shields; and his very close friends Gene and Marge Boren and their family of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hunt was predeceased by his son Dean in 1948; and his siblings: Carlton P. Hunt, Bert Hunt and Barbara Fauchs.

Funeral Services were held on December 18, at the First Baptist Church in St. Albans, with Pastor William Simmons officiating. Spring interment will be held in the North Troy Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 29 Congress Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

To send Mr. Hunt’s family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory please go to his online guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

 

Aimee Rose Laplume

Aimee Rose Laplume, 95, of Newport Center, died on December 13, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on September 16, 1922, in St. Odilon de Beauce, Quebec, to Anselme and Albertina (Boily) Boily. On July 4, 1939, she married Armand Laplume who predeceased her on April 12, 1975.

Mr. and Mrs. Laplume lived in Derby Line, where they raised their four children, while Mr. Laplume worked for Earl Hackett Farms. In 1960, they purchased a farm on the City Farm Road in Newport Center, where they lived until 1990.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Newport, and the Daughters of Isabella, the Ladies of St. Anne of Newport, and St. Edward’s Ladies Altar Society.

Mrs. Laplume loved to play bingo, and loved snowmobiling, canning, gardening, and going to the senior meals.

She is survived by her children: Roger Laplume and his wife, Lucille, Paul Laplume and his wife, Pauline, and Pauline Raboin and her husband, Gerard, all of Newport Center; by her grandchildren: Peter Laplume, Susan Leclerc and her husband, Philippe, Marielle Brown and her husband, Chris, John Raboin and his wife, Violet, Alan Laplume and his wife, Rachel, and Diane Laplume; by her great-grandchildren: Danielle and her husband, Joe Demers, Crystal Leclerc, Alan and Zackrey Laplume, and Nicholas, Ryan, Kyle, and Alexander Brown.

She is also survived by her siblings: Simone Laplume and her husband, Adrien, of Magog, Quebec, and Bernadette Fortier of Courcelles, Quebec; her stepbrother Andre Clouthier and his wife, Jeanne d’Arc, of St. Joseph de Beauce, and Arsene Clouthier and his wife, Desneiges, of St. Marie de Beauce; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Gerard at the age of three; by her brother Armand Boily; and her sisters: Lucienne Carrier, Irene Bauglois, and Rita Clouthier; and by her brothers-in-law: Leandre Clouthier, Edmond Carrier, and Leandre Fortier.

A Mass was celebrated on December 18, at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, officiated by the Reverend Rijo Johnson. Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

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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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