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.

Share

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.

Share

Obituaries November 1, 2017

Charles Frederick (Williamson) Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Charlotte Brousseau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Richard Clayton Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Daniel Cote

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

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

His brother Rene predeceased him in 2005.

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

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

 

Madeline (Amyot) Descheneau

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

She was a loving wife of the late Ernest Descheneau.

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

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

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

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

Burial followed in Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow.

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

For further information, please visit [email protected].

 

Eva E. Quijano Fearino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Maurice Tunney Ingalls

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

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

Through hard work and sticking together, the family survived.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences are at curtis-britch.com.

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

 

Diana Lee Kahlstrom

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

William T. Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share

 

Florida Elise Brodeur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert Joseph Cadieux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John Ferrara

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cecile M. Quirion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jude K. Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wesly Allen Warren

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share

Obituaries October 18, 2017

Effie M. (Hall) Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Madeleine Daignault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

William George Strouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thelma L. Willis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share

Obituaries October 11, 2017

Brent R. Amyot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reginald W. Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Michael J. Hunt

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

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

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

He was employed as a produce manager for Price Chopper.

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

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

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

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

 

Myrtle (Rollins) Jerzykowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Kenneth E. McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thelma L. Willis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share

Obituaries October 4, 2017

Kenneth Phillip Aiken

Kenneth Phillip Aiken, 62, of Newport, died unexpectedly at his home in Danielson, Connecticut, on September 25, 2017.

He was born on May 24, 1955, in Newport to Durward and Dorothy (Ostrout) Aiken. He married Brenda Challinor when he was 18 years old. This December would have marked 44 years of marriage.

Mr. Aiken lived most of his life in Connecticut with his family. He was a truck driver for many years prior to suffering from a stroke. For most of his career he worked for Superior Bakery in Thompson, Connecticut. He enjoyed taking his daughter, Tara, and niece, Emily, in his trailer truck as he drove throughout New England. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He was often very quiet, but was the type of person that could make anyone smile and laugh. Mr. Aiken was famous for being able to nap anywhere at any time, no matter the number of kids running around making a ruckus. He had a love for NASCAR, going to the casino, driving truck, and watching wrestling. He was an amazing man who worked hard his entire life to provide for himself and his family. He will forever be loved and missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Aiken, of Danielson; his daughter Tara Aiken and her long-term boyfriend, Daniel Paine, both of Putnam, Connecticut; his grandsons: Jared Jordan and Oliver Paine, both of Putnam; his mother Dorothy Aiken, and his brother Keith Aiken, both of Newport. He was also survived by his brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Durward Aiken; his brother Kermit Aiken; his in-laws Gloria and James MacKenzie; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, October 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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

 

Nicholas Bryan Carpenter

Nicholas “Nick” Bryan Carpenter,18, of Coventry, died suddenly in Croyden, New Hampshire, along with Michelle Fenimore, 20, in a car crash.

Mr. Carpenter was born on July 2, 1999, in Burlington, to Melissa Currier. He was a perfect young gentleman and very outgoing, passionate about life, amazing, and loving. He grew up in Vermont, attended Derby Elementary School and North Country Union Junior High School. He completed his senior year with online courses while working full time. His first job was at Wendy’s in Newport, then JC Penny’s in Bennington, and later JC Penny’s in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. He will always be remembered as a goofy, fun-loving kid, compassionate, and living life to the fullest. He made everyone smile. He died with Michelle Fenimore who was like a sister to him.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his parents: Melissa Currier and James Morse of Coventry; his siblings: Trevor Morse, Jonathan Carpenter, Christopher Carpenter, Jaime Morse, Daniel Carpenter, and Amber Salzmann-Morse and her husband, Kenneth; his nephews William and Alexander Salzmann; his nieces Victoria and Penelope Salzmann; his grandmother Anne Griffin; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends.

A celebration of his life was held on October 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, officiated by the Reverend Laurence Wall.

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

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

 

Donna V. Chrisomalis

Donna V. Chrisomalis, 62, of Derby, died on September 29, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 5, 1955, in Newport to Helen (Beck) Pond and the late Victor Pond.

Ms. Chrisomalis was employed as a quality control inspector for Revision in Newport. She enjoyed watching birds, fishing, going to yard sales, gardening, crocheting, and she loved her grandchildren and their visits.

She is survived by her children: Ellen Coderre and her husband, Donald Jr., Eric Smith and his wife, Laurie, and Shawn Connary and his wife, Lori; by 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her mother Helen Pond; and by her siblings: Victor Pond Jr. and his wife, Sandy, Goldie McPhaul and her husband, Richard, and Sheila Stinson and her husband, James.

She was predeceased by her father, Victor Pond, on March 18, 2011; and by her sister Diane McCleod.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 6, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Mike Haddad officiating. Interment will follow in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Michelle Jaclyn Fenimore

Michelle Jaclyn Fenimore, 20, of Brownington died suddenly on September 22, 2017, in Croydon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 23, 1997, in Staten Island, New York, to Jennifer Rhodes and the late Josef Fenimore. Throughout her life she was a shining light and beautiful soul.

She grew up in Vermont and attended Derby Elementary School and North Country Union Junior High School, and graduated from North Country Union High School in 2015. Her first job was at the Derby Village Store, where her smile was a fixture and she made many close friends. She was most recently a jewelry consultant for JC Penney in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She was very good at her job and very proud of her accomplishments.

Ms. Fenimore loved dance; she was a member of the North Country School of Dance beginning at the age of four, and also a member of NCU Dance Company. She was a lover of all animals and brought many home to be cared for or re-homed. She will be remembered most for her incredible generosity; even as a small child she always preferred to do for others rather than for herself.

Nicholas Carpenter, who was like a brother to her, died with her.

She is survived by her parents, Jennifer Rhodes and Daniel Rich; by her grandparents: Reg and Marte Rhodes of Derby, Jean Fenimore of Staten Island, and Perley and Donna Rich of Canaan, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her siblings: Lauren Alice Blu Rich of Derby Line, Perley Rich of Derby Line, Clayton Rich of Newport, and Natasha Rich of Groton. She also leaves behind her fiancé and love of her life, Trevor Morse, of Brownington; her uncle David Rhodes and his partner, Cynthia Jordan, of Newport; her aunt and uncle Joanne Fenimore Hardman and Thomas Hardman of Staten Island; her uncle Raymond Karkutowski of Staten Island; her future mother-in-law Marie Struss of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

The Peter Ste. Marie family (especially Deana), as well as the family of Sally Maxwell, Ashley Wright, Heather (Wright) St. Onge, and Gywn Moulton were all integral parts of her upbringing and held a special place in her heart. She was also survived by two special family friends, Jeffrey and Colleen Newbegin. She was predeceased by her father, Josef Fenimore; and her aunt Kathryn Karkutowski.

Funeral services were held on September 29 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.

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.

 

Viateur Gerard Fortin

Viateur Gerard Fortin, 91, of Derby Line, died of natural causes on September 30, 2017, with his family at his bedside.

Mr. Fortin was born to Albetina Lessard and Cyril Fortin on June 10, 1926. He was one of seven siblings who grew up on their dairy farm on Nelson Hill. He graduated from the Rock Island Elementary School in eighth grade in order to help his parents run the family’s farm.

On October 13, 1951, he married Theresa Perreault of Irasburg and bought the family farm from his parents. They had ten children and together ran the farm for 25 years before selling it to their son Guy Fortin in 1975. Shortly after this, his first marriage was annulled and Mr. Fortin started a new chapter in his life when he married Rita Fuller of Newport. Together with her four children, they embarked on a new life. They were married for 33 years. During these years Mr. Fortin enjoyed working in his sawmill or woodworking shop, producing maple syrup, and gardening. He appreciated nature as one of God’s greatest miracles, and was happiest when harvesting the fruits of his labor and sharing them with family and friends.

Mr. Fortin is survived by his wife Rita Fortin; his two sisters: Rita Peterson of Lyndonville, and Yolande Osowski of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey; by Rita Fortin’s children: Terri and her husband, Christopher Hunter, of Lyndonville, Holly and her husband, Jeff Whitehead, of Lyndonville, Christine and her husband, Kevin Amyot, of Westfield, Douglas Fuller of Wentworth, New Hampshire; and his children: Cecile and her husband, Claude Gaboriault, of Barton, Annette and her husband, Steven Cross, of Derby, Richard Fortin of Island Pond, Marcel Fortin of Underhill, Agnes and her husband, Marc St. Laurent, of Bradenton, Florida, Mark Fortin and his wife, Sandra, of Glendale, Arizona, Irene Fortin-Champine of Pittsford, Rachel and her husband, Keith Twofoot, of Brownington, Robert Fortin and his wife, Kim, of Goffstown New Hampshire; by his grandchildren: Dustin and Caitlyn Hunter, Joshua Seidenberg, Cameron and Connor Whitehead, Tyler and Hannah Amyot, Scott and Donald Hubbard, Ashley and Travis Cross, Jennifer Robare, Stephanie Cyphers, Stacey Fortin, Jeremy Fortin, Dustin and Erica Fortin, Danielle, Alicia and Christopher Fortin, Renee and Vanessa St. Laurent, Benjamin and Leah Champine, Shawn and Kyle Fortin, Raven, Randi, and Robert Naramore, and Taylor and Michael Fortin; by his great-grandchildren: Eva and Remy Whitehead, Nathanial, William, and Madison Hubbard, Keenan and Rianna Hubbard, Ava and Jacob Robare, Sawyer and Sabrina Cyphers, Josephine Fortin, Owen and Grant Donahue, Addy Naramore, and Walter Champine.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Bernadette Fortin of St. Johnsbury, Cecile Fortin of Lebanon, New Hampshire; and his brothers: Alexander Fortin of Hartford, Connecticut, Maurice Fortin of Derby Line, Reginald Fortin of Derby; and his son Guy Fortin of Lyndonville.

A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse- Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Douglas Joseph Hanrahan

Douglas Joseph Hanrahan, 49, of Randolph, died on September 25, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a brief and sudden illness.

He was born on February 22, 1968, in Biddeford, Maine, to Sharon (Harmon) and William F. Hanrahan. He spent his entire childhood living in Maine, the majority in Farmington, where he graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1986.

After high school, Mr. Hanrahan enlisted in the Army and became a German linguist. He lived in Germany for almost two years and fell in love with the country, the food, and the beer. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1990, and in 1992 graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in criminal justice. In 1994, after moving from Maine to Wisconsin and then finally to Vermont, he married Alicia McKenny, and they settled down in Newport. He began working for the department of corrections that same year.

Mr. Hanrahan was an avid hunter. Each year he would hunt in Maine and Vermont with close friends and family, loving the chase almost as much as he loved to revel in others’ successes. He especially loved going to deer camp, most likely due to the camaraderie, family bonding and storytelling almost more than the actual hunting. While he was always in search of the elusive white-tailed deer, he could not seem to find the heart to hunt the deer that his wife fed in the driveway (all 18 of them). He agreed that it was just too much fun watching their silliness from the bedroom window.

He had a gift when it came to telling a story or a joke. Depending on the topic, he could either make you spit out your drink or split a gut by laughing so hard. His amazing mind and quick wit meant that very few topics were off limits. Many of his stories stemmed from the antics of the three precocious Hanrahan brothers (and one Hanrahan sister), his Army buddies, or from his more than 20 years working for the Department of Corrections (DOC).

His incredible mind was also used for good. He was very proud of his work at DOC. Whether he was a unit officer, shift supervisor, or chief of security, he was passionate about the security side of corrections. He was honest, reasonable and practical. It was all about protecting staff and inmates and although the past year was especially stressful for him, he still believed in the principles of the system.

Mr. Hanrahan was an incredible dad to his beloved daughters. He has successfully transferred his love of the New England Patriots on to both of them, who will carry on his tradition of rooting for them for years to come. For the last three years, he has taken the family to pre-season games, which was the highlight of the summer for him and for them. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia (McKenny); and twin daughters: Serena and Bailey; his siblings: William and his wife, Lisa, Jeff and his wife, Amy, and Kelly and her husband, Tim (Bourassa); as well as his beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his dad and mom in 1992 and 2005, respectively.

No services are planned. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.

 

Gloria G. Robillard

Gloria G Robillard, 88, of Brownington, died peacefully on September 26, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on February 6, 1929, in St. Johnsbury to Donat and Millicent (Jacques) Gosselin. On June 4, 1949, she married Emmanuel Robillard, who predeceased her in 2003.

She was a member of St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans, as well as St. Benedict’s Church in West Charleston.

She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She was a seamstress for many years at the glove factory in St. Johnsbury and also at Slalom Ski Wear in Newport. She also helped her husband on the family farm. Mrs. Robillard loved to watch the wildlife around her home, with birds and deer being her favorite. She enjoyed time with her family and going out to eat with family and friends.

She is survived by her two children: Rita Driver Johnson and her friend, Raymond Durgin, of Derby, and Paul Robillard and his wife, Darlene, of Brownington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sheila Driver and her friend, George Weber Jr., of Derby, Shawn Driver of Derby, Scott Driver of West Charleston, Zachary Robillard and his wife, Brandy, of Brownington, Jacque Robillard of Brownington, Seth Robillard and his friend, Nicole Jones, of Craftsbury, Christopher Robillard and his wife, Brooke, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Jasmine Glodgett and her husband, Ezra, of Island Pond; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters: Gertrude Simons of West Burke and Louise Smith of Poincianna, Florida.

She was predeceased by two brothers: Maurice Gosselin and Eugene Gosselin; and by her son-in-law Marc Driver.

A Mass was celebrated on September 30 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Gordon N. Stafford

Gordon N. Stafford, 78, of Island Pond, died on September 25, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on October 19, 1938, in Island Pond to Leon and Mary (O’Gorman) Stafford. On November 20, 1965, he married Mary A. Miclette who survives him.

Mr. Stafford entered the United States Marines and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Canadian National Railroad as a welder.

He held memberships with the Order of the Masonic Lodge #44 of Island Pond and American Legion Post #80, and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. He was president of the Republican Party in Island Pond, a state representative for 14 years, a member of the National Rifle Association and the Knights of Columbus, and a state champion on the all-Army pistol team for the Vermont National Guard. His hobbies included motorcycles, hunting, and shooting, and he was a member of the Civil War Round Table. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Stafford, of Island Pond; by his children: Timothy Stafford of Waitsfield, Paul Stafford and his wife, Paula, of Berlin, and Sharon Stafford of Highgate; and by his grandchildren: Tristan, Sage, Jack, Jake, and John. He is also survived by his twin brother Gregory Stafford of Island Pond; and by his sisters: Jane Othot and her husband, Richard, and Joan Stafford.

A Mass was celebrated on September 30 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment with full military honors followed in St. James Catholic Cemetery.

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

 

Barbara L. Stevens

Barbara L. Stevens, 99, of Barton, died on September 17, 2017, surrounded by her family at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on July 27, 1918, in East Warren, to Alfred and Barbara (Blake) Leno. In 1940 she married Nelson Stevens who predeceased her on July 19, 1998.

She held many jobs and most recently was a cook at Lake Region Union High School where she retired in 1975. She enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards, making crafts, board games, reading, snowmobiling, and especially celebrating Christmas with her family.

She was a member of the West Glover Congregational Church where she was a Willing Worker and a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Christmas Club and a lecturer for the Glover Grange # 272.

She is survived by her children: Gary Stevens of Albany, Rebecca Griffin and her husband, Ron Moss, of Zephyrhills, Florida, Jeffery Stevens and his wife, Pamela, of Barton; by her foster son David Griffin of Brattleboro; by her daughter-in-law Rachael Stevens of Newport; by eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and by her special friends Polly and Leo Gendron; her childhood friend Jessamine of Waitsfield; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Nelson Stevens III on February 10, 2017; by her brothers: Corcell, Cyrill, and Leighten Leno; and by her sisters: Sharlene St. Dennis and Julia Powell.

A graveside service was held on September 22 at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the West Glover Congregational Church, 2516 Bean Hill Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Clair L. Young

Clair L. Young, 71, of Craftsbury Common died in Morrisville on the morning of September 30, 2017.

He was born October 23, 1945, the son of the late Henry A. and Bessie (Taylor) Young. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964. He was drafted into the U.S. Marines and did a thirteen month tour of duty in Vietnam. He worked as a carpenter in his own business. He loved sugaring. He married Dianne Young on October 4, 1969.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Dianne. He is also survived by his brothers: Robert and Joseph and his wife, Jeannine; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Frank, Fred, and Henry Young; and by his sister-in-law Priscilla Young.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Per the family’s request there will be no calling hours.

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

Share

Obituaries September 27, 2017

Loriann Lawson

Loriann Lawson, 46, of St. Johnsbury died suddenly on September 19, 2017, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 1, 1971, in Springfield, to Evelyn (Jenness) Bullis and the late Robert Bullis.

She received an associate’s degree in computer technology. Among her hobbies she enjoyed ’80’s music and arts and crafts. She was a very religious person.

She is survived by her children: Carrieann Osmer of Madisonville, Kentucky, Merrill Blair of Lyndonville, Nicholas Granai of Georgia, and BreAnn Libby of Kentucky; and by her grandchildren: Rayn Peppin, Dalan Larkins, and Rayven Bowen. She is also survived by her brother John Libbey and his two daughters.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Bullis.

Funeral services were held on September 23 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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

 

Bickford C. Libby

Bickford C. Libby, 86, of Orleans, died on September 21, 2017, in Barton surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 28, 1931, in St. Johnsbury, to Clarence and Alice (Smith) Libby. On October 17, 1962, he married Audrey Rexford who predeceased him on October 15, 2012.

Mr. Libby was road commissioner for the town of Barton for many years, and also owned his own business. Although he wore many hats, there was one thing he always had time for and that was family. His strong desire and dedication in life gained the love and respect of many. He always tended to others before himself, making sure everyone was taken care of.

Among other things, he enjoyed spending time with his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, watching them grow. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and baseball (he was a Boston Red Sox fan), reading, doing puzzles, and plowing snow. His family will cherish all of the memories from his love of telling stories, spending time at his family farm, and taking road trips.

He is survived by his children: Connie McCoy of Brownington, and Donna Driver and her husband, Bill, of North Troy; by his grandchildren: Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, Timothy Marckres and his wife, Angel, Jennifer Driver, and Danielle Driver; and by seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at the family’s convenience at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Laurie Jean Parmenter

Laurie Jean Parmenter, 56, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on July 21, 2017, surrounded by family, after many years battling cancer.

She was born on December 23, 1960, in Burlington, to Donna Rae Parmenter. She was adopted by her grandparents at the age of five. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1978. Years later, she reconnected with her mother and four brothers in Arizona.

She worked in the newspaper business for several years and loved being with her family.

She is survived by her daughter Meghan Kathleen Parmenter; her brothers: Scott Rivard and his wife, Kim, and their families, Jeff Rivard, and Tim Rivard and his wife, Melissa, and their families.

She cherished her grandchildren: Kaylee, Hunter, Shawn, and Sophia. They were her pride and purpose for living on through seven years of cancer treatments.

Her dear friend Connie Krosschell became a lifeline and made herself available at all times to meet her needs.

Ms. Parmenter had an unwavering faith in God and His will for her life.

Others who survive her are: her aunt Nancy Parmenter-Allen and her husband, Charles; her cousins: Cathi Judd-Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, and their seven children and their families, David Judd and his daughter Emily; her aunt Jessie Percy-Parmenter; her cousins: Cindy Parmenter-Patenaude and her husband, Donald, and their families, Valerie Parmenter-Spooner and her husband, Jim, and their families, Michael Parmenter and his family, Barry Parmenter, and Danielle Paquin.

She was predeceased by her brother Stephen Rivard; her grandparents: Theodore Parmenter Sr., and Catherine Allen-Parmenter; her uncle, Theodore Parmenter Jr.; and her mother Donna Rae Parmenter.

A committal service will be held on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m., at the North Troy Cemetery on Cemetery Road in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.

 

Philip H. Sherlaw

Philip H. Sherlaw, 84, of Derby, died on September 16, 2017, in Derby.

He was born on March 9, 1933, in the town of Newport to Floyd and Ila (Sanborne) Sherlaw.

On April 29, 1961, he married Stella Twofoot, who predeceased him in 2001. Mr. Sherlaw has had many occupations in his life, including farming, running a sawmill, and logging.

He is probably best known as “the wood man” by many residents of the Northeast Kingdom. He spent a lot of years splitting up and delivering firewood to homes in this area. He also liked to spend time at the sugarhouse “overseeing” the sugaring operations with Doug and Fred.

He loved his family and always had a smile on his face whenever his grandchildren or great-grandchildren were near. He loved dogs and had many four-legged companions over the years.

Mr. Sherlaw is survived by his son Doug Sherlaw and his wife, Brenda, of Derby; his daughter Tracey Paul and her husband, Claude, also of Derby; and his stepchildren: Bonnie Little, and Steve and Larry Griggs. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Fred Sherlaw and his wife, Amy, Melinda Henderson and her husband, Jay, Kyla, Emilie, and Julia Paul, Rockie Griggs and his wife, Leesa, Jen Bowen, and her companion Buck Dube, Sarah Bidwell and her husband, Kyle, Travis Broe and his wife Crystal.

He has many great-grandchildren who he adored and who will miss their “Big Poppa.”

He was predeceased by two stepchildren: David Griggs and Joyce McCoy.

A graveside ceremony was held on September 25 at the Derby Cemetery with Pastor Paul Prince Jr. officiating.

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

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

Share

Obituaries September 20, 2017

Joyce E. Baraw

Joyce E. Baraw, 69, of Newport Center, died on September 10, 2017, at her home with her family by her side.

She leaves her husband David Baraw of Newport Center; her children: Mary Ellen Wheeler of Morrisville, Tina Richardson and her husband, Ken, of Lowell, Joanie Beauregard and her husband, Rob, of Enosburg Falls, Travis Lee Baraw of Newport Center, and Alice Perry and her husband, Ralph, of Stowe. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Tammy Gilfillian and her husband, Ron, of Holland; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

 

Omer P. Choquette

Omer P. Choquette, 77, of Derby, a well-known local businessman and the beloved husband of Rita Choquette, died on September 16, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on March 16, 1940, in North Troy to the late Leo and Gracia (Beaulieu) Choquette. On December 16, 1967, he married Rita Brochu, who survives him.

Mr. Choquette was the owner of Omer Choquette Trucking and Excavating, and served in the Vermont National Guard for six years.

He enjoyed going for rides with the family, and going to Florida for the winter in their motorhome. He took great pride in seeing that his equipment always looked and ran like new. He loved the time that he spent with his grandchildren, and liked living with his dog “Kaya” that he seemed to inherit from his son. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. Mr. and Mrs. Choquette also enjoyed going out to dinner with friends.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons: Scott Choquette and his partner, Richard Bilodeau, and Marc Choquette and his wife, Katie; his grandchildren: Logan and Olivia Choquette; his siblings: Pauline Choquette, Lucille Cadieux and her husband, Robert, Richard Choquette and his wife, Darlene; his sister-in-law Gloria Choquette; and by his nieces and nephews: Gerard Choquette and his wife, Diane, and their two sons: Marcel and Michael, Randy and Wendy Choquette, Tina, Vickie, Darren and Shawn Cadieux, and Jason, Jonathan, and Nicole Choquette.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Roger Choquette.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 22, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Choquette’s memory to the oncology department at North Country Hospitel, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Arthea J. Lafoe

Arthea J. Lafoe, 67, of Brownington, died on September 15, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1950, in St. Albans, to Arthur and Abby (Clapper) Ashline. On September 29, 1979, she married Roland Lafoe, who survives her.

Ms. Lafoe loved her family and grandchildren, and loved spending time with them. She loved having people around and also loved to cook. Everyone loved her food, especially her mac and cheese.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children: Paul Martin of Tennessee, Shannon Byers and her husband, Chad, of Lowell, and Megan Brace of Richford. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Baylee, Mackenna, Colby, and Paul Martin III, Logan Degree and Tamera and Tony Brace. She is survived by her siblings: Steven Ashline and his wife, Mary Jane, of Swanton, Diane Adams and her husband, Robert, of Barton, and Robin Ashline of Richford; by her niece Renne Martinez and her husband, David, of Brownington; by their children: Tia and Carlos Martinez, Tori Adams, Caitlyn Gage, and Damion Gage; and by her great-niece Miss Hailey Jean.

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

 

Maria Seguin

Maria “Mary” Seguin, 92, formerly of Island Pond, died peacefully in Forest, Ontario, on August 24, 2017.

She was born on September 19, 1924, in Czechoslovakia, a daughter of Peter and Maria Ivanco.

Mrs. Seguin retired as a supervisor at Alcan (aluminum) in Arvida, Quebec, having been an employee there during her entire adult life.

She was an excellent cook and baker, and at summer’s end, canned many jars of pickles and other produce. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, eating out, and visiting.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roland Seguin, and later, Walter Seguin (cousins). She was the beloved mother of the late Robert Seguin.

She leaves her granddaughter Kimberly Habra and her husband, Anthony; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Pauline Brown and Helen Biermat, all of Canada; and was predeceased by her sister Annie Boris, also of Canada.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Franchesca Jodrey of Berlin, New Hampshire; and her brother-in-law Jean Paul Seguin and his family of Stanstead, Quebec. Her nieces, nephews, and close friends fondly remember her.

Interment will take place at the Derby Line Village Cemetery in Derby Line, next to her beloved husband, Walter, on Friday, September 22, at 3 p.m., with Deacon Ward Nolan officiating.

Share

Obituaries September 13, 2017

Roger Ernest Berard

Roger Ernest Berard, 55, also known as Beige, Raji, Jammie Man, Smoothie, and Poppi, died on August 22, 2017, in his childhood home in Barton, surrounded by his loving family after a short yet fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. He is now reunited in the mysterious beyond with his wife, Loli, and their firstborn son, Jason.

Born on August 21, 1962, in Newport, to Gilles Berard and Jeannine Vezina Berard, he always marched to the beat of his own drum. A musician extraordinaire with perfect pitch, Mr. Berard was a drummer since the age of 13 when he joined his mother’s country-rock band, the Shangri Las. His love for music led him through life, playing in several bands including St. Elmo’s Kettle Band, Magnum, Fingertalk, Free Fall, Science Fixion, and Zero Gravity, along with various jazz trios and quartets. He toured around the country and the world, eventually ending up in Burlington, playing regularly at Nectar’s in the early ’80s. It was in Burlington where he met the love of his life, Loli, and they began their life and family together.

Mr. Berard was a loyal employee of FedEx for 22 years where his precision and efficiency were able to shine every day. In late December, the most stressful time of the year for many curriers, he donned a red striped hat with two jingle bells, delighting his customers and delivering joy wherever he walked.

An awesome father to his four children, his home was always open and welcoming. He was generous and playful, quick with a quip and first to correct, laid-back yet here, there, and everywhere. His heart was large and accepting, never holding on to any hard feelings or bothering with grudges. He simply loved spending time with people.

Though gone from this physical world, Mr. Berard will never leave the hearts of his parents, Jeannine and Gilles; his brother Paul, his sister Lynne; and his uncle Pete. He is forever loved and adored by his remaining children: Roger, Lucas, and Sophia; his son-in-law Luke; and his grandson Cosimo. His extended family and in-laws, his many friends near and dear, and most anyone who had the pleasure to have met him will miss his unique charm and incredible character.

In lieu of a service, Mr. Berard’s family and friends celebrate his life in every drum solo on a tabletop, crack of the pool balls, swing of the golf club, Ping-Pong match, batch of popcorn, every harmony (sung just right), and every gathering with music, laughter, and love.

 

Andrew J. Domina

Andrew J. Domina, 94, of Barton, formerly of Newport, died on September 5, 2017, in Barton.

He was born on July 6, 1923, in Derby Line, to Hector and Marie Rose (Couture) Domina. He was a veteran of World War II. Early in his life he was employed by the former Lewis Dairy, and later at Butterfield’s Tap and Dye in Derby Line, where he retired after 30 years of service. He also owned and operated the Hillside Sharpening and Odd Jobs.

He enjoyed reading, and his biggest accomplishment was traveling to Egypt to see the pyramids by himself.

He is survived by his children: Wayne Domina of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barbara Martin of St. Johnsbury, Martha Brown of Orlando, Florida, Joy Madrona of Miles City, Montana, Margaret Domina of Westfield, John Domina of Westfield, and Bruce Domina of Marshill, North Carolina; by his sister Mary White of Bedford, Quebec; and by many nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is predeceased by his siblings: Jack, Laurent, Bernard, Camille, Leonard, and Francis St. Sauveur, Genevieve Burlton, and Alice Rodrique.

A graveside service with full military honors was held on September 9, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau officiating. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Kenneth I. Griswold

Kenneth I. Griswold, 71 of Troy, formerly of Canton, Connecticut, died peacefully surrounded by his family on, September 5, 2017, after a brief illness.

He was born on February 25, 1946, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Ernest and Alice (Bailey) Griswold.

After serving in the United States Air Force he moved to Canton and spent the rest of his career working for SNET America, in telecommunications. After retiring he moved to Troy, where he made many close friends. In his retirement he became a certified harness driver and enjoyed spending time with friends at the races. Mr. Griswold also became an avid snowmobiler and a member, volunteer, and director of the Country Riders, with whom he rode thousands of miles each winter. He was always happiest when enjoying the outdoors with his beloved English mastiff, Tess, and his many friends and neighbors. People were always welcome to ride through his property or visit his pond as long as they stopped to say hello. Mr. Griswold was also an experienced maple syrup maker who constructed his very own sugar shack.

He is survived by his two sons: Kyle Griswold and his wife, Kristie, of Canton, Keith Griswold and his wife, Kim, of Suffield, Connecticut; and his three grandchildren: Alexis, Keith Jr. (KJ), and Kendra. He also leaves behind a brother Dan Griswold of Stratford, Connecticut, and Linda Griswold of Niantic, Connecticut, with whom he spent many years. Other than his parents, he was predeceased by his brother John Griswold of South Windsor, Connecticut.

A celebration of Mr. Griswold’s life will be held on Saturday, September 23, at the American Legion located at 254 Dominion Avenue in North Troy, from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Country Riders, P.O. Box 26, Troy, Vermont 05868.

 

Norma J. (Chayer) Hayes

Norma J. (Chayer) Hayes, 54, of Barnet, died September 9, 2017, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on October 11, 1962, a daughter of Rodney and Nancy (Mitchell) Chayer. She graduated from Lyndon Institute and received her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in human services. For many years she worked for the Vermont Agency of Human Services and more recently for the Department for Children and Families.

Ms. Hayes loved the outdoors — be it biking, kayaking, or camping — and held a very strong passion for music of all kinds.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Hayes, of Barnet, whom she married on August 21, 2010; three children: Preston Ellsworth and his wife, Jillian, of Waterford, Joanna Hayes of Sheffield, and Alena Hayes and her partner, Wayne Johnson, of St. Johnsbury; two grandchildren; her mother, Nancy Mitchell, of Barton; three sisters: Andy Young and Rhonda Chayer both of Barton, and Phyllis Robinson of Lisbon, New Hampshire, a brother Rodney Chayer of Waterbury; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

In keeping with Ms. Hayes’ wishes, private services will be held.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to any fund or organization that assists children.

      Laugh when you can

      Apologize when you should

      Let go of what you can’t change

      Life is too short to be unhappy

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

 

Rose Quarmby

Rose Quarmby, 92, of Derby, died on September
4, 2017, in Derby.

She was born on June 10, 1925, in Hull, United
Kingdom, to Edwin and Rose Hannah (Lamb) Balding. On
November 30, 1946, she married Alec Quarmby, who survives her. She received her education in the United Kingdom.

Mrs. Quarmby was employed by Automatic Signal Company in Norwalk,
Connecticut, where she worked on circuit boards, and later was a soldering
technician for Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was a veteran of
World War II, serving in the British Army where she was a cook and met her future husband, Alec.

She enjoyed sewing, swimming, and skiing in
her younger years, and ballroom dancing with Mr. Quarmby. She fostered many children while living in California.

Besides her husband of Derby, she is survived by her children: Donovan Quarmby Sr. and his wife, Linda, of Derby, Geraldine
Rogers and her husband, Gary, of East Barre, and Dorian Quarmby of Newport; by her grandchildren: Donovan
Quarmby Jr. of Gilbert, Arizona, Amber Sitar of Charlotte, North Carolina, and
Summer Stelter of Newport; by her great-grandchildren:
 Brielle, Brynn, and Trey Quarmby of Gilbert, Ethan and Keira
Sitar of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rex Stelter of Newport.

She was predeceased by her sister Enid Bell; and by two brothers:
 Norman and Leslie Balding.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 15, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 37 Lake Road in Newport. The Reverend Kelly Deslauriers will officiate the service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made
to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive,
Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Newport Foster Parent
Association, care of Tammy Lalime, 100 Main Street, Suite 230,
Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Joyce Winifred (Morey) Simons

Joyce Winifred (Morey) Simons, 70, died peacefully on September 3, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her partner of 32 years Girard “Boot” Boutin of Evansville; her sons: Jay W. Simons and his wife, Julie, of Bolton, and Lance E. Simons and his wife, Carolyn, of Claremont, New Hampshire; and her grandchildren: Bruce Simons, Jack Dubuque, Ben Dubuque, Jay B. Simons, Samantha Smith, Samantha Corbett, Bryan Simons, Lauren Dubuque, Justin Corbett, Carmen Simons, Noah Simons, Gunnar Simons, and Evan Simons. She is also survived by her cousin and best friend Marge Degreenia Carter. Ms. Simons also leaves nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family with whom she was very close.

She is preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Gertrude Morey of Sutton (and later Lyndonville); her two brothers: Irvin Morey of Island Pond, and Bradley Morey of Pompano Beach, Florida; and two of her sons: Ronnie B. Simons of Coventry, and Adam B. Simons of Evansville.

Ms. Simons was born on March 27, 1947, in Sutton, to Alvin and Gertrude Morey. She graduated high school from Lyndon Institute in 1965. After high school she and her husband Earle Simons started a family farm and welcomed their four sons into the home and set about teaching them a solid work ethic. Her sons remember her as a generous and kindhearted woman who could never turn anyone away. She dedicated her time to the patients at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton. She is well known for welcoming stray animals and people into her home. Chris Toupin, Francis Bachelder, and several other children spent much time in her care. In later years she became a loving caregiver to Richard Gagnon who predeceased her in 2014.

She was an avid reader and a skilled craftsperson who enjoyed participating in craft fairs and competitions. She proudly displayed her many awards for her wreaths, dolls, doll clothes, canned goods, and other household creations.

A memorial was held on September 9 at the Brownington Center Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ms. Simons’ name to the Brownington Center Church.

 

Denise M. Valley

Denise M. Valley, 83, of Barton, died peacefully on September 1, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Valley was the loving wife to Roger R. Valley, who predeceased her.

She was one of twelve children born to Joseph and Florida Paquin of Barton. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and later obtained an associate’s degree in accounting.

She is survived by her children: Douglas A. Valley and his wife, Liz, and James R. Valley and his wife, Charlene; her grandchildren: Sara Crehan and her husband, Seth, Greg Valley and his wife, Kristin, Ryan Valley, and Crystal Ortyl and her husband, Richard; and by her great-grandchildren: Halyn Valley, Camden Valley, Kendra Cekala, Brayden Cekala, Austin Crehan, Paisley Crehan, Kolton Ortyl, and Tatum Ortyl.

Mrs. Valley is also survived by her longtime companion and confidant, Raymond Campbell.

She is also survived by two siblings: Patrick Paquin and Adrienne Brault.

Mrs. Valley was a devoted Catholic who’s life revolved around her family, gardening, and working on her manicured lawn. She was a great role model to her family and will be missed greatly.

She was proud of her Barton community and provided service to support the town in the form of tutoring students on reading skills in the school system, developing requests for grants for funding various town projects, and providing audit support utilizing her accountant skills.

A graveside service is planned for Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Share