Obituaries July 17, 2013

obit brownMargaret (Leclair) Brown

Margaret E. Brown, 93, of Derby died peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, at home, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born on October 7, 1919, in Newport, the daughter of Gerald and Isabelle (Hill) Leclair.  As a girl, she lived in Newport and Montpelier, but returned to Newport as a young woman.  There she met Donald Brown and they were married on April 8, 1939.  They raised their family and worked on the family farm until they retired in 1981.

In the late 1950s, she took a job as a nurse’s aide (LNA) and worked the night shift at the hospital in Newport for over 30 years.  She will be remembered for her gentle caring for those in need.  If someone was sick or in need of a hot meal, Mrs. Brown was there to help.

Family was the center of her life, and she was always pleased to have folks drop by for a visit.

She is survived by her son Elwin Brown and his friend, Donna Higginson, of Mt. Dora, Florida; her daughter Elfrieda (Effie) Brown of Derby; ten grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and by four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Brown; her son Charles Brown; and by her grandson Jeffrey Lawson.

A hillside memorial service will be held at a later date on the Brown family farm.

Joseph Emmanuel Barker

Joseph Emmanuel Barker, infant son of Jonathan and Carolyn Barker, died on July 6, 2013, in Newport.

He is survived by his parents Jonathan and Carolyn Barker of Coventry; a sister, Clara Rose Barker, of Coventry; paternal grandparents:  the Reverend Dr. Frederick Barker and his wife, the Reverend Carol Ann, of Derby; maternal grandparents:  the Reverend Dr. Michael Stine and the Reverend Lisa Stine of Pennsylvania; his paternal great-grandmother Ann S. Barker of Stamford, Connecticut; his maternal great- grandparents:  Robert Feher and his wife, Alice, of Arizona; his aunt Stephanie Stine of Pennsylvania; and by his uncle Jeremiah Barker of Derby.

A funeral service was held on July 12, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Youth Program, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit ChaffeeEdward E. Chaffee

Edward E. Chaffee, 88, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on July 12, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born on February 14, 1925, in Newport, son of Walter and Flora (Shastany) Chaffee.  On July 19, 1956, he married Rita Goodenough who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II, and he received the European Campaign Medal.  He was employed for 43 years by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, from which he retired in 1986.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.  He enjoyed ice fishing and the company of his loving family.

He is survived by his wife Rita Chaffee of Manchester; his children:  Sonia Lund and her husband, David, of Roseville, California, Lynn Hare of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Heather Bollett and her husband, Keith, of Weare, New Hampshire, and Scott Chaffee of Manchester.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Bethany Labrecque, Brittany Labrecque, Michaela Ridenour and her husband, Matthew, and Christian Hare; and by his great-grandson Logan Ridenour.  He is also survived by his sister Priscilla Maslack of Essex Junction; his sisters-in-law:  Caroline Dopp of Derby, and Mary Chaffee of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Ted and Dick Chaffee; and by his sister Helen Chaffee.

Funeral services were held on July 16, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit CoutureLindsey M. Couture

Lindsey M. Couture, 19, of Keene, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died suddenly, on July 7, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Winchester, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 4, 1993, the daughter of Christopher Couture and Lisa Ross Couture, who predeceased her in 1996.

Ms. Couture loved art, her cats, and was a very social person who interacted very easily with others and loved spending time with her brother.  She was an active donor with the Red Cross blood program and volunteered for many different causes.

She is survived by her father Chris; her stepmother Roxanne Bullis Couture; her brother Christopher Couture Jr., all of Newport Center; her grandmothers:  Marlene Bullis of Newport Center, and Judy Ross of Newport, New Hampshire; and by her grandfather Ronnie Murgatroy.  She is also survived by her great-grandmothers:  Inez Couture of Peterborough, New Hampshire, and Thelma Willis of Newport; her fiancé Nick Dunton of Winchester, who is in critical condition at a Massachusetts hospital as a result of the same accident; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandfathers:  Joe Bullis and Everett Ross; her great-grandfather Melvin Willis; her uncle Christopher Joseph Bullis; and by her grandmother Sandra Matthews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 20, at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center with Pastor Chris Barton officiating.  Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Please omit flowers.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Advent Christian Church, 128 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Rian Fabian Fried

Rian Fabian Fried of Stannard died on July 3, 2013.

He was the beloved son of Maurice and Enid Fried, and adored brother of Kim, Terry, Neal, Toby and Brett Fried.  He was the loving father of Dorigen Hofmann, and cherished husband of Rachel Hexter Fried.

Mr. Fried and Doug Fleer of Greensboro established the Clean Yield Asset Management in 1984, dedicated to socially responsible investing.  Mr. Fried, as president of the Clean Yield, in Norwich, took the trust his clients placed in him with solemnity and responsibility and he thoroughly enjoyed working to achieve his clients’ needs.  They, in turn, found in him a friend and adviser.

He also happily served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in his adopted town of Stannard.

There are no plans for a funeral.  His ashes will be interred in a private ceremony in the new Stannard Cemetery.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, MS J5-200, Seattle, Washington 98109; or to the Stannard Historical Society, care of the town of Stannard, P.O. Box 94, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.

Now may the grace of death
Be upon him, his spirit blessed
In deep song of the world
And the stars turning, the
seasons returning, and long rest.
Wendell Berry

obit GeorgeDavid “Kirk” George

David “Kirk” George, 65, of Barton died on July 11, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and caring friends.

He was born on February 24, 1948, in Nova Scotia, Canada, the proud son of David Lloyd and Doris (Kirk) George, current residents of Barton.

His hobbies included camping, playing poker, talking to people, being with friends and family, traveling, discussing current and past world events, herbalism, attending and promoting music tours, events, and festivals, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing the many local rivers and lakes each spring, and escaping to the Florida Keys for ocean fishing.  He loved to tell fish stories, had hints and bait advice, and knew the history of the waters he fished.  He passed this love onto as many people as he could, including his four children and seven grandchildren.  He traveled the world and spoke of Clyde River and the local attractions luring folks to camp on his family’s land, visit the schoolhouse, and enjoy Vermont’s beauty.

He went to elementary school in Sydney, Canada, and then moved with his parents to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he graduated high school.  He spent most of life in Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida, and Jamaica.  When his parents needed more assistance, he came home to take care of them in their home for several years before they moved to Maple Lane Nursing Home as Mr. George’s health declined.

He is survived by his children:  Arthur George of Waterbury, Celeste Jones and her husband, Robert, of Fayston, Jesse George of Morrisville, and Willow George and her husband, Michael Seely, of Denver, Colorado; his parents, David and Doris George, of Barton; and by his grandchildren:  Ezra, Ira, and Olivia Wickwire-George, Jada, Dylan and Ethan Jones, and Madelyn Lucas-George.  He had many cherished friends, among his closest were Tony Burns and Eva Kordosova-Verge.

A private burial service was held on July 15, at the Heath Cemetery in Barton.

Online condolences may be sent to family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MeredithNorma Alberta (Christie) Meredith

Norma Alberta (Christie) Meredith of Island Pond died on July 9, 2013, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, surrounded by several family members, members of staff and resident friends.

She was born on April 16, 1920, in Island Pond, the daughter of the late Reuben and Madona (Giroux) Christie.  Shortly after graduation from Brighton High School, she married Roland Meredith, to whom she was happily married for nearly 70 years.  He predeceased her in January of 2009.

She lived the majority of her life in Island Pond where she happily raised her children.  She was a devoted wife and mother who was always happiest when her children and their friends were at home.  Evident as far as her childhood, her inquiring mind lead her to achieving success in her home making, cooking and sewing endeavors.  Though she often emphatically declared her dislike for cooking, she made many people happy at her table.  Nobody ever left hungry!

She made most of the clothing her children wore while growing up.  Her creative sewing resulted in costumes for family members who participated in local parades over the years, her crowning achievement being the many costumes she made for the Bicentennial Parade, including the George Washington uniform proudly worn by her son, Wayne Meredith.

She was particularly passionate about American history, genealogy and snowmobiling.  Memberships she enjoyed over the years were with the Girl Scouts, the Young Adults Club at Congregational Church, the snowmobile club, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Since November of 2004, she was a resident at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, where she enjoyed the staff, and their care and affections.  She befriended many residents and made them her extended family.  She readily participated in the activities offered such as trips to Wal-Mart, picnics, history and French classes, and the Barton fair.  She was an avid Bingo player, a game at which she was a constant winner.  She especially enjoyed the children who visited, sang and entertained.

She is survived by her five children:  Barbara and her husband, Wayne Hodsden, of Lodgeport, New York, Sandra and her late husband, Douglas Nadeau, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Wayne Meredith of Island Pond, Scott Meredith and his wife, Kathryn, of Island Pond, and Brenda and her husband, Paul Johnson, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts; a brother, Robert Christie, and his wife, Irene, of Island Pond; and by a sister, Roberta Lybrand, of Hollywood, Florida.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held on July 14, in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Island Pond Historical Society, P.O. Box 408, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Reginald James Prue

Reginald James Prue, 73, died peacefully on July 10, 2013, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born on September 24, 1939, in Coventry, to the union of Ozias and Pearl (Barry) Prue.  They both predeceased him, along with his sister Shirley and his brothers, Sheridan and George.

He was a paint contractor and he cut and sold Christmas trees.  He liked wearing Western clothes.

He is survived by six sons:  Randy and Stacey of Pueblo West, Colorado, Craig of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Shawn and his wife, Michelle, of Freeport, Illinois, and Reginald and Mark of Newport.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Crystal and Ashley and her husband, Bill, of Illinois, Craig and McKenzie of Colorado, and Anna, Melissa, Tyler, Caleb, and Nicholas, all of Vermont; a great-grandchild, Jessica Camely, of Vermont; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.  Interment will take place in Coventry Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit RoyerErnest P. Royer

Ernest P. Royer, 84, died on July 12, 2013, at his home in Newport Center.

He was married for 65 years to Virginia (Limlaw) Royer, who survives him.

He was born on May 17, 1929, in Newport Center, a son of Clement and Melina (Poire) Royer.

He loved spending time with family and his grandkids.  He enjoyed playing with his best friend, Missy the poodle, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, and cutting firewood.

He worked at Ethan Allen for over 15 years.  Later, he and his wife bought their farm in Coventry, which they ran for several years before building the garage, Royer’s Service Station, in Coventry, and the home where they lived.  He also did mechanic work at home.  After selling to his son, Larry, he was a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county, delivering firewood as his idea of retirement.

He is also survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; his two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Packet and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; his grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Royer and her fiancé, Jared, Mellissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee, Karissa, Bria, and Dekota; his great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy, Larry III, Amanda, Isaac, James, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, Erika, Blan, and Lexis; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; his brothers:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; his sisters-in-law:  Jeanette Royer, Noreen Royer, and Priscilla Royer; a very close friend to the family, Allan Rowell; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; his daughter-in-law Martha Royer; his parents; his brothers:  Victor, Tom, Burton, Philip, Clarmont, Clement, and Emile Royer; and by two sisters:  Emma Thomas and Gertrude Curtis.

Funeral services were held on July 17, in Newport.  Interment followed in the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 911, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Rosanna Marie (Venuto) Stevens

Rosanna Marie (Venuto) Stevens, 49, of Morgan died on July 8, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 30, 1964, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a daughter of Samuel and Blanche Venuto.  She graduated from White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, New Hampshire, in 1982.  She had many varied interests, but especially enjoyed playing guitar and singing with family and friends.  At age 12, she performed with the Doc Williams show in Whitefield.  Also at age 12, she met Dean Stevens, and they were married in Whitefield on September 24, 1983, and their marriage was sealed in the Washington, D.C., temple in 1984.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many responsible positions in that church, including relief society president, primary president, and was involved with the young women’s program and missionary activities, to name a few.  She was also a leader in the Boy Scout program of the Newport branch of her church for many years.  Her four oldest sons each served two years as missionaries, and all six sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

She will always be remembered for her loving, giving heart, and her zest for life.

She is survived by her loving husband Dean Stevens of Morgan; and their eight children:  Joshua and his wife, Becca, of Island Pond, and their children:  Dakota and Neveah; Jonathan of Newport Center, and his son, Gunner; Brandon and his wife, Ashley, of Newport Center, and their children:  Brionna and Leila; Brian and his wife, Kirsten, of Taylorsville, Utah; Dylan of Highgate Springs; and David, Laura and Julia, who remain at home in Morgan.  She is also survived by her mother Blanche Venuto of West Charleston.  Brothers and sisters who survive her are:  Bonnie Sparks of Beaverton, Oregon, Warren Yeo of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Clifford Coughlin of Tyne Valley, PEI, Canada, and Gina Pingree of North Troy.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Sam Ventuo, who died on July 8, 24 years ago; her sister Leila Price of Brockton, Massachusetts, who died in 1984; and by her brother John (Nick) Yeo of San Bernadino, California, who died in 1990.

Her memorial service was held on July 13, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send any contributions to the family of Dean J. Stevens, 144 Old McCabe Road, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

A tribute to a wonderful, Masonic friend
by Nick Burdick

With great sadness I read of Dick Hodge’s passing on June 27, 2013.  Admittedly, at the age of 89, he had lived a very productive life, and death is part of living.  However, the pain it causes is real and friends and family must endure it.

My memory of Dick is mostly through the Freemasons, although I think he was active with Boy Scout Troop #3, in Newport, when my sons were members there.  To them, he was the old man that was fun and easy to talk to.

Whenever I would go to a Masonic meeting, in Newport, in Barton for the Royal Arche, and other lodges in District #10, nine times out of ten Dick was there.  And you could count on a big smile and a firm handshake.  You could tell he was genuinely glad to see you.

Dick was active during the meetings.  If there was an issue he supported, you knew right off.  If there was an issue he didn’t support, you really knew it just as fast.

Most importantly, if you needed help with any Masonic project, Dick was there to help, with no reservation at all.  He had served Memphremagog Lodge #65, in Newport, twice as worshipful master.  Knowing that he had sat in the “hot seat,” he was one of the first people I would talk with concerning issues when I served as district deputy grand master of District 10.  I knew that his advice would be sound and for the best interest of Freemasonry, even if I didn’t like the advice at the time.  Given time, his advice was always correct.

In the second half of the master mason degree, the most sublime degree in Freemasonry, there are parts to be played, and Dick and I would always be the sea captain and the wayfaring man.  He loved every minute of the part, but mostly he loved the idea that yet another young man had chosen to better himself and his life by joining Freemasonry.

Well, Captain, all I can say is, well done.  Canada is better off because of your life.  The United States is better off because of your life.  And certainly Freemasonry is far better because of you.

Your loving wife, Irene, daughter Faye Ann, and son Christopher, and your grandchildren, can all take great pride in the legacy you leave for us.  It will cause the pain to be just a little less for them.  And your brother Masons can be happy with the fact that you were with us.

Rest easy, my friend.  You are now in the arms of “the great architect of the Universe.”  So mote it be.

Death notice

Romeo N. Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux died on July 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle, while at home with his family.

Calling hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.  A Mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

Service

James Krieble

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Krieble will be held at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore on Friday, July 26, at 3 p.m.  The Reverend Martha Perry will officiate the service. Immediately following the service, a reception for friends and family will be held at the church.

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Obituaries July 10, 2013

obit dickinsonClarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson

 Clarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson of Irasburg died peacefully on July 2, 2013.

She was born on December 31, 1926, in Louisa, Virginia, to Richard and Isalene Sprouse.  Upon graduation from high school, she moved to the big city of Richmond to seek employment.  What she found was the love of her life, Wayne Dickinson.  They married after a six-week courtship; a marriage that lasted 52 years, ending at Mr. Dickinson’s death in 1999.  Mrs. and Mr. Dickinson were blessed with two children, Steve and Cheryl.  She was also predeceased by her son, Steve, in 1994.

One of Mrs. Dickinson’s greatest gifts was her ability to form deep and lasting friendships.  This served her well since Mr. Dickinson’s career as an aeronautical engineer took them to many places across the country.  She lived a deeply spiritual life and grounded herself in the local churches she encountered in her travels.  She served these congregations in many capacities, including becoming the first female Elder in the Mt. Healthy Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After Mr. Dickinson’s death, she moved to Vermont in 2000 to be near her family, Cheryl and Tom Stelter of Irasburg.  She made many friends and was active in the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary in Barton, the Barton Library Club and the Barton and Orleans senior centers.  She was an active member of the Irasburg United Church, serving on several committees.  Many remember her friendly smile as she sold quilt raffle tickets for the Irasburg Church Fair.

Her love for the Lord was evident to all she met.  Her gift of writing words of comfort, encouragement, and guidance was a blessing to all who received cards and notes from her.  She had a deep faith in Christ and believed in the power of prayer.  Throughout her life, she ministered to many people as an instrument of Christ.  She took special care of women and families in need, as well as many others.  She will be deeply missed.

She was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother.  Her pride and joy was her beloved family: her daughter Cheryl Stelter; her son-in-law Tom; and her grandchildren:  Leischen of Manassas, Virginia, and Grant and his wife, Summer (Rogers), of Colchester.  She was excited about her first great-grandchild, expected in November.  She also leaves her sister Cora Lee Rigsby; and her nephew Tim and his wife, Kim, and their son, Matthew, all of Savannah, Georgia.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg on Friday, July 12.  Visitation with family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.  Immediately following the service, a fellowship reception will be held downstairs in the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Irasburg United Church Building Restoration Fund, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

obit barrettAnnie M. Barrett

Annie M. Barrett, 68, of Glover died on June 29, 2013, in Glover.

She was born on October 22, 1944, in Haverhill, New Hampshire, the daughter of Mildred Stimson.

She was an LPN at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover for 25 years, from where she retired in 2008.

She enjoyed collecting stamps and post cards.  She also loved gardening and being a caregiver to others.

She is survived by her children:  Lloyd Powers and his wife Ann, of Troy, Jennifer Hinton and her husband, Robert, of Sutton, James Powers of Lyndonville, Timothy Powers and his wife, Melissa, of Sheffield, and Jana Morse and her husband, Herbert, of Derby Line; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother Archie Stimson of Sutton; and by two stepsons:  Randy Barrett of Barton, and David Barrett and his wife, Mary, of Mississippi.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Barton.  Interment followed in the Sutton Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Service

Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf

A graveside service for Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 13, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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Obituaries July 3, 2013

obit AdamsMichael G. Adams

Michael G. Adams, 70, died on June 28, 2013, at his home on Seymour Lake in Morgan.

He was born on February 19, 1943, in Burlington, to George “Ted” and Nadean (Ellsworth) Adams.  He grew up in Stowe and graduated from Stowe High School in 1961.  After graduation, he worked with his family at the Adams Mill in Moscow.  He went on to a career in construction and built many houses in the Stowe area.  His taxidermy hobby grew into Wildstuff Taxidermy.  Throughout the years, he won numerous taxidermy awards and taught many students the taxidermy trade.  Upon retirement, he and his wife owned and operated Stowe Kennel Kare in Moscow.

Mr. Adams was the epitome of a Vermonter.  He loved hunting, fishing and, most recently, cooking.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially watching his grandchildren enjoy Seymour Lake.  He was known for his tall tales and sense of humor.

He is survived by Linda, his loving wife of 40 years; his daughters:  Paige Howard and her husband, Greg, of Florence, Massachusetts, Stacey Schaaf and her husband, Bill, of Hyde Park, and Jill Manca and her husband, Tony, of Easthampton, Massachusetts; his sister Susan Adams and her husband, Larry, of Johnson; his grandchildren:  Sydney, Jocelyn, Owen, Tanya, Izabella and Lundon; and by his nieces and nephews and many other relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Ted and Nadean Adams; and by his son Alfred Adams.

Out of respect for his wishes not to have a funeral, friends and family will gather to celebrate his life at a later date, yet to be determined.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit BrownLucy Ford Bruso Brown

Lucy Ford Bruso Brown, 105, of Barton died on June 25, 2013, at her home.

She was born in Fulton, New York, on March 27, 1908, the daughter of Lucy Stancliff and W. James Ford.

In 1926 she graduated from Montpelier Seminary and worked for Missisquoi Corp. in Sheldon Springs for approximately four years.  She was also employed by American Optical in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for a short time, and then worked about 40 years for New England Telephone in St. Albans as a service representative.

On October 18, 1930, at a double wedding, she married Shirley E. Bruso, and her sister, Marjorie, married E. Merriman Brown.  Mr. Bruso died in 1971 in Florida.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of St. Albans and the Barton United Church in Barton, Telephone Pioneers of America, the Pinnacle Society of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Society, the Barton Library Club, the Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27 and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.

She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, sewing and entering contests.

In February of 1978, she married her brother-in-law, E. Merriman Brown, who died in 1993.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Joan Ford, of Harwinton, Connecticut; two stepsons:  John F. Brown and his wife, Marjorie, of Barton, and Dr. Edwin M. Brown and his wife, Patricia, of Richmond, Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes, a burial service will be held at a later date in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Barton Library, P.O. Box 549, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HodgeRichard “Dick” Newton Hodge

Richard “Dick” Newton Hodge, 89, of Newport died suddenly on June 27, 2013, following a brief and traumatic illness.

He was born in Danville, Quebec, the son of Alonzo and Rachel (Halden) Hodge on October 2, 1923.  He graduated from Asbestos High School and later received his degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal.  He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II as a bomber pilot flying the Lexington and Halifax aircrafts.  Upon his return from the war, he married Irene Fay Lavers of Ayers Cliff, Quebec, his love for 65 years.

Together, Mr. and Mrs. Hodge moved to the United States, where they resided for 58 years.  Mr. Hodge worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring as mechanical supervisor in 1986.  Mr. and Mrs. Hodge had two children, Faye Anne and Christopher, as well as two grandchildren, Richard and Myles Hodge.

He was involved in many organizations throughout his life, most notably the Free and Accepted Masons, Memphremagog Lodge #65, where twice he served as worshipful master.  He was also a Shriner.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Newport for many years, as well as Boy Scout master of Troop #3 for seven years.  He was a longtime member of the Newport Country Club, the Border Curling Club and the Gourmet Bridge Club.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities including golf, hunting and fishing, just to name a few.  In their younger years, Mr. and Mrs. Hodge greatly enjoyed ballroom dancing — they were well known for their light-footed steps.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Irene Hodge of Newport; his daughter Faye Anne and her husband, Guy Roberge, of Riverview, Florida; his son Christopher and his wife, Tina Hodge, of Littleton, New Hampshire; his grandsons:  Myles Hodge of Littleton, and Richard Hodge of Fall River, Massachusetts; his sister Betty Perkins of Ontario, Canada; his nephew Andrew Hodge of British Columbia, Canada; and by his nieces:  Suzanne Bell of Ontario, Jane Hodge of Alberta, Canada, Linda Osmond of Ontario, and Laureen Perkins of Ontario.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Alonzo and Rachel Hodge; and by his brothers:  Daniel and Douglas Hodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memphremagog Lodge #65, 41 Masonic Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 2, in Newport.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LaPlanteTerry Dean LaPlante

Terry Dean LaPlante, 68, of Derby died on June 22, 2013, at his home, with his family at his side.

He was born on July 29, 1944, in Newport, beloved son of Shirley (Judd) LaPlante and the late Arthur LaPlante.

He was a well-known auto mechanic and wrecker operator for Ken Frawley and Mulkin Chevrolet for many years.  As a teenager, he drove the hearse and ambulance for Curtis Funeral Home.  He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, where he entered on April 27, 1962.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed playing the guitar, watching wrestling, fishing, camping, and listening to country music.  He was also a NASCAR fan for Dale Earnhardt’s team.

He was very proud of his Abenaki heritage where he was of the O’Bomsawin family from the Obanak reserve in Quebec.  He was known as Lone Wolf.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, where he held the office of second and first vice-commander, and he served on the executive board.

He is survived by his children:  Randy LaPlante and his wife, Anita, of Newport, Arthur LaPlante and his wife, Monique, of Beebe Plain, Dana LaPlante and his wife, Angie, of Newport, and Shania LaPlante of Derby; his mother Shirley LaPlante of Newport; his companion Tina Gray of Derby; his grandchildren:  Danielle, Chantal, Erin, Brandon, Emma, Kaelin, and Karlee LaPlante; his former wife of 24 years, Rita LaPlante, of Beebe Plains; his stepmother Marion LaPlante of Bristol, Connecticut; his sisters:  Nancy Tanguay and Sally Lemieux, both of Newport; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Marcel Tanguay.

A graveside service was held on July 1, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shania LaPlante Education Fund, in care of Art LaPlante, Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit parenteauToi (Priwan) Parenteau

Toi (Priwan) Parenteau, 69, of Westmore died peacefully on July 1, 2013, at her home.

She was born on January 3, 1944, in Thailand, the daughter of Leongtong and Elian Empimai, who predeceased her.  On June 28, 1975, the Parenteau family welcomes Toi into their family.  On August 2, 1975, she married Brian Parenteau, who survives her.

She loved to cook for her family and friends.  She enjoyed pedaling her egg rolls and fried rice and playing tickets.  She loved being with her granddaughters, whom she was very proud of.  She was especially proud of being able to take her husband and daughter back to Thailand to reunite with her family after a multi-decade absence from her homeland.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #23 of Orleans.  She was also a member of the Thai/Laos Association.

She is survived by her husband Brian Parenteau; her daughter Barbara Lacoss and her husband, Michael, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Olivia and Bria; her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Paul and Diane Parenteau, Roy and Claire Perkins, Gerard and Ann Parenteau, Lorraine and Fred Hamel, and Steve and Theresa Kyhill; her sister Khit; her brother Hunlee; her daughter Suborn, and her children; her son Neran; and her many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sons:  Sam and Walter; her brother-in-law Leo Parenteau; her mother and father; and her father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Velma Parenteau.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to Brian Parenteau at 24 Parenteau Lane, Westmore, Vermont 05860; and to Barb Lacoss at 3009 Evansville Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Shriners Hospital for Children, Attention:  Development Department, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

obit perryPatricia A. Perry

Patricia A. Perry, 53, of Plattsburgh, New York, died on June 26, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, following a remarkably short but hard fought battle with breast cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on July 21, 1959, the daughter of Julian Ballard Perry and the late Ethelyn Roche Perry.

She worked for Homeland Security out of St. Albans.

Ms. Perry and her German shepherd, Sasha, spent many years as active members of Therapy Dogs of Vermont.  As such, they made numerous visits to people in need of comfort throughout New York and Vermont.  They also made regular Sunday visits to CVPH seeing nearly 100 patients weekly.  Cancer took Sasha last fall, leaving Ms. Perry without her constant companion of almost 12 years.  She had plans to train her new shepherd, Willow, for therapy dog work.

Besides her father and his wife, Becky Boulanger, she is survived by three brothers and their wives:  Dave and Mary Ann Perry of Landaff, New Hampshire, Michael and Tammy Perry of North Bangor, New York, and Dennis and Jean Perry of Vermont.  Also surviving are four nieces, five nephews, eight grand nieces, six grand nephews and eight cousins, including her “sister” Susan Donna Bordeau of Plattsburgh, and two aunts:  Rae Roche and Josephine Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 2.  Interment will be in Vermont at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to Therapy Dogs of Vermont or the Breast Cancer Center at Fletcher-Allen Health Care.

Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.

obit PikeGenevieve Pike

Genevieve M. Pike, 88, of Barton, longtime teacher, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on June 27, 2013.

She was born on August 11, 1924, in Barre, to Howard McKnight, whose older sisters had been born in Scotland, and he in Barre, and Mildred Bombard McKnight, whose mother had emigrated from Quebec as a young woman.

Her father worked in the offices of one of the large granite sheds, and her mother worked as a homemaker for their eight children.  Mrs. Pike was the oldest followed by Marguerite, Howard, Franny, Mary, Monica, Donny, and Barbara, who all grew up in Barre.

She received a scholarship and went to Trinity College in Burlington, where she received a degree in music.  She got a job teaching at Craftsbury Academy, where she worked for many years.  She used her education to teach English, Latin, French, and her degree to lead the chorus, for which she usually also played the piano.  Generations of students will mourn her passing, as will those teachers with whom she worked.  She also taught for a time at Hazen Union High School.

During her first year of teaching, she met a returning World War II wounded veteran, Ernest Pike, whom she married.  They farmed in Craftsbury for ten years, and their four girls — Alison, Meredith, Lesley, and Averill — were born at the farm.  When Mr. Pike became postmaster, they moved into the village, and Mrs. Pike returned to teaching.  Their son, Jeremy, was born during this period.  She was the church organist at Our Lady of Fatima church in Craftsbury Village for most of that time.  Mrs. and Mr. Pike were able to travel through the United Kingdom, and twice through her beloved France, where she had also studied language when she was younger.

Mrs. and Mr. Pike both worked more than 30 years at their respective jobs before they retired and moved to Barton, to be nearer their daughters and grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren.  Mr. Pike, known as “Buster,” predeceased Mrs. Pike last year, after 65 years of marriage.

She had raised lovely gardens in Craftsbury, and created new lovely gardens around her Barton home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton, with Father Timothy Naples officiating.  There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in her name to Craftsbury Academy, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Vida Powers

Committal services for Vida Powers will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Marguerite Ames

Committal services for Marguerite Ames will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 5, at the Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

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Obituaries June 26, 2013

obit MarandolaRonald Romeo Marandola

Ronald Romeo Marandola, 64, of Newport died on June 15, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 7, 1948, in Orleans, the son of Leo and Sylvaine (Perron) Marandola.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician.  He entered the United States Army in 1969 and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, American Legion Post #21, and the Eagles #5329.

His hobbies included fishing, bowling, and playing pool and darts.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews; his ex-wife Cora Marandola; and by his sisters-in-law:  Cheryl and Ruby Marandola, both of Newport.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Warner Marandola and Richard Marandola, both in 2006.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

George Allen Nelson

George Allen Nelson, 79, of Albany died on June 20, 2013, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

He was born on February 22, 1934, in Albany, the son of Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson.  On August 21, 1957, he married Janet Allen, who survives him.  He graduated from Orleans High School in 1952.

During his lifetime, he was a carpenter.  He helped build the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport, while employed for Malcolm Pickel.  He also built the Albany General Store in Albany.  His biggest project was building a large dairy barn for Connie Sherwin in Albany.  He later purchased the farm in 1971 and farmed until 1978.  He was then employed for 20 years for E.F. Wall General Contractor of Barre, until he retired in 1995.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, building furniture, and custom cabinetry.  He also enjoyed mowing the lawn and working in his blueberry patch.

He is survived by his wife Janet Nelson of Albany; his children:  Scott Nelson of Irasburg, Sonya Kittredge and her husband, Paul, of Albany, Shelly Morey and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Stacey Nelson of Essex Junction; his grandchildren:  Scott Nelson II and his wife, Tasha, Benjamin Kittredge and his wife, Molly, Matthew Kittredge and Jenna Morey; his great-grandchildren:  Maya and Trent; his brothers:  Carl “Tom” Nelson of Irasburg, and Roger Nelson and his wife, Bea, of Derby; his sister Ruth Lamotte of Mossy Rock, Washington; his sisters-in-law:  Sheryl Martin and Patty Martin, and their families, all of Craftsbury, and Marion Allen and her family of Burlington; a special niece, Joanne Johnson, and her husband, Gary, of Newport; and by several other nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common.  Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School Project, 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the FFA program at Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Gloria Jean Stevens

Gloria Jean Stevens, 72, of Portland, Texas, died peacefully on June 14, 2013, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born on June 7, 1941, in Albany, the daughter of Douglas and Sylvia (Sanville) Niles, who predeceased her.  On November 25, 1959, she married Bertram Smith Stevens, who survives her.

She loved traveling to Maine with her husband and two dogs.  She loved being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening to music, square dancing, bird watching, and camping.

She is survived by her husband Bertram Stevens of Portland; her children:  Howard Stevens of Raleigh, North Carolina, Keith Stevens and his wife, Bethany, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, and Valerie Dykes and her husband, Quanah, of Portland; her grandchildren:  Shawn Griffin and Jessica of Spencerport, New York, Cassandra Akey and her husband, Dean, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, Joshua Stevens of St. Johnsbury, Jessica Davis of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Lee Dykes and his wife, Alyssa, of Portland; her great-grandchildren:  Morgan Griffin, T.J. Twing, and Annabelle Stevens; her sisters and brothers:  Robert Niles and his wife, Irene, of East Charleston, Virginia Cochran and her husband, Carlton, of Morrisville, Sandy Gutzman and her husband, Walter, of Craftsbury, Shirley Kibbee and her husband, John, of Hardwick, Beverly Nadeau of Essex Junction, and Ronnie Niles of Albany; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and by her favorite aunt Mary Ingalls.

She was predeceased by her brother Reginald Niles.

A memorial service is being planned for June of 2014 in Craftsbury and in Wells Beach, Maine.

obit WatsonMarion Margaret Marie Watson

Marion Margaret Marie Watson, 79, of Newport died on June 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on January 7, 1934, in Newport, a daughter of Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

She lived all of her life in Newport.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed bowling, dancing, listening to country music, wearing her high heel shoes, and visiting her friends at the VFW.  She loved everyone.

She is survived by her sisters:  Henrietta Cromwell of Newport, and Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Albert, Edward, and Orloff Watson, Margaret Shattuck, Helena Domina, and Bettie Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  A luncheon will follow at the VFW, 141 Central Street in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the VFW Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit willeyHarold O. Willey Jr.

Harold O. Willey Jr., 81, of Lowell died on June 22, 2013, in Derby.

He was born on April 23, 1932, in Derby, a son of Ella (Judd) and Harold Willey Sr.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked for Blow and Cote in Morrisville as an equipment operator for 39 years.

Mr. Willey was an avid Red Sox fan.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding around with his companion of 12 years, Blondie, his shepherd mix dog.

He is survived by his children:  Shirleen Willey of Evansville, Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton, April Touchette and her husband, Andrew, of North Troy, Angela Willey of Lowell, and Eric Willey of Lowell; several grandchildren including Brendon and Devon Cote and Bryce and Tyler Touchette; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Curtis, and her husband, William, of Newport; five brothers:  Paul Willey and his wife, Mary, of North Adams, Massachusetts, Wayne Willey and his wife, Patricia, of Florida, Donald Willey of Massachusetts, Roger Willey and his wife, Deborah, of Lowell, and Brent Willey and his wife, Judy, of Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by four brothers:  Bruce, Dale, David, and Larry.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries June 19, 2013

obit GarneauLisa L. Garneau

Lisa L. Garneau, 51, died peacefully on June 13, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 21, 1962, in Newport, beloved daughter of Frances (Robbins) Taylor and the late Gardner O. Taylor.  On October 1, 1983, she married Roland Garneau, who survives her.

She was a cashier for the Irving Mini Mart in Derby Line.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed watching birds in her flower garden, doing crafts, scrap booking, watching NASCAR, and cheering for her favorite driver, Carl Edwards.  She loved the company of her dog, Moose.  She was always smiling, friendly, and absolutely loved visiting with her family and friends.  She especially enjoyed time spent playing with her granddaughter, Olivia.

She was certainly a stranger to no one.  She will be very dearly missed by all of her family and friends, near and far.

She is survived by her husband Roland Garneau of Derby Line; their children:  Matthew Garneau and his wife, Jennifer, of Derby, and Ashley Garneau of Derby Line; her granddaughter Olivia Garneau of Derby; her mother Frances Taylor of Derby; her sisters and brothers:  Scott Taylor of Derby, Ronald Taylor and his wife, Lynn, of Cookeville, Tennessee, Judy Parker and her husband, Keith, of Greer, South Carolina, Susan Call and her husband, David, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Patricia Gelo and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, June 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call on June 19, at the funeral home, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Cecile G. Metras Gaboriault

Cecile G. Metras Gaboriault, 87, of Rensselaer, New York, died on May 30, 2013, after a short illness.

She was born in LaPraierie, Quebec, Canada, to the late Dalma and Marie (Moquin) Metras.  She has been a resident of Rensselaer for 58 years.  She was a homemaker and was a communicant of St. John The Evangelist and St. Joseph Church in Rensselaer, attending St. John’s Church for many years.  She was a member of St. John’s Rosary Altar Society.

She was the wife of the late Roger J. Gaboriault; mother of Paul Gaboriault and Marie Ann (Jessie) Holloway, both of Rensselaer; grandmother of Christopher Halloway; and sister of Ann Nichols, Eva Domijan, Jeanne Fortin, Theresa Metras, Lucie Metras, Rita Lantagne, Alice Metras McKinney, the late Rene Metras, Moise Metras, Irene Innie, Madeline Goodsell and Onil Metras.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Rensselaer.

Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Greenbush, New York.

obit GlodgettJoshua L.L. Glodgett

Joshua L.L. Glodgett, 25, of Brownington died suddenly on June 11, 2013, in Brownington.

He was born on January 21, 1988, in Newport, beloved son of Michael Glodgett and Denise Viens.

He was a paver for Pike Industries.  His hobbies included four-wheeling, fishing and mechanics.

He is survived by his parents:  Michael Glodgett and his fiancée, Cheryl Eckel, of Brownington, and Denise Viens and her husband, John Wilson, of Concord, New Hampshire; his children:  Nicholas Michael Edward Glodgett and Braelynn Marie Glodgett, both of Brownington; his girlfriend Megan Mahoney of Rutland; his children’s mother Jessica Davis of Glover; his sisters:  Jessica Glodgett of Concord, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Glodgett of Brownington; by Ms. Eckel’s daughters:  Stacey and Jessica Eckel of Brownington; his paternal grandparents:  Louis and Marjorie Glodgett of Brownington; his maternal grandmother Carol Bancroft of Rabun Gap, Georgia; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Roger Viens of North Troy.

A graveside service was held on June 15, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to his children in care of Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PriveBeryl J. Prive

Beryl J. Prive, 86, of Newport died on her birthday, June 17, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born on June 17, 1927, in Newport, the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Cole) Webb.  On September 5, 1949, she married Raymond Prive, who predeceased her.

She was a full-time wife, mother, and homemaker.  She was a member of the Cheerful Card Company.  She was always taking care of family and relatives and was a great cook and baker, especially her homemade baked beans, homemade pickles and pies.

She had a lot of hobbies that she enjoyed through the years.  She was a big salt and pepper collector and loved collecting from each state and in Germany, with some help from her niece who was traveling throughout the different states.  She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Barton and Lyndonville fairs, picking strawberries and blueberries, going to many yard sales, putting puzzles together as well as doing crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, painting pictures, and most of all walking on her street with the Bobbin Mill girls over the years.  The Bobbin Mill girls were Beryl, Teresa (Lague) Coburn and Pauline Bouffard.

She is survived by her children:  Judith Gilman and her husband, Edward, of Newport, and Gary Prive of Newport; her sister Blendine Vance and her husband, Francis, of St. Johnsbury; her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Arthur Prive and his wife, Jeanne, of Newport, Jeannette Thomas of West Haven, Connecticut, and Dorothy Prive of Gulfport, Mississippi; and by many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by special friends:  Pauline Bouffard and Marcella Gosselin.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arnold Webb; and by her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Alberta and Rose Lamoureux, Cecile A. Prive, Cecile D. Prive and Martha Prive, Hector, Leo, Armand and Richard Prive, and Roland and Gerry Lamoureux.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call on June 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit reidDolores Carrier Reid

Dolores Carrier Reid, 83, died on May 12, 2013, in Ayr-Ayreshire, Scotland.

She was born on July 20, 1929, in Cookshire, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph Carrier and Lea Roy.  She was the youngest in a family of nine children, all of whom predeceased her, along with their spouses:  Helena and her husband, Alfred Beauregard, Louis, Sr. Lucienne of the Soeurs de la Charité de St. Louis-Lévis (SCSL), Sr. Marie-Reine of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sr. Noella Carrier SCSL, Alphonse and his wife, Noella Turcotte, Jeanne and her husband, Fernand Bolduc, and Laurian and his wife, Therese Grenier.

She leaves behind her daughter Amy Bombard and her husband, Dave, of Underhill; her nephews, whom she thought of as sons:  Michel Bolduc and his wife, Elaine, of Universal City, Texas, Frank Bolduc of Miami Beach, Florida, and David Bolduc and his wife, Louise, of Orleans; her cousin Bernadette Carrier Brault of Cookshire; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.

She lost her mother at the age of 11.  She pursued a nursing degree and graduated from Hotel-Dieu in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  She worked with Dr. Terrence Gage at the Orleans Medical Clinic for ten years, where she made many friends in the community.  She then went on to join the U.S. Army as a captain and served in Vietnam, where she worked at numerous bases caring for wounded soldiers.  She was very proud of her service and contributions to helping her fellow man.

She met her husband, Jim, in Spain and they were married on May 7, 1970.  They moved to London, England, and then to Ayr-Ayreshire, where they made their home and where she continued nursing until her retirement.  Her life was an inspiration to all whom she touched, both in sadness and in joy.

She really appreciated all those who were able to visit her in the last few years of her illness; in particular, her daughter Amy and her nephew Frank, and her niece Madeleine Carrier.

Gregory Alan Rossier

Gregory Alan Rossier, 48, died on April 23, 2013, in Indiana, following a lengthy illness.

Born on April 13, 1965, he was the second child of the late Reverend Dr. Bernard L. Rossier Jr. and Avis (Taylor) Rossier.

He attended schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, traveling with the family as his father traveled with his ministry wherever he felt “the call.”

He worked in many places as a chef, and later worked in a parts store.  At the time of his death, he had been employed by FedEx.

He is survived by his stepmother, Eileen Rossier, who came into his life when he was just five years old.  He is also survived by his brother Michael; his sister Wendy; and by his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, many cousins, and by a great-niece.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; his grandmother and grandfather Burdick (Willard “Gus” and Marjorie); his grandfather and grandmother Taylor; and by his grandfather Bernard L. Rossier Sr.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Burdick/Rossier family lot in the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

Judy Elaine Sawyer

Judy Elaine Sawyer, 63, of Newport died on June 12, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 13, 1950, in North Conway, New Hampshire, the daughter of Ralph and Almira (Frost) Stone.  On September 14, 1968, she married Raymond A. Sawyer Sr., who survives her.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1997 and later from Johnson State College with a bachelor of liberal arts degree.

Her interests were cooking and family genealogy.

She is survived by her husband Raymond A. Sawyer Sr. of Newport; her sons:  Raymond A. Sawyer Jr. of Hardwick, and Tony Ray Sawyer and his wife, Kerri, of Weare, New Hampshire; four grandchildren:  Megan, Ryan, Jacob, and Krista; her brother George R. Stone and his wife, Shirley, of Conway, New Hampshire; her sister Raylene Gould and her husband, Ron, of Wakefield, New Hampshire; and by four nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit sheltraArnold A. “Arnie” Sheltra

Arnold A. “Arnie” Sheltra, 76, of East Hampstead, New Hampshire, died on June 4, 2013, at Parkland Hospital in Derry, New Hampshire, from complications of myasthenia gravis.

He was born on September 16, 1936, in Irasburg, son of the late Howard and Eleanor (Lathe) Sheltra.

He was raised and educated in Newport, graduating from Newport High School in the Class of 1952.  After graduation, he worked for five years as a milk tester for the United Farmers Creamery in Troy.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until the end of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, earning his drafting degree in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge.  He then worked as a drafting engineer at Western Electric/Bell Labs in North Andover, Massachusetts, for 32 years, retiring in 1996.

He was very involved with scouting for over 40 years.  He served as Cub Master for Pack #33 for over ten years, and as the district commissioner and commissioner for the remaining years.  He was also involved with Troop #33 in Hampstead, New Hampshire, and helped his son David and his grandson Zachary achieve the proud honor of Eagle Scout.  David and Zachary were the first father and son ever to become Eagle Scouts in Troop #33.  He found great pleasure in teaching scouts in their quest to earn merit badges.  In his retirement, he was able to spend more time in scouting.  He also enjoyed camping and loved all sports.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alma (Gagne) formerly of Troy.  One of his favorite jokes is that he took Alma straight off the farm from Troy.  He is also survived by his son David Sheltra and his wife, Carol, of Brentwood, New Hampshire; his grandsons:  Timothy Sheltra of Steamboat, Colorado, and Zachary Sheltra of East Hampstead, New Hampshire; his brother Stanley Sheltra of East Hampstead; his camping buddy and sister-in-law Gabrielle (Gagne) Page of Berwick, Maine, as well as her sisters:  Margaret Meunier and Marie and her husband, Roger Raboin, all of Newport Center; his brother-in-law Fernand Gagne of Wales, Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery, with the Reverend George Lawson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, in care of Wendy Franklin, development office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

obit StoneBernard Francis Stone

Bernard Francis Stone, 89, died suddenly on June 10, 2013, at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitatin Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

To all who knew him, he will remembered as larger than life in every sense of the word.  A gregarious man, he loved to laugh and made anyone he met feel like they were the most interesting person in the world.

An avid gardener, sharp crossword player, wonderful dancer, expert whistler and an okay poet, he lived life to its fullest.  He felt blessed to be in such great care at Windemere, where all the female staff were the “most beautiful women in the world” and they treated him like a king.

Born in Richford to Robert Hazen and Grace Carey Stone in 1924, he was the youngest of four children.  Living on a farm amongst the green mountains of Vermont, he had an ideal childhood.  As a teen he became a downhill ski racer, which led him to serve as a ski trooper in the elite 110th Mountain Division in World War II.  He later attended Northeastern University, where he received his degree in engineering.

As a civil engineer, he worked next to Igor Sikorsky building helicopters in Bridgeport, Connecticut, then became the town engineer in Weathersfield, Connecticut, then eventually started his own business, Bernard F. Stone and Associates, in Salem, Connecticut.

He married his boss’s daughter, Charlotte Mary Judd, during the construction of the Union Village Dam in Vermont in 1948.  They had three children:  John Carey, Charles Edward and Sandra Lee Stone.

He is survived by his son Charles Stone; his daughter Sandra Stone-Benjamin; his son-in-law Michael Benjamin; and by his grandchildren:  Charlotte Rose and Samuel Stone Benjamin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte; his son John; his sisters:  Carol Clark and Shirley Palone; and by his brother Bill Stone.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at the Haynes Room at Jay Peak Resort in Jay at 5:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Service

Gerald “Gerry” K. Spaulding Jr.

A service for Gerald “Gerry” K. Spaulding Jr. will be held on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m., at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common.  Relatives and friends will gather in fellowship to honor him and to share many wonderful memories.

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Obituaries June 12, 2013

obit CarsonFlorence S. (Fisk) Carson

Florence S. (Fisk) Carson, 89, of Tallmadge, Ohio, died on November 24, 2012.

She was born in Barton.  She moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1951.

Mrs. Carson trained as a cadet nurse at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire, on a scholarship from U.S. Health Service, a division of Nurse Education.  She worked at the Akron City Hospital as a registered nurse.  She was a member of the chapel.

She is survived by her husband Bruce I. Carson; her daughter Christine A. Lowry and her husband, Robert; her son Alan F. Carson; her sister Harriet Gaffney and her husband, Roy; and by a brother, William Fisk and his wife, Dorothy, both of Vermont.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  David and his wife, Jennifer, Chalan, Michael and his wife, Kristen, Elizabeth, and Ryan; and by three great-grandchildren:  Kai, Elsa, and Rocco.

A graveside service will take place at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton on Monday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of other remembrances, memorial donations may be made to “The Chapel” for missions, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit cummingsAnn Marie Cummings

Ann Marie Cummings of Brooklyn, New York, Tarrytown, New York, Westerly, Rhode Island, and Westmore died on June 5, 2013.

She was born on Sunday, May 22, 1932, to the late Julia Fogarty Cummings and John Cummings.

As an educator for the New York City Board of Education, Ms. Cummings was passionate about making a difference in the lives of students and colleagues.  Her work of many years has touched many lives.  As her nephew-in-law Matthew Kratz recently wrote, “Ann is a blessing to everyone she meets, and an inspiration to all on how to live, celebrate and love.”  Those she leaves behind will continue to embrace the legacy of her joy of life.

A superlative storyteller, a kind, generous and thoughtful person, some of her favorite things included:  children, music, any celebration, Willoughby Lake, and time spent laughing with loved ones.  She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her sister Julia Cummings Murphy; her dear friend Dolores Grieco; her sister-in-law Marylou Cummings; ten nieces and nephews; 11 grand-nieces and -nephews; and lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by her brother James Cummings, and her nephew Peter Murphy.

Funeral services were held on June 11, in Barton.  Interment followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Francis Breadline, 135 West 31st Street, New York, New York 10001.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ruth B. Damon

Ruth B. Damon, 90, of Barton died on June 5, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 29, 1923, in Irasburg, a daughter of Arie and Myra (Denton) Kennison.  She was married to Howard Damon, who predeceased her in 1995.

She enjoyed traveling all over the world.  She liked to cook, knit for friends and family, do puzzles, play cards, and read.

She was a strong believer in keeping active and volunteered for numerous community activities, which helped her to live a long productive life.

She is survived by her children:  Terry Damon and his wife, Bonnie, of Newburg, Maryland, Marvin (Pete) Damon and his wife, Susan, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Karl Damon and his wife, Jo-Ann, of East Barre; her grandchildren:  Ann Marie Damon, Jennifer Luzier and her husband, David, Lindsay Damon-Cox, Amanda and Joe Starr, Adam Damon, Crystal Hudson and her husband, Steven, Howard Damon, Gillian Hoops, and Hatteras Hoops and his wife, Sheila; 12 great-grandchildren; and by a special, daughter-like niece, Elizabeth Cook, and her husband, Larry, and their children:  Jody Russell and her husband, Brian, and Kim Kelly and her husband, Brian.

She was predeceased by two daughters:  Nola Damon in 1960, and Lorilei Hoops in 2005.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 5, at a time to be specified later, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  This will be followed by a celebration of the life of Ruth Damon at Pageant Park in Barton for family and friends.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit degreeniaLyle G. Degreenia

Lyle G. Degreenia, 77, of Glover died on June 3, 2013, at his home in Glover.

He was born on December 29, 1935, in Sheffield, the son of Walter and Emma (Chamberlain) Degreenia.  He farmed and logged various places in Vermont and New Hampshire, and retired as a self-employed carpenter.  His hobbies included making woodcrafts, lawn ornaments, hunting and fishing.  He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the New Hampshire National Guard.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his longtime companion Wanda Reed of Glover; his children:  Terry Degreenia and his companion, Crystal Willis, of Brownington, Cathy Burns and her husband, Bill, of Florida, Carol Linscott and her companion, Richard, of Union, Maine, Walter Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Union, Darrell Degreenia of Union, and Darren Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Sheffield; 14 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his sister and brothers:  Leslie Degreenia and his wife, Patricia, of Northwood, New Hampshire, Phil Degreenia Sr. and his wife, Patty, of Sheffield, Jason Degreenia and his wife, Jossie, of Sheffield, and Georgia Newland and her husband, Harold, of Sheffield; his step-brothers:  Al MacEachern and his wife, Lise, of Barton, and Kevin Hill of Glover; his step-sister Barbara Stewart of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Degreenia; and by his siblings:  Wallace, Harold, Ronnie, and George.

A celebration of his life was held on June 8 in Glover.  Interment took place in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Wanda Reed, P.O. Box 70, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit ThompsonEleanor J. Thompson

Eleanor J. Thompson, 91, of Newport died peacefully on June 5, 2013, at her home.

She was born on October 12, 1922, in Carman, Manitoba, Canada, daughter of Charles and Grace (Neal) Wolcott of West Charleston.

After graduation from Derby Academy, she married Lawrence Thompson and moved to Marine Corp bases in North Carolina and Virginia.  After her husband’s honorable discharge from the service, she enjoyed many years in Orleans, and then Connecticut, before returning to Vermont.  She and her husband lived many winters in Florida and summers in Vermont while taking time to travel the country and abroad.  She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golf, antiquing, and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Paula and her husband, Ron, of Newport; her son Lawrence (Butch) Thompson Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Derby; and by four grandchildren:  John Scott, and his wife, Coleen, and great-granddaughter Eva Noelle of San Diego, California, James Scott, and his wife, Alicia, and great-great-granddaughter Ariel of Salinas, California, Raymond Thompson and his wife, Susan (Maxwell) of Derby, and Jeffrey Thompson and his wife, Maya, and great-grandson Kai and great-granddaughter Annabel of Burlington; and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; her parents, Charles and Grace Wolcott; her sister Ina Worth and her husband, Delmond (Speed); her brother William (Billy) Wolcott; and by her son Johnny Reilly.

A private graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit GebbieMadeline G.  Gebbie

Madeline Ruth Greaves Gebbie, 93, a long time Greensboro resident, died peacefully on June 8, 2013, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her family at her bedside.

She was born on November 13, 1919, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of the late Clifton and Dorris (Barrows) Greaves.  She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville as Valedictorian of the Class of 1937.  She continued her education at the University of Vermont, graduating in the Class of 1941, also as Valedictorian, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and was chosen to join Omicron NU, the National Home Economics Society, in her senior year.

On June 28, 1944, she married Donald McLellan Gebbie in Morrisville.  They made their home in Greensboro and in 1952 they purchased the Gebbie Dairy Farm, which they owned and operated for more than 28 years.

Mrs. Gebbie was a teacher at Peoples Academy in Morrisville and later at Greensboro High School where she taught many subjects including:  home economics, English, French, Latin, chemistry, U.S. history and music.  She was a connoisseur of the English language.

She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ, where she served as organist and chair of the “cradle roll.”  She was also a member of the Caspian Lake Grange, Hazen Road Homemakers, Retired Teachers Association, and she served as a volunteer at the Waterbury State Hospital Remembrance Project, making sure no patient was forgotten.  She was a 4-H leader and librarian, organizing the library into the Dewey Decimal System, and director of the Kazoo Band for eight years.  They entertained at many functions including the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She was a correspondent for the Hardwick Gazette.  She was given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1991 and the Greensboro Award in 1992 for 70 years of service.  She loved spending time with her family, the annual sugar-on-snow parties, and the Gebbie Ski tow, which has been running since 1960.

Survivors include a son, Peter Gebbie, and his wife, Sandra, of Greensboro; two daughters:  Patricia Mercier of Greensboro, and Susan Locke and her husband, Wilbur, of East Albany; a daughter-in-law, Aileen Gebbie, of Greensboro; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and two on the way; two sisters:  Betty Ingalls of Hyde Park, and Mary Jane McCuin of Virginia;  a sister-in-law, Betty Spring, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1980; a son, Donald M. Gebbie II, in 2003; two brothers:  Mahlon Greaves and Perley M. Greaves; and by a son-in-law, Donald Mercier.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June16, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson and the Reverend Alden Launer officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of her family in the Mitchell-McLaren Cemetery in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O.  Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont  05841.

Shirley J. Nutting

Shirley J. Nutting died on May 27, 2013.

She was born on February 12, 1940.

Ms. Nutting worked for a time at the American Optical Company in Brattleboro, and lived in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.  After the company closed in 1981, she moved back to Enosburg.

She liked to visit Glover in the summer.

Funeral services were held on May 31 in Enosburg Falls.  Her final resting place is the Enosburg Center Cemetery.

obit paradisJoyce E. (Gibney) Paradis

Joyce E. (Gibney) Paradis, 69, of Laconia, New Hampshire, died on January 15, 2013.

She was born on October 2, 1943, in Newport City, the daughter of Grace (Sanville) Gibney and Malcolm E. Gibney.  Her early years were spent in North Troy.  She lived for years in the Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area.

Survivors include her daughters:  Deborah Judkins of St. Johnsbury, and Cindy Carmen of Laconia, New Hampshire; her son Steve Carmen, of Clinton, Utah; her brother Jake Gibney of Bath, New Hampshire; her sister Betty Currie of Milford, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughters:  Roxie Carmen and Diane Mussen; her brothers:  Malcolm Jr. and Wendell Sanville; and her sister Linda Lemieux.

Graveside services were held on June 8 in North Troy.

obit  SwiftSusan Jane Swift

Susan Jane Swift of Barton died on June 6, 2013.

She was born in Enosburg on June 28, 1917, the daughter of Reverend Herbert and Pearl (Kinney) Campbell.

She was a resident of the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton and cared for by the dedicated staff for the past several years.  She lived in several Vermont towns while growing up and went to high school in Barre.  She later earned her degree as a registered nurse, and was employed at the Barre City Hospital in Barre.  She then served as a nurse at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, and as 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where she performed all general nursing duties in a paraplegic ward, and in a neurosurgical and orthopedic ward as supervisor.  She was decorated with the World War II victory medal.

After the war, she married Kenneth Swift on June 22, 1946.  They moved to Glover in 1947, purchasing and operating the general store.  They later purchased the “Shadow Lake Pavilion” dance hall and in 1963 purchased the Colonial House Nursing Home in Glover, with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers, where Susan worked as a registered nurse.  Later, they also purchased and refurbished an apartment building in Glover, again with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers.  She also loved to sing and was a member of the church choir at Glover Community Church.  She was also a member of the Barre Tones Chapter of Harmony, Inc., where she sang and performed with all the members in many locations around the New England Northeast.

She is survived by her son James and his wife, Susan, of Glover; her granddaughter Sarah and her husband, Steven Humphrey; her great-grandson Jonas of Boulder, Colorado; her granddaughter Laurie and her husband, Sam Allen, of Pittsboro, North Carolina; her son-in-law Bruce Baraw of Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth; her daughter Donna Kay; her grandsons:  Scott and Randy Neil; as well as by her sisters and brother:  Margueritte, Joyce, Cora, Golda, Agatha, and Herbert.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., at the Glover United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  Interment will follow at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with full military honors.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at the Georgetown University Hospital of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who grew up in Irasburg; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; and his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May of Utica, Kentucky and her husband, Keith, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.

Services

Lois and Roger Morin

Graveside services for Lois and Roger Morin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating.  Full military honors for Mr. Morin will be held.

Alice B. Hayes

A memorial service will be held in celebration of the life of Alice B. Hayes on June 29.  The service will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow at her late home at 537 Memphremagog Views in Newport.  All are welcome.

James McAllister

Committal services for James McAllister will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Robert J. Cilley Jr.

Committal services for Robert J. Cilley Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Kermit Aiken

Committal services for Kermit Aiken will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, June 14, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Death notice

Dolores Carrier Reid

Dolores Carrier Reid, 83, died on May 12, 2013, in Ayr-Ayreshire, Scotland.

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Obituaries June 5, 2013

obit brownSteven Sanders Brown

Steven Sanders Brown, 70, of Glover died peacefully on May 29, 2013, in his home.

He was born on August 14, 1942, in Barton, the son of Frederick and Shirley (Sanders) Brown.

He was raised in Barton by his grandparents, Reta and Fred C. Brown, and attended Barton Academy.  He was selected as a legislative page and served daily in his seventh grade year at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  He also attended Champlain Business College in Burlington.

He married Isabelle Menard on November 25, 1961.  They owned and operated the Candlepin Restaurant, Brown’s Bowling Alley, and the Cave Dance Hall in Barton, and retired after 46 years in business.

He was a lifetime member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, NRA and NRA Golden Eagles Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the Orleans Masonic Lodge #55.

He loved being with his family and their many gatherings celebrating holidays and birthdays.  He especially loved being with his grandchildren and attending their sporting, school and community activities.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed baseball and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.  He also was a true Vermont steward of his land, planting trees, gardening, working in the woods, building stonewalls and haying the fields.  He raised Hereford cows for several years and enjoyed them grazing in the fields surrounding him.

He is survived by his children:  Diane Brown of Littleton, New Hampshire, Donna Perry and her husband, Anthony, of Barton, Lisa Brown and Pauline Frisina of Rye, New Hampshire, Ted Brown and his wife, Andrea, of Glover, and Carmen Brown and Jeremy Knights of Glover; his grandchildren:  Hannah Brown, Parker Brown, Dayna Knights, Kelby Knights, Rylee Knights and Gabriel Frisina-Brown; and by his sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Roland Menard, Rita and Bob Benoit, Denise Wilkins, Frank and Sue Menard, Patty Saum, Raymond Menard, Pierre Menard, Carol and Michael Coggio, and Pauline and Ralph Nault.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Isabelle Brown on February 12, 2004; and by two sisters:  Patricia Wheeler and Jacqueline Nattress.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Barton United Church, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit CaplesRichard (Rick) C. Caples

Richard (Rick) C. Caples, 65, died unexpectedly on May 24, 2013, surrounded by his family, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction.

He was born in North Troy on June 5, 1947, the son of Edward Caples and Beverly (Bolio) Caples.

When he was young, he joined the military then worked at Jay Peak, Hayes Ford, Ethan Allen, Butterfields, and IBM.

He married Joyce (Jones) Caples on March 23, 1968.

He loved fishing, Bingo, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; his two sons:  Richard Caples Jr. and Roy Caples and his wife, Naomi, all of Derby; his grandchildren:  Savannah and her husband, Jason Williams, Ross, Heather, Patrick, Johnny, and Nicholas; his great-grandchildren:  Emmett, Wrangler, and Denim; and by his ex daughter-in-law Althea Crocker.  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Linda and her husband, Steve Star, of Florida, and Diane and her husband, Tim Bleau, of Essex; his brothers:  Spike and his wife, Mary Caples, of Mississippi, and Chris Caples of North Dakota; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by both his parents and by a brother, Kirby Caples.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

obit chapdelaineMarguerite Chapdelaine

Marguerite Chapdelaine, 94, of St. Albans, died on May 27, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 13, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Langevin) Martel.  On February 21, 1944, she married Rene Chapdelaine, who predeceased her in 2004.

Among her hobbies, she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, playing Bingo and watching westerns on television.

She is survived by her children:  Norman Chapdelaine of St. Albans, and Raymond Chapdelaine of Stowe; three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother Leo Martel; and by three sisters:  Germaine Belleville, Alexandra and Antoinette.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Gertrude M. Fontaine

Gertrude M. Fontaine, 90, of Derby died on May 29, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 9, 1922, in Newport, a daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Gokey) Cheney.  On December 29, 1947, she married Lawrence Fontaine, who survives her.

Mrs. Fontaine was postmaster for the United States Postal Service in the town of Morgan, where she retired after 12 years of service.  She also worked as a telephone operator for several years in Troy.

She enjoyed cooking, much to the delight of her family and friends.  She knitted 11,000 pair of mittens for charity and formerly worked on upholstery.

She and Mr. Fontaine made several trips to Florida over many years during the winter months.  She was always willing to give a hand to her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband Lawrence Fontaine of Derby; her children:  Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Patsy, of Beecher Falls, Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Derby; her grandchildren:  Melanie Walker and her husband, David, Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Lauren, Sarah Fontaine, Bryan Fontaine, and Adam Fontaine; her great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Sherman Fontaine; a grandson, Matthew Fontaine; and by the following siblings:  Earl Cheney, Nelson Cheney, Maynard Cheney, Edna Liberty, and Rita Berthiaume.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit hallTina Desneiges Coderre Hall

Tina Desneiges Coderre Hall died suddenly on June 1, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1967, in Ware, Massachusetts, beloved daughter of Alice (Peters) Coderre and the late Gaetan Coderre.

She loved her dogs, doing arts and crafts, going on Carnival cruises, gardening, listening to country music, dancing, and attending church with her mother.

She was a very giving and caring person who was always ready to give anyone a hand.  She was a mother who loved her children and her grandson and always treasured their time together.

She was a loving mom to her son Thomas Hall and his girlfriend, Cait Smith, of Derby, and her daughter Heather Hall and her boyfriend, AJ Stevens, of Orleans.  She loved and adored her wonderful grandson, Javein.  She will be deeply missed by her mother Alice Coderre of Derby; her brothers:  Sherman Coderre and his wife, Michelle, and Ed Coderre and his fiancée, Shirley Lawson, of Irasburg; and by her sisters:  Tealla Rodrigue and her husband, Roger, of Derby, and Trina Coderre and her fiancé, Doug LaBounty, of Lunenburg.  She will also be missed by her boyfriend Kevin Lee and his family of Newport Center; all her nieces and nephews:  Traci Rodrigue, Tasha Rodrigue and her boyfriend, Thomas Prevost, Gaetan Coderre II, Ridge Coderre, Kyle Rodrigue, and Ethan LaBounty; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Gaetan Coderre of Irasburg; and her ex-husband Lyndal Hall of Albany.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Mary B. McGavic

Mary B. McGavic, 86, of St. Johnsbury died on May 27, 2013, at the Pines Nursing Home in Lyndonville.

She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Gupton and Ethel Barbee.

She had been a nurse’s aide for many years at the New Milford Hospital in New Milford, Connecticut.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, holidays, and birthday celebrations, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

She was married to Lawrence Douglas McGavic, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children:  Patsy Ann Tompkins and her husband, Casey, of Barton, Barbara Kay McGavic of New Milford, Mary Virginia Williamson of St. Johnsbury, Wayne Douglas McGavic and his wife, Libby, of Thomasville, North Carolina, and George David McGavic and his wife, Nancy, of New Milford; her grandchildren:  Alexander and Andrew McGavic of Thomasville, and Mary Roxanne Williamson of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her great-granddaughter Mary Alice of Myrtle Beach; her grand dogs:  Keeley, Winnie and Bree; one brother, George Barbee of Clarksville; three sisters:  Marta Elizabeth and her husband, Chester, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Shirley McDaniel and her husband, Joseph, of Elgin, South Carolina, and Virginia Jordon of Florence, South Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her porch sitting buddies:  Pamela Decker of New Milford, Mary Overton of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Bob and Janet Tuthill of Sutton, who affectionately called her Elvira

Funeral services will be held at a later date in North Carolina.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, or the Barton Public Library, Main Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.pearsonsfh.com.

obit pageKenneth W. Page

Kenneth W. Page, 91, of Derby died on May 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 2, 1921, in Morgan, the son of Guy and Freda (Nichols) Page.  On April 7, 1950, he married Dorothy White, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a machinist at Linton Industries in Derby Line for many years.  His love was his appliance shop at his home in Derby, where he also enjoyed people coming to visit.

He was a member of the Church of God in Derby.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Page of Derby; his son David Page of Island Pond; his brother Bruce Page of Southwick, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Phyllis Page of Holland, and Anne Page of Florida; his brother-in-law Charles Moulton of Charleston; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Stanley Page, Floyd Page, Andrew Page, Ronald Page who was killed in action in World War II, and Ovis Page as an infant; his sister Maxine Moulton; his half-brother Ernest Wheeler; and by his half-sister Ella Grady.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Holland Methodist Church, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PatenaudeYvette L. Patenaude

Yvette L. Patenaude, 77, of Derby Line, died on May 30, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on February 25, 1936, in Lowell, the daughter of Clovis and Albertine (Beausoleil) Ranville.

Mrs. Patenaude was a cook at the Holland and Derby Line elementary schools.  Her hobbies included canning, knitting, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, tole painting, and she had a precious angel collection.  She was a wonderful mother and meme.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Alphonse Patenaude of Derby Line; her children:  Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Louise Wilson and her husband, Tom, of Mooers, New York, Danny Patenaude and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex Center, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe Plain; her grandchildren:  Erin, Monika, Whitney, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Taylor, Erin, Brandon, and Emma; and by her step-grandchildren:  Jena, Kati and Charlee.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Georgette Salafia and her husband, Henry, of Massachusetts, Priscilla Boucher and her husband, Phil, of Hudson, New Hampshire, Anna Gravel and her husband, Raymond, of Wolcott, and Laurette Beasley of Florida; and by her sister-in-law Georgette Ranville of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Michael Patenaude in 1958; five brothers:  Fernand, Roland, Leonard, Ivan, and Alfred Ranville; and by her brother-in-law John Beasley.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 880, care of Monique LaPlante, P.O. Box 195, Beebe Plain, Vermont 05823.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Brian J. Scully

Brian J. Scully of Newport Center, formerly of Colchester, died on May 29, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Healthcare in Burlington, following a short illness.

He was born on February 8, 1946, in Long Island, New York, and was the son of William and Grace Scully.

On October 3, 1970, he married Cathleen Carroll in St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, New York.

He is survived by his wife Cathleen; his loving and faithful dog, Thunder Patrick; and by his longtime friends:  Jorg and Stephanie Augie of Burlington.

He was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law Nicholas Carroll; and by his loving dogs:  Michael Gregory and Riley O’Rourke.

Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours.  Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

For those who wish, memorials in his name may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Beigh me gra duit go deo (Gaelic)

“I will love you forever,” Tootles, Cathleen

obit sinonCharles P. Sinon

Charles P. Sinon, 77, of Meriden, Connecticut, died on May 27, 2013, after a brief illness, at the Meriden Center.

He was the beloved husband of 51 years of Carol Erardi Sinon.

He was born in Barton on November 3, 1935, the eldest son of the late Charles and Alice Pudvah Sinon, and had been a Meriden resident for many years.   He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and later was employed by Pratt and Whitney.  He was a former employee of Quest Diagnostics and Pro Health of Wallingford, Connecticut.  He was active in the Eagle’s Club and enjoyed reading, attending area car shows and relaxing by the water.  He enjoyed meeting people and had the gift of making them laugh.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by his sons:  Scott Sinon and his companion, Elizabeth Byless, of Bristol, Connecticut, and Stephen P. Sinon of Bronx, New York; his daughter Patti A. Bene of Franklin, New Hampshire; his four grandchildren:  Nicholaus and Andrew Sinon, and Brandon and Megan Bene; his sisters:  Barbara Crouse and her husband, Merle, of Enfield, Connecticut, Shirley Curley of Maine, and Mary Murray and her husband, Raymond; his brother John Sinon, all of Pleasant Valley, New York; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Wallingford on June 1.  Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave, Meriden, Connecticut 06450; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at Georgetown University Hospital, of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who was raised in Orleans County; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May and her husband, Keith, of Utica, Kentucky, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.

Services

Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau

Committal services for Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries May 29, 2013

obit powersGerald Bert Powers

Gerald Bert Powers, 98, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 15, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on November 14, 1914, in Derby, to A. Thomas and Minnie Mae (Shannon) Powers.  He married the love of his life, Lucile Gardner, on July 12, 1938.  They enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage before her death in March of 2008.

His lifelong fascination with vehicles began on the family’s dairy farm, and he was hooked with the purchase of his first car, a 1928 Model T Ford, for $32.  He found his calling driving trucks, first working for George Demers out of Newport and then for St. Johnsbury Trucking.  He was the third person in Vermont to sign in for the Teamsters, and was a devoted union man for the rest of his life.

Mr. Powers served as a Private First Class in the U.S Army, Third Infantry Division, during World War II, driving as a messenger throughout central Europe.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers retired to Melbourne, Florida, in 1974, where he competed in shuffleboard tournaments and added to his collection of antique woodworking tools.

He is survived by four sons:  Dean, and Charlotte, of West Charleston, Richard of North Hero, William of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Keith of Easthampton.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, including Dean Powers Jr. of Morgan, Larry Powers of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen of Derby; and by 15 great-grandchildren.

obit reidyMichael William Reidy

Michael William Reidy, 57, died on May 17, 2013, at his home in Jay, after a long illness.

He was born on October 18, 1955, and raised in Holden, Massachusetts.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.  Mr. Reidy, sometimes known as “Full Blast,” lived his life to the fullest.  He was captain of his fishing vessel The Valkyrie, a regatta-winning sailor, and a maritime adventurer.  The world was a better place with him in it.

He leaves his devoted wife Michelle; his stepmother Phyllis Handy; his children:  Nils, Hannah, and Shon Reidy Jr., Jess and Zander Melo, Missy Ruggles, Kevin and Bethany Bonneau; his siblings:  Timothy Reidy of Colorado and Carolyn Reidy-Ruberti, Joseph Reidy, and Susan Huntington, all of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Reidy, who died in January of 2012; and his mother Ruth (Lynch) Reidy, who died in January of 1991.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m., at his home in Jay, at 135 Elm Drive, where he lived with his family.  Immediately following the celebration, he will be buried in the small town cemetery on Cemetery Road in Jay.

Anyone who would like to order flowers should contact Spates The Florist in Newport at 334-8330.  Donations are also welcome by the family to help defray expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit stoufferClair J. Stouffer

Clair J. Stouffer, 70, of Derby died suddenly on May 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 8, 1942, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Jean (Malseed) and Clair Stouffer Jr.  On June 15, 1982, he married Carolyn Rueckert, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree.  He was a teacher at West Point Prep School in Monmouth, New Jersey, for many years.  He was a member of the board of Vermont farmers’ markets and he and his dog, Eddie, were involved with Delta Pet Partner’s therapy dogs.  He loved to display at the various farmers’ markets.

He is survived by his wife, Linn Stouffer, of Derby; his children:  Jason C. Stouffer of Houston, Texas, and Ashley L. Stouffer of Newport; his brother T. Bradley Stouffer and his wife, Nancy, of Holland; his sister Charon Whitesell and her husband, Thomas, of Tequesta, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Richard “Dick” Ernest Webster

obit websterRichard (Dick) Webster, 77, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 20, 2013, with his fiercely devoted and loving family by his side.

He was born on May 27, 1935, in Island Pond, the son of Ernest and Louisa Webster.  He attended and graduated from Brighton High School in 1954.  On September 13, 1959, he married his wife, Charlotte Elaine Powers.  Together they created a family, built their own home, and spent the next 54 years traveling through the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.

He worked all his adult life for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Prouty & Miller, North Country Hospital, and later on for Pick and Shovel.  In 1992, they moved to Las Vegas to be near their beloved daughter, her husband, and their grandchildren.  In later years, great-grandchildren joined the family.  The family loved to hear his stories and he taught everyone so much.

He was a friend to everyone and helped all he knew, from building homes, to baling hay.  He was an amazing, funny, selfless, hard working man, loved by all who knew him.  He puttered all the time, right up until he passed.  He was always building something.

He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte and their loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services, as family will have a private ceremony honoring his memory at a place special to him and his family in Nevada.

Service

John Warner

Committal services for John Warner will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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Obituaries May 22, 2013

Therese A. Doyon

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Therese A. Doyon, 84, of Lowell died on May 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on October 4, 1928, in Winooski, the daughter of Leo and Aurore (Charpentier) Bonneau.
On August 16, 1949, she married Gaston Doyon, who survives her.

Mrs. Doyon and her husband farmed in Lowell for 29 years. She was a past member of the Ladies of Saint Anne and she taught catechism in Lowell for many years and she ran the kitchen at St. Ignatius Church. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in the community. She made cakes for different occasions and also ceramic arts and crafts.
She loved to have her family come for visits as she derived great pleasure from her family. She also enjoyed many activities with her husband including playing cards, Bingo, entertaining and traveling. She enjoyed bowling and going to music events with her husband and she was a diehard Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her husband Gaston Doyon of Lowell; and by her children: Madeleine Greenway and her companion, Gerry Green, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger Jr., of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother Bernard Bonneau and his wife, Fernande, of North Troy; her sisters: Martha Limoges and her husband, Real, of Troy, and Celine Leblanc and her husband, Norman, of Jericho; and by her sister-in-law Mary Bonneau of Lowell.
She was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; her granddaughter Sandra; her sister Maria Lamarche; and by three brothers: Jean Paul, Gerard, and Ange Marie.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, with the Reverend Ladislaus Whelinde celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis

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Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis, 85, died on Friday, May 17, 2013, in North Country Hospital in Newport, with her family by her side.

She was born on August 3, 1927, in Mansonville, Quebec, to Leon and and Erdine (Gibeau) Allen.
She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, holding many positions in the Troy, Newport and Island Pond chapters until she was no longer able to attend. She worked for many years as a waitress at the Green Valley Restaurant in Troy. She retired from Bogner of America in 1985. After retirement, she kept busy doing various sewing jobs and watching Tyler Paxman, from the time of his birth until he went to school. He became a very special “grandson” to her.

On May 10, 1947, she married Malcolm (Pete) Willis.

She is survived by the following family: four sons and their wives: Dennis and Linda Willis, Gary and Fay Willis, Keith and Jackie Willis, and Jim and Janet Willis; and seven grandchildren: Rick Willis and his partner, Terry Davis, Robbie Willis and his wife, Marnie, Carrie Lamadeleine and her partner, Justin Wright, Roy Willis and his partner, Athena Farrar, Jessie Willis, Melissa Laramie and her husband, Philip, and Lynn Willis and her partner, Joe Brooks. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-granchildren; her sisters: Pauline Haney and her husband, Tom, Ernestine Monfette, Albertine Woodard, and Maxlene Mongeau and her husband, Rick; her brother Lyle Allen and his wife, Sue; her sisters-in-law: Thelma Willis, Mildren Allen, Esther Allen, and Betty Allen; and by many nieces and nephews in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Quebec.
She was predeceased by her husband, Pete; her grandson David; her grandson Jason Lucier; her great-great-grandson Trevor; several brothers; one sister; and by several brothers- and sisters-in law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-aire Activites Fund, 35 Bel-aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Services

Mildred Major

Committal services for Mildred Major will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Robert Sheltra

Committal services for Robert Sheltra will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Robert Pomeroy

Committal services for Robert Pomeroy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Derby Center Cemetery.

John Curtis

Committal services for John Curtis will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Gerald Latouche

Committal services for Gerald Latouche will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Rupert Webster Sr.

Committal services for Rupert Webster Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Evelyn Page

Funeral services for Evelyn Page will be held at 11 a.m. at the Holland Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Clarence Maker

Committal services for Clarence Maker will be held at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven, with full military honors.

Glenn Bowen

Committal services for Glenn Bowen will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Philip Rowell

Graveside services for Philip Rowell will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

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Obituaries May 15, 2013

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Joel Andress

Joel Max Andress

Joel Max Andress, 81, of Newport died on April 21, 2013, while visiting his son and daughter-in-law in Clarkdale, Arizona.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth and Joseph Andress.  In 1988, he married Joanne R. “Sunnie” Andress, and they celebrated 25 years together shortly before his death.

As a young boy, his family lived for ten years on the family farm in Beebe, Quebec, where he had many happy times with his Canadian friends and with his uncle and aunt, Edwin and Eileen Earle, in Derby Line.  After moving to Wellesley, Massachusetts, he continued his schooling, graduating from Wellesley High School in 1949.  He was a veteran of the Coast Guard, serving aboard the Nantucket Lightship and also on Wake Island.  After his military service, he attended the University of the Pacific for his B.A. and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Andress joined the Central Washington University faculty in 1966 and taught classes in cartography, climatology, Asian studies and geography.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Vermont, a state he loved and remembered fondly from childhood.  He enjoyed being close once again to his Aunt Eileen and his much loved cousins, Nancy Earle, Lydia Bredemeier, Eileen Linzi and Peter Earle and their families.  He had an extensive knowledge of family history and enjoyed sharing his memories with family and friends.  He had a dry sense of humor and made a point of being a “Grandpa” who thought that each of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren should be a bit of a “scamp,” and that it was up to him to teach them.

He is survived by his wife Sunnie Andress of Newport; his children:  Peter Andress and his wife, Penny, Katy Fogg, Laura Andress, and Rebecca Reid and her husband, Ken; and by his grandchildren:  Zachery Andress, Evelyn Reid and Duncan Reid.  He is also survived by his step-children:  Kevin Henry, Tamara Wilson and Michelle Landis; and by his 18 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have fond memories of “Grandpa Joe.”  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Ruth Andress of Wellesley, and Marcia Jester of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; two brothers:  Tom Andress of Camarillo, California, and David Andress and his wife, Jeannette, of Newberg, Oregon, and their families; his brother-in law, the Reverend Gary Rolph, and his wife, Jean; and by three nephews:  Matthew Rolph, Marcus Rolph and Micah Rolph, and their families.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org.

 Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneauobit Letourneau

Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneau, 87, of Holland died on May 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1925, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.  On May 28, 1949, he married Dolorese Roy, who survives him.

Mr. Letourneau owned and operated the family farm in Holland for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, maple sugaring, family gatherings, dancing, listening to music and working in his sugar woods.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, as he was a part of the snow drifters club, and going with his wife to the Pick & Shovel on Sunday afternoons for ice cream.  Most of all he enjoyed life, his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife Dolorese Letourneau of Holland; his children:  Bertrand Letourneau and his wife, Susie, of Holland, Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth, and Richard, of Newport, and Cilla Letourneau and her wife, Lauri, of Essex; his grandchildren:  Patrick Letourneau and his wife, Sherry, of Vernal, Utah, Jennifer Martin and her partner, Joe, of Holland, Bobbi-Jo Letourneau of Holland, and Shawn Littlefield of Essex; his great-grandchildren:  Storm Lamarche of Westfield, Raven Letourneau of Vernal, Charlotte, Annabelle and Chloe-Emma (Pepe Poopoo), all of Holland; his siblings:  Paul Letourneau of Derby, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Dolores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barbara, of Derby, and Cecile Fortin of Holland; his sister-in-law Denise Bowen (Ray) of Newport; his sister-in-law Simone Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his brother-in-law Sylvia Piette of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine Letourneau; his grandsons:  Mathew Letourneau and Ben Martin; his brother Peter Letourneau; his sister Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; his sister Simone Piette; his brother Tony Letourneau; his brother Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange; his brother-in-law Henry Fortin; his sister-in-law Rena Letourneau; his mother- and father-in-law Dominique and Armosa Roy; his sister-in-law Fernande, and Laurent, Brault; and by his brother-in-law Armand Roy.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6.  Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after.  It was a name he found amusing, his family said.  Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6. Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after. It was a name he found amusing, his family said. Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

 Marcel Joseph Roberts

Marcel Joseph Roberts, 70, of Newport, a well-known local businessman, died on May 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 15, 1943, in East Albany, the son of the late John and Angela (Choquette) Roberts.

On March 17, 1962, he married Stella French, who survives him.  He attended Champlain College in Burlington, and Riesch Auctioneer School.

He was a prominent auctioneer and real estate broker for most of his life.  He was also active in farming and livestock dealings.  He was former president of the Cattleman’s Association.

In his spare time, he enjoyed frequent visits from his poker buddies for a few hands of cards and the Friday night dinners with “the crew” at the East Side Restaurant.

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329.  He enjoyed being part of the annual Orleans County Board of Realtors Christmas charity auction.  He was a past member of Newport Elks #2155.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Stella Roberts; three daughters:  Lori “Poopsie” Roberts of Derby, Diane “Tootsie” DeLaBruere of Monkton, and Sue “Suzie” Rhodes and her husband, Brent, of Derby; his only son Richard “Richie” Roberts and his fiancée, Peggy Lamonda, of Coventry; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special family friend and co-worker, Diane Parenteau of Derby Line.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Roger and Richard.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Alton Ryder

 Alton V. Ryder 

Alton V. Ryder, 78, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on April 29, 2013, at Bedford Hills in Bedford, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Portland, Maine, on December 15, 1934, the son of Ora A. and Adele (Owen) Ryder.  He was raised in Barton and graduated from high school in Plainville, Connecticut.  His stepfather Lelan Basford is remembered fondly for his guiding hand to Mr. Ryder’s upbringing.  Mr. Ryder studied physics at Brown University, graduating in the Class of 1956.

He made his home in Mont Vernon for the past 50 years.  He was curious and engaged in many things.  Work, community and hobbies were all embraced with gusto.  He had been employed as an engineer for Sanders Associates and Digital Equipment Corporation for many years where he contributed to the safety of our nation and the birth of modern computing.

He loved his community and worked tirelessly on various committees including as a cemetery trustee, supervisor of the checklist, study committee for the library and transfer station, and as a volunteer firefighter.  For several years, he served as director of the New Hampshire Cemetery Association.  For many years he could be found Easter morning in the church kitchen making pancakes and enjoying the company of his close friends.

He had hobbies — many hobbies.  A sample includes scout leader, radio-controlled model planes, beekeeping, and woodworking.  He deeply enjoyed working with the land and animals.  He kept horses, cows, pigs, poultry, and especially geese.  He had a voracious appetite for learning new things, which was an inspiration to many of his friends and acquaintances.

Family members include his wife of 55 years, Betty (Buschman) Ryder of Mont Vernon; two sons and a daughter-in-law:  Peter Ryder and Kathleen Conk Ryder of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Eric Ryder of Hillsborough, New Hampshire; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Stephen Hauser of Carlisle, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren:  Sarah Ryder, Ethan Ryder, Angus Godbout, Declan Godbout and Isaiah Hauser.

There are no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., in Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, to be followed by an informal gathering in the Round Room at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, New Hampshire 03055.

To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.smith-heald.com.

Services

 Fratia Marsh

Committal services for Fratia Marsh and William Marsh will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr. will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 17, from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

 Margaret Caouette

Committal services for Margaret Caouette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

 Pauline Turcotte Boncek

Funeral services for Pauline Turcotte Boncek will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Troy Village Cemetery.

 Oscar Robitaille

Funeral services for Oscar Robitaille will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

 Paul Marcotte

Committal services for Paul Marcotte will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

 Ruth Young

Committal services for Ruth Young will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Richard Locke

Committal services for Richard Locke will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 Dorothy Whipple

Committal services for Dorothy Whipple will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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