Obituaries November 18, 2015

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obit-vets-flag11Richard Oliver Hill, 72, of Newport Center died on November 8, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 7, 1943, in Newport Center to Clarence and Anita (Collins) Hill. On May 16, 1964, he married Claudette Chenier, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he was superintendent at the asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell for 28 years. His most recent employment was at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the beaches in Florida. He loved his family and friends and gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Claudette Hill, of Newport Center; by his children: Michael Hill and his wife, Christina, of Newport and Venice, Florida, Susan Hill of North Port, Florida, and Monique Ring and her husband, Mark, of Venice; by his grandchildren: Matthew, Joey, Nathan, Mylah, Jesse, Jake, Brittany, Sydney and Schuylar; by his great-granddaughter Kirsten; by his brother Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Rodney Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Elizabeth Jenney

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Elizabeth Jenney, 92, of East Charleston, died peacefully after a brief illness on November 11, 2015, surrounded by family at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born Margaret Elizabeth Peter in Union City, New Jersey on October 24, 1923, to Charles and Margaret L. Peter (Seggel). Early on she became known as Betty. In 1926 her family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, where she lived until 1987 when she moved to Vermont.

In the years before the construction of the George Washington Bridge, Teaneck was a rural suburb of New York City. Mrs. Jenney and her sister Connie would walk their doll carriages along U.S. Route 4, which was still under construction.  Both recalled finding Native American arrowheads in the fields near their home. They often reflected on the contrast between the “Roaring Twenties” and the struggles shared by many during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1941, Mrs. Jenney soon became the secretary to the principal of the school, a position she held until 1952. Working at the high school during the years of World War II had its share of emotional highs and lows. Many of her classmates, as well as her first cousin Harry, were lost in the war. But those were times when the country really came together. She loved the music of the “Big Bands” and enjoyed dancing to live performances of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James at places like the legendary Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. One dance was particularly memorable for both her and her sister — held at West Point Military Academy on December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked, and no one even knew where Pearl Harbor was!

On November 24, 1948, she married Wells W. Jenney, of Madison, New York, who became the first elementary instrumental music teacher in the Teaneck school system. In 1952 she left her position with the high school to raise a family. Her two sons William and Peter were born in 1953 and 1955, respectively.

In 1958, Ed Kolar, the owner of a boys’ camp in northern Vermont, hired Mr. Jenney to become the camp’s music counselor. Thus began a decades-long relationship with Camp Winape in Morgan. Mrs. Jenney became the camp’s secretary, and her husband eventually became head counselor and then director of the camp. The couple fell in love with Vermont, and the camp was a wonderful experience for their two sons, as well as Mrs. Jenney’s two nephews, and a niece who served as the camp nurse for several years.

Mrs. Jenney developed many great friends over the years in Teaneck, especially in the music world, including her dear friend Joan Witzmann, who later became her next door neighbor in Vermont. While at Camp Winape, she became good friends with Sass Kolar, who taught her to make beautiful holiday crafts and needlepoint, and inspired her interest in gardening. In her later years in Teaneck she grew close to her “spa ladies,” with whom she continued to keep in touch.

When both of her sons were enrolled in school, Mrs. Jenney resumed her career with the Teaneck school system, and coordinated the hiring of substitute teachers for the town. She was able to work at home using a new-fangled machine that allowed teachers to leave a voice message if they needed a substitute.  Those were the days when it was rare to have answering machines in private homes.

Although they enjoyed their life in Teaneck, the couple planned to retire to Vermont and bought property in East Charleston.  Sadly, those plans changed when Mr. Jenney died in June of 1978 at age 58.

Mrs. Jenney went back to work full-time as a secretary in Teaneck’s elementary schools. She especially loved working with the students at Longfellow School, which was exclusively kindergarten and first-grade children. She worked there until her retirement in 1987. During the 1980s she was a print and television model for the Perkins Agency in New York City. She made some appearances on an infomercial show of the time, “FYI,” hosted by the actor Hal Linden.

She made the decision to fulfill the dream of retiring to Vermont and build a home on the property they had bought near Camp Winape, joining her sister and friends who had also made the move to the area. She moved in on October 4, 1987 in the middle of a snowstorm — an exciting welcome to the Green Mountain State! She soon made many new friends and became active in local organizations such as the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Circle of Friends, and the Seymour Lake Association. She also belonged to the “Birthday Girls,” a group of eight close friends who celebrated each other’s special day with luncheons and gift exchanges.

Friends fondly remember Mrs. Jenney hosting a number of “silver teas” at her home for the Four Seasons Garden Club. She loved her own beautiful gardens, and looked forward to going to local greenhouses every spring to pick out the new season’s selections. She learned the skills of flower arranging and for 20 years provided the evergreen arrangements for the holiday open house at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth.

In her later years, she became an avid reader of books. Some of her favorite authors were Archer Mayor and C.J. Box. She participated in a number of book discussions with the Circle of Friends and the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby.

She is survived by her son William Jenney of Plymouth; her son Peter Jenney and his wife, Pam, and grandson Michael Jenney, all of Plano, Texas; her granddaughter Paige Balsamo and her husband, James, and great-grandson Ryder Balsamo, all of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is also survived by her sister Constance Colligan and nephew Stephen Colligan, both of East Charleston; by nieces Christine Colligan of New York City, by Margaret Weiss (Steve) of Congers, New York; her nephew Robert Colligan of Cos Cob, Connecticut; grandnieces Joanna, Laura, and Kathryn; and many dear friends.

Mrs. Jenney enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for late spring or early summer 2016.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made in her name to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Deborah Louise Lemery

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Deborah Louise Lemery, 69, of Lowell died on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born to Robert and Jessie (Dupras) Lemery on June 12, 1946, in Barre.

Ms. Lemery grew up and attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Alburgh High School. She later married Frank Jarvis, and they had three children, Todd, Tracy and Tonya. They lived in Alburgh for several years before moving to Lowell, where she lived for 35 years.

She worked in the Lowell Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and lunch manager for several years and later created Debbie’s Designs wreath business, teaching wreath-making and selling wreaths.

She was a member of the St. Ignatius Church and supported activities and fund-raisers for many years, including the Troy Area Lions Club.

She played piano and accordion and gave music lessons to many.

She was very much loved by all who knew her, and she was a pleasure to be around.

She is survived by one brother, Robert (Chug) Lemery Jr. and his wife, Aria, of Alburgh; by her children: Todd and his wife, Meghan, of St. Albans, Tracey and his wife, Jennifer, of East Albany, and Tonya Jarvis and her boyfriend, John St. Onge of Newport; by her grandchildren: Allauna Benware and her fiancé, Ryan Abel, of Newport, Monica Benware of Newport, Paxton, Keenan and Owen Jarvis of St. Albans, Jade Jarvis of East Albany, and Billy and Sabrina Jarvis; by three great-grandchildren: Rhylnd, Abel, Wryder and Waylon Chase; and by her lifetime special friend Donna (Pixie) Lyford of Chelsea, who she grew up with and who has always been there for her.

Ms. Lemery’s greatest loves were her home, family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, playing cards, bingo, scrabble, playing music and family get-togethers, and she loved animals.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to Alzheimers Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

To send online condolences, please visit www.cremation societycc.com.

 

Jacquelyn Ann Roese

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Jacquelyn Ann Roese, 72, of Island Pond died suddenly on November 2, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1943, in Rockville Center, New York, to Joaquin and Isabelle (Brumley) De Ibero.

Mrs. Roese was very active with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and the Brighton snowmobile club, and she volunteered for 25 years as an aide for the Moriches, New York, nursery school. She loved spending time with her grandchildren at the lake, and she enjoyed snowmobiling and being in the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Roese, of Island Pond; by her children: Michael Roese of Manorville, New York, John Roese and his wife, Karen, of East Moriches, New York, and Barbara Gastarik and her husband, Robert, of Manorville, New York; by her grandchildren: Andrew, Jennifer, Richard, and Rachel; by her sister Ann Jones and her husband, Bill, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; and by one niece and two nephews. She was predeceased by a brother.

A service was held on November 7. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Thomas G. Snelgrove

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Thomas G. Snelgrove, 75, of Newport Center died peacefully at his home on November 10, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 7, 1940, to William and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove. He graduated from the Montreal West High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Mount Allison College in New Brunswick, Canada.

Mr. Snelgrove was a ski instructor at Jay Peak, where he met his wife. He was also employed by Space Research Corporation and was owner and operator of Snelgrove Transport. For the majority of his life he was an over-the-road truck driver.

He was past exalted ruler of the Elks # 2155, and a member of Cars of Yesteryear. He enjoyed skiing and boating, and in his younger years he raced Flying Dutchman sailboats and played minor league hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Dianne (McNeal) Snelgrove, of Newport Center; his daughter Colleen Carman and her husband, Robert, of Naples, Florida; his sons: Trevor Snelgrove of Naples, and Scott Snelgrove and his girlfriend, Debbie Bevins, of Westfield; by his brother Robert Snelgrove and his wife, Jean Simpson, of Toronto, Ontario; by his in-laws: Brian McNeal of Newport, Ron and Rochelle Moss of Zephyrhills, Florida, Baxter and Marie McNeal of Newport, Hugh and Shirley McNeal of Newport, Burton and Gina McNeal of Las Vegas, Nevada, Barry and Suzanne McNeal of Newport, Brent and Sharon McNeal of Reno, Nevada; by his brother-in-law Pat Martin of Bend, Oregon; and his sister-in-law Cindy Snelgrove of Montreal, Quebec. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, William Gordon Snelgrove and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove; and by his in-laws Darlene (McNeal) Martin and Joan McNeal.

Graveside services were held on November 17 at Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating. A gathering at the Elks Lodge in Derby followed.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com. Cards may also be sent to 2517 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

 

Roger W. Stewart

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Roger W. Stewart, 83, of Lowell died suddenly on November 9, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Stewart never married, but family and friends were the most important things in his life. He leaves many cousins, and very close friends too numerous to mention, who will deeply miss him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Stewart, and his uncle Floyd Stewart.

He was born in Lowell on August 23, 1932. He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1950.

In 1993 he retired after 40 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now called USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He had an amazing work ethic and was just a wealth of information for those he worked with. He was very well respected in SCS, both by the farmers in Orleans County and by staff statewide.

After his retirement, he spent time working in the woods, and became well know for building birdhouses and wishing wells. Mr. Stewart, also a dairy farmer, owned Hi-Lo Farm and was very proud of his award winning registered Jerseys. He was active in the Top of Vermont Jersey Club and helped on the spring sale. He sold many animals in Jersey sales.

Mr. Stewart served as a justice of the peace and a lister for the town of Lowell. He also served as Orleans County Farm Bureau president in the early seventies.

He enjoyed going out to dine with his many friends, especially breakfast. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting. He couldn’t wait for fall when basketball season would begin. He attended games at the local high schools where he had a permanent seat. And he loved attending and following UVM girls basketball.

Mr. Stewart was like a grandfather to many children and loved to spend time with them. He was a supporter of Orleans County 4-H and for many years served as a director on the Orleans County Fair Association board. He was always willing to help with building projects, and his expertise was greatly appreciated. He worked on several buildings at the fairgrounds and volunteered for many years, selling tickets during the fair and other special events, or manning the 4-H building.

He spent time helping the Chamberlins with their sugaring operation, and traveled to Eastern States Exposition and the Fryeburg Fair, where he enjoyed meeting people and explaining agriculture to them. He loved attending the horse pulling competitions.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at the Lowell Congregational Church. Calling hours start at 10 a.m. The service is at 11 a.m. followed by burial in the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Vermont Student Development Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, Vermont 05404 for an Orleans County 4-H Youth Scholarship in Mr. Stewart’s name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert Edward Tubbert

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obit-vets-flag11On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another member of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, 94, died peacefully in comfort at Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Mr. Tubbert was known to his friends as Bob, to his grandsons as Gramps, and to his extended Meunier grandchildren family as Mr. T.

He moved to Vermont in 2009 to live with his daughter Gail. He lived in an apartment attached to his daughter’s house, which he nicknamed “perch.” Mr. Tubbert fell in his apartment recently and was unable to return to his home.

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to William and Harriet Tubbert. He was the youngest of three boys, each a year apart. He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Syracuse and the antics he and his brothers got into.

Mr. Tubbert was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Islands. He wanted to be a pilot but was refused because he was colorblind.

He married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Jane Wright, on August 28, 1945. They lived in Bridgeport, New York, where Betty had grown up and where Mr. Tubbert lived during the summer months on Oneida Lake.

He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Good jobs were hard to find. He eventually found a job at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse. Over the years he worked his way up to plant manager, where he remained until his retirement.

Mr. Tubbert was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He liked to spend hours in his woodworking shop. Playing cards was his passion.  He loved a good cigar. He was a Mason and achieved lifetime memberships after 65 years of service.

He retired at the age of 61 with his wife, Betty. They spent summers in New York and winters in Florida. They loved to spend time with friends golfing and playing cards. In their retirement years they spent many hours with their grandsons Jon and Nate.

Sadly, Mr. Tubbert was predeceased by his wife in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Gail and her husband, Bob Meunier; by his grandson Jon Meunier and his wife, Amanda; by his great-granddaughters Abigail, June and Rose Meunier; and by Nate Meunier and his friend, Ashley Robishaw-Morin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville, New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster died on November 12, 2015, at Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

She was born on May 1, 1923, in Newport. The daughter of Carrol and Blanche Hinman, she attended schools in Newport. She married Kenneth Webster on September 2, 1945. She was a member of the Chapter 25 North Star of Island Pond. After moving to Yarmouth, Maine, she worked as a baker for Yarmouth High School. She loved to knit, sew, and care for her family.

Mrs. Webster was predeceased by three brothers: Carrol Paul Hinman of Springfield, Massachusetts; David Hinman, who died in World War II; and John Hinman of Newport. She was also predeceased by her sister Terol Myers of Newport.

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Janet of Morris, Connecticut, Bruce and Nancy of Colchester, and Steve and Kathy of Otisfield, Maine; by six grandchildren; and by 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in Mrs. Webster’s honor will be held on Saturday, November 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.

 

Mary Patricia Yanacheak
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Mary Patricia Yanacheak (née Kennedy), 62, of Brownington died on November 9, 2015, in the company of her friends and family. She had suffered from amyloidosis for seven years, a rare, painful, and debilitating disease. Her death was neither painless nor serene, but she was surrounded by people she loved and who loved her.

Ms. Yanacheak was born on October 24, 1953, to Viola and Allen Kennedy at a U.S. Army base in Heidelberg, Germany. She was the youngest of five children, and the family soon moved to Holden, Massachusetts. As a child, she found her greatest peace in nature. Throughout her life she spent much of her free time hiking in the woods, binoculars at the ready, and a German shepherd at her side.

A lover of animals, Ms. Yanacheak worked at several animal shelters and always kept several pets. In her early adulthood, she often worked as a bartender. Her most meaningful vocation was in the service to animals, and later in life to the maintenance and well-being of her expansive perennial flower gardens.

Jason Kennedy, her only child, was born in 1982. She felt she lost the opportunity to pursue higher education for herself, so she actively fostered her son’s lifelong love of learning.

In March 1992, she married David Yanacheak in Michigan, where she lived until moving to the Northeast Kingdom in 2001. In her later years, Mr. Yanacheak was her constant caretaker and life support.

People remember Ms. Yanacheak best for her resilient spirit. She outlived a death sentence by seven years, and stayed active in the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #23, book groups, gravestone restoration, and gardening. She was self-reliant by nature, and was a powerful example of a strong female role model.

She is survived by her husband, David, of Brownington; her son Jason Kennedy and her daughter-in-law Khayreyah Wahaab of Auckland, New Zealand; by her sisters Gail Kennedy of Holden, Massachusetts, Sharon Harmon of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Nancy Desrosiers of Falmouth, Massachusetts; by her brother Roy Kennedy of Jefferson, Massachusetts; by her stepdaughter Marnie Yanacheak; and by her granddaughter Rita Gabriela Fuentes Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado. It should be acknowledged that two of her closest friends have been like family to her: Diane Wunderlich of Flushing, Michigan, and Marsha Cherington of Brownington.

We all hope that she finds peace in the form of a great library in the woods as her Eden. We love you.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to the Felines and Friends Foundation: http://www.fffvt.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Brownington Village Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit-algerLeona Rollins Alger

Leona Rollins Alger, 95, of Orleans died on October 29, 2015.

She was born to Howard and Ethel Rollins on December 21, 1919, in Fitch Bay, Quebec, Canada.

She was part of a large family, which included several brothers and sisters: Norman (deceased), Murray (deceased), Olive, Allen (deceased), Maynard, and Glenna.

She married Carl Alger, also of Fitch Bay, and they operated dairy farms in both Canada and in Coventry.

They immigrated to the United States in 1947. Upon Mr. Alger’s death in 1958, Ms. Alger ran the farm in Coventry alone, but she finally sold it in the spring of 1960, and took a job at Orleans Manufacturing, where she worked in the payroll division for thirty years, retiring from that position in 1990. She was missed upon her retirement, not only for her good work, but also for her doughnuts, appreciated by her whole family and many others in the surrounding area.

In 1966, she met Bruno LaBounty Jr., and they formed a companionship that lasted for over fifty years. She and “Sonny,” as Mr. LaBounty Jr. was called, enjoyed their life together both in Orleans, and in Bushnell, Florida for many years.

They spent many hours playing cards and doing for others. They attended their grandchildren’s many athletic contests and they often said that their greatest loves in their lives were for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who they took with them at every opportunity.

Ms. Alger is survived by her husband, Bruno LaBounty; her daughter Beverley Alexander and her husband, James, of Berkshire; her son, David Alger and his wife, Nancy, of Lexington, Kentucky; her daughter Cheryl and her husband, Richard, of Wolcott; and her grandchildren: Shelly Kelley, and Carl Alger, both of Lexington, Jo Ann Laggis of Fairfield, James Edward “Teddy” Alexander of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Jennifer Clapp of Wolcott, and Jeremy Holton, who predeceased her. Ms. Alger was not only “Grammie” to her grandchildren, but also to her great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly: Ms. Laggis’ daughters: Alexandra and Kelley; Mr. Alexander’s son Jimmy, Ms. Kelley’s daughter Courtney, and son Isaiah, Carl Alger’s daughter Amanda, Ms. Clapp’s son Benjamin, and Mr. Holton’s daughter Ayauna.

In accordance with Ms. Alger’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral. Anyone desiring to make a donation in her memory may make one to the Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

obit-guyetteGlenn Edward Guyette

Glenn Edward Guyette, 74, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, a philanthropist and a veteran, died on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire, with his loving wife by his side, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on June 17, 1941, in Irasburg. He attended Irasburg school, Orleans High School, Norwich University, and Keene State College.

In 1963 he married Janice Cummings, and together they had two children: Douglas and Faith. Mr. Guyette, staff sergeant E7, was in the service of his country for 24 years with the Army National Guard in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He worked as a teacher at Lisbon Regional School for 27 years, donating his time and skill to his community. He served as a member of the Lions Club, and the teacher’s association. He was a technology student association advisor, a student council advisor, and was awarded best coach by his team. A unique soul, Mr. Guyette was dedicated to problem solving to make the best decision. He enjoyed construction, creation, and collecting.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his wife; his brother Gleason and his wife, Charlotte; two sisters: Louise Gunther and her husband, Richard, and Laura Fontaine and her husband, Ferdinand; his two children; and his four grandchildren: Victoria, Andrew, Angelina, and Nathan.

A memorial service was held at the Saint Rosa Lima Church in Littleton on Monday, November 2.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Guyette’s name to the Saint Catherine’s Church or Saint Rosa Lima, Lisbon Lions Club, the Lisbon Regional Student Scholarship, or the Food Bank at the National Guard Amory in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

 

obit-Reilly-newDelle (Blanchard) Reilly

Delle (Blanchard) Reilly, 93, died peacefully on October 31, 2015, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born in Newport on May 11, 1922, and was the daughter of Clarence and Annie (Hanson) Blanchard.

Ms. Reilly graduated from Newport High School, then moved to Hartford, Connecticut. In 1946, she married Arthur Frank Reilly, who predeceased her in 2001. They had two children, David and Jane.

Ms. Reilly had a very successful 30-year career with the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Human Resources. Later, her work evolved to the creation and teaching of language strengthening courses for administrative personnel.

She never lost her love of Vermont and after her retirement and her husband’s major stroke, they returned to their cottage on Lake Memphremagog. Eventually, they joined Ms. Reilly’s sister Claire in the family home on the Bluff Road. Her faithful, 19-year devotion to her husband’s care was very much admired by her family and friends.

Ms. Reilly’s natural green thumb expressed itself in her love of gardening and landscaping as was evident around her home on the Bluff Road. After her husband’s death, she was able to be active in her church, which she very much enjoyed.

She was a great lover of animals and it was an important part of who she was.  She volunteered for many years at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter at their spay/neuter clinics.

She was very much loved by all her many sisters and her brother: Marjorie Marois, Muriel Hudson, Gwendolyn Benaroya, Jan Allison, Claire Blanchard, and Alden Blanchard, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her children: her daughter Jane Housewright and her husband, Willis, of West Hartford, Connecticut; her son David Reilly of Catoosa, Oklahoma; her daughter-in-law Darlene Reilly-Lengyel of Monroe, Connecticut; her sister Jan (Alta) Allison of Manchester, Connecticut; and her brother Alden Blanchard and his wife, Marilyn, of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kathryn Housewright of Burlington, Meghan Housewright of Washington, D.C., and Christopher Reilly of Monroe, Connecticut.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to either The Newport Baptist Church, 834 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit-Thompson-VETDelbert M. “Bud” Thompson

Delbert M. “Bud” Thompson, 90, of Barton died on November 2, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 10, 1925, in Craftsbury to Charlie and Inez (Bidwell) Thompson.  On October 14, 1950, he married the former Arlene Robinson, who predeceased him on March 22, 2014.

Mr. Thompson was an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing. He retired in 1990.

His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, yard work, reading, listening to country music, and watching westerns. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his son David Thompson and his wife, Wanita, of Barton; his grandchildren: Meghann Roberts and her husband, Lewis, of Barton, and Derek Thompson of Herndon, Virginia; his great-grandchildren: Joshua Thompson, Owen, Ava, Levi, Calvin Roberts; and his siblings: Donald Thompson of New Haven, Connecticut, Gerald Thompson of White River Junction, Richard Thompson and his wife Huguette of Sheffield, and Madelene Robinson of Lyndonville; brother-in-law Alden Robinson of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Lloyd, and Wayland; and his sister Thelma.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Interment was in Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit corlissEdwina Mae Corliss

Edwina Mae Corliss, 76, of Sheffield died at her home on Sunday morning, October 25, 2015.

She was born on April 14, 1939, in Topsham, daughter to the late John E. and Beatrice Mae (Currier) Jenkins. She grew up in Lyndon and graduated from the Lyndon Institute with the Class of 1957.

She married Myron A. Corliss in 1958. They shared 57 years together, living in Sheffield for the past 50 in their home. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Sheffield for 30 years, and was postmaster for the last 13 years when she retired.

Ms. Corliss loved flowers and in her spare time she tended her flower gardens religiously. She loved to go berry picking and didn’t mind driving her car through a thicket to do so. She was involved in 4-H for many years. She was a foster parent and dearly loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband; her son Clifford and his wife, Rachel, of Lyndon Center, and their children: Chelsey Corliss, Cameron Corliss, and Clifford’s son Eric Corliss and his wife, Destiny; her daughter Colleen Bowen and her husband, Ted, of Newark, and her children: Lindsay Miller and husband, Donald, Devin Carten and her husband, Matthew, and Nicholas Thompson; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her foster son Timothy DeGreenia and his wife, Janet, of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and their sons: Timothy and Tyler DeGreenia.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 30, at the Guibord Funeral Home with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating. Burial followed at the Newark Cemetery in Newark. The family had a celebration of life at the Town Hall in Sheffield after the graveside services.

Online condolences at guibordfh.com.

 

obit GradyJohn F. Grady

John F. Grady, 59, of Newport died there suddenly on October 29, 2015.

He was born on May 23, 1956, in Springfield to Arthur and Ella (Wheeler) Grady.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed fishing, and watching wrestling on television. He was a collector of Matchbox cars.

He worked for several years at Ethan Allen in Island Pond.

He is survived by his siblings: Tom Grady and his wife, Sandra, of Newport, James Grady and his wife, Joann, of West Burke, and Barbara Choiniere of Abbyville, South Carolina; and by his sister-in-law Bonnie Lewis of Alpine, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Roy H. Lewis; and his parents.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, with the Reverend Douglas Carter officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Elizabeth L. (Savage) March

Elizabeth L. (Savage) March, 89, died on Monday, October 26, 2015, at her home in Newport. Her children and daughter-in-law were by her side when she peacefully and comfortably passed.

She was born on April 13, 1926, in Newport. Ms. March, or “E,” as she was affectionately called by everyone, was the daughter of Bernard and Ruby (Calkins) Savage.

She married Andrew Sumner March, who she met in Newport, in April 1951. Mr. March predeceased her in August 2014. They were married for 63 years.

She spent her final years in the town she loved most, Newport, where she lived through high school. She then went on to live and work in Boston, attending Fisher Junior College. During her marriage to Mr. March, Ms. March also lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. But Newport is where she had many of her fondest memories. And she was able to be amongst many of the friends and family she loved most in those final years.

Ms. March is survived by two sons: Andrew March and his wife, Mary Lou, of Cape Coral, Florida and Newport, and Douglas March and his wife, Carol, of Warwick, Rhode Island; her daughter Susan Pelcher of Newport; her brother Bruce Savage of Sandwich, Massachusetts;  five grandchildren: Lindsay, Whitney, Corey, Amy, and Lindsay; her great-grandson, who was born in April 2015; and her several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends of the family attended the graveside ceremony at Pine Grove Cemetery on Saturday, October 31, in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. March’s name to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit NilesDouglas G. Niles

Douglas G. Niles, 66, of Newport Center died peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

He was born on May 20, 1949, in Newport, the son of Lorraine (Davio) Niles and the late George Bixby Niles.

He graduated from North Country Union High School, class of 1968, and later received an associate degree in forestry in 1970 from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.

He owned Niles Tree Service, where he was a landscaper and was well known for craftsmanship of building stonewalls.

He enjoyed the great outdoors of Vermont where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his daughters: Tammi Lantagne and her husband, Reg, of Newport Center, and Tara Selby and her husband, Sean, of Morgan; his mother Lorraine Niles of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Alexis and Kevin Lantagne, and Dija and Kristchan Selby; his brothers: Raymond Niles and his wife, Edna, of Littleton, Timothy Niles of Newport Center, and Kevin Niles and his wife, Julie, of Lockport; and his nieces and nephews: Kate Schwanke and her husband, Matt, Bryce Niles and his wife, Tabi, Shane Niles and Dana Niles and his wife, Nancy, T.J. Niles, Darcel and Yolanda Niles, Jordan and Mitchell Niles.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Douglas Niles Memorial Fund, care of Community National Bank, 4811 Vermont Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit welchGordon Cargill Welch

Gordon Cargill Welch, 86, died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, surrounded by loving family after a short illness.

Mr. Welch was born on June 18, 1929, to his late parents Frank and Alice (Cargill) Welch of Island Pond.

He graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond in 1946. He married his loving wife of 60 years, Marjorie Driver, on September 10, 1955. Together in their loving home they raised three children.

Mr. Welch was employed at First National Stores for 33 years. For the next ten years he worked at Brandon training school and finally retired from the Vermont Veterans Home.

He was an active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and became a member of Lodge #13 in Island Pond. For the Odd Fellows, he served as district deputy grand master and grand chair for Christian education.

He later taught Sunday school for many years at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, was on the board of trustees, and served as a deacon.

For the last 34 years, Mr. Welch was a member of the Mount Moriah Lodge #96 F&AM in East Wallingford.

During retirement he enjoyed his family, gardening, listening to Red Sox games, and playing cards.

Mr. Welch is survived by his wife, Marjorie Welch, of Rutland; two sons: Dean Welch and his wife, Sandra, of Bennington, and Donald Welch and his wife, Susan, of Arlington; his daughter Debora Buck and her husband, Allen, of Underhill; his grandchildren: David Welch, Ashley Welch, Adam Welch, Andrew Welch and his wife, Lorianne, Amber Welch, Jessica Buck and her fiancé, Jonathan Cullen, and Benjamin Buck; and his great-grandson Kavern Wilcox.

He was predeceased by his sister Georgia Hatch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Bridges and Beyond, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701.

There was a service in his memory on Saturday, October 31, at Tossing Funeral Home in Rutland.

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Obituaries October 28, 2015

obit blakeEdson Wayne Blake Jr.

Edson Wayne Blake Jr., 84, of Beebe, Quebec, died on Saturday, October 24 at the hospital in Magog, Quebec, surrounded by his family, after a short illness that was beset by complications of a long-term condition.

He was born in Irasburg on April 5, 1931 to Edson Blake Sr. and Lillian Sanville Blake. He was the first child of a large family.

He married his second wife, Dorothy Buckland, in June 1956. He had two sons from a previous marriage and three sons from his second marriage.

He was involved in coaching his sons’ sports teams, and he owned vans to transport the teams to their games. He also enjoyed playing darts and shuffleboard at the legion.

He worked on the power line installation in Vermont in the 1950s. He was a maintenance foreman at Butterfield Union Twist Drill in Derby Line, and he owned a milk delivery route until disability forced him to retire in 1979.

He and his second wife bought a camper and spent winters in Florida, where they enjoyed being with friends from all over the United States.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Wilbur Blake and his wife, Robin, of Hardwick, Bill Blake and his wife, Penny, of Carthage, New York, Steve Blake of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Mike Blake of Derby Line, and Greg Blake of Beebe, and his companion, Darlene Simpson, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his brother Seth (Babe) Blake and his wife, Nancy, of Florida; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter in 1956; his parents; his sisters: Eleanor Young, Margaret McFarland, Delia (Tootse) Peck, Patty Manning, and Linda Ignjatovoc.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Woodside Cemetery in Beebe, Quebec.

 

Lois Sykes Carpenter

Lois Sykes Carpenter, 77, of Derby died on October 20, 2015.

She was born in Holland on July 14, 1938, to the late Roger Sykes and Eula Flynn Sykes. She lived her early years in Holland with her family and moved to Derby to attend high school at Derby Academy where she graduated.

On September 11, 1956, she married Charles B. Carpenter Jr. who predeceased her on January 13, 2009. Together they operated a dairy farm on Bates Hill in Derby for over ten years. After moving off the farm, she held positions as an office worker and a commercial knitter. She and Mr. Carpenter did some traveling, visiting family and friends, although she loved being at home surrounded by her family and friends most.

She loved working in her gardens and took great pride in her flowers. She also loved knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

She is survived by the following children: Allen Carpenter and his wife, Theresa, Betsy McDonald and her husband, Harvey, Cory Carpenter and his wife, Colleen; her grandchildren: Allyson Bathalon and her husband, Isaac, Justin Carpenter, Annette Vallieres, Cory Carpenter Jr., Daniel Carpenter and his wife, Alexis, Katrina Carpenter, and Charles B. Carpenter III; her great-grandchildren: Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Jordan, Corine, Ryan, and Xander. She is also survived by the following siblings: Raymond Sykes, Russell Sykes and his partner, Jocelyn Davio, Brian Sykes and his wife, Carolyn, Hazel Pelillo and her husband, Rocco; and by lots of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers and sisters: Earl, Harley, Delwin, Allen, Beulah Ellam, Mabel Judd, Eva Raitt, Janice Santacruce; and by a great-grandchild Ava Lawson.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Halo Foundation 1071 Upper Quarry Road. Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit corkinsVan Thomas Corkins

Van Thomas Corkins, 65, of Newport died peacefully on October 21, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home, after battling a year-long illness.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Amityville, New York, to Dorothy (Riegel)and Harold Corkins Sr.

He graduated from Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York, in 1968. He was a lead lathe operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for the past twenty years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a production manager for Russell Plastics for 20 years and part owner of RFP plastics on Long Island, New York.

He was a member of the sons of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Newport Country Club.  He was an avid golfer, New York Yankees Fan, and he enjoyed camping in Holland and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn (Secreto) Tice and her husband, Paul, of Milton, Marilyn Redfern and her husband, Charles, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Jacquelyn Choquette of Concord, North Carolina; his mother, Dorothy Corkins of Newport; five  grandchildren: Anthony Secreto and his wife, Kerri, Vincent Secreto, Dakota Choquette, Justin Tice, and Ryan Tice; and two great-grandchildren: Amelia and Benjamin Secreto.  He is also survived by his siblings: Harold Corkins Jr. and his wife, Donna, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ronald Corkins and his wife, Dolly, of Newport, Craig Corkins and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Randy Corkins of Newport, and Darren Corkins of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and additional extended family.

He was predeceased by his father Harold Corkins Sr. in 1995; his brother Alan Corkins in 1995; and his sister Valerie Gibson in 1996.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday October 30, at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit delabruereJustin Cuyler Delabruere

Justin Cuyler Delabruere, 31, of Island Pond died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

He was born November 10, 1983, in St. Johnsbury to Roland and Tammy Delabruere.

He was an expert carpenter and especially enjoyed custom detailing with wood.

He loved being outside. He preferred forests and mountains to cities and traffic. He enjoyed his cabin and land, which provided hunting and quiet reflection. He also loved music and could be found jamming on his guitar with friends.

He was a gentle man who was loved by all who knew him. He cared for others and would offer help when needed. His humble demeanor and twinkling eyes will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his parents, Roland and Tammy (Nevers) Delabruere of Sarasota, Florida; his sisters: Shanna Swartwood and her husband, Joshua, and their children: Lillian, Elijah, Naomi, Judah, Ephraim, Vashti, and Phoebe of Ithaca, New York, Chelsey Delabruere and her partner, Mark Ford, and their son, Jonah of Mooresville, North Carolina; his brothers: Seth Delabruere and his partner, Sarah Murphy, of Treasure Island, Florida, and Isaac Delabruere and his partner, Angela Bacon, of Stratham, New Hampshire; his beloved grandparents: Wendell Nevers of Island Pond, and Mary and Roland Doyon of Avon Park, Florida. He is also survived by five uncles and six aunts on his father’s side: Leonard Delabruere and his wife, Linda, of British Columbia, Canada, Robert Delabruere and his wife, Betsy, Claude Delabruere and his wife, Joanne, Armand Delabruere and his wife, Dawn, Richard Delabruere and his wife, Lisette, Pauline Sage and her husband, Gene, Diane Jackson and her husband, Fred, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian. He is also survived by one aunt and three uncles on his mother’s side: Lori Dornsife and her husband, Mark, Jonathan Nevers and his wife, Dolly, Patrick Nevers and his wife, Deanna, and Daniel Doyon.

Mr. Delabruere was very proud of his large family which also consisted of numerous cousins, too many to list.

He was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother Roland and Cecile Delabruere, who will be welcoming him home.

Justin, we love you and will cherish the memories, always.

There will be no funeral services as the immediate family will gather to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, at Mr. Delabruere’s parents’ home in Florida.

Condolences may be sent to, Roland and Tammy Delabruere at 2092 Champion Street, Sarasota, Florida 34231. — from the family.

 

obit DonovanMichael Donovan

Michael Donovan, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on October 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born on on May 16, 1920, to Michael and Margaret (Kerin) Donovan. In 1941 he married Esther St. Onge. They lived in Timmoth for two years and then moved to Collins Mills Road where they raised four boys: Dennis, Patrick, Kermit, and James.

Mr. Donovan was road commissioner for the Town of Newport Center for 23 years. After that, he took to his toolbox and fixed loggers’ skidders, as he was a handy mechanic. He loved to plant his gardens and pick blackberries in the summer. In the winter he used his little red tractor to plow the driveway, and that of his neighbor.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Dennis, Patrick and his wife, Barb, and James and his wife, Sara; his daughter-in-law Pam; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by a son Kermit; his great-grandson Jacobe; and by his brothers and sisters: John, Robert, George, Mary, and Catherine.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit GrayKunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray

Kunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray, 78, of Danville died on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 7th, 1937, in Lanzendorf, Germany. She was the daughter of Johan and Johanna Pohlmann.

She attended school in Germany, and on July 21, 1962, she married Glenn E. Gray.

She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, crocheting, knitting, cooking, and growing flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Costello and her husband, Tom, of Danville; a brother, Emil Pohlmann and his wife, Barbel, of Bayreuth, Germany; a sister, Anneliese Lauterbach of Marktschorgast, Germany; three grandchildren: Jeramie Gray of Island Pond, and Maddison and Porter Costello of Danville; four sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Gleigh Heath of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; and several nieces and nephews born in the U.S. and Germany.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son Konrad Gray in 2008; two brothers: Wili Pohlmann and Edwin Pohlmann; and by one sister, Helga Bierl.

A memorial service took place on Monday October, 26, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, and a reception took place afterwards at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Gray’s name to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, and to the Fresinus Medical Care Dialysis Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

 

obit mcquillen VETJames Francis McQuillen

James Francis McQuillen, 85, of Newport, well known businessman and florist, died on Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 25, 1930, in Rootstown, Ohio, the son of John W. and Cecilia (Knoch) McQuillen.

He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio where he was a star baseball pitcher, later joining a semi pro team called Gasseys, where he was known for his left handed sinker. He later shared these skills in Newport as a Little League coach. He was a brick mason by trade.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean Conflict, and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He also met the love of his life, Betty Jenks, while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. On February 12, 1955, they were married in Newport where they owned and operated Farrant’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse, which is still operating today.

Mr. McQuillen continued his masonry skills by helping to build North Country Hospital, North Country Union High School, and J.J. Newberry’s Store, among many other local landmarks and projects.

obit vets flagHe held memberships to the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329 in Newport, a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2155 of Newport. He was part of the Knights of Columbus, the Gibbons Council third degree #2285, and fourth degree #1157, and he was an honorary member of the Newport Rotary Club, where he received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for all of his volunteer work.

He was an avid member of Newport Country Club, past president of Newport Jaycees, and past president of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as zoning commissioner for the city of Newport.

He founded the snow golf tournament at the first Winterfest in Newport. For his accomplishments, his picture was published in Sports Illustrated Magazine. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, his coffee meetings at the Royal Restaurant, and later at the Herb March coffee club at Wendy’s, and Saturday coffee at Maplefields. He looked forward to his regular visits to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, and Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty McQuillen of Newport; his children: Kathleen McQuillen of Newport, Karen McQuillen and her husband, Jerome Ernest, of Centreville, Maryland, James C. McQuillen of Newport, Terrie McQuillen of Derby and her friend, John Garvey of North Troy, Tracie Lanternier and her husband, Gregg, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, John McQuillen of Manchester, Maine, and Mary McQuillen and her husband, Peter Slocombe, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Abigail Laramee and her husband, Jason, of Derry, New Hampshire, Patrick Paul of Manhattan Beach, California; Amelia and Troy Ernest of Centreville, Samuel and Daniel Lanternier of Hampstead, Maxwell and Margaret McQuillen of Manchester, and Madeline and Victoria Slocombe of Fairfax; a brother, Bernard McQuillen and his wife, Mary, of Kingsville, Ohio; two goddaughters: Chris (Suzie) Blais of Derby Line, and Phyllis Grech of Waterford; his godson Malcolm Rittenberry of Winter Garden, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert McQuillen, and his sisters Cecilia Grether, Mary Williams, and Christina Masl.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 26, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. Internment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. McQuillen’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

 

obit noyesReginald Walter “Walt” Noyes

Reginald Walter “Walt” Noyes, 65, of Barton died on October 12, 2015, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home.

He was born in Lyndonville on April 2, 1950, the second son of Reginald and Louise Noyes.

He attended Newport High School for three years and graduated with the first graduating class of North Country Union High School in 1968.

He started his work career at the Hackett Farm in Derby, and after that he worked for Ray O. Parker and Sons in Lyndonville.

He married Lois (Dumas) Noyes in 1972. For a time they lived in St. Johnsbury before building their log home in Lyndonville, where they had their son, Joshua.

Mr. Noyes continued to drive truck and later drove for Calkins Sand and Gravel as well as helping his brother James out at the wood yard. He enjoyed hunting, driving truck, and watching his son’s hockey games. He lost his wife, the love of his life, in 2000, and never recovered his joy.

He is survived by his son Josh and his wife, Melissa; his grandchildren: Keshia, Christian, and Hogan; his brothers: James, Jonathan and Brian; his aunt Margaret; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

A memorial service was held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Saturday, October 24. Internment followed at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

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Obituaries October 21, 2015

obit HillBobbie Jean (Kahlstrom) Hill

Bobbie Jean (Kahlstrom) Hill, 62, died at the Bel-Aire Health Center in Newport on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

She was born on February 25, 1953, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the daughter of Robert and Doris (Wood) Kahlstrom.

She attended school in Orleans at Lake Region Union High School. On November 24, 1982, she married Dean W. Hill Sr., who predeceased her in January 2013.

Ms. Hill loved crafts, such as making jewelery and painting, to name a few. She loved animals (especially her miniature pinscher Bella), shopping, music, and learning about Native American culture, since her family background is Cherokee.

She will be remembered by her family and friends as a genuine, caring, and loving person who will be greatly missed.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharmin Hill and her companion, Chris Hardy, of Orleans; two sons: James Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Florida, and Chuck Hill of Newport Center; four stepsons: Dean Hill Jr. of Newport, William Hill of Sutton, Kevin Hill and his wife, Carolyn, of Sheffield, and Tim Hill and his companion, Tassie Blondin, of Essex; one stepdaughter Doreen Hill of Orleans; one brother David Kahlstrom and his wife, Gina, of Newport; two sisters: Debra Breault and her husband, Patrick, of Westfield, and Mary Geraw and her husband, Chuck, of Plaski, New York; and by her sister-in-law Dwanetta Bickford of Derby. She is also survived by two granddaughters: Diamond Begin and Cheyenne Begin of Florida.

Upon request by the family there will be no services. A remembrance of Ms. Hill’s life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit QuintalGilberta “Bet” Doris Quintal

Gilberta “Bet” Doris Quintal, 88, of Newport, died peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at North Country Hospital with family by her side.

She was born on December 28, 1926, in Jay, daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Belle) Quintal.

She spent a lot of time with Albert and Noella Boudreau, and Paul and Cecile Boudreau in helping them raise their families, and later moved in with Harry and Pauline Forest in North Troy.

In 1960, she moved in with her sister Lena in Newport Center, and helped her with the milking and other chores.

She loved hard work and would take vacations in East Kingston, New Hampshire, to help her brother, Louie and his family. During this period, she also worked at Indian Head, and in 1966 worked at Orleans Manufacturing. In 1973, Ms. Quintal worked at Butterfields until her retirement in 1988.

After retiring, she kept active by working at the Brook View Gardens in Barton with Audrey Rockwell until 2007.

Ms. Quintal is survived by several relatives, Roland and Thomas Deslandes, Robert Quintal, Dennis Quintal, Sally Ann (Quintal) Guilmette, Julie (Quintal) Warren, Julie Mossa, Pauline Sanville, along with many friends from her retirement community on Elm Street in Newport.

She was predeceased by her sister Lena Normandin of Newport; her brother Louie Quintal from East Kingston; her nieces: Beatrice (Normandin) Deslandes, and Lisa Deslandes; her nephew Louis Quintal Jr.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Michaud Manor, Activities Fund, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 14, 2015

obit AkinAubrey Walter Akin Jr.

Aubrey Walter Akin Jr. died at home on October 7, 2015, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

He was born April 16, 1934, in Newport to the late Colonel Aubrey W. Akin (U.S. Army Reserve) and the late Laura Isabelle Cobleigh Akin.

He attended schools in Newport and numerous military bases, both in the U.S. and Germany, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957. He moved to Tampa, Florida, where he joined the Liberty Mutual Insurance company and worked in the claims department for 20 years. For the next 20 years, he was a paralegal for the law firm of Dean, Ringers, Morgan and Lawton in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Akin loved to fish in Lake Memphremagog, golf, and spend time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Louise Akin of Carlisle; his son Thomas Akin of Orlando; his daughter Mary Lynne and her husband, Bruce Stoller; and two grandchildren: Kendall Nicole and Scott Walter Stoller, all of Aurora, Illinois.

His family will return him to his beloved home in Newport.

Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Carlisle is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, please visit HoffmanFH.com.

 

obit AldrichFrances Dale Aldrich

Frances Dale Aldrich, 75, of Irasburg, died on October 7, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She departed to be with her Lord.

She was born on June 12, 1940, in Brownington to Geneva (Moulton) and Leslie White Sr.

On June 23, 1956, she married Alden Aldrich Sr. of Irasburg, who survives her.

Mrs. Aldrich attended the Albany Methodist Church and previously attended other churches in the area.

She is survived by her children: Marcia Blouin-Bushey and her husband, James, of Irasburg, Alden Aldrich Jr. of San Jose, California, Peter Aldrich and his wife, Robin, of St. Albans, and Paula Bernier and her husband, Roger, of St. Johnsbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Hahr and her husband, Adrian, Stephanie LaBarron and her husband, Dan, Jessica Urango and her husband, Alex, Emily, Noah, and Kally Aldrich, Tess and Anna Leeper; and by her great-grandchildren: Taylor and Evan Menard, and Alex Urango Jr. She was loved and survived by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Earl White and his wife, Donna, of North Carolina, Jean Dopp of Kirby, and Dorothy Page of Derby.

She was predeceased by her daughter Amy Aldrich in 1977; her son-in-law Dwane Elouin in 2000; her brothers: Merton, Russell, Leslie, and Bernard White; and by her sisters: Margaret Piper and Mavis Hunt.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the Brownington Center Church with the Reverend George Lawson officiating. Interment will take place in Brownington Center Cemetery at a later date.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit barnard VET

Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard

Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard of Derby Line died at Michaud Manor on October 5, 2015.

He was born on May 8, 1921, in Woodside, Delaware, a son of Ezekiel Cowgill and Pauline (Warrington) Barnard.

He served in World War II in the 12th Marines 3rd Division, making beachheads in Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He was decorated with a medal and commendation for his valor in Guam. His unit was pinned down by a fierce enemy sniper attack, and he took it upon himself to leave his encampment and extinguish the attack, saving the lives of his entire encampment.

He studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He married Gloria Williams on December 7, 1945, and they had four sons: Ezekiel III, Barry, Corey, and Robert. They were married for 24 years. On January 2, 1947, Mr. Barnard opened the first coin-operated laundromat (and five more) in Delaware. He was the captain of his own chartered sport fishing yacht, Sudsy. He was revered as one of the most productive and competitive captains on the entire east coast.

obit vets flagMr. Barnard married Patricia Ann Wilson on December 30, 1972. They were married for 26 years. They sport fished on the Sudsy between Ocean City, Maryland, and Key West, Florida. Later they moved to Lowell and started the Landlocked Tree Farm.

He was a 32nd degree Mason (joined in 1961), a Shriner, and long-time member of the Blue Lodge. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children: Ezekiel C. Barnard III of Maryland, Barry W. Barnard of Idaho, Corey D. (Cathy) Barnard of Idaho, Robert N. Barnard of West Virginia, and Carol Lynn DeLaBruere of Maryland; and his grandchildren David Barnard, Arin Meinschein, Rebekah Rynearson, Jake Barnard, Amber Allen, April Biesecker, Robert Barnard, Daniel Culver, and Stephanie Carter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his brother John Barnard of Pennsylvania; and Pauline Anderson of Delaware.

A graveside service was held at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in New Castle, Delaware, on October 10.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit FlynnRuby Edna Maxwell Flynn

Ruby Edna Maxwell Flynn, 102, of Holland died on October 7, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on December 21, 1912, in Holland, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Moulton) Maxwell.

Mrs. Flynn graduated from Derby Academy in 1931. On May 14, 1932, she married Hugh Loren “Bud” Flynn, the love of her life, who predeceased her on July 25, 1978.

She was a hard-working farmer’s wife and enjoyed working with her husband on their dairy farm. She was a wonderful mother and a great cook. She loved being outside walking and snowshoeing, even well into her golden years. When she was younger, she was an avid horseback rider. She was all about her family, never being too busy to spend time, or share a laugh or give a hug.

Mrs. Flynn is survived by her son David Flynn, of Derby; her daughter Diana Emmerson and her husband, Ernie, of Holland; by her grandchildren: Terry Hodgdon and his friend, Jane, Linda Hodgdon Burke and her husband, Randy, Steve Carpenter, Ken Carpenter and his wife, Paula, Sally Carpenter and her friend, Kenny, James Carpenter Jr., Hugh Flynn and his wife, Helen, Scott Flynn and his friend, Marie, Lori Flynn, Karin Flynn, Katrina Emmerson Meigs and her husband, Charlie, and Erin Emmerson Daggett and her husband, Andrew. She is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Greta Maxwell and Betty Flynn; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Flynn was predeceased by her daughters Alice Hodgdon and her husband, Dave, Sfa Carpenter and her husband, Jim; her daughter-in-law Wanda Flynn, her grandson David Flynn Jr.; her brothers Roger Maxwell and his wife, Mary, Claude Maxwell and his wife, Blanche, Amos Maxwell and Dean Maxwell; her sisters Dorothy Gray and her husband, Ivan, Arline Whitehill and her husband, Roger; her brothers-in-law Urban Flynn and his wife, Louise, Wayne Flynn, Lyman Flynn and his wife, Lucille; and her sisters-in-law Cora West and her husband Bill, and Eula Sykes and her husband, Roger.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Flynn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sharon Renault

Sharon Renault, 61, of Barre died of melanoma on October 3, 2015.

For the past three months she had made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Steve Lowery, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Newport on September 16, 1954, the fifth of nine children born to Roland and Irene (Diette) Renault. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1972.

Ms. Renault was a GED teacher with the women’s state prison in Burlington and had previously taught at the middle school in Barre.

She is survived by two sons: Lee Brown of Hardwick and Lance Brown of Claremont, New Hampshire; by a grandson, Gunner, and a granddaughter, Molly; by eight brothers and sisters: Jennifer Rose of Florida, Lorraine Antigivonnie of Florida, Dale Renault of Florida, Linda Montague of Newport, Deborah Renault-Lowery of St. Johnsbury, Christine Sicard of Barton, Sandra Renault of Florida, and Albert Renault of Florida; and by nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, October 24, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a celebration of her life at her son Lee’s house in Hardwick (913 Mackville Road). It is suggested people bring a dish and refreshments.

Memorial contributions, payable to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, could be directed to 1080 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

 

obit ScottJane Scott

Jane Scott, 95, of Newport, the bright light in so many lives, died on October 6, 2015, after a brief illness with family by her bedside.

She was a gentle, kind-hearted soul who truly looked for, and found the good in everyone. That was her gift to so many others — always positive and seeing the good in everyone.

She was born on July 27, 1920, to Daniel and Elizabeth Bixby. She lived her early years in West Hartford with her family. She had two younger sisters: Pauline and Joyce. In her youth, she loved to swim, spending the hot summer hours swimming in the White River and at Island Park. She loved the sunshine.

Mrs. Scott’s childhood years were not easy. Her father died when she was five years old from tuberculosis, brought on by the mustard gas he suffered in World War I. Her middle sister “Paulie” died that same year from meningitis. Her mother, “Betty” was a strong woman, who raised Mrs. Scott and her sister Joyce in a time when being a single mother was not an easy task.

Mrs. Scott lived through the flood of 1927 and never forgot it, or the night the water was rising, and how the family escaped by driving up the railroad tracks to high ground and safety. The family lost everything and had to rebuild their lives. Next came the Depression years. That was a difficult time for so many. It certainly had its effects on Mrs. Scott, as she never complained. Amazingly, she became a stronger person, and as time has proven, she conserved and preserved family and well-being.

In 1938 she entered the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1941. She worked as a registered nurse for many years in the hospitals in Newport, old and new, and was an excellent caregiver. She enjoyed her work as a nurse and followed in her mother’s footsteps in that regard.

In her first year of working as a student nurse, she worked in a hospital in Burlington. While working there she met a young man named Richard Scott. That meeting blossomed into the love of her life and on March 18, 1942, she married Richard Scott of Bluffside Farm in Newport, and moved to the big house at the farm. She and Dick had two children, Joan and Dan, and lived their lives as a self-sufficient farm family. They had many years together and enjoyed their family and their lives around Bluffside Farm. One of their favorite things to do was dance, and could they dance — they were excellent! We all have such vivid and wonderful memories of the holidays, hot summer nights of haying, Sunday dinners, birthday celebrations, and so, so many family gatherings with them on the farm.

It is impossible to totally describe the strength that Mom had… But it should be said that Ken and Phyllis Scott and family, and Bob and Velma Scott and family always “came home” to Bluffside Farm. Mrs. Scott was the farm mom they came to…

And so, now she can rest, and while we are all so very sad, we also know that she is now with several people who she has missed for years.

She left a vast family. She is survived by her two children: Joan Curtis and Dan Scott and his companion, Nico Hastings; four grandchildren: Annie Christoni, Kristy Scott and her companion, David Whitesell and his daughter Bianca, Pete Curtis, and Kory Scott and his wife, Chanda; three great-grandchildren: Samantha Christoni, Tanner Gobeil, and Olivia Scott; a niece Jane Bixby; and cousins: Ruth Charlbois, and Marion Lois Regis. Mrs. Scott had a special relationship with her daughter-in-law Joanne Scott, and they were the best of friends for all their years.

Be at rest, Jane, my mom, our mom.

Be at rest, GG, my gram, our gram.

Be at rest, Jane, auntie, our aunt.

Be at rest, Jane, our friend.

You made the world a better place, and God knows you earned your angel wings long before you retired to heaven. We miss you and always will….

Mrs. Scott always said, “It’s nothing but what you can stand.” And so we carry on….

There will be a graveside burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, October 17, at 1 p.m. — from the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 7, 2015

obit allardRamona G. Allard

Ramona “Mona” G. Allard, 72, of Springfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Wingate at East Longmeadow.

She was born in Springfield on October 20, 1942, to the late Peter Katalina and Elizabeth (Kyle) Beauregard. She was a lifelong resident of the area, graduating from Cathedral High School. She was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Church. She enjoyed playing bingo and had a deep love for music, especially the classics such as Sinatra, Bennett, and Mathis.

Many will fondly remember her as a crossing guard in Springfield, or from Monsanto/Solutia, from which she retired in 2007. She will be dearly missed.

Ms. Allard is survived by her sister Linda Marchese and her partner, Michael Braica, of Springfield; and her brothers: Ronald Cote and his wife, Tressie, of West Glover, Thomas J. Beauregard and his wife, Susan, of Ludlow, and Robert A. Beauregard and wife, Lynn, of Twin Falls, Idaho. She is also survived by her dear nephew and surrogate son John Marchese of Springfield, along with several nieces, grandnieces, and nephews.

The funeral was held on Thursday, September 24.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, or to the Make a Wish Foundation, 4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, Arizona 85016-4862.

 

George William Allen

George William Allen died on September 9, 2015, at the age of 101.

He is survived by a son, Ed Allen of Vermillion, South Dakota; a daughter, Barbara Bernard of Suffolk, England; a granddaughter, Francis Todd; and four great-grandchildren.

Bill Allen enjoyed a certain immunity from the insecurities that make the rest of us toe the line.

That was the most interesting thing about him, but far from the only interesting thing about him. He was a man of great charm, with a fine intellect honed by a good Connecticut prep school and Yale University (class of 1939). He was a dedicated fisherman and, I recall from three trips he organized to Weller Pond, a guy who could make a weekend in an Adirondack lean-to almost as comfortable as — and far more pleasurable than — a stay at the Ritz.

Bill liked to prowl the back roads of the Kingdom in Greenie, a Model A Ford he’d bought as a young man and preserved with loving care and, according to his wife, Anne, an unreasonable amount of money. Greenie carried Bill to Entropy Acres, the farm we occupied in West Glover, shortly after we arrived there. It was a fine summer day and the matriarch of our extended family, Peggy W., was weeding the vegetable garden in what was, for a certain subculture at the time, standard gardening apparel. She was topless.

Hearing a strange voice Peggy ducked down behind a row of beans, but later offered Bill an explanation and apology that involved a neighbor she was just getting to know.

“I’m sorry, Bill,” Peggy said, “I thought you were Loudon Young.”

“Well, I may be lewd,” Bill replied, flashing the smile all his friends will remember, “but I’m hardly young.”

Though of our parents’ generation, a veteran who served as a Navy first lieutenant in the Second World War, Bill was perfectly comfortable in our presence, and the feeling was quickly mutual. It wasn’t, heaven knows, that he shared our convictions or tastes. It may only have been that he found nothing odd in people who would step off the smooth highway of America’s early ’sixties and find their own path.

Bill taught English at Lyndon State College, but resigned when he hit a classroom of students who didn’t seem interested in what he had to tell them. He returned to the college from time to time, but avoided anything that could be described as an academic career. When he wanted to visit his daughter Barbara, who was raising his grandchildren in England, Bill signed onto the Queen Elizabeth as a lecturer in Shakespeare. Given his charm and erudition, there’s no doubt the ocean liner’s owners and passengers got their money’s worth, and Bill crossed the Atlantic in a style he found entirely appropriate.

He edited a weekly newspaper in New Hampshire for a time, and after moving to Wheelock, took his place as the liberal voice on the conservative editorial pages of the Caledonian Record with his column, “A Different Drummer.”

When a new paper started up in Barton he became an early and frequent contributor. When, in his third issue, the inexperienced editor was compelled by a fierce cadre of female readers to back down from his decision to refer to every one of them as “Ms.,” it was Bill who came up with a quote from Emerson that lent at least a touch of dignity to the retreat: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds… Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today.”

When the Chronicle covered Barton’s first streaker, Bill could not resist a pithy commentary, quoted here in full:

 

To the Editor

Your “late flash” about the young streaker on the front page last week was a happy sign that at least one local youth still believes in political activism.   In his subtle way, that naked fellow who ran around the Barton schoolhouse was obviously trying to say something against Nixon. The message was: full disclosure, no cover-up.

 

The letter was particularly topical. President Richard Nixon resigned about a week later, in early August 1974.

Bill was the only political candidate to cover his own defeat in these pages. He reported that the candidate, who ran on a platform of “permissiveness, pot, and pornography,” was bewildered by the outcome of his race for justice of the peace, which yielded a total of three votes. His story continued: “His campaign-manager-wife was also puzzled. ‘There’s something about it I can’t understand either,’ she said. ‘I voted for him and I know he voted for himself. What I can’t understand is where that other vote came from.’”

A book of Bill’s best columns and essays, Strong is Your Hold, was published in 1984.

Bill celebrated his one hundredth birthday with several parties in early 2014, including one at the Sutton home of his great friends and neighbors, Hugh and Annetta Schultz. When, finally, he could no longer live alone at the hospitable Wheelock house he shared with Anne for decades, until her death in 2011, he was able to move to Nantucket Island. It was a place he loved, and a friend might be forgiven for hoping that Bill could hear the sound of the breakers from his last bedroom, and relive the many nights he spent on the beach, casting for bluefish in the Atlantic surf. — Chris Braithwaite

 

obit BelisleBernadette M. Belisle

Bernadette M. Belisle, 94, of Derby died on October 1, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on March 12, 1921, in Newport Center to William and Antoinette (Deslandes) Chaput.

In 1941 she married Edward Belisle who predeceased her. She and her husband owned and operated their farm in Newport Center for over 20 years. She ran it for the last ten years because Mr. Belisle was ill.

Ms. Belisle enjoyed gardening, especially with flowers. She enjoyed attending family gatherings and keeping in touch with her brothers and sisters. She knitted and crocheted rugs for her enjoyment as well as for her family. She was a person with very deep faith, strong convictions and a hard worker. She was devoted to St. Anne for many years.

She is survived by her son Joseph and his wife, Debbie, of Derby; her grandchildren: Michael Belisle and his son Chase Belisle, Jason Belisle and Lara Starr, and their children: Garrett Heath, Grason Belisle, and Mabel Belisle. She is also survived by her sisters: Ida Rowe, and Vivian Farrar; her sister-in-law Iva Chaput; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son; her siblings: Elontine Belisle, Florence Campbell, Emilda Gosselin, Felix, Fernand, Leo Paul, and Roland Chaput.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit ceroneKelly Ann (Menken) Cerone

Kelly Ann (Menken) Cerone, 50, of Kennebunkport, Maine, formerly of Townsend, Massachusetts, and Glover, died on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at her home, after a long and courageous fight with cancer.

She was born on March 16, 1965, in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

She was an amazing young woman full of life, love, and laughter. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and her family. She was a fierce scrabble competitor, enjoyed going to the beach with her children, spending time with her friends and hanging out with her mom. She loved watching her daughters compete in gymnastics and spent many hours watching them both in practice and competition. She also spent time with others who were battling a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and drew strength from their support.

Ms. Cerone is survived by her husband, John Cerone; her son Douglas and his two children Jayden and Alexis; and her daughters: Johanna and Angela. She was the oldest daughter of Geraldine and Joseph Neal of Glover.

She is also survived by her twin sister, Karen Menken of Glover; her brothers: Doug Menken and his wife, Dawn, of Barton, and Terry Neal and his wife, Heather, of Glover; her sisters: Kerry Leroux and her husband, Stewart, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Sherry Langlois and her husband, Erick, of Townsend; her lifelong friend Veronica Valley; many nieces and nephews; a great-nephew; aunts; uncles; cousins; special in-laws; and two cherished rat terriers: Tiny, and Ollie.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Menken.

Memorial services for Ms. Cerone were held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Saint Martha’s Church in Kennebunk, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ms. Cerone’s name to the GIST Cancer Awareness Foundation (gistawareness.org).

 

Irene L. Guillette

Irene L. Guillette, 90, of Derby died on September 28, 2015, in Troy.

She was born on November 25, 1924, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Rose (Roberts) Lahar.

In May 1944 she married Lucien Guillette, who predeceased her in 1990.

Mrs. Guillette graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport. She loved camping, snowmobiling, and family gatherings.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Lass and her husband, John, of Shoreham; two granddaughters: Michelle Lass and her fiancé, Rob Curtis, of Bristol, and Laura Lass of Salisbury; great-grandson Jacob Galvin of Salisbury; her brother Paul Lahar and his wife, Betty, of Derby; her sister Pauline Fournier of Troy; numerous nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jeannine Kennison, of Newport.

She was predeceased by her two sons: Michael and James Guillette; and a brother Albert Lahar.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hintonEllie “Pat” Hinton

Ellie “Pat” Hinton, 87, of Hinton Hill Road in Westmore died on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on the family farm in Westmore on Flag Day, June 14, 1928. He was the son of Errol and Nettie (Colburn) Hinton.

He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse up the hill from the Hinton Farm in Westmore. He received his eighth-grade diploma as salutatorian with a class size of two. On July 26, 1969, he married Mona Bean and together they raised six children: Russell, Teresa, Mark, Errol, Burton, and Cory.

Mr. Hinton was a dairy farmer with his brother Elvin “Jim”, and later with his son Burton. He never retired. He enjoyed horses and using them to help with his farm work, and going to fairs to watch the horse pulls. He enjoyed raising all things — pigeons, ducks, livestock, but most importantly children, and grandchildren.

He was a 65-year member of Island Pond Lodge #44 F&AM, where he was past master. He was a member and past patron of North Star Chapter #25 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of Keystone Chapter 16, and past high priest.

He was a director of the Orleans County Fair Association for many years, a member of the Guernsey Breeders Association, and a member and deacon of the East Charleston Congregational Church.

Mr. Hinton was an amazing storyteller. History was very important to him, and he remembered so much detail that it was almost as if his listeners were there with him. Those stories live on in his family and friends. Above all he was a family man. That was the most important thing in his life.

He would always ask how everybody was doing, especially the grandchildren, and whenever he saw them it would brighten up his day.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Russell Hinton and his wife, Noreen, Teresa Potvin and her husband, David, Mark Hinton and his wife, Lisa, Errol Hinton and his wife, Renee, Burton Hinton and his companion, Sandi Hicks, and Cory Hinton and his wife, Lauri. He is also survived by his sister Norma Locke; and by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many close nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Mona Bean; two brothers: Earlton “Joe” Hinton, and Elvin “Jim” Hinton; and by two sisters: Natalie Davis, and Pauline Coe.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday October 8, at 5 p.m., at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston, with the Reverend Michael Ford officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be marked in Mr. Hinton’s name to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, in care of Island Pond Lodge #44 F&AM, P.O. Box 63, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

 

obit moffett vetRichard “Dick” Moffett

Richard “Dick” Moffett, 77, of Waddy, Kentucky died on Thursday, October 1, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on August 22, 1938. He was a member and deacon of Waddy Christian Church. He retired after 25 years with the Florida Department of Corrections. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of Shelby Lodge #662, and past president of the Clan Moffat Society.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann Rodgers Moffett, of Waddy; his sons: Brian Moffett and his wife, Anita, of Reton, New Mexico, Steven Eric Moffett and his wife, Veronica, of Waddy; his daughter Kimberly Jean French and her husband, Mark, of Davisburg, Michigan; and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Dorothy Moffett.

A memorial service and Masonic services were held on Monday, October 5, at the Waddy Christian Church with the Reverend Tina Theiler officiating.

obit vets flagCondolences and contributions in his memory may be made to Rob Morris Memorials, care of Linda Shepherd 48 Kings Highway, Waddy, Kentucky 40076, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or the Waddy Christian Church, P.O. Box 2, Waddy, Kentucky 40076.

 

 

obit petitDolores M. Petit

Dolores M. Petit, 62, of Coventry died on October 2, 2015, in Coventry.

She was born on February 1, 1953, in Sommerville, New Jersey, a daughter of Edward and Mercedes (Torpey) Skochin.

On June 25, 1993, she married Edmond Petit, who survives her. Ms. Petit loved to go to her camp on Seymour Lake during the summers and spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Edmond Petit, of Coventry; a son Matthew Phelps of Coventry; three stepchildren: Scott Petit and his wife, Heather, of Coventry, Robin Ballinger and her husband, Owen, of Coventry, and Danielle Sorrell and her husband, Lance, of New York; six grandchildren: Addie and Reese Petit, Evan and Julia Ballinger, Amelia, and Hunter Sorrell; her brother Kerry Skochin of Derby; her niece Jennifer Skochin of South Carolina; and by a nephew Ryan Skochin of South Carolina.

Mrs. Petit is predeceased by her parents, Edward and Mercedes Skochin.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RobertsGilles Joseph Roberts

Gilles Joseph Roberts, 58, of Albany died suddenly on September 27, 2015, in East Albany.

He was born on May 17, 1957, in Swedeberg, Quebec, to Euclide Roberts and the late Jeannine (Bedard) Roberts.

In 1974 he graduated from Lake Region Union High School. On July 2, 1988, he married Annette Poirier, who survives him.

Mr. Roberts was the main tire technician for the mobile unit at Park View Garage in Barton for the past 22 years. He volunteered at the Orleans County Fair, assisting with the tractor pulls each year. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, sober 33 years, and was a mentor to many others in the program.

His hobbies included: hunting, fishing, cutting wood, maple sugaring, and helping all of his neighbors. He helped local farmers, loved to socialize, and enjoyed going out to eat at Bob’s Quick Stop and other locations.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Roberts, of Conway, South Carolina; his children: Joshua McCargar and his fiancé, Linsay Wells, of Barton, and Amanda Garcia and her husband, Carlos, of Conway, South Carolina. He was “Papop” to five grandchildren who survive him: Christina, Gavin, Kharlee, Tucker and Leah. His is also survived by his father, Euclide Roberts of Westfield; his siblings: Rene Roberts and his wife, Connie, of East Albany, Andre Roberts and his wife, Diane, of Troy, Dennis Roberts of Weare, New Hampshire, Diane Royer and her husband, Steve, of Irasburg, Carole Hodgdon and her husband, Paul, of Craftsbury; numerous nieces and nephews; and the Poirier family.

He was predeceased by his mother, Jeannine Roberts, in 2002; his brother Michael Roberts in 1994; and his sister-in-law Sue Fogle in January 2015.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a mass of Christian burial.

A potluck celebration of life took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the Irasburg Town Hall. Interment will be for family at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair Association, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit StebenneJeannine Stebenne

Jeannine Stebenne, 77, of Island Pond, died peacefully and in the presence of loved ones on September 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born to the late Beloni Cyr, and Dora (Caron) Cyr on November 6, 1937, in Clifton, Quebec.

Ms. Stebenne was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her beloved husband of 60 years, Philippe Stebenne, on October 22, 1955, in St. Mathias, Quebec. The couple traveled from Quebec to various towns throughout New England before settling in Island Pond, where they raised their seven children.

Ms. Stebenne was a devoted member of St. James Catholic Church and ever faithful to her beloved patron saint, Saint Anne. She was known for her sweet tooth, and enjoyed knitting, laughing, and spending time with family. She was a loving and caring woman, and was always sending out prayers and lighting perpetual candles for her family, church, and community during times of need.

She is survived by her husband, Philippe Stebenne of Island Pond; her seven children: Alphonse Stebenne of Island Pond, Francine Sullivan and her husband, John, of Billerica, Massachusetts, Donald Stebenne and wife Suzanne of Hartland, Albert Stebenne and his wife, Priscilla, of Irasburg, Ginette O’Keefe and her husband, Gary, of Island Pond, Diane Sykes and her husband, Zeke, of Island Pond, and Sylvie Daniels and her husband, Cecil, of Island Pond; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother Roland Cyr of Edmundston, New Brunswick; her sister Rita Charette and her husband, Adrien, of Edmundston; and by countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her.

She was predeceased by her father; her mother; and by her brothers: Roger Cyr, Raymond Cyr, Romeo Cyr, and Normand Cyr.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery. There will be a gathering afterwards at Sunrise Manor.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. The memo line should say “St. James Roof Fund” to assist with reparations of the church that houses countless memories of Ms. Stebenne and her time spent there.

 

obit tiltonLawrence “Laurie” Tilton

Lawrence “Laurie” Tilton, 80, of Rock Island, Quebec died on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

He was born on December 20, 1934, in Newport. His parents were Ethel (Baird) and Lawrence Tilton Sr.

He spent most of his life in Rock Island. He worked for three years at the Royal Bank in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec. Later, he came back to work with his father at the Three Villages Building Association.

On July 7, 1956, he married Jacqueline Richards. They owned a laundromat in Rock Island for a few years.

He started working with the fire department in Stanstead, Quebec, which became an important part of his life, at the age of 16. He was one of the founders of the International Mutual Aid. In 1988, he began working under former Orleans County Sheriff Jim Murphy, and worked there until his retirement.

For years, Mr. Tilton and his wife attended many of the Bobbin Mill Players jam sessions in the area. Country music was a very special pastime for him, as well as the concerts attended on the causeway in Newport.

He leaves behind many good memories of his family, working with the fire department, the Sheriff’s Department, and helping others in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife; and his daughter Judy and her husband, Rino Clarizio, and their sons Mark and Adrian of Montreal. He is also survived by his two sons: David and his wife, Joyce, and their son David Jr. of Florida, and Michael and his wife, Brenda, and their children: Katie, and twins Johnathan and Madison of Agden, Québec; his brother Dennis of Georgia; and his cousin Shirley Osborne and her husband, Gordon, of Newport.

A memorial service was held on September 12 at the Manoir Chapel in Stanstead, Quebec, an assisted living facility where Mr. Tilton and his wife had lived for three years.

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Obituaries September 30, 2015

Danielle Marie Connell

Danielle Marie Connell, 46, of Derby died on September 23. She was called home to be with the Lord.

Ms. Connell was the beloved wife of Danny Connell of Derby and loving mother to their son, Tristan Connell of Niceville, Florida.

She loved spending time with the word of the Lord. She was blessed with a gift for animals, especially dogs. She lived in Florida for a time, but her heart was always in Vermont. She loved the people, the countryside and the cold winters. Ms. Connell enjoyed being outdoors, and seeing the majestic Vermont sky and stars. She loved butterflies and rainbows.

In addition to her husband and son, Ms. Connell is survived by her father, Gerald Cady of Irasburg; her mother, Deborah Gunger, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her sisters: Kimberly Cady of Virginia Beach, and Cassandra Howell and her husband, Lance, of Newport, Virginia. She is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

obit ElliottGrace Elliott

Grace Elliott, 87, of Glover died on Monday September 21, 2015.

She was born on July 2, 1928, in Barton. She was the daughter of Armour and Belle (Rollins) Urie.

Ms. Elliott attended Barton Academy and earned her diploma in 1946. She married Kenneth J. Elliott on July 12, 1947.

She worked at Montgomery Ward in Newport, and at the pharmacy, which was called Pierce Pharmacy at the time, in Barton. She also volunteered at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society. She spent many years working at the Barton fair selling tickets at the grandstand.

Ms. Elliott enjoyed working in her flower beds, growing roses, swimming at Crystal Lake, living in town so she could talk to her friends, having her own car so she could take her friends with her, taking trips to Boston, Massachusetts, to pick up her mother, singing in the church choir, and being an active member of the Barton United church. She loved rainy days, and the sound of the rain, and feeling the raindrops on her face.

She is survived by her son Raymond Elliott of Essex Junction.

She was predeceased by her husband in May of 2010.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LaMonda VETHarry F. LaMonda

Harry F. LaMonda, 89, formerly of Brownington and Orleans, died on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Riverhead Care Center in Riverhead, New York.

He was a former dairy farmer at the old Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton, New York, and a World War II Army veteran who served in Japan. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. LaMonda was born on a Vermont farm, and traveled to eastern Long Island, New York, to work for Abe Katz, the owner of Dune Alpin and another farm in Bridgehampton, where Mr. LaMonda first worked and lived.

A son of Wesley Stephens LaMonda, a dairy farmer, and the former Lois Jane Dewing, he was born in Sheldon, on June 20, 1926, and attended school through the eighth grade.

He was married to the former Greta Arlene Lafoe, who predeceased him, and the couple, who lived first in Brownington and Orleans, then eventually settled in East Hampton, had seven children.

After Dune Alpin Farm was sold, Mr. LaMonda stopped farming and did woodworking, more as a hobby, but, at around the age of 52, he got bored and went to work as a handyman at McDonald’s restaurant in Southampton, New York. He retired on his eightieth birthday.

He is survived by four daughters: Diana Darrell of East Hampton, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Carolina, and Pamela LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; his son, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York; one brother, Leonard LaMonda of Middlebury; many nieces and nephews; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was also the loving father-in-law of James Darrell, Edward Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster (deceased), Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by a daughter Louella LaMonda; a son Leslie LaMonda; his brothers: Wayne, Roy, and Merton; his sister Blanche Stone; an infant grandchild; and one infant great-grandchild.

A wake was held on Sunday, September 13, at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, Inc. in East Hampton. Mr. LaMonda’s ashes, and those of his wife Greta, will be brought home to Vermont the weekend of June 18, 2016, at which time a service will be held and their ashes buried in Brownington Center, where their hearts and souls will forever rest in perfect peace together.

Mr. LaMonda was a member of the Everit Albert Herter Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in East Hampton, to which contributions in his memory may be made by sending to P.O. Box 5033, East Hampton, New York 11937. Donations in his memory may also be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.

 

obit lay2Shirley Ann (Carey) Lay

Shirley Ann (Carey) Lay of Sutton, 87, died on September 18, 2015, passing peacefully.

She will be forever remembered as an indomitable woman with a no-nonsense, straightforward approach and a proud Irish spirit.

She was born on November 10, 1927, in Montpelier, the daughter of William and Theresa (Failey) Carey.

She married Nelson Lay in Montpelier on October 4, 1952, and together, they raised five children, living in multiple Vermont communities including Bradford, Rutland, and Waterbury Center, and finally building their dream home in Sutton, where Mrs. Lay’s favorite pastime (when she wasn’t immersed in household chores) was tending her famously enormous gardens.

Mrs. Lay attended Catholic schools in Montpelier, and in addition to some of the finer points of disciplinary techniques for unruly children, she adopted the beautiful flowing handwriting of her nuns/educators.

Her children always looked forward to her handwritten cards and notes, both for content and aesthetics. To augment household income, and undoubtedly to maintain her sanity, for she was a social creature at heart, Mrs. Lay worked at many different jobs over the years, eventually retiring from the Farmers Home Administration in Newport, where she earned a reputation for hard work, fairness, and frugality.

In addition to gardening, she enjoyed sewing, church functions, friends, and family. She was renowned for her seemingly inhuman endurance when it came to churning out French fries in 90-degree weather at the Barton Fair in support of her church. She was a fiercely devout Catholic. She loved to spend time at the family camp on Lake Seymour, and enjoyed (yes enjoyed) picking rocks and building jetties to make for a sandier beach. She loved her children. She loved her grandchildren. She loved animals, especially her dogs. She loved in the manner of her generation, which was not so much in words, as in deeds. She lived an active and full life.

She is survived by five children: Douglas Lay and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center, Maureen Russell of Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and her husband, Ron, of Cabot, Daniel Lay and his wife, Staci, of Brunswick, Maine, David Lay and his partner, Shannon, of Danville; and eight grandchildren: Devin and Derick Lay; Morgan Russell; Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper; and Declan and Hannah Lay. She also is survived by her sister Elizabeth Blouin of Montpelier; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Lay; her beloved brother Francis Carey and sister Margaret Larned.

Visiting hours were held at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Friday, September 25.

A funeral Mass was celebrated in Lyndonville on Saturday, September 26, at St. Elizabeth Church. Committal services followed at the Sutton Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at guibordfh.com.

 

Charles B.“ Charlie” Smith Jr.

Charles Bingham “Charlie” Smith Jr., 96, of Hardwick died on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on December 11, 1918, in Craftsbury, the son of the late Charles B. Smith Sr. and Alice (Lane) Smith. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1937. He entered Vermont Junior College, graduating in the class of 1940, and continued his education at the University of Vermont.

obit vets flagOn September 6, 1941, he entered the U.S. Army in Rutland. He received his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Camp Young in California. He served his country in the battles of Normandy in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe under General George S. Patton. He served with distinction and received the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his efforts. He was honorably discharged on October 19, 1945, as a member of the “Greatest Generation.”

On December 11, 1945, he married Shirley Arlene “Peggy” Hovey in Johnson.

He was employed at Fairbank’s Scales in St. Johnsbury. He retired on December 31, 1981.

Mr. Smith was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and an associate member of the United Church in Hardwick. He joined Meridian Sun Lodge #20, F&AM in Craftsbury in 1943. In 1984, he was elected secretary and continued to serve in that position for more than 26 years. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and the VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville.

He was an avid sportsman. He played high school, college, and semi-pro baseball. He excelled in many other sports, including cross- country, downhill and slalom skiing, basketball, cross-country running, golfing, and bowling. He also enjoyed hunting and ice fishing. Mr. Smith continued to support area high school athletics and was always interested in how the teams were doing. He took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s ball games. He enjoyed visiting and spending time with everyone. He will be sadly missed by the Hardwick community.

Survivors include three children: Sharyn Salls and her husband, Raymond, of Hardwick, C. Stephen Smith and his wife, Sarah, of Barre, and Scott Smith and his wife, Tammi, of Hardwick; six grandchildren: Shelley Hale of East Hardwick, Sherri Wiswell of Woodbury, Jeremy Smith of Londonderry, Jason Smith of Woodbury, Jamon Smith, and Spencer Smith, both of Hardwick; seven great-grandchildren: Mykala Wiswell of Woodbury, Kassity Hale of East Hardwick, Kobe, Trevor, and Marina Smith, all of Woodbury, Kylie Smith of Hardwick, and Alyssa Smith of Londonderry; a Fresh Air son, Michael Caban, of Florida; his brother Cedric Smith of South Barre; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, on June 9, 2007; a granddaughter, Lori Ann Salls, in 1986; four siblings: Natalie Drew, and Henry, Donald, and Warren Smith.

Visiting hours were held on Saturday, September 26, and a Masonic service was held at Northern Vermont Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 27, at the United Church in Hardwick with the Reverend Dr. Evelyn Lavelli and the Reverend Allen Parker officiating. Burial followed in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick, with military honors.

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

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Obituaries September 23, 2015

obit GlodgettMarjorie L. Glodgett

Marjorie L. Glodgett, 73, of Brownington, beloved wife of Louis Glodgett, died on September 18, 2015, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born on February 16, 1942, in Middletown, Connecticut, the daughter of Harold and Bessie (Ennor) Rounds.

She graduated from Orleans High School.

Mrs. Glodgett enjoyed gardening, canning, hunting and fishing, yard sales, working in her flower gardens, embroidering, cooking for her family and for others who showed up at meal times, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and boating. She and Mr. Glodgett enjoyed doing most of these things together as they were very family oriented.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Glodgett, of Brownington; by her children: Forest Glodgett and his wife, Kara, Reginald Glodgett and his wife, Joanne, Lorrieann Glodgett, Lisa Hinton and her husband, Mark, Michael Glodgett and his wife, Cheryl, Christopher Glodgett and his wife, Christy, Sheila Davis and her husband, Brian, Louis Glodgett and his wife, Wanda, Tammy Bowman and her fiancé, John Zelanski, Rhoda Margolla and her husband, Remberto, and David Glodgett; by her 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; by several nieces and nephews; by her sister Alice Button and her husband, Richard; and by stepbrother Steven Rounds.

She was predeceased by a brother, Newton Rounds, and her grandson Joshua.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment followed in Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

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

 

obit LewisElizabeth Gale Lewis

Elizabeth Gale Lewis, 88, formerly of Barton died on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was born on November 9, 1926, in Newport. She was the daughter of Bert and Avis (Whitehill) Lewis.

After she graduated from Derby Academy, she attended Hesser College for nursing and business school in Manchester, New Hampshire. During World War II she was a plane spotter.

She worked for the former Howard Bank in the loan department in Barton for 25 years. Her second career, and also her hobby, was being an antiques dealer for 29 years. She would travel around and buy antiques. Her family was the heart of her life.

She enjoyed plants, gardening, cooking, antiquing, and collie dogs. She was also fascinated by history, especially by her Scottish heritage.

She met many friends through the years. She loved traveling, especially with her sister Irma. They went on several trips to Maine and Nova Scotia. Ms. Lewis played the violin in her younger years. She had a strong faith and was committed to the Barton United Church.

She is survived by many cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Lewis’s name to the Barton United Church, P.O. Box 306, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com

 

obit MajorNorma Alice (Ashe) Major

Norma Alice (Ashe) Major, 76, died on Friday, September 18. Her faith was her rock and as Jesus taught her, when muscular dystrophy was the cross she was given she valiantly took up that cross and followed her Lord. When that cross became heavy it was her unwavering faith in God and the love and prayers of her family and friends that helped her continue on.

Mrs. Major was born on December 6, 1938, to Merton “Toots” and Myrtle (Robertson) Ashe. She was the youngest of seven children. Her two surviving sisters are Althea Gillis of Colchester and Beverley Chaffee of Montpelier.

On September 5, 1959, she married the love of her life, Paul Major, who survives her. Her greatest job in life was being a mother, at which she excelled. The children, who were blessed to call her Ma, are Penny Wood and her husband, John, of Stratham, New Hampshire, Linda Curtis and her husband, Clark, of Newport, Christine Smith and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Deb Prue and her husband, Bill, of Newport. God continued His blessings on her with ten grandchildren: Geoffrey Wood and his wife, Christina, of Dover, New Hampshire, Michael Wood and his companion, Jenn, of North Berwick, Maine, Laura Mullen and her husband, Brendan, of Kensington, New Hampshire, Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, Spencer Curtis of Newport, Faith Curtis of Newport, Molly Smith of Newport, Bud Prue and his companion, Courtney, of Waterville, Maine, Taylor Prue and his companion, Megan, of Biddeford, Maine, and Chandler Prue and his companion Angela of Newport. To make her joy more complete she was also blessed with five great-grandchildren: Connor and Jack Mullen, Nicholas and Stella Wood, and Liam Curtis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Peter Paul Major; her granddaughter Elizabeth Helen Smith; her sisters: Barbara Powers, and Helen Farrow; and her brothers: Buster, Harold and Butch Ashe.

A woman of faith and the heart of the Major family, Mrs. Major shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, always willing to give of herself for others. She spent many hours praying for the unborn children, and for those who were suffering. Her pastimes included following politics and keeping up with her growing family.

To celebrate her life, the funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Donations may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Lena B. Patenaude

Lena B. Patenaude, 90, of Newport Center died on September 20, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was born on December 22, 1924, in Augusta, Maine, the daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Belle) Quintal.

In 1945, she married Leo Normandin who predeceased her in 1960. She later married Armand Patenaude in 1977, and he also predeceased her in 1983.

Ms. Patenaude enjoyed embroidery, cooking, and puzzles.

She is survived by a grandson Thomas Deslandes and his wife, Kelley, of Newport Center; a sister Gilberta Quintal of Newport; and dear friends Rachel Westover and her husband, Lary Bean, and Tammy and Victoria Westover, all of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her daughter Beatrice Deslandes in 2002; her granddaughter Lisa Deslandes in 2001; and by a brother Louis Quintal.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Patenaude’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

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Obituaries September 16, 2015

Dana Alden Blanchard

Dana Alden Blanchard, 65, of Newport died on September 8, 2015, at his home.

He was born on April 6, 1950, in Barton to Alden Blanchard and the late Alva (Spaulding) Blanchard.

He was employed by the Newport Daily Express, Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, and Metal Flex. He was interested in the history of Newport and surrounding areas.

He will be dearly missed by his dad who was always interested in his well-being.

He is survived by his father, Alden Blanchard; his wife, Marilyn, of Newport; his aunts and uncles; and several cousins.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit brenek2Paul Edward Brenek

Paul Edward Brenek, 55, died on August 26, 2015, at his home in Sonoma, California after a battle with cancer. He is in heaven now.

He was born on October 8,1959, in Norwich, Connecticut to Martha Burke Brenek and Donald Brenek.

He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather — good hearted and loved his family dearly. He graduated from Griswold High School in Jewett City, Connecticut. He decided to go to California. He spent his life there, and worked with his cousin Walt on automotive repair. Mr. Brenek decided to become a certified smog tester for the State of California and worked with Sonoma Truck for many years.

Paul will be in his family’s heart forever.

He is survived by his daughter Jessica Brenek and her husband, Brian Todd; and four grandchildren: Julian, Addisyn, Presten and Aiden. He is also survived by his wife, Kitty Klingburg Brenek; his brother Kenneth Brenek; his sisters: Diane Brenek Manning and her husband, Ron, and their sons: Shawn and Joshua; Lori Brenek Balczun and her husband, Paul, and their sons: Tyler and Bryan; his aunt Marilyn “Chochie” Brenek residing on Depot Road in Canterbury, Connecticut; his parents: Martha and Donald Brenek of Green Hill Road in Lowell; his aunt and uncle Brenda and Harvey Burke of Delta Junction, Alaska; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Julie Messier Brenek; his paternal grandparents: Emile and Anna Brenek of Depot Road in Canterbury; his maternal grandparents: Margaret and Frank Burke of Rixtown Road in Griswold, Connecticut.

A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Sunday, September 13, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma. A reception sponsored by St. Andrew’s deacons was held after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice by the Bay at 17E Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur, California 94939, or to the American Cancer Society in Sonoma.

 

Noamie N. Chaffee

Noamie N. Chaffee, 73, of Irasburg died on September 10, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 24, 1942, in Newport to Niles and Constance (Rushlow) Bean. She married James Chaffee, who predeceased her in 2006. Her hobbies included going shopping and playing games on her iPad.

She is survived by her children: Dawn Gaudette and her fiancé, Tim Centeno, of Irasburg, and Robert Chaffee and his wife, Wanda, of Hendersonville, North Carolina. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jonathan Chaffee, Bradley Chaffee and Ryan Centeno; her siblings: Sunny (Yolanda) Bean of North Troy, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald, of Irasburg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit joseph VETRobert Joseph

Robert Joseph, 78, of Derby died suddenly at his home on September 9, 2015.

He was born January 6, 1937, to Lessel (Coutts) Joseph and George “Joe” Joseph.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1955, and went into the Navy. He was a hardworking, generous and kind man who took care of his mother until she died. He worked for many years at Union Butterfield Tivoly in Derby Line, Agway in Newport, and 20 years at Ducharme Excavating in Derby Line. He was a workaholic who liked to keep busy, and who went until he just couldn’t go any more.

He loved to help others and he loved his community. He enjoyed working in the woods year-round. He would ride on the groomer with Mike Judd in the winter and help in the sugarbush in the spring. He liked to help with haying in the summer months and he often talked about spending summers out on the Aldrich family farm growing up. He spent his last 18 years with his cousins, where he wanted to settle and retire.

His interests included classic and muscle cars, especially Chevys, and also Farmall tractors and old farm equipment. He owned two Monte Carlos and two old Farmalls, until recently. He liked to go to frequent car and tractor shows at the fairgrounds.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his brother “Huz” Joseph of Newport; and his children: Susan Marie Mason, Brett Joseph, Hayley Joseph, Robyn Joseph Robar, and Gary Joseph; his sister-in-law Ruthy Joseph and her daughters: Cindy Joseph Shepardson and Jennifer Joseph Koslowsky; several grandnieces and -nephews; and three great-grandnephews. He is also survived by several cousins, close friends, and neighbors who loved him dearly and certainly thought of him as family. He was especially close with his cousins: Robert and Dean Aldrich, and Beatrice “Sis” (Aldrich) Nelson and her husband, Roger, Doug and Keith Gray, and Mike and Brad Judd.

Mr. Joseph was predeceased by his parents; a sister Patricia “Tisha” Joseph; his brother Alfred “Al” Joseph; his cousins: Bill and Jim Aldrich; and his best friend Dwight “Shine” Judd, with whom he spent several winters in Florida.

At his request, there will be no formal services. There will be a gathering for friends and family to reminisce about Mr. Joseph, which will be announced at a later date. Something will also be done in the spring at one of his favorite spots on the hill near the Aldrich and Judd family farms where he spent many of his childhood years.

Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Haskell Free Library, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 595, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Jourdan VETWilliam P. Jourdan

William P. Jourdan, 68, of Westfield died on August 24, 2015, at his home.

He was born on May 23, 1947, in Montpelier to William and Blanche (Allard) Jourdan. He graduated from People’s Academy in Morrisville.

On June 1, 1985, he married the former Joan Clarke, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Jourdan was employed as an electrician for Gould Electric Company in Stowe.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Jourdan, of Westfield.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

obit vets flagShould friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Cheryl Atwood, 892 Porter Brook Road, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836, to help support financial needs.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Obit LaCasseOdila “Del” LaCasse 

Odila “Del” LaCasse, 75, formerly of Island Pond died on Friday, September 4, 2015.

She was born on April 21, 1940, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Ovila and Juliette (Hebert) Quintin. She was married on October 12, 1973, to the love of her life, the late Freeman “Bud” LaCasse.

She loved to crochet, was an avid traveler, and lived in Alaska and Arkansas, always returning to her roots in Vermont. She loved baseball, especially the Cardinals, and loved to laugh and enjoy her family.

She is survived by one sister, Rosalie Paquette of Massachusetts; by one brother, Albert Quintin of Vermont; her in-laws and extended family, the LaCasse Family; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandy Simpson; her husband; four brothers: Phil, Ernie, Paul and John Quintin; three sisters: Cora Martin, Alice Perrow and Laura Fleming.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, September 12, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town at boystown.org, or mailed to 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit vets flagReginald Gordon Lacoss

Reginald Gordon Lacoss, 79, of Irasburg, died on September 7, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on February 25, 1936, in Orleans to Archie and Katherine (Johnson) Lacoss.

On August 15, 1958, he married Shirley Simino, who predeceased him on July 20, 2011. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Lacoss was a machinist at Butterfields Union Twist Company in Derby Line, where he retired after 30 years of service.

The Lacosses sold Christmas trees for many years on the Orleans Road, and did income taxes for over 50 years. They loved their horses and their dog Tanner. Mr. Lacoss would go hunting when he was younger and he and his wife loved to dance, play golf, and attended all of his class reunions.

He is survived by his siblings: Michael Lacoss and his wife, Betty, of Westmore, Robin Lacoss and his wife, Claire Talbot, of Newport Center, Bonnie Chartier and her husband, Joe, of Orleans; his sister-in-law Merrilyn Lacoss; his brothers-in-law: Dale Simino and his wife, Shery, and Gary Simino; and by many nieces and nephews, as well as his wife’s niece and nephew: Maxine and Harry Carbonneau, who spent many hours taking care of their horses and spending time with the Lacosses. He is also survived by special friends and neighbors: Steve and Tammy Jewett.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Rodney Lacoss, Betty Moquin and her husband, Francis, Phyllis Vallier and her husband, Conrad, and Judith Wilcox.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Unit, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit russellBrian D. Russell

Brian D. Russell, 56, of Derby died suddenly on September 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born on August 31, 1959, in Newport to Darrell and Phyllis Russell.

On September 1, 1984, he married Kim Nadeau, who survives him.

He worked for his brother as a mechanic for Russell Service in Orleans. He played baseball, softball and various sports. He was a member of the Newport Country Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Russell, of Derby; his children: Douglas Russell of Derby Line, and Tracy Russell of Derby; his mother, Phyllis Russell of Orleans; his grandchildren: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell; his brother Kevin Russell and his wife, Anita, of Barton; his nephews: Tommy Russell of Colchester, and Tim Russell of Barton; his close cousin Pat Russell of Barton; and several aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his father, Darrell Russell, in 1992, and by his cousin Clayton Russell in 1996.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Junior Golf at Newport Country Club, in care of Pat Hunt, 375 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

 

 

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