Obituaries October 4, 2017

Kenneth Phillip Aiken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nicholas Bryan Carpenter

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

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

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

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

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

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Donna V. Chrisomalis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Michelle Jaclyn Fenimore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Viateur Gerard Fortin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Douglas Joseph Hanrahan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No services are planned. Online condolences may be left at


Gloria G. Robillard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gordon N. Stafford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Barbara L. Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Clair L. Young

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 27, 2017

Loriann Lawson

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Bullis.

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

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Bickford C. Libby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Laurie Jean Parmenter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Philip H. Sherlaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 20, 2017

Joyce E. Baraw

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Omer P. Choquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arthea J. Lafoe

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

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

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

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

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be shared at


Maria Seguin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obituaries September 13, 2017

Roger Ernest Berard

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andrew J. Domina

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kenneth I. Griswold

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

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

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

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

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


Norma J. (Chayer) Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Laugh when you can

      Apologize when you should

      Let go of what you can’t change

      Life is too short to be unhappy

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Rose Quarmby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joyce Winifred (Morey) Simons

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

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

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

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

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

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


Denise M. Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obituaries September 6, 2017

Robert Savage Bigelow

Robert S. Bigelow died on September 1, 2017, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Newport, the son of Helen (Savage) Bigelow and Rudolph Bigelow on April 28, 1925. He was predeceased by his brother Charles.

Mr. Bigelow enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served aboard the USS Salinas in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, he attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College where he excelled in football and skiing. He was also an avid tennis player and golfer.

He served on the Newport School Board, the Vermont State Highway Board, the Vermont State Current Use Board, and the Lund Center in Englewood, Florida.

He served on the board of directors for the Rutland Chamber of Commerce, the Rutland Country Club, the Rutland Hospital, VT-NH Blue Cross/Blue Shield, was a charter member of the Killington Ski Club, First Vermont Bank and Trust Company, Newport Country Club, and Associated Industries of Vermont.

After Middlebury College he managed Lakeside Plywood, which was founded by his father-in-law Arthur Roe, then Atlas Plywood in Newport. In 1957 he joined Henry Carris and in partnership formed the Rutland Plywood Corporation, Killington Wood Products, Tupper Lake Veneer Corporation and Bernhard Bay Veneer Corporation.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Jeanne Roe Bigelow; his three daughters: Barbara Barrett and her husband, Jack, and Nancy Canfield and her husband, Bill, both of Rutland, and Patricia Ritchey and her husband, Stan, of Carbondale, Colorado; three grandchildren: Sara McClallen and her husband, Greg, Ryan Canfield and Lyndsey Canfield; and six great-grandchildren: Bryn, Erin, Kaulah, Jared, Lex and Lena.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 80 West Street, Suite 202, Rutland, Vermont 05701, or to the Sunshine Fund at The Gables, 1 Gables Place, Rutland, Vermont 05701.

A private committal service will be held in Newport at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Tossing Funeral Home.


Robert W. Fenton

Robert W. Fenton, 96 of Orleans died on August 21, 2017, in Newport.

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 5, 1921, to Robert and Matilda (Pippin) Fenton.

Mr. Fenton set out on his own at the young age of 15, leaving school and home to work in Conservation Corps camps and as a short order cook until he volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enlisted in March of 1942, serving until October of 1945. He then moved to Barton, where he worked as a cook for the Pine Crest Motel and later for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

In April of 1948, Mr. Fenton once again volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, until March of 1952. He cherished the time he spent as a cook in the military and was very proud to have served under General George Patton in the “Big Red One” (First Infantry Division) as a member of the 774th Tank Destroyer Unit, earning the rank of sergeant. His duty in the Army sent him around the world. It included time in France, Germany, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia. Germany quickly became his favorite as he made lifelong friends while there.

During his life after the military, Mr. Fenton was a cook and self-employed painter for many years.   He retired from the Warwick, Rhode Island School District as a custodian. After retiring, he moved to Orleans and became well known in the area for house painting, wallpapering, and furniture refinishing as he continued to work hard into his nineties. His last job was one he enjoyed very much, working part time for the village of Orleans and just being one of the guys. He will always be remembered for supplying many folks in town with his homemade pastries. He was always willing to help those in need, no matter the cause.

Mr. Fenton’s hobbies included stamp collecting, train memorabilia, and endless hours of enjoying music on his Victrolas and player piano. He also had a passion for building unique things by recycling unwanted items. From end tables to lamps to lawn furniture, his creative mind never stopped working.

He is survived by nieces Sandra Richardson and her husband, Wallace, of Morgantown, North Carolina, and Jane Ellis of Rockland, Massachusetts. He will be dearly missed by the LaPlante family, who adopted him as one of their own years ago as “Uncle Bob.” He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Ralph and Bernard.

Special thanks go to neighbors who helped with meals and acts of kindness over the past years and the staff at the Bel-Aire Center who cared for him so well over the past 18 months.

A graveside service was held September 5 at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Activity Fund at the Bel-Aire Center: 35 Bel Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Edna Leland Mullins

Edna Leland Mullins died on August 15, 2017, at 79 years of age due to complications from diabetes.

She was born August 14, 1938, in Brownington, where she attended the one-room schoolhouse in Brownington Center.

In 1960, she moved to Long Island, New York, where she raised her daughter Barbara Blair Martin.

Her passions in life were sewing, camping, doing jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends.

She dedicated her life to being a home health care worker, and when she retired she moved to Oneonta, New York, and spent the last nine years residing at the Robynwood Adult Home.

She leaves her daughter Barbara; her son-in-law Harry; her granddaughter Nicole Wick and her husband, Cal; her grandson Michael Skala and his fiancée, Laura Brett; three great-grandchildren: Alaina, Carter and Sydney; her siblings Richard Leland and his wife, Joyce; Edith Leland Chase and her husband, Robert; William Leland and his wife, Linda, and Robert Leland and his predeceased wife, Lynne, along with their families. She also leaves behind her godson Daniel Leland; her goddaughter Sandy Pepin Owen; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and a large extended family.

She was predeceased by three infant children; her parents, Harold and Beatrice Leland; and son-in-law Joseph Skala.

Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her parents at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m. at the Brownington Center Cemetery.


Richard E. Valley

Richard E. Valley died on August 30, 2017, in White River Junction at the age of 78.

He was born on February 22, 1939, a son of Leon and Geneva (Sheltra) Valley in Barton.

Mr. Valley attended school in Barton and served in the United States Navy. For most of his working years, he worked for several different furniture manufacturing companies, including Ethan Allen.

He enjoyed playing board and card games, traveling, cooking, and family gatherings. He also was a member of American Legion Post #23.

Mr. Valley is survived by his children: Valerie Young and her husband, Leon, Laurie Poirier and her husband, Alan, Scott Valley and his wife, Janice, Marybeth Brochu and her partner, Steve Coe, and Renee McVey and her husband, Jerry; by eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion of many years, Jane Cutler; his brothers: Edgar Valley and his wife, Sandy, Maurice Valley and his wife, Ellen, and David Valley; by his sisters: Priscilla Parsons and her husband, Jerry, Madeline Krohn and Rachel Saulman; and by his sister-in-law Hilda Valley.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brothers Norman, Francis, Ernie, and his sister Lorraine.

Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation at 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries August 30, 2017

Elizabeth Allen

After several years of failing health, Elizabeth “Betty” Allen, 85, formerly of North Troy, died on August 23, 2017, at the Newport Health Center in Newport, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on December 6, 1931, she was the eldest of three daughters born to Stanley and Mildred (Touseau) Marcil. The family moved to Bristol, Connecticut, when she was a young girl, where she enjoyed the Girl’s Club, tap dancing classes, and Saturday afternoon at the movies. The family relocated to Vermont during her childhood. She attended school in North Troy, but she missed the city. On September 14, 1948, she married her sweetheart, Lawrence Allen, who predeceased her on October 2, 2001. Her love of family was evident as the proud mother of Lorraine (Allen) and Val Whipple, Marilyn (Allen) and Jim Crowe, David and Nellie (St. Onge) Allen, Douglas and Susan (Heeter) Allen, and Kathleen (Allen) and David Magee.

She was predeceased by her son, Donald, in 1972.

She was charmed to be the grandmother of Jamie and Sandy Cota, Nikole and Lindsay Brainard, Eric and Ivy Lyn Crowe, Melyssa and Christopher Partyka, Christopher Allen and Liza Leonard, Sonja Allen, and Amanda Allen. She was delighted to know her great-grandchildren: Nakota Cota, Maya and Chase Brainard, Courtney, Zoe, and Jaxon Crowe, and Jaden and Xander Allen.

She raised a family of six children and favored her role as a homemaker. Her green thumb was obvious to all by the lush array of houseplants in her home. Mrs. Allen loved family gatherings with lots of laughter, good food, and storytelling. She loved a “jivey” tune, but dancing to it was even better for her. Once her nest was empty, she was employed by various part-time jobs and became an active member of the Daughters of St. Anne of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church of North Troy. She was very fond of bingo, of working at the seasonal bazaars, and cooking for various functions.

Survivors include her sisters: Madeline Joyce Pion and Dora Annette St. Onge of Newport; her brothers-in-law: Lyle Allen of Fairfax and Thomas Haney of Springfield, Massachusetts; her sisters-in-law: Albertine (Allen) Woodard of Mansonville, Quebec, Ernestine (Allen) Monfette of Lake Village, Indiana, and Maxeline (Allen) Mongeau and her husband, Richard, of Springfield, Massachusetts; plus several nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

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

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Allen’s memory to:
 Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Cecil A. Griffin

Cecil A. Griffin, 98, of Westborough, Massachusetts, died peacefully on August 23, 2017, at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, surrounded by family.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy E. (Cowling) Griffin.

Born in Derby, he was the son of the late Arland D. and Florence E. (Cobb) Griffin. He was a graduate of Barton Academy and Graham Scientific Breeding School in Newark, New Jersey.

He moved to Massachusetts in 1942 and worked at Deerfoot Farms, Waveney Farms, Deary Brothers, and St. Mark’s School in Southborough. He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Westborough.

He was a resident of Westborough since 1959, previously living in Southborough and the Northeast Kingdom.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his children: Arland G. Griffin and his wife, Janis (Johnson), of Millsboro, Delaware, and Joyce R. Croci and her husband, Edward, of Milford; three grandchildren, Pamela L. Bonner and her husband, David, Steven J. Griffin and his wife, Ann, of Frederick, Maryland, and Alexia J. Ball and her husband, Brad, of Springfield, Missouri; and five great-grandchildren: Tyler, Bailey, and Josh Griffin, Wyatt Bonner of Frederick, and Allie Beck of Springfield.

He is predeceased by his son Edwin W. Griffin; his great-grandson Blake Arland Bonner; and his brothers: Lawrence, Dale, and Wayne Griffin.

Mr. Griffin will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

His funeral service was held on August 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Westborough.

Graveside services were held on August 28 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 120 West Main Street, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581.

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Daniel Kevin McMaster

Daniel Kevin McMaster, 70, of Barton, beloved husband of Catherine (Burke) McMaster, died on the morning of August 24, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 13, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late John and Helen McMaster.

He fought in the Vietnam War, while serving in the United States Army.

He married Catherine Burke, who survives him, on February 16, 1974.

Mr. McMaster spent a majority of his life in the Boston area where he worked and retired from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He coached children’s basketball and soccer for many years, influencing and shaping the lives of both children and families.

The McMasters then moved to Barton, where they owned and operated Our Village Inn. He was a selectman for the town of Barton and also the Barton Fire Department chief. Mr. McMaster drove school and tour buses, and was also a substitute teacher.

The McMasters also owned and operated Barton’s Memory Lane Antique Shop for over 20 years.

Mr. McMaster was a jack-of-all-trades, and he loved working with his hands. He renovated many houses in Barton from the inside out, and he always leant a helping hand when a friend needed some expertise or advice with anything from cars to carpentry, or electrical to plumbing.

He will truly be missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine McMaster; his three children: Emily Frazier of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Daniel McMaster of Portland, Maine, and Kaitlyn McCoy and her husband, Peter, of Westford; his three grandchildren: Mary, Suzanna, and Matthew Frazier; his brother Jack McMaster of Weymouth, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 2, at 1 p.m., at the Barton United Church in Barton, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe and the Reverend Mark Mendes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barton United Church, 15 Glover Road, Barton, Vermont 05822, or to the Barton Public Library, P.O. Box 549, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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Obituaries August 23, 2017

Wendy Louise Therrien Carter

Wendy Louise (Therrien) Carter, 54, of Newport, died peacefully on August 11, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 13, 1963, in Newport, to Andre and Wilma (Sargent) Therrien. She married Michael Carter on May 15, 1999, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Heather Matten, Justin Matten and wife, Nicole, Brianna Matten Carter, John Carter and wife, Christine, and Jennifer Stephenson and her husband, Rob; and her grandchildren: Jaymen, Nathaniel, Brooklynne, Alexandra, Jordyn, Aspen, Lilly, Brandon, Bailey, Bryce, Briley, Madison, and Peyton. She is also survived by her siblings: Mark Therrien, Kevin Therrien and his wife, Jana, Craig Therrien and his wife, Stacey, and Rebecca Therrien; by several aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Kaylynne Matten; and her grandparents Hugh and Louise Sargent, and Leo and Simone Therrien.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, Ms. Carter started her family. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with them, whether it was vacationing in Maine, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting, boating, or spending time at the family sugarhouse. She was always active with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, baking, and spending time with her Hoagie’s family that she shared the last 16 years with, especially her best friend Rita Wheeler. Ms. Carter brought so much love and joy to all that knew her, but most of all her husband, Michael.

A celebration of life was held at her home on August 21, with Father Dwight Baker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people please make donations to the Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Sebastian Chase Emerson

Sebastian Chase Emerson, beloved infant son of Kelsey Davis and Jason Emerson of Orleans, died suddenly on August 11, 2017.

He was born in Newport on June 8, 2017.

He is survived by his parents, Kelsey Davis and Jason Emerson; by his siblings: Jesse James and Nicholas Medina of Sutton, and Kaylee Emerson and Alexis Emerson of Coventry; by his paternal grandparents Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy; maternal grandparents Maureen Gonyaw of Barton, and James Davis Jr. of Lyndonville; and by his paternal great-grandparents Lillian and James Davis of Cheshire, Connecticut; by his aunt and uncle Christy and Brian Kirsh of Troy; by his aunt Kirby Davis of Coventry; by his Uncle Mitchell Gonyaw of Barton; by his uncle and aunt Jason and Maritza Nadeau of Southington, Connecticut, and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Beverly Emerson.

Funeral services were held at on August 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in Sebastian’s memory may be made to Go Fund Me under Jason Emerson’s name.

These are my footprints so perfect and small.

These tiny footprints never touched the ground at all.

Not one tiny footprint for now I have wings.

These tiny footprints were meant for other things.

You will hear my tiny footprints in the patter of rain.

Gentle drops like angel’s tears of joy and not from pain.

You will see my tiny footprints in each butterflies’ lazy dance.

I’ll let you know I’m with you if you just give me the chance.

You will see my tiny footprints in the rustle of the leaves.

I will whisper names in the wind and call each one that grieves.

Most of all, these tiny footprints are found on

Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.

‘Cause even though I’m gone now, We’ll never truly part.

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Donald A. Verge

Donald A. Verge, 60, of North Troy, died at his home on August 9, 2017.

He was born April 10, 1957, to Wilfred and Blanche (Mason) Verge who both predeceased him.

He is survived by his sister Linda Santaw and her companion, Reginald Carpenter, of North Troy; his nephews: Shawn Santaw and his wife, Heidi, and their children: Abbie and TJ, Marc Santaw and his wife, Tira, and their children Kara, and her fiancé, Aaron Lemieux, and Ally of North Troy; by his brother-in-law Paul Santaw of North Troy; and by many nieces, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Verge loved his “bright yellow flamed Harley-Davidson” and went on many rides with his friends. He worked as a mechanic for many years, and as a metal fabricator.

At the request of his family there will be no services.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, August 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for those wishing to pay their respects.

Following the gathering there will be a ride-in, in his memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to help defray funeral costs may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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Esther Nellie Shover Watson

Esther Nellie Shover Watson, 101, died August 13, 2017, at Pinnacle Health and Rehab in Canton, Maine, where she had resided since 2011.

She was born in Troy, on January 4, 1916, the daughter of Claude Smith and Ruth Edmunds. Her first husband was Clarence Shover. They separated in 1952 and in 1953 she moved to Rumford, Maine, and married Phil Arsenault. After Mr. Arsenault died she married Roy Watson, a former schoolmate from Vermont.

Mrs. Watson drove a school bus for many years while living in Vermont. She was never without knitting needles and an abundant supply of yarn from which she made hundreds of pairs of mittens, toques, and socks, which she always gave away. During World War II she served as a volunteer air raid warden in a converted bandstand on the common in Irasburg. She also folded bandages for the wounded service men and women and assembled mattresses for their bunks.

After moving to Maine, she worked as a stitcher in a shoe shop in Livermore, and later was employed by The Yard Goods Store in Rumford for many years, and took home mending as well.

Survivors include three sons: Richard Shover Sr. and his wife Patricia, Perley Shover and his wife Shirley, and Lawrence Shover; one daughter Rachel Leckey and her husband, James; and many nieces and nephews.

She also leaves her grandchildren: Richard Jr., Douglas, Alan, Laurie, Deborah, Kevin and Michelle Shover, and Kevin and Glen Jamison; great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Zachary Cross, Justin, Monika, Benjamin, Andrew, Samatha, Matthew, and Kyle Shover, Adam Blodgett-Shover, Chelsea and Krista Vattes, Danielle, Jonathan, Aaron, and Katelyn Jamison; and her step-great-grandson Aaron White; great-great-grandchildren: Christin Sparks, Ivan Hills, Lucas and Caleb Shover, Sophia, Killian, and Arya Jamison; and step-great-great- granddaughter Harley Newman.

She was predeceased by a brother Wallace Smith; and four sisters: Helen Bessette, Charlotte Bousquet, Margaret Sheltra, and Lucy Bousquet; and by a granddaughter Kathy Shover.

Mrs. Watson was a member of the Village Scrappers Quilting Group, the New Norlands Grange #508, and Wayside Baptist Church in Livermore, Maine.

Funeral services were held on August 18, at the Wayside Baptist Church in Livermore. Interment was held at St. John Cemetery in Rumford.

In lieu of flowers, people may make contributions in her memory to Pinnacle Health and Rehab, 26 Pleasant Street, Canton, Maine 04221, or to the Wayside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 479, Livermore, Maine 04253.

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Obituaries August 16, 2017

Thomas Allen James Boulanger Sr.

Thomas Allen James Boulanger Sr., 70, of Coventry, died on August 5, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 18, 1946, as the eldest son of Paul and Jean Boulanger. He graduated from Newport High School, and then enlisted in the Air Force. On November 25, 1967, he married his favorite girl, Wilma Nutting, who survives him.

Mr. Boulanger filled his days with watching NASCAR races, camping, boating, working with his tractor, tinkering on cars, and riding his motorcycle. He retired from Kennametal Tap and Die in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma, from Coventry; his sons: Thomas Allen James Boulanger Jr. and his partner, Kelly, of Johnson and Terry Lee Boulanger and his wife, Gretchen, of Underhill; his grandchildren: Ashley Boulanger of Newport, Thomas Allen James Boulanger III, of Fort Drum, New York, Jordan Boulanger of Lyndonville, Alec Boulanger of Canaan, and Myra, Michael, and Asa Boulanger of Underhill; his great grandchildren: Nathaniel Boulanger and Liara Boulanger; his sisters: Georgia Fournier of Troy, Ruth Forgues of Derby, Sharon Provoncha and her husband, Dale, of Westfield, Joan Therrien and her husband, Roland, of Derby; and many nieces and newphews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Jean Boulanger; his sisters Patricia and Ethel; and his brother Peter.

Per Mr. Boulanger’s request, there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Larry Earl Clark

Larry Earl Clark, 56, of Sheffield, died on July 16, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 19, 1960, in Topeka, Kansas, to Richard and Marilyn (Frost) Clark. He married Kathy Benson, who predeceased him in March 2017. Mr. Clark was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and a self-employed mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and riding his Harley. He was also a fantastic cook.

He is survived by his children: Chyanna Clark of Hartford, Connecticut, Brittany Clark of St. Johnsbury, Casey Clark of East Hartford, Connecticut; and by his stepson Justin Spaulding of Lyndonville. He is also survived by several grandchildren; by his parents: Richard and Marilyn Clark of Stuart, Florida; by his siblings: Rick Clark and his wife, Mary, of Arizona, David Clark of Utah, Craig Clark and his wife, Stephanie, of North Dakota, and Tamra Clark of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 19, at 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 3417 Darling Hill Road in Derby. A dinner will follow the service.

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

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Lori Jean Ghelli

 Lori Jean Ghelli, 56, of Newport Center, died after a long and well-fought battle with cancer on August 7, 2017, at her home with her family at her side.

Ms. Ghelli was born on June 2, 1961, in Newport, to Leonard and Muriel (Noble) Gilson. She grew up in Orleans and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1979. She then attended UVM where she received a degree in medical laboratory sciences. Ms. Ghelli was employed as a lab technician at North Country Hospital for almost 30 years.

She married David Ghelli in 1989, and they were blessed with their only child, Anna, in 1993. She will be remembered for her green thumb and beautiful flower gardens. Her talents were many, including a unique sense of humor, off-key singing, and the ability to cheat at Scrabble. She also built many amazing stone walls around her home with slate that she rescued from all over Vermont. These will serve as a memorial to her stubbornness and strength.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her infant brother Leonard Noble Gilson.

She leaves her husband, David; her daughter Anna; and three sisters: Lynne Hall and her husband, Ted, of Winter Haven, Florida, Kathy Eastman and her husband, Randy, of Bryant Pond, Maine, and Nancy Carter and her husband, Randy, of Derby; along with many nieces and nephews, near and far.

Ms. Ghelli was a great mother, a beautiful wife, a loving sister, and, as her mother always said, a perfect daughter. Her gentle soul will be missed by many.

There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, Ms. Ghelli expressed the wish that people would visit their grandparents, parents, and children often, and tell them that you love them.

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Obituaries August 9, 2017

Marianne Baker

Marianne “Mimi” Baker, 83, of Derby, beloved wife of Stanley Baker, died on August 5, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on May 18, 1934, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to the late Richard and Elizabeth (Schofield) Marshall.

She graduated from Peterborough High School and then went on to attend Lyndon State College for three years, and later graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

On June 12, 1956, she married Stanley Baker who survives her.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Retired Teachers Association. She loved working in her gardens, reading, camping, and exercise.

She is survived by her children: Beth Bouffard and her husband, David, of Newport, Ellen Bickford and her companion, Lyle, of Newport, and Alan Baker and his wife, Cindy, of Sheffield; her grandchildren: Jessica Bartlett and her husband, Jason, of Chapman, Maine, Sarah Heimreid and her husband, Tom, of Boston, Massachusetts, Aaron Baker of California, Melissa Perrault and her husband, Nick, of Jay, Ben Bouffard of Arlington, Virginia, Tom Bouffard and his wife, Ali, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, Michael Bickford of Newport, Phillip Bickford of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Christopher Baker of Sheffield. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Olivia and Samuel Perrault, Harper Bouffard, Laura Bickford, and Amelia and Marshall Bartlett, her siblings: Betsy Woodard and her husband, Frank, of Hartwell, Georgia, Lynn Boudolf of Charleston, South Carolina, and Roberta Raynor of Charleston; her daughter-in-law Ann Lafoe and her husband, Richard, of Derby; her sister-in-law Carol Marshall; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her son Kevin Baker; and by her two brothers John and Sam Marshall.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 12, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Friends may call at the funeral home on the day of the service from noon up until the hour of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Baker’s memory to a charity of one’s choosing.

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Therese R. Metras

Therese R. Metras, 86, of Orleans, died on August 5, 2017, at her home.

She was born on November 28, 1930, in Newport Center, a daughter of Delma and Marie (Moquin) Metras.

Ms. Metras always enjoyed playing cards and games and putting puzzles together with family and friends. She also enjoyed listening to music and swinging on the front yard swing.

She is survived by her sisters: Anna Nichols of Charlton, Massachusetts, Eva Domijan of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, Jeanne Fortin of West Hartford, Connecticut, Rita Lantagne and her husband, Francis Sr., of Newport, Lucie Metras of Orleans, and Alice Metras and her husband, Ronald McKinney, of Lyndonville; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by those who have taken care of her for many years. The family is especially grateful to Jane and Bridgette.

Ms. Metras was predeceased by her sisters: Cecile Gaboriault, Irene Innie, and Madeline Goodsell; and by her brothers: Rene, Moise, and Onil Metras.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Repair Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont, 05855, or to the Orleans Area Special Olympics, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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Nicholas R. Miller

Nicholas R. Miller, 22, of Irasburg, beloved son of Arjay Miller and Bobbie Jo Roberts McManus, died suddenly on July 29, 2017, in Lowell.

He was born on April 3, 1995, in Newport.

Corporal Miller was an outdoors enthusiast. He loved anything to do with the outdoors — hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, snowmobiling, snowboarding, dirt biking, rock-climbing, four-wheeling, and any extreme sport. He loved the adrenaline rush, and it was all or nothing for him. He also enjoyed working on trucks, whether it was his own or anybody else’s truck. He wasn’t happy unless he was covered in grease or mud.

Corporal Miller had a heart of gold. He would help anyone whether they knew him or not. Any hour of the day you could call him, and he would be right there. He always had a huge grin on his face. He was the rock no matter what the situation was; he would pick up a person’s spirits and reassure them that everything would be okay. He always made people confident that it was going to be okay. He was the role model for all his siblings and cousins; everyone looked up to him, and he would give you the shirt off his back. He loved to share his stories of all his adventures. He was so full of life and lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Jo Roberts McManus; his father, Arjay Miller; his stepfather, Christopher McManus; his stepmother, Karen Miller; his brother Trevor Miller; his sister Harlee Miller; his stepbrothers Bailey McManus and Austin and Landen Durocher; his maternal grandparents Rene Roberts and the late Connie Roberts; his paternal grandparents Russell and Judy Miller; his aunts and uncles Mike Miller and Ashley Fisk and Lorie and Jimmy Labounty; his step-uncle Lars McManus; by his cousins Alex and Dustin Labounty; his step-grandparents Jude and Ursula Smith; his step-paternal grandparents Richard and Liz Handy; by Effie Brown (who was like a grandmother to him); and by his maternal great-grandmother Dorothy and the late Lawrence Mason.

He was predeceased by his Uncle Gilles.

He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend. He will be missed by everyone who has ever met him. He has touched many lives from Vermont to California.

He entered the Marine Corps on July 29, 2013. He was doing a five-year tour. He loved his brothers in arms. He also had a passion to enter the military and serve his country since he was a little boy. He left this world doing what he loved, with all his close friends.

A celebration of life took place on Sunday, August 6, at the Irasburg Common and Town Hall with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Corporal Miller’s memory to Community National Bank, CPC Nicholas Miller Scholarship Fund, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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James K. Ready

 James K. Ready, age 85 died on March 5, 2017, in Sun City Center, Florida.

He was born in Albany, New York, a son of the late James C. and Ellen (Kellogg) Ready. As an infant he moved with his parents, who were native Vermonters, to Rutland. He graduated from Christ the King Elementary School and Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Following completion of his master’s degree at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., he served in the U.S. Navy as an associate editor of The Naval Aviation News, stationed at the Pentagon. When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was organized in Washington in 1958, he was recruited to serve in the Public Information Office and was responsible for overseeing the dissemination of news and publicity for a variety of satellite and missile launches including the TIROS and ECHO weather and communications projects.

Mr. Ready spent the next several years at Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, California, where he served as director of news and special projects. From 1970 until his retirement in 1993, he headed the Public Information Office at the university of the Virgin Islands headquarters in St. Thomas.

He is survived by his brother Michael J. Ready and his wife, Geraldine; and by close friends Elaine Carbonneau and Ann Killian Torpey.

A graveside service will be held on August 15 at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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Mark P. Stevens

Mark P. Stevens, 56, of Brownington died suddenly on July 31, 2017, at his home. He was born on August 8, 1961, in Westmore to Hiram and Noreen (Clark) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was a member and trustee of the Westmore Community Church for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and also working with horses and cows.

He is survived by his nephews: Dana Stevens and his wife, Amanda, of Brownington, and William Stevens of Glover; by his grand-nieces: Ava Stevens of Brownington, and Emmy, Lydia, Shane, Cayden, and Cotter Stevens; and by his sister-in-law Lila Stevens of Brownington.

He was predeceased by his parents, Hiram and Noreen Clark, and by his brother Fred Stevens on November 22, 2016.

Funeral services were held on August 6 at the Westmore Community Church with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Westmore Community Church, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Westmore, Vermont 05860, or to the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club in care of Elisha Smith, 1377 Shadow Lake Road, Concord, Vermont 05824.

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Toni-Jo Wikar

Toni-Jo Wikar, 74, of Derby, died on August 3, 2017, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.

She was born on September 1, 1942, in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, to Gerald and Adelaidi (Blom) Olson.

She received her education at St. Paul Catholic High School in Whittier, California.

Mrs. Wikar is survived by her two sons: John Stewart and his wife, Amy, of Bennington, and Daniel Hall of North Bennington; by her daughter Susan Zagorski and her husband, Rob, of Whittier; her sister Roxanne Veazey and her husband, Tom, of Seaside, Oregon; her two grandchildren: Michael and Marcus Hall of Bennington; and her best friend, and love of her life, her husband, Tony Wikar, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her son Tom Hall in 1982.

She was employed at Mount Anthony High School as a librarian for many years and was very well read.

She loved life, loved her dogs: Pepper, Peanuts, Oscar, and Prince, which she and her husband recently lost.

She loved going to the China Moon in Derby on Saturdays with her “darlin’” husband as a date, loved her day lilies, lilac trees, and their beautiful vegetable garden.

Mrs. Wikar was a longtime member of the Red Hat Society in Newport, along with being an avid collector of cookbooks and cookie jars of all kinds.

Her specialty was her delicious tacos, which everyone loved. She would often have “taco fiestas” with her family accompanied by mariachi music and beautiful sombreros that she collected.

She was a very kind hearted, thoughtful, compassionate, loving woman who cherished her family as well as a group of very kind supportive neighbors. She will be very missed and forever in our hearts.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries August 2, 2017

Peter R.M. Bell II

Peter “Pete” R.M. Bell II, 73, of East Albany, died peacefully in his home on July 23, 2017.

He was born on February 17, 1944, in Syracuse, New York, to Peter R.M. Bell and June (Rathburn) Bell and spent most of his life in Syracuse and the central New York area before retiring to Vermont with his wife Barbara in May of 2001.

Mr. Bell had a 25-year career in the Onondaga County Department of Correction in Jamesville, New York.

He also served over 39 years in several branches of the U.S. military which included 18 months in Vietnam in 1963 and 1964. He eventually retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve.

Mr. Bell was a very loving, devoted husband and father who adored his adopted shelter dogs. He also enjoyed reading, RV camping, playing Yahtzee, and the company of his many friends both here in the Northeast Kingdom and back in Syracuse.

For the last 10 years he dedicated himself to the military honors team of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Warren) Bell; all of her brothers and sisters and their families; his daughter Leanne (Bell) Trembley, and her husband, Louis, of Clarksville, Tennessee; two grandsons: David Trembley, also of Clarksville, and Staff Sergeant Kristopher Trembley, U.S. Army; and by several great-grandchildren.

At Mr. Bell’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. There will be a rendering of full military honors on the Irasburg Common at 4 p.m., on Thursday, August 3. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of cards and flowers, those who wish may send a donation to either the American Legion Post #23, P.O. Box 72, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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Dermot “Paul” Cosgrove

Dermot “Paul” Cosgrove, 69, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Burlington, died July 7, 2017, at the Hospice House in Ruskin after a year of declining health. His sister Maude and her husband, Mike, were with him in Florida when he died.

Mr. Cosgrove was born on March 22, 1948, in St. Johnsbury. He was the son of G. Emmett and Charlene (Branon) Cosgrove. He was raised in Woodsville, New Hampshire, and had a strong connection to Willoughby Lake in Westmore where the family had a summer camp.

He was very personable, with a big heart, a keen mind for details, and a fiercely independent spirit. He was proud of his Cosgrove/Branon Irish ancestry and could be charming, witty, and sentimental, as well as being a master of debate. His laughter is remembered by many. Family and loyalty were very important to him, and he was always generous to people around him who were in need.

Mr. Cosgrove attended Belknap College in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, the Radio, Electronics and Television School in Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Vermont. He had a gift for engineering, building, or repairing almost anything. At the age of ten he began taking apart household appliances to see how they worked, and in high school, completely tore down and reassembled his Honda 350.

He lived in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Westmore, working in building construction and property management before settling in Burlington and starting the Energy Conservation Company in 1980. He performed energy audits, installed insulation, and retrofitted buildings for energy efficiency, and he did general remodeling work for many loyal customers. He was meticulous in his work, and valued practical lessons learned from mentors he cultivated along the way. He acquired a blasting license during his early employment, which led him to producing masterful fireworks displays at Willoughby Lake for several years in the 1970s. He was active in any community he lived in, serving as a lister in Westmore and as a member of the zoning board of adjustment in Burlington.

Over the years, he maintained a wide range of friendships, including his friends in Woodsville and Westmore, his large extended family, his business contacts in Chittenden County, and the many people he knew in Alcoholics Anonymous. He enjoyed 28 years of sobriety and credited the program with saving his life. He thoroughly digested and deliberated the lessons in the “Big Book.”

In 2003 Mr. Cosgrove made his decision to move to a warmer climate and headed for Florida, eventually settling in Ruskin, near Tampa. Although he missed being close to family, he found friends and settled into his new community. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, taking pictures, and fishing. He enjoyed watching history and science documentaries and could recall the details in any conversations on those topics.

Survivors include his son Emmett Brian Cosgrove of Burlington; a sister Maude “Mary” Cosgrove Chater and her husband, Mike Chater, of Montpelier; nephews Ben Chater of Winooski and Brendan Cosgrove of Waterbury; grandnieces Emma, Maggie, and Nora of Waterbury; and numerous Cosgrove and Branon cousins. He was predeceased by his older brother Brian in September of 2016.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.


Russell Kenneth Marcotte

Russell Kenneth Marcotte, 96, of Derby, died suddenly on July 27, 2017, in Holland.

He was the sixth and last son out of nine children of the late Joseph and Violet Marcotte. His siblings predeceased him: Grant, Edith, Gordon, Stuart, Norman, Delwin (“Hooky”), Evelyn Dilport, and Geri.

He received a thorough education in dairy farming and animal husbandry, as it was practiced in the early twentieth century.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” Nault of Newport a few days after the end of hostilities in World War II. She predeceased him, as did two sons, Neil and Brent.

He is survived by his son, Russell V. Marcotte, and his wife, Rose, of Washington State, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He operated his dairy farm in Barton for 20 years.

He sold his farm and worked for the Ethan Allen Furniture factory in Orleans through the early 1980s. There, he was proud of his reputation as a production worker recognized for both speed and high quality output.

Retiring, he then designed, fashioned, and sold lawn ornaments from his woodworking factory on the Willoughby Lake Road in Barton. He particularly enjoyed making friends with potential buyers.

Concerned about equipment safety issues, he reluctantly retired from woodworking in his eighties.

In this century, he purchased a small home in Derby. There he maintained a predictable schedule of solitary daily drives of love, never leaving, nor having any desire to travel from, the farms he grew up on and loved his entire life.

Self-taught, he mastered the guitar, accordion, and harmonica, contributing to the gaiety of family gatherings.

A graveside service was conducted by Father Roger Charbonneau on August 1 at the North Cemetery in Barton.

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Wilmot “Bill” G. Nelson

Wilmot “Bill” G. Nelson, 102, the oldest resident of Norton, died at the Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, on July 25, 2017.

He was born October 26, 1914, in Norton to Edward and Helen (Parker) Nelson. He helped out with the family businesses, delivering gas and helping out at the general store. Mr. Nelson was a beloved member of the Norton community. His many friends were his family, and he always supported the schoolchildren when the Norton school was open.

Mr. Nelson most enjoyed watching baseball spring training and even went to Florida once to watch the teams train. He also enjoyed his cats and dogs and was very kind and caring to them all. He was a peaceful and quiet man and a true Christian. He will be missed; he was gentle soul.

Mr. Nelson was a wiz at figures and numbers, and his memory was exceptional. He was interesting to listen to. You could ask him about almost any event and he could tell you everything about it. He had a computer mind as many would say.

He enjoyed his birthdays; having a cake and celebrating with his friends was a big deal. He always had to celebrate his birthday on his birthday, not the day before or the day after. Mr. Nelson had a special birthday in 2014 when friends helped him celebrate his one-hundredth. It was extra special because he was presented with a proclamation from the town of Norton declaring October 26 of every year as Bill Nelson day; it was a special day for a very special man.

Mr. Nelson was a member of the Morgan United Church.

He was in his mid-thirties when his parents died and he continued to live with his sisters. He is survived by his sister Miriam Nelson of Norton. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Nelson in 2004.

Funeral services were held on July 28 at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating. Interment followed at the Mt. Forest Cemetery, in Coaticook, Quebec. Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Nelson’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Steven Phelps Sanford

In the comfort of his home, Dr. Steven Phelps Sanford, age 64, naturally left this world going on to the next on June 8, 2017. On that day, the animal world unexpectedly lost a valued healer of its community, but Dr. Steve’s legacy lives on within the hearts of his loyal clients, both human and beast alike.

Born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, on June 20, 1952, and growing up in Baldwinsville, New York, Dr. Sanford’s young life was filled with family gatherings at his grandparents’ farm in Stamford, Vermont, as well as exploring the musical theater life with his maternal grandparents in New York City. Encouraged by parents who embraced life’s opportunities, he excelled throughout his youth and teenage years in both sports and education. His passion for football and lacrosse laid the foundation for future success. He received a scholarship to Princeton and a year later transferred to Cornell University where he graduated in 1979 as a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Given the incredible gift of helping and healing animals, Dr. Steve ventured to the Green Mountains of Vermont to start his career at Sequist Animal Hospital in Morrisville. With big dreams and a shoebox full of index cards, he was drawn to the Northeast Kingdom. Intrigued by both large and small animals, he focused on the bovine community; healthy dairy cows meant success and prosperity to the local farm and milk industry.

In 1991, Dr. Steve established a successful practice with the help of his faithful employees. Derby Pond Animal Hospital and Greensboro Animal Hospital became a part of his legacy. For over 30 years Dr. Sandford dedicated his entire being to his clients in the Northeast Kingdom. Day or night, rain or snow, he came to the rescue. He took great pride in his work and was a dear friend to many, taking exceptional care of their precious family pets.

On his down time he took advantage of what Vermont had to offer, whether he conquered the ski slopes, biked the back roads, or drove his team of Belgians around Caspian Lake. He embraced the community by offering moonlit sleigh rides to Highland Lodge guests and brightened the days of seniors at Greensboro Nursing Home. He recalled memories of looking out over the Hudson as a child and watching the tugboats, which prompted his purchase of a limited edition Lord Nelson Victory tug. He had big dreams of retiring and traveling both land and sea.

Beloved friend, mentor, and college coach Richie Moran played a huge role in Dr. Sanford’s life and inspired him to write and share some of Richie’s “pearls of wisdom”: “Always call your mother on Mother’s Day, and then go to church and the library.” “Big Red is the only gum there is!” “When you are thinking of someone, call them; otherwise they’ll never know.” “Enthusiasm is contagious.” “Never burn a bridge, someday you might want to go back.” “Stay a little bit hungry. It’s great to be the underdog.” “Respect all, be intimidated by none.” “The value of game preparation.” “Sometimes it’s best to turn the other cheek and walk away.” “There’s no such thing as a bad day, it’s just that some are better than others.” “The value of family, friends and education.” And “it’s great to be here,” (which became the title of a book Coach Richie wrote last year).

Those who miss Dr. Sanford dearly and are thankful to have walked this life with him are his mother, Joan Sanford, of Schenectady, New York; his daughter Blythe Sanford of Ithaca, New York; his aunts: Carolyn Bobowiec of Stamford, Susie Gomez of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mary Jane Mumford of Bradenton, Florida; his cousins: Margaret Moore of Cazenovia, New York, Edward Nassif of Tully, New York, Alicia Stevenson of Malibu, California, Paul Stevenson of Los Angeles, California, Paul Bobowiec of Stamford, and Daniela Gomez of Middleberg, Holland; and his spiritual “swim buddy,” Paula “Peach” Lawrence of East Hardwick.

Dr. Sanford was predeceased by his father, Robert Sanford, of Galway, New York, his precious sister Linda “Lou” Sanford of Taos, New Mexico, who tragically died only two days prior, and his cousin Daniel Bobowiec of Stamford.

Let this bring peace to all the people’s lives that Dr. Steve Sanford truly touched through his expertise in veterinary medicine and the animal world to which he dedicated his life. Even though he’s no longer with us, he’ll never be forgotten.

In 2017, Dr. Steve was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia disease caused primarily by sports-related and occupational head trauma. His legacy continues through the donation of his brain to aid in further research at Boston University. Donations can be given online to BU CTE Center by visiting: Checks, payable to BU CTE Center, could also be addressed to: Attention Jason Miller, CTE Center, 72 East Concord Street, Robinson B/7800, Boston, Massachusetts 02118 (please memo the check CTE Neuropathology Fund).

“Life doesn’t get any better than this; it’s just another day in paradise!” — Dr. Steven “Farmer” Sanford.

May his legacy live on forever!