Obituaries June 15, 2016

Arleene Barbara Avery

Arleene Barbara Avery, 92, formerly of Newport Center, died on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Bel-Aire Center, Newport.

She was born on September 3, 1923, in New York, New York, to William and Emma (Roth) Henn.

Ms. Avery graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, New York. Following graduation she went to work for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City.

She married James Avery on August 31, 1945 in New York. They lived in Mount Kisco, New York, for 36 years. Ms. Avery worked for a local bank and then local attorneys in Mount Kisco. In 1967 she went to work at IBM Headquarters in Armonk, New York, as an executive secretary.

Upon retirement in 1982, she and Mr. Avery moved to Marco Island, Florida. In 1998, they moved to Newport Center. She enjoyed playing bridge, knitting and golf.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Buchanan and her husband, Craig, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Avery, in 2012; and by her sister Muriel Dreher and her husband, Frank, of Tucson, Arizona.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Wilma M. (Mason) Devost

Wilma M. (Mason) Devost, 88, of Derby died peacefully on June 9, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 28, 1928, in Newport to William and Ida (Davio) Wheeler.

On March 28, 1946, she married Preston Mason, who predeceased her on October 22, 1992.

In February 2000, she married Roland Devost of Colebrook, New Hampshire, who survives her.

Ms. Devost worked with her late husband, Mr. Mason, at their Sunoco service station in Orleans. She also worked as a waitress at the Candlepin Restaurant in Barton.

She held memberships with the Community Circle, Home Dem, and the Christmas Club. Her hobbies included dancing, attending Elk’s functions, bowling, bocce, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Roland Devost, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; by her children: Leon Mason and his wife, Marcia, of Lowell, and Diane Parenteau and her husband, Paul, of Westmore; by her grandchildren: Krystal Curran and her husband, Anthony, of Johnson, Joshua Mason of Coventry, Cindy Willis and her husband, Todd, of Derby, Paul Parenteau Jr. and his wife, Grace, of Peru, New York, Charlie Parenteau and his wife, Linda, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Raymond Parenteau and his wife, Linda, of Derby, Linda Griswold and her husband, Randy, of Lexington, South Carolina, Scott Parenteau of Murphy, North Carolina, and Tina Murray and her husband, Montana, of South Carolina; by 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, Owen Patenaude; by her brother Wayne Wheeler of Newport; her sister Lorraine Carter of Maryland; her sisters-in-law: Lillian Wheeler of Massachusetts and Sandra Wheeler of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Olive Allen, Irene Haskins, Pete Wheeler, Johnny Wheeler, Irwin Wheeler, Dena Wheeler and by three infant siblings.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore, with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

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

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Lionel Fortin

Lionel Fortin, 85, of Holland died on June 8, 2016 in Newport.

He was born on October 26, 1930.

Mr. Fortin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

He had a farm in Holland for 50 years and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. When he retired from farming, many people met him through the raspberries and blueberries he grew and sold in Holland.

Mr. Fortin supported clubs like Fish & Game, and was a strong supporter of the NRA and the Orleans County Fair. He worked for the Town of Holland as a lister and selectman and for the United Christian Academy. He was a man of great faith and was instrumental in the early stages and growth of the Newport Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Simone; his son Michael and daughter-in law Debbie; his daughter, Lorianne, and son-in-law Fred; his son Armand; by his sister Germaine and her husband, Bill; his brothers: Rene and his wife, May; Raymond and his wife, Sharon; and Robert and his wife, Christine; and by many cousins; nieces; and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Anna Fortin; three sisters: Rita, Yvonne, and Lucienne; and his brother Lucien.

Mr. Fortin had five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A celebration of life service was held in Newport on June 11.

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

Kimberly Ann (MacLean) Green 

Kimberly Ann (MacLean) Green died peacefully in the arms of her three loving daughters in Newport on June 10, 2016, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

She was born July 24, 1967, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and lived most of her life in Derby. Ms. Green got her nursing degree from Vermont Tech and worked for many years as a nurse. She was a nurse at the Union House in Glover before being diagnosed. She spent many years at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, and some time at Derby Green in Derby.

Ms. Green was an exceptional nurse and was known for her precious smile and her incredible sense of humor. She had a natural ability to treat every patient with great kindness.

She had a love for cooking and could bake the best homemade cookies and her signature hot mustard. Ms. Green was very independent and strong-willed. She enjoyed doing home improvement, gardening, and she made strong friendships with her close neighbors including Felicity and Lester Butterfield, Christine Barrup, and Deb Belise. Anyone could fall in love with her strength and humor. She could also light up a whole room with her smile.

She loved her children and caring for her family was most important to her. She enjoyed spending her free time with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her stepmother, Marcy MacLean, of Inverness, Florida; her sister Tricia Maclean of Coventry; her brother Jonathan Cote of Kingston, New Hampshire; and by her sister Jennifer Frasca of Derry, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her children and grandchildren: Julia Bolton and her son Darion Forbes of Newport; Gabrielle Bolton and her fiancé, Derek Sanville, and their children Collin, Caydence and Connor Sanville of Newport; and Selena, Christopher, and Kaitlyn Green, of Derby; her stepsons: Cedar and Champ Bolton of Newport; and the father of her eldest daughters and very special caretaker, Edwin Bolton, of Newport Center. She had several aunts and uncles. She is also survived by her closest friends, including: Tammy Chipman, Vanessa Raymond, Amy Blacketer, Hope Bowen, Amy Farley, and Shelly Maxwell.

She was predeceased by her parents, Grant and Doris MacLean, and by her brother, Grant MacLean Jr.

A celebration of life Mass will be celebrated for Ms. Green at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. A family receiving time will begin at 1 p.m.

Per family request, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Kim’s GoFundMe account at ml2.gofund.me/67swtw2k?rcid=4520a902316c11e68536bc764e0525d6.

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Jessie Ames Hamblett 

Jessie Ames Hamblett died on June 10, 2016.

She was born in Derby on February 14, 1919, to Roy and Alice Vinton Ames.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1937 and from the Orleans County Memorial Hospital school of nursing with an affiliation at Newark City Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, with a registered nurse degree in 1940.

On September 16, 1940, she married Tarlton Hamblett, and for a few years she continued to do some special duty nursing. Mr. Hamblett predeceased her in 1995 after they had shared 55 years of marriage.

During her lifetime she donated time and energy to numerous causes and activities. She was a member of the Parent Teacher Association and was a Cub Scouts den mother. She was a North Country Hospital Auxiliary member and was a long time member of the United Church and the Home Dem Club.

She is survived by her three sons: Timothy Hamblett and his wife, Beverly, Rick Hamblett, and Michael Hamblett and his wife, Jackie. She is also survived by one sister, Joan Carpenter. She also leaves six grandsons: Marcus Hamblett and his wife, Erica, Christopher Hamblett and his wife, Karen, Nathan Hamblett and his wife, Tracy, Gregory Hamblett and his wife, Danielle, Andrew Hamblett and his wife, Sarah, and Jordan Hamblett and his wife, Shannon. She also leaves ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Lyndol Ames.

At her request, a private celebration of her life and interment will take place at a date and time to be decided by the family.

To those who wish, donations may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library or the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.

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Reginald Clarence McDowell

Reginald Clarence McDowell, 96, of Montpelier, died on Friday, November 27, 2015 at his home in Sun City, Arizona, after a short illness.

He was born the son of Clarence and Gertrude McDowell, on May 23, 1919, in Evansville, Vermont.

His family moved to Montpelier when he was quite young. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1937. He was captain of the football team and student council president.

Captain McDowell served in World War II as a P47 fighter pilot with 73 combat missions over Germany. He worked as a self-employed carpenter and a builder for many years. He also worked for the State of Vermont Buildings Division, from which he retired in 1981.

He met the love of his life, Irene (Conklin) McDowell, of Patchogue, New York in 1942. She was in nurse’s training at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier and was caring for Mr. McDowell’s father when they met. They married on August 8, 1943.

Mr. and Mrs. McDowell retired to Englewood, Florida, for many years, later moving to Sun City, Arizona. Mr. McDowell was always very athletic. He taught his three children to water ski and snow ski, and how to play basketball, football, and baseball. He also loved photography and boat building. He built a number of boats, from a hydroplane to runabouts to cabin cruisers. His kids learned to water ski behind one of his first runabouts on Lake Elmore in the 1950s. His last and biggest boat, the “Merry Macs,” was a 26-foot cabin cruiser moored on Lake Champlain in the 1960s. The family spent summers on the boat and explored waterways from Montreal down to Catskill, New York.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Irene McDowell, of Sun City, Arizona; by his son Robert McDowell and his wife, Diane, of Peoria, Arizona; by his daughter Nancy McDowell of Woodstock; by his son George McDowell and his wife, Susan, of Barre; by four grandchildren: Jessica (Lamoureux) Montgomery, Phillip Lamoureux, Libby McDowell, and Peter McDowell Hanley; by five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Ruth (Conklin) Pontieri; and brothers-in-law: Art Conklin and Al Zelinski.He was predeceased by sisters: Frances McGibney-Marcoux and Theda Frost; brothers: Rupert McDowell and Ross McDowell; by sisters-in-law: Katherine (Moore) McDowell and Jean (Conklin) Zelinski; and brothers-in-law: Leo McGibney, Jack Frost, Hector Marcoux, and Jim Pontieri.

Interment will take place at the Plainmont Cemetery in Plainfield on Wednesday, June 22.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Salvation Army.

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Obituaries June 8, 2016

Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson, 58, of Barton, formerly of Island Pond, died at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on June 1, 2016, after a long illness.

He was born on March 26, 1958, in Newport to Vanessa McKenny and the late George Anderson.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport.

Mr. Anderson loved God, his family, and country. He entered the U.S. Army for a brief time. He was sweet, kind and very generous to all he met. He worked at a hardware store and laundromat for a number of years. He enjoyed fishing, rides, county fairs, western movies and country music.

He is survived by his mother, Vanessa McKenny, of Lancaster, New Hampshire; by his sisters Barbara Null and Pearl Lane and her husband. He is also survived by his nieces: Jennifer, Amanda, and Crystal.

He was predeceased by his brother Cecil Anderson.

A graveside service was held on June 7 in Island Pond.

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Bessie R. Brown

Bessie R. Brown, 84, of Derby died peacefully on June 1, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on March 25, 1932, in Westfield, to Glenis and Harriet (Wright) Goulding.

She married Paul Brown on May 21, 1955, who predeceased her on July 15, 2004.

Ms. Brown enjoyed gardening at her home, sewing and craft work.

She is survived by her children: Willie Brown and his wife, Lillian, of Derby, Barbara Waters and her boyfriend, Jessie Swanson, of Eden, Mary Brown of Derby, Candy Brown and her boyfriend, Dee Boehm, of Derby, and James Brown and his wife, Debbie, of Derby; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her grandson Zachariah Brown; her brother John Goulding; and by her sisters: Pauli Gibeault and Gertrude Place.

Funeral services were held on June 6 in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont, 05829.

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Julia Ann Judd Carter

Julia Ann Judd Carter, 90, a longtime resident of Holland, died on May 30, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on May 23, 1926, in Derby to Ernest and Lillian (Brown) Judd.

She married Harold Carter, who predeceased her, on January 30, 1943.

Ms. Carter was a member of the Derby Fish and Game Club, the Holland Historical Society, and was a supporter of the American Cancer Society. Ms. Carter enjoyed being a wife and mother to her family, but she still found time to work for Fred’s Plumbing and Heating for a couple of years. She loved to make quilts, made over 40 as gifts, and donated them to the Holland Historical Society. She and Mr. Carter enjoyed camping and traveling to many different areas — they had camps in Lewis and Poultney. She also served as campaign manager when Vince Illuzzi first started in politics. Ms. Carter was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Purple Heart Association.

She is survived by her children: Velma Crowell of Derby Line, Colin Carter of Barton, and Alex Carter of Holland; by her grandchildren: Sandie and Norman Diggs of Connecticut, Shaun and Songhei Sloan of Idaho, Christelle and Anthony Plourde of Texas, Coralee and Namath Boardman of Swanton; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Ernest Judd and his wife, Martha, of Derby, and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sheila Rae; her brother Harold; and sisters: Ruby, Ella, Beatrice, Eleanor and Patti.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Derby Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Holland Historical Society, 120 School Road, Derby Line, Vermont, 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Ryan T. Coulter

Ryan T. Coulter, 26, beloved son of Tom Coulter and Marcy Paul, died suddenly on May 29, 2016, as the result of motor vehicle accident in West Charleston
He was born in Newport on April 12, 1990.

Mr. Coulter went to school at North Country Union High School and was working at Tivoly in Derby Line as a machinist. He loved playing hockey, fishing, kayaking, drawing and sketching, hanging out with his friends, and playing golf with his brother Tyler. He also enjoyed spending time with partner, Charlene, and her children, as well as Tim Hunt’s children.

He is survived by his mother, Marcy Paul, and her companion, Tim Hunt; his father Tom Coulter and his wife, Robin; his brother Tyler; his grandparents George and Margaret Coulter and John Rock Degre; and Robin’s children, Ryan and Ashlee Daigle; by his aunts and uncles: Steve and Rachel Coulter, Michael Coulter, and Tracy and Michelle Degre; his cousins: Christopher, Jonathan and Myra Degre, Molly Coulter and Melissa Zebrowski and the Starr family; and by his best friend Tyler Perkins; as well as many others.

Mr. Coulter was predeceased by his grandmother Gene Ann Degre; his aunt Sherry Coulter and Mario Paul.

Funeral services were held on June 7 in Derby.

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

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Timothy “Tim” Gardner Currier

Timothy “Tim” Gardner Currier, 64, of Island Pond died suddenly on May 27, 2016, in New Haven, Connecticut.

He was born on November 27, 1951, in Newport to Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier. On February 24, 2000, he married Sandie Moss, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1972 and entered the United States Army. He was a self-employed fair and carnival concessionaire. He also worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, which he retired from. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working at the fairs and carnivals. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.

He is survived by his wife, Sandie Currier, of Island Pond; by his children: Christopher Currier and his wife, Heather, of Houma, Louisiana, Jeremy Currier and his wife, Brandy, of Wheelock; by his stepchildren: Shianna Jones of North Troy, Antonin Hebert of Derby, and Joseph Hebert and his wife, Danni, of Newport; by 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; by his siblings: Janice Currier Blais of Newport, Gerald Currier of Newport, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, of LaCosta, Florida, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, of Holland, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, of Windsor, and Loren Currier of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Nancy Percy, Donald, Bruce, Thomas, and infants Paul and Paula and Pamela Currier.
Services were held on June 6 in Newport. Military honors were held at the funeral home following the service.

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Shane David Green

Shane David Green, 49, of Derby, died at his home on May 27, 2016.

He was born on New Years day in 1967, attended Derby Elementary School, and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1985.

Mr. Green enjoyed moto-cross racing and was a former two-time state champion at the Rider Hill race track. He loved hunting from an early age out of the family camp, snowmobiling, horseshoes, barbecues, and the annual Connecticut River canoe trips. He was an excellent carpenter and built several homes in the Northeast Kingdom. Above all, he was an unbelievably wonderful and dedicated father to all of his children. His quick wit, big smile, great sense of humor, and compassion will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his three sons: Matthew, Nathan, and Jesse, whom he loved very much; his special daughter Kya Paige, who held his heart in her hands from the moment she was born; his granddaughter Kiersten; his father Del Green, and his, wife Nancy; his mother, Paula Thibodeau, and her husband, Barry; his brother Shawn Green and his children: Selena, Christopher and Kaitlyn; his step-siblings Sandy and Tom Emery, Barry junior, Scott and Debby Thibodeau, Susan and Allen Myers, and Eric Thibodeau. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Bob and Joan Green, Todd and Julie Bedard, Craig and Marcia Bedard, Pamela Bothwell, Harry and Sondra Baker, Susan Green, Cam Green, Sandra Fowler, and David Young; by his extended Curtis family of uncles and aunts: Dave and Kristi Curtis, Craig and Laura Curtis, Joan Curtis, and Francine Curtis; by his special friends Jessica Brown; Paul Patenaude; Tim Patenaude and Brian Judd; by his cousin Travis Green and his wife Heather; the Furbush family of Dick, Rick and Pam; Skip and Walter Lamere; and many more wonderful friends, too numerous to mention.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Bill and Shirley Green and grandmother Ruth Green; maternal grandparents Paul and Frances Bedard; uncles Bill Green Jr. and Richard Green; cousin Tyler Green; and aunt Donna Fowler. He was also predeceased by his uncle and special friend Jim Bothwell.

There will be a celebration of life from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 18, at the Guillette Pavilion at 884 Salem-Derby Road, in Derby.

Richard D. “Squeak” McAdam

Richard Dean “Squeak” McAdam, 75, of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, formerly of Hardwick, died on June 4, 2016.

He was born on May 2, 1941, in Hardwick, the son of the late Frederick and Jesslyn (Davis) McAdam. He attended Hardwick Academy.

In his earlier years, Mr. McAdam worked as a farmhand for Noel Lussier and with the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad in the Hardwick area. Later, he was employed, for more than ten years, by the Wells-Lamson Quarry in Graniteville and, until he retired due to failing health in 1995, he was employed by Ron LeClair in Hardwick. Mr. McAdam was a member of the United Church of Hardwick. He was an avid Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, playing pool, and pitching horseshoes.

He is survived by his brother Kenneth McAdam and his wife, Elaine, of Brownington; a niece; a nephew; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; two great-great-nephews; and many cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home at 60 Elm Street in Hardwick, with the Reverend Dr. Evelyn Lavelli officiating.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow in the family lot in the Main Street Cemetery in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: Silver Towers Camp, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont, 05766-0166.

Arrangements are in the care of Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.

David George Pennington

David George Pennington, 69, of Holland died peacefully on May 31, 2016.

He was born on April 28, 1947, in Hartford, Connecticut, to George and Barbara (Philbrick) Pennington. He graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mr. Pennington was a self-employed carpenter and more recently was employed by Columbia Forest Products. His hobbies included cutting wood, his pets, horticulture, and agriculture.

He is survived by his children: David Cory Pennington and his wife, Shari, of Newport, Cable James Pennington and his fiancé, Amy Kelley, of Holland, and Tyler Paxton Fairbanks of New York, New York; by his grandchildren: Jacob, Nicole, Emily and Maxwell; by his sisters: Sue Yeager of Pennsylvania, Debbie Oborski of Marlboro, Connecticut, and Becky West of East Hartford, Connecticut; and by his brother Jon Pennington of Schuylerville, New York.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Judith A. Raboin

Judith A. Raboin, 70, of Island Pond, died on June 1, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on December 6, 1945, in Lincoln, Maine, to Elwin and Roberta (Gross) Boyington.
In 1976, she married Robert Raboin, who survives her.

Mrs. Raboin operated her own greenhouse. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, and watching the birds and wild animals.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Raboin, of Island Pond; by her children: Tina Allen of Milton, Angela Knudson and her husband, Peter, of Randolph, Donna Harwid of Bradford, Roberta Royer and her husband, Jacques, of North Troy, and Jeremy Raboin of Island Pond; by nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Vynal Boyington of Fort Kent, Maine, Virginia Dudley of Washington, Sylvia Marcum of Florida, and Beverly Boyington of Tennessee.

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

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

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Esperanza Charlene Robles

Esperanza Charlene Robles, 28, of Derby Line, died suddenly on May 29, 2016, along with her partner in life, Ryan Coulter, in West Charleston.

She was born on August 17, 1987, in Deland, Florida, beloved daughter of Benjamin and Deborah (Emerson) Robles.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in 2005 and graduated from Community College of Vermont, in Newport, with a liberal arts degree. She was an administrative assistant for Land Vest.

Her hobbies included kayaking, being in the outdoors, spending time with friends, listening to music, watching the Boston Bruins, and spending time outside with her children.
She is survived by her parents, Benjamin and Deborah Robles of Newport; by her children: Naturelle Wells, and Brody and Myles Wright, all of Derby Line; by her siblings: Vicky Froelich of Deland, Florida, Lisa Galloway of Deland, Florida, Valentina Velasquez of Brattleboro, Christina Vasquez of Johnson, and Anna Chaffee; by her husband Paul of Derby; by her sons’ father Damen Wright; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 6 in Newport, with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Go Fund Me Account — Esperanza Charlene Robles.

Online condolences at Curtis-Britch.com.

 

 

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Obituaries June 1, 2016

obit-cornell-1Judith Sheltra Cornell

Judith Sheltra Cornell, 63, of Newport Center died on May 27, 2016, at her home in Newport Center.

She was born on July 9, 1952, to Burton and Lillian (Pope) Baraw.

She enjoyed her years as a seamstress at several businesses such as Slalom, Hedma and Vermont Teddy Bear. But her most recent years were spent as an LNA, which she also enjoyed. She also enjoyed rides with Steve on their Harley and she loved family gatherings.

She is survived by her companion, Steve Mackay, of Newport Center; her children: Robert and his wife, Lynnette Deaette, of Jay, Donald and his wife, Diane Deaette, of Jericho, Brad Deaette of Swanton, David and his wife, Tammy Cornell, of Newport, Rodney and his wife, Sage Cornell, of Derby, Michael Cornell of Newport, Shawn Cornell and his girlfriend, Judy, of New Hampshire, and Shannon Johnson and her husband, Mike, of North Carolina; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Jackie and her husband, Charles Arel, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Steve Baraw of Newport Center, Tim Baraw of Newport Center, and Penny and her husband, Gary Coe, of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her parents, Burton and Lillian Baraw; and by her brother Gary Sheltra.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit-Kilmartin-1Gail L. Kilmartin

Gail L. Kilmartin, late of Newport and West Palm Beach, Florida, died on April 12, 2016, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from complications due to ovarian cancer.

She was born on October 6, 1942, in New Rochelle, New York, to Robert W. Newfang and “Sunny” Gillett Johnson, who predeceased her.

She was the beloved wife of Duncan Kilmartin for nearly 52 years.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, and Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie; her grandchildren: Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie; her sister and brother-in-law Marcia Gillett and Dr. Glenn Koponen; and by her nephews: Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen.

Calling hours will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Derby Community Church on Main Street in Derby. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the Derby Community Church. Interment will be at the Gillett family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City in June of 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts, 02284-9168; or to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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obit-krossHope Gardenia Wynkoop Kross

Hope Gardenia Wynkoop Kross, 98, of Derby, and formerly of McLean, Virginia, died on May 20, 2016, in Derby.

She was born on February 27, 1918, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the only child of John Gardener and Juliette (O’Connor) Wynkoop.

In 1948, she married John I. Kross, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Kross earned her bachelor’s degree and was a teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, while her husband was a professor of agriculture there. She spoke several different languages and traveled extensively with her husband and family as he fulfilled his job as a diplomat for the U.S. government. Mrs. Kross was an accomplished artist and has left her family many pieces of her oil paintings of Europe. She enjoyed entertaining, as she hosted many formal functions in helping her husband perform his duties.

At the age of 70, she accomplished navigator school so that she could sail her own boat on Chesapeake Bay. She lived many of her later years with her daughter Laura.

Mrs. Kross is survived by her daughter Laura Kross of Brownington, and her son Randolph Kross of Orleans; a grandchild, Dane Kross, and his partner, Amy Elliott, of Orleans; a great-grandson, Daemyn Kross, of Orleans; a special friend, Alfred Tittle, of Alexandria, Virginia; and by a special grand-niece, Rita Kross, of Cape Coral, Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband, John I. Kross.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment to follow in Arlington, Virginia.

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Charlotte Bernard Rivard

Charlotte Bernard Rivard, 79, of Newport died peacefully on May 27, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 23, 1937, in Bristol, Connecticut, to Andrew and Roberta (Bishop) Bernard.

She graduated from Newport High School and Lyndon State College with a bachelor of science degree. She started teaching in Williston and later taught for over 20 years at the Hillside Elementary School in Newport. She was a CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) teacher at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and served the needs of others, especially the elderly and shut-ins.

She truly devoted her life to raising her children and grandchildren.

Her hobbies included reading, knitting, sewing, feeding the birds, doing word puzzles, and she was a Red Sox fan and a devout Catholic.

She is survived by her children: Martin Rivard and his wife, Roxann, of Troy, Bill Rivard and his wife, Sally, of Jay, Lynne Fortunati and her husband, Robert, of Coventry, and Bernard Rivard and his husband, Jason Willis, of St. Petersburg, Florida; her grandchildren: Martin Rivard Jr. and his wife, Kate, of Derby, Andrew Rivard and his partner, Karla, of Troy, Taylor Rivard of Westfield, and Colby and Jillian Fortunati, both of Coventry.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Raymond J. Allen Jr.

Raymond J. Allen Jr. of West Charleston died on May 21, 2016, in Newport. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Allen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

Justyn “Jollie” (Dwinell) Parker

A celebration of the life of Jollie Parker (Justyn Dwinell) will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at her home at 67 Lamoille View Drive in Johnson, directly across from the Lamoille View Cemetery, for her service and reception.

All who wish to attend are lovingly invited by her children, Wendy (Parker) Williams, Cyrus, Hal, and Perry Parker, and Hollie (Parker) Winzenread.

Claude Morin

Committal services for Claude Morin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

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Obituaries May 25, 2016

obit-AugerGail C. (Colburn) Auger

Gail C. (Colburn) Auger died suddenly on May 13, 2016, at the age of 67 after a long struggle with COPD.

She was born in Newport on December 23, 1948, daughter of Blanche (Badger) and Maurice Colburn. In 1966 she married her soul mate, Philippe Auger. Together they raised their only daughter, Carleen. In November they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

She spent most of her married life doing the bookkeeping for P&G Trucking, which she and her husband owned for over 20 years. She loved the outdoors, spending time snowmobiling, and riding ATVs. She cherished the view from her kitchen in the house that she and her husband shared for 46 years. She spent all of her days in the company of her beloved dog Princess.

She loved to spend time with her family but none more than her grandchildren Taylor and Tanner. They were her pride and joy. She was very proud of the young adults that they have become.

She is survived by her husband, Phil, of North Troy; her daughter Carleen and her husband, Eric Starr, of North Troy; her granddaughter Taylor Starr and her friend, Chase Locke, of Randolph; her grandson Tanner Starr of North Troy; her brothers and sisters: Joyce Curtis, Cecile Randall and her husband, Charlie, Dick Colburn and his wife, Diane, Theresa Bonvouloir and her husband, Richard, and Beth Colburn; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Maurice Colburn; her brothers: Roy Colburn and Terry Colburn and his wife, Brenda; and by her sister Marilyn Sweeney.

Funeral services were held on May 21 in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Carol A. Craft

Carol A. Craft, 73, of Coventry died on May 20, 2016, at her home.

She was born on October 27, 1942, in Barton, to Earl and Barbara (Green) Young. At one time she worked at the former Waterfront Cinema and she formerly worked at the Coventry Village School. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Irasburg chapter. Her hobbies included making crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Craft of Goffstown, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her sister Linda Vining.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 27, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Coventry Village Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Pepin-1Tyler G. Pepin

Tyler G. Pepin, 29, of Island Pond died suddenly as the result of a traffic accident on May 18, 2016.

He was born in Newport on May 1, 1987, the beloved son of Rachel (Chesney) and Bernard Pepin. He graduated from North Country Union High School, where he played several different sports. He played in Newport men’s softball and basketball leagues and had a great passion for hunting and fishing, and went to hunting camp and to “Pat Shack” with his buddies. He was a carpenter by trade and worked for Michael “Fred” Sykes, who he greatly appreciated. He enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was a very outgoing person and had many friends who he was always willing to lend a helping hand if necessary.

He is survived by his wife, Brandy Pepin, who he married on July 11, 2009; his children: Mayson with whom he had a very special relationship, and Brent and Kaylee Ming; his father, Bernard Pepin, and his companion, Denise, and her daughter Abby; his mother, Rachel Chesney, and her companion, Mark; his brother Dylan; his grandparents: Beverly Pepin and her companion, George Russell, grandfather Raymond Pepin and Roberta and Ronald Chesney; his niece Alexa Ming; his brother-in-law Derek Ming and his companion, Staci Mitchell; his mother- and father-in-law, Larry and Sylvie Ming; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends who will all deeply miss him.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery on Pleasant Street in Island Pond. There will be a luncheon and gathering after the burial at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond and all are welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mayson Pepin Fund at the Passumpsic Savings Bank, 49 Mill Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-SimoneauTimothy Edward Simoneau

Timothy Edward Simoneau, 50, of Newport died suddenly on May 15, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on April 1, 1966, in Newport to Linda (Griffin) Simoneau and the late Edward Simoneau. He was a loving and nurturing father and husband.

He was a correction service specialist for the Vermont Department of Corrections. He was a coach for the Special Olympics Vermont. He was very active in the community. He was a coach for wrestling, football, youth and junior and senior high school. His hobbies included gardening, reading, fishing, being with his children, playing football, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy (Hetrick) Simoneau, of Campo, California; his children: Samantha Simoneau, Korrie Simoneau, Morgan Simoneau and his fiancée, Katelyn Bowen, Riley Simoneau, Madison Simoneau, Jayden Simoneau, and Landon Simoneau, all of Newport; his granddaughter Penelope Longe of Newport; his sisters: Michele and her husband, Joe Hall, and Dianne and her husband, Mike Pettengill, of Newport; three nieces: Katelyn, Gwen, and Abigail; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held on May 22 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Madison Simoneau’s Make-A-Wish fund to allow her family to finish her Make-A-Wish therapy pool house project, care of Tammy Simoneau, 108 Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Boston Children’s Hospital, attention: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 62 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-VergeRene G. Verge

Rene G. Verge, 62, of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 14, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 14, 1953, to Adlor and Doris (Morse) Verge. Rene was a mechanic for many years and a long time member of the Vermont National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Verge, of Newport Center; his children: Terra Verge, T.J. Tullis, Amy Tullis, Ashley Stoddard, Rene Verge, Jr, Gordon Verge, Jonathan Verge, and Valerie Boutah; his grandchildren: Anyas, Tevyn, Ashtan, Hailey, Cora, Kahleen, Emmalyn, Distant, Summer, Noah, David Jr, Mason and John; one great-great-grandson Emmit; his siblings: Ike Verge, Donna Paul and her husband Mike; his sister-in-law Theda Breault; and he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by a son, Johnathan Verge; his parents: Adlore and Doris (Morse) Verge; and by his brothers: Alan and Clarence Breault.

Funeral services were held on May 20 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or to Cheryl Verge, 143 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Interment service for Gemma Leach Belanger will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m., at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Florence Thompson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Brownington Village Cemetery.

A graveside service for Gordon Samson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.

Committal services for P. Rene Gaudreau will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

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Obituaries May 18, 2016

obit-Blair-1Maurice Joe Blair Sr.

Maurice Joe Blair Sr., of Orleans died peacefully on May 13, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 19, 1929, in Orleans, the son of Armand Noel Blair and Mary Mercier Blair. He attended school in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1949. He was an altar boy at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, and in 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in 1955.

He married Elizabeth Lapre, who predeceased him in 2006.

He was a lifelong member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23, where he served as post commander. He also joined the Orleans Fire Department when he came home from the Army. He served as first assistant chief and is still a life member.

He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and watched every game on television. After he retired one of his greatest joys was watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play baseball. He loved to play baseball in his younger years and once tried out for the Red Sox. He went to work at Butterfield’s in Derby Line when he was discharged from the Army and from there he went to Anderson Manufacturing for a while and then Ethan Allen in Orleans, where he was supervisor in the chair department. He worked there until he retired in 1995.

He loved very much helping people and giving his time to community events. He was a longtime announcer for the Lions club basketball tournaments. He also announced for various boxing and wrestling matches. He loved to organize events and was very proud to do the sesquicentennial parade in Orleans and the bicentennial celebration in Orleans. He also helped organize the Barton Fourth of July parades.

He had many close friends in the Kingdom, which he cherished. He was a charter member of the Klang Brothers. He loved flying and went up every chance he got and loved fishing on Lake Willoughby and the Barton rivers. Most of all he loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as he was very proud of them. He spent all the time with them that he could and supported them in every way possible whether it was baseball, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, or music and arts. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his children: Bob Blair and his wife, Sharon, Joann Peart, Patricia Thomas, and Bruce Blair and his partner, George Copp; his son-in-law Robert Norris; his 14 grandchildren; and by his 21 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Rosemary Norris; his son-in-law Henry Thomas Sr.; his brother and three sisters and their partners: Bertha and Dave Trucok of California, Doris and Richard Smith of Lyndonville, Rose and Charles Stoddard of Orleans, and Ernest and Pauline Blair of Long Island, New York; his son-in-law Rand Peart; and by his great-grandsons: Bobby-Joe Blair and Jeremy Martel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Fire Department, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Joseph A. Bol

Joseph A. Bol, 71, of Coventry died on May 12, 2016.

He was born on October 18, 1944, in Newark, New Jersey. He lived in New Jersey until 2006, when he moved to Coventry.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Marie Cleveland Bol; his son Joseph A. Bol and his wife, Laura Kirby Bol; his daughter Julianna Marie Brannigan and her husband, Sean P. Brannigan; and by his three grandchildren: Sean J. Brannigan, Aiden T. Brannigan, and Eva E. Bol; his brother Al Bol and his wife, Susan Bol, and their daughters: Cindy, Colleen, and Catherine and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert J. Bol and Julia Pietras Bol; his uncle Frederick Bol; and by his brother-in-law Alva D. Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Military honors will follow at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 16 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-kubicMarian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic

Marian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic, 82, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, died on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Monroe Township.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Kubic lived in Queens, New York, and Barton for 29 years, before moving to the Concordia community in Monroe Township in 2013.

She was employed for ten years as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx, New York, retiring in 1988.

Mrs. Kubic was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monroe Township. She was a member of the Vermont Crafters Guild.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Robert E. Kubic; her daughters: Catherine Kubic of Bennington, Marybeth Murray of Matawan, New Jersey, Patricia McGinnis of Eastchester, New York, and Margaret Reynolds of Jessup, Maryland; her sister Anne Reisert of Brooklyn; seven grandchildren: Colleen Cannon, Mathew, Jacklyn, and Thomas Murray, Sarah and Casey McGinnis, and Gabrielle Reynolds; and three great-grandchildren: Declan, Dylan, and Killian Cannon.

Services were held on May 12 in Monroe Township. Burial will be in the New Jersey Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Mrs. Kubic may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

obit-McNallyIrene Anna Bloh McNally

Irene Anna Bloh McNally died peacefully on May 9, 2016, after battling a long illness.

She was born in Lee County, Texas, on July 19, 1926, to the late Bertha Hoeschel and William Reinhardt Bloh. She married her late husband, Donald McNally, in 1946, and moved to Vermont where she lived until 2004, when she moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and lived with her daughter Bonny.

She enjoyed gardening, needlework, and reading.

Her family will miss her and remember her as humble, sweet, and caring, and always serving others.

She is survived by her daughter Bonny McNally; her son Timothy and his wife, Rhonda; her daughter Celina Blair and her husband, Clesson; four grandchildren: Christie, Sean, Nathan, and Kristel; and by two great-grandchildren: Jayda and Perrin.

Visitation will be at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Derby Community Church. Interment will follow at the Derby Cemetery.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the Derby Community Church, 3064 US-5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33131.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-OBarCarey John O’Bar

Carey John O’Bar of Island Pond died at home surrounded by his family on May 14, 2016, after a prolonged illness.

He was born on April 17, 1942, in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Frank O’Bar and Georgia Corey O’Bar.

He attended school in East Corinth, Maine, and graduated from East Corinth Academy in 1961. On October 12, 1963, he married the love of his life, Paulette Lumbra O’Bar.

In December of 1961, he began work at the Alloy Foundries division of the Eastern Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He became foreman and worked there for 25 years until the plant closed. He then began work as a foreman for FCI in Bethel, Connecticut.

In November of 1999, he and his wife moved to Vermont, where they spent their retirement.

He loved to bake and was known for the many loaves of bread and packs of cinnamon buns he shared with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and loved shopping for new flowers and garden equipment with his son Tim. He and his wife spent many days traveling Vermont and New Hampshire sampling small family restaurants, finding interesting shopping destinations, and singing along with the radio while holding hands like two kids in love.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Paulette; his son David O’Bar and his wife, Stephanie, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his daughter Lisa O’Bar of Thomaston, Connecticut, and her significant other, Jeff Winslow; his son, with whom he shared a home, Timothy O’Bar, and his husband, Michael Strait; five grandchildren: Mathew Cennamo, Michael Cennamo, Natalie O’Bar, Shane O’Bar, and Ethan O’Bar; three brothers: Carroll O’Bar, Carlson O’Bar and his wife, Elaine, and Clyde O’Bar and his wife, Cheryl; his sisters-in-law: Jeannean Lumbra Sylvester, Madeline O’Bar, and Dorothy O’Bar; his brother-in-law Reginald Lumbra; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Cecil O’Bar and Calvin O’Bar; his brother-in-law Larry Sylvester; and by his sister-in-law Linda Lumbra Viau and her husband, Ron Viau.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Graveside services for Dorothy Metcalf will be held on Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m., at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

Committal services for Rosamond Cote will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Committal services for Lois Bennett will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Evelyn Valley will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Theresa Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Committal services for Roland Desrochers will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

A graveside service for Florence “Flossie” Boucher will be held on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby, with Ward Nolan officiating.

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Obituaries May 11, 2016

obit-GannonVivianne “Breezy” Bresette Gannon

Vivianne “Breezy” Bresette Gannon, 101, died on May 3, 2016, at Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on March 6, 1915, in Montpelier. Later she worked as a nurse in River Vale, New Jersey, where she met Frank Gannon. They were married on December 20, 1947.

Later they retired to Flint Hill, Virginia, and Ms. Gannon was the president of the Rappahannock Garden Club.

She enjoyed restoring antiques and cooking. She was a devoted wife, a loving aunt, a very special sister, and a fun-loving friend. Her kindness and laughter will be remembered by many.

She is survived by, and will be missed by, her nephews: Michael Bresette, Ronald Bresette, and John Henry Williams; her niece Betsy Cisson; her great-niece Katie Cisson; and by her cousin Mary Prouty.

She was predeceased by her parents, Marjorie and Wilbert “Charlie” Bresette; her husband, Frank Gannon; her sister Olive “Shorty” Williams; her brother Elwin “Bunky” Bresette; and by her nephews: Elwin Joseph Bresette and Douglas Bresette.

A graveside service will be held at the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier on May 23, at 3 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-GeoffreyRaymond Joseph “Ray” Geoffrey

Raymond Joseph “Ray” Geoffrey, 70, of Newport Center died on May 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 18, 1946, in Barton, to George and Pauline (Sicard) Geoffrey.

On October 5, 1968, he married Shirlene Willey, who survives him.

He attended Derby Academy. He was owner and operator of Ray’s Auto and Ray’s ATV.

He held membership with the ATV club, Border Ridge Runners, Ducks Unlimited, the Benevolent Order of the Elks, and Trout Unlimited. He enjoyed playing guitar with his brother Andre, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, going to his hunting camp with his buddies and family, playing cards, the company of his dogs during his lifetime, and most especially getting into mischief.

He is survived by his wife, Shirlene Geoffrey, of Newport Center; his children: Heath Mark Geoffrey and his companion, Stacey, of Derby Line, Heather Geoffrey and her companion, Wolf Luman, of Espanola, Minnesota, and Jarrod Geoffrey and his wife, Dawn-Rae, of Ashville, North Carolina; his grandchildren: Hanna Jacobs, Pride Geoffrey, Ronan and Grace Geoffrey; his siblings: Florence Coogan of Schenectady, New York, Jeannine Besaw and her husband, Gene, of Derby, Leo Geoffrey and his wife, Evelyn, of Derby, Claire Lavoie and her husband, George, of Newport, and Marcel Geoffrey and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his sisters-in-law: Lucy Laframbroise of Derby Line, and Helen Willey of Fruita, Colorado; his brothers-in-law: Leo Willey and his wife, Rachel, of Newport, and Keith Willey and his wife, Melanie, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Andre Geoffrey; and by his brothers-in-law: Jack Coogan and Neil Willey.

Friends may call on Friday, May 13, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 13, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-gonyawDennis Gonyaw

Dennis Gonyaw, 68, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on November 23, 1947, in East Charleston, a son of Marvin and Donna Gonyaw, who predeceased him.

He married Veda Ellam on May 16, 1975, and she survives him. They resided in East Charleston for over 40 years.

Mr. Gonyaw was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in construction his entire life, primarily as a heavy equipment operator for Gervais Construction and later Munson Construction. He enjoyed his work with his excavator, repairing snowmobiles, and tinkering in his garage.

He is survived by his daughter Jodi Gonyaw-Worth and her husband, Michael Worth, and their children Cara and Colby Worth; his brother Don Gonyaw and his wife, Joan; his sister Ann, who was a great caregiver to him, and her sons Sky and Luke and his wife, Jessica, and daughter Mabel; and by many other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Gloria O’Keefe and her companion, Richard Berry.

A private gathering will be held in his remembrance at a later date at their home in East Charleston.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-tribute-GonyawA tribute to Dennis Gonyaw

by Sky Shover

If you were a boy growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you were very likely to be in awe of what appeared to be real-life supermen: They were called Rocky, Rambo, or the Terminator himself, Arnold. But for me, at the top of that list was my Uncle Dennis.

He was big and strong and everyone knew it was unwise to tangle with Big D. A Vietnam veteran and construction worker, Dennis was known for being a hard worker and his no-nonsense approach to life. Spending any time with him meant a few things: you were likely to learn something new, you would probably hear some great story about his great adventures, and you would absolutely hear him laugh. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting and listening to him tell his stories — stories that only made him that much larger than life. 🙂

But as we all know, no one is indestructible and Superman does not exist. But in my world, my Uncle Dennis was as close as it gets.

Love you Uncle, see you soon — rest in peace.

obit-Gray-1Stanley Gray

Stanley Gray died on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 93. He lived at Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

He was born and raised in East Charleston, where he grew up on the family farm. He worked on the farm most of his life. He knew everyone in the area and had a remarkable memory. He loved to tell old stories about his family and friends.

He is survived by his nieces: Nancy Goulet, Carol Jackson, Elleanor Powers, Cynthia Morse, Brenda Allen, Linda Muldoon, and Virginia Robinson.

He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Vera Gray; his siblings: Neil Gray, Hervie Gray, George Gray, Hattie York, Christina Royce, and Rose Weymouth; and by his nephew Rodney Royce.

Graveside services were held on May 4, at the Alice Hunt Cemetery in Canaan.

obit-macie-1Alexander R. Macie 

Alexander R. Macie, 82, of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Davenport, Florida, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida, after a period of declining health.

A resident of Hudson for many years, Mr. Macie was born in Irasburg on August 21, 1933, a son of the late Victor and Florence (Gerow) Macie. Educated in Vermont schools, “Al” served as a corporal with the Army during the Korean War from July of 1953 to June of 1955.

On June 20, 1959, he married Judith Inez Rowe, the love of his life. They shared 48 wonderful years together, until her death on June 9, 2007.

Mr. Macie was employed as a machinist with W.H. Bagshaw Company in Nashua for over 40 years.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling to Florida for the past 15 winters. He loved the Citrus Ridge Community, and enjoyed participating in all of the activities. He was an avid sports fan of the New England teams, particularly the Patriots and Red Sox. Mr. Macie was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua.

Members of his family include two daughters and sons-in-law: Susan J. and Mark Chase, and Sandra L. and Glenn Trowbridge, all of Hudson; two grandchildren: Samantha Chase and Nicholas Trowbridge; a brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Alice Macie, of Newport; and also many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held in Nashua. He was interred in the mausoleum of Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua.

Donations may be made in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont, 814 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101.

obit-MaclureSolange M. Maclure

Solange M. Maclure, 75, of Newport died peacefully on May 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on August 5, 1940, in St. Hyanite, Quebec, to Anatole and Irene (Angers) Houle.

She was married on June 24, 1961, to Jean Pierre Maclure, who survives her.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family very much and all the time she spent with them.

During her lifetime, she was employed by Columbia Forest Products. Her hobbies included camping and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Jean-Pierre Maclure, of Derby Line; her children: Roger Maclure, Andre Maclure, Marcel Maclure and his wife, Mary, Francine Maclure, and Sylvie Mathieu and her husband, Philip Sr.; her grandchildren: Brandon Maclure, Nicholas Maclure, Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Philip Mathieu Jr. and his wife, Brittany, Nathan Mathieu, and Kaylee Maclure; her great-grandchildren: Alexander Maclure, Evan Mathieu, and Levi Mathieu; her sisters: Sue Bridges and Pauline Cota and her husband, Gary; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond; her parents, Anatole and Irene Houle; her brother Paul Houle; and by her sister Denise Houle.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Coventry Street in Newport, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Metcalf-1Dorothy Leona Metcalf

Dorothy Leona Metcalf died on April 27, 2016, at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Dolly, as she was known by her friends and relatives, was born on July 9, 1914, in Canada, to Clarence and Edith Coapland. She moved to Vermont along with her parents and siblings at the age of six. She remained a Canadian citizen while living the rest of her life in the states, nearly all of that time as a resident of northern Vermont.

She married John Metcalf in 1939 in Irasburg. He died on April 3, 2004, in Visalia, California. They were dairy farmers for much of their marriage. She was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for about ten years. Her favorite job would always be driving a school bus for Coventry graded school children during the 1950s and 1960s.

She was a high energy person, always on the go. As a child, she was always on the go on a pair of snow skies that her father made for her. As an adult, she was always on the go in her car until she was well into her nineties. Relatives often complained that she was never at home. When it came time for her to move into a nursing home due to declining health issues, she simply traded in her car for a walker. Nursing home attendants will attest to the fact that she remained actively on the go with her walker.

She had a natural affinity for music and dancing. She played the piano without ever having had a lesson but dancing was her favorite activity. Any kind of dancing would do but square dancing was her first choice, probably because her gregarious nature was well suited for that style of dancing. Another favorite activity was attending yard sales. Basically, she liked anything that involved being around people and when she could no longer dance due to bad knees, meals at the senior center satisfied many of her social needs. Somewhere in that progression, she became an avid fan of word searches and it occupied much of her time in the nursing home.

She is survived by her two sons: Laurence Metcalf of Hallsville, Missouri, and Donald Metcalf of Roanoke, Virginia; her granddaughter Amber Howard of Roanoke; her grandson Troy Metcalf of Roanoke; her great-grandchildren: Keon and Kendal Howard and Brady Metcalf, all of Roanoke; and by her niece Linda Herman of Newport.

The youngest of four children, she was predeceased by her older brothers: Howard and Clifford Coapland, and her older sister, Lillian Macie.

A graveside service will be held on May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Coventry cemetery located near the town of Coventry, the same cemetery where her parents are buried.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death Notice

Don E. Willis

Don E. Willis, 74, of Newport Center died on May 7, 2016, in Newport.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

Committal services for Henry Thomas Sr. will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

Committal services for Ruth Perron will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Funeral services for Mary-Ann Shamlian will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport, on Friday, May 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Committal services for Marie Basil will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond.

Committal services for Yves Brasseur will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

A graveside service for Joyce Wilson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Line Cemetery, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.

Funeral services for Mary Ann Moore will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Scott Gratton. Friends may call from 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the church. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

A graveside service for Robert Carter will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors, with U.S. Army Chaplain Captain Eric Stuepfert officiating.

Funeral services for Roger Norbert Beauregard will be held at 10 a.m. in Saturday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. His burial will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, where both his parents and his wife’s parents rest.

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Obituaries May 4, 2016

obit-basilMarie M. Basil

Marie M. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved wife of Joe Basil, died on March 26, 2016, in Rockville, Maryland.

She was born on January 30, 1925, in Island Pond, to Leo and Marie (Turgeon) Steady. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1943 and later attended Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, where she received her RN degree. She nursed in Maine, Vermont, California, and Illinois. She served in World War II in the Army Nurses Corps.

On July 21, 1951, she married Joe Basil, who survives her. She loved spending time with her husband, Joe, and her daughters Glorie Ann and Mary Jo, and she also enjoyed playing cards, arts and crafts, and embroidery. She is also survived by her brother John Steady of Glens Falls, New York.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14 at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-ClappEvelyn “Irene” Clapp

Evelyn “Irene” Clapp, 91, of Barton, died, comfortably at her home, in Barton on Friday, April 22, 2016.

She was born on October 24, 1924, in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late John and Floretta (Devine) Hamilton. She married Donald Q. Clapp Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed at Hamilton Standard in Connecticut, where they made propellers for military planes during World War II.

She was a member of Tuan-Ti Christmas Club, the Barton Auxiliary of the American Legion, and a member of the choir for the Barton United Church. She was also a volunteer secretary for the Barton library. She belonged to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and had worked at the Barton meal site. She was also a master of crochet through the University of Vermont Extension service and taught people the art of crochet.

She enjoyed her cat Missy, plants and gardening, knitting, crocheting, playing the piano, doing oil paintings, and solving puzzles, especially cryptograms, reading, playing Scrabble, watching a good mystery on television, and collecting cookbooks.

She is survived by her children: Donna Irene Peyton and her husband, Vincent, of Shawnee, Kansas, Donald Q. Clapp Jr. and his wife, Sharon “Sandy” of Frenchville, Maine, Stephen H. Clapp and his wife, Gina, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Susan M. Clapp of Barton; six grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; and by two brothers: William Hamilton of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Frederick Hamilton of Burlington, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by one grandchild.

Funeral services were held on May 2 in Barton. Interment will be at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Cecile V. Cyr

Cecile V. Cyr, 93, of Derby, formerly of Hamlin, Maine, died peacefully on April 24, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1922, in Caswell, Maine, to James and Rose (Fisher) Curless. In 1942, she married Guy G. Cyr, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Cyr loved caring for her home, tending to the flower gardens, and reading. She stayed very active.

She is survived by her children: Janice Steele of Crescent City, California, Tom Cyr and his wife, Ginette Provost, of Derby, and Joyce Cunningham and her husband, Kris, of Wilton, Maine; her grandchildren: Debbie, Donna, Sean, Suzanne, Kate, Benjamin, and Rose Anna; her great-grandchildren: Brady, Luke, Madison, Noah, Connor, and Jack Byron; her son-in-law Roy Grove; and by her sister Alice St. Pierre of Pensacola, Florida.

She was predeceased by two children: George Cyr and Jeannette Grove; her son-in-law Kenneth Steele; her brothers: Leonard, Ben, and Noah Curless; and by her sisters: Virginia Bernier and Marie Sirois.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. in Hamlin on Friday, June 3, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Hamlin.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Gervise Deschesneau

Gervise Deschesneau, 90, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Somers, Connecticut.

She was born on January 30, 1926, in Brownington, a daughter of Elianna Dube and Louis Amyot.

She was the beloved wife of Fernand Deschesneau, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Dauphinais and her friend, Kenneth, and daughter Amanda; Raymond Deschesneau and his friend, Gina, and daughter Hope Ann, and family; Leonard Descheneau and his wife, Cindy, and their children: Lenny and his family, Thomas, and Amanda and her family; and Fernand Jr. and his daughters: Stacey and her daughter, and Nicole and her family. She is also survived by her sisters: Madeleine Deschesneau and Judith Morse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fernand; a daughter, Franoise; and by her brothers: Andre and his wife, Jean Amyot, and Roland and his wife, Shirley Amyot.

The funeral will be in Somers, on Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Somers.

obit-Holmes-1Roscoe Arnold Holmes Jr.

Roscoe “Ross” Holmes, 66, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, died peacefully at his daughter’s home on April 27, 2016 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.

He was born in Barton on February 26, 1950. He grew up on a farm in West Charleston, and attended schools in West and East Charleston, the latter a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He attended the Derby Line high school before graduating from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center. After a brief stint at Vermont Technical College, he left school to join the Army and he served two tours of duty as an M.P. (military police) in Vietnam.

Back in the U.S., he worked for a decade or more as an electrical linesman throughout New England. During this period, he married and was blessed with a daughter, Heidi. Subsequently the family moved to Florida, where he was destined to live for most of his life, although periodically he would slide back north to his beloved Vermont.

He loved the great outdoors and had little use for the cramped indoors. He tried a desk job or two but couldn’t bear the feeling of being enclosed by walls all day. Later in his life he found the job that fit him to a T: working with a moving company that sent huge trucks all over the country, dropping a family’s worldly possessions at a home in New Orleans and reloading for a drop in Reno, and on and on. In addition to satisfying his wanderlust, the work offered warm camaraderie among the crew, both with the daytime labors and the evening revelries.

He was a warm and gentle soul who loved music, vintage car meets, and a cold, frothy beer. He also kept close communication with family members and visited them throughout the country, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Heidi Holmes and her fiancé, Dean Mallen, along with his only grandson, Ezekiel Holmes Mallen; his siblings: Joyce Holmes, Amaryllis Sheltra, Reginald Holmes and his wife, Laurel Holmes, Dean Holmes and his wife, Lisa Irwin, and Bernard Holmes; his great-aunt Pauline Darby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, will have calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. A graveside ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston at 11 a.m., with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Richard K. Martin

Richard K. Martin, 86, of Jay, beloved husband of Beverly Beaudreau, died at his home on April 27, 2016.

He was born in St. Albans on July 22, 1929, to Frederick and Marion (King) Martin.

He was a member of the Jay Post #28 American Legion, and was a life member of the Alfred Pepin Post #798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport. He was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed the company of his cats, especially Rusty. He also enjoyed talking with his friends at the Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his family.

In his younger years, he was an instructor of martial arts. He served in the Air Force and Navy for a combined service time of 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Beaudreau, of Jay; his children: Tina Gardina and her husband, Jerome, Cindy Martin and her companion, Todd, Fred Martin and his wife, Lynn, Darlene Love and her husband, Wade, Denise Gardner, and Lori Ann Sullivan and her husband, Thomas; his stepchildren: Jayne Loud and her husband, Jeffrey, and Nancy Montgomery; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth Montague; and by his brother-in-law Charles Scammell and his wife, Susan.

A military service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 5, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Committal services for Harvey Dunn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Committal services for Edward Parenteau Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Derby Line Cemetery, with full military honors.

Committal services for Paul Monfette will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

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Obituaries April 27, 2016

obit-bradley-1Donald J. Bradley

Donald J. Bradley, 63, of Barton died peacefully at home on Monday, April 18, 2016.

He was predeceased by his identical twin, Ronald, in April of 1991. Besides his twin, he had eight more siblings.

He was a machinist for many years. He also served in the Marine Corps.

He loved to go to the casino and he loved to watch football. He enjoyed being with his dog Lucky.

He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was a beloved uncle, brother, and friend. He will be missed by many and admired for his bravery by all.

He always spoke highly of his many caretakers, whom he really appreciated.

The burial is private.

obit-Brosseau-1Robert E. Brosseau Sr.

Robert E. Brosseau Sr., 77, of Derby, died in Barton on April 21, 2016.

He was born on July 27, 1938, in Johnson, a son of Leo and Albertine (Cote) Brosseau.

He was loved and respected by all of his family and anyone he met. During the last of his working years, he worked for Paul Patenaude Construction as a skilled finish carpenter. He found great enjoyment in producing beautiful furniture pieces and wondrous toys in his woodworking shop.

He loved fishing as well as golf, and visiting dairy farms. He was considered an expert horseshoe player. His carpentry skills were used many times in assisting family with their building projects.

He married his wife Myrna Basford in 1960 and she predeceased him in April of 2010.

He is survived by his children: Robert Jr., Theresa Quinlan and her husband, Daniel, Deborah Messier and her husband, Shawn, Joseph Brosseau, and Andre Brosseau and his companion, Tammy Huntington, as well as step-children Candace Patenaude and her husband, Paul, Wendy Hamelin and her husband, John, Scott Gray, and Angie Gray who is wife of Ellis Gray; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers: Guy and his wife, Mona, Paul and his wife, Nicole, and Norman and his wife, Aline; his sisters: Georgette Greaves, Lucille Royer and her husband, Raymond, Denise Dewing, and Susan Aste and her husband, Forrest; his brother-in-law John Greaves; and by his sister-in-law Claire Brosseau.

He was predeceased by his brothers: John and Lawrence; and by his sisters: Mary Strong and Claire Greaves.

Funeral services will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Leo Bilodeau officiating a Mass of Christian burial.

Should family or friends desire to make contributions in his memory, they may do so to Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, #2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, second floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Roland “Rolie” Choquette

Roland “Rolie” Choquette, formerly of Jay, died on March 25, 2016, in Lakeland, Florida. He was 73 years old.

He was born on February 8, 1943, in Jay. He was the son of Donat and Laurette (Roy) Choquette.

He attended school in Jay, and graduated from the North Troy High School in 1960.

He then went on to attend the University of Vermont, Hillsborough College in Tampa, Florida, and then the Burt Rogers School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

He was a realtor in Lakeland for many years, the Orleans County Democratic chairman for several years, a member of the Florida Democratic party, and he strongly supported the national party as well.

He was a parishioner of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland, and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy during the summer months.

In 1994, he established Roland’s Fine Coins in Zephyrhills, Florida. It was a longtime dream of his. He enjoyed his business very much up until recent years.

He enjoyed skiing at Jay Peak for many years after his parents built the first ski lodge at Jay Peak in November of 1957.

He enjoyed going to NFL games, NHL games in Tampa, Florida, golfing, and boating.

He leaves behind a special cousin, Diane Geoffery, and family, of Irasburg; several other cousins from Vermont; and many friends in Vermont, Lakeland, and Mansonville, Quebec.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on May 2, at 11 a.m., at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy, with the Reverend Ladislaus Mwelinde officiating. Interment will follow in the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Jay Area Food Shelf, Jay Town Hall, 1036 Route 242, Jay, Vermont 05859.

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

obit-DeLaneyWilliam B. DeLaney

William B. DeLaney, 79, of West Caldwell, New Jersey, and Craftsbury Common, died quietly in New Jersey on April 18, 2016, after a long illness.

He was born on October 13, 1936, in Wilmington, Delaware, the eldest son of Florence (Davis) and William W. DeLaney. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps at the Fort Monmouth Research and Development Laboratory from 1959 to 1961, where he helped design and build our country’s first satellite tracking system.

He married Janice Clawson in 1960 and had three children: David, Bruce, and Erin, after they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to take his dream job at General Electric Lighting Division at NELA Park. He worked in the marketing department and at the world famous Lighting Institute, from where he retired in 2000. Projects included developing computer programs, lighting at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial Rededication in 1986.

While in Cleveland, his lifelong love of the theater developed into an avocation, which lasted 50 years. He specialized in stage lighting at dozens of schools and community theaters. He served on the board of directors and was technical director and lighting director at East Cleveland Theater for over 40 years.

A talented handyman who could fix almost anything using parts and pieces from his workshop, he volunteered on many repair jobs at his church. He served as Cubmaster of Pack #63 and Scoutmaster of troop #63 in East Cleveland. He met Beverly Daigle through Boy Scouts, and they later married in 1984.

After retirement, they enjoyed ocean and domestic river cruises, toured Hawaii, Alaska, and many national parks. They spent summers at a family farm in Craftsbury Common, where he was often out on his tractor before he was unpacked. He enjoyed swimming and boating on Great Hosmer Pond. They moved to West Caldwell in 2011, to live closer to their East Coast families.

He was a quiet man of few words but one of many accomplishments. He lived life on his own terms. He hoped to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of people he touched. He will be sadly and greatly missed.

His survivors include his wife, Beverly, of West Caldwell; his sons: David of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Bruce and his wife, Laura, of Boise, Idaho; his daughter Erin of Jersey City, New Jersey; his stepsons: James Daigle and his wife, Zanda Lynn, of New York, New York, and David Daigle and his wife, Jill Howard, of Summit, New Jersey; his grandchildren: Gwendolyn and Dennis DeLaney of Idaho; his step-grandchildren: Catherine Daigle of New York, Stephen Daigle, Andrew Daigle, and Charles Daigle of New Jersey; and by his sibling: James DeLaney of Delaware, Edgar DeLaney and his wife, Helen, of Colorado, and Peggy Mallette and her husband, Rowan Conrad, of Montana.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial services will be held in West Caldwell at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

obit-KilmartinGail L. Kilmartin

Gail L. Kilmartin died on April 12, 2016, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from complications due to ovarian cancer.

Born on October 6, 1942, in New Rochelle, New York, to Robert W. Newfang and “Sunny” Gillett Johnson, she grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, and spent the summers at Lake Seymour, where her parents owned Fourway Lodge for over 30 years. She attended the Rye Neck schools and graduated from Wheaton Academy in Illinois, then from Wheaton College with a degree in literature and speech communication.

While attending Wheaton College, she met Duncan F. Kilmartin. A long distance courtship ensued as he attended Colgate University in New York, and they were married on June 20, 1964, in White Plains, New York, on what was historically the hottest day of the year. While Mr. Kilmartin attended The University of Chicago Law School, she began her teaching career in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Upon Mr. Kilmartin’s graduation, they moved to Brattleboro, where she taught English at Bellows Falls High School, and he clerked for the Honorable Ernest Gibson Jr., chief federal district judge for Vermont. While in Brattleboro, she joined “The Little Theater” and played Cory Bratter in Barefoot in the Park. From there, they settled in Newport, as Mr. Kilmartin began practicing law with Paul Rexford, and together they were building their family.

Ms. Kilmartin’s deepest desire was to be a support and help to her family, whom she loved deeply, and to be an active contributor in the community of Newport, where she spent most of her adult life. She succeeded on both of these fronts. She anchored the home front for her two daughters, while her husband worked as a lawyer in the community and as a state representative in Vermont.

She possessed an authentic kindness, compassion, and commitment to others, as well as great creativity, resourcefulness, and style, which were her trademark. She brought each of these gifts to every endeavor, whether it was for her family, her friends, or her community.

Her many involvements included: deaconess of the Derby Community Church (formerly the United Church of Derby) for over 40 years; Sunday School superintendent and choir director; secretary of the Newport Women’s Club; member of the hospital auxiliary; volunteer for Girl Scouts; executive committee member of The After Five Club for over 20 years; trustee of United Christian Academy for over ten years; and as a junior high language arts teacher for over 24 years. She was appointed by Governor Jim Douglas to be a member of the Vermont State Hearing Panels for Professional Public Educators from 2007 to 2012.

Throughout her life, Ms. Kilmartin walked with her heavenly father and shared her faith in Jesus to her children and to many of those she served in the community. She cultivated precious and long-standing relationships — just as she consistently reached out to form new ones. During her illness, these friendships, old and new, were a source of encouragement and strength for her, and the family would like to express their deepest appreciation for those dear friends who rallied around her and her family during this difficult time.

Over the last five years, Ms. Kilmartin and her husband have also greatly enjoyed their Florida home and deeply appreciated a new world of special friends and wonderful experiences. Of particular enjoyment for her were the times beautifully spent with her daughters, sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of Duncan Kilmartin for nearly 52 years. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, and Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie; her grandchildren: Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie; her sister and brother-in-law Marcia Gillett and Dr. Glenn Koponen; and by her nephews: Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen.

Calling hours will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Derby Community Church in Derby. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the Derby Community Church. Interment will be at the Gillett family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City in June.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts 02284-9168; or to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294 Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Pion-1Roger R. Pion Sr.

Roger R. Pion Sr., 80, of Morgan died peacefully on April 18, 2016, in Colchester.

He was born on April 12, 1936, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion. On October 15, 1955, he married Annette Fontaine, who survives him.

He was a postal contractor for the United States Postal Service. He was a lifetime member of Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

He enjoyed going hunting, sugaring, horses, tractor pulls, working in the woods, reading, spending winters in Florida with his wife, and going on cruises.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Pion, of Morgan; his children: Lucy Neel of Holland, Claire Paradis and her husband, Laurent Jr., of Lennoxville, Quebec, Michael Pion and his wife, Dolores, of Barton, Carolyn Riley and her husband, James, of Colchester, Roger Pion Jr., and his wife, Donna, of Barton, and Sally Carruthers and her husband, David, of Ogden, Quebec; his grandchildren: Jessica Harris, Patrick Cannon, Chantal Paradis, Danielle Paradis, Pascale Paradis, Nathan Pion, Natalie Pion, Taylor Riley, Connor Riley, Mitchel Pion, and Derrick Carruthers; six great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law: Shirley Pion of Newport Center, Gilberte Pion of Lowell, and Huguette Pion of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Rene, Raymond, Anselme, Roland, and Raoul Pion, Jeannette Benoit, Marie Bourdeau, and Solange McAllister.

Funeral services were held on April 22, in Derby Line. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Visiting Nurses Association, Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, #1, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Burial notice

Theresa Diette Taylor

Theresa Diette Taylor of West Glover will be interred at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., with Father Timothy Naples officiating.

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Obituaries April 20, 2016

obit-ClevelandBarbara M. Cleveland

Barbara M. Cleveland, 80, of Orleans died peacefully on April 16, 2016, in Newport with her loving family by her side.

She was born on August 28, 1935, in St. Johnsbury to Arthur and Alice (Smith) Wells.

She worked at Sanel Auto Parts delivering auto parts to area garages for many years until health issues forced her to retire at the young age of 75.

She leaves behind two sons: Richard Cleveland and his wife, Joanne of Orleans, Mark Cleveland and his wife, Jody, of Barton, and her daughter Gail Judd and her husband, Winston, of Holland, along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards, doing puzzles, and going out to eat with family and friends. The former Candlepin restaurant was her favorite. She loved her family and their gatherings at the holidays.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Alice Wells.

Per her request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Graveside 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 Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit-GoodwinNeil L. Goodwin

Neil L. Goodwin Jr., 80, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on April 14, 2016, in St. Johnsbury surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 13, 1936, in Hardwick, a son of Neil Goodwin Sr. and Elma Marckres.

On October 4, 1953, he married Vernice Larabee, who predeceased him.

Mr. Goodwin was employed by the French and Bean Company of St. Johnsbury and later as a truck driver for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He was a former member and 50-year member of the Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM #20 in Craftsbury.

His hobbies included maple sugaring, camping, and collecting toy trucks and tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of Danville; by his children: Kathleen Sjolander and her husband, Charlie, of St. Johnsbury, Koleen Jones and her husband, Howard, of Waterford, Dennis Goodwin and his wife, Laura, of Waterford, Jeff Goodwin and his wife, Donna, of St. Johnsbury, and Randy Goodwin; by nine grandchildren: Karen, Karl, Christy, Gregory, Mary Jane, Steven, Casey, Nancy, Nathan, Brian, Aaron, and Logan; by 13 great-grandchildren; by his sister Leah Slicer of St. Johnsbury; and by several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved pug Sadie.

Private graveside services will be held at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Fire Department for the Santa Fund, in care of the Passumpsic Savings Bank, P.O. Box 38, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Hale-1Stuart Wayne Hale Sr.

Stuart Wayne Hale Sr. of Albany died on April 9, 2016, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington at the age of 68.

He was born in East Fairfield on July 17, 1947. He was the son of Burton and Caroline (Lawyer) Hale.

Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Army as a part of the 173rd and 82nd Airborne (two tours of front line duty in Vietnam) and later worked in Germany as a cryptanalyst for the National Security Agency (NSA).

He married the love of his life, his soulmate, Ruth Soule Hale in 1968.

He loved traveling with his wife, especially going for long rides on back roads.

He enjoyed participating in the tractor pulls at the local fairs, especially if he beat his friends! He enjoyed his coffee club in Craftsbury and spending time with his grandchildren was the highlight of his day. He loved to play tricks on them and try out his new jokes, especially on April Fool’s Day. He had an incredible sense of humor and he was always laughing, telling and playing jokes. He loved to spend his days tinkering and fixing things. He was always busy, and was never happy to just sit. He was also a fan of reading, especially poetry. He also was a poet himself.

His laugh will be missed so much.

Mr. Hale is survived by his four children: Stuart Hale and his wife, Cathleen, Adam Hale and his girlfriend, Susan, Carol Hale Rowell and her husband, Tim, and Jason Hale and his girlfriend, Sonya; by seven grandchildren: Gratia and Alora Rowell, Ramie and Courtney Hale, JJ and Zachary Hale, and Shania Hayes; also by his siblings: his sister Barbara Riley and her husband, Horace, his brother Richard and his wife, Georgette, his sister Carolyn Clark and her husband, Bob, his brother Marvin and his wife, Sandy, his brother Mark and his girlfriend, Carrie, his sister-in-law Terry Hale, and his brother-in-law David Ovitt.

He was predeceased by his sister Brenda Wright, his sister Cora Ovitt, and his brother Burton A. Hale.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Hale, in May 2014.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Albany Methodist Church in Albany. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Mr. Hale was also presented with full military honors by the Vermont Army National Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name at https://armyhistory.webconnex.com/armydonate.

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

obit-parkerJustyn O. (Jollie) Parker

Justyn Ollie Dwinell (Jollie) Parker, 86, of Johnson died peacefully in the comfort of her home on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

She was born September 26, 1929, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Bond) Dwinell. She graduated from Montpelier High School in the class of 1947 and continued her education at Johnson State College.

On August 14, 1948, she married Everett Edwin Parker in Montpelier. Together they made their home and raised their five children in Johnson.

Mrs. Parker worked for the Chatfield Nursing Home in Johnson. From 1968 through 1972 she was medical records librarian at Copley Hospital. Until she retired in the late 1970s, she was secretary to Dr. Donald Barber, Dr. Coddaire, Dr. Gary Waring and Dr. Southall.

She was a member of the United Church of Johnson and a 35-year choir director of that church. She was a member and 30-year chair of the Johnson Women’s Society and spent 14 years facilitating parent support groups for ANAD (the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). She enjoyed music.

Survivors include her five children: Wendy P. Williams of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Cyrus Parker and his wife, Jane, of Montpelier, Harold (Hal) Parker and his husband, Joe of Glover, Perry Parker and his wife, Diane, of Tunbridge, and Hollie Winzenread and her husband, Rusty, of San Jose, California; five grandchildren: Megan (Williams) Ice, Austin, Evan and Emily Parker, and Christian Bond Winzenread; two great-granddaughters: Corrine Arden Ice and Lillian James Ice; a niece, Deborah Crossman; two nephews, Chandler Parker and his wife, Madonna, and Eric Parker, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Everett Parker, on July 8, 2007; and by a sister, Marcia Dwinell.

Graveside services will be held in the Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson at the convenience of her family with a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), P.O. Box 7, Highland Park, Illinois 60035; The United Church of Johnson, P.O. Box 606, Johnson, Vermont 05656 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.

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Obituaries April 13, 2016

obit-ChaputIvah Lillian Chaput

Ivah Lillian Chaput, 86, of Newport died peacefully on April 4, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on September 14, 1929, in West Burke to Elmo and Florence (Bentley) Legacy. On June 7, 1947, she married Felix Chaput, who predeceased her on November 7, 2007.

Mrs. Chaput owned and operated a farm in Troy with her late husband, Felix, from 1946 until 1972. At that time she operated the Poole Nursing Home in Barton until she retired in 1984.

Her hobbies included sewing, working in her flower garden, reading, and putting puzzles together.

She is survived by her children: Lillian Vezina and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg, Laura Brown and her husband, Leslie, of Troy, Felix Chaput Jr. and his wife, Madeline, of Derby Line, Frank Chaput and his wife, Sheila, of North Troy, Francis Chaput and his wife, Debra, of North Troy, Lorreta Lieblein and her husband, Peter, of Newport, Marie Ingalls and her husband, Mark, of Irasburg, and Jacqueline Eldred and her husband, Michael, of Coventry; by 44 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and by her stepbrother Irving Morton of Temple Hills, Maryland.

She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Linda; by her brother Walter Legacy; her stepmother Olive Legacy; and by three grandsons: Leslie J. Brown Jr., Shawn F. Chaput, and Tyler Sanville, who was an infant.

Funeral services were held on April 9, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Christopher K. Lynch

Christopher K. Lynch, 45, of Newport died suddenly on April 6, 2016, at his home in Newport.

He was born on May 6, 1970, in Newport to Jim and Gail Lynch.  He was a brother of Katy and Stephen Lynch, and grandson of the late Lawrence and Margaret Dugan of New Hartford, New York, and the late Dr. James A. and Gertrude Lynch of New York, New York. He was also half-brother to Claudia Lynch and uncle to her son Nick Farfan of New York City. His family also included Nieves Madrid and Mia Bauman, partners of Katy and Stephen Lynch.

His childhood years were spent in North Troy. He had countless adventures with his wonderful friends from the Troy and Westfield area who remained close to his heart throughout his life.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1988 and received his bachelor of science from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1992. He spent three years in California before settling in the East Village of New York City, where he lived for many years. He worked in movie distribution for Dreamworks SKG and also pursued his passion for music production.

He married Christina Gerber in 2003 and they welcomed a daughter, Frankie Lynch, later that year. Mr. Lynch was happiest being with his “Little Bean.”

A reception for family and friends was held on April 9 at the Derby Line Village Inn.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-monfettePaul William Monfette

Paul William Monfette died on April 2, 2016.

He was born on May 10, 1922, in Newport to Carl and Winefred “Sabourin” Monfette.

The family moved to Morgan after the flood of 1927 flooded them out of their home on the Glen Road in Newport. They settled on a 130-acre farm in Morgan, where they farmed and logged the land. Between the loss of his mother when he was a youngster, and the struggles of surviving the Great Depression, Mr. Monfette did not have an easy childhood. However, he made the best of life. The struggles instilled within him a strong work ethic. He was a kind, practical man, but one who also understood the importance of helping others in need.

After graduating the eighth grade from the Whitehill School in Morgan, his father moved the family to Hill Street in Newport, a street where Mr. Monfette spent most of the rest of his life. It was there he met Dot when she was about 13 or 14 and he was about 18.

“Oh God, I thought he was the best looking thing,” she said. “He was the best looking man I’d ever seen, but I wasn’t the only one that noticed that. Every other girl on the street was after him. All the girls liked him.”

The couple married on August 9, 1942, at the Baptist Church on East Main Street in Newport. Mr. Monfette was 19 and his new wife was 15. About a decade later they renewed their vows at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport. Their marriage survived the odds, including a two-year separation when Mr. Monfette was drafted into the Army to fight in World War II.

He was assigned to the 36th Texas Army National Guard Infantry Division, eventually becoming a squad leader in Fox Company. On February 3, 1945, he suffered life-threatening wounds on the battle in France. Following a lengthy stay in a makeshift hospital in Marseilles, France, while still recovering from his wounds, he helped run a war front prisoner-of-war camp. He was later assigned to a special detail of American soldiers whose mission was to assist the newly liberated prisoners — many of them Jews and other people the Nazi regime considered undesirables — from a concentration camp called Dachau. He spent about three months at Dachau, including accompanying the military police into nearby Munich, Germany, to interrogate what the locals knew about this devilish camp.

In talking about his time at the camp, he was once quoted as saying: “I have seen things no man should have to see.”

When he returned home to his teenage bride in 1946, he still suffered from the wounds of war — physical wounds and mental wounds. His wife nursed him back to health with love and understanding. From witnessing the horrors of war, Mr. Monfette became a man of peace who hated war.

In war, he was a demolitions expert, blowing up bridges and buildings, but when he returned home, he used those same skills on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. One of his first tasks was to blow out the ledges along the tracks as part of the transition from the smoke-belching steam-powered locomotives to the wider, quieter diesel-powered ones. His physical wounds of war, including metal shrapnel throughout his body, forced him to retire from the railroad in 1982. He was one of the last surviving old-time railroad men.

Although a very private man, especially when it came to his war years, in recent years he and his wife shared their story of love and war, and surviving 70-plus years of marriage. This was a five-part series written by Scott Wheeler in Vermont’s Northland Journal.

He was a real homebody. His favorite places in the world were the home he built in Newport and the camp in Sheffield. He took pride in his wife’s gorgeous flower gardens and would often sit on the deck or watch her through the living room window.

He loved to have his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren come to the house to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or for no special reason. He took great pleasure and pride in making the little ones giggle and smile as he would tap his feet, clap his hands, and play peek-a-boo. He loved them all so deeply.

Our Dad was a generous man. He always made sure that his family had food, clothing, a roof over their heads, and fuel to stay warm. It was a family joke that Dad would always make sure we ate and had socks on our feet to stay warm.

During his early years, he loved to play cribbage and poker with his brothers and sisters in Morgan. Later, when he no longer could play, he began to buy lottery tickets. He loved to sit in his recliner and scratch those tickets, hoping for a winner! Amazingly, he often would win enough to buy a couple more and still have a few dollars in his pocket.

Hunting at the camp in Sheffield with his sons-in-law and nephews was something he looked forward to doing each season. He enjoyed being with the guys as he would rattle off one joke after another.

Another passion he had was to watch his family play sports. Whether it was watching his girls play field hockey, or his grandchildren play baseball, he was in the stands cheering them on. He was a loyal follower of his son-in-law Mo’s baseball team, the Rangers. He never missed a home game!

He loved animals, but especially dogs. The family had many dogs through the years. When he no longer had a dog of his own, he was thrilled to have grand-dogs. Oh, how he loved to feed biscuits to Ruger.

“Just one more,” he would say, but keep feeding him.

He was very patriotic and today we honor his memory and service to his family and country. We salute you, Dad!

Rest in peace, until we meet again….

He is survived by his loving wife, Dot; his daughters: Shelia and her husband, Al, Paulette and her husband, Alvin, Sue and her husband, Mo, Jackie, and Tammi; his grandchildren: Larry Maxwell, Jennifer Simard, Joe Simard, Jeff Markum, Barry Shelton, Sarah Soskin, Emily Soskin, and Jonah Monfette; and by 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Carl, and mother, Winefred “Sabourin” Monfette; his 11 siblings: Levi, Blanche, Cecelia, Pat, Joe, Albert, Alfred, Pete, Alice, Willis, and Flora; his special granddaughter, Jackie Simard; and by his sons-in-law: Lawrence Maxwell and Daryl Markum.

Funeral services were held on April 8, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery on May 10, at 1 p.m., with full military honors.

Donations in his memory may be made to Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, in care of Benita Stephens, P.O. Box 195, Bakersfield, Vermont 05441; or to the Military Order of the Purple Heart at purpleheart.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-wingMarya Anne Wing

Marya Anne (Curran) Wing, 74, of Island Pond died suddenly on April 4, 2016.

She was born on September 19, 1941, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the
daughter of Michael Curran and Elizabeth (Fenlan) Curran. She spent the first 20 years of her life in Medford, Massachusetts. Upon her graduation from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, she attended Boston College.

In 1961, while working as a nurse at a summer camp on Job’s Pond in Newark, she met Robert Wing. They married shortly afterwards and embarked on a military career that saw assignments in Germany, Virginia, Colorado, and Maryland. After retirement, they and their family moved back to Vermont, where Mrs. Wing enjoyed a career as a social worker and as head of the Brighton Emergency Rescue Squad.

She was a private, complex, and loving person, who adored her children and raised
them to be self sufficient and resourceful — and they adored her in return. She drew on a deep reservoir of strength to pull herself up during hard times, and she left this world as she lived her life — on her own terms, and in the deep embrace of her faith and her family.

She prayed daily for the health and well-being of her family. Today they pray for her, and invite all who knew her to take a moment and do the same.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Guy Wing, and her children: Jessica Puckett, Lisa Bean, Jenny Wing, and Robert Wing Jr. She was the proud grandmother of Jarren and Josh Puckett, Katherine and Grace Ayers, and Zachery and Althea Tapley. She also delighted in her great­grandchildren: Emily Demers, Oliver Puckett, and Vivian Lacy. She was mother-in-law to John Puckett, David Bean, and Tyrell Lacy, and former mother­in-law to Joseph Anthony Ayers and Peter Tapley. She is also survived by her brother Mark Curran of Rochester, New York.

As per her instructions, a small private funeral will be held in the summer. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to her beloved home on Turtle Hill to celebrate
the life and honor the memory of a much-loved mother, wife, and friend.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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