Obituaries September 6, 2017

Robert Savage Bigelow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Tossing Funeral Home.

 

Robert W. Fenton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Edna Leland Mullins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Richard E. Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 30, 2017

Elizabeth Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cecil A. Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be shared at westboroughfuneralhome.com.

 

Daniel Kevin McMaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 23, 2017

Wendy Louise Therrien Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sebastian Chase Emerson

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

He was born in Newport on June 8, 2017.

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

He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Beverly Emerson.

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

These are my footprints so perfect and small.

These tiny footprints never touched the ground at all.

Not one tiny footprint for now I have wings.

These tiny footprints were meant for other things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most of all, these tiny footprints are found on

Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.

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

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

 

Donald A. Verge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Esther Nellie Shover Watson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends are invited to sign the family register book and share their thoughts, condolences, and fond memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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Obituaries August 16, 2017

Thomas Allen James Boulanger Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Larry Earl Clark

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lori Jean Ghelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 9, 2017

Marianne Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Therese R. Metras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nicholas R. Miller

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his Uncle Gilles.

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

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

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

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

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

 

James K. Ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mark P. Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Toni-Jo Wikar

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her son Tom Hall in 1982.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 2, 2017

Peter R.M. Bell II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dermot “Paul” Cosgrove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Russell Kenneth Marcotte

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

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

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

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

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

He operated his dairy farm in Barton for 20 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtisbritch.com.

 

 

Wilmot “Bill” G. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Steven Phelps Sanford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May his legacy live on forever!

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Obituaries July 26, 2017

JoAnne Brewer Halikas

JoAnne Brewer Halikas, 86, of Newport died on May 21, 2017, in Newport.

She is survived by her husband, George; her son Stephen; her daughter-in-law Christina; and her grandsons: Jessie and Kody.

Mrs. Halikas was born on June 6, 1930, in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Upon retiring from a career in nursing, she resided in Newport. She loved her life by the lake, often predicting when it would freeze over in winter and when it would thaw in spring. In summer she marveled at the reflection of the full moon dancing on the lake.

She will be missed by many relatives and friends. Upon the request of the deceased, there will be no memorial service.

 

Beverly Basford Bickford Messier

Beverly Basford Bickford Messier, 85, formerly of Orleans, died on July 20, 2017 in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

She was born on May 4, 1932, in Sheffield, the eldest daughter of Edson and Ethel (Paul) Basford.

She loved knitting, crafting, sewing and making crosses for Trinity Cross Stitchers. She missed being able to attend church, but was very happy to see Pastor Larry Gritton when he paid visits to his homebound parishoners.

She is survived by four children: Evelyn Johnson and her husband, Mike, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Gary Bickford of Paris, Tennessee, Tina Tolhurst and her husband, Mark, of Lake Worth, Florida, and Marcia Steele and her friend, Jim Strong, of Lantana, Florida; and one granddaughter Brianna Ostrom. She is also survived by three sisters: Phoebe Noyes of Union House in Glover, Gloria White of Greensboro Bend, and Lorraine Gillfillan of Nashua, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her first husband Glendon Bickford. She was also predeceased by three brothers: Charlie, Brian, and Bernard; and three sisters: Barbara, Myrna, and Beatrice.

 

Kynslee Janet Marie Peters

Kynslee Janet Marie Peters of Albany died suddenly at home on July 18, 2017.

Kynslee was born on May 1, 2017, to her loving parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux. She was well loved by her many family members and friends during her short life.

She is survived by her parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux of Albany; her paternal grandparents Donald Peters Sr. and Joan (Lantagne) Peters of Albany; her maternal grandparents: Lori Lemieux and Bill Schneider of Irasburg, and Seth Demo and Tina Phelps of Hyde Park; her paternal great-grandparents William “Bill” Peters and Marion Dudley of North Hyde Park; her maternal great-grandparents: Steve Lemieux and Missy Parker of Bolton, and Seth Demo Jr. and Nancy Demo of North Hyde Park; and her great-great-grandfather Ken Lemieux of Stowe. She is also survived by her paternal aunts and uncles: Jeanne Peters of Albany, Jesse and Jen Peters of Albany, and Dominique Peters of Albany; her maternal aunts: Taylor Schneider of Irasburg, Ashley Schneider of Elmore, and Kiara Fortin of Coventry. Her special aunt and uncle Hope and Donnie Richards of Irasburg also survive her. She also has many cousins and other extended family who miss her very much.

She was predeceased by her paternal great-grandparents: Jeanne R. Peters of Albany, and Joe and Elin Lantagne of West Charleston; her maternal great-grandparents: Janet Lemieux of Irasburg, Robert Schneider of Derby, and Sylvia Schneider of Derby; and her uncle Lou Jensen of Irasburg.

Kynslee, your family loves you and misses you very much.

Kynslee became a hero and lives on in another baby as a heart valve donor.

Also, she touched so many hearts, loved so many, and missed so much, words can’t say enough. Her loved ones will remember baby Kynslee forever; an angel in their hearts always.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at the Albany Church, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in Albany Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in Kynslee’s name may be made to the family in care of Natasha Lemieux, P.O. Box 159, Albany, Vermont 05820.

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

 

Mary Kealey Seguin

Mary Kealey Seguin, 79, of Carson City, Nevada, and formerly of Newport, died in Carson City on July 6, 2017.

A 37-year resident of Carson City, Ms. Seguin was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on February 4, 1938. She was the last surviving daughter of Dr. Daniel S. and Mrs. Mildred Kealey. She attended school in Newport and after graduating from Newport High School she furthered her education at Dartmouth College. She then started her career with New England Bell Telephone Company and later transferred to Nevada Bell in Reno, Nevada. She retired as a district manager.

Mrs. Seguin volunteered for numerous programs and for community services in need. She was a former president of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce. She was also the former co-executive director for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Pageant and later became a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children.

She is survived by her loving son Rick Seguin and his wife, Julie; her grandchildren: Joseph Crawford and his wife, Susan, Rick Crawford and his wife, Nicole, Mary Meyers and her husband, Gavin, Cade Seguin, and Kealey Seguin; and by great-grandchildren Brian, Christopher, Andrew, Kealey, Annabelle, Shawnnessy, Bailey, and Zoey; and son-in-law Daryl Crawford. She is also survived by brothers-in-law David Buteau and Henry Postert.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene J. Seguin Jr.; her father Dr. Daniel Kealey; her mother and stepfather Mildred and Ed Arel; her sisters: Jane Postert and Patricia Buteau; and her darling daughter Jane M. Crawford.

A Rosary was recited on July 12, at Walton’s Funeral Home in Carson City. A Mass was celebrated at St Teresa’s of Avila Church in Carson City on July 13.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 27, at St Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with a reception following at The East Side restaurant.

Donations can be sent to a local CASA program in Mrs. Seguin’s name.

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

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Obituaries July 19, 2017

Rose M. Allard

Rose M. Allard, 78, of Newport, died in Punta Gorda, Florida, on January 29, 2017.

Mrs. Allard was the daughter of Gerard and Aldea Chouinard. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Chandler School for Women in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was married to John “Jack” Allard for 57 years, and throughout his military career they traveled and lived in numerous places, finally making a permanent home in Oakridge, Tennessee, where they lived for many years.

Mrs. Allard was very much a social person who loved meeting and talking with new people. She was a knowledgeable bridge player and played several card games. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; her daughter Julie Allard; her sisters: Geraldine Galipeau and Monica Chouinard; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Jessica Trevits, and nephew, Jonathan Davis.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Jane Davis.

A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Father Roger Charbonneau officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A luncheon will follow at 1 p.m., at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

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

 

Ruth Houston Jones Curtiss

Ruth Houston Jones Curtiss, 79, of Craftsbury, formerly of Albany, died gently in her sleep on July 11, 2017, at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.

She was born March 19, 1938, in Greensboro, the daughter of Joseph Houston and Beatrice (Corrow) Houston. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1956 and from Johnson State College in 1960 with a degree in elementary education.

She married her first husband, Edward Jones, in 1959. They ran the Houston farm in Craftsbury. When Mr. Jones died in 1982, her three sons helped her continue to run the farm.

She married Ron Curtiss in 1984 and moved to Albany where they lived until moving to the Craftsbury Community Care Center in 2015.

“Ruthie” or “Grammy” was well known and loved by so many. She grew up on the Houston family farm in Craftsbury where she raised her three boys, all while working hard to plant and preserve the garden, raise chickens and run a state approved in-home kindergarten, which she did from 1972 to 1978.

She shared her lifelong love of farming, cooking, preserving, sewing, and animals, including all wildlife, with her friends and family. Her stories of her early days include how her love of horses began at a young age when she would lead the horse that ran the hayfork that lifted hay from the wagon, into the hay barn.

In addition, she spoke of adventures of riding off on daylong pony rides with her friend Jerry Denton. Her stories also included her fishing outings, which she loved to do.

Mrs. Curtiss was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and the Horse and Buggy Club.

She leaves her husband, Ron Curtiss; three sons: James Jones and his wife, Annette, of Craftsbury, Tony Jones and former wife, Rebecca Tatel, of Craftsbury, and Andy Jones and his wife, Penny, of Elmore; six grandchildren: Nicole, Logan, Emily, Alysha, Kaitlyn, and Olivia; and two great-grandchildren: Adrienne and Lincoln. She also leaves two sisters: Shirley Benway of Hyde Park and Thelma Bloom and her husband, Richard, of East Brookfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Edward Jones; and her best friend Janet Nelson.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the United Church of Craftsbury, 7 Church Lane, Craftsbury Common.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or the United Church of Craftsbury, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or to a humane society of the donor’s choice.

Her smile, laugh, and love will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

 

Clemma Carolyn Davis Gebbie

Clemma Carolyn Davis Gebbie, 92, of Glover and Mansfield, Connecticut, died peacefully on July 13, 2017, in her beloved Shadow Lake home.

She was born on August 12, 1924, in Craftsbury, the daughter of Ellry and Mary Davis. She attended high school at Craftsbury Academy graduating in 1943. While at the academy she met her beloved Durward Gebbie. She enjoyed telling stories of her memories of Mr. Gebbie who would ski down the steep slopes of Ketchum Hill Road to visit her while they were dating in high school.

Mrs. Gebbie completed the nursing program at Barre City Hospital in Barre. She and Mr. Gebbie were married June 30, 1946, after he returned home from serving three years in North Africa with the Army Air Force.

They moved to Mansfield where Mrs. Gebbie worked as a registered nurse at Windham Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, Connecticut. She then worked at the Mansfield Training School, where she later retired after 25 years of service.

Mr. and Mrs. Gebbie worked full-time jobs, and sometimes multiple jobs, to make ends meet with a growing family. They enjoyed raising their children together, and instilled the value of hard work and the importance of family, which has stayed with them all to this day. She supported their children and provided endless rides to sporting events, concerts, and social functions, including taking time to be a Girl Scout leader in the late 1950s.

Mr. and Mrs. Gebbie moved back to Vermont in 1971 to purchase Lyndonville Hardware in Lyndonville. In 1975, they purchased St. Jay Hardware in St. Johnsbury.

Upon retirement, they became snowbirds and enjoyed Port St. Lucie, Florida, for the winters and Shadow Lake in the summers. She continued to stay busy and helped at the family hardware stores for many years.

She could never resist her favorite chocolates and always had a plate of homemade sweet treats for her many visitors. She enjoyed knitting special gifts for loved ones and had fun teaching her grandchildren to fish.

Survivors include her seven children: Darwin Gebbie and his wife, Priscilla, of Lebanon,

Connecticut, Donna Clauson and her husband, Jack, of Mansfield, John Gebbie of Waterford, Bradley Gebbie and his wife, Debbie, of Glover, Brenda Gebbie of Coventry, Connecticut, Carol Shepherd and her husband, Ron, of Grantham, New Hampshire, and Linda Johnson and her husband, Chris, of Palm City, Florida. She was loved by her 18 grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; friends Lillian Connolly and Gwen Maynard of the Northeast Kingdom, and Ron and Norma Gingras from Mansfield.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Durward; her sisters Gracie and Evelyn; and her grandson Gregory Gebbie.

Graveside services will be held at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road, on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glover Public Library at 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, to the Mansfield Public Library at 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center, Connecticut 06250, or to the Interfaith Sewing and Service Group, c/o Barbara Leary, 48 Doubleday Road, Columbia, Connecticut 06237.

To offer condolences go online at www.pearsonsfh.com.

 

Jay Walter Mead Jr.

Jay Walter Mead Jr., 84, of North Troy, died peacefully on June 5, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth Gibson (Clarke) Mead and Jay Walter Mead Sr. He grew up in Amherst and Orange, Massachusetts, until his junior year in high school when his parents moved to Cape Cod. He graduated as valedictorian from Orleans High School on Cape Cod in 1950.

In 1951, Mr. Mead went to work for Nickerson Lumber Company. He began stocking shelves and sweeping floors at the Wellfleet and Orleans stores. He eventually rose to become vice president of purchasing and sales, and worked there for 39 years until his retirement in 1990.

He and his brother David and friends would spend the summers waterskiing on Orleans Town Cove, Cape Cod Bay, and Great Pond in Eastham, Massachusetts, where in 1957 he met his future wife Camilla Due, who was vacationing from Fairmont, Minnesota. They were married May 3, 1959, and made their home in Eastham, on Beach Plum Lane, and in 1972 on Great Pond. In 1986, they bought the farm in North Troy, and ran a bed and breakfast out of their home on East Hill until 2007. They enjoyed transporting many Long Trail hikers over the years. In recent years he took up gardening and found that he really enjoyed getting out and making things bloom. His rhododendrons and azaleas are a sight to behold, and will continue his light for many years to come.

Mr. Mead and his family spent vacations and holidays at the family camp in Rangeley, Maine, where they enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, putting up wood for the winter, and puttering. The camp remains a special place with memories of dad.

He was a diehard Red Sox fan, classic car aficionado, and Lionel train enthusiast, with much time spent with his sons and grandson running the trains. He had a natural knowledge of photography and had his own photo shop for a time. His pleasure was that his daughter Robin followed in his footsteps in her photography career. Mr. Mead was a great listener, whether visiting with a friend or enjoying the instruments played by his children.

A problem solver, and as prepared and organized as they come, he had an uncanny ability to figure out almost any project — he had many of them — and passed this intelligence onto his children and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by Camilla, his wife of 58 years; and their children: Robin Leavitt and her husband, Jonathan, of Casco, Maine, Dorian and his wife, Tonya, of Sterling, Virginia, Courtney of North Troy, and Pollyanna of Mechanic Falls, Maine; four grandchildren: Sierra, Jeremy, and Neva Leavitt of Maine, and John C. Mead of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother David.

The children hosted “Remembering the Life of Jay Mead — Our Dad,” on July 9, at Rose Apple Acres Farm with many friends and relations in attendance from Cape Cod and Maine, as well as local friends.

The family asks people to please consider a donation in Mr. Mead’s name to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Mr. Mead donated his body to UVM Anatomical gift program at the College of Medicine in Burlington.

 

Marie Lucienne Spencer

Marie “Lucy” Lucienne Spencer, 88, of Coventry, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 11, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on May 18, 1929, in Claremont, New Hampshire, to Telesfore and Beatrice (Gagne) Sylvester. On November 20, 1965, she married Kirk Spencer, who survives her.

She worked at the former Frank’s Steakhouse in Newport, and at JCPenney in Middletown, Connecticut, as a buyer. She also worked at the Wonder store in Burlington. She owned and operated, along with her husband Kirk Spencer, Used Auto Parts in Coventry and Hebron, Connecticut.

She loved and adored her niece Barbara and her husband, Rick, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Kirk Spencer, of Coventry; by her niece Barbara DeVost and her husband, Rick, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Jessica Guyette and her husband, Jeff, of Coventry, Victor L. Carter II and his girlfriend, Carrie Lucas, of Coventry, Faith Therrien Carter of West Burke, and Albert Farley and his wife, Tamera, of North Troy; by her great-grandchildren: Emilee Guyette, Bailee Guyette, Amanda Johnson, Rusty Perry, and Skiler and Whyatt Farley; by four great-great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Cecile Vinci of Portland, Connecticut, Pauline Sylvester of Arizona, and Ora Crawford of Maine; by a special family: Bill Farley’s family of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She loved her pets: Angel, Princess, Frosty, Miles, Heidi, Ginger, Mercedes, and Lilly.

She was predeceased by her son Victor L. Carter; and by her siblings: Peter Sylvester, Joseph “Paul” Sylvester, Telesfore Sylvester, Anita Sylvester, and Juliet Sylvester.

A graveside service was held on July 15 at the Coventry Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries July 5, 2017

Carroll George Belanger

Carroll George Belanger, 89, of Lake City, Florida, and formerly of Orleans, died on November 20, 2016, at Haven Hospice of Lake City.

Mr. Belanger was born in Franklin on December 30, 1926. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater after graduating from high school. After returning from the Pacific Theater, he became owner of the Parkview Garage in Orleans. He moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 1963 and was employed by Sears and Roebuck for 19 years. Upon retirement, he moved to High Springs, Florida, and later to Lake City where he resided for over 20 years.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma Maryland Belanger, and his second wife, Gemma Ann Faust, of Orleans; by his parents, George and Vivian Belanger, of Enosburg Falls; and his sister Betty Carpenter, also of Enosburg Falls.

He is survived by his two sons: Larry Kent Belanger Sr. and his wife, Dawn Marie Belanger, of Lake City, and Randall Carroll Belanger and his wife, Elizabeth Belanger, of Hernando, Mississippi; by eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton on July 5. Services will also be held at The National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, July 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people please make a donation to a local Alzheimers Foundation.

 

Paul Henry

Paul Henry, 91, formerly of Barton and Orleans, died on February 16, 2017 in St. Cloud, Florida.

He was born on July 11, 1925, in North Fayston, the elder son of Harold and Mabel (Corliss) Henry.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, later retiring as a major in the Vermont National Guard.

He married Pauline E. (Mobus) Henry on March 24, 1946, who predeceased him in 2015.

He earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and did post-graduate work at Boston College. He was a lifetime educator and retired as superintendent of schools in Orleans in 1986.

He is survived by his brother Robert Henry of Polk City, Florida; and by his children: Richard Henry and his wife, Shonee, of San Diego, California, Tom Henry and his wife, Lynn Hornbein, of Eagle River, Arkansas, Dan Henry and his wife, Jackie, of Richford, Mary Guertin and her husband, Dale, of Richford, Elizabeth Hunt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and her husband, Robert Hunt, of West Glover, and Peter Henry and his wife, Kathy, of York, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one grandson.

A graveside service will take place at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans on Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

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

 

Hectorine C. Osborne

Hectorine C. “Heckie” Osborne, 83, formerly of Derby, died on June 28, 2017, in Burlington.

She was born on July 10, 1933, to Joseph and Rose (Chaloux) Greenwood. On September 8, 1976, she married Walter Osborne who predeceased her on January 16, 2009.

Mrs. Osborne was activities director for the Derby Green Nursing Home where she worked for ten years. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

She is survived by her children: Jean Paul Fournier and his wife, Debbie, of Derby, Maurice Fournier of Tucson, Arizona, Ann Marie Firky and her husband, Ron, of Bolton; and by her stepson David Osborne and his wife, Karen, of New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandson Joe Fournier and his wife, Callie; and by two great-grandchildren: Mason and Ivan Fournier; by her sister Jane Greenwood; and her daughter-in-law Joan Fournier.

She was predeceased by her sister Edna at the age of eight years.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on June 30. Interment followed at Derby Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sandra Poutre

Sandra Poutre, 68, of Newport Center, died on June 26, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after battling cancer.

She was born on April 26, 1949, in Newport, the daughter of Norine Bishop Royer of Coventry, who survives her, and the late Burton Royer.

On May 25, 1967, she married Phillip M. Poutre, who survives her. They just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this past May. For the most part their home was in Irasburg and Newport Center. They had one son Phillip Poutre Jr., of Barton, who survives her. She also leaves two grandsons: Jordan Poutre and his partner, Shelby Blake, of Irasburg, and Dylan Poutre of Barton.

Her son and grandsons were her life. Their happiness was very important to her. She fully supported her son in his life adventures and her grandsons in all their sports, academics, and hunting. It didn’t matter, she was always there. A new joy due to arrive in her life was her great-granddaughter, expected at the end of July. She was so excited and happy she was having a great-granddaughter after having the boys — a great-granddaughter she never had the opportunity to meet.

Mrs. Poutre was always dedicated to whatever she was involved in: whether it was being on the farm, as a nurse’s aide, teaching catechism, cooking at a diner, or working at Royer’s Service and Mini Mart. She was a hard worker and she cared deeply for what she did. She was a person the community loved and cherished.

Surviving siblings are: Kenneth Royer and his wife, Claire, of North Carolina, sister-in-law Heidi Beaton Royer of Hyde Park, Bev Hall and her husband, Kenneth, of Irasburg, Theresa Perrault and her husband, Bruno, of Newport Center, and Maryanne Royer and her partner, Roy Berry, of Coventry. She is also survived by in-laws Freddy Poutre and his wife, Patty, of Irasburg, Donald Poutre and his wife, Paulette, of Irasburg, Evelyn Guillette and her husband, Gary, of Irasburg, Dennis Poutre and his wife, Carol, of Irasburg, and Andre Poutre and his wife, Gail of Irasburg. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her deeply. She will be missed by special friends and employers Billy and Kathy Holbrook.

She was predeceased by her father Burton Royer; her brothers: Jared Whitcomb, Lawrence Royer, and James Royer; her mother-in-law Lucille Poutre; her father-in-law Maurice Poutre; and her brother-in-law Henry Poutre.

As per Mrs. Poutre’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or memorial service. She wished to be cremated and have her ashes dispersed over a place with a beautiful view, flying free. If she had one thought to others, it would be for everyone to move on in life, and cherish the ones they love. No one ever knows when their time is up.

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

 

Joanne M. Rathke

Joanne M. Rathke, 73, died on June 25, 2017, in Newport, in the presence of her closest family.

She was born on August 8, 1943, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Edmund and Johanna (Uitz) Rathke. She moved to Newport in 2008 to live near her family and was employed as a phone operator for RDI call center. She loved living in Vermont, and until her last conscious moments, she displayed thoughtfulness for others, gratitude for her life, and joy in the natural beauty around her.

She enjoyed craftwork, especially knitting and other fiber arts, and baking. She was known for baking delicious creations not only for family and friends but also for her car mechanic, her doctors, her handyman, and even strangers. Mrs. Rathke also had a very fine voice and loved to sing.

She is survived by her nieces: Tracey Durgan and her husband, Nick Vittum, of Montgomery, and Leslie Durgan of Loganville, Georgia. She is also survived by her great-niece Elizabeth Finnefrock; and her great-nephews: John Finnefrock, and Jason and Christopher Durgan of Georgia. She was also very fond of her work family at RDI.

She was predeceased by her sister Judith Rathke in 1976; and by her brother Edmund Rathke Jr. in 1999.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed at Montgomery Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maynard Eugene Rivers

Maynard Eugene Rivers, 67, of Island Pond, died at North Country Hospital on June 17, 2017.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Newport, a son of Edward and Ethel Rivers.

On September 5, 1970, he married Pamela Rivers, who survives him. He graduated from North Country Union High School in June 1970. He worked for the Canadian National Railroad and the Saint Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad. He retired with a disability in 2003.

He was predeceased by his parents; by two brothers: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and his niece Tracy Glasson.

He is survived by is wife of 46 years; his children: Todd Rivers and his future wife, Debbie, and Tammi Hedges and her husband, Brett; his sister Lorraine Glasson; and his brothers: Gary Rivers and his wife, Cheryl, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Amanda, Diana, Danielle, Terry, Nathan, and Kelly; by his grandchildren: Courtney, Cameron, Zachariah, Garett, Madison, Alexis, and Brooklyn; his step-grandchildren: Jasmine and her husband, Jadyn, and Kolton; and by his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Axel, Tallie, Dononinic, and the apple of his eye, Gracie.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Island Pond Cemetery on Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m.

 

Raymond C. St. Onge

Raymond C. St. Onge, 71 of Lowell, died on June 26, 2017, in Glover.

He was born on November 16, 1945 in Colchester, to Eli and Collette (Viens) St. Onge. On December 15, 1990, he married Verniece McElroy who survives him.

Mr. St. Onge was a forklift operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for many years. He was a member and former fire chief for the Lowell Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cooking outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Verniece St. Onge of Derby; by his children: Nicole St. Onge and her boyfriend, Richard Lepage Jr., of Barton, Cassandra St. Onge and her boyfriend, Dennis Fournier Jr., of Derby Line; and by his step-daughter Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; by his grandchildren: Sayg St. Onge, and Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin. He is also survived by his siblings: Donald St. Onge of North Troy, and Yvette Davignon and her husband, Larry, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 8, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, 2534 Route 100, Lowell, Vermont 05847. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Francis Hale Whitcomb

Francis “Whit” Hale Whitcomb, 94, of South Albany, died on June 21, 2017.

Son, brother, student, friend, soldier, educator, husband, father, uncle, politician, farmer, grandfather, great-grandfather, Mr. Whitcomb, otherwise known as “Whit” to family and friends, took his last peaceful breath surrounded by his beloved wife and children on the summer solstice at home on the family farm.

Born on March 4, 1923, in New York City to James and Josephine Whitcomb, he attended Hoosac School and Bard College earning a bachelor’s degree in education. In his lifelong pursuit of education, he went on to collect a master’s degree in education from The Putney Graduate School, and a master’s degree in conservation from the University of Michigan.

In between his education pursuits, he served his country in World War II. Stationed overseas with the Army Air Corps, later known as the Air Force, Mr. Whitcomb worked as an air traffic controller and assisted in construction of temporary airport infrastructure.

After the war, Mr. Whitcomb accepted a teaching position at the Hickory Ridge School in Putney. He taught there until it burned to the ground in the early 1950s. He then resumed his education and after earning his master’s degree, he accepted a teaching position at the North Country School in Lake Placid. It was there that he met his partner in life, Patricia Jane Hale. On December 19, 1953, they married. They celebrated 63 years of marriage this past December. In 1962, the Whitcombs moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, to teach history and English at the New Canaan Country Day School.

They returned to Putney in 1966, now with three little ones in tow: Marian, Jennifer and David.   It was at The Grammar School in Putney where Mr. Whitcomb not only continued to shape young minds in the classroom, but stepped forward to take on the role of headmaster of this progressive private elementary school until 1973.

It was the fall of that year that started Mr. Whitcomb’s hiatus from teaching. The family moved to South Albany to set up a small family farm. It was on this small homestead that a lifelong goal of owning a maple sugaring operation was realized. Armed with his University of Michigan’s master’s thesis topic on maple sugaring, and practical experience from operating and teaching this 300-year-old New England tradition during his days in Lake Placid, he embarked on cultivating the sugarwoods that were so abundant on that 350 acre haven they now called home. These “sugarwoods” reignited a passion for the industry’s history and provided a sugaring community that he immersed himself in.   He and his character-filled sugarhouse aged together, and he embraced this life on their family farm: hand tapping and hanging buckets on his majestic maples, gathering sap through knee deep snow, and boiling till dawn to make his “liquid gold.” The warmer months were dedicated to prepping for the next sugaring season, haying the fields for the various livestock that they had accumulated, and reaping the benefits of Mrs. Whitcomb’s glorious vegetable gardens.

In 1981, he returned to the classroom, accepting a position at Lake Region Union High School. It was perhaps his truest calling, his purest gift, developing and impacting young minds for the future. A 45-year educator of history, geography and English, he remained at Lake Region until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Whitcomb was also a passionate world traveler, experiencing the lands of Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland, France, India, Morocco, Egypt, and the entire United States. He was in his ninety-first year when the Grand Canyon spoke to him. Taking a side trip from visiting his sister in New Mexico, he was in awe of its vastness, as we now are in awe of his life.

He was immensely proud of his three children and their families. He was proud of who they are and the lives they were living. He also had the unique honor of being a very present force in his many grandchildren’s lives. He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia; as well as their children: Marian Guihan, along with her husband, Peter, and their two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, Jennifer Elliott and her husband, Clarke, and David Whitcomb and his wife, Kim, and their children: Christopher, Alex, Annalise, Kimberly, Taylor, and Grace. In 2002 he had the honor of becoming a great-grandfather to Christopher’s son Jayden.   Mr. Whitcomb also leaves nine nieces and nephews that treasured his presence in their lives.

Mr. Whitcomb was a very active member of his community. He ran for state representative for Orleans County at least eight times on the democratic ticket, each time edging closer to holding that coveted seat.

He was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, was chairman of the board of listers for the town of Albany, as well as town moderator. He was a justice of the peace, uniting many local couples in marriage who he remained in touch with. He was a member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau and past president of the Orleans County Maple Producers Association and a former director of the Orleans County Maple Sugar Makers Association.

Mr. Whitcomb’s passing has left a true void in his families’ lives as well as the many communities that he had resided and committed to throughout his life. He was an eternal optimist, a searcher of truth, and of tolerance. He had a never-ending curiosity and compassion for the lives around him, a thirst for knowledge, and was most joyous when he was in the presence of his family.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Josephine Whitcomb; an older brother David Whitcomb and his wife, Beatrice; and a younger sister Priscilla Ford and her husband, Benjamin.

In the days preceding his death, he was blessed with a constant community presence, his family at his side, and a nightly bourbon cocktail, or two.

A celebration of Mr. Whitcomb’s life will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend and share memories as he touched so many lives. There was nothing he loved more than a good party.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to consider making a contribution to either the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church or the Orleans County Maple Sugar Association.

The family also invites the public to share their memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Arden Ira Maurice Wright

Arden Ira Maurice Wright, 76, formerly of Bolton, Massachusetts, died on January 28, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.

He was born on July 4, 1940, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Lillian (LaBounty) Wright.

He enlisted in the United States Army on December 11, 1958, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He served for four years and was honorably discharged on March 2, 1962.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Janice M. Wright, of Marlborough, Massachusetts; and also by his son Steven A. Wright and his wife, Patricia (Smith) Wright, of Chester, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors presented by the Vermont Army National Guard and the American Legion.

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

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Obituaries June 28, 2017

Peter Fagan

Peter Fagan, 85, of Beebe Plain, died on June 23, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on January 18, 1932, in Brighton, Massachusetts, to the late Joseph P. Fagan and Rose (Loughman) Fagan.

Mr. Fagan served in the United States Coast Guard from 1949 to 1952 stationed in Cape May, New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts, and Greenland. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, completing basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in New York and later was stationed in California; Mississippi; New Mexico; Truro, Massachusetts; Thule, Greenland; and finally at Otis Air Force Base, in Massachusetts, where he served  until his retirement in 1969.

On September 21, 1956, he married Corwyn Lorimer. They were happily married for nearly 61 years.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Fagan worked as a security guard at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and at Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1973, Mr. Fagan moved with his family to Beebe Plain, and worked for five years at Sacred Heart High School in Newport. In 1979, he began working at North Country Union High School as a custodial manager until his retirement in 2004.

Mr. Fagan was a member of the Civil War Round Table, Gold Wing Road Riders Club, and a member of the Derby Community Church for the past 40 years, as well as a board member of the Derby Historical Society.

He was very interested in his genealogy and visited Ireland with his brother John twice, researching his family tree.

Mr. Fagan bought his first kayak in Old Town, Maine, and participated in his first whitewater race in 1978, winning a trophy as the oldest competitor when he was 46. He owned his first motorcycle in 1955 and owned many more throughout his life. His drove his motorcycle for the last time in 2016 at the age of 84.

He was an avid sports fan. He loved the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and especially the Boston Red Sox. He also loved bird watching, gardening, history, astrology, news, fishing, hunting, bowling, cooking for his family, and the men’s breakfast every Wednesday morning at the Derby Community Church. He was an avid reader of science and historic events. He was a wonderful dancer, and he and his wife were the first and last couple on the dance floor at every wedding and event with music.

He was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Papa. The love he had for his grandchildren will live deeply inside each one of them. He told many amazing stories of his life, and his adventures with his family and everyone he met. His stories will always be cherished. He was such a loving and selfless man, always willing to help others. He taught many life lessons from how to paddle a canoe to the importance of history. Family was always the most important thing in his life and during his last goodbyes to family members he shared how proud he was of them all.

Mr. Fagan was an inspiration to all his family. He taught them all to be lifelong learners, to admire nature, to help others in need, to enjoy travel, savor great food, and to always have a strong work ethic.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Corwyn Fagan; his canine companion, Buster; his daughters: Laurie Locke and her husband, Jeff, of East Albany, Mona Rapini and her husband, Mark, of Bellows Falls, and Melanie Farrow and her husband Mike, of Holland. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Rapini, Amanda Sargent, Nicholas Rapini, Shannon Hamblett, Iris Locke, Benjamin Farrow, Tristan Farrow; six great-grandchildren; as well as brother Paul Fagan and his wife, Lou; his brother-in-law Collyn Lorimer and his wife, Josie; his sister-in-law Leah Kittredge; and brother-in-law Bruce Lorimer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his great grandson Cole Rapini; brothers: Thomas Fagan and his wife, Barbara, John Fagan and his wife, Marguerite, Francis Fagan and his wife, Doris, Joseph Fagan, and Lawrence Fagan; and his sister Mary Cavicchi. He was also predeceased by his in-laws: Stella McCormick, Audrey Webb and her husband, Henry, Rodney Lorimer and his wife, Joanne, and Wendell Lorimer and his wife, Betty.

Friends may call on Friday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 1, at the Derby Community Church in Derby. Interment will follow at the Derby Center Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Historical Society, in care of Alan Yale, 913 Bridge Street, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Derby Community Church, in care of Michael Haddad, 3064 U.S. Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

Sidney Ames Huguenin Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Ames Huguenin, Jr., 90, of Brownington, died June 10, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Mr. Huguenin was born on April 23, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Sidney Ames Huguenin and Harriet Theodora Wanzer Huguenin. As the son of a Naval officer, he moved frequently and attended schools in Wilmette, Illinois, New Trier, Illinois, Chappaqua, New York, and Santa Cruz, California. In 1945, he graduated from high school and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. When World War II soon ended, he was mustered out and attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1949.

When the conflict in Korea began, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952. He fought in Korea as a tank platoon commander, receiving the Navy Commendation Medal with V device for valor. He spent the next 20 years as a career Marine officer serving in various capacities around the world. The last few years of his career were spent at the Pentagon and Headquarters Marine Corps.

He retired in 1971 and moved his family to Brownington, where he and his wife, Joan, became active in the community, serving on the local school board and the Old Stone House board. He also enjoyed skiing regularly at Jay Peak, as well as going to Tuckerman’s Ravine several times in the spring, walking up with skis on his back and skiing down treacherous terrain. Mr. Huguenin was an avid reader and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Doherty Huguenin; his daughter Bridget Theodora Huguenin of St. Albans; and, from his previous marriage to Katherine Kohler Huguenin, by his son Sidney A. Huguenin III and his wife, Mary Jo Huguenin, of Hagerstown, Maryland, his daughter Anne Wright Huguenin and her husband, Chuck Horne, of Atlanta, Georgia; his grandsons Sidney A. Huguenin IV and his wife, Lauren Wright Huguenin, of Hagerstown, Brian W. Huguenin and his fiancée, Vicki Donnick, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Nick Horne and his wife, Melissa Horne, of Atlanta; and great-grandson Charles Theodore Huguenin of Hagerstown.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters: Sarah Jean Huguenin, Virginia H. Carson, and Harriet H. MacDonald, and his son James Philip Bennett Huguenin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860. He did not wish to have a formal funeral, and the family will gather from around the country at a later date.

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

 

Linda Colleen Norris

Linda Colleen Norris, 70, died at the Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, on June 20, 2017, after a short illness.

She was born April 7, 1947, in Newport Center, the youngest daughter of Harold G. Norris and Doris (Bean) Norris.

She was a very cheerful, happy person who liked to help her family any time in any way. She will be buried beside her parents in the Newport Center Cemetery.

She is survived by her siblings: Kathryn Macie and Barbara Kimball, both of Coventry, Ferol Curtis and her husband, Donald, of Gilford, New Hampshire, and Brian Norris and his wife, Colette, of Newport Center; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers-in-law: Arland Macie and Raymond Kimball.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

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

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