Carol Ann Alexander
Carol Ann Alexander, 61, of Newport Center died suddenly on February 24, 2012, at her home in Newport Center.
She was born June 16, 1950, in Barton, the daughter of Wesley and Esther (Crawshaw) Lafoe. On May 31, 2008, she married John Alexander who survives her.
She graduated from Lake Region Union High School.
Mrs. Alexander was a wreath maker for many years. She enjoyed her trips to Connecticut, gardening, doing puzzles, canning and attending yard sales with her best friend, Sharon Crowe.
She is survived by her husband John Alexander of Newport Center; by her children: Gerri Hilliker and her husband, Adam, of Newport Center, Richard Whittier and his wife, Christine, of North Troy, and Travis Waterman and his companion, Laura Price, of Newport Center; by 17 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by her brothers: Ricky Gene Lafoe of North Troy, and Brian Craig Lafoe and his wife, Judy, of Orleans; by her stepchildren: Kimberly Cicio and her husband, Tim, of Coventry, John Alexander Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of Derby, and Laura Macken and her husband, Dan, of Vollentown, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Gary Lafoe, in 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 29, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Philip D. Demers
Philip D. Demers, 68, of Derby died suddenly on February 21, 2012, in Newport.
He was born January 23, 1944, in North Troy, a son of Paul and Norma (Thomas) Demers.
Mr. Demers was a truck driver for Pike Industries for 30 plus years.
In his earlier years, he worked on several farms and for the former Natole Motor Company. He enjoyed going to Short Stop for coffee with the boys and spending time with Alexis and Clarissa, his beloved grandchildren. He also liked to go bowling and he also plowed snow for Foster Whipple and several yards for himself.
Mr. Demers was a member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his children: Doug Demers and his wife, Johanna, and their children, Alexis and Clarissa of Westfield, and his stepdaughter, Tammy Gilfillan, and her husband, Ron, of Holland. He is also survived by his mother, Norma Demers of Newport Center; by his stepgrandchildren: Jordan, Courtney, and Crystal; by a great-grandson, Cedar; by his brothers and sisters: James Demers of Derby, John Demers and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center, Mark Demers of Newport Center, Gail Demers of Newport Center, Dorothy Hemingway of Wyoming, Susan Hansen and her husband, Reginald, of North Troy, Shirley Santaw and her husband, Alfred, of North Troy, and Mary Blake of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Paul Demers; and by his brothers: Robert and baby George.
Funeral services were held February 25 in Newport. Interment will take place in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Beverly May Scherber
Beverly May Scherber, 75, of Lyndonville died Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at home, surrounded by her children.
She loved sewing, crocheting, working and spending time with family and friends. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all.
She is survived by her sister Della Lafleur of West Burke; by her children: Pellegrino D’Auria and his wife, Pamela, of Jewett City, Connecticut, Michele D’Auria and his wife, Dena, of Jewett City, Alan Scherber and his wife, Cara, of Windham, New Hampshire, and Annie Scherber and her fiancé, Richard John Jr., of Danville. She is also survived by her many grandchildren: Vincenzo D’Auria Jr., Nikko D’Auria, Jessica Berry, Shane Greene, and Jeremy Greene of Vermont; Pellegrino D’Auria Jr., Michele D’Auria Jr., David D’Auria and Jessica D’Auria of Connecticut; Mia Scherber, Ava Scherber and Micah Scherber of New Hampshire; and Stephen Scherber, Meagan McDowell, Michael John and Devon John of Vermont. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins of Vermont and Connecticut. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Vincenzo J. D’Auria, in 2006.
A celebration of her life was held on February 25, in Lyndonville.
Memorial donations may be made to Caledonian Home Health Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.
Linda Marie Vezina
Linda Marie Vezina, 64, of Barton died Febuary 10, 2012, after a struggle with cancer.
She was born September 19, 1947, in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Catherine and Joseph Mascia of Waterbury.
Mrs. Vezina was a wonderful wife and mother. In 1983, She volunteered at Greenshire School in Cheshire, Connecticut, with children with special needs, then became a special education teacher for many years at Greenshire School. She then retired from the state of Connecticut and moved to her dream place, Vermont.
She then met her husband Romeo Vezina of Barton.
She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to feed her birds, nature, old books and reading.
She leaves behind her loving husband Romeo Vezina of Barton; and her five children and four grandchildren: Victoria Johnsbon of Woodbridge, Virginia, and her three children: Ashley Givens, Yasin Johnson, and Tianna Johnson; Richard Brochu of Waterbury; Donald Brochu of Walden; Theresa Bellerive and husband, Kevin, of Watertown, Connecticut; and Alice Magoon and her husband, Bob, of Walden and their son Corey. She also leaves behind her four stepchildren: Marie Breault of Glensfall, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Debbie Vezina of Irasburg, and Douglas Vezina of Derby.
A private ceremony is planned.
Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau
Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau, 84, died on February 13, 2012, in Lowell.
She was born July 23, 1927, in Parsonsfield, Maine, daughter of Noble J. and Ethel (Warner) Craft.
She was married to Archie E. Powers until his early death in 1985. Together they raised four children and enjoyed many grandchildren.
Later she married Richard J. Boudreau of Florida, who died in 2010. They had returned to Vermont in 2005 to be closer to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Over her lifetime she was involved in and interested in much, but she surely did shine as a teacher. After retirement, she put that same enthusiasm into genealogy and once again she helped others by researching endlessly. Her hard work is now housed in the historical society in Barre.
She is survived by her four adult children: Ethel Chase, Robert Powers, Eloise Vittum, and Nanette Bonneau, and by their spouses and children; and by her great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Noble Craft of California; by her half-sisters: Cynthia Smith and Ruth Craft; by her stepdaughters: Janine and Nicole of Maine, and their families; as well by her nieces and nephews, and Debra Lamphere and her husband, “Larz,” who cared for Mrs. Boudreau during her illness. She was predeceased by her parents; by her two husbands: Archie and Dick; by an infant son in 1947; by her half-brother Rudy Craft; and by her stepson Brian Boudreau.
To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell at the time of interment, which will be at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Mountain View Cemetery, as she stated often that the upkeep of headstones is vital to genealogical research. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Clifton R. Kennison Jr.
Clifton R. Kennison Jr., 82, of Westfield died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at his home, with several of his family members present.
He was born on December 28, 1929, in Westfield, a son of Clifton Sr. and Florence (Hackett) Kennison.
Mr. Kennison graduated from Newport Center High School in 1949. He married Erlah St. Onge, who survives him, on December 23, 1950.
Mr. Kennison was a past member of the Newport Elks and he was road commissioner for the town of Westfield for over 30 years until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and conversing with his many friends in the area and he always did so with his wonderful sense of humor. He was a man who liked his work both for the town and for his own construction business. He especially loved his family, their visits and the family gatherings at the pond.
He is survived by his wife Erlah Kennison of Westfield; by his children: Deborah Murphy and her husband, Michael, Dorothy Deslandes and her husband, Russell, and Larry Kennison; by his grandchildren: Tracy Roberts and her husband, Dennis, Kristy Ellis and her husband, Steve, Kate Murphy, Eric Kennison and his wife, Jess, Brad Kennison, Stacey Kennison, Nate Deslandes and his wife, Lisa, and Jamie Santaw and her husband, Mike; by his great-grandchildren: Miranda and Mariah Roberts, Manning and Zak Ellis, Kaiden Kennison, Adelle and Jacob Prue, Brianna, Emma, and Leah Deslandes, and Brooklyn and Destiny Santaw; as well by his brothers: Raymond Kennison of Lowville, New York, and Roger Kennison and his wife, Jeanine, of Troy.
A graveside service at the Westfield Cemetery will be held in the spring with the date and time to be announced.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence
Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence, 67, of Canton, New York, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, of heart failure, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on June 14, 1944, a daughter of Erwin H. and Ruth N. (Melander) Miller.
Her education began in Burnt Hills Elementary School in New York, and she graduated from Vestal Central High School in Vestal, New York, and received her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She worked for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and Utica, New York, and worked part-time for the village of Canton. She was a licensed private pilot and she had her New York State small water plant license for the Woodmere Community Water System.
Mrs. Lawrence married the love of her life, Kendall G. Lawrence of Albany, on September 16, 1972. Together they raised their incredible son Nathan and she deeply loved her daughter-in-law Sarah and beloved granddaughters Morgan and MacKenzie Lawrence. These have been the light of her life as devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She cherished living in Canton, New York, and raising her family in a community full of close friends with the same values and character that she held so dear. She loved her family, her wonderful dog, Dora Rose Lawrence, music, and she loved St. Lawrence hockey. She accompanied her husband to games, served at FFA fund-raisers, traveled on annual family vacations, hunting trips and to musical concerts. She treasured spending time with family and friends at their sugarhouse and at Black Lake.
Mrs. Lawrence is also survived by a sister, Shirley (Jeff) Riley; by a brother, Alan (Darlene) Miller; by her sisters-in-law: Lorraine (Mel) Barlow and Cindy (Gordon Lougee) Lawrence; by her cousins: David, Delia, Wendy, Dan and Mike; and by several beloved nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all.
A memorial service was held on February 18, in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to Canton Rescue, Canton United Methodist Church, or the American Heart Association.
Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux
Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux, formerly of East Charleston, died on February 13, 2012, after a long illness caused by cancer.
She was born in 1942, a daughter of Anatole and Rita Trudeau of East Charleston.
In her teenage years she worked at the East Charleston Country Store owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sloan, then went to work for several years at the Brown Company plant in North Stratford, New Hampshire. She married Jacques Marcoux in Derby Line. After her husband graduated in the pastoral field, they lived in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec.
She was a stay-at-home mom and is survived by her two children and her mother, Rita Trudeau, who is now 93 years old. She also has two brothers and five sisters all living in this country. She was predeceased by her father in 1990 and by a brother, John Paul, in 1956.
Funeral services will be held on February 25, at Église Le Portail in Laval, Quebec, at 3:30 p.m.
Evelyn M. McMahon
Evelyn M. McMahon, 78, of Orleans died on February 18, 2012, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born June 25, 1933, in Coventry, a daughter of Alfred and Catherine (Gauthier) LaCourse.
Mrs. McMahon was a housekeeper for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton from 1971 to 2004.
Her hobbies included doing jigsaw puzzles, game shows, and she enjoyed fishing as she had her own fish store in Orleans called Pets Plus. She loved her dog, Fiona. She was a former seamstress for Slalom Skiwear and other companies.
She is survived by her son Patrick LaCourse and his wife, Marlene, of Lyndonville, and her daughter Amy Girard of Orleans. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Katie Vezina of Lyndonville, Amanda Girard of Orleans, and Benjamin Roberts of Orleans; by her brother Donald LaCourse and his wife, June, of Orleans; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Elsinore Lanoue, and a brother, Norbert LaCourse.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 22, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, in care of Irene Lanoue, 23 Maple Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joey Rilley Robillard
Joey Rilley Robillard, beloved newborn son of Jacque and Kellie (Greer) Robillard of Brownington, died early on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in his parents’ arms at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born February 7, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Survivors include his parents and his sister, Cady of Brownington; his paternal grandparents: Paul and Darlene Robillard of Brownington; his maternal grandparents: Brian and Sandi Greer of East Burke; his paternal great-grandmother Gloria Robillard of Brownington; his maternal great-grandmothers: Virginia Greer of East Burke and Mona Blouin of Brownington; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.
A graveside service is planned for Thursday, May 3, at the Hillside Cemetery in West Burke.
Cards may be sent to Jacque and Kellie Robillard, P.O. Box 36, East Burke, Vermont 05832.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Development Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756. Please include in the memo: Neo Natal ICU Fund (4-22566).
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand, 89, of Stanton, Delaware, died on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
Mr. St. Amand was co-owner of M&J Television Service in Marshallton, Delaware, for 38 years, retiring in 1987. Earlier in his career he worked for the National Radio Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. St. Amand served in the Army with General Patton in Europe and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of St. Matthew’s R.C. Church. He enjoyed square dancing with Circle Four and X 10’s. Mr. Amand also enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include his children: Richard G. St. Amand of Elkton, Maryland, Doria B. Grimes of Annandale, Virginia, George O. St. Amand of Hockessin, Delaware, Emile R. St. Amand of Milltown, Delaware, and Luke H. St. Amand of Newark, Delaware; his brother John St. Amand of Inwood, New York; his sister Margaret LeBlanc of Newport; his grandchildren: Juliette, Louis, Nicole, Janet, Douglas, Bernie, Shawn, Erika and Heather; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. St. Amand was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Laura L. (Lanoue) St. Amand, in 2003; by his grandson, Scott St. Amand; and by his sisters: Angela St. Amand of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Rollande Messier and Theresa LeBlanc.
Funeral services were on February 18 in Wilmington, Delaware.
The family suggests contributions in his memory to be made to St. Matthew’s Church, 1 Fallon Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19804. To send an online condolence, visit www.nicholsgilmore.com.
Helene B. Thibault
Helene B. Thibault, 85, of Barton died on February 14, 2012, in Burlington.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Francois and Marguerite (Boucher) Bedard. On April 26, 1951, she married Rene E. Thibault who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Thibault lived in Barton for nearly 50 years. She took great pride in raising her children. Her favorite saying was, “It is not what you have but who you are.”
In her younger years, she was an avid downhill and cross-country skier. She loved to read, listen to music and do puzzles. She encouraged her children to participate in sports and further their education, which they did. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She also loved to chat with friends on her daily walks to the C&C Supermarket and the Post Office.
She is survived by her eight children and their spouses: Andree Hassell and her husband, Charles, of Ohio, Marguerite Samms of Newfoundland, Marc Thibault and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire, Charles Thibault and his wife, Claudette, of South Burlington, Michele Delisle and her husband, Tom, of Essex Junction, Elise Forgues and her husband, Roger, of Fairfax, John Thibault and his wife, Victoria, of Glover, and Catherine Cote and her husband, Craig, of Milton; by 19 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and by her brothers and sisters all of Canada: Charles Bedard, Jean Bedard and his wife, Florence, Madeleine Darche and her husband, Jacques, Cecile Nadeau and her husband, Edwin, Catherine Nadeau, Marcelle Bedard, and Michelle Dion and her husband, Roger. She was predeceased by her siblings: Anne, Pauline and Leon.
Funeral services were held on February 18, in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leo L. Barrett Jr.
Leo L. Barrett Jr., 83, of Derby died on February 8, 2012, in Newport.
Mr. Barrett was born on June 6, 1928, in Medford, Massachusetts,the son of Leo Sr. and Annie Irene (Roach) Barrett. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Corrie Barrett.
He resided in Gloucester, New Bedford, Milton and Newburyport, Massachusetts, and later in Wilmington, Deleware, before moving to Vermont. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Alaska. He was an ordained Episcopal priest for 25 years, serving churches in Massachusetts and Delaware.
In 1980, he moved to Vermont and owned the General Store of Barton. In 1983, he began working as an alcohol and drug counselor for Northeast Kingdom Human Services. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. He loved boating and working with wood.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Corrie, of Derby; by his children: Leo Barrett III of Delaware, Nancy Turner and her husband, David, of Delaware, Christopher Barrett and his wife, Betty, of Newport Center, and Jonathan Barrett and his wife, Grace, of Delaware; by his grandchildren: Natalie, Audrey, Beth Ann, Samantha , and Matthew; and by his great-grandson, Matthew. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Elizabeth Cope and her husband, Joel, of Brighton, and James Landolt and his wife, Bess, of Virginia; and by his stepgrandchildren: Alex, Sam, and Ben. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene I. Barrett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will take place in Acushnet Cemetery, Acushnet, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Northeast Kingdom Human Services, 154 Duchess Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Michalla “Micki” Bowen
Michalla “Micki” Bowen, 45, died on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with her family by her side.
She was born on March 8, 1966, in Newport, a daughter of Douglas Bowen and Sandra Rooney Bowen.
Ms. Bowen was a graduate of Peoples Academy. She worked for many years as a housekeeper at various resorts in the Stowe area. She enjoyed going to lawn sales and recently took up kayaking. She was very particular about keeping her home clean. Most of all she was dedicated to her family.
She is survived by her children: Scott A. Nelson and his fiancée, Tasha Lehouillier, of Hyde Park, and Hilary Braun of Morrisville; by her mother Sandra Bowen of Hyde Park; by her father and stepmother, Douglas Bowen and Ione Armstrong of Albany; by a sister, Penny Herman, and her husband, Michael, of Brownington; by her special grandmother, Josephine Bowen of Morrisville; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by a son, Corey Lee Nelson, in 1982.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 16, at 1 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn Street, in Morrisville. Interment will be in the spring in Coventry.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; or to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Marjorie Ella Noe Rossier Burdick, 93, of Orleans died on Monday, February 6, 2012, in Glover.
Born May 3, 1918, in North Derby (what is now East Main Street in Newport), she was the middle child of Henry and Lucinda (Kinney) Noe.
She attended schools in Orleans and decided not to attend high school, so her mother had her take the eighth grade over again, a common educational practice of the time.
Her first husband was Bernard L. Rossier Sr. He was hurt in a severe accident at the Anderson Manufacturing Company in Orleans, and was hospitalized for the rest of his life. She then married Willard “Gus” S. Burdick, who died February 12, 1984.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Burdick enjoyed various clubs and activities in and around Orleans. She belonged to the Pythians, the Christmas Club, the bowling league (winning many trophies), and she was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #23 in Orleans, a job she held a few times.
One of her most favorite activities was bingo. She enjoyed it and played the game all over Orleans County, as well as at the Union House in Glover.
Baptized an Episcopalian, Mrs. Burdick belonged to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, as well as Orleans Federated Church.
She is survived by her two sons: Everett “Nick” and his wife, Cora Ann, of Albany, and Lawrence and his wife, Gertrude, of Orleans; by her daughters-in-law: Eileen of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Susan of Brownington Center, and Tracey of Derby; by her 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, as well as by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and both of her husbands, she was predeceased by two daughters: Christine and Patricia; three sons: Bernard, Edwin, and Terrence “Terry”; two grandchildren, her big sister Dorothy, and her little sister Stella.
Funeral services were On February 11, in Orleans. Spring burial will be in the family lot at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to The Union House Nursing Home, care of the Activity Fund, Main Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Anita M. Hill
Anita M. Hill, 88, of Newport Center died on February 6, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on November 4, 1923, in Newport Center, a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Mason) Collins. On February 12, 1941, she married Clarence Hill who predeceased her in 2006.
Mrs. Hill retired in 1985 after working as a cook at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home for 19 years. Her hobbies included making quilts, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles, going to yard sales and caring for her Great Dane dogs, in the past, which she truly loved. She was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
She is survived by her two sons: Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell and Richard Hill and his wife, Claudette, of Newport Center; by her six grandchildren: Susan LeBlanc, Barbara Hill and her companion, Scott Gray, Lisa Pion and her husband, Frances, Mary Hill, Erin Oeschger and her husband, Scott, and Michael Hill; and by her 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence Hill, and by three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ruth Jackman, 85, of Lyndonville died on Monday, February 6, 2012, at her home in Lyndonville.
Born on June 10, 1926, in Sutton, she was the daughter of Clyde and Ruby Ethel (Davis) Jackman Bigelow.
Ms. Jackman graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1944. She was a school teacher for many years in Barton and Stowe. She knitted hats for the newborns at Copley Hospital for many years as well. She was a longtime member at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church.
She loved to make her own greeting cards, knit, scrapbook, go to the band concerts, read, play Yahtzee, put together puzzles and volunteer at her church. She also loved the trips that she made during the holidays to see her “adopted family.”
She leaves her “adopted family:” Mary and Michael Murray of Jericho, Brittany and Daniel Forthun and their son, Alex, of Essex, Eric Murray of Jericho, Michaela Murray of Jericho, Bruce and Ann Brooks of Navarre, Florida, Bob and Vicki Brooks of West Burke, Linda and Dick Brummel of Northfield, Illinois, and Raymond and Sigrid Brooks of Lyndonville. She also leaves her cousins: Lorraine and Joseph Millay of Springfield, Norma and Carl Hackett of Derby, Wayne and Fern Leland of Florida and Tillie Pierce of Massachusetts.
Funeral services were on February 11, in Lyndonville.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Lyndonville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 543, 100 Church Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Her online guestbook can be found at www.pearsonsfh.com.
Barbara Marsh, 80, of Orleans died on February 10, 2012, in her home.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Stanley Marsh, who died in 2007.
She is survived by her five daughters and one son, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She also has seven brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Marsh loved “mystery rides” and spending time with her family. She had a passion for life that was contagious to anyone who knew her.
At her request, there will be no services, but anyone who would like can honor her with a donation to their local animal shelter.
Dorothy A. Marsh
Dorothy A. Marsh, 92, of Winooski died on February 8, 2012, at her home in Winooski.
She was born October 3, 1919, in Unity, Maine, a daughter of George and Myrtle (Ward) Ashford. On October 5, 1945, she married Max Marsh who predeceased her in 1980.
Mrs. Marsh graduated from Unity High School in Unity in 1938. Her many hobbies included cooking, knitting, crocheting, working on puzzles and she was an avid cat lover.
She is survived by her son Leroy Marsh of Hendersonville, Tennessee; by her daughter Faye Brunelle and her husband, Stephen, of Huntington; by her two grandchildren: Adam of Hendersonville, and Max of Denver, Colorado; and by her nieces and nephew: Rae Rudisill of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Brian Clifford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Brenda Booton of Port Orange, Florida, and Rita Ashford of Maine. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Ashford; by two sisters: Louise Lufkin and Evelyn Clifford; and by her daughter-in-law Patricia Marsh.
Funeral services were held February 13, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Disabled Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marie B. McOsker
Marie B. McOsker, 95, of Derby, formerly of Portland, Maine, died on February 12, 2012, in Derby.
She was born on December 14, 1916, in Peabody, Massachusetts, a daughter of Arthur and Ella (Martin) Henshaw. On April 21, 1939, she married Leo F. McOsker who predeceased her.
She graduated from Saltonstall High School in Salem, Massachusetts. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, and gardening.
She is survived by her children: Nancy Fontaine and her husband, Luke, of Derby, and Robert McOsker and his wife, Hue, of Vienna, Virginia. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kevin, Coleen and Jennifer McOsker. She was predeceased by a son, William McOsker, and by two brothers: Arthur and Francis Henshaw.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Franz Austin Smith
Franz Austin Smith, formerly of Newport, died on February 10, 2012, at his home in Lyndonville, after battling cancer.
Son of Raymond and Anna (Franz) Smith, he was born on August 21, 1927. He served for his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946 and again from 1950 to 1953. Mr. Smith worked as a tradesman while attending college. He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959.
Following college, he worked as a school teacher from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Smith taught his students as he lived his life, humorsome, methodical and caring.
Besides college, his accomplishments included a lifelong membership in the American Legion, owning a garage and service station in Lyndonville, obtaining a license in real estate, acquiring a lifetime membership of the Vermont Vocational Teacher Association, and past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an active member of the Football Association, the Lions Club, and the NRA.
His pastimes included hunting, fishing, and boating. He enjoyed his time as a ski instructor, Vermont State Police Auxiliary Trooper, Orleans County Deputy Sheriff and member of the Newport Police Department.
Mr. Smith was an accomplished entrepreneur and a beloved family man.
He is survived by his loving companion of 22 years, Beverly Tripp; and by his family: his son William Smith, his daughter Jetta (Smith) Grant, his five granddaughters and his nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Jetta (Ramsey) Smith; by his daughter Toni Smith; and by two sisters: Vivian Monahan and Delores Towle.
Graveside services will be held in the spring, with notification with time at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.