Obituaries April 17, 2013

Robert Belida

Robert Belida

Robert C. Belida

Robert C. Belida, 65, of Jay died suddenly on April 6, 2013.

He was born on April 6, 1948, in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late Michael and Lorraine (Cockerline) Belida.  He was a graduate of Winchester High School and attended Tulane University.  He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard as well as a longtime member of the American Legion.

Mr. Belida worked as a self-employed electrical engineer and designer.  He was a co-founder and director of the Jay Athletic Association, and he was active with Little League coaching and umpiring while his children were involved, extending over ten years.  He was also district administrator for the Northeast region of Little League.

On July 4, 1976, he married Becky Mathieu.  A devoted husband of 36 years, father, and “Grampa,” he always found time to be with his family including attending sporting events that his children were involved in.  His love for his family and friends was apparent through his words and actions; he always spoke highly of his wife and children describing how proud he was of each of them.  He cherished the time he spent with his two grandchildren as they always brought a smile to his face and a joy to his heart.  He had a natural gift of interacting with children and could always make them laugh.  He was an avid Boston sports enthusiast and enjoyed spending time in the woods.

He is survived by his wife Becky Belida of Jay; his children:  Corey Belida and his wife, Erica, and their two children, Emerald and Ashton, of Fairfax, Kevin Belida and his wife, Rachel, of Portland, Oregon, and Nikki Belida of Fairfax; his brothers:  George Belida and his companion, Jonan Cacciola, of Woburn, Massachusetts, and Peter Belida and his companion, Geraldine Rossi, of Salem, Massachusetts; his mother-in-law Lorraine Mathieu of Williston; and by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Belida, and his wife, Pepper; and by a sister, Belinda Belida.

A private burial with family will be arranged at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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

 Rachel Lorraine Marcotte Bussiere 

Rachel Bussiere

Rachel Bussiere

Rachel Lorraine Marcotte Bussiere, 82, of Newport died on April 3, 2013, in Newport.

She was born November 7, 1930, in Magog, Quebec, a daughter of Jean and Malvina (Stebenne) Marcotte.

On July 22, 1947, she married Remi Bussiere, who predeceased her in 1997.

She was a strong woman who was a firm believer in God, human decency and love.  She raised us with morals, values and forgiveness.  She was a tower of strength both physically and mentally.  She instilled in us the power of our mind; she used to say, “you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.”  Her love for us was deep.  Her first grandson, Benjamin Bussiere, said it best:  “Grandma, you lived a full life.  You made me laugh all the time when I go to visit.  You also spoiled me like crazy.  Your love was warm and heartfelt even though I took it for granted.  I’m happy your suffering is over and you can be with Grandpa forever.  Rest in peace, Grandma.  You shall be missed forever.”

She is survived by her children:  Dennis Bussiere and his wife, Barbara, of Norwalk, Connecticut, Michael Bussiere and his wife, Ruth, of Norwalk, James Bussiere and his wife, Laura, of Norwalk, L.C. Bussiere of Newport, Remi Bussiere and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, and Paul Bussiere and his wife, Hope, of Newport.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Real Marcotte of Canada, Norman Marcotte of Florida, Ben Marcotte and his wife, Jeannine, of Magog, Quebec, Rita of Florida, and Claire of St. Johnsbury.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Adult Day Care in care of Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Annelies Champagne

Annelies Champagne

Annelies E. Champagne

Annelies E. Champagne of Newport Center died on April 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Dresden, Germany, on May 24, 1927.  On February 7, 1956, she married Lawrence (Larry) Champagne who survives her.  She graduated from high school in Germany.

Mrs. Champagne operated her own variety store on East Main Street in Newport for many years.  She loved all animals, enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, and her nickname was “Annie Oakley,” as she was a sharp shooter.  She was a member of the National Rifle Association.

She is survived by her husband Larry Champagne of Newport Center; her foster children:  Sheila Rice of Michigan, Louis Greene of Michigan, Stewart Greene of Troy, and Kenneth Greene of Wisconsin; and by ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, and a sister during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Newport Center, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.

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

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

Jeff Ricky Gerrow 

Jeff Gerrow

Jeff Gerrow

Jeff Ricky Gerrow, 46, of Holland died suddenly on April 9, 2013, at his home in Holland.

He was born on October 10, 1966, in Newport, a son of the late Morris and Barbara (Blanchard) Gerrow.  He was a farm worker for Brian Champney in Holland.  He loved farming, fishing, playing horseshoes and attending family gatherings.

He is survived by his daughter Hannah Gerrow of Newport; his son Jeffrey Gerrow of Brownington; his brothers:  Bill Gerrow of North Troy, Tim Gerrow and his wife, Laura, of Jay, and Bryan Gerrow of Coventry; his cousin Roland Blanchard who was looked upon as a brother; and by his half-brother Larry Lagrow and his wife, Sally, of Fairfax.  He is also survived by his nephews:  Corey French, Ricky Gerrow, Tucker Gerrow, Ethan Shepard, Mike Gerrow, Nicholas Gerrow, Jessie Gerrow and Logan Gerrow; a great-niece, Amelia French; and by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Paul Prince officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Laura Gerrow in trust for Hannah Gerrow, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jerry Henry Mason 

Jerry Mason

Jerry Mason

Jerry Henry Mason, 65, of Albany died on April 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 27, 1947, in Barton, a son of Richard and Lois (Larocke) Mason.  On September 2, 1965, he married Huguette (Yogi) Tanguay, who survives him.

Mr. Mason was a driver for Wilbert Vault Company in Hardwick for many years, and later worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 13 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodcrafts.

He is survived by his wife Huguette (Yogi) Mason of Albany; and by his children:  Richard Mason and his wife, Cindy, of Coventry, Susan Ewert and her husband, Darrel, of Lees Summit, Missouri, and Paul Mason of Albany.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Richard Mason Jr. of Newport, Elizabeth Behena and her husband, Evelio, of Charleston, Daniel Behena of Dickenson, Texas, and Nathan, Cynthia, and Sophia Behena all of Charleston; a sister, Sarah Donofrio and her husband, Larry, of Kentucky; a special aunt, Helen Stacy, of Albany; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Sam and Mike Mason.

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.

 Brian Scott McGivern 

Brian McGivern

Brian McGivern

Brian Scott McGivern, 48, of Newport died in Williston.  He was pronounced dead on April 10, 2013.

He was born on June 3, 1964, in Newport, beloved son of Robert McGivern and Nancy (Fairbrother) McGivern.

He is survived by his mother Nancy McGivern of Westfield; his father Robert McGivern and his wife, Christine, of Lyndonville; his brothers:  Eric McGivern of Newport and Keith McGivern of Derby; his sister Rosalie Putnam of Coolville, Ohio, his nephew Christopher Putnam; and by his niece Amanda Monahan.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

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

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

 Dorothy E. Metcalf

Dorothy Metcalf

Dorothy Metcalf

Dorothy E. Metcalf, 94, of Barton died on April 7, 2013, in Glover.

She was born on August 15, 1918, in Ticonderoga, New York, a daughter of Charles and Rose (Shelley) Varmette.  On February 14, 1935, she married Roy F. Metcalf of Irasburg, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Metcalf liked to travel and enjoyed visits with members of her family.  She also enjoyed outings with her friends.

She is survived by her son Donald W. Metcalf and his wife, Pauline, of Coventry, Connecticut; her daughter Janice Sanville and her husband, Dustin, of Irasburg and Daytona Beach, Florida; and by four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Irasburg Cemetery with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.

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

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

 Brooklyn E. Morale

Brooklyn E. Morale, beloved infant daughter of Kristen E. Pierce and Justin T. Morale, died on April 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 7, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents:  Kristen E. Pierce and Justin T. Morale; and by her sister Kallie Buck.  She is also survived by her maternal grandparents:  Tracy Davis Pierce and Carl Leroux, of Barton, and Ritchie Pierce and his fiancé, Sue Wilkins, of Barton; her paternal grandparents:  Kimiko Fitz and her fiancé, Todd Scelza, of Irasburg; her maternal great-grandparents:  Stanley and Beverly Davis of Derby; her paternal great-grandparents:  Gerald and Patricia Fitz of Lowell; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

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

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

Myrna R. Nadeau

Myrna R. Nadeau, 74, of Coventry died on April 11, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on September 14, 1938, in Newport Center, the daughter of Forrest and Lillian (Butler) Duckless.  On January 14, 1964, she married Charles H. Nadeau who survives her.

She was bookkeeper for Nadeau Auto Parts and Landfill.  She volunteered for many years for American Red Cross blood drives.  She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, doing puzzles, and traveling, especially to their home in Florida.  She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and Daughters of Isabella.  She loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her husband Charles H. Nadeau of Coventry; her children:  Kim Russell and her husband, Brian, of Derby, Christina Nadeau and her husband, Floyd Kelley, of Derby, and Kerry Keement and her husband, John, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  Douglas and Tracy Russell, Jennifer and Joshua Bowen, Jessica Pierpont and her husband, Ralph, and Ashley Keement; and by her great-grandchildren:  Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell, and Peyton Pierpont.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Harold Duckless and his wife, Lucille, of Newport Center, Robert Duckless of Brattleboro, and Elwood Duckless and his wife, Louise, of Newport Center; and by her brother-in-law Robert Nadeau and his wife, Priscilla, of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her infant daughter Tracy Ann Nadeau; her brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Louise Duckless; and by her sister-in-law Marilyn Duckless.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 Donald M. Funk 

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Donald M. Funk, who died on March 24, 2013, will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 12 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston.

Please come celebrate the life of a humble man who volunteered to help others throughout his life without any thought of himself.  Whether it was leading a Cub Scout pack, teaching guitar to whoever asked, fighting fires in his community, or his heroic saving of a two-year-old drowning victim, he never looked for praise.  He was also active with the Barre, Massachusetts, Rod and Gun Club, helping with the annual fishing derby, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas parties for the area children.  As part of the American Legion, he used his sound equipment for all their functions, making sure everything went off without a hitch.

Come share your stories of this funny, unassuming man.

 Richard V. “Dick” Swift 

Richard Swift

Richard Swift

Richard V. “Dick” Swift, 84, of Barre Town, died on April 4, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born to Ella (Richardson) Swift on February 13, 1929, in Worcester, Massachusetts.  At age five, and after her death, he was adopted by William and Ethel (Flanders) Swift.  He attended Matheson Elementary School in Barre and graduated from Thetford Academy in 1947.  Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving on the U.S.S. Macomb, minesweeping in the Mediterranean Sea.  After his discharge from the service in 1950, he attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, graduating in 1952.  While attending college, he was a member of Phi Theta Pi, an honorary business fraternity.

On April 26, 1952, he married the love of his life, Mabel Joyce Farnham, in Barre.  This made Mr. Swift a new member of the Farnham family.  He quickly became everyone’s favorite “Uncle Dick,” and many non-family members also knew him as “Uncle Dick” or “Swifty.”  Following their marriage, they lived in Springfield, Massassachusetts, Ware, Massachusetts, St. Johnsbury, and Littleton, New Hampshire (1954-1968), before moving to Barre Town in 1968.

In earlier years, he worked as a manager for the McClellan Retail Store in St. Johnsbury; as an insurance investigator for 21 years with the Retail Credit Co. and New York Life Insurance Co.; he owned and operated a bread business and a Thomas English Muffin sales route; was a school janitor at Spaulding High School in Barre; he served for many years as a senior enlisted man with the Vermont Army National Guard; he was employed by General Electric in Burlington; and he worked for Capitol Stationers in Barre.  In his late 60s, he became a substitute teacher at local schools.  At the age of 73, he became a full-time substitute teacher for Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, a job that he dearly loved.  He also was a part-time house painter.

While living in Littleton, he served as a Littleton park commissioner and was a member of the Littleton Lions Club where he had served as president.  After moving to Barre Town, he became a member of the Montpelier Lions Club and the Canadian Club and the American Legion Post #10, both of Barre.  He was also a member of the Democratic Party, Alcoholics Anonymous, where he was a sponsor and had reached 54 years of sobriety, the Sno-Bees, and he served as a commander in the Vermont Civil War Hemlocks group.

His interests were many and varied.  He enjoyed raising sheep and showing them at local fairs, fishing, hunting, skiing, and playing horseshoes and cards, which he took very seriously.  He liked to attend Thunder Road and enjoyed NASCAR racing, coaching and watching baseball, keeping the scoreboard for the American Legion Post #10 team, and calling bingo at the Canadian Club.  He had a deep love for children and took pleasure in playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season since 1967.  He really liked going to the Trow Hill Grocery Store for his coffee, ice cream floats and sharing jokes.  He was a passionate reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  He also was a poet who wrote many beautiful and touching poems.

All of his interests aside, his number one passion was his family.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  His favorite thing was to gather with everyone for a birthday or holiday.  His family was fortunate to be able to be all together with him for Easter dinner.  It was a bittersweet celebration.  A niece also had a star named after him.

As the family has been going through his pictures and newspaper clippings, it appears that he may have been photographed more times than Elvis.  He certainly had more “five minutes of fame” than anybody the family knew, including his appearance on WCAX television as a “Super Senior.”  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all of the students whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife Mabel Farnham Swift; his children:  Sarah Carlyle and her husband, Robert, Peter Swift, and Candace Stewart and her husband, Randy, all of Barre; his grandchildren:  Kerri Hull and her husband, Cary, Brian Allain and his companion, Julie Barclay, Joshua Stewart and Holly Stewart, all of Barre; his great-grandchildren:  Monica, Madelyn and Ava; a sister, Joyce Isham, of Barre; a sister-in-law, Susan Swift, of Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Devin Richard Swift; and by three brothers:  Dwight Swift, Ken Swift and Alan Swift.

A memorial service and life celebration was held on April 13 in Barre.  Interment will be in the Brook Haven Cemetery in Orange.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dick Swift Scholarship Fund, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, care of Principal Timothy Crowley, 70 Websterville Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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Obituaries: April 10, 2013

Irene Bond

Irene Bond

Irene Bond

 Irene Bond, 88, of Millerton, New York, formerly of Wingdale, New York, died on April 5, 2013, at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut.

Mrs. Bond was a therapy aide at Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale for 23 years, retiring in 1982.

Born on March 28, 1925, in Newport, she was a daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Olive Celia (Raymo) Bernard.  On December 7, 1974, in Dover Plains, New York, she married Richard Wilder Bond, who died on July 1, 2012.

Mrs. Bond was a great mother and grandmother and an avid bingo player.

She is survived by three sons:  Patrick Coburn and his wife, Angie, of Wingdale, Michael F. Coburn and his wife, Yvonne, of Millerton, and Kevin Coburn and his wife, Linda, of Wingdale; a daughter, Colleen Shepard, of Amenia, New York; a sister, Jeannette Royer of Irasburg; two step-sisters:  Laurette Touchton of Clearwater, Florida, and Harriet Trottier of Troy; eight grandchildren:  Donald Shepard Jr. and his fiancée, Shelly Boice, of Millerton, David, Dawn, and Kristine Shepard all of Amenia, Fred Coburn of Millerton, Mary Roepki and her husband, Sven, of New Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Drollette of Corinth, New York and Karen Coburn of Wingdale; and by 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Frederick W. Coburn; a brother, Edmund J. Bernard; her step-mother Elma Bernard; and by a brother-in-law, Emile Royer.

Funeral services were held on April 8 in Dover Plains.  Burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery in Dover Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

To send the family an online condolence, visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

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James T. Harty

James T. Harty Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) James T. Harty Jr., 79, of Newport died on March 30, 2013.

He was born in Bellows Falls on April 13, 1933, the son of James and Rosemary (Bixby) Harty.  Graduating from Bellows Falls High School as class president in 1951, he went on to Norwich University and served in the Army National Guard for 33 years.  He worked as a sales representative for Colgate Palmolive for 29 years and he also worked for New England Power, John Hancock, and he was co-owner of Thomas Denton and also co-owner of Illuminations by William Patrick.

Mr. Harty was a member of the Elks in Newport, an honorary member of the VFW, and he was in charge of the Color Guard.  He was also National Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division for five years.  He was the president of Tall Timbers Mobile Home Park Association.  He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing at area nursing homes, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the VFW.  He loved to support his sons-in-law and grandchildren at their sporting events.  In retirement, he traveled on cruises with his wife and spent several winters living in Florida.  In 2001, they treated their children and grandchildren to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, a cherished memory held by the entire family.  After his wife’s passing, he moved to Woodstock Terrace where he enjoyed the residents and staff who he often kidded and continued to entertain with his piano playing.

He is survived by his children:  Kathleen Rousselle and her husband, David, of Swanton, Terry Harty of Newport, Kim Pare and her husband, Paul, of Keene, New Hampshire, Mary Lou Harty of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Deborah DeLaBruere and her husband, David, of Newport, and William Harty of Quechee; his grandchildren:  Tim Rousselle, Morgan and Nicholas Pare, Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian DeLaBruere, and Bella and Kiersten Harty; and by his brothers:  Edward Harty and his wife, Lenore, of Bellows Falls, Robert Harty and his wife, Charlotte, of Florida, Bernard Harty of North Walpole, New Hampshire, and Maurice Harty and his wife, Diane, of North Walpole.

He is predeceased by his wife Patricia (Kiniry) Harty; his son Timothy Harty; and by his brother William Harty.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 6 in North Walpole.  Burial followed the service in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

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

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Daphne Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse, 86, of Newport died on April 5, 2013, due to complications following surgery.

She was born on August 14, 1926, in Salem Derby, the daughter of Ora and Nina (Leach) Blake.  She was married to Josh Hall and Asa Morse, who both predeceased her.

She loved her antiques, going to yard sales and haggling over prices, collecting coin banks of all shapes and sizes and different types of jewelry.  She worked at Frank’s Steak House Restaurant and the Royal Restaurant in Newport for many years.  She liked to travel, going to Ireland, Hawaii, and visiting her niece in Spain and Alaska.  She wintered in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she pursued her passion for antiques.

She is survived by her sons:  Arland Hall and his children:  True, Jade, Josh, Jordan, and Taylor, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Brea and her husband, Glen Hunter, of Anderson, South Carolina, Roland (Peanut) Hall and his wife, Brenda, and their son Roland Jr. of Glen Burnie, and Blake Hall of Newport and his son Blake Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland; her grandchildren:  Brian Hall of Scottsdale, and Linda (Hall) Majors of Newport; her niece Jane Kelley and her husband, David, of Derby Line; and her cousin Beatrice Blake of Barre, whom she was close to.  She left several great-grandchildren and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Terry Hall of Scottsdale, and his son Mark Hall of Newport; her sisters:  Edith Willey, Betty Collins, and Lela Fields; and by her brother Glendon Leach.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service at this time.

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

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Evelyn S. Page, 92, of Holland died on April 2, 2013.

She was born on June 9, 1920, in Holland, a daughter of Harry and Hazel (Pocock) Smith.  On June 12, 1948, she married Reginald Page, who predeceased her February 8, 2010.

Mrs. Page entered into the United States Coast Guard during World War II and held the rank of Yeoman 1st Class YIC.  She was the Holland Town Clerk for twenty-five years.

She was a member and treasurer of the Holland Historical Society, the Holland United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Newport.  She was the oldest resident of Holland.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Marcia Waterman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Holland United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Holland United Methodist Church, care of Laurie Gray, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Holland Historical Society, 120 School Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

John “Jack” P. St.Onge  

John St. Onge

John St. Onge

John “Jack” P. St.Onge, 57, died on March 31, 2013, in the comfort of his home and family.

Born in Newport on July 9, 1955, he was the son of Edith (Cameron) St.Onge and the late John C. St.Onge.  On December 2, 2010, he married Kimberly Peck in Wilder.  He was previously married to Patricia Campbell of Morrisville.

Mr. St.Onge was a 1973 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Newport.  He continued his education at the University of Vermont (UVM), graduating in 1977 with his bachelor of science degree in natural resources.  While attending UVM, he was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Following graduation, he was hired as the county executive director in Lamoille County by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), now renamed the Farm Service Agency.

In the 1990s, he became an expert in digital aerial photography and pioneered USDA’s computerized mapping of farms throughout Vermont and later established a New England digitized mapping center in Morrisville.  He became a leader in farmland and water quality conservation practices, assisting with the establishment of hundreds of acres of forestland management improvements and several miles of the first cropland-stream buffers constructed to protect Vermont waterways.  His career spanned nearly 35 years with USDA, which earned him appreciation and respect from farmers, foresters, landowners, and colleagues in Vermont.  He was honored to receive the Master Conservationist award from the Lamoille County Natural Resource Conservation District in 2012.

He was a lifetime member and former president of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club and the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club.  He was also a member of the National Association of County Office Employees.  An avid outdoorsman, his passions were hunting, fishing, hiking, vegetable gardening and maple sugaring.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife, Kimberly Peck of Waterbury Center; his mother Edith Hebard of Barton; his daughters:  Emilie Rich and her husband, Daniel, of Wolcott, and Andrea Miller and her husband, Patrick A. Miller, of South Burlington; his sister Jeanne Sicard and her husband, Rick, of Barton; his brother Steven Saint Onge of Fairfield; his father’s widow, Rita St.Onge, of Enosburg; as well as by nieces, a nephew, and extended family.

His courageous spirit and quiet dignity gave enormous strength to those around him.  His witty sense of humor and ability to offer honest advice and guidance to family and friends was a comfort that will be missed.

As spring approaches take a walk in the woods and as you breathe in the fresh air and scent of the newly sprouted leaves let his calm spirit fill your heart and fond memories bring a smile to your face.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge.

For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to The National Brain Tumor Society (www.braintumor.org) or the Ruffed Grouse Society (www.ruffedgrousesociety.org).

To send online condolences, visit www.perkinsparker.com.

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Harold Tardif

Harold A. Tardif, 81, of West Burke died suddenly on March 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Van Buren, Maine, on March 19, 1932, the son of James and Ida (Desjardins) Tardif.

On December 16, 1950, he married Martha Dufour.  They lived in Coventry, Connecticut, where Mr. Tardif started his own machine shop in Manchester.  In 1968, he moved his shop and equipment and joined Mardon Industries in Lyndon for a time before operating his own shop once again in Lyndonville and later in West Burke.  In the early 1970s, he sold his equipment to Vermont Tap and Die Co. and joined their team in Lyndonville and later retired from Northeast Tool Co. in Lyndonville.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, fishing, hunting in the U.S. and Canada, farming where he raised beef, pigs and had riding horses, and boating and fishing on area lakes.  He was a member of the West Burke Drift Skippers and in recent years he helped at the Riverside Life Enrichment Center in Lyndonville and the West Burke meal site.

Survivors include his four children:  Rena Eastman and her husband, Robert, of Lyndonville, Harold Tardif Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Clemmons, North Carolina, Laurie Maple and her husband, Tim, of West Charleston and Lisa Berry and her husband, John, of West Burke; eight grandchildren:  Aaron Carr and his wife, Chrissy, Chad Sterling, Maygan Holmes, Ashley and Kylie Maple, Justin Berry and his wife, Amanda, Michelle Corey and her husband, Travis, and Abigail Berry; his special companion, Theresa Stone, of Glover; his sister Bea McQuade of Pennsylvania; a sister in-law, Martha Tardif, of Long Island, New York; several brothers- and sisters-in-law from his wife’s family; and by many nieces and nephews including Charlie McQuade, who was like a son to Mr. Tardif.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Martha Tardif on September 1, 2004; his brother Ivan Tardif; and by his sister Dorilda Lister.

Funeral services were held April 6 in Lyndonville.  Burial in Hillside Cemetery in West Burke is planned for Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Burke Senior Meal Site Inc., 212 School Street, West Burke, Vermont 05871.

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Clair Umstead

Clair E. Umstead, 83, of Newport died on April 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in Royersford, Pennsylvania, a son of Joseph and Mary (Druckenmiller) Umstead.  On August 18, 1951, he married Evangeline Smith, who predeceased him on December 6, 2008.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1951 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, and then a master of divinity in 1954 from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  In 1961, he received a master’s degree in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He pastored and was minister of music at several churches throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England areas.  He was also a college music professor and taught trumpet at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed gardening, playing softball, arranging sacred music, pastoral care, hiking around his home in Charleston and Arizona and playing the trumpet.  He helped build the Knollwood Church of the Nazarene in Dayton, Ohio, and Royersford Church of the Nazarene in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his children:  Craig Umstead and his wife, Maveret, of Augusta, New York, Joseph Umstead and his wife, Diane, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Carol Umstead of Newport, and Jonathan Umstead and his wife, Cathie, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren:  Ben Umstead, Erin Umstead, Josh, Leah, Seth, Rachel, and Timothy Umstead; and by a great-grandchild, Aiden.  He is also survived by a sister, Grace Detwiler, and her husband, Charles, of Spring City, Pennsylvania; his nephews:  Larry Detwiler and his wife, Cathy, of Pennsylvania, Mark Detwiler and his wife, Janet, of Pennsylvania, Tim Detwiler and his wife, Cindy, of Pennsylvania; his niece Beth Coudriet of Spring City; and by numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on April 6, in Royersford.  Interment followed in Fernwood Cemetery in Royersford.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Sun Valley Indian School, 8450 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Arizona 86029.

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

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Obituaries April 3, 2013

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Pauline Converse

Pauline D. Converse

Pauline D. Converse, 83, of Newport died on March 27, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1929, in Claremont, New Hampshire, a daughter of David and Ruth (Martin) Donaldson.  On May 27, 1951, she married Mack Converse, who predeceased her on April 21, 2004.

She was a member of the United Church of Newport and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, where she volunteered and was co-chairman for ten years.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, playing bingo, knitting, family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren, the loves of her life.

She is survived by her children:  Sandra Wing and her husband, David, of Essex Junction, and David Converse and his wife, Kathy, of Derby; and by her grandchildren:  Kelli Converse and her companion, David McKinnon, of Newbury, New Hampshire, Kristin Wright and her husband, Mike, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Hazen Converse and his wife, Holly, of Thetford, Emily Wing of Colchester, Derek Wing of North Troy, Austin Wright of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Harlow Converse of Thetford.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Betty Donaldson of Florida, and Margie Donaldson of California; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  David and Harvey Donaldson; and by her sisters:  Jeannette Miller and Arlene Foster.

Funeral services were held on March 30 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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

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

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Rosalyn V. Cook

Rosalyn V. Cook, 59, of Newport died on March 26, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on March 28, 1953, in Newport, a daughter of Leon and Lorraine (Gray) Gage.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed keeping in touch with friends from Texas, caring for animals, sewing, and knitting.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Lancaster and her husband, Royce, of Newport; her son Cory Spaulding and his wife, Nancy, of Derby; her grandchildren:  Hannah, Mallory, Royce Jr., Alex, Kamryn, Jordan, and Tara; her mother Lorraine and Herbert Blake of Newport; her brothers and sisters:  Harold Gage and his wife, Jocelyn, of Derby, Larry Gage and his wife, Pauline, of Derby, Lisa Desroches and her husband, Alan, of Coventry, and Donna Laplume and her companion, Joe, of Newport Center; her nieces and nephews; her stepsister Linda Hahn; and by her stepbrother Bobby Blake.

She was predeceased by her father Leon Gage.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John Curtis

John Curtis

John Walter Curtis

John Walter Curtis, 84, of Brownington died on March 30, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

His family stood by him throughout his battle, and they were at his side as he headed out on his journey to join his beloved wife, Ruth, who died on October 11, 1998, and his son Lee, who died on August 29, 2004, and his son Robin, who died at birth.

A child of the Great Depression, he was born on August 4, 1928, in Derby, to Lee and Margaret Thelma Curtis.

He was a logger, a carpenter, a hunter and a fisherman — an all-around outdoorsman.  He found his greatest joy in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Blessed with a true Vermont wit and a twinkle in his eye, he loved spending time with his family, telling stories and creating memories.  He continued to laugh with them in his final days as they reminisced about some of their escapades they pulled throughout the years, and there certainly were many of them.

Mr. Curtis served in the Army during the Korean War.  Once his tour of duty was up he high-tailed it back to the land he loved, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  He married his wife, Ruth (Barrup) Curtis, on March 27, 1954.  He never stopped missing her after she died almost 15 years ago.

While some people yearn for retirement, Mr. Curtis had no desire to retire.  Even when battling cancer, he’d try to get out to the logging operations as often as he could.  A big deer hunter all of his life, he bagged his last buck, an eight-pointer, in November.

There is no doubt that he will be missed by many people, but he will live on in our memories and in his family.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and their families:  Benny and Karol Curtis of Brownington, and their children:  Cory and his wife, Ryan-Anne Curtis, and Casey and her husband, Andy Rowell; Lyle and Becky Curtis of Newport Center, and their children:  Kelly and her husband, Josh Randall, Karissa and her husband, Chris Vinal, and Marissa; and Penny and Scott Wheeler of Derby, and their children:  Curtis and his fiancée, Gabrielle, Nicholas and his girlfriend, Abigail, and Emily.  He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, along with their spouses:  Dallas and Betty Curtis of Alabama, June Williams of New York, Dick and Anna Curtis of New York and Vermont, Margaret and Donald Plantier of New York, Robert and Gerri Curtis of Florida, and Sherrill and Judy Curtis of New York.  He is also survived by a special friend, Billy Dyer, and his family, of Massachusetts; Mr. Curtis thought of Billy as a son.  He took it as a mission to attempt to transform Billy from a city boy into a Vermont country boy.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, with the Reverends Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating.  Friends may also call at the funeral home on April 5, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

People wishing to donate in his name may either contribute to the United Church of Derby at P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Dr. Leslie C. Lockridge Cancer Caring Fund at P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Janet DeWitt

 Janet Taplin DeWitt

Janet Taplin DeWitt, 57, died on March 26, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Healthcare in Burlington, with her loving family by her side, after a three-year battle with cancer.

She was born on October 21, 1955, in Newport, the daughter of Robert and Marilyn Taplin.  She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1973 and attended Champlain College.

She found it a true honor to work for United States Senator Robert T. Stafford from 1978 until 1986, both on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and in his Vermont office in Burlington.  She then worked for Governor Richard Snelling on his U.S. Senate Campaign in 1986.  She also worked as an administrative assistant to Elbert “Al” Moulton when he was secretary of the Vermont Agency of Development and Community Affairs.

She was very fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom for several years after the birth of her second child.  She spent many days volunteering her time at Rick Marcotte Central School both in the classroom, on field trips, fund-raising, for book fairs and for many other activities.  When both children were in middle school, she returned to work.  She worked for five years for Dr. Wendy Everhart and Dr. Audra Pinto in their dental practice in South Burlington until her illness prevented her from continuing.

Her life was centered on her family and friends.  She and her partner, Bob, enjoyed spending weekends together in their yard, listening to music and talking for hours.  She enjoyed weekly Sunday night dinners with her family, summer trips to Peaks Island, Maine, bike riding and shopping trips with Katie and Emmy.  She also enjoyed yearly camping with friends Pat, Jeanne and Denise, and time spent with friends Cindy, Holly and Sue.

She is survived by her loving and supportive partner of 22 years, Bob Lafont; her daughters:  Katherine “Katie” DeWitt, and Emily “Emmy” DeWitt and her fiancé, Nick Fredette, all of Burlington; her stepson Jason Lafont and his fiancée, Michelle, and their son, Jackson, of Barton; her mother Marilyn Taplin, her brother Brian Taplin, and her sister-in-law Kathy Taplin, all of Derby; and by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Peter Dewitt of Maine; and by her sister-in-law Sarah DeWitt of Virginia.  Also important in her life, was Bob’s family:  Richard and Rachel Lafont, and Raymond and Jean Lafont, of West Glover; Ken and Marcia Therrien of East Burke; and Randy and Margaret Viens of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandparents; her father Robert Taplin; her brother David Taplin; her stepson Robin Lafont; and by her sister-in-law Donna DeWitt.

A memorial service was held on March 30 in Burlington.

Per her wishes, a springtime interment will take place in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the Breast Care Center, Medical Center Campus, Main Pavilion, Level 2, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

To send online condolences to the family, visit www.readyfuneral.com.

Marguerite Bean Fiske

Marguerite Bean Fiske

 Marguerite B. Fiske

Marguerite Bean Fiske, 97, of Dover, New Hampshire, died on March 24, 2013, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

She was born in Glover on March 4, 1916, the youngest child of the late Samuel and Mamie (Hall) Bean.

A deep believer in education, she started school at the age of five on her own and her mother didn’t find out until three weeks later when the teacher complimented her mom about how well she was doing in school.

She graduated from the University of Vermont and taught grade school for four years.  In 1939, she married Lloyd W. Fiske, a dashing barnstorming pilot.  They raised four children.  Mrs. Fiske was a plane spotter during World War Two, a den mother until her first Cub Scouts graduated from high school, a Sunday school teacher, and she served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hampton Falls.

She helped form the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL), served many years for the FISH organization and was active in the communities she resided in.  Most recently, she was a resident of Saint Ann’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover.  She also had lived in North Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Salisbury, all in New Hampshire; and Zephyrhills, Florida, and Burlington.

She had a light touch with people’s feelings and with pastry.  She was widely read, the family touchstone, was a tour guide in Zephyrhills, and was an elegant hostess for her sumptuous family meals.

Family members include her daughter Sherril Driscoll and her husband, Steven, of Hampton; two sons:  Dana Fiske and his wife, Nancy, of Dover, and Eric Fiske and his wife, Nancy, of Bow, New Hampshire; and 33 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd in 2001; and by her son Peter in 1970.

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Donald Funk

 Donald Malcolm Funk

Donald Malcolm Funk, 71, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2013, in his home.

He was born in Catskill, New York, on March 26, 1941.

He lived and worked in Massachusetts most of his life.  For a while, he worked for a carnival driving a motorcycle in the “sphere death” and ran stock cars for fun.  He joined the U.S. Navy in the 1960s and was honorably discharged in 1969.  He loved music from the 1950s, westerns, and action movies.  He played guitar and sang with friends at parties and small events.  His mother- and father-in-law, Frenchie and Rhoda Bedard, owned a cottage on Echo Lake, and this is how he found the place to which he wanted to retire.

He and his wife, Wendy, moved to Vermont in 2004, where he met some great friends.  He met his friend Ted Taft and started working for him during chopping season.  He worked for Mr. Taft for many years.  He joined the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department in 2004 and found his “niche.”  He lived and breathed for the action and camaraderie that it brought.  He became especially close to the fire chief, Duane Moulton, and his family.  They basically adopted him into their family.  They were very special to him.  Not a day went by that the Moulton family wasn’t mentioned.  Mr. Funk looked forward to card night at Kenny and Linda Jillsons’ camp on Saturday nights.  There was always a lot of laughter and hi-jinx.

He leaves his loving wife of 24 years, Wendy; his daughter Tara LaTraverse; and his grandchildren:  Garrett Michael, Cambre Danielle, and Jaqueline Sofia Colon, all of whom he thought the world of.  He also leaves his children from previous marriages:  Charleen Funk Sheets of Texas, and her four sons, and Tyson Funk of Westboro, Massachusetts.  He also leaves his sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Sandra Hodges of Derby, Leon Bedard of Brownington, Ethelinda “Nina” Thomas of Holden, Massachusetts, Edmond Bedard and his wife, Kaye, of Newport, and Rhoda Battey of Bolton, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donald, you are missed already, but I know you are not alone.  You were loved even when there was only silence.

There will be a memorial service held in Charleston in the near future.  Notification will be sent out.

In lieu of flowers, he would have liked contributions made to the Charleston Fire Department.

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

Reed J. Lagasse

Reed J. Lagasse, 72, of Derby died on March 10, 2013, at Mary Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He leaves a brother, Percy Lagasse; and his sisters:  Irene Riendeau, Ernestine St. Jarre, Jacqueline Frugale, Theresa Dumond, Bernice Deschaine, Verna Leblanc, and Omerine Clavette.

He was predeceased by a bother, Wilfred Lagasse.

Burial will be at the family’s convenience.

 Esther M. Lamothe

Esther M. Lamothe, 89, died peacefully on March 27, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Derby, the daughter of the late Tom and Minnie (Shannon) Powers.  She attended Derby schools and graduated from Derby Academy in 1942.  After graduation, she worked for five years as assistant manager at the Endicott Shoe Store in Newport.

On June 24, 1946, she married Rudy Lamothe, who predeceased her in 1995.  They lived their whole married life in Derby, where they owned and operated a television sales and service business.

She is survived by two daughters:  Sue Pulver and her husband, Pete, of Newport, and Gail Barry and her husband, Kyle, of Derby; a brother, Gerald, of East Hampton, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda, in 1995; by a son, Jim, in 1993; by her sister Phyllis; and by a brother, Dale.

In respect of her wishes, there will be no calling hours.  Committal services will be held on May 3, at 3 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. 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.com.

 Nancy Lee (Durgin) Mathieu

Nancy Lee (Durgin) Mathieu, 76, of Coventry died on March 28, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on April 17, 1936, in Westmore, a daughter of Earl and Marion (Moulton) Durgin.  On August 4, 1956, she married Andre Mathieu.  They were married 49 years when he predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

Mrs. Mathieu was a past Boy and Girl Scout leader and a past member as a parent advocate with family in the court system.  She was a kindergarten through first grade teacher for Kinder School in Newport Center.  She also worked in the sewing industry for 35 years for Slalom, Sel Bar and Bogner, and she was past president of NEKCA for low-income groups.

She enjoyed camping with her husband, flower gardening, she was an avid reader, and she especially loved her pugs, Shellie and Hope.  She loved being with the family at many gatherings held throughout the years.

She is survived by her children:  Marion Robillard and her husband, Real, of Brunswick, Georgia, Rose Royer and her husband, Danny, of Newport Center, Tina Matten and her husband, Allen, of Newport Center, Andre Mathieu and his wife, Laurie, of Derby, and Philip Mathieu Sr. and his wife, Sylvie, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  David and Tracy Robillard, Megan and Joel Brown, Rachel and Greg Allen, AJ and Courtney Staples, Robert and Chelsea Staples, Jarid and Noah Mathieu, Philip Mathieu Jr. and his fiancée, Brittany Eldred, Nathan and Erin Mathieu, Abbie Matten, Tabitha and Brian Jones, and Devin Matten; her great-grandchildren:  Hailey Wegner, Yvon Robillard, Evan Mathieu, Benjamin Jones, and Tristan Desroches; her siblings:  Rachel Williams and her husband, Ronald, of Florida, Raymond Durgin of West Charleston, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg,  Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg, Dorothy Mason of Albany, Marjorie Annis of West Charleston, and Joyce Little and her husband, Rudy, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Charity Staples; and by her siblings:  Durward Durgin, Doris Haddock and Norma Mathieu.

Funeral services will be held on April 3, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will take place on May 6, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Service:  Tammy Jean Simpson

A celebration of the life of Tammy Jean Simpson of Newport will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Coventry Community Center with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Following the service, there will be a potluck dinner and dishes are welcome.

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Arline Waldron

Arline F. Waldron, 91, of Barton died on March 28, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 20, 1922, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a daughter of Omar and Lena (Prescott) Bryant.  On January 13, 1947, she married Ralph W. Waldron, who predeceased her on April 1, 2004.

When she lived in Haverhill, she was a teller for the Haverhill Bank.  She was a receptionist at Ophthalmology Associates in St. Johnsbury from 1980 until 1995.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed knitting, rug hooking, and spending time with her family and granddaughters.  She was a people person and loved to talk to people.  She also enjoyed traveling to Pennsylvania to visit the Amish Country.

She is survived by her children:  Donald Waldron of Helena, Montana, and Valerie Barczak and her husband, Michael, of Haverhill; and by her grandchildren:  Michaela Barczak of Haverhill, and Amanda Waldron of Bozeman, Montana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Barton United Church, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Interment will take place on Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m., at the Elmwood Cemetery in Bradford, Massachusetts.

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

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Obituaries March 27, 2013

Gertrude Austin

Gertrude Austin

Gertrude Austin

Gertrude Bessie (Randall) Austin, formerly of East Haven, died at Maple Lane Nursing Home on March 24, 2013.

She was born on October 13, 1918, in East St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Lelia (Dunn) and George Randall.

In 1940, she married Trueman “Vern” Austin who predeceased her in 1994.  They had four children who all survived them.

She was brought up by her maternal grandparents in Victory.  Those years were very special to her and she had many good memories she loved to share with her family.  She loved horses and working outdoors.  She had a horse a good share of her life and was proud to be able to ride a horse on her eighty-seventh birthday.

She did a lot of sewing, which included wedding dresses and handiwork, which included knitting, crocheting and tatting.  In later years, she did a lot of beautiful artwork with plastic canvas.  She also loved to read, write and work in her flower gardens.

She loved when her grandchildren came to visit and filled them with her stories and homemade goodies.  She also loved music and played both the piano and guitar.  She played the organ for the East Haven Church for many years.

She spent many years living in East Haven but in later years lived with both her daughter Carol and daughter Irene.  Just the last two-plus years she needed more care and moved into Maple Lane where she received great and loving care by their staff.  The family appreciates very much all they did for her to make her last time with us comfortable.  She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son Truman “Eugene” Austin and his wife, Anita; her daughters:  Irene Badger and her husband, John, Gail Ruggles and her husband, George “Punk,” and Carol Brisson and her husband, David; eight grandchildren:  Pamela, Stephen, Jennifer, Larry, Toni, Lonny, George, and Nichole; several step-grandchildren:  John, Debbie, Diane, Steve, Jackie, Dave, Stacey and Dan; her great grandchildren; her great-great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Bernice Austin and Elaine Deth; her sister-in-law Cora Eddy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Vern on March 12, 1994; her parents; her sisters:  Ramona Drown and Nessa Smith; her brothers:  “Tom” Smith and Reginald Smith; an infant granddaughter; and by her granddaughter Tina Ruggles.

Visiting hours will be held in Lyndonville on Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held in East St. Johnsbury, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Third Congregational Church, with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating.

Contributions made in her memory may be directed to The Employee Activity Fund, Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

Beverly Ballard

Beverly Ballard

Beverly Ballard

Beverly Ballard, 60, died on March 20, 2013.

She was born on December 22, 1952, in Presque Isle, Maine, daughter of Frederick McIsaac and Dorothy McIsaac Saucier.

She was a graduate of Caribou High School, Class of 1971.  She then went on to earn a degree as a registered nurse from Northern Maine Technical College.

She lived in Irasburg on Burton Hill Road for about 12 year, starting in the early 1990s.

She loved life outdoors:  snowshoeing, fishing and kayaking.  Her favorite saying rain, snow or sunshine, was “Isn’t it a beautiful day?”

She is survived by her mother Dorothy of Caribou; and by two children:  Allen Ballard and his significant other, Lindsey Singley, and Abigail Singley of Clermont, Florida; and Katie Ballard and her significant other, John Willard, of Flint Hill, Virginia.  She also leaves behind a brother, Skip McIsaac, and his wife, Brenda, of Plant City, Florida; and a sister, April McIsaac of Caribou.

She was predeceased by her father Frederick McIsaac; and by her sister Althea Despres.

William F. Clark

William Clark

William Clark

William F. (Bill) Clark, of Hingham, Massachusetts, and formerly of Jay, died peacefully on March 19, 2013, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to William H. and Evelyn A. Clark in 1926 as a second generation Scot.  Ever the prankster, he grew up in Winthrop busy with sailing, hockey, baseball, and playing the coronet for the Salvation Army Band.

Sailing since the age of four in Hustlers, Thistles, Indians, Stars, 505s and finally in his favorite 210s, he won several national championships and traveled about the country to race.  Once “retired” at 75 from the rigors of competitive sailing, he set course and worked the starting gun for the Hingham Yacht Club Race Committee for several more years.  He was recognized in 2011 by the 210 Association with the 2010 Corinthian Spirit of Sailing Award for his lifetime of work for the group.  His love of sailing is carried forward today by his children and grandchildren.

Schooled in Winthrop and the Mount Herman Prep School, he went to Bowdoin College playing baseball and hockey and he earned the nickname “Muscles” for playing the coronet while doing chin-ups.  Once of age to serve, he interrupted his studies and entered the Army Air Corp as a B24 gunner and entertained the troops, traveling to play baseball at U.S. bases.  He graduated with the Bowdoin Class of 1947, and worked for Graybar Electric Company, retiring after 44 years as regional manager of the Summerville office in 1990.

Ever the athlete, he picked up skiing late to keep up with his children.  Being thrifty, he joined the Pinnacle Mountain Ski Patrol in Randolph, often the only patroller on the hill during busy vacation weeks.  He skied in Europe with the patrol and through the years gamely kept up with his children skiing the deep powder of the West as well as the Eastern hardpack and ice.  He continued skiing at Jay Peak well into his retirement.

He was especially fortunate with his family.  He married Alice O’Barr in 1951 and taught their children the love of sailing, bagpipes and his Scottish thrift of leaving no penny unpinched.  Three years after Mary Alice’s death, he fell in love with Beth Beale of Hingham, on a blind date set up by their children, and married in 1984.  His stepchildren shared his love of Vermont, taught him sugaring, how to drive a tractor and brought him the large family he always wanted.  His remarkable memory kept track of cribbage hands, point spreads and RBIs.  His life was filled with joy, sports and family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Beth; his children:  Virginia and her husband, Ray Kent, Bill Clark, and Barbara and her husband, Ken Wilson; his grandchildren:  Kelly and Matthew Kent, Ryan and his wife, Mandy Wilson, and Brette and her husband, Ben Martin; his great-grandchildren:  Clark and Liam Wilson, Avery Martin; his stepchildren:  Jon and his wife, Carol Beale, Billy and his wife, Nancy Beale, and Susan and her husband, Bryan Davis; his grandchildren:  Jonny and his wife, Emily Beale, Ryan Beale and his friend, Jenny, Brittany and her husband, Alex Hampton, Karen Watts, David Watts, Tina Pratt, Jeremy and his wife, Jen Davis, Brandy and her husband, Nick Flynn, and Hillary Davis and her friend, Chris; and by his great-grandchildren:  Brody Beale, Molly Beale, Lauryn Flynn.

His large family brought him much happiness and gathered after his death, telling tales of his pranks and accomplishments, bringing comfort to all.

His wishes were to be cremated and have a small family celebration of his life.  Out of love and respect for a brave loving man, his directions were fulfilled.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of one’s choice in Mr. Clark’s honor.

A lifelong friend of his from Winthrop tells the story that after winning a sailing championship, Mr. Clark turned to him and said “we had a good run.”  He has had a good long run and leaves his family many stories to enjoy and remember him by.  In his memory at sunset, raise a glass of scotch, tell a story and toast his life, with your love being the wind in his sails taking him home

Freda E. Judd

Freda E. Judd, 69, of Orleans died on March 20, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on January 10, 1944, in Derby, a daughter of John and Florence (Marcotte) Wagner.

She enjoyed gardening, especially caring for her flowers.  She also enjoyed reading, ceramics, yard sales, and tending to her many dogs and cats that she had over the years.

Her greatest joy in life were her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children:  Ronald Judd and his wife, Darlene, of Hyde Park, and Terry Cole and his wife, Tammy, of Coventry; her granddaughter Amber Judd; and by her great-grandchildren:  Hunter and Gavin Denis.

She was predeceased by her son Donald Cole; her grandchildren:  Lynn Rose and Joshua Cole; and by her brothers:  James, John, and Larry Wagner.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

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

Richard Locke

Richard Locke

Richard Lee Locke

Richard Lee Locke, 83, of Irasburg died on March 22, 2013, in Morrisville.

He was born on March 6, 1930, in Albany, a son of Arthur and Mildred (Everson) Locke.  On September 29, 1957, he married Norma Hinton who survives him.

He grew up on a dairy farm in East Albany.  When he and his wife first married, they purchased a milk route from his best friend Harold Daniels and picked up milk in cans up and down the Creek Road, from Irasburg to East Albany.  Times changed and milk was no longer picked up in cans, so Mr. Locke had to find other work.  He worked on the construction crews, helping build Lake Region Union High School, Lyndon State College and Interstate 91 from Derby to Lyndonville.  In the winters, while laid off from construction work, he logged in the woods on the family farm.  He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing in 1995.  Retirement was short lived, however; he had a passion for working in the garage, and went to work at Parkview Garage for his close cousin Marcel Locke.  Every spring, he and his cousin would leave the garage for a short while and head off into Marcel’s sugar woods to open trails, and go to making maple syrup, until it was time for them both to finally retire.

For Mr. Locke, there was no real retirement.  Keeping an eye on the horse still roaming the pasture, and feeding the great-granddaughters’ chickens, and teaching them how to be farmers kept him busy.  He never stopped tinkering on cars in his own garage and at home.  He was a volunteer fireman in Irasburg.  He enjoyed raising turkeys, chickens, pigs, and horses.  He was very fond of his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was very proud of his sobriety of 24 years and he was always available when someone needed a hand.

He is survived by his wife Norma Locke of Irasburg; his children:  Sandra Lincoln and her husband, John, of Jay, Valerie Kreutz and her husband, Lawrence, of Tehachapi, California, Kathy Whitehill and her husband, Bradley, of Troy, and Cindy Chaffee and her husband, Gordon, of Barton; his eight grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his brothers:  Eugene Locke of Gladys, Virginia, and John Locke of Caribou, Maine; his sister Barbara Lebrea of New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Gordon Locke, and by his sister Viola Mayo.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may also call at the funeral home on March 30 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Irasburg Fire Department, 161 Vermont Route 58, Irasburg, Vermont 05845; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ervin F. Moffit Jr.

Ervin F. Moffit Jr., 81, of Coventry died on March 22, 2013, at his home.

He was born on June 9, 1931, in Arlington, a son of Myrtle (Turner) and Ervin Moffit Sr.

Mr. Moffit was a veteran of the Korean War.  On December 31, 1951, he married Grace Carey who survives him.

He was a truck driver all of his life and he held membership with the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, working in his garage and visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Grace Moffit of Coventry; his children:  Ervin Moffit III of Newfane, Michael Moffit of Barton, Susan Johnson and her husband, James, of Coventry, and Shirley Raymond of Newport; his nine grandchildren; and by 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sons:  Gregory and Monte; a grandchild; and by three sisters and three brothers.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring at the Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville.

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

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Gordon Rivers

Gordon Rivers

Gordon (Corkey) Rivers died on March 18, 2013, in Newport.

He was born In Island Pond on October 19, 1931, at the family home, “Cosey Corner,” to Coral and Grace (Birch) Rivers.

He was very close with his sister Thora.  They would call each other every night and share time with each other every Sunday for dinner.  After his father died in a tractor accident in 1961, it was a blessing he still lived at home.  He and his mother enjoyed each other’s company.  He was a great son to her.  In his younger days, he worked for Blow and Coty Construction, and also for George and Vanderburgh Construction and Albert Lalibery.  Then he started working at the Ford garage for Fernand Poutre.  After Mr. Poutre sold the garage, he worked for John Hayes and his sons, Mark and Mike.

He loved driving wrecker, which he did for 25 years, and he also did some maintenance work.  He also worked for Ruskaup Motors from 1976 to 1980.  He always said there’s no other car like a Ford.  He then retired at the age of 70.  He missed working, and all the people that he made friends with along the way.  These last few years, he hadn’t been in the best of health so his good friend, Roy Caples, who was more like a son, started to take care of him.  They would go on many short trips with each other.  He had watched Roy grow up from a teenager and eventually took a fatherly role, and when Roy had kids of his own, Mr. Rivers was like a grandfather to Savannah, Ross, Heather, Patrick, Johnny and Nicholas Caples.  He enjoyed watching the kids grow up into young adults and start families of their own.  He will truly be missed by many but never forgotten.

He is survived by his sister Thora Samson and her husband, Gordon; and by a sister-in-law, Ethel (Samson) Rivers.  He is also survived by a niece, Lorraine Glasson; and by his nephews:  Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pam, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Lillian Rivers; his brother Eddie Rivers; and by two nephews:  Bruce Rivers and Steve Rivers.

Funeral services were held on March 21 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Tammy Jean Simpson

Tammy Simpson

Tammy Simpson

Tammy Jean Simpson, 40, of Newport died suddenly on March 18, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1972, in New Haven, Connecticut.  She was the daughter of Mary and Irving Sylvester Sr.

She married Joseph Simpson, who survives her, on December 26, 1992.  She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1991 and later from the Salon Professional Academy in Burlington.  She also attended Community College of Vermont in Newport.

Ms. Simpson was a friendly, kind-hearted, happy-go-lucky person.  She was willing to help anyone in need no matter what.  She loved her family dearly — her boys and her husband were her life.  She also took care of her adopted kids of Newport.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Simpson, of Newport; by her children:  Nicholas, Matthew, and Brandon Simpson, and her daughter Rebecca Kelton of Arizona; by her mother Mary Sylvester of Newport; by her sister Crystal and her husband, Henry LeClerc, of Coventry; her brothers:  Keith and his wife, Heather Sylvester, of Coventry, and Irving Sylvester Jr. of Newport; and by her brother Ricky Sylvester and his wife, Jeannie, of Fort Worth, Texas.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Irving Sylvester Sr.; and by her brother Mark Sylvester.

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

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

L. Jane (Jacobs) Tabor

L. Jane (Jacobs) Tabor, 76, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 22, 2013, at her home, with family members at her side.

She was born on June 11, 1936, in Hyde Park, and grew up in Holland and Derby Line.  She graduated from Derby Academy and studied nursing at the Fannie Allen School of Nursing.  On December 29, 1955, she married Gilbert C. Tabor, who predeceased her in 2011.

After raising her children, she returned to nursing, and worked at North Country Hospital as an operating room technician.  She enjoyed the job and her co-workers immensely.  But her greatest joy by far were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Until the end, they brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by her children:  Gilbert C. Tabor Jr. and his companion, Beth, of Derby Line, Shayne Cadieux and her husband, Rick, of Fairfield, and Andrea Allen and her husband, Dean, of Derby Line; her eight grandchildren:  Cassie, Kylie, Owen, RD, Amanda, Courtney, Brittney, and Kassidee; her six great-grandchildren:  Noah, Jared, Ryker, Eden Mae, Dahlia Rae, and Tabor Lennon; and by two sisters:  Shirley Rivard and her husband, Richard, of Derby Line, and Nancy Sisson and her husband, Larry, of Newport.  Others who were very close to her include her cousins:  Florence Joyal of Derby Line, and Beulah Shattuck and her husband, Roy, of Derby; and by her sister-in-law Nathalie Whitney and her husband, Roland, of Ascutney.

She was predeceased by her brother Robert Jacobs.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake, no memorial, nor a funeral service.  A private gathering of family and friends will be held later.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to the Cardio-Pulmonary Fund at North Country Hospital, Attention The Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries March 20, 2013

Dorothy May Ford Farrell

Dorothy May Ford Farrell

Dorothy May Ford Farrell

Dorothy May Ford Farrell, 92, of Shelburne died peacefully on March 6, 2013, at the Arbors in Shelburne.
She was born on February 27, 1921, in Compton, Quebec, the daughter of Willis and Gladys (Nichols) Ford. When she was six years old, she moved with her family from Canada to East Charleston. She attended Derby Academy and graduated from Brighton High School in 1939.
After graduating, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, before returning to Vermont to attend college. She graduated from Burlington Business College in 1941. For many years, she lived in Burlington and worked as a legal secretary. She was first employed by the Clark Gravel law firm. She later worked at Farrell Distributing, Burlington City Hall and the First Congregational Church.
In 1956, she married Wilbert S. Farrell and moved to Shelburne. She was a member of the Shelburne United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. She also volunteered in the Shelburne school system, helping students with reading.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Stone; her brother Albert Ford; her son Michael Farrell and his wife, Kathleen Farrell; her daughter-in-law Nancy Farrell; her son John Farrell; and by her daughter Lorraine Farrell and her husband, John Holt. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Jason Farrell, Shawn Marie Landers, Freda Farrell, Shawn Farrell, Rebecca Bergeson, Davis Holt and Amanda Holt; and by seven great-grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She also leaves two special cousins: Robert and Russell Nichols; and her dear friend of 72 years, Rebecca Kruger. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother George Ford; her sister Marion Petell; her sister Mabel Schenk; and by her son Richard Farrell.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in East Charleston.
Memorial contributions may be made to COTS or the Burlington Food Shelf.

 Rose A. Faust

Rose A. Faust, 92, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on March 5, 2013.

She was born on January 7, 1921, in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec.  She was a daughter of the late Osias and Rose (Amande) Paquette.

She retired after 20 years in food services with the DuPont Company’s Chestnut Run and Louviers sites in Wilmington.  She also cared for foster children for Catholic Charities for several years.  A member of St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, she was active with the Parish BVM Sodality and made many thousands of rosaries that were donated to the missions throughout the world.  She enjoyed her crafts, such as counted cross-stitching and many others.  In her later years, she enjoyed extensive travel to many parts of the country, as well as her yearly winter stays in Florida.

She lived in Orleans with her first husband, Herve, for a few years after their marriage.

She is survived by her daughter Angela T. Gallo and her husband, Donald, of New London, New Hampshire; and her son Paul D. Faust and his wife, Nora, of Newark, Delaware; her eight grandchildren:  Gregory, Thomas, and Robert Gallo, and Theresa Rae, and Paul, Shawn, Christopher and Keith Faust; by her 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers:  Claude Paquette of Essex Junction, and Rudolph Paquette of Florida; her sisters:  Rose Yvette Lamarre, Theresa Brunelle and Laurette Houle, all of Vermont; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands:  Herve R. Faust, who died in 1961; and Andrew L. Faust, who died in 1993.  She was also predeceased by her brothers:  Origine, Paul, and Andre Paquette; and by her sisters:  Gertrude Paquette, Gervaise L’Esperance and Bertha Turgeon.

Funeral services were held on March 8 in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Charities, 2601 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19805.

 Suzanne R. Frizzell

Suzanne R. Frizzell, 65, of Newport died on March 14, 2013, at her home, after an illness, surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 21, 1948, in St. Malachie, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Regina (Patoine) Leblond.  On October 4, 1969, she married Michael D. Frizzell who survives her.

As her last employment, she was a court docket clerk for the state of Vermont for 13 years, retiring in May 2012.

She was an avid flower gardener.  She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and St. Mary’s Church of Newport.  She was also president of the Catholic Financial Life and played an active role with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Michael D. Frizzell of Newport; by her children:  Melissa Frizzell and Angela LaPlante and her husband, Dana, all of Newport; her grandchildren:  Kaelin, and Karlee; her brother Benoit Leblond and his wife, Rosalie, of Newport; her sister Rejeanne Leblond of Derby Line; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Jacqueline O’Brien and Monique Campbell; and by three brothers:  Robert, John and Andre Leblond.

Funeral services were held on March 19 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John E. "Sonny" Matten

John E. “Sonny” Matten

 John E. “Sonny” Matten

John E. “Sonny” Matten, 77, of Newport Center died on March 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 12, 1935, in Newport Center, a son of John and Leona (Osgood) Matten.  In 1959, he married Patricia Woodard who predeceased him in 1996.

He retired as road commissioner for the town of Newport Center after many years of service.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting, listening to country music, and camping.  He also enjoyed the company of his family and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Deb Mayhew and her husband, David, of North Troy, Pete Matten and his wife, Kathy, of Barton, Doug Matten and his wife, Lynne, of Newport Center, and Allen Matten and his wife, Tina, of Newport Center.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  John and Trisha Mayhew, Joseph and Jessica Mayhew, Jason Mayhew and his companion Erica, Christle Mayhew and her companion Jamie, Jay, Melody, Teala, James, Darcy, and KayLee Mayhew, Heather Matten, Justin Matten, Michelle Matten, Andrew Matten, Abbie Matten and her companion Roland, Tabbie and her husband, Brian Jones, and Devin Matten.  He is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren; his sister Velma Bowman and her husband, Dennis; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert; his sisters:  Ramona and Thelma; his grandson Jeremie Mayhew; and by his great-granddaughter Kaylynne Matten.

There will be no services.  Spring interment 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.com.

Frances M. McGreevey

Frances M. McGreevey, 87, died on March 13, 2013, at her home in Derby.

She was born on February 16, 1926, in Glen Cove, New York.

In 1951, she married Charles McGreevey who predeceased her in 2001.

She was a teller at a New York bank when she was a resident of New York.

She was a past member of the Derby Homemakers.  She enjoyed playing golf, reading, knitting, crocheting, baking and trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Saratoga, New York, with her husband, and enjoyed visits with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Katherine McGreevey of Derby, Charles McGreevey and his wife, Cindy, of Newport, and Pam McGreevey of New Hampshire.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Kelli Converse and her companion, Dave McKinnon, Kristin Wright and her husband, Michael, Hazen Converse and his wife, Holly, and Heather McGreevey; her two great-grandchildren:  Austin Wright and Harlow Converse; her sister Betty Harms of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Norinne Betjennan and Audrey Gaertner, and Raymond and Edwin Waterson.

Funeral services were held on March 15 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

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

Leonard Pellerin

Leonard Pellerin

Leonard Pellerin

Leonard Pellerin, 86, died peacefully at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center on March 11, 2013.

He was born on February 21, 1927, in Portland, Maine, to Joseph and Madeline (McLaughlin) Pellerin.

He grew up in Lunenburg and graduated from high school in Lancaster, New Hampshire, in 1944.  During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in Germany.

He married Shirley Emerson of Dalton, New Hampshire, in 1947.  He leaves three children from that marriage:  Marsha Sicard and her husband, Paul, of Barton, Stephen Pellerin of St. Johnsbury, and Scott Pellerin of Buffalo, New York.

In 1969, he married Theresa Hartwell.  They lived in Florida for many years, moving to Michaud Manor in Derby Line in 2006.

Mr. Pellerin worked as a store manager for the A&P Store and he was the purchasing agent for Southeast Broach, Inc., in Florida before retiring in 1992.

He loved to watch sports, especially the Boston teams, and had been a dedicated Red Sox fan since the age of eight.  He also loved music and everyone that knew him could attest to his love of anything Sinatra.

Besides his children, Mr. Pellerin leaves four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Pellerin of California; and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Shelly Sears, in 2006; his wife Theresa in 2007; and by his sister Margaret Church in 2011.

Services were held in Barton on March 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Mr. Pellerin’s name to one of the following:  St. Paul’s School Scholarship Fund, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Alden Balch Memorial Library, P.O. Box 147, Lunenburg, Vermont 05822.

Sayles Funeral Home of St. Johnsbury is assisting the family with arrangements.

Edmond R. Renault

Edmond R. Renault

Edmond R. Renault

Edmond R. Renault, 85, of Glover died on March 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 24, 1928, in Barton, a son of Simion and Alma (Valley) Renault.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a custodian for Lake Region Union High School, where he worked for several years until his retirement.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and going to camp with his brother and cousin.  He also enjoyed going for rides, carpentry work and he loved kids.

He is survived by his sisters:  Julia St. John and Alice Demag.  He is also survived by Paul and Margaret Woodard, Willie Woodard, Linda Montague and her husband, Stephen, and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers and sister:  Albert, Roland and Sim and Blanch.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jean E. Roy

Jean E. Roy, 92, of Spencer, Massachusetts, died on March 2, 2013, at his home, after being stricken ill.

Born in Warden, Canada, he was a son of Paul and Marguerite (Dion) Roy.

He married Claire D. Houle in Irasburg, on August 22, 1953.  They lived in Irasburg when they were first married.

Mr. Roy was a carpenter for most of his life, and worked at J.S. Prunier & Sons in Worcester, Massachusetts, before retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the carpenters and laborers unions.  He was also a member of Our Lady the Rosary Church in Spencer.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Claire D. (Houle) Roy; four sons:  John M. Roy and his wife, Susan, of Spencer, Robert F. Roy of Upton, Massachusetts, Paul E. Roy and his wife, LeAnn, of Northboro, Massachusetts, and Richard J. Roy of Spencer; two daughters:  Suzanne M.R. Sriberg and her husband, David, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Ann Marie R. Croteau and her husband, Stephan, or Spencer; nine grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on March 9 in Spencer.  Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

R. Claude Seguin

R. Claude Seguin

R. Claude Seguin

Richard Claude Seguin, 97, of Morgan, formerly of Island Pond, died on March 11, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by family.

He was born on February 12, 1916, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Walter L. and Hazel (Pelow) Seguin.  He was raised in Island Pond and as a boy worked on the Stevens farm just outside of town, caring for horses, haying and delivering milk to help support his family.  As a young man, he worked as a meat cutter at Lanpher’s grocery store, also in Island Pond.

On June 28, 1939, he married Marjory Currier of Island Pond with whom he had seven children — five sons and two daughters.

He began his career with the Canadian National Railroad prior to World War II, working as a brakeman and conductor for 35 years, retiring in 1976.  During World War II, he proudly served his country in the army in the European Theater, during which time he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mr. Seguin was a member of the American Legion Post #80 and the VFW in Island Pond, a former member and past president of the Lion’s Club, a former town selectman and a former lister for the Essex County Unorganized Towns and Gores for several years.

He enjoyed 30 plus years of (winter) retirement in Florida, mainly in the DeLand area.  An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Seguin, at age 96, was still catching lake trout and salmon in Lake Seymour with his son Bob.  His skill and enthusiasm for playing cribbage were well known and he still enjoyed the game until almost the time of his passing.

Survivors include his devoted companion of several years, Edith MacDermott of DeLand, Florida; his sons:  Robert Seguin and his companion, Debbie Cameron, of Island Pond and Palm Bay, Florida, and Dana Seguin of Lebanon, New Hampshire; his daughters:  Claudia Epstein and her husband, Richard, of Morgan, and Janella Clarke and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond; two sisters:  Ruth (Seguin) Couture of Meriden, Connecticut, and Francesca (Seguin) Jodrey of Gorham, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Maria Seguin, of Forest, Ontario; a former daughter-in-law, Fernande Seguin; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years in 1998; three cherished sons:  Leon “Lee” in 2012, Bradley in 1967, and Timothy in 1965; his only brother, Walter F. Seguin, who passed away nine years ago, also on March 11; and by two sisters:  Catherine (Seguin) Philippon and Dorothy (Seguin) Dawson.

Mr. Seguin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, great-grandfather and uncle who thrived on being around family and friends, and who was adored by his children and grandchildren.  His zest for life and his ever-positive attitude undoubtedly contributed greatly to his longevity.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including his friends and wonderful caregivers at Bel-Aire.

A memorial service will be held in May, with details to be announced at a later date.

Norman Stone

Norman Stone

 Norman Stone Sr.

Norman F. Stone Sr., 62, of Concord, North Carolina, died unexpectedly on March 11, 2013; at CMC-Northeast, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on August 11, 1950, in Orleans County, son of the late Hugh Stone and Blanche (LaMonda) Stone.

He lived for many years in Wolcott before moving to Concord, North Carolina.  His home will always be in Vermont, his heart will be here with his wife and friends that he made through the many years of living and working in Vermont and North Carolina.  Previous employers include Ben LaRich of Wolcott, John Lussier of Hardwick, and Weatherboard and Roland Champlain Construction of Vermont; and Blythe Construction, Blythe Development, and Keffer Chrysler of Charlotte, North Carolina.  As a young man, he worked on several Vermont and Connecticut farms.

One of his greatest joys in life was his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia “Sue” Scercy Stone; his son Norman Stone Jr. and his wife, Connie; his stepdaughter Tammy Friend and her husband, Wayne; his stepson Chip Hawks and his wife, Chrissy; his brothers:  Dale Stone and his wife, Audrey, and Harley Stone and his wife, Cathy; his sisters:  Tammi Hodgdon, Julie Willey, Peggy Bly and her husband, Tom, and Lois Menard; his grandchildren:  Emma, Tyler, Casey, Norman III, Krystal, Chasity, HeatherLynn, Kaylea, and Hunter; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was formerly married to Linda (Guyette) Stone.  He was predeceased by two brothers:  James Stone and Hugh Stone Jr.

Please join the family for a memorial service on Saturday, March 23, at the Wolcott Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow at Moose Horn in Hardwick for people to come and eat.

Brent Watson Tatumobit tatum

Brent Watson Tatum, 56, died on March 10, 2013, at his home in Derby.

He lived in Derby and served the surrounding community as a doctor for 22 years.  He was diagnosed with metastatic sarcoma almost five years ago, continued working as his illness progressed very gradually, and retired reluctantly six months ago.  He will miss his patients, his friends, and his family as much as they all will miss him.

He was born April 17, 1956, in Washington D.C., the third son of George Liston Tatum and Martha Corinne Seaton Tatum.  He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, and started at Bowdoin College in 1974.  He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease during his first year at Bowdoin, and was treated with vigorous radiation therapy.  (This fully cured his Hodgkin’s disease, but was likely a risk factor for his sarcoma 33 years later.)  He majored in English at Bowdoin, graduated in 1978, and went on to Yale Medical School, then to Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester, New York, for his residency in internal medicine.  He began his career as a primary care internist in Newport in July 1991 with Drs. Trembly, Harris, and Primeau and in 2000, opened his own office, Border Health Center, in Derby Line.  He was joined by his wife, Dr. Miriam Tatum, and by “the world’s best staff”:  Jodi Baker, Diane Beadle, and Marie Bonneau.

While his main identity was that of a physician, he was also devoted to and sustained by his family and friends.  As a child he played in the woods surrounding his home and enjoyed summer vacations on the Chesapeake Bay with his parents, grandparents, brothers, and cousins.  He met Miriam at Bowdoin, and they married in 1980, just prior to starting their medical studies together.  Sons Steven and Owen came along ten and 12 years later, and the family was fortunate to find their “dream home” on Nelson Hill in Derby — a retired farm with woods, wildlife, open fields, and wonderful neighbors.  Mr. Tatum enjoyed the quiet of his home, but also loved visits from friends and family.  He would inspire many lively discussions and lead jeep rides, model rocket launches, and walks.  As his illness advanced, the visits moved indoors, usually around the woodstove, but were still spirited and meaningful to all.

Mr. Tatum’s parents and brothers moved to Derby Line and Orleans in recent years.  As a result, the whole family was together at the time of his father’s death in May 2012, and was with him when he died very peacefully at home.

He is survived by his mother Corinne Tatum of Derby Line; his aunt Jane Seaton Harrell of Atlantic Beach, Florida; his brother Jesse Tatum of Derby Line; his brother and sister-in-law Liston and Donna Tatum of Orleans; his wife and sons:  Miriam, Steven and Owen Tatum of Derby; and by his niece Shanti Tatum Riordan and her husband, Patrick, and son, Connor, all of Groton, Connecticut.  Also by Miriam’s family:  Rick Blodgett and the Blodgett-Miller family in Wisconsin, the Mitchell family in Maryland, and the Pedrick family in Georgia.  Also by Tatum cousins in Texas, Harrell cousins in Florida and California, and Blodgett, Page, and Hardy cousins from Maine to California.

More has been written here already than he would have wished, but he would have wanted to express his great appreciation for his patients, colleagues, and co-workers.  He absolutely loved living and working in this community.

He can be remembered in any way that one finds meaningful.  A public celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Derby Elementary School on Elm Street in Derby Line.

 

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Obituaries March 13, 2013

Kermit Philman Aiken

Kermit Philman Aiken, 53, of Newport died on March 5, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on May 4, 1959, in Newport, a son of Dorothy (Ostrout) Aiken and the late Durward Aiken.

He received his GED.  He was employed at one time by Columbia Forest Products in Newport.

His hobby included listening to music.

He is survived by his children:  Phil Aiken and his wife, Sheena, of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Celine Aiken of Newport; his mother Dorothy Aiken of Newport; his two grandchildren:  Kayden and Nevaeh; his two brothers:  Kenneth Aiken and his wife, Brenda, of Connecticut, and Keith Aiken of Newport; and by a niece, Tara Aiken.  He was predeceased by his father Durward Aiken.

Spring interment will be in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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

 Robert J. Cilley Jr.obit cilley

Robert James Cilley Jr., 97, died peacefully with his children by his side at St. Joseph’s Residential Care Home in Burlington on March 7, 2013.

He was born in Island Pond on December 11, 1915, a son of the late Robert J. and Eva (Melcher) Cilley Sr.

Mr. Cilley proudly served his country during both World War II and the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 in St. Albans as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6689 in Essex Junction.

Mr. Cilley started his railroad career in Island Pond with the Grand Trunk Railroad and then was employed for many years in St. Albans with the Central Vermont Railroad until his retirement.  He loved relaxing at his camp in Island Pond and always looked forward to being in the woods.  He was an avid snowmobile rider and whitetail deer hunter.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Cilley is survived by his son Thomas Cilley and his wife, Sandra, of Essex Junction; his daughter Suzan Pons and her husband, René of France; four grandchildren:  Matthew and his wife, Haley Cilley, of South Carolina, René Pons and his wife, Laetitia, of France, Julien Pons and Yolaine of France, and Karen Martella and her husband, Drew, of New York; six great-grandchildren:  Braeden and Leighton Martella of New York, Noah and Lucien Pons of France, and Kennedy and Kendall Cilley of South Carolina; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude Cilley, on January 13, 2009; by a son, Robert Cilley III, in 1977; and by his siblings Rodney “Buddy” Cilley, Doris Sullivan, and Eleanor “June” Quinn.

A Mass was celebrated on March 11 at Holy Family Church in Essex Junction with the Reverend Charles Ranges officiating.  Burial will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family with the time and date to be announced.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Cilley’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Residential Care Home, 243 North Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

A. W. Rich Funeral Home and the family invite friends and family to share their memories by visiting Bob’s Book of Memories at www.awrfh.com.

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Norman Homer LaCross, 65, of Westmore died at home on February 28, 2013, with his family around him.

He was born in Barton February 3, 1948, a son of Raymond and Geneva LaCross.

Mr. LaCross attended graded school in Westmore and finished high school at St. Johnsbury Trade School where he received a degree in welding.  After school he worked for GE’s welding department in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and then he was drafted in the Army and served 14 months in Vietnam.  After his tour in the Army, he returned to Westmore and worked for Desmarais Equipment.  He also did carpentry work, was road commissioner for the town of Westmore, and did logging for John Riendeau before he became a self-employed logger.  Later in life he worked at NSA Welding and Machine Shop in Lyndonville.  His last job was with the town of Lyndon highway department before illness forced him to retire in January 2013.

Mr. LaCross loved the family farm.  With the help of his dad, he built his home close by, so he would be able to help his brother Roger, who was not only his brother, but also his lifelong best buddy.  Roger and Norman were inseparable growing up on the farm and were notorious for picking on the barn cats and tormenting their younger brother.  One time they were sitting together in a rocking chair and rocking so hard that they fell into the picture window and couldn’t stop laughing because they broke it.  Some of their fondest memories were climbing up on the roof of the school to hide from the teacher, helping their dad with the huge gardens, and doing things like haying, milking cows, sugaring in the spring, and building a hunting camp.  Those two loved nothing better in later years than to sit and tell stories about growing up in the small town of Westmore.

Mr. LaCross loved hunting, but his greatest passion was building three-wheeled motorcycles call trikes.  He made five trikes and restored two of them to make them even better.  He belonged to the Brothers of The Third Wheel, a worldwide family of trikers.  He drew attention everywhere he went as his trikes were so unique.

Mr. LaCross was predeceased by his parents and his brother Richard LaCross.

He is survived by his fiancé and love of his life, Louise Lessard, of Westmore; by his two daughters:  Robin LaCross and her partner, Dennis Dosselman, of Tucson, Arizona, and Tammy Mosher and her husband, Casey, of Derby; by his two sons:  Andrew LaCross and his partner, Sherie Blanchard, of Newport Center and Lee LaCross and his partner, Karma McClintock, of Brownington; by his grandson Brian Norway of Derby; his granddaughter Karlee LaCross of Brownington; his step-grandchildren Caitlyn, Christian and Meghan of Newport Center; by his two brothers:  Roger and Judy LaCross of Westmore and Dennis and Brenda LaCross of Westmore; and by his canine buddy, Misty.

In keeping with Mr. LaCross’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours.  Burial will be at the Danville Green Cemetery in Danville on August 2 at 11 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to come and share stories of Mr. LaCross’ life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Westmore Ladies Aid Scholarship Fund, care of Millie Davis, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 George F. Leavitt

George F. Leavitt, 66, died on March 5, 2013, in Derby, with his caregiver, Diane Young, at his side.  She had taken wonderful care of him since the beginning of his illness.

Mr. Leavitt was born on January 21, 1947, in Houlton, Maine.  He lived his life in Malden, Massachusetts, with his mother, Priscilla, and his father, Floyd, who are both deceased.

He has several cousins in New Hampshire and St. Johnsbury.  He is survived by his aunt Harriet Smith of St. Johnsbury.

There will be a memorial service in the spring at the St. Johnsbury Center Cemetery, where he will be placed beside to his mother.

In lieu of flowers, 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.com.

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Jacques LeBlanc (in back) with his grandsons.

 Jacques LeBlanc

Jacques LeBlanc, 53, of Newport Center died suddenly on March 2, 2013, in Newport Center.

He was born on January 18, 1960, in Simsbury, Connecticut, a son of Herman LeBlanc and the late Lucienne (Lavoie) LeBlanc.  On October 3, 1981, he married Miriam Pierce, who survives him.

Mr. LeBlanc was a self-employed farmer on the Lake Road in Newport Center.  Most of all he loved his wife, Mim, and his son, Justin, and his daughter, Anna.  His greatest joy was in making his family happy.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially with his grandsons.  He also loved working on the farm and helping people in the neighborhood.

He is survived by his wife Mim LeBlanc of Newport Center; by his children:  Justin LeBlanc and his wife, Melissa, and Anna LeBlanc, all of Newport Center; his father Herman LeBlanc of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Jake, Joe, Jordan, Corine, and Damian, all of Newport Center; his brothers:  David LeBlanc of Montana, and Jim LeBlanc of Newport Center; his sister Christine Fortin and her husband, Gerald, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was predeceased by his sister Kathy.

Funeral services were held on March 9 in Derby.

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

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Sue (Bushfield) Marr, a woman of remarkable strength and kindness, died in her daughter’s home in Newport Center on March 3, 2013, at the age of 95 years.

To us, she was always Susie, because that was what her first grandchild heard his grandfather call her.  Born on January 18, 1918, she was the middle daughter of three born to Charles H. and Alda (Faucett) Bushfield.

Her precious sisters who predeceased her were Martha Bushfield VanValen of Akron, Ohio, and Charlotte Bushfield Patterson of Springfield, Ohio.  Together, the three girls grew up in Newark, Ohio, where the family spent Sundays attending the Methodist church, sharing a Sunday dinner, and going for a drive to see the countryside and eating Velvet ice cream cones at the home of her friend Sarah Antrum, and her family in Columbus, Ohio.

With a degree in home economics, Sue graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University where she had met Dr. Thomas Edward Marr on a blind date.  She worked for the Ohio Power Company until they were married on September 7, 1941. They then lived in Louisville, Kentucky, until Dr. Marr graduated from the University of Louisville Dental School.

A daughter, Sarah, was born.  When World War II finally came to an end, Sue was living with her husband, a dentist and Army captain, and their daughter at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.  In June 1946, they moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, where her husband began his dental practice in his father’s former medical practice office, and a son, Charles Thomas, whom they called Tommy, was born.  The family became active in the church of Tom’s childhood, First Presbyterian, where Sue taught Sunday school and Tom was an elder.

Even without initial enthusiasm, Sue came to share her husband’s love for flying in the family’s private plane as they took yearly fishing trips with their children and friends Dr. Robert and Mary Swank and their children, Nancy and Doug, to Lake Kagawong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.  These times created profoundly vivid and cherished family memories.  Sue learned to bait hooks, cook beans and potatoes on an open fire, fillet perch, and wear blue jeans.

After her husband’s death in 1985 after 43 years of marriage, Sue became a member of the Hopeton Village Board.  She volunteered in the dining room at Traditions of Chillicothe and served as a guide at Adena Mansions and Gardens Society, Governor Thomas Worthington’s home as Ohio’s first governor.

Before her move to Vermont in August 2012 and after moving from the family home, Sue spent a year and a half living in her own apartment at The Glade in Chillicothe. Her Cherokee and Glade friendships and her Cherokee next door neighbors, Dick and Laura Whinery, enriched her life immensely, and she opened her heart completely to these dear people.  Lively conversations about anything from politics and education to plants and movies energized her, and she repeatedly expressed her gratitude for the privilege of living with her Glade friends after moving from Cherokee.

After her son Tom’s death in 2011, she traveled to Manchester, Kentucky, to see his home there and to meet his special friends.  She recalled that trip with characteristic gratitude and joy.  She found good in everything and everyone, but always she remained wise and perceptive.  Always and even through the final moments of her life, her children and grandchildren mattered most.  She lived with honor for them and considered each important decision in the light of what would treasure and sustain them.

Sue Bushfield Marr is survived by her daughter Sarah Wyllie Fitts and her husband, Robert, of Newport Center; her grandchildren:  Dr. Kevin T. Marr and his wife, Dr. Kami Marr, of Greeley, Colorado, Juliana Marr Sprister and her husband, Dane, of Fort Collins, Colorado, Andrew T. Wyllie of Geneva, Switzerland, Benjamin E. Wyllie and his wife, Tyler, of Springfield, Virginia, and Betsy Wyllie Johnson and her husband, Matthew, of Springfield, Virginia.  Her stepgrandchildren are:  Angela Fitts Smith and her husband, Aaron, of Burlington and Arleigh Fitts Young and her husband, Jonathon, of St. Albans.  Her surviving great-grandchildren are:  Andrew and Liam Marr, Reese, Grey and Bryce Sprister, Cullen, Mora and Kelsey Wyllie, and Annabel and Clara Johnson.  Her stepgreat-grandchildren are:  Griffin and Ford Smith and Violet Young.  Her niece and nephew are:  Molly Patterson Chiles and her husband, Dr. John Chiles, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and David Patterson and his wife, Carolyn, of Columbus, Ohio.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, sisters and parents, are:  her granddaughter-in-law, Laurence François Marguerite Pignarre Wyllie, and her great-grandsons:  Evan James Yves Wyllie and Baptiste Thomas Michel Wyllie; her son, Charles Thomas Marr, and her grandson, Thomas Edward Marr II.

Sue’s family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at First Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe.  A service in celebration of her life, led by the Reverend James W. Grove, will immediately follow at 10 a.m.

Remembrances in tribute to the life of Sue Bushfield Marr may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 13 Mead Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, or to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 Clifton F. Parrott

Clifton F. Parrott died at the age of 81 on March 6, 2013, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro with his six children by his side.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he always had a smile on his face and a story or joke to tell.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him.

Mr. Parrott was born in Burlington on October 18, 1931, to Harold and Agnes Parrott.  He married Glenna Sheltra in 1952, and they went on to have six children.  He retired 23 years ago, but prior to that was employed by Montgomery Schoolhouse and Atlas Plywood.  He lived in Hyde Park until going to Greensboro Nursing Home in 2012 after he was no longer able to care for himself.

He leaves behind his six children:  Cheryl Verderber and her husband, Gustave, of Troy, Donna Roberge and her husband, Claude, of North Troy, Susan Roberge and her husband, John, of Newport Center, Cynthia Parrott Wescom of Belvidere, Timothy Parrott and his girlfriend, Wendy, of Morrisville, and Rhonda Braun and her husband, Mike, of Orleans.  He is also survived by many sisters and brothers; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cousins; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, his wife, his brother Ronald, and three sisters:  Janet and Shirley and Barbara.

There will be a graveside service in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on May 18 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made in Mr. Parrott’s memory to the Greensboro Nursing Home or Out and About in Morrisville.

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Michael Stanley Pietras Sr., 54, died on February 25, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Pietras was born on May 11, 1958, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to the late Stanley Pietras and Claire Macnamee Pietras.  He lived for many years in Irasburg before retiring to McEwen, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Jane Redden Pietras of McEwen; a son, Michael Pietras Jr. of McEwen; three daughters:  Susan Coleman of Barton, Amanda Pietras of McEwen, and Sierra Pietras of McEwen; a brother-in-law, Larry Redden, and his wife, Gloria; a sister-in-law, Carole Grenier, and her husband, Ronald; a sister-in-law, Ellen Motroni; and by several nieces and nephews.  Surviving family members also include a brother, Timothy; and four sisters:  Linda, Cindy, Charlene, and Cathy.

Mr. Pietras was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church of McEwen, where a memorial service was held on March 9.

 Bronwyn Potter

Bronwyn Potter, 95, a longtime Greensboro resident, died on March 3, 2013, at the Greensboro Nursing Home, with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born on May 17, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Albert and Mae (Mazey) Bevan. She attended Wilkes-Barre public schools and graduated from high school in Newark, New Jersey.  She later continued her education at the University of Vermont, Goddard College, and Johnson State College.

She married Herbert Stephen Potter in Massachusetts.

In her earlier years, she sang at the Riverside Church in New York City.  Following her move to Vermont, Mrs. Potter was employed for more than 30 years as a music teacher in Greensboro, Greensboro Bend, Craftsbury, Hardwick Elementary and Woodbury Elementary schools.  While teaching in Greensboro Bend, she was instrumental in helping to develop the music curriculum for special needs students.  For more than 63 years, she was the organist and choir director at Greensboro United Church of Christ and for several years she played for the Wolcott Ballet.

She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ.  She loved music and the time that she spent with her family.  The grandchildren and great-grandchildren will remember her fondly for their Saturday night sleepovers.  She enjoyed reading and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Bronwyn Masse and her husband, Conrad, of Craftsbury; two granddaughters:  Linda Hall and her husband, Ken, of Stannard, and Patricia Foster of Hardwick; four great-granddaughters:  Rosita Durbin and her husband, Jeff, of Pelham, New Hampshire, Candace Hall of West Danville, Abigail Foster of Morrisville, and Victoria Foster of Hardwick; and a great-great-grandson, Jack Durbin, of Pelham.  She was predeceased by her husband Herbert, and by a brother, Gorwyn Bevan.

Funeral services were held on March 10 in Greensboro.  Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Lincoln-Noyes Cemetery in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 29 Maggie’s Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

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

Merton N. Thayer

Merton N. Thayer, 94, of St. Johnsbury, formerly of Newport Center, died on March 6, 2013, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born December 12, 1918, in Coventry, a son of Walter and Jessie (Newton) Thayer.  He married Verna Brooks, who survives him.

Mr. Thayer was a former selectman for the village of Newport Center, and a longtime member of Newport Elks Lodge #2155 where he and his wife shared many good times with the “Newport Center Gang,” both working parties and attending them.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and bowling, and they spent several winters in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Verna Thayer, of St. Johnsbury; by his children:  Sherry Rainville and her husband, Arnold, of Lyndonville, Roberta Ellis and her husband, Wendell, of Newport, and Rebecca Poulos of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Scott Rainville and his wife, Tammy, Todd Rainville, Shelly Rainville Watts and her husband, Chad, Chris Donovan and his wife, Terri; by his great-grandchildren:  Patrick, Brady, Emily, and Alex Rainville and Kaitlyn, Jillian, and Riley Donovan.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and by two sisters:  Jennie Monette and Lillian Cargill.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Newport Center Cemetery.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

 Tribute to Dr. Robert James McKay

by Thomas Moseley, M.D.

Orleans County has lost a good friend, a man who though not well known to younger residents of the area, has touched the lives of many of us through his energy, kindness and gentle graciousness.  I refer, of course, to Robert James McKay MD, “Jim” to his friends and colleagues, and pediatrician to many children here and throughout the state of Vermont.  I feel particularly called to comment on Dr. McKay’s passing, at age 95 this past November, because his influence steadied me on my choice of pediatrics as a profession, and his active intervention led my wife, Christine, and me to choose Orleans County as our home and place to practice.  Well into his late 80s, Dr. McKay continued to teach and inspire students of medicine by his immense learning and personal kindness.  For those reasons, and because of his long-time association with the Northeast Kingdom through his service here and his summer residence in Westmore with his wife, Martha Ann Wellman, I would like to share a few personal memories.

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Dr. McKay with his great-grandson Colin Fleet. Photo courtesy of Thomas Moseley

Dr. McKay’s life as Vermont’s premier pediatrician may not be well known to many around here.  He was such a modest man that his numerous accomplishments — single handed founder of the department of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in the 1950s, professor and mentor to several generations of medical students and young doctors, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, scholar and extraordinarily gifted clinician — would go unsuspected when he visited patients at the consultation clinic he ran for years in Newport.  Many of us old enough to have grandchildren will remember bringing their babies and children to him to his clinics at the old Visiting Nurse Association office on Main Street, or the old clinic building on Seymour Lane.  Dr. McKay travelled several times a month from Burlington to Newport for many years in the 1960s and 1970s to assist the local general practitioners with care of difficult cases.  In those days, a trip to Burlington for specialty consultation for a sick child was an enormous undertaking, and many children went undiagnosed or undertreated.  Quietly, without much fuss and always respectful of the knowledge and contributions of the local doctors, Dr. McKay would see both well and sick children and provide state-of-the-art care for conditions not usually seen outside the medical center.  Over the years, I have heard from parents about how he cared for a child with life-threatening erythroblastosis fetalis (Rh disease), a malady now thankfully seldom seen today because of advances in preventative medicine; juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; and many other rare and common conditions.  It was considered a treat for medical students to accompany Dr. McKay to Newport, a visit which helped some of us decide that rural medicine was for us.  Dr. McKay’s distracted driving to and from Newport sometimes was punctuated by side excursions for a spot of trout fishing; those who saw these trips as a chance to enjoy his company while learning medicine and seeing what pleasure could be had in the countryside imbibed a lesson in both medicine and life that guided some to choose a satisfying career away from the attractions of academic medicine or well-paying suburban practice.

Dr. McKay evidently decided toward the end of the 1970s that North Country Hospital needed a pediatrician, just like all the other smaller community hospitals around the state.  He had successfully encouraged many of his students to return to communities like St. Albans or Middlebury, but Newport had never had a pediatrician for any appreciable period.  One night in 1980, he unexpectedly appeared in the intensive care nursery in Connecticut where I was doing my residency; he was in town for a meeting and purposefully sought me out to tell me that he thought that I ought to consider making my life in Newport.  Although I had been there a few times, my most poignant memory from medical school was camping near Island Pond in late June when my wife and I were treated to five days of rain and one of snow; I can’t say that we had ever seriously considered coming to Newport until he explained to me that the community needed me in a way.  It was hard to say anything, but I said I would give an honest look.  He then made sure that the local doctors, who really didn’t see the need in the way he did, would give me a fair chance to prove myself one way or the other.

And that, as they say, was that.  For the next 32 years, I have had many occasions to call Dr. McKay for advice about the care of patients, suggestions for difficult diagnoses, and sustenance when it was just plain lonely to be in a solo practice.  As an esteemed friend and colleague has said, his greatest gift was to make us want more than anything else, “to be like Jim,” and know that while we are not wholly up to the task, his inspiration has made us better physicians and human beings.

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Rupert Webster Sr., 68, beloved husband of April (Rivers) of Brownington, died on March 5, 2013, surrounded by his family, in the home he built, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on November 13, 1944, in Brattleboro, the second son of Henry Sr., and Genevieve (Boyd) Webster.

He was an ordinary old-time Vermonter who could do anything that would be needed to survive in this beautiful state — everything from milking cows, to working with his horses, to building a house.  He was very skilled, loved, and appreciated by all who were fortunate enough to know him.  He loved his family immensely and was very compassionate to any animal in need.  He also enjoyed his coffee time with his friends in Island Pond on a daily basis until he was no longer able to drive.  Life was an adventure; he traveled and lived with his family in various places across the U.S.

He is also survived by his children:  Tami Sykes and her companion, Nathan Kane, of Newport, Rupert Jr. and his wife, Traci, of Brownington, Vaughn and his wife, Gretchen Lewis, of Derby Line, and Cheyenne and her husband, Michael Hatin, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Tyler, Spencer, and Hunter Sykes, Kyle and his wife, Belinda, Tausha and Leaunna Webster, Ryley, Blair, and Beckett Webster, Mariah, Tannor and Renee Fortin, and Jessica, Jason, Jackie, Jenna and Joseph Hatin.  He is also survived by two great-granddaughters:  Cadence and Angelica; his sister Joyce and her husband, David Howe, of Bradenton, Florida; his sisters-in-law:  Christine and her husband, Robert McGivern, of Lyndonville, Anita and her husband, Eugene Austin, and Susan and her husband, Clifford Humphrey, all of East Haven; by numerous nieces and nephews across the country; and by his former son-in-law Ronald Sykes of Holland.  He was predeceased by his parents and the following siblings:  Henry Jr., known as “Suni”; Diane Hunt; John Sr.; and Vaughn.

He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

Funeral services were held on March 9 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries March 6, 2013

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Donna Bryant

Donna J. Bryant

Donna J. Bryant, 73, of Westfield died on February 26, 2013, in Newport.  She was born May 11, 1939, in Rutland, the daughter of Alice Rice.

She married Kenneth Bryant Sr., who survives her.  Mrs. Bryant enjoyed arts, crafts, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bryant Sr. of Westfield, and by her children:  Kenneth Bryant Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Warren, Sandra Bryant and Stacey Amsden, both of Shelburne.  She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Ready Funeral Home, Shelburne Road, Burlington.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Clair Chaffee

Clair Chaffee

Clair Albert Chaffee, 61, of Albany died March 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on November 3, 1951, in Newport, the son of the late Lee and Irma Chaffee.

He married Debra Maskell on May 1, 1970, and together they had three children:  Tammy Lynn, Todd Allen and Jennifer Lynn.  He was a self-employed logger for most of his life.  Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee also owned the Chaffee General Store in Albany for five years.  Among his hobbies, Mr. Chaffee enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, sugaring, pony pulling, and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Todd and his wife Wendy, their three children, Leah, Erin, and Eli of Essex; and his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Chad Tollmann and their daughter, Mollee, of Albany.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Thomas and his wife, Rocky, of Albany, and Sherman and his wife, Beverly, of Barre; by many nieces and nephews; and his best pal, Abby.  He was predeceased by his brother Rodney and his wife, Marie; his sister Carolyn; his infant daughter Tammy Lynn; and in-laws Nadine and Calvin Maskell.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Martha Coburn

Martha Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn, 82, died on February 24, 2013, at her home in East Greenbush, New York.

She was born in Irasburg on October 28, 1930, the youngest daughter of Henry and Antoinia (Langevin) Poutre.

She graduated from Orleans High School in the Class of 1949.  She married William T. Coburn of Rensselaer, New York.  They had two sons:  William T. Coburn Jr. and Mark Coburn.

She was a private secretary for Bordman’s LTD in Albany, New York, for many years until she retired.

She will always be remembered for her love of family.  She was one classy lady!

She is survived by her beloved son William T. of East Greenbush; and by her granddaughter Gianna Marie of East Greenbush.  She is also survived by a dear friend, Otto Berggren of Vancouver, Washington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William; their son Mark; her parents; her brothers:  Maurice, Roland and Robert Poutre; and by her sisters:  Gertrude, Yvette (Rooney), and Rachel Sylvester.

Services were held in Rensselaer on February 27.  Burial will be in the spring.

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling, beloved wife, mother and friend to all, died on February 25, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends nearby.

She was born on December 19, 1946, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry, and was the youngest of nine children.  She is a 1964 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport.

She married Raymond Darling on September 29, 1967, and had one child, Nathan.

For several decades, she served her community at the Howard Bank, first in Barton, then in Orleans.  Throughout many name changes, she and the building were constants, always there, helping out those who needed it.

In her free time, she helped manage the family farm and provided a selfless example of how good a person could be.  She loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and played guitar.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Darling of Barton; her son Nathan Darling of Sacramento, California; her brother and sisters:  Leon Perry and his wife, Mary, of Brownington, Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Clarie Lyon of Brownington, and Lorestta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents Ezekiel and Cecile Perry of Brownington; her sister Blanche Cotes; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis.

Funeral services were held on March 2 in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 375, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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

Dennis R. Hayes

Dennis R. Hayes, formerly of Derby Line died on February 20, 2013, in Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center in California, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 7, 1970, to the late Daniel F. Hayes Jr. and Elaine (Demir) Hayes.  In 1977, the family moved to Derby Line where Elaine still resides.  Mr. Hayes attended Derby Line Elementary, Sacred Heart and North Country Union High School.  After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1988, he took off on a journey ending in California where he worked as a manager and bartender for over 20 years.

His children were the lights of his life and he was deeply involved in their lives.  He coached their sports teams and encouraged them to do the best they could do in everything they did.

Serious when he needed to be, he was a fun-loving free spirit who brought happiness and laughter to all who knew him.

He was a die-hard Boston fan and always wore his Red Sox cap.  He was fortunate to have had a circle of friends, many of whom attended his funeral service in Santa Monica on February 23.

He is survived by the loves of his life, his children:  Madison, Matthew and Luke.  He is also survived by his mother, Elaine; his sisters: Colleen and Nichole (Nickie) and their families; his former wife, Sarah; and his girlfriend, Christine; as well as by his aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father Daniel Hayes Jr.

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

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones died on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Newport at the age of 82.

He was born in Montpelier on April 9, 1930, the first son of Burnham B. and Helen Barclay Jones.  He attended Montpelier schools and joined the U.S. Army in 1952, leaving with an honorable discharge in 1954, a veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business College in 1956 and began his career with the State of Vermont in 1958 with the Department of Highways.  He also held positions with the departments of taxes and employment and training, retiring in 1992 with 34 years of service.

On December 14, 1968, he married Barbara J. Lague in Montpelier.  He and his wife enjoyed many years of outdoor camping at French’s Beach and Lakeview Campground in Eden, and at Char-Bo Campground in Derby until 1984.  They had many wonderful memories from their years of camping and meeting people from all over the U.S. and Canada.

After retirement, Tom and his wife continued to enjoy riding the back roads and picnics by a quiet stream in Montgomery.  They became members of the VT 251 Club in October 1992 and over the next three years visited all 251 towns in Vermont, collecting photos and memorabilia.

Also at that time, Tom established Huntington Crafts, a woodworking hobby.  He especially enjoyed his workshop and making crafts with his scroll saw.  He loved going to craft fairs during the year and enjoyed visiting with people.  Tom was an avid bass fisherman from the early 1950s and enjoyed his boats and fishing buddy, Reg Carpenter.  He also enjoyed daily conversation over coffee with friend Bill McCarthy.  Evening campfires with Armand Belisle and Betsy Bumps were special times for him.

Tom held memberships in the American Legion Newport Post and the “Herbert B. March Social Club,” whose members met daily at Wendy’s to discuss various topics over coffee. He also volunteered with the AARP income tax service.  Tom loved his kitties, especially JJ, Sammy, Pumpkin, Teakettle, Rascal and Tuco.

Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Derby; his son, Ronald; his brother, Douglas and wife, Virginia, of Montpelier; his sisters-in-law Christina Jones and Shirley Jones; and by cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Stanley, sister Janice, and brother Carlton.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel, 37 Lake Road, Newport, on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the chapel.

Contributions may be made to: Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, Inc., 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855-9644; or to Dailey Memorial Library, in care of Barbara Whitehill, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont  05829.

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

Clarence E. Maker

Clarence E. Maker, 84, of Newport died on February 22, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 9, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Alan and Gertrude (Arland) Maker.  He married Cecile Young who predeceased him.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and he was also a truck driver.

Mr. Maker was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he attended the Meeting Place in Newport.  His hobbies included hunting and gardening.  He always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Powell of Asheville, North Carolina; his granddaughter Kayla Bernier of Asheville; his foster son Dennis Fields, state representative of Sanbornton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven with full military honors.

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

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Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville, 88, of Craftsbury died on Monday, February 25, 2013, at his home, in his favorite recliner with his wife and youngest son at his side.

He was born in East Albany on January 15, 1925, to the late Charlie Sanville and Theda (Long) Sanville.

Mr. Sanville attended Barton Academy and worked at farming from 1945 to 1955 and for the town of Albany.  He was employed at Anderson Manufacturing in Orleans for the next eight years, followed by 26 years at Ethan Allen Furniture in Orleans, until his retirement in 1990.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed his family, working around his home and grounds and assisting other more elderly neighbors with their daily chores.  For many years he was groundskeeper for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, keeping the walkways shoveled in winter, the grass mowed in summer and the general overseeing of the building and its working systems.

He married Lucille Lussier on June 16, 1945, and together they had nine children.

He is survived by Lucille, his loving wife of 67 years; eight children:  Ron and his wife, Diane, of Craftsbury, Roger and his wife, Pat, of Albany, Rick and his wife, Diane, of Essex, Rebecca of Essex, Ramona Dindo and her husband, Howard, of Chelsea, Regina Bailey and her husband, George, of Hardwick, Randy and his wife, Crystal, of Craftsbury, and Rhonda King and her husband, Greg, of Lyndonville; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ingalls of Albany; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Reginald; a brother, Sherwood; and by two sisters:  Sylvia Niles and Grace Sanville.

A funeral Mass was held on March 2 in Craftsbury Common.  Burial will take place in the spring at St. John of Cross Cemetery in East Albany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Fatima’s Ladies of the Altar Society, 85 Creek Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

Gerald Spaulding

Gerald Spaulding

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr.

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr. (Gerry), 64, died at Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, surrounded by his family on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Gerry was born on May 11, 1949, the son of Gerald and Gladys (Wylie) Spaulding.  For many years the Spauldings lived in Craftsbury and St. Johnsbury.  Gerry attended grade school in Craftsbury, then graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1966.  He graduated from Lyndon College in 1971 with a BA in English.  He was editor of the college newspaper, The Critic.

On December 24, 1971, Gerry married Mary Barnett of St. Johnsbury and, as he had been drafted into the Army, he soon left for Scoffield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii, where he was editor of Army newspaper, The Tropic Lightning.  His wife joined him a few months later upon graduating from Lyndon College.

When his tour of duty was completed, Gerry worked for Vermont Forests and Parks as a park ranger in various parks in the state.  Later he worked for the Vermont Department of Corrections until his retirement.  Gerry and Mary had two children, Jessica and Travis, who learned to love the outdoors and camping much like their Dad.

After his retirement Gerry spent two winters in Florida then resided in Wolcott.  On January 11, 2013, Gerry moved to Camus, Washington, to be with his children and grandchildren.

Gerry loved his music:  piano, guitar and harmonica, and he could multi-task with these instruments.  He always looked forward to jamming with his friends.  He loved wildlife and one might say that he was a would-be ornithologist, as he could identify birds on the wing.

Gerry was an avid gardener, woodsman, hunter, also a friend and mentor to many young people.  Most of all he loved camping with his children and grandchildren, particularly at one of his favorite places, the coast of Maine.

Survivors include:  daughter Jessica Eva Spaulding of Crested Butte, Colorada; son Travis Spaulding and his wife, Rebecca Ribidoux Spaulding; grandchildren Philomena (Mena) Eve Spaulding and William Kaiser Spaulding of Camus; sister Roberta S. Alexander and her husband, Robert M. Alexander, of Craftsbury Common.

Gerry was predeceased by his parents, his companion, Maureen Horgan, and his faithful cat, Fred.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, at the Craftsbury Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Craftsbury at 11 a.m. with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.

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Obituaries February 27, 2013

Beverly Clark

Beverly Clark

Beverly Lucille Clark

The death of Beverly Lucille Clark, 92, of Derby on February 20, 2013, is announced with heavy hearts filled with happy memories.

Mrs. Clark was born in Glens Falls, New York, on February 28, 1920, the eldest daughter of the late Bernard and Lucille Moses.  On May 1, 1946 she married Charles Clark and had five children. Mr. Clark predeceased her in 1962.  Her longtime companion, Arthur Bacon, also predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her very close and special granddaughter Kelly Paul and family; her daughters Sandra Foster and Amy Varney; her sons Donald Clark and Gary Clark; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Virginia Schies of New York and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Denis Clark and her sister Barbara Stranahan.

Mrs. Clark’s infectious laugh, beautiful smile, and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all.  She will be greatly missed by her loving and caring family at the Derby Green Nursing Home.

There will be no visiting hours.  A celebration of Mrs. Clark’s life will be held on Thursday, February 28, starting at 1 p.m. with family and friends and the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating a short service starting at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  A spring burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Friends may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Clark to the Derby Green Nursing Home Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Fred Cushing

Fred Cushing

Fred Pierce Cushing Sr.

 Fred Pierce Cushing Sr. of Jay died on February 21, 2013.

He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on November 17, 1931.  His father was Walter David Cushing, and his mother was Helen Emma (Pierce) Cushing.

He served his country in the U.S. Army before and during the Korean War.  He was a teacher at the Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas, and later helped establish the Eastern Air Defense Command.  After the service, Mr. Cushing worked for several large manufacturing corporations as a machinist, plant engineer, engineering manager, production manager, plant superintendent, and plant manager.

After retirement, he served his town of Jay, as town moderator, chairman of the listers, and zoning administrator for many years, which resulted in many sessions with Jay Peak for permitting process.  He was also a member of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

Mr. Cushing was very active at the North Troy Congregational Church, serving as a deacon, trustee, and head usher for several years.  He enjoyed playing cards, bus trips, and visiting with his many friends at the senior meal sites.

Fred is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Edna Cushing, of Jay; by his six children and their families:  Mary and Bill Harris, Fred Pierce Cushing Jr., Nancy and John Sparacio, David and Kristine Cushing, Steve and Kim Cushing, and Chris and Kerri Cushing.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; his sisters:  Marge Vierra and Helen Cushing-Raum; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a baby brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the North Troy Congregational Church with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A luncheon will follow at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, beginning at 4 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Cushing’s memory may be made to the North Troy Congregational Church, P.O. Box 199, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Mahlon Gonyaw

Mahlon Gonyaw

Mahlon H. Gonyaw

Mahlon Gonyaw of St. Johnsbury died on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport at the age of 85.  He had suffered a stroke on December 6 last year and received wonderful care at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport since mid-January.

He was born in East Albany on December 10, 1927, and grew up in Morgan where he attended school.  Mr. Gonyaw was the youngest of four children born to Mitchell and Sadie (Noyes) Gonyaw.  He married Madeline Driver of West Charleston on June 1, 1952.  She was the love of his life.

In his working days, Mr. Gonyaw was a well-respected dozer/backhoe operator and worked on the construction of area roads and much of Interstate 91.  He served in the Army Air Forces at the close of World War II and was a member of the American Legion post in Hardwick.  He and his wife were hard-working members of the Loyal Order of Moose #1779.

He is survived by his wife, Maddy; by five children:  Bryce Gonyaw and his wife, Debbie, of Danville, Clair Gonyaw and Judy of Concord, Dixie Vallie and her husband, R.J., of Williston, Diane Covell and her husband, Jim, of St. Johnsbury, and Vicki Langone and her husband, Rob, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; by three grandchildren:  Heather, Megan, and Adam; two great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Marvin, who lived in East Charleston, and Roland, who lived in Morgan, as well as a sister just a month ago, Mildred Major of Island Pond.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 2, at the Moose Lodge at 2388 Portland Street in St. Johnsbury.  The gathering will begin at 10 a.m.  At 11 a.m. there will be a commemorative service followed by a light luncheon.

Mr. Gonyaw loved animals and was concerned for their welfare.  Please consider making a memorial contribution to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport Vermont 05855; or to any animal shelter of your choice.

Sayles Funeral Home of St. Johnsbury is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

 Clarence E. Maker

Clarence E. Maker, 84, of Newport died on February 22, 2013, in Newport.

He was born June 9, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Alan and Gertrude (Arland) Maker.

He married Cecile Young, who predeceased him.  He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  He was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and he was also a truck driver.

Mr. Maker was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he attended the Meeting Place in Newport.  His hobbies included hunting and gardening.  He always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Powell of Asheville, North Carolina; by his granddaughter Kayla Bernier, also of Asheville; his foster son Dennis Fields, state representative from Sanbornton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on May 24 at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven with full military honors.

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

John Warner

John Warner

John (Jackie) (Jackson) William Warner

John (Jackie) (Jackson) William Warner of Lowell died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on February 23, 2013.

He was born September 29, 1933, in Lowell to Wallace and Lilis Warner.

Mr. Warner lived a full life, venturing into many endeavors.  As a young man, he worked with the family’s sawmill.  He served a short stint in the U.S. Air Guards.  He also worked at the asbestos mines.  In 1958 he attended a trade school in Chicago, Illinois, to become a radio and TV technician.

He was a lineman and master electrician and owned and operated Warner’s Electric.  He was also a truck driver.

Mr. Warner enjoyed working in his garden, and he owned his own plane.  He loved giving rides to anyone who wanted one.  He bowled for many years on a league with his son Shawn.

He leaves behind a large loving family, including his children:  Daniel Warner and his wife, Jeanie, of East Albany and their children Dakota and Jade Warner; Marcia Warner and her partner, Mardy Pratt, and her children:  Kevin and Stephine Uhlendorff and Caleb Warner; and Shawn Warner and his wife, Shannon, and their children Adam, Samantha, and Johnie.  He also leaves behind a granddaughter-in-law, Danielle LaRoe; two great-grandchildren:  Glycerine Uhlendorff and Gabriel LaRoe;  his former wife, Lois Starr, of North Troy; his sisters and brother:  Michael (Mickey) Warner of Lowell, Beth Potter and her husband, Brad, of Ryegate, and Shirleen Dolan of Morrisville; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by two brothers, Lawrence (Lonnie) Warner and Winston Warner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Lowell Congregational Church with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.  Friends may call at the church on March 1 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

 

 

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Obituaries February 20, 2013

Richard Chase

Richard Chase

Richard C. Chase

Richard C. Chase, 80, of Newport died on February 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 24, 1932, in Barton, a son of Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase.  He married Grace Mary Davis, who predeceased him on December 24, 1996.

Mr. Chase was employed by Elmwood Dairy as a delivery man and mechanic for 23 years.  He enjoyed hunting, mechanic work, and woodworking.  He and his wife traveled to Florida, Ohio, and Long Island, New York, to visit relatives.

He is survived by his children:  Gary Chase and his wife, Corlene, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Douglas Chase of Derby; by his grandson Cody Chase; by his stepgrandchildren:  Jason, Celeste, Krystal, and Devin Messier, and Corbett Lee; by his brothers and sisters:  Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, Larry Chase and his friend, Beverly White, Phyllis Kennison, and Patricia Herman and her husband, Norman, all of Evansville.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

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

Barbara Helen Hudson

Barbara Helen Hudson, 86, passed away peacefully at the Union House Nursing Home on February 18, 2013.  She was born on June 19, 1925, in Lyndonville, the daughter of the late William Edgar Kellaway and Bertha (Fowler) Kellaway.

She attended graded school in Lyndonville and was a 1943 graduate of Lyndon Institute.  She resided for the majority of her life in Manchester Center and Berlin Corners with her late husband of 62 years, Noah Wallace Hudson.  They retired in 1998 and moved back to Lyndonville, where they both had a strong sense of community, loyal friends, and family.  A devout Episcopalian, she loved her family and lived her life very quietly for them.

Mrs. Hudson was pre-deceased by her brother, Edger William Kellaway.  She is survived by her nephew, Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, and daughter, Charli, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.

There will be no calling hours or funeral.  There will be a spring internment at Pine Grove Cemetery with a date and time to be announced.
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin, 81, of Jay died on February 12, 2013.  She survived her husband, Roger, of 62 years, by 27 days.

She was born on March 29, 1931, in Stamford, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Ruth Spielman.  She grew up in Connecticut with her six brothers and two sisters.  After high school, she married Roger and started a family.  They moved to Vermont in 1969, where they raised their six children.

Mrs. Morin took great pride in her family.  It was hard for any visitor to enter her house without being taken through her collection of pictures.  One by one, she would take you down the line of all six kids’ graduation pictures, and if you had the time it didn’t stop there, she would also take you through the pictures of the grand kids and great-grand kids. She loved little kids and adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Even in her later years, her face would light up at the sight of a baby and you often heard her say, “Now, who is this little one?” followed by, “Oh, isn’t he or she a cutie” and then a little giggle.  There is no denying her love of children.

She also loved playing cards of any kind and especially bingo.  She took great pride in her winnings no matter who the opponent may have been and was considered by many as an excessively lucky lady.  During her 40-plus years in Jay, she was involved with the Jay Volunteer Fire Department bingo and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She and her husband enjoyed their travels throughout the U.S. and Europe, including their many trips with Community Circle.

She is survived by her six children:  Jean Janci of Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Morin of Nashville, Kim Starr of Tucson, Arizona, Jo-Ann Chicoine of Suffolk, Virginia, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and Roger (Chip) Morin Jr. of Troy.  She had 15 grandchildren:  Jennifer Royea, Aaron Janci, Meghan Janci, Carolyn Patenaude, Katie Holt, Amanda Trono, Chad Chicoine, Onalee Hopkins, Ashley Juliano, Lee-Ann Cotner, Mitchell Hartman, Tyler Starr, Nicholas Leithead, Hanna Morin, and Andrew Morin; and 14 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Lois, and Charles and his wife, Sylvia; her sisters-in-law:  Patricia and Mary Spielman; her brother-in-law Leo and his wife, Kathe Morin; her brother-in-law Albert Morin and his wife, Kathleen; and by her sisters-in-law:  Blanche Sullivan, Carmen Scofield, Patricia Valley and Leni Morin.  She was predeceased by her husband Roger; and by her brothers and sisters:  Bill, John, Richard, Jean, Evelyn and David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Martha Richardson, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the North Troy American Legion Post #28, Attention Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, 157 Revoir Flat Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

A combined graveside service will be held for both Mr. and Mrs. Morin on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Dale Douglas Paul

Dale Douglas Paul, 66, a retired educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, died on February 8, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on July 29, 1947, she was the daughter of William Douglas and the late Jeannette (Ernst) Douglas.

She graduated from Syracuse University and advanced training in education at the University of New Hampshire.  She was a lifelong educator, who taught in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District in New York, and the Glover Community School and Barton Graded School in Vermont.  She moved to St. Albans in 1987 and then taught at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 15 years.  Her special love for literature and learning inspired many of her students, and she also shared her gift for bringing stories to life with her family and friends.

Survivors include her father, William Douglas, of Marcellus, New York; her brother Bruce Douglas and his wife, Betsy, of Syracuse; their sons:  Andrew and Alex Douglas; and her cousins Alison Kelly and Grant Alpern of Atlanta, Georgia.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Private messages of condolence to the Douglas family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Roger Shaffer

Roger Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer, 74, of Barton died on February 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 12, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Wade and Georgeanna (Kidwell) Shaffer.

He married the former Dale Allen who predeceased him.

Mr. Shaffer was owner of the Hangman Frame Shop in Hardwick.  He worked for Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, where he created sets for stage productions.  He also worked for the Home Depot in Connecticut.  He moved to this area in 1990 where he was very involved with the restoration of the Barton Memorial Building theater.  He also created the Branford Festival in Branford, Connecticut.  As a young man, he and his first wife, Ursel, traveled cross-country showing the Batik paintings that they created.

He is survived by his children:  Erik Shaffer of Avon, Connecticut, and Wendy Shaffer of New Haven, Connecticut; by his grandchildren:  David and Sydney Shaffer; and by his stepchildren:  Laurel, Heather and Sam of Connecticut, and Jesse of New York.  He is also survived by his former wife, Ursel Shaffer, of Middletown, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by a brother, George Shaffer.

Funeral services were held on February 16 in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Memorial Building Restoration and Revitalization Committee, in care of Patsy Tompkins, 19 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

John Washburn

John Washburn

John E. Washburn

 John E. Washburn, 71, of Newport died on Monday, February 11, 2013, in Burlington.

The son of Jay and Aline Washburn, he was born on December 12, 1941, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Washburn spent two years of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father worked for Saudi Aramco.  Boy Scouting was life-forming for Mr. Washburn; he became the first scout in his troop to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  As the recipient of several science fair awards during his high school years, he had dreams of attending the California Institute of Technology to study aeronautics or nuclear chemistry.  However, while working at Borden Chemical as a chemist during his junior college years, a conversion experience changed the path of his life.  Subsequently, he completed his undergraduate studies at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and went on to graduate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1970 with a doctor of ministry.

Mr. Washburn thrived on designing creative Christian education for youths and adults.  He shared those skills at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate professor of Christian education, and on the staff of churches in Oklahoma City, Stillwater Oklahoma, and Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was always adventuresome, so when called to serve a church in Alaska, he drove a small U-Haul truck 4,000 miles to Fairbanks.  It was there that he took the first steps toward formal ordination; he was ordained in 1987 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Doctor John Washburn served as the pastor of churches in Anchorage and Sitka, Alaska.

In 1988, he left church ministry to develop software.  His business, Software Sharing Ministries, catered to individual needs of churches and church schools.

He met Sheryl Marie Reinke in Sitka, and they were married on July 22, 1988.  Adventure and exploring continued as they lived in Tacoma Washington; Sterling, Colorado; Juneau, Alaska; Moscow, Idaho; and Newport.

Everyone who knew Mr. Washburn experienced his disarming whit and sense of humor.  He challenged the status quo and had a huge heart for the underdog.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl of Newport: his sister Jeane Avilla of Union City, California; and by his nephews:  Jimmie and Johnnie Harrison, also of California.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A service celebrating his life was held on February 16 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau, Alaska 99801; or to the charity of one’s choice.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.  Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”  — Revelation 14:13

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

Ruth Wright

Ruth Wright

 Ruth M. Wright

 Ruth M. Wright, 88, of Derby died on February 13, 2013.

She was born in Asbestos, Quebec, on August 6, 1924, to Walter and Sarah Carson McKeage.  When she was a small child her mother died, and she went to live with her uncle and aunt Ernest and Nellie Willey of Mt. Vernon Street in Newport.  She had two sisters, Barbara and Irene, who predeceased her.  She graduated from Newport High School.

She married William F. Wright in 1946.  Mr. Wright went into the service shortly after high school and Mrs. Wright went to work for the Bell Telephone switchboard.  She spent many years as a telephone operator.  She also worked at American Maple where she made great friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright had a daughter, Debra.  Mrs. Wright was the greatest mom in the world.  Debra married Reginald Judd, and they had a son, Jared, who was Mrs. Wright’s pride and joy.   Mrs. Wright was also known as Gram Ruth to the many children she took care of through the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 2000 and her son-in-law Reginald in 2001.

She leaves behind her daughter Deb Judd and grandson Jared and his wife, Jessica Judd, all from Derby; her niece Linda McCauley from Ontario; her nephew Bradley from Massachusetts; her great friend Sherry Labounty from Derby; and Deb and Jim Kinney from Derby Line, who have become part of the family.  She will be greatly missed and remembered with never-ending love.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Wright would appreciate donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or Pets of the Kingdom, care of Vicky Connor, 2907 Shilafoux Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

 

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Obituaries February 13, 2013

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Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette, 89, of Holliston, Massachusetts, formerly of Island Pond, died on February 10, 2013, in Framingham, Massachusetts.

She was born January 8, 1924, in Brockville, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.  On February 29, 1944, she married Bertrand Caouette, who predeceased her in 2002.

Mrs. Caouette was a resident of Island Pond for over 70 years.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary in Newport.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas H. Caouette and his wife, Nancy, of Cordova, Maryland, Theodore Caouette and his wife, Louise, of Stark, New Hampshire, and George Caouette and his wife, Linda, of Holliston, Massachusetts; by eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by two sisters:  Kathleen Twofoot of Island Pond and Helene Gagne of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at the St. James Parish Center in Island Pond where a Mass will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

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

Neil T. Drew

 Well known news reporter Neil T. Drew, 71, died on January 30, 2013, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.

He was born in Newport on February 24, 1941, a son of Milton W. and Pearl Tabor Drew.

In 2009 he married Darlene Wardner.  They divorced in 1990, but they remained lifelong friends.  She and her husband, Gene, reside in Shelburne.

Surviving are his ex-wife, Darlene; daughter Kimberly DeMattio; granddaughter Amanda DeMattio of Colchester; stepson Michael Dana of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; his brother Darryl Drew and his wife, Rita, of Scotia, New York; nephew Dennis Drew and his wife, Karen, and their son Leo of Rochester, New York; niece Laurinda Drew (Scott) and their children Bryan and Jennifer, all of Clifton Park, New York; his brother- and sister-in-law Lowell and Cherrill Tennyson of Malone, New York; and sister- and brother-in-law Margo Tennyson (Chris) Sttromer.

A private prayer service has been planned for the family.  The family received friends at the Spaulding Funeral home on February 8 and February 9.

Albert Flory

Albert Flory

Albert Arthur Flory Sr.

 Albert A. Flory Sr., 92, formerly of Newport, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

He was born on March 13, 1920, in Fair Haven.

Mr. Flory was a 1938 graduate of Fair Haven High School.  He attended Norwich University, earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1942.  While attending Norwich, he developed an interest in horses, serving as captain of the riding team and being a member of the cavalry.  He was known as “Zeke” to his friends at Norwich.

Upon graduation, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, he served his country in the Signal Corps during World War II in England, France and Germany between 1943 and 1946.  Prior to being shipped to the European theater, he met and married second lieutenant Esther Flory, RN, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  They both served overseas.

Upon returning to the U.S. after the war, Mr. Flory became a captain in the Vermont Army Reserves.  From 1946 to 1953, he was employed as manager of the electrical division of the Vermont Marble Co. in Proctor.  He also served as a volunteer fireman in the town of Proctor.

Moving to Newport in 1953, Mr. Flory became district manager for Citizens Utilities Electrical Division.  For 33 years, he served his company and community with energy and dedication.

During his long tenure at Citizens, his local and state contributions included serving as president of Newport’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.  He served as a member of North Country Hospital’s board of directors and as president of the Newport Country Club.  Beyond his local community, he served as state president of the Vermont Electrical Association and president of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.  Most recently, he served as a volunteer for the radiology department at North Country Hospital before moving to Maple Lane Nursing Home.

A true Vermonter, Mr. Flory’s love of the Northeast Kingdom was equaled by his love of golf and his enjoyment of skiing.  His involvement with skiing led to his leadership in the modernization of the distribution of electricity to Jay Peak Ski Area.  He was actively involved with Jay Peak ski racing and ski instructors’ programs. He spent many weekends at Jay Peak skiing with family and friends.

Hunting, fishing and driving the back roads of Vermont were also favorite pastimes.  Upon retirement in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Flory enjoyed visiting family and vacationing in Florida.

Mr. Flory was predeceased by his parents, William and Melvina Flory; his sister Loraine Thompson; his brother Joseph Flory; and by his beloved wife, Esther Marie Flory.

He leaves four children:  Ann Marie Flory of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Haidee Flory of Westminster, Colorado, Sally Field of Telluride, Colorado, and Al Flory Jr. of Etna, New Hampshire.  Grandchildren include:  Lauren M. Wygant of Del Rio, Texas, Aaron Surprenant of Golden, Colorado, Alex Zarrouk of Westminster, Colorado, and Elizabeth and John Flory of Etna.

Some of Mr. Flory’s favorite sayings were, “It’s a great life,” and “It’s not how much you know but what you do with it that counts.” Remembering his words, may God grant him eternal peace.

A Mass was scheduled to be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 13, at 10 a.m.  There will be no calling hours.  A reception for family and friends will take place after the service at the East Side Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Chapter of 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.com.

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Lawrence Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew, 54, of North Troy died on February 4, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 28, 1958, a son of Gordon and Theresa (Lafond) Mayhew.  On April 10, 1998, he married Lori Decker who survives him.

He was the maintenance supervisor at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  He enjoyed hunting, maple sugaring, and watching NASCAR where his favorite driver was Tony Stewart.  He loved to joke around and was a jack of all trades. He also enjoyed carpentry and mechanic work.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Mayhew, of North Troy; his four children:  Megan Simpson and her husband, Devin, of North Troy, Amanda Effrig and her husband, Mark, of Derby Line, Daniel LaBarron and his wife, Stephanie, of Newport, and Caitlyn LaBarron and Dennis Labbee of North Troy; his grandchildren:  Elizabeth, Marissa, and Noah Simpson, Mark Jr. and Isaac Effrig, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; his brothers and sisters:  Roland Mayhew and his wife, Rosemary, of Troy, David Mayhew and his wife, Debbie, of North Troy, Robert Mayhew and his wife, Carla, of Kansas, Eugene Mayhew and his wife, Candy, of North Troy, Terry Decker of Newport, and Annette Brown and her husband, Gordon, of Coventry; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Megan LaBarron; his parents Gordon and Theresa Mayhew; and by his nephew Jeremy Mayhew.

A celebration of his life was held on February 8 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Committee, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Regena M. Petersen

Regena M. Petersen, 79, of Holland died on February 4, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1933, in Holland, a daughter of Eugene and Hattie (Judd) Mosher.

She loved to watch NASCAR racing and game shows.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who always enjoyed family visits and gatherings.

She and her first husband, Henry Camber, were married for 15 years.  She later married Robert Petersen.  They were married for 11 years, until his death in 2006.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Camber and his wife, Sara, of Holland, Edith Stabene and her husband, Harvey, of Barre, Mary Petersen of Westminster, Massachusetts, and Robert Petersen Jr. of Gardner, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by her sisters:  Helen Plante of Derby, and Beulah Paddleford of West Charleston; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Earl Mosher and his wife, Arlene, Reginald Mosher, and Audry Dunn and Kathleen.

Funeral services were held on February 9 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan Church Building Fund, 14 Meade Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

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Clinton Sheehy

 Clinton P. Sheehy Jr.

Clinton P. Sheehy Jr., 75, of Orleans died on February 1, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 18, 1937, in Manhattan, New York, a son of Clinton and Margaret (Kulhken) Sheehy Sr.  He spent his younger years at Garden City, Long Island, New York, and enjoyed camping on Lake Panamoka at the lake house.

He was a purchasing agent for Columbia Forest Products for many years, then he was a courier for the Howard National Bank for several years.

Mr. Sheehy enjoyed the Vermont outdoors and was an avid fisherman off the bridge on Lake Memphremagog.  He really enjoyed ice fishing on Echo Lake.  While serving in the Marines, he specialized in meteorology, and after the service he continued that interest as a hobby for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his brothers:  Donald Sheehy and his wife, Peggy, and Bruce Sheehy and his wife, Madeline; and by his close friends Greg Tocci and his wife, Emily, and Marie Jax.

At his request, there will be no visitation or service, and his remains will be scattered on the Vermont soil that he loved so much.

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

Jerald E. Squires

Jerald E. Squires, 73, died on February 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan.

Mr. Squires was born on April 2, 1939, in Barton, a son of the late Basil and Effie (Eastman) Squires.  He retired as a civil engineer from the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.

He is survived by three daughters:  Cindy Squires of Gwinn, Michigan, Debra Westhart and her husband, Greg, of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and Vicky Sicotte of Gwinn; by nine grandchildren:  Jessica and Joshua Squires, Justin Batcheller, Donald and Edward Motley, Bryana Westhart, Jacquelyn McCoy, John Michael, and Jason Sicotte; by one great-granddaughter, Andriana Revord; by his brother David Squires and his wife, Susan, of Glover; and by niece Michelle Trottier and her husband, Jim, of Wheelock.

He was predeceased by his sisters Louise and Lucille and by his brother Roger.

A memorial service was held on February 8 in the chapel of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with the Reverend Ardy Johnson officiating.

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Helen Taylor

 Helen Catherine Taylor

Helen Catherine (Connor) Taylor, 85, of Meridian, Idaho, died on February 3, 2013, with her husband, Preston, by her side.

She was residing at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

She was born on June 19, 1927, in Newport, a daughter of the late Julia (Flanders) Connor Paquin, and the late George Connor.  She attended South School in Newport and graduated from Newport Center High School in 1945.

On October 2, 1944, she married Preston Augustus Taylor in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Winooski.  They made their home in Barton.  Through the years, they also lived in Barre and Montpelier, and in 1977 they moved and made their home in Meridian.

Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a loving, devoted mother to her 12 children.  She enjoyed cooking, couponing, reading, gardening, sewing, and knitting.  She also enjoyed traveling and camping.  What she enjoyed most was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.  She loved getting the family all together for birthdays, cookouts, or dinners.

She was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader.  She belonged to Home Dem, TOPS, Catholic Daughters, and most recently with the Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart, and Morning Light Community.  She was a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church.

She worked for the Vermont Department of Education, enjoyed being a Tupperware dealer, and loved running a daycare with her husband.  She loved children and believed in education, always encouraging her children and grandchildren to attend college.  She attended Community College of Vermont and Castleton College, and graduated from Boise State College with a bachelor of arts degree in childhood development at the age of 50.

She is survived by her husband Preston; her children:  Marilyn (Taylor-Reynolds) Bisson, and husband, Rosaire, of Barre, James Taylor and his fiancée, Maureen Tomlin, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne and his wife, Cathy, of Meridian, Gary and his wife, Jeanne, of Meridian, Joyce (Taylor) Dutil and her husband, Leo, of Barre, Michael and his wife, Debbie, of Boise, Idaho, Jeff and his wife, Yvonne, of Emmett, Idaho, Tim and his wife, Denise, of Meridian, Carole (Taylor) Tucker and her husband, Brent, of Boise, and Cathy (Taylor) Pruett and her friend, Chuck, of Emmett.  She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.  She also leaves her brother Robert Connor and his wife, Bernice, of Essex; and her sister Margaret Cushing of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children:  Joseph and William George Taylor.

A vigil and funeral Mass were held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; or please support the Giving Tree at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at Christmas in her memory.

Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.accentfuneral.com.

 

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