Obituaries May 17, 2017

Harry Saunders Blanchard

Harry “Jack” Saunders Blanchard, 91, of Danville, died on March 27, 2017, at The Pines in Lyndonville, where he had resided since 2009.

Mr. Blanchard was born on October 16, 1925, in Orleans, a son to the late Harrison and Grace (Milne) Blanchard. A graduate of Orleans High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer, the USS McGowan. He and his wife, Phyllis, met in first grade, married in 1948, and enjoyed a lifetime of love until her death just four months ago.

Mr. Blanchard attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1950, and then the University of Michigan where he received a doctorate in chemistry in 1955. He worked as a research scientist for General Electric, then as a teacher, and later headmaster, at Kimberton Farms School and as vice-president of operations for General Building Services in Pennsylvania. In 1985, the Blanchards returned to Vermont, residing in Middlebury where Mr. Blanchard worked in real estate, until retiring to Danville in 1998.

He was a master gardener, enjoyed walking, poetry, and sailing in his earlier years. He was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church and the Vermont 251 Club; he held a special affinity for the town of Plymouth. Mr. Blanchard had a love for books and enjoyed spending time at the Pope library. He will be remembered by many for his brilliant sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Mark, David, and Jamie; his grandchildren: Stacey, Ashley, Javin, Miranda, Hannah, Sheldon, and Nigel; and by his great-grandchildren: Skyler, Arielle, and Lachlan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 20, at the Danville United Methodist Church on the town green with a luncheon to follow. Burial will take place later that day at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011, or by going to www.alz.org, or to Danville Senior Meals Site.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

John Doyon

John Doyon, 60, of Island Pond, died on May 4, 2017, at the North Country Hospital in Newport, after a brief illness.

He was born on June 12, 1956, in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the son of Roland and Bethany (Sawyer) Doyon.

He proudly served in the United States Navy on a submarine during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond.

Mr. Doyon enjoyed cooking, fishing, and joking around with people in town. His motto and favorite saying was, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.”

He is survived by his daughter Cassidy Doyon; the mother of his daughter, Nancy Doyon; his father, Roland “Middy” Doyon; three stepchildren: Ashley, Kylie, and Chris Bowman; his brother Tom Doyon and his wife, Peggy; and by his nieces and nephews: Tracie, Jackie, Jill, Breanna, Dominique, and Nick.

He was predeceased by his mother, Bethany Doyon; and his brother Pete Doyon.

A gathering of remembrance will be held at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond on Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m.

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

 

Lucien LeBel

Lucien LeBel of Derby died on May 12, 2017, at Derby Green in Derby.

He was born on June 8, 1930, in Montreal, to Auguste and Christine (Crepelle) LeBel. On October 19, 1968, he married Alice Raymo, who survives him. He moved to Coventry when he was 15 and worked on the family farm. He graduated from Newport High School. He worked as a parts man at W.S. Mitchell’s for about 30 years and then at the East Side Restaurant.

Mr. LeBel loved working in his vegetable garden and yard, walking most every day, all sports, especially hockey, and watching game shows on TV. He was a member of Newport Baptist Church and also attended Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church.

He is survived by his wife, Alice LeBel, of Derby; by his children: Bruce LeBel of Derby, David LeBel and his wife, Melissa, of Fall River, Massachusetts, and Christine Provoncha and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line; and by his grandchildren: Bethany and Mitchell Provoncha of Derby Line. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Tom Beardsley; his sister-in-law Ellie Tyler; and by nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Florence Racine.

There will be a private family service at the Derby Cemetery at a later date.

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

 

Patricia Ann Loveland Marsh

Patricia Ann Loveland Marsh, 86, of Orleans, died on May 11, 2017, in Newport.

She was born in Orleans on January 10, 1931, the only child of Esther Loveland.

She lived with her mother and grandfather Victor Loveland until the age of 16 when her mother died and she married her sweetheart, Slayton Marsh, of Brownington Village. Together they raised three daughters: Vicki, who died at age 20 in 1968, Nancy Morley Reynolds of Derby, and Holly Martel of Coventry.

She graduated from Orleans High School, and very soon after became secretary to the principal. She spent years in the central office of Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and later as a guidance secretary at Lake Region Union High School. As a more “mature student,” Mrs. Marsh graduated from Lyndon State College having always made the president’s list. From here she moved into the classrooms at Lake Region and then to the Center for Adult Basic Education. She especially loved this challenge saying each person who attended class there wanted to learn and it was fun working with them. She had always enjoyed school and excelled in all things academic.

Mr. and Mrs. Marsh, along with their daughters and later their four grandsons, found their Brownington home to be a place of family gatherings, celebrations, holidays, and Sunday dinners. She especially loved cats, flowers from her gardens, Mr. Marsh’s home cooking, and taking long rides in the car.

Over the years she joined tour groups visiting England, Turkey, and Israel several times. She was a 700 page per day reader of novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Her library was extensive and learning and traveling through reading were her passion.

Mrs. Marsh loved her church and served in many capacities at the Brownington UCC until blindness over took her. Over the years she taught summer Bible school, Sunday school, attended Bible studies, and directed the youth choir. She appreciated the beauty of nature, exploring museums and galleries, and listening to classical music.

She battled and survived five cancers always conquering them and moving on. For the past three years she resided at the Michaud Memorial Manor in Derby Line forming meaningful and trusting relationships with the loving staff and faithful visitors.

Mrs. Marsh was predeceased by her husband, Slayton, in 2013; and by her daughter Vicki in 1968.

She is survived by her daughters Nancy Reynolds and her husband, “Red,” and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom; by her grandsons: John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim Boettcher, of Orleans, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Orleans, and Mercy Cianciolo and her husband, David, of Coventry. She also leaves her great-grandchildren: Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Cara, Kristen, and Enoch John Rowell, and Trevor and Avery Rowell; step great-grandchild: Meg Prue and her daughters, Madisun and Emmalin Daignault; and great-great-granddaughter Aleeah Pothier.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, May 17, at the Brownington Village Church. Friends may call at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. 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 Lake Region Senior Center, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com

Gary W. Powers

Gary W. Powers, 59, of Derby, died on May 6, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 28, 1958, in Newport to Ray and Vida (Doncaster) Powers. On August 10, 1989, he married the former Jennifer Troupe, who survives him.

He was an engineer and worked for Caterpillar manufacturing in Indiana where he retired in October 2015. Mr. Powers was a gentleman farmer, loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking, and loved to listen to live music.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Powers, of Derby; by his children: Megan Timmons and her husband, Brian, of Lafayette, Indiana, Casey Powers of Pasadena, California, Marshall Powers of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Annie Powers of Bloomington, Indiana. He is also survived by two sisters: Beth Crowe and her husband, Clifford, of West Charleston, and Marsha Brunelle and her husband, Victor, of West Charleston; his nephews: Jeff and Gabe; his niece Summer; and his great-niece Kylie.

Funeral services were held on May 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, followed by interment in West Charleston Cemetery.

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

 

Charles (Butch) Rash

Charles “Butch” Rash Jr., 62, of Barton, died May 5, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born December 28, 1954, to Charles Sr. and Ruth Davis Rash.

He is survived by his sisters: Rachel Rash Pelletier and her children: Kathlene and David, and Nan Rash Pariseau and her daughter Julie Pariseau. He is also survived by Amy Elliott, and her son, Daemyn; by his roommate and caregiver, Ted Zayne; and by numerous cousins.

Mr. Rash’s second family were his friends and cohorts at the Lake House Saloon in Barton, and the Gap Pub and Grill in Westmore. He could lift a glass, and did, with all of them.

He loved life and lived it to the max. He farmed for many years and then went to work on construction projects, first for Dan Scott, and then with J.P. Sicard. He worked for Mr. Sicard until his lung condition forced him into retirement.

Mr. Rash never married, but liked to say he loved women, and enjoyed each and every relationship.

At his request, there will be no formal service. Friends and family met at the Lake House Saloon on May 12, to reminisce and remember.

 

Laurie Ann (Keement) Sidney

Laurie Ann (Keement) Sidney, 56, of Newport, beloved wife of Elwin (Bub) Sidney III, died peacefully on May 13, 2017, with her family by her side after her long battle with cancer.

She was born on May 2, 1961, in Newport. On May 1, 2011, she married Elwin (Bub) Sidney III. She is survived by her mother Sadie Watters of Morgan; her children: Jennifer McAllister and her husband, Shaun, Kevin Pion and his partner, Monica Carpenter, Jeremy Pion and his partner, Nicole Jaycox; by her stepchildren Elwin Sidney IV, and Amanda Meunier and her husband, Jonathan; her grandchildren: Meadow, Hunter, Austen, Hannah, Kyle, McKayla, Taylor, Arianna, Alexis, Abby, and Julia; her siblings: Ila and Starlyn Chilafoux, Linda and John Kudla, Debbie and Francis Chaput, Mary and Bernie Lantagne, and John and Kerry Keement; and by several special nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father John Lawrence Keement Sr.; and her grandson Casey Jeremy Rodriguez-Camp.

Ms. Sidney enjoyed working in the public with people such as at The Brown Cow, Peebles, and Maurices. She enjoyed selling 50/50 tickets at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends, camping, and riding motorcycles.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., at the American Legion in Newport. Pastor Laurence Wall will officiate the service. A gathering will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855, The Children’s Oncology Group Hospital in Vermont, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05405, or to the Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries May 10, 2017

Zoe M. Brow

Zoe M. (Sweatt) Brow, 81, of Waterbury, Maine, and formerly of Craftsbury, beloved wife of the late Rudolph L. Brow, died on April 30, 2017, after a short illness, with her family at her side.

It is impossible to write of an amazing and strong woman in so few words. Born March 31, 1936, she lived a life full of happiness and compassion. Some of the fondest memories her family holds are picking apples, blueberries, and strawberries in the fields, her donuts and pie, and her ability to always know the right words. She resided in Waterboro, Maine, with her daughter, son, and granddaughter for the past ten years, and touched many lives in Maine. She will be remembered and greatly missed. The family holds her memory dear to their hearts, and those memories will never go away.

Mrs. Brow is survived by her sisters: Virginia Hagen, Carolyn Zamora, and Nita Potter; her brothers: Roger and Sonny Sweatt; her sister-in-law Beryl Sweatt; and her cousin Marion Gray of Errol, New Hampshire; by her daughters: Linda Johnson and Cathie Melvin; her sons: Douglas and Steven; her grandchildren: Esther and Earl, Jemiah, Amanda, Mike and Mikaila; and by nine great-grandchildren.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.

 

Elwin T. Brown

Elwin T. “Brownie” Brown, 77, of Derby, died at his home in Mount Dora, Florida, on January 27, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on November 8, 1939, to the late Donald and Margaret Brown. The last several years, he spent his time with his companion, Donna Higginson, who survives him.

Mr. Brown graduated from Derby Academy in 1957, as an avid member of the Future Farmers of America. He was part owner of a successful business, B and B General Repair, where he was a mechanic alongside of one of his greatest friends, Roger Buck. He always had a love for animals and farming, which led to him owning and operating the Brown Farm on the Beebe Road in Derby, along with his two youngest sons. When he retired from farming, he worked at Wright’s Enterprises until he moved to Mount Dora.

He is survived by his companion, Donna Higginson, of Mount Dora; by his children: Rex Brown and his wife, Megan, of North Carolina, Ellie Laperle of New Hampshire, Tina Simpson and her husband, Mark, of New Hampshire, Allen Brown and his wife, Theresa of New Hampshire, Greg Brown and his wife, Donna, of New York, Robert Brown and his wife, Jessica, of Derby, and Donald Brown and his wife Pamela of Derby. He is also survived by his sister, Effie Brown of Derby; and by a longtime close friend, Jim Zolko, of New York. He also leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all of Ms. Higginson’s immediate family.

He was predeceased by his parents Donald and Margaret Brown; his brother Charles Brown; nephew Jeff Lawson; and longtime friend Roger Buck.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., on the hilltop at the Brown Family Farm off Darling Hill Road in Derby.

Laura M. Gonyaw

Laura M. Gonyaw, 96, of Barton, died on April 27, 2017 at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by members of her family.

Mrs. Gonyaw was born in South Albany on March 25, 1921, to Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gili. She grew up on the family farm in South Albany where she enjoyed a happy childhood. Later in life she commented often of the times spent working the farm.

In 1939 she married Ferdinand Gonyaw and the two spent a lifetime raising their family of 12 children. They purchased a house in Barton where she spent over 70 years building memories. Mr. Gonyaw predeceased her in 1988. She is also predeceased by her son Carl Gonyaw.

Mrs. Gonyaw enjoyed a full, rich, and healthy life. She was an avid quilter and produced beautiful quilts for most all of her family. She had a love of sewing and stitched clothing and altered many pair of pants for friends and family. She was a skilled cook and enjoyed preparing holiday feasts, especially delicious pies. Many days were spent working in her garden, growing flowers, and watching the birds. For a number of years she traveled to Florida to spend the winters with family. Above all else, she loved her family and enjoyed their visits and family gatherings. She will be remembered for her giving personality.

She is survived by her children: Marie Moeykens, Lillian Gonyaw, Edward Gonyaw, Richard Gonyaw, Dean Gonyaw and his companion, Denise Marshall, Priscilla Sicard, Wayne Gonyaw and his companion, Carol, Bruce Gonyaw and his companion, Lynn Benoit, Linda Maclure Covington and her husband, Charlie, Marion Cook Irvin and her husband, Greg, Fran Dempsey and her husband, Fred; by her 26 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Margaret Wright and Rena Young; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son Carl; and also by her brothers: Ernest and John Gili; and by her sisters: Marie Chevetti, Rose Sanville, Alice Voyer, Louise Macroy, and Bertha Shortsleve.

Calling hours for friends and family will be held on Friday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A funeral service will follow directly after at 1 p.m., with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Flowers may be sent to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the: Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com

 

Norman L. “Jitney” Lewis

Norman L. “Jitney” Lewis, 88, of Danville, educator (1952 to 1983), cog railway engineer (1950 to1967) and entertainer (1928 to 2017) died of natural causes in the early morning hours of May 4, 2017, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

Mr. Lewis, the youngest of five boys born to Albert Arthur and Eunice Mattie (Colby) Lewis of Lunenburg, was proud to say he was born on 8/8/28 at 8 p.m., at home. He went to school in Lunenburg, Gilman, and graduated from Lancaster Academy in 1946. He followed his brothers into the military and served in the U.S. Army of the Occupation in Germany. Discharged and back home working on the town road crew, he took the milk truck driver’s advice and went to Lyndon Teachers College because, as Gob Streeter told him, “They’ll take anybody!”

At Lyndon, he was part of the first class to move up to the Vail Manor campus, and pitched for the baseball team. Active in campus politics, he made sure the hornet became the college’s mascot, and with his friend got in trouble for risqué cartoons in the campus newspaper. His roommate, George Trask (responsible for the “Jitney” nickname due to Mr. Lewis’ jitter-bugging ability at the local dance hall) introduced him to Colonel Henry Teague at the Mount Washington Railway, and thus began a summer job he went back to for 18 seasons — first alone then with his family.

Mr. Lewis met his partner at college. Barbara Jean Whitney was from South Royalton, and upon graduation the pair married in June 1952. Their teaching careers centered around Chester, Springfield, Newport, and Derby. Mrs. Lewis focused on elementary education, and Mr. focused on teaching and providing students guidance, before moving into administration as a principal, and then the superintendent’s office until he retired 1983. They had two children: Tim Lewis (a former broadcast journalist now teaching at his parents’ alma mater), and Cintra Hazen (a retired IBM employee now working part-time at the Northwestern Medical Center in human resources). Mrs. Hazen and her husband, Richard, provided Mr. and Mrs. Lewis with a granddaughter, Erica (a social service worker helping troubled youth in Chittenden County). The grandparents were glad Erica had two older half-brothers she could count on — Rick and Rob Hazen. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis moved to Danville in November 1995. Mrs. Lewis predeceased her husband in 2000 after 47 years of marriage.

Mr. Lewis was able to nurture his childhood desire to work in vaudeville by writing and producing original school plays that put every student on stage. He combined his vaudeville tendencies with his interest in politics, and orchestrated the perennial and constantly unsuccessful campaign of Representative Danny Gore of Avery’s Gore for more than 35 years and 1,500 appearances around the state, the region, and even in Colorado. Luckily the Gore family and the Lewis family got along well and provided much needed support for Mr. Lewis’ creativity. In 1994, Representative Gore followed U.S. Senator George Aiken’s Vietnam era advice that, “When in a hopeless campaign — declare victory and go home.” Even after withdrawing from the campaign, Mr. Lewis continued to monitor the political scene. He was glad he had lived long enough to see a black man be elected president, and had hoped to see Mrs. Lewis’ dream of a female chief executive fulfilled. He had trouble believing what he was seeing, and would shake his head while monitoring the new administration in D.C.

For the last two years, he and his son have worked to complete a manuscript first begun in 1962 of an operating manual for the Mount Washington Railway steam locomotives during the Jitney years of 1950 to 1967. While Jitney’s technical manual and eyewitness story-telling section was completed early on, his son morphed the document into an extensive memoir, and with the help of Jitney’s Cog family, it became an in-depth look into the little-known employees and events during the New Hampshire tourist attraction’s lifetime. The fourth draft was completed at the hospital the night Mr. Lewis died.

No service is planned at this point. Rep. Danny Gore said he and the Avery’s Gore Historicity Committee will hold a celebration of the life of his longtime campaign manager Norm Lewis this summer in Avery’s Gore. Mr. Lewis fully endorsed Representative Gore’s stance that kindness was the key to success in a community, and so those wishing to make donations in his memory should select a local organization — food shelf, historical society, or school program — that puts kindness and dignity for all the world’s people at the top of their agenda.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Herbert H. Newton Jr.

Herbert H. Newton Jr., 73, died on May 3, 2017 at the Union House in Glover. He was formerly of Rutherford, New Jersey, and Brownington.

Mr. Newton was born on February 16, 1944, in Kearny, New Jersey. He was the son of Herbert and Dorothy (Price) Newton.

He graduated from North Arlington High School in North Arlington, New Jersey, and from Delhi University in upstate New York. He enjoyed working on his classic Monte Carlo and showing it at Bergen County, New Jersey, car shows. He also enjoyed playing guitar and attending family gatherings with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his siblings: Doug Newton and his wife, Patricia, of Brownington, Glenn Newton of White House Station, New Jersey, and Carol Robb of New Egypt, New Jersey; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Richard Robb.

A private service for the family will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Newton’s memory may be made to the Epilepsy Association of Vermont, 92 Ethan Allen Avenue, Winooski, Vermont 05404.

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

 

Anna Rebecca Powers

Anna Rebecca “Becky” Powers, 95, of Irasburg, died on April 30, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on July 27, 1921, in Irasburg, to Clarence and Merle (Duckles) Fisher. On April 25, 1942, she married Raymond H. Powers who predeceased her on April 28, 2011.

Mrs. Powers was town clerk and treasurer in Irasburg for many years and a Dairy Herd Improvement Association milk tester. She was a member of the Farm Bureau Association, and lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the matriarch of the family, and she enjoyed baking, playing bingo, gardening, knitting, crocheting, maple sugaring at the sugar house on her property, and taking care of family.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Slack and her partner, Karl Tilden, of Thetford Center, Stephen Powers and his wife, Carolyn, of Anderson, South Carolina, Rachel Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Sharon (McCormick) Fortin and her husband, Raymond, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren: Elwyn Brooks and his wife, Penny, Carolyn Kanalos and her husband, Marc, Deborah McCormick and her fiancé, Russ Ingalls, Cynthia Royer and her companion, Noel Pixley, Jeffrey Brooks and his wife, Susan, Susan Larose and fiancé, Chad Robey, and Jennifer Foster and her husband, Doug; by her great-grandchildren: Shelby, Amber, and Autumn Brooks, Becca and Jessica Kanalos, Brad and Emma Brooks, Emily Grace, Tallulah Person, Randi Alison, and Devin Royer; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, especially the Fisher children.

She was predeceased by her brother Philip Fisher.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor Rick Shover officiating. Following the service, a gathering will be held at the United Church of Irasburg. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Church of Irasburg, 4714 Route 14, Irasburg, Vermont 05845, or spend quality time with someone special. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries May 3, 2017

Joseph J. Basil

Joseph J. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved husband of the late Marie M. Basil died on April 18, 2017.

He was born on February 22, 1926, in Island Pond, to Jack and Phoebe Basil.

He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1944, and from the University of Vermont in 1950.

He was in the Army Air Corps, in Germany during World War II. After the war, Captain Basil served in the National Guard in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.

The Basils were married on July 21, 1951, and were childhood sweet hearts for 65 years. Mrs. Basil died on March 26, 2016. They lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Illinois, and also for 24 happy years, in Southern California with their beloved daughters: Glorie Ann and Mary Jo Basil, who survive him.

He worked on the space programs from 1962 to 1973 in California. He also had his real estate broker’s license in California, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., working to the end of his life.

He loved doing things with Mrs. Basil as they square danced and just had a great time together. He was a dad plus “Mr. Mom” to his daughters and was always there for them.

He raised money for hearing impaired and deaf children, and also raised money for the building of Children’s Hospital next to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California.

He always remembered and talked about the great town of Island Pond. He and Mrs. Basil went back over the years.

He liked to hike, fish, and his favorite thing was to go and see Rose Steady as a kid. She would give him cookies and milk and also he would go to camp 21 with the Stafford brothers.

He gave his time to people and he was proud of his home in Orange. He loved to play golf when he had the time, and loved watching and attending baseball games with his daughters.

He had two brothers who have predeceased him: Ben and Jack Jr., in 2015.

He is survived by his brother Bob; several nieces and nephews; also great-nieces and great-nephews; by his brother-in-law John Steady, of Glens Falls, New York; and by very special friends and family Joy and Don Viken of Orange.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Michael Rawlings Bone

Michael Rawlings Bone, 63, of Fort Myers, Florida, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2017.

Mr. Bone was born June 12, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois, the eldest child of Shirley (Kocis) and Malcolm Bone.

He spent a good part of his childhood in the Northeast Kingdom, living in Island Pond, Derby, and Newport Center. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.

He was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his wife, Michele (Bisogno) Bone; and their three children: Tara Randles, Jennifer Bone, and Justin Bone. Mr. Bone also leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Heather Bone; and his three grandchildren, whom he deeply loved: Michael, Landon, and Ella. He is also survived by his four brothers and three sisters: James Bone and his wife, Linda, Stephen Bone and his wife, Cynthia, Charles Bone and his wife, Suzanne, Linda (Kocis) Delabruere and her husband, Leonard, Jacob Kocis III and his wife, Sherry, Jody (Kocis) Smith and her partner, Jeff Peterson, and Janice Kocis and her husband, Julio Perez Martin; along with all of his and Ms. Bone’s nephews and nieces — including Stephen, Joshua and Aaron, who were as close to him as his three children.

Mr. Bone will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to the water and wastewater industries, as he worked alongside the Bone, Bisogno, and D’Alessandro families for over 40 years as a certified general contractor. He was a great leader, teacher, and mentor to the many co-workers who had the pleasure of working with him.

In 1995, his love for basketball inspired one of his most rewarding achievements, founding the nonprofit organization High Hoops, which continues to develop future leaders on and off the court, one basket at a time. His vision was to provide his son Justin, and many other players he had coached, with a more competitive basketball experience. He was not only a coach, but also a friend and father figure to numerous basketball players throughout southwest Florida.

He was loved and will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, and devotion to his family and friends. He will continue to live through each of them and will remain in the hearts of his loved ones forever.

A memorial service will be held at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home located at 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The family invites family and friends to visit from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to one of the following organizations: High Hoops, Inc. (www.paypal.me/highhoops), Hoops on Mission (www.hoopsonmission.org), Mended Little Hearts (www.mendedlittlehearts.org), or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

 

Ruby A. Choiniere

Ruby A. Choiniere, 93, of Derby Line, died peacefully on April 23, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1923, at Doctor Cleasby’s residence in Orleans, the daughter of Joseph and Fleda (Vinton) Racine.

She attended Door Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1942 with her certificate as a licensed beautician (a nine-month course). Her father would drive her to the train station in Orleans for her departures and arrivals from Springfield.

On June 25, 1945, she married Germain Choiniere (who predeceased her on December 21, 2001). They were married at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. Two weeks later, Joe Racine “threw them a dance” to celebrate their union at the Grange hall over his store in West Charleston. The next day, they drove to Niagara Falls, New York, for their five-day honeymoon.

Mrs. Choiniere was a beautician for over 53 years, and was well known by everyone in town. She worked out of her home while raising her five children, which was rare in those days. She loved her job and would cater to her customers’ needs, listen to their problems, and in return, swapped many great recipes over the years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, and looked forward to seeing her tulips coming up in the spring. Mrs. Choiniere loved her family, and often was the disciplinarian. She was a great cook, and would often have many friends and relatives share a meal with her family. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Choiniere traveled to Florida, Aruba, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. She also loved to walk, and many times, before the sun came up, was seen walking with her friend Betty Racine around town. Later in life, she enjoyed taking trips to Montreal, New York, Connecticut, and casinos with her best friend Betty Murphy. These two, rekindled their friendship, and laughed and enjoyed their trips together.

She is survived by her children: James R. Choiniere and his wife, Francine, of West Burke, Jean McAuliffe, of Brattleboro, John Choiniere and his wife, Diane, of Brownington, Jacalyn Slaiby of Derby, and Janet Goodine and her husband, Frank, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren: Danielle Choiniere-Aldrich and her fiancé, Cori Lucas, Nathan Choiniere and his wife, Angela, Justin Choiniere and his wife, Kate, Jacquelyn, Jonathan, Paul, Billy, and Jamie McAuliffe, Adam Choiniere and his wife, Heidi, Joshua Choiniere and his fiancée, Brittney McCarthy, Cherie Bettencourt, Marie Hardiman, Dan Slaiby and his wife, Linda, Linda Slaiby, Sandra Palladino, and Zachary and Vanessa Goodine.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Carter and Bryce Aldrich, Noah, Brooke-Lynne, and Abigail Choiniere, Keegan, Chris, Ryan, Jackson, Nicolas, Kelsea, and Mya McAuliffe, Harper Clark, Colton Choiniere, Shane Switser, Kyle Bettencourt, Czar and Emerald Hardiman, Daniel Slaiby Jr., Ryan Hardiman, Tanya Symonds, Erica Brooks, Kaiden Palladino, and Lily and Mavis Goodine. She is also survived by her brother Rudy Racine and his wife, Joan, of Sun City, Florida; a brother-in-law, Gaston Choiniere, and his wife, Pat, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and a sister-in-law, Bella Collette, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Skinner of Irasburg; and by two sons-in-law: Paul McAuliffe and William Slaiby.

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Gordon B. Daggett

Gordon B. “Bub” Daggett, 80, of Holland died on April 26, 2017, at the Newport Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on October 16, 1936, in Newport to the late Bernard and Thelma (Willey) Daggett.

On April 11, 1958, he married Colleen Crowe who predeceased him on April 30, 2003.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Stanstead, Quebec.

Mr. Daggett enjoyed sugaring, working in the woods, and in Bible education work. He was a very easygoing man, influenced many, and loved making baked beans.

He is survived by his son Steve Daggett and his wife, Jenny, of Holland; his grandchildren: Chandler and Chelsea Daggett of Holland; his sister Alice Daggett of Derby; his sister-in-law Vicki Daggett; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was also predeceased by his brother Joe Daggett.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall on Citizens Road on Pine Hill in Newport.

Friends may call at the Kingdom Hall on Saturday, from 3 p.m., up until the hour of the service.

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

 

Theresa G. Descheneau

Theresa G. Descheneau, 100, of Derby, formerly of North Troy, died on April 28, 2017, in Derby, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 31, 1916, in Jay, to Delphus and Rose (Fortin) Bacon. On December 26, 1940, she married Hector Descheneau Sr., who predeceased her.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

She is survived by her children: Robert Descheneau and his wife, Marcia, of West Charleston, Richard Descheneau and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Dennis Descheneau and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; by ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Viens of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Hector Descheneau Jr. on April 6, 2010; and by three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on May 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

 

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge, 91, died peacefully on April 11, 2017.

She was born March 14, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, to Joseph E. and Dorothy E. (George) Hampp. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1942, then spent the next two years in the cadet nursing school program at Peoples Hospital in Barberton, Ohio. She quit to marry Donly Clement Goodridge Sr., a Vermont boy who was her pen pal while he was in the Navy. They married on February 11, 1946, and of this union had six children.

They owned and operated a dairy farm in Craftsbury Common for 15 years. Avis, as she was known, was an avid reader, enjoyed years of travel to bowling events with her husband, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: A. Jean Bezio and her husband, Charles, of Newport, Susan J. Richardson and her husband, James, of Albany, Donly C. Goodridge Jr., of Craftsbury, Gilbert E. Goodridge and his wife, M. Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin M. Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of Albany; by son-in-law Michael Grondin of Albany; daughter-in-law Colleen Goodridge of Albany; by her brother Paul W. Hampp of Mogadore, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Anthea Pugh of Radford, Virginia, and Ruth Goodridge of Burlington; and her brother-in-law Carroll Goodridge and his wife, Donna, of Easley, South Carolina; by 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Goodridge was predeceased by her parents; her in-laws: Bert and Bea Goodridge; her husband, Donly, in 1997; her youngest daughter Carol, in 2015; her great-grandson in 1994; her sister-in-law Barbara King; and brothers-in-law Basil Goodridge and Albert Pugh.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Craftsbury.

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

 

Ruth Marie White Whitcomb

A good woman has died. Ruth Whitcomb, 100, formerly of Morgan, died quietly and peacefully on April 23, 2017, at the Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin.

Mrs. Whitcomb shared 67 years of her life with her loving husband, Roger, who predeceased her in 2006.

She was born on October 7, 1916, the daughter of Robert and Etta (Welch) White, and grew up on their Hillside Dairy farm in Ryegate. She came to Newport in 1939 after graduating from the University of Vermont and, with her husband, lived successively in Derby and Morgan.

She devoted herself to her family and work as a teacher of home economics and special education, and then as a realtor. She is credited with working for the creation of a distinct school for special education in the area and then serving as its first teacher.   She is remembered as a lady of considerable energy, interests, and intelligence who served in numerous capacities for her community. Those who knew her will remember her ability to identify those who needed a little more attention, a little more patience, and a little more love — all of which she freely gave in touching many, many lives. Her faith and love of music found outlets as an organist in church from her teen years until she was in her eighties. She was one of those remarkable people who did remarkable things, quietly.

Mrs. Whitcomb was of that generation which fully lived the values of work, self-reliance, honesty, learning, service to others, inner strength, and compassion for those less fortunate. The manner in which she conducted her life led to numerous recognitions for her achievements. While she never brought attention to them, when pushed, she admitted pride in being selected as a women’s editor of The Cynic (the student-run newspaper at the University of Vermont) and in being selected for Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. She was a lady of considerable grace who saw goodness in all people and felt blessed by her life and family.

Grit is deemed a desirable trait by many. Ruth Whitcomb had enough for several people.

In her later years she was blessed by the love and support of her family and many friends — all of whom were treated to her positive outlook on life and her expression, “I am a lucky old lady.”

She is survived by her children: Martha Montague and her husband, Richard, of Groton, John Whitcomb and his wife, Ida, of Elburn, Illinois, and Alan Whitcomb and his wife, Cathy, of Granville, New York.

She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Dowd and her husband, Tom.

She leaves nine grandchildren: Michael Dowd and his wife, Elicia, of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Christopher Dowd and his wife, Trish, of Voorheesville, New York, Maura Dowd Kammerman and her husband, David, of Binghamton, New York, Patrick Dowd and his wife, Aimee, of Ballston Spa, New York, Jeffrey Whitcomb and his wife, Hillary, of Batavia, Illinois, Thomas Whitcomb and his wife, Amy, of Lantana, Texas, Sara Whitcomb Schroeder and her husband, Kurt, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Hannah Whitcomb Cargill and her partner, David McNall, of Fairfax, and, Ashlee Whitcomb and her partner, Jeremy Gaudette, of Eastford, Connecticut. Thirty-two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren blessed her life and have been blessed in turn, by hers. She is also survived by a sister, Alida White Buckland; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will communicate plans for a service at a later date. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in her memory to: New England Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158. Kurn Hattin is a nonprofit home for children from kindergarten through eighth grade whose circumstances will benefit from the safe, caring, and educational services it provides.

Those wishing to send e-mail condolences may contact www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

 

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Obituaries April 26, 2017

Patricia E. Beaudry

Patricia E. Beaudry, 80, died on April 19, 2017, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, with her family at her side.

She was born on October 29, 1936, in North Troy, to Roland and Helen (Dingman) Horn. On January 2, 1960, she married her husband, Robert Beaudry, who predeceased her in 2008. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Unit #28 for many years. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, reading, playing bingo, her dog Riley, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Beaudry was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; her daughter Lori; her brother Roland “Bud” Horn; and her parents Roland and Helen.

She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her son Lawrence “Zeke” Beaudry of Hardwick; her son-in-law Michael Lawyer and his partner, Kelli, of Richford; and her daughter-in-law Lynne Beaudry of Hardwick. She is also survived by her siblings Lawrence “Babe” Horn and his wife, Alice, of Gainsborough, Tennessee, Valerie Montague of North Troy, Chyrl Coe and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; by her grandchildren Nedah Warstler and her husband, Benjamin, of Lyndonville, Nabil Alanbar and his partner, Caitlin, of Burlington, Kirstin Brown and her husband, Curtis, of Barre, and Jenifer Vaughan of Hardwick.

“Nana” adored her great-grandchildren Dalaney, Camron, Jasmine, Myles, Cannon, Zachary, and Apollonia. She had many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews, and other relatives that she is also survived by.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 28. Her funeral will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy, on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at the Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery, also in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people take their grandparent, or someone else’s grandparent, out for lunch, and let them share their stories with you.

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

Elizabeth J. Brainard

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Brainard, 88, of Derby, died on April 20, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1928, in Sutton, to Raymond and Thelma (Baker) Gray. On August 18, 1947, she married Curt Brainard who survives her.

Mrs. Brainard was a secretary for the Orleans-Essex Supervisory Union for 33 years. She loved making Christmas stockings for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing cards with her close friends. She and her husband were very active with the Derby Lions Club.

She is survived by her husband, Curt Brainard of Derby; by her children: Larry Brainard and his wife, Ginette of The Villages, Florida, Barbara Musgrove and her husband, Charles, of Derby Line, Gary Brainard and his wife, Mary, of Derby, and Marilyn Brainard and her friend, Steve Brough, of Linden, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Steve and Matt Brainard, Tricia Musgrove, and Tamara Musgrove; by eight great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Wayne Gray of St. Albans, Dave Gray and his wife, Sharon, of Waterbury Center, and Sandra Carpenter and her husband, Dale, of West Charleston; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine; and her brother Ken.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Reverend Michael Haddad officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Theresa Brunelle

Theresa Brunelle, 92, of Newport, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born August 3, 1924, in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec, one of 11 children. Her parents were Osias and Rose Amande Paquette. She married Victor Brunelle Jr. on August 11, 1942, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where they became faithful parishioners. Together they built a strong foundation with hard work and love at their home in Brownington. As their family grew, the family farm provided them with hay and maple syrup. Mrs. Brunelle was an inspiring role model for her four children and instilled in them, and her grandchildren, the true faith and the blessings that came from loving the Lord. Her humility, kindness, gentleness, and godliness were reflected in every aspect of her life. She loved to crochet and bake. Her doughnuts, meat pies, and fruit pies were family favorites along with canned vegetables from her garden. She loved the gladiolas that she grew and cut to place on the table.

Her husband, Victor, predeceased her in 1989. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Janet (Robillard) Brunelle. Mrs. Brunelle lived with her daughter Anita Brunelle of Newport, and is survived by her two sons: Eugene Brunelle and his wife, Nancy, of Milton, and Armand Brunelle of Brownington; and her daughter Alida LaValley and her husband, Arthur Jr., of Florida; and by five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family thanks Martha W. and Anita S. who helped take special care of their mother.

A Mass was held on April 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Building Fund, care of Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Ethelyn C. Daley

Ethelyn C. Daley, 92, of Lyndonville, died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, with family by her side.

She was born to Mary Atherton and Ernest Curtis in Stratford, New Hampshire, on October 28, 1924. On May 6, 1949, she married Daniel Daley and spent the rest of her life being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her top priority and greatest pride. She especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Elston “Eddie” Hawkins and his wife, Gerry, of Lake City, Florida, Timothy Daley and his wife, Becky, Diane Stahler and her husband, Michael, Daniel Daley and his wife, Kathy, of Lyndonville, and Sue Mary Lunna and her husband, Henry, of Newport; by grandchildren: Kelly Patton and her husband, Ken, Katie White and her husband, Sheb, Jay Lunna, Michael Stahler and his wife, Jenn, Logan Stahler and his wife, Lara, Elizabeth Bard and her husband, Marc, and Connor and Cameron Daley; by great-grandchildren: Amanda, Zachary, and Hayden White, Nicholas Lunna, Logan Patton, Maia Stahler, and Addyson Daley; as well as sister-in-law June Buskey; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dan, in 1993; sister Marilyn Cloutier; brother Raymond Curtis; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Interment will take place at the Lyndon Center Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyndon Rescue Squad, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Jeannine S. Lessard

Jeannine S. Lessard, 78, of Morrisville and formerly of Newport Center, died on April 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at The Manor, in Morrisville.

She was born on May 8, 1938, in Newport Center, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She attended Sacred Heart schools and was a member of the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was an active member in the Cursillo movement for the diocese of Burlington. She was an associate of the Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Littleton, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Lessard received an associate’s degree as an X-ray technician from UVM in Burlington. She worked for years at the Mary Fletcher Hospital as chief technician. From there she worked in Hanover, New Hampshire, Florida, and at Duke University in North Carolina as chief radiologist technician. In her later years she served as an advocate for the aging and disabilities for the state of Vermont.

Ms. Lessard was very devoted and courageous in her life’s vocation as a radiologist. Her last service was acting as president of the resident council at The Manor in Morrisville.

She enjoyed traveling, bingo, puzzles, and scrabble.

She is survived by her sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard and Eleanor Test; and also by her sister-in-law Rita (Midge) Lessard; and by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rose Helen Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; and by her brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, Philip, and Norbert Lessard.

A Mass was celebrated on April 22 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, followed by interment at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to The Manor, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

 

David Alfred Massey

David Alfred Massey, 57, died peacefully on April 17, 2017, at his home in Stannard after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Mr. Massey was born in Hardwick Hospital on June 24, 1959, the son of Leo and Clara (Chouinard) Massey. He graduated from Hazen Union High School, the class of 1977. He worked construction for various companies before he established his own carpentry business, D and L Maintenance, in 2002.

Mr. Massey is survived by his significant other, Laurie Randall; their son, Randall David Massey and his girlfriend, Alyssa Whitney; by Ms. Randall’s children: Isaac Marsh of Hardwick, and Kimberly Mayo and her husband, Tyler, of Cabot; by grandchildren: Victoria Mayo, Nolan Marsh, and Chad Mayo; his mother, Clara Massey of Greensboro; his brother Tony and his wife, Dee, of Hardwick; his sister Joanne Dean and her husband, Marty, of Deerfield Beach, Florida; his niece, Lisa Lefevre and her husband, Arthur, of Wolcott; great-nieces Alysha Lefevre and Ava Lefevre of Wolcott; and a very special cat, Kawi.

Mr. Massey was predeceased by his father, Leo Massey, in 2002; a sister Claire who died in infancy; and his grandparents, William and Loretta Massey, and Julian and Esther Chouinard.

He took great pride in his carpentry work — with his crew Tom Collier and Ian Drown — which he greatly appreciated.

He enjoyed spending time with his son, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, drinking Budweiser, and annoying, bickering with, and entertaining his many friends and family. He was a caring friend and never hesitated to help someone out or lend a hand, never looking for anything in return.

His favorite quote was, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

He was an avid Red Sox and Giants fan.

He was a member of the Greensboro Fire Department for 40 years.

A celebration of Mr. Massey’s life will be held at his home in Stannard at 2 p.m., on Saturday, April 29. Calling hours will be held at his home on Friday, April 28, beginning at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of David Alfred Massey to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Greensboro Fire Department, or Caledonia Home Health and Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick.

 

Dale M. Porter

Dale M. Porter, 76, of Margate, Florida, formerly of Vermont, died on April 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Barton, and lived in Vermont until relocating from Barre to Florida in 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lyndon State College and a master’s degree from Saint Michael’s College. In his early career, he was a history teacher and a guidance counselor in Richford, followed by 26 years as a guidance counselor in Chester and Barre, until his retirement in 1992. He re-employed for the next 15 years as a testing administrator for Experior Testing Corporation in Barre, then for Enterprise Rental Corporation in Florida. Mr. Porter was active over the years in various sports, the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and always contributed to helping youth succeed through athletics coaching, the Diversion Board, Key Club, the Barre basketball tournament committee and more. He was an avid reader, and a “foodie” before it was a term. He was a loving husband, father, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Garcia Porter; his son David Porter and his wife, Keri; his daughter Suzanne Breistol and her husband, John; his grandchildren: Ashley Upham, Alexa Breistol, Hannah Breistol, Samantha Breistol, Jetty Porter, and Brady Porter; and his great-grandson, Porter Breistol. He is also survived by his siblings and their families: Bruce and Nancy Porter, Dean and Lucille Porter and Karen and Steve Perry; and a brother-in-law Gilbert Spaulding; along with their children and grandchildren with whom he remained connected throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Ida Porter; and a sister, Eleanor Spaulding.

A memorial service was held on April 21 at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida. A Mass and graveside service will take place in Vermont this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his memory be made to Trustbridge/Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33486.

 

 

Durwood D. Todd

Durwood D. Todd, 85, of Orleans, died at his home on April 13, 2017.

He was born on November 27, 1931, in Woodsville, New Hampshire. He was the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Swett) Todd.

On April 24, 1955, he married Maxine Royer, who predeceased him on November 9, 2014.

He was a Korean War era veteran where he served in the United States Army.

For 35-plus years he worked for the state of Vermont as a dairy inspector.

He was a proud member of the Green Mountain Club, hiking the whole Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada. He also was a member of the 251 Club, visiting all the towns in the state of Vermont. While on his tour of Vermont, he visited all 112 covered bridges, where he took pictures, and documented names and facts about them and their location.

He took pride and pleasure with his home, landscaping it to perfection. He was proud of our military heritage, often wearing his military themed hats. He had a very dry sense of humor everybody loved. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He traveled all over the United States, Ireland, and the Philippines. He loved history, having many books about it, as well as watching the History and Discovery channels.

He is survived by his children: Michele Todd of Barre, Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; his grandchildren: Nathan, Jeremy, Benjamin, Jennifer, Jessica, Christopher, and Jamie; and several great-grandchildren; by his brothers: Dean Todd and his wife, Rachel, of Irasburg, Milton Todd and his wife, Wendy, of Williamstown; and by his sister Helen Kahlstrom and her husband, Ed, of Brownington; and by many cousins.

He is predeceased by his sister Phyllis Pierson.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Todd’s memory to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677.

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

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Obituaries April 19, 2017

Mary E. Bonneau

Mary E. Bonneau, 90, a longtime resident of Lowell, died peacefully on April 14, 2017, at Forest Hill Residential Care in Hyde Park.

She was born November 25, 1926, in Lowell, the daughter of Henry and Bessie Weed Murphy. She married Gerard Bonneau on July 10, 1944, in Lowell. He predeceased her in 1993.

She enjoyed playing cards and working crossword puzzles. Most of all she enjoyed gatherings with her family and friends and she especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Sharon Fowler and her husband, Jack, of Morrisville, Terry Bonneau of Inverness, Florida, Steve Bonneau and his wife, Nanette, of Lowell, and Diane Ostrout and her husband, Tom, of Inverness; grandchildren: Michael Fowler, Karen Coburn, Douglas Bonneau, Amy LaDeau, Brian Bonneau, Todd Ostrout, and Tina May; by several great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Julia Guillette of West Charleston, William Murphy and his wife, Helen, of Hyde Park, and Linda Hill and her husband, Gib, of Lowell.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sons Roger Bonneau and John Bonneau, and an infant son, Michael; and her siblings Henry, Arthur, Bernard, and Ralph Murphy.

Services will be held in late May with service information to be announced at a later date. Interment will be in the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Bonneau’s memory may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

 

Agnes Helen Brewer

Agnes Helen Brewer, 85, of Newport, beloved wife of Elwin Brewer, died on April 12, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on September 23, 1931, in Newport. She was the daughter of the late Aime and Josephine (L’Herault) Fugere.

She attended Sacred Heart School and graduated in 1951. On February 23, 1953, she married Elwin Brewer of Derby, who survives her.

Mrs. Brewer worked for many years for C.H. Willard Plumbing and Heating on East Main Street in Newport, and later at Yankee Farm Credit in White River Junction for over 16 years.

She loved spending time at the family camp on Lake Seymour, which they later rebuilt into a four-season home in preparation for retirement. She also enjoyed going to Myrtle Beach in the winter with Mr. Brewer.

She was a very spiritual person and a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. In later years the couple enjoyed traveling with their daughter and son-in-law Ginger and Herb in their RV, also making trips to various casinos in the Northeast, and taking bus trips with the Community Circle group. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Elwin; and their children: Jeanne “Ginger” Conly and her husband, Herbert, of South Dakota, and James Brewer and his wife, Deborah, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: James Brewer Jr., and his wife, Nicole, Kathryn P. Garneau and her husband, Ryan, Dr. Matthew Brewer, Collin M. Brewer, Colleen A. Brewer and her companion, Jesse Fitzgerald, and Jennet Tempone and her husband, Frank. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Levi, and Alexis Brewer, Cameron and Nathan Garneau, and Jack, David, and Ben Tempone.

She was predeceased by her parents; her four brothers; and by her five sisters.

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date, to be announced. Interment will take place at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Lodge #2155, P.O. Box 888, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Theodore Kambour III

Theodore “Ted” Kambour III, 57, of Lyndonville, died suddenly on April 13, 2017, in Kirby.

Mr. Kambour was born on June 1, 1959, in St. Johnsbury, to Theodore II and Margaret (Beattie) Kambour. He attended Barton Graded School and Lake Region Union High School, graduating in 1977. During his senior year he received the DAR Good Citizens Award, which recognize individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes and schools. A year after graduation Mr. Kambour joined the Army. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri but spent the majority of his service at the Presidio in San Francisco. He finished his service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with an honorable discharge and returned to Vermont in 1982.

On October 12, 1985, he married Sandy Butkovich. After living in West Burke for 19 years they moved to Lyndonville in 2004 to their dream home. Mr. Kambour loved working the land on his property. Taking the chainsaw out on a sunny day and clearing out downed trees made him feel productive and happy.

He was a skilled wood worker. He worked at Lyndon Furniture for 21 years and then at Classic Designs by Matthew Burak, which is where he was working at the time of his death. He made several pieces of beautiful furniture for his home.

He was a sports enthusiast and loved watching the New York Giants and Red Sox play, especially when they were winning. He had a long-standing bet with his friend, Will, whenever the Giants played the Cowboys. When Mr. Kambour won the bet, nothing made him happier than to come home to a 12-pack of his favorite beer sitting on the front steps. In high school, he excelled in track and soccer. He later joined a local summer soccer league. During his son’s youth, he volunteered coaching a youth baseball and soccer team in Lyndonville.

Mr. Kambour loved the many cats and dogs that have been a part of his life over the years. His most favored times were spent walking the dogs on the trails he cleared on his property. If not walking the dogs he was playing with the cats.  Because of his love for animals, he donated time helping Kingdom Animal Shelter with various projects.

He enjoyed snowshoeing, especially the annual trek up Bald Mountain held the first Saturday after the Super Bowl. He and his friend Aldie started the climb in 1998. One climb it was 42 degrees below zero when they started. They were not deterred. Many adventures have been had during these climbs but what happened on the mountain, stayed on the mountain.

Mr. Kambour’s life changed in 2012 when his grandson was born, and then again in 2013, with the birth of his granddaughter. Nothing made him happier than being a “Papa.” His grandchildren adored him.

Wherever Mr. Kambour went he made a friend. He was one of those good guys who people wanted to hang out with and get to know. He was always ready for a good conversation and some laughs. And with Mr. Kambour, there was always laughter. Suicide makes no sense to the ones left behind. His family and friends are devastated.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandy Butkovich, of Lyndonville; a son, Cory Kambour, of Newport; three brothers: Peter Kambour of Massachusetts, and James and Thomas Kambour, both of Barton; two grandchildren: Ethaniel and Lexi Kambour; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Butkovich, of Barton; brothers-in-law: Louis Butkovich of Barton, Steve Butkovich and his partner, Crystal Goodwin, of Craftsbury and Stanstead, Quebec; his nieces and nephews: Hesper, Emily, and Alissa Butkovich, Nickolas Kambour, Gabe and Creed Warner, and Alex Butkovich.

He was predeceased by his father in 2005 and his mother in 2012.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at Guibord’s Funeral Home, followed by time to visit with the family until 4 p.m. Please come ready to share stories of Mr. Kambour with friends and family. After the service, there will be a gathering of friends and family at the couple’s home in Lyndonville. All are invited. The Guibord Funeral Home is located at 15 Main Street in Lyndonville.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Kambour’s name to Kingdom Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 462, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Marita B. Lalime

Marita B. Lalime, 97, of Derby Line, died peacefully on April 14, 2017, at the Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on February 18, 1920, in Newport, the daughter of Lewis and Cilia (Moeykens) Before.

After raising her children, she was employed by the Community National Bank, where she served devotedly for 23 years before retiring in 1984. In retirement she enjoyed her travels to places such as Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean. She loved her garden, and also took pleasure, as she would put it, “in a good game of bridge” with her friends.

She is survived by her children: Paula Lalime, Mary McFarlane and her husband, Ernie, and Mark Lalime and his wife, Jo-Anne; and by her daughter-in-law Rosemary Lalime. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Karen Francoeur and her husband, David, Jean Perry and her husband, Tom, Heather Zupan, Duncan McFarlane and his wife, Jennifer, Cedar Wang and her husband, Peter, Crystal Lalime Orrico and her husband, Phillippe, Kasey Drayton and her husband, Adam; by 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and her brother Wayne Before and his wife, Peggy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; her son, David; and her brother, Maurice Before.

She will always be remembered for her love of life and laughter.  She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Cynthia J. More-McCormick

Cynthia J. More-McCormick, 58, of Newport, and beloved wife of Eugene McCormick, died unexpectedly on April 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born on August 19, 1958, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Charles More and Joan Seguine LeVine.

She married Eugene McCormick on Aug 10, 2012, and worked as the director of foreign rights for Sound True Publishing Company. She was the co-founder with her husband, Gene, of the Newport Vermont Jazz Festival, and former director of the Newport Renaissance Corporation. She taught skiing at the Killington and the Jay Peak Resorts, loved to play tennis, enjoyed bike riding, and yachting.

Besides her husband she is also survived by her father, Charles More and his wife, Penni, of Westport, Connecticut; her mother Joan LeVine and her husband, Newton, of Milford, New Jersey; her children: Lieutenant Colonel Raheem McCormick and his wife, Marshai, of Washington, D.C., Major Malikah Morgan and her husband, Jason, Paul McCormick and his wife, Eva, of Jacksonville, Florida, Ernest Eugene McCormick and his wife of Syracuse, New York; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her siblings: Chris More and his wife, Lisa, of Wilmington, Delaware, Charles More of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mishegan More of New Jersey.

A funeral service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Suicide Prevention Walk at www.afsp.donordrive.com.

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

Viola Mae (Young) Reil

Viola Mae (Young) Reil, 91, of Craftsbury died on April 7, 2017, at her home on the Creek Road.

She was born on December 24, 1925, in Craftsbury. She was the daughter of Fred and Josephine (Mason) Young.

She attended, and graduated from, Craftsbury Academy.

In March of 1947, she married Raymond Reil, who predeceased her.

She taught adult basic education for many years, and in her spare time she loved to paint pictures. She enjoyed art very much.

She is survived by her children: Albert “Pete” Reil and his wife, Monique, Eleanor “Suzie” Courchaine, Robert Reil and his wife, Tina, Patrick E. Reil and his wife, Terry; by 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was also predeceased by her son Patrick T. Reil; and her daughter Rae Ann (Reil) Loura.

A private graveside service will be held for the family on Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Wild Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

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

 

Carolyn Anderson Rowell

Carolyn Anderson Rowell, 82, of Albany, died on April 11, 2017, in Morrisville.

She was born on July 23, 1934, in Morrisville to the late Walter and Leona (Morey) Anderson.

She graduated valedictorian from Craftsbury Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. She taught at the North Troy High School in the 1950s and was a kindergarten teacher at the Albany school for several years. She left teaching in order to help run the family dairy farm. She was the happiest when she was working with the calves and planting flowers in her gardens.

On August 24, 1958, she married Phillip Rowell who predeceased her in January of 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Jonathan “Tim” Rowell and his wife, Carol, and Joshua Rowell; and by two granddaughters: Gratia and Alora Rowell.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings: Elaine Anderson, Robert Anderson, Jan Anderson, Helen Anderson Bissell, and Esther Anderson Sweatt.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in the spring.

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

 

John Earl Sanville

John Earl Sanville, 67, of Coventry, died suddenly on April 4, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on March 17, 1950, in Newport. He was the son of the late Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

On September 11, 1976, he married Carol Essaff, who survives him.

He worked at Ethan Allen in Orleans for over 24 years.

Mr. Sanville enjoyed woodworking, photography, hunting, fishing, his computer, and his dog Missy, and especially loved all his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Sanville; his son Adam J. Sanville and his fiancé, Ashley Potwin; his grandchildren: Stormie, Taiya, and Julian Sanville; his sister Bonnie Sicard and her companion, Mike Wellboff; his nieces: Anita Lepine and Jennifer Sanville; his nephews: Clinton Mihill, and Joshua and Jeremy Sanville and all their families; and also by his wife’s side of the family.

The family also thanks his cousins Israel Sanville Sr. and Israel Sanville Jr., who survive him.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his younger brother Tim A. Sanville; and his first daughter Ann Sanville, both of whom are interred next to the plot where he will be buried.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery in Newport Center. Following the service, there will be a potluck celebration of life at the Coventry Community Center. All are welcome.

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

 

Donald M. Wheatley

Donald M. Wheatley, 95, of Newport, formerly of Glover, died on April 7, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born on February 26, 1922, in Rutland, to Ernest and Mary (Markolf) Wheatley, and grew up in Chester Depot. His wife, the former Carol Clark of Glover, predeceased him on May 25, 2012.

During his first semester of college at Northeastern University, war was declared and he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served as a radio and high-speed code operator, mostly in North Africa, where his outfit worked with the British Armed Forces to drive the Germans out of that region. He was later stationed in Italy. He had many stories he loved to tell, some of which have been recorded recently in local publications. Proud of his military service, he actively participated in American Legion Post #76 for more than 30 years, before moving to Bel-Aire Center in 2012.

As a civilian, Mr. Wheatley worked for several radio stations in Vermont including WJOY in Burlington. While living in Burlington, he was set up on a blind date with University of Vermont student Carol Clark, whom he married in Glover on July 11, 1948. They moved briefly to St. Johnsbury with their young family before taking a leap of faith and moving to the Washington, D.C. area where he continued his career, working as a technical engineer for the Voice of America. His wife obtained her master’s degree at George Washington University and spent her career teaching in Arlington County Public Schools. They worked, raised their children, and were ordained deacons in the Greenbrier Baptist Church.

Retiring in 1984, they returned to Glover. They were members of the Glover Community Church, the 251 Club, and the American Legion. Mr. Wheatley served a term as justice of the peace in Glover and thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of marrying couples. They enjoyed village life yearround and never saw any reason to head south for the winter. He was an avid vegetable gardener, known for his pepper relish. They traveled extensively during retirement, enjoying Windjammer cruises, trips abroad and, of course, they traveled to visit children and grandchildren. He was delighted to have visited all 251 towns in Vermont, all 50 states, and 27 foreign countries.

Mr. Wheatley was a ham radio operator throughout his life and used that technology to keep in contact with family and friends, and to meet people from all over the world. As time progressed and his ham radio contacts passed away, he was intrigued to learn how to use the computer. He was the first person who moved to Bel-Aire with an iPad, which he then used to listen to music, read his Bible and several daily newspapers, and keep in touch with family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Kathleen Wheatley and her husband, Steven McHenry, of San Diego, California, and Clark Wheatley of Miami, Florida; by his grandchildren: Sarah, Hansen and Loretta Traut, Hillary, Caitlin, Davis, Cameron, Margaret, and Jenna Wheatley; and by his great-grandchildren: Ariel, Hannah, and Addie Hansen, and Jack McKesson. He is also survived by his sister, Harriet Wheatley Riggs, of Richmond; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his special friend Evelyn Jenne of Newport.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 19, at 2 p.m., at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Full military honors will be held. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Historical Society, P.O. Box 208, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Glover Community Church, in care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 12, 2017

Vivian W. Geoffroy

Vivian W. Geoffroy, 97, of Albany, died on March 20,
2017, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Holland on June 20, 1919, the youngest of Hollis
W. and Gertrude F. Wheeler’s 21 children.

She married John B. Geoffroy on August 20, 1951. After they were
married, they established their home in Albany, where they raised
their family. Her interests included gardening, canning, embroidery, reading, and
word search puzzles. Her greatest pleasure was family gatherings. For many years, Mrs. Geoffroy wrote for the Newport Daily Express.

She is survived by her loving children: Ronald Geoffroy, Richard and
Debbie Geoffroy, David Geoffroy and his partner, Judy Thielman,
Joyce and Raymond Chase; by her nine grandchildren: Robert and Angela
Geoffroy, Andrea Phelps and her partner, Travis Bailey, Lynn and Josh
Michalak, Trish Geoffroy and her partner, Stephen Davenport, Amber
and Kyle Benson, Mary and Paul Trepanier, Katie Chase, Julie Chase,
Mykaela Chase and her partner, Dakota Aither; and by ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Peter A. Geoffroy in 1987; and
her husband, John B. Geoffroy, in 1991.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the
Albany Village Cemetery in Albany.

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

Lawrence William Gray Jr.

It is with deeply saddened hearts that his family announces the death of Lawrence William Gray Jr., 53, known to his family and friends as “Charlie,” on March 6, 2017.

He was born on May 7, 1963, in Barre, and moved to Newport in 1976. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981, and worked at Fedele’s Market for a few years before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, to study drafting. Shortly afterward, he began working at Alliance Fire Protection, where he remained for the next 32 years.

He married his loving wife, Cecilia, on August 11, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they made their home in Tempe, Arizona. He always appreciated a good beer, watching the Patriots win, and the company of family and friends. He loved going to concerts, somehow always getting great tickets to see some of his favorite bands over the years, especially Bob Seger. Mr. Gray was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. He had a gentle, caring soul and never hesitated to help someone out and lend a hand, never looking for anything in return. Whenever he came back to visit Vermont, his family knew the city life hadn’t changed him, and he was still the same ol’ Charlie. He will be dearly missed, and his family will carry his precious memory in their hearts forever.

Mr. Gray is predeceased by his brother, Randy. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, and stepson, Steven, of Tempe; his mother, Gencie, of Richmond; his father Lawrence Gray and his wife, Pat, of Barre; by his siblings: Rick and his wife, Debby, of Duncan, South Carolina, Tammy of Richmond, Lori and her husband, Gaetan, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Tim of Richmond, and Andy and his partner, Tammy, of Derby; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.

Funeral services were held in Mesa, Arizona, on March 13, and the family is planning a life celebration get-together in Newport this summer. For information, please e-mail: [email protected]

Leo R. Guyette

Leo R. Guyette, 86, of Newport, died peacefully with his family by his side at North Country Hospital on April 3, 2017.

He had been struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for many years and he could not fight it any longer.

He missed his wife, Joyce, for the past two years, and had as recently as April 1 said he was ready to see her again.

Mr. Guyette was born on August 9, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, to Harland and Aline (Richie) Guyette. They lived in Lowell, Newport Center, and Newport while he was growing up. At 17 he joined the Army and served for eight years. He always wished he would have stayed in longer. He loved his country and the American flag.

Mr. Guyette loved to travel and got to see most of the United States with Mrs. Guyette. They loved the West and loved visiting family in Florida. He worked at many places in his life. Out west he worked at the Idaho Potato Plant, a pig farm, and as a mechanic. When he came back to Vermont he worked at Ethan Allen until he retired in 1997. His pride and joy was being the custodian at the United Church of Newport. He made sure things looked just right for funerals and weddings. He was pretty much the wedding planner for everyone there, making sure the girls walked down the isle at the correct time. He worked there until his was well into his 70s.

He is survived by his children: Lorine Hines, and her husband, Bob, of Dumfries, Virginia, Daniel Guyette and his wife, Stephanie, of Dumfries, Rene Guyette and his partner, Nicole, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Keith Guyette and his wife, Ellen, of Sebring, Florida, and Ann Jones and her husband, Rusty, of Derby; by his stepchildren: Joann Guyette and her husband, Mark, Larry Davis, Fay Willis and her husband, Gary, Rita Johnson and Brent Hodgdon; by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was also survived by his brother Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes, by Joyce Guyette’s sisters Marilyn Cassavant and her husband, Leo, of Island Pond, and Jean Webster of St. Johnsbury; by special friends of the family, Raymond and Patty Jones and their family, Linda Thayer, Ashley Shangraw, and Brian McNeal.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Arthur Guyette and his wife, Rosalie, and Joe Guyette; his sister Anita Forcier and her husband, Fernand; his brother-in-law Arthur Webster; daughter-in-law Barbara Davis and her husband, Larry; and by his wife, Joyce (Webster) Guyette.

Funeral services for Mr. Guyette were held on April 7, at the United Church of Newport, with the Reverend James Merriam officiating.

Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Cruzin’ for Cancer Motorcycle Ride-in for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Please send donations to Kathie Duckless at 827 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Pamela B. Space

 Pamela Buckton Space, 90, died peacefully at Gracewood Senior Living in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, on February 24, 2017.

Born to English parents and raised at Villa La Roccia in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, she became a U.S. citizen after marrying her beloved David, a U.S. Naval officer. She moved 26 times with him during their 64 years of marriage, but resided in Lino Lakes since 1996. She was known for her kindness, generosity, and talents. She always smiled and gave sincere compliments to everyone she met in her delightful British accent. Over the years she volunteered at many charities and donated gallons of blood. She gave up her aspirations to be an opera singer to become a wife and mother, but continued to share her beautiful voice at her church and local venues. She spoke four languages, and was an accomplished pianist, painter, quilter, knitter, and gardener. She loved Jesus and her family, and had a passion for animals of every kind. She is mourned and missed by her husband, David Space; children: Lionel Space and his wife, Noel, Richard Space and his husband, William Larson, Merrily Space, and Diana Eckerberg; by her grandchildren: Austin Lossing, Sarina Keran and her husband, Matt, Arianna Lossing, Andrew Eckerberg, and Matthew Eckerberg; and great-grandson, Leo Keran.

A memorial service was held at the Rice Creek Covenant Church in Shoreview, Minnesota, on March 25. Attendees were encouraged to wear bright colors or Hawaiian prints.

Jean Elizabeth Gardyne Webster

Jean Elizabeth Gardyne Webster, 92, died peacefully on March 14, 2017, at Parker Ridge Senior Living Community in Blue Hill, Maine, with family and friends at her side.

She was born at home on June 6, 1924, in North Troy, to Nellie Marion (Rice) and Harvey R. Gardyne, the third of four children. During the Depression, when her father was working steadily as supervisor at the Blair Veneer Mill, she watched as he passed on a few dollars to laid-off co-workers to tide them over and did not forget his quiet example.

She graduated from North Troy High School and then Green Mountain College in 1944, a campus with more women than men due to the war. After college, she headed off to the big city of Boston, and joined the post-war workforce. When she needed a ride home one Christmas, a friend gave her the number of another Boston area Vermonter heading north. That long car ride introduced her to Karl Webster, her future husband, who had grown up down the road in Orleans.

Mr. and Mrs. Webster started out their married life in a Spartan trailer in State College, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Webster was getting his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. They set up homes after that in Durham, New Hampshire, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, York Harbor, Maine, and Orono, Maine, before retiring in 1990 to West Brooksville, Maine. She was a stay-at-home parent for many years before joining the University of Maine admissions office staff in Orono. Mr. and Mrs. Webster shared a love of sailing and wooden boats, and they spent many days cruising around Penobscot Bay on The Tuesday with their family and friends.

Mrs. Webster was forever grateful for the Works Progress Administration’s decision to build a tennis court in her small town of North Troy where she taught herself to play and began her lifelong passion for the game. Tennis (as well as cribbage, crosswords, and Scrabble) brought out her friendly but fierce competitive spirit. She organized years of tennis clinics at summer camps and town courts, and taught crowds of kids who loved her approach to learning the game. She was honored by Green Mountain College’s invitation to join the college’s athletic hall of fame, and she was so happy to watch her grandsons pick up rackets and continue “Gamma’s” legacy.

Mrs. Webster relished her Scottish heritage, from the poetry of Robert Burns to the sound of the pipes, and held wonderful memories of her trips to Scotland to visit her ancestral home of Gardyne near Arbroath with her daughters and later with Mr. Webster.

Mrs. Webster had type O blood, one of the universal donor types. Throughout her life she lived according to that philosophy, donating her time to help out in whatever way she could, usually behind the scenes. Her whole-hearted kindness, generosity, and counsel will be remembered by many.

She will be missed by her husband, Karl S. Webster Jr., of Laconia, New Hampshire; daughters Susan Webster and her husband, Bruce Fowler, of Portland, Maine, and Anne Webster, of San Luis Obispo, California; by grandsons Samson Fowler and Liam Fowler of Portland; by sisters-in-law Beryl, wife of late Bruz Gardyne, of Derby Line, and Barbara, wife of the late Bob Gardyne, of Derby Line; also by extended family Leslie and her husband, George Lochtie, of Enosburg Falls, Chuck Gardyne of Thetford Center, David Gardyne and his wife, Sandy, of Rutland, Bill Gardyne and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, Scott Gardyne and his wife, Cindy, Newport, Steve Gardyne and his wife, Jean, of Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, Bill Stufflebeam of Bradenton, Florida, Jim Stufflebeam and his wife, Denise, of Bradenton, Bob Gardyne and his wife, Marie, of Pinole, California, Annie Adams and her husband, Jack McDermott, of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Lisa Adams of Mystic, Connecticut, Britton Adams of Mystic; and many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her father and mother; her sister, Virginia Stufflebeam; and her brothers Harvey “Bruz” Gardyne Jr., and Robert Gardyne.

A celebration of life will be held in Blue Hill in the summer. As she requested, her ashes will reside at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans. To honor Mrs. Webster, people are asked to consider making a donation in her name to: Nichols Day Camp in Blue Hill, and/or The Tree of Life Food Pantry in Blue Hill.

 

Gloria Rachel Whittemore

Gloria Rachel Whittemore, 77, of Glover, died peacefully on April 3, 2017, in Glover.

She was born on February 1, 1940, in Orleans, to Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette. On May 27, 1961, she married Wayne S. Whittemore who predeceased her on February 2, 2011. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1958.

Mrs. Whittemore was manager for A Cleaner Globe in St. Johnsbury. She and her late husband founded the B and W Snack Bar in Orleans with the Burns family.

She enjoyed teaching and making ceramics, antiquing, and playing basketball when she was in high school. She was a volunteer for the Rand Memorial Library in North Troy, and at the North Country Hospital Gift Shop. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in North Troy and she was a Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by her children: Lance Whittemore and his wife, Jane, of Powhatan, Virginia, Lisa Sullivan of Montgomery, and Laurie Grenon and her husband, Robert, of Westfield; by her two grandchildren: Halle and Sonja Grenon; her sisters-in-law: Nancy Duquette of Barton, and Louise Duquette of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers: Lewis and Roger Duquette.

Funeral services were held on April 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, officiated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will take place on Saturday, May 27, at 3 p.m., at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 5, 2017

Lorraine J. Choquette

Lorraine J. Choquette, 85, of Derby, died peacefully at her home on March 25, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 19, 1931, in Lowell, a daughter of Archibald and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon. On May 10, 1952, she married Jean Marie Choquette who predeceased her on February 18, 1998.

Family always came first. Lorraine made it a priority to host numerous gatherings no matter how large her family grew. Fond memories of good food and company are held by those who were dear to her.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products for many years. Her retirement years were spent crafting, quilting, and knitting. She enjoyed spending time outside caring for her gardens. Mrs. Choquette was a hard-working woman who took pride in maintaining her independence.

She is survived by her children: Sue Barrup and her husband, Steve, of Newport Center, Tina Cochran and her husband, Richard, of Sanbornville, New Hampshire, Dennis Choquette and his wife, Kim, of Derby, Richard Choquette and his wife, Cindy, of Oceanside, California, and Anne Locke and her husband, Dan, of West Glover; by her grandchildren: Melissa Barrup, Gretchen and Jason Bedard, Catrin Cochran and her fiancé, Joey Pollimi, Matt and Brooke Choquette, Derek Choquette, Amanda and Adam Wells, Alyssa Choquette, Erin Choquette, Kaytlyn Oliver, Emma Downs, Brandon Locke, and Blair Locke; by her great-grandchildren: Khloee, Madalyn, Colby, and Gwendolyn; by her brothers: Gerald, Roger, Roland and Norman; by the rest of the Choquette family; numerous nieces and nephews; her neighbor and dear friend, Jane Hackett; and by her kitty, Peaches.

She was predeceased by her grandson Justin Cochran; her brothers: Bertrand, Raymond, Gilbert, and Donald; and her sisters: Bertha Cotnoir and Anita Fournier.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or online at www.frontieranimalsociety.com. On-line condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Charles H. Nadeau

Charles “ Charlie” H. Nadeau, 93, well-known businessman, of Coventry, died peacefully on March 27, 2017, in Newport. He was born on March 31, 1923, in Coventry to Charles and Valentine (Benjamin) Nadeau.

Mr. Nadeau served in the United States Army during World War II from December 1942 to December 1945, in Burma and China.

On January 14, 1964 he married Myrna Duckless who predeceased him on April 11, 2013.

He owned and operated Nadeau’s Auto Parts for many years, operated heavy equipment, and ran Nadeau’s landfill. He started the Can-Am Speedway.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, the Elks Lodge #2155 where he was a charter member, the Eagles Club Fraternal Order #4329, and the VFW Post #798.

He is survived by his children: Kim Russell of Derby, Christina Nadeau and her husband, Floyd Kelley, of Derby, and Kerry Keement and her husband, John, of Coventry; by his grandchildren: Douglas and Tracy Russell, Jennifer and Joshua Bowen, Ryan Kelley and his wife, Angela, Deianaira Kelley and her fiancée, Nick Prive, Jessica Pierpont and her husband, Ralph, and Ashley Chambers and her husband, Zack; by his great-grandchildren: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell, and Peyton and McKenzie Pierpont, Elizabeth Duranleau, and Avery Chambers; and by his brother Robert Nadeau and his wife, Priscilla, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Nadeau, in 1959; by his infant daughter Tracy Nadeau in 1965; by his brothers: Gaston, Andre, and Louis Nadeau; by his sisters: Mary Phillips, Georgette Parker, Luciene Conant, Francoise Brockelbank, and Madeleine Bissonnette; and by his son-in-law Brian Russell.

A Mass was celebrated on April 1, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ name to the Disabled American Veterans: c/o Heather Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, VT 05830.

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

 

Esther A. (Mixer) Rounds

Esther A. Rounds, 91, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home and formerly of the Norway and South Paris, Maine, area died on March 30, 2017, in Barton.

She was born in Minot, Maine, on November 4, 1925, a daughter of Lewis and Ola (Downs) Mixer. She attended school in Maine.

She married Winfred Lavern Rounds and was predeceased by him in 1978. She had six children, including Calvin, who predeceased her. She leaves five children: Roberta Garvey of Newport, Claude Rounds and his partner, Martha Vinning, of Weld, Maine, Claudette Edwards of Norway, Maine, Clayton Rounds of South Paris, Maine, and Claudia Rounds of Lakeland, Florida.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sean Wedge of Oklahoma, John Meader of Lakeland, Valerie Rounds, Michael Bereault, and Patrick Edwards, all of Norway, Maine, T.J. Edwards of Lewiston, Maine, and Leiza and her husband, Dave, of Lewiston.

She loved playing bingo, watching television, and talking to her teddy bears. She was a devoted friend and family member, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by two brothers: Edwin and Lewis Mixer Jr. and by four sisters: Ethel Kelley, Dora Fogg, Marion Milligan, and Phillis Mixer.

She will be buried beside her husband in Mechanic Falls, Maine, at the Maple Grove Cemetery with a graveside service in the spring.

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

 

Sidney A. Toll

Sidney A. Toll, 79, amazing and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully in Bangor, Maine, on the morning of March 24, 2017.

Mr. Toll was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1938, to Morris and Tillie Toll. In 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Joan (Brown), who predeceased him in 2009. Life for him was never the same after she died. Mr. and Mrs. Toll spent the early years of their marriage in North Carolina where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. They later returned to Pennsylvania where they lived until 1972 when they moved to Vermont. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University in 1981, after many years of hard work while also being a full-time dad and full-time employee. Mr. Toll worked for North Country Hospital for nearly 30 years, becoming its president and CEO in 1987. He was dedicated to recruiting and retaining doctors to serve the community, and led the hospital through an era of intense technological advancement and computerization, as well as many renovations and building projects. While he had high expectations of his employees, he cared sincerely about their welfare and their families. He retired a well-respected leader in 2002, and moved to Belfast, Maine, in 2015 to be near his family.

Mr. Toll had a deep faith in God which guided and strengthened him. He was active at the United Church of Newport and the First Church in Belfast. He had many interests, including boats, music, spending time with his family and friends, working in his shop, gardening, golfing, hunting, fishing, traveling, going to the movies, and volunteering in the community.

Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alvin Toll; and his infant grandson, David Boynton. Surviving him, and seeking to live up to the ideals he taught them, are his daughters and their husbands: Joy Toll-Chandler and Paul Chandler, and Karen and John Boynton III; his grandsons and their families: John, Mindy, and Dexter Boynton, Adam and Kim Palmer and their soon-to-be born son, Brian Boynton and Crystal Lilley and Brayden, and Timothy Palmer and Jess Walley. He is also survived and missed by his brother Philip Toll and his wife, Kathleen; his sister-in-law Gladys Toll; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by special friend Susan Solman; and by a host of other friends.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. A celebration of life will be held at the United Church of Newport, at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21. A reception generously hosted by North Country Hospital will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the scholarship fund he established 26 years ago through North Country Hospital’s annual golf tournament, which was recently named in honor of him: the Sidney A. Toll Scholarship Fund, North Country Hospital, attention: Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

A plaque dedicated to him at his retirement reads, “Grateful to you for your compassionate leadership, careful stewardship, and thoughtful planning for the future.” Although those words describe his leadership at North Country Hospital, they also apply to his devotion to his family, his work in the community, and his service to his God. Mr. Toll exemplified the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fi,” — always faithful. Well done, faithful servant.

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Todd Chaffee

Todd Chaffee, 44, died on March 19, 2017, at his home in Westford.

He was born on April 15, 1972, in Newport, a son of Debra (Maskell) Chaffee and the late Clair Chaffee.

Mr. Chaffee attended primary school in Albany, junior high school at Craftsbury Academy in Craftsbury, and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in June of 1990. He loved to hunt, fish, shoot archery, and watch NASCAR. He loved his “four legged babies” — dogs Bailey and Bella — and above all else, he loved his children: Leah, Erin, and Eli. He worked for New England Air for 18 years, and thought of the employees as part of his extended family.

He is survived by his son Eli Chaffee; and twin daughters Leah and Erin Chaffee, all of Essex; the mother of his children ,Wendy (Barkman) Chaffee; his mother Debra Tallman of Alaska; a niece, Mollee Tollmann; brother-in-law, Chad Tollmann; several uncles and aunts: Tom and Rocky Chaffee of Albany, Sherm and Bev Chaffee of Barre, Steve and Julie Maskell of Eden, Calvin (Butch) Maskell of Albany, Dennis and Lisa Maskell of Hardwick, Candy Maskell of Craftsbury, and Penny Maskell of Craftsbury; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Jennifer Tollmann; his father, Clair Chaffee; and his grandparents: Irma and Lee Chaffee, and Calvin and Nadine Maskell.

Visiting hours were held on March 25, at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Essex Junction. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Mr. Chaffee’s memory may be made to benefit his children at Teresa Bazan, P.O. Box 9162, Essex, Vermont 05451. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

Patrick E. Cochran

Patrick E. Cochran, 70, died unexpectedly at his home in Derby on March 16, 2017.

Born on July 9, 1946, in Berkley, California, he was the son of L. Wayne Cochran and Mildred Cochran.

Patrick attended Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York. He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard for over 20 years. He retired in 2006 as a captain.

Patrick dabbled in many jobs over his lifetime. His greatest love was being a dairy farmer. His most recent job was working for North Country Union High School as a bus driver. He loved the children and traveling to many sports events and field trips with them.

His survivors include his three daughters: Shannon McKenna and her husband, Luke, Tracy Davies and her husband, Eric, Cortney Jordan and her husband, Michael; one brother, Linden Cochran of Jersey City, New Jersey. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Shaylyn Russell, Jensen Spooner, Amelia McKenna, Dalton Davies, Claire Davies, Aspen Cochran, Jetta Cochran, and Nova Jordan. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Leibchen and Gus, who went everywhere with him.

Mr. Cochran was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service was held at the Wolcott Mennonite Church in Wolcott on March 25.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray funeral costs can be sent to Tracy Davies, 9 Maplewood Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

 

Antoinette M. Fugere

Antoinette “Toni” M. Fugere, 96, of Newport, died on March 24, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on December 3, 1920, in North Troy, to Hormidose and Jane (Gaucher) Leblanc. On June 16, 1951, she married Giles Fugere who predeceased her on January 13, 2015.

She was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Newport and a former member of the Daughters of Isabella. She held membership with the American Legion Post #21 auxiliary of Newport. She and her late husband enjoyed their camp on Newark Pond, and traveling to several different states and overseas. She spent 13 years wintering to Florida.

She is survived by her daughter Denise Robillard and her husband, Bernard, of Irasburg; by her grandchildren: Irene Hughes and her husband, Chris, of Auburn, Maine, Martine Antell and her husband, Nicholas, of Waterbury, Patrick Robillard and his wife, Cara, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Phil Robillard and his wife, McKenzie, of Hudson Falls, New York; by her great-grandchildren: Cameron Hughes,  Mason Antell, Nolan Hughes, and Hailey Antell. She is also survived by her brother George Leblanc of Barre; and by her sister Rita Viens of  Rockford, Michigan; by her sisters-in-law: Juanita Fugere of Derby, and Agnes Brewer and her husband, Elwin, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Roland and her sister Alice.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, followed by a Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Ralph F. Hamblett

Ralph F. Hamblett, 71, of Derby died on March 25, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family. He put up a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born on February 28, 1946, in Newport, to Tarlton and Jessie Hamblett. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1967 as a licensed funeral director. After college he was stationed at Fort Myers, Virginia, in the U.S. Army where he had the honor to serve in The Old Guard. After his service to the country, he worked at, and then bought into, the family business, Ralph F. Hamblett, Inc., located in Newport, which specialized in commercial rentals, and property sales. During his time there he helped start and run Hamblett Plumbing and Heating, The Emporium Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Newport, and The Pick and Shovel hardware store in Newport. Later in his busy life he was able to work doing stained glass, operating a sawmill, maple sugaring, driving a dump truck, and he co-owned Foxwood Stables in Derby. Over the last 15 years, before retiring, he was a co-owner of the Farmyard Store and Taylor Rental in Derby with his son Nathan.

Mr. Hamblett had many hobbies and memories, such as racing at Can-Am Speedway, flying airplanes, spending time with friends and family on Lake Memphremagog, hunting and fishing at his camps in Norton and Holland, and riding his Harley to Sturgis with his sons.

He is survived by his sons: Marcus Hamblett and his wife, Erika, and their son Chase, and Nathan Hamblett and his wife, Tracy, and their sons: Jacob and Jesse; his brothers: Tim Hamblett and his wife, Beverly, and Michael Hamblett and his wife, Jackie; and four nephews.

A family service will be held at a later date.

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

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

 

Huguette C. McA’Nulty-Black

Huguette C. McA’Nulty-Black, 84, of Barton, died peacefully in her beloved home on March 20, 2017.

She was born on April 26, 1932, in Derby Line, to Lucien and Olive (Chainey) Desjardins. On May 21, 1955, she married Dr. James A. McA’Nulty who predeceased her on October 16, 2000. She later married Marcel Black who also predeceased her.

Mrs. McA’Nulty-Black was trained as a nurse, graduating from Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was an avid bridge player for 50-plus years and a member of many local bridge groups. She had accumulated many American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) master points over the years and was well on her way to becoming an ACBL Life Master.

She enjoyed gardening and was an award-winning rose cultivator with numerous blue ribbons presented at Orleans County events, such as the Barton Fair. She was passionate about antique collecting and refinishing furniture, and she loved to collect hats and wear them with flair, which was one of her trademarks.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Cianciulli and her husband, Paul, of Summit, New Jersey, Celeste Molnar and her husband, David, of Andover, New Jersey, Andrew McA’Nulty of Dracut, Massachusetts, Matthew McA’Nulty and his wife, Catherine, of Mons, Belgium, and James McA’Nulty of Vermont; by 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Roland Desjardins of Florida; Jeannette Auger of Glover; Paulette Lebrun of Florida, Mona Brosseau and her husband, Guy, of Florida, Mary Jane Denney and her husband, Geoff, of Ontario, Canada, Roger Desjardins and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Hubert Desjardins of Barton; by her 11 stepchildren with Marcel Black; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two siblings: Emile Desjardins and Angeline Perrault.

A Mass was celebrated on March 28, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Spring interment will take place at Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Roland Eddie Robert

Roland Eddie “Pete” Robert, 86, of Derby, beloved husband of Andrea Robert, died March 21, 2017, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 4, 1930, in Newport, the son of Paul and Odelle (Langlois) Robert.

Pete was a decorated paratrooper in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On August 14, 1952, he married Andrea Poutre. They met at a town hall dance in Newport, and were the belles of the ballroom. They were amazingly graceful and talented dance partners throughout the years.

Mr. Robert was a salesperson for Sanel Auto Parts for many years and retired in 1992. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, where he was past commander, and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155. He was named Elk of the Year from 1985 to 1986.

Mr. Robert most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, dancing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and playing bingo and cribbage.

He took great pride in his Abenaki heritage and relished reestablishing his roots through visits to Odanak, an Abenaki First Nations reserve in Quebec.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Andrea Robert of Derby; daughters: Linda Stone and her husband, Rodney, of Irasburg, Carol Robert and her husband, Matthew McIntyre, of Enfield, New Hampshire; a son, Steven Robert and his wife, Denise, of Newport; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Robert, of Derby; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Robert and his wife, Bea, of Huma, Arizona; sisters: Doris Bent and her husband, Norman, of Orleans, and Rachel Yeaton and her husband, Dean, of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Mr. Robert was predeceased by his beloved son Michael Robert in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Friends may gather at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Robert’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital Renal Dialysis, c/o Wendy Franklin, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

On-line condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Winona Orvis Yasko

Winona Orvis Yasko, 93, died March 23, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister, Lovina Orvis Baslow; and her husband, Michael A. Yasko, in 2001.

Survivors include her daughters: Michele Young and her life partner, Karl L. Mol, of Huntington, West Virginia, and Carolyn Marie Schwebel and her spouse, John, of Leonardo, New Jersey; and her younger sister Patricia Orvis of Brooklyn, New York.

She was born in Cornwall, on August 7, 1923, to Ralph F. Orvis and Agnes Wright Orvis. She spent her teenage years in the Jerusalem and Bristol areas of Addison County.

The Yaskos were married on October 10, 1942, in Bristol. During their nearly 60-year marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Yasko lived in a number of locations in Vermont, including St. Johnsbury, Barton, Bristol, and Bellows Falls. In their later years they and their Dalmatian, Daisy, became snowbirds at their winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Mrs. Yasko was very active in community, school — including as a PTA president and class mother — and political affairs all of her life. She was an advocate for children and the elderly in Vermont and the Greater New England areas. She advocated for her disabled daughter. When a librarian would only allow her daughters to use books from the children’s room, Mrs. Yasko, who loved reading as did her daughters, made it very clear that her children could read any book they wanted to. (And they did, taking out the maximum five books at a time.)

A dark-haired beauty with brilliant blue eyes, Mrs. Yasko was an impassioned, independent woman from her early years. When she let it be known that her first votes would be given to Democratic, not Republican, candidates, her parents refused to give her a ride to town. She persisted and had to walk a long way down through the woods to cast her ballots.

She was above all a mother, who taught her daughters how to make her wonderful baked goods, including chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, banana bread, and apple pies. She helped her daughters learn to sew, and made matching mother-daughter blue taffeta dresses, small pieces of which her now senior citizen daughters still treasure.

She loved the many family cats and dogs and always allowed and encouraged their presence.

She had many jobs, including seamstress at a Van Raalte factory, where she was not always appreciated because her speed forced others on the line to keep up. She was a secretary for Governor Lee Emerson, a cashier at the Barton A&P, and sold Avon products, often coming home with freezing legs from walking to make deliveries. She later served as a school nurse at a correctional school for teens and at the high school in Bristol.

Mrs. Yasko often challenged what she saw as injustices in her workplace and other situations, a dominant trait that she instilled in her children.

After her girls were in high school, she returned to nurse’s training, which she had had to leave after her marriage to Mr. Yasko — a tall, dark, and handsome soldier from Pennsylvania whom she had met in a soda fountain in Burlington.

Through her professional education, she became a registered nurse from the Medical Center Hospital School of Nursing, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont, and received a pediatric nurse practitioner certification from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She also trained at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where younger fellow students saw her as a big sister.

Mrs. Yasko’s main pride involved her nursing identity. On family drives it was not unusual when an accident was seen for her to attempt to help, crying, “I’m a nurse, I’m a nurse!”

An avid swimmer, for several years she ran the food concession at Crystal Lake State Beach, providing a lovely summer of swimming and selling experience for her daughters at young ages.

Winona Orvis Yasko was a force of nature. You may have seen her driving quickly around a corner on the wrong side of a curvy road. She could be loving or resentful, as a middle child, saying, “I get the neck of the chicken!”

To quote from another obituary, “She could simultaneously be ornery and have a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Her family is so sad to lose her. She made them smile and laugh. She infuriated them. She inspired them. She made them crazy. She loved them, and they loved her.”

She chose to donate her body to a medical school for the instruction of medical students.

Her remains will then be cremated and spread over Crystal Lake in Barton, the site of her summer home for many years.

She requested no flowers, but donations in her name to organizations of your choice, especially those that support pets, would be appreciated. To share remembrances, feel free to send them to [email protected]

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

 

Henry L. Young

Henry L. Young, 88, of Craftsbury, died peacefully early Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home under the watchful eye of his family. He had been courageously battling cancer.

Mr. Young was born May 20, 1928, in Denver, Colorado, the son of the late Henry A. and Bessie (Taylor) Young. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1946. Upon graduation he had his own trucking business. He was a farmer, carpenter, a building trades teacher at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park, and worked in bridge construction for Beck and Bellucci until he retired at the age of 77. One of his pride and joys was working on the Rouses Point, New York, bridge that crosses Lake Champlain. He was a volunteer fireman for many years and one of the oldest members of the Masonic Meridian Sun Lodge #20. He was also involved with Operation Friendship, chaperoning groups to England and Sweden. Mr. Young enjoyed his retirement by spending time at the family camp on Eden Lake, going to their winter home in Florida, gardening, mowing his lawn, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanne (Fortune); his children: Cynthia Atkins, Valerie Pecor and her partner, Ron Leclair, Kent Young and his wife, Donna, Dawn Charlton and her husband, Craig, and Lisa Cook. He was a loving grandfather of Justin and his wife, Melissa, Adam and his partner, Dani, Kyle and his wife, Katherine, Josh and his wife, Bri, Elizabeth and her husband, David, Taylor, Eric, and Brian; and five great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers: Robert, Clair and his wife, Diane, and Joseph and his wife, Jeannine; and sister-in-law Madeline “Sugar” Young. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Frank and Fred; and his sister-in-law Priscilla Young.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the United Church of Craftsbury, 7 Church Lane, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Funeral services will be held at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. Per the family’s request there will be no calling hours. Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries March 22, 2017

Gerald L. Currier

Gerald L. “Jerry” Currier, 72, of Newport died on March 14, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 25, 1944, in Newport to Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He married Bettyanne Hanson who predeceased him. Mr. Currier was a sales clerk for the Pick and Shovel in Newport for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport. He was an artist in pencil drawing, primarily of birds. He enjoyed playing bingo, hunting, fishing, going for walks in the woods, and taking rides on back country roads.

He is survived by his son Mark and his companion, Erica Emmons; by his siblings: Janice Blais, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, and Loren Currier; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister and brothers: Nancy Percy, Donald Currier, Bruce Currier, Timothy Currier and Thomas Currier.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Paul H. Gavin

Paul H. Gavin, 81, of East Charleston, lived a brilliant life of benevolence, serenity, sensitivity, and industriousness. Mr. Gavin died on January 17, 2017, in Durham North Carolina, after a brief illness, with his family by his side.

He was born in Wettingen, Switzerland on June 7, 1935, the son of Henri Louis Gavin, and Violette Gavin (nee Clerc). He grew up in Yverdon, on the Lac de Neuchatel, north of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). His father, an electric-power engineer, electrified the Yverdon-St. Croix railroad. His mother was a teacher of French, history, and geography. As a child he strived at the violin and in his early teen years played with friends in small string ensembles at his home. At the age of 18 he moved with his mother and his two brothers, Jean-Louis and Pierre, to the town of Pully, near Lausanne, where he continued his study of violin and taught himself enough electronics to design and build a vacuum-tube radio and transistor amplifier. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering on June 27, 1959, with a certificate in atomic engineering on July 16, 1960, and his doctorate in nuclear reactor engineering on November 7, 1968, from the Ecole Polytechnique de l’Universite de Lausanne. While a member of the choir of the Cathedrale de Lausanne, he met Eleanor Ingram of Hingham Massachusetts, an alto in the choir, who was in Lausanne to study nursing at La Source. Charles Dutoit, the conductor of the choir at that time, introduced them on the Pont Bessiers — truly a fairy-tale start to their relationship. They were married at The Scots Kirk, Lausanne, on May 18, 1963. They moved to Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1966, and Mr. Gavin began his 32-year career of service to Combustion Engineering, Windsor Locks.

He analyzed and designed reactor refueling processes for combustion engineering power plants. He gave technical seminars on the subtleties of this process in the U.S. and in South Korea. His analyses of the technical aspects of nuclear reactor physics and his technical guides remain in use today. The engineers he mentored respected him enormously. One recently noted, “If it was a tough problem, it was assigned to Paul.” Mr. Gavin was recognized in 1979 with a professional service award for his contributions to the start-up of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. His understanding of reactor physics and the legacy of nuclear power led him to support Mrs. Gavin in a successful grass-roots campaign to retire plants that had passed the end of their original design life.

He refined his talents in drawing, precise communication, music, carpentry, and cabinetry by embarking on projects of increasing complexity throughout his life. He designed and built wooden toys, puzzles, and playhouses for his sons and grandchildren. He designed and built home additions and fine cabinetry for his family. His inclination toward original designs and his success in creating things with precision inspired his sons to embark on ambitious projects. He became fascinated by the possibilities of designing sundials to indicate the time of day and the day of the year for any point on the globe. In the 1980s he and his family designed and built a home on Echo Lake in East Charleston. The Gavins retired there in 2002, and in his last years in Vermont, he hand-built a beautiful violin, with which he performed.

Mr. Gavin felt music deeply. His mother was an accomplished pianist and his parents sang in choirs at Yverdon and Lausanne. He played violin with many ensembles, including numerous groups of friends, the Connecticut String Orchestra, the Simsbury Light Opera with his son Marc, and most recently for the Newport Area Community Orchestra. He encouraged and supported musical interests in his sons from their childhood to adulthood.

He served his communities with skill, wisdom, and generosity. In Simsbury, he and Mrs. Gavin welcomed Laotian refugees and international students to live in their home. They were active members of the Simsbury United Methodist Church and the First Unitarian Church of Hartford. In Vermont, the Gavins served on the boards of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Members of his church remember him as “one of the pillars upon which our church stood for the past couple of decades,” both “doing things in his quiet way” and leading many special projects. His co-workers from Windsor remarked that he was wise, equally skilled in theory and real-world problems, professional, modest, and human. These comments resonate with his family, for whom he leaves memories of simplicity, modesty, warmth, gentleness, and great courage.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Ingram) Gavin of East Charleston; two brothers: Jean-Louis of Coppet, Switzerland, and Pierre of Pully Switzerland; three sons: Henri of Durham, North Carolina, Marc of Seattle, Washington, and Daniel of Eugene, Oregon; and five grandchildren: Benjamin, Eric, Meredith, Ingrith-Rose, and Leo.

A memorial service is planned for July 1 at the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line.

 

Daphny Murray Meagher

Daphny Murray Meagher, 69, of Derby died unexpectedly on March 11, 2017.

She was born on May 20, 1947, in Springfield. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1965, and attended Lyndon State College. She worked as a unit secretary at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont where she also served as the first poison control operator. She was a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 25 years. Mary Kay was her passion and inspiration. Mrs. Meagher was an avid singer and former member of Harmony Incorporated. She sang for a number of years with the Champlain Echoes and then the Georgia Peaches.

She married Russell Meagher on March 17, 1998. They resided in Lawrenceville, Georgia from 1993 until March 2016. While in Georgia, she worked at Emory University Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center before semi-retiring to be a fulltime Mary Kay consultant. In March of 2016 they said goodbye to “Georgia” but it would always be “on their minds.” Mr. and Mrs. Meagher returned home to where the “Moonlight in Vermont” was calling them to be closer to family. She was an amazing caregiver for her husband, Russell, who suffers from a rare neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy.

Mrs. Meagher is survived by her husband; her son Patrick Martell and his wife, Denise; her daughter Jennifer (Martell) Hemsted and her husband, John; grandchildren Dale Martell and his fiancé, Morgan Oeschger, Elizabeth Martell, Dylan and Emily Hemsted; sisters Peggy Shadel and her husband, Derrick, Veronica Cassetta and her husband, Greg; cousin Martha Teer and her husband, Phil; aunts Betty Stanley and Peggy Pratt; stepsons Jeremy Meagher, and James Meagher, and his wife Rebecca, and their daughter Finley; nephews Timothy and Andrew Shadel; and niece Kara Shadel Muri. She is also survived by her beloved kitties Murray and Fiona. She was predeceased by her father, Stephen Murray, and her mother, Dorothy Conant.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 31, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, in Newport at 1 p.m., with a burial to be determined in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully appreciated for continued respite care of her beloved husband, Russell. Please make checks payable to CurePSP and mail to Diane Seegull, CurePSP, 30 Padonia Road #201, Timonium, Maryland 21093. Indicate on the check, “Cherie Levien Fund,” or direct donations to http://www.psp.org/cherie-levien-quality-life-legacy-fund/.

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

 

Joanne B. Nolin

Joanne B. Nolin, 68, of Derby, died suddenly on March 13, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident.

She was born on February 9, 1949, the eldest daughter of Clarence and Domina (Balich) Nolin. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1967 and Johnson State College in 1971.

Ms. Nolin taught at Canaan Elementary School for two years before returning to Newport to raise her children. Her son Christopher was born in 1976 and her daughter Laura in 1980. She devoted her life to raising her children.

Ms. Nolin worked in the daycare field and operated a daycare center in her home before teaching religion for several years at Sacred Heart School in Newport until it closed. She loved teaching children about the Catholic faith that meant so much to her and loved sharing her faith with them. Her love of her children led her to work at St. Edward’s Preschool in Derby Line until her health forced her to retire. She was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella and a very active member of Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

Ms. Nolin enjoyed reading, watching Jeopardy! on TV, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Most of all, she loved her family. She was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother whose life revolved around her children, grandchildren and her Catholic faith. Her deep faith and love of the Lord strengthened her during the difficult times of her life.

Ms. Nolin is survived by her daughter, Sister Laura Fidelis Nolin of the Daughters of St. Paul in Alexandria, Virginia; and her son Christopher Nolin, and his wife, Nancie; and by her beloved grandchildren: Elias, Nathalie, Micah, and Cecilia Nolin, all of Conroe, Texas. She is also survived by two sisters: Mary Nolin of Derby, and Patricia Nolin of Reston, Virginia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on March 21. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Daughters of St. Paul, 50 St. Paul’s Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130.

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

 

Dale F. Pierce

Dale F. Pierce, 78, of Barton, died on March 13, 2017, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.

Mr. Pierce was born on December 13, 1938, in St. Johnsbury. He was one of four children born to the late Frank and Marion (Miltimore) Pierce.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. On December 31, 1961, he married Marguerite Hardie, who predeceased him on May 28, 2005.

He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking, drawing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children: Pamela Stevens and her husband, Jeffrey, of Barton, Kimberly Gosley of Barton, Teresa Diette and her husband, Peter, of Barton, Ritchie Pierce and his wife, Sue, of Barton, Christine Martin and her husband, David, of Island Pond, and Katherine Jacobs of Colchester. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Travis and his wife, Julie, Robbi and her husband, Kenny, Tyler, Corey, Kristen, Taylor, Derek, Nicholas and his wife, Nichole, Devon, and Abigail; by his great grandchildren: Danica, Riley, Cooper, Cale, Kallie, and Ellie; by his sister Pearl Marko; his special companion, Gloria White; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; his brother Donald Pierce; his sister Elva Fisher; by his son-in-law Alan Jacobs; and by his grandson, Brandon.

Per request of the family there will be no public services at this time. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Pierce to the Dale and Marguerite Pierce Granite Bench Fund: In care of Kimberly Gosley, P.O. Box 225, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Lawrence Scarpa

Lawrence “Larry” Scarpa, 86, of Barton, died on March 14, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Newfield, New Jersey, he moved to Vermont in 1997.

Mr. Scarpa is survived by his wife, Mary (Campbell) Scarpa, also of Barton; his children: Mary Alimenti of East Vineland, New Jersey, Lori Petronglo of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, Vicki Lolli, of Minotola, New Jersey, Lorraine Phillips, of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, and Lawrence Scarpa of Clayton, New Jersey; his sister Annette Charlton; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kandi Grieser; and by his sisters Sarah Van Hook, and Lorraine Blackshear, all of New Jersey.

Mr. Scarpa was an accomplished man in many areas and well known for his strong opinions. His first love was cooking. No meal was too much of a challenge, he absolutely loved to bring people together through the art of cooking. He was an avid fisherman, no matter if it was on the ocean or ice fishing, he would be there. He was a successful electrical contractor, and for some time, a distributor of Smith and Wesson police equipment. Later on in life he became an accomplished wood carver and was a lifelong ham radio operator; his call sign was K1ON. He was a member of CW Operators Club and Straight Key Century Club. In his youth he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later in life belonged to the American Legion Post #76 in Barton. Mr. Scarpa was a deputy game warden for more than 20 years, a volunteer position, with the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game and Wildlife. He enjoyed his vegetable garden and was a gifted storyteller. He helped to found of the Newfield Ambulance Corps in Newfield. He loved to paint, and technology was something he excelled in. Selftaught, he was building computers in the ’80s when they were still in the infant stage. Needless to say, he was a man of many talents with a plethora of interests and was highly respected. What he loved the most though, were the holiday parties on Christmas Eve and July Fourth with his family — they were the highlight of his year. He will most definitely be missed by his family and friends.

Services were held at Luisi-Demarco Funeral Home in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 19. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

Lewis Sheltra

Lewis Sheltra, 93, of Barton, died on February 14, 2017, at the home of his daughter Colleen. He was with Colleen, and his priest, Father Timothy Naples, was giving him his last rites of passage.

He was born in Westfield, the son of Julius and Emily (Shover) Sheltra, on April 24, 1923.

He served his country in World War II in the Air Force, as a member of the Flying Tigers in the Pacific, China, Burma, India. He helped build the Burma Road. He married Bertha Lafoe in 1947. They had two daughters: Patricia and Colleen.

Mr. Sheltra worked on several construction jobs including the Moore Dam, and the work over the Quechee Gorge in Woodstock. He worked some winters at the Black River Mill in Irasburg where they lived until 2005 when they moved to an apartment in Barton. He worked for Munson Earth Moving, Inc. until retirement.

He operated the Citgo Garage in Lowell for a few years. Mr. Sheltra was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #798, where he was the commander for several years. He was a member of the Newport Legion where he played tournament darts for about 35 years.

He and his wife spent many years at dances at venues such as Buzzie’s in Westfield, Warner’s Dance Hall in Lowell, and then Paul’s Sugarhouse in Derby.

Mr. Sheltra enjoyed going to The Meeting Place in Newport, spending time with friends.

Surviving Mr. Sheltra are his daughter Colleen Belanger and her husband, Charles, of Sutton; grandson Peter Belanger and his son Andrew of Sutton; his grandson Claude Poitras and his son Jason, and Jason’s twin sons, of Maine; his granddaughter Sheila Poitras and her daughters Vanessa and Rebeckah, and son Travis Kohl of Connecticut. He is also survived by Vanessa’s two sons; and Rebeckah’s daughter; and Travis’ daughter; and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, and by all 13 of his siblings; his wife Bertha in 2008; and daughter Patricia (Sheltra) Poitras Twombly in 1998.

There will be no visiting hours at this time but in July there will be a committal service at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell. Contributions in his name may be sent to The Meeting Place in Newport

 

Robert J. “Bob” Wheeler

Robert J. Wheeler, 85, died on March 12, 2017, in Orange Park, Florida.

He was born on June 26, 1931 to parents Julian T. Wheeler and Evelyn E. (LeClair) Wheeler in Mt. Kisco, New York. Mr. Wheeler was a longtime resident of Holland and Derby before moving to Florida in the fall of 1987.

He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a Navy Reservist, retired. He was a master plumber for the state of Florida and retired in 2002.

Mr. Wheeler was a handyman and could fix about anything he put his hands on. He could turn trash into treasure.

He married Teresa M. Choiniere on June 9, 1951. They had three children: Richard, Kathy, and Bruce.

Mr. Wheeler volunteered for the Red Cross at the Jacksonville, Florida, naval hospital as a shuttle driver. This was something he loved to do — talking to people who were never strangers, but immediate friends. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Though he never missed those Vermont winters, he and Teresa enjoyed going back for the summers. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Orange Park, a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Derby, and a member of the VFW.   He participated in the annual Mayor’s Walk in Jacksonville for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler moved into the Moosehaven retirement community in Orange Park, on February 15, 2017.   He was only present there for a short time, but he made a lasting impression with his new neighbors. He was an unsung hero who gave up everything for the love of his life, Teresa. He showed his family, as well as the staff and residents of Moosehaven, the true meaning of unconditional love, caring about the happiness of others without any thoughts of himself.

Mr. Wheeler was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lucille Flynn, of Vermont. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Teresa Wheeler; his son Richard A. Wheeler and his wife, Suzie, of Newport; his daughter Kathy W. Boyles and her husband, Richard, of Edgewater, Florida; his son Bruce J. Wheeler and his wife, Cory, of Kingsland, Georgia; by five grandchildren and their spouses; and by one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on March 17 in the Moosehaven Chapel with military honors by the United States Navy. The Reverend Helen Taylor officiated. Interment of his ashes will be at a later date in Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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Obituaries March 15, 2017

Rock N. “Rocky” Desroches

Rock N. Desroches, 67, died in Winter Haven, Florida, on March 8, 2017.

He was born December 18, 1949, in Granby, Quebec, to Raymond and Cecile Desroches.

In 1957 the family moved to North Troy. In 1973, Mr. Desroches married the late Suzanne Quirion who predeceased him in 1998. They had two children together, Alan and Nicole. In the spring of 2002, Mr. Desroches was naturalized and was proud of becoming a U.S. citizen. In 2003, he married Judy Judd Royer who survives him, as does her daughter Jessica, who Mr. Desroches treated like his own daughter.

He was a man of many talents. Whether it was working on vehicles, snow machines, tractors, chainsaws, building homes, cutting trees, planting gardens, or landscaping, he would give it a try. He would try to do any kinds of repairs himself before calling in a professional. Most of the time it worked out for him. If anyone had a project going on, Mr. Desroches would show up out of the blue, with his signature “C-gar”  in his mouth, ready to lend a hand for the day. Whenever he was around people knew it. Despite his illness, Mr. Desroches was always able to make others laugh and always had a big smile on his face along with his big bushy mustache.

Mr. Desroches started as a farmer, then became a carpenter. Later, he spent most of his working career as a truck driver — first doing long haul trucking for Burkewitz Transport, then local driving for Barrup Farms.

Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Desroches started spending winters in Florida and summers in Vermont. They loved traveling between the two states. Even though Mr. Desroches was retired, he just could not get the truck driver out of him. He usually made the trip in just two days, instead of taking his time to enjoy the scenery, which drove his family crazy. He would just laugh, and in return, it made them laugh, too.

Mr. Desroches is survived by his son Alan and his wife, Lisa, and their three children: Nathaniel and Natashia Brooks, and Julia Desroches; by his daughter Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, and their three children: Benjamin, Levi, and Alexis; by his stepdaughter Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, and their two children: Kadin and Kiley. He is also survived by his sisters Raymonde Mayhew, and Jocelyne Gage and her husband, Terry. He is survived by many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife; and three brothers: infant Jacques, Gilles, and Jean-Pierre Desroches; and by several in-laws he always cherished.

A Catholic burial and celebration of his life will be arranged at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Interment will take place at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Urban A. Flynn Jr.

Urban A. Flynn Jr, 73, of Derby, died on March 5, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on September 13, 1943, in Newport to Urban Sr. and Louise (Rollins) Flynn. On July 4, 1996, he married Jane Royer who survives him. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was employed for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department before retiring after 23 years. Mr. Flynn was a member of the Newport American Legion, North Country Swingers, Derby Alumni Association, and a supporter of the American Red Cross where he had donated many gallons of blood. He enjoyed officiating at basketball and softball games as a referee and umpire. He loved going to camp deer hunting, fishing, card playing, and especially square dancing. He and Mrs. Flynn traveled to many different states. He also enjoyed gardening much to Mrs. Flynn’s delight because then she didn’t have to. He was also a danger to the neighborhood with his chainsaw in his hands.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Derby; by his children: Shawn Flynn and his wife, Anne, Sara Holst and her husband, Jim, Scott Flynn and his wife, Heidi, Paula Pollander and her husband, Peter, and Peter Mason and his wife, Tonya by 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; by his sister Lorraine Lontine and her husband, Raymond; by his brothers-in-law: David Royer and his wife, Diane, and Gerard Royer and his wife, Patricia. He was predeceased by his sister Judy Essaff; and by both his parents.

A Mass was celebrated on March 10 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Laura B. Marin

Laura B. Marin, 65, of Newport, died on March 7, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on November 7, 1951, in Easton, Maryland, to Nelson and Olive (Bell) Yeatman. On November 22, 1969, she married Alfred Marin who survives her.

Mrs. Marin was employed in the produce department at Price Chopper. She enjoyed reading, craftwork, and animals.

She is survived by her husband Alfred Marin of Newport; by her son Alfred Marin Jr. and his wife, Susanne of Levitton, New York; and by her grandchildren: Leandra and Francis. She is also survived by her siblings: Bernard Yeatman and his wife, Gail, of South Carolina, James Yeatman and his wife, Annie, of Delaware, Larry Yeatman and his wife, Nell, of Easton, and Linda Street and her husband, Joseph, of Preston, Maryland; her brother-in-law Frederick Marin and his wife, Lisha, of Proctorsville; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by her brother Michael.

Funeral services were held on March 11 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend James Merriam 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 can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Dorothy V. Monfette

Dorothy V. Monfette, 90, died in Newport on March 7, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Monfette was born in Newport on January 12, 1927, to William and Elizabeth Curtis (Laplante). The family lived in St. Johnsbury for a time before moving back to Newport and settling on Orchard Street where she grew up. A child of the Great Depression, her young life was difficult at times. She never dwelled on that part of her childhood. She told stories of winter days sledding on the hill below Bogner’s, and in summer picking berries there. When our Mom was 14 years old a family moved into town and she met and fell in love with Paul Monfette. They married on August 9, 1942. The following year they welcomed their first child into the world and soon after Mr. Monfette was drafted and off to war. He was gone for more than two years and Mrs. Monfette carried on raising her baby and living on rations. When Mr. Monfette returned, it took a few years but they were able to build a home of their own on Hill Street in Newport. They had four more daughters and lived in that house for the rest of their lives. Mr. Monfette died last April after 74 years of marriage.

Mrs. Monfette had a few different jobs over her lifetime, but her children and home were her passions. The family spent many a night in bed falling asleep to the sound of her at the sewing machine making new school clothes. She made sure we went on a vacation every year, singing in the car on our way to our adventure. Her energy knew no bounds. She turned an old cow pasture into a yard where all the kids in the neighborhood came to play baseball or go down the slippery slide. Once the children grew older, Mrs. Monfette reclaimed that yard and turned it into one of the prettiest in the city. Her flowerbeds are a true labor of love — full of perennials that will keep her memory alive. Over the years Mrs. Monfette worked mostly as a nurse’s aide but also made custom cakes at our home. She would make giant wedding cakes and every surface in the house would be covered with little sugar flowers she had made and left drying on waxed paper. Her homemade candy was the best around. After the daughters were out on their own, Mrs. Monfette began volunteering. Her work as an advocate for the poor, and the victims of domestic violence have had a lasting impact on the community. She worked on countless toy drives and collected every year for the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Monfette’s work as a hospice volunteer brought comfort to so many families through the years. She gave her time and energy freely and with love and great compassion for others. Mrs. Monfette is survived by her five naughty daughters and three sons-in-law who were her sons: Shelia and Alan Sisco, Paulette and Alvin Simard, Sue and Maury Tinker, Jackie Monfette, and Tammi Monfette. She leaves her grandchildren: Larry Maxwell, Jennifer Simard, Joseph Simard, Jeffrey Markum, Barry Shelton, Sarah Soskin, Emily Soskin, and Jonah Monfette; her great-grandchildren: Amanda, Christopher, Nicholas, A.J., Lexi, Dylan, Ava, Austin, Kaya, Kingston, Elsie, Isabelle, Alyssa, Jackson, and one on the way. She had one great-great-grandchild, Ivey; and is survived by two sisters-in-law: Blanche Monfette and Marilyn Curtis. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; her siblings: Vivian Hamlin, Shirley Miller, Alice Hackett, Gladys (Red) Theberge, and William Curtis. She was also predeceased by her beloved granddaughter Jackie Simard.

Funeral services were held on March 13 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be on May 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport.

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

 

Helen Pauline Ricard

Helen P. Ricard, 79, of Canton, Connecticut, died unexpectedly in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 22, 2017.

She was born in Newport, on August 21, 1937, to Raoul and Arlene (Robitaille) Ricard. Ms. Ricard is survived by four siblings: Andre Ricard of Newport, Gerald Ricard of Canton, Connecticut, David Ricard of North Carolina, and Cecile Ricard of Canton.

Ms. Ricard loved her five devoted children: Cathy, Peggy, Lynn, Michael, and Lisa. She is also survived by ten grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was employed at the Hartford Insurance Company for 20 years, which she retired from in 1996. She became a member of the Second Congregational Church of Winsted in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1998. Not long thereafter, she became a member of the church choir. Her hobbies were sewing and music. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many friends.

Services were held on March 4 at the Second Congregational Church of Winsted.

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