Obituaries January 6, 2016

obit AustinRuth (Shattuck) Austin

Ruth (Shattuck) Austin, 101, of Newport died peacefully on December 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in West Derby on April 15, 1914, to Roy and Emma (Carlquist) Shattuck, the youngest of their four children. She was a graduate of Newport High School and attended nursing school in the former Orleans Memorial Hospital.

She married Ellis S. Austin Jr. on January 14, 1933. She was a lifelong resident of Newport. As a homemaker, loving wife, and mother, she was always well known for her cooking and baking — especially her homemade doughnuts. She had many interests and loved attending auctions and collecting antique dolls. She was a wonderful craftswoman, and spent many hours braiding rugs for family and friends, and spent many enjoyable hours fishing along the banks of Lake Memphremagog.

She always had a sharp mind and keen sense of humor, and she never passed up a good game of cribbage or bingo. She loved reminiscing about the history of Newport. As a centenarian she was interviewed on a number of occasions to talk about her fond and vivid memories of Newport, and was featured in Vermont’s Northland Journal and USA Today. In April, following her one hundred and first birthday, during an interview for the Northeast Kingdom Voice TV show she said, “I never thought I’d live to be this age. It never crossed my mind. I sure have lived a good life though.”

She is survived by her three children: Jean Poutre, Charles Austin and his wife, Alice, and Paula Conover and her husband, Peter, all of Newport; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in September of 1974, and by her three siblings: Flora Fountain, Gladys Drew, and Harold Shattuck; her son-in-law Fernand Poutre; and her granddaughter Jennifer Roy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855, or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund care of Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A gathering in celebration of her life will be held in the springtime. Interment will follow at the Kelsey-Morrill Cemetery on Shattuck Hill in Derby.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeanRachel A. Westover Bean

Rachel A. Westover Bean, 80, of Newport Center died on December 18, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 12, 1935, in Newport Center to Earl and Ella (Sanville) Taylor.

She graduated from Newport Center High School in 1953.  She married Robert J. Westover on May 31, 1958. He predeceased her in March of 1981.  On March 8, 2005, she married C. Lary Bean, who survives her.

She was the town clerk and treasurer for the town of Newport for 30 years. She took great pride in her job and devoted many hours to helping the people of Newport Center. She was delighted when she was recognized for her work by being included in Who’s Who.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary and the Newport Center High School Alumni Association. She was a former director of the Goodrich Memorial Library.  One of her greatest joys was time spent with family and friends, especially at the holidays and at summer cookouts.  She enjoyed creating floral arrangements, cooking, baking, and most importantly, taking care of her loved ones.

She is survived by her husband; by her children: Tammy Westover of Newport Center, and John Westover and his wife, Takako, of Japan; by her grandchildren: Victoria Westover of Westfield, and Lyla and Elise Westover of Japan; by her stepchildren: Karen Bennett and her husband, Tim, Robyn Hamilton of Maine, and Christina Torres and her husband, John, of Maryland; by her stepgrandchildren: Stephanie Inman and her husband, Walter, and Justin Hamilton of Maine, and Ainslee and Ivy Torres of Maryland; by her sisters: Beverly Couture and her husband, Armand, of Irasburg, and Sonja Bissonnette and her husband, Norbert, of Middletown, Connecticut; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to SASH (Support and Services at Home), P.O. Box 259, 48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.  The SASH program provided assistance to the family to honor Mrs. Westover’s wishes of being able to remain in her home.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeauregardRoger Norbert Beauregard

Roger Norbert Beauregard, 82, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died in Charlotte, Florida, on December 12, 2015.

He was born to Eleonore Houle and Norbert Beauregard on December 21, 1932.

A native of Vermont, living in Charleston, Derby, Holland, Morgan, and Newport, he spent the last 14 winters in Punta Gorda with his wife, Colleen. They were joined there at various times by his brother- and sister-in-law Maurice and Sylvia Beauregard, sister-in-law Carolyn Rhodes, brother- and sister-in-law Lawrence “Buzz” and Lucille “Lou” Moore, and by many cherished friends.

The Beauregards were married for 58 loving, happy years. They had three children who have loving partners: Tim Beauregard and Anne de Vos, Lisa Presson and her husband, Todd, and Lorelei Lewis and her husband, Mark.

Mr. Beauregard was a strong believer in a hard day’s work and exemplified that work ethic in all his professional endeavors. In his early years, he worked seven days a week to run his family farm. He then diversified his career to include a successful business in the pulpwood industry, and mail delivery for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years. Family, however, was always first in his heart.

He could be heard singing his heart out, laughing from the bottom of his belly, and cheering on his beloved Red Sox. He loved a good game of cribbage, or “500,” and welcomed every guest with a Manhattan or a glass of wine and a kiss on both cheeks. He will be greatly missed by all his family, including numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was a loving grandfather to Ashley Lewis, who sadly died in 2005, Benjamin “Ben” Lewis and his wife, Tara, Joshua “Josh” Presson, Molly Presson, and Lorne Beauregard. He also touched and brightened the lives of his three great-granddaughters: McKayla, Julianna, and Emma Lewis.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Howard Rhodes, his sister-in-law Mary Ann Moore, both of whom were also winter residents in Punta Gorda.

As per his request, his service will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, in the spring of 2016. The date and time of the service have yet to be determined. His burial will follow at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line, where both his parents and his wife’s parents rest.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Northeast Kingdom Hemotology & Oncology (NEKHO), P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855, or St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Preservation Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit chagnonJune Louise Chagnon

June Louise Chagnon, 83, of Whiting, Maine, died on Sunday, December 20, 2015, in Machias, Maine.

She was born on May 19, 1932, in Billerica, Massachusetts, to Harold D. and Elizabeth Baroni. She grew up in the area and graduated from Billerica High School in 1948. She went on to attend community college, where she studied bookkeeping and typing. She would later use those talents working for the local Cadillac auto dealership, and in the family business, Baroni & Sons Contracting.

On June 7, 1952, she was married, in her hometown, to Thomas F. Chagnon at St. Andrews Church. After their marriage, she and her husband raised their family of five children in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia, to follow Mr. Chagnon’s career with the federal government. In the late 1960s the couple purchased a seasonal home for their family, their love for the ocean bringing them to Lubec, Maine, where family and friends summered for over 45 years. Ms. Chagnon loved sitting on her deck watching the seals swim in the Lubec narrows. Upon Mr. Chagnon’s retirement they built their winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which they enjoyed for a few years before Mr. Chagnon died.

Mrs. Chagnon was a devoted faithful Catholic communicant, actively serving in the women’s guilds and religious education programs. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, baking and cake decorating, and floral design. She was an avid walker, and for many years was an active member of the Pathfinder’s walking group of Lubec.

Mrs. Chagnon always enjoyed her time with her family most of all. She was unwavering in her love and support as a wife and mother. She was very proud of all her children’s achievements. She was active in her children’s lives and taught them the importance of faith in keeping a generous and kind heart. By example, she showed them how to lift the spirits of family and friends with a warm and cheerful smile. She will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and friend.

She is survived by her sons: Thomas F. Chagnon Jr., and his wife, Eugenia, of Canton, Massachusetts, John J. Chagnon and his wife, Ana, of Washington, D.C., and Michael P. Chagnon, and his wife, Gail, of Alexandria, Virginia; her daughters: Cindy Morrison, and her husband, Joseph, of Whiting, Maine, and Karen Cote, and her husband, Raymond, of Barton; her brother William Baroni and his wife, Betty; her sisters: Dorothy Bourassa, Bettyanne Baroni, and Joann Dalziel and her husband, Bob D.L.; her sister-in-law Lorraine Baroni; her grandchildren: LeAnne Chagnon and her husband, Mike Lewandroski, Michael Chagnon, Christopher Cote, and his wife, Kim, Alyson Chagnon, and Cleo Terry and her husband, Charles; her special, loving cousin Jackie Sampson; and lifelong friend, Jean Doherty.

She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and her brothers: Robert and Buddy Baroni.

A memorial Mass was held on Monday, December 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lubec, Maine. Charitable donations in her memory may be made to the Lubec Memorial Library, 55 Water Street, Lubec, Maine 04652.

 

obit ChamberlainBernadette M. Chamberland

Bernadette M. Chamberland, 97, of Newport, died there on December 30, 2015.

She was born on February 12, 1918, in Westfield to Joseph and Rosanna (Lachappel) Pion.

Mrs. Chamberland was an inspector for Indian Head Plywood in Newport, a job from which she retired in 1982, after 18 years of service.

She enjoyed playing bingo, making arts and crafts, shopping, eating out, and traveling to Florida for several years.  She enjoyed family visits, and will be missed by her many friends at Governor Prouty Apartments, including her good friend Joan Carpenter.  She will also be missed by her dear dog Chole.

She is survived by her children: Georgette Jones of Newport, and Arlene Brown and her husband, Glen, of Newport Center; by her grandchildren: Robert, Michael, Tammy Baraw, and Glen W. Brown; ten great-grandchildren; her siblings: Theresa Couture of Westfield, Mary Turgeon and her husband, Norman, of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Joyce and Alice Pion of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Norman and Paul Pion.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Ave, Burlington, Vermont  05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Comtois VETArthur Comtois

Arthur Comtois, 91, of Birch Harbor, Maine, died on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine.

He was born on November 22, 1924, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Edmond and Alexandrina (Rondeau) Comtois.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949, married Aline Deslandes in 1950, and worked as a furniture salesman in Newport and Burlington for many years.  From 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he worked at IBM in Essex Junction.

After living most of his life in Vermont, he moved to Maine in 2007, to be closer to his daughter and her family.  He loved to read and enjoyed gardening, playing golf, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his daughter Dianne Comtois Goodenough and her husband, David Jonathan, of Birch Harbor, Maine; two grandsons: Adam Arthur Goodenough and his wife, Sujata Gupta of Burlington, and Ryan Thomas Goodenough and his wife, Emily Sandefer, of Troy, New York; three great-grandchildren: Eka, Andrew, and Keya; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Aline (Deslandes) Comtois; one sister, Lillian (Comtois) Geoffroy Tessier; and eight brothers: Leo, Lucien, Raoul, Albert, Roland, Victor, Ernest, and Real Comtois.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of choice in Mr. Comtois’ name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DoyonGaston M. Doyon

Gaston M. Doyon, 86, of Lowell, died on December 24, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 18, 1929, in St. Germaine, Quebec, to Romual and Rhea (Fafard) Doyon.  On August 16, 1949, he married the former Therese Bonneau, who predeceased him on May 19, 2013.

Mr. Doyon owned and operated a farm in Lowell along with his late wife for over 25 years. In his later years he was a carpenter and bus driver for the town of Lowell.  He was a selectman for the town of Lowell, a fireman, a lister, and a justice of the peace.  He held a membership with the Knights of Columbus fourth degree, and was a Lions Club member in Troy, Lowell, and Westfield.  He enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and board games.  He and his wife traveled to Maine as well as Colorado, and Florida. They enjoyed dancing, listening to old time fiddlers, bowling, entertaining, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his children: Madeline Green and her husband, Gerry, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger, of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Germain Doyon, Rosaire Doyon and his wife, Pauline, Dennis Doyon and his wife, Lise, Claude Doyon and his wife, Jocelyn, Alice Mathieu and her husband, Aldee, Cecile St. Martin and her companion, Robert, Denise Noel, Monique Mathieu, Claire Hebert and her husband, Gerard, Madeleine St. Martin, and Diane Doyon. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; and by three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit millerKristine E. Miller

Loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, Kristine Elizabeth (Talty) Miller, R.N., 48, of Ayer, Massachusetts died peacefully on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Massachusetts, with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved companion of David Bonacci who survives her.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on May 8, 1967, a daughter of Gerald F. and Deborah L (Ruggles) Talty of Jay, she attended Hudson, New Hampshire, schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in the class of 1985. Eager to further her education and follow her dream, she then went on to graduate from Rivier College School of Nursing in Nashua as a registered nurse.

Before illness forced her retirement, she worked as a registered nurse with Tufts New England Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in the neonatal intensive care unit.

She enjoyed gardening, skiing, and her occasional trips to Las Vegas. She loved her house and was known to be always decorating or doing some kind of home improvement. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. However, her true passion was her job as a registered nurse, and she cherished caring for the babies and helping their families.

In addition to her parents and companion, Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Kaylee R. Caruso of Ayer; and son Michael J. Miller of Milford, New Hampshire; a sister Kathleen M. Martino and her husband, Rohn, of Bedford, New Hamshire; a brother Gerald B. Talty III and his wife, Melissa, of Hudson, New Hampshire; her paternal grandmother Catherine E. Talty of Bedford; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs Angel and Chloe.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning, December 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson. Committal services will be held privately.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, care of Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack Street, Building nine, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843.

Online condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com.

 

obit MorinEric J. Morin

Eric J. Morin, 35, of Newport died suddenly on December 24, 2015.

He was born on July 8, 1980. He was a beloved son of Rachel Coulter and Timothy Morin, and father to two beautiful children, Anyas and Keenan Morin.

Mr. Morin was a gentle and loving soul. He was selfless, kind-hearted, and always put others before himself. He enjoyed the simple things of life, fishing, playing hockey, boating — especially taking his kids out on the boat, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and dirt bikes. He and his children loved riding around the dirt bike track. He would be on a four-wheeler taking jumps, and they would follow in his footsteps. Seeing Mr. Morin, meant seeing Roscoe, his dog. He was his sidekick and constant companion.

Mr. Morin had a contagious smile, and big broad arms to hug tight with. He always saw the good in everyone. He was the first person to be there to lend a hand and he’d give the last dollar in his wallet and the shirt off his back. He held a special place in his mother’s heart, a bond that was larger than life. He was her protector and she was his. He loved helping his mom and often filled the man-of-the-house shoes while his stepfather worked as a lineman.

He will be sorely missed by so many, especially his children and two nephews Noah and Liam, who loved playing with their “Uncle Eric,” his girlfriend Sherrine and her son Jaden, dear friends Paul Pinheiro and Shanna Blais, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Rachel Coulter, and stepfather, Steven; his father, Tim; his children; his dear sister Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, along with his two nephews; his grandparents Homer Morin and Patricia Breault; and his stepgrandparents George and Marge Coulter; his girlfriend and her son; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his favorite pal and companion Roscoe, his black pug.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Patricia Morin, and by his grandfather Roland Breault.

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, January 2, at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg with the Reverend Daniel Prue officiating.

Should friends and family desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the care of Melissa Zebrowski for his children at North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SmithCharlotte H. Smith

Charlotte H. Smith, 90, of Orleans died peacefully on December 24, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on October 8, 1925, in Highgate to Harry and Gladys (Dimon) Houghaboom. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a bachelor’s degree. On December 26, 1946, she married Virgil Smith, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Smith was secretary for the Orleans School District for many years. She held memberships with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Orleans Country Club.  She enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by her sons: David Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Orleans, and Randy Smith and his wife, Pam, of Orleans; by her grandchildren: Arron and his wife, Janet, Chris and his wife, Shelly, Corey, Sandy Hicks and her companion, Burton Hinton, Melissa Durkee, Erik and his companion, Heather Cole; and by eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her grandson Shawn; and by her brothers: Verle and Lloyd Houghaboom.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 22, 2015

obit DaniellFrances “Franny” Alice Daniell

Frances “Franny” Alice Daniell, 63, of Island Pond died on December 14, 2015.

She was born on July 7, 1952.

Known as “Mom” to all who loved her, she always had an open heart and an open house for all who needed her.  She was a place of refuge for anyone in need.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Daniell; her siblings: Steven Daniell and Christine O’Connor; her children: Lisa, Amy, Theresa, Michael, Stephen, Adam, and E.B.; her grandchildren: Belle, Haley, Sydnie, Lindsay, Ari, Michelle, Alex, Totes, Boo-Boo, and Jinx; and countless others who were loved and treated as her children.

The family invited everyone to celebrate this loving woman’s life at the hall in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport on Saturday, December 19. They shared memories of her and enjoyed her favorite foods. Those attending wore something purple, Mom’s favorite color.

 

obit EarpEileen Dorothy Earp

Eileen Dorothy Earp, 91, of Newport died on December 14, 2015.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 17, 1924, a daughter of William and Ella (Nelson) Weber. She was a graduate of Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and attended Drake’s Secretarial School and the Academy of Arts, both in Newark. She was active in the Girl Scouts for many years.

She was a secretary at the Diocesan House (Episcopal Diocese of Newark) and later was employed on the art staff at Hahn & Co. in Newark.

On April 18, 1947, she married A. Eugene (Gene) Earp Jr., also of Lyndhurst. The family lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, for almost 20 years, and she was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church there. They also lived in Ocean Beach, New Jersey, where they were in the family business.

Ms. Earp and her family moved to Morgan in November of 1969. They were active in the Morgan United Church, serving as deacons and on different committees. She was a teacher’s aide at the Morgan school for several years, an assistant town clerk, and served a three-year term on the North Country Union High School board. She retired from the Newport Daily Express in 1988, after more than eight years.

She was a member of the Circle of Friends of Morgan, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Newport Women’s Club, and the Morgan Republican Committee.

Art was a passion of hers and she also loved to sing and dance.

She is survived by her son Alan B. Earp and his wife, Laura, of St. Johnsbury; her daughter Wendy H. Franklin and her husband, Alan, of Newport; her daughter-in-law Claire Earp Connifey of Franklin, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Emily Earp Galvin, Joshua H. Earp, Brian T. and John D. Earp, Andrew W. Franklin; her great-grandchildren: Molly and Olivia Galvin; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years on March 16, 2000; her son David Mark Earp in 1986; her sister E. Pauline Whinn and her husband, Walter; and a special dear friend Richard E. Dill.

A celebration of her life was held at the Morgan church on Sunday, December 20, at 1 p.m with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hall VETRobert L. Hall

Robert Leonard Hall, 77, died peacefully on December 14, 2015, from natural causes at the Boston VA Hospital.

He was born on January 17, 1938, in Akron, Ohio, a son of Frances and Leonard Hall.

As requested by Mr. Hall, cremation took place and there will be no services. After his younger years of schooling in Akron, he followed in his mother’s footsteps, buying and selling real estate. They jointly purchased the island in Island Pond.

After being drafted out of Akron University into the Army in 1961, and discharged in 1963, he resided on the island during the summer months, enjoying the solitude of the island, where he lived without the creature comforts of electricity, telephone, or running water.

On November 7, 1977, he was confined to a wheelchair from a logging accident that broke his back. Being a true Vermonter at heart, he did not allow it to slow him down, and he took up residence on another of his properties, a farm in Derby. He continued with his real estate and other various enterprises, including a greenhouse business and apartment rentals.

obit vets flagHe was skilled as a small engine mechanic. One of his greatest pleasures in life came from acquiring a broken piece of machinery and restoring it to functioning capacity. This avocation benefited many of his friends who came to him with various broken pieces of equipment that Mr. Hall would fix.

They will remember his many conversational snippets that were as entertaining to guests as to him. Self-appointed leader of the “Clyde River Christians,” “Buddha Bob,” as he was called, had novel ideas about the proper way to conduct a service. Spending time with him lightened the atmosphere and uplifted souls.

He is survived by his brother John; his sister-in-law Barbara; six nephews and nieces, along with their children; and a large eclectic group of friends. He is loved by all whose lives he touched and will be greatly missed. A special memorial service will be scheduled in the spring to celebrate his life.

 

obit LetourneauPaul Joseph Letourneau

Paul Joseph Letourneau, 88, of Derby, died on December 16, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 6, 1927, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.

He met the love of his life, Rhina Piette. He swept her off her feet and married her on September 13, 1947. She predeceased him on December 18, 1978.

He was loved by so many people. In 1947, he lived in Holland with his wife and children. Then in 1957, he bought a farm in Derby. They then moved to Troy in 1967 on the Colburn Farm and lived there until 1972, when their daughter Lillian and son-in-law Raymond took over the farm.

In 1972, after a long discussion about his wife wanting a dance hall and Mr. Letourneau wanting a sugarhouse, they decided to compromise and build both in one. That is how Paul’s Sugarhouse and Dance Hall was born. The couple held dances on Saturday nights for many years. He also catered weddings, banquets, and meetings and gatherings of all kinds for any occasion.

Mr. Letourneau loved gardening. He had a beautiful blueberry patch that he enjoyed, and he had one of the longest and biggest gardens that he was so proud of. Every day he was in that garden weeding and raking or just sitting on his bench in the shade enjoying watching his crop grow.

His most prized possession and greatest pleasure of all were his woods. He found peace and serenity in his sugar woods. Every day he would be up there cutting up trees that fell over or trees that were dead. He would cut them down for sugar wood or firewood. His woods were clean and so easy to walk through.

Most of all, he loved the wildlife that he would see daily. Whether it was a deer or turkeys, it brought him happiness to see them visiting him. Sugaring season was another enjoyment in his life. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to unroll pipeline and tap trees to get the sweet taste of maple.

Mr. Letourneau also enjoyed seeing his friends at Tuesday night bingo hosted by the Derby Lions Club. Everyone knew him for his famous maple baked beans, his coleslaw, and his famous burgers. He enjoyed talking and joking with everyone. He always had a twinkle in his baby blue eyes. He loved visiting and picking on his friends over at Walt’s Sales and Service. In the summer months, he loved spending time at the rendezvous (the family campground, parking lot at Paul’s Sugarhouse), and spending time with family from all over. He found great joy sitting down with his grandchildren and sharing his stories of growing up as a child and most of all, sharing the secrets and stories of his woods throughout his life. Not only sharing stories, but he also loved to get a rise out of his grandchildren. He loved to hear them all laugh.  He also enjoyed going out for breakfast at Brenda’s or The Brown Cow with his daughter Jane, family, and friends.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, the Lions Club, and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

He is survived by his children: Linda Letourneau of Floresville, Texas, Linn and Dave Elko of Newport, Richard Letourneau and his significant other, Julie Chase, of Derby Line, Marie Chapman of Derby Line, Jane and Larry Snider of Derby, Leo Letourneau and his companion, Debbie Welch, of Newport Center, Lillian and Raymond Bathalon of Troy, and Pauline and Jacques Couture of Westfield; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Cecile Fortin of Holland; his brothers: Andre and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, and Philip and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line; by sisters- and brothers-in-law: Theresa Girourd of Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Lionel Fortin and his wife, Simone, of Holland, Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg, Sylva Piette of Newport, Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau; by his in-laws Clarence and Annie Piette; by his sisters: Simone Piette, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; by his grandson John Bathalon; and by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Toni, Pierre, Leon and his wife, Solange, Reginald and his wife, Delorese, George and Germaine Fontaine, Bertha Royer, John Fortin, Roger Girouard, and Henry Fortin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport with the celebration of a Mass. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Derby Lions Club P.O. Box 388 Derby, Vermont 05829, or St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Ave., Barton, Vermont 05822.

 

obit LucasCaroline (Thalheimer) Lucas

Caroline (Thalheimer) Lucas, 84, of Newport died at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

She was born on March 21, 1931, in Woodbury, New Jersey. She was a daughter of William and Irma (Good) Thalheimer.

She attended high school in Wilmington, Delaware, and later graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of arts in biology.

She married Robert Lucas on December 2, 1972.

Mrs. Lucas loved taking care of her geese and doing puzzles.

She is survived by her brother William G. Thalheimer and his wife, Alice, of Greenville, South Carolina; one stepson, William Lucas and his wife, Mary Ann; one stepdaughter, Sheila Currier; five step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and by four nieces and nephews: William, Elizabeth, John, and Andrew.

She was predeceased by her husband in October of 1996; and by her stepson James.

Services were held at the Kingdom Hall in Newport on Sunday, December 20.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

obit mason VETDonald Maynard Mason

Donald Maynard Mason, 73, of South Woodbury, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

He was born June 19, 1942, in Barton, the son of the late Maynard and Dorothy (Laverdiere) Mason. He graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1960.

He entered the U.S. Army on May 6, 1964. He proudly served his country in Germany and was honorably discharged at Fort Hamilton, New York, on May 3, 1966.

On December 9, 1967, he married Guyla Elaine Farr in Hardwick, where they made their home for several years until they purchased a home in South Woodbury.

In his earlier years, he was a truck driver for Avon Atkins in Hardwick. He was employed by Hardwick Motors and Green Mountain Lincoln Mercury in Berlin. He was a self-employed mechanic. He owned and operated Don’s Arco in Hardwick, and later Don Mason & Sons in South Woodbury.

obit vets flagHe was a past member of the Woodbury Fire Department, the Woodbury Select Board and the Beagle Club in Hardwick. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, and the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife; two sons: Michael Mason and his wife, Angel, of East Calais, and Douglas Mason and his wife, Vicki, of Woodbury; six grandchildren: Jewel Mason, Jacob Mason, Jessica Mason, Dustin Hill, Peyton Hill, and Annabelle Therrien; five siblings: Gary Mason, Roger Mason, and Randy Mason, all of Albany, Paulette Webster of Irasburg, and Priscilla Mason of Hardwick; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

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Obituaries December 16, 2015

obit Callahan VETAlbert J. Callahan Jr.

Albert J. Callahan Jr., 87, of Morgan and West Hartford, Connecticut died peacefully on December 12, 2015, at home after a long illness, with his family by his side.

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 20, 1928, a son of the late Albert and Laura Callahan. He grew up with his three brothers Lee, the late Vincent, and Thomas Callahan.

He graduated from Hall High School in 1945, Providence College in 1950, and Boston University Law School in 1953. He was a WWII Army veteran, and was proud of his service. He was the head of the legal department at Allstate Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1953 to 1994, in addition to having his own private practice.

“Big Al,” as he was affectionately called, was the life of the party and was always quick with a funny joke or story. He enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox win or lose. His favorite activity was rooting for and watching Providence College basketball. He had a strong connection to Providence College. His father was the first of seventeen Callahans to earn a degree from Providence College.

obit vets flagHe was an avid boater and fisherman who balanced his professional life with his family life, spending many wonderful weekends on his boat “The Seven C’s” with his family. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, and did pro-bono legal work for a nonprofit group called Clay Hill. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Church and The Old Guard. He was a devoted father to his five sons.

His is survived by his sons: Albert J. Callahan III and his wife, Kathy, Timothy and his wife, Maureen, Peter, and Joseph and his wife, Barbara. He enjoyed spending the last thirteen years with his loving friend, Pat Hunt, of Morgan. Mr. Callahan adored his nine grandchildren and will always remain in their hearts.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion, and his son Matthew.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home, located at 906 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy at 1116 North Main Street in West Hartford. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Callahan’s name to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, Connecticut 06492.

Online condolences at molloyfuneralhome.com.

 

obit GarlandOrmond B. Garland

Ormond B. Garland, 78, of Orleans died peacefully on December 7, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 21, 1937, to Seth and Mabel (Moore) Garland.

On September 5, 1959, he married Elizabeth White, who survives him.

He received his general education development diploma in 1972, from Lake Region Union High School. He was a machinist at Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Orleans for 43 years.

He was past master for the Orleans Lodge #106 F&AM, a member of the Orleans Fire Department, and he was an Orleans emergency medical technician. He was also a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, birdwatching, gardening, listening to country music, and he especially enjoyed attending family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Garland, of Orleans; his sons: Douglas James Garland and his fiancé, Julie Fortin, of Derby Line, and David William Garland and his wife, Danniella, of Eugene, Oregon; his beloved grandson Nicholas “Nick” Maio of Lyndonville; several nieces and nephews; his brothers-in-law: Stanley Davis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby, David Gray and his wife, Jackie of Morgan, James White, and his wife, Helen, of Barton, and Jackson Allen of West Charleston.

He was predeceased by his infant son Denis Leroy Garland.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23.

The interment will take place in the spring in St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hemenway VETFern “Jim” Hemenway

Fern “Jim” Hemenway, 96, of Orleans died on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida.

He was born March 19, 1919, to Frank and Elletta Hemenway in Orleans.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the escort destroyer U.S.S. Solar.

He worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

He enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Shirley Hemenway, of Orleans; his children: Sandra Wentworth of Saratoga Springs, New York, Hale Hemenway and his wife, Sandy, of Rotonda West, Florida, Shirley Devine and her husband, Allan, of Inverness, Florida, Carol Jiang and her husband, Joseph, of Newell, Massachusetts, Jacqueline Mei of Ithaca, New York, and Eugene Mei of Longmont, Colorado; his sister Gretta Morrison of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

obit vets flagHe was “G.G. Pa” to 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A family memorial service was held on Thursday, December 10, in Englewood, Florida, at the Veterans Memorial Park.

A burial memorial service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in late June of 2016.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 44 East Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit jankowskiBrenda G. Jankowski

Brenda G. Jankowski, 62, of Derby Line, and formerly of Webster, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1953, to the late Albert and Altheda (Ball) Bannister.

She was the wife and friend of Kenneth Jankowski for over 30 years.

She spent much of her adult life in Webster before moving to Derby, where she lived for many years. She was a devout Christian and a passionate advocate for all animal life, especially raccoons. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Jankowski, of Derby Line; her daughter Christina Pellegrino and her family: Paige, Eric, Freya, and Noah; her son Jake Jankowski and his wife, Heather, and his children: Brooklyn, Jesse, and Rebecca; her brothers: Albert Bannister, Steven Bannister, and Arthur Baxter; her sisters: Bertha Fabrizi and Linda Risden, and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. Ms. Jankowski was fortunate to have many friends in Derby, who were also like her family in all the ways that count.

A memorial to celebrate her life will be set up in the near future, and will be posted on her Facebook page.

 

obit LantagneJoette M. Lantagne

Joette M. Lantagne, 65, of Morgan, died on December 10, 2015, at her home in Morgan surrounded by all her family.

She was born on June 16, 1950, to Bernard and Marie Anna (Lariviere) Roy.

On September 12, 1970, she married Wayne Lantagne, who survives her.

She was assistant manager for Shaw’s Supermarket in Derby. She previously worked at the Grand Union in Newport, and then with Shaw’s for over 45 years.

She loved tending to her flower beds and watching hummingbirds. She loved to travel to casinos with her sisters-in-law and her daughter-in-law, and they also liked to go shopping on Black Friday. She loved to spend time with her two boys (grandsons) Dillon and Logan.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Lantagne, of Morgan; her children: Shane Lantagne and his wife, Vikki, of Newport, and Stacie Fox and her companion, Tommy Szedlaick, of Killington; her grandsons: Dillon and Logan Lantagne; her siblings: Francis “Sonny” Roy and his wife, Dorothy, of Newport, Michael Roy and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Monique Herlocker and her husband, Lloyd, of Florida; her sisters-in-law Cheryl Kelley and her husband, Robert, of Newport Center, and Kim Mathison and her husband, Randall, of Newport Center; her brother-in-law David Lantagne and his wife, Robin, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings: George Roy, Aline Judd, and Gilberte Bennett; and her in-laws Oliver and Joyce Lantagne.

Funeral services will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the American Legion in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LebeauCecile M. Lebeau

Cecile M. Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on December 9, 2015. She went to be with the Lord.

She was born on March 5, 1925, in Newport, the daughter of Edmund and Lumina (Labonte) Before.

She married Henry Lebeau, who predeceased her in 1995.

Mrs. Lebeau was a homemaker, wife, mother, farmer, and caregiver. As a homemaker, she always made sure her family and friends were well taken care of, and shared her special doughnuts, homemade bread, and brownies with everyone who came to visit. As a wife and farmer, she always worked beside her husband, either milking cows or driving tractors in the hayfield. As a mother, she constantly cared for and worried about her children, and as a caregiver, she cared for her mother, her mother-in-law, and her husband.

Mrs. Lebeau loved the trips she took with the Community Circle, and enjoyed the companionship that they offered. She loved her bingo games, and the friends with whom she enjoyed that activity.  She was the treasurer for the Farm Bureau for many years.

She was a member of the Trinity Parish of Irasburg and was also a member of the Ladies Guild. For the last year she lived at Maple Lane Nursing Home, where she received exceptional care, and was a part of the family there.

She is survived by her children: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; her daughter-in-law Fran Lebeau O’Neil and her husband, Michael, of Arkansas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Edward and Matthew Lebeau, Hannah Lebeau Chamberland, Rachel, Roger, and Rene Morse; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: Henry Before of Montana, Theresa Cox and Carmen Harter of Spokane, Washington, Vincent Before of West Burke, and Rita Riley of Palmetto, Florida.

She was predeceased by her children: Bernard, Robert, and Marcel Lebeau; and by her brother-in-law Albert Lebeau.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit maynardPaul I. Maynard Sr.

Paul I. Maynard Sr., 88, of Burlington died on December 4, 2015, following a brief illness.

Mr. Maynard was born in Johnson on April 16, 1927, to Henry A. Maynard and Dolores Z. Bergeron. He was one of several children and is survived by his sisters: Alma Marrier, Pauline Flanders, both of Burlington, and Florence Wait and her husband, Ed, of Texas.

He was an exceptional musician, having taught himself to play harmonica, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. For many years, he played country and western music all around Vermont, and was a member of Northeast Fiddlers.

In February 1949, he married Marie T. Lemons, and they had five children: Dolores Chamberlain and her husband, James, of Barton; Paul Maynard Jr. and his wife, Martha; Joan Frosolone and her husband, Richard; Steve Maynard and his fiancé, Susan Speagle, all of Burlington. He was predeceased by his daughter Patricia and his first wife, Marie.

He is also survived by Joyce (Stutler) Maynard, who he married three years ago; and by many friends; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren from Sheffield are: Patrick Ham and his wife, Sarah Jane, and their children: Lydia, Katie, Abigail, and Toby; Betsy Ham and her son Lukas; Jessica Gilman and her husband, Matt, and their children: Ryder, Kadyn, Cyrus, Jaxyn, and Valyn; Katelyn Ham and her partner, Jonathan Hosman, and their son Nathan of Boston, Massachusetts.

A celebration of Mr. Maynard’s life was held December 9 at the VFW in Burlington.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

obit PerkinsGerald Ralph Perkins

Gerald Ralph Perkins, 70, of West Charleston died on December 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 5, 1945, in West Charleston to Ralph and Mabel (Holmes) Perkins.

On July 18, 1964, he married the former Margaret Bresse, who survives him.

He worked for H. P. Hood and Elmwood Dairy for many years. He also worked for Raymond Lemay and Gordon Benoit, and more recently was a self-employed carpenter.

He held memberships to a snowmobile club and the North Country Football Boosters Club, where he helped build the snack shack.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Perkins, of West Charleston; his sons: Scott Perkins and his companion, Anick Desorcy, of Brownington, and Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, of Wolcott; his grandchildren: Emily Perkins, Tyson Havard, Maleighna Perkins, Brock Perkins, and Brent Chilafoux, who Mr. Perkins thought of as a grandson. He is also survived by his great-grandson Stephen Havard; his siblings: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Toby, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; his brothers-in-law: Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, and William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of New Caney, Texas; his sister-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth in 1973; his father, Ralph Perkins, on February 4, 2014; his mother, Mabel Perkins, on May 22, 2015; and by his brother-in-law Edmund Bresse.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 19, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. The interment will take place in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833, or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 VT Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit selansCheryle Emily Selan

Cheryle Emily Selan, 69, died suddenly on December 8, 2015.

She was born on July 1, 1946.

She happily lived in Orleans with her companion of 20 years, Omer A. Doyon. Together they enjoyed long car rides, looking through antique shops, quiet lunches out, working on projects at their home, and bonfires with friends and family. They shared their home with two dogs and yard full of chickens. Ms. Selan also enjoyed quilting with her daughters, spending time in the kitchen, and various craft projects.

Ms. Selan was a retired counselor. She dedicated many years to working in the school system. She worked as a junior high English teacher for many years before deciding to continue her education to become a school counselor. She spent several years working both as a private counselor and through other agencies.

She is survived by her companion; her father and mother, Morris and Patricia Palmer, of Newport; her daughter Robin Messier and her husband, Leonard, of Lowell; her daughter Gisele Gardner and her husband, George, of Sheffield; her stepdaughters: Katie Hall of St. Johnsbury, Michelle Doyon of Waterbury, and Donna Brault and Debbie Selan of Cape Cod; her stepson Nathan Doyon and his wife, Sophie, of Waterbury; her brother Terri Palmer and his wife, Cheryl; her grandson Adam Messier and his wife, Ellyn, of Coventry; her granddaughter Sarah Fournier and her husband, Eric, of Swanton; and her great-grandson Emmitt Fournier of Swanton. Equally important are the many friends who Ms. Selan held dear.

A memorial service will be held at her home on January 9, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf. Donations may be food or cash that are brought to the food shelf, or mailed to 70 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, in memory of Cheryle Selan. People with questions regarding donations may call 334-7316.

 

obit TurnerPaul Lewis Turner

Paul Lewis Turner, 73, of Irasburg, died in Burlington on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

He was born on June 11, 1942, in Newport. He was the son of Clesson “Joe” and Hazel (Desjardins) Turner.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport in 1960. He joined the Vermont National Guard after high school. He met Cynthia Larocque while working on the ski patrol at Jay Peak, and they later married on July 22, 1972.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood at Butterfields for ten years, and the Newport Armory for seven years. He was the parts manager for various stores in the area.  He was a milk tester for the National Farmers Organization, and then worked for IBM. After his retirement, he worked at the Price Chopper in Derby.

He loved playing golf, bowling, playing cribbage, and poker. He also loved reading, fishing, playing pool with Raymond and Casey, hanging out with Freddy and friends in the garage, doing his firewood, and walking his dog Chance.

Mr. Turner was a former selectman for the Town of Irasburg.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia (Larocque) Turner of Irasburg; his children: Marti Wilson and her husband, Jon, of Brownington, Abby Wallace of Lithia, Florida, and Amos Turner and his wife, Charity, of Glover; his grandchildren: Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Jamie Wilson and her fiancé, James Margolla, of Brownington, Maddie and Emma Wallace of Lithia, Bailey, Grace, and Ethan Turner of Glover, and Holly Loukes of Derby; his great-granddaughter Paisley Fortin; his siblings: Claire Guiranna and her husband, Carl, of Pennsylvania, Ann “Pee Wee” Cote and her husband, Lawrence “Sonny,” of Westfield, Lois Jenks and her husband, Peter, of Newport, Linda Lawson of Westfield, and James Turner and his wife, Connie, of North Carolina; his sister-in-law Mary-Jane Turner of Irasburg; and numerous nieces; nephews; and grandnieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and David Turner.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, with Elder Randy Lee officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, December 19, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit WilsonJoyce P Wilson

Joyce P Wilson, 91, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Derby Line, died on December 2, 2015.

She was born on June 28, 1924, in Derby Line.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1942. She moved to Brattleboro after graduation and was employed at the USA Holstein Association. She then traveled west, settling in Denver, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Ms. Wilson worked for many years in the medical professions of dentistry and pediatrics. She enjoyed supporting the pediatric medical profession until she retired, and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of the newborn infants.

She loved to travel, and traveled to many areas and countries in the world, Russia, China, and European countries for starters. She was an avid skier all her life. She loved sports, especially football — she supported the University of Colorado, her beloved Denver Broncos, and as a New Englander, the Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She also enjoyed taking classes to learn new things. Some of her greatest pleasures later in life were her summer visits to Derby Line, where she would spend time with her brothers Bernard and Royce, as well as her closest lifelong school friends.

She is survived by her niece Lexie Rye and her husband, Arthur, of Fairfax; her nephews: Randy Bronson and his wife, Cindy, of Waterbury, and Dale Wilson and his wife, Rachel, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; several grandnieces and grandnephews; as well as many lifelong friends including Barb Carnes of Denver, Harriet Downing of Derby Line, and friends Bruce and Mary Muir of Derby Line.

She was predeceased by her parents, Burns and Bessie (Monteith) Wilson; her brothers: Giles, Bernard, and twin brother Royce; and her sister Martha Bronson.

A graveside service will be held in May at the Derby Line Cemetery in Derby Line. A memorial service will be held in Denver at the end of December.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line.

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Obituaries December 9, 2015

obit gibson VETSybil Mary Space Gibson

Sybil Mary Space Gibson, 92, died on November 22, 2015.

She left her Sunriver, Oregon, home of four decades as dawn broke, with her family around her. After 92 fulfilling years, she is with Jesus and reunited with her late husband, Bob.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victor Applegate Space and Mildred Knowlton Space on April 16, 1923, she grew up in the New Jersey community of Glen Rock, graduating from Ridgewood High School in 1940. It was the heart of the Great Depression, but home life was rich. She played in the woods behind their Dutch colonial home with her three siblings, and they ran down to meet their father coming home on the train from Manhattan.

Mrs. Gibson enrolled at the New Jersey College for Women, part of Rutgers University, and with the war effort in full force, joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1944, she was commissioned as lieutenant, junior grade. One of her more interesting duties was to work in the communications facility in Washington, D.C., decoding enemy communications, a task that earned her the National Defense Service Medal.

While an instructor at the Navy War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, she met the love of her life, Navy Commander Robert C. Gibson, whom she married in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on June 18, 1955. At that time, a woman’s military career ended when married, and for the next phase of her life, she became a wonderful life partner to Mr. Gibson and mother to her three children, John, Craig, and Catherine.

Navy life moved them to Washington, D.C., then to San Diego, California, back to Newport, Rhode Island, then to Honolulu (where she caught the “aloha” spirit, and Hawaii became her second home), then to the Philippine Islands, Virginia Beach, and McLean, Virginia.

obit vets flagMr. Gibson retired as captain in the Navy in 1973, and one of the unwritten rules of marrying an Oregonian came into effect. Yes, if one marries someone from Oregon, one must expect eventually to live in the Beaver State, and in 1974, the family moved to the fledgling resort community of Sunriver, population 67.

That is where Mrs. Gibson shone as she helped incubate organizations that are now integral for making Sunriver the vibrant community it is. Thirsting for culture, she was a founding member of the Sunriver Music Festival, and served as its president for three years. Her Christian faith being paramount, she helped start not one, but two churches — in the 1970s, the Sunriver Community Church (now the Community Bible Fellowship), and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship, serving in leadership positions in both, and enjoying singing soprano in the choir.

One could see her enjoying a mocha at The Door, meeting friends at Café Sintra, and bringing her beloved cockapoo Jenny to the 20 Below Club parties. Sunriver was her beloved home, and she watched the small isolated community become a world class resort.

She is survived by her sons: John, and his wife, Gail, of Sunriver; Craig and his wife, Sarah, of Portland, Oregon, with grandchildren: Daniel, Margaret, and Thomas; and her daughter Catherine of Clinton Township, New Jersey, with grandchildren: Benjamin and Jacqueline; two brothers: David, of Blaine, Minnesota, and Steven, of East Dummerston.

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister Pamela.

A graveside memorial will be held at 11 a.m., on December 21 at the Pilot Butte Cemetery with a homegoing celebration following at 2 p.m. at Sunriver Christian Fellowship.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sunriver Music Festival and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship.

 

obit Glodgett VETRoyce A. Glodgett

Royce A. Glodgett, 86, of Brownington died on December 5, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on March 2, 1929, in Orleans to Roy and Violet (Davis) Glodgett. He attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1947.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in December of 1947, and served in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, and on many bases in the U.S. He was honorably discharged at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in 1954. It was there that he met and married Betty Jean Owens, who predeceased him on March 10, 2011.

They returned to Brownington, and he worked for Stub’s Garage in Coventry for 16 years. He retired in 1988. He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans, and is a former member of the North Okaloosa County Chapter #4675 of AARP in Crestview, Florida.  He liked gardening, fishing, auto racing, and spending his later years at the family home in Florida each winter.

obit vets flagMr. Glodgett is survived by his family: William Glodgett of Brownington, Peggy Glodgett and her partner, Gary Ewen, of Woodbury and Brownington, John Glodgett and his wife, Susie, of Barton, and Nancy Sweeney and her husband, Carroll, of South Albany; by his grandchildren: Samuel Willson, Melissa Mason, Jeremy Glodgett, Ezra Glodgett, Savannah Glodgett, and Isaac and Caleb Sweeney; and by nine great-grandchildren who brought him much joy.

He was predeceased by his brother Richard Glodgett, and his sister Beverly Bullis.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 11 a.m. in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #23, care of Dawn Wilcox, P.O. Box 45, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit gordonLynn Elizabeth Gordon

Lynn Elizabeth Gordon, 50, of Troy died peacefully at home on November 6, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born on December 13, 1964.

She happily resided on her little farm in Troy for the past 22 years. Although many animals made their home with her there, she primarily raised Nigerian dwarf goats. She took such pride in being a good steward, putting their needs before her own. Ms. Gordon was a farmer at heart, and although her little piece of the world was not the typical Vermont farm, it was her world, and she devoted herself to all the critters that lived there, or found their way there. Over the years she rehabilitated a baby raccoon, a fawn, and even a wayward skunk. Her saying, “faith, family, farm” described her nature and her heart perfectly.

For a time Ms. Gordon taught at the Grace Christian School, which she loved and felt so proud of.

She was a longtime member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, where she enjoyed many years of love and support. Her church family meant the world to her.

Ms. Gordon is survived by her mother, June; and her stepfather, Larry; her son Adam; her brother Chris; her sister Julie and her fiancé, Mark; her daughter-in-law Keshia; and two beautiful grandchildren: Cheyenne and Victoria; by her nephew Ryan; her niece Cara; and by her animals who were family: Baylah, Annie, and TJ. But equally as important are the friends who were her family too: Kim and Gary, Amber, Shane and baby Gabriel, and Wendy. Ms. Gordon also had a loving church family, who are too numerous to mention, but include Scott and Paula Rafferty, Joan Swenson, and pastor and Monica Libby, and their girls, who Ms. Gordon adored.

She is predeceased by her father, Edward, and her sister Jessica.

A memorial service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg at 11:30 a.m. on December 27. The family would love for those who feel so inclined to bring a brief a note with a special memory or story about Ms. Gordon so that they may read them and be lifted up in the days ahead.

 

obit PatrissiCatherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi

Catherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi, 66, formerly of Westmore, died suddenly at her home in Moretown, on November 30, 2015.

She was beloved by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Patrissi, and her sons: Jeremy, Justin, and Jason. Her granddaughter GiGi Cree Patrissi is her spitting image.

Ms. Patrissi was born on February 1, 1949, to Steve and Joyce Cree and grew up in St. Johnsbury.

Her heart, however, always stayed at her beloved Willoughby Lake in Westmore, where her family had a camp for many years. In her childhood she loved horses and ice fishing with her dad. She could recite poetry and was a romantic at heart. She loved all animals and living creatures. She loved her family house, which is at the foot of Ward Mountain, where she would feed every animal, large and small, that roamed Vermont. She loved the peace and nature in the area. She couldn’t kill a spider but would catch them and take them outside so they wouldn’t come to harm. She had a deep spiritual connection to Jesus Christ.

One of her favorite jobs was being the last receptionist to Governor Dick Snelling. She was the face of state government at the highest level, and she was proud of that. She did a lot of public service work during her life, including working at Fletcher Allen, serving as an EMT locally, and working and caring for the disabled.

She was the changing force in Jason Magoon’s life, as she became a surrogate mother to him, and whom she loved as her own son.

Ms. Patrissi was an advocate of the underdog, the arts, and she loved the deep beauty of Vermont. She was an articulate and beautiful girl and a classy lady. She will be missed and leaves a hole in the hearts of those who loved her.

Because May was her favorite month, and Willoughby Lake her favorite place, there will be a service at the church in Westmore in May.

She will be buried at the north end of the lake in the cemetery there. Details will be announced to her friends near that time.

For those who wish, gifts in her memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Community Action, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855, or go to their website at nekcavt.org.

Online condolences can be sent to perkinsparker.com, and the funeral home’s Facebook page.

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Obituaries December 2, 2015

obit letourneauDolorese Rita Letourneau

Longtime Holland resident Dolorese Rita Letourneau, died on November 24, 2015, at age 86. She was active until the last hours of her life, living as she always had.

She was born in Rock Island, Quebec, in 1929, to Armosa Pomerleau and Dominque Roy. She was the youngest of three children. She worked in a factory as a seamstress making men’s coveralls. She helped her mother take care of a boarding house for people traveling the area who worked at the Butterfield factory in Rock Island.

She met the love of her life, Reginald Letourneau, when she was visiting her cousin stateside. They married in May of 1949, and started a family and purchased the Letourneau family farm in Holland. They raised a family of three: Bert, Yves and Priscilla.

Mrs. Letourneau enjoyed gardening, farming, sewing, crafting, canning, baking and cooking. She prided herself in always providing for her family and friends. She always had homemade bread and a pot of homemade soup for anyone who happened to stop by. She prided herself in raising her kids and helping others with theirs.

Mrs. Letourneau never met a stranger who she didn’t like or who didn’t like her. She never lost her sense of wonder and awe about the world. She loved to walk hand in hand with her husband and rustle the fallen leaves. Recently a fallen leaf on the sidewalk would spur a memory of a moment with her husband. Long reams of dreams and memories would flood her mind when she would walk in the leaves or smell them… memories and stories flowed forth.

A chance encounter in the produce section at the Price Chopper or the local market could prompt an invitation for soup and conversation; if she thought you might be interested she would tell you all about canning and preserving or cooking. She still loved to participate in meal prep. She took great pride in providing food for the people she loved. She loved to go into new stores each week to shop. She enjoyed recent trips to the theater to see White Christmas and she was in awe. She was planning her next trip to see The Nutcracker. She had recently moved in with her daughter Cilla, and she was making friends around the Essex area.

Mrs. Letourneau is survived by son Bert and Sue Letourneau and grandchildren Patrick and Sherry, Jennifer and her partner, Joe, and Bobbi-jo; by great-granddaughters Raven, Charlotte Annabelle, and Chloe; and by great-grandsons Mathew and Storm; by her son Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth Dailey; by daughter Cilla Letourneau and her fiancée, Tanya Clark, and grandson Shaun Littlefield; Kevin Fournier and Brittney and Easton, Sabrina and Tony Pretty Alyssa, Chastity, Conner and Carly, Andrew and Morgan Fournier, Robbie Barbour and Chelsea and Bri, and Marcel Clark; by many family members. She never liked the word in-laws — to Dolorese, all were family: Paul Letourneau, Cecile Fortin, Larry and Alicia Letourneau, Philip and Barb Letourneau, Joe and Dalliah Letourneau, Andy and Dolorese Letourneau, Silva Piette, and Simon Roy.

She was predeceased by her parents: Armosa Pomerleau and Dominique Roy; her sister Fernande and her husband, Lawrence Brault; her brother Armand Roy; her husband’s parents: Albertine Quimette and Napolion Letourneau; Victoria Letourneau; and other family members: Rhina Letourneau, Henry Fortin, Theresa and Albert Fortin, Leon and Solange Letourneau, Simone Piette, Tony Letourneau, Pierre Letourneau. She was also predeceased by her grandsons: Benjamin Martin, Mathew Letourneau, and Sebastian Duranleau-Letourneau; and her daughter-in-law Lauri Littlefield.

Mrs. Letourneau had many charities dear to her heart, but two that stand out are the children cardiac units, either in Boston or at the University of Vermont Medial Center, and Checo and Friends Saving Dogs, Inc., animal rescue in Westford. She loved her animals (dogs and cats), and she would have had a farm of them if her husband had allowed it.

In her later years she had several granddogs: Buddy and Sheena; and became especially attached to Bernie, Toby, Baxter, Boots, and her new love, Bob her kitten. They were all laying on her bed at her time of her death. She petted them all before she took her last breath.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. Donations may be sent in care of the family: Priscilla Letourneau, 55 Jericho Road, Essex, Vermont 05452.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit VET lucasAlbert Kenneth Lucas

Albert Kenneth Lucas, 78, of Newport died peacefully on November 23, 2015, at his home.

He was born on April 3, 1937, in Derby to Kenneth and Rose (Coren) Lucas.

On September 7, 1942, he married Sylvia Snay, who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Lucas was employed in the maintenance department of Butterfield’s Union Twist in Derby Line for many years.

His hobbies included fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Lucas of Newport; his children: Mary Cornell and her husband, Michael, of Burlington, Albert Stephen Lucas and his wife, Lucy, of Derby, and Arthur Lucas and Laurette Riendeau of Coventry. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and by two brothers: Percy and Earl Lucas.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by two sisters: Shirley and Pearl; and his brother Leonard.

Per request of the family, funeral services will be for family only. Military honors will be presented to Mr. Lucas by the Vermont National Guard.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mignonePeter A. Mignone

Peter A. Mignone, 70, of Newport died on November 19, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 9, 1945, in Providence, Rhode Island, a son of Alfredo and Florence (Hilton) Mignone.

Mr. Mignone graduated from Johnston and Whales with a master of business administration. Mr. Mignone enjoyed going to craft fairs, flea markets, and selling on E-bay.

He is survived by his four children: Todd H. Mignone of Taunton, Massachusetts, Jason Mignone, Stacey Mignone, and Christine Beyer of Attleboro, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren; his brother Craig Mignone of Massachusetts; extended family: Brian Mercer and Kaylee Mercer of Newport, Charity Meunier of Newport, Ross and Renee Meunier, Kate McKervey and her boyfriend, Lewis Brown, of Newport, Samantha, Riley, and Tracey McKervey, Carissa Tetlow of Derby, Brittany and Jacob Tetlow, Christine Tetlow; numerous nieces and nephews; a lifelong friend and companion, Kathy Beyer of Newport; and by a friend Patrick Beyer and his wife, Angela.

Services were held at the VFW on Central Street in Newport on Sunday, November 29.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 obit VET pollardMarvin B. Pollard

Marvin B. Pollard, 64, of Evansville died on November 8, 2015, in Burlington.

He was born on November 14, 1950, to Don and Viola Pollard.

In 1975 he married the former Irene Gagne who survives him. He was a U.S. Marine and served during the Vietnam era.

He worked as a plumber and was a member of the Clan of the Hawk.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Pollard, of Evansville; by two brothers and two sisters; by his bird Sunshine; and very close friends Ralph Swett and family of Evansville.

obit vets flagSpring services will be held at the Clan of Hawk grounds.

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Obituaries November 25, 2015

obit dupreeJulie Lynn Piper Depree

Julie Lynn Piper Depree, 54, formerly of Newport, died suddenly on November 6, 2015, in Cayce, South Carolina with her partner Tom Knowlton by her side.

She was born in Newport on August 17, 1961, to Irwin and Gloria (Lontine) Piper.

She was predeceased by her parents, Irwin Piper and Gloria Reynolds; her grandparents: Floyd and Laura Lontine, and Roland and Edith Willey; by her aunt Anita Rivard; her uncle Ivan Piper; her nephew Charles Buckland, Jr.; and her special friend Melissa Raymond.

Ms. Depree is survived by her partner, Tom Knowlton of South Carolina; her beloved sister Shari McAllister of Newport and her partner, David Parenteau; her stepfather Brad Reynolds of Newport; her brother Jon Piper of North Carolina; her nephew Joshua McAllister; and her great-nephew Preston McAllister of Newport Center. She is also survived by many special friends, especially Kristy, C.V., and Cathy Q.

Ms. Depree attended North Country Union High School until the tenth grade when she went to live with her aunt Anita Rivard in Jericho. She graduated from Essex High School in 1979. She then returned to Newport where she worked many jobs including bartending at the Long Branch. When that closed, she embarked on her second love, traveling. She lived in New Orleans, Florida, New York, California, the Virgin Islands, and most recently, South Carolina until her death.

Ms. Depree was a proud survivor of breast cancer, and never let it get her down. She lived life to the fullest but was always happiest when she came home to spend time with her family and to see her friends at Jasper’s Tavern. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW in Lyndonville.

As befitting Ms. Depree, there was a celebration of life at Jasper’s Tavern on November 22. Private services will take place in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #10038 in care of Bonita Before with the heading “In memory of Julie Depree,” P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville Vermont 05851.

You are a shooting star.

I will always love you Ju,

Love Shari

From Shari McAllister of Newport

 

Mary Ann Moore

Mary Ann Moore, 80, of Derby Line died on November 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 11, 1935, in Newport to Lawrence and Margaret (Fluke) Moore.  She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and later from Community College of Vermont.

She was employed as a lead aide by the U.S. Customs Service District in St. Albans until her retirement. She then moved back to the Derby Line area and was a member of the Derby Line Home Den, where she enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by her children: Kevin Simoneau and his wife, Susan, of Holland and Keith Simoneau and his wife, Sharmon, of East Haven; by her grandchildren: Emily Parker and her husband, Tim, Daniel Simoneau, Marissa Simoneau, Cody Jackman, and Colton Simoneau; by her great-granddaughter Piper Simoneau; by her brother Lawrence Moore and his wife, Lucille, of Punta Gorda, Florida; by her sisters: Colleen Beauregard and her husband, Roger, of Newport and Carolyn Rhodes of Franklin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother-in-law Howard Rhodes.

Services will be announced in the spring. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PerronAlmy W. Perron

Almy W. Perron, 98 and three-quarters, of Glover died peacefully after a short illness at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing in Berlin on November 17, 2015. She was surrounded by her five daughters.

Mrs. Perron was born in Greensboro on February 5, 1917, a daughter of Arthur C. and Winona Orcutt Shatney. She attended schools in Greensboro, graduating from Greensboro High School in 1935 and from Johnson Normal School in 1937. She taught school in Albany for three years before marrying Rene Joseph Perron on August 17, 1940. The couple made their home on their dairy farm in Glover for their entire married life. Mrs. Perron lived there for 75 years.

She enjoyed her 26 years of employment at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, working first as a nurse’s aide and then as the activities director. She was recognized by the Union House, the state, and on the national level for her outstanding dedication to the patients.

She was a very active member of the Glover Community Church. She served 19 years as Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She was a past member of the parish council and was a longtime member of the Women’s Union. She was a strong believer in the value of higher education. She worked tirelessly to see that her six children attained a college education.

Throughout her life Mrs. Perron cherished family gatherings, her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed hobbies such as making quilts and pillows, collecting stamps, bird watching, gardening, and reading biographies and nonfiction. She loved to share her beautiful garden plants with her family and friends. She was an avid sports fan, enthusiastically enjoying college basketball, especially the UCONN (University of Connecticut) Huskies women, and golf and tennis on television.

In recent years she loved attending the monthly jam session in Glover. She also loved to travel with her family and Highland Travel, making lasting traveling friendships. She visited 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Bermuda, Italy, and Canada.

Mrs. Perron was predeceased by her husband, Rene, in 1974; her son Ronald Rene in 2013; her parents, Arthur and Winona Shatney; her brothers Carroll, Leslie, and Truman; and her sisters Ethel Nelson and Evelyn Withers.

She is survived by daughters Linda Bradford and her husband, Michael of Connecticut; Marlene Dennen and her husband, William, of Florida; Donna Godbout and her husband, Richard, of North Carolina; Diane Blodgett and her husband, Edward, of Barre; Bonnie Morin and her husband, Donald, of Richmond; by daughter-in-law Helen Perron of Connecticut; by 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many caring nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were on Saturday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 22, at the Glover Community Church at.

Contributions in Mrs. Perron memory may be given to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, care of Roland Woodard, Box 198 Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

 

obit TubbertRobert Edward Tubbert

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another one of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, age 94, died peacefully in comfort at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Mr. Tubbert was known to his friends as Bob, to his grandsons as Gramps, and to his extended Meunier grandchildren family as Mr. T.

He moved to Vermont in 2009 to live with his daughter Gail. He lived in an apartment attached to his daughter’s house, which he nicknamed his “perch.” Mr. Tubbert fell in his apartment recently and was unable to return to his home.

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to William and Harriet Tubbert. He was the youngest of three boys, each one a year apart. He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Syracuse and the antics he and his brothers got into.

Mr. Tubbert was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Islands. He wanted to be a pilot but was refused because he was color blind.

Mr. Tubbert married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Jane Wright, on August 28, 1945. They lived in Bridgeport, New York, where Betty grew up and where Mr. Tubbert lived during the summer months on Oneida Lake.

He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Good jobs were hard to find. He eventually found a job at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse, New York. Over the years he worked his way up to plant manager, where he remained until his retirement.

Mr. Tubbert was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He liked to spend hours in his woodworking shop. Playing cards was his passion. He loved a good cigar. He was a Mason and achieved lifetime membership after 65 years of service.

He retired at the age of 61 with his wife. They spent summers in New York and winters in Florida. They loved to spend time with friends golfing and playing cards. In their retirement years they spent many hours with their grandsons Jon and Nate.

obit vets flagSadly, Mr. Tubbert was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Gail and her husband, Benoit Meunier; by grandson Jon Meunier and his wife, Amanda; by great-granddaughters Abigail June and Julia Rose Meunier; and by grandson Nate Meunier and his friend, Ashley Robishaw-Morin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Plains Cemetery, Kirkville, New York.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855 or Derby Green Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05929.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 18, 2015

obit-Hill2Richard Oliver Hill

obit-vets-flag11Richard Oliver Hill, 72, of Newport Center died on November 8, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 7, 1943, in Newport Center to Clarence and Anita (Collins) Hill. On May 16, 1964, he married Claudette Chenier, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he was superintendent at the asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell for 28 years. His most recent employment was at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the beaches in Florida. He loved his family and friends and gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Claudette Hill, of Newport Center; by his children: Michael Hill and his wife, Christina, of Newport and Venice, Florida, Susan Hill of North Port, Florida, and Monique Ring and her husband, Mark, of Venice; by his grandchildren: Matthew, Joey, Nathan, Mylah, Jesse, Jake, Brittany, Sydney and Schuylar; by his great-granddaughter Kirsten; by his brother Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Rodney Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Elizabeth Jenney

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Elizabeth Jenney, 92, of East Charleston, died peacefully after a brief illness on November 11, 2015, surrounded by family at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born Margaret Elizabeth Peter in Union City, New Jersey on October 24, 1923, to Charles and Margaret L. Peter (Seggel). Early on she became known as Betty. In 1926 her family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, where she lived until 1987 when she moved to Vermont.

In the years before the construction of the George Washington Bridge, Teaneck was a rural suburb of New York City. Mrs. Jenney and her sister Connie would walk their doll carriages along U.S. Route 4, which was still under construction.  Both recalled finding Native American arrowheads in the fields near their home. They often reflected on the contrast between the “Roaring Twenties” and the struggles shared by many during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1941, Mrs. Jenney soon became the secretary to the principal of the school, a position she held until 1952. Working at the high school during the years of World War II had its share of emotional highs and lows. Many of her classmates, as well as her first cousin Harry, were lost in the war. But those were times when the country really came together. She loved the music of the “Big Bands” and enjoyed dancing to live performances of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James at places like the legendary Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. One dance was particularly memorable for both her and her sister — held at West Point Military Academy on December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked, and no one even knew where Pearl Harbor was!

On November 24, 1948, she married Wells W. Jenney, of Madison, New York, who became the first elementary instrumental music teacher in the Teaneck school system. In 1952 she left her position with the high school to raise a family. Her two sons William and Peter were born in 1953 and 1955, respectively.

In 1958, Ed Kolar, the owner of a boys’ camp in northern Vermont, hired Mr. Jenney to become the camp’s music counselor. Thus began a decades-long relationship with Camp Winape in Morgan. Mrs. Jenney became the camp’s secretary, and her husband eventually became head counselor and then director of the camp. The couple fell in love with Vermont, and the camp was a wonderful experience for their two sons, as well as Mrs. Jenney’s two nephews, and a niece who served as the camp nurse for several years.

Mrs. Jenney developed many great friends over the years in Teaneck, especially in the music world, including her dear friend Joan Witzmann, who later became her next door neighbor in Vermont. While at Camp Winape, she became good friends with Sass Kolar, who taught her to make beautiful holiday crafts and needlepoint, and inspired her interest in gardening. In her later years in Teaneck she grew close to her “spa ladies,” with whom she continued to keep in touch.

When both of her sons were enrolled in school, Mrs. Jenney resumed her career with the Teaneck school system, and coordinated the hiring of substitute teachers for the town. She was able to work at home using a new-fangled machine that allowed teachers to leave a voice message if they needed a substitute.  Those were the days when it was rare to have answering machines in private homes.

Although they enjoyed their life in Teaneck, the couple planned to retire to Vermont and bought property in East Charleston.  Sadly, those plans changed when Mr. Jenney died in June of 1978 at age 58.

Mrs. Jenney went back to work full-time as a secretary in Teaneck’s elementary schools. She especially loved working with the students at Longfellow School, which was exclusively kindergarten and first-grade children. She worked there until her retirement in 1987. During the 1980s she was a print and television model for the Perkins Agency in New York City. She made some appearances on an infomercial show of the time, “FYI,” hosted by the actor Hal Linden.

She made the decision to fulfill the dream of retiring to Vermont and build a home on the property they had bought near Camp Winape, joining her sister and friends who had also made the move to the area. She moved in on October 4, 1987 in the middle of a snowstorm — an exciting welcome to the Green Mountain State! She soon made many new friends and became active in local organizations such as the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Circle of Friends, and the Seymour Lake Association. She also belonged to the “Birthday Girls,” a group of eight close friends who celebrated each other’s special day with luncheons and gift exchanges.

Friends fondly remember Mrs. Jenney hosting a number of “silver teas” at her home for the Four Seasons Garden Club. She loved her own beautiful gardens, and looked forward to going to local greenhouses every spring to pick out the new season’s selections. She learned the skills of flower arranging and for 20 years provided the evergreen arrangements for the holiday open house at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth.

In her later years, she became an avid reader of books. Some of her favorite authors were Archer Mayor and C.J. Box. She participated in a number of book discussions with the Circle of Friends and the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby.

She is survived by her son William Jenney of Plymouth; her son Peter Jenney and his wife, Pam, and grandson Michael Jenney, all of Plano, Texas; her granddaughter Paige Balsamo and her husband, James, and great-grandson Ryder Balsamo, all of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is also survived by her sister Constance Colligan and nephew Stephen Colligan, both of East Charleston; by nieces Christine Colligan of New York City, by Margaret Weiss (Steve) of Congers, New York; her nephew Robert Colligan of Cos Cob, Connecticut; grandnieces Joanna, Laura, and Kathryn; and many dear friends.

Mrs. Jenney enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for late spring or early summer 2016.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Deborah Louise Lemery

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Deborah Louise Lemery, 69, of Lowell died on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born to Robert and Jessie (Dupras) Lemery on June 12, 1946, in Barre.

Ms. Lemery grew up and attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Alburgh High School. She later married Frank Jarvis, and they had three children, Todd, Tracy and Tonya. They lived in Alburgh for several years before moving to Lowell, where she lived for 35 years.

She worked in the Lowell Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and lunch manager for several years and later created Debbie’s Designs wreath business, teaching wreath-making and selling wreaths.

She was a member of the St. Ignatius Church and supported activities and fund-raisers for many years, including the Troy Area Lions Club.

She played piano and accordion and gave music lessons to many.

She was very much loved by all who knew her, and she was a pleasure to be around.

She is survived by one brother, Robert (Chug) Lemery Jr. and his wife, Aria, of Alburgh; by her children: Todd and his wife, Meghan, of St. Albans, Tracey and his wife, Jennifer, of East Albany, and Tonya Jarvis and her boyfriend, John St. Onge of Newport; by her grandchildren: Allauna Benware and her fiancé, Ryan Abel, of Newport, Monica Benware of Newport, Paxton, Keenan and Owen Jarvis of St. Albans, Jade Jarvis of East Albany, and Billy and Sabrina Jarvis; by three great-grandchildren: Rhylnd, Abel, Wryder and Waylon Chase; and by her lifetime special friend Donna (Pixie) Lyford of Chelsea, who she grew up with and who has always been there for her.

Ms. Lemery’s greatest loves were her home, family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, playing cards, bingo, scrabble, playing music and family get-togethers, and she loved animals.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to Alzheimers Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

To send online condolences, please visit www.cremation societycc.com.

 

Jacquelyn Ann Roese

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Jacquelyn Ann Roese, 72, of Island Pond died suddenly on November 2, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1943, in Rockville Center, New York, to Joaquin and Isabelle (Brumley) De Ibero.

Mrs. Roese was very active with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and the Brighton snowmobile club, and she volunteered for 25 years as an aide for the Moriches, New York, nursery school. She loved spending time with her grandchildren at the lake, and she enjoyed snowmobiling and being in the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Roese, of Island Pond; by her children: Michael Roese of Manorville, New York, John Roese and his wife, Karen, of East Moriches, New York, and Barbara Gastarik and her husband, Robert, of Manorville, New York; by her grandchildren: Andrew, Jennifer, Richard, and Rachel; by her sister Ann Jones and her husband, Bill, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; and by one niece and two nephews. She was predeceased by a brother.

A service was held on November 7. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Thomas G. Snelgrove

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Thomas G. Snelgrove, 75, of Newport Center died peacefully at his home on November 10, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 7, 1940, to William and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove. He graduated from the Montreal West High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Mount Allison College in New Brunswick, Canada.

Mr. Snelgrove was a ski instructor at Jay Peak, where he met his wife. He was also employed by Space Research Corporation and was owner and operator of Snelgrove Transport. For the majority of his life he was an over-the-road truck driver.

He was past exalted ruler of the Elks # 2155, and a member of Cars of Yesteryear. He enjoyed skiing and boating, and in his younger years he raced Flying Dutchman sailboats and played minor league hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Dianne (McNeal) Snelgrove, of Newport Center; his daughter Colleen Carman and her husband, Robert, of Naples, Florida; his sons: Trevor Snelgrove of Naples, and Scott Snelgrove and his girlfriend, Debbie Bevins, of Westfield; by his brother Robert Snelgrove and his wife, Jean Simpson, of Toronto, Ontario; by his in-laws: Brian McNeal of Newport, Ron and Rochelle Moss of Zephyrhills, Florida, Baxter and Marie McNeal of Newport, Hugh and Shirley McNeal of Newport, Burton and Gina McNeal of Las Vegas, Nevada, Barry and Suzanne McNeal of Newport, Brent and Sharon McNeal of Reno, Nevada; by his brother-in-law Pat Martin of Bend, Oregon; and his sister-in-law Cindy Snelgrove of Montreal, Quebec. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, William Gordon Snelgrove and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove; and by his in-laws Darlene (McNeal) Martin and Joan McNeal.

Graveside services were held on November 17 at Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating. A gathering at the Elks Lodge in Derby followed.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com. Cards may also be sent to 2517 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

 

Roger W. Stewart

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Roger W. Stewart, 83, of Lowell died suddenly on November 9, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Stewart never married, but family and friends were the most important things in his life. He leaves many cousins, and very close friends too numerous to mention, who will deeply miss him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Stewart, and his uncle Floyd Stewart.

He was born in Lowell on August 23, 1932. He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1950.

In 1993 he retired after 40 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now called USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He had an amazing work ethic and was just a wealth of information for those he worked with. He was very well respected in SCS, both by the farmers in Orleans County and by staff statewide.

After his retirement, he spent time working in the woods, and became well know for building birdhouses and wishing wells. Mr. Stewart, also a dairy farmer, owned Hi-Lo Farm and was very proud of his award winning registered Jerseys. He was active in the Top of Vermont Jersey Club and helped on the spring sale. He sold many animals in Jersey sales.

Mr. Stewart served as a justice of the peace and a lister for the town of Lowell. He also served as Orleans County Farm Bureau president in the early seventies.

He enjoyed going out to dine with his many friends, especially breakfast. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting. He couldn’t wait for fall when basketball season would begin. He attended games at the local high schools where he had a permanent seat. And he loved attending and following UVM girls basketball.

Mr. Stewart was like a grandfather to many children and loved to spend time with them. He was a supporter of Orleans County 4-H and for many years served as a director on the Orleans County Fair Association board. He was always willing to help with building projects, and his expertise was greatly appreciated. He worked on several buildings at the fairgrounds and volunteered for many years, selling tickets during the fair and other special events, or manning the 4-H building.

He spent time helping the Chamberlins with their sugaring operation, and traveled to Eastern States Exposition and the Fryeburg Fair, where he enjoyed meeting people and explaining agriculture to them. He loved attending the horse pulling competitions.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at the Lowell Congregational Church. Calling hours start at 10 a.m. The service is at 11 a.m. followed by burial in the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Vermont Student Development Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, Vermont 05404 for an Orleans County 4-H Youth Scholarship in Mr. Stewart’s name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert Edward Tubbert

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obit-vets-flag11On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another member of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, 94, died peacefully in comfort at Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Mr. Tubbert was known to his friends as Bob, to his grandsons as Gramps, and to his extended Meunier grandchildren family as Mr. T.

He moved to Vermont in 2009 to live with his daughter Gail. He lived in an apartment attached to his daughter’s house, which he nicknamed “perch.” Mr. Tubbert fell in his apartment recently and was unable to return to his home.

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to William and Harriet Tubbert. He was the youngest of three boys, each a year apart. He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Syracuse and the antics he and his brothers got into.

Mr. Tubbert was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Islands. He wanted to be a pilot but was refused because he was colorblind.

He married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Jane Wright, on August 28, 1945. They lived in Bridgeport, New York, where Betty had grown up and where Mr. Tubbert lived during the summer months on Oneida Lake.

He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Good jobs were hard to find. He eventually found a job at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse. Over the years he worked his way up to plant manager, where he remained until his retirement.

Mr. Tubbert was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He liked to spend hours in his woodworking shop. Playing cards was his passion.  He loved a good cigar. He was a Mason and achieved lifetime memberships after 65 years of service.

He retired at the age of 61 with his wife, Betty. They spent summers in New York and winters in Florida. They loved to spend time with friends golfing and playing cards. In their retirement years they spent many hours with their grandsons Jon and Nate.

Sadly, Mr. Tubbert was predeceased by his wife in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Gail and her husband, Bob Meunier; by his grandson Jon Meunier and his wife, Amanda; by his great-granddaughters Abigail, June and Rose Meunier; and by Nate Meunier and his friend, Ashley Robishaw-Morin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Plains Cemetery in Kirkville, New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster died on November 12, 2015, at Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

She was born on May 1, 1923, in Newport. The daughter of Carrol and Blanche Hinman, she attended schools in Newport. She married Kenneth Webster on September 2, 1945. She was a member of the Chapter 25 North Star of Island Pond. After moving to Yarmouth, Maine, she worked as a baker for Yarmouth High School. She loved to knit, sew, and care for her family.

Mrs. Webster was predeceased by three brothers: Carrol Paul Hinman of Springfield, Massachusetts; David Hinman, who died in World War II; and John Hinman of Newport. She was also predeceased by her sister Terol Myers of Newport.

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Janet of Morris, Connecticut, Bruce and Nancy of Colchester, and Steve and Kathy of Otisfield, Maine; by six grandchildren; and by 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in Mrs. Webster’s honor will be held on Saturday, November 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.

 

Mary Patricia Yanacheak
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Mary Patricia Yanacheak (née Kennedy), 62, of Brownington died on November 9, 2015, in the company of her friends and family. She had suffered from amyloidosis for seven years, a rare, painful, and debilitating disease. Her death was neither painless nor serene, but she was surrounded by people she loved and who loved her.

Ms. Yanacheak was born on October 24, 1953, to Viola and Allen Kennedy at a U.S. Army base in Heidelberg, Germany. She was the youngest of five children, and the family soon moved to Holden, Massachusetts. As a child, she found her greatest peace in nature. Throughout her life she spent much of her free time hiking in the woods, binoculars at the ready, and a German shepherd at her side.

A lover of animals, Ms. Yanacheak worked at several animal shelters and always kept several pets. In her early adulthood, she often worked as a bartender. Her most meaningful vocation was in the service to animals, and later in life to the maintenance and well-being of her expansive perennial flower gardens.

Jason Kennedy, her only child, was born in 1982. She felt she lost the opportunity to pursue higher education for herself, so she actively fostered her son’s lifelong love of learning.

In March 1992, she married David Yanacheak in Michigan, where she lived until moving to the Northeast Kingdom in 2001. In her later years, Mr. Yanacheak was her constant caretaker and life support.

People remember Ms. Yanacheak best for her resilient spirit. She outlived a death sentence by seven years, and stayed active in the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #23, book groups, gravestone restoration, and gardening. She was self-reliant by nature, and was a powerful example of a strong female role model.

She is survived by her husband, David, of Brownington; her son Jason Kennedy and her daughter-in-law Khayreyah Wahaab of Auckland, New Zealand; by her sisters Gail Kennedy of Holden, Massachusetts, Sharon Harmon of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Nancy Desrosiers of Falmouth, Massachusetts; by her brother Roy Kennedy of Jefferson, Massachusetts; by her stepdaughter Marnie Yanacheak; and by her granddaughter Rita Gabriela Fuentes Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado. It should be acknowledged that two of her closest friends have been like family to her: Diane Wunderlich of Flushing, Michigan, and Marsha Cherington of Brownington.

We all hope that she finds peace in the form of a great library in the woods as her Eden. We love you.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to the Felines and Friends Foundation: http://www.fffvt.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Brownington Village Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit-algerLeona Rollins Alger

Leona Rollins Alger, 95, of Orleans died on October 29, 2015.

She was born to Howard and Ethel Rollins on December 21, 1919, in Fitch Bay, Quebec, Canada.

She was part of a large family, which included several brothers and sisters: Norman (deceased), Murray (deceased), Olive, Allen (deceased), Maynard, and Glenna.

She married Carl Alger, also of Fitch Bay, and they operated dairy farms in both Canada and in Coventry.

They immigrated to the United States in 1947. Upon Mr. Alger’s death in 1958, Ms. Alger ran the farm in Coventry alone, but she finally sold it in the spring of 1960, and took a job at Orleans Manufacturing, where she worked in the payroll division for thirty years, retiring from that position in 1990. She was missed upon her retirement, not only for her good work, but also for her doughnuts, appreciated by her whole family and many others in the surrounding area.

In 1966, she met Bruno LaBounty Jr., and they formed a companionship that lasted for over fifty years. She and “Sonny,” as Mr. LaBounty Jr. was called, enjoyed their life together both in Orleans, and in Bushnell, Florida for many years.

They spent many hours playing cards and doing for others. They attended their grandchildren’s many athletic contests and they often said that their greatest loves in their lives were for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who they took with them at every opportunity.

Ms. Alger is survived by her husband, Bruno LaBounty; her daughter Beverley Alexander and her husband, James, of Berkshire; her son, David Alger and his wife, Nancy, of Lexington, Kentucky; her daughter Cheryl and her husband, Richard, of Wolcott; and her grandchildren: Shelly Kelley, and Carl Alger, both of Lexington, Jo Ann Laggis of Fairfield, James Edward “Teddy” Alexander of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Jennifer Clapp of Wolcott, and Jeremy Holton, who predeceased her. Ms. Alger was not only “Grammie” to her grandchildren, but also to her great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly: Ms. Laggis’ daughters: Alexandra and Kelley; Mr. Alexander’s son Jimmy, Ms. Kelley’s daughter Courtney, and son Isaiah, Carl Alger’s daughter Amanda, Ms. Clapp’s son Benjamin, and Mr. Holton’s daughter Ayauna.

In accordance with Ms. Alger’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral. Anyone desiring to make a donation in her memory may make one to the Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

obit-guyetteGlenn Edward Guyette

Glenn Edward Guyette, 74, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, a philanthropist and a veteran, died on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire, with his loving wife by his side, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on June 17, 1941, in Irasburg. He attended Irasburg school, Orleans High School, Norwich University, and Keene State College.

In 1963 he married Janice Cummings, and together they had two children: Douglas and Faith. Mr. Guyette, staff sergeant E7, was in the service of his country for 24 years with the Army National Guard in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He worked as a teacher at Lisbon Regional School for 27 years, donating his time and skill to his community. He served as a member of the Lions Club, and the teacher’s association. He was a technology student association advisor, a student council advisor, and was awarded best coach by his team. A unique soul, Mr. Guyette was dedicated to problem solving to make the best decision. He enjoyed construction, creation, and collecting.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his wife; his brother Gleason and his wife, Charlotte; two sisters: Louise Gunther and her husband, Richard, and Laura Fontaine and her husband, Ferdinand; his two children; and his four grandchildren: Victoria, Andrew, Angelina, and Nathan.

A memorial service was held at the Saint Rosa Lima Church in Littleton on Monday, November 2.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Guyette’s name to the Saint Catherine’s Church or Saint Rosa Lima, Lisbon Lions Club, the Lisbon Regional Student Scholarship, or the Food Bank at the National Guard Amory in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

 

obit-Reilly-newDelle (Blanchard) Reilly

Delle (Blanchard) Reilly, 93, died peacefully on October 31, 2015, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born in Newport on May 11, 1922, and was the daughter of Clarence and Annie (Hanson) Blanchard.

Ms. Reilly graduated from Newport High School, then moved to Hartford, Connecticut. In 1946, she married Arthur Frank Reilly, who predeceased her in 2001. They had two children, David and Jane.

Ms. Reilly had a very successful 30-year career with the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Human Resources. Later, her work evolved to the creation and teaching of language strengthening courses for administrative personnel.

She never lost her love of Vermont and after her retirement and her husband’s major stroke, they returned to their cottage on Lake Memphremagog. Eventually, they joined Ms. Reilly’s sister Claire in the family home on the Bluff Road. Her faithful, 19-year devotion to her husband’s care was very much admired by her family and friends.

Ms. Reilly’s natural green thumb expressed itself in her love of gardening and landscaping as was evident around her home on the Bluff Road. After her husband’s death, she was able to be active in her church, which she very much enjoyed.

She was a great lover of animals and it was an important part of who she was.  She volunteered for many years at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter at their spay/neuter clinics.

She was very much loved by all her many sisters and her brother: Marjorie Marois, Muriel Hudson, Gwendolyn Benaroya, Jan Allison, Claire Blanchard, and Alden Blanchard, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her children: her daughter Jane Housewright and her husband, Willis, of West Hartford, Connecticut; her son David Reilly of Catoosa, Oklahoma; her daughter-in-law Darlene Reilly-Lengyel of Monroe, Connecticut; her sister Jan (Alta) Allison of Manchester, Connecticut; and her brother Alden Blanchard and his wife, Marilyn, of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kathryn Housewright of Burlington, Meghan Housewright of Washington, D.C., and Christopher Reilly of Monroe, Connecticut.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to either The Newport Baptist Church, 834 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit-Thompson-VETDelbert M. “Bud” Thompson

Delbert M. “Bud” Thompson, 90, of Barton died on November 2, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 10, 1925, in Craftsbury to Charlie and Inez (Bidwell) Thompson.  On October 14, 1950, he married the former Arlene Robinson, who predeceased him on March 22, 2014.

Mr. Thompson was an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing. He retired in 1990.

His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, yard work, reading, listening to country music, and watching westerns. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his son David Thompson and his wife, Wanita, of Barton; his grandchildren: Meghann Roberts and her husband, Lewis, of Barton, and Derek Thompson of Herndon, Virginia; his great-grandchildren: Joshua Thompson, Owen, Ava, Levi, Calvin Roberts; and his siblings: Donald Thompson of New Haven, Connecticut, Gerald Thompson of White River Junction, Richard Thompson and his wife Huguette of Sheffield, and Madelene Robinson of Lyndonville; brother-in-law Alden Robinson of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Lloyd, and Wayland; and his sister Thelma.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Interment was in Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit corlissEdwina Mae Corliss

Edwina Mae Corliss, 76, of Sheffield died at her home on Sunday morning, October 25, 2015.

She was born on April 14, 1939, in Topsham, daughter to the late John E. and Beatrice Mae (Currier) Jenkins. She grew up in Lyndon and graduated from the Lyndon Institute with the Class of 1957.

She married Myron A. Corliss in 1958. They shared 57 years together, living in Sheffield for the past 50 in their home. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Sheffield for 30 years, and was postmaster for the last 13 years when she retired.

Ms. Corliss loved flowers and in her spare time she tended her flower gardens religiously. She loved to go berry picking and didn’t mind driving her car through a thicket to do so. She was involved in 4-H for many years. She was a foster parent and dearly loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband; her son Clifford and his wife, Rachel, of Lyndon Center, and their children: Chelsey Corliss, Cameron Corliss, and Clifford’s son Eric Corliss and his wife, Destiny; her daughter Colleen Bowen and her husband, Ted, of Newark, and her children: Lindsay Miller and husband, Donald, Devin Carten and her husband, Matthew, and Nicholas Thompson; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her foster son Timothy DeGreenia and his wife, Janet, of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and their sons: Timothy and Tyler DeGreenia.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 30, at the Guibord Funeral Home with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating. Burial followed at the Newark Cemetery in Newark. The family had a celebration of life at the Town Hall in Sheffield after the graveside services.

Online condolences at guibordfh.com.

 

obit GradyJohn F. Grady

John F. Grady, 59, of Newport died there suddenly on October 29, 2015.

He was born on May 23, 1956, in Springfield to Arthur and Ella (Wheeler) Grady.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed fishing, and watching wrestling on television. He was a collector of Matchbox cars.

He worked for several years at Ethan Allen in Island Pond.

He is survived by his siblings: Tom Grady and his wife, Sandra, of Newport, James Grady and his wife, Joann, of West Burke, and Barbara Choiniere of Abbyville, South Carolina; and by his sister-in-law Bonnie Lewis of Alpine, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Roy H. Lewis; and his parents.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, with the Reverend Douglas Carter officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Elizabeth L. (Savage) March

Elizabeth L. (Savage) March, 89, died on Monday, October 26, 2015, at her home in Newport. Her children and daughter-in-law were by her side when she peacefully and comfortably passed.

She was born on April 13, 1926, in Newport. Ms. March, or “E,” as she was affectionately called by everyone, was the daughter of Bernard and Ruby (Calkins) Savage.

She married Andrew Sumner March, who she met in Newport, in April 1951. Mr. March predeceased her in August 2014. They were married for 63 years.

She spent her final years in the town she loved most, Newport, where she lived through high school. She then went on to live and work in Boston, attending Fisher Junior College. During her marriage to Mr. March, Ms. March also lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. But Newport is where she had many of her fondest memories. And she was able to be amongst many of the friends and family she loved most in those final years.

Ms. March is survived by two sons: Andrew March and his wife, Mary Lou, of Cape Coral, Florida and Newport, and Douglas March and his wife, Carol, of Warwick, Rhode Island; her daughter Susan Pelcher of Newport; her brother Bruce Savage of Sandwich, Massachusetts;  five grandchildren: Lindsay, Whitney, Corey, Amy, and Lindsay; her great-grandson, who was born in April 2015; and her several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends of the family attended the graveside ceremony at Pine Grove Cemetery on Saturday, October 31, in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. March’s name to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit NilesDouglas G. Niles

Douglas G. Niles, 66, of Newport Center died peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

He was born on May 20, 1949, in Newport, the son of Lorraine (Davio) Niles and the late George Bixby Niles.

He graduated from North Country Union High School, class of 1968, and later received an associate degree in forestry in 1970 from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.

He owned Niles Tree Service, where he was a landscaper and was well known for craftsmanship of building stonewalls.

He enjoyed the great outdoors of Vermont where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his daughters: Tammi Lantagne and her husband, Reg, of Newport Center, and Tara Selby and her husband, Sean, of Morgan; his mother Lorraine Niles of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Alexis and Kevin Lantagne, and Dija and Kristchan Selby; his brothers: Raymond Niles and his wife, Edna, of Littleton, Timothy Niles of Newport Center, and Kevin Niles and his wife, Julie, of Lockport; and his nieces and nephews: Kate Schwanke and her husband, Matt, Bryce Niles and his wife, Tabi, Shane Niles and Dana Niles and his wife, Nancy, T.J. Niles, Darcel and Yolanda Niles, Jordan and Mitchell Niles.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Douglas Niles Memorial Fund, care of Community National Bank, 4811 Vermont Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit welchGordon Cargill Welch

Gordon Cargill Welch, 86, died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, surrounded by loving family after a short illness.

Mr. Welch was born on June 18, 1929, to his late parents Frank and Alice (Cargill) Welch of Island Pond.

He graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond in 1946. He married his loving wife of 60 years, Marjorie Driver, on September 10, 1955. Together in their loving home they raised three children.

Mr. Welch was employed at First National Stores for 33 years. For the next ten years he worked at Brandon training school and finally retired from the Vermont Veterans Home.

He was an active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and became a member of Lodge #13 in Island Pond. For the Odd Fellows, he served as district deputy grand master and grand chair for Christian education.

He later taught Sunday school for many years at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, was on the board of trustees, and served as a deacon.

For the last 34 years, Mr. Welch was a member of the Mount Moriah Lodge #96 F&AM in East Wallingford.

During retirement he enjoyed his family, gardening, listening to Red Sox games, and playing cards.

Mr. Welch is survived by his wife, Marjorie Welch, of Rutland; two sons: Dean Welch and his wife, Sandra, of Bennington, and Donald Welch and his wife, Susan, of Arlington; his daughter Debora Buck and her husband, Allen, of Underhill; his grandchildren: David Welch, Ashley Welch, Adam Welch, Andrew Welch and his wife, Lorianne, Amber Welch, Jessica Buck and her fiancé, Jonathan Cullen, and Benjamin Buck; and his great-grandson Kavern Wilcox.

He was predeceased by his sister Georgia Hatch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Bridges and Beyond, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701.

There was a service in his memory on Saturday, October 31, at Tossing Funeral Home in Rutland.

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Obituaries October 28, 2015

obit blakeEdson Wayne Blake Jr.

Edson Wayne Blake Jr., 84, of Beebe, Quebec, died on Saturday, October 24 at the hospital in Magog, Quebec, surrounded by his family, after a short illness that was beset by complications of a long-term condition.

He was born in Irasburg on April 5, 1931 to Edson Blake Sr. and Lillian Sanville Blake. He was the first child of a large family.

He married his second wife, Dorothy Buckland, in June 1956. He had two sons from a previous marriage and three sons from his second marriage.

He was involved in coaching his sons’ sports teams, and he owned vans to transport the teams to their games. He also enjoyed playing darts and shuffleboard at the legion.

He worked on the power line installation in Vermont in the 1950s. He was a maintenance foreman at Butterfield Union Twist Drill in Derby Line, and he owned a milk delivery route until disability forced him to retire in 1979.

He and his second wife bought a camper and spent winters in Florida, where they enjoyed being with friends from all over the United States.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Wilbur Blake and his wife, Robin, of Hardwick, Bill Blake and his wife, Penny, of Carthage, New York, Steve Blake of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Mike Blake of Derby Line, and Greg Blake of Beebe, and his companion, Darlene Simpson, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his brother Seth (Babe) Blake and his wife, Nancy, of Florida; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter in 1956; his parents; his sisters: Eleanor Young, Margaret McFarland, Delia (Tootse) Peck, Patty Manning, and Linda Ignjatovoc.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Woodside Cemetery in Beebe, Quebec.

 

Lois Sykes Carpenter

Lois Sykes Carpenter, 77, of Derby died on October 20, 2015.

She was born in Holland on July 14, 1938, to the late Roger Sykes and Eula Flynn Sykes. She lived her early years in Holland with her family and moved to Derby to attend high school at Derby Academy where she graduated.

On September 11, 1956, she married Charles B. Carpenter Jr. who predeceased her on January 13, 2009. Together they operated a dairy farm on Bates Hill in Derby for over ten years. After moving off the farm, she held positions as an office worker and a commercial knitter. She and Mr. Carpenter did some traveling, visiting family and friends, although she loved being at home surrounded by her family and friends most.

She loved working in her gardens and took great pride in her flowers. She also loved knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

She is survived by the following children: Allen Carpenter and his wife, Theresa, Betsy McDonald and her husband, Harvey, Cory Carpenter and his wife, Colleen; her grandchildren: Allyson Bathalon and her husband, Isaac, Justin Carpenter, Annette Vallieres, Cory Carpenter Jr., Daniel Carpenter and his wife, Alexis, Katrina Carpenter, and Charles B. Carpenter III; her great-grandchildren: Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Jordan, Corine, Ryan, and Xander. She is also survived by the following siblings: Raymond Sykes, Russell Sykes and his partner, Jocelyn Davio, Brian Sykes and his wife, Carolyn, Hazel Pelillo and her husband, Rocco; and by lots of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers and sisters: Earl, Harley, Delwin, Allen, Beulah Ellam, Mabel Judd, Eva Raitt, Janice Santacruce; and by a great-grandchild Ava Lawson.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Halo Foundation 1071 Upper Quarry Road. Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit corkinsVan Thomas Corkins

Van Thomas Corkins, 65, of Newport died peacefully on October 21, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home, after battling a year-long illness.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Amityville, New York, to Dorothy (Riegel)and Harold Corkins Sr.

He graduated from Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York, in 1968. He was a lead lathe operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for the past twenty years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a production manager for Russell Plastics for 20 years and part owner of RFP plastics on Long Island, New York.

He was a member of the sons of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Newport Country Club.  He was an avid golfer, New York Yankees Fan, and he enjoyed camping in Holland and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn (Secreto) Tice and her husband, Paul, of Milton, Marilyn Redfern and her husband, Charles, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Jacquelyn Choquette of Concord, North Carolina; his mother, Dorothy Corkins of Newport; five  grandchildren: Anthony Secreto and his wife, Kerri, Vincent Secreto, Dakota Choquette, Justin Tice, and Ryan Tice; and two great-grandchildren: Amelia and Benjamin Secreto.  He is also survived by his siblings: Harold Corkins Jr. and his wife, Donna, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ronald Corkins and his wife, Dolly, of Newport, Craig Corkins and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Randy Corkins of Newport, and Darren Corkins of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and additional extended family.

He was predeceased by his father Harold Corkins Sr. in 1995; his brother Alan Corkins in 1995; and his sister Valerie Gibson in 1996.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday October 30, at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit delabruereJustin Cuyler Delabruere

Justin Cuyler Delabruere, 31, of Island Pond died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

He was born November 10, 1983, in St. Johnsbury to Roland and Tammy Delabruere.

He was an expert carpenter and especially enjoyed custom detailing with wood.

He loved being outside. He preferred forests and mountains to cities and traffic. He enjoyed his cabin and land, which provided hunting and quiet reflection. He also loved music and could be found jamming on his guitar with friends.

He was a gentle man who was loved by all who knew him. He cared for others and would offer help when needed. His humble demeanor and twinkling eyes will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his parents, Roland and Tammy (Nevers) Delabruere of Sarasota, Florida; his sisters: Shanna Swartwood and her husband, Joshua, and their children: Lillian, Elijah, Naomi, Judah, Ephraim, Vashti, and Phoebe of Ithaca, New York, Chelsey Delabruere and her partner, Mark Ford, and their son, Jonah of Mooresville, North Carolina; his brothers: Seth Delabruere and his partner, Sarah Murphy, of Treasure Island, Florida, and Isaac Delabruere and his partner, Angela Bacon, of Stratham, New Hampshire; his beloved grandparents: Wendell Nevers of Island Pond, and Mary and Roland Doyon of Avon Park, Florida. He is also survived by five uncles and six aunts on his father’s side: Leonard Delabruere and his wife, Linda, of British Columbia, Canada, Robert Delabruere and his wife, Betsy, Claude Delabruere and his wife, Joanne, Armand Delabruere and his wife, Dawn, Richard Delabruere and his wife, Lisette, Pauline Sage and her husband, Gene, Diane Jackson and her husband, Fred, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian. He is also survived by one aunt and three uncles on his mother’s side: Lori Dornsife and her husband, Mark, Jonathan Nevers and his wife, Dolly, Patrick Nevers and his wife, Deanna, and Daniel Doyon.

Mr. Delabruere was very proud of his large family which also consisted of numerous cousins, too many to list.

He was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother Roland and Cecile Delabruere, who will be welcoming him home.

Justin, we love you and will cherish the memories, always.

There will be no funeral services as the immediate family will gather to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, at Mr. Delabruere’s parents’ home in Florida.

Condolences may be sent to, Roland and Tammy Delabruere at 2092 Champion Street, Sarasota, Florida 34231. — from the family.

 

obit DonovanMichael Donovan

Michael Donovan, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on October 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born on on May 16, 1920, to Michael and Margaret (Kerin) Donovan. In 1941 he married Esther St. Onge. They lived in Timmoth for two years and then moved to Collins Mills Road where they raised four boys: Dennis, Patrick, Kermit, and James.

Mr. Donovan was road commissioner for the Town of Newport Center for 23 years. After that, he took to his toolbox and fixed loggers’ skidders, as he was a handy mechanic. He loved to plant his gardens and pick blackberries in the summer. In the winter he used his little red tractor to plow the driveway, and that of his neighbor.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Dennis, Patrick and his wife, Barb, and James and his wife, Sara; his daughter-in-law Pam; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by a son Kermit; his great-grandson Jacobe; and by his brothers and sisters: John, Robert, George, Mary, and Catherine.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit GrayKunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray

Kunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray, 78, of Danville died on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 7th, 1937, in Lanzendorf, Germany. She was the daughter of Johan and Johanna Pohlmann.

She attended school in Germany, and on July 21, 1962, she married Glenn E. Gray.

She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, crocheting, knitting, cooking, and growing flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Costello and her husband, Tom, of Danville; a brother, Emil Pohlmann and his wife, Barbel, of Bayreuth, Germany; a sister, Anneliese Lauterbach of Marktschorgast, Germany; three grandchildren: Jeramie Gray of Island Pond, and Maddison and Porter Costello of Danville; four sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Gleigh Heath of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; and several nieces and nephews born in the U.S. and Germany.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son Konrad Gray in 2008; two brothers: Wili Pohlmann and Edwin Pohlmann; and by one sister, Helga Bierl.

A memorial service took place on Monday October, 26, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, and a reception took place afterwards at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Gray’s name to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, and to the Fresinus Medical Care Dialysis Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mcquillen VETJames Francis McQuillen

James Francis McQuillen, 85, of Newport, well known businessman and florist, died on Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 25, 1930, in Rootstown, Ohio, the son of John W. and Cecilia (Knoch) McQuillen.

He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio where he was a star baseball pitcher, later joining a semi pro team called Gasseys, where he was known for his left handed sinker. He later shared these skills in Newport as a Little League coach. He was a brick mason by trade.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean Conflict, and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He also met the love of his life, Betty Jenks, while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. On February 12, 1955, they were married in Newport where they owned and operated Farrant’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse, which is still operating today.

Mr. McQuillen continued his masonry skills by helping to build North Country Hospital, North Country Union High School, and J.J. Newberry’s Store, among many other local landmarks and projects.

obit vets flagHe held memberships to the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329 in Newport, a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2155 of Newport. He was part of the Knights of Columbus, the Gibbons Council third degree #2285, and fourth degree #1157, and he was an honorary member of the Newport Rotary Club, where he received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for all of his volunteer work.

He was an avid member of Newport Country Club, past president of Newport Jaycees, and past president of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as zoning commissioner for the city of Newport.

He founded the snow golf tournament at the first Winterfest in Newport. For his accomplishments, his picture was published in Sports Illustrated Magazine. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, his coffee meetings at the Royal Restaurant, and later at the Herb March coffee club at Wendy’s, and Saturday coffee at Maplefields. He looked forward to his regular visits to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, and Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty McQuillen of Newport; his children: Kathleen McQuillen of Newport, Karen McQuillen and her husband, Jerome Ernest, of Centreville, Maryland, James C. McQuillen of Newport, Terrie McQuillen of Derby and her friend, John Garvey of North Troy, Tracie Lanternier and her husband, Gregg, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, John McQuillen of Manchester, Maine, and Mary McQuillen and her husband, Peter Slocombe, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Abigail Laramee and her husband, Jason, of Derry, New Hampshire, Patrick Paul of Manhattan Beach, California; Amelia and Troy Ernest of Centreville, Samuel and Daniel Lanternier of Hampstead, Maxwell and Margaret McQuillen of Manchester, and Madeline and Victoria Slocombe of Fairfax; a brother, Bernard McQuillen and his wife, Mary, of Kingsville, Ohio; two goddaughters: Chris (Suzie) Blais of Derby Line, and Phyllis Grech of Waterford; his godson Malcolm Rittenberry of Winter Garden, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert McQuillen, and his sisters Cecilia Grether, Mary Williams, and Christina Masl.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 26, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. Internment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. McQuillen’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

 

obit noyesReginald Walter “Walt” Noyes

Reginald Walter “Walt” Noyes, 65, of Barton died on October 12, 2015, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home.

He was born in Lyndonville on April 2, 1950, the second son of Reginald and Louise Noyes.

He attended Newport High School for three years and graduated with the first graduating class of North Country Union High School in 1968.

He started his work career at the Hackett Farm in Derby, and after that he worked for Ray O. Parker and Sons in Lyndonville.

He married Lois (Dumas) Noyes in 1972. For a time they lived in St. Johnsbury before building their log home in Lyndonville, where they had their son, Joshua.

Mr. Noyes continued to drive truck and later drove for Calkins Sand and Gravel as well as helping his brother James out at the wood yard. He enjoyed hunting, driving truck, and watching his son’s hockey games. He lost his wife, the love of his life, in 2000, and never recovered his joy.

He is survived by his son Josh and his wife, Melissa; his grandchildren: Keshia, Christian, and Hogan; his brothers: James, Jonathan and Brian; his aunt Margaret; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

A memorial service was held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Saturday, October 24. Internment followed at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

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