Obituaries March 2, 2016

obit-BoucherFlorence “Flossie” Catherine Boucher

Florence “Flossie” Catherine Boucher, 85, of Newport died on Friday, February 26, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born on April 2, 1930, in Burlington, to Wilmer and Della (Hayward) Knowles.

She graduated from Derby High School. She married Ernest Boucher on October 5, 1946. She worked at the American Maple for most of her career.

She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was exceptionally supportive of her grandchildren’s activities and events that made for many special memories. She loved her dogs, Tanner and Colby. She had a large circle of friends, many lifelong, whom she visited weekly to play dominos and enjoy conversation. She enjoyed her flowers and was a wonderful cook. She was a vibrant, giving, social person and had a special knack for engaging conversation. We will miss her dearly and “love her to the moon and back.”

She is survived by two sons: Dean Boucher and his wife, Bonnie, of Derby and New Mexico, and Ron Boucher and his fiancée, Cindy, of Newport; her five grandchildren: Meghan Wilson and her husband, Winn, of Derby, Emily Nagengast and her husband, Dave, of Reno, Nevada, Kayla Horacek and her husband, Sandy, of Los Angeles, California, Mitchell Lahar and his wife, Kelly, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Sophia Congdon of Newport; her three great-grandchildren: Benjamin Wilson and Trey and Benn Horacek; her brother Dale Knowles and his wife, Connie, of Newport; her sister-in-law Charlotte of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews. She remained close with Carol Boucher of Derby and Susan Catalano of California.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Boucher; and by her siblings: Leonard, Robert, Pearl, and Dorothy.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery, Derby.

In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, contributions may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Bowen-1Douglas M. Bowen

Douglas M. Bowen, 69, of Albany died on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, following a short illness.

He was born December 10, 1946, in Newport, son of Merle and Josephine Horner Bowen. He attended Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

He married Sandy Rooney in 1965 and they had a daughter, Michalla, and a foster daughter, Penny Herman. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen ran the Albany General Store for several years before divorcing.

In 1986, Mr. Bowen met Ione Armstrong, his partner for the last 29 years. Together they enjoyed camping, going out to dinner, going for rides, and spending time with their families and their cat Sammy.

Mr. Bowen worked for the state of Vermont Highway Department for 30 years. He was the caretaker at the Albany Cemetery for the last 16 years, and he took care of private lawns around Albany.

He is survived by his partner, Ione Armstrong, of Albany; his mother, Josephine Bowen, of Morrisville; his brother Gordon Bowen and his wife, Hazel, of Morrisville; a sister, Mildred “Millie” Merriam, and her husband, Bert, of Morrisville; his stepchildren: Sheila, Dennis, and Sherry; his grandchildren: Scott Nelson and his wife, Tasha, of Hyde Park, Hillary Braun of Morrisville, Chasity and Jason Herman of Brownington, Ryan and Zachary Chayer, and Jordyn and Corey Cowles of Albany; three great-grandchildren: Kailee, Brianna, and Trent; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Merle Bowen; his daughter Michalla “Micky” Nelson; and by his grandson Corey Nelson.

There are no services planned at this time. Interment will be in the spring in the Albany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at faithfh.net.

obit-grayEllis A. Gray Jr.

Ellis A. Gray Jr., 54, of Derby died on February 25, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on January 29, 1962, in Newport to Judy Batchelder Gray and the late Ellis Gray Sr.

On August 3, 1996, he married Angela Graves, who survives him. He was a truck driver for Barrup Farms and previously was a sign painter and lettered cars. His business was known as “The Sign Guy.” He formally worked at Gray Transport, Karl Johnson Trucking, Tivoly Manufacturing, and Thibodeau Machine Shop.

At the age of 15, he started on Jim Lamothe’s race car team. He was a driver and crew member. He later worked on Wally Watson and Mike Gosselin’s racing team.

He enjoyed watching hockey, football, NASCAR races, his children’s sporting events, and music and dance concerts. He enjoyed traveling to Watkins Glen, New York, every August for an annual family vacation for the NASCAR race. He was a very devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Gray, of Derby; his children: Alan, Kristin, Elliott, Timothy, Adam, and Charlie, all of Derby; his grandchild Kerrighan Rose Gray of Newport; his daughter-in-law Kari Maxham of Newport; his mother, Judy Gray, of Derby; his half-sister Melanie Gray of Lyndonville; his sisters: Candy Patenaude and her husband, Paul, of Derby, and Wendy Hamelin and her husband, John, of Westfield; his brother Scot Gray and his friend, Sheila Carpenter, of Derby; his three “adopted” children: Rebecca Greenleaf of Island Pond, Tyler Brown of Derby, and Kylie Monfette of Holland; his stepfather Robert Brosseau Sr. of Barton; his stepbrothers and stepsisters: Robert Brosseau Jr. of Derby, Joseph Brosseau of Hardwick, and Andre Brosseau and Tammy Huntington of Glover, Theresa Quinlan and her husband, Dan, of Ellsworth, Maine, and Debbie Messier and her husband, Shawn, of Hardwick; his in-laws: Carl Mears Jr. of Ascutney, Sandra and Richard Carter of Granby, Connecticut, Linda and Lance Bowen of Arizona, and James Graves of Holland; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by two sons: Ellis III and Denis; his father, Ellis Gray Sr.; his nephew Paul McKee; his in-laws: James and Mildred Graves; and by his sister-in-law Sheryl Mears.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 19 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. The family requests a “dress down” service of jeans and any sports related clothing to honor what Mr. Gray loved.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-greavesClaire Alice Brosseau Greaves

Claire Alice Brosseau Greaves, 88, of Walden died on February 27, 2016, at her home, with her loving husband and family by her side.

She was born in Roxton Pond, Quebec, on October 18, 1927, to Leo and Albertine Brosseau. The family moved to Vermont in 1929.

On April 18, 1953, she married John Greaves and they began their life on the farm in Walden Heights.

She loved caring for her family, tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking and canning, knitting, crocheting, and in her later years, painting. She worked on the farm for many years doing the hard work that needed to be done each day. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a devout communicant of St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.

She is survived by John, her devoted husband of 62 years, and their children: Tess Greaves, Den Greaves, Jan Greaves and her partner, Tom McFarland, Bit Carlson and her husband, Wendell, and Perley Greaves and his wife, Carolyn; her nine grandchildren: Kara Greaves, Jim Ackermann and his wife, Sara, Ryan Greaves, Kirby Parker, Phil Greaves, Ian Ackermann and his fiancée, Caitlin Celley, Brad Greaves and his wife, Jackie, Alex Parker, and Dan Greaves and his fiancée, Anna Laggis; as well as her two great-granddaughters, Allie and Andee Ackermann.

She also leaves behind her siblings: Georgette Greaves, Guy Brosseau and his wife, Mona, Lucy Royer and her husband, Raymond, Robert Brosseau, Denise Dewing, Paul Brosseau and his wife, Nicole, Norman Brosseau and his wife, Aline, and Susan Aste and her husband, Forrest; her sisters-in-law: Claire Brosseau, Jane Greaves, and Marjorie Greaves; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Mary Strong; her brothers: John, Lawrence, Dennis, and Raymond; her brothers-in-law: Edgar Strong, Marvin Greaves Sr., Wendell Dewing, Clarence Greaves, and Frank Greaves; and her sister-in-law Marjorie Norman.

Calling hours will be held at des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick on Friday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick. Spring interment will be held at the Walden Heights Cemetery in Walden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice Care, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to St. Norbert’s Church, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit-nadeauArmand Gerard Nadeau

Armand Gerard Nadeau died unexpectedly on January 13, 2016.

He was born and baptized in the small village of Dover Fox Croft, Maine, in 1930. It was here and in northern Vermont that Emmanuel and Celinda raised Mr. Nadeau, four brothers, and two sisters.

What he learned in his childhood, he would carry with him for life! One, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church, and a special spot for the blessed Virgin Mary, and to pray the rosary. Two, the love of family, to pray together, to stay together, and to fight for your family’s protection and honor. This is where his dream was answered. On August 30 1958, he married the love of his life, Theresa Ann Besaw. Three, the love of work; from the time he was a young boy he worked like a man; hard labor is just a challenge. Always watch another craftsman or engineer to learn a new job or technique. As the teacher and foreman show doing the job and let your man decide the best way to complete the task. Work hard, make it fun, and it leads to success.

Mr. and Mrs. Nadeau’s pride and joy are their lovely family of six children: three boys and three girls: Ann Marie, Andrew, Mary Ann, Robert, Rosalie, and Rodney. The family traditions of religion, family, and hard work were joyfully passed on to the next generation. The Nadeau family blossomed with 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Nadeau loved being with his wife and nothing was better than a picnic or party with their family. Being a builder, he gave the greatest gift a man could give to his young adult children — he helped them build their first homes. This was a great bonding experience, a huge savings, and got them in beautiful houses. And, of course, it was fun working with the family. Mr. Nadeau started working as a young boy in the wood mill and family farm to help his family with expenses. When he was old enough, he took a full-time job at the furniture mill working his way up the ladder. At the age of 22 he purchased his first dairy farm, and with a lot of hard work he sold and purchased a larger farm in 1956. The Nadeaus started building barns, so Mr. Nadeau did that during the day and chores before and after work. Soon barn construction was too busy, the farm was sold, and a new house was built in Orleans for his young family. Soon Nadeau Brothers construction was building mostly houses, and this led them to Essex, where hundreds of houses were built by the boys. In 1974 it was time for another career change, and after getting the permits he and his brothers built Nadeau Lumber. With the blood, sweat, and tears of all the family members, a successful lumber store in Jericho grew quickly.

At the young age of 54, Mr. Nadeau retired in 1984. It was time to start spending winter in the warmth of Florida. The house was all set up to have Mr. and Mrs. Nadeau’s parents spend as much time as possible. There was time for cards, puzzles, crosswords, bikes, motor scooters, and little pleasures that there was never time for while working. There was time to restore a car, and best of all there was plenty of time for all kinds of different campers and camping. Retirement allowed for the pleasure of daily Mass and extra time for prayer, shared with his wife each day. Summer was a change of scenery, heading to Vermont to be with his boys building and looking forward to the big family gatherings.

As a generous man, Mr. Nadeau loved to give, to all, through money and his services. He donated an unbelievable amount of hours to each parish to which he has belonged — fixing, repairing, and maintaining — which includes ten years at St. Thomas Aquinas, before actually being employed there for two years.

He was a proud life member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a Eucharistic minister and minister of the sick, bringing Jesus, love, hope, and joy to the two nursing homes and homebound Catholics of St. Cloud, Florida, for 23 years. If somebody needed handyman work done, they could call Mr. Nadeau; he could fix anything, for anybody. Call him husband, call him dad, call him grandpa, great-grandpa, or brother, uncle or friend. No matter what you call Mr. Nadeau, make sure to listen to the most important lesson he lived by: “Don’t hold grudges, always forgive.”

Burial will be in the spring in Underhill.

obit-omanHenry C. “Hecky” Oman

Henry “Hecky” Carl Oman died at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 12, 2016, after a valiant fight against ALS.

He was born in Holden, Massachusetts, on January 10, 1955, to Henry S. Oman and Lillian (Jappinen) Oman, and lived most of his life in Massachusetts and Vermont.

He was an avid fisherman and spent the last of his healthy years restoring a boat and motor which were his pride and joy. His interests included camping, fishing and canoeing adventures with his friends, and, later on, spinning tales about these happy and story-worthy times. A bit of a MacGyver, he also enjoyed tinkering to the musical sounds of Bonnie Raitt and Little Feat. Friends and family spent many a fine hour “appreciating” his detailed descriptions of his projects; with love, of course.

He is survived by his sisters: Nancy Shepard and her husband, Dennis, of Boise, Idaho, and Polly Hakala of South Burlington; his brother Richard Oman of Twin Falls, Idaho; and by his sister-in-law Carol Oman of Acton, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and their children and his posse of lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother John Oman of Acton.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date.

Contributions in his name may be made to the ALS Association.

obit-Perry-1Richard Scott Perry

Scott Perry of Irasburg died on February 23, 2016.

Holding his wife’s hand on that morning, he was “promoted to glory.”

He was born on a snowy day in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 28, 1940, to Vergil Mize Perry and Frances Louise (Betty) Boggs Perry. He graduated from Bethesda/Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

He was an editor by trade — a wordsmith — and he specialized in educational publications. He wrote and edited reading labs for Science Research Associates, Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Division, the W. Clement Stone Foundation, Harper and Row, Ener-Gem Success Systems with J. Warren McClure, ASP & Associates, varied freelance projects, and for over 20 years with the Stephen Ministry Series. He always said, “Everybody needs an editor!” He spoke at workshops around the country and Canada teaching leadership workshops in Christian caregiving by the laity. He was a program leader for “Christian Caregiving A Way of Life,” “Ministry to Inactive Members,” and other similar programs, and was an occasional guest preacher at area churches.

In 1961, he married Lynn Elena Shearer at Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village, New York, and is survived by her. He is survived by his children: Amy Suzanne Waters and her husband, Andy, the Reverend Bonnie Ruth Forsman and her husband, Bill, and Andrew Scott Perry and his wife, Lee; his grandchildren: Stephanie Lynn Waters, Austin Thomas Waters and his fiancée, Alyson Germinder, Chester Andrew Forsman, John Chandler Forsman, Corwin Scott Perry, Cameron Vergil Perry, Jacqueline Lee Perry, and Jewel, Jacob, and Jessica Mason. He is also survived by two sisters: Sally Estes and her husband, Tom, and Ellen Perry; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Carole; and by a niece, Lynn Allison Bernhardt.

He was a writer by profession and a reader for pleasure. He was a playful person and enjoyed games — croquet, Monopoly and card games with the grandchildren, and he was a regular at the bridge table with various local duplicate bridge games. He also greatly enjoyed reading everything about Abraham Lincoln and dinosaurs, Bible study, and he always loved having a dog by his side. He was a friend of Bill W’s for a few months short of 50 years.

He served on the board of North Country Hospital, was an Irasburg firefighter in his early years in Vermont, and was a communicant member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on in Newport on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow in the parish house.

obit-PreseaultMichael R. “Cowboy” Preseault

Michael R. “Cowboy” Preseault, 62, of St. Albans died on February 22, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on March 25, 1953, in Newport to Alice (Paradis) Preseault and the late Fernand Preseault.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans and entered the United States Navy, where he served from 1971 to 1974.

He was a supervisor for Peerless Clothing in St. Albans. He was co-owner of the former Newport Beverage and Redemption Center with his dad in the 1980s.

He loved his family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, and watching NASCAR races. He also loved softball as he followed, played, coached, and umpired games in the Northeast Kingdom.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Preseault of Irasburg; his brother Francis Preseault and his wife, Patricia, of Arlington; his sister Lori LeBlanc and her husband, Rene, of Irasburg; his sisters-in-law: Carmen (Gaudreau) Preseault of Bradenton, Florida, and Celeste (Pepin) Preseault of Bradenton; his 12 nieces and nephews; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends like Pat Parks of St. Albans.

He was predeceased by his father, Fernand Preseault, in 2000; and by his brothers: Dennis in 1996, and Brian in 2005.

Funeral services were held on February 27, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-taylorPreston Augustus Taylor

Preston Augustus Taylor, 91, of Meridian, Idaho, died on February 21, 2016, with his family by his side. He was residing at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

He was born on May 6, 1924, in Irasburg. He attended South School in Newport until he reached eighth grade, when he was needed on the family farm. He obtained his high school diploma many years later by going to night classes at Spaulding High School in Barre.

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

He was a loving, devoted father to his 12 children. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and coin collecting. He also enjoyed traveling. His favorite place was Yellowstone National Park. He enjoyed spending time and reminiscing with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom he loved very much.

He belonged to the Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart, and Morning Light Community. He was also a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church.

He was an independent trucker, hauling milk, sawdust, and gravel to help build the road in Jay Peak. When they moved to Barre he worked as a derrick operator at Buttura & Sons. When they moved to Meridian he helped run a daycare with his wife, and had rental properties.

He is survived by his children: Marilyn (Taylor-Reynolds) Bisson and her husband, Rosaire, of Barre, James Taylor and his wife, Maureen, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne and his wife, Cathy, of Meridian, Gary and his wife, Jeanne, of Meridian, Joyce (Taylor) Dutil and her husband, Leo, of Barre, Michael and his wife, Debbie, of Boise, Jeff of Emmett, Idaho, Tim and his wife, Denise, of Meridian, Carole (Taylor) Tucker and her husband, Brent, of Boise, and Cathy (Taylor) Pruett of Meridian. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers: Richard of West Glover, and Adlord and his wife, Lois, of Barton; his sister R. Marion Taylor of Hyde Park; his sister-in-law Betty Taylor of Morrisville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen; two children: Joseph and William Taylor; a granddaughter, Dolly Taylor; and by his brothers: Wilfred and Edwin Taylor.

Funeral services were held on February 27 in Meridian. He will be interred in the Columbarium at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at a later date.

Online condolences at accentfuneral.com.

obit-ValleyEvelyn Pearl Valley

Evelyn Pearl Valley, 88, of Newport, a kind and gentle soul, died on February 25, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 29, 1927, in Barton, to Walter and Gladys (Bushaw) Barton. She attended Barton Academy and later worked at International Shoe in Claremont, New Hampshire, where she was awarded the title of “Queen” at an annual beauty contest.

On January 12, 1954, she married Rene C. Valley, also from Barton. He predeceased her on April 7, 1998. In 1961 they moved to Enfield, Connecticut, and started a family, which was her passion and delight.

Her Aunt Eva taught her to sew and she artfully stitched love into many britches. She was a remarkable cook and baker. When she returned to the Northeast Kingdom in 1981, after she and Rene purchased the Long Branch Restaurant, she became highly regarded for her creative birthday cakes. At Valley’s Steakhouse/Dug Out and Cafe she crafted all the baked goods for the well-known Sunday brunch.

Affectionately known as “Ma Valley” to the many she adopted as her own, she always offered an interested ear and caring heart. For her grandchildren, “Gram” was a devoted and loyal confidant who held a special place in her indulgent heart for each one of them.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

She leaves loving memories to be cherished by her daughters: Cathy Valley of Essex Junction, Ellen Stanley and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Ella Barry and her husband, Daniel, of Newport; her grandchildren: Danielle, Travis, Michaela, Hunter, Jacob, and Christopher; her great-grandchildren: Jayden and Kairin; her sister Marilyn Beauregard of Derby; her brother Cecil Barton of Maui, Hawaii; and many nieces and nephews who were so very dear to her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 24, 2016

obit-breault-1Alcide Robert Breault

Alcide Robert Breault, 94, of Newport died on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

He is survived by three stepchildren: Gregory Abbott Sr., Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, of the Newport area. In addition, he is survived by countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his two stepchildren: Jerry Abbott and Penny Powers. The light of his life for 48 years was his wife, Marjorie (Meehan) Breault, who predeceased him just over a year ago.

As his nursing staff professed upon his passing, “Now he’s where he wants to be.”

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

Mildred Langevin

Mildred Langevin, lifelong resident of Newport, died peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2016. She was 102 years old.

She was born on October 28, 1913, in Beebe, Quebec. She moved with her parents, Everett W. Fox and Jennie Fox, to Newport, where she lived the rest of her life.

She loved her extended family, the Royal Family, reading, and her tea. Her family members came from far and wide to visit her. Many times over the years, her living room would be filled with company. She was so loved by them all.

She is survived by her son Paul Langevin and his wife, Elaine, of Newport; her grandson Gary Langevin and his wife, Brianna; and her great-granddaughter Abigail, all of Coventry. She is also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Langevin; her sisters: Cora Fox and Elizabeth G. Minkler; and by her brothers: George Fox, Lawrence Fox, and Reginald Fox.

At her wishes, private services for family only will be held at their convenience.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, to help defray funeral costs.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-SloanJohn D. Sloan Sr.

John D. Sloan Sr. 75, of Keene, New Hampshire, and formerly of Island Pond, died on Wednesday, February 10, 2015. He died peacefully with his wife near, after a brief period of declining health.

He was born the son of the late Edith (Savoy) and Hubert Sloan on August 12, 1940, in Newport. He was educated in Island Pond and graduated from Brighton High School in the Class of 1958.

On April 8, 1961, he exchanged vows with Ernestine K. Allyn at St. James Church in Island Pond. They were married with family and friends in attendance and were married for almost 55 years.

Mr. Sloan worked as a conductor and brakeman for the St. Lawrence Railway for 35 years. He retired in 1999 to enjoy life with his wife and family.

He was a man of faith and attended St. Bernard’s Parish and St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Keene. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid NASCAR fan. Time was spent building dollhouses and studying history. He enjoyed reading, especially history and presidential biographies. As time went on, Mr. and Mrs. Sloan would go south to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to escape the cold New England winter months. He was also a giving man who was loved by many. He served as a fourth degree knight with the Knights of Columbus in Island Pond. He was always happy to be with his family, especially the grandchildren and later the great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Ernestine K. Sloan, of Keene; his children: Cheryl M. Fletcher and her husband, Robert “Shane” of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, Shelley A. Sloan of Delray, Florida, Laurie L. Sloan of East Charleston, and John D. Sloan Jr. of North Branford, Connecticut; and by his siblings: Judith Sloan of Lyndonville, Marcia Quinn and her husband, Ken, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Jeffrey Sloan and his wife, Greta, of Richmond. He also leaves ten grandchildren: Nicholas, Brean, Shauna, Sasha, Sammantha, Matthew, John III, Tristin, Chelsea and Ashley; his six great-grandchildren: Braden, Kaela, Grayson, Gabriella, Amelia, and Lincoln; in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was predeceased by his son Shawn Sloan, who died in 1964, and by a grandson, Andrew Shattuck, in 2012

In keeping with his wishes, there are no local services.

Donations can be made in memory of John D. Sloan Sr. to Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society, care of St. Bernard’s, Mary Queen of Peace, 173 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire. 03431.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire, 03431; cheshirefamilyfh.com.

 

obit-websterEvelyn B. Webster

Evelyn B. Webster died on February 14, 2016.

She was born to Chester A. Barney and Ida Falcon Barney on September 16, 1927, in Bradenton, Florida. She had a brother, Arvid “Ike”, and sister, Era Lou Chapman. She graduated from Orleans High School, where she coached basketball and was involved with the choir.

After graduation, she went to Lasalle Junior College in Massachusetts and Normal School for teachers in Vermont. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the remote Vermont woods. Her first year of teaching was her last because of the many pranks on her by the older boys who were almost her age.

On August 8, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, David Dickens Webster, who became her best friend and lover for 67 years. Soon to follow, she gave birth to David, Marcia “Tweet” Lepp, and Steven. In 1952, the family moved to Tulare, California, where she was active at the First Methodist Church, PEO, PTA, and she was a Cub Scout leader. She also enjoyed reading, golf, bowling, camping, and going to jazz festivals. She worked at the J.C. Penny’s in Tulare and for several years at the Tulare County Social Services.

She worshiped at the First Methodist Church in Tulare, and the United Church in Irasburg.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years David; and her three children: David of Washington, Marcia Lepp of Herald, California, and Steven of Tulare. The first who called her grandma are Mark Lepp, Karie (Lepp) Costin, David Lepp, Lindsey (Webster) Tarter, and Erica Webster. The six who called her great-grandma are Leandra and Jesslyn Lepp, Benjamin, James West, and Evelyn Costin.

To our Vermont friends and family, we will have a graveside service and reception, to be announced. Any gifts and offerings can be sent to the Irasburg United Church.

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Jeanette L. Smith

Jeanette L. Smith, 86, of Albany died on February 19, 2016, in Newport.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Hedges and her husband, Daniel, of East Charleston.

A graveside service for her and her husband, Karl, will be held in the spring at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

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Obituaries February 17, 2016

obit-BrasseurYves Aime Brasseur

Yves Aime Brasseur of Irasburg died peacefully on February 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 3, 1928, in Irasburg, the eldest son of Oswald and Antonie (Ducharme) Brasseur. He married his brown-eyed, red-headed sweetheart, Yolande Ruel, on January 27, 1951. Surrounded by family and friends, they happily celebrated their sixty-fifth year of marriage.

He was a long-time resident of Newport Center, enjoying his extreme passion of farming for 46 years. Being a town selectman for 12 years, he loved helping people. He was highly involved in many farming organizations like Rural Vermont, the National Farmers Organization (NFO), and Northeast Dairy Compact. Having brought the NFO to the Northeast Kingdom, in the early 1970s he was the first president of the NFO.

Having received some of his education at Sacred Heart schools, he was a firm believer in Catholic education, ensuring that his children all received most of their education at Sacred Heart schools. In 1961 he joined the Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #2285, moving up to fourth degree with pride in 1963, enjoying 55 years of dedicated membership. His love for the Lord was always evident in his weekly and daily attendance in the Mass of Lord at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, in Newport, which he belonged to for most of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Yolande, and their children: Alan of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Michael of Newport Center, Diane Bathalon and his companion, Gerry, of Troy, Roland and his wife, Suzanne, of Newport Center, Robert and his wife, Amy, of Newport, Marie Paquin and her husband, Jean-Guy, of Newport Center, Louise Sanville and her husband, Sonny, of Irasburg, David Brasseur of Irasburg, and Caroline Stone and her husband, Elwin, of North Troy; his sister Lucille Martineau of St. Petersburg, Florida; his sisters-in-law: Pricille Brasseur of Bristol, Connecticut, and Lorraine Brasseur of Irasburg; his brothers-in-law: Don Ruel and his wife, Semida of California, and Omer Ruel of Connecticut; his sisters-in-law: Lucienne Lamoureux of Wisconsin and Marina Ruel of Canada; and by his 32 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Oswald and Antonie Brasseur; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donnat and Adelina Ruel; his sons, Denis and Daniel; his granddaughter Amelia Marie Paquin; his son-in-law Marcel Bathalon; his siblings: Martial Brasseur, Yvelande Chicoine, and Richard Brasseur; his brothers-in-law: Gaston Martineau and Leo Chicoine; his sisters-in-law: Cecile Delabruere and her husband, Roland, Rita Trudeau, who died two days before him, and her husband, Anatole; and by his brothers-in-law: Alphonse Ruel and his wife, Rhoda, Aime Ruel and his wife, Lucienne, Earnest Ruel and his wife, Rita, Gerald Ruel and his wife, Anita, and Germain Ruel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Right To Life, P.O. Box 1079, Montpelier, Vermont 05601; or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

The family extends their sincere appreciation for your love and support. Following the funeral, everyone is invited to join the family at St. Edward’s Parish Hall in Derby Line for a meal and social get-together. If friends and family would like to bring a potluck dish, they are welcomed to drop them off at St. Edward’s Parish Hall on Friday morning.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-carpenterDanielle K. Carpenter

Danielle K. Carpenter, 26, of Derby died suddenly on February 8, 2016, in Coventry.

She was born on December 10, 1989, in Newport, to Scott Carpenter and Cindy (Sanville) Mead.

She was a Licensed Nursing Assistant at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover. She loved caring for her children and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her fiancé, Brennan Lefebvre, of Derby; her children: Bracen, Breelle, and Braelyn Lefebvre of Derby; her mother, Cindy Mead, of Westfield; her father, Scott Carpenter; her siblings: Dillon Carpenter of Newport Center, Shane Mead of Newport Center, Seth Mead of Newport Center, and Shonna Mead of Island Pond; her grandparents Doris and Randy Mead of Newport Center; her uncle and aunt Ronald and Dena Lavoie of West Charleston; her stepfather Shawn Mead of Newport Center; and by other family members including Randy Mead Jr. of Newport Center, Lisa Mead of Newport Center, Vicky Mead of Coventry, her fiancé’s parents Andre and Sherry Lefebvre of Morgan, her fiancé’s brother Jason Lefebvre and his wife, Lindsy, of Island Pond, and her fiancé’s sister Erin Morse and her husband, Nick, of Enfield, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her grandparents Robert and Delight Sanville; and by one aunt and four uncles,

Funeral services were held on February 13, Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the pre-school at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-DaSlivaEduino Vieira DaSilva

Eduino Vieira DaSilva, 69, of Glover died suddenly on February 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born on November 17, 1946, in Faial, Azores, in Portugal to Luis and Leonora (DeFaria) Silveira. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1977.

He had many jobs over the years: mechanic, and service station owner, Massachusetts constable, commercial fisherman, foreman, and a logger. He volunteered for a time with the Glover Fire Department and served as a town constable. He was a former member of the Orleans Lions Club. He was always willing to lend a helping hand however he could.

He enjoyed being with his family and friends, spoiling his furry “kids” Sam and Fluffy, RV traveling with Rod, camping all over, trips to Maine and the Fryeburg Fair, working on engines of all sorts, fixing things, haying, sugaring, boats, fishing, the ocean, gold prospecting, metal detecting, watching NASCAR and wrestling, hunting and fishing, cooking Portuguese recipes and barbecues, woodworking, stone work, and gardening.

He is survived by his three children: Tara DaSilva and her fiancé, Mark Lacoss, Eduino DaSilva Jr. and his friend Cathy Butts, and Leonora Pinto and her husband, Alex; seven grandchildren: Cassandra Smith and her fiancé, Levi Flynn, CJ Smith and his companion, Ashley Blanchard, Victoria and Destiny Geraw, Benjamin Lacoss, Luna Pinto and Alex Pinto Jr.; two great-grandchildren: Daniel Flynn and Michael Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; his former wife, Jana Ferrie; and by his sister Maria, and her husband, Antonio Martins.

He had one brother, Louis Vieira.

As per his wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glover Fire Department, 63 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Orleans Lions Club, care of Peter Lanoue or Dave Bolduc, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Obit-DeslandesNorbert Deslandes

Norbert Deslandes, 75, of Irasburg, died at his home on Sunday, February 7, 2016, surrounded by his family and a few friends.

He was born on May 3, 1940, in Roxton Falls, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Loretta (Frazier) Deslandes.

He married Yvette Messier on August 31, 1963. He worked as a loader operator for 56 years at the Ethan Allen Plant in Orleans and was the oldest full-time employee when he retired.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping with his wife at the Barrewood Campground in Westfield in their fifth wheel camper along with their son Paul, and lots of family.

For over 30 years he and his wife moved their camper to Fryeburg, Maine, to the fair that is held in October. He loved spending time with his family and was always there to lend a hand. They called him Mr. Fix It. He was a life member of the Newport Elks Club #2155.

He is survived by his wife; their son Paul and his wife, Linda; his grandchildren: Ashley Deslandes and her companion, Russell Mannings, and Amanda Deslandes; his great-grandson Jaxon Mannings; three brothers: Roland and his wife, Bea, of Florida, Lionel and his wife, Janice, and Michael and his wife, Sandy; his sister Lorraine Brasseur; his brothers-in-law: Roger Kerr, Richard Messier, and Michael Beaumier and his companion, Frances Collins; his sister-in-law Susan Urie and her husband, Paul; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Bernice Messier, Denise Corriveau, Irene DeLaBreure, and Carmen Kerr; his brother Richard Deslandes; his brothers-in-law: Eugene DeLaBreure, Richard Brasseur, and Bruno Corriveau; and by his godchild Lisa Deslandes.

Funeral services were held on February 13, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-GloverEdward Glover

Edward Glover, 61, of Derby died on February 12, 2016, from cancer, at his home.

He was born on January 17, 1955, to Hayden and Pauline Glover (formerly Pauline Storey), who both predeceased him.

Ed, as his family and friends called him, was a graduate of North Country Union High School. He was a CNC operator for North Country Engineering. He was also certified at the Recording Institute of America for modern recording techniques.

He enjoyed collecting vintage sports cars. He was a lead guitarist in the Knives Band, Magnum Force, and Thunderbolt Band, to name a few. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, playing guitar, and he loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Domisita Glover; his step-daughter Tracy Julve; his aunts: Phyllis, Evelyn, and Laura; and by his many cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 20, from noon until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow at the American Legion, at 35 Veteran’s Avenue in Newport, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-laborTimothy Allen Labor

Timothy Allen Labor, 50, of Brownington died peacefully on February 9, 2016.

He was born on August 23, 1965, in Newport and was the son of Larry Labor and the late Betty (Conley) Walker.

He was employed by Larry Royer Construction, where he got to work with family and do what he loved.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed many hobbies including milking cows, painting, hammering nails, gardening, scratching tickets, collecting treasures, stacking firewood, playing Yahtzee, and doing Sudoku puzzles. He loved his family and spending time playing with his grandchildren. He always put a smile on everyone’s face and loved to joke; he had the biggest heart.

He sadly leaves behind his children: Missy Houghton and her husband, Dan, of Derby, Timothy Labor Jr. and his wife, Lahanna, of Shapleigh, Maine, Brook Robillard and her husband, Chris, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Charles Plante of San Francisco, California; his grandchildren: Olivia and Ian Houghton, Aurora and Ivory Labor, and Myles Robillard; his father, Larry Labor, and his wife, Katie, of Brownington; his sister Tammy Griggs of Barton; three step-siblings; and his nieces and nephews: Mindy Young, Zachary Labor, and Alan and Angel Griggs.

He was predeceased by his brother Randy Labor; his mother Betty (Conley) Walker; and by his grandmother Irene (Jenness) Conley.

A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Newport, at 56 Eagle Nest Drive. Friends and family are welcome.

obit-TrudeauRita Marie Anna (Ruel) Trudeau

Rita Marie Anna (Ruel) Trudeau died on February 9, 2016, in East Charleston, at the loving home of her daughter and son-in-law John and Denise Auclair, at the age of 97.

She was born on September 20, 1918, in Coaticook, Quebec, to Adelina (St. Pierre) and Donat Ruel. She was one of four daughters in a farming family of 15 children, and is survived by four siblings: Omer Ruel, Donacien Ruel, Lucienne Lamoureux, and Yolande Brasseur.

The times were lean and post-Depression, so as a young woman she made her way to Montreal, Quebec, and found domestic work with a family there. The young people in Montreal had an active social life through which she met and fell in love with Anatole Trudeau. They married on October 14, 1939, and the rest is history; our history! They had nine children: Jacqueline Masse, Madeleine Marcoux, Denise Auclair, Mary Jane Marcoux, Joseph Andre, John Paul, Michael, Annette Howley, and Suzanne Benoit. In later years, she worked at Brown Co. in North Stratford, New Hampshire, and nine years at Ethan Allen in Orleans. Meanwhile, along came 37 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. Her eldest son, John Paul, died in an accident at the age of 9, and her beloved Madeleine died from cancer in 2012.

Mrs. and Mr. Trudeau were an act to follow; their love for each other, their perseverance together through many a hard time, and their example of hard work that went hand in hand with generosity and humor. In the late 1960s, they heard and received the gospel of Jesus Christ, and began to follow Him.

Mrs. Trudeau lost her soulmate, Mr. Trudeau, unexpectedly on March 17, 1990, one year after their fiftieth wedding anniversary. In recent years, she said she was ready to go to be with Jesus Christ and now her expectation has become her reality.

A celebration of her life with family and friends is planned for sometime in June.

Proverbs 31:26-30 can be said about Mrs. Trudeau in past tense. “She opened her mouth in wisdom and the teaching of kindness was on her tongue. She looked well to the ways of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rose up and blessed her; Her husband also, and he praised her saying, ‘many women have done nobly, but she excelled them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

Psalms 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.”

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Obituaries February 10, 2016

obit-belanger-1Gemma A. Faust (Leach) Belanger

Gemma A. Faust (Leach) Belanger died peacefully at the age of 84 on January 28, 2016, after a difficult year of confusion as a result of a major stroke.

She was born on November 3, 1931, in Irasburg, a daughter of Romeo and Anna Faust.

Her greatest joy came from being together with her family; together for a simple meal or one of life’s celebrations. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and then great-grandmother, and was affectionately known as Mimi. You could always count on a hug from “Mimi” if you needed encouragement, or a little comfort. Once her children were grown she entered the workplace first as a dormitory supervisor at Sacred Heart School in Newport, working with international boarding students. She later traveled to visit some of her students in Mexico, where she was hosted by their families. She loved her jobs working with students, both at Sacred Heart and later at Lake Region Union High School as a media aide in the library. She also traveled to France with the Lake Region French group and talked often of her memories from those trips. She was a very giving person and all who came in contact with her recognized her generous spirit and unending willingness to jump in and help.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Belanger, of Lake City, Florida; her three children: Michael Leach and his wife, Debbie, Cynthia Moeykens and her husband, Gary, and Richard Leach and his wife, Debbie. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Krystal (Leach) Ingalls and her husband, Chris, and their children, Krystianna and Jordyn; Kristofer Leach and his wife, Karen, and their children, Braydon and Landyn; Aby Moeykens; Justin Moeykens and his wife, Lauren, and their children, Peyton and Pepper; and Travis Leach. Also, her extended family: Amanda and Michelle Henderson, Kim Roberts and Kelley Kendall, Larry Belanger and his wife, Dawn, and Randy Belanger and his wife, Liz. Her surviving siblings are Lionel Faust, Romeo Faust Jr. and his wife, Huguette, Lillianne Souliere, and Anna Young and her husband, Alfred.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Allen Leach; and by her brothers: Herve, Honora, Andy, Julien, Steve, Aime, and Silver Faust.

A graveside service will take place in the spring at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans. The date and time will be announced.

Should friends and family desire, the family encourages people to contribute in Ms. Belanger’s memory to Lake Region Union High School, Attention: Tami Devost, Library Department, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit-carterRobert Neil Carter

Robert “Bob” Neil Carter, 87, of Newport died on February 1, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on February 11, 1928, in Newport to Victor and Helen (Gogen) Carter. On October 10, 1953, he married Natalie Ann Tiedeman, who survives him with 62 years of marriage.

He enlisted into the United States Army in June of 1950 during the Korean War. He spent two years in Germany, after which he took training for electrician work. He went into business for himself as Bob’s Electrical Service and was a master electrician for 30 years before he retired.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved fishing in the winter, spring and summer.

He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Carter, of Newport; his daughter Becky Jacobs and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; his grandson Tanner Jacobs of Derby; his siblings: Fred Carter and his wife, Ruth, of Newport, Louis Carter and his wife, Lucille, of Newport, Francis Carter of Coventry, and Leonard Carter of Missouri. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Iona Carter of Derby; and by 22 nieces and nephews and their spouses.

He was predeceased by his daughter Debra Ann Carter in infancy; his brother Victor A. “Buster” Carter and his wife, Evelyn; his sister Vivian Judd; his brothers: Leonard and Wayne Carter; and by his sister-in-law Shirley Carter and brother-in-law Leo Judd Sr.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Casey-2James A. Casey Jr.

James A. Casey Jr. of Westmore died on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Newport Health Care Center, at the age of 65.

He was born on August 27, 1950, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of James and Charlotte (Therrien) Casey.

He graduated from St. Peter’s High School in Worcester. On August 5, 1972, he married Carol Hilton, who survives him.

Mr. Casey was an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also a member of the Japan Tattoo Club since 1984 and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gunsmithing, gardening, photography, raising dogs, and building drum sets. He was a published author including a drum-building book, and multiple newsletters and other publications. He was a tattoo artist, being one of the first licensed tattooists in Vermont.

Other than his wife he is survived by his three children: Joshua Casey and his wife, Michelle, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Hannah Cannon and her husband, Joseph, of Barre, and Isaiah Casey and his wife, Kelly, of Derby. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Tamera and Bryce Casey, and Matthias Cannon; his sister Ann Johnson of Worchester; a niece, Eliza Casey; and by a nephew, Larry Casey.

A funeral service will be held on February 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Dr. Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, attention: Newport Dialysis, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit-DurandJames E. Durand

James E. Durand of West Charleston died suddenly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Durand was born on April 25, 1932, in Huntington. He was the son of James and Ida (Pecor) Durand.

In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was a gunner for the 23rd Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. After his active duty he went on to serve in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in January of 1962.

On February 25, 1989, he married Susan Clark, who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and taking care of the animals that he and his wife rescued.

Other than his wife he is survived by his sons: Herbert Germain and Eric Durand; a brother, Robert Durand; a sister, Virginia Bundock; and by five grandchildren.

Upon request there will be no funeral services.

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

obit-Griffin-2Janet A. Griffin

Janet Anderson Griffin died at the age of 93 on January 25, 2016, in Burlington.

She was born on September 30, 1922, in Hardwick, the third child of William and Helen Anderson. She grew up on the Brass Knocker Farm in East Craftsbury, with her dad managing the farm for the Simpson family. She and her siblings, Stuart and Harriet, cherished their time on the farm and their relationship with the Simpson family, especially with Jean Woodruff Simpson. It was common for her to want to take a ride to East Craftsbury later in life to look at changes in the farmhouse and the town, visit the gravesites nearby of her parents, and reminisce about her childhood.

She attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1944. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and enjoyed meeting her sorority sisters and classmates in reunions during her retirement years.

On August 24, 1947, she married Elwin Griffin and became a resident of Barton for over 60 years. Mr. Griffin worked at the Barton Motor Company and retired from there in 1982. Ms. Griffin was a home economics teacher, first at Barton Academy and then at Lake Region Union High School and retired the same year as Mr. Griffin. She was particularly proud and honored to teach two generations of students and develop the home economics curriculum at the two schools.

After retirement, the Griffins spent summers for many years at their cottage on Shadow Lake in Glover, and winters in Bradenton, Florida, and enjoyed close friendships in both states. After Mr. Griffin died in 2000, she then became a year-round resident of Barton again and then moved to South Burlington to be closer to family years later.

She leaves her son Eric and his wife, Donna, of South Burlington, Mark and his wife, Lynn, of Kennesaw, Georgia; her daughter-in-law Gale Lashua; her grandchildren: Patrick and his wife, Kelly, Jennifer, Matthew, and step-grandchild Eric Jacob and his wife, Megan; her great-grandchildren: Stella, Jack, Alexandra, and Brayden; and her sister-in-law Lucy Anderson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwin; her brother Stuart; her sister Harriet; and by a daughter, Karen Blaine.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Griffin were blessed to have many friends and were very proud of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The family feels very fortunate to have been together and able to see Mrs. Griffin during the Christmas holidays, just prior to her death.

A memorial service will be held in the summer at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Mrs. Griffin’s memory may be made to the Barton Public Library or to the Vermont Special Olympics, 16 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

obit-Hammond-1Phyllis Joy Hammond

Phyllis Joy Hammond, a longtime resident of Newport Center, died on February 3, 2016, at the age of 88. She had been living at Tallwood House, a Christian Science residence in Concord, New Hampshire.

A prolific artist working primarily in watercolors and acrylics, she operated from her tiny PJ Hammond Art Gallery on Lake Road, which was the former barn of her beloved Morgan horse, Smoky. But Phyllis had a truly international reach. Her work was exhibited in Iceland, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Texas, North Dakota, and Vermont (most recently at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport), and she published three books that captured her love of wildflowers, northern landscapes, and sharing art with children.

She was born on July 4, 1927, the daughter of Gordon Crothers Sleeper and Martha Moller Sleeper in Long Island, New York. As a youngster she studied watercolor with Elsa Bley. She attended Wellesley College and later studied with Hyman Bloom and took courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, presaging her life-long love of flowers. She began traveling to Lake Memphremagog as a child, where her parents owned summer homes, and in 1957 she married Milton Dale Hammond. They were married for 54 years until Mr. Hammond’s death in 2012.

She had a long love affair with northern landscapes (she lived several miles from the Canadian border) and their plant life. Underlying themes of her work were wildflowers, forest floors, mountains, and seeing more spiritually.

In 1998, at the age of 71, her life took a decidedly entrepreneurial turn with the writing and publication of Traveling with Wildflowers: from Newfoundland to Alaska. As a result of the book’s publication, she was invited to speak in Denali National Park in Alaska, St. John’s Botanical Garden in Newfoundland, and at many flower shows. An article featuring her and her book appeared in Vermont Magazine. Along with book sales, she sold thousands of lithographs, prints, postcards, and bookmarks based on the artwork in Traveling with Wildflowers, welcoming people from across the country to her gallery by the lake.

Ms. Hammond published two more books. In 2013, Through the Eyes of the Children was written in concert with elementary school children in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, who contributed imaginative essays about Ms. Hammond’s travel sketches. In 2014, she published Iceland: A Second Visit…a Necessity, which included 30 of her Icelandic paintings. Along with Alaska and Vermont (with a memorable side trip to Egypt!), Iceland was Phyllis’s favorite landscape to paint and place to visit.

She is survived by her brother Drew Sleeper and his wife, Evelyn Sleeper, of Abilene, Texas; her sister-in-law Emmy-Lou Sleeper of Larchmont, New York; six nieces and nephews; and many grand- and great-grand-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon Crothers Sleeper Jr.,

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the MAC Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund, 158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-jewerBarbara S. Carroll-Jewer

Barbara S. Carroll-Jewer, 79, of Beebe Plain died on February 6, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 5, 1936, in Woburn, Massachusetts, to William and Helen (Grammer) Carroll.

She was a former member of the Hyde Park VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Forever Young Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, putting puzzles together, playing cards (by her rules), watching the birds, and taking care of her cats. She also liked to go to yard sales, flea markets and dancing. She especially loved her longtime traditional New Year’s party with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Betty Jean Tinker and her husband, Bernie, of Derby, Lester Jewer and his wife, Donna, of Irasburg, Kevin Jewer and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, and Kimberly Beth Gray and her husband, Todd, of Troy; her grandchildren: Christine Jewer, Lester Jewer III and his wife, Amy, Jessica Prue and her husband, Michael, Courtney, Chelsea, Ashley, Britni, and Jason Jewer, Nicole Stevens, Dakota Stevens and his wife, Jennifer, Alen Stevens and Amber Stevens; and by many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: William and Kenny; and by her sisters: Helen, Dottie, and Cindy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Dan Prue officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, February 13, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Lockwood-1Willie Mae Lockwood

Willie Mae Lockwood, 90, of Westmore died peacefully on February 5, 2016, in Barton.

She was born on July 1, 1925, in Roosevelt, Oklahoma, to William and Grosey (Philly) Connelly. On June 12, 1943, she married William Ross Lockwood, who predeceased her on February 17, 2010.

She and her late husband owned and operated Bill & Billie’s Lodge in Westmore for many years.

Her hobbies included tending to her flower gardens and window boxes. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.

She is survived by her children: Betsy Victoria Fecteau of Holland and Linda Lockwood of Westmore; her grandchildren: Corena Mae Brooks and her husband, Montana, Raymond Paul Parenteau and his wife, Linda, Scott Dexter Parenteau, Linda Claire Griswold and her husband, Randy, Michael Scheidt and his wife, Gigi, Steven Scheidt and his wife, Beverly, and James Hamel and his fiancée, Kim; her great-grandchildren: AJ, Skye, Jade, Abbey, Casey, Kristan, Steven, Jason, Michael, Konnor, and Ponette; and by several great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Frankie Merrill of Greenville, Mississippi; and by her brother-in-law Dexter B. Lockwood and his wife, Evelyn, of Proctor.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzhiemer’s Association of Vermont, Vermont Division Inc., 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held in June at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, followed by interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

George E. Magill

George E. Magill, 77, of Athol, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Born on May 30, 1938, in Westmore, he was a son of the late Clarence H. and Charlotte (Vivian) Magill and attended the Westmore grammar school before moving to Newport. He graduated from Newport High School.

Mr. Magill served in the United States Army 69th Infantry and 272 Infantry from December 15, 1955, until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1958.

He lived in Newport until moving to Athol in 1993.

On July 12, 1996, he married Nancy (Rushford) and they have enjoyed over 15 years together.

While in Newport, Mr. Magill worked for the town of Newport. He also had worked for the Union Twist Drill Company, did logging, and in his later years he worked for Indian Crossing Millworks in Athol.

His first love was for his wife, Nancy, his children and grandchildren, Nora and Samuel, as well as his dog Sadie.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Magill loved cutting wood, camping, being with his friends, and old vehicles. He was known for his quick wit and telling a good joke.

A handy man who enjoyed making things with wood for people, he also enjoyed helping many people, including many elderly ladies.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Nancy Magill, of Athol; his children: Dwayne Magill and his wife, Celeste, and Waide Magill, all of Phoenix, Arizona, and Katherine “Kathy” Magill of Glendale, Arizona; his stepdaughter Melissa Cieszkowski and her husband, Chris, of Franklin, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Candice Holweinks of Anaheim, California, and Katelyn Magill of Glendale; his step-grandchildren: Joshua Valiquette and Andrew Valiquette, both of Phoenix, and Nora Cieszkowski and Samuel Cieszkowski, both of Franklin; his great-grandchildren: Joshua Valiquette Jr. and Silas Valiquette, both of Phoenix; his cousins: Elizabeth Garrett and her husband, David, of Florida, Lillian Comee of Gardner, Massachusetts, and Florida, and Lottie Underwood of Bennington, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Ruth Quinlan, and her husband, Thomas, of Athol; a special friend, Clarence Blanchard, of Athol; and by many friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Wood, on November 1, 1999.

The family is especially thankful to sister-in-law Ruth Quinlan for all her help.

A calling hour will be held on February 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home, at 158 South Main Street in Orange, Massachusetts. A funeral service will be held on February 16 at 11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, with the Reverend Beverly Prestwood Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at 1 p.m. on February 16 at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Gardner VNA, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440; or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104.

Online condolences at wittyfuneralhome.com.

Obit-MeunierOmer Gerard Meunier

Omer Gerard Meunier, 89, of Derby died in Newport on February 2, 2016.

He was born on September 6, 1926, in Magog, Quebec. He was a son of Alfred and Albertine (Chainey) Meunier. On July 28, 1951, he married Emerentienne “Amy” Pare, who survives him.

Mr. Meunier worked for 37 years for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was hired in Magog, transferred to St. Johnsbury in 1954, and shortly after to Newport where he retired. He also spent many years working part time for Ken Frawley’s and Jim Mulkin’s dealerships. Upon his retirement in 1986, it was at that time that he and his wife purchased a home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they enjoyed spending their winter months.

He was happiest when one of his children, a friend, and or a neighbor needed help with a project. No matter how big or little the task was, he was always there willing to help. Bowling with his Florida friends and playing cards were hobbies he enjoyed with his wife along with riding his bike throughout West Palm Beach.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children: Jaqueline Lamoureux and her husband, Guy, of Newport, Benoit Meunier and his wife, Gail, of Derby, Richard Meunier and his wife, Judy, of Hartland, Normand Meunier and his wife, Peggy, of Hartland, and Linda Branscum and her husband, Jerald, of New Boston, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Tanya, Jason, and David Lamoureux, Jonathan and Nathan Meunier, Monica and Ashley Meunier, Crystal Racine and Eric Meunier, and Brett Branscum (and their spouses); and by his great-grandchildren: Liam, Luc, Maverick, Xavier, Abigail, Julia, Sierra, Nevaeh, Effron Jr., and Dionna. He is also survived by his brother Marcel, and two sisters, Therese and Rejeanne, all of Magog.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Rene; and by his sister Aline.

Funeral services were held on February 6 in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-RashRobert C. Rash

Robert C. Rash, 85, of Barton died on January 22, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on August 25, 1930, in Seekonk, Massachusetts, to Clifton and Hilda (Tatro) Rash.

He was a master sargeant in the United States Air Force, where he was an aircraft maintenance supervisor, retiring after 32 years. He served during Vietnam and Korea. He was a life member of the VFW of Newport, American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Newport Eagles.

His hobbies included model railroading, photography, fishing and hunting in his earlier years, and stamp collecting.

He is survived by his children: Sherrel Adams and her fiancé, Todd Baldwin, of Barre, Randolph Rash of California, and his stepdaughter Dawn Mendes of Barton; his brother Dale Rash of Indiana; and by his sister Joyce Putnam of Florida. He is also survived by Gary and Wendy Sicard and their family, Brian Hinton, and Linda Hinton.

He was predeceased by his son John; and by his sister Joan.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Roberts-1Geraldine Roberts

Geraldine Roberts of Barton, and formerly of Brownington, died on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, at the age of 75.

She was born on July 4, 1940, in Barton.

She worked at several area restaurants, including Dot’s and Frank’s.

She loved her dogs, knitting, and traveling. She traveled across the country several times.

She is survived by her son Chris Lawson and his wife, Linda, of Barton; two grandchildren: Michel Lawson and his wife, Jena, and Debbie Willard and her husband, Luke; and by three great-grandchildren: Faith Kempton, and Katie and Nick Willard.

She was predeceased by three husbands: Jack Lawson, Karl Orne, and Sherm Roberts.

A graveside service will take place in the spring in Coventry.

Memorial contributions may be marked to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

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Obituaries February 3, 2016

Melissa Ann Barrup

Melissa Ann Barrup, 35, died on January 21, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 9, 1980, in Concord, New Hampshire, to Marie Brailey.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. Her life revolved around her boys and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her boys swimming, hiking, and on many road trips. Through all her life trials, she always managed to keep a positive attitude, and to be a positive influence, and true affirmation of her Lord.

She enjoyed a life of always being a mom to her boys and tried many different family-owned businesses with her husband, Robin, to support her.

She leaves behind her husband, Robin; her sons: Joseph Matthews, Steven Lamos, Treylen Lamos, Brenton Lamos, Dakota Barrup, and stepson Robin Barrup Jr. She also leaves behind her grandmother Rita; her sister Jennifer; and her special brothers with whom she recently reunited: Mike Brailey and Bobby Brailey. She will also be watching over many special children who looked at her as a grandmother.

A celebration of her life will be held on February 13, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend and share their memories.

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Geneva Winifred Orzolek

Geneva Winifred Orzolek, 83, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Derby on February 14, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Verdine A. and Beatrice W. (Bishop) Kelly. She was educated in Vermont schools.

Mrs. Orzolek was a chambermaid by profession for numerous motels throughout Berkshire County in Massachusetts until her retirement. After retirement, she became active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Berkshire Medical Center and was responsible for knitting over 250 shawls.

Mrs. Orzolek was an active and longtime member of the Christian Assembly Church, where she assisted with the girls’ ministry and also the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Mrs. Orzolek had a passion for knitting — from prayer shawls to mittens for kindergarteners and her grandchildren, she knitted it all.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Harry F. Orzolek and his wife, Renee, of Barton; two daughters: Jane M. Pfeiffer and her husband, David, of Pittsfield, and Catherine Rundgren and her husband, Ernest, of Orleans; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Royer and her husband, Phillip, of Orleans, and Corrine Hancock and her husband, Wayne, of Newport; and by two brothers: George Kelly and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, and Norman Kelly of Troy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Orzolek; a sister, Bernice Plante; a brother, Robert Kelly; and by her grandson Michael Pfeiffer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at Christian Assembly Church in Pittsfield, celebrated by Pastor David McIntosh. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Housatonic Cemetery in Barrington, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, in care of Dery Funeral Home.

obit-Moore-1Fred Moore

Fred Moore, 84, of Brownington died on January 31, 2016, after a long illness, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1931, in Rockaway, New Jersey, son of Lawrence Moore and Mary Ann Bates.

He wore many hats in his lifetime, from farmer to constable for the town of Brighton, Essex County Sheriff’s Department deputy, a member of the Auxiliary State Police, and deputy game warden. For many years, he owned Mountain Ridge Ranch, a riding stable in Island Pond.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Fay (Griggs) Moore; three sons: William and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Blaine and his wife, Robin, of East Charleston, and Dennis and his wife, Claudia, of Hondo, Texas; his daughter Sherri Moore and her partner, Daniel Ouimette, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a very special grandson, Travis Twofoot, and his partner, Jessica Chesney, of Brownington. He also is survived by the mother of his children, Marguerite, and her husband, Floyd Morgan. Also surviving him are two sisters-in-law: Betty Sweeney and her husband, Ray, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mary Savino of Manchester, Connecticut; and a brother-in-law, Gordon Griggs, of Barre.

He was predeceased by two infant sons: Clifford Allen and Randall Adam; a brother, William; a son-in-law, Kevin Twofoot; and by a granddaughter, Billie-Jo.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain View Farm Sanctuary in Lyndonville.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. A private burial will take place in the spring, alongside his parents and brother in Sheffield.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-pietteSylva Piette

Sylva Piette, 88, of Coventry died peacefully on January 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 2, 1927, to Clarence and Annie (Guay) Piette. On July 5, 1947, he married Simone Letourneau, who predeceased him on December 18, 2007.

His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church. He and his wife farmed three farms while raising seven active sons. After he retired, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with Community Circle. He also enjoyed woodworking and playing his fiddle with the Bobbin Mill Players.

He is survived by his seven sons: George and his wife, Retha, of Newport, Normand and his wife, Susan, of Westfield, Omer and his wife, Pierrette, of Newport, Roger and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Raymond and his lifelong companion, Lillian Pingree, of Brownington, Real and his wife, Denise, of Newport, and Rene and his wife, Felicia, of Jay; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by the following siblings: Theresa Anderson of Newport, Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Simone and her husband, Lionel Fortin, of Holland, and Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg; the following brothers- and sisters-in-law: Cecile (Letourneau) Fortin of Holland, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Germaine Fontaine, Rhina Letourneau and her husband, Paul, and Bertha Royer; his daughter-in-law Donna Piette; his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Pierre and Antoine Letourneau, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert, Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange, and Reginald Letourneau and his wife Delorese, George Fontaine, John and Henry Fortin, Roger Girourd, and William Anderson; and by one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on January 29 in Derby Line. Interment will be at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line this spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to St. Paul’s School’s scholarship fund, 55 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-proctor-1Mitchel Dean Proctor

Mitchel Dean Proctor died peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Bailey Mitchel Proctor and Geneva Corbett in Florence, South Carolina, on February 9, 1930.

He was known to many in the Northeast Kingdom as a kind, charming Southern gentleman who was always available for a quick word of advice or simply to chat about life, love, and family.

He is survived by his many children and grandchildren: Grace Currier and her husband, Peter, and their sons: Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Jacob, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus of Newport; Nevada Proctor and his wife, Karen, and their daughter Keira of Enfield, New Hampshire; Gabrel Proctor and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; Aurora Proctor and her children, Maximilian and Ava, of Irasburg; Keresey Proctor of Asheville, North Carolina; Rachel Towle and her husband, Glenn, and their daughters, Minevera and Arie, of Newark; and last, but not least, the twins: Mikal and Malachi Proctor of Asheville.

The family will host a wake on February 7, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. All are welcome to come share stories and memories of Mr. Proctor.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 27, 2016

obit-Aldrich-1Stephen Craig Aldrich

Stephen Craig Aldrich of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, while in the caring hands of his immediate family. He fell asleep in death peacefully, and with dignity.

He was born on October 4, 1951, and raised in Brownington. He is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married in 1970. They wasted no time starting a family, and in their marriage of 45 years, he was steadfast in his love, compassion, patience, and loyalty.

Mr. Aldrich had a long career in the field of construction. He was well respected for his vast knowledge in the many avenues of public infrastructure, road building, and all around problem solving in the dirt work and facilitation of projects, great and small. He was a loyal employee of Dan and Kory Scott through several stages of their construction business endeavors, having a working relationship that spanned 45 years. He was always grateful for having a good job to provide for his family, and in that he never wavered.

He will be missed for his calm and friendly demeanor, his trustworthiness, his wisdom, and his humor. He taught his children by example the importance of humility, respect, generosity, and thinking before you speak. He enjoyed hard work, loved a challenge, and made himself a friend to many. His closest lifelong friends were Rodney Beal and Jerry Fitz.

His love for hunting, and knack for shooting on the wing, were overshadowed only by his love for fishing.

Those that knew Stephen Aldrich will understand that his accomplishments, reputation, and fine persona cannot be summed up in so few words.

He is survived by his siblings: his brother Michael and his wife, Claire, of Isle La Motte, his sister Gail and her husband, Timothy McKenna, of Jericho, his sister-in-law Neta Aldrich of East Charleston, and his sister-in-law Lynn Beal of Glover; his wife’s siblings from Connecticut: Michael Brown, William Brown and his wife, Pat, Nancy and her husband, William Denny; his mother-in-law, Alma Brown; his daughter Katie and her husband, Matthew Hadvab, of Brownington; his son Roderic and his wife, Christine, of Brownington; his grandchildren: Kaleigh and her husband, Jordan Noyes, Spencer Hadvab, Carter Aldrich, and Bryce Aldrich; his step-grandchildren: Troy and Natalie Norton; and his great-grandchildren: Parker and Greyson Noyes. He had an incredible fondness of them all, and loved them each for their individual qualities.

He was predeceased by his mother, Marion, in 2015; his father, Roderic, in 1999; his brother John in 2003; and by his brother-in-law Rodney Beal in 2014.

Please join his family as they reflect on his life and their love for him on Saturday, January 30, at 1 p.m. Services will be held at the Newport City Motel conference room, 444 East Main Street in Newport.

Instead of flowers, please send donations to Leslie Lockridge’s Oncology Caring Patient Fund, P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Bennett-1Lois Bennett

Lois Bennett, 89, of Brownington, died on January 19, 2016, at the Union House in Glover, where she more recently resided.

She was born at Hovey Sanitarium in Barton, on March 27, 1926. She was the youngest child of John and Effie (Crawford) Hancock.

After the death of her mother in 1937, she went to New England Kurn Hattin Home in Saxtons River, and then spent a year at Bellows Falls High School. The last three years she lived with a loving family in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, as a mother’s helper and she later graduated from Deerfield High School.

With a shortage of nurses due to World War II, the government established the United States Cadet Nurse Corps for training young ladies in their three-year program. She entered this program and graduated from Brockton Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 and worked part time while raising her family.

In 1949 she married Norman A. Bennett, who predeceased her in 1989.

The family moved back to Brownington in 1966 and she worked nights at Orleans County Memorial Hospital. Starting in 1968, she worked at Maple Lane Nursing Home for 20 years. After retiring from there she took care of people in their homes for another ten years. She gave many hours volunteering at homes needing hospice. She received several community service awards for quality of life through RSVP.

She loved to knit and supplied North Country Hospital with newborn hats and booties for several years. She also made mittens for local schools and Kurn Hattin.

She was an active member of the Brownington Village United Church of Christ Ladies Aid and was a member of the Brownington Grange #279.

She is survived by her sons: Norman Bennett and his wife, Linda, of Coventry, and Donald Bennett and his wife, Laura, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Kathy and her husband, Chuck Bowman, Dale Bennett and his partner, Kim Nolan, Scott Bennett and his partner, BilliJo Reyea, Laurie and her husband, Mike Desautels, and Rita and her husband, Matt Perreault; her great-grandchildren: Taylor Lawson, Saige Bennett, Ashley Papp, Heather Sanchez, Noah Desautels, and Kristen Bennett; many nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Rona Bruneau; and by her special friends: Yvonne Mandeville, Jana Parker, and Kurt Palmer.

She was predeceased by her sons: George and Andy; her great-granddaughter Jordan Lawson; and by her siblings: Roy Hancock, Robert, Charles, Kenneth, Lee and Ruth Darling, and Lillian Raimer.

Funeral services were held on January 23, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Church, in care of Yvonne Mandeville, Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-boisvertJuliette M. (Champigny) Boisvert

Juliette M. (Champigny) Boisvert, 98, lifelong resident of Newport, died peacefully at home in Newport on January 22, 2016.

She was born on September 29, 1917, in Newport to Calixte and Exilper (Labonte) Champigny. On August 16, 1941, she married Armand Boisvert, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Boisvert was a devoted wife and mother, whose skill for baking French-Canadian cuisine was mastered at a very early age. She was affectionately known as “The Donut Lady” to the neighborhood children. As a pastime, she quilted and produced many beautiful pieces. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport.

She will be sadly missed by her daughters and son: Madeleine Temple of Lake City, Florida, Lucille LaRue and her husband, Michael, of Harrisonville, Missouri, Monique Yeigh of Midland, Ontario, Canada, and Larry Boisvert of Newport. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren: John Joseph Temple, Linda Temple, Thomas Boisvert, and Andrew Boisvert and his wife, Corey; her great-grandchildren: John James Temple and Shauna Boisvert; two of her sisters: Anita Folsom of Brownington and Laura Ida Marineau of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her grandson Norman Temple Jr.; her son-in-law Norman Temple Sr.; her daughter-in-law Donna Boisvert; her son-in-law David Yeigh; and by her siblings: Wilfred Champigny, Camille Champigny, Lillian Brien, Germaine Moeykens, Rosa Nadeau, Lena Jacques, Pauline Champigny, and Marie Champigny.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Doc with his horse Nancy Starbuck.

Doc with his horse Nancy Starbuck.

Dr. Ralph N. Buck

Dr. Ralph N. Buck, 94, of Bellows Falls, formerly of Westminster, died on December 22, 2015, at Springfield Health and Rehab Center, after a brief illness.

Known as “Doc Buck,” he was born in Glover to Dr. Percy and Grace (Dow) Buck. He attended school in Glover, Barton, and Vermont Junior College. Following his 1945 graduation from Tufts Dental School in Boston, Massachusetts, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy. In 1947, he acquired a dental practice in the Old Arms Block in Bellows Falls where he practiced for many years. He later built an office building in Westminster where he practiced until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 86.

After 60 years in dentistry, his last patient was his great-grandson John, who was then seven months old, having his first dental checkup.

Besides his love of his family, his interests included baseball and horses. He played ball in college and on several local teams in the area. It was at a ball game in Alstead, New Hampshire, that he met Signa Owens, whom he later married on November 20, 1948, and who predeceased him in 2012.

His early interest in horses was a throwback from his father, a country doctor who would visit his patients in northern Vermont by horse and sleigh when unpaved roads were impassable in the winter. Then on weekends there would be Sunday afternoon races through the streets of Glover, Barton, and Lyndonville. His love for “The Trotters” remained and over the years he owned, trained, and raced several of his own at many New England tracks and fairs. He was a presiding judge at the harness races at the Orleans County fair for over 50 years. We don’t believe he missed one over the years — he loved fair time. He felt very lucky to have been able to see his two great-grandchildren, John and Payton, enjoy his favorite sports. “Old Pop” would be seen at almost every baseball and basketball game of John’s and got to see Payton (who has acquired his love of horses) ride, show, and have a horse of her own. He enjoyed going to the senior center and had many nice friends at Riverview Apartments who would stop in and say “Hi” or to help out — to all of them, thank you! He was fortunate to have enjoyed his horses, good friends, good health, and his family over so many years. He was friendly, outgoing, and always on the go looking for something to do. Whether driving up to Bucky’s shop to hang out or to Stickney’s farm, his driving skills were always a little sketchy. It was fast, straight ahead, and no looking back. Luckily his white caddy was recognized and people would pull over and let him go by. At the age of 92, by popular demand, he did give up driving.

He was a member of the Moose, Legion, and Masons, and served on many local boards and committees in the area.

He is survived by his son Dr. Owen Buck and his wife, Donna, of Maine; his daughter Nancy Adams and her husband, Don, of Westminster; his grandchildren: Naval Chief Petty Officer Peter Buck of Washington, D.C., Samantha Sirois and her husband, Ben, of Maine, Buck Adams of Westminster, and Judd Adams of Weathersfield; his great-grandchildren: John Adams and Payton Adams; his nephew Ralph Vincent of Sutton; his niece Laurel Vincent of Danville; and by longtime friend and helper to both Signa and Ralph, Priscilla Parrott.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Rachel Vincent.

There will be a service in the spring, date to be announced.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Bellows Falls Senior Center, Westminster Cares, or Kurn Hattin Homes.

obit-dunnHarvey Dunn

Harvey Dunn, 86, of North Troy died suddenly on January 21, 2016, at his home.

He was born on January 13, 1930, to Walter and Yvonne (Letourneau) Dunn. On October 5, 1954, he married the former Marie Lepage, who predeceased him on September 23, 1995.

Mr. Dunn owned and operated a dairy farm in North Troy for many years and later was a bus driver for North Troy schools — the children loved him and he loved the children.

His hobbies included snowmobiling, bowling, riding his horses, and gardening, especially growing watermelons. He loved being around people and was a jolly person.

He is survived by his sister Madeline Poulin of North Troy; his sisters-in-law: Shirley Dunn of North Troy, and Lena Murphy of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Raymond, Rudolph, and Richard Dunn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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-LemieuxJanet L. Lemieux

Janet L. Lemieux, 58, of Irasburg died on January 20, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August, 25, 1957, in Morrisville, a daughter of Philip and Barbara (Colby) Touchette.

Ms. Lemieux enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, listening to country music, and being with her family.

She is survived by her two children: Eric Lemieux and his wife, Chelsea, of Morrrisville, and Lori Lemieux and her boyfriend, Bill Schneider, of Irasburg; four grandchildren: Natasha Lemieux and her boyfriend, DJ Peters, of Irasburg, Taylor Schneider of Irasburg, Christopher Schneider of Irasburg, and Ashley Schneider and her boyfriend, Joshua Elliott, of Sheffield; three great-grandchildren: Mykenna Schneider, Kayleeona Sanders, and Rhea Harmon; two brothers: Ron Touchette of Virginia and Wayne Touchette of Stowe; a sister, Cindy Norton, of Hyde Park; three nieces: Andrea, Michelle, and Trista; and by two nephews: Andrew and Ronald.

She was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Barbara Touchette; and by a brother, Robert Touchette.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the North Hyde Park Eden Fire Station, at Route 100 in North Hyde Park. Interment will be held at a later date in Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 8th Avenue, Suite 902, New York, New York 10018.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Alice Rexford

Alice Rexford, 61, of Barton died on Monday January 18, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born on April 28, 1954, in Glover. She was the daughter of Gerard and Theresa (Chicoine) Carrier.

She graduated from Lake Region High School in 1972. Her bright smile will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter Crystal Horn and her husband, Ronald, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Adrian, Jacklynn, Elizabeth, and Rebecka Horn; and by three brothers: Roland, Alfred, and Peter Carrier.

She was predeceased by her husband, Allen Rexford; and by her brother Paul.

A memorial talk was given on January 23 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in her name online at jw.org.

obit-SamsonGordon James Samson

Gordon James Samson, 93, of Newport, and formerly of Island Pond, died in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on January 16, 2016.

He was born on the family farm on Meadow Street in Island Pond to Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson on April 12, 1922.

Mr. Samson received his education in Island Pond and then went on to work for the state highway department caring for the highway between Island Pond and Bloomfield.

On November 11, 1942, he went to Portland, Maine, to enlist in the Navy. He was sent to the Navy Recruiting Station in Newport, Rhode Island. He was then assigned to the battleship U.S.S. Iowa. This was a new battleship at the time and was the lead ship of the U.S. Navy and one of the most powerful and fastest of its class. She was launched on August 27, 1942, and was commissioned on Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1943. She was 990 feet long and 108 feet wide. She was built to go through the Panama Canal. One incident that Mr. Samson enjoyed talking about was from November 12, 1943, when the battleship took President Roosevelt and his party to North Africa to the Teheran Conference to meet Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, always speaking of the round about way they had to do this for the President’s safety. This battleship was the only one with a bathtub put in especially for President Roosevelt. The U.S.S. Iowa earned nine battleship stars for World War II service and two for Korean service.

After being discharged from the Navy, Mr. Samson went back to work for the state highway department. He married Thora Rivers in 1947. In 1950 he went to work for the Canadian National Railway’s Grand Trunk division. He worked in the shop servicing the engines. While doing this he decided that he wanted to be a fireman and was transferred to Montreal, Quebec, in 1955.

He was often called back to Portland, Maine, in the fall to cover jobs when other men were on vacation. He was promoted to engineer in 1961, In 1972, he was transferred to Portland, and in 1978 he was called back to Island Pond.

He and his wife moved to Derby. Mr. Samson worked from Island Pond to Portland until he retired in 1987 with 37 years of service.

He enjoyed his railroad life. Anyone who visited him at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport saw his wall covered with pictures and clippings of his railroad and Navy life.

Mr. Samson and his wife went to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, by rail, and also drove to Prince Edward Islands and to Nova Scotia. After his retirement they went to two of his U.S.S. Iowa battleship reunions. One that he especially enjoyed was is Pascagoula, Mississippi, where there was a tour of the ship. He had forgotten how small his quarters were on the ship.

After retirement they bought a home in Newport, where he enjoyed his retirement years. He liked a good snowstorm where he could get out with his tractor and snow blower and clean out his neighbors’ yards.

Due to declining health, in 2012, he went in to the Bel-Aire Center.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond and a member of the U.S.S. Veterans Association.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thora; and by his nieces and nephews: Lorraine Glasson, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pam, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, Douglas Bumps, Jim Bumps and his wife, Chris, Elizabeth “Betsy” Bumps, and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters: Elsie Bumps and her husband, Cecil, and Ethel Rivers and her husband, Edward; a brother-in-law, Gordon Rivers; two nephews: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by his wife’s parents, Coral and Grace Rivers.

A graveside service will take place in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors. The date and time will be announced.

Memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire activities fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries January 20, 2016

obit-guayKim Marie Guay

Kim Marie Guay, 55, of Brownington died peacefully on January 15, 2016, at home in Brownington, following a long battle with cancer.

She was born on November 3, 1960, in Pomona, California, to Ernest and Geraldine Rundgren.

Most recently, she worked at the Newport Dialysis Center.

Her hobbies included knitting, snowmobiling, cooking, and riding motorcycles.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Guay, of Brownington. She is also survived by her children: Steven Wells and his wife, Emily, of Albany, Jennifer Wood and her husband, Peter, of Hawaii, James Wells and his wife, Kaitlyn, of Glover, and Christy Montminy and her husband, Brian, of Barton. She is further survived by her stepchildren: David Guay and his wife, Amy, of Royersford, Pennsylvania, and Dennis Guay and his wife, Tina, of Aviano, Italy; as well as by her siblings: Ernest Rundgren Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Orleans, Erick Rundgren of Albany, and Cathy Sergeant and her husband, Neil, of West Danville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Albany Village Cemetery.

obit-rodgerMaxine Jeannie Rodger

Maxine Jeannie Rodger died unexpectedly on Monday, January 4, 2016.

She was born on June 8, 1951, in St. Johnsbury to Tommie “Laura” (Sebastin) Rodger and Richard Rodger of Newark. She was raised on a farm in Newark and attended the Newark school. She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1969, where she learned to sew and made her own wedding dress.

In 1970, she married Richard Sheldon of Concord. There, she opened Maxi’s Sweet Shop and loved making specialty candies and baked goods. She also worked over the years at Burke Mountain Academy as weekend cook, in sewing factories, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, at St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, and she delivered papers for the Caledonian Record.

She enjoyed going to ball games where her son Rodger coached in Concord and going to Bear Ridge to watch her sons Steve and Karl race. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed going to the West Burke senior meal site to play bingo.

She is survived by three sons: Rodger Sheldon and his fiancée, Valerie Rutledge, of Concord, Steve Sheldon and his wife, Melissa, of St. Johnsbury, and Karl Sheldon and his wife, Crystal, of St. Johnsbury; her mother, Tommie “Laura” Rodger of Newark; her sister Kathy and her husband, Stanley Gray, of Claremont, New Hampshire; her brother Rocky Rodger and his wife, Charlotte, of Newark; her grandchildren: Ben, Sam, Stevie, Hannah, Brandon, Ethan, and Aiden; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard Rodger, and her brother Richard Rodger, both of Newark.

obit-TollmannJennifer L. Tollmann

Jennifer Lynn Tollmann, 38, of Albany died unexpectedly at home on January 10, 2016, following a brief battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on July 8, 1977, in Burlington, to Clair and Debra (Maskell) Chaffee. She attended graded school in Albany and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in June of 1995.

Her lifelong passion was cooking, beginning at an early age with her grandmother Irma and continuing as she cooked for the Albany United Methodist Church. She loved her animals, motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends.

On June 9, 2001, she married Chad A. Tollmann in Albany, where they have resided together for the last 16 years. They enjoyed riding motorcycles and four-wheelers together. On December 13, 2006, they welcomed their daughter, Mollee Ann, their pride and joy. Ms. Tollmann and her daughter loved spending time together cooking and watching cooking shows. As a family, they enjoyed traveling to Maine, Florida, and Connecticut.

Ms. Tollmann was a proud member of the Albany United Methodist Church. She was a chef for a variety of area businesses throughout the years. She was most currently a dedicated caregiver for Sterling Area Services, and had done this for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband, Chad, and daughter Mollee of Albany; her mother, Debra Chaffee Tollman, of Alaska; her brother Todd Chaffee; her sister-in-law Wendy; her nieces, Erin and Leah, and her nephew Eli, all of Essex; her in-laws, Bob and Jackie Tollmann, of Albany; her special uncle and aunt, Tom and Rocky Chaffee, of Albany; her special cousins: Amanda Harper and family of Barton and Chelsea Maskell of Craftsbury; her special friends: Amanda Rivers and family, Angela Locke-McAllister and family, Julie Lavine and family, Michelle Strong and family, and Sabrina True; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Clair Chaffee; her older sister, Tammy Lynn; and by her grandparents: Irma and Lee Chaffee and Calvin and Nadine Maskell.

Funeral services were held on January 16, in Albany.

Should friends and family desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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Obituaries January 13, 2016

obit-AdlerAllen Howard Adler

Allen Howard Adler died on December 24, 2015, in Barton, where he resided since moving from Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 1974.

He was born on March 8, 1915, in New York City.

His father, Lewis Ferdinand Adler, was in the import/export business, and his mother, Doris (Graves) Adler, was niece to Lord Winterton, a member of Winston Churchill’s shadow cabinet.

As a young man, Mr. Adler traveled extensively with his parents, crossing the Atlantic many times by cruise ship for extended holidays in Eastern and Western Europe.

Following the crash of 1929, he worked for a year as a runner on Wall Street for DeCoppet & Doremus, a brokerage firm with a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. When that ended during the Wall Street doldrums, he went to work as a script reader for the Rialto Service Bureau in the Paramount Building in Times Square

While working, he continued his studies and was educated at New York University and Columbia University, receiving a master’s in public administration. He went to the New York City Civil Service Commission in 1936, where he spent the next 37 years, minus four for World War II military service. The Civil Service Commission’s name was later changed to the New York City Department of Personnel. He rose, via competitive examinations, to the top competitive position possible, becoming assistant personnel director for the city of New York. He retired in 1974, moving to Barton with his family shortly thereafter.

Mr. Adler went into military service in May of 1942. Following basic training, he was tapped for service with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was assigned to the OSS and worked on a number of special tasks, mostly embedded in army units. He saw service in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation, serving for four years.

Mr. Adler enjoyed two great passions: jazz and skiing. He spent many hours on New York’s famed 52nd Street, listening to the great jazzmen of the day. His collection of 78 rpm records, particularly of Duke Ellington, is one of the largest extant.

Mr. Adler began skiing in 1933 and since then he and his wife, Joan, whom he married in 1958, have skied almost every major ski area in the U.S. and Europe. Skiing’s history began to interest him in the 1950s. He already had collected a number of books on skiing and now began to expand his ski library to well over 850 books and thousands of magazines and other soft-cover publications, which became one of the largest privately owned collections extant. He joined Ramapo Mountain Ski Club in 1967, becoming president of that 550-member organization from 1972 to 1974, during which Ramapo won the prestigious Miller Award given by the U.S. Ski Association to the nation’s most outstanding ski club. In 2002, Mr. Adler was made an honorary lifetime member of the club for his long service in many capacities. Besides being a member of Ramapo, he is also a member of two of the world’s most prestigious ski clubs, namely the Ski Club of Great Britain, headquartered in London, England, and the Kandahar Ski Club of Mürren, Switzerland, and London.

He became a recognizable figure in the ski world due to his involvement and leadership with many leading ski organizations. He was director of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum for 15 years and chaired its Selection Committee, which conducted the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame elections for 14 of them. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which is the national governing body for organized skiing in this country and manages the U.S. ski team, named Allen Adler as chairman of its National Historical Committee and its national historian. He was a founder of the International Skiing History Association and served as a director and member of the editorial staff of its splendid historical quarterly, Ski Heritage.

In 1985, Mr. Adler published New England & Thereabouts — A Ski Tracing, still the only book covering, definitively, the history of early skiing in New England. He also co-authored, with Gary Schwartz, the only complete bibliography of ski books and other publications, all cross-referenced. Skiing Literature: A Bibliographical Catalogue contains 2,933 entries, and titles range in years from A.D. 552 to 1994.

Mr. Adler is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan, and their children: Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Louise Greene of Greensboro, North Carolina, and her husband, Dr. John Greene, and their daughters Hanna Louise Greene and Caitlin Camille Greene; and Peter Geoffrey “Geoff” Adler of Johns Creek, Georgia, and his wife, Carey, and their children Christine Elise and her wife, Angela, Adriana Elaine, Ella Rose, and Maxwell Codey Adler. He is also survived by sons of his first marriage to the former Alice Rodetis, namely Robert Allen Adler of Hopewell Junction, New York, and his wife, Cathy, and their daughters Kristin Adler Stanton and her husband, Seth, and Jessica Adler Decker and her husband, Chris; and Richard Andrew Adler, of Suffern, New York, and his wife, Phyllis, and their son Ryan Scott Adler and his wife, Carrie. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Diane Costanzo of South Barton. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Reagan Bennet Adler Decker, Landon Decker, Kaitlyn Stanton, and Emily Stanton.

Mr. Adler wished for no services and a quick cremation. He had a good and full life and departs with the only regret of leaving behind his beloved wife, Joan.

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obit-Cote-1Ronald G. Cote Sr.

Ronald G. Cote Sr. of Lyndon died at his home on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, after a long illness.

He was born on September 15, 1951. He was the son of Donald and Iris (Davis) Cote.

He went to school in Mansonville, Quebec, and moved to Vermont when he was 12 years old. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1970. He worked at Jay Peak, Kraft Cheese Factory, and he farmed and owned his own trucking business called Cote Transport Inc., which he started in 1985, and which he retired from in 2013. Most recently he worked two days a week as a truck driver for the town of Burke.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 and he enjoyed camping in his fifth wheel, fishing, boating, going to hunting camp, traveling, bowling, football, playing cards and family times, and NASCAR racing, including going to several races with his wife, Nancy. He also enjoyed tinkering and going for rides in his 1970s classic Mustang convertible.

On January 9, 1988, he married Nancy Hoadley, who survives him, as do his following children: Ronald Cote Jr. and his wife, Kristal, of Westfield, Melanie Richardson and her husband, Wayne, of Lowell, Veronica Cote and her companion, Craig Matten, of Lowell, Nicholas Cote and his companion, Patty Aldrich, of Coventry, Joshua Therrien and his wife, Chanda, of Waterford, Connecticut, Trey Therrien and his wife, April, of Newport Center, and Brittany Cote and her fiancé, Jesse Currie, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his parents, Donald and Iris Cote; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses: Janice Santaw and her husband, Bruce, Winston Cote Sr. and his wife, Sue, and Jocelyn Willey and her husband, Arnold; his sister-in-law Janice McGuire and her husband, Stephen, of White River Junction; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, George and Mabel Cote, and Gerald and Marion Davis.

Funeral services were held on January 11 in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Mr. Cote’s name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03766; or Lyndon Rescue, P.O. Box 401, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

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

obit-palmerPatricia Norma Palmer

Patricia Norma Palmer of Newport died peacefully on January 3, 2016, at the age of 87.

She was born on February 7, 1928, in Wheelock, to Irving and Emily (King) Smith.

Ms. Palmer, known as Patty or Nanna, loved all animals and could convert any animal into a pet. She enjoyed writing letters to friends and family, as well as receiving them. She was an avid reader and enjoyed many genres, specifically spiritual, home remedies, and nature. Her beautiful singing voice, including the art of yodeling, was enjoyed by many. Her extensive movie collection matched her passion for movies and she loved viewing movies she grew up watching. Her beloved storytelling and ability to turn the most mundane tasks into fun-filled family adventures will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Morris Palmer; her son Terrance Palmer and his wife, Cheryl, of Newport; her grandchildren: Robin Messier and her husband, Leonard, of Lowell, Gisele Gardner and her husband, George, of Sheffield, Jessie Palmer and his wife, Candace, of Orleans, Curtis Palmer and his wife, Theresa, of Brownington, Ginger Palmer and her companion, Tim Lahar, of Orleans, and Tyson Palmer and his wife, Becky, of Newport; as well as ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her daughter Cheryle Selan of Orleans.

A graveside burial ceremony will be held at a later date at the Newport Center Cemetery. A gathering for both Ms. Palmer and her daughter Cheryle was held in Orleans on January 9.

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

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obit-Powers-2Jacqueline Cecile Powers

Jacqueline Cecile Powers, 89, of Newport died peacefully in her sleep on December 28, 2015, at Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on August 20, 1926, in Creil, France, daughter of Gabrielle Contant. She met and married Kenneth Powers, her husband of 68 years, on August 1, 1945, while he was serving the Army’s 112th Infantry in World War II, stationed in France. Shortly after the war, the couple arrived in Newport, where they lived and raised their family.

Mrs. was known for her generosity towards others, her sense of humor, and beautiful smile. She will be remembered for making so many children happy during the holidays by collecting, cleaning, and repairing (along with her husband’s help) many toys for distribution. She was always there to offer a helping hand.

For several years she worked at Newport Health Care Center, where she earned her CNA. That was an accomplishment she was very proud of.

Her hobbies included crocheting, bingo, and going to garage sales. She thoroughly enjoyed her pets as well and her home.

Her proudest accomplishment was her family, as she displayed the many pictures that surrounded her on her walls.

She is survived by her daughter Shirley McFadzean and her husband, Verne, of Alburgh; her son Richard and his wife, Rachel, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Julie Terrazzanno of St. Albans, Deanna McFadzean of St. Albans, Kathleen Shedd and her husband, Jay, of Fairfax, and Scott Powers and his partner, Stuart, of Atlanta, Georgia; her great-grandchildren: Garrett, Abby, Valerie, Jenna, Olivia, Ricky, Nichole, and Chloe; and by her great-great grandson Brantley.

A graveside service with interment will be held in the spring at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, donations in her name can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont; or to Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Terence R. Provencher

Terence R. Provencher, 63, of Derby Line died most unexpectedly on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

On December 26, 1987, he married the love of his life, Judi “Cookie” Kelly Provencher and together they just celebrated their twenty-eighth wedding anniversary.

In his free time he enjoyed his dogs (fur kids) Sadie and Diesel, fishing, hunting, going for rides on his Harley-Davidson, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Judi “Cookie” Kelly Provencher; and his sons: Shane Provencher and his wife, Nikki, Terry Provencher II and his wife, Amanda, and stepson Chris Thibodeau. He is also survived by his siblings: Sister Mary Ella Provencher, Peggy Fairbrother and her husband, Ray, Mike Provencher and his wife, Dottie, and Denise Provencher; as well as by his dear nieces and nephews. The delights in his life were his grandsons Coby and Dakota Provencher, as well as his other most dearly loved 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Genia (O’Brien) Provencher; his son Jon Provencher; and his youngest brother, Marc Provencher.

Per Mr. Provencher’s request, there will be no funeral services held, however, there will be an “Irish wake” set at a later date.

Online condolences at rickerfuneralhome.com.

Allen D. Rexford

Allen D. Rexford, 67, of Barton died on December 27, 2015, at his home.

He was born on October 27, 1948, in Morrisville. On August 27, 1971, he married Alice Carrier, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Rexford, of Barton; his daughter Crystal Horn and her husband, Ronald, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and by his grandchildren: Adrian, Jacklynn, Elizabeth, and Rebecka. He is also survived by his sister Linda Wilhelm of Georgia.

Services will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

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obit-Stevens-1John W. Stevens III

John W. Stevens III, 77, devoted and faithful husband of Karen, died on January 7, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He sold, appraised, and developed real estate. His avocation was writing books, newspaper and magazine articles, and music. He was widely published.

Mr. Stevens worked hard and he played hard.

He leaves their son John Warren Stevens IV of Washington state, and their daughter Amy Clark Bechtold of Montana.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the spring.

The following poem is the last written by Mr. Stevens, in December of 2015:

 

War Peace Love

Are we Replaced?

Is our personal place refilled?

Genetics-Offspring and theirs?

Will your void be filled by one or many?

Have you influenced just who will fill your void,

Is it a void?

obit-Taylor-1Theresa Diette Taylor

Theresa Diette Taylor, 87, of West Glover died on January 5, 2016, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on May 4, 1928, in Troy, to Alfred and Josephine (Carl) Diette.

On June 5, 1948, she married Richard D. Taylor, and was happily married for 67 years.

She was an amazing cook and she taught her children to cook, sew, and embroider. She was always the first taste tester of the new maple syrup in the spring. She made pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, and the Holy Land.

She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Cross of the Church in East Albany, and St. Paul’s Church in Barton.

In 1952, they purchased their farm in West Glover, where she loved the panoramic view. She enjoyed driving the tractor, baling hay, sugaring, reading, and collecting old cookbooks.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Taylor, of West Glover; her children: Regina Kilby and her husband, Reid, of Milton, Francis Taylor and his wife, Helene, of West Glover, Doreen Lyon of Barton, Susan Taylor of Glover, and Alicia Major and her husband, Martial, of West Glover; and by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Albert Diette, Corinne Before Reil, little Eva, Ernest Diette, Hector Diette, Beatrice Anderson, Emma Phinney, and Gertrude Sanville.

Funeral services were held on January 9, in Barton. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont, 05822; or to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Ave, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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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.

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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.

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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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