Obituaries February 1, 2017

John W. Badger Sr.

John W. Badger Sr., 84, of Westmore, died on January 14, 2017 at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Newport in the loving arms of family members. His passing followed several years of declining health at home under the loving care of his devoted wife, Irene (Austin) Badger.

Mr. Badger was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the second son of Joseph and Nellie (Ripley) Badger. Sadly, his mother died when he was a toddler. The Badger boys became wards of the state and were placed in foster homes, but with twice-weekly contact with their father until his death when Mr. Badger was fourteen. Two of Mr. Badger’s foster families — the Holmes and Willard families — loved him dearly and considered him their own. Marian Willard came to serve as the “mom” he so desperately wanted and ties with the ensuing generations remain strong to this day.

Mr. Badger attended the Farm and Trades School on Thompson’s Island, in Boston, and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of the sports programs offered by the school. His academic grades were passing, but the As were in conduct, effort, and athletics. Thus began a lifelong involvement with sports — as a player, a die hard fan, a coach, a ref, a mentor, and a supporter.

Mr. Badger left school to join the Navy where he proudly served from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. During these years, Mr. Badger and his first wife became proud parents of their first child when a daughter came in to the world Badger-style at Chelsea Naval Hospital during hurricane Carol.

After the Navy, Mr. Badger was employed at Texas Instruments for several years. In 1966, he and his wife moved their young family of five children to Canaan to begin a successful venture as dairy farmers. In the early seventies they sold the farm, but remained in Canaan. During this time, Mr. Badger was divorced and began employment as a janitor and maintenance man at the Canaan schools that his children attended. He continued to coach and ref, and was a staunch supporter of his own children’s athletic endeavors including his youngest daughter’s prowess in gymnastics — new sport for the Badger family.

He was just as passionate about the children’s academic successes and was so proud that all five went on to acquiring degrees in their chosen fields.

In 1979, Mr. Badger left Canaan and moved to Orleans and then to Westmore with his wife, Irene. He worked one year at Butterfield’s, then worked as custodian at Barton Academy and Graded School until his retirement in 1994. Before and after retirement, he always had many jobs on the side such as window washing and floor refurnishing for area schools and businesses, employment by the town of Westmore as a transfer station attendant, caretaker for several Willoughby lake properties, and the list could go on. In any endeavor, no matter how menial, he took each responsibility very seriously.

However, Mr. Badger played as hard as he worked. In later years, he played the small local golf courses, enjoyed kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing with his neighbors. He was always a hunter and fisherman, and over the years had skidoos, and a motorcycle and boats. On the quieter side, he enjoyed camping, especially at the state parks and Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine. He organized Fourth of July camping events for family and friends at the family’s Westmore property for several years. He was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed chess and other strategy games. He liked easy listening music, Katherine Hepburn movies, and in recent years found classical music very soothing. His greatest joy was time spent with family and friends and at the sports events, music recitals, and milestones of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Irene (Austin) Badger; his five children: Deborah Badger, John W. Badger Jr., Dianne Badger, Stephen Badger, and Jacqueline Powers; his grandchildren: John W. Badger III, Megan, Jared, Jeffrey, and Jonathan Badger, and Samantha Powers; and his great-grandson, Owen. He is also survived by his ex-wife and the mother of his children, Mildred Badger; his brothers- and sister-in-law: Alice Badger, Eugene and Anita Austin, George and Gail Ruggles, and David and Carol Brisson; and by several nieces and nephews, cousins, and very close friends of all ages. Also grieving his loss is his much loved dog, Lucky Lady.

Mr. Badger was predeceased by his parents; by his older brother, Joe; by his foster parents and several foster siblings including a very special sister, Ruth.

A memorial service was held on January 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Elm Street in Barton.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Barton and/or Orleans American Legions, or to a charity of one’s choosing.

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

 

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier, 20, of Derby Line, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on January 18, 2017, surrounded by family.

Mr. Forcier was born on June 28, 1996, in Newport.

He had a love for animals, especially his cat Bailey. His favorite pastime was to hang out with friends and listen to his music. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed him. He enjoyed life, but with his passing, has given the gift of life to four other people with his gift or organ donation.

Mr. Forcier left behind his mother, Karen Bullis; his father Dylan Mobbs; brother Kyle Forcier and his girlfriend, Mariah Flynn; his sister Blake Leighton and her boyfriend, Brett Falconer; grandmother Marlene Bullis; and great-grandmother Thelma Willis. He also leaves half brothers and sisters Dustin Brow, Owen Mobbs, Madison Locke, and Hannah Mobbs; aunts and uncles Roy and Rhonda Bullis, Roxanne and Christopher Couture Sr.; his cousins Leanne Perras and her husband, Kris, Samantha Bullis, and Christopher Couture Jr.; niece Hannah Forcier; and nephews Caden Wells and Brayden Wells.

Mr. Forcier was predeceased by his grandfather Joseph Bullis in 2012; and his cousin Lindsey Couture in 2013.

Instead of flowers, any donation to Mr. Forcier’s final expenses would be appreciated, and can be sent to his mom, Karen Bullis, P.O. Box 83, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Services and burial will take place in the spring.

Patricia Herman

Patricia Herman, 75, of Brownington died on the evening of January 26, 2017 in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1941 in Orleans. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase. She attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1959. She married Norman Herman on October 31, 1959. She worked at the Brownington Central School for 32 years in the cafeteria. She enjoyed going to bingo, knitting, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Norman Herman, of Brownington; her children: Sheryl McCoy and her husband, Steven, of Sebring, Florida, Jean Messier and her companion, Jeffrey Ferrin, of Newport Center, and Michael Herman and his wife, Penny, of Brownington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Paul, Ashley, Jessica, Scott, Tracy, Amy, Chasity, and Jason; and by eleven great-grandchildren; her siblings: Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, New York, Larry Chase and his companion, Beverly White, of Brownington, and Phyllis Kennison of Brownington. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Wendell Herman and his wife, Nancy; and by her sisters-in-law: Frances Fletcher, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, of Barton, and Betty Blair. She was also survived by her sister-in-law Linda Herman who died on January 27, 2017.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Richard Chase; an infant son, Donald; her son-in-law Michael Messier; and her brothers-in-law: Roger Fletcher, Allan Herman, and Melvin “Stub” Kennison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon up until the hour of the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service: c/o Dot Collier, Treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc, 62, of Orleans, died in Westmore on the morning of January 26, 2017, as a result of an ice-fishing accident on Willoughby Lake.

He was born July 30, 1954, the first of six children born to George and Anne (Raboin) LeBlanc. The family lived in Lowell and Westfield, and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1973. Mr. LeBlanc spent the first part of his working years helping his father on the family dairy farm. He also spent two separate stints working at Ethan Allen in Orleans and two at Tivoly in Derby Line. He retired from Tivoly in August.

Mr. LeBlanc took his time finding the right partner to share his life with, and in September 2006, he married Susan “Sue” Dawley LeBlanc, who survives him. Mrs. LeBlanc brought many gifts to their life together including; a stepdaughter, Tina Bearce and her husband, Justin, of Bradford; and a stepson, Keith Richardson and his wife, Amanda, of Concord, New Hampshire.

Mr. LeBlanc was known as a kind and loving guy, and his family meant the world to him. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed walking in the woods, working in his blueberry and raspberry gardens, and spending time on the Dawley family farm in Mt. Holly.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, George and Anne LeBlanc of Orleans; his sister Polly Duquette and brother-in-law, Paul, of Newport Center, his sister Linda LaPlume and brother-in-law, Cyril, of Derby, his sister Rita LaPlume and brother-in-law, Guy, of Milton, his brother Rene LeBlanc and sister-in-law, Lori, of Irasburg, and his sister Amy Turner and brother-in-law, Mike, of Bolton. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Mr. LeBlanc also leaves five grandchildren who will miss the Lego building, train set ups, bike rides, watching movies, and long walks. Dylan, Sam, and Jack Bearce, along with Oscar and Ella Richardson were the joys of his life.

A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 4, at 11 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. A reception will follow at the Orleans Municipal Building, all are welcome.

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

 

Helen Emily Mosher

Helen Emily Mosher, 102, of Irasburg, formerly of McLean, New York, died on January 23, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

Mrs. Mosher was born in McLean on July 20, 1914, the daughter of Frank G. and Cora L. Trapp, and raised on the family farm, a place she remembered vividly and fondly for the rest of her life. During her high school years, the family spent summers on the farm and the rest of the year in Syracuse, where she met Howard Mosher, her future husband, in an English class at Onondaga Valley Academy. After graduation in 1932, she and Mr. Mosher spent four years at Syracuse University, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a major in French.

Following a year’s work as a secretary at Cornell University, Helen married Howard at the family home in McLean in August, 1937. Until Mr. Mosher’s retirement from a career in teaching and school administration in the mid-1970s, the couple lived in six different communities in upstate New York. Their longest residence was in the central New York village of Cato, where their two sons went to high school. Bringing her life full circle, Mr. and Mrs. Mosher spent their retirement years at the family home in McLean. Two years after her husband’s death in 1996, Mrs. Mosher moved to Irasburg, where she was cared for by her older son, Howard Frank, and his wife, Phillis.

A woman with a great heart, Mrs. Mosher loved God, her family, and the many friends she made wherever she lived. Her gift for attentive listening made everyone she knew feel important and valued. Approaching each day with gratitude and pleasure, she delighted in conversation, books, and nature. Never forgetting her rural roots, she knew exactly what Robert Frost meant by “the need of being versed in country things.”

Along with many friends made late in her life, Mrs. Mosher leaves behind these family members, all deeply grateful to have known and loved her: two sons, Howard Frank Mosher and Terence Mosher; their wives, Phillis Mosher and Judith Mosher; a grandson, Jacob Mosher; a granddaughter, Annie Williamson and her husband, John; and two great-grandchildren, Frank James Williamson and True Williamson.

Services will take place at a later date.

 

Howard Frank Mosher

Howard F. Mosher, age 74, of Irasburg, died on January 29, 2017.

He was born in Kingston, New York, on June 2, 1942, the son of Howard H. and Helen Emily Trapp Mosher.

Mr. Mosher lived most of his adult life in Irasburg. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Phillis Mosher, graduated from Syracuse University, and moved to the Northeast Kingdom. They had two children, Jake and Annie.

Mr. Mosher received his master’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1968. (One clear fall morning in 1995 Mr. Mosher drove to the university on business. As he got out of his car, a high-ranking member of the college community there to welcome him said, “Good morning, Mr. Mosher. Welcome to civilization.” Mr. Mosher canceled his business, got in his car and drove home to Irasburg, where he promptly wrote to the university repudiating and rejecting, for all time to come, his master’s degree from that stately seat of learning and civilization. He then nailed the [now defunct] diploma to the side of his barn and blasted it with .06 bird shot from his 16 gauge partridge gun.)

Mr. Mosher worked as a teacher at the former Orleans High School (a trial by fire if there ever was one), and at Lake Region Union High School. He also worked for a number of years as a social worker with needy teenagers (through the infamous Orleans County Council of Social Agencies, under the restrained and sedate guidance of Thomas J. “Tom the Outlaw” Hahn, with whom Mr. Mosher would later fish nearly every trout brook in the state of Montana.) As part of his lengthy apprenticeship to writing about the Northeast Kingdom, Mr. Mosher worked for several months as a “helper” to the Kingdom horse logger and former whiskey runner and moonshiner, Jake Blodgett, for whom the Moshers would later name their son Jake. About 1975, Mr. Mosher turned to full-time writing. He published his first book Disappearances, two years later. (Disappearances did not meet with universal acclaim. One prominent reviewer editorialized: “Vermont Writer Should Disappear.” After nailing the offending review to the side of his barn and following standard procedures, Mr. Mosher scouted up Jake Blodgett and took off the rest of the day to go brook-trout fishing.) Over the course of his career, Mr. Mosher published 12 novels, two memoirs, and countless essays and book reviews. In addition, his last work of fiction, Points North, will be published posthumously in the winter of 2018. He never suggested that a writer “disappear.”

Mr. Mosher is survived by his wife, Phillis; his son, Jake; his daughter, Annie, and son-in-law, John Williamson; his grandson and granddaughter, Frank James and True Williamson; and his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Mosher.

At the request of Mr. Mosher, there will be no visiting hours. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2, at the Irasburg United Church and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joshua House, Inc., P.O. Box 156, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolence at www.curtis-britch.com.

Submitted by Phillis Mosher. Written by the deceased, Howard Frank Mosher.

Arthur G. Provost Jr.

Arthur G. “Skip” Provost Jr., 76, of Jay, died on January 23, 2017 in Newport. He was born on July 24, 1940 in Burlington, to the late Arthur G. Provost Sr. and Dorothy (Sherman) Provost. On January 19, 1963, he married Linda Lyon who survives him.

Mr. Provost was a Chief Petty Officer E-8 in the United States Navy for 25 years. Among his many hobbies he enjoyed sailing, reading, running, swimming, canoeing, camping, and playing tennis. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy, and the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Provost of Jay; by his children: Scott William Provost and his wife, Carolyn, of Bozrah, Connecticut, David Alan Provost and his wife, Alicia, of Redmond, Oregon, and Kimberly Ann Lindner of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Loreli, Donna, Paul, Katie, Connor, Lindsey, and Quinn Provost, Drew Lindner, Kyler Baker, and Reyanna Coombe; and by his sisters-in-law: Cathy of Vermont, and Sandy Shepard and her husband, Larry, of Williston; and by his nieces: Gigi, Angela, and Kristy. He was predeceased by his son Christopher Paul Provost; and his brother Gary Provost, both in 2001.

Funeral services were held on January 27 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Joseph Queenin

The village of Derby Line has lost its unofficial mayor, and the world has lost a great community spirit. Joseph “Joe” Queenin, 93, died in Newport on January 2, 2017, with his family, whom he cherished, giving comfort at his side.

Mr. Queenin is survived by his beloved son, John, and his wife, Penny; and two grandsons: Joseph J. and Bob J. Queenin, both of Derby Line. He was predeceased by his great-grandchild Caidence Queenin in June, 2010.

Mr. Queenin was born on June 1, 1923 to Francis and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Queenin, He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts with the blood of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins running through his veins. He was a diehard fan of the teams until his passing, and without a doubt he has now reconnected with Bev, his wife of 65 years, in Heaven, and they are in search of some of the Boston greats who passed before them.

A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Queenin had a far from perfect childhood. As a teenager he was orphaned, but his only sibling, Hugh, nine years his senior, stepped in for their parents. In February 1941, Hugh, then a reserve Army officer, joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was assigned to the Derby Line border station. The two brothers settled in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin attended his junior year at Derby Academy, but he transferred to Newport High School in his senior year. Unlike Derby Academy, Newport had a football team which he joined. He graduated from Newport High School in 1942.

As with most people of his generation, Mr. Queenin remembered exactly where he was when he heard the news that Japanese forces had bombed the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched the United States into an already raging World War II. He was standing on Newport’s Main Street in front of what was then the Royal Restaurant. Angered by the attack, he enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. He was followed into full-time military service by Hugh, who served as an officer. Following basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Mr. Queenin shipped out to the Pacific. He saw action on the island of Bougainville, followed by some of the bloodiest fighting of the war on the island of Okinawa.

Upon discharge from the military in December, 1945, he returned to Derby Line and reconnected with a young woman he met in Derby Line before the war, and had corresponded with during the war years. Her name was Beverly Piatti. On May 24, 1946, she became Beverly Queenin. They shared 65 years of marriage before Mrs. Queenin’s death on September 19, 2011. The love of his family, friends, and neighbors helped him survive the loss, but he never stopped missing Bev, the love of his life. He credited Mrs. Queenin for making him the man he was. For a time, the couple owned a newsstand in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin worked at the the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1984.

He had a lifelong love of sports, a love he brought to Vermont. For many years he was a well-known baseball and basketball coach. He also served as a basketball referee. Mrs. Queenin was also fanatical when it came to sports. The couple passed their love of sports onto their son John, and their grandsons Joe and Bob. Mr. Queenin also volunteered for the North Country Union High School hockey teams, including manning the penalty box during home games. He also spearheaded the Toys for Kids program in Orleans County, a program that helped provide underprivileged children with gifts for Christmas. In addition, he volunteered at North Country Hospital for many years. His good works were not overlooked. He was honored several times, including in 2013, being named Northeast Kingdom Senior of the Year by the Area Agency on Aging. He was also named WCAX’s Super Senior in 2014. In addition, he was a frequent guest on the Vermont Voice radio show, and the Northeast Kingdom Voice television show.

Proud of his military service, Mr. Queenin was a frequent guest in area schools. He shared his memories of World War II, not to brag, but in hopes that the students would not only learn about World War II, but also understand the horrors of war. In 2012, he traveled to California to celebrate the two hundred thirty-seventh birthday of the Marine Corps, staying aboard the Queen Mary. Then in 2014 he went on a dream trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

He was active until the very end, always concerned for others before himself.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 2, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 3, with the Reverend Fred Barker and Scott Wheeler officiating. Spring interment will take place at Derby Line Cemetery with full military honors and escort by Patriot Guard Riders.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 25, 2017

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs, 95, of Derby, died on December 24, 2016 in Newport, after a long and happy life and a short illness.

She was born on August 11, 1921 in Orleans, to Lucien Joel and Grace Alfreda (Brown) Whitehill.

She attended school in Morgan schools, graduated from Derby Academy in 1939 and Lyndon Normal School in 1942. She taught school in Irasburg, Holland, and Barre, and was a substitute teacher for many years. She was a Derby resident for most of her life and was dedicated to the community. She served as a trustee at the Dailey Memorial Library for over 50 years, where she was also librarian for several years. She was an active member of the former Newport Women’s Club, Home Dem, and the Retired Teachers Association.

Family was the center of her universe and her smile was always brightest when she was around them. She provided a wonderful home for her children and she was proud of the adults they grew into. She enjoyed getting together with her siblings to share good times and fond memories. She enjoyed cooking, making crafts, gardening, painting, crosswords, and reading. She embraced technology and stayed in touch with her family and friends through social media. She was actively engaged in politics and liked to keep up with current events. She was a whiz at playing word games with her family and friends, and her competitive streak would show.

On April 17, 1946, she married Rudolph Julian Burroughs in Derby Line. Mr. Burroughs predeceased her in 1998. She is survived by her children: Shirley Martineau of Colchester, Nancy Boucher and her husband, Irving, of Essex, Janet Fortin and her husband, Conrad, of Derby, Cathy Day and her husband, Terrance, of Waterville, Martha Friend and her husband, Robert, of Bristol, and Stephen Burroughs of Clayton, North Carolina. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and their families; 21 great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: David Whitehill, Kenneth Whitehill, Anita Plummer, Norma Lemeiux, Barbara Whitehill; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Carly Whitehill; brothers-in-law Conrad Lemeiux and Reginald Plummer; a son-in-law, Leo Martineau; and her nephew, Michael Plummer.

A private interment will be held in the spring. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

 

Gail Marie Thompson

Gail Marie Thompson, 61, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, surrounded by her family.

Ms. Thompson was born on January 24, 1955, in Newport. She grew up in Brownington Center, living with her grandmother Eliza Thompson and her mother Evelyn Thompson. She attended local schools where she met her lifelong friend Gail Aldrich McKenna. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans. Along with her mother, Ms. Thompson moved to Massachusetts in the mid 1970s where she worked as a unit coordinator at Emerson Hospital, an EKG technician, ran her own business setting up health clinics in the Fitchburg area, and later took a position as an office manager in a cardiology office in Concord. For the last 25-plus years, she has been a practice manager for Barkin and Green Pulmonary Specialists. The last few years Ms. Thompson has split her time between living in Florida and Maine, working primarily from home. She was very involved with the Grange throughout her life. She was active in several churches beginning with the Brownington Center Methodist Church — teaching Sunday School, participating in Bible study and lifting her voice to the Lord in song. Ms. Thompson volunteered frequently throughout her life — most recently with children at an after-school childcare program at the Lake Alfred United Methodist Church in Florida. During the last few years, she has spent countless hours enjoying and caring for her young cousin Maleeya Towle.

Ms. Thompson was bright, funny, and caring. She loved reading, music (she had a beautiful singing voice), gardening and shopping. Family was very important to her. Uncles, aunts, and cousins took care of her and she in turn took care of them. Betty Robinson and family were very dear friends to Ms. Thompson and a big part of her life.

She was predeceased by her mother, Evelyn Thompson; her grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by her cat, Kitcat. She is survived by many cousins and friends; and her beloved cat, Taz.

A graveside service will be held at the Brownington Center Cemetery at a date to be determined.

To share an online condolence, please visit www.advantageportland.com. Memorial donations in her name can be made to: Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or House of Hope, Inc., 812 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, or at [email protected]

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Obituaries January 18, 2017

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett, 79, died peacefully in her sleep, in her own home in Glover on January 7, 2017.

She was born in Florence, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1937, to Cassie and Horace “Earl” Fay. She was a homemaker and raised seven children.

She is survived by six children and their families: Clifton and Pat Bennett of Cornish, New Hampshire, Steve and Christine Shatney of Greensboro, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and Paul Tumulty of Orange, Crystal Bennett-Bancroft and Ronnie Bancroft of Bolton, and Cassandra Cabrera of South Burlington; by a daughter-in-law, Stella Bennett of Irasburg; and by an abundance of both grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two brothers also survive her: Earl Fay and his wife, Nancy, of Massachusetts, and Carl Fay of Virginia. She is also survived by a multitude of extended family, including her sister-in-law Grace Brooks of Connecticut; and many of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin Bennett Jr.; and her son, Calvin Bennett III; as well as several siblings.

Mrs. Bennett, “Le” to those who knew her well, loved to cook for a crowd — her own family, with friends and neighbors as well. Her favorite pastimes included traveling in her camper to bluegrass festivals and meeting many new friends there, traveling in Maine and walking the Marginal Way on the beach, crocheting and sewing, reading Debbie Macomber novels, and talking on the phone, but she especially loved spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors — the bigger the crowd, the better. She has enriched many lives with her ever-ready sense of humor, love of music and games, and caring contributions of gifts, advice, and a shoulder to lean on. There are no words to express how sorely she will be missed, but she will forever live on in the many hearts she has touched.

Service arrangements will be held in the spring at the family’s convenience. Further notifications will be made accordingly.

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

Brian I. Drown

Brian I. Drown, 68, of Barton, died at his home on January 14, 2017.

He was born on August 16, 1948, in Barton. He was the son of the late Grosvenor “Bud” and Lucille (Crandall) Drown.

Mr. Drown was a member of the Vermont National Guard. He loved his dog Buddy, and enjoyed taking him along for rides. He also enjoyed horses and playing scratch tickets.

He is survived by his sister Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Azarias “Lou”; and by his nieces and nephews: Jason Larocque and his wife, Roxanne, of Burke, Jodi Morley and her husband, John, and their two daughters: Taylor and Brooke, of Orleans, Joshua Drown and his wife, Alice, and their two children: Avery and Amelia of Orleans, Erin McGee and her friend, Steve, and their three children: Isaiah, Zeke, and Zoe of Enosburg, and Deveney Wolfe and her husband, Mike, and their two children: Benny and Paulina of Ohio.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Brent Drown.

A graveside service will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Drown’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul E. LeBlanc

Paul E. LeBlanc, 97, of Orleans, died on January 14, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 31, 1919, the son of Alex and Dorilla (Fortier) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1942, he married Gertrude Choiniere. They had six children.

He worked for the Nassikas Cheese Factory in Barton and Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans. For many years he ran a garage sale at his home.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Lamarche of Irasburg, Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda, of Orleans, and Paulette Riendeau of Albany; daughters-in-law: Roberta LeBlanc of Meriden, Connecticut, and Irene LeBlanc of Orleans; by grandchildren: Pierre, Marc, and Andre Lamarche, Raymond, John, and Renee Hamel, Travis and Amber LeBlanc, and David, Daniel, and Jeremy Riendeau; by 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Mr. LeBlanc was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude, in 1992; by sons: Theodore and Allen; and daughter Joanne; by his sons-in-law: Claude Lamarche and Bernard Riendeau; his grandsons: Bernard Riendeau Jr. and Doug LeBlanc; also by his parents; and his brothers: Dominic and Roland LeBlanc.

There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton in the spring at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Thelma E. Moulton

 Thelma E. Moulton, 87, of Newport Center, died on January 10, 2017.

She was born on October 30, 1929, in Orleans. She was the daughter of Carroll and Bessie (Elsemore) Green.

She attended Lyndon State College where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and later taught at the Newport Center graded school for many years.

Mrs. Moulton loved traveling around the U.S. with family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with her children, grandchildren, and her many friends. She enjoyed spending her birthdays with her special friends at the East Side Restaurant.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She is survived by her daughters: Joanne Hammond and her husband, Leonard, Susan Moulton, and Janice Moulton, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Michael Marquis and his companion, Pam, Amy Marquis, Jody Marquis and her companion, Steve Davis, Jason Marquis and his wife, Melanie, Matthew Hammond and his wife, Karen, and Karen Chitambar and her husband, Ted. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; by a special sister-in-law, Geraldine Green; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Moulton; a son, David Moulton; her two brothers, Naaman and Floyd Green; by her son-in-law Denis Marquis; and by two half brothers, Earl and Olin Green.

A funeral service was held on January 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Deslauries officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Moulton’s name to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305, or to the Newport Healthcare Center Activities Program, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

 

Carroll Lyle Silloway

Carroll Lyle Silloway, 71, of Charleston, beloved husband of Linere (Zupan) Silloway, died at his home on January 10, 2017.

He was born on June 16, 1945, in St. Johnsbury. He was the son of Lyle and Pauline (Brown) Silloway.

He married Linere Zupan on March 21, 1970, and together they enjoyed the good life on Echo Lake.

Mr. Silloway enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Linere Silloway; their two children: Rhonda Wooldridge and her husband, Timothy, of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Craig Silloway and his wife, Kristin, of Tampa, Florida; his seven grandchildren: Jack, Jordan, and Christopher Wooldridge, Connor and Bailey Cunningham, and Derek Silloway and Gabrielle Lambert. He is also survived by his brother David Silloway of St. Johnsbury.

He is predeceased by his brothers Fred and Peter Silloway.

Upon request of the family there will be no funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Silloway’s memory to the Orleans-Essex County VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries January 11, 2017

Jacalyn Rae Bennetta

 Jacalyn Rae Bennetta (Jacki Thompson), 64, of Shelton, Connecticut, died on December 31, 2016, with her family by her side, at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton.

Ms. Bennetta was born on September 24, 1952, in Newport, to the late Merrill “Manny” and Rachel (McNamara) Thompson of Glover.

She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1971 and worked at Bogner Ski Wear in Newport before moving to Connecticut.

She had a distinguished career in the health care industry. She worked at several area facilities including Masonicare Hospice. Prior to her retirement in January of 2016, she was an RN and nursing supervisor at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center for many years. Still working at the facility per-diem until recently, she felt the staff was her second family. Ms. Bennetta had many interests, quilting being her favorite pastime. If you were fortunate to receive one of her quilts as a gift, you knew it came with much love and hours of dedication.

Ms. Bennetta was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband: Joseph Bennetta of Shelton, a retired Teamster union official at Local 191; daughter Judith Richard and her husband, Jeff, of Oxford Connecticut; sister Rebecca Twombly of Shelton; and grandsons Benjamin and Brian Richard of Oxford. These two boys were the light of her life. She is also survived by nephew Chad Twombly and his family, of Oxford; by several stepchildren and grandchildren; and by her Dad’s beloved dog Rio.

Services were held on January 4 at Riverview Funeral Home, in Shelton. Spring interment will be held at a date to be announced in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be sent to United Methodist Homes, 580 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, Connecticut 06484, in memory of Jacki Bennetta.

Our beloved best friend will be missed. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Armand R. Diette

Armand R. Diette, 79, of Barton and Summerfield, Florida, died on January 2, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Sutton, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Diette was born in West Glover on June 22, 1937, son to the late Arthur Felix and Maria (Sheltra) Diette. He was raised and educated in West Glover, joined the Air Force at the age of 17 and was stationed in Texas at Amarillo Air Force Base. On May 20, 1961, he married the former Elizabeth E. Sicard and they shared 55 years together. Mr. Diette worked as a plumber. The Diettes made their home in Barton and wintered in Florida for many years. Mr. Diette was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards, and was almost always the winner at horseshoes. He so very much loved visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Diette is survived by his beloved wife, Betsy Diette; his five children: Kathy Devereaux and her husband, Chris, of Sutton, Peter Diette and his wife, Teresa, of Barton, Kevin Diette and his wife, Jennifer, of Richford, Tracy Dupuis and her husband, Richard, of Groveton, New Hampshire, and Jeffrey Diette and his wife, Stephanie, of Brighton, Colorado; a sister: Antoinette “Peanut” Makrianis of Holyoke, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren: Brandi, Matthew, Joel, Kevin Jr., Corey, Carlie, Kaitlyn, Lauren, and Erin; and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Meghan, Gabriel, Madison, Briahna, and Ella; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by seven siblings: Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Pauline Gilfillan, Irene Renault, Rachel Coburn, and Janet Currier.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

There will be no calling hours.

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

 

Winston Eddy Dowland

Winston Eddy Dowland, 74, of Holland died on January 2, 2017.

Mr. Dowland would have preferred to start this with one of his bad jokes. He loved making the people around him laugh, even if it ended with a shocked, “Oh Winston.”

He was one of those people who loved family and country, and the legacy of his love and service is long and impressive.

Born on June 20, 1942, in Derby Line to Bernard and Gertrude (Sanborn) Dowland, he was one of seven children.

In 1958, he joined the Navy and began his lifelong service to, and pride in, this great country. Mr. Dowland served during the Cuban missile crisis on the ship enforcing the missile blockade. He did five tours in Vietnam and served on the submarine base in Pearl Harbor. In 1978, he retired from the Navy with an honorable discharge as a chief petty officer, having been awarded many medals for his service. He entered the reserves for another ten years, for a total of 30 years of service in the Navy.

In civilian life he worked for several companies and opened his own successful welding business, where he created and sold the pattern for his dumpster and quad track designs. However, he never stopped serving his country, his state, or his town.

He was a member of the VFW Post #798, the Newport Elks #2155, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #22, where he was instrumental in getting transportation vans for local veterans needing rides to the VA hospital in White River Junction. He also served the DAV as commander, chaplin, treasurer, adjutant, and service officer. His volunteerism spanned over 20 years. He also served with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, and the State Department of the Vermont DAV, serving as commander, and then as treasurer.

He served the great state of Vermont as a state representative from 2004 to 2006, and he served his hometown of Holland on the select board for many years.

But for all of the service he gave his country, state, and town, it was his family that gave him the most enjoyment. He married his loving wife, Heather (Dawber), in 1992, and for over 24 years they spent every day together, working, serving, and spending time with family.

Mr. Dowland loved taking his nieces and nephews on trips around the United States, and because he loved history, they learned history. He loved big family get-togethers, with lots of laughter and children running around. In the past few years he enjoyed helping to care for his great-nieces and -nephews, Kennedy Atwood, and Madison, Anora, and Theodore Montminy. He and Madison had a special relationship, and she loved spending time at “Unky’s” house.

Mr. Dowland enjoyed raising beef cattle. He enjoyed talking Nascar with Lenny and Brian, and was a big Dale Jarrett fan. He was a history buff, but kept current on new technologies through various periodicals. He enjoyed his daily paper, and talking politics with anyone who would listen. He enjoyed telling those politically incorrect jokes, and getting a reaction. He loved seeing the snow on the trees after a storm. He lived with integrity, and a fierce respect for this country, and he had a huge heart for those he loved. Mr. Dowland was one of the good guys, and he leaves behind a huge family and a multitude of friends that know it, and will miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Dowland of Holland; by his children: Lisa King, and her husband, Lenny, Lori Groleau and her husband, Pierre, and David Dowland and his wife, Lara; by his grandchildren: Melissa King, Daniel and Patrick Groleau, and Quinn Dowland; by his brothers and sisters: Vickie Tear, George Dowland, Philip Dowland and his wife, Rosie, Eddie Dowland, and his wife, Doreen, and Rocky Dowland; by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Sherry and Brian Montminy and Stacy and Wade Wright; and by his very special nieces and nephews: Brian and Christie Montminy, Ashley Montminy, Justin St. Pierre, Addie and Tanner Atwood, Wade and Amber Wright, and Scott Dowland; and by many other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his great-nieces and great-nephews, who held such a special spot in his heart.

He was predeceased by his sister Louise Simino and her husband, Rollin; by his brother Bernie Dowland; and his brother-in-law Brian Tear.

The family is sure that Mr. Dowland would have loved to end with one of his jokes too, but they are sure that anyone who knew him could remember one he told. Those who knew and loved him know how he impacted people’s lives, and want to honor him through service to others.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the DAV Chapter #22, P.O. Box 735, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Alfred R. Monty

Alfred R. “Al” Monty, 82, died peacefully on January 2, 2017, surrounded by his devoted wife and children.

Mr. Monty was born in Northfield on June 29, 1934, to Charles and Valeda (Bedard) Monty. He grew up in Washington, Vermont. He graduated with the Class of 1952 from Spaulding High School in Barre.

On April 16, 1955, he married the love of his life, Anita (Cano), who survives him. Mr. Monty is also survived by his four children: Susan Poczobut and her husband, Skip, David and his wife, Cristy, Edward and his wife, Robin, and Alan and his wife, Lauren. He was particularly proud of his grandchildren: Michael Poczobut, and his wife Sandra, David Poczobut, Kathryn and Allison Monty, Andy and Rob Marcotte, Nicole Caron, and her husband, Kyle, Luke Caron, Emily and Heather Monty, and Jacqueline, Paige, Alexis, and Anthony Monty.

There was always a youthful spark from him when he interacted with his three great-grandchildren: Alexander, Emilia, and Jackson Poczobut. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other extended family, including a special sister-in-law, Therese Monty.

Mr. Monty is survived by one sister, Lise Leary.

He was predeceased by his parents; by five siblings and their spouses; and by all of Mrs. Monty’s sisters and spouses.

Mr. Monty began his full-time career with Montgomery Ward in Barre, retiring after 35 years.

Although Montgomery Ward dominated his life from 9 to 5, his passion for square dancing consumed his after-work hours. Growing up, Mr. Monty would sing as he milked cows on the family farm. Discovering a talent for music early on, he attended local barn dances where he began his square dance calling career. It was at one of these dances that he met his future wife.

In early years, Mr. Monty taught square dancing to students of all ages in almost every town in Washington County. For many years, square dance class was mandatory in the physical education programs in Montpelier. Each school year would culminate with festivals at both the Barre Auditorium and Plumley Armory at Norwich. In later years, he traveled throughout the state teaching adults to dance. He taught his last class in December. The friendships that Mr. and Mrs. Monty forged with all the people they met throughout the many years were cherished by both of them.

In 1976, Vermont Life featured Mr. Monty in an article titled “King of the Callers.” For many years, Mr. Monty, accompanied by dancers, was a guest on the WCAX show “Across The Fence.” He was honored as one of WCAX’s Super Seniors in 2015. He also attended auctioneer school and presided over many local auctions.   His accomplishments were also profiled on “Chronicle,” a Boston news program.

Although not formally trained, Mr. Monty had a gift for building and design. He never wasted a square inch of space in his designs. His rudimentary scratching on a sheet of graph paper, along with keen negotiation and management skills, resulted in the successful completion of many building projects, including homes for himself and all his children. He designed the Granite Hills Credit Union building in Barre and served as the general contractor for a large infrastructure project at St. Monica Parish. His last unfinished project was for a new parish rectory.

Mr. Monty was a spiritual man and was a lifelong member of St. Monica Parish in Barre, serving on the building and grounds and finance committees. For many years he and his sons served together as ushers at Mass. He continued to serve as an usher every Saturday evening.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Monica Parish on Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m.

To honor Mr. Monty’s legacy and help bring his final dream full circle, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Monica Parish Rectory Fund, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641.

For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

 

Quincy Adam O’Gorman

Quincy Adam O’Gorman, 23, of Island Pond died suddenly on January 1, 2017, in Island Pond.

He was born on August 17, 1993, in Newport to Kim (Hackett) Moore and the late Mark O’Gorman.

Mr. O’Gorman graduated from North Country Union High School with the class of 2011 and attended Johnson State College. He was a construction worker, a handyman, and did some catering work. He enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and loved the outdoors. He loved playing football on the North Country football team. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed spending time with his buddies.

He is survived by his mother, Kim Moore, and stepfather, Robert Moore, of Brownington; by his siblings: Michael O’Gorman of California, Dalton Moore, Michael Moore, and Michelle Moore, all of Brownington; by his girlfriend, Alexa Williams, of Johnson; by his paternal grandmother Muriel O’Gorman of Island Pond; maternal grandparents Anthony and Shirley Hackett of Oxford, Maine; and stepgrandparents Michael and Lesley Moore of Brownington; by his aunts and uncles: Alson and Kathy Kinney of Island Pond, Timmy and Becky Hackett of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Anthony and Cheryl Hackett of Brownington, Valerie Hackett of Bryant Pond, Maine, Carol and Raymond Santaw of Island Pond, Christine Forgues and her fiancé, Chris Briggs, of St. Johnsbury, Billie Jo and Gordon Tice of Derby, and Candy Baraw of Craftsbury; and by numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Mark O’Gorman on May 7, 2007; and by his cousin Taini Kinney on June 8, 2004.

Calling hours were on January 10. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Ingalls and the Reverend Judy Castonguay co-officiating. Spring interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond. Should friends desire, contributions can be made at www.gofundme.com/help-with-quincys-funeral.

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

 

Marie I. Sexton

Marie I. Sexton, 68, beloved wife of Stephen Roberts of Newport, died at her home on January 6, 2017.

She was born on November 30, 1948, in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late Rhoem and Francis (Schatz) Sexton.

She proudly served her country during the Vietnam era from 1967 to 1969 in the Marine Corps. She married Stephen Roberts in May of 1968.

Ms. Sexton worked mostly as an LPN, working in several area nursing homes. She also became a licensed journeyman plumber and worked with her husband.

She enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of the American Legion Post #21.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Roberts; and their children: Stephen C. Roberts and his wife, Noreen, of Newport Center, Carl Roberts and his wife, Cara, of Newport, Charlie Roberts and his wife, April O’Brien, of Newport Center; by six grandchildren: Eli, Hanna, Sam, Max, Charlotte, and Isaac; by two brothers: Marty Sexton of San Jose, California, and Charles Sexton of Campbell, California; her sister Laura Sexton of Truckee, California; and by a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a grandson, Dustin, in 2012.

Upon request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Sexton’s memory to the American Legion Handicap Access Project, American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Florence Emma Stowell

On December 17, 2016 Florence Emma Stowell, 81, conceded the battle she so courageously fought with ALS, indeed surpassing the medical community’s expectation by over a year.

Mrs. Stowell was born in Newark on January 8, 1935, to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting. After graduation in 1953 from Lyndon Institute she was united in marriage to Clayton Stowell. They were blessed to be able to celebrate their sixty-third anniversary in August of 2016.

She is survived by her husband; and by three children: Michael Stowell and his wife, Joyce, of Shelburne, David Stowell and his wife, Anne, of South Wheelock, and Diane LaBounty and her husband, Dennis, of Lyndon. She is survived by eight grandchildren; and she was blessed to live long enough to meet her first great-granddaughter Brynlee. She is also survived by a brother, Donald Cutting of Irasburg; and a sister, Mary Corbett of Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her parents; and a sister Barbara Lawson of Irasburg.

Florence’s wishes were to be cremated and held until she can be placed together with the love of her life in the Lyndon Center cemetery. The family is, however, comforted in knowing that we have an angel watching over us that is able to walk and talk and do all the things that ALS so cruelly took away from her.

 

Marie Audrey Thayer

Marie Audrey Thayer, 90, of Newport died peacefully on January 6, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Burlington on November 15, 1926, a daughter of Victor Noel Beaupre and Aurora Elizabeth Landry Beaupre.

She graduated from Burlington High School and moved to Gleasondale, Massachusetts, in 1944 to live with her aunts. There she married Everett Miller in 1947, and they had a son together named Martin Miller. In 1955 she and her husband moved to Newport to live with her brother- and sister-in-law. In 1957 she married Donald Thayer and had two sons, Robert and Charles.

In Gleasondale, Mrs. Thayer trained to be a telephone operator. In Newport, she continued her occupation as a telephone operator and, while her sons attended school, she became a cook at Lakeview Elementary School. Later she worked as administrator to her husband’s business, Don’s Heating Service.

The family enjoyed watching Mr. Thayer race boats and attending car races.

Mrs. Thayer was an avid reader. She loved doing crossword puzzles and enjoyed animals, especially cats. She was known for her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She loved to tease and had a very positive outlook on life. She was never judgmental and had a giving heart. For most of her life, she lived on Bay Street and Lake Road in Newport. She was a resident at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport for the past several years.

Mrs. Thayer was predeceased by her husband, Don Thayer; by her brother P.C. “Bope” Beaupre; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Beaupre. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Morey of Troy; by her sons: Martin Miller and his wife, June, of Berlin, Massachusetts, Robert “Oscar” Thayer and his wife, Tina, of Derby, Charles Thayer and his wife, Leslie, of Hamilton, New Jersey; by grandchildren: Faye Miller Benoit and her husband, Joseph, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Katelyn Thayer and her fiancé, Robert Kennedy, of Dracut, Massachusetts, Evan Thayer and his girlfriend, Chelsea Duggan, of Colchester; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. The family will announce a graveside service to take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Alden Robert Twiss

Alden Robert Twiss, 91, known to all as Bob, died peacefully on January 6, 2017, at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in the presence of his loving family.

Mr. Twiss was born on March 4, 1925, in Craftsbury to Alden and Grace (Seaver) Twiss. He attended the local schools and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1942. A varsity star athlete in basketball and baseball, he also actively participated in a variety of school activities. He served three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. That assignment took him to England, France, and the Philippines, until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946. Mr. Twiss attended the University of Vermont, lettering in varsity basketball and baseball, and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1950 and master of arts degree in 1956. He was a teacher and coach at Craftsbury Academy, principal in North Troy, Newport, and Stowe, and superintendent of schools in Vergennes and Randolph. He later served as superintendent of schools for the Nauset Regional School District and Harwich School District, both on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In his retirement he enjoyed watching sporting events, playing bridge, and being involved in community activities.

Mr. Twiss served as president of the Craftsbury Academy Trustees, deacon of the United Church of Craftsbury, president of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, director of the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, and president of the Vermont Superintendents’ Association, just to name a few. The town of Craftsbury dedicated its 2016 annual report to him, a significant honor that acknowledged his many worthy contributions to community life and affirmed the high regard and deep respect held for him by the citizens of his hometown.

He is survived by two children: Deborah Dickovick of Burlington and R. Jeffrey Twiss and his wife, Sarah, of Reading, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: J. Tyler Dickovick and his wife, Alessandra, Kathryn (Dickovick) Lambert and her husband, Adam, Cameron Twiss, and Lindsay Twiss; four great-grandchildren: Carolina and Gabriela Dickovick, and Steele and William Lambert. He is also survived by his sisters: Joyce Duff and Alice McEdward and her husband, Bob; and his brother Carl Twiss and his wife, Judy.

Mr. Twiss was predeceased by his stepdaughter Sharon Sumner; his first wife, Caroline (Cameron) Twiss; his son-in-law Colonel J. Gary Dickovick; and his second wife, Joan (McQuiston) Twiss.

He was a staunch community member wherever he put down roots; however his heart always belonged to his beloved hometown of Craftsbury. Memorial gifts honoring Mr. Twiss may be directed to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or Craftsbury Academy, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

A funeral service will be held at the Craftsbury Academy Gymnasium in Craftsbury Common on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences can be made at Curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 4, 2017

James Anthony Chamberland

James Anthony “Jimmy” Chamberland, 27, of Newport, died on December 22, 2016, at his home.

He was born on July 8, 1989, in St. Albans to Debbie Chamberland and John Szarek. Mr. Chamberland received his GED and his high school diploma. He loved rap music and even some country. He loved being with his family and friends, helping other people, and making people laugh as he had a great sense of humor. He especially enjoyed razzing his family as he loved the Yankees while the rest of the family are diehard Red Sox fans. He enjoyed movies, working on his computer, phone, and all electronics. He enjoyed playing cards especially poker. He loved animals especially his cat Tabby as he would play fetch with her, and he enjoyed his dog Stax.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Chamberland, of Brownington. He is also survived by his nine-year-old daughter; and by his longtime best friend and love of his adult life, Ashley Geoffroy; and his “brothers”: Mitch, Dillon, Rene, Jeff, Brian and Robbie. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Eric and Crystal Carter of Newport; his uncle James Chamberland of Orleans; by his aunt Darline Chamberland; and by cousins: Sabrina Clark of Burlington, Ronnie Boutin Jr., Sabrina Carter, and Kaylee Boutin of Newport; and by many true friends, old and new.

He was predeceased by his uncle Steve Chamberland; and his “brother” Dan Wing. A celebration of his life was held at New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, on December 31, with Pastor Dan Prue Jr. officiating.

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

 

Charles Thomas Hudson

Charles Thomas Hudson, 36, died in his home in Barton on December 26, 2016, after a long struggle with brain cancer.

Mr. Hudson was born June 10, 1980, at George Air Force Base in California. He graduated from Crowley High School in Crowley, Texas, in 1999.

Mr. Hudson served five years in the U.S. Army as a counter intelligence agent. He was a disabled veteran who served combat tours in both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and was a longtime Mensa member.

Mr. Hudson was an avid gamer, a loyal friend, a loving husband, and a devoted son.

He is survived by his wife, Felicia (Welton) Hudson, of Barton; his mother Deborah Crane-Foote and step-father Kenneth Foote, both of Barton; his father William C. Hudson of Fort Worth, Texas; his grandmother Grace Crane of Troy; and his step-brother Brian Foote of Brooklyn, New York.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Derby Line, on Friday, January 13, at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Susan Lynn Johns officiating.

A potluck reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are encouraged to donate to the charity that speaks most to their heart.

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

 

Robert B. Jones

Robert B. Jones, 62, of Holland, died on December 19, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 5, 1954, in Newport to Bruce and Dorcus (Percy) Jones. On November 4, 1972, he married Laurette Turgeon, who survives him.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Jones, of Holland; by his son Christopher Jones and his wife, Jami, of Hyde Park; by eight grandchildren; by his parents, Bruce and Dorcas Jones, of Derby; his brother Brian Jones and his wife, Lynda, of Derby; by his in-laws: Norman and Mary Turgeon of Newport; his brother-in-law Dennis Turgeon and his wife, Rachel, of Balston Spa, New York; sisters-in-law: Joann Barrup and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Linda Turgeon-Meunier of Jay.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Memorial Animal Society, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison, 84, of Lowell died on the morning of December 21, 2016.

She was born on August 13, 1932, in Glover to the late Archie and Marie Ann (Grenier) Perron. She married John Kennison on April 1, 1953, and together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo, gambling, family gatherings, and Perron family reunions.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #21, and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Alfred Pepin Post.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Gary and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Terry and his wife, Brenda, of Rochester, New York, and Linda McAllister and her husband, Gary, of Lowell. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by her sister Maria Dickie; and her brother-in-law Reginald Sanford.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Kennison, who died in 2011; by her brothers Robert, John, George, and Armand Perron; and by her sisters Rita Gagnon and Joyce Sanford.

Services will be announced at a later date in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris, 85, of Lyndon Center, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on November 16, 2016, following a lengthy period of declining health.

She was born in Lyndon on December 9, 1930, the daughter of Edward L. and Emma E. (Dana) Cleary. Mrs. Paris was a lifelong resident of Lyndon. She attended Lyndon Corner Elementary School and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1949.

On March 2, 1956, she married Lanny R. Paris, with whom she shared 60 cherished years. They had two children, Gary and Rhonda.

Mrs. Paris was a homemaker, but worked in the Lyndon Corner Elementary School hot lunch program while her children attended school there. Later, she worked at the Colonnade Inn and at Bag Balm.

From her childhood, she spent every summer at the family’s camps at Shadow Lake in Glover. She truly enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and preparing meals to share with all who visited. Mrs. Paris loved anything to do with the lake: fishing, boating, waterskiing, or just floating in the water. She also enjoyed playing many lawn games with her family.

She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and aunt.

Mrs. Paris is survived by her husband, Lanny; her daughter Rhonda Paris; her son Gary Paris and his companion, Shawna Wilkerson, all of Lyndon Center; by her sisters-in-law Sally Baillargeon, and Jean Conn; and by several special and close nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband’s parents: Dorothy S. King and Murray F. Paris; her sister Barbara Cleary Cameron; and brother-in-law George Gordon Cameron Jr.

At the request of Mrs. Paris, there will be no visiting hours. A 2017 private summer burial with family and friends will be held at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the Upright Steeple Society, P.O. Box 224, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

Condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne, 95, died on Christmas Day at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Glover on January 24, 1921, a daughter of Adelbert C. and Sadie W. Leland. She graduated from Barton Academy and then went on to Vermont Junior College for secretarial studies.

Mrs. Sherburne worked for National Life for a year before returning home to Glover to marry Dr. Roy Sherburne on December 20, 1941. They shared 54 years together before he died in 1995.

She moved to Bridgton, Maine, where Dr. Sherburne opened his family osteopathic medical practice. In 1949, they returned to St. Johnsbury where she assisted her husband in his medical practice on Eastern Avenue for many years.

Mrs. Sherburne was a member of the North Congregational Church, the Eastern Star and the Arlington Home Dem Group. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children: Dale Sherburne and his wife, Judy, and Dawn Lowrey and her husband, Russell; four grandchildren: Nathan Lowrey, Betsy Rice and her husband, Shawn, James Sherburne and his wife, Elizabeth, and John Sherburne and his wife, Sandra; nine great-grandchildren: Jake, Julia, Nicholas, Eric, Sarah, Andrew, Sam, Anna, and Max; and her sister-in-law Anna Leland.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers: Dr. George Leland and Donald Leland; and by sister Marilyn Morgan and her loving companion, John Marsh.

At the convenience of the family, a spring committal and burial will be held at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Therese L. Sicard

Therese L. Sicard, 90, of Barre died on December 20, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

Born in Saint Roch d’Orford, Quebec, on August 30, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Berard) Lafontaine. She was raised in Rock Forest, Quebec, where she attended schools.

On July 20, 1953, she married Marcel Sicard at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was a homemaker during the time her children were growing up.

She lived in Beebe Plains and was employed at Bogner’s in Newport from 1973 to 1984. Upon her retirement in 1984, she moved to Newport. After her husband died, she made her home with her daughter Jeannette Therrien in Barre.

Among her interests were quilting, knitting, word search, traveling to Florida and Arizona, and spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Survivors include her daughters: Jeannette Therrien and her husband, Gilles, of Barre Town, Diane McDowell and her husband, Bob, of Peoria, Arizona, Susan McGough and her husband, Tim, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cecile Griswold and her husband, Marc, of New River, Arizona. She is also survived by her sisters, Jeanne Darc Audet of St. Jean, Quebec, Marthe Lafontaine of St. Pie, Quebec; by brother, Jacques Lafontaine of St. Hubert, Quebec; as well as by eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Gerard Lafontaine; and one sister, Rita Provincial.

A Mass and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries December 21, 2016

Bernard D. Butler

Bernard D. Butler, 97, of Barton, died peacefully on December 14, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on August 14, 1919, in Irasburg to Arthur and Glenna (Huntington) Butler. On July 12, 1941, he married Shirley Kimball who predeceased him in 1997.

He served his country during World War II and was stationed in France and Italy. All of his life he was a very hard worker. He was a farmer on the Glover-Barton Road from 1953 to 1969, worked at Butler’s Bus Service for a few years, and then worked for Barton Motors for many years where he retired. He was also a transporter for the Area Agency on Aging in the Barton area, serving senior citizens for years.

He was a member of American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his son Willis Butler and his wife, Sandra, of Barton; by his grandchildren: Sarah Butler-Collins, and Bernard Dana Butler and his wife, Tammy; by his great-grandchildren: Brandon Dana Butler and his companion, Caitlin Jones, Keira Butler, and Alyssa Butler. He is also survived by his brother Francis Butler and his wife, Phyllis; by his sister Florence Tillinghast; and by 34 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Arland, Faye, Stanley, Pauline, Annette, Shirley, and Beatrice

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Meal Site, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

 

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr.

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr. died on Monday, December 12, 2016.

He was born February 28, 1933, in Newport to Joseph Albert and Maria Boulanger Currier. He was the eldest of four boys.

Having spent his childhood in Newport, he graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in June of 1950.

He was well decorated with numerous USAF meritorious ribbons of commendation for exemplary service and leadership and was proficient in Atlas, Titan, and Minuteman missile strategies. He was stationed in Texas, Washington State, Maine, Florida, California, and Massachusetts, and often flew out of country on various tactical missions. He retired at the rank of senior master sergeant in 1970 with the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command at Westover Air Force Base.

Mr. Currier went on to work as a Prudential Insurance agent in Granby, Massachusetts, for 23 years. After enjoying full retirement with Prudential, he was employed by Hulmes Transportation operating Pioneer Valley Transit Authority vehicles to assist community members throughout Belchertown and Granby for ten years. He enjoyed being part of his community and fostered many longstanding relationships with the families he met through the years.

He was a past president and member of the Granby Lions Club for many years. He was adorned as a eucharistic minister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where he also taught CCD. He was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, the local post of the American Legion, and the DAV.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Currier; four children: Diane Janas, James Currier, Donna Halon, and Michael Currier; and six grandchildren: Melinda, Chelsea, Mitchell, Jake, Emma and Brady.

He was predeceased by his son John in 1982; by his brother Louis in 2014; and most recently by his brother Bob on December 9, 2016.

He loved fishing, boating, reading, and the green hills of Vermont, where he enjoyed part-time residency on the Bluffs of Lake Memphremagog in Newport for over 30 years. His family and many friends will miss him dearly.

Visitation was on December 18 at the Beers & Story S. Hadley Funeral Home. A Mass was held December 19 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby. Burial with military honors followed at West Cemetery.

 

Harold Vernon Duckless

Harold Vernon Duckless, 86, of Newport Center, died on December 14, 2016, at his home, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1929, in Newport Center to Forrest and Lillian (Butlar) Duckless. On July 3, 1954, he married Lucille Godin, who survives him.

Mr. Duckless was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years. He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was owner and operator of the Duckless Service Station in Newport Center for 27 years. He held membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #2155, the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Duckless, of Newport; by his daughter Darlene Duckless of Newport; and daughter-in-law Gail Duckless. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jeffrey, Cody, Jason, and Jonathan; by his great-grandchildren: Colin, Caleb, and Aquilla. He is survived by his brothers: Robert Duckless of Brattleboro, and Elwood Duckless and his wife, Louise, of Newport Center; by his brother-in-law Charles Nadeau of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Brian Duckless; by his siblings Kenneth and Louise Duckless and Myrna Nadeau; and by his sister-in-law Marilyn Duckless.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

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

 

Wayne Roland Meredith

Wayne Roland Meredith of Island Pond died peacefully at North Country Hospital on Thursday December 8, 2016, following a long period of ill health. Funeral services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.   The family would love for people to share their memories and view further information about Mr. Meredith’s life online at www.awrfh.com.

 

David Stewart Rowden

David Stewart Rowden, 70, died December 17, 2016, at his home in Brandon.

Mr. Rowden was born on May 3, 1946, the eldest son of Scott and BettyMae (Stewart) Rowden. He was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire, but his family lived for short times in Wells River and Manchester, Vermont, later settling in Derby. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1965. He joined the United States Navy after graduation and served until October 1969. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked in construction during the building of Jay Peak. He was instrumental in the construction of the Jay Peak Tram. Mr. Rowden served as a police officer for the city of Newport. He later began a career as a game warden with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. He served for 30 years and retired in June, 2005.

Mr. Rowden and his family have made Brandon their home for many years. Following his retirement he had served the town of Brandon as a police officer for several years, and more recently had worked at ACE Hardware / Brandon Lumber. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Brandon American Legion Post #55, where he belonged to the Legion Riders. Mr. Rowden was active in his community. He was a former member of the Brandon Fire Department and Brandon Area Rescue Squad, and the Lions, as well as Friends of the Town Hall. He was also a proud member of Life Bridge Christian Church.

Surviving is his wife Sally (Thomas) Rowden of Brandon, whom he married on August 10, 1974, in Poultney; his son Scott T. Rowden and his wife, Lori, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his daughter Jennifer Lynn Charter and her husband, Scott, of Brunswick, Georgia. He is also survived by one brother: Richard Rowden of Burlington; and two sisters: Janet Howard of Hardwick and Susan Fortin of Derby; his grandchildren: Emaleigh Rowden, Zoe Kate Charter, and Hunter Rowden. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 23, at 11 a.m., at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Reverend Roger Foster, pastor of Life Bridge Christian Church will officiate. Following the ceremony the family will receive friends at Brandon American Legion for a time of remembrance. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Poultney Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, December 22, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Life Bridge Christian Church Community Service Fund, P.O. Box 404, Brandon, Vermont 05733.

 

Shirley L. Turner

Shirley L. Turner, 94, of Newport died on December 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1922, in Newport Center to Lucius and Florence (Ouiment) Allen.

She was married to Harold Turner, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Turner was a bookkeeper by trade, and her training followed her all of her life. She kept meticulous records, and made sure that everything balanced every month. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to discuss current events. She said that the recent elections provided her the opportunity to combine those two traits.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the United Church of Newport. She loved traveling to Maine to be near the ocean, doing crossword puzzles, and she really enjoyed the company of her dog Bella, who provided her with many hours of joyous entertainment.

She loved all of her friends, including Kim and Gary Small, Naomi Bryant and her sisters, as well as very special friends Steve and Alma Marsh.

She is survived by her stepson Graydon and his wife, Joyce, of El Paso, Texas, and by her step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister and her husband, Jessie, and by Warren Mitchell.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences are at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 14, 2016

Alma C. Blay

Alma C. Blay, 92, of Newport, died on December 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1924, in Newport, to Edward and Weltha (Magoon) Davio. On October 15, 1945, she married Percy Blay, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Blay was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. Among her hobbies she enjoyed playing bingo and cards, going for rides with Mr. Blay, shopping, and collecting steins. She also loved to cook and loved having family visits and gatherings.

She is survived by her son Stanley Blay of Newport; by her grandchildren: Christina Montminy, Britt Blay, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, and Renee Rivard. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Nicole, Samantha and her husband, Chris, Saber and her companion, Tony, Hayden, Drew, Dylan, Noah, and Kelby; by three great-great-grandchildren: Ava, Fallon, and Remy; and by her brothers: Ken Ormsbee and his wife, Rose, and Francis Ormsbee and his wife, Amelia; by her sisters: Janice Heath and her husband, Donald, Joan McDonald and her husband, Ken; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by sisters-in-law: June Wheeler and Phyllis Davio.

She was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Nadeau on June 20, 2015.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

 

John “Jean” M. Campbell

John “Jean” M. Campbell, 90, a well known businessman from Newport, died on December 6, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on September 13, 1926, in Newport Center, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. Mr. Campbell entered the United States Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.

During his very active lifetime, he was first a farmer, then a cattle dealer/auctioneer and owner of Campbell’s Commissions Sales on the Airport Road in Coventry.

In his day, he was known as the best auctioneer in the Kingdom and very well liked by many. When he sold the farm, he went into logging and buying land, and from there he started and ran the very successful John Campbell Real Estate Company. He was also a director of the former Lyndonville Savings Bank for many years and made many good friends over the years. He helped many young people in their first time home ownership and he also helped many people start their first businesses.

Mr. Campbell was always his happiest when he was operating his bulldozer in the woods or working on a land subdivision. He loved that work and he knew how to do it just right.

He had a vision for land development, and many people today have a home on some lot that he made available. He came from the school of hard knocks. He knew what work was all about, and was never afraid of any challenge, and he had many.

He was a charter member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, a member of American Legion Post 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He is survived by his children: Peter Campbell and his partner, Sheila, David Campbell and his partner, Nancy, Joan Green and her husband, Bob, Janice Urie and her husband, David, James Campbell and his wife, Kim, Karen Bacon and her husband, Bart; and by his grandchildren: Derek Green and his wife, Janelle, Kristin Theriault and her husband, Jake, Heather Urie, Ethan Bacon and his wife, Katie, Peter Urie and his wife, Tammy, Lindi Mitsou and her husband, Chris, Kara Morin and her husband, Shane, Chris Channell and his wife, Roxanne, Andrea Hawli and her husband, Rani, Debbie Collins, and Chris Sanville.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Abigail and John Tyler Green, Dominic, Drew and Willa Theriault, Kain, Eric and Kaylie Bacon, Oliver Urie, Tawnee and Taylor Collins, Hunter and Meadow Sanville, and Chase Channell. He also leaves his former wife and mother of his children, Bernice Campbell; as well as Judy Boyd Branch, and Chad Boyd; his sibling Dolores Lantagne, and her husband, Clarence; and a very special niece Michelle McCall and her husband, Wally; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family: Michelle Gosselin and her partner, Mike, Chase and Faith Gosselin, Matthew Poutre and his wife, Jenna, Jaida and Henry Poutre and Marc Poutre, and his partner Rick Besaw.

He was predeceased by his grandson Tyler Green; by his sisters: Bibiane Lamarche, Yolande Howe, Yvette LeBlanc, and Carmen Sheltra; and his brother Ange Emile Campbell

“A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.” As John said: “I’ve had a pretty good run.”

Funeral services were held on December 12 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Edward Earl Curtis

Edward Earl Curtis, 59, died on November 18, 2016, in Coxsackie, New York, after a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1957, in Newport, to Dallas and Betty (Percy) Curtis.

Mr. Curtis was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and water ski.

He is survived by his parents, Dallas and Betty Curtis, of Pinson, Alabama, and formerly of Derby; by his two sons, Dylan and Dallas Curtis; his two sisters, Patricia Curtis of Connecticut, and Nancy Long and her husband, George Andrew, of Tinson, Alabama; his niece Heather Hunt; and by his nephew Justin Corkins.

A graveside service in the Derby Center Cemetery will be announced at a later time in the spring.

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

Norbert G. Lessard

Norbert  G. Lessard, 89, of Derby, died on December 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 11, 1927, in North Troy to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard. On June 28, 1969, he married Rita (Midge) Risicato who survives him.

Mr. Lessard worked on the family farm in his younger years and farming was dear to his heart.

He moved to Massachusetts in 1961 where he worked as a material handler for 15 years at the Colonial Press, and for 15 years at Weetabix, both in Clinton, Massachusetts. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Vermont in 2004.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools and was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed camping, farming, loved cars, and going to the family farm. He loved to tease his nieces and nephews, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Midge) Lessard, of Derby, by sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard, Jeannine Lessard, and Eleanor Test; and by his nieces and nephews: Irene Levangie, Denise and Tom Johnson, Thomas Lessard, Donald Lessard, Pat and Scott Laber, Susan Keysar, Tom and Mary Tetreault, Margaret and Mike Derick, Richard and Sue Tetreault, Kim Harrison Blackwell, Roger Lessard, Evelyn Lessard, David, Jim and Janet Lessard, Bobby and Dee Lessard, Eddie and Barbara Lessard, and Greg and Robin Lessard.

He was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rita Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; by brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, and Philip Lessard; by nieces and nephews: Theresa Harrison, Ronnie Lessard, Scottie Keysar, and Michael Harrison.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, followed by funeral services at St. Edward’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m., where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Catherine E. Perkins

Catherine E. Perkins, 85, of Westmore, died peacefully on December 8, 2016.

She was born on April 3, 1931, in Derby to Earl and Evelyn (Wing) Bowen. On April 29, 1948, she married Harvey Perkins, who predeceased her on May 11, 1997.

Mrs. Perkins was a school bus driver for Lake Region Union High School where she retired after 20 years of service. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, and she loved to cook, especially doughnuts which were greatly appreciated by the group going to hunting camp and other family members year-round. She worked with her late husband, Harvey, on their farm haying and running machines. She was a caregiver and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

She is survived by her children: Terry Perkins and his wife, Jeannette, of Coventry, Ronald Perkins and his wife, Valerie, of Westmore, Oscar Perkins and his wife, Cheryl, of East Burke, and Debbie Burkewitz and her husband, Tim, of Irasburg; by ten grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Wayne Bowen and his wife, Janice, of West Charleston, Melvin Bowen and his wife, Jackie, of West Charleston, Joyce Moulton of Derby, Lorraine Pepin of California; and by her sister-in-law Evelyn Bowen. She was predeceased by her daughter Diane, and by her brother Edward Bowen.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

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

Bradley R. Peters Sr.

Bradley R. Peters Sr., 80, of Coventry, died on December 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 7, 1936, in Albany, to Roy and Betty (Shatney) Peters.

Mr. Peters worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, and riding around listening to country music. He loved Pontiac cars.

He is survived by his children: Betty Peters of Lenoxville, Quebec, Marjorie McClanahan and her husband, Larry, of San Jose, California, Mary Payne and her husband, Matt, of Newport, and Bradley Peters Jr. of Coventry; by his grandchildren: David McGovern, Robert McGovern, Alex McGovern, Elisabeth McGovern, Star O’Keefe, and Toma O’Keefe. He is also survived by his siblings: Alice Coderre of Lunenburg, Geraldine Fuller and her companion, Dennis Fields, of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Gloria Reams and her husband, Clark, of Palm Springs, California, Kathy Pierce and her husband, Tim, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his dad, Roy Peters; and his mom, Betty Blanchard; by brother Vernon Peters; and his sister Shirley Peters.

Funeral services were held on December 14 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Spring interment will be in Albany Village Cemetery.

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

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

 

Bryan James Ryea

Bryan James Ryea, 51, of North Troy, died on December 10, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 13, 1965, in St. Albans, to Gloria Ann (Shover) Ryea and the late Ira Odson Ryea Jr.

He graduated from Tynsborough High School and received a welding degree from Lowell Technical Trade School, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He was a self-employed painter in the area.

He enjoyed fishing, shopping trips, loved the out of doors, cooking for the family, and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ryea, of Massachusetts; by his children: Katie Ryea of Lowell, Brianna Ryea of Lowell, and Gerard Ryea of North Troy; by his mother Gloria Gagnon and her husband, Gerard, of Dracut, Massachusetts; by his brothers: Roger Ryea of Richford, and Edward Ryea and his wife, Sandra, of Methuen, Massachusetts; by his nephews: Joshua, Brandon, twins Michael and Matthew, and Carson Ryea; and by his niece Shantelle Ryea; by his companion, Melissa Randall, and her children: Douglas Small Jr. and Mia Small, all of North Troy. He was predeceased by his nephew Jeremy.

A graveside service will be held at the South Richford Cemetery in the spring.

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

 

Dennis M. Willis

Dennis M. Willis, 69, of Troy, died at his home on December 9, 2016.

He was born on June 27, 1947. He was the son of the late Malcolm (Pete) and Lillian (Allen) Willis.

Mr. Willis attended school in Troy and North Troy, then he went to work in New York State for his uncle Glen Ellsworth, where he met his wife of 47 years, Linda. Shortly after that, Mr. and Mrs. Willis made their permanent home in Troy. Over the years he worked as a truck driver, farmer, and retired from Columbia Forest Products.

Mr. Willis had many hobbies, but he especially loved going to Jim Crawford’s hunting camp in Westfield, attending Allen family reunions, and RV camping with Mrs. Willis. They camped seasonally at both Char-Bo and Millbrook campgrounds where they made so many special friends. No one ever left their campsite without some teasing, a funny story, a meal, or a beverage. Mr. Willis loved people and loved to live life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Collins) Willis; his son Richard Willis and his partner, Terry Davis; and daughter-in-law, Marley Willis. He is also survived by his four granddaughters: Ashley, Heather, Brittney, and Caitlyn; and great-grandchildren: Noah, Gabriel, Trenton, Tara, Tory, and Traven; by his brothers Gary Willis and his wife, Fay, Keith Willis and his wife, Jackie, Jim Willis and his wife, Janet; and brothers-in-law Richard Collins and his wife, Donna, and Jeff Miller; and sister-in-law Carol Crandall and her husband, Mark. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son David Willis; grandson Trevor; and sister-in-law Deborah Collins.

A celebration of life for Mr. Willis will be held on Sunday, December 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Community Center, 110 North Hill Road, Westfield, with a Masonic service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to the charity of their choice in Mr. Willis’ honor.

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

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Obituaries December 7, 2016

Frederick E. Allard

Frederick E. Allard, 89, of Island Pond, died on November 26, 2016, in Lyndonville.

He was born on May 16, 1927, in Island Pond to the late Peter and Deleda (Clouthier) Allard. Mr. Allard spent his teenage years in Montreal, Quebec, and attended St. Joseph’s French Catholic School. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. On October 10, 1970, he married Gloria LaFountain, who predeceased him on September 27, 2002.

During his lifetime he was a telephone installer. Mr. Allard enjoyed woodworking, carving totem poles, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7779 of Morrisville.

He is survived by his twin brother Francis; by his wife, Luwina Dubois Allard, of Island Pond; and by his stepchildren: Tom Barry and Rolla Williams, both of Belvidere.

Mr. Allard was predeceased by his sister Pearl Perce.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 11 a.m., at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment will be held at St. James Cemetery in Island Pond, during the spring of 2017. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish for the St. James Catholic Church Roof Repair Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Ralph Carl Bishop

Ralph Carl Bishop, 93, died peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.

He was born to Charles and Cora (MacNamara) Bishop on July 23, 1923, in West Charleston. He was brought up by Ira and Myrtie Lyon in Westmoreland. He married Charlotte Emma Morse on June 26, 1942, and while he was in the military, his wife and children lived in East Charleston, and later moved to East Burke. He brought his family to Springfield in 1950, and he worked at Jones and Lamson as a machinist for 45 years. After he retired, he bought an RV, and they traveled throughout the country.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his three children: son Donald Bishop and his wife, Jean, of Springfield; daughters Gale Alger and her husband, Bob, of Weathersfield, and Diana Brown, of Franconia, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: M. Boyd Brown, Adrianne Bishop Phillips, and Robert Alger Jr.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, on October 13, 2011; and by brothers Edward, Paul, Charles, Eugene, and John.

There was a celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s life at the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Springfield Humane Society would be appreciated.

 

Lawrence O. Fontaine

Lawrence O. Fontaine, 96, of Derby, died on December 1, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 21, 1920, in Beebe, to Albert and Aurore (Emond) Fontaine. On December 29, 1947, he married Gertrude Cheney, who predeceased him on May 29, 2013.

He entered the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He was a foreman for the Vermont Transportation Department for over 20 years. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time hauling cars for local dealerships.

Mr. Fontaine was an avid outdoorsman. He loved being outside his entire life. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, traveling, and riding motorcycles. He was a former member of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Newport; by his daughters-in-law; Patsy Fontaine of Ohio, and Betsy Fontaine of Norton; by his grandchildren: Stephen J. Fontaine of Ohio, Melanie Walker and her husband, David, of North Carolina, Bryan and Adam Fontaine of Newport, Sarah Fontaine of Beecher Falls, Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker of North Carolina, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine of Ohio. Mr. Fontaine is also survived by the following siblings: Dorilard Fontaine and his wife, Georgette, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Mary Jane Perkins of Bristol, Connecticut, Lucille Patenaude of Westford, Lionel Fontaine of Newport, Anita Shorette of Bristol, Helen Beauregard and her husband, Robert, of Essex; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Gertrude, he was predeceased by his sons Stephen and Sherman; his grandson Matthew; by his siblings Theresa Peterson, George Fontaine, Adellard Fontaine, and Angeline Fontaine; and by half-brothers and -sisters Yvonne Boivin, Midas Boivin, Felix Boivin, and Jeanne Levesque.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Spring interment will occur in the Derby Cemetery with full military honors.

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

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

Richard Jason Gidney

Richard Jason Gidney, 76, died Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born in Montpelier on March 16, 1940, son of the late Robert John and Europa L. (Herring) Gidney. Mr. Gidney served in the U.S. Army for six and a half years in the Panama Canal Zone. He was employed in administration at IBM in Essex Junction, and later with the Vermont Federal Bank. He was a member of Blue Lodge #12, of the Free and Accepted Masons in Richmond and a 32-degree Mason with Mt. Sinai Temple #3 in Montpelier.

Mr. Gidney loved traveling in New England, especially during the fall to see the foliage. He enjoyed his fireworks displays for his family and friends, going out for dinner, and being a practical joker. He was an avid sports fan for his great-nieces and -nephews. He will be remembered for always being there for people, for being a very giving person, and for his love of cats. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sisters, a brother, a nephew, several nieces, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. He is also survived by his special friends, Mark Hope and Roger Reilly. He was predeceased by his parents, and a special feline companion, Nancy.

At Mr. Gidney’s request there will be no public funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at the Brady & Levesque website: www.bradyandlevesque.com.

Roger V. Goodell

Roger V. Goodell, 53, of Coventry, died suddenly on November 24, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

He was born on November 23, 1963, in Newport to Beverly Cleveland and Gayton Verge. On June 20, 2009, he married Christine Monteith.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Goodell; his children: Mariah Goodell, Shane Goodell, Roger Pare, and Mathew Pare; his siblings: Burt Goodell and his wife, Laurie, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, Leo Verge and his wife, Norma Verge, Marlin Stevenson, Gaytan Verge, and Susan Roberge; by his grandchildren: Paislee Bartley, Sophia Pare, and Jameson Pare; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Goodell was a window glazier for most of his life. His hobbies were hunting, camping, and fishing. He loved spending time with his granddaughter Paislee — she was the apple of his eye and he spent every second he could get with her. He had a heart of gold and loved doing things with his family. He worked hard for his family and was a stubborn man who had the biggest sense of humor you could find in a person. He was loved by many for his charm and goofiness. He could pretty much get away with anything he said, and would just smile after he said it. His favorite singer of all time was Johnny Cash. He was always singing his tunes around the house and cried when Johnny Cash passed away. Mr. Goodell was a strong man who cared for his family to the best of his abilities. He will be greatly missed.

A poem for my father:

The Way I See It

Since I can remember, my father’s tool belt has been his second pair of pants. He always ran aimlessly around the house trying to fix this or that. Let’s just say not much has changed! I’ve watched my father go from building houses to putting in windows and always being busy, but he always made time to be a good father. His tough edge always wore off as he sat in my room for hours, letting me do his hair or playing Barbie’s. Always making me laugh when I hurt, or when he helped yank my first tooth. Watching my father build reminds me of who he is and why we are so much alike. I know wherever life takes me he will always be a footstep behind. If that does not symbolize how a father loves his daughter, I don’t know what does.

Love you, Mariah

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 4 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, 115 Elm Street in Newport. After services, family and friends are welcome to meet at the Eagles Club in Newport for dinner and a celebration of Mr. Goodell’s life. People are welcome to bring a dish to share. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Christine Goodell, or to a gofundme page at: https://www.gofundme.com/rogers-funeral-expenses.

Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood

 Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood, 103, of East Hartford, Connecticut, beloved wife of the late Owen Greenwood, died peacefully on November 29, 2016.

Mrs. Greenwood was born July 21, 1913, on the family farm in Brownington to Benjamin and Carolyn (Blouin) Provoncha. She attended Brownington’s North School, and being from a musical family, she later played the piano and organ at the Brownington Center Dance Hall. It was there that she was introduced to Owen Greenwood, and they later married at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Orleans on October 15, 1934. They resided in Orleans until 1942 when they moved to Charles Street in Lyndonville. They remained there until Mr. Greenwood’s death in 1983. Mrs. Greenwood then made her home in East Hartford so she could be near her children. She was a very kind and loving woman whose greatest joy was being with family and riding on the back roads of northern Vermont with her husband.

She is survived by her son Winston Greenwood of East Hartford; son-in-law Paul Masini and his companion, Julia Hopkins, of Clyde and Stem, North Carolina; and her granddaughter Cher Masini and her spouse, Christopher Rowe, of Superior, Colorado; as well as many nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Dorene Mailloux, of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two daughters: Nancy Masini of Avon, Connecticut, and infant daughter Marlene Greenwood; six sisters and five spouses: Alma Hardie and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans, Arene Richardson and her husband, Mark, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Elsie Barry and her husband, Leonard, of Newport, Doris Morin and her husband, Jean, of Merritt Island, Florida, Isabele Glodgett and her husband, Ernest, of Newport and Derby Line, and infant sister Evelyn Provoncha. She also lost her father- and mother-in-law who she loved dearly, Ovila and Mary Greenwood, of Brownington; and brother-in-law Sarto Greenwood and his wife, Myrtle, of West Charleston.

Graveside funeral services will take place in the spring in Lyndonville. To share a memory of Mrs. Greenwood with her family, please visit www.desopo.com.

 

David Francis Hamel

David Francis Hamel, 83, of Morgan, died peacefully at his home on Seymour Lake on October 7, 2016, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, June Carol Hamel. He leaves his son, Dean C. Hamel; daughter, Lisa Hamel-Zarookian and her husband, Paul; grandchildren: Alexandre, Cole, Lane, Rebecca, and Kaleigh; and many close friends.

Mr. Hamel was born in Hempstead, New York, to Marion and Francis Hamel on December 12, 1932. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York, graduating from Central High School. He studied music education in college and graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 1954. He was an instrumental music teacher in the East Meadow school district of New York for over 30 years and helped countless young people discover the joys of music. He also performed professionally, playing the trombone, bass, and piano.

Mr. Hamel was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was an avid golfer, and an accomplished chef who enjoyed cooking for, and spending time with, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the family home on Seymour Lake in the summer of 2017. The family is suggesting donations to brain cancer research through The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

 

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau, 89, of Newport died peacefully with her beloved family by her side on December 2, 2016.

She was born in St. Gedeon Beauce, Quebec, on July 17, 1927, the daughter of Simeon and Victoria Quirion.

Mrs. Nadeau was a strong, loving, beautiful, kind, and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She held strong spiritual beliefs, and for that was blessed with an abundance of love that surrounded her each and every day. For all of us, whose lives Mrs. Nadeau touched, we were so enriched by her presence.

She loved her family dearly and walked through life seeing only the positive in each situation. She cherished each one of us individually and taught us to believe in ourselves, to set and achieve our dreams, but most importantly she taught us all how to love. That love was most beautifully represented in her marriage to Maurice Nadeau. They were married on September 2, 1942. She enjoyed spending time at the camp they built together.

She loved knitting, baking homemade goodies, playing cards, and spending time with her animals. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. Her family loved spending time with her as well.

Mrs. Nadeau was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; and son Jacques (Jack) Nadeau.

She is survived by her children: Nicky Nadeau of Newport, Gilles Nadeau and his wife, Aline, of North Carolina, John Nadeau and his wife, Elizabeth, of Newport, Nicole Nadeau (the wife of Jacques Nadeau) of Newport; her grandchildren, Marc Nadeau and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Sharon Gonyaw and her husband, Jay, of Newport, Tina Nadeau of Newport, Joey Nadeau and his wife, Mariadena, of South Carolina, Karen Nadeau of South Carolina, Holly Nadeau and Ryan Pronto of Newport, and Glen Nadeau and his partner, Greg Douglass; her great-grandchildren Jacques (Jake) Nadeau, Hailey Nadeau and her fiancé, Tyler Bonneau, Andrew Gonyaw, Mitchell Gonyaw, Jordan Eastman, Cade Pronto; and her most recent addition to her family, her great-great-grandchild, Carson Bonneau. She is also survived by her stepbrother Henry Nadeau of Toronto, Ontario; her stepsister Marie Beth Mercier of St. Timothy, Quebec; sisters Claudette Nadeau of St. Gedeon Beauce, and Jacqueline Lachance of St. George Beauce, Quebec; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport at 12:30 p.m. A spring interment will take place St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 383, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

E. Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg

Elizabeth Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg died in her mother’s arms on November 26, 2016, at home in Irasburg. “Like a dandelion, she just floated away.”

The eldest child of Nicholas Temple and Brigitta Regina von Stackelberg, she was born in Germany in February, 1963, and arrived in Vermont with her parents later that year.

The first place they lived was located above the Albany town dump. Her mother shot rats in the yard to keep them from Alexandra’s cradle. This convinced them to speedily move to Irasburg — a place that Ms. von Stackelberg was to consider her true home for the rest of her life — and finally to Brooklyn, New York. During summers, while her parents worked, Ms. von Stackelberg lived in Irasburg with Clare and Barbara Phillips, who were her second set of loving parents. At the age of five, she was diagnosed with leukemia, marking the start of a lifelong battle with cancer that she was to face with breathtaking courage and dignity. Relocating to Paris, France, she was enrolled in a pioneering medical trial in immunotherapy at the Institut Gustave Roussy, where under the care of Dr. Leon Swartzenberg she made history as one of the first children to be cured of leukemia. She grew up in France, attending the Lycée Hoche in Versailles, before returning to Albany to live with her grandmother Ellen Biddle von Stackelberg and attend Craftsbury Academy (Class of ’82). A fluent French and German speaker, she graduated with a degree in Russian from St. Lawrence University before moving to New York to start her career in international finance. Her focus, dedication, and concern for her clients resulted in a successful career beginning with Manufacturers Hanover, before moving on to Standard and Poors, and finally Fiduciary Trust where she celebrated 20 years of service in 2015. It was at Manny Hanny in 1987 that she met her partner, Edward Jones, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and Long Island, with whom she was to spend 25 years until his death in 2011. They were blessed with a daughter, Lorelei Jane Temple, in 2001, and moved to Brooklyn, to the same neighborhood that Ms. von Stackelberg had lived in when she was a small child. She was a devoted mother, and her determination to be there for her daughter sustained her through the difficult times that followed. Ms. von Stackelberg was a warm-hearted, loving and generous woman with a puckish sense of humor. She was also supremely unselfish and empathic. Her desire to help and nurture extended beyond her family and friends, touching everybody she met. She had an exceptional gift for friendship and her deep loyalty inspired all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

The funeral will take place at the Irasburg United Church on Saturday, December 10, at 10 a.m.

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

 

Mabel Irene Webb

Mabel Irene Webb, 74, of Newport, died at her home on November 19, 2016.

She was born on August 4, 1942, in Holland, to Gerald and Ruby (Woodard) Cole.

Ms. Webb enjoyed hanging out at Maplefields, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Gary Cole of Irasburg and Donna Rowe of Newport; and by her daughter-in-law Rhonda Cole of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chantelle Cole, Cierra Cole, Josh Cole, Brooke Cole, Jeremy Rowe, and Jessica Rowe; by her brother Donald Cole; and by her sister Kathleen Cole, both of Newport; by a special nephew who stayed with her until the time of her death, Albert Cole; and by her other nieces and nephews: Allison Robishaw, Samantha Hadley, Robbie and Linda Cole, Corey and Colleen Cole, and Travis Cole.

She was predeceased by her grandson Cody Cole in 2012; and by her brother David Cole in 1990.

A memorial service was held on December 1, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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

 

Solon Lee Wilder

Solon Lee Wilder, 83, beloved husband of Cathy (Simmons) Wilder of West Glover, died on November 30, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on January 22, 1933, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Philip and Beatrice (Kratt) Wilder.

He attended schools in North Attleboro and finished his schooling in Bellingham, Massachusetts. At the age of 17 he joined the United Sates Navy and was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Putnam, during the Korean War.

He married Helen Kinney of Windsor, in 1951. Upon his discharge from the Navy he and his family moved to Miami, Florida, where he drove a bus for the city of Miami. He worked
for the U.S. Post Office for ten years from 1959 to 1969. He became a police officer in 1968, part time initially, before taking a position with the Homestead, Florida, Police Department, where he quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant.

On July 26, 1978, he married Cathy Simmons. He retired from the police department in 1990, and settled in Albany, in 1991.

Mr. Wilder was a member of the Police Benevolent Association, and the American Legion. He enjoyed many things, he especially loved his dog Cleo.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Wilder, and their children: Stephen Wilder and his wife, Julie, of Roswell, Georgia, Pete Wilder and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ogden, Utah, Mark Wilder of Jacksonville, Florida, and Paul Wilder of Irasburg; three step-children: Kimberly Bell, Corey Atkinson, and Bryan Atkinson; four grandchildren: Nicole, Marissa, Madeline and Christy; two great-grandchildren, Kiley and Brady; and a brother, David Wilder.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Philip and Roger Wilder; and sister Virginia Edwards.

Upon request of the family there will be no services.

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

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Obituaries November 30, 2016

Gaston J. Lefebvre

Gaston J. Lefebvre, 87, died peacefully at his home in Derby on November 21, surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born January 13, 1929, in Stanstead, Quebec, as the fourth child of Elphage and Maria (Beniot) Lefebvre.

On June 10, 1950, Mr. Lefebvre and Rita (Veilleux) married and moved from Quebec to Holland to build their life together on a dairy farm while raising eight children. Upon retiring from their farm in 1979, they moved to Newport, where they owned and operated the White Cap Laundromat for 26 years.

In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Lefebvre became snowbirds, enjoying Seminole, Florida, for 27 winters, and making many friends while golfing, bowling, shuffleboarding, and playing cards, and continued their friendships and activities in the summer months at their home in Derby.

Mr. Lefebvre’s sense of humor brought laughter to many, and he was known for his strong work ethic, strength of character, and always thinking of others.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita Lefebvre; and by his children: Andre Lefebvre and his wife, Sherry, of Morgan, Robert Lefebvre and his wife, Mindy, of Port Charlotte, Forida, Ivan Lefebvre and his wife, Gerri, of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Denise Sykes and her husband, Ken, of Morgan, Raymond Lefebvre and his wife, Diane, of Laurel, Maryland, Mark Lefebvre, of Milton, and Lynn Petry and her husband, Damian, of New London, New Hampshire; and by son-in-law Bill Worth, of Newport.

Mr. Lefebvre is also survived by 18 of his beloved grandchildren with their spouses; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his loving daughter, Sylvie Worth in 2003; by his parents; a brother; and two sisters; along with many others he valued in his lifetime.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

The funeral will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m. There will be a procession from the funeral home to the church for anyone wishing to join the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

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

 

Robert Bruce McKay

In the early morning hours of November 24, 2016, Robert Bruce McKay died quietly at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton with family at his side. Bruce, as he was known, was 89 years old.

Mr. McKay was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 22, 1927, at Lying-In Hospital. He was the first child of Myrtle Adams and Alexander Roy McKay.

As a child, he lived in Quincy, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden, Massachusetts, when he was 11 years old. While there, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holden. After graduating from Holden High School, he attended Wilbraham Academy, one of the 15 oldest preparatory schools on the east coast. Mr. McKay graduated from Eastern Illinois University, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

In 1939, he joined the Boy Scouts and eventually became scoutmaster to Troop #182 in Holden — a position he held for nearly two decades. He was happy teaching young scouts to explore and thrive in the outdoors with fellow scout leaders Herb Holmes, Al Court, and Walt Koenig. Their rainy camping trips made for legendary stories.

Mr. McKay also spent many years as a volunteer on the Holden Fire Department. As a high school student, he gleefully left school whenever the siren rang as so many of the town’s firemen were serving in World War II.

Near the end of the war, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force at the conclusion of the war, making Mr. McKay a charter member of the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Hawaii and in Guam, earning the rank of corporal.

Mr. McKay worked in real estate with his father at A. Roy and R. Bruce McKay Real Estate before beginning his 20-year teaching career at Westboro High School where he was genuinely fond of his students. After retiring from teaching, he enjoyed working for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Among Mr. McKay’s many passions were hunting, fly fishing (tying his own flies), and photography. He studied at the Maine Photographic Workshop. He loved to take road trips across the United States, to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and to Scotland. He enjoyed woodworking, creating wonderful nooks and crannies in his home, building unique and functional kitchen cabinets, and crafting fun trinkets for his grandchildren. Mr. McKay was also active in the Stepfamily Association of America. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a member of Clan MacKay, USA.

In 1995, following his retirement, Mr. McKay moved to North Troy. He was active on the North Country Union High School Board and he served as a town lister.

Mr. McKay was a thirty-second degree Mason, a past Master of Union Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons of Troy, and Deputy District Grand Master of the tenth Masonic district composed of seven lodges in the Northeast Kingdom.

Mr. McKay was preceded in death by: his first wife, Jean Court, in 1961; his son David Bruce McKay; his son-in-law Peter Brewer; and granddaughter Courtney LaFrance.

He is survived by Anne Clowes of North Troy, his beloved wife of 54 years with whom he raised their children. Mr. McKay also leaves three sons: Donald McKay and his wife, Sherri, of Montague, Massachusetts, Scott McKay and his partner, Wendy Ong, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Keith McKay and his wife, Christine, of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by four daughters: Linda Brewer of Rutland, Massachusetts, Judith Lowry of Ozark, Missouri, Jennifer Kennison and her husband, Dana, of Montgomery, and Gail Lacey and her husband, Phil, of St. Petersburg, Florida. He also leaves Lynn Bissett of Coventry, Connecticut, Michael Lowry of Nevada, Missouri, and Laura Need, M.D., of Arlington, Massachusetts.

Twelve grandchildren were lucky to call Mr. McKay their grandpa: Joshua Lowry and his wife, Rachel, Jesse McKay, Matthew B. Howrey and his wife, Michelle, Brianne McKay, Matthew Brewer, Carly Allen and her husband, Randy, Whitney (Lyra) McKay, Danielle McKay, Colin Lacey, Grady Kennison, Parker McKay, and Alexander McKay. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Mr. McKay leaves his cherished sister Janel Carlson; his niece Krista Vinkemulder of Atlanta, Georgia; nephew Charles Vinkemulder and his wife, Lisa Scali; niece Sara Spidle and her husband, Ronald, all of Portland, Maine; brother-in-law John “Jack” Court and his wife, Sally, of Southington, Connecticut; many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, including his cousins in Prince Edward Island; his good friends William and Susi Kinsloe-Byers; and Mr. McKay’s longtime neighbor Herbert Holmes.

He will be remembered for his kindness and his sense of humor.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. A Masonic funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 1 p.m. Both will be located at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport.

A memorial service and interment will be in Holden later in the spring of 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to C.A.R.E., a Masonic charity organization helping to identify at-risk children, 43 East Road-Berlin, Barre, Vermont 05641, or to The Alzheimer’s Association Research Division, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

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

 

Richard E. Messier

Richard E. Messier, 77, of Irasburg, died suddenly on November 24, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 30, 1938, in Franklin, to Elphege and Hilda (Garrow) Messier. On May 9, 1959, he married Joyce Lawson, who predeceased him on November 16, 1999.

He graduated from Newport Center High School. He was a dairy farmer all of his life on the family farm in Irasburg. His hobbies included hunting, fishing with Jim Greenwood, gardening, mowing his lawn, and in his younger years, square dancing with Joyce.

He is survived by his companion, Margaret Meunier, and her family of Newport Center; by his children: Clifford Messier of Brownington, Tammy Charland and her husband, Donald Jr., of Derby, Kenny Messier and his wife, Ann Marie, of Evansville, and Leonard Messier and his wife, Robin, of Lowell; by his daughter-in-law Jean Messier of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Shaun Messier of Holland, Rodney Messier of New Hampshire, April Messier of Michigan, Derrick Charland of Newport Center, Jeff Charland of Derby, Katie Charland of Derby, Jessica Messier of Newport, Scott Messier of New York State, Tracy Messier of Newport, Amy Grady of Orleans, Sarah Fleurie of Barton, Adam Messier of Newport, and Sarah Fournier of Lowell; and by 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Jeannette Davis and her husband, Landon, of New York State, Pauline Pooler of Newport, Diane Geoffrey of Lowell, Pat Royer and her husband, Gerry, of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his son Michael Messier on November 7, 2005.

Funeral services were held on November 29 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Spring interment will be in Coventry Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris, 85, of Lyndon Center died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on November 16, 2016, following a lengthy period of declining health.

She was born in Lyndon on December 9, 1930, the daughter of Edward L. and Emma E. (Dana) Cleary. Mrs. Paris was a lifelong resident of Lyndon. She attended Lyndon Corner Elementary School and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1949.

On March 2, 1956, she married Lanny R. Paris, with whom she shared 60 cherished years. Mr. and Mrs. Paris had two children, Gary and Rhonda.

She was a homemaker, but worked in the Lyndon Corner Elementary School hot lunch program while her children attended school there. Later, she worked at the Colonnade Inn and at Bag Balm.

During her childhood, she spent every summer at the family’s camp at Shadow Lake in Glover. She truly enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and preparing meals to share with all who visited. Mrs. Paris loved anything to do with the lake: fishing, boating, waterskiing, or just floating in the water. She also enjoyed playing many lawn games with her family.

She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, and aunt.

She is survived by her husband, Lanny; her daughter Rhonda Paris; her son Gary Paris and his companion, Shawna Wilkerson, all of Lyndon Center; and her sisters-in-law Sally Baillargeon, and Jean Conn; and several special and close nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Paris was predeceased by her parents; her husband’s parents, Dorothy S. King and Murray F. Paris; her sister Barbara Cleary Cameron; and brother-in-law George Gordon Cameron Jr.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the Upright Steeple Society, P.O. Box 224, Lyndon Corners, Vermont 05849.

Condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Fred Ellie Stevens

Fred Ellie Stevens, 60, of Brownington, beloved husband to Lila (Westmore) Stevens, died on November 22, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on March 4, 1956, in Newport. He was the son of Hiram and Norine (Clark) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was the owner of Willoughby River Dog Supply.

He was a member and past president of the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club. He enjoyed hunting, feeding the birds, going to yard sales, and spending time with the loves of his life — his grandchildren.

He was a very big-hearted man who would give anyone a hand.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Stevens; and their children: Dana Stevens and his wife, Amanda, William Stevens, Wendy Sicard and her husband, Gary, and Rockwell and his companion, Allison Douglas. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shane, Cayden, Cotter, Ava, Emmy Lou, and Lydia Stevens, and Cassandra, Joshua, and Daniel Sicard; and by his great-grandchildren: Savanah Sicard, and Addie and Alexis Sicard; by his brother Mark Stevens; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Velma.

A service was held on Monday, November 28, at the Westmore Community Church.

Burial will take place in the spring.

If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Steven’s memory to the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club: Attention Dana Stevens, 61 Stevens Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

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Obituaries November 23, 2016

Harley Sam Bly

Harley Sam Bly, 96, died in Newport on November 14, 2016.

He was born on September 6, 1920, in East Charleston, a son of Harley and Ethel (Holt) Bly.

He served in the United States Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and during that time was shot down and captured by the German Army and held prisoner for several months. The complete story is in the November, 2016, Vermont’s Northland Journal by Scott Wheeler.

Upon his return he married Muriel Webster on July 7, 1946. She predeceased him in 2004. Mr. Bly was a longtime installer and repairman for New England Telephone, from which he retired.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, woodworking, and the view of Lake Memphremagog from his and his wife’s home on Middle Street.

He is survived by his children: Robert Bly and his wife, Roxana Bailey, Tom Bly and his wife, Peggy, Linda Bly, and James Bly. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Max Bly, Jesse Bly, Hallie LaCroix and her husband, John, Jared Stevens, Samantha Smego, and Matthew LePore; and by his great-grandchildren, Kayden and Kyle LaCroix, Jalen and Kalli Rojas, Brianna Bly and Addison Smego.

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Joel, Edward, and Richard; and by his sister Alice Gonyaw.

Services and interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Barbara Louise Frawley

Barbara Louise Frawley, 91, well known resident of Derby, died peacefully on November 15, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Newport to Robert and Dorris (Davis) Kilborn. On September 29, 1951, she married Kenneth Frawley, who predeceased her on December 11, 1997.

Mrs. Frawley graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of arts degree in nursing. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She was an avid member of various friendly and community activities, including the After Five Club, Fortnightly Club, Board of Civil Authority, Gourmet Bridge Club, and regular Sunday night dinners with her friends.

Later in her life she opened a fabric shop in Derby called the Yankee Peddler, followed by her own antique store, Canterbury Antiques. Canterbury Antiques was run out of her home, which was built in 1800 — one of the very first houses built in Derby.

Some of her most memorable attributes her family will remember her by are walking her dogs on a daily basis, making sure nobody mowed the lawn besides herself (even up through her last days), and being a quintessential pillar for her community, family, and friends. She enjoyed being outdoors, bird watching, going on picnics, and taking ice cream road trips. Mrs. Frawley was also known for her ability to bounce back from adversities with a smile.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Gardyne and her husband, William, of Derby, Mary Jo Frawley of Huntington Beach, California, Sally Lafoe and her husband, Dave, of Norton, and Daniel Frawley and his wife, Michelle, of Derby; and by her grandchildren: Marin Gardyne, Danielle Altenburg and her husband, Paul, and Zack Frawley. She was predeceased by her sister Beverly Smith.

Funeral services were held on November 19 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will follow at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

 

Travis N. Gray

Travis N. Gray, 47, of St. Johnsbury, died at home on October 30, 2016, from Addison’s disease.

Mr. Gray was born in Newport on September 1, 1969, son to Niles O. Gray and Doreen M. Billig. He was educated in his early years in Island Pond, graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1987. He then attended and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, in 1991. He worked in fund-raising at Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, St. Michael’s College, and finally at the University of Hawaii. His last work title was senior director of annual programs and community colleges.

He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, for 13 years. He served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. As Mr. Gray’s health began to fail he moved back home to live with his mother the last 16 months of his life.

He is survived by his loving mother, Doreen Billig, of St. Johnsbury; his brother Paul G. Gray, his wife, Kathy, and their children: Allison, Sam, and Luke, all of Island Pond; his stepbrother Kurt Billig, his wife, Elke, and their children: Jasper and Kaiya all of Montreal, Quebec; and a special companion, Jan Orque, of Honolulu.

Mr. Gray was predeceased by his father, Niles O. Gray, in 2013; his stepfather Michael Billig in 2012; and his sister Wendy Gray in 1987.

A memorial service was celebrated on November 12 at the United Community Church in St. Johnsbury with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating. Burial will be private at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wendy Gray and Travis Gray Scholarship Fund, care of St. Johnsbury Academy Alumni Association, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Mabel Irene Webb

Mabel Irene Webb, 74, of Newport, died at her home on November 19, 2016.

She was born on August 4, 1942, in Holland, to Gerald and Ruby (Woodard) Cole.

Ms. Webb enjoyed hanging out at Maplefields, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Gary Cole of Irasburg and Donna Rowe of Newport; and by her daughter-in-law Rhonda Cole of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chantelle Cole, Cienna Cole, Josh Cole, Brooke Cole, Jeremy Rowe, and Jessica Rowe; by her brother Donald Cole; and by her sister Kathleen Cole, both of Newport; by a special nephew who stayed with her until the time of her death, Albert Cole; and by her other nieces and nephews: Allison Robishaw, Samantha Hadley, Robbie and Linda Cole, Corey and Colleen Cole, and Travis Cole.

She was predeceased by her grandson Cody Cole in 2012; and by her brother David Cole in 1990.

A visiting hour will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 10 a.m., at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg. A service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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

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