Obituaries December 22, 2015

obit DaniellFrances “Franny” Alice Daniell

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

She was born on July 7, 1952.

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

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

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

 

obit EarpEileen Dorothy Earp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hall VETRobert L. Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit LetourneauPaul Joseph Letourneau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit LucasCaroline (Thalheimer) Lucas

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

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

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

She married Robert Lucas on December 2, 1972.

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit mason VETDonald Maynard Mason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries December 16, 2015

obit Callahan VETAlbert J. Callahan Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at molloyfuneralhome.com.

 

obit GarlandOrmond B. Garland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his infant son Denis Leroy Garland.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hemenway VETFern “Jim” Hemenway

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

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

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

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

He enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking.

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit jankowskiBrenda G. Jankowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit LantagneJoette M. Lantagne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LebeauCecile M. Lebeau

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

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

She married Henry Lebeau, who predeceased her in 1995.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit maynardPaul I. Maynard Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

obit PerkinsGerald Ralph Perkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit selansCheryle Emily Selan

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

She was born on July 1, 1946.

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit TurnerPaul Lewis Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and David Turner.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit WilsonJoyce P Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries December 9, 2015

obit gibson VETSybil Mary Space Gibson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister Pamela.

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

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

 

obit Glodgett VETRoyce A. Glodgett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit gordonLynn Elizabeth Gordon

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

She was born on December 13, 1964.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit PatrissiCatherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries December 2, 2015

obit letourneauDolorese Rita Letourneau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit VET lucasAlbert Kenneth Lucas

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

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

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

His hobbies included fishing, and hunting.

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mignonePeter A. Mignone

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 obit VET pollardMarvin B. Pollard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 25, 2015

obit dupreeJulie Lynn Piper Depree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You are a shooting star.

I will always love you Ju,

Love Shari

From Shari McAllister of Newport

 

Mary Ann Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PerronAlmy W. Perron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit TubbertRobert Edward Tubbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 18, 2015

obit-Hill2Richard Oliver Hill

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother Rodney Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Elizabeth Jenney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Deborah Louise Lemery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jacquelyn Ann Roese

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Thomas G. Snelgrove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roger W. Stewart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert Edward Tubbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit-algerLeona Rollins Alger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit-guyetteGlenn Edward Guyette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit-Thompson-VETDelbert M. “Bud” Thompson

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

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

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

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

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries September 23, 2015

obit GlodgettMarjorie L. Glodgett

Marjorie L. Glodgett, 73, of Brownington, beloved wife of Louis Glodgett, died on September 18, 2015, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born on February 16, 1942, in Middletown, Connecticut, the daughter of Harold and Bessie (Ennor) Rounds.

She graduated from Orleans High School.

Mrs. Glodgett enjoyed gardening, canning, hunting and fishing, yard sales, working in her flower gardens, embroidering, cooking for her family and for others who showed up at meal times, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and boating. She and Mr. Glodgett enjoyed doing most of these things together as they were very family oriented.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Glodgett, of Brownington; by her children: Forest Glodgett and his wife, Kara, Reginald Glodgett and his wife, Joanne, Lorrieann Glodgett, Lisa Hinton and her husband, Mark, Michael Glodgett and his wife, Cheryl, Christopher Glodgett and his wife, Christy, Sheila Davis and her husband, Brian, Louis Glodgett and his wife, Wanda, Tammy Bowman and her fiancé, John Zelanski, Rhoda Margolla and her husband, Remberto, and David Glodgett; by her 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; by several nieces and nephews; by her sister Alice Button and her husband, Richard; and by stepbrother Steven Rounds.

She was predeceased by a brother, Newton Rounds, and her grandson Joshua.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment followed in Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

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

 

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Elizabeth Gale Lewis, 88, formerly of Barton died on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was born on November 9, 1926, in Newport. She was the daughter of Bert and Avis (Whitehill) Lewis.

After she graduated from Derby Academy, she attended Hesser College for nursing and business school in Manchester, New Hampshire. During World War II she was a plane spotter.

She worked for the former Howard Bank in the loan department in Barton for 25 years. Her second career, and also her hobby, was being an antiques dealer for 29 years. She would travel around and buy antiques. Her family was the heart of her life.

She enjoyed plants, gardening, cooking, antiquing, and collie dogs. She was also fascinated by history, especially by her Scottish heritage.

She met many friends through the years. She loved traveling, especially with her sister Irma. They went on several trips to Maine and Nova Scotia. Ms. Lewis played the violin in her younger years. She had a strong faith and was committed to the Barton United Church.

She is survived by many cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Lewis’s name to the Barton United Church, P.O. Box 306, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit MajorNorma Alice (Ashe) Major

Norma Alice (Ashe) Major, 76, died on Friday, September 18. Her faith was her rock and as Jesus taught her, when muscular dystrophy was the cross she was given she valiantly took up that cross and followed her Lord. When that cross became heavy it was her unwavering faith in God and the love and prayers of her family and friends that helped her continue on.

Mrs. Major was born on December 6, 1938, to Merton “Toots” and Myrtle (Robertson) Ashe. She was the youngest of seven children. Her two surviving sisters are Althea Gillis of Colchester and Beverley Chaffee of Montpelier.

On September 5, 1959, she married the love of her life, Paul Major, who survives her. Her greatest job in life was being a mother, at which she excelled. The children, who were blessed to call her Ma, are Penny Wood and her husband, John, of Stratham, New Hampshire, Linda Curtis and her husband, Clark, of Newport, Christine Smith and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Deb Prue and her husband, Bill, of Newport. God continued His blessings on her with ten grandchildren: Geoffrey Wood and his wife, Christina, of Dover, New Hampshire, Michael Wood and his companion, Jenn, of North Berwick, Maine, Laura Mullen and her husband, Brendan, of Kensington, New Hampshire, Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, Spencer Curtis of Newport, Faith Curtis of Newport, Molly Smith of Newport, Bud Prue and his companion, Courtney, of Waterville, Maine, Taylor Prue and his companion, Megan, of Biddeford, Maine, and Chandler Prue and his companion Angela of Newport. To make her joy more complete she was also blessed with five great-grandchildren: Connor and Jack Mullen, Nicholas and Stella Wood, and Liam Curtis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Peter Paul Major; her granddaughter Elizabeth Helen Smith; her sisters: Barbara Powers, and Helen Farrow; and her brothers: Buster, Harold and Butch Ashe.

A woman of faith and the heart of the Major family, Mrs. Major shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, always willing to give of herself for others. She spent many hours praying for the unborn children, and for those who were suffering. Her pastimes included following politics and keeping up with her growing family.

To celebrate her life, the funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Donations may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Lena B. Patenaude

Lena B. Patenaude, 90, of Newport Center died on September 20, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was born on December 22, 1924, in Augusta, Maine, the daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Belle) Quintal.

In 1945, she married Leo Normandin who predeceased her in 1960. She later married Armand Patenaude in 1977, and he also predeceased her in 1983.

Ms. Patenaude enjoyed embroidery, cooking, and puzzles.

She is survived by a grandson Thomas Deslandes and his wife, Kelley, of Newport Center; a sister Gilberta Quintal of Newport; and dear friends Rachel Westover and her husband, Lary Bean, and Tammy and Victoria Westover, all of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her daughter Beatrice Deslandes in 2002; her granddaughter Lisa Deslandes in 2001; and by a brother Louis Quintal.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Patenaude’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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Obituaries September 16, 2015

Dana Alden Blanchard

Dana Alden Blanchard, 65, of Newport died on September 8, 2015, at his home.

He was born on April 6, 1950, in Barton to Alden Blanchard and the late Alva (Spaulding) Blanchard.

He was employed by the Newport Daily Express, Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, and Metal Flex. He was interested in the history of Newport and surrounding areas.

He will be dearly missed by his dad who was always interested in his well-being.

He is survived by his father, Alden Blanchard; his wife, Marilyn, of Newport; his aunts and uncles; and several cousins.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit brenek2Paul Edward Brenek

Paul Edward Brenek, 55, died on August 26, 2015, at his home in Sonoma, California after a battle with cancer. He is in heaven now.

He was born on October 8,1959, in Norwich, Connecticut to Martha Burke Brenek and Donald Brenek.

He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather — good hearted and loved his family dearly. He graduated from Griswold High School in Jewett City, Connecticut. He decided to go to California. He spent his life there, and worked with his cousin Walt on automotive repair. Mr. Brenek decided to become a certified smog tester for the State of California and worked with Sonoma Truck for many years.

Paul will be in his family’s heart forever.

He is survived by his daughter Jessica Brenek and her husband, Brian Todd; and four grandchildren: Julian, Addisyn, Presten and Aiden. He is also survived by his wife, Kitty Klingburg Brenek; his brother Kenneth Brenek; his sisters: Diane Brenek Manning and her husband, Ron, and their sons: Shawn and Joshua; Lori Brenek Balczun and her husband, Paul, and their sons: Tyler and Bryan; his aunt Marilyn “Chochie” Brenek residing on Depot Road in Canterbury, Connecticut; his parents: Martha and Donald Brenek of Green Hill Road in Lowell; his aunt and uncle Brenda and Harvey Burke of Delta Junction, Alaska; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Julie Messier Brenek; his paternal grandparents: Emile and Anna Brenek of Depot Road in Canterbury; his maternal grandparents: Margaret and Frank Burke of Rixtown Road in Griswold, Connecticut.

A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Sunday, September 13, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma. A reception sponsored by St. Andrew’s deacons was held after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice by the Bay at 17E Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur, California 94939, or to the American Cancer Society in Sonoma.

 

Noamie N. Chaffee

Noamie N. Chaffee, 73, of Irasburg died on September 10, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 24, 1942, in Newport to Niles and Constance (Rushlow) Bean. She married James Chaffee, who predeceased her in 2006. Her hobbies included going shopping and playing games on her iPad.

She is survived by her children: Dawn Gaudette and her fiancé, Tim Centeno, of Irasburg, and Robert Chaffee and his wife, Wanda, of Hendersonville, North Carolina. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jonathan Chaffee, Bradley Chaffee and Ryan Centeno; her siblings: Sunny (Yolanda) Bean of North Troy, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald, of Irasburg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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obit joseph VETRobert Joseph

Robert Joseph, 78, of Derby died suddenly at his home on September 9, 2015.

He was born January 6, 1937, to Lessel (Coutts) Joseph and George “Joe” Joseph.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1955, and went into the Navy. He was a hardworking, generous and kind man who took care of his mother until she died. He worked for many years at Union Butterfield Tivoly in Derby Line, Agway in Newport, and 20 years at Ducharme Excavating in Derby Line. He was a workaholic who liked to keep busy, and who went until he just couldn’t go any more.

He loved to help others and he loved his community. He enjoyed working in the woods year-round. He would ride on the groomer with Mike Judd in the winter and help in the sugarbush in the spring. He liked to help with haying in the summer months and he often talked about spending summers out on the Aldrich family farm growing up. He spent his last 18 years with his cousins, where he wanted to settle and retire.

His interests included classic and muscle cars, especially Chevys, and also Farmall tractors and old farm equipment. He owned two Monte Carlos and two old Farmalls, until recently. He liked to go to frequent car and tractor shows at the fairgrounds.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his brother “Huz” Joseph of Newport; and his children: Susan Marie Mason, Brett Joseph, Hayley Joseph, Robyn Joseph Robar, and Gary Joseph; his sister-in-law Ruthy Joseph and her daughters: Cindy Joseph Shepardson and Jennifer Joseph Koslowsky; several grandnieces and -nephews; and three great-grandnephews. He is also survived by several cousins, close friends, and neighbors who loved him dearly and certainly thought of him as family. He was especially close with his cousins: Robert and Dean Aldrich, and Beatrice “Sis” (Aldrich) Nelson and her husband, Roger, Doug and Keith Gray, and Mike and Brad Judd.

Mr. Joseph was predeceased by his parents; a sister Patricia “Tisha” Joseph; his brother Alfred “Al” Joseph; his cousins: Bill and Jim Aldrich; and his best friend Dwight “Shine” Judd, with whom he spent several winters in Florida.

At his request, there will be no formal services. There will be a gathering for friends and family to reminisce about Mr. Joseph, which will be announced at a later date. Something will also be done in the spring at one of his favorite spots on the hill near the Aldrich and Judd family farms where he spent many of his childhood years.

Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Haskell Free Library, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 595, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit Jourdan VETWilliam P. Jourdan

William P. Jourdan, 68, of Westfield died on August 24, 2015, at his home.

He was born on May 23, 1947, in Montpelier to William and Blanche (Allard) Jourdan. He graduated from People’s Academy in Morrisville.

On June 1, 1985, he married the former Joan Clarke, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Jourdan was employed as an electrician for Gould Electric Company in Stowe.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Jourdan, of Westfield.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

obit vets flagShould friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Cheryl Atwood, 892 Porter Brook Road, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836, to help support financial needs.

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Obit LaCasseOdila “Del” LaCasse 

Odila “Del” LaCasse, 75, formerly of Island Pond died on Friday, September 4, 2015.

She was born on April 21, 1940, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Ovila and Juliette (Hebert) Quintin. She was married on October 12, 1973, to the love of her life, the late Freeman “Bud” LaCasse.

She loved to crochet, was an avid traveler, and lived in Alaska and Arkansas, always returning to her roots in Vermont. She loved baseball, especially the Cardinals, and loved to laugh and enjoy her family.

She is survived by one sister, Rosalie Paquette of Massachusetts; by one brother, Albert Quintin of Vermont; her in-laws and extended family, the LaCasse Family; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandy Simpson; her husband; four brothers: Phil, Ernie, Paul and John Quintin; three sisters: Cora Martin, Alice Perrow and Laura Fleming.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, September 12, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town at boystown.org, or mailed to 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.

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obit vets flagReginald Gordon Lacoss

Reginald Gordon Lacoss, 79, of Irasburg, died on September 7, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on February 25, 1936, in Orleans to Archie and Katherine (Johnson) Lacoss.

On August 15, 1958, he married Shirley Simino, who predeceased him on July 20, 2011. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Lacoss was a machinist at Butterfields Union Twist Company in Derby Line, where he retired after 30 years of service.

The Lacosses sold Christmas trees for many years on the Orleans Road, and did income taxes for over 50 years. They loved their horses and their dog Tanner. Mr. Lacoss would go hunting when he was younger and he and his wife loved to dance, play golf, and attended all of his class reunions.

He is survived by his siblings: Michael Lacoss and his wife, Betty, of Westmore, Robin Lacoss and his wife, Claire Talbot, of Newport Center, Bonnie Chartier and her husband, Joe, of Orleans; his sister-in-law Merrilyn Lacoss; his brothers-in-law: Dale Simino and his wife, Shery, and Gary Simino; and by many nieces and nephews, as well as his wife’s niece and nephew: Maxine and Harry Carbonneau, who spent many hours taking care of their horses and spending time with the Lacosses. He is also survived by special friends and neighbors: Steve and Tammy Jewett.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Rodney Lacoss, Betty Moquin and her husband, Francis, Phyllis Vallier and her husband, Conrad, and Judith Wilcox.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Unit, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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obit russellBrian D. Russell

Brian D. Russell, 56, of Derby died suddenly on September 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born on August 31, 1959, in Newport to Darrell and Phyllis Russell.

On September 1, 1984, he married Kim Nadeau, who survives him.

He worked for his brother as a mechanic for Russell Service in Orleans. He played baseball, softball and various sports. He was a member of the Newport Country Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Russell, of Derby; his children: Douglas Russell of Derby Line, and Tracy Russell of Derby; his mother, Phyllis Russell of Orleans; his grandchildren: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell; his brother Kevin Russell and his wife, Anita, of Barton; his nephews: Tommy Russell of Colchester, and Tim Russell of Barton; his close cousin Pat Russell of Barton; and several aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his father, Darrell Russell, in 1992, and by his cousin Clayton Russell in 1996.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Junior Golf at Newport Country Club, in care of Pat Hunt, 375 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries September 9, 2015

Milton J. Bowen Sr.

Milton J. Bowen Sr., 84, of Jay died on August 31, 2015.

He was born in Seymour, Connecticut, to the late Carroll and Nellie Bowen.

He served proudly in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He had a deep appreciation of the outdoors and a love for Vermont and Alaska.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling, music, dance, and spending time with his family. He was a very honest, kind, and gentle man.

He is survived by Barbara K. Bowen, his wife and the love of his life for 42 years; his daughters: Susan Dubois and her husband, Eben, and Mary; his sons: Martin and his wife, Valorie, Milton Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou, and Rich and his wife, Diane. He leaves behind many grandchildren, who he was very proud of and who he loved very much: Ryan, Isaiah, Martin, Gabriel, Juls, Audrey, Brendan, Sean, Jessica, Bobby, Jason, and Amy. He leaves two great-grandchildren: Rae Lyn and Max of Texas. He is also survived by his brother Everett Bowen and his wife, Shirley; and by a sister-in- law Angie.

Mr. Bowen was predeceased by three brothers: Claude, Rueben, and Buddy; and one sister Blanche.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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obit CastonguayMargaret Grace Castonguay

Margaret Grace Castonguay, 73, of Island Pond died on September 3, 2015, after a long courageous battle with cancer, in New Haven, Connecticut.

She was born on March 5, 1942, in Island Pond to Bernard Clifford Worth and Josephine Margaret (Ball) Worth.

She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond. On May 21, 1964, she married Peter Castonguay who predeceased her in 1993.

She was assistant town clerk in Island Pond for over 25 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 80 of Island Pond. She loved to travel, read, cook, and spend time at the cabin in Morgan. She enjoyed visiting with people and she never met a stranger.

She is survived by her children: Mark Castonguay and his wife, Robin, of Island Pond, and Catherine Hilliker and her husband, Todd, of Delaware; her grandchildren: Garrett Hilliker of Delaware, Kristen VanHekle and her husband, Dave, of Delaware, Shelby Castonguay, and Brandon Castonguay, both of Island Pond; her great-granddaughter Stella Grace VanHekle of Delaware; her long-time special companion Wendall Lacoss of Wallingford, Connecticut; her siblings: James Worth and Sheila of Island Pond, Gloria Gaboriault of Island Pond, and Gayle Perry of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday, September 9, until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

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obit DyerSarah Elizabeth (Hannah) Dyer

Sarah Elizabeth (Hannah) Dyer, 83, of Derby, died on August 31, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 1, 1932, in Balfour, North Carolina to Carl and Eva (Hill) Hannah.

In 1955 she married Clifford C. Dyer Sr., who predeceased her.

She loved her flower and vegetable gardens that she shared with her family and friends. She was an avid reader as she read book after book. She babysat for lots of children and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and going for bike rides with her husband.

She is survived by her children: Robert Rudder and his wife, Dianna, of Canaan, New Hampshire, Iris Guyer and her husband, Russell, of Morgan, Clifford Dyer Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Grantham, New Hampshire, Janice Charbono of Canaan, Pam Boyles and her husband, Mike, of Windsor, Missouri, and William Dyer and his wife, Lorine, of Canaan; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, three sisters, her son-in-law Jerome Charbono, and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Robert P. Knowles

Robert “Bob” Knowles, 88, of Belleview, Florida, died on August 18, 2015, in Ocala, Florida, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Derby, a son of Wilmer and Della (Hayward) Knowles.

On September 14, 1953, he married Charlotte Broome, who survives him.

He was an inspector at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut. He retired from Pratt and Whitney, and moved back to Derby and worked at Butterfield and Company in Derby Line. He purchased the family land and he and his wife built Char-Bo Campground in Derby. They operated it for thirty years. Before retiring, they spent winters in Florida. Upon retiring, they bought a home in, and moved permanently to, Belleview.

Mr. Knowles was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Belleview. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Japan during World War II.

Mr. Knowles is survived by his wife; one brother Dale Knowles of Newport; one sister Flossie Boucher of Newport; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Parenteau of Brownington, and Sissie Broome of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesdsay, September 9, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 10835 Southeast 70th Avenue, Belleview, Florida 34420.

 

obit MessierLeopold A. Messier

Leopold A. Messier, 73, of Coventry died peacefully on September 2, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 20, 1942, to Lucien and Clarice (Lafleur) Messier. On October 3, 1986, he married the former Marlene Carpenter who survives him.

He was a dairy farmer most of his life. He loved hunting, fishing, and helping others wherever needed. He also loved working the farm, tending to his vegetable and flower garden, and feeding the birds. Leo and Marlene loved going to the ocean in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dining on seafood dinners, especially lobster rolls.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Messier of Coventry; his children: Melissa Harbec and her husband, Michael, of Irasburg, Joni Pion of Coventry, Anthony Little of Coventry, John Messier of Montgomery, and Theresa Stone of Swanton; his grandchildren: Matthew Harbec and his wife, Ashley, of Orleans, Mark Harbec and his fiancé, Mandi Fecteau, of Irasburg, Curtis Pion and his fiancé, Aja Emerson, of Orleans, Nicholas Pion of Derby, Deserae Pion and her companion Brent Chilafoux of Coventry, Kaya Little, and Kingston Little both of Coventry; his great-granddaughter Leila Pion of Orleans; his great-grandson Alexander Harbec of Orleans; his siblings: George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Darlene Choquette and her husband, Richard, of Coventry; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Carpenter and his companion Lisa Digman of Coventry, and Scott Carpenter and his wife, Laura, of Derby Line; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his special friend Joe Chatier.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and by his brothers-in-law: Terry and Randy Carpenter.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday September 8, at the Church of God on the Crawford Road in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.   Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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Hubert “Andre” Palardy

Hubert “Andre” Palardy, 81, of Newport died suddenly on August 31, 2015.

He was born on July 26, 1934, in Newport, son of E. Antonio and Vivian (Beauregard) Palardy.

He had a natural ability in electrical, plumbing, and mechanics and used these abilities in his various employments. He resided in Florida for most of his life and returned to Newport in his later years.

He was an avid follower of the weather and weather statistics. He enjoyed riding his bike around town, and he loved gardening.

He is survived by his sisters: Yolande Young and her husband, Neil, of Derby, and Jacqueline Palardy and her husband, Arthur Bloete, of Maine. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Economou.

Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 83 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit StuartTravis L. Stuart

Travis L. Stuart, 41, of Newport died on September 2, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on April 15, 1974, in Newport, a son of Richard Stuart Jr. and Barbara (Sweeney) Stuart now of Glover.

Mr. Stuart was a carpenter and loved crafting cedar furniture as well as many different jobs. He loved his birds and his best friend Holly Dog.

He is survived by his son Anthony Stuart of Ferrisburg; a grandson Tanner Stuart of Ferrisburg; his parents; his companion Linda Major of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Todd Stuart.

A family service will be held at the Albany Cemetery at a later date. A remembrance lunch will be held at the Glover Community Church on Saturday, September 12, from noon to 2 p.m., with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Volunteer Fire Department, 63 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Glover Ambulance, 48 County Road, Unit 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

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obit Vinal photoBruce Rex Vinal

Bruce Rex Vinal, 49, of Newport died peacefully on September 3, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on January 10, 1966, in Webster, Massachusetts, to Charlotte (Sargent) Vinal and the late Raymond Vinal.

He was employed for many years as a painter for Memphremagog Rentals in Newport. He was a very kind hearted man with a great wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed watching football, the Boston Red Sox, fishing, and he loved his two dogs Sheba and Molly.

He is survived by his daughter Desiree Vinal of Lyndonville; his grandson Ryker J. Vinal, of Lyndonville; his companion Tammy Teaster of Newport; his mother, Charlotte Vinal of Newport; his siblings: David Vinal and his wife, Pat, of Whitney Point, New York, Ricky Vinal of Newport, and Linda Bowen and her husband, Michael, of West Charleston; and his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, September 10, from 3 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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