Danielle Marie Connell
Danielle Marie Connell, 46, of Derby died on September 23. She was called home to be with the Lord.
Ms. Connell was the beloved wife of Danny Connell of Derby and loving mother to their son, Tristan Connell of Niceville, Florida.
She loved spending time with the word of the Lord. She was blessed with a gift for animals, especially dogs. She lived in Florida for a time, but her heart was always in Vermont. She loved the people, the countryside and the cold winters. Ms. Connell enjoyed being outdoors, and seeing the majestic Vermont sky and stars. She loved butterflies and rainbows.
In addition to her husband and son, Ms. Connell is survived by her father, Gerald Cady of Irasburg; her mother, Deborah Gunger, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her sisters: Kimberly Cady of Virginia Beach, and Cassandra Howell and her husband, Lance, of Newport, Virginia. She is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Grace Elliott, 87, of Glover died on Monday September 21, 2015.
She was born on July 2, 1928, in Barton. She was the daughter of Armour and Belle (Rollins) Urie.
Ms. Elliott attended Barton Academy and earned her diploma in 1946. She married Kenneth J. Elliott on July 12, 1947.
She worked at Montgomery Ward in Newport, and at the pharmacy, which was called Pierce Pharmacy at the time, in Barton. She also volunteered at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society. She spent many years working at the Barton fair selling tickets at the grandstand.
Ms. Elliott enjoyed working in her flower beds, growing roses, swimming at Crystal Lake, living in town so she could talk to her friends, having her own car so she could take her friends with her, taking trips to Boston, Massachusetts, to pick up her mother, singing in the church choir, and being an active member of the Barton United church. She loved rainy days, and the sound of the rain, and feeling the raindrops on her face.
She is survived by her son Raymond Elliott of Essex Junction.
She was predeceased by her husband in May of 2010.
A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Harry F. LaMonda, 89, formerly of Brownington and Orleans, died on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Riverhead Care Center in Riverhead, New York.
He was a former dairy farmer at the old Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton, New York, and a World War II Army veteran who served in Japan. He had Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. LaMonda was born on a Vermont farm, and traveled to eastern Long Island, New York, to work for Abe Katz, the owner of Dune Alpin and another farm in Bridgehampton, where Mr. LaMonda first worked and lived.
A son of Wesley Stephens LaMonda, a dairy farmer, and the former Lois Jane Dewing, he was born in Sheldon, on June 20, 1926, and attended school through the eighth grade.
He was married to the former Greta Arlene Lafoe, who predeceased him, and the couple, who lived first in Brownington and Orleans, then eventually settled in East Hampton, had seven children.
After Dune Alpin Farm was sold, Mr. LaMonda stopped farming and did woodworking, more as a hobby, but, at around the age of 52, he got bored and went to work as a handyman at McDonald’s restaurant in Southampton, New York. He retired on his eightieth birthday.
He is survived by four daughters: Diana Darrell of East Hampton, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Carolina, and Pamela LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; his son, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York; one brother, Leonard LaMonda of Middlebury; many nieces and nephews; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was also the loving father-in-law of James Darrell, Edward Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster (deceased), Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie.
A wake was held on Sunday, September 13, at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, Inc. in East Hampton. Mr. LaMonda’s ashes, and those of his wife Greta, will be brought home to Vermont the weekend of June 18, 2016, at which time a service will be held and their ashes buried in Brownington Center, where their hearts and souls will forever rest in perfect peace together.
Mr. LaMonda was a member of the Everit Albert Herter Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in East Hampton, to which contributions in his memory may be made by sending to P.O. Box 5033, East Hampton, New York 11937. Donations in his memory may also be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.
Shirley Ann (Carey) Lay of Sutton, 87, died on September 18, 2015, passing peacefully.
She will be forever remembered as an indomitable woman with a no-nonsense, straightforward approach and a proud Irish spirit.
She was born on November 10, 1927, in Montpelier, the daughter of William and Theresa (Failey) Carey.
She married Nelson Lay in Montpelier on October 4, 1952, and together, they raised five children, living in multiple Vermont communities including Bradford, Rutland, and Waterbury Center, and finally building their dream home in Sutton, where Mrs. Lay’s favorite pastime (when she wasn’t immersed in household chores) was tending her famously enormous gardens.
Mrs. Lay attended Catholic schools in Montpelier, and in addition to some of the finer points of disciplinary techniques for unruly children, she adopted the beautiful flowing handwriting of her nuns/educators.
Her children always looked forward to her handwritten cards and notes, both for content and aesthetics. To augment household income, and undoubtedly to maintain her sanity, for she was a social creature at heart, Mrs. Lay worked at many different jobs over the years, eventually retiring from the Farmers Home Administration in Newport, where she earned a reputation for hard work, fairness, and frugality.
In addition to gardening, she enjoyed sewing, church functions, friends, and family. She was renowned for her seemingly inhuman endurance when it came to churning out French fries in 90-degree weather at the Barton Fair in support of her church. She was a fiercely devout Catholic. She loved to spend time at the family camp on Lake Seymour, and enjoyed (yes enjoyed) picking rocks and building jetties to make for a sandier beach. She loved her children. She loved her grandchildren. She loved animals, especially her dogs. She loved in the manner of her generation, which was not so much in words, as in deeds. She lived an active and full life.
She is survived by five children: Douglas Lay and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center, Maureen Russell of Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and her husband, Ron, of Cabot, Daniel Lay and his wife, Staci, of Brunswick, Maine, David Lay and his partner, Shannon, of Danville; and eight grandchildren: Devin and Derick Lay; Morgan Russell; Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper; and Declan and Hannah Lay. She also is survived by her sister Elizabeth Blouin of Montpelier; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Lay; her beloved brother Francis Carey and sister Margaret Larned.
Visiting hours were held at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Friday, September 25.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in Lyndonville on Saturday, September 26, at St. Elizabeth Church. Committal services followed at the Sutton Village Cemetery.
Online condolences at guibordfh.com.
Charles B.“ Charlie” Smith Jr.
Charles Bingham “Charlie” Smith Jr., 96, of Hardwick died on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
He was born on December 11, 1918, in Craftsbury, the son of the late Charles B. Smith Sr. and Alice (Lane) Smith. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1937. He entered Vermont Junior College, graduating in the class of 1940, and continued his education at the University of Vermont.
On September 6, 1941, he entered the U.S. Army in Rutland. He received his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Camp Young in California. He served his country in the battles of Normandy in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe under General George S. Patton. He served with distinction and received the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his efforts. He was honorably discharged on October 19, 1945, as a member of the “Greatest Generation.”
On December 11, 1945, he married Shirley Arlene “Peggy” Hovey in Johnson.
He was employed at Fairbank’s Scales in St. Johnsbury. He retired on December 31, 1981.
Mr. Smith was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and an associate member of the United Church in Hardwick. He joined Meridian Sun Lodge #20, F&AM in Craftsbury in 1943. In 1984, he was elected secretary and continued to serve in that position for more than 26 years. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and the VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville.
He was an avid sportsman. He played high school, college, and semi-pro baseball. He excelled in many other sports, including cross- country, downhill and slalom skiing, basketball, cross-country running, golfing, and bowling. He also enjoyed hunting and ice fishing. Mr. Smith continued to support area high school athletics and was always interested in how the teams were doing. He took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s ball games. He enjoyed visiting and spending time with everyone. He will be sadly missed by the Hardwick community.
Survivors include three children: Sharyn Salls and her husband, Raymond, of Hardwick, C. Stephen Smith and his wife, Sarah, of Barre, and Scott Smith and his wife, Tammi, of Hardwick; six grandchildren: Shelley Hale of East Hardwick, Sherri Wiswell of Woodbury, Jeremy Smith of Londonderry, Jason Smith of Woodbury, Jamon Smith, and Spencer Smith, both of Hardwick; seven great-grandchildren: Mykala Wiswell of Woodbury, Kassity Hale of East Hardwick, Kobe, Trevor, and Marina Smith, all of Woodbury, Kylie Smith of Hardwick, and Alyssa Smith of Londonderry; a Fresh Air son, Michael Caban, of Florida; his brother Cedric Smith of South Barre; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, on June 9, 2007; a granddaughter, Lori Ann Salls, in 1986; four siblings: Natalie Drew, and Henry, Donald, and Warren Smith.
Visiting hours were held on Saturday, September 26, and a Masonic service was held at Northern Vermont Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 27, at the United Church in Hardwick with the Reverend Dr. Evelyn Lavelli and the Reverend Allen Parker officiating. Burial followed in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick, with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.