Obituaries October 19, 2016

Richard Alan Falconer

Richard Alan Falconer, 63, of Troy, died at North Country Hospital in Newport on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Falconer was born in Newport on May 3, 1953, a son to the late Raymond and Emily (Wormsley) Falconer. He began driving at the young age of 14 and continued to be a truck driver for all of his life. Most recently he worked for Ivan and Marlene Maxwell of Derby.

Mr. Falconer was a simple man — he didn’t like things too complicated, he liked things short, sweet and to the point. He enjoyed spending time riding his Harley Davidson and at camp in Westfield.

Mr. Falconer is survived by his three children: Brett Falconer and his partner, Blake Leighton, of Troy, Rhonda Mayhew and her husband, Stacey, of Newport Center, and Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn, of Lowell; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by many siblings; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Mr. Falconer’s life will take place on Friday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at Degre Auction Services, located at 1571 Vermont Route 100 in Westfield. The family has asked that anyone with a motorcycle or truck meet at D and C Transportation in Orleans at 2 p.m. to ride in procession to the celebration.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Shirlene Leah Geoffrey

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey, 71, of Newport Center, died on October 9, 2016, at her home.

She was born on September 8, 1945, in Newport. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Germaine (Tetreault) Willey. She attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1963. She then attended the Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro.

She married Raymond Geoffrey on October 5, 1968, who predeceased her in May of 2016.

Mrs. Geoffrey worked as an LPN for her entire life. She worked at health facilities in Springfield, Alaska, Colorado, and finally back at North Country Hospital for 33 years before she retired in 2014.

She enjoyed painting, ceramics, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and baking cookies for her friends. She also spent two years in Alaska with the Inuit through the Vista Peace Corp group.

She is survived by her children: Heath Geoffrey and his companion, Stacey Gosselin, of Derby Line, Heather Geoffrey of Newport Center, and Jarrod Geoffrey and his wife, Dawn, of Ashville, North Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Hanna, Jacobs, Pride, Ronan, and Grace Geoffrey; two brothers, Leo Willey and his wife, Rachel, of Newport, and Keith Willey and his wife, Melanie, of Newport Center; and by her sister Darlene Geoffrey and her husband, Marcel, of Newport. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond; and by her brother Neil Willey.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Geoffrey’s name to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Allan R. Herman

Allan R. Herman, 79, of Brownington, died on October 11, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mr. Herman was born on December 14, 1936, in Evansville, a son of Arnold and Evelyn (Gelo) Herman. On May 4, 1962, he married Linda Coapland who survives him.

Mr. Herman served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed building model boats, planes, etcetera, fishing, going to Florida with Mrs. Herman, telling stories and jokes, riding back roads with his brother Norman and helping family with their building projects. Mr. Herman was always friendly and willing to help others. He enjoyed his Sunday afternoons watching, playing, and talking with his great-grandson Alex, and more recently meeting his great-grandson Elijah while he was in the hospital.

Mr. Herman is survived by his wife, Linda Herman; by his children: Mary Maclure and her husband, Marcel, Linda Bryce and her husband, Ed, Penny White, and Allan Herman Jr.; by his grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, and Johnathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Tonya, Venessa and Hillary White, Keith and Emily Herman, Mark Herman Jr., and his wife, Tami, and Wynona Herman; by several great-grandchildren; by his brothers and sisters: Norman Herman and his wife, Pat, Wendal Herman and his wife, Nancy, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, and Frances Fletcher; and also by several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He was predeceased by his son Mark Herman in 1979; and a brother-in-law Roger Fletcher.

A graveside service will be held on Friday October 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Cemetery, with Pastor Bruce Fletcher celebrating the life of Allan Herman.

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Lucy Ellen Holland

Lucy Ellen Holland, 95, of Derby Line, died on October 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 17, 1921, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Samuel and Maude (McNeil) Hart. On November 10, 1942, she married Francis E. Holland, who predeceased her on February 8, 1988.

She was a member of the Derby Community Church and the Stanstead South United Church. Her real focus was her family.

She is survived by her children: Judith Bairstow and her husband, Jeffrey, of Sabastian, Florida, Thomas Holland and his wife, Meredith, of Delmar, New York; by her daughter-in-law Michele Barkett Holland of Acton, Massachusetts; three grandchildren: Caedmon Avery Holland of Delmar, and Mellisa Margaret Holland and Emily Ellen Holland of Ayer, Massachusetts; by her great-grandson John Carey Thompson IV; by her sister Elizabeth Champion of Tucson, Arizona; by her nephew Robert Lee Champion; and by her niece Leina Ann Champion.

She was predeceased by her son David Neil Holland on July 19, 2016.

Memorial services are planned for November.

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David Kenneth Kelley

David Kenneth Kelley of Derby Line, died October 15, 2016 due to a hemorrhagic stroke.

He was born on January 21, 1945, to Winston and Miriam (Poots) Kelley in Newport.

After graduating from high school, he worked for his father, then attended Champlain College. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 15, 1965. He married Jane Ellen Willey on November 12, 1966. In 1988, he retired from the Air Force with 23 years of service, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E8). During this time he was awarded a combination of 34 medals and ribbons. He proudly served his country overseas in Vietnam, Spain, and the Netherlands, as well as at six stateside bases, including in Alaska.

He then worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service while living in Essex Junction, prior to moving back to Derby Line.

He very much enjoyed his children and taking family vacations in both Europe and the U.S. In Derby Line he assisted his wife with their home daycare for 16 years, in the house his parents built. He enjoyed using computers, hunting, fishing, gardening, eating out, and feeding the birds and wildlife. His hobbies also included an extensive collection of cribbage boards and Budweiser beer steins. Mr. Kelley was a volunteer with the Charleston Historical Society, becoming vice-president. He loved reading novels, especially westerns. He was actively involved in getting classmates to go to Derby Academy High School reunions.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Kelley of Derby Line; his brother Dennis of Derby Line; two children: Deborah Hazelton and her husband, Paul, of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, and Tamara Kelley of Colchester; four grandchildren: Samantha, Seth, Anna and Nicholas Hazelton, of East Brookfield; and by one great-grandson, Blake Simons, of Spencer, Massachusetts.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Derby Line Village Cemetery. A celebration of Mr. Kelley’s life will be held following the service at the Eastside Restaurant, and all are invited for a lunch and time with the family.

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David Harry Reed 

David Harry Reed, 91, of Craftsbury, died on October 11, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on August 25, 1925, in Hardwick, to Homer and Olive (Daniels) Reed. On June 12, 1948, he married Audrey Ainsworth who predeceased him on June 9, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.

On October 11, 1991, he received his GED from Craftsbury Academy. Mr. Reed was a dairy farmer for many years and was also an insurance agent for Co-op Fire Insurance in Middlebury for over thirty years. He served on the soil conservations board.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Morrisville. He was also a member of the National Iwo-Jima Survivor Association in Washington D.C. and the Northern Vermont and New Hampshire, Iwo-Jima Survivors. He was a member of the National World War II Museum in Louisiana. On his eightieth birthday he received a phone call from the governor and Senators Leahy and Sanders. After his military service he received a letter from the late President Harry Truman. He was awarded two state medals: the Vermont Veterans Medal and the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal.

He was involved with Soldier’s Angels, a voluntary group to help wounded soldiers and was a member of the H. Battery, Third Battalion Thirteenth Regiment, Fifth Division group of vets who held reunions throughout the country.

Mr. Reed loved playing cards with his family and friends, enjoyed hunting, trapping, maple sugaring, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Pamela Allen and her husband, Reginald, Sharon Reed, and Scott Reed, all of Craftsbury; by two grandchildren: Wayne Willey and his companion, Penny Peck, and Kevin Willey and his companion, Shannon Daniels, all of Craftsbury; by his great-granddaughter Karina Willey of Eden; by his sister Marjorie Long of Sterling, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a great-grandson Stephen Willey; and by his brothers: Donald and Allen Reed.

Funeral services were held on October 15 at the United Church of Craftsbury Common. Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, VAMROC, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009, or to the Soldier’s Angels, 2700 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 310, San Antonio, Texas 78217.

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Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg, 77, died in the arms of his loving and devoted family on October 9, 2016, in Irasburg.

He was born in December of 1938, in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut working on the farm of his mother, Ellen Biddle Von Stackelberg, late of Albany, where he learned valuable skills with animals, chainsaws, and farm machinery. At the age of ten he converted his first car into a flatbed truck, the start of a lifelong delight in cars which in the course of his life included a 1956 Plymouth, 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, 1978 Ford Country Squire, a Riley Nine, an Aston Martin V-8, and a Peugeot 504 which he left in a car park of the Gare du Nord in Paris in 1980, and for all the family knows, is still there.

At the age of 18 his mother sent him back to Germany to meet his father, Curt Ferdinand von Stackelberg, where he reconnected with a family that had settled in Estonia for the past 700 years until 1918, during which time they were variously of Danish, Swedish, and since 1709, Russian nationality — the latter interspersed with several relocations into banishment in Siberia, a fact of which he was justifiably proud. He spent five years in Germany during which time he attended the University of Heidelberg and met his wife, before returning to the United States, and to Vermont.

An alumnus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the University of Connecticut, he spent most of his career in finance in Paris and London before returning to Irasburg to do what he really loved: cut wood, fix machinery, work for the Department of Agriculture, take long drives, and talk to the farming community of northern New England. He was a modest, self-effacing human being with a love for meeting people and a spontaneous interest in every new encounter; his charm, good humor, and generous nature made him friends wherever he went in life. Constantly engaged and interested by the world around him, he was a trenchant observer of national and international politics, a keen historian (in his opinion the Battle of Poltava marked the decisive moment in the formation of modern East/West relationships), lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, staunch follower of the University of Connecticut Huskies and Arsenal Football Club, lover of classical music (particularly Schubert), and a connoisseur of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. His favorite book, read time and again even during his final illness, was Henry Adams’ Mont St. Michel and Chartres. He was irresistible to cats, and children adored him.

When Mr. Von Stackelberg was eight years old, his great-aunt Ellen Biddle Shipman, took him by the hand and said, “You must come and sit on my lap and always remember that you did, because when I was your age and returned for the first time from the frontier, my grandfather said to me, ‘Come and sit on my lap and remember always that you did, for when I was a little boy, I sat on George Washington’s lap just as you are now.’” The story bears out — the grandfather was Robert Edward Biddle, son of Clement Biddle, Washington’s Quartermaster at Valley Forge. What Mr. Von Stackelberg said to Aunt Nell is not recorded, but with his passing a whole world of romance and marvel is lost.

He is survived by Brigitta Regina, his wife of 56 years; his children, Elizabeth Alexandra, Katharine Temple, and John Constantine; and his grandchildren: Johanna, Clara, Lorelei, Lily, Oscar and Marlene. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial ceremony in his honor will take place at Irasburg United Church on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

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Obituaries October 12, 2016

obit-jonesJill Sherndal Jones

Jill Sherndal Jones, 88, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on October 7, 2016, in Concord, surrounded by the love of her family who were so dear to her.

Mrs. Jones was born February 8, 1928, in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of Alfred E. Sherndal and Beatrice (Jaques) Sherndal of Old Chatham, New York. She graduated from St. Agnes School in Albany, New York, and Wells College in Aurora, New York, class of 1949. In 1985 she received her master’s degree from Lyndon State College.

On June 14, 1952, she married Theodor Jones and they raised their four children in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In 1983, she moved to Jill’s Hill in South Wheelock where she lived in the company of her beloved dogs, Tacka, Elsie, and later Peppi and Beau. She also had a beautiful Norwegian fiord horse “Susi” that she kept for years, driving and riding.

Mrs. Jones led an active life in South Wheelock, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tending Susi. She was an avid reader and did the New York Times crossword puzzle religiously every day, in pen. She volunteered delivering Meal-on-Wheels and taught art classes in St. Albans. Her own artwork flourished when she lived in St. Albans, where she became an active member of the Bishop Street artist group.

She loved classical music and played piano well. She also sang for years with the North Country Chorus in St. Johnsbury. They traveled to Prague and Sweden. A highlight for her was singing as a young woman in a 100-member chorus with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, under the direction of Serge Koussevitsky.

Her beloved children, daughter Winnie Jones and her partner, Susan Aldrich, of Vermont, daughter Jill Agnew and her husband, Charlie, of Maine, son Tom Jones and his partner, Diana Gipe, of Vermont and son Ted of Florida survive her. She leaves her grandchildren Jenny and Charlie of Maine, and Lindsay, Nick, Ben, Sam, Max, and Jenna of Vermont; and three great-grandchildren: Mason, Keegan, and Arlo.

A celebration of Mrs. Jones’ life will be held at a later date.

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obit-meyerMary Jane Meyer

Mary Jane Meyer (nee Daley) died peacefully on September 17, 2016, at her home in Ballwin, Missouri.

She was born January 11, 1926, in Brookfield, Massachusetts, where her father was the postmaster. He arranged for Mary Jane to ride along on the first airmail flight from Brookfield to Springfield, Massachusetts, in a bi-wing, open cockpit plane. This began her love of travel and adventure.

After her father’s unexpected death, the family returned to Vermont, and Mary Jane enrolled at Hartford High School in White River Junction. She received many honors at Hartford High, and was elected to Girls’ State to be “governor for the day.”

She won a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University to study journalism, but under pressure from her family, she instead attended Russell Sage College, earning a bachelor of nursing degree. She graduated from Russell Sage with high honors in 1947. She said her biggest achievement at Russell Sage was learning how to sneak in and out of the dorm and not get caught.

Mrs. Meyer then moved with her husband to a rural area just west of St. Louis, where she raised her family.

In her mid 50s, she earned a master’s degree in education, and built a successful professional career in nursing education. Before her retirement as director of Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, she led the school’s transition from a diploma school to a four-year bachelor of nursing program.

Mrs. Meyer was an avid cook, gardener, reader, sportsman, traveler, friend, teacher, mentor, and grandmother. She passed her wanderlust on to her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta and Matthew Daley Sr.; sister-in-law Pat Daley; nephew Matthew Daley III; son-in-law Russ McDaniel; and former husband, James E. Meyer Sr., MD.

Mrs. Meyer is survived by her daughters Jan McDaniel and her husband, Tom Cummings, and Susan Birge and her husband, Gerard Chapdelaine; her son, Jim Meyer; and daughter-in-law Mary Meyer; her niece and “third daughter” Mary Jane Shannon Daley and her huband, Will Buskey; beloved grandchildren Sarah Birge, Hannah Birge, Eli Birge, and Ryan Meyer; and brother Matthew Daley Jr.

A memorial service will be held in late December. In lieu of flowers, the family requests tributes to the Mary Jane Meyer Nursing Scholarship at the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. The foundation can be found online, or by calling (314) 747-3000.


Obituaries October 5, 2016


obit-bensenhaverSarah Ellen Bensenhaver

Sarah Ellen Bensenhaver, 58, of Brownington died unexpectedly on September 25, 2016.

Born on November 30, 1957, she grew up in Westminster. She was married on December 21, 1985, to Allen Folsom.

Nurturing the land was important to her. She pursued her talents in gardening at the farm owned by her and Mr. Folsom, where she enjoyed taking the family dog for walks through the fields. She also was fond of fishing, reading, writing, as well as studying history.

Ms. Bensenhaver is survived by her husband, Allen Folsom, of Brownington; and her children: Joshua Folsom of Morrisville, Jasmine Folsom of Bristol, Connecticut, and Kathleen Folsom of Brownington. She is also survived by her sister Mary Piluski of Hinsdale, New Hampshire; and her brother Charles Bensenhaver of Walpole, New Hampshire.

A small, private commemorative service will be held at a later date for close friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Northeast Kingdom Human Services or a local humane society could be considered.


Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker

Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker, 60, of Newark died suddenly on September 28, 2016.

She was born on August 20, 1956, in Winchester, Massachusetts, to Allen Coker and Beverly (Boivin) Lasure. Ms. Coker was a school teacher in the Brighton School District. She loved teaching, gardening, swimming, and kayaking. She attended graded school in Hartland and later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts degree.

She is survived by her mother, Beverly Lasure; her father, Allen Coker, and his wife, Carolyn; by her companion, Steve Putnam, of Newark; by her brother David Coker and his wife, Donna, of Williamstown; and by her nephew Ken Coker.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be donated to a local food shelf.

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obit-davisonJanet L. Davison

Janet Lois Davison, 67, of Hardwick died on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in the warmth of her home, following a heroic battle with cancer. Her family was at her side.

She was born April 15, 1949, in Morrisville, a daughter of the late Alger R. Baker and Yvonne M. (Chartier) Baker. She attended Jackson Bridge School in Hardwick and Hardwick Academy.

On January 7, 1966, she married Roy Ernest Davison. They lived all of their married life in Hardwick.

Ms. Davison was employed by the East Hardwick Nursing Home, Hardwick Hospital, and the Greensboro Nursing Home in her earlier years. Later she worked for more than 15 years for Vermont Weather Board in Wolcott and Bombardier in Barre. She maintained second jobs at several Hardwick convenience stores, including: The Corner Store, M & M market, Quick Stop, and a Vermont liquor store.

In 1990 she became a foster parent. She provided a home to any child in need for several years, until she finally retired in 1997 and became a full-time home provider to five siblings in state custody. That same year, she was awarded foster parent of the year for helping children, for her dedication, love and support. Then in May 1999, she adopted those very children with the hope of giving them a permanent home, keeping them all together, and making a difference in their lives.

Ms. Davison was the most devoted mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the absolute loves of her life.

Survivors include two daughters: Dawn Howard and her husband, Trevor, and Cleona Davison, all of Hardwick; four sons: Sheridan Davison of Morrisville, Charles Davison, Darrel Davison, and Rusty Davison, all of Hardwick; two grandchildren: Zane Davison of East Hardwick and Kalista Howard of Hardwick; two sisters: June Cleveland of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackie Swett of Barton; two brothers: Joseph Chartier of Orleans and Alger “Skip” Baker of Gilbert, West Virginia; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy, in 1990; by a daughter, Daphne Allen; and a granddaughter, Dekota Allen, both in 1987.

To honor her request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to benefit her special needs children, care of Kalista Howard, 74 Baker Hill Drive, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick is assisting the family with arrangements.


obit-Maxwell-1Greta Cora Maxwell

Greta Cora Maxwell, 89, of Newport died on September 26, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on January 26, 1927, in Orleans to Truman and Ada (Wills) Messier. On June 28, 1947, she married Dean Maxwell, who predeceased her on November 5, 2005.

Mrs. Maxwell was an office manager for Orleans Village where she retired in 1990, and previously was a bookkeeper for other businesses in the area. Her hobbies included gardening, watching birds, doing puzzles, and going for rides.

Mrs. Maxwell’s life revolved around her family. She cherished the many family get-togethers, be it trips to the lakes, county fairs, family picnics, or gatherings. She greatly enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow, and she was very proud of their many varied accomplishments. She will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children: Connie Hartshorn and her husband, Alan, of Warren, Norma Perkins and her husband, Blaine, of West Charleston, Linda LaBounty and her husband, James Sr., of Derby Line, Sally Maxwell of Derby, Sandy Maxwell and her fiancé, Peter Faust, of Irasburg, Candy Mihill and her husband, Cleve, of Newport Center, and Edmond Maxwell of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Paula Brown, Henry Hartshorn, Tammy Kroyman, Angel Graves, John LaBounty, Jaimie Poginy, Namu Moulton, Toma Moulton, Gwyn Moulton, Ashley Wright, Heather St. Onge, Eric Maxwell, Evan Maxwell, Nikita Mihill, and Brandi Godin; and by 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bruce Messier and his wife, Joanne, of Ohio; by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by a sister-in-law, Audrey Messier, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her brother Dale Messier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with her nephew, the Reverend Richard Whitehill, officiating. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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

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obit-WellhoffEliane Wellhoff

It is with a will as strong as the granite of her native land that Eliane Wellhoff, 76, has fought her battle against her life-robbing illness. Sadly, she will no longer fight, as she has left us on October 1, with our flamboyant autumn leaves and our sorrow.

Mrs. Wellhoff was born on May 29, 1940, in the war torn city of Brest, a strategically located military port in Brittany, a Celtic province at the very western tip of France. She lived there for the first 56 years of her life, and, then, moved with her husband to the Greater Boston area. Eleven years ago they settled in the dream land of the Northeast Kingdom.

Mrs. Wellhoff loved her adopted country and its people, but, deep down, her heart was in her native land. She often talked about her “Chère Bretagne.” She lived in the U.S., but dreamed in Brittany. May the winds that blow over the Atlantic mercifully carry her ashes back to her roots.

Mrs. Wellhoff is survived by her husband, Christian R., of North Troy; his four children: Michael and Daniel of Newport Center, Allen and his wife, Miriam, of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, and Susan Engel and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; several grandchildren; and a few great-grandchildren, all living in the U.S.; by her two sisters, Jeannette Roudaut and her husband, François, of Lilia Plouguerneau, France, and Monique Moince of Argenteuil, France; their children and grandchildren; and by several remarkable French people, young and not so young anymore, who had adopted Mrs. Wellhoff as another mother, and affectionately called her Mamoune.

The family asks that, please, do not send flowers. For those who wish so, a contribution in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to the Visiting Nurse Assiociation, 46 Lakemont Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries September 28, 2016

Robert C. Allard

Robert C. Allard, 80, of Clearwater, Florida, died on September 9, 2016.

He was born on April 25, 1936, in Lyndonville, and was the third child born to Beatrice (Brooks/Rousseau) Allard and Rene R. Allard. After graduating from Sacred Heart schools in Newport, he enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years.

He leaves his wife, Audrey Wells Allard; his children: Robin Evans and her husband, Phil, of Largo, Florida, and Aaron Allard of Clearwater; his grandchildren Lydia and Timothy Evans of Largo. He is survived by his brothers: Armand and his wife, Yvette, of Pinellas Park, Florida, Donald and his wife, Pauline, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Michael and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center; by his sister Therese Tanguay of Newport; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Murlene and Robert Skinner of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Reginald in 2013, and his brother Albert in childhood.


Richard Tokunboh Paul Dabiri

Richard Tokunboh Paul Dabiri, 63, died at his home in Westmore in August of 2016.

Mr. Dabiri was born on December 26, 1952, in Brooklyn, New York, to Alhaji Chief Mustapha Dabiri and Ivy Marshall Dabiri. He spent a significant part of his formative years in both Trinidad, the West Indies, and Nigeria, West Africa. True to his nature, he easily connected with both the Trinidadian and Nigerian cultures, enjoyed the love and attention of immediate and extended relatives, and gained lifelong friends. They have been a major part of his life since then.

After attending St. Gregory’s School in Lagos, Mr. Dabiri returned to the United States where he completed high school. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Urban Sociology at Hofstra University; a master of science degree in city, regional and transportation planning from Pratt Institute; and additional training in transportation engineering, civil engineering, and airport planning and design.

Mr. Dabiri had a fulfilling career providing consulting, strategic planning, and project management services in both the private and public sectors. He held planning positions for several cities and towns across the country, including Baltimore, Maryland, the Northeast Kingdom, Westmore, Compton, California, and Los Angeles to name a few, and he consulted for local governments in Iraq, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Israel, the Federal Republic of Tanzania, and Nigeria. Additionally, he held teaching positions at the Community College of Vermont and the School for International Training based in Washington, D.C.

Richie, as he was affectionately called by family and close friends, had a fascination with antique cars. He was an avid lover of nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors — hiking, sailing, fishing, and taking road trips, in addition to spending quality time with loved ones. Most of his time was spent in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida.

Mr. Dabiri leaves behind his two daughters: Atinuke and Oluwakemi; a son-in-law Olurotimi; his surviving siblings: Mrs. Iyabo Dabiri Adesina, Justice Gloria M. Dabiri, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri, Mrs. Yetunde Dabiri Olusi, Mr. Oladapo Dabiri, Mrs. Ireti Dabiri Johnson, and their families; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.


obit-majchrzakPaul Anthony Majchrzak

Paul Anthony Majchrzak, 68, formerly of Bay City, Michigan, born April 30, 1948, died on September 10 at his home in Westmore with his loving family by his side.

After being diagnosed with gastric cancer in August, he went too soon. This generous man was predeceased by his parents, Albin and Angeline (Smarszcz) Majchrzak.

Mr. Majchrzak loved his family and is survived by his wife, Ellie (Branigan) Majchrzak, and sons: Jeremy Majchrzak and his wife, Nicola, and Benjamin Matchstick and his wife, Megan Hammond. He was a very special dziadzia (grandfather) to Julia, Madeline, and Logan Majchrzak, and Django Matchstick. He will be greatly missed by them.

He is also survived by his cherished sisters: Judy Russell, of Bay City, Dorothy Rewers and her husband, Pete, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Barbara Jakubczak, of Linwood, Michigan; and sister-in-law Judy Majchrzak of Bay City.

He was predeceased by his brother, Jerome “Rocky” Majchrzak; and brothers-in-law: Gene Jakubczak, Bill Russell, and Michael Branigan; and also very special friends Larry Reinsch and Al Wilinski.

Mr. Majchrzak was industrious and graduated from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. He was a great co-worker who retired from General Motors Powertrain and Saginaw Steering Gear, as a senior industrial engineer.

He will also be missed by his in-laws: Marge Culloty, of Beaumont, Texas, Kathy Branigan, Bill and Carol Branigan, and Ann Boehmer, of Bay City, and Betty Branigan, of Shepherd, Michigan, and Jim and Janice Branigan, of Deltona, Florida.

He was a great role model to his many nieces and nephews. Mr. Majchrzak will always be remembered by his many friends and neighbors in Bay City and Vermont.

Donations may be made to CureSMA (spinal muscular atrophy), 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007, in support of Mr. Majchrzak’s very special neighbors in Westmore, Jim and Kristen Farrell and their precious children, Braeden and Kernan, as Mr. Majchrzak was a special dziadzia to them.

Mr. Majchrzak had a warm, affectionate personality, and will be remembered with a smile by all who knew him. He would talk to everyone, including strangers, and be able to have a great conversation with them. His quick wit was a gift and always got a smile and a laugh. He was a former athlete who enjoyed sports and never missed his sons’ games. He was a preservationist who restored several historical homes and his cabin on the lake. He loved his adopted state of Vermont. He was proud of his place on Willoughby Lake, and enjoyed viewing the Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor Gap, the amazing sunsets, the change of seasons, and fishing and boating rides.

Mr. Majchrzak was a caring, nice man. If everybody were like him, this world would be a much better place.


obit-menzelMarvin H. Menzel

Marvin H. Menzel, 83, of Island Pond, died on September 23, 2016, at his home.

He was born on April 23, 1933 in Guilford, Connecticut, to Henry and Carolyn (Sfine) Menzel.

Mr. Menzel was a veteran of the Korean War. Most of his life he was a painter for the International Brotherhood of Painters.

On September 18, 2004, he married Lucy Tardif who survives him.

He was a member of American Legion Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Island Pond.

Mr. Menzel loved to snowmobile and he groomed the trails for VAST for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to work on machinery and help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Menzel of Island Pond, by his children: Sarah Menzel and her wife, Ketra Fulks, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Christina Menzel of Deep River, Connecticut; by his grandchild R.J. Holloway of Deep River; nieces: Robin Menzel and Renee Pardo; his nephew Arthur Menzel; and great-nephew Donnie Menzel. He is also survived by his sister and brother: Gertrude Sadlowski of Charleston, Rhode Island, and Arthur Menzel of Washington, Vermont.

A memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post #80, at 60 Railroad Street in Island Pond on Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #80, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences can be made at


Ivy Yvonne Dabiri Sinclair

Ivy Yvonne Dabiri Sinclair, 90, died at her home in Westmore in August of 2016.

Ms. Sinclair was born on April 17, 1926, in Tunapuna, Trinidad, the West Indies. She was the youngest of four children born to Lavinia Joseph Marshall and James Marshall, a merchant marine. Her siblings Hubert, Pearl, and Rodger, predeceased her.

In 1934, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Girls Commercial High School and upon graduating obtained a position with the New York Telephone Company.

She met and married Mustapha Dabiri, a Nigerian engineering student. There were three children born of their union: Michael (deceased), Gloria, and Richard (deceased).

After the couple separated, Ms. Sinclair enrolled in evening classes at Hunter College, earned a bachelor of arts degree in education, and in the 1960s, taught secretarial science at Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn. She thereafter obtained a master’s degree in education from Hunter College and joined the faculty of New York City Technical College as an associate professor in the commercial studies department. As faculty adviser to the department’s alumni association Ms. Sinclair was instrumental in developing career enhancement training and employment opportunities for the department’s graduates. She was loved and admired by her students who affectionately called her “Professor D”. Ms. Sinclair was overjoyed when several of her former students attended her ninetieth birthday celebration in April.

In 1987, she married George Sinclair, a jazz musician and technician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The couple soon retired and relocated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where Ms. Sinclair devoted her time to producing television shows for a local television station, C3TV (Cape Cod Community Television), organizing and promoting jazz concerts, and accompanying Mr. Sinclair to his performances.

Following her husband’s death, and after suffering a stroke, Ms. Sinclair moved to Vermont to live with her son Richard. She enjoyed walking along Lake Willoughby and spending time with her family and friends.

Ms. Sinclair leaves to mourn her, her daughter Gloria; granddaughters Atinuke and Oluwakemi; cousin Irving; nieces Malinda, Sharon, and Rosline; nephews Kevin, Bryan, and Christopher; foster sisters Elizabeth, Cecilia, Lorraine, Zakia, Kathy, and Mary Jane; and a host of adoring students and friends.


obit-TurcotteMarie Anne C. (Guertin) Turcotte 

Marie Anne C. (Guertin) Turcotte, 73, died on September 8, 2016, at her home in Newport, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born on February 23, 1943, in Attleboro, Massachusetts to Edward and Bernadette (Collard) Guertin.

She attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in North Attleboro and transferred to Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1960. Several months after graduating from high school in Fall River, she entered the Order of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Hyattsville, Maryland, taking her vows as Mother St. Julia Marie. After a few years in the order, she decided to leave as she believed God had a better plan for her.

On August 16, 1969, she married Normand P. Turcotte at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro. They lived in the Attleboro area for four-and-one-half years before moving to Newport in 1974.

Mrs. Turcotte was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Circle #313 for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Turcotte had numerous jobs throughout the years, the most recent were as a clerk and bookkeeper at Orleans Office Products and as an administrative assistant at Gene Besaw and Associates, where she retired in 2008.

She loved to spend time with her family and she encouraged and supported her daughters and grandchildren in any activities they became involved in. Admittedly, she was not a sports fan but you could always expect to see her on the sidelines cheering them on.

Mrs. Turcotte was a committee member of the Boy Scouts Troop #804 in Newport, and later Troup #821 in Westfield. She encouraged and supported her grandson Dominick Turcotte from the tiger level of the Cub Scouts all the way to his presentation of the Eagle Scout Award in 2014.

She was an accomplished seamstress having sewn her own wedding gown and those of her bridal party. She also sewed many outfits for her daughters over the years including their prom dresses.

Mrs. Turcotte also had artistic and creative talents as evidenced by her artwork in family homes as well as other creations. In recent years she enjoyed coloring in her adult coloring books, word search puzzles, and she was an avid reader. She also enjoyed watching cooking programs. Her culinary talents were greatly appreciated by family and friends.

Mrs. Turcotte is survived by her loving husband, Normand. They were married for 47 years. She leaves behind two daughters: Lynne Leitch and her husband, Jamie, of Holland, and Lisa Turcotte-Thomas and her partner, Ken Larocque, of Barton. She also leaves four grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Dominick Turcotte and his partner, Samantha Mason, Daniel Thomas, Katie Leitch, and William Larocque. She was predeceased by her infant son, Normand P. Turcotte Jr. in 1976; and by her brother Paul A. Guertin of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She leaves her sister Jeanne Goulet and her husband, Michael, of Falmouth, Massachusetts; her brother Maurice Guertin and his wife, Dorothy, of Herndon, Virginia; her aunt Terry Guertin of Stuart, Florida; and many nieces nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m. There will be a celebration of life at St. Mary’s from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the church, followed by meditation hymns preceding the Mass. Interment will follow the funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. Friends and family of Mrs. Turcotte may gather for a light luncheon following the service at the Gateway Center in Newport.

Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea renovation fund or the Gibbons Council, Knights of Columbus #2285 Steubenville Fund, care of Maurice Brasseur.


Obituaries September 21, 2016

Harriet (Darby) Downing

Harriet (Darby) Downing died on September 15, 2016, at the age of 91, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on December 19, 1924, in Newport, to Ruth (Jenne) and Cyril Reading Darby.

She graduated from Derby Academy in the class of 1942, and from Green Mountain College in 1944. Upon graduation she was employed at the National Bank of Derby Line (now Community National Bank). In June of 1947, she married Dalton “Bud” Downing and they took residence in Stanstead, Quebec, before moving to Derby Line. He predeceased her on July 30, 2007.

Ms. Downing was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and sang for many years in the choir. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary.

Ms. Downing was predeceased by her parents Ruth and Cyril; and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert and Alberta Darby of Derby Line, and Paul and Beverly Darby of Middleton, Rhode Island.

She is survived by her four children: Michael Downing and his wife, Celeste, of Derby Line, Elizabeth and her husband, Bruce Urie, of Craftsbury, Mary and her husband, Bruce Muir, of Derby Line, and Judith and her husband, Kevin Coy, of Barton; also by her grandchildren: Caitlin Downing and her husband, Jamie Yu, Sarah Nusbaum and her husband, Matt, Amanda Woodey and her husband, Kirk, Timothy Urie and his wife, Faith, Heather Urie, Analesa Muir, Eilish Muir, Andrew Coy and his wife, Lauren, Daniel Coy and his wife, Autumn, Samuel Coy and his wife, Heidi Johnson, and Rachel Malachuk, and her husband, Stephen Malachuk IV. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in honor of Ms. Downing can be made to the Haskell Library, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Derby Historical Society, 55 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at


Shirley Marie Hemenway

Shirley Marie Hemenway, 93, of Orleans, died peacefully on September 11, 2016 in Newport.

She was born on June 18, 1923, in Irasburg, to Howard and Maybelle (Dion) Kennison. On August 20, 1940, she married Fern Hemenway who predeceased her on December 7, 2015.

She was employed for five years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing. Among her hobbies she enjoyed quilting, making quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also a seamstress, an avid reader, and she was well known for her home-made raspberry pies and baked beans. She loved to play cards with family and friends.

She was a special Christmas Club member for 57 years, as she was the last of these members. She was very active in the 4-H Club.

Ms. Hemenway is survived by her children: Hale Fern Hemenway and his wife, Sandra Jean, of Florida, Shirley Devine and her husband, Allan, of Inverness, Florida, Carol Jaing and her husband, Joseph, of Massachusetts, Jacqueline Mei of New York, and Eugene Mei of Colorado. She is also survived by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra Lee Wentworth; by five brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Saturday September 17, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Frederick John Henry Jr.

Frederick John Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as Fritz, died in his sleep during the early morning hours of August 28, 2016, at his home in St. Johnsbury. His peaceful death at age 92 follows by just ten weeks the passing of his spouse, Margaret Andrus Henry, to whom he was married for 64 years.

Mr. Henry will be remembered by all who knew him for the warmth of his deep rolling laugh, and his friendly and humble Midwestern “good people” ways. He was a born storyteller, and a prolific letter writer. Many of his acquaintances recall being surprised and pleased to find themselves being addressed by him as “Friend,” or, more often, as “Pal.”

Born on June 20, 1924, Mr. Henry was raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, the only child of Frederick John Henry and Miriam Florence Daughetee Henry. His mother was the eleventh of 14 children from a farming family. His father was a World War I veteran, who began his working life helping his father run a Harley-Davidson repair shop in Connersville, Indiana, and who then worked the rest of his life as an electrical engineer for the phone company. Mr. Henry’s parents met when Ms. Daughetee took a job as a telephone operator as a teenager, and he was born the year his mother turned 22.

Mr. Henry excelled as a student as a youngster, and participated locally in multiple sports, earning many ribbons in athletic competitions at Cassell’s Boy’s Club, such as “Fancy Diving,” and many other swimming awards. A lifelong golfer, he enjoyed playing golf on weekends with his parents throughout his adolescent years, and was a member of his high school tennis team, his college football team, and his college and medical school diving teams.

Mr. Henry was a 16-year-old senior at Hinsdale Township High School, president of the student council, when he was offered full scholarships at both Williams College and Amherst College. He chose Williams, and had completed his sophomore year there when Harvard Medical School invited him to forgo his next two years of college and enter the medical school as a first-year student. He eagerly accepted, but by then there was a war going on.

Mr. Henry’s time in the Navy during World War II would be the formative experience of his young life. For more than three years he served onboard the LCS-11, an amphibious gunboat known as the “Lucky 11,” rising from communications officer to the rank of executive officer, and receiving combat awards for shooting down kamikazes near Okinawa — “picket patrol,” he called it — and for blowing up mines near what is now Taiwan. He shared with family members that some of his most daunting days had come while helping the ship to ride out a typhoon off the Okinawa coast.

After the war ended, Mr. Henry returned to Williams College on the GI Bill, graduating in 1948. He put his war experiences behind him then, but years later began attending the Lucky 11’s reunions in different cities across the country and renewed his bonds with the gunboat’s officers and crew with whom he’d served so many decades ago, staying in close touch with them into his nineties.

Mr. Henry was working at Macy’s in Manhattan when he met Ms. “Peggy” Andrus, a recent Stanford graduate from Bronxville, New York, who was also employed there. They were married in 1952 and, following stays in New York City and Wichita, Kansas, settled in the suburb of Livingston, New Jersey, with their two daughters, Lucy Anne and Gretchen.

He worked in personnel his entire career, at a series of publishing houses and eventually a consulting firm, attaining a series of executive positions, lecturing and writing on topics of significance in his field, and earning a host of professional honors. Yet Mr. Henry would never allow his job to define his life. Throughout his life, he remained an avid reader, always with a book in his hand, devouring two or three each week. He was an occasional skier, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, a student of early woodworking techniques, a dedicated genealogist and history buff. A steady golfer with a flawless one-iron stroke, he once dissolved into helpless laughter when a Christmas gift of personalized tees rendered his first name as “Firtz.”

He was a staunch supporter of his daughters’ aspirations and education: he was a founding member of the “Support for Excellence in Education” committee in their hometown and served as a trustee at Far Brook School in Short Hills, New Jersey.

After retiring in 1989, he and Mrs. Henry moved to St. Johnsbury, drawn by its scenic beauty, its cultural life, and the warmth and kindness of its citizens. With his full beard and his rich, resonant voice, Mr. Henry would become a familiar figure around town, especially at the Athenaeum and at First Night, when in the dark and the chill he would calmly make his intrepid way, deftly deploying a cane, to see the performers he’d picked out in advance.

He and Mrs. Henry became world travelers, always eager to explore new destinations around the globe. He relished his role as a grandfather, regaling his grandchildren with tales from his war days, or observations on the current political and societal scene gleaned from his many hours of reading the newspaper, his stories frequently punctuated by a booming, merry laugh. For decades, Mr. Henry took great joy in his time at the family-owned island near Newport, where he could read amid nature’s glories while assiduously keeping footpaths free from twigs, debris, and brush. And as he prepared to plunge into the waters of Lake Memphremagog or into the municipal pool in Livingston, relatives would see occasional glimpses of the form that had put him on the varsity swim team at Williams and Harvard, and that, back in 1937, had earned him high honors for “Fancy Diving.”

Mr. Henry is survived and eternally loved by his daughters, Lucy Anne Shrenker of Monson, Massachusetts and Gretchen Henry-Connelly of Los Angeles, California; sons-in-law Paul Shrenker and Chris Connelly; grandchildren Aurelia Shrenker, Ariane Shrenker Christensen, William Shrenker, Tempe Shrenker, Henry Connelly, Rose Connelly, and Gabriel Connelly; his brothers-in-law George Grady and Carl Andrus; his sisters-in-law Georgeann Andrus, Noelle Andrus and Anne Grady; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces who will never forget his kindly ways and considerate manner. All these, and so many more, will forever hold his memory dear and honor his service to our country.

Mr. Henry’s family’s gratitude goes to the people of St. Johnsbury and to the wonderful people who helped to care for him in recent years.


Harold Edward “Red” Kelley Jr.

Harold Edward “Red” Kelley Jr., of Brownington, died suddenly on September 8, 2016, in Portland, Maine.

He was born on May 18, 1940, in Newport, to Harold and Gladys (Shackette) Kelley Sr.

Mr. Kelley was a supervisor for Newport Plastics and later was a bus driver for North Country Union High School.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle, and loved to travel to Old Orchard, Maine. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy Kelley and her companion, Allen Marsh, of Brownington; by his grandchildren: Justin Lamonda of Newport, Brandie Parks and her husband, Tim, of Texas, Mandie Perry and her husband, Luke, of North Troy, Seanna Kelley and her companion, Shane Barry, of Newport; and by his great-grandchildren: Natalie, Armand, Heidi, Kallie, Kaleb, Shelby-Rae, Destiny, and Xavier.

He is also survived by his sister Joyce Ayer and her husband, Dennis, of Newport; his nephew Michael Cordeau and his wife, Lisa; his niece Kristy Pillsbury and her husband, Jamie, of Jay; and by great nieces Allison and Beth; and by many friends.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Online condolences can be made at


Nancy June McGivern

Nancy June McGivern, 83, of Newport, died on September 11, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 13, 1933, in Newport, to Clinton and Marion (Spear) Fairbrother. Ms. McGivern was a graduate of Newport High School and a life-long resident of Newport. She had resided for a time at the Scenic View Community Care Home in Westfield.

She is survived by her children: Rosalie Putnam of Coolville, Ohio, Eric McGivern of Newport, and Keith McGivern of Derby. She is also survived by her grandson Christopher Putnam of Spencer, West Virginia; by her sister Ellen Graveline of Derby; and by her special friend Carolyn LaRock of Coventry. She was predeceased by her son Brian McGivern.

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences can be made at


Richard “Dick” Roberts

Richard “Dick” Roberts, 82, of Lewiston, Maine, and formerly of Gray, Maine, died on Monday, September 12, 2016, at his home in Lewiston.

He was born in Barton on March 27, 1934, son of Vernon and Sylvia (Perry) Roberts. He received his education in a one-room schoolhouse and high school at Barton Academy, graduating with second honors. He spent his army time in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Gordon, Georgia, and as a high-speed Morse code and teletype operator in Korea. He returned home and worked for E.M. Brown and Son in Barton for 11 years, a job he loved very much.

His greatest love was his special one and only wife, Jeannine (Racicot), who he married after his return from Korea. They both came from farm families so stayed in agriculture until his retirement in 1996 due to health problems. He worked on high-end registered Jersey, Guernsey, and Holstein herds at Wonderview Farm in Barton; Bushy Park Farm in Wake, Virginia; and Wilsondale Farm in Gray, Maine. He then became a professional artificial insemination technician for Eastern A.I., later Genex, in Ithaca, New York, remaining in Maine in his own unit covering parts of York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties. He was Eastern’s overall technician in 1978 in New England and New York, and received many other awards. He always gave his farmers the credit for his success. He enjoyed counting them all as his friends and putting their goals and success ahead of his own. He loved being outside and around nature all those years.

His wife and his family were front and center, and he never felt he enjoyed them enough because he worked long stretches at a time with very few weekends off. But after his retirement, he made up for lost time. His best saying was, “Do your giving while you’re living,” and he and Mrs. Roberts taught their grown children that way. His hobbies were little things like reading, puzzles, travelling the United States, sports (especially at play-off time), playing cards, and seeing his grandchildren grow. He played baseball semi-pro for a while and was known as a better than average hitter, playing centerfield or catching, even winning a batting championship in 1961.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 57 years, Jeannine; and their four children and their families: Doug and his son Matt, Doug’s wife, Cheryl, and their daughter Abigail; David and his wife, Michelle, and their twins Digby and Wylie; Dan and his son Zachary, and daughter Cordiela; and Diane, and her husband, Mark, and their daughter Madison and son Andrew. He is also survived by one sister, Gertrude Scheer, from Bayside Hills, New York; one brother George, and his wife, Barbara, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and by nieces; nephews; in-laws; and outlaws.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother Ernest, and his wife, Madeline; and by nephew Jimmy, his godson.

Visitation was held at the Wilson Funeral Home in Gray on September 16.

Donations in Mr. Roberts’ name can be made to the American Heart Association at

Online condolences can be made at


Obituaries September 14, 2016

Robert “Bob” Garfield Baker

Robert (Bob) Garfield Baker, 86, died peacefully at his home in Newport, surrounded by his family on September 6, 2016.

He was born on April 9, 1930, in Newport to Stanley and Doris (Leavitt) Baker. On September 11, 1954, he married Hilda Manning, the love of his life, who predeceased him on June 15, 2015.

Mr. Baker was a graduate of Newport High School. He honorably served on active duty in the United States Navy from July of 1948, through July of 1952. He worked many years for the Newport Daily Express, and then as assistant postmaster for the United States Post Office in Newport until he retired.

Among his hobbies, Mr. Baker enjoyed fishing and hunting (often with his good friend Joe Coutu who predeceased him), bowling on a league in Derby, and playing cribbage (frequently with his son Brad). Mr. Baker was also an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed discussing the games with his brother Don. He also enjoyed trips with his wife to Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, to see the singers and listen to country music. In recent years his favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch and waving to friends and neighbors as they drove or walked by his home.

Mr. Baker devoted his life to his wife and children. There was nothing he enjoyed more than being with his family.

He is survived by his children: Debbie Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Tim, of Mobile, Alabama, Bradley Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Bob, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Megan Duquette and her husband, Jonny, of Billings, Montana, Jenna Hurd and her husband, Tom, of St. Johnsbury, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin both of Goffstown; and by his great-grandchildren: Owen Hurd, and Kylee and Kinsley Duquette. He is survived by his siblings: Betty Ann Finn of St. Albans, Donald Baker and his wife, Polly, of Summerfield, Florida, Stanley Baker and his wife, Mimi, of Derby, Mona Lewis and her husband, Mickey, of Newport, Doris Demers and her husband, Leo, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, and Valda Cole of Arcadia, Florida; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters Vera McFarlane, and Bonnie Bullis and her husband, Rob; his brothers Larry Baker and his wife, Laura, Winston Kelley, and Larry Kelley; and by his brothers-in-law Mickey McFarlane, and Winfield Cole.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Delauries officiating, including full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Vermont Fish and Game Department, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Online condolences may be made at


Rolande Laurette Bathalon

Rolande Laurette Bathalon, 84, of Troy, died peacefully at her home in Newport on Friday, September 2 surrounded by her children.

Ms. Bathalon was born the first of eight children to Philippe and Bernadette Lauzon in Mawcook, Quebec, on January 1, 1932. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roger Bathalon on September 4, 1989.

She lived a full life, first as a farmer’s daughter helping her father, then as a farmer’s wife, homemaker, and mother. Life took a turn when Mr. Bathalon changed careers to become a carpenter and she helped him build two homes. She enjoyed many years working as a chambermaid at Hotel Jay, and as a seamstress for Bogner Sports in Newport. All the while she provided a loving home for family and friends to gather for good food and lots of laughter, and there was always cold beer on hand. She enjoyed many friends, and was often seen helping out at church functions, or more often on the dance floor with her husband. Her passion was working in her flowers, both inside and out. As she said many times in later life: “I would do it all again.”

The last of her generation for the Bathalon family, she is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Paul and Lucy, their children: Sarah and Emma and her partner, Ryan; Gaston and Rose, their children Amanda (Sister Regina SCC), Emilie and Joshua White, and their children: Theodore and Catherine, Phillip and Colleen, and Jeffrey; André, and his children: Megan and Matthew Cameron, and their children: Bryce and Nora, Eben and Sue, and their children: Sofie and André; Rachel and Mike Wehner, and their children: Kevin and his partner, Rachel, Katelynn, and Kristopher; Michael, his daughter Kara and her husband, Ian Bouchette, and their children: Noah and Owen.

She is also survived by her siblings: Jim Lauzon and his spouse, Carol, Lise Turgeon, John Lauzon and his partner, Lucy, and Denise Guillemette and her spouse, Roland; by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She is predeceased by three siblings: Gelles Lauzon, Giselle Roberts and Albert Lauzon.

A Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy on September 10, followed by interment in St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, which can be found online at, or by calling: (603) 598-8191. Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to mention the Cameron Family Crusaders when doing so.


Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr.

Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr., 95, died at his home in Newport on September 6, 2016.

He was born in Derby on October 11, 1920, to Beryl (Temple) and Chester A. Carpenter Sr.

He worked hard on the family farm and grew up next door to the love of his life, Wilma White. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1938, and faithfully attended yearly alumni banquets.

He answered the call to serve his country during World War II, joining the Army and serving in the Pacific Theater. He survived the sinking of the S.S. President Coolidge in October, 1942, just months after marrying his beloved Wilma. In 1943, he received the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in the Solomon Islands for an incident he rarely talked about, but involved live ammunition and fire. He and his wife both attended the University of Connecticut on the GI Bill after they got out of the service.

Following the war, he and his brother-in-law Maurice Marsh owned and operated a machine tool shop on Union Street (Marsh and Carpenter) for many years. He could literally fix anything and made incredible and fun toys for his kids.

Being very civic minded, he volunteered his time to various local organizations and his opinions were highly respected.

Mr. Carpenter had a tremendous knowledge of local history and enjoyed sharing information with friends and family. He was an avid reader and had a bookshelf full of books on history and biographies. He was an avid antique bottle and postcard collector. He loved being involved in local historical groups. He never met a squirrel, bird, or chipmunk he would not feed.

He was a member of the Derby Community Church, and a true man of God.

He and Mrs. Carpenter spent many quality hours at their camp on Salem Lake with family and friends. He loved his family and his church first and foremost.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his daughter Kathy; sisters-in-law: Joan Carpenter of Newport, and Joyce Carpenter of Williston; several nieces and nephews; and many church family members, whom he also considered family. He was especially pleased with Susan Barnett and thankful for all of the assistance over the last several months.

He was predeceased by his parents; eight siblings; his dear wife Mrs. Carpenter (after 50 years of marriage); his daughter-in-law Carol; and his son Jerry Carpenter.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Community Church in Derby, with the Reverends Fred and Carol Barker officiating.

Following the service, the interment will take place in the Derby Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Carpenter’s name to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Drive, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be made at


Nathaniel N. Cote

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought his death so near.

But only those who have lost can tell

The pain of parting without farewell.

Nathaniel N. Cote died peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 12, 1981 in Newport. He was the beloved son of Marie C. Joyce (Norton) and Baxter D. McNeal. He was a loving father to his two children, Damon and Jade Cote, who were the sunshine in his life. He is also survived by his brother Christopher Cote and Christopher’s children, Donald, Makayla, Dalton, Kiana, Dakota, and Noah; his sister Denise Willis and her three children: Alice, Edmund, and Andrew.

“Nate” as he liked to be called, attended North Country Union High School in Newport, Bellows Falls Academy in St. Albans, and Sheldon Elementary School, all in Vermont.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, fishing, walking, and picnics, especially with his children.

Most recently, he was employed by Kingdom Property and previously for Round Hill Fencing Company. He also worked for sawmills in Irasburg and Coventry.

He had a great sense of humor and a kind spirit, paying special attention to those in need. His couch was for anyone who needed a good night’s sleep.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, “Nanny;” his grandfather; and his uncle, Dale Norton; as well as his paternal grandparents.

Mr. Cote will always be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends near and far. He will be forever cherished by his parents and sorely missed by his two children.

A private memorial will be held at the family’s convenience.

Condolences can be sent to 4 McNeal Heights, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin

Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin, 87, of Newport died peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on September 6, 2016.

Mrs. Poulin was born to Guild and Ellen Jones in North Troy on May 31, 1929.

In 1947, she married Gaston Poulin, her loving husband of 69 years who will greatly miss their shared life of simple pleasures. As they entered their senior years, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin maintained an exceptional focus and devotion to spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Poulin’s stories, memories, and laughter filled their home when their frequent visitors stopped by. Much to the pleasure of their grown children, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin developed quite a fondness for the Boston Red Sox after their 2004 World Series win. Always ready to share a drink with her adult extended family, or a Hershey’s Kiss with her great-grandchildren, her love and kindness knew no limits.

Mrs. Poulin was predeceased by her parents, Guild and Ellen Jones; by her sisters: Wilda Smith and Jennie Mae Louis; and by her grandchild, Shawn Stephen Poulin, who always held a very special place in her heart.

She will be deeply missed by her children: Steve Poulin and his wife, Valerie, of Derby, Peter Poulin and his wife, Diana, of Newport, Jeffrey Poulin and his wife, Tracey, of Newport, and Nancy Poulin of Derby.

Her grandchildren will profoundly miss her love. Her grandchildren are: Topher Poulin, Cory Poulin and his wife, Julie, Sonya Jones and her husband, Troy, Stephanie Estes and her husband, Corey, Stephanie Delabruere, Josh Poulin and his wife, Jen, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matt, Samantha Cole, Arden Leitheid, Johanna Bartley and her husband, Travis, and Jessica Poulin.

Mrs. Poulin was adored and will be greatly missed by her many great-grandchildren: Sydney and Ryder Poulin, Zoe, Tanner, Hattie and Slater Jones, Reilley and Colby Estes, Rhiannon, Traven and Kaden Rosamilia, Mya, Star, Quinne and Hudson Poulin, Jaida and Henry Poutre, and Madyson, Colton and Denver Bartley.

Mrs. Poulin’s pure, unconditional love for her family and friends will be her legacy. As we grieve her loss, we will forever cherish how special she made each one of us feel. Not a gathering, visit or call went by without a “love you” from our beloved Nan. These words will be our comfort as we gather together to celebrate her life.

A celebration of Mrs. Poulin’s life was held on September 12 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Poulin’s memory may be sent to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.

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Marion Elsie Souliere

Marion Elsie Souliere of Lyndonville died peacefully at the age of 63, on August 19, 2016.

Ms. Souliere was born in Newport on October 21, 1952, to John C. Hinman and Marion Alma (Wallace) Hinman. She married Robert (Bob) Souliere on September 29, 1973. They lived in various places before they settled in Lyndonville in February 1982, where they raised their three beautiful children, enjoying life to the fullest.

Ms. Souliere took much pride in being a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always involved and attending her children’s athletic, school, or social events throughout all her years, and definitely was their number one fan. She always supported her husband in his professional career and all of his coaching positions throughout the years. She truly took so much pride and joy in her family, they meant everything to her. Hosting family holidays was so special to her. Her passion and commitment as a mother and grandmother continued on as she supported her seven grandchildren in their daily lives and events.

Ms. Souliere also had her own business for many years, Wholesome Health. She loved taking care of people. Ms. Souliere was a social, active woman, deeply involved in many activities. She enjoyed social gatherings with her family and friends, knitting (many, many gifts to many people), golfing, and collecting various types of antiques.

Ms. Souliere and her husband purchased a second home in The Villages, Florida, in 2008. It was there she rediscovered her passion for billiards. She participated in many leagues and was recruited to join several elite teams. She loved her time in The Villages, where she made some amazing friends, loved entertaining, and enjoyed many activities.

Ms. Souliere is survived by her husband Bob of Lyndonville; her son and daughter-in-law Josh and Stacy Souliere of South Ryegate; her daughter and son-in-law Jacinta and Greg Jones of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts; her daughter and son-in-law Julia and Brandon Thrailkill of Lyndonville; her seven loving grandchildren: Lilly Jones, Kelsie Jones, Grant Jones, Julian Thrailkill, Grady Souliere, Elena Souliere, and Drake Thrailkill; her sister Alta Jenness and husband, Ed, of Derby Line; her sister Wenda Aceto and husband, Richie, of Herndon, Virginia; her brother Tim Hinman and wife, Debbie, of North Derby; her sister Margaret Maxwell and husband, Stewart, of Coventry; her mother-in-law Lillian Souliere of Dover, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Denise Souliere of Dover; her sister-in-law Lynn Neal and husband, Scott, of Monmouth, Maine; her sister-in-law Faith Robinson and husband, Jeff, of Riverview, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John Carlton Hinman, and mother, Marion Alma Hinman, of Newport.

Ms. Souliere will always be remembered by her bright blue eyes, her charismatic smile that would light up any room, and her loving and caring heart. Her family and friends will always remember her as a friendly, welcoming, loving person who everyone loved and respected. We will truly miss her, very much.

A Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on September 17, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Lyndonville. A burial will follow at the Lyndon Center Cemetery. Then a celebration of Ms. Souliere’s life will follow at the Burke Mountain Resort Hotel. Anyone wishing to make a donation to a fund that was organized for Ms. Souliere by her friends in The Villages, can do so at

There will also be a celebration of life in The Villages at a later date.


Marion Taylor

A wise person once said, “If you wish to be heard, whisper. If you wish to be seen, walk slowly, with purpose.” Such has been the experience and life of a lady of diminutive stature, seemingly endless energy, and countless good works. R. Marion Taylor, 93, died on a sunny morning, September 1, 2016, among family and her Forest Hill Residential Care Home friends in Hyde Park.

Ms. Taylor was born November 9, 1922, to Clement and Mary Taylor in Irasburg. She attended one-room schools in Glover and Albany until high school in Newport. She attended Lyndon Normal School (now Lyndon State College) and the University of Vermont. Ms. Taylor’s forty-year teaching career included one-room schools in Albany and Glover, as well as Barton and Orleans Elementary Schools, before going to teach at the Molly Stark School in the Bennington School District. Her last teaching assignment was St. Paul’s School in Barton.

Beyond that, Ms. Taylor was a lifelong volunteer and held multiple memberships in organizations within her community, state, and church. To name a few, she gave time on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Johnson Food Shelf, Delta Kappa Gamma, retired teachers, and the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish. She always maintained that it was because “she had the time” that she took up the baton to get things done when she determined a need.

Travel is synonymous with leisure for most people. Ms. Taylor’s travels were events of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome, France, Ireland, and Montreal, as well as national and state conventions working for retired teachers and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Ms. Taylor is survived by her brothers: Adelord and his wife, Lois, of Barton, and Richard of West Glover; sister-in-law, Betty, of Johnson; and three generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers: Wilfred, Preston, and Edwin; sisters-in-law: Theresa and Helen; and nephews: Dennis Taylor and William Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ms. Taylor to the Johnson Food Shelf, P.O. Box 17, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Ms. Taylor was instrumental in developing the Johnson Food Shelf some twenty odd years ago to help reduce, if not eradicate, hunger in the community. She volunteered there until 2015 when ill health prevented her from continuing.

A Mass was celebrated on September 6 at the Holy Cross Church in Morrisville, followed by interment at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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Obituaries September 7, 2016


Calvin E. Bennett Jr.

Calvin E. Bennett Jr., 82, of West Charleston, died peacefully on August 24, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on July 4, 1934, in Holland to Calvin E. and Bernice (Powers) Bennett.

In 1954 he married Shirley Manzer of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

They had three children: Calvin III, William Fred, and Lucinda Bennett. In 1963, he married Leila Fay of Belchertown, Massachusetts, who survives him. They had six children: Clifton Bennett and his wife, Patricia, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Christine Shatney and her husband, Steve, of Greensboro Bend, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and her fiancé, Paul Tamaulty, of Orange, Crystal Bennett and her partner, Ronalda Bancroft, of Essex Junction, and Cassandra Cabrera and her husband, Daniel, of Williston. He is survived by many grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister Grace Brooks of Old Lyme, Connecticut; by his half-sister Beulah Paddleford; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Calvin Edward Bennett III.

Mr. Bennett worked at many jobs, including farming in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and also as a mechanic in Cadillac and Volkswagen garages. He was a factory worker, a carpenter building houses, and a construction worker.

He moved back to Vermont in 1970, and worked for the town of Brownington. He later started his own log trucking business. He loved dancing, and also traveling with his wife in their fifth-wheeler camper, visiting many states and attending bluegrass music festivals where they met some very close friends and enjoyed good times together.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall on September 11, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Gerard Fontaine

Gerard Fontaine, 75, of Newport Center, died on August 31, 2016.

He was born on April 11, 1941, in Weedon, Quebec. He was the son of the late Albini and Jenne (Gautier) Fontaine.

Mr. Fontaine worked for Ethan Allen, outside in the yard, for 28 years. He married Helen LeMadeleine on July 3, 1965.

He enjoyed riding in his golf cart, fishing off his pontoon boat, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Fontaine, of Newport Center; his daughter Kristine Fontaine of Rouses Point, New York; and his son Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Patricia, of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Joshua Pion and his fianceé, Rebecca Poquette, Nicole Pion and her fiancé, Derrick Grundmann, Melissa Savage and her husband, Vaughan, of South Africa, Stephany Delaney and her husband, Stuart, of New York State, Jeremy Fontaine and his friend, Abbie Santaw, of Newport Center; and by four great-grandchildren: Abigail, Peyton, Oliver and Graysen. He is also survived by his brothers: Real, Marcel, and Ronald Fontaine; and his sisters Noella, Pierette, Aline, and Diane.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Lionel, Alain, Leonard, and Nicole.

A Mass was celebrated on September 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Ruth E. Stone

Ruth E. Stone died on August 29, 2016, in Newport, at the age of 86.

She was born June 15, 1930, to the late David and Phoebe (Simino) Mason. On August 9, 1948, she married Paul Stone Sr., who predeceased her on October 22, 2010, after 62 years of marriage.

She leaves behind her daughter Elizabeth “Skip” Wright and her companion, Merrill Crawford, of Troy; also her son Paul Jr., and his wife, Gaetane, of Newport Center. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lorianne and her spouse, Paul Pion, Lucy and her spouse, Steve Dobler, Paula and her spouse, David Lamadeleine, Alvin, Amy and her spouse, Keith Deavitt, Buffy, Heidi and her spouse, Scott Rappold, and Betsy and her spouse, Mike Purvis. She also leaves behind several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Over the years she did many crafts, loved cooking and doing things for her children. Her best enjoyment was feeding and baking for everyone in the family and friends. Mrs. Stone was famous with her family for her special pancakes, and most of all she enjoyed grocery shopping.

Services were held on Saturday, September 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating, followed by interment at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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Obituaries August 31, 2016

Sylvie Beauregard

Sylvie Beauregard, 59, of Valcourt, Quebec, died suddenly on August 18, 2016, in Valcourt.

She was born to Roland and Gertrude Beauregard on March 29, 1957, in Bonsecours, Quebec. She worked for Bombardier in Valcourt for 30 years.

She is survived by her siblings: Ginette Curtis and her husband, Keith, Lise Carrier and her husband, Roland, France Smith and her partner, Donald Piette, Joanne and her partner, Fitzroy Ferguson, Yves, and Carole and her partner, Jim Duquette.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Jean-Luc; and nephew Shawn Smith. She also leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Quebec Foundation of Epilepsy, 1650 Boulevard de Maisonneauve West, Suite 204, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2P3.


Paula Cynthia (Whiteway) Donaghy

Paula Cynthia Donaghy died on August 20, 2016, in Barton.

Ms. Donaghy was born on January 19, 1953, in Everett, Massachusetts. She spent her magical childhood in Hollis, New Hampshire. She moved to Vermont in her teen years, graduating from Marshfield/Plainfield High School. She attended Woodbury College where she received a paralegal degree. Her adult life was spent in Barton with her crew of fuzzy friends, including “Elliot,” “Q,” “Britcha,” and “Ziff.” A naturalist, the nearby forest, lake, and wildlife were her friends. Ms. Donaghy was also an excellent poet, writer, and naturalist photographer. She was a warm, generous, very courageous, and fun-loving person.

She is survived by: her parents Ruth and Curtis Whiteway Sr. of Craftsbury; son Kristian Donaghy of South Carolina; granddaughter Kaitlyn Donaghy; daughter Jeanne (Donaghy) Ball of Washington; her sisters Doreen Chambers and Kerry Edmunds; her brother Curtis Whiteway Jr.; and her niece Brooke Lorentzen.

At her request there will be no services. She has donated her body to the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. May her atoms take flight on the wings of a bird.

If desired, a donation can be made to the New England Scleroderma Foundation at the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923, or The Vermont Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, Vermont 05446.


Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier

Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier, 91, of Derby, died peacefully on August 27, 2016.

She was born on October 11, 1924 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Harold and Carrie (Smith) Earle. On September 30, 1943 she married Hugh F. Frazier who predeceased her on May 15, 2010.

She is survived by two daughters: Esther Searles and her husband, Glenn, of Barton, and Darlene Whipple and her husband, Bruce, of Derby; by her two grandsons: Scott Whipple and his wife, April, of Indian Trial, North Carolina, and Jason Whipple of San Francisco, California; and by her two great-granddaughters, Alice and Ruby of North Carolina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and by special friend and neighbor Babe Lavoie; and by Irene Farrar, her Sunday morning church companion. She was predeceased by her daughter Virginia on July 31, 1982.

The family moved to Newport from Morrisville in 1961. Until the move Mrs. Frazier was a stay at home mom and wife. She went to work at B.F. Moore for a short time as a seamstress, and then went to American Maple, working there until her retirement in 1985.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Every year she provided North Country Hospital with a handmade baby afghan for the New Year’s baby, as well as baby hats for the nursery. She also provided many mitten trees with her handmade mittens and hats.

Friends may call on Friday, September 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, followed by a graveside service at the Pine Grove Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at


David J. Keefe

David J. Keefe, 93, of Newport, died on August 26, 2016, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, after a long illness.

He was born on March 30, 1923, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Flora (Blake) Keefe.

Mr. Keefe went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He then attended Green Mountain College where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

He married Lucille (Fournier) Keefe on September 14, 1948. Mrs. Keefe predeceased him in 1995.

Mr. Keefe worked at Citizens Utilities his whole life and climbed up the corporate ladder where he became an executive for many years, retiring at the age of 72.

He was a lifetime member of the Newport American Legion Post #21, and was also the secretary for the Knights of Columbus for many years.

He loved bowling, fishing, playing poker, and was an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his four children: Michael Keefe and his wife, Angie, of Newport, Carol Levesque and her companion, Larry Rutherford, of Phoenix, Arizona, David Patrick Keefe and family of Aurora, Colorado, and Janice Keefe and her fiancée, Keith Young, of Claremont, New Hampshire. He is also survived by one brother, Maurice Keefe, of Barre; by seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his daughter Barbara Ann in 1983.

A Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Keefe’s name to a charity of one’s own choosing.

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Jessica L. Lewis

Jessica L. Lewis, 38, died in Holland on August 21, 2016.

She was born on February 21, 1978, in Newport to Geoffrey Price and Lorraine (Tice) Griffin. She married Jordan Lewis.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children: Jakob and Rhilee Lewis, both of Holland; by her mother, Lorraine Griffin, and her stepfather, Randy Griffin, of Derby; by her father, Geoffrey Price, and his wife, Mary, of Derby; by her brother Kyle Griffin of Derby; by her sister Beth Price and her daughter Bree Jewer of Craftsbury; by her grandmother Anna Tice of Derby Line; by her mother-in-law Karen Flynn, father-in-law Richard Lewis, and brother-in-law Ryan Lewis, all of Holland; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Her children were her life.

She was predeceased by her grandparents: Maurice Tice Sr. and John and Betty Price; and by her uncle Maurice Tice Jr.

A graveside service was held on Monday, August 29, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lorraine Griffin for Jakob and Rhilee, 152 Gore Road North, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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Larry Dean Rash

Larry Dean Rash, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, 58, of Westmore, lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully at home on August 20, 2016, with his wife, Debra, by his side.

He was born February 23, 1958, to Morris and Janice (Eastman) Rash, in Springfield.

In 1987, he met his soul mate, wife, and best friend, Debra A. Reny. They were united in marriage on August 11, 1990, with their children, family, and friends by their side in Westmore.

He is survived by his three children: Crystall J. LaBounty, of Bolton, Jennifer J. Rash, of Burlington, and Joseph E. Shaw III, of Watervliet, New York. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Alex Crown, Cody Crown, Alyssa Crown, and McKensie Patric; by his five siblings: Kathy Dyke of Maine, Deborah March, Valerie Perkins and her husband, Ronald, of Vermont, Terry Goss and her husband, George, of New York, and Andrew Rash and his wife Lara, of Vermont.

He was known to many for his hard work, gentle soul, and beautiful singing voice.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, singing karaoke in the backyard, playing Cornhole, horseshoes, and fishing (both summer and winter), on beautiful Willoughby Lake where he grew up.

A private ceremony will be held for the family to spread his ashes.

A celebration of life will be held October 1, 2016, from 1-5 p.m. at his home in Westmore on West Side Lane.   Please bring a dish to share, listen to his favorite songs, and share memories of this amazing man.


Marguerite Rosenthal

Marguerite Rosenthal, until recently a part-time resident of South Albany, died on August 25, 2016, in Maryland, after a four-month battle with cancer. She was 75.

During her stays in the Northeast Kingdom, Ms. Rosenthal was a regular presence at concerts (classical, folk, whatever), plays, and other community events. If it was a potluck, she could be counted on to bring something homemade, interesting, and delicious. She was often one of those who stayed to clean up. She was a contributor.

She was also eternally and enthusiastically grateful for the kindnesses her neighbors showed her ever since she bought her little summer house on Centebar Road some 20 years ago. Though she traveled the world and devoted herself to righting its wrongs, she was perhaps happiest enjoying the simple pleasures — gardening, hiking, and kayaking here.

Ms. Rosenthal was born in the Bronx, and grew up in New York City and in central New Jersey. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated from Queens College. She earned her doctorate in social work and social welfare from Rutgers University and taught at Rutgers, Adelphi University, and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1966 until she retired, she was a professor of Social Work at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She lived in Boston.

During her years in Boston she worked on and off campus for peace and against for-profit prisons, for equal rights and against torture. She wrote scores of book reviews and scholarly articles and was co-editor of Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provisions, published in 2002. She traveled extensively for both business and pleasure to Germany, El Salvador, India, Sweden, Israel and the West Bank, Cuba, Hungary, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Czechoslovakia. She was always on the go — if not on the globe, then in her thoughts and her aspirations.

Ms. Rosenthal is survived by her son, Benjamin Martin Rosenthal, his wife, Nancy and their children, Leah and Ezra, of Takoma Park, Maryland; by her brother David; her sisters-in-law; a niece and a nephew; and a collection of cousins, who will continue to cherish her memory.


Annette R.A. St. Onge

Annette R.A. St. Onge, 80, of Derby, died peacefully on August 21, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on November 2, 1935, in Thetford Mine, Quebec, to Philemon and Yvette (Rodrique) Paquet. On July 12, 1958, she married Marcel St. Onge, who survives her.

Mrs. St. Onge was a former member of the Newport Country Club, and the Rocky Ridge Country Club in Hinesburg. She was an avid sports person playing squash, tennis, and racquetball, and she was very competitive.

She is survived by her husband, Marcel St. Onge, of Derby; by her children: Donald St. Onge of Shelburne, Michel St. Onge and his wife, Beverly, of Hinesburg, and Richard St. Onge and his wife, Ann, of Underhill. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joshua St. Onge and his wife, Ali, Kimberly Cherrier and her husband, Eddie, April Andreasen and her husband, Nick, Dakota Siple and her companion, Chip Tinker, Jeana St. Onge and her companion, Eric Kingsbury, and Eliza St. Onge; by seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

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Stanley M. Swett

Stanley M. Swett, 75, of Newport, died peacefully on August 25, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport, comforted by his wife, her children, and his granddaughters.

He was born July 31, 1941, in Newport, son of Harold and Honora (Morse) Swett. He married Cynthia (Perron) Rockwell on December 2, 1986, where they resided in his family home in Newport. Mr. Swett worked at Union Butterfields/Tivoly, Inc. in Derby Line as a machinist. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He served in the army in Korea as second engineer battalion (combat) 633rd Engineer Company (LE) APO United States Forces 96358.

Mr. Swett’s joy was in his grandchildren — taking them fishing, camping at Maidstone Park, or swimming at Charlie’s Pond. He loved tenting at the pond too, even when it snowed. They all attest to the fact that he was the greatest swimmer they have ever known. He could dive deeper than any, and hold his breath like no other. He took pride in helping his family with their lawns, using his mower and a little green wagon attached behind pulling the built-in cooler and a rake. His wife has fond memories of him mowing her mother’s lawn every week, then visiting on the front porch with her mother. Mr. Swett loved his children, animals, and he loved to cook. He always baked the ham for the holidays. He was the best at making a boiled dinner, and his Thanksgiving meat and stuffing were awesome. Even when he became too sick to attend the holiday meals, he still cooked the meat and sent it along. He had fun making bets on the NASCAR races with his family.

Mr. Swett is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughters Kimberly Swett and Colleen Nutting; and grandson Brandon. He is also survived by stepchildren Charlie Rockwell and his wife, Jamie, and their daughters Marina and Angela; grandchildren Ashley and Cameron, and Angela’s husband, Gary Remillard, and his children, Rachel and Brad; by his sister Jean Percy and her husband, Lester, of Derby. She states that, “Stan was always there for her and she for him.” She remembers he was a good cook and he and his mother were very close.

When Mr. Swett’s father died, he lived with his mother taking good care of her. Ms. Percy said, “Stan was a miracle child.” When he was 18, he was in a serious car accident and thrown a hundred feet from the car. Mr. Swett is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and leaves a special nephew, Dennis Percy, and his wife, Pam. He is survived by his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, Georgette Rockwell, Regina Cole, and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his brothers: Harold Swett, Dean Swett, Melvin Swett, Stanley Swett; and sisters Virginia Wallace and Mary Swett.

A gathering will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cynthia Swett, 588 Bluff Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Max Elwin Underwood

Max Elwin Underwood, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

He was born on March 2, 1926, in Barton and spent his childhood growing up in Barton.

He served in the Navy for four years, including time on the USS Maury in the South Pacific. Afterward, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on the GI bill, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He went to work for the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Dunkirk, New York, and there he met his future wife and married her six months later. After having three children, Mr. Underwood and his family moved to England for four years so that he could train other engineers. On his return to the United States, he settled in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he remained for the rest of his life, working until retirement for Badger Company/Raytheon in Cambridge.

Mr. Underwood spent a lot of his time gardening and taking care of his home. Once a year, he spent a week at the camp that he shared with his brother, back home in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He loved brook, bog, and lake fishing there, and working around the camp. He continued this into his eighties. His two sons took him up to the camp one last time, helping him do the things that he enjoyed, including catching a big lake trout.

He developed Alzheimer’s disease in his later years and spent the last two years at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ray Underwood and Blanche MacPherson Underwood; his brother Norman Underwood of Hudson, Massachusetts; and his sister, Arleen Bemis, also of Hudson.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, LaVerne (Baker) Underwood; his three children and their spouses: Janet and Gary Fogg of Topsham, Maine, David Underwood and his wife, Annie Saint-Pierre, of Zurich, Switzerland, and John and Kirsten Underwood of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; six grandchildren: Aaron and Linda Fogg, Laura and James Underwood, and Robin and Kenneth Underwood; and many nephews and nieces.

A service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home on Thursday, August 25, followed by burial at Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.


Obituaries August 24, 2016

Barbara Ann Davis

Barbara Ann Davis, 59, of North Troy, died peacefully on August 14, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 7, 1957, in Newport to Frances (Johnson) Jones and the late Perlie Jones.

On February 22, 1975, she married Laurence Davis who survives her.

Ms. Davis was a ruckle operator at Columbia Forest Products for 26 years. Her hobbies included shopping, crocheting, baking, boating, camping with Mr. Davis, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Laurence Davis; by her children: Wanda Davis and her companion, Louis Glodgett, Raymond Davis and his wife, Lee Ann; by her stepson Laurence Fecteau; by her grandchildren: Ryan Davis- Glodgett, Tyler Davis, David Davis-Moulton, and Lilly Davis, Belinda Webster and her husband, Kyle, and Bethany Glodgett; by her great-grandchildren Kyle Webster Jr. and Colton Webster; by her mother, Frances Jones; by her siblings: Sandy Spurling, Louise Handy, Joyce Caples, Pauline Bergeron and her husband, Roland, Mary Jones, and Donald Jones. She is also survived by her in-laws: Joanne and Mark Guyette, Fay and Gary Willis, Rita Johnson, Rene Guyette, Keith and Ellen Guyette, Ann and Rusty Jones, and Brent Hodgdon; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Perlie Jones; and by brothers-in-law Bill Spurling, Louis Handy, and Richard Caples.

A funeral was held on August 18, followed by interment at Pleasantview Cemetery.

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


Mitchell M. Durocher

Mitchell M. Durocher, 74, of Barton, died on August 14, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on April 1, 1942, in Newport, to Frank and Desmah (Mason) Durocher. On April 8, 1990, he married Donna Marcotte, who survives him.

He had been a car salesman and farm foreman. He was also a self-employed caregiver. He enjoyed wildlife, working on landscaping around his house, mowing his lawn, and cooking. He was mechanically inclined and could fix almost anything. He was very brave as he fought emphysema and heart disease for many years.

Mr. Durocher was very personable and had an infectious smile.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Durocher, of Barton; by his children: Matthew Durocher of Keene, New Hampshire, Alisa Durocher of Keene, and Daniel Garceau and his wife, Kaleigh, of Ashuelot, New Hampshire; and by his grandchildren Dominque and Monet. He is also survived by his brother George Durocher of New York City; by his sister Mary Lamothe of Rutland; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Herbert Durocher.

A memorial service was held on Monday, August 22, at the Assembly of God Church in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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Bernard L. Moeykens

Bernard L Moeykens, 85, a Vermont horseman, died peacefully at the UVM Medical Center surrounded by his family on August 9, 2016.

He was born on his mother’s birthday, May 24, 1931, in Derby, son of Lawrence B. and Flossie (Martin) Moeykens. He spent his early years working on the family farm where he developed his intense love of horses. Over the years he cultivated his inherent, natural ability with them. Mr. Moeykens was never without a horse his entire life and trained and exhibited many different breeds, especially Morgans and Belgians. He generously imparted his knowledge and passion for horses to anyone who showed an interest, and mentored many people of all ages.

He had many memorable experiences in his life but some of the highlights were driving his six-horse hitch in many shows throughout New England, and participating in various public occasions including driving the Middlebury Fire Department’s antique horse drawn pumper, teaching a class about draft horses at the University of Massachusetts, training for multiple Morgan horse farms prior to starting his own, Tari-Wey Stables, and being featured in many articles and magazines, especially Vermont Life’s fiftieth anniversary summer edition.

But above all, Mr. Moeykens loved his family and his extended family. Because of his quick wit and great smile he had many friends wherever he went.

Mr. Moeykens was predeceased by his parents, his sister Lillian Corrow, and his brother Merle “Red” Moeykens.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; and daughters Loray Cote, and her husband, John, Robin Loveless, and her husband, Ron, Lynn Rogers, and her husband, Kimball, and Elizabeth Thacker and her husband, Corey; by his grandchildren Ryan Cote, Jonathan Cote, Amanda Roberts, April Allen, Christopher Roberts, and Joshua Thacker; and two great-grandsons Dawson and Jordan Cote. He is also survived by his sisters Loraine Germain, Berna Rexford and her husband, Douglas, and Rosalie Spaulding and her husband, John; along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Mr. Moeyken’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury on Saturday, September 10, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Route 7, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.


Everette R. Richardson

Everette R. Richardson, 80, of Barton, died on August 15, 2016, at his home in Barton.

He was born on February 24, 1936, in Stannard, to Reuben George Richardson and Elva May (Gochie) Richardson. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School, class of 1954. On June 11, 1954, he married Shirley Morse, who survives him.

Mr. Richardson was a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War era. He was a master electrician and owned and operated Richardson Electric until his retirement in 1997. He formerly worked at Sears in St. Johnsbury and Newport, and at Roger R. Gosselin, Inc.

He was a very dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #62 in Barton and was a scoutmaster for many years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Richardson, of Barton; by his children: Michael Richardson and his wife, Denise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Lisa McCormick and her husband, David, of Fairfax, and Shelby Richardson and his wife, Judy, of Acworth, Georgia. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Vickie-Marie Osborne and her husband, Ian, Christopher Richardson, Asa Richardson, Shelise Venables and her husband, Stephen, Cody McCormick, and Sydney, Ethan, and London Richardson; by seven great-grandchildren; by brothers-in-law and sisters-in law; many nieces and nephews; and by his faithful companion, Rascal.

He was predeceased by his daughter Vickie and by his sister Esther Thomas and her husband, Louis.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating and with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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Jean Pierre Roberge

Jean Pierre Roberge, 61, of Newport Center, died on the morning of August 19, 2016, at his home.

He was born on March 16, 1955, in Bonsecours, Quebec. He was the son of Felix and Monique (Tessier) Roberge.

On July 12, 1980, he married Susan (Parrott) Roberge, who survives him. He enjoyed farming, raising beef cattle, playing darts, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Roberge, of Newport Center; his three daughters: Melanie Deslandes and her husband, Mike, of Newport Center, Sarah Bathalon and her husband, Dana, of Coventry, and Amanda Roberge of Newport Center. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Dakota, Adam, Kiarah, Makyla, Emma, Owen, and Savannah; and by his siblings: Regean Roberge of Newport Center, Connie Verdon and her husband, Claude, of Newport Center, Gigi Lemay and her husband, John, of Derby, Paulette Poutre and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg, Geatane Stone and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Francine Guillette and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Jean-Claude Roberge and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, Marianne Sanville and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg, Robert Roberge and his wife, Shelly, of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, followed by interment in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Roberge’s name to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries August 17, 2016

Tonia Lee Fecteau

Tonia Lee Fecteau, 43, of Derby Line, died peacefully on August 10, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her loving family who gave her the strength to go to a better place with no suffering.

She was born on October 28, 1972, in Newport, the daughter of Albert and Ruby (Tice) Fecteau.

She attended Newport Center Elementary School and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1990.

Ms. Fecteau loved watching wildlife and living where she grew up. Holidays were her favorite times because both her birds had returned to the nest. She would give anyone everything she could, even if she had nothing for herself. She loved Halloween and the paranormal, and she would sell her soul for whoopie pies and Brussels sprouts. She had one cat, Mystic, who watched over her and did her best to keep her safe.

Ms. Fecteau fell head over heels for “The Big Bang Theory,” giggling for hours at Sheldon. She could never stay angry and always had a smile on her face. She fought longer than most would have thought with the challenges she faced.

Ms. Fecteau touched everyone’s life in positive ways, and was a shoulder for anybody in need as she was the fountain of wisdom. She was loved by everyone she came in contact with. She was very proud of all her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by her two sons: Anthony Poquette and his companion, April Rheaume, of Rifle, Colorado, and Tyler Poquette of Deering, New Hampshire; and by her granddaughter Maya of Rifle. She is also survived by her siblings: Dean Fecteau and his wife, Gail, of Coventry, Carol Poutre and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, Bonnie Bowen of Stowe, Massachusetts, Randy Fecteau and his wife, Barbara, of Holland, Donna Quinn and her husband, John, of Derby, and Larry Fecteau and his companion, Tamara McKenzie, of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Albert and Ruby Fecteau, and by her brother Paul Fecteau.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Andreo A. Pothier

Andreo A. Pothier, 60, of Newport Center, died peacefully on August 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 21, 1956, in Warwick, Quebec, Canada, to Andre and Marielle (Martel) Pothier.

On August 13, 1977, he married the former Denise Pion, who survives him.

Mr. Pothier was owner and operator of the Pothier family farm in Newport Center. He loved working his farm and tending to the animals. He was a very hard worker and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone. He enjoyed camping as well as attending family gatherings and events. He loved watching his son Adam play sports at North Country Union High School, showing dairy cattle at various events, and watching New England Patriots football. He was happy that all the kids showed interest in 4-H and dairy. He loved his family and was very proud of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Denise, of Newport Center; by his children: Andrea Kinney and her husband, John, of Newport Center, Joseph Pothier of Newport Center, Robert Pothier and his companion, Sierra Phillips, of East Charleston, and Adam Pothier and his companion, Mariah Morley, of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Victoria, Makayla, and Jorja Kinney, Emma Pothier, Isiak, Hailey, Colby, Bryce, and Levi Pothier, and Aleeah Pothier. He is also survived by his siblings: Serge Pothier and his companion, Carmel Soulieur, of Irasburg, Mario Pothier and his companion, Rebecca Germain, of Columbia, New Hampshire, Susy Pion and her husband, Robert, of Lowell; by his mother-in-law Gilberte Pion of Lowell; by his brothers-in-law Claude Cotnoir of Oxford, Maine, Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, Rejean Pion and his fiancée, Lori Lewia; by all of Lowell; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his sister JoAnne; and by his father-in-law Raymond Pion.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Newport. A Mass was celebrated and interment followed at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 4-H Dairy Program for Orleans County, checks payable to University of Vermont, 316 Main Street, Suite 101, Newport, Vermont 05855. Write “for Orleans County 4-H Dairy Program” in the check memo block.

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Ludger G. Toussaint

Ludger G. Toussaint, 92, formerly of Bellows Falls, died early Monday, August 8, 2016.

Mr. Toussaint was born in Gageville on September 23, 1923, the son of Gideon and Jennie (Hosman) Toussaint. He was a 1942 graduate of Bellows Falls High School, worked as a painter with his family for 20 years, and also worked for Tom Turner and White Mountain Paper in Bellows Falls. On December 14, 1962, he married Carolyn Nies, who predeceased him in 2014.

Mr. Toussaint was a World War II veteran and medal recipient, having served in the Navy.

He loved playing with his grandchildren. He was strong in his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and looked forward to the day he would be reunited with his wife, Carolyn.

He is survived by his stepdaughter, Leslie Burt of Newport; his brother Gordon Toussaint of Bellows Falls; his sisters Helen, Marie, and Lucille; his grandchildren Buckley Duby and his partner, Jen Bowen, Krystal Duby Avona, and R.J. Santaw and his wife, Danielle; and by his great-grandchildren Colton Avona, Hunter Morse, and Addilyn Santaw.

Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockingham at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.


Silverine Tenney Wright

Silverine Tenney Wright, 95, of Newport Center died on July 20, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1920, in Newport Center to William and Belia (Corrow) Sanville.

On March 15, 1941, she married Milton Wright, who predeceased her.

She was a stitcher at Newport Plastics and she worked for B.F. Moore in Newport, where she made wedding gowns and dresses. She was very talented and crafty with her hobbies, which included knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She made family afghans, quilts, and dolls. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Newport Center and the snowmobile club for many years. She had a contagious smile; she loved people, and always welcomed them into her home. She was a great cook, she loved life, and she always put her family first.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Collins and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center; by her sister-in-law Beverly Wright; by her grandchildren: Shaye and Shari Collins; and by her great-granddaughter Tia Drake. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Dale Wright; her grandson Shawn Collins; and by her siblings: Lawrence Sanville and his wife, Pearl, Cyril Sanville, John Sanville, Ella Taylor and her husband, Earl, Delphine Spaulding, Elsie Cheney, Lillian Blake, Idelle Besaw, Dorothy Bullis Britch, Isabelle Wright, and Grace Gibney; and by her brothers-in-law: Cecil Wright and Kenneth Wright and his wife, Isabelle.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Newport. Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

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