Obituaries October 21, 2015

obit HillBobbie Jean (Kahlstrom) Hill

Bobbie Jean (Kahlstrom) Hill, 62, died at the Bel-Aire Health Center in Newport on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

She was born on February 25, 1953, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the daughter of Robert and Doris (Wood) Kahlstrom.

She attended school in Orleans at Lake Region Union High School. On November 24, 1982, she married Dean W. Hill Sr., who predeceased her in January 2013.

Ms. Hill loved crafts, such as making jewelery and painting, to name a few. She loved animals (especially her miniature pinscher Bella), shopping, music, and learning about Native American culture, since her family background is Cherokee.

She will be remembered by her family and friends as a genuine, caring, and loving person who will be greatly missed.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharmin Hill and her companion, Chris Hardy, of Orleans; two sons: James Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Florida, and Chuck Hill of Newport Center; four stepsons: Dean Hill Jr. of Newport, William Hill of Sutton, Kevin Hill and his wife, Carolyn, of Sheffield, and Tim Hill and his companion, Tassie Blondin, of Essex; one stepdaughter Doreen Hill of Orleans; one brother David Kahlstrom and his wife, Gina, of Newport; two sisters: Debra Breault and her husband, Patrick, of Westfield, and Mary Geraw and her husband, Chuck, of Plaski, New York; and by her sister-in-law Dwanetta Bickford of Derby. She is also survived by two granddaughters: Diamond Begin and Cheyenne Begin of Florida.

Upon request by the family there will be no services. A remembrance of Ms. Hill’s life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit QuintalGilberta “Bet” Doris Quintal

Gilberta “Bet” Doris Quintal, 88, of Newport, died peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at North Country Hospital with family by her side.

She was born on December 28, 1926, in Jay, daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Belle) Quintal.

She spent a lot of time with Albert and Noella Boudreau, and Paul and Cecile Boudreau in helping them raise their families, and later moved in with Harry and Pauline Forest in North Troy.

In 1960, she moved in with her sister Lena in Newport Center, and helped her with the milking and other chores.

She loved hard work and would take vacations in East Kingston, New Hampshire, to help her brother, Louie and his family. During this period, she also worked at Indian Head, and in 1966 worked at Orleans Manufacturing. In 1973, Ms. Quintal worked at Butterfields until her retirement in 1988.

After retiring, she kept active by working at the Brook View Gardens in Barton with Audrey Rockwell until 2007.

Ms. Quintal is survived by several relatives, Roland and Thomas Deslandes, Robert Quintal, Dennis Quintal, Sally Ann (Quintal) Guilmette, Julie (Quintal) Warren, Julie Mossa, Pauline Sanville, along with many friends from her retirement community on Elm Street in Newport.

She was predeceased by her sister Lena Normandin of Newport; her brother Louie Quintal from East Kingston; her nieces: Beatrice (Normandin) Deslandes, and Lisa Deslandes; her nephew Louis Quintal Jr.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Michaud Manor, Activities Fund, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 14, 2015

obit AkinAubrey Walter Akin Jr.

Aubrey Walter Akin Jr. died at home on October 7, 2015, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

He was born April 16, 1934, in Newport to the late Colonel Aubrey W. Akin (U.S. Army Reserve) and the late Laura Isabelle Cobleigh Akin.

He attended schools in Newport and numerous military bases, both in the U.S. and Germany, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957. He moved to Tampa, Florida, where he joined the Liberty Mutual Insurance company and worked in the claims department for 20 years. For the next 20 years, he was a paralegal for the law firm of Dean, Ringers, Morgan and Lawton in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Akin loved to fish in Lake Memphremagog, golf, and spend time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Louise Akin of Carlisle; his son Thomas Akin of Orlando; his daughter Mary Lynne and her husband, Bruce Stoller; and two grandchildren: Kendall Nicole and Scott Walter Stoller, all of Aurora, Illinois.

His family will return him to his beloved home in Newport.

Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Carlisle is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, please visit HoffmanFH.com.

 

obit AldrichFrances Dale Aldrich

Frances Dale Aldrich, 75, of Irasburg, died on October 7, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She departed to be with her Lord.

She was born on June 12, 1940, in Brownington to Geneva (Moulton) and Leslie White Sr.

On June 23, 1956, she married Alden Aldrich Sr. of Irasburg, who survives her.

Mrs. Aldrich attended the Albany Methodist Church and previously attended other churches in the area.

She is survived by her children: Marcia Blouin-Bushey and her husband, James, of Irasburg, Alden Aldrich Jr. of San Jose, California, Peter Aldrich and his wife, Robin, of St. Albans, and Paula Bernier and her husband, Roger, of St. Johnsbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Hahr and her husband, Adrian, Stephanie LaBarron and her husband, Dan, Jessica Urango and her husband, Alex, Emily, Noah, and Kally Aldrich, Tess and Anna Leeper; and by her great-grandchildren: Taylor and Evan Menard, and Alex Urango Jr. She was loved and survived by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Earl White and his wife, Donna, of North Carolina, Jean Dopp of Kirby, and Dorothy Page of Derby.

She was predeceased by her daughter Amy Aldrich in 1977; her son-in-law Dwane Elouin in 2000; her brothers: Merton, Russell, Leslie, and Bernard White; and by her sisters: Margaret Piper and Mavis Hunt.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the Brownington Center Church with the Reverend George Lawson officiating. Interment will take place in Brownington Center Cemetery at a later date.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

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Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard

Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard of Derby Line died at Michaud Manor on October 5, 2015.

He was born on May 8, 1921, in Woodside, Delaware, a son of Ezekiel Cowgill and Pauline (Warrington) Barnard.

He served in World War II in the 12th Marines 3rd Division, making beachheads in Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He was decorated with a medal and commendation for his valor in Guam. His unit was pinned down by a fierce enemy sniper attack, and he took it upon himself to leave his encampment and extinguish the attack, saving the lives of his entire encampment.

He studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He married Gloria Williams on December 7, 1945, and they had four sons: Ezekiel III, Barry, Corey, and Robert. They were married for 24 years. On January 2, 1947, Mr. Barnard opened the first coin-operated laundromat (and five more) in Delaware. He was the captain of his own chartered sport fishing yacht, Sudsy. He was revered as one of the most productive and competitive captains on the entire east coast.

obit vets flagMr. Barnard married Patricia Ann Wilson on December 30, 1972. They were married for 26 years. They sport fished on the Sudsy between Ocean City, Maryland, and Key West, Florida. Later they moved to Lowell and started the Landlocked Tree Farm.

He was a 32nd degree Mason (joined in 1961), a Shriner, and long-time member of the Blue Lodge. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children: Ezekiel C. Barnard III of Maryland, Barry W. Barnard of Idaho, Corey D. (Cathy) Barnard of Idaho, Robert N. Barnard of West Virginia, and Carol Lynn DeLaBruere of Maryland; and his grandchildren David Barnard, Arin Meinschein, Rebekah Rynearson, Jake Barnard, Amber Allen, April Biesecker, Robert Barnard, Daniel Culver, and Stephanie Carter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his brother John Barnard of Pennsylvania; and Pauline Anderson of Delaware.

A graveside service was held at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in New Castle, Delaware, on October 10.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit FlynnRuby Edna Maxwell Flynn

Ruby Edna Maxwell Flynn, 102, of Holland died on October 7, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on December 21, 1912, in Holland, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Moulton) Maxwell.

Mrs. Flynn graduated from Derby Academy in 1931. On May 14, 1932, she married Hugh Loren “Bud” Flynn, the love of her life, who predeceased her on July 25, 1978.

She was a hard-working farmer’s wife and enjoyed working with her husband on their dairy farm. She was a wonderful mother and a great cook. She loved being outside walking and snowshoeing, even well into her golden years. When she was younger, she was an avid horseback rider. She was all about her family, never being too busy to spend time, or share a laugh or give a hug.

Mrs. Flynn is survived by her son David Flynn, of Derby; her daughter Diana Emmerson and her husband, Ernie, of Holland; by her grandchildren: Terry Hodgdon and his friend, Jane, Linda Hodgdon Burke and her husband, Randy, Steve Carpenter, Ken Carpenter and his wife, Paula, Sally Carpenter and her friend, Kenny, James Carpenter Jr., Hugh Flynn and his wife, Helen, Scott Flynn and his friend, Marie, Lori Flynn, Karin Flynn, Katrina Emmerson Meigs and her husband, Charlie, and Erin Emmerson Daggett and her husband, Andrew. She is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Greta Maxwell and Betty Flynn; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Flynn was predeceased by her daughters Alice Hodgdon and her husband, Dave, Sfa Carpenter and her husband, Jim; her daughter-in-law Wanda Flynn, her grandson David Flynn Jr.; her brothers Roger Maxwell and his wife, Mary, Claude Maxwell and his wife, Blanche, Amos Maxwell and Dean Maxwell; her sisters Dorothy Gray and her husband, Ivan, Arline Whitehill and her husband, Roger; her brothers-in-law Urban Flynn and his wife, Louise, Wayne Flynn, Lyman Flynn and his wife, Lucille; and her sisters-in-law Cora West and her husband Bill, and Eula Sykes and her husband, Roger.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Flynn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sharon Renault

Sharon Renault, 61, of Barre died of melanoma on October 3, 2015.

For the past three months she had made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Steve Lowery, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Newport on September 16, 1954, the fifth of nine children born to Roland and Irene (Diette) Renault. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1972.

Ms. Renault was a GED teacher with the women’s state prison in Burlington and had previously taught at the middle school in Barre.

She is survived by two sons: Lee Brown of Hardwick and Lance Brown of Claremont, New Hampshire; by a grandson, Gunner, and a granddaughter, Molly; by eight brothers and sisters: Jennifer Rose of Florida, Lorraine Antigivonnie of Florida, Dale Renault of Florida, Linda Montague of Newport, Deborah Renault-Lowery of St. Johnsbury, Christine Sicard of Barton, Sandra Renault of Florida, and Albert Renault of Florida; and by nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, October 24, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a celebration of her life at her son Lee’s house in Hardwick (913 Mackville Road). It is suggested people bring a dish and refreshments.

Memorial contributions, payable to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, could be directed to 1080 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at saylesfh.com.

 

obit ScottJane Scott

Jane Scott, 95, of Newport, the bright light in so many lives, died on October 6, 2015, after a brief illness with family by her bedside.

She was a gentle, kind-hearted soul who truly looked for, and found the good in everyone. That was her gift to so many others — always positive and seeing the good in everyone.

She was born on July 27, 1920, to Daniel and Elizabeth Bixby. She lived her early years in West Hartford with her family. She had two younger sisters: Pauline and Joyce. In her youth, she loved to swim, spending the hot summer hours swimming in the White River and at Island Park. She loved the sunshine.

Mrs. Scott’s childhood years were not easy. Her father died when she was five years old from tuberculosis, brought on by the mustard gas he suffered in World War I. Her middle sister “Paulie” died that same year from meningitis. Her mother, “Betty” was a strong woman, who raised Mrs. Scott and her sister Joyce in a time when being a single mother was not an easy task.

Mrs. Scott lived through the flood of 1927 and never forgot it, or the night the water was rising, and how the family escaped by driving up the railroad tracks to high ground and safety. The family lost everything and had to rebuild their lives. Next came the Depression years. That was a difficult time for so many. It certainly had its effects on Mrs. Scott, as she never complained. Amazingly, she became a stronger person, and as time has proven, she conserved and preserved family and well-being.

In 1938 she entered the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1941. She worked as a registered nurse for many years in the hospitals in Newport, old and new, and was an excellent caregiver. She enjoyed her work as a nurse and followed in her mother’s footsteps in that regard.

In her first year of working as a student nurse, she worked in a hospital in Burlington. While working there she met a young man named Richard Scott. That meeting blossomed into the love of her life and on March 18, 1942, she married Richard Scott of Bluffside Farm in Newport, and moved to the big house at the farm. She and Dick had two children, Joan and Dan, and lived their lives as a self-sufficient farm family. They had many years together and enjoyed their family and their lives around Bluffside Farm. One of their favorite things to do was dance, and could they dance — they were excellent! We all have such vivid and wonderful memories of the holidays, hot summer nights of haying, Sunday dinners, birthday celebrations, and so, so many family gatherings with them on the farm.

It is impossible to totally describe the strength that Mom had… But it should be said that Ken and Phyllis Scott and family, and Bob and Velma Scott and family always “came home” to Bluffside Farm. Mrs. Scott was the farm mom they came to…

And so, now she can rest, and while we are all so very sad, we also know that she is now with several people who she has missed for years.

She left a vast family. She is survived by her two children: Joan Curtis and Dan Scott and his companion, Nico Hastings; four grandchildren: Annie Christoni, Kristy Scott and her companion, David Whitesell and his daughter Bianca, Pete Curtis, and Kory Scott and his wife, Chanda; three great-grandchildren: Samantha Christoni, Tanner Gobeil, and Olivia Scott; a niece Jane Bixby; and cousins: Ruth Charlbois, and Marion Lois Regis. Mrs. Scott had a special relationship with her daughter-in-law Joanne Scott, and they were the best of friends for all their years.

Be at rest, Jane, my mom, our mom.

Be at rest, GG, my gram, our gram.

Be at rest, Jane, auntie, our aunt.

Be at rest, Jane, our friend.

You made the world a better place, and God knows you earned your angel wings long before you retired to heaven. We miss you and always will….

Mrs. Scott always said, “It’s nothing but what you can stand.” And so we carry on….

There will be a graveside burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, October 17, at 1 p.m. — from the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 7, 2015

obit allardRamona G. Allard

Ramona “Mona” G. Allard, 72, of Springfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Wingate at East Longmeadow.

She was born in Springfield on October 20, 1942, to the late Peter Katalina and Elizabeth (Kyle) Beauregard. She was a lifelong resident of the area, graduating from Cathedral High School. She was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Church. She enjoyed playing bingo and had a deep love for music, especially the classics such as Sinatra, Bennett, and Mathis.

Many will fondly remember her as a crossing guard in Springfield, or from Monsanto/Solutia, from which she retired in 2007. She will be dearly missed.

Ms. Allard is survived by her sister Linda Marchese and her partner, Michael Braica, of Springfield; and her brothers: Ronald Cote and his wife, Tressie, of West Glover, Thomas J. Beauregard and his wife, Susan, of Ludlow, and Robert A. Beauregard and wife, Lynn, of Twin Falls, Idaho. She is also survived by her dear nephew and surrogate son John Marchese of Springfield, along with several nieces, grandnieces, and nephews.

The funeral was held on Thursday, September 24.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, or to the Make a Wish Foundation, 4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, Arizona 85016-4862.

 

George William Allen

George William Allen died on September 9, 2015, at the age of 101.

He is survived by a son, Ed Allen of Vermillion, South Dakota; a daughter, Barbara Bernard of Suffolk, England; a granddaughter, Francis Todd; and four great-grandchildren.

Bill Allen enjoyed a certain immunity from the insecurities that make the rest of us toe the line.

That was the most interesting thing about him, but far from the only interesting thing about him. He was a man of great charm, with a fine intellect honed by a good Connecticut prep school and Yale University (class of 1939). He was a dedicated fisherman and, I recall from three trips he organized to Weller Pond, a guy who could make a weekend in an Adirondack lean-to almost as comfortable as — and far more pleasurable than — a stay at the Ritz.

Bill liked to prowl the back roads of the Kingdom in Greenie, a Model A Ford he’d bought as a young man and preserved with loving care and, according to his wife, Anne, an unreasonable amount of money. Greenie carried Bill to Entropy Acres, the farm we occupied in West Glover, shortly after we arrived there. It was a fine summer day and the matriarch of our extended family, Peggy W., was weeding the vegetable garden in what was, for a certain subculture at the time, standard gardening apparel. She was topless.

Hearing a strange voice Peggy ducked down behind a row of beans, but later offered Bill an explanation and apology that involved a neighbor she was just getting to know.

“I’m sorry, Bill,” Peggy said, “I thought you were Loudon Young.”

“Well, I may be lewd,” Bill replied, flashing the smile all his friends will remember, “but I’m hardly young.”

Though of our parents’ generation, a veteran who served as a Navy first lieutenant in the Second World War, Bill was perfectly comfortable in our presence, and the feeling was quickly mutual. It wasn’t, heaven knows, that he shared our convictions or tastes. It may only have been that he found nothing odd in people who would step off the smooth highway of America’s early ’sixties and find their own path.

Bill taught English at Lyndon State College, but resigned when he hit a classroom of students who didn’t seem interested in what he had to tell them. He returned to the college from time to time, but avoided anything that could be described as an academic career. When he wanted to visit his daughter Barbara, who was raising his grandchildren in England, Bill signed onto the Queen Elizabeth as a lecturer in Shakespeare. Given his charm and erudition, there’s no doubt the ocean liner’s owners and passengers got their money’s worth, and Bill crossed the Atlantic in a style he found entirely appropriate.

He edited a weekly newspaper in New Hampshire for a time, and after moving to Wheelock, took his place as the liberal voice on the conservative editorial pages of the Caledonian Record with his column, “A Different Drummer.”

When a new paper started up in Barton he became an early and frequent contributor. When, in his third issue, the inexperienced editor was compelled by a fierce cadre of female readers to back down from his decision to refer to every one of them as “Ms.,” it was Bill who came up with a quote from Emerson that lent at least a touch of dignity to the retreat: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds… Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today.”

When the Chronicle covered Barton’s first streaker, Bill could not resist a pithy commentary, quoted here in full:

 

To the Editor

Your “late flash” about the young streaker on the front page last week was a happy sign that at least one local youth still believes in political activism.   In his subtle way, that naked fellow who ran around the Barton schoolhouse was obviously trying to say something against Nixon. The message was: full disclosure, no cover-up.

 

The letter was particularly topical. President Richard Nixon resigned about a week later, in early August 1974.

Bill was the only political candidate to cover his own defeat in these pages. He reported that the candidate, who ran on a platform of “permissiveness, pot, and pornography,” was bewildered by the outcome of his race for justice of the peace, which yielded a total of three votes. His story continued: “His campaign-manager-wife was also puzzled. ‘There’s something about it I can’t understand either,’ she said. ‘I voted for him and I know he voted for himself. What I can’t understand is where that other vote came from.’”

A book of Bill’s best columns and essays, Strong is Your Hold, was published in 1984.

Bill celebrated his one hundredth birthday with several parties in early 2014, including one at the Sutton home of his great friends and neighbors, Hugh and Annetta Schultz. When, finally, he could no longer live alone at the hospitable Wheelock house he shared with Anne for decades, until her death in 2011, he was able to move to Nantucket Island. It was a place he loved, and a friend might be forgiven for hoping that Bill could hear the sound of the breakers from his last bedroom, and relive the many nights he spent on the beach, casting for bluefish in the Atlantic surf. — Chris Braithwaite

 

obit BelisleBernadette M. Belisle

Bernadette M. Belisle, 94, of Derby died on October 1, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on March 12, 1921, in Newport Center to William and Antoinette (Deslandes) Chaput.

In 1941 she married Edward Belisle who predeceased her. She and her husband owned and operated their farm in Newport Center for over 20 years. She ran it for the last ten years because Mr. Belisle was ill.

Ms. Belisle enjoyed gardening, especially with flowers. She enjoyed attending family gatherings and keeping in touch with her brothers and sisters. She knitted and crocheted rugs for her enjoyment as well as for her family. She was a person with very deep faith, strong convictions and a hard worker. She was devoted to St. Anne for many years.

She is survived by her son Joseph and his wife, Debbie, of Derby; her grandchildren: Michael Belisle and his son Chase Belisle, Jason Belisle and Lara Starr, and their children: Garrett Heath, Grason Belisle, and Mabel Belisle. She is also survived by her sisters: Ida Rowe, and Vivian Farrar; her sister-in-law Iva Chaput; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son; her siblings: Elontine Belisle, Florence Campbell, Emilda Gosselin, Felix, Fernand, Leo Paul, and Roland Chaput.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit ceroneKelly Ann (Menken) Cerone

Kelly Ann (Menken) Cerone, 50, of Kennebunkport, Maine, formerly of Townsend, Massachusetts, and Glover, died on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at her home, after a long and courageous fight with cancer.

She was born on March 16, 1965, in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

She was an amazing young woman full of life, love, and laughter. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and her family. She was a fierce scrabble competitor, enjoyed going to the beach with her children, spending time with her friends and hanging out with her mom. She loved watching her daughters compete in gymnastics and spent many hours watching them both in practice and competition. She also spent time with others who were battling a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and drew strength from their support.

Ms. Cerone is survived by her husband, John Cerone; her son Douglas and his two children Jayden and Alexis; and her daughters: Johanna and Angela. She was the oldest daughter of Geraldine and Joseph Neal of Glover.

She is also survived by her twin sister, Karen Menken of Glover; her brothers: Doug Menken and his wife, Dawn, of Barton, and Terry Neal and his wife, Heather, of Glover; her sisters: Kerry Leroux and her husband, Stewart, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Sherry Langlois and her husband, Erick, of Townsend; her lifelong friend Veronica Valley; many nieces and nephews; a great-nephew; aunts; uncles; cousins; special in-laws; and two cherished rat terriers: Tiny, and Ollie.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Menken.

Memorial services for Ms. Cerone were held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Saint Martha’s Church in Kennebunk, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ms. Cerone’s name to the GIST Cancer Awareness Foundation (gistawareness.org).

 

obit-guilletteIrene L. Guillette

Irene L. Guillette, 90, of Derby died on September 28, 2015, in Troy.

She was born on November 25, 1924, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Rose (Roberts) Lahar.

In May 1944 she married Lucien Guillette, who predeceased her in 1990.

Mrs. Guillette graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport. She loved camping, snowmobiling, and family gatherings.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Lass and her husband, John, of Shoreham; two granddaughters: Michelle Lass and her fiancé, Rob Curtis, of Bristol, and Laura Lass of Salisbury; great-grandson Jacob Galvin of Salisbury; her brother Paul Lahar and his wife, Betty, of Derby; her sister Pauline Fournier of Troy; numerous nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jeannine Kennison, of Newport.

She was predeceased by her two sons: Michael and James Guillette; and a brother Albert Lahar.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hintonEllie “Pat” Hinton

Ellie “Pat” Hinton, 87, of Hinton Hill Road in Westmore died on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on the family farm in Westmore on Flag Day, June 14, 1928. He was the son of Errol and Nettie (Colburn) Hinton.

He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse up the hill from the Hinton Farm in Westmore. He received his eighth-grade diploma as salutatorian with a class size of two. On July 26, 1969, he married Mona Bean and together they raised six children: Russell, Teresa, Mark, Errol, Burton, and Cory.

Mr. Hinton was a dairy farmer with his brother Elvin “Jim”, and later with his son Burton. He never retired. He enjoyed horses and using them to help with his farm work, and going to fairs to watch the horse pulls. He enjoyed raising all things — pigeons, ducks, livestock, but most importantly children, and grandchildren.

He was a 65-year member of Island Pond Lodge #44 F&AM, where he was past master. He was a member and past patron of North Star Chapter #25 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of Keystone Chapter 16, and past high priest.

He was a director of the Orleans County Fair Association for many years, a member of the Guernsey Breeders Association, and a member and deacon of the East Charleston Congregational Church.

Mr. Hinton was an amazing storyteller. History was very important to him, and he remembered so much detail that it was almost as if his listeners were there with him. Those stories live on in his family and friends. Above all he was a family man. That was the most important thing in his life.

He would always ask how everybody was doing, especially the grandchildren, and whenever he saw them it would brighten up his day.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Russell Hinton and his wife, Noreen, Teresa Potvin and her husband, David, Mark Hinton and his wife, Lisa, Errol Hinton and his wife, Renee, Burton Hinton and his companion, Sandi Hicks, and Cory Hinton and his wife, Lauri. He is also survived by his sister Norma Locke; and by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many close nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Mona Bean; two brothers: Earlton “Joe” Hinton, and Elvin “Jim” Hinton; and by two sisters: Natalie Davis, and Pauline Coe.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday October 8, at 5 p.m., at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston, with the Reverend Michael Ford officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be marked in Mr. Hinton’s name to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, in care of Island Pond Lodge #44 F&AM, P.O. Box 63, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

 

obit moffett vetRichard “Dick” Moffett

Richard “Dick” Moffett, 77, of Waddy, Kentucky died on Thursday, October 1, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on August 22, 1938. He was a member and deacon of Waddy Christian Church. He retired after 25 years with the Florida Department of Corrections. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of Shelby Lodge #662, and past president of the Clan Moffat Society.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann Rodgers Moffett, of Waddy; his sons: Brian Moffett and his wife, Anita, of Reton, New Mexico, Steven Eric Moffett and his wife, Veronica, of Waddy; his daughter Kimberly Jean French and her husband, Mark, of Davisburg, Michigan; and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Dorothy Moffett.

A memorial service and Masonic services were held on Monday, October 5, at the Waddy Christian Church with the Reverend Tina Theiler officiating.

obit vets flagCondolences and contributions in his memory may be made to Rob Morris Memorials, care of Linda Shepherd 48 Kings Highway, Waddy, Kentucky 40076, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or the Waddy Christian Church, P.O. Box 2, Waddy, Kentucky 40076.

 

 

obit petitDolores M. Petit

Dolores M. Petit, 62, of Coventry died on October 2, 2015, in Coventry.

She was born on February 1, 1953, in Sommerville, New Jersey, a daughter of Edward and Mercedes (Torpey) Skochin.

On June 25, 1993, she married Edmond Petit, who survives her. Ms. Petit loved to go to her camp on Seymour Lake during the summers and spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Edmond Petit, of Coventry; a son Matthew Phelps of Coventry; three stepchildren: Scott Petit and his wife, Heather, of Coventry, Robin Ballinger and her husband, Owen, of Coventry, and Danielle Sorrell and her husband, Lance, of New York; six grandchildren: Addie and Reese Petit, Evan and Julia Ballinger, Amelia, and Hunter Sorrell; her brother Kerry Skochin of Derby; her niece Jennifer Skochin of South Carolina; and by a nephew Ryan Skochin of South Carolina.

Mrs. Petit is predeceased by her parents, Edward and Mercedes Skochin.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RobertsGilles Joseph Roberts

Gilles Joseph Roberts, 58, of Albany died suddenly on September 27, 2015, in East Albany.

He was born on May 17, 1957, in Swedeberg, Quebec, to Euclide Roberts and the late Jeannine (Bedard) Roberts.

In 1974 he graduated from Lake Region Union High School. On July 2, 1988, he married Annette Poirier, who survives him.

Mr. Roberts was the main tire technician for the mobile unit at Park View Garage in Barton for the past 22 years. He volunteered at the Orleans County Fair, assisting with the tractor pulls each year. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, sober 33 years, and was a mentor to many others in the program.

His hobbies included: hunting, fishing, cutting wood, maple sugaring, and helping all of his neighbors. He helped local farmers, loved to socialize, and enjoyed going out to eat at Bob’s Quick Stop and other locations.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Roberts, of Conway, South Carolina; his children: Joshua McCargar and his fiancé, Linsay Wells, of Barton, and Amanda Garcia and her husband, Carlos, of Conway, South Carolina. He was “Papop” to five grandchildren who survive him: Christina, Gavin, Kharlee, Tucker and Leah. His is also survived by his father, Euclide Roberts of Westfield; his siblings: Rene Roberts and his wife, Connie, of East Albany, Andre Roberts and his wife, Diane, of Troy, Dennis Roberts of Weare, New Hampshire, Diane Royer and her husband, Steve, of Irasburg, Carole Hodgdon and her husband, Paul, of Craftsbury; numerous nieces and nephews; and the Poirier family.

He was predeceased by his mother, Jeannine Roberts, in 2002; his brother Michael Roberts in 1994; and his sister-in-law Sue Fogle in January 2015.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a mass of Christian burial.

A potluck celebration of life took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the Irasburg Town Hall. Interment will be for family at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair Association, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit StebenneJeannine Stebenne

Jeannine Stebenne, 77, of Island Pond, died peacefully and in the presence of loved ones on September 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born to the late Beloni Cyr, and Dora (Caron) Cyr on November 6, 1937, in Clifton, Quebec.

Ms. Stebenne was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her beloved husband of 60 years, Philippe Stebenne, on October 22, 1955, in St. Mathias, Quebec. The couple traveled from Quebec to various towns throughout New England before settling in Island Pond, where they raised their seven children.

Ms. Stebenne was a devoted member of St. James Catholic Church and ever faithful to her beloved patron saint, Saint Anne. She was known for her sweet tooth, and enjoyed knitting, laughing, and spending time with family. She was a loving and caring woman, and was always sending out prayers and lighting perpetual candles for her family, church, and community during times of need.

She is survived by her husband, Philippe Stebenne of Island Pond; her seven children: Alphonse Stebenne of Island Pond, Francine Sullivan and her husband, John, of Billerica, Massachusetts, Donald Stebenne and wife Suzanne of Hartland, Albert Stebenne and his wife, Priscilla, of Irasburg, Ginette O’Keefe and her husband, Gary, of Island Pond, Diane Sykes and her husband, Zeke, of Island Pond, and Sylvie Daniels and her husband, Cecil, of Island Pond; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother Roland Cyr of Edmundston, New Brunswick; her sister Rita Charette and her husband, Adrien, of Edmundston; and by countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her.

She was predeceased by her father; her mother; and by her brothers: Roger Cyr, Raymond Cyr, Romeo Cyr, and Normand Cyr.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery. There will be a gathering afterwards at Sunrise Manor.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. The memo line should say “St. James Roof Fund” to assist with reparations of the church that houses countless memories of Ms. Stebenne and her time spent there.

 

obit tiltonLawrence “Laurie” Tilton

Lawrence “Laurie” Tilton, 80, of Rock Island, Quebec died on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

He was born on December 20, 1934, in Newport. His parents were Ethel (Baird) and Lawrence Tilton Sr.

He spent most of his life in Rock Island. He worked for three years at the Royal Bank in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec. Later, he came back to work with his father at the Three Villages Building Association.

On July 7, 1956, he married Jacqueline Richards. They owned a laundromat in Rock Island for a few years.

He started working with the fire department in Stanstead, Quebec, which became an important part of his life, at the age of 16. He was one of the founders of the International Mutual Aid. In 1988, he began working under former Orleans County Sheriff Jim Murphy, and worked there until his retirement.

For years, Mr. Tilton and his wife attended many of the Bobbin Mill Players jam sessions in the area. Country music was a very special pastime for him, as well as the concerts attended on the causeway in Newport.

He leaves behind many good memories of his family, working with the fire department, the Sheriff’s Department, and helping others in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife; and his daughter Judy and her husband, Rino Clarizio, and their sons Mark and Adrian of Montreal. He is also survived by his two sons: David and his wife, Joyce, and their son David Jr. of Florida, and Michael and his wife, Brenda, and their children: Katie, and twins Johnathan and Madison of Agden, Québec; his brother Dennis of Georgia; and his cousin Shirley Osborne and her husband, Gordon, of Newport.

A memorial service was held on September 12 at the Manoir Chapel in Stanstead, Quebec, an assisted living facility where Mr. Tilton and his wife had lived for three years.

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Obituaries September 30, 2015

Danielle Marie Connell

Danielle Marie Connell, 46, of Derby died on September 23. She was called home to be with the Lord.

Ms. Connell was the beloved wife of Danny Connell of Derby and loving mother to their son, Tristan Connell of Niceville, Florida.

She loved spending time with the word of the Lord. She was blessed with a gift for animals, especially dogs. She lived in Florida for a time, but her heart was always in Vermont. She loved the people, the countryside and the cold winters. Ms. Connell enjoyed being outdoors, and seeing the majestic Vermont sky and stars. She loved butterflies and rainbows.

In addition to her husband and son, Ms. Connell is survived by her father, Gerald Cady of Irasburg; her mother, Deborah Gunger, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her sisters: Kimberly Cady of Virginia Beach, and Cassandra Howell and her husband, Lance, of Newport, Virginia. She is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

obit ElliottGrace Elliott

Grace Elliott, 87, of Glover died on Monday September 21, 2015.

She was born on July 2, 1928, in Barton. She was the daughter of Armour and Belle (Rollins) Urie.

Ms. Elliott attended Barton Academy and earned her diploma in 1946. She married Kenneth J. Elliott on July 12, 1947.

She worked at Montgomery Ward in Newport, and at the pharmacy, which was called Pierce Pharmacy at the time, in Barton. She also volunteered at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society. She spent many years working at the Barton fair selling tickets at the grandstand.

Ms. Elliott enjoyed working in her flower beds, growing roses, swimming at Crystal Lake, living in town so she could talk to her friends, having her own car so she could take her friends with her, taking trips to Boston, Massachusetts, to pick up her mother, singing in the church choir, and being an active member of the Barton United church. She loved rainy days, and the sound of the rain, and feeling the raindrops on her face.

She is survived by her son Raymond Elliott of Essex Junction.

She was predeceased by her husband in May of 2010.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LaMonda VETHarry F. LaMonda

Harry F. LaMonda, 89, formerly of Brownington and Orleans, died on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Riverhead Care Center in Riverhead, New York.

He was a former dairy farmer at the old Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton, New York, and a World War II Army veteran who served in Japan. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. LaMonda was born on a Vermont farm, and traveled to eastern Long Island, New York, to work for Abe Katz, the owner of Dune Alpin and another farm in Bridgehampton, where Mr. LaMonda first worked and lived.

A son of Wesley Stephens LaMonda, a dairy farmer, and the former Lois Jane Dewing, he was born in Sheldon, on June 20, 1926, and attended school through the eighth grade.

He was married to the former Greta Arlene Lafoe, who predeceased him, and the couple, who lived first in Brownington and Orleans, then eventually settled in East Hampton, had seven children.

After Dune Alpin Farm was sold, Mr. LaMonda stopped farming and did woodworking, more as a hobby, but, at around the age of 52, he got bored and went to work as a handyman at McDonald’s restaurant in Southampton, New York. He retired on his eightieth birthday.

He is survived by four daughters: Diana Darrell of East Hampton, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Carolina, and Pamela LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; his son, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York; one brother, Leonard LaMonda of Middlebury; many nieces and nephews; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was also the loving father-in-law of James Darrell, Edward Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster (deceased), Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by a daughter Louella LaMonda; a son Leslie LaMonda; his brothers: Wayne, Roy, and Merton; his sister Blanche Stone; an infant grandchild; and one infant great-grandchild.

A wake was held on Sunday, September 13, at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, Inc. in East Hampton. Mr. LaMonda’s ashes, and those of his wife Greta, will be brought home to Vermont the weekend of June 18, 2016, at which time a service will be held and their ashes buried in Brownington Center, where their hearts and souls will forever rest in perfect peace together.

Mr. LaMonda was a member of the Everit Albert Herter Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in East Hampton, to which contributions in his memory may be made by sending to P.O. Box 5033, East Hampton, New York 11937. Donations in his memory may also be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.

 

obit lay2Shirley Ann (Carey) Lay

Shirley Ann (Carey) Lay of Sutton, 87, died on September 18, 2015, passing peacefully.

She will be forever remembered as an indomitable woman with a no-nonsense, straightforward approach and a proud Irish spirit.

She was born on November 10, 1927, in Montpelier, the daughter of William and Theresa (Failey) Carey.

She married Nelson Lay in Montpelier on October 4, 1952, and together, they raised five children, living in multiple Vermont communities including Bradford, Rutland, and Waterbury Center, and finally building their dream home in Sutton, where Mrs. Lay’s favorite pastime (when she wasn’t immersed in household chores) was tending her famously enormous gardens.

Mrs. Lay attended Catholic schools in Montpelier, and in addition to some of the finer points of disciplinary techniques for unruly children, she adopted the beautiful flowing handwriting of her nuns/educators.

Her children always looked forward to her handwritten cards and notes, both for content and aesthetics. To augment household income, and undoubtedly to maintain her sanity, for she was a social creature at heart, Mrs. Lay worked at many different jobs over the years, eventually retiring from the Farmers Home Administration in Newport, where she earned a reputation for hard work, fairness, and frugality.

In addition to gardening, she enjoyed sewing, church functions, friends, and family. She was renowned for her seemingly inhuman endurance when it came to churning out French fries in 90-degree weather at the Barton Fair in support of her church. She was a fiercely devout Catholic. She loved to spend time at the family camp on Lake Seymour, and enjoyed (yes enjoyed) picking rocks and building jetties to make for a sandier beach. She loved her children. She loved her grandchildren. She loved animals, especially her dogs. She loved in the manner of her generation, which was not so much in words, as in deeds. She lived an active and full life.

She is survived by five children: Douglas Lay and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center, Maureen Russell of Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and her husband, Ron, of Cabot, Daniel Lay and his wife, Staci, of Brunswick, Maine, David Lay and his partner, Shannon, of Danville; and eight grandchildren: Devin and Derick Lay; Morgan Russell; Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper; and Declan and Hannah Lay. She also is survived by her sister Elizabeth Blouin of Montpelier; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Lay; her beloved brother Francis Carey and sister Margaret Larned.

Visiting hours were held at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Friday, September 25.

A funeral Mass was celebrated in Lyndonville on Saturday, September 26, at St. Elizabeth Church. Committal services followed at the Sutton Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at guibordfh.com.

 

Charles B.“ Charlie” Smith Jr.

Charles Bingham “Charlie” Smith Jr., 96, of Hardwick died on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on December 11, 1918, in Craftsbury, the son of the late Charles B. Smith Sr. and Alice (Lane) Smith. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1937. He entered Vermont Junior College, graduating in the class of 1940, and continued his education at the University of Vermont.

obit vets flagOn September 6, 1941, he entered the U.S. Army in Rutland. He received his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Camp Young in California. He served his country in the battles of Normandy in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe under General George S. Patton. He served with distinction and received the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his efforts. He was honorably discharged on October 19, 1945, as a member of the “Greatest Generation.”

On December 11, 1945, he married Shirley Arlene “Peggy” Hovey in Johnson.

He was employed at Fairbank’s Scales in St. Johnsbury. He retired on December 31, 1981.

Mr. Smith was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and an associate member of the United Church in Hardwick. He joined Meridian Sun Lodge #20, F&AM in Craftsbury in 1943. In 1984, he was elected secretary and continued to serve in that position for more than 26 years. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and the VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville.

He was an avid sportsman. He played high school, college, and semi-pro baseball. He excelled in many other sports, including cross- country, downhill and slalom skiing, basketball, cross-country running, golfing, and bowling. He also enjoyed hunting and ice fishing. Mr. Smith continued to support area high school athletics and was always interested in how the teams were doing. He took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s ball games. He enjoyed visiting and spending time with everyone. He will be sadly missed by the Hardwick community.

Survivors include three children: Sharyn Salls and her husband, Raymond, of Hardwick, C. Stephen Smith and his wife, Sarah, of Barre, and Scott Smith and his wife, Tammi, of Hardwick; six grandchildren: Shelley Hale of East Hardwick, Sherri Wiswell of Woodbury, Jeremy Smith of Londonderry, Jason Smith of Woodbury, Jamon Smith, and Spencer Smith, both of Hardwick; seven great-grandchildren: Mykala Wiswell of Woodbury, Kassity Hale of East Hardwick, Kobe, Trevor, and Marina Smith, all of Woodbury, Kylie Smith of Hardwick, and Alyssa Smith of Londonderry; a Fresh Air son, Michael Caban, of Florida; his brother Cedric Smith of South Barre; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, on June 9, 2007; a granddaughter, Lori Ann Salls, in 1986; four siblings: Natalie Drew, and Henry, Donald, and Warren Smith.

Visiting hours were held on Saturday, September 26, and a Masonic service was held at Northern Vermont Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 27, at the United Church in Hardwick with the Reverend Dr. Evelyn Lavelli and the Reverend Allen Parker officiating. Burial followed in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick, with military honors.

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

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Obituaries September 23, 2015

obit GlodgettMarjorie L. Glodgett

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

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

She graduated from Orleans High School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit LewisElizabeth Gale Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is survived by many cousins and friends.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com

 

obit MajorNorma Alice (Ashe) Major

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Lena B. Patenaude

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

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

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

Ms. Patenaude enjoyed embroidery, cooking, and puzzles.

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 16, 2015

Dana Alden Blanchard

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit brenek2Paul Edward Brenek

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

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

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

Paul will be in his family’s heart forever.

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

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

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

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

 

Noamie N. Chaffee

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit joseph VETRobert Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Jourdan VETWilliam P. Jourdan

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Obit LaCasseOdila “Del” LaCasse 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit vets flagReginald Gordon Lacoss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit russellBrian D. Russell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries September 9, 2015

Milton J. Bowen Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CastonguayMargaret Grace Castonguay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DyerSarah Elizabeth (Hannah) Dyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert P. Knowles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit MessierLeopold A. Messier

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Hubert “Andre” Palardy

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Economou.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit StuartTravis L. Stuart

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother Todd Stuart.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Vinal photoBruce Rex Vinal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 2, 2015

obit biron VETHanford E. “Jack” Biron

Hanford E. “Jack” Biron, 92, of Derby and Norton died in Newport on Tuesday August 25, 2015.

He was born on May 18, 1923, in Norton to Joseph and Eva (Pelletier) Biron. In 1951, he married Nina “Jean” Bates, who predeceased him in 2001.

He graduated from Brighton High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II from October 1943 to February 1945. He worked on the family farm, was a Railway Mail Agent and eventually went to work for U.S. Customs in Morses Line, Island Pond, Norton, Derby Line, and Newport, retiring in 1978 as a Supervisory Inspector.

Mr. Biron was a member of the Island Pond American Legion, a past president and director of the Orlex Credit Union, former lister of the Town of Norton, as well as many other positions.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling to many different areas of the country. He liked gardening, tree farming, coin collecting, hunting, fishingobit vets flag, and especially spending time at his camp in Norton with his family.

Mr. Biron is survived by his children: Dale Biron and his wife, Debbie, and Bonnie Birchard and her husband, Dean; his grandsons: Matthew and Adam Birchard, and Devan Biron. He is also survived by his brother Clifford Biron of Island Pond; and his sisters: Pearl Brissette of Michigan, Elizabeth Biron of Newport, and Pauline Wolf and her husband, Gil, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Bette Ann Biron in 2010; and by two brothers: Wilfred and Edward.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont with the Reverend John Genco officiating with full military honors to follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 2, from 1 p.m. until the hours of the funeral. A turkey dinner will follow at the American Legion in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, for those who are fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CargillEdith May Cargill

Edith May Cargill, 95, of Derby died on August 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1920 in East Charleston to Howard and Bertha (Lassonde) Nichols.

She married Merle Gray, who predeceased her. She later married Glen Griffin, who also predeceased her, and on October 19, 1963 she married Lyle James Cargill, who predeceased her on December 16, 2013.

Mrs. Cargill was a member of the First Congregational Church in Island Pond and she was also a Girl Scout leader.

Her hobbies included family genealogy, sewing, knitting, and making crafts and cakes.

She is survived by her children: Stuart Gray and his wife, Janice, of Concord, and Reginald Gray and his wife, Colleen, of Charlotte; her stepchildren: Gary Griffin and his wife, Jeanine, of Brandon, Brian Cargill of Monkton, Colleen Gray of Charlotte, Duane Cargill of Great Falls, and Dwight Cargill of Fairfax; her sister Ruth Seidell of Enfield, Connecticut; her brother Rendall Nichols of Newport; many grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother Rodney Nichols; and by her sister Marjorie Crouss.

A graveside service was held on Friday August 28, at the Derby Line Cemetery with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

 

obit collins VETWilliam Collins

William Collins, 68, of Westfield died on August 25, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 3, 1947, in Newport to Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and served in the Vermont Air National Guard.

Mr. Collins was a building contractor for Gerard Pion and Sons Construction Company of Lowell. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, coaching little league and basketball in the Westfield area, and also played baseball. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping in the woods and watching westerns on television.He is survived by his sons: Joel Collins and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Peter Collins and his friend Darlene Peters of Hancock; his grandchildren: Morgan of Newport Center, and Justin of Barton; his great-grandchildren: Ivy and Robert; his brother Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; his sisters: Carolyne Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his brother-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by his former wife Cheryl Houston Collins of Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents: Rita Collins on July 17, 2009, and Durward Collins on October 20, 2014; and by his sister Pamela Niles in 2013.

obit vets flagA graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital nursing staff on all floors and emergency room, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit dean VETElwin W. Dean

Elwin W. Dean, 91, of Derby Line died on August 27, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 6, 1924 in Orleans, a son of Levi and Altheda (Metcalf) Dean.

On May 29, 1953, he married Patricia Chapdelaine, who survives him.

Mr. Dean served 42 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as the head of Veterans Affairs in Vermont.

He was a selectman in Coventry for many years. He was a member of the Coventry Congregational Church and the Orleans Federated Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed listening to and playing country music on his guitar and he also played the clarinet and the saxophone. Mr. Dean loved farming, driving his tractor, and he played semi-pro-baseball. He was valedictorian of his class and was also inducted in the Orleans County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Dean spent his life defending our country and helping others. He was a wise and gentle man who will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Dean, of Derby Line; and their two children: Wayne Dean and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westbrook, Connecticut, and Christy Dean-Dunn and her husband, Matthew, of Middletown, Connecticut. He was loved by four grandchildren: Nicole, Jacob, Matthew, and Amy Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dean was predeceased by a son Elwin Dean Jr.; and brothers and sisters: Mike, Lyle, Ray, Elaine and Thelma.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Friends may call on September 5, at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PhillipsRaymond R. Phillips

Raymond R. Phillips, 73, of Hyde Park, died on August 29, 2015, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was the fifth child born to Louis and Catherine (Weeks) Phillips.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed sitting and telling fish stories with his great-grandson Levi. He also enjoyed going to powwows and meeting new family members.

He was a longtime employee of the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad until it closed as the Lamoille Valley Railroad. He enjoyed the job and the many friends he made there.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 51 years, Roxie (Germain) Phillips; his son Raymond and his wife, Ann, of North Troy; his daughters: Melody of Hyde Park, and Francine of Derby; his youngest son Timothy of North Troy; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren, plus three more on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: Albert “Tom” Phillips and his wife, Shirley, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Margaret Young of Claremont, New Hampshire, Richard and Cory of North Carolina, Ralph and Darlene of Ludlow, Susan and her husband, Leo Dagesse, of Derby, Michael and his wife, Barbie, of Johnson, Deborah and her husband, Charley Phillips, of Fair Haven; many nieces and nephews; and his two fur babies Precious Angel, and Lacy J.

Mr. Phillips, who has gone to his Lord and Savior, was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and by a grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with the Pastor Alden Lauver officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery on Thursday, September 3, from noon until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit rowellMary Patricia (McGue) Rowell

Mary P. Rowell, 86, of Highgate Falls, died on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2015, in St.Albans, at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, with loving family at her side.

Mrs. Rowell and her beloved husband, Willard, lived for many years in the Fairfax community. Following the onset of health issues, they made their home near family in Highgate Falls.

Born in Fairfield on April 21, 1929, Mrs. Rowell was the daughter of the late Ralph Sheridan McGue, and Harriet (Clay) McGue. She graduated high school from Mount St. Mary’s in Burlington, Class of 1947.

On October 20, 1951, she married Willard Rowell, of Albany, a young gentleman who had studied at Champlain College. The young couple wanted their own farm, and hoped to raise a family. The Rowells later owned and operated a sizeable dairy farm in Albany, where they raised a family of six. During years of lean milk pricing, Mr. Rowell frequently worked construction on oil and gas pipelines to supplement the farm income. Mrs. Rowell was then charged with managing farm operations and addressing family needs, often for months at a time. She was a tireless worker, had great compassion for others, and proved herself many times as a well-seasoned business manager.

During the late 1970s the Rowells moved to Fairfax to care for family, and eventually purchased her parents’ home there.

Mrs. Rowell had a discerning eye for fashion and her home was beautifully furnished. She bought and sold antiques for many years, and with a smile would tell you, “It had its rewards.”

While the barn sale seemed to pique her interest, it was the people she most enjoyed. Perceived as an opportunity, gardening offered a tranquil moment. Her beautiful flower gardens and vegetables were always nicely tended. She was proud of her family, she was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed large family gatherings. She was an avid reader, found board games, cards, and puzzles enjoyable, but most of all she was a kind person, a devoted wife, and loving mother.

Mrs. Rowell was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years.

She is survived by her six children: Bill Rowell and his wife, Nancy (Rollins), of Highgate, Brian Rowell and his wife, Tammy (Pilbin), of Highgate, Steven Rowell and his wife, Carmie (Maietta), of Hinesburg, Jane (Rowell) Fisher and her husband, Chuck, of Irasburg, Carolyn (Rowell) Powers and her husband, Stephen, of Anderson, South Carolina, John Rowell and his wife, Tina (Reicker), of Saint John, New Brunswick; her grandchildren: Elizabeth and her husband, Andrew, Matthew, Megan, Michael, Anthony, Emily and her husband, Jenoah, Anna and her husband, Craig, Patricia and her husband Nathan, Jennifer, Nikki and her husband, John, Kristina and her husband, Robbie, Joshua, and Jenna; great grandchildren: Peyton, Xavier, Landon, Derek, Myles, Charlie, Hayley, Asa, Jonathon, and Julia; one sister, Kathleen (Thomas) Bott, of Plainville, Connecticut; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Jacobs of Florida, Carol Sheridan of Connecticut, and Marguerite Chambers of Texas; and by her infant brother Patrick McGue of Fairfax.

The Rowell family would like to offer their gratitude to the caregivers at Mrs. Rowell’s residence, Franklin County Home Health, Northwestern Medical Center, Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, Am Care, and Missisquoi Valley Rescue for their care, compassion, and support.

A funeral service was held on Friday, August 28, at the Kidder Memorial Home, in Swanton. Father Maurice J. Roy officiated. Interment was at the Rowell family lot in the Albany Village Cemetery, where a graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Gifts in Mrs. Rowell’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit TaborLance J. Tabor

Lance J. Tabor, 29, of Brownington died suddenly on August 20, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 21, 1986, in Newport, to Cindy (Little) Bernier and Larry Tabor Jr.

He was a carpenter for Gochie Carpentry in Lyndon. Among his hobbies were fishing, swimming, camping and football. He also loved sliding with his kids.

He is survived by his children: Ryah and Kylie both of Barton; his mother, Cindy Bernier of Newport; his father, Larry Tabor Jr. of Jay; his girlfriend Amanda Gochie of Lyndon; and by three sisters: Brooklyn Bernier and her boyfriend Nathan Green of Newport, Taylor Bernier and her boyfriend Ben Ste. Marie of Derby, and Kayla Bernier of North Carolina. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents: Lawrence Tabor Sr. of Derby, and Ann Tabor of Newport; his maternal grandparents: Albina Flanders of Newport, and Frederick Little and his wife, Beth, of Newport Center; his four nieces: Rayna, Hailey, Rowan and Olivia; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his stepfather Paul Bernier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

Mrs. Westover graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read The Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at Solid Rock Assembly in Brownington Center Church and at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid, supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly but will rejoice in knowing that she has moved to her heavenly home with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as by daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

She is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida; Betty Larose of Vermont; Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont; Ed Westover of Vermont; and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina; Christopher Larose and his son Dylan and daughters Kayana, Kaylene and Kaydriene of Vermont; Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina; Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut; Monica Larose of Vermont; Roany Meyer of Massachusetts; Brittany Howard (Westover) and her husband, Chase, of Georgia; and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister in-law Florence Whitcomb and by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on August 22 at noon.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

The above is a corrected version of an obituary that ran on August 19.

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Obituaries August 26, 2015

obit BaronLucienne H. Baron

Lucienne H. Baron, 84, of Newport Center died on August 15, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1930, in New Brunswick, Canada, the youngest of 14 children. She immigrated to the United States in 1963.

She was employed as a secretary for many years in the Ridgewood, New Jersey, public school system. She and her husband relocated to Newport Center after their retirement in 1988.

After caring for her husband throughout his illness, Ms. Baron became an active member of the community. She was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was also a volunteer at the hospital as well as hospice.

She joined a bowling league, which welcomed her as much for her handicap as her skills. Recently she decided to learn to play bridge and enthusiastically participated in several bridge clubs.

Ms. Baron was always quick with a smile, greeting all she met. Her sense of humor brought laughter to those who were around her. She was often seen dining and laughing with friends at The East Side Restaurant. She also enjoyed experiencing the beauty all around her home on her frequent walks down the Lake Road.

Her final wish was that her family and friends remember how much she loved them all.

She is survived by her son Gerald Baron and wife, Stephanie, of Charlotte, North Carolina; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Leonce Haché and his wife, Claudette, of St. Jean, Québec, and Alban Haché and wife, Beatrice, of New Brunswick.

She was predeceased by her parents; eleven siblings; her husband George Baron; and her daughter Lynn.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Ms. Baron’s desire was to be cremated with ashes to be interred at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to a favorite charity.

Online condolences at curtis.britch.com.

 

obit CastrogiovanniBentley James Castrogiovanni

Bentley James Castrogiovanni, three, of Island Pond died on August 16, 2015.

He was born on December 10, 2011, and lived on Mountain Street.

Bentley enjoyed riding four wheelers, the great outdoors, and helping Mom and Dad. He and his dad spent their mornings together having breakfast. He and his mom went on walks, and loved blueberry picking, and being with his brother and cousins. Bentley enjoyed playing at the beach with his family and friends. Within the community he was notable for his smiling face and pleasant greetings.

Bentley is survived by his parents, Christina Sylvia Deslandes and James Kenneth Castrogiovanni of Island Pond; his little brother Carson Castrogiovanni; his grandparents Betty Castrogiovanni, Clare Deslandes, and Linda Deslandes of Island Pond.

He had a very large family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots of friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond on Saturday, August 22, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

A memorial fund has been set up for donations to help pay for Bentley’s funeral services at Giveforward: gfwd.at/1fiQRhg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CraftNicholas J. Craft

Nicholas J. Craft, 34, of Derby, beloved son of Nancy Craft, died in Derby on August 20, 2015, after a short illness.

He was born on March 26, 1981, in Newport to Nancy (Willis) Craft and the late Ricky Craft.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1999. In high school he was a four-year varsity football player and a member of the track and field team. He was also in DECA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He went on to earn all three Eagle palms as well. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended many scouting functions including the national jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, the world jamboree in Santiago, Chile, and the High Adventure camp in the Florida Keys.

After college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he settled in southern New Hampshire where he worked for Marshall’s as an event planner. He also helped with the family business, R.C. Video whenever he was available. He recently moved back to the Newport area. He was a past member of the Masons, and a former member of the Newport Fire Department.

As an only child, his local cousins Travis and Kim, Tully, and Karen and Greg became his siblings, as well as his best buddies Dana and Josh, whose children all called him Uncle Nick.

Mr. Craft was an avid hunter. Those skills, he learned from his grandfather Willis and Uncle Butch. His favorite place was at the family camp in Albany, and the Cheney camp in Lowell. He loved hunting with Dana.

He was also a die-hard Earnhardt fan, along with his dad. Many tailgate parties were enjoyed at the racetrack with his dad, mom, Paul, Nick R., and Jeremy and Alissa. Football season was always a big event, especially if his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders, happened to win. In the summer, he loved to go fishing with Eric.

Mr. Craft, who was called Nicholas or Nick by his friends, was always ready to help a friend. All one had to do was ask and he would do anything. He was a friendly, outgoing, kind individual who will be sadly missed. Now he will be swapping stories with his dad and grandfathers, and playing cribbage with his gram.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Craft; his grandmother Iris Willis; his godparents Gerry and Pat Royer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Ricky Craft; his maternal grandfather, Wallace Willis; his paternal great-grandparents: Mae Craft-St. Marie and Rene St. Marie, and Ray and Loretta Lontine; and his paternal grandparents, Rudy and Sheila Craft.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ricky C. Craft/Newport City Firefighters Scholarship Fund in care of Jamie LaClair, 40 Sunset Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LawsonBarbara Irene Lawson

Barbara Irene Lawson, 76, of Irasburg died peacefully on August 22, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving sons.

She was born on August 9, 1939, in Burke to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting.

On April 7, 1961, she married William Lawson who predeceased her on November 12, 2012.

Mrs. Lawson was clerk for the town of Irasburg for 30 years. She retired in 2011.

She attended the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Farm Women’s Support Group. She was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Irasburg, and she formally taught many children piano lessons. She also taught Sunday school and helped her husband farm for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, writing poetry, gardening and visiting with her family.

She is survived by her sons: Douglas Lawson and his wife, Manon, of Irasburg, and their children: Donna Wilson and her husband, Jesse, Seth Lawson, and Emily-Rose Lawson; and Mark Lawson and his wife, Joann, of Coventry, and their children: Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn Lawson and his wife, Christi, and Kevin Lawson; by her great-grandchildren: Emma and Nora Ingalls, and Scarlet Lawson; by her special niece Elaine Collins, who was loved like a daughter and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg, and by their children; by her brother Donald Cutting of Irasburg; by her sisters: Mary Corbett of Middlebury, Florence Stowell, and her husband, Clayton Jr., of Coventry; by her sister-in-law Nancy Newton and her husband, Edwin, of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two grandchildren: William James Lawson, and Jason Lawson; her sister-in-law Lynette Cutting; and by her brother-in-law Albert Corbett.

Friends called on Tuesday, August 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating. Interment will follow in the Coventry Cemetery. A meal will follow the burial at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church on the Quarry Road in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeBlanc VETTheodore “Ted” LeBlanc

Theodore LeBlanc, also known as Ted, 70, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Middlesex Hospice Center after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Orleans on July 11, 1945, he attended schools in Vermont and graduated from Orleans High School, Class of 1965. Mr. LeBlanc served his country and was stationed in Korea for all of his military career. He moved to Connecticut after serving in the military. He worked at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut, Cuno in Meriden, Connecticut, and then he worked at Morgan Advanced Materials in Durham, Connecticut, until his death.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer with his close friend Jack Armack. He was the beloved husband of Roberta LeBlanc for 28 years.

He is survived by his father, Paul LeBlanc; his brother Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda; his sisters: Carmen LaMarche, and Paulette Riendeau; all from Vermont. He is also survived by his son Joseph LeBlanc; his stepson Michael Johnson and his wife, Jo-Ann; his stepdaughters: Lisa Hunter and her husband Leroy, and Sunde Warner and her fiancé, Joe; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who loved him dearly; and his special pet poodle Cookie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; his sister Joanne Hamel; and his brother Alan LeBlanc; all from Vermont.

He will always be loved forever, and missed by his family and friends.

Family and friends called at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home in Meriden, on Tuesday, August 25. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Midstate Medical Center Oncology, 455 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451 or to the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, care of Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.

 

obit MaxhamJay Alan Maxham

Jay Alan Maxham, 79, died on August 17, 2015, at home, in Barton, after a period of failing health.

He was born on January 20, 1936, the youngest child and only son of Charles Jay Maxham Jr., and Tonette Elizabeth “Betty” Nelson.

He was raised on Elm Valley Farm in Pomfret, where he learned to love animals and people. Growing up he exhibited Jersey cattle at Rutland Fair, Tunbridge Fair, and Champlain Valley Exposition, while working on the family farm.

On June 13, 1954, he married Nancy Louise Tierney, and they recently celebrated their sixty-first anniversary. Following the death of his father he took over the farm in Pomfret and moved the herd to Johnson, renaming the farm JAM Holstein Farm. He also farmed in Ryegate, Groton, Barnet, and Morrisville, before finally ending up back in Johnson where he finished his dairy career milking his beloved goats. After suffering a major stoke, he and his wife moved to High Street in Barton, where he quickly became a frequent sight, racing around town in his power chair, often bearing gifts of fresh vegetables or some of his wife’s pickles and relish.

Mr. Maxham was always involved in community activities, serving on many boards for many organizations, including the Northwest Holstein Club, The Northeast Kingdom Holstein Club, Vermont Holstein Club, New England Holstein Association, Jersey Cattle Club, New England Milking Shorthorn Society, Lamoille County Field Days board, Northern Farms Coop board, Extension and 4-H advisory boards, and many other organizations.

He showed dairy cattle all over New England and made several trips to the All American Jersey Show in Columbus, Ohio. He was a farming advocate and a master gardener. He even did a stint as Pound Keeper for the town of Johnson. He could always be counted on to do the jobs no one else wanted to do.

Ms. Maxham especially liked working with kids. He was a long time 4-H leader in Lamoillle County and was barn manager for the Vermont 4-H exhibit at Eastern States Exposition for many years, affecting many young lives. He always made room in his heart and home for others, sharing what he had and watching out for those in need. Over the years he and his wife opened their home to many animals and teens needing a safe place.

Many will remember Mr. Maxham as a member of the Darling and Young Sales crew, Northeast Kingdom Sales crew, or working sales for Doug Gilmore while still operating a large farm of his own. He was a very visible advocate for dairy farming whether it be the cows of his younger years or the goats he downsized to as he got older. He was a hard worker and a good friend to all.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: James Maxham, and Kim Maxham of Barton; his daughter Lori Before and her husband, Martin, of Derby; seven grandchildren: Crystal Maxham of Hyde Park, Miranda Maxham of Johnson, Alan Before of Derby, Kevin Before and his partner Mandy Aubin of Derby, Rebecca Bent and her husband, Matthew, of East Thetford, Rachel Before of Derby, and Scott Maxham of Georgia; by six great-grandchildren; and by his nephew Peter Gourley of Hartland. He is also survived by his special neighbor Rita Royer and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Jensine and Daryl Gourley; and by his nephew, Daryl John Gourley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help support the 4-H Dairy program by sending to UVM- VT 4-H Dairy fund, 655 Spear Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405 in Mr. Maxham’s name.

There was a graveside service on Monday, August 24 at the Nye Cemetery in Barton, which was followed by a meal at the New Hope Church in Brownington.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PatenaudeDaniel “Dan” Patenaude

Daniel “Dan” Patenaude, 53, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Burlington after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born on January 18, 1962, in Newport, a son of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

On August 8, 1992, he married Rhonda Gibeault, who survives him.

Mr. Patenaude was a heavy equipment operator at Green Mountain Mulch in Derby for 25 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family, and he was a practical joker.

Mr. Patenaude is survived by his wife, Rhonda Patenaude, of Derby; by his children: Michael Patenaude and his wife, Leslie, of Killington, Tyler Patenaude and his wife, Chelsea, of Craftsbury, and Taylor Patenaude of West Charleston; by his granddaughter Payton Daniel; a brother-in-law Tom Wilson of Chazy, New York; by Brenda “Momsie” and Bob Lepage, his mother- and father-in-law of Derby; by Roger and Beverly Gibeault, father- and mother-in-law of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.  His brother and sisters are Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe.

Mr. Patenaude was predeceased by his loving mother, Yvette Patenaude; his brother Michael Patenaude; and his sister Louise Wilson.

He was a very special soul who loved being around people. He touched people’s lives wherever he went. He loved spending time with his family, cousins, friends, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.  He fought a very tough battle with ALS with great courage.

Mr. Patenaude had a great support system from family, friends, and the whole community, which made him shine every day. He had some very special friends who had a big impact on his life: Randy and Kris Patten, Daryl and Kim Martin, and Stacy and Jennifer Atherton. He loved spending time with them.  He was a man who truly loved his job at Green Mountain Mulch, where he worked running all the various types of equipment.  He loved his dog Harley who used to sit beside him every morning and have coffee with him. In the end, Dan fought and won his battle against ALS.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire to make contributions in his memory, please donate to the ALS Walk Vermont for “Team Patenaude.” Contributions can be sent to Rhonda Patenaude, 2695 Beebe Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 and made payable to The ALS Association.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

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obit SwiftHelene G. Swift

Helene G. Swift, 97, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, to Harold and Christiana (Colburn) Gustin. On June 6, 1943 she married William D. Swift, who predeceased her on July 12, 1978.

Mrs. Swift was a longtime employee of, and head teller at, the former Chittenden Bank of Newport.

She was a member of the United Church of Derby and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Stanstead, Quebec, and visiting family and friends.

She is survived by her son in-law Jack Haefeli of Albany, New York, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Beverly Haefeli and by her brother Lynas Gustin.

Calling hours start at noon and will be followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

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Obituaries August 19, 2015

obit BerardMaria Dolores “Loli” Berard

Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard, 55, died with grace on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with amyloidosis. She was surrounded by her family’s love. She is now reunited with her son Jason A. Berard.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on June 10, 1960, she was the fifth child of seven to Pedro Barquin and Luisa Olagorta Barquin. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and Manila, Philippines, before moving to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was in Burlington that she met her husband of 32 years, Roger E. Berard, and began building their life and family together.

Having established their home in St. Albans, with four children, Ms. Berard founded and co-owned the successful children’s clothing brand, Loli of Vermont, for which she received the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, Woman of Achievement Award. That was only the beginning.

Dedicated to education, social justice, and equality, she tackled every opportunity with gusto, and always fought to support youth voices, promote excellence and equity in education, and create lifelong learning opportunities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College, her master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, and participated in the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.

Most recently the Vermont Regional Coordinator of Franklin Grand Isle Building Bright Futures, Ms. Berard was the principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center, the school and community coordinator for Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU), and she was involved with Project New Beginnings, Everyday Democracy, Youth in Transition, Franklin Grand Isle United Way, and Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center.

She had more than 15 years of teaching experience, community service and development, and civic engagement, and Ms. Berard was connected, loyal, passionate, determined, and loved by the community she created.

Along with her adoring husband, she continues to guide her sons, Roger A. Berard and Lucas A. Berard, and her daughter, Sophia A. Berard and her fiancé, Luke Gellatly, with strength and will of heart. She is loved and missed by her family: Maria, Richard and Ari Arratia, Pedro and Betty Barquin, Maipi, Richard, Christopher, and Devin Deraney, Jose, Lana, Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin, Maite and Alan Brace, Pablo and Victoria Barquin, and Gilles, Jeannine, Paul, and Lynne Berard.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 8, by Father Maurice J. Roy at Holy Angels Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Dream Big Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/6fa4wew4.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit duvalSister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval

Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval, 93, died at Holy Cross Health Center (HCHC) in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

She was born in Richford, on November 14, 1921, to Basil Duval and Mabel Jane (Donlon) Duval.

She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1938 and professed her vows on August 21, 1940.

Her primary missions were teaching in Champlain and Morrisonville, New York, (where she later became part of the school administration), Newport, and Colebrook, New Hampshire, and bookkeeping and secretarial services in Derby Line, Burlington, Newport, and Littleton, New Hampshire.

She retired to Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton in 1997, then to HCHC in 2014.

She loved her religious community and was very dedicated to her various ministries. Her eyes had a special sparkle when she spoke of her family. She will be remembered and missed by all.

She is survived by her nieces: Norma Yandow, Cecile Deblois and her husband, John, and Jane Frances Maxwell and her husband, Paul; and by her nephews: Douglas, Martin, Jim, Ken Jr., and Dennis Duval.

She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers: Archibald, Norman, Elmer, Francis, Kenneth, and Rémi.

Prayer at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel took place on Sunday, August 16. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 17, at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

To sign a guest book, please visit rossfuneral.com.

 

obit gloverPauline S. Glover

Pauline S. Glover, 86, of Derby died peacefully on August 11, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 26, 1928, in Derby to Arthur and Beulah (Curtis) Storey.

On August 26, 1950 she married Hayden Glover who predeceased her.

Pauline was town clerk for the town of Derby for 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Academy Alumni Association, and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston. She was an avid reader, watched her favorite TV shows, enjoyed farming and attending activities with Mr. Glover, tending to her vegetable garden, going to yard sales, and she always loved and cared for her many animals over the years.

She is survived by her children: Valerie Glover of Derby, and Edward Glover and his wife and stepdaughter of Derby; her granddaughter Kim Robinson of Winooski; by her sisters: Laura Labrecque of Massachusetts, and Evelyn Willard of Derby; her aunt Phyllis Davio of Newport; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Dailey Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hendersonPenelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson

Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson, 82, of Newport died on August 10, 2015.

She was born on October 25, 1932, the second child and first daughter of Canon R. Kenneth Naylor and Mary Barton Naylor, and a Montreal resident for her first 45 years.

She was the wife of the late Rod Henderson, whom she lived with in Newport later in life.

Her passion was being a pilot when it was very unusual for a girl just out of high school to aim to do that. Working at Bell Canada gave her the needed money to take flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Dorval, Quebec. After obtaining her private pilot’s license, she went on to obtain her commercial license and her instructor’s rating. However TransCanada Airlines (later Air Canada) was not hiring women at that time, so she became a flight instructor in her spare time. She was featured in an interesting article in The Blue Bell of Bell Canada from August 1965.

She also acquired a motorcycle and toured England, Scotland, and Wales on it for six months. She worked there, among other things, harvesting hops.

In her work at Bell Canada, French language usage meant that she was required to attend many meetings in French. She took an early medical retirement, and married Mr. Henderson, a fellow pilot, in 1975.

She was predeceased by her husband; and her brother Ronald in 2009.

She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Fletcher and Gillian Villeneuve; her stepchildren: Debbie, Denyse, Joan, Anne, Roddie and Pennie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeclercDenis J. Leclerc

Denis J. Leclerc, 61, died on Monday August 3, 2015, at his home in Island Pond.

Born in Sorel, Montreal, Québec on August 19, 1953, to Victor J. and Yvette R. Leclerc, he moved to Island Pond in 1963 as his father was transferred from the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal.

Mr. Leclerc began his career in cooking at the age of 17 at the infamous Buck & Doe Restaurant under the watchful eye of Ronny Langford. From there he spent the majority of his career at the Spa Restaurant in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, turning the restaurant into what it is today. He devoted countless hours and was an instrumental part of its success for which Francis and Stephanie will be forever grateful.

He was a devoted employee and friend with a large extended family. He loved to spread his culinary knowledge and taught many how to cook.

He enjoyed many activities, including golf and pool. He enjoyed hunting camp with his buddies back in the day for some good poker, and he was an avid sportsman. He played in many pool leagues. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge on many subjects.

He had a heart of gold and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by three sisters: Sylvie Ming and her husband, Larry, of Island Pond, Lynn Leclerc, and Michele Leclerc, both of Island Pond; his brother Peter J. Leclerc and his wife, Debbie, of Wallingford, Connecticut; nine nieces and nephews: Brandy Pepin and her husband, Tyler, of Island Pond, Derek Ming of Island Pond, Renee Delachevrotiere and her husband, Jay, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Michael V. Leclerc of Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan P. Leclerc of Wallingford, Connecticut, Nathan Stebenne and his wife, Krystal, of Island Pond, Brandon Stebenne of Island Pond, John Langmaid of Washington, D.C., Tara Langmaid, who is also his godchild, and her boyfriend, Andrew Martin, of Island Pond; his stepfather Harry Weatherstone of Island Pond; his aunt and uncle Claudine and Adellard Pelletier of Island Pond; and by several great nieces and nephews and by many aunts and uncles in the United States and Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents in 1977 and 2006.

There will be a graveside service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond where he will be buried beside his parents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the American Legion directly following.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PercyGeraldine M. Percy

Geraldine M. Percy, 92, of Titusville, Florida died on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

A native of Island Pond, Ms. Percy moved to Florida in the early eighties from Pocasset, Massachusetts.

She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. She was a charter member of St. John’s Women’s Guild in Pocasset, a member of the Rosie The Riveter Organization, and received the Marian Award.

She is survived by four sons: James and his wife, Jean, Donald and his wife, Margaret, Ellis and his wife, JoAnn, and Kenneth and his wife, Diane; her daughter Mary Mysona; her brother-in-law Basil Percy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Newell R. Percy; a brother, Donald Aldrich; and a sister, Lucille Bresse.

Funeral services were held in Titusville, Florida. An inurnment service will be held Friday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, 203 Ojibway Street, Titusville, Florida 32780.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read the Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at the Solid Rock Assembly Brownington Center Church and Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Westover is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida, Betty Larose of Vermont, Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont, Ed Westover of Vermont, and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina, Christopher Larose and his son Dylan, and daughters Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene, of Vermont, Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina, Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut, Monica Larose of Vermont, Roany Meyer of Massachusetts, Brittany (Westover) Howard and her husband, Chase, of Georgia, and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florence Whitcomb, and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister, Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as her daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on Saturday, August 22, at noon.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Westover may be made to the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at awrfh.com.

 

obit whipple VETFoster Metcalf Whipple

Foster Metcalf Whipple, 84, of Newport, died on August 9, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 24, 1930, in Coventry, to Max and Lettie (Metcalf) Whipple.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver for Pike Industries where he retired after 18 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Order of the Elks. He owned his own trucking business for several years before working for Pike Industries and he had a snowplowing business for several years through which he met and made a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face, enjoyed lots of laughter, and had good things to say about everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kish Whipple of Newport, who he married in March 2007; his nieces: Linda Walker of Canaan, New Hampshire, Mary Walker and her husband, Robert Greenhalgh, of Arizona, Karen and Jesse Conley of Barton, Bruce and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his great-niece Jeannie Greenhalgh of California; Ms. Whipple’s children: Edward Kish and his wife, Nancy, and Keith Kish and his wife, Lisa, all of Hardwick, and David Kish and his wife, Karen, of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his brother Leland Whipple; and his first wife, Francese Miles who he married on April 14, 1956, and who died on June 20, 2006.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to Love is Caring Home Health Care, 7827 Route 14, Craftsbury, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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