Backus brothers bring business to Westfield

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From left to right are Merlin Backus, Rebecca Velazquez, and Luke Backus of Westfield along with some of Merlin and Rebecca’s goats. Luke plans to turn this old barn into a distillery. Photo by Tena Starr

From left to right are Merlin Backus, Rebecca Velazquez, and Luke Backus of Westfield along with some of Merlin and Rebecca’s goats. Luke plans to turn this old barn into a distillery. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016

by Tena Starr   

WESTFIELD — Not long ago Rebecca Velazquez, who grew up in New Jersey, found herself in this very rural small town near tears, struggling to milk an uncooperative goat.

She was an urban woman, never even had a dog, she said.  And there she was in Westfield, population about 400, with two nanny goats that had to be milked and a partner who was out of state visiting his grandfather.

Ms. Velazquez’s partner is Merlin Backus, who grew up on a homestead farm in Westfield.  As a youngster, he hadn’t envisioned himself still living in that small town as a grownup.

But after college in New York City where he studied writing, and some years living there with Rebecca — a couple of those years traveling back and forth between New York and Vermont to care for his sick mother — he’s returned home.

So has his brother Luke, who also left… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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No plans to consolidate at NCSU

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copyright the Chronicle February 3, 2016

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

While the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) prepares to go ahead with consolidation under Act 46, North Country Supervisory Union (NCSU) Superintendent John Castle is against the idea.

The NCSU hasn’t moved towards consolidating at all, he said.  Instead, it will have what the law calls an alternative structure, where it will remain a supervisory union and its districts will keep their own school boards.

“I advocated strongly against the adoption of the law,” Mr. Castle said.  “I’ve had real concerns…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Select board races in several towns

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copyright the Chronicle February 3, 2016

There will be contested races for selectmen in Derby and Brighton.  The big news, though, is that the four towns that choose officers by Australian ballot will have candidates for all major offices.

In Barton, which has two open seats on the board of selectmen, Elizabeth McCartney will stand to replace Jim Greenwood, who decided…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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OCSU committee approves plan for consolidation

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copyright the Chronicle January 27, 2016

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) Act 46 study committee is recommending early consolidation in order to take advantage of the tax breaks it offers.

On Tuesday, the committee approved articles of agreement that spell out what a consolidated district, the Orleans Central Unified Union School District, will look like.

The draft plan will be presented to the public for its feedback in February, and district towns will vote on it by Australian ballot on May 24.

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Obituaries October 28, 2015

obit blakeEdson Wayne Blake Jr.

Edson Wayne Blake Jr., 84, of Beebe, Quebec, died on Saturday, October 24 at the hospital in Magog, Quebec, surrounded by his family, after a short illness that was beset by complications of a long-term condition.

He was born in Irasburg on April 5, 1931 to Edson Blake Sr. and Lillian Sanville Blake. He was the first child of a large family.

He married his second wife, Dorothy Buckland, in June 1956. He had two sons from a previous marriage and three sons from his second marriage.

He was involved in coaching his sons’ sports teams, and he owned vans to transport the teams to their games. He also enjoyed playing darts and shuffleboard at the legion.

He worked on the power line installation in Vermont in the 1950s. He was a maintenance foreman at Butterfield Union Twist Drill in Derby Line, and he owned a milk delivery route until disability forced him to retire in 1979.

He and his second wife bought a camper and spent winters in Florida, where they enjoyed being with friends from all over the United States.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Wilbur Blake and his wife, Robin, of Hardwick, Bill Blake and his wife, Penny, of Carthage, New York, Steve Blake of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Mike Blake of Derby Line, and Greg Blake of Beebe, and his companion, Darlene Simpson, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his brother Seth (Babe) Blake and his wife, Nancy, of Florida; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter in 1956; his parents; his sisters: Eleanor Young, Margaret McFarland, Delia (Tootse) Peck, Patty Manning, and Linda Ignjatovoc.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Woodside Cemetery in Beebe, Quebec.

 

Lois Sykes Carpenter

Lois Sykes Carpenter, 77, of Derby died on October 20, 2015.

She was born in Holland on July 14, 1938, to the late Roger Sykes and Eula Flynn Sykes. She lived her early years in Holland with her family and moved to Derby to attend high school at Derby Academy where she graduated.

On September 11, 1956, she married Charles B. Carpenter Jr. who predeceased her on January 13, 2009. Together they operated a dairy farm on Bates Hill in Derby for over ten years. After moving off the farm, she held positions as an office worker and a commercial knitter. She and Mr. Carpenter did some traveling, visiting family and friends, although she loved being at home surrounded by her family and friends most.

She loved working in her gardens and took great pride in her flowers. She also loved knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

She is survived by the following children: Allen Carpenter and his wife, Theresa, Betsy McDonald and her husband, Harvey, Cory Carpenter and his wife, Colleen; her grandchildren: Allyson Bathalon and her husband, Isaac, Justin Carpenter, Annette Vallieres, Cory Carpenter Jr., Daniel Carpenter and his wife, Alexis, Katrina Carpenter, and Charles B. Carpenter III; her great-grandchildren: Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Jordan, Corine, Ryan, and Xander. She is also survived by the following siblings: Raymond Sykes, Russell Sykes and his partner, Jocelyn Davio, Brian Sykes and his wife, Carolyn, Hazel Pelillo and her husband, Rocco; and by lots of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers and sisters: Earl, Harley, Delwin, Allen, Beulah Ellam, Mabel Judd, Eva Raitt, Janice Santacruce; and by a great-grandchild Ava Lawson.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Halo Foundation 1071 Upper Quarry Road. Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit corkinsVan Thomas Corkins

Van Thomas Corkins, 65, of Newport died peacefully on October 21, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home, after battling a year-long illness.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Amityville, New York, to Dorothy (Riegel)and Harold Corkins Sr.

He graduated from Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York, in 1968. He was a lead lathe operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for the past twenty years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a production manager for Russell Plastics for 20 years and part owner of RFP plastics on Long Island, New York.

He was a member of the sons of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Newport Country Club.  He was an avid golfer, New York Yankees Fan, and he enjoyed camping in Holland and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn (Secreto) Tice and her husband, Paul, of Milton, Marilyn Redfern and her husband, Charles, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Jacquelyn Choquette of Concord, North Carolina; his mother, Dorothy Corkins of Newport; five  grandchildren: Anthony Secreto and his wife, Kerri, Vincent Secreto, Dakota Choquette, Justin Tice, and Ryan Tice; and two great-grandchildren: Amelia and Benjamin Secreto.  He is also survived by his siblings: Harold Corkins Jr. and his wife, Donna, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ronald Corkins and his wife, Dolly, of Newport, Craig Corkins and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Randy Corkins of Newport, and Darren Corkins of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and additional extended family.

He was predeceased by his father Harold Corkins Sr. in 1995; his brother Alan Corkins in 1995; and his sister Valerie Gibson in 1996.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday October 30, at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit delabruereJustin Cuyler Delabruere

Justin Cuyler Delabruere, 31, of Island Pond died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

He was born November 10, 1983, in St. Johnsbury to Roland and Tammy Delabruere.

He was an expert carpenter and especially enjoyed custom detailing with wood.

He loved being outside. He preferred forests and mountains to cities and traffic. He enjoyed his cabin and land, which provided hunting and quiet reflection. He also loved music and could be found jamming on his guitar with friends.

He was a gentle man who was loved by all who knew him. He cared for others and would offer help when needed. His humble demeanor and twinkling eyes will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his parents, Roland and Tammy (Nevers) Delabruere of Sarasota, Florida; his sisters: Shanna Swartwood and her husband, Joshua, and their children: Lillian, Elijah, Naomi, Judah, Ephraim, Vashti, and Phoebe of Ithaca, New York, Chelsey Delabruere and her partner, Mark Ford, and their son, Jonah of Mooresville, North Carolina; his brothers: Seth Delabruere and his partner, Sarah Murphy, of Treasure Island, Florida, and Isaac Delabruere and his partner, Angela Bacon, of Stratham, New Hampshire; his beloved grandparents: Wendell Nevers of Island Pond, and Mary and Roland Doyon of Avon Park, Florida. He is also survived by five uncles and six aunts on his father’s side: Leonard Delabruere and his wife, Linda, of British Columbia, Canada, Robert Delabruere and his wife, Betsy, Claude Delabruere and his wife, Joanne, Armand Delabruere and his wife, Dawn, Richard Delabruere and his wife, Lisette, Pauline Sage and her husband, Gene, Diane Jackson and her husband, Fred, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian. He is also survived by one aunt and three uncles on his mother’s side: Lori Dornsife and her husband, Mark, Jonathan Nevers and his wife, Dolly, Patrick Nevers and his wife, Deanna, and Daniel Doyon.

Mr. Delabruere was very proud of his large family which also consisted of numerous cousins, too many to list.

He was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother Roland and Cecile Delabruere, who will be welcoming him home.

Justin, we love you and will cherish the memories, always.

There will be no funeral services as the immediate family will gather to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, at Mr. Delabruere’s parents’ home in Florida.

Condolences may be sent to, Roland and Tammy Delabruere at 2092 Champion Street, Sarasota, Florida 34231. — from the family.

 

obit DonovanMichael Donovan

Michael Donovan, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on October 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born on on May 16, 1920, to Michael and Margaret (Kerin) Donovan. In 1941 he married Esther St. Onge. They lived in Timmoth for two years and then moved to Collins Mills Road where they raised four boys: Dennis, Patrick, Kermit, and James.

Mr. Donovan was road commissioner for the Town of Newport Center for 23 years. After that, he took to his toolbox and fixed loggers’ skidders, as he was a handy mechanic. He loved to plant his gardens and pick blackberries in the summer. In the winter he used his little red tractor to plow the driveway, and that of his neighbor.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Dennis, Patrick and his wife, Barb, and James and his wife, Sara; his daughter-in-law Pam; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by a son Kermit; his great-grandson Jacobe; and by his brothers and sisters: John, Robert, George, Mary, and Catherine.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit GrayKunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray

Kunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray, 78, of Danville died on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 7th, 1937, in Lanzendorf, Germany. She was the daughter of Johan and Johanna Pohlmann.

She attended school in Germany, and on July 21, 1962, she married Glenn E. Gray.

She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, crocheting, knitting, cooking, and growing flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Costello and her husband, Tom, of Danville; a brother, Emil Pohlmann and his wife, Barbel, of Bayreuth, Germany; a sister, Anneliese Lauterbach of Marktschorgast, Germany; three grandchildren: Jeramie Gray of Island Pond, and Maddison and Porter Costello of Danville; four sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Gleigh Heath of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; and several nieces and nephews born in the U.S. and Germany.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son Konrad Gray in 2008; two brothers: Wili Pohlmann and Edwin Pohlmann; and by one sister, Helga Bierl.

A memorial service took place on Monday October, 26, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, and a reception took place afterwards at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Gray’s name to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, and to the Fresinus Medical Care Dialysis Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

 

obit mcquillen VETJames Francis McQuillen

James Francis McQuillen, 85, of Newport, well known businessman and florist, died on Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 25, 1930, in Rootstown, Ohio, the son of John W. and Cecilia (Knoch) McQuillen.

He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio where he was a star baseball pitcher, later joining a semi pro team called Gasseys, where he was known for his left handed sinker. He later shared these skills in Newport as a Little League coach. He was a brick mason by trade.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean Conflict, and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He also met the love of his life, Betty Jenks, while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. On February 12, 1955, they were married in Newport where they owned and operated Farrant’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse, which is still operating today.

Mr. McQuillen continued his masonry skills by helping to build North Country Hospital, North Country Union High School, and J.J. Newberry’s Store, among many other local landmarks and projects.

obit vets flagHe held memberships to the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329 in Newport, a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2155 of Newport. He was part of the Knights of Columbus, the Gibbons Council third degree #2285, and fourth degree #1157, and he was an honorary member of the Newport Rotary Club, where he received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for all of his volunteer work.

He was an avid member of Newport Country Club, past president of Newport Jaycees, and past president of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as zoning commissioner for the city of Newport.

He founded the snow golf tournament at the first Winterfest in Newport. For his accomplishments, his picture was published in Sports Illustrated Magazine. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, his coffee meetings at the Royal Restaurant, and later at the Herb March coffee club at Wendy’s, and Saturday coffee at Maplefields. He looked forward to his regular visits to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, and Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty McQuillen of Newport; his children: Kathleen McQuillen of Newport, Karen McQuillen and her husband, Jerome Ernest, of Centreville, Maryland, James C. McQuillen of Newport, Terrie McQuillen of Derby and her friend, John Garvey of North Troy, Tracie Lanternier and her husband, Gregg, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, John McQuillen of Manchester, Maine, and Mary McQuillen and her husband, Peter Slocombe, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Abigail Laramee and her husband, Jason, of Derry, New Hampshire, Patrick Paul of Manhattan Beach, California; Amelia and Troy Ernest of Centreville, Samuel and Daniel Lanternier of Hampstead, Maxwell and Margaret McQuillen of Manchester, and Madeline and Victoria Slocombe of Fairfax; a brother, Bernard McQuillen and his wife, Mary, of Kingsville, Ohio; two goddaughters: Chris (Suzie) Blais of Derby Line, and Phyllis Grech of Waterford; his godson Malcolm Rittenberry of Winter Garden, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert McQuillen, and his sisters Cecilia Grether, Mary Williams, and Christina Masl.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 26, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. Internment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. McQuillen’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

 

obit noyesReginald Walter “Walt” Noyes

Reginald Walter “Walt” Noyes, 65, of Barton died on October 12, 2015, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home.

He was born in Lyndonville on April 2, 1950, the second son of Reginald and Louise Noyes.

He attended Newport High School for three years and graduated with the first graduating class of North Country Union High School in 1968.

He started his work career at the Hackett Farm in Derby, and after that he worked for Ray O. Parker and Sons in Lyndonville.

He married Lois (Dumas) Noyes in 1972. For a time they lived in St. Johnsbury before building their log home in Lyndonville, where they had their son, Joshua.

Mr. Noyes continued to drive truck and later drove for Calkins Sand and Gravel as well as helping his brother James out at the wood yard. He enjoyed hunting, driving truck, and watching his son’s hockey games. He lost his wife, the love of his life, in 2000, and never recovered his joy.

He is survived by his son Josh and his wife, Melissa; his grandchildren: Keshia, Christian, and Hogan; his brothers: James, Jonathan and Brian; his aunt Margaret; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

A memorial service was held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Saturday, October 24. Internment followed at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

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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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Norrie pleads guilty to O’Hagan murder

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Michael Norrie is brought into court.  He pled guilty to murdering Mary Pat O’Hagan.  Photo by Todd Wellington courtesy of the Caledonian-Record

Michael Norrie is brought into court. He pled guilty to murdering Mary Pat O’Hagan. Photo by Todd Wellington courtesy of the Caledonian-Record

copyright the Chronicle July 22, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

ST. JOHNSBURY — The man who pulled the trigger admitted his role in the murder of Mary Pat O’Hagan Tuesday. Michael Norrie, 24, of Sheffield stood in the courtroom of the Criminal Division of Caledonia County Superior Court and pled guilty to burglary, kidnapping, and first degree murder in Mrs. O’Hagan’s death in 2010.

His plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors that, if accepted by Judge Robert Bent, will see Mr. Norrie spend 23 years of a 23-year-to-50-year sentence in prison. When released he will be on indefinite probation unless released by the court, the agreement states.

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Obituaries May 27, 2015

obit vets flagHarold Benjamin Sr.

Harold Benjamin Sr., 82, of Derby died peacefully, with his family by his side, on May 19, 2015.

He was born on April 22, 1933, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, son to Donald and Gwendolyn Benjamin.

He married Bettie Jane Taylor on March 2, 1957, who predeceased him on January 1, 1996. Together they had seven children.

When Mr. Benjamin was 16 he worked driving trucks for Earl Hackett. He then went on to serve in the military, where he took 16 weeks of basic training and then served 18 months in Korea.

He worked at Butterfields for 20 years, on nights as a superintendent, then on days as a quality control supervisor. He worked some in the woods and doing carpentry work. He started working at the Derby Cemetery and then his son Harold Jr. joined him in 1980. Harold Sr. retired in April of 1998.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, motorcycle riding, four-wheeling, bowling, horseshoes, and playing poker with his family and friends. He always kept his sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Vickie Martin and her husband, Bill, of West Glover and their son Tim Martin and his wife, Tanya, and their children, Guin and Noah; Katie Morrisette and her husband, Harvey, of Morgan, and son Jordan Benjamin of Morgan; Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, of Derby; Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene, of St. Albans; his daughter-in-law Cara Benjamin of Holland and her son Harold Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron, of Maryland; his granddaughter Jennifer Martin of Holland; his great-granddaughters: Charlotte and Annabelle Martin of Holland; his sister Betty Jacobs of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Beverly Parsons and her husband, Andy, of New Jersey, and Francine Taylor of Derby; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his pets: his special buddy, Zoey, Baxter, and Nikeama.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bettie; his infant daughter Edie Jane; his son Harold Benjamin Jr.; his grandsons: Benjamin J. Martin and Davey Taylor Benjamin; his brother Anthony Benjamin; his sister Audrey Wells; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Taylor, Dean Wells, and Jim Jacobs; his parents; and by his mother- and father-in-law.

Per the wishes of Harold Benjamin Sr., there will be no calling hours and a private burial service with military honors will take place at a later date.

Donations in his name can be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CrowellHenrietta Watson Crowell

Henrietta Watson Crowell, 83, of Newport died peacefully on May 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1932, in Newport to Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

On September 13, 1975, she married Roy Crowell, who predeceased her in 2007.

She was a waitress for the former Frank’s Steak House in Newport and also for a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her hobbies included reading, playing bingo, cards, and dominos, and watching television.

She is survived by her children: Lorelei Willis and her husband, Cliff, of Troy, Wanda Lawton and her husband, Art, of Perth, Ontario, Lorena Buck and her husband, Ed, of Charleston, and Belinda Smith and her husband, John, of Lenoxville, Quebec; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her sister-in-law Joan Watson of Island Pond; and by her brother-in-law Paul Domina of Chickopee, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Marion, Margaret, and Melda Watson, Orloff, Albert, and Edward Watson, Helena Domina, and Betty Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtinJames W. Curtin

James W. Curtin, 63, of Naples, Florida, and Derby died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, in Derby.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1951, to Thomas and Anne (Johnston) Curtin.

On November 10, 1978, he married Regina M. dos Santos Lima, who survives him.

He graduated from Biscayne College. He was a border patrol agent and criminal investigator for the United States government, retiring in 2004.

He was a stamp collector and avid fisherman and he enjoyed spending time with his grandson Adam.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Curtin, of Naples and Derby; his children: Michael Curtin and his fiancée, Julie Davis, of Burlington, and Brian Curtin of Derby; his grandson Adam J. Curtin-Sykes of Brownington; and by his brother Thomas J. Curtin Jr. of Massapequa, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Kevin Curtin in 2000.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DavisAl Davis

Al Davis, 86, of Derby Line died peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in the company of his loving family, on May 15, 2015.

He was born on September 10, 1928, at the Line Farm in Holland, the only son of Roy E. and Hazel (Hartley) Davis.

He attended Holland schools and graduated from Derby Academy.

On January 22, 1949, he married Rita C. Vachon, who predeceased him on July 26, 2001.

He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and 1950 to 1951, serving in the Korean War. He was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. Upon his return, he was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line. In 1962, he began his career with the U.S. Customs Service, working at the border in Derby Line. In 1967, he was transferred to the Toronto international airport. He completed his career at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1988. Upon his retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and summers in Holland.

He is survived by his six children: Barbara Dauphin and her husband, Richard, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Lynda Carter and her husband, Rick, of Derby, John Davis and his wife, Joann, of Lutz, Florida, Jim Davis of Lyndonville, Debra Sicard of Colchester, and Brenda Davis and her partner, Kathy O’Donnell, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Melissa Carter, Kirsten Dauphin Riegler, Kylee Dauphin Charbonneau, Danielle Davis, Tyler Davis, Sullivan Davis, Matthew Sicard, Caitlin Sicard, Heather Tetrault-Millard, and Courtney Tetrault; his great grandchildren: Emerson, Wyatt, Ainsley, Deaglan, Savanna, Mason, Cameron, Logan, and Kinsley; his brother-in-law Roland Vachon and his children; his sister-in-law Denise Wright and her husband, Ron, and their daughters; his nephew David Flanders and his family of Derby; and by his special companion, Sue Jacobs, and her family.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his parents; his sister Iris Flanders and her husband, Raymond; his wife’s parents, Treffle and Marie Vachon; and by his sister-in-law Claire Vachon.

In honor of his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held in July.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittRichard H. DeWitt

Richard H. DeWitt, 66, of Holden, Massachusetts, died peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Worcester, he was son of Walter and Virginia (Johnson) DeWitt and lived several years in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden in the late 1960s.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in Holden and attended Worcester State College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He began his career working for the town of Holden’s Department of Public Works in 1971 at the age of 22. He worked his way through the ranks and held the position of highway foreman before being appointed Holden’s first director of operations for the Department of Public Works. He was an extremely effective leader and managed his department with a “no nonsense” style that earned him the respect of his staff and town officials. He took great pride in his work and empowered his staff to do the same with unwavering dedication and high standards. After his retirement in 2010, he was able to spend much deserved time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

In 1971, he also joined the Holden Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He spent the next 43 years with his brother firefighters protecting their community with only one thought in mind, “the safety of others.” He served as a lieutenant for a period of time until his position at the Department of Public Works became overwhelmingly demanding.

He was thought of as “everyone’s friend,” and was always there to lend a hand. He looked forward to vacationing at his camp in Craftsbury, located on Jones Farm. He especially enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips in Vermont with the boys including his son Steve and closest friend, Jim Oberg, who died unexpectedly in February.

He leaves his wife and soulmate of 45 years, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; two sons: Christopher M. Angelo and his companion, Amy Quinlan, and her two children, Jack and Caroline, of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Steven H. DeWitt and his wife, Jennifer, of Holden; two daughters: Nicholette and her husband, Alvin Cunningham, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; a sister, Elaine Morrison, and her husband, John, of Charlton; nine grandchildren: Demetri, Danielle, and Noelle Angelo, Julieanne and Matthew Cunningham, Katelynn Wackell, and Ethan, Molly, and Owen DeWitt; and by a former son-in-law, Joseph Wackell, of Holden, and daughter-in-law Lisa Angelo of Worcester.

A brother, Steven DeWitt, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held on April 18, in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Holden Fire Explorer Program, 1370 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

obit GarfieldSharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

She was born on March 20, 1944, in Barton, to Victor and Winifred (Leclaire) Moquin.

On March 6, 1971, she married Donald Garfield, who predeceased her on June 12, 2002.

She enjoyed watching the birds and wild animals on her front lawn. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed puzzle books, cooking, fishing, and TV shows: Walking Dead, CSI, NCIS, Snap, Judge Judy, and other TV shows.

She is survived by her daughters: Cindy Thompson and her husband, Marc, of Colchester, and Sharon Martin and her significant other, Brian Mooney, of St. Johnsbury; her ex son-in-law James Jarvis and his fiancée, Melissa James, of Newport; her grandchildren: Hunter Thompson of Johnson, Courtney and Alex Mooney of Newport, Gerard LaMadeleine and his wife, Katie, of St. Johnsbury, and Jason and his significant other, Toni, of Westfield; her great-grandchildren: Brianna, Little Jason, Austin, Leo Gerard III, and Tie; her two sisters: Evelyn Brooks and her husband, Royce, of New York, and Lorraine Smith and her husband, David, of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Winifred Moquin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolence at curtis-britch.com.

obit JuddLarry Judd

Larry Judd, of Upton, Massachusetts, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, with his family by his side.

He was born in North Troy on May 6, 1944, the son of the late Ralph Judd and Mona (Bradford) Choquette.

Upon graduation from North Troy High School, Mr. Judd entered the Air Force and served bravely in Japan and Vietnam. An electrician by trade, he held various positions as a facilities manager in Massachusetts prior to establishing his own business. He also served as Post Commander of the VFW in Upton.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed bass and trout fishing, winning numerous trophies in competitions over the years. He loved his family and was happiest when surrounded by his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter, Cathryn Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, of North Troy; a son, David Judd, also of North Troy; his sister Donna Darling and her husband, Kenneth, of Ellington, Connecticut; his sister Sandra Burkard and her husband, Allen, of Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces; and by two nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Judd.

Funeral services with military honors were held on May 23, in Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Medical Development Office-Cancer Care, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit LebeauAlbert Lebeau

Albert Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on May 15, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 12, 1924, in Irasburg to Wilfred and Mary (Dionne) Lebeau.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was employed by Park View Garage in Barton for many years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on his car. As a young man he worked on the family farm for many years and he also enjoyed working for the Park View Garage.

He is survived by his nieces: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, and Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; six grand-nieces and -nephews; and by his sister-in-law Cecile Lebeau of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Henry; two nephews: Marcel and Robert Lebeau; and by a grand-nephew, Marc.

obit vets flagA graveside service will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery 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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SantawDale K. Santaw

Dale K. Santaw, 78, of Derby died peacefully on May 23, 2015, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 10, 1937, in Lowell.

On February 19, 1956, he married Ruth Baraw, who survives him.

He was a machinist at Tivoli Manufacturing in Derby Line, where he worked for 42 years.

He enjoyed working on small engines, golfing, hunting, fishing, shooting, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Santaw, of Derby; his children: James Santaw and his wife, Laura, of Lowell, Jeffrey Santaw of Newport, and Brenda Wesolow and her husband, Ed, of Lowell; his grandchildren: Nathan, Michael, and Anthony Santaw, Stacy, Melissa, and SFC Kevin Wesolow, Alan and Taylor Wesolow, and Bryce Collins; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Alice England of Attleboro, Massachusetts; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Jerry Santaw; his grandson Tyler Collins; and by his foster parents Pearl and Harley Taylor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Montainview Cemetery in Lowell, with Pastor David Dizzazo officiating.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Sharon Maxine Siamon

Children’s author Sharon Siamon of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 11, 1942, daughter of Max and Aileen (Treleaven) Braithwaite. She attended public schools in Streetsville and Orangeville, Ontario, and was a member of the first class to graduate from York University in Toronto in 1963. She married Jeff Siamon in Santa Barbara, California, in 1968.

She drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner, based on her daughter Kate; A Poolie Named Sandor, about a wayward family dog; and Bokelia, based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover.

She went on to write many books for juvenile readers, particularly girls who loved horses as much as she did. Several series of such books, set in Western and Maritime Canada and the southwestern United States, were translated into many languages and sold more than a million copies around the world.

She is survived by her husband and their three daughters and five grandchildren: Amy Rolf von den Baumen of Oakville, Ontario, and her husband, Jeff, and their children: Emileah, Teagan, Jeffrey, and Kyleise; Kate Camara of Glover and her husband, Greg, and their daughter Ila; and Becky Siamon of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also survived by her four siblings: Beryl Hart of La Mesa, California, Chris Braithwaite of West Glover, Sylvia Braithwaite of Ottawa, and Colin Braithwaite of Toronto.

Her life will be celebrated at a private gathering of friends and family.

obit thibaultSister Lillian Thibault

Sister Lillian Thibault (Ste. Victoire) of Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 14, 2015, after a brief illness.

She had resided with the Mount Sacred Heart Community in Littleton since August of 2007.

She was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on June 13, 1924, to Romeo and Yvonne (Grenier) Thibault. She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1946 and professed her vows on July 27, 1948. Her missions included nursing and care of the elderly, and hospice work in Newport, Derby Line, Rutland, and Littleton, and hospitality work in Augusta, Maine, Hudson, New Hampshire, and Littleton.

She is survived by her sister Therese; her sister-in-law Jeannine; and by several dear nieces and nephews: Francois, Sylvie, and Josette Dupuis, and Danielle, Pierre, Jean, Serge, and Luc Thibault in Quebec Province.

Her nieces and nephews were especially close to her, considering her generosity in giving her entire life to what she believed in — her mission. She likewise was very thoughtful and present to them all. Many dear ones kept in touch with her regularly, particularly families with whom she had connected through hospice in the Northeast Kingdom.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Marcel.

Funeral services were held on May 26 in Littleton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Condolences at www.RossFuneral.com.

Death notice

Ethel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Services

Ida Chaffee

Committal services for Ida Chaffee will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Leona Lucas

A graveside service for Leona Lucas will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

Lynette Cutting

A graveside service for Lynette Cutting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Coventry Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating. Following the graveside service, a meal and memorial service will be held at the Coventry Community Center.

Alpha Labounty

A graveside service for Alpha Labounty will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor George Lawson officiating. A memorial gathering will follow at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg at 1 p.m.

Joseph Patenaude

Committal services for Joseph Patenaude will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Louise Kennison

Committal services for Louise Kennison will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westfield Cemetery. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in North Troy.

Gaston LeBlanc

Funeral services for Gaston LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the North Troy Cemetery.

Joseph Krzysko

A graveside service for Joseph Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

John Urie

Committal services for John Urie will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Rachel Beaudry, Tara Beaudry Devoid, and Tina Fontaine

Committal services for Rachel Beaudry, and a remembrance for Tara Beaudry Devoid and Tina Fontaine, will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the Albany Village Church at noon. Interment will follow at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery for all three (Ms. Beaudry Devoid and Ms. Fontaine are being relocated from Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans). Friends and family can then meet back at the church for a barbecue dinner.

Steven Hutchings

A celebration of life for Steven Hutchings will be held on Saturday, May 30, at his home at 20 North Avenue in Orleans, from noon on. Watch for signs on Main Street in Orleans, near the railroad tracks to find his home.

Bring memories and beverages.

Dean Howard Urie

A memorial service for Dean H. Urie of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly of Craftsbury, will be held at 11 a.m. on June 6, at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road. A reception and refreshments will follow the service in the vestry downstairs at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church at 1097 Ketchum Hill Road. In case of inclement weather, the service will also be held downstairs at the church.

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Sanders calls for a political revolution

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Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point during a community meeting at Lyndon State College Monday afternoon.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point during a community meeting at Lyndon State College Monday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

LYNDONVILLE — The U.S. needs a “political revolution” to rebuild a vibrant democracy, said U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Monday afternoon.

“What I mean is not to burn down buildings or shoot people,” Senator Sanders said. He urged the approximately 75 students, faculty, and members of the public who gathered at Lyndon State College to become engaged in the political process and especially to vote.

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