February 22, 2012 Obituaries

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Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau
Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau, 84, died on February 13, 2012, in Lowell.
She was born July 23, 1927, in Parsonsfield, Maine, daughter of Noble J. and Ethel (Warner) Craft.
She was married to Archie E. Powers until his early death in 1985. Together they raised four children and enjoyed many grandchildren.
Later she married Richard J. Boudreau of Florida, who died in 2010. They had returned to Vermont in 2005 to be closer to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Over her lifetime she was involved in and interested in much, but she surely did shine as a teacher. After retirement, she put that same enthusiasm into genealogy and once again she helped others by researching endlessly. Her hard work is now housed in the historical society in Barre.
She is survived by her four adult children: Ethel Chase, Robert Powers, Eloise Vittum, and Nanette Bonneau, and by their spouses and children; and by her great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Noble Craft of California; by her half-sisters: Cynthia Smith and Ruth Craft; by her stepdaughters: Janine and Nicole of Maine, and their families; as well by her nieces and nephews, and Debra Lamphere and her husband, “Larz,” who cared for Mrs. Boudreau during her illness. She was predeceased by her parents; by her two husbands: Archie and Dick; by an infant son in 1947; by her half-brother Rudy Craft; and by her stepson Brian Boudreau.
To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell at the time of interment, which will be at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Mountain View Cemetery, as she stated often that the upkeep of headstones is vital to genealogical research. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Clifton R. Kennison Jr.
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Clifton R. Kennison Jr., 82, of Westfield died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at his home, with several of his family members present.
He was born on December 28, 1929, in Westfield, a son of Clifton Sr. and Florence (Hackett) Kennison.
Mr. Kennison graduated from Newport Center High School in 1949. He married Erlah St. Onge, who survives him, on December 23, 1950.
Mr. Kennison was a past member of the Newport Elks and he was road commissioner for the town of Westfield for over 30 years until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and conversing with his many friends in the area and he always did so with his wonderful sense of humor. He was a man who liked his work both for the town and for his own construction business. He especially loved his family, their visits and the family gatherings at the pond.
He is survived by his wife Erlah Kennison of Westfield; by his children: Deborah Murphy and her husband, Michael, Dorothy Deslandes and her husband, Russell, and Larry Kennison; by his grandchildren: Tracy Roberts and her husband, Dennis, Kristy Ellis and her husband, Steve, Kate Murphy, Eric Kennison and his wife, Jess, Brad Kennison, Stacey Kennison, Nate Deslandes and his wife, Lisa, and Jamie Santaw and her husband, Mike; by his great-grandchildren: Miranda and Mariah Roberts, Manning and Zak Ellis, Kaiden Kennison, Adelle and Jacob Prue, Brianna, Emma, and Leah Deslandes, and Brooklyn and Destiny Santaw; as well by his brothers: Raymond Kennison of Lowville, New York, and Roger Kennison and his wife, Jeanine, of Troy.
A graveside service at the Westfield Cemetery will be held in the spring with the date and time to be announced.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence
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Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence, 67, of Canton, New York, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, of heart failure, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on June 14, 1944, a daughter of Erwin H. and Ruth N. (Melander) Miller.
Her education began in Burnt Hills Elementary School in New York, and she graduated from Vestal Central High School in Vestal, New York, and received her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She worked for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and Utica, New York, and worked part-time for the village of Canton. She was a licensed private pilot and she had her New York State small water plant license for the Woodmere Community Water System.
Mrs. Lawrence married the love of her life, Kendall G. Lawrence of Albany, on September 16, 1972. Together they raised their incredible son Nathan and she deeply loved her daughter-in-law Sarah and beloved granddaughters Morgan and MacKenzie Lawrence. These have been the light of her life as devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She cherished living in Canton, New York, and raising her family in a community full of close friends with the same values and character that she held so dear. She loved her family, her wonderful dog, Dora Rose Lawrence, music, and she loved St. Lawrence hockey. She accompanied her husband to games, served at FFA fund-raisers, traveled on annual family vacations, hunting trips and to musical concerts. She treasured spending time with family and friends at their sugarhouse and at Black Lake.
Mrs. Lawrence is also survived by a sister, Shirley (Jeff) Riley; by a brother, Alan (Darlene) Miller; by her sisters-in-law: Lorraine (Mel) Barlow and Cindy (Gordon Lougee) Lawrence; by her cousins: David, Delia, Wendy, Dan and Mike; and by several beloved nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all.
A memorial service was held on February 18, in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to Canton Rescue, Canton United Methodist Church, or the American Heart Association.
Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux
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Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux, formerly of East Charleston, died on February 13, 2012, after a long illness caused by cancer.
She was born in 1942, a daughter of Anatole and Rita Trudeau of East Charleston.
In her teenage years she worked at the East Charleston Country Store owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sloan, then went to work for several years at the Brown Company plant in North Stratford, New Hampshire. She married Jacques Marcoux in Derby Line. After her husband graduated in the pastoral field, they lived in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec.
She was a stay-at-home mom and is survived by her two children and her mother, Rita Trudeau, who is now 93 years old. She also has two brothers and five sisters all living in this country. She was predeceased by her father in 1990 and by a brother, John Paul, in 1956.
Funeral services will be held on February 25, at Église Le Portail in Laval, Quebec, at 3:30 p.m.
Evelyn M. McMahon
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Evelyn M. McMahon, 78, of Orleans died on February 18, 2012, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born June 25, 1933, in Coventry, a daughter of Alfred and Catherine (Gauthier) LaCourse.
Mrs. McMahon was a housekeeper for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton from 1971 to 2004.
Her hobbies included doing jigsaw puzzles, game shows, and she enjoyed fishing as she had her own fish store in Orleans called Pets Plus. She loved her dog, Fiona. She was a former seamstress for Slalom Skiwear and other companies.
She is survived by her son Patrick LaCourse and his wife, Marlene, of Lyndonville, and her daughter Amy Girard of Orleans. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Katie Vezina of Lyndonville, Amanda Girard of Orleans, and Benjamin Roberts of Orleans; by her brother Donald LaCourse and his wife, June, of Orleans; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Elsinore Lanoue, and a brother, Norbert LaCourse.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 22, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, in care of Irene Lanoue, 23 Maple Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joey Rilley Robillard
Joey Rilley Robillard, beloved newborn son of Jacque and Kellie (Greer) Robillard of Brownington, died early on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in his parents’ arms at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born February 7, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Survivors include his parents and his sister, Cady of Brownington; his paternal grandparents: Paul and Darlene Robillard of Brownington; his maternal grandparents: Brian and Sandi Greer of East Burke; his paternal great-grandmother Gloria Robillard of Brownington; his maternal great-grandmothers: Virginia Greer of East Burke and Mona Blouin of Brownington; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.
A graveside service is planned for Thursday, May 3, at the Hillside Cemetery in West Burke.
Cards may be sent to Jacque and Kellie Robillard, P.O. Box 36, East Burke, Vermont 05832.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Development Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756. Please include in the memo: Neo Natal ICU Fund (4-22566).
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand, 89, of Stanton, Delaware, died on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
Mr. St. Amand was co-owner of M&J Television Service in Marshallton, Delaware, for 38 years, retiring in 1987. Earlier in his career he worked for the National Radio Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. St. Amand served in the Army with General Patton in Europe and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of St. Matthew’s R.C. Church. He enjoyed square dancing with Circle Four and X 10’s. Mr. Amand also enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include his children: Richard G. St. Amand of Elkton, Maryland, Doria B. Grimes of Annandale, Virginia, George O. St. Amand of Hockessin, Delaware, Emile R. St. Amand of Milltown, Delaware, and Luke H. St. Amand of Newark, Delaware; his brother John St. Amand of Inwood, New York; his sister Margaret LeBlanc of Newport; his grandchildren: Juliette, Louis, Nicole, Janet, Douglas, Bernie, Shawn, Erika and Heather; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. St. Amand was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Laura L. (Lanoue) St. Amand, in 2003; by his grandson, Scott St. Amand; and by his sisters: Angela St. Amand of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Rollande Messier and Theresa LeBlanc.
Funeral services were on February 18 in Wilmington, Delaware.
The family suggests contributions in his memory to be made to St. Matthew’s Church, 1 Fallon Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19804. To send an online condolence, visit www.nicholsgilmore.com.
Helene B. Thibault
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Helene B. Thibault, 85, of Barton died on February 14, 2012, in Burlington.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Francois and Marguerite (Boucher) Bedard. On April 26, 1951, she married Rene E. Thibault who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Thibault lived in Barton for nearly 50 years. She took great pride in raising her children. Her favorite saying was, “It is not what you have but who you are.”
In her younger years, she was an avid downhill and cross-country skier. She loved to read, listen to music and do puzzles. She encouraged her children to participate in sports and further their education, which they did. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She also loved to chat with friends on her daily walks to the C&C Supermarket and the Post Office.
She is survived by her eight children and their spouses: Andree Hassell and her husband, Charles, of Ohio, Marguerite Samms of Newfoundland, Marc Thibault and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire, Charles Thibault and his wife, Claudette, of South Burlington, Michele Delisle and her husband, Tom, of Essex Junction, Elise Forgues and her husband, Roger, of Fairfax, John Thibault and his wife, Victoria, of Glover, and Catherine Cote and her husband, Craig, of Milton; by 19 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and by her brothers and sisters all of Canada: Charles Bedard, Jean Bedard and his wife, Florence, Madeleine Darche and her husband, Jacques, Cecile Nadeau and her husband, Edwin, Catherine Nadeau, Marcelle Bedard, and Michelle Dion and her husband, Roger. She was predeceased by her siblings: Anne, Pauline and Leon.
Funeral services were held on February 18, in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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