February 8, 2012 Obituaries

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Robert Marvin Cady
Robert Marvin Cady, 54, of Irasburg, a former resident of the St. Johnsbury, Morrisville and Orleans areas, died on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington.
He was born in Barre on March 31, 1957, the son of the late Cleon Cady Sr. and Nellie Richardson Cady of Hardwick.
Mr. Cady worked as a carpenter most of his life until failing health forced his retirement. He enjoyed his family, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by a son, Errol Cady of Littleton, New Hampshire; by his mother Nellie of Hardwick; by two brothers: Frank Cady of Hardwick and Richard Cady and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; by two sisters: Beverly Patrick and her husband, Vernon, of Hardwick and Lucille Foss of Albany; and by many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his father and two brothers: Cleon Cady Jr. and Raymond Cady.
Friends are invited to a time of remembrance on Saturday, February 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common. Spring interment will be in the Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald M. Carpenter
Gerald M. Carpenter, 62, of Bristol, Connecticut, died on Monday, January 30, 2012, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Carpenter was born May 30, 1949. He was the son of Chester Carpenter and the late Wilma (White) Carpenter. He grew up in Newport, where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated high school. He continued his education and received his master’s degree in physical education. For many years, he had been a physical education teacher in the Bristol school system where he was very much loved and admired by his students and peers.
He and his late wife, Carol, were affectionately involved in the Special Olympics Program and had worked with many athletes through their involvement. Mr. Carpenter was a certified track and field official for the U.S. Olympics, with a concentration on the long jump and field events.
He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Bennington. His strong abiding faith changed his life and helped to sustain him in the last months of his life.
He leaves his father Chester Carpenter of Newport; his sister Kathy Carpenter of Newport; his fiancée Roberta McLaughlin of Bennington; and his aunts and cousins.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Carpenter will be held February 18, at 11 a.m., at United Church of Derby in Derby.
Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to the United Church Food Shelf, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Bristol Special Olympics, care of David Levesque, 32 Collier Avenue, Bristol, Connecticut 06010; or to Missionary Alliance Church, Crescent Boulevard, Bennington, Vermont 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Local arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Era Louise “Lou” Barney Chapman
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Era Louise “Lou” Barney Chapman, 79, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, died on Monday, January 30, 2012, in Muskogee, with her loving family by her side.
She was born December 8, 1932, in Orleans, to Chester Barney and Ida Christine Falcon Barney. Mrs. Chapman attended Orleans High School, graduating with the Class of 1950. She furthered her education by attending Salem Hospital School of Nursing in Salem, Massachuetts, and Mass Memorial Hospital School of Radiology in Boston, Massachusetts. She advanced to the top of the x-ray department for the State Hospital of Vermont. Mrs. Chapman also worked as a property manager.
Mrs. Chapman met and later married Arch S. Chapman on December 10, 1955, in Orleans. They recently celebrated 56 years together.
Mrs. Chapman is survived by her husband, Arch S. Chapman; by her daughters: Kay Louise Chapman Stahly and her husband, Daniel, of Goshen, Indiana, and Kimber Rose Chapman of Fort Myers, Florida; by her son Kirby C.R. Chapman of Muldraugh, Kentucky; by her sister Evelyn Webster and her husband, Dick, of Tulare, California; by her grandchildren: Justin Robert Hinga of Norfolk, Virginia, J. Claypool of Fort Myers, and Kathryn Louise Hinga of Fort Wayne, Indiana; by her great-grandsons: Ethan William Hinga and Landon Wesley Hinga, both of Norfolk. She was predeceased by her parents; by her brother and sister-in-law, Ike and Ann Barney; and by her mother-in-law Maxine Chapman.
The family requests memorials to be made to the local area literacy council of your choice.
Memorial services were held February 2 at the Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Gerard L. DeLaBruere
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Gerard “Jerry” DeLaBruere, 83, of Derby died on Thursday, January 26, 2012, in Lake Worth, Florida, after a short illness.
He was born August 12, 1928, in Stowe, the son of the late Hector Boucher DeLaBruere and Florentine Lestage of Coaticook, Quebec. Mr. DeLaBruere married Cora Lavertue of Norton on August 23, 1947, who predeceased him after 63 years of marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. DeLaBruere worked together on their different dairy farms in West Charleston, East Burke and Newport Center where they raised their children. Upon retiring from farming, they settled in Westfield for over 26 years. While there, Mr. DeLaBruere was employed by the Benedictine sisters of the monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for 21 years as their custodian. He retired from that position and in 2003 moved to Derby where he vigilantly cared for his wife for seven years at home until she died in October 2010.
In his younger years, Mr. DeLaBruere was very active in his church in the Cursillo, Ultreya Movement and the Knights of Columbus. In his retirement he continued to participate and rely on his church community for strength and spiritual support. His great faith brought him through many difficult times and losses throughout his life. Not only was he a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather but he was a reliable neighbor and friend, always ready to help someone in need. He enjoyed playing cards, bingo and many other games. Mr. DeLaBruere will always be remembered for all the stories he had to tell. He was never at a loss for words.
Mr. DeLaBruere is survived by his ten children: Arlene and her husband, Daniel Fortin, of Derby Line, and their children: Julie and Greg; Suzanne and her husband, Deacon Malcolm Zellner, of Daphne, Alabama, and their children: Francis, Ashley, Rachael, Peter and Stephen; Daniel and his wife, Carol Lynn, of North Troy and their children: Anthony, Matthew, Daniel and Stephanie; Lucille and her husband, Marvin Kupperblatt, of Morgan; Rose and her husband, Colonel Gaston Bathalon of Maynard, Massachusetts, and their children: Amanda, Emilie, Phillip, and Jeffrey; Andrew and his wife, Kathy, of Derby and their children: Jessica, Rebecca and Joshua; Dennis and his wife, Aline, of Newport Center and their sons: Jason, Bradley, and Kevin; Peter of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his sons: Dominic, Paul and Michael; Patricia and her husband, Doncarlos Davis, of South Burlington and their daughters: Hilary and Tanya; and Marie of Colchester and her son, Isaac. He also leaves over 20 great-grandchildren, his three brothers and three sisters: Eugene and his wife, Maureen, of Newport Center, Giles and his wife, Christine, of West Charleston, John and his wife, Helena, of Newport, Helene Routhier of Lantana, Florida, Jeanne Harvey of Canaan, and Louise and her husband, Noel Boutin, of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his sister-in-law, Jeannette, and her husband, Michael McCoy, of Tucson, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. DeLaBruere was predeceased by two daughters: Rachel and Anne; his great-grandson Jeremiah; his brothers: Roland, Maurice, Roger and Rene; his sister Therese; and by many in-laws.
An hour of visitation at 10 a.m. will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Derby Line on Friday, February 10. This will be followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. DeLaBruere’s name may be made to Hospice at the Orleans and Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Final arrangements were done under the care and direction of Avatar Cremation Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Alice Marie Duchesneau
Alice M. Duchesneau, 79, of Palm City, Florida, died on January 30, 2012, at the Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida, following a short illness.
Born December 15, 1932, in Auburn, New Hampshire, she had been a resident of Palm City for 19 years after moving from Barton.
While living in Barton, Mrs. Duchesneau helped her husband, Roland, operate the Blue Grill Restaurant. She also operated a daycare and she worked at the C&C Supermarket. For many years, she volunteered at the Barton Public Library. After moving to Palm City, she was employed at Walgreens.
Mrs. Duchesneau was a kind, gentle woman who was known for her love of nature which she shared with all of us. Her long walks in the evenings were her favorite part of the day. With her special call, the blue heron that frequented the small pond behind her Palm City home would come to her to be fed as well as the ducks that would come to the front door and wait for her.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 60 years, Roland Duchesneau of Palm City; by her sons: Mark Duchesneau of Providence, Rhode Island, David Duchesneau and his wife, Julie, of Williston, and Philip Duchesneau and his wife, Beverly, of Albany; by her daughter Annette Sparks and her husband, Doug, of Gladstone, Oregon; by her brothers: Joseph and Paul Houle of Manchester, New Hampshire; by her sister Anita Perkins of Milton, New Hampshire; as well as by her six grandchildren: Mark Jr., Kerry, Aaron, Katy and Jordan Duchesneau and Blake Sparks.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 901 Southeast Johnson Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994. Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City Chapel. An online registry is available at www.foresthillspalmcityflorida.com.
When I Must Leave You
When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears and hug your sorrow to you through the years, but start out bravely with a gallant smile; and for my sake and in my name, live on and do all things the same, feed not your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways, reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near, and never, never be afraid to die, for I am waiting for you in the sky.
Harold Gabucci Jr.
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Harold Gabucci Jr., 58, of Westfield died on Friday, February 3, 2012, in Newport.
He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 2, 1953.
Mr. Gabucci spent most of his life in Connecticut before moving to Vermont with his wife in 1991. He was a former employee of the Hospital of St. Raphael for over ten years and he also worked as a real estate agent for several years. He graduated from the University of New Haven and he was a past member of the Marchegiana Club. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and caring for his horse, Ben.
Mr. Gabucci and his wife, Debora, loved to travel. Most memorable was their time spent in Alaska. He also enjoyed taking his daughter fishing.
He owned and operated Gabucci Rubbish Removal and he always enjoyed friendly visits with his customers as he went about his daily runs.
He is survived by his wife Debora Gabucci and by his daughter Danielle Gabucci of Westfield; by his parents, Terese and Harold Gabucci Sr. of Northford, Connecticut; by his brother Mark Gabucci and his wife, Joanne; by his sister Gina Gabucci and her partner, Nancy Gierwielaniec; by his mother-in-law Averil DeMichael; by his sister-in-law Sharon Lynn; by his brother-in-law Steven DeMichael; and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will take place in Westfield Cemetery in Westfield.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in North Branford, Connecticut.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury,Vermont 05819. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gerard “Lucky” Marcel LaPlume
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Gerard “Lucky” Marcel LaPlume, 62, of Westfield died on February 4, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born March 3, 1949, in Newport, a son of Rosaire and Loretta (Cyr) LaPlume. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport.
Mr. LaPlume was a self-employed construction truck driver, dairy farmer and logger. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
His hobbies included Party Poker, NASCAR, with his favorite being Dale Earnhardt, wintering in Florida in his RV, camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with his dog, Abby, and his cats, Lily and Hemi. He also enjoyed his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner.
He held memberships with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7779 of Hyde Park.
He is survived by his children: Melissa Mount and her husband, James, of Westfield and Jason LaPlume and his wife, Julia Gregory, of Westfield; by his granddaughter Laura Lee Mount; by his fiancée Leona Burleson of Westfield; and by his brothers and sisters: Yvan LaPlume and his wife, Connie, of Westfield, Guy LaPlume and his wife, Rita, of Milton, Andre LaPlume and his wife, Jan, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, Yvette Sheltra and her husband, Paul, of Irasburg, and Rachel Exell of Independence, Louisiana; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by his lifelong friend Real Verdon of Wilburham, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 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 Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
M. Louise Marsh
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M. Louise Marsh, 94, of Newport died on January 31, 2012, in Glover.
She was born January 1, 1918, in Meriden, Connecticut, a daughter of Clifford and Marguerite (Hoyt) White. On April 19, 1941, she married Maurice Marsh who predeceased her on December 26, 1986.
Mrs Marsh attended Derby schools, Goddard Seminary, Boston University and Burlington Business College. She held memberships with the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Unit #21 Auxiliary where she was past president, the United Church of Newport where she was a member of the Circle of Friends, and she was a member of Community Circle. Mrs. Marsh was an avid reader, politically active and was always surrounded by her books.
She is survived by her children: Deborah Dillard of Suffolk, Virginia, Susan Barnett and her husband, Roy Jr., of North Troy, and Stephen Marsh and his wife, Alma, of Newport Center; by her four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; by her sisters- and brother-in-law: Ruth Marsh of Derby, Dorothy Marsh of Winooski, and Chester Carpenter Jr. of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Daniel in 2007, by her sister Wilma Carpenter, and by her brother Clifford White Jr.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School, 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Union House Nursing Home Activities Fund for Special Projects, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Belinda Jean “Bonnie” Percy
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Belinda Jean “Bonnie” Percy, 52, of Rutland died on Friday, January 27, with her loved ones by her side after a brief illness.
She was born April 3, 1959, a daughter of Lester and Jean Percy of North Troy.
Ms. Percy was in the care of Allison and Howard Grant for the past 30 years. She had many friends in the Rutland area including her special friends Linda and John Franzoni of Poultney. She loved visiting her Mom and Dad, Sweetie the cat, riding in the car, outings to see her friends, rocking, “eating,” going for walks, being near water, shopping, and music.
She is survived by her father and mother, Lester and Jean Percy; by her brother Dennis Percy and his wife, Pam, of Derby; by her sister Susan Henry and her husband, Chris, of Hinesburg; by her sister Cathy Hartley and her husband, Gerry, of Fairfax; by her brother Mike Percy and his wife, Rhonda, of Holland; by her many aunts and uncles: Dorcus and Bruce Jones of Derby, Betty and Dallas Curtis of Alabama, David and Donna Percy of Gilman, New Hampshire, Cynthia “Cindy” Smith of Newport, Donald Percy of Massachusetts, Delores and John Lussier of Massachusetts, Gary Percy of Newport, Debbie Lucas of Coventry, and Stanley “Sonny” and Cynthia Swett of Newport; and by her nieces and nephews: Melanie, Tara, Kelsey, Kyron, Joshua, Miranda, Caleb, Jasmine, Joe, Aubrey, April, Ashley, and Joshua. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, George and Georgia Percy; by her maternal grandparents, Harold and Honora Swett; and by her uncles and aunts: George Percy Jr., Roger Percy, Ron Percy, Harold Swett Jr., Dean Swett, her “special auntie” Virginia Wallace, Stanley Swett, Mary Swett, and Melvin Swett.
A celebration of her life will be at the discretion of her family.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to Special Olympics Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2S, Burlington, Vermont 05403. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dustin Christopher Roberts
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Dustin Christopher Roberts, 16, of Newport Center died on February 3, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born December 12, 1995, in Newport, a son of Charles and Shannon (Lesperance) Roberts.
Dustin was a sophomore at North Country Union High School. His hobbies included hunting, ice fishing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his father Charles Roberts of Newport Center; by his mother Shannon Lesperance of Brownington; by his brother Kaden Prue of Brownington; by his sister Alanna Prue of Brownington; by his maternal grandparents, Gordon and Carolyn Lesperance of Westfield; by his paternal grandparents, Steve and Marie Roberts of Newport Center; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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