January 13, 2010 Obituaries

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Jean Marie Amyot


Jean Marie Amyot, 87, of North Troy died January 10, 2010, at her home.
She was born July 29, 1922, in Quebec, a daughter of Leon and Aldina (Roy) Morin.
On May 10, 1943, she married Andre Amyot, who predeceased her on August 11, 2005.
Mrs. Amyot was employed at North Troy Hauser and at North Country Hospital in the housekeeping department, where she retired in 1985.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 28 of North Troy, and she loved gatherings with her family and grandchildren.
Mrs. Amyot is survived by her children, Andre Amyot and his wife, Rolande, of Westfield, Robert Amyot and his wife, Shirley, of Southington, Connecticut, Denise Tetreault and her husband, Robert, of East Charleston, Rose Morse and her husband, Wayne, of Jay, Diane Cutting and her husband, Steve, of North Troy, Richard Amyot and his wife, Penny, of  North Troy, and Lisa Guyette and her husband, John, of North Troy; by 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; by a sister, Pauline St. Onge of Troy; and a sister-in-law, Aurora Morin of Troy. She was predeceased by a brother Maurice Morin.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 14, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, North Troy.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Amyot’s memory may be made to the Mississquoi Ambulance Service, P. O. Box 131, Troy, VT 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



William “Willie” J. Boudreau


William “Willie” J. Boudreau, 93, of Barton died January 5, 2010, at home.
Mr. Boudreau was born December 27, 1916, in Warwick, Quebec, a son of Elzear and Rose (Willett) Boudreau.
He was a dairy farmer and a logger, and he produced maple syrup.  He was a salesperson of agriculture supplies and a self-employed artificial cattle breeder.
He is survived by his children:  Rene Boudreau of Florida, Yvette Petit of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and Lee Ann and Randy Tenney of Derby; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his sister Jeannette Moquin of Burlington; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his former wife, Blanche Gosselin; by his companion of 47 years, Yvette Scott; by his infant daughter Rachel Boudreau; by brothers:  Conrad, Alfred, and Cyril; and by sisters:  Germaine Vezina, Cecile Gagnon, and Exilia Rivard.
Funeral services were held January 10 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Boudreau’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Harold Irving Carter


Harold Irving Carter of Nelson Hill, Derby, died on January 9, 2010, at North Country Hospital, in Newport after a long illness.
Harold was born September 23, 1926, at Nelson Hill.  He was married January 30, 1943, to Julia Judd Carter, who survives him.
He was predeceased by his sister Fleda Judd, brother Sidney Carter, sister Helen Magill and sister Isabel McInnis.
He was a member of Mason #65 Memphremagog Lodge and the Derby Fish and Game Club.  He and other members built the original building that is on the Derby Fish and Game Club Road in Derby.  He was part of the hunter safety classes and enjoyed working with the participants for their field exercises.
Being an avid hunter and trapper, Harold was often called upon by the Fish and Game Department to trap pesky muskrat from culverts at the Eagle Point Farm in Newport and culverts in Holland.
He worked for Reed Leonard as a carpenter in the early 1950s and in his last years of life was able to sit and look out the window from his residence in Barton at a barn he built in those years.
In 1955 Harold went to work for Carl Hackett at Hackett’s Plumbing and Heating, where he started his career as a plumber and heater.  When Hackett’s Plumbing and Heating was sold to Fred’s Plumbing and Heating, he went along with the sale of the business.  He would work for Fred’s until his retirement.  At Fred’s he helped renovate the present office and showroom, built by many truck bodies for the business, did plumbing and heating calls, and enjoyed his time watching a young man, Fred, develop a thriving business into what is now Fred’s Plumbing, Heating and Propane.
He loved playing cards, cutting wood, hunting and trapping, and in later years, after his retirement, made a total of 13 patchwork quilts and many latch hook rugs for his family members.  Harold spent many wonderful years at Lewis Pond at his hunting camp trapping beaver, hunting deer and playing cards with his many friends.
Harold always was ready to lend a hand to family, friends, and neighbors.  He loved to work with wood, be it cutting firewood, lumber or making heirloom furniture pieces for all his children and grandchildren and nieces.  He was very fond of animals and had a constant companion named Bandit (his cat) with him at his home on East Albany Road in Barton.  He was cared for by his son Colin and wife, Evelyn Carter, and family in Barton after he became ill and was unable to live at home with his wife, Julia, on Nelson Hill.  He especially enjoyed many Wednesday morning breakfasts with his family and friends at Parson’s Corner in Barton, where he would join in on the conversations and share his life experiences.
He always put his family ahead of himself and unselfishly made the best of what life gave him.
He is survived by his daughter Velma Crowell of Chocorua, New Hampshire, his son Colin Carter and his wife, Evelyn, of Barton, son Alex Carter and his fiancé, Laura Greenwood, of West Charleston; granddaughter Sandie Sloan Diggs and her husband, Norman, of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, grandson Shaun Sloan and his wife, Song Hui, of Cambridge, granddaughter Christelle Plourde and her husband, Tony, of Farmers Branch, Texas, granddaughter Coralee Keefer and her husband, Tom, of Grand Isle, by step-grandchildren Paul Fontaine and his wife, Kim, of South Burlington, Bryan Fontaine and his wife Kim of St. Johnsbury, Roger Fontaine and his wife, Heather, of Lyndonville, Annette Jewell of Barnet, and their families. He is also survived by great-grandchilren Tara McGarry of South Gate, California, Shayna Diggs of Gales Ferry, Shauna Sloan of Cambridge, Jasmine, Madison, William and Skyler Keefer of Grand Isle, Bryhannah and Keirra Plourde of Farmers Branch, by great-great-granddaughter Jaidyn Lillie Juarez McGarry of South Gate, and one brother-in-law Ernest H. Judd and his wife, Martha, of Derby, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours and a spring interment will be held in Derby.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Carter’s memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, 67 Beech Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.



Anthony van Dyke Chapin


Anthony van Dyke Chapin, 83, of Austin Texas, died January 1, 2010, at home, of pulmonary fibrosis, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Chapin was born October 21, 1926, in Washington, Connecticut, a son of Henry and Paula van Dyke Chapin, and grew up on a farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
During and after World War II he served in the United States Merchant Marine.  He then earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University.
A man of many interests, his life and career took him to Aspen, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Paris, France; Stonington, Connecticut; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Clifton, Arizona; and Austin, Texas, as well as his beloved camp in Glover.
He worked as an architect, schoolteacher, art publisher, writer, labor journalist, public television producer, and bush-hogger.  Always locally involved, he volunteered and served as an emergency medical technician, counselor for mentally troubled people, campaign manager, film-series promoter, and town planning and zoning board member.
He was an outdoorsman, accomplished sailor and carpenter, enthusiastic chess and piano player, voracious reader, relentless rationalist, and devoted father and husband.
He was a lifelong conservationist, active in opposing development of marshlands and ridge lines.  In the 1970s he co-founded Connecticut Citizens for Protection and Conservation.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Daphne; by his sister Penney Hills; by sons:  Timothy, Nathaniel, Matthew, and Hugh Chapin; and by eight grandchildren:  Julian, August, Alabel, Jackson, Harrison, Hugh, Henry, and Daphne.  He was predeceased by his sister Charlotte Smith in 1996.
A memorial service will be held January 30 at his home in Austin at 11 a.m.



Robert Gosselin Sr.


Robert N. Gosselin Sr., better known as Bob, 77, died at his home in Arcadia, Florida, on January 8, 2010.
Mr. Gosselin was born September 26, 1932, to Alphee and Yvonne Gosselin and was the youngest of three children.  He raised his family in Derby Line and worked at Butterfields (Tivoly) until he retired in 1992.  He coached Little League baseball for the Derby Line Dodgers for several years with the assistance of his wife, Polly.  He worked for the Derby Point Drive In, located where Poulin Lumber is today, for 20 years running the projectors.
Throughout his life, Mr. Gosselin enjoyed playing darts in the U.S. and Canada, for which he has many trophies.  He bowled on a league in Newport, enjoyed golfing in Vermont and Florida, card bingo, board games, horseshoes and pool.  He was a man who liked to joke around and was known for his one-liners.
He also enjoyed working with his hands and helped build his own home in Derby Line with the contractor he hired, as well as helping build homes for several friends and family in the area, including his three children’s homes.
He is survived by his brother Andrew and his wife, Wanda; sister Rita Maloney and her husband, Donnal (Dean).
He married Pauline Brien on on February 3, 1951.  She predeceased him on September 27, 1996.
He is survived by their children:  Robert Jr. and his wife, Valerie, Richard and his wife, Ann Marie, Gloria (GiGi) O’Connor and her husband, Anthony; by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by their infant son Ronald.
A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, January 13, in Arcadia.  Funeral services will follow in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Gosselin’s honor to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia, Florida.



Margaret Estelle Lussier
Margaret Estelle Lussier, 89, of Newport died January 5, 2010, in Newport, following a brief illness.
Ms. Lussier was born May 25, 1920, in Albany, a daughter of Pierre Napoleon Lussier and Marie Leah (Beauregard) Lussier.  She was the third youngest of 17 children to grow up on the family farm on the Creek Road in East Albany, and the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was educated in the former one-room schoolhouse in East Albany.
For many years, she worked at hotels and restaurants in Montpelier, Barre, and Stowe.  For much of her life, she lived in Newport.
She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, painting, and doing puzzles, listening to music.  She loved fresh flowers.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by family members, neighbors, and friends.
She leaves many nieces and nephews; her dear friends at Newport Place Apartments, Newport Health Care Center, and North Country Hospital; and caregivers including her nephew the Reverend Fern Gosselin, Sam Souliere, Sister Carm Souliere, and friends Mary Ellen and John Goodrow.
Funeral services were held January 11 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery in East Albany.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Lussier’s memory may be made to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 304, Maryknoll, New York 10545.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Curtis L. “Bub” Sargent
Curtis L. “Bub” Sargent, 96, of Sutton died at home on Monday, December 28, 2009.
Mr. Sargent was born November 5, 1913, in Glover, the last surviving child of Richard and Mina (Drew) Sargent.
He graduated from Barton Academy in 1932 and was the last surviving member of his class.  He enjoyed attending many class reunions.  He later graduated from Lyndon Normal School with his teaching degree and taught school for a short time.  He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Ethan Allen and in the fall of 1936 was honorably discharged.
On August 28, 1937, he married Alice Mary McFarland.  During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.
He worked for Vermont Tap & Die Company in Lyndonville as a purchasing agent for many years.  He retired in 1976.
He truly enjoyed horses and timing harness racing for many years at the Orleans and Caledonia county fairs.  He is remembered for his huge vegetable gardens and roadside farm stand where he sold his produce and his prized gladiolas.
He attended and supported the West Burke Senior Meal Site in many ways, including donating some of his home-grown produce.  Active in his community, he had been a selectman and school board member in Sutton.  He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lyndonville Post.  Horses, reading, and playing cards brought him much pleasure.
He loved his family and spoke of his grandsons and great-grandchildren with love and pride.  He enjoyed dining out with his daughter Kathy Frye and her husband, Bill.
Survivors include his daughter Katherine Frye and her husband, William, of Barnet; his son-in-law Joe Martin of Brownington; three grandchildren:  Kirk Martin and his wife, Shelia, of Orleans, Michael Martin and his wife, Shelley, of Danville, and Tom Martin and his wife, Lee-Anne, of Moretown; five great-grandchildren:  Beth Martin of Orleans, Alex and Alisa Martin of Danville, and Lily and Meridith Martin of Moretown; special friends who were always there to help in any way:  Janet and Keith Wiess, Beulah Holden, and Lynanne Ott; a special niece, Barbara Aseltine, of Northfield; other nieces and nephews; and many close friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Alice Sargent, in 1995; by their daughter Marilyn Martin in 2004; by an infant brother; and by three sisters:  Geraldine Moulton, Grace Ball, and Stella Wilson.
Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Donations made in Mr. Sargent’s memory may be directed to his beloved West Burke Senior Meal Site, P.O. Box 100, West Burke, Vermont 05871.
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home.



April Thibault
April D. Thibault, 41, of Derby died January 7, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  She was born April 18, 1968, in Newport, a daughter of Robert and Murline (Wells) Skinner.
She is survived by two daughters:  Alissa and Amanda, both of Derby; her parents, Robert and Murline Skinner of Derby; a brother, Todd Skinner of West Charleston; nephews Todd Skinner Jr. and Cody Skinner; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thibault’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Priscilla H. Tobin

Priscilla H. Tobin, 92, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2010, at the Newport Health Care Center to join those who predeceased her:  her husband, Charles (Tobe), her mother and father, sister, and many dear friends.
Missing her in their lives will be her special caregiving niece, Judy Magoon, and her husband, Ken; her “boys,” grandnephews Ron Magoon and his wife, Arlene, and family, and Barry Magoon and his wife, Mary, and family; her faithful caring neighbors so dear to her; her beloved pet Zachery; and other relatives and friends who gave her happiness and comfort throughout her lifetime.
Private burial services will take place in the summer at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport at the convenience of her family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Jeanne C. Wade


Jeanne C. Wade, 97, of Island Pond died and ended her earthly journey on January 5, 2010, in Glover.
Mrs. Wade was born November 23, 1912, in East Hereford, Quebec, the seventh of 13 children of George and Victoria (Pariseau) Bissonette.
On October 31, 1936, she married Nelson Wade.
She was an aide who helped senior citizens through the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont.  She was the first VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) worker in Island Pond.
She enjoyed traveling, quilting, sewing, knitting, and making many items for the family, specializing in wool socks.  She enjoyed working in the garden with her husband, and she helped set up the senior meal site in Island Pond.  She also wrote an autobiography for her family called, As I Remember.
She and her husband were great family people and enjoyed family gatherings, hosting several Bissonnette family reunions.
She is survived by her children:  Ann West and her husband, Paul, of Durham, New Hampshire, Lucinda Hill and her husband, Spencer, of Huntington, and William Wade and his wife, Kay, of Hiltons, Virginia; by her grandchildren:  Kimberly and Michael Drew, Deborah Stacey of Maine, Steven and Sandy West of New York, Kelly Hill and Maria Duryea of Vermont, Scott and Donna Wade of Virginia, and Stacey and Arjay Sarmiento of New York; by ten great-grandchildren:  Julie and Amanda Drew, Nichole and Jordan Stacey, Lexy Wade, Robby, Katie, and Michael West, and Becket and Helen Hill, and Abigail Sarmiento; by one great-great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Stacey; by sisters-in-law:  Louise Bissonnette of Beecher Falls, Shirley Wade Davis of Arundel, Maine, and Marilyn Wade of Island Pond; by one sister, Elizabeth Adams, of Berlin, New Hampshire; and by many nieces and nephews.
In 2009, there were 457 known Bissonnette descendants.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Wade; by four brothers:  Albert, Edward, Alphonse, and Louis; and by seven sisters:  Rose, Bernadette, Yvonne, Gabrielle, Alice, Beatrice, and Therese.
Funeral services were held January 9 at St. James Fellowship Hall in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connor officiating.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond on May 28 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Wade’s memory may be made to St. James Catholic Church or to the Island Pond Health Center, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Thelma B. Wilcox


Thelma B. Wilcox, 91, of Coventry died January 9, 2010, in Newport, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Wilcox was born January 25, 1918, in Coventry, a daughter of Hulcy and Hazel (Fairbrother) Barlow.  On January 1, 1937, she married Kenwood Wilcox, who predeceased her in November of 1994, after 57 years of marriage.
Mrs. Wilcox was town clerk of Coventry from 1974 to 1994, when she retired.  She was formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, an active member of the Republican Party and president of the Orleans County Women’s Republican Group in the 1960s.  Mrs. Wilcox and her husband were active members of the North Country Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, which later became part of VAST. She was a dedicated and lifelong member of the Coventry Congregational Church and active in the many activities of the Coventry community.  She volunteered years of her time and provided valuable history to the Old Stone House Museum and the Orleans County Historical Society.  She enjoyed and used the IROC facility on a weekly basis with her friends.  She also took advantage of the great programs and trips available through the Community Circle for many years.
Among her hobbies she enjoyed gardening and baking and visits from her family in Connecticut.
She is survived by her son, Larry Wilcox and his wife, Sandra, of Orleans; a granddaughter, Jaclyn Hissick and her husband, John, of Cheshire, Connecticut; and by two great-grandchildren: Jillian and Jarrett.  She is also survived by the following nieces: Shirley Barlow of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Nancy Dew and her husband, Ben, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Norma McAllister and her husband, William, of Laconia, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by a brother, Roy Barlow.
Graveside services will be announced in the spring.  Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory may be made to Friends of IROC (Indoor Recreational of Orleans County), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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