July 15, 2009

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Olin Robert Allen
Olin Robert Allen, 86, of Hardwick died Friday, July 10, 2009, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Mr. Allen was born June 3, 1923, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a son of Roscoe and Inez (Storey) Allen.  He attended Walden and East Hardwick public schools.
He entered the U.S. Army on November 14, 1945, in Rutland.  He served his country in Germany and  was honorably discharged on May 19, 1947, at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
On October 10, 1953, he married Pauline Marion Kelton in Hardwick.
In his earlier years he worked on farms, logged, and drove milk and pulp trucks.  He was active in the construction of the Mystic Bridge in Boston.  For more than 25 years he was employed by the town of Hardwick on its road crew.  He retired in 1989 and worked as a part-time janitor for the U.S. Postal Service in Hardwick and did lawn work for local families.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9653 in Morrisville and a past member of the Hardwick Fire Department.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and watching the birds.
Survivors include four sons and their partners:  Donald of St. Johnsbury, Rodney of Hardwick, Douglas and Crystal of Hardwick, and Bradley and Karen of Colchester; stepson Steve Baker of Barre; two daughters and their partners, Jolene Maxham and Ethan of Bethel and Sherri Allen and Sue of St. Johnsbury; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters:  Hazel Brown of  Melrose, Massachusetts,  Mildred Savard of Dover, New Hampshire, and Edith Allen of Boston, Massachusetts; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; by his wife, Pauline, in 2003; by his sister Helen Pizzano; and by his stepson Jerry Baker.
Graveside services will be held  Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. in Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick with the Reverend Judy Waible of the United Church of Hardwick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Allen’s memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the Hardwick Fire Department, P.O. Box 1279, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.



Gordon Wayne Broe
Gordon Wayne Broe, 70, of Brownington died July 2, 2009, surrounded by his friend Phyllis Kennison’s loving family, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Broe was born September 18, 1938, in Richford, a son of Bert and Ruby (Hughes) Broe.
He was married to Dorothy (Young) Broe, who predeceased him.
He was a bridge builder for the St. Onge Construction Company in Montgomery, and he was a carpenter, work he enjoyed very much.
He enjoyed seeing his friends at the Evansville Trading Post.
He is survived by his brother Larry Broe and his wife, Claire, of Coventry and by his special friend Phyllis Kennison and her beloved family of Brownington.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Broe’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital, oncology department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Milton “Mike” Walter Corrow
Milton “Mike” Walter Corrow, 79, died Friday, July 3, at his home in South Pomfret.
Mr. Corrow was born in his grandfather’s home in Westmore on June 11, 1930, the oldest of five children born to Clarence and Ethel (Friend) Corrow.
He graduated from Barton Academy and later attended Lyndon State College with a scholarship.  He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951.
He married Mary Therese Claremont in 1954.
After he left the Air Force, he and his wife moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for many years in a drugstore.  In 1965 they moved to East Arlington, where they lived for many years.  They were divorced several years later.
He worked at Johnson Controls in Bennington as a shift supervisor for several years until he retired in 1992.
He was predeceased by his former wife in 2001; by his daughter Maureen in 1979; and by his brothers Francis and Maurice.
He is survived by his sisters Barbara Staves and Dorothy Tourville of Tupper Lake, New York; by sons:  Micky and his wife, Doreen, of Hartland, Matthew and his wife, Carol, of Barto, Pennsylvania, Martin and his wife, Valerie, of Wells, and Terry of Rutland; by daughter Tammy of Latham, New York; by several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and by two very special great-grandchildren.
A brief service is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the North Pomfret Congregational Church, with a reception to be held immediately afterward at the Abbott Memorial Library in South Pomfret.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Corrow’s family requests donations be made to the Abbott Memorial Library, P.O. Box 95, South Pomfret, Vermont 05067.



Rita Yolande Theberge Day


Rita Yolande Theberge Day, 83, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Day was born September 21, 1925, a daughter of George Theberge and Yvonne Thivierge Theberge of Compton, Quebec.
She married Calvin Paul Day on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 1947.  They lived in Derby Line most of their lives until retirement age, then moved to Newport.  She lived her remaining years at Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center.
She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker.  She worked very hard managing the house while raising four children.  She had an occasional job with Montgomery Ward, especially during the holiday rush, and worked at the Newport Dry Cleaners during the big strike at Butterfields to help during that time.
She worked hand in hand with her husband, Calvin, on a large vegetable garden and sold the produce in a roadside stand called Day’s Market Garden.  She sold the vegetables, and her husband worked the garden along with their children and many other helpers hired from town.  In later years the garden land was sold for housing lots, and the town named the road Day Street.
Just before retirement, she and her husband sold their home in Derby Line and moved to Newport.
A very important date in her life was March 14, 1956, when she took an oath to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
She was very social and loved going out for coffee at McDonald’s with her girlfriends during the day; in the evening couples would gather there to visit.  They were affectionately known as the coffee club.
She and her husband were wonderful skaters and dancers.  When Mr. Day ran the skating rink in Derby Line, it was a common sight to see them skating arm in arm.  They hosted many house parties where friends and neighbors would come to dance and laugh.
As their children started leaving the nest, it prompted them to travel for visits.  They traveled all around the U.S.  They also went to Europe and toured five major cities.
She had a deep Catholic faith.  She and her husband dreamed of going to Jerusalem; when they retired they went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This was their trip of a lifetime.
She was very active in the church and enjoyed going to meetings and study groups.  She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and a former member of a ladies auxiliary.
She is survived by her children:  Joan Derosier and her husband, Dennis, of Stephens City, Virginia, Carole White and her husband, Robert, of Steilacoon, Washington, Steven Day and his wife, Valerie, of Swanton, and Tina Guyette and Robert Thayer of Newport; by her sister Jeanne Gaudreau of Newport; by her brother André Theberge and his wife, Claudette, of Hobe Sound, Florida; by sisters-in-law Irene Theberge of Stanstead, Quebec, and Clara Day of St. Johnsbury; by seven grandchildren; by seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Calvin, her husband of 61 years; by her sister Lucienne Waite; and by brothers Paul Theberge and Laurent Theberge.
A Mass of Christian Burial was performed July 14 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Clayton Alpha Markwell
Clayton Alpha Markwell, 52, of Holland died July 9, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Markwell was born April 4, 1957, in Newmarket, Ontario, a son of Percy and Edna (Keeble) Markwell.
He married Paula Grimes on July 14, 1979.  She survives him.
He was a truck driver and worked at the recycling center for the town of Holland for 15 years.  He served in the Army National Guard.
He enjoyed working in the woods and on his motorcycles and cars and spending time with his family at cookouts.
He is survived by his two children, Kasey Jean Markwell and her fiancé, Patrick Sargent, of Holland and Brandon Adam Markwell of Holland; by five siblings:  Loretta Donovan and her husband, Dwayne, of Bloomfield, Wayne Markwell of Marshfield, Bruce Markwell and his wife, Molly, of Walden, Laurie Stevens and her husband, Eugene, of Orleans, and Christopher Markwell of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the 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.



Edward M. O’Neil


Edward M. O’Neil, 59, of Glover died July 9, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. O’Neil was born July 14, 1949, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a son of Timothy and Mary (Boisvert) O’Neil.
On September 25, 1977, he married Millie Gomes, who survives him.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and later was a truck driver for Cabot for 22 years.
He attended North Andover High School and graduated from Northeast Transmission School in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was a member of the Hardwick American Legion.  He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, boating, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was an easygoing and laidback person, and he will be missed by many.
He is survived by four children:  Jennifer Florin of Liberty, Maine, Heather O’Neil and her husband, Adam Wheeler, of Orleans, Melanie Carrunchio of New Jersey, and Stephen Marshall of Plainville, Massachusetts; by grandchildren:  Andrew and Brendon Parrish, Cooper and Spencer Wheeler, Scott Winhold, Zachary Florin, Paige Marshall, and Lucabell Marshall; by his brother Timmy O’Neil and his wife, Brenda, of Belmont, Maine; and by two sisters, Carol Catarius of Salem, New Hampshire, and Patricia Ranlett and her husband, Lloyd, of Hamstead, New Hamsphire.
A graveside service was held July 14 at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. O’Neil’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Earl Ely Picard


Earl Ely Picard, 92, of Newport died July 12, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Picard was born September 11, 1916, in North Williston, a son of Alexander and Sophronia (Douglas) Picard.
On June 2, 1947, he married Gladys Mae McMasters, who predeceased him.
He was a turret gunner in the U.S. Army during World War II.  His employment included working in construction, building huge dams, surveying for the state of Vermont, and digging graves for Pine Grove Cemetery.  Later he worked at Hoods for 16 years and Ethan Allen for 25 years.
He was a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association and was a member of American Legion Post 21, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Church of the Nazarene.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was a spring icon, often seen taking pictures on the bridge while fishing.  He was featured in the New York Times and other newspapers for pickerel shooting.  He frequented local stores and businesses and loved lots of hugs.
He is survived by his children:  Mary L. Kirby and her husband, John, of Wilton, Maine, Linda G. McKinney of Newport, Robert A. Picard of North Concord, and Carol A. Picard and her companion, Steven J. Orvis, of Lowell; by grandchildren:  Heidi Poole and her husband, Mark, Tina Meserve and her husband, Jeff, Christopher Whitney and his wife, Brenda, Scott Britch and his wife, Kim, Shawn Britch and his wife, Karen, Dawn Marie Frutti and her husband, Frank, Nathaniel Michaud and his wife, Misty, Erin Michaud, and Casey Cargill; by recently reunited grandchildren:  Debbie Rich, Vickie Parkinson, Reggie Ashley, Missy Russell, and Cheryl Ashley; by 14 great-grandchildren; and by son-in-law Edward Ashley of Cornish, New Hampshire.  He was predeceased by his daughter Beverly Picard Ashley.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, July 16, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m.  Interment with full military honors will follow at the Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Picard’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Harriet Harris
Graveside services for Harriet Harris will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore with the Reverend John Keenan officiating.



Florette Galipeau
Graveside services with full military honors for Florette Galipeau will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.



Lawrence Baker Sr.
There will be a committal service for Lawrence Baker Sr., formerly of Newport, at the Oakland Cemetery in Meredith Center, New Hampshire, on Sunday, July 19, at 10 a.m.  The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at the home of his daughter Cindy Frazer at 523 Plains Road in Monroe, New Hampshire.  All are welcome to attend.



An obituary for Roberta Sargent, sent to the Chronicle by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes, omitted that she was predeceased by her husband, Roy Sargent, in 1989.
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