March 28, 2012 Obituaries

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Betty Pierce Bishop
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Betty Pierce Bishop, 86, died on March 22, 2012, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.
She was born on August 1, 1925, in Whiting, the daughter of Harry and Leta Pierce.
She graduated from her beloved Middlebury High School in 1943 and then entered nurses’ training at Rutland Hospital, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1947.
On October 17, 1948, she married Robert C. Bishop in Brandon.
She worked at the Mary Fletcher and Springfield hospitals and later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport. Mrs. Bishop was always a consummate professional and enjoyed the trust and admiration of her colleagues. She was active in the First Congregational Church of Springfield, the Teachers Retirement Association in Newport, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and was a regular attendee at Middlebury High School Alumni functions.
Mrs. Bishop was known for her humor, intelligence, and devotion to friends and family. She enjoyed reading, classic movies, and swing jazz.
She is survived by her children: Carole O’Connell of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Bishop of Newport, and Robert Bishop and his wife, Leslie, of North Troy; by her grandchildren: Tara Parenteau of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and Travis Parenteau of Newport; and by her great-grandson Trent. She was extremely devoted to her husband, Bob, who predeceased her on February 8, 1994. Her parents, brother Harry Jr., and a sister, Jessie, also predeceased her.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Pauline “Polly” Caputo
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Pauline “Polly” Caputo, 86, of Newport, died on March 19, 2012, in Derby Line.
She was born on February 23, 1926, in Newport, the daughter of Arthur and Mildred (Gray) Palin.
She graduated from Derby Academy in 1945. She then attended the University of Vermont for two years before leaving school in 1947 to marry Larry Partridge, who predeceased her in August of 1954. She spent several years caring for her four children with the support of her family. Then in April of 1958, she married Bill Caputo who predeceased her in 1997.
She was a full-time mom until her oldest child went off to college. Because of her strong belief in the value of education, she went back to college for three years as an adult learner, earning her bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College the same week her daughter graduated from Castleton State College.
She taught school at Coventry Village School for one year before becoming the secretary for the North Country Union High School guidance office where she served for many years. She left the working world to selflessly care for her parents and then her husband.
She held memberships with the American Legion Auxiliary, the United Church of Newport, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and then, later in life, at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Derby. She also served for many years on the Newport City School Board. She was very supportive of her late husband Bill’s involvement with the Elks Club, traveling to state and national conventions, as well as his activities as an alderman and the mayor of Newport City.
She used her training as a cellist to accompany a number of musicals at North Country Union High School.
She loved summers at the family camp at Lake Seymour. She spent endless hours helping her children, their friends, and her nieces and nephews to enjoy the outdoors on the lake, swimming, skiing and fishing. Winters were also full of snowball fights and trips to the nearest sledding hill. She enjoyed keeping up with the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also known to be pretty handy with a hammer, enjoyed gardening and listening to music, especially Broadway musicals.
Mrs. Caputo is survived by her children: Judi Waterman and her husband, Don, of Wells River, Dr. John Partridge and his wife, Louise, of East Lansing, Michigan, Bob Partridge and his wife, Deb, of Derby, Mike Partridge and his wife, Patty, of Birchwood, Wisconsin, and stepson Bill Caputo of Burlington; by her former daughter-in-law Candy Caputo of Gainesville, Florida; and by the following grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jon Bouffard and his fiancée, Elizabeth Paterson, of St. Johnsbury, and his children: Briana and Andrew; Dana Seely and her husband, Keith, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and their children: Lee and Dan; Leslie Waterman and her partner, Joe Williams, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and their children: Joslin and Michael; Matthew Partridge of Seoul, South Korea; Sarah Partridge of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Leah Partridge of McLean, Virginia; Toby Partridge and his fiancée, Colleen Smedley, of Ambridge, Pennsylvania; Katelyn Partridge and her fiancé, Aaron Elzinga, of Grand Rapids; Ben Partridge and his fiancée, Michelle Bynum, of Derby; Riley Rhorer and her husband, Eric, of Beloit, Wisconsin; Larry Partridge of Birchwood; and Josh Caputo and his wife, Heather, of Gainesville, and their children: Kyle, Joey and Emily. She is also survived by her two brothers: Dean Palin and his wife, Janice, of Derby, and Douglas Palin and his wife, Emma, of Tallahasse, Florida; by her sister-in-law Mary Lou Palin of Sheldon Springs; by her brother-in-law Alan Partridge of Swanton; by her sister-in-law Mildred Bicknell of Westfield; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on March 26 in Derby. Interment will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Derby Line Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 748 Quarry Road, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Seymour Lake Association, P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853; or to the Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Alberta T. Taylor
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Alberta T. Taylor, 90, of Derby, died on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on March 18, 1922, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of Harold and Hazel (Miller) Trumble.
She was a graduate of the Hartford School of Nursing in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Nurse and served in Europe during World War II. She went on to be a school nurse in Norwalk, Connecticut, and retired after 35 years. She was a member of the Alfred Pepin Post Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She and her husband moved to Derby in 1995 from Connecticut. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed cooking and loved to work in her flower garden. Over the years she had been an avid animal lover and enjoyed the companionship of her many different dogs.
She is survived by her husband Francis; by her daughter Pamela LaMonaca and her husband, Gilbert, of Pennsylvania, and their children: Michael and Danielle of Pennsylvania; by her stepson John Taylor and his wife, Darcy, of Connecticut, and their children: Julie, Jane and Erin; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her bothers: Jay and Bill.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Connecticut.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Donald L. Turgeon
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Donald L. Turgeon, 72, of Newport died suddenly on March 21, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on March 30, 1939, in Barton, a son of Archie and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon. On April 23, 1960, he married Joyce Monfette who survives him.
During his lifetime he was employed by Indian Head Plywood, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Charlie Nadeau’s and the city of Newport.
He held membership with the Vermont National Guard. He loved working on small engines for all his family and friends and he also enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Turgeon of Newport; by his children: Jane Turgeon of Newport, Larry Turgeon and his wife, Kelly, of Irasburg, Thomas Turgeon and his wife, Jennifer, of Holland, Rose Turgeon of Newport, Billy Turgeon of Newport, and Bobby Turgeon and his wife, Cindy, of Newport; by his grandchildren: Amber, Joshua, Brittany, Justin, Jazmin, Sahara, Dakota, Melissa, Katelyn, Shania, and Martina; by the following brothers and sisters: Roland Turgeon and his wife, Mariette, of Newport, Gilbert Turgeon and his wife, Lise, of Newport, Norman Turgeon and his wife, Mary, of Newport, Gerald Turgeon and his wife, Irene, of Newport, Roger Turgeon and his wife, Bonnie, of Newport, Lorraine Choquette of Derby, and Anita Fournier and her husband, Jimmy, of Michigan; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers: Raymond and Bert Turgeon; and by his sister Bertha Cotnoir.
Funeral services were held on March 26 in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Ilene Whelpley
Ilene Derick Whelpley, 90, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, March 17, 2012, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland, Massachusetts.
She was born in Orleans on June 15, 1921, and was raised there in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. She was the daughter of Kathleen Scholes Derick and well-known Vermont photographer Mack Derick. She was a graduate of Orleans High School and went on to graduate from Lasell Junior College in 1941.
She worked as an executive secretary at Metropolitan Life in Montpelier. She returned to Lasell to work with the dean of students and later she became the administrative assistant to the director of student services at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School.
Mrs. Whelpley and her husband, Dick, moved to Sudbury in 1948, living on Concord Road in Sudbury’s historic district. She hosted many a fourth of July party on her front lawn as Dick and their three children often marched in the parade, right past the house. She was known for keeping close friendships. She and Dick traveled to many high school reunions in Vermont. This past June was her seventieth reunion at Lasell, and the first that she was unable to attend in many years. Until her death, she was the longest standing member of Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury having joined in 1949. She loved her church community, enjoyed many years of committee service and was known to sit in the back pew so she could keep an eye on things.
Laurie, Mom, Grammy, Shortstop, and to some, Ilene, was a lover of life! She enjoyed entertaining her friends and her annual Christmas party was a big family tradition. She would also be happy playing cards and many board games. Notably, she was an avid reader, and Celtics and Red Sox fan.
She is survived by her daughter Judith W. Hawkins and her husband, Edward, and their children: Abigail and Shelley, all of Sudbury; by her son Richard F. Whelpley and his wife, Sharon, of Atlanta, Georgia; by her late daughter Sue’s partner, Brian Parrott, of Framingham, Massachusetts; by her niece Laura Crawford of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and by John Coffin of Peacham. She was predeceased by her husband Richard F. Whelpley; by her sister Dorothy Coffin of Orleans; and by her daughter Susan K. Whelpley of Framingham.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Mrs. Whelpley’s life on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m., at Memorial Congregational Church, 26 Concord Road, in Sudbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Congregational Church Memorial and Gifts Fund for music at the church. For additional information, tributes and guestbook, please visit
Karl Roger Wursthorn
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Karl Roger Wursthorn, PhD, 65, of Troy, died suddenly on March 23, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on September 21, 1946, in Newport, a son of Roger and Marie (Maxwell) Wursthorn.
On September 2, 1968, he married Vickey Murphy who survives him.
He graduated in 1964 from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, from St. Michael’s College in Burlington in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree, from the State University of New York in Albany with a PhD in 1976, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Wursthorn was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a chemist at Rohm and Haas in Pennsylvania. He loved his Caterpillar heavy equipment, sugaring, restoring vintage cars, helping his neighbors, spending time with his grandchildren and working with young people.
He is survived by his wife Vickey Wursthorn of Troy; by his daughter Karla Wursthorn and her husband, Ken Hutko, of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania; by his two grandchildren: Kenan and Karena; by his mother-in-law Esther Montgomery and her husband, Bryce, of West Danville; by his father-in-law Douglas Murphy of St. Johnsbury; by his sisters-in-law: Valli Smith and her husband, Donald, of Lyndonville, and Sandra Breen and her husband, Mark, of St. Johnsbury; by his brothers: Peter Wursthorn and his wife, Anne, of Marlborough, Connecticut, John Wursthorn and his wife, Lise, of Underhill, and David Wursthorn and his wife, Joanne, of Troy; and by his nieces and nephews: Mark, Valerie, Sara, Justin, Justin, Alissa, Clint and Brandy. He was predeceased by his son Ian on November 20, 1981.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
Wilfred Alton Young Jr.
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Wilfred Alton Young Jr., 63, of Brownington died on March 21, 2012, at his home.
He was born on March 27, 1948, a son of Wilfred and Eva (St. Pierre) Young.
Mr. Young graduated from Orleans High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a contractor for many years and had his own demolition business. He was extremely knowledgeable in the building and demolition trades and he was the man that others went to for an answer to any problem or situation. He loved hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was in the process of remodeling his maternal grandparents’ home.
He is survived by his children: Patience Francis and her husband, Chad, of Burlington, Desmond Young of California, and Galen Young of Quebec; by his four grandchildren: Cody, Aaron, Nicholas and Dylan Francis all of Burlington; by the following brothers and sisters: Alfred Young and his wife, Anna, of West Charleston, John Young and his wife, Donna, of Barton, Albert Young of Lyndonville, Richard Young and his wife, Karen, of Florida, Robert Young and his wife, Betty, of Orleans, Don Young and his wife, Carmen, of Evansville, Leon Young and his wife, Valerie, of Barton, Marie Viens of Connecticut, Shirley Perry of Brownington, and Sharon Faust and her husband, Larry, of Brownington; and by the mother of his children, Laura Young. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Broe.
Funeral services were held in Brownington on March 27.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at
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