May 16, 2012 Obituaries

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Peter Allendorf
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Peter Francis Allendorf, 77, died suddenly on May 9, 2012, following a stroke.
A retired teacher and longtime resident of Edgartown, Massachusetts, he was tending to the flowers as caretaker of the grounds at an estate on Martha’s Vineyard at the time.
Mr. Allendorf was born in Walpole, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1934, and was the only child of Dr. Francis and Lois Allendorf. He spent his childhood in Walpole, graduating from Walpole High School.
He earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Vermont in 1957 and later acquired a master’s degree in education.
Prior to starting his teaching career, he served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.
He began teaching in Massachusetts and then relocated to Underhill. He taught social studies at the Albert D. Lawton School (ADL) in Essex Junction for 34 years until his retirement. While there, he made many lasting friendships with the wonderful teachers and staff at ADL.
Following his retirement, he went on several sailing adventures to see places he had taught his students about. Memorable trips with his friends Oliver Gardner and Steve Elliott included travel to Cuba, Panama, Belize, New Zealand, Kenya and Colombia.
After all these adventures, he decided to settle down on Martha’s Vineyard where he lived until his death.
Mr. Allendorf was an active community member in Underhill. He served as a selectman and was a member and moderator for the Mt. Mansfield Union High School board. He was also a member of the board of civil authority, the zoning board and planning commission for Underhill, and the Underhill Historical Society. He was a volunteer fireman for eight years. He also served in the Vermont Legislature in the early 1980s as a Democratic representative. He was very proud of his work to help pass legislation that made wearing seatbelts mandatory in Vermont.
In Underhill he was also an auctioneer, realtor, justice of the peace, sugar-maker, gentleman farmer and land developer. Among his real estate endeavors, Homestead Acres, where he lived and raised his family in Underhill, was one of his favorite accomplishments with business partner Wesley “Tippy” Jacobs.
In 1958, he married Clare Dyer of St. Johnsbury and they had three children. He often gave her all the credit for raising the children he was so proud of.
His six grandchildren meant the world to Papa Pete and they enjoyed visiting him on the island. He also cherished his visits to their homes. When in Derby he would often go on errand runs that took him to some of his favorite local places including Wright’s Sports Shop, The Pick & Shovel, and Cinta’s Bakery. Visiting with son-in-law Peter Alexander’s large family, especially when Wayne Henry was alive, was very meaningful to him. He was an avid reader of the Chronicle and so enjoyed keeping up with news in the Kingdom, which was so near and dear to his heart.
He is survived by his three children: the eldest child, Laura Allendorf, and her husband, Randolph Fenninger, and their sons: John and Tom Fenninger of Vienna, Virginia; his son, Grant Allendorf, and his wife, Susan Spence Allendorf, of Underhill, along with their two children: Ryan and Danielle Allendorf; and his youngest daughter, Jeanne Allendorf Alexander, and her husband, Peter Alexander, and their two daughters: Catherine and Elizabeth Alexander of Derby. He leaves behind the mother of his children and dear friend, Clare Dyer of Clearwater, Florida. He also leaves his companion of many years on the Vineyard, Suzanne Roman, and their Jack Russell, Rascal. He also leaves his cousins: Nancy Bloomfield of Sharon, Massachusetts, Richard Allendorf and Mary Brown of Norwood, Massachusetts, Mary Virginia Allendorf of Boston, and Joseph Allendorf of Kentucky.
Mr. Allendorf’s family would like to extend their thanks to the Boch family for being such an important part of his life on the Vineyard. He was especially fond of his chats over the years with Barbara.
Mr. Allendorf continued to educate and inspire those around him throughout his life, and he will be greatly missed.
As per his wishes, there will not be a service. The family plans a celebration of his life at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department, P.O. Box 150, Underhill, Vermont 05489; or to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 654, Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539.
The Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Edgartown is in charge of arrangements.
Lucien J. Fortin
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Lucien J. Fortin, 81, of Derby Line died on May 12, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on November 9, 1931, in Holland, a son of Louis and Anna (Fontaine) Fortin. On June 18, 1960, he married Jeannette Beauvais who survives him.
Mr. Fortin was a machine operator for Columbia Forest Products in Newport for 38 years.
He loved sugaring, fishing and working in the woods. He also loved family gatherings at the lake with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Fortin, of Derby Line; by his children: Marcel Fortin and his wife, Mary Kaye, of Newport, Gerald Fortin and his wife, Christine, of Newport Center, and Julie Fortin of Newport; by his grandchildren: Mark Fortin and his fiancée, Samantha, of Newport, Jaclyn Fortin of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Bridget Fortin of Newport, and Sarah and Paige, Abigail and Shelby, all of Newport Center; by a great-grandson, Braedyn; by the following brothers and sister: Lionel Fortin and his wife, Simone, of Holland, Rene Fortin and his wife, May, of Holland, Raymond Fortin of Derby Line, Robert Fortin and his wife, Christine, of Derby Line, and Germain Gosselin and her husband, Bill, of Derby Line; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a twin sister, Lucienne, in 2011; and by two sisters: Yvonne Lacroix and Rita Dagesse.
Funeral services were held on May 16 in Derby Line. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Bernadette A. “Bernie” Huefner
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Bernadette A. “Bernie” Huefner, 52, of Brownington, formerly of Clarion, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 30, 2012, of cardiac arrest at North Country Hospital in Newport.
Born July 4, 1959, in Brookville, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of William and Martina Bauer Huefner of Clarion.
She graduated from Clarion-Limestone High School and later from the University of Connecticut with a degree in horticulture.
She was the director of human resources at Bogner of America in Williston. She was past president, from 2005 to 2008, of the Newport Farmers Market. She was still a very active vendor and was instrumental with Customer Appreciation Day. She was the originator of the weekly customers’ e-mail newsletter.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters: Jean Blachier and her husband, John, of Clarion, and Marlene Baker and her husband, Mike, of Strattanville, Pennsylvania; two nephews: Nathan Blachier and Wyatt Baker; and by a very special niece, Emily Baker. Also surviving is her companion Ronald Cheney of Brownington, and her beloved cats: Caramel, Oscar, Butterscotch, and Sammy.
Funeral services were held on May 7 in Clarion. Interment was held in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion.
In lieu of flowers, donations towards a memorial bench may be sent to Cindy McGreevey, 26 Maxfield Point Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Marilyn Leland Morgan
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Marilyn Leland Morgan, 89, died on Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
She was born in Glover on August 16, 1922, to Adelbert C. and Sadie (Wilson) Leland.
She graduated from Barton Academy in Barton in 1940. She was employed at the Hartford Retreat in Hartford, Connecticut, and Pratt & Whitney during World War II. There she met Mark C. Morgan who was in the service and stationed in Hartford. They were married on January 24, 1946, in Glover, and moved to Houston.
Upon making Houston their home, Mrs. Morgan attended Josephine Hodge Beauty School. After their move to Kerrville, Texas, she spent 40 years working as a beautician. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting for newborns, family and friends.
Her family belonged to Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the Tent and Tow Camping Club.
She is survived by her daughters: Dolly Woerner and her husband, Douglas, and Jackie M. Givens; her grandsons: Mark W. Sears and Reagan Givens and his wife, Lyndsay; her great-grandchildren: Avery Sears, Aydan Hassell, Adalayde and Adler Givens; her sister Muriel Sherburne of Vermont; and by numerous nieces and nephews from Vermont, Idaho, and Florida. She will also be missed by many other family members, friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Mark C. Morgan; and by her brothers: Dr. George H. Leland and Donald A. Leland.
Funeral services were held on May 3 in San Antonio, Texas.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in her honor can send them to the Dietert Senior Center, 451 Guadalupe Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Kerrville Funeral Home in Kerrville.


Marilyn A. Page
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Marilyn A. Page, 70, of Island Pond died on May 11, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on May 23, 1941, in Enosburg, a daughter of Walter and Evelyn (Kennison) Page.
She was employed by Columbia Forest Products where she retired in 2000 after 38 years of service. She enjoyed NASCAR and baseball as she was an avid Red Sox fan.
She is survived by her sister Sheila Joyal of South Burlington; by her lifelong friend Helen Corliss of Island Pond; by her sisters-in-law: Rachel Page and Gabriel Page; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Bonnie Gendreau, and by three brothers: Ronald, Dale and Jerry Page.
Graveside services will be announced at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lund Family Center, 76 Glenn Road, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Leon “Lee” Seguin
 There will be a memorial service for Leon “Lee” Seguin on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.
John Donovan
Committal services for John Donovan of Sheffield will be held on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the William Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Robert D. “Bob” Burke
Committal services for Robert D. “Bob” Burke of Glover will be held on Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
Evelyn McMahon
 Committal services for Evelyn McMahon will be held on Friday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Merrill Thompson
 Committal services for Merrill Thompson will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Leonard “Pit” Monty
 Committal services for Leonard “Pit” Monty will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.
Laura Decker
 Committal services for Laura Decker will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Jeannette Gagniere
Services for Jeannette Gagniere will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Dennis Sheltra
 Committal services for Dennis Sheltra will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with full military honors.
Douglas D. Worboys
 Committal services for Douglas D. Worboys will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with full military honors.
Waldo Taylor Sr.
 Graveside services for Waldo Taylor Sr. of Lyndonville will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Sheila (Goss) Davis
 Committal services for Sheila (Goss) Davis of Lyndonville will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the Lyndon Center Cemetery in Lyndon Center. Family and friends are invited to attend.
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