May 20, 2009 Obituaries

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Donald Harter
Loving father Donald Harter, 60, died suddenly at his home in Irasburg on Monday, May 11, 2009.
Mr. Harter was born to Lewis and Marguerite Harter in Angola, Indiana, where he lived until moving to Vermont in 2004.
His life’s work was in the field of education.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and attained his master’s degree at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  He completed more graduate course work in order to receive an administrative license in education.
He taught and worked as an administrator at Angola High School for 30 years.  He coached football and basketball teams and led the Hornets football team to its first regional title in 1992.
After retiring from Indiana, he moved to Vermont where he had served Lake Region Union High School as assistant principal for two years; he was in the process of completing his second year as principal.
He is survived by his daughter Heather, who is a Spanish teacher at Lake Region; by his sister Patricia Harter of Indiana; and by his mother, Marguerite Harter, of Indiana.
He touched many people’s lives throughout the years, and he will be sorely and deeply missed by those lucky enough to have known him.
Funeral services will be held in Angola.  Interment will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Waterloo, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Harter’s memory to the either the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Steuben County Humane Society, 1700 North 200 West, Angola, Indiana 46703.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Local arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Shirley A. Hawkens

Shirley A. Hawkens, 84, of Derby died May 15, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mrs. Hawkens was born October 23, 1924, in North New Portland, Maine, a daughter of Earl and Marion Rose (Davis) Atwood.
On February 7, 1947, she married William Hawkens Jr., who survives her.
She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter.
She is survived by her three children:  Robert Hawkens and his wife, Julie, of St. Louis, Missouri, William Hawkens and his wife, Judy, of Warwick, New York, and Mary Ellen Maclure and her husband, Yves, of Newport; by her sister Olive Bailey of Sarasota, Florida; by nine grandchildren; by eight great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Earl Atwood; and by three sisters:  Barbara Morton, Norma Decker, and Gretchen Bell.
Her main focus and interest was her family.  Her children and grandchildren’s love for her can be best described with a favorite quote:  “There is no place like home — except Grandma’s.”
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  A graveside service will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton, Maine.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hawken’s memory may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27105, New York, New York 10117.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at



Phillip F. Horner
Phillip F. Horner, 74, of Albany died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
Mr. Horner was born in Albany on November 12, 1934, a son of Aaron Horner Sr. and Grace Poutre Horner Carter.  He attended Albany Grade School and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving with the Seabees from 1956 to 1960.
He was a carpenter for many years, having worked for and with Harry Hall, Richard Carter, George Nelson, Cortes Chaffee, and his brother Robert Horner.  He had been employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.
He was a past member of American Legion Orleans Post 23 and enjoyed fishing and visiting with friends.
Survivors include his brother Robert Horner and his wife, Penny, of Albany; his sister Josephine Bowen of Morrisville; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members; and his faithful dog, Billy Bob Barker.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Aaron “Bay” Horner Jr. in December 2004 and Marcel Horner in December 2003; and by his nephew Daniel Horner in March.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Elsie Wentworth Manning

Elsie Wentworth Manning, 81, died May 17, 2009, at Bel-Aire Quality Care Center in Newport, which was her home for the past several years.
Born in Everett, Massachusetts, on March 21, 1928, Ms. Manning was a daughter of Sara (Neilsen) and Hollis Manning, formerly of Morgan.
She attended schools in the greater Boston area and graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics and chemistry.
With her degree in hand and her proficiency in photography and her ability to interview and write, she found herself traveling the world and accumulating a most impressive work profile.
She began her career with General Foods Corporation in White Plains, New York, in 1952.  She served as a television and photography specialist appearing on WOR-TV New York.  Her responsibilities included food preparation and studio setup for 350 live and filmed television commercials yearly.  It was here where she had her own television program teaching teenagers how to cook and where she developed very special friendships with Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.
In 1962 she joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune as a news reporter.  Among her many responsibilities, she worked with Clementine Paddleford, an internationally renowned food editor.  In assisting Miss Paddleford, she searched out recipes from across the nation and wrote food stories, which were syndicated through This Week magazine.
She later became the food editor for Farley Manning Associates in New York City.  Moving from New York City to Center City, Philadelphia, in 1968, she was recruited by Farm Journal magazine to become its food editor.  During her tenure she traveled the continental U.S. staying with farm families and attending state fairs to learn about favorite family recipes and styles of cooking within the farming community.  She planned the magazine’s food features and directed the journal’s test kitchens, where recipes were developed for the magazine’s three million subscriber families.  Before her retirement in 1980, she had written seven cookbooks.
Through family and employment associations, Ms. Manning met and developed lifetime friendships with many interesting people to include President and Mrs. Nixon and their daughters Julie and Tricia.
During the time her father was vice president of marketing for Borden’s Company, he personified his products to encourage people to purchase them.  He labeled Borden’s Carnation milk with “Elsie the Cow” after his daughter, which so miffed Elsie that she, from that day forth, wanted to be referred to as “Elise.”
Throughout her life, she was noted for her love of cats, antiquing, and international travel.  She was most proud to be associated with the Morgan United Church.  She considered her most valuable possession to be her many friendships, which included Fernande Seguin, Pat Lewis, Nancy Parker, and Ruth Whitcomb.  She had a lifetime friendship with Mary, Analesa, and Eilish Muir and Bruce, whom she considered her brother.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Interment will follow in the Derby Line Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Manning’s memory may be sent to the Bel-Aire activity fund, in care of Rosemary Mayhew, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Edward Poirier
Edward Poirier, 69, of Springfield, Kentucky, died at his home on May 11, 2009, after a long illness.
Mr. Poirier was born in Orleans, a son of Henry Poirier and Ida Lavigne.  He had been employed as a farmhand in the Northeast Kingdom and in New York, settling in Kentucky as a tobacco farmer.
He leaves four daughters:  Kathy Schmiers, Lisa Dailey, Teresa Zarate, and Sherri Poirier; one son, Michael; the mother of his children, Lucy Leithead Hinds; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his wife, Jane; two stepdaughters, Penny and Tonya; two brothers, Joe Poirier and his wife, Vi, of Coventry and David and his wife, Judy, of Newport; two sisters, Marguerite Fournier of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Rita and David Heath of Edcouch, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Doris Poirier of Barton and Jane Poirier of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was precedeased by his daughter Diane in June 1974; by his parents; and by his brothers:  Gerard, Wilbur, Pete, and Lucien.
Funeral services were held May 14 at St. Dominic’s Church in Springfield.  Burial will be in Crab Orchard, Kentucky.
Carey Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.



James Richard Van Sant
James Richard Van Sant, 81, of Lyndonville died May 14, 2009, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.
Mr. Van Sant was born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 1927, a son of Clifford and Blanche (Wessaw) Van Sant.
He was a graduate of Neshaminy High School in Langhorne.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1945 to 1949 and was in the reserves for two more years, earning numerous commendations.
He married Nancy Romberger in 1949; they had two daughters, Debra and Vicki.  He later married Kathleen White on September 11, 1983; they lived near Willoughby Lake in Westmore for 23 years and moved to Lyndonville in 2007.
He had a career working as a sales representative, selling farm equipment, wooden silos, and laminated rafters.
A skilled hunter, he looked forward to his annual trips to New York and Pennsylvania.  A talented woodworker, he was always building something in his workshop.  He enjoyed working outside around his home and on various properties on the shores on Willoughby Lake.  He and his wife were always caring for their gardens, feeding and watching the birds, and traveling the back roads of Vermont and New York.  They loved to travel to see their grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Kay, of Lyndonville; by two daughters, Debra Van Sant Harvey and her husband, Michael, of Guilford, New Hampshire, and Vicki Van Sant of Somerville, Massachusetts; by stepchildren:  Lawrie Easterbrooks and her husband, Robert, of Lyndonville, Edward White and his wife, Maggie, of Dundee, New York, Vickie Poginy and her husband, Denis, of Glover, and Brent White and his wife, Beverly, of Duxbury; by his brother Bernard Van Sant of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; by his sister Lola Van Sant Transue and her husband, Earl, of New Albany, Pennsylvania; by his grandson Sean Bucalo; by 13 stepgrandchildren; by seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased his niece Dauhn Transue; by his nephew David Transue; and by his stepgrandson Andrew Easterbrooks.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore with the Reverend Judy Horgan officiating.
Memorial contributions, earmarked for patient activities fund, may be directed to The Pines Rehab and Health Center, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home.



Commital Services
Walter Spaulding
Committal services for Walter Spaulding will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center with full military honors.



Francis Beaumier
Committal services for Francis Beaumier will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.



Theresa Ingersoll
Committal services for Theresa Ingersoll will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Alan Jacobs
Committal services for Alan Jacobs will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Myron Leach
Committal services for Myron Leach will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Fernande Racicot
Committal services for Fernande Racicot will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.


Michael Robert
Committal services for Michael Robert will be held at noon on Saturday, May 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Sylvia Sheltra
Committal services Sylvia Sheltra will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Fernand Chaput
Committal services for Fernand Chaput will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Willard May
Spring interment with full military honors for Willard May will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.  Mr. May died January 10 at 82 years of age.
Arrangements are by des Groseilliers Funeral Homes.
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