May 23, 2012 Obituaries

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Therese Charlotte Beauchesne

Therese Charlotte Beauchesne, 92, of Derby Line died on May 21, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on January 19, 1920, in Derby, a daughter of Euclide and Priscilla (Paquette) Guillette. On May 20, 1940, she married Harvey Beauchesne who predeceased her on March 20, 2008.
Mrs. Beauchesne was devoted to her family. She loved the outdoors, gardening, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, and she especially loved to spoil her grandchildren. She held membership with the Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club, Derby Fish and Game Club and a she was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children: Donald H. Beauchesne and his wife, Penny, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and Dennis R. Beauchesne and his wife, Anita, of Derby; by her grandchildren: Mark, Jason, Briana, and Raymond Beauchesne, Erin Moreira, Regan Viane, Norman, Andre, and Louise Fortin and Joanne St. Onge; by 19 great-grandchildren; by her brother Andre Guillette and his wife, Julie, of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lucille Beauchesne Fortin; by her brothers: Wilfred, John, Lucien, and Henry Guillette; and by her sisters: Jeanette Busky, Marion Guillette, and Madeline Messier.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Jeanette D. Richards

obit j d richardsJeanette D. Richards, 89, of Craftsbury died on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, following a brief illness.
A loved and respected southern belle, she was born in Millport, Alabama, on March 23, 1923, the daughter of Easley and Ureic (Fields) Dobson.
She married her husband James Douglas Richards after high school in Alabama where they had two sons before moving to Delaware in 1950. She was employed as a supervisor for Bell Atlantic in Wilmington, Delaware, and after she and her husband’s retirement, moved to Vermont in 1982.
After her husband passed away in 1985, she then moved along with her elder son and his family to Craftsbury, where she and her daughter-in-law, Pat, started and operated the Brassknocker Bed & Breakfast until retiring again in 2006. She enjoyed interaction with the guests and cooking for them as well as for her family and friends.
She loved her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even occasionally taking backyard golf lessons from her great-grandson Bryson.
She could be seen at all the sporting events during the grandchildren’s participation in Craftsbury sports or wherever their activities took them, as well as those of her great-grandchildren.
She also enjoyed and was very active with her gardening, lawn care, bird feeders and her jewelry.
She was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.
She leaves her two sons: James William Richards and his wife, Patricia, of East Craftsbury and Michael Douglas Richards and his wife, Irene, of Townsend, Delaware; a sister, Barbara Canfield of Georgia; five grandsons: Jeff, Steve, Pete, Jamieson and Justin; and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband James who died in 1985; as well as by her parents and a sister, Lazette Davis.
A funeral service was held on May 22 in Craftsbury. Interment was in the East Craftsbury Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Donations Department, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104.

Clara Belle (Rogers) Domina Rowland

obit c b r d rowlandClara Rowland, 89, died on May 16, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on August 31, 1922, in Wheelock, the third of four daughters to Olaff and Grace Bartlett Rogers.
She attended schools in Greensboro and Greensboro Bend and graduated from Greensboro High School as valedictorian of her class.
She was stricken with polio at the age of four which affected both legs. With numerous surgeries and the help of a loving, understanding and supporting family, she was able to live a normal life; however, later in life the polio returned as post-polio syndrome, which limited her daily activities.
She attended Lyndon Normal School and graduated in 1943, the year Lyndon became a four-year college.
Her first position was in the primary grades in Glover. She taught the first four grades and had 28 students, a real challenge for a young beginning teacher. After two years, she transferred to the Campus School in Lyndon Center, a demonstration school for Lyndon State College. Here, she had three grades with 33 children. She then went to Orleans where she had one grade, but large classes. Except for four years in Newport, most of her teaching career was in Orleans.
She enjoyed working with small children, although it was demanding, challenging work, keeping up with active five- and six-year-olds. She found their eagerness to learn very rewarding. In her teaching, she stressed attitudes of appreciation and respect. Some of her teaching units were published in the Vermont Course of Study.
In 1960 she married Harold Domina but continued her teaching career. Mr. Domina died in 1984, but she continued living in their large home until she sold it in 1987 and moved to Barton.
She married Bradford Rowland in 1988 and they enjoyed 14 happy years together. They traveled and bought a home in Florida, where they spent winters, returning to Vermont for the summers.
Ms. Rowland was an active person who participated in the following: member of the Orleans Federated Church; choir member; taught Sunday school; served on church committees; President of the Women’s Society, lay leader; member of the Book and Thimble Club; life member of Vermont Retired Teachers Association; life member of the Order of Eastern Star; state officer of Pythian Sisters of Vermont; attended Howey Community Church in Florida, where she sang in the choir, did solo work and participated in other musical activities.
Ms. Rowland had no biological children however, she taught several hundred children. Besides her teaching career, her interests were her home, family, flowers, music and traveling.
She is survived by three stepdaughters: Dorothy and her husband, Everett Willard, of Orleans, Lois and her husband, Andrew Major, of Derby, and Sara and her husband, Barry Ford, of Sheffield; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and three sisters: Alice Hall, Beatrice White and Lois Sargent.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, at the Derby United Church with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call on May 27 at the church, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Contributions in her memory, if desired, may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library Building Fund, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

George H. Stone Jr.

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George H. Stone Jr., 85, of Orleans died on Friday, May 11, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born to Bernice (Allyn) and George H. Stone Sr. on April 6, 1927.
Mr. Stone served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge he was employed in the milling department at Litton Industry, which is now known as Tivoly, Inc. Then he was employed at the Orleans Postal Service as a postal clerk until he retired.
He was a Past Master and 60-year member of Valley Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons. He was also secretary and treasurer for the lodge for many years. He was a Past High Priest of Keystone Chapter #16 of Royal Arch Masons of Barton and for many years its secretary and treasurer. In 1974, he was accorded the high honor of election as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Vermont. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, North Star Chapter #25 of Island Pond. He was a member of the Orleans Council #19 Royal and Select Masters of Newport and a member of the Malta Commandery #10, Knights Templar of Newport. He was one of the founders of the Past Master Association of District #10 of Free and Accepted Masons. He was also a member of the Charleston Historical Society.
Mr. Stone loved to spend time at his camp and he enjoyed being on the lake. He also enjoyed sharing his ducks and chipmunks with those who visited him. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends, sharing life to the fullest.
He is survived by his sisters: Ellen Hommel of Orleans, and Glenn Dow and her husband, Arthur, of Newport. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by three sisters: Beryl MacDonald, Virginia Gregory, and Norine Marsh and her husband, William; and by one brother, A. Allyn Stone.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 25, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Members of the Eastern Star will conduct a service at the funeral home on May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors and Masonic services.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Edith Urbatzka

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Edith Urbatzka, 80, a long-time resident of Westfield, died on May 12, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Veneta, Oregon.
She was born on September 22, 1931, to Albert and Paula Böckmann in Wetter-Ruhr, Germany.
In 1949, she married her husband, Klaus Urbatzka. By 1969, when she and Mr. Urbatzka immigrated to the United States, they had four children.
Mrs. and Mr. Urbatzka enjoyed living in different locations as the seasons of their lives changed: Vermont, California, Austria, Switzerland and Florida.
When her husband died, Mrs. Urbatzka moved to Oregon to be closer to her children. Throughout her life, she enjoyed her travels, was a master knitter and counted many animals as part of her extended family.
She is survived by her children: Maya, Barbara, Arno and Daniela; her sons-in-law: Tom, David and Roland; her granddaughter Nanja; and her dog Petey. She was predeceased by her brother Klaus Böckmann.


Gerald Carpenter

A graveside memorial service for the family and friends of Gerald Carpenter of Bristol, Connecticut, and Newport will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in the Derby Center Cemetery with Pastor Fred Barker of Derby.
A meal at Brenda’s Homestyle Cookin’ in Derby will be held following the service at noon.


Carolyn Gray

Committal services for Carolyn Gray will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.


Beverly Labounty

Committal services for Beverly Labounty will be held on Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.


Augustin Patenaude

Committal services for Augustin Patenaude will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.


Kenneth Allen Mason

Committal services for Kenneth Allen Mason of Morgan will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans. Following the interment, a celebration of his life will be held at Ken Spring Pond in Morgan at 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend.


Scott F. West

A memorial service for Scott West of Albany will be held at the chapel at the Vermont Veteran’s Cemetery in Randolph on Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m., with interment and military honors to follow in the cemetery.
A local memorial will also be held on Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at the family plot at the East Craftsbury Cemetery.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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