May 26, 2010 Obituaries

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Claire T. Audet


Claire T. Audet, 81, of Troy, died May 19, 2010, in Newport.
She was born March 23, 1929, in Martinville, Quebec, a daughter of Ovide and Blanche (Tetreault) Cote.
On September 27, 1947, she married Maurice Audet, who survives her.
Mrs. Audet was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy and a lifetime member of Notre Dame de Cape in Quebec.
She enjoyed knitting, gardening, spending time with her family, and playing bingo and cards.
She is survived by five children:  Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and Rita of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Huntington, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren:  Jean Berthiaume, Robert Berthiaume, Denis Berthiaume, Victoria Prue, Jennifer Zelco, Roger Audet Jr., Jessica Roberts, Patrick Roberts, Johanna Demers, Nicholas Bouchard, Jonathan (Bobby) Bouchard, and Claire Audet;  by 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers and sisters:  Nil Cote of Grandby, Massachusetts, Hugette Laplante of Rock Forest, Quebec, Marie Paul Fauteux of St. Ezedor, Quebec, Real Cote of Martinville, Quebec, Andre Cote of Grandby, Massachusetts, Monique Cote of Sherbrooke, Quebec; her sisters-in-law:  Donalda Fontaine of Derby, and Yvette Lantot of Hamden, Massachusetts, and by a brother-in-law, Gilles Audet of Sherbrooke; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Aline Chaput, and by a brother, Yvon Cote.
Funeral services were held on May 24 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at



B. Glynn Bosley
B. Glynn (Archer) Bosley died on May 21, 2010, in Derby.
She was a daughter of Robert D. and Cora (Gage) Archer.
She attended East Charleston Elementary School, Charleston High School, and Lyndon Normal School.
On December 25, 1936, she married William O. Bosley and together they farmed in Holland for many years.  Mr. Bosley predeceased her on April 16, 1993.
Mrs. Bosley taught school for 32 years in Maidstone, Brighton, and Holland.  She retired in 1974 from the Holland school.  After her retirement from teaching, she drove school bus for the Holland school for a few years.
She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association, both local and state, the Plymouth Congregational Church, the Holland Ladies Aid, and she was active in the Grange for many years.
She leaves her daughter Carrie Carter and her partner, Theron Webster, of Hinesburg; two granddaughters, Christelle Plourde and her husband, Anthony, of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Coralee Keefer of Grand Isle; six great-grandchildren:  Bryhannah and Kiera Plourde of Farmers Branch, Jasmine, Madison, William, and Skylar Keefer of Grand Isle; a niece, Bonnie (Archer) McElroy, and family of Helena, Montana; and several cousins.  She was predeceased by her brother Verne and his wife, Dale, of Cody, Wyoming, and by her sister Faye.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, May 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Anne Squire officiating. Burial at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston followed the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at



Roger Neree Messier


Roger Neree Messier, 77, former vice-mayor and longtime resident of Poquoson, Virginia, died with his family by his side on Friday, April 30, 2010, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Mr. Messier was born and brought up in Newport Center on the family farm.  He served as a page boy during the time his father was a representative in Montpelier.  He graduated from Newport Center High School, where he excelled in sports, in June of 1951.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict for four years.  He trained and apprenticed in the NASA four-year program and went on to being a member of the NASA-Houston space program team.
He received various awards throughout his career, including the NASA Exceptional Bravery Award for his exemplary and courageous handling of an emergency during the testing of the 15-meter hoop column antenna.  He was credited with preventing the loss of life and property as head of the System Development Support Section at Langley, Virginia.
He was part of the team that devised the soft landing gear for the moon.  He also told how the zero time was needed to set the computers for the moon landing.  The computers could not come up with the zero time that was needed.  He spoke of a man on the team who remembered time changes in the Bible.  After consulting the chapters on Joshua, the longest day and the incident of time adjustment of King Hezekiah, the computers were set for zero time.
He retired from NASA in December of 1989 after 38 years of service as branch chief of the Systems Engineering Division.
He served on the Poquoson City Council for 12 years, including six years as vice-mayor.  He was a member for six years of the Poquoson School Board, including three years as chairman.  He enjoyed volunteering for different classroom projects throughout the school system.
Mr. Messier was a member of the American Legion Poquoson Post #273, and served as department commander for the state of Virginia of the American Legion.  He also served many years as the master of ceremonies for the Virginia Boys State sponsored by the American Legion and held at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He was awarded the American Legion’s Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  He was also a member of the Poquoson Kiwanis Club and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Tabb, Virginia.
He lived his life serving his community and his church, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Messier was preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Leo Messier; a sister,Andrea Smith in Riverside, California, who died on October 7, 2009; and a brother Urgel Messier of Newport Center.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bettie (Evans) Messier; four daughters, Cheryl Warren of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Joan Fournier of Derby, Sallie Herbener, and Kristi Jackson and her husband, Eric, all of Poqouson;  eight grandchildren:  Lindsey White, Joe Fournier, Kyle Warren, Danielle Herbener, Ryan Herbener, Reilly Jackson, Cameryn Jackson, and Avery Jackson; a brother Renald Messier of Newport; three sisters:  Henriette Armstrong and her husband, Robert, of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, Marguerite Burrell of Alburquerque, New Mexico, and Claire Burlton and her husband, John, of Newport Center; and many other beloved relatives and friends.
The family received friends on Sunday at the Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson.  A Mass of the Resurrection was held at Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church.  A police escorted funeral procession followed to the Parklawn Memorial Park.  Burial was by Department Chaplain of the American Legion Dr. David F. Russell, with American Legion honors.



Mario R. Paul


Mario R. Paul, 48, of Derby, a well-known local businessman, died on May 19, 2010, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 11, 1962, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a son of Jean and Germaine (Pinard) Paul.
On July 17, 2009 he married Marcy Degre, who survives him.
Mr. Paul was the proud owner and operator of Mario R. Paul Excavating in Derby for 22 years.  He enjoyed his work, camping, snowmobiling, NASCAR racing, hockey, and spending quality time with his family, friends and dog Baxter at the family ponds in Morgan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marcy Paul, of Derby; his two children, who were his pride and joy:  Abigail L. Paul and her fiancé, Jason Laramee, of New Hampshire, and Patrick R. Paul of Derby; his stepsons Ryan and Tyler Coulter of Derby; his parents, Jean and Germaine Paul, of Derby; his brothers:  Claude Paul and his wife, Tracey, of Derby, and Michael Paul and his wife, Kelly, of Morgan; his sisters:  Francine Heywood and her husband, Rolly, of Derby, and Lynn Joyal and her husband, Rob, of Derby; his brother-in-law Tracy Degre and his wife, Michelle, of Derby; his father-in-law, John Degre, of Albany; by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and by his crew:  Larry Letourneau, Robert Pare, Casey Wheeler, Dan Allen, Dan Larose, Randy Fecteau, Bo Johnson; and his close friends Mike and Patty Rushford, and Eric and Carleen Starr.
Funeral services were held May 24 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Fund, care of Wendy Franklin, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Christine G. Punt
Christine G. Punt, 57, of Coventry died on May 18, 2010, in Newport.
She was born January 30, 1953, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a daughter of Lawrence Fogg and the late Patricia (Facteau) Fogg.
On June 26, 1971, she married Ernest Punt, who survives her.
Mrs. Punt was a licensed practical nurse, and she was employed by Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
Among her hobbies, she enjoyed growing and taking care of flowers, quilting, going to fairs, and collecting porcelain dolls.  She also enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and having them come for visits.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Punt, of Coventry; her father, Lawrence Fogg, of Derby; her children:  Anthony Punt and his wife, Amy, of Coventry, Ernest Punt Jr. and his wife, Jessica, and Patricia Brown and her husband, Sebastian, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  Cassandra, Tia and Travis of Tufts, Alexandria and Michael Punt, and Isabelle and Rylee Brown; by her brothers and sisters:  Vernon Fogg and his wife, Kim, Stanley Fogg, Mathew Fogg and his wife, Karen, all of White River Junction, Pam Stanley and her husband, Bill, of Virginia, Rosemary Bessent of Derby, Marjorie Brown and her husband, David, of Maryland, Elizabeth Fogg and Josephine Fogg of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Fogg; by a grandson, Bradley; and a sister, Valerie.
Funeral services were held on May 22 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the ALS Northern New England Chapter, care of the Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite #428, Box 314, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at



Robert L. “Bob” Williamson Sr.


Robert L. “Bob” Williamson Sr., 64, of Lyndonville, died on May 20, 2010, surrounded by his family at his home.
He was born March 28, 1946, in Abington, Massachusetts, a son of Joseph and Eleanor (Clark) Williamson.
He graduated from Abington High School in 1964.
In the mid 1970s, Mr. Williamson moved from Massachusetts to Lyndonville.  He worked in Westmore for Kimtek Corporation as a machinist and designer of emergency medical rescue equipment for nearly 20 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
He was an active member of the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church, and was a member of the Tom Breslin Center in Lyndonville where he enjoyed many visits with his friends.
Mr. Williamson loved the outdoors, and his favorite pastimes included hunting, shooting, camping, cycling, kayaking, and spending time with his feline companion, Jerry.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia (Norris) Williamson, of Lyndonville; his mother, Eleanor Williamson, of Abington, Massachusetts; six children:  Robert Williamson Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lyndonville, Kevin Williamson and his wife, Jennifer, of Port Charlotte, Florida, Eric Williamson of East Haven, Carla Sargent and her husband, Eric, of Port Charlotte, Debbie Williamson of Wheelock, and Cheryl Williamson and her companion, Sterling Denby, of Burke Hollow; two step-children, Seth Monfette of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Jaime Wales and her husband, Greg, also of Lake Havasu City; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marion Hammond and her husband, Gil, of Bradenton, Florida, and Sue Norton and her husband, Hal, of Abington; nieces, nephews; and many wonderful friends, including his employer, Kimball Johnson, of Westmore.
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Williamson; and his infant son, Thomas Williamson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 29, at noon, at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church with the Reverend David Colwell officiating.
Friends may call on the family Friday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to:  Caledonia Home Health Inc., marked for “Hospice,” 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Arrangements by the Guibord Funeral Home.
Committal services
The following committal services will be held:
Jeanne Wade at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
William Hackett at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Claire Riendeau at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Reginald Page at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Bruce “Macky” Rivers and Edward Rivers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.
Marjorie Davis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Carroll E. Shatney at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Shatney’s cemetery in North Greensboro on the Hillcrest Road.
Funeral services for Hector and Alfred Diette will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
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