May 6, 2009 Obituaries

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Richard P. Austin
Richard P. Austin, 79, of Newport died Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Mr. Austin was born March 9, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Elmon and Helen (Blodgett) Austin.
He was a member of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Helen Keller Society.
He prided himself on his appearance.  He loved children, animals, fishing, and keeping busy, and he was very intelligent.
He was loved by many people with whom he came into contact.  He had patience with people he dealt with as he was teaching them different facets of life with which he was familiar.
He is survived by special friends Kathlene Douglass and Jim Jarvis and many friends at Kingdom Way.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating.  Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.


Lawrence E. Baker Sr.
Lawrence E. Baker Sr., 77, formerly of Meredith, New Hampshire, died April 17, 2009, in Lady Lake, Florida, where he had resided for the past seven years.
Mr. Baker worked in the building trade for many years until his retirement in 1993.
He was born in Newport on June 30, 1931, a son of Stanley Baker and Doris (Leavitt) Baker.
He married Laura Nelson on April 25, 1953, in Newport.  He served in the U.S. Army from October 1948 to August 1952 during the Korean War.
He is survived by his six children:  Penelope Paquette of Leesburg, Florida, Lawrence Baker Jr. of Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandra McCormick of Lady Lake, Blaine Baker of Kent, Washington, Cindy Frazer of Monroe, New Hampshire, and Kerry Baker of Hoodsport, Washington; by brothers:  Robert, Donald, and Stanley Baker; by sisters:  Betty Ann Finn, Mona Lewis, Doris Demers, and Valda Cole; by 25 grandchildren; by 39 great-grandchildren; and by six great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife, Laura, in 1995; by his sisters Vera McFarland and Bonnie Bullis; by his brothers Winston Kelly and Lawrence Kelly; and by his daughter-in-law Doris Mason.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Geraldine Alice Payeur Germain Christie


Geraldine Alice Payeur Germain Christie, 83, of Vernon died peacefully on April 14, 2009, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mrs. Christie was born July 23, 1925, in Island Pond, a daughter of Samuel and Alice Thibideau Payeur.  She spent the first 30 years of her life in the Northeast Kingdom, the next 35 years in Connecticut, and then retired to Garner, North Carolina.  She had moved back to Vermont in January.
She worked hard taking care of her loving family and as a waitress at country clubs in Connecticut.  She loved doing crossword puzzles and playing cards.
She is survived by her sons:  Paul Germain and his wife, Randy, of Emeryville, California, Jeffrey Germain of Garner, North Carolina, Mark Germain and his wife, Anne, of Glenrock, New Jersey, Alan Germain and his wife, Barbara, of Townshend, Scott Germain and his wife, Cindy, of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Timothy Germain and his wife, Susan, of Cheshire, Connecticut; by her daughter Dawn Germain of Wallingford; by stepdaughters Constance Christine Rosenquist and her husband, Vincent, of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Cheryl Christie Collett and her husband, Remo Noonan, of Wallingford; by 19 grandchildren; by six great-grandchildren; and by her brother Bernard Payeur and his wife, Bunny, of Derby Line.  She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Christie; by her first husband, Leonard R. Germain; by her sister Bernadine Germain; and by her brother Gerald Payeur.
A service and Mass are planned for May 29 at 3 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond.  A weekend for all is planned to honor her and celebrate her life.  She will be laid to rest with her beloved sister Bunny and alongside her parents at the Island Pond Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Hospice International or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to
W. David Usher


W. David Usher, 69, a longtime resident of Craftsbury, died at his home in Quartzsite, Arizona, on Sunday, April 26, 2009.
Mr. Usher was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 28, 1939, a son of W. Lawrence and Virginia (Donald) Usher.
He completed three years at Bowdoin College in Bowdoin, Maine.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy until discharged because of his diabetes.
He owned and operated the Tillotson farm on the Morey Road in Craftsbury for many years while working as a salesman in various lines of business, whatever it took to keep his farm going.  He later sold the farm and helped his wife work her family dairy farm.
He was a mentor for students at Craftsbury Academy for several years.  He enjoyed shooting guns, riding ATVs in the Arizona desert, visiting national parks, and traveling across the country.
He leaves his three children:  Lisa Jakob of Bernex, Switzerland, William “Bill” Usher of Hampton, Virginia, and Kari Usher of Flagstaff, Arizona; two sisters, Deb Palmer of Afton, Wyoming, and Leslie Anderson of Bowdoinham, Maine; four grandsons:  Connor and Taylor Usher and William and Cyprien Jakob; his former wife and mother of his children, Susan Lowell Usher, of Hampton; and his late wife’s family, Neil and Mavis (Morey) Stoddard, as well as their extended family and all his friends.
He was predeceased by his wives, Marilyn Rondoe Usher, who died in February 1996, and Linda Stoddard Usher, who died in March 2008.
A summer memorial service is being planned for July with an announcement to be made at a future date.
Contributions in Mr. Usher’s memory may be made to the Craftsbury Academy Trustees, scholarship fund, in care of Val Adams, treasurer, 686 Town Highway 19, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Death notice

Phillip F. Horner
Phillip F. Horner, 74, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maxine Austin
Committal services for Maxine Austin will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the West Charleston Cemetery with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating.


Dorothy Barlow
Committal services for Dorothy Barlow will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.


Robert Beaudry

Committal services for Robert Beaudry will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.


Marcel M. Coderre
A graveside funeral for Marcel M. Coderre of Irasburg, who died in Arcadia, Florida, on February 26, 2009, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sherry Muller
Committal services for Sherry Muller will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover with the Reverend Christina Findlay officiating.


Mary “Dot” Potter

A spring committal service for Mary “Dot” Potter, who died January 17, will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Albany Village Cemetery.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Reginald Seguin
Committal services for Reginald Seguin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.


Albert Smith

Committal services will full military honors for Albert Smith will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at the North Troy Village Cemetery with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating.


Phyllis Willis
Committal services for Phyllis Willis will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating.
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