November 18, 2009 Obituaries

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Mary Jean Buck
Mary Jean Buck, 
87, died November 6, 2009, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mrs. Buck was born January 16, 1922, and was a resident of Derby Line from 1940 to 2008.
She is survived by her daughters Roxanna M. Casper of Williamston, North Carolina, and Joan Sylvia and her husband, Ron, of Cape Coral, Florida; by her sons:  Douglas Buck and his wife, Linda, of Omaha, Jack Buck and his wife, Angela, of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Buck and his wife, Sonja, of Omaha; by her sister Betty Graveline of Greenfield, Massachusetts; by nine grandsons; by five granddaughters; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Cordelia (Bovat) Raymond; by seven sisters; by four brothers; by her grandson Chuck Casper; and in 2000 by her husband, Daniel G. “Bing” Buck, after 60 years of marriage.
Her nieces and nephews and their families in the Derby Line area — Paula and Barry Thibodeau, Pam and Jim Bothwell, Todd and Julie Bedard — and several of her neighbors spent a great deal of time and effort enriching her life since her husband’s death.
A memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s Church on Saturday, November 21, at 11 a.m. followed by interment at St. Edward’s Cemetery and a luncheon at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.


Beverly M. Cavanaugh
Beverly M. Cavanaugh of Williamstown, formerly of Newport, died in Berlin on November 13, 2009.
Ms. Cavanaugh was a daughter of Earl and Edna (Cheney) Liberty.  She attended Sacred Heart Schools and graduated from Champlain College with an associate’s degree.
She taught special education students at Lake Region Union High School and medical technology at Hartford Technical School.
She loved cats and dogs, and she and her companion, Jules Gokey, ran Mountain View Kennels for cats in Williamstown for several years.
She was a classic example of a workaholic, holding down several jobs at once, including selling real estate and working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, among other things.
She was always a happy person who made friends easily and enjoyed being around people.
She is survived by her companion, Jules; by her son Dennis Roberts and his wife, Bonnie, of Holland; by her daughter Mary Palmer and her husband, Paul, of New Hampshire; by her grandson Matt and his wife, Lacy, of Holland; by great-grandchildren Landon and Alexis; by her brothers Ken Liberty and his wife, Gail, of Florida and Charlie Liberty and his wife, Barb, of New Hampshire; by her sister Janice; and by several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Cavanaugh’s memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, Mekklesen Hill Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Clifford “Trim” Conklin


Clifford “Trim” Conklin, 62, of Hyde Park died peacefully on November 7, 2009, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. Conklin was born March 4, 1947, to Dr. Clifford T. Conklin Jr. and Marjorie Ruth Brew Conklin of Thomaston, Connecticut.
He was the founder and president of Conklin Associates, a firm known for craftsmanship and construction of fine houses.  His core staff has been with the company for more than 20 years, most since its inception.
He was committed to service to his community and served terms as a member of Hyde Park’s elementary school board and planning commission and as a town lister.
Authentic and genuine, he touched all he met.  People left encounters with him feeling lucky to have just spent time in his company.
He was a passionate man — passionate about life, including the written word, music, film, art, food, and especially people.  In the words of his son Tai, “Everyone he met meant something to him.”
He touched all who knew him deeply and leaves his family and friends saddened but greatly appreciative of having him as part of their lives.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; by his son Tai Conklin and his wife, Ciree; by his daughter Chelsea Conklin; by three sisters:  Susan Cheffey and her husband, Dale, Christina Martin and her husband, Newell, and Sara Conklin; and by four very special grandchildren:  Eli, Roscoe, Jackson, and Georgia.  His parents predeceased him.
Calling hours will be held at the Webster Barn at 309 Webster Road in Hyde Park on 
Friday, November 20, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.  The family asks those who knew him to join them in a remembrance of his life at the Webster Barn on 
Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m.  Dress warmly.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Lamoille Area Cancer  Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
The White-Fiess Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.




Dorothy J. Deuse
Dorothy J. Deuse, 87, of Derby died November 9, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Deuse was born January 25, 1922, in Middletown, Connecticut, a daughter of Howard and Lillian (Kurze) Brooks.
In 1943 she married Arvid Deuse, who survives her.
She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, and going to the beach.  She loved her dogs.  Her biggest joy in life was spending time with her children and great-grandchildren; she loved having them over for visits.
She is survived by her children:  Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas J. Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; by her grandchildren:  Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer, of Derby, Shelly Sprurgeon and her husband, Carl, of Tennessee, Thomas A. Deuse of Rhode Island, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, of Virginia, and Frank A. Nedobity and Paul S. Nedobity of Derby; by her great-grandchildren:  Richard Mislick and Susan, Cash and Lorelai Sprurgeon; and by niece Ellen M. Bush.  She was predeceased by her daughter Cynthia; by her granddaughter Susan Mislick; and by her sister Virginia Emily.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Deuse’s memory may be made to Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center, activities fund, Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Leon J. Letourneau


Leon J. Letourneau, 77, of Irasburg died November 13, 2009, in Barton.
Mr. Letourneau was born February 20, 1932, in Newport, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.
On May 21, 1955, he married Solange Poulin, who predeceased him in 2005.
He helped organize area farmers to pick up their milk to go to Massachusetts for the best price at that time.
He loved his blueberry bushes and cultivated many plants over the years.  He enjoyed being with his family and attending family get-togethers.
He and Solange ran the farm together for many years, and it was always a showplace to look at when driving down Route 5.
He liked working in his shop and delighted in making sleds out of steel and wood that could be pulled behind four-wheelers, horses, and snow machinery.  He loved his dog Kazoo, his pet deer Bucky, and his ducks.
He is survived by his children and their partners:  Nelson and Judy Letourneau of Underhill, Gaetan and Cindy Letourneau of Irasburg, Nicole and Claude LaFleur of Orleans, France Letourneau and Peter Jarry of Orleans, Sylvie Perkins and Steve Nichols of Irasburg, and Carmen and Shawn Columbia of Coventry; by his grandchildren and their partners:  Pierre and Charlene Letourneau, Ronnie Letourneau, Becky, Travis, Sara, Trevor Letourneau, Austin Letourneau, Sean and Jocelyn LaFleur, Michael LaFleur and Ashley, Chantal Jarry and Will, Jonathan Jarry, Jesse Fournier and Agnes, Dana Fournier, Shawna Columbia, Sonya Perkins and Robbie, and Michelle Perkins and Jay; by his great-grandchildren:  P.J., Carly, and Brooklyn Letourneau, Kyle LaFleur, Alex Roussell, and one due in February; by his siblings:  Cecile Fortin, Reginald and Delores Letourneau, Joseph and Delia Letourneau, Laurent and Alicia Letourneau, Andre and Delores Letourneau, Phil and Barb Letourneau, and Paul Letourneau; by his sisters and brothers-in-law:  Sylva Piette, Charles and Sue Poulin, Allen and Gaetane Flanders, and Lucille Samson; and by his godchildren:  Louise Loubier, Jean Luc Flanders, Denise Poulin, and Sonya Perkins.
He was predeceased by his parents; by brothers Tony and Pierre; and by sisters Simone and Theresa.
Funeral services were held November 16 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Daniel Rupp celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Letourneau’s memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, 1161 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Edward Carroll Stevens


Edward Carroll Stevens, 72, well-known local businessman, died November 14, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Stevens was born July 26, 1937, in Newport, a son of Frederick and Pearl (Stevens) Reynolds.
On January 16, 1961, he married Elizabeth Sessions, who predeceased him on March 11, 2008.
He graduated from Newport High School and Vaughn Barber College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He worked with his brother Morrillo at the City Barber Shop from 1962 until Morrillo’s death in 1990.  At that time he became sole proprietor.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 21 and Elks Club 2155, and he was a founding member of Herbert B. March Social Club.  He was president and “top banana” of the Vegetable Rights Association, through which he enjoyed spreading the “seeds of democracy” with political “pearody.”
He enjoyed watching Fox News.  He loved old cars and attending antique car shows.  He loved going to the ocean, and most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his children Rae-Kim Sheltra and her companion, Dennis Payette, of East Burke and Scott Stevens and his wife, Denise, of St. Johnsbury; by his daughter-in-law Maralena Stevens of Eden; by his grandchildren:  Aaron Pierce, Brandon Sheltra, and Zachary, Elizabeth, Caleb, Edward, and Jacob Stevens; by his brothers Carl Stevens of Hartford and Mac Stevens and his wife, Barb, of Deslandes, Florida; by sisters-in-law Gladys Stevens of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Madeline Stevens of Newport; by brother-in-law Dean Todd of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Eric Stevens; by his sister Evelyn Todd; and by brothers:  Ronald, Roland, Morrillo, Gordon, and Willard Stevens.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Daniels officiating.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday until the funeral.  Interment will follow in the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.  A luncheon will follow the burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Stevens’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





John J. Sybes
John J. Sybes, 89, of Glover, beloved husband of Grace Keane Sybes, died November 7, 2009, in Glover.
Mr. Sybes was born in Rotterdam, Holland, on March 4, 1920, and came to the United States when he was 13 years old.  He grew up in New York.  He joined the Merchant Marines and spent many years on the oceans of the world before his retirement.
He was a jack-of-all trades who enjoyed going to yard sales and picking up and fixing various items.  He enjoyed life with his wife, Grace.  In his later years, he and Grace moved to Vermont to be close to their daughter.
He was a man who could strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter where he was, and he was always very friendly to everyone.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Grace, of Glover; by his daughter Gracie Caslani of Glover; by his son John Sybes and his wife, Karen, of New York; by his grandchildren:  Alan Ball and his companion, Jammie, of New York, Stacey Ball of Illinois, and Stephanie and Samantha Sybes; by great-granddaughter Kayli Ball of Illinois; and by his special friend Tonya, who is also a friend of his daughter’s.  He was predeceased by son-in-law Roger Caslani in 2008.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  His ashes will be scattered on the waters of his beloved oceans on which he spent so many years traveling.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Kenneth G. “Ben” Webster
Kenneth G. “Ben” Webster, 88, died Friday, November 13, 2009, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Mr. Webster was born August 21, 1921, in Melbourne, Quebec, a son of Ernest M. and Louise J. Samson Webster.  He graduated from Brighton High School in 1940.  He served three years in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.
On September 2, 1945, he married Maida B. Hinman in Newport.
He retired from the Canadian National Railway after 44 years of service, including his military time.
He was a past master of Island Pond Lodge 44 of Free and Accepted Masons, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maida; by his three sons and daughters-in-law:  Doug and Janet Webster of Morris, Connecticut, Bruce and Nancy Webster of Colchester, and Steve and Kathy Webster of New Gloucester, Maine; by six grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; and by brother and sister-in-law Richard and Charlotte Webster of Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Muriel Bly of Newport.
A memorial service in Mr. Webster’s honor will be held Saturday, November 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.
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