November 25, 2009 Obituaries

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Lawrence A. Bullis
Lawrence A. Bullis, 74, of Williston died peacefully November 13, 2009, in Burlington.
Mr. Bullis was born September 27, 1935, in Newport, a son of Albert and Pauline Bullis.
He owned and operated Larry’s Vinyl Repair for 27 years.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Bullis Jr. and Randy Bullis and his wife, Cindy; by two stepsons, Roland Shattuck and Robert Shattuck; by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his mother, Pauline; by sisters Beverly Paquette and her husband, Claude, and Gloria Parker; by brothers Paul Bullis and Ronald Bullis and his wife, Mary; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his daughter Valerie; by his father, Albert; by his sister Arlene; by his brother Bruce; and by his stepfather, Joseph Sourdiff.
A memorial service was held November 19 at Eagle Crest in Williston.  Burial was held at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.




Wanda Lou “Nana” Hastings


Wanda Lou “Nana” Hastings, 49, of Barton died peacefully on November 18, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Hastings was born April 12, 1960, in Newport, a daughter of Leah Lorimer Kittredge and David Kittredge.
In 1996 she married Vernon Hastings, who survives her.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1978 and was a former Brownie and Cub Scout leader.
She enjoyed making ceramics, and she loved being with her grand babies.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon, of Newport; by her children:  August Button and her husband, Thomas, of Barton, David Rowell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Newport, New Hampshire, and stepson Jacob Williams of Barton; by four grandchildren:  Jonathan Nielsen, Chloe Nielsen, and Jesse Button, all of Barton, and Kentin Rowell of Newport, New Hampshire; by her mother, Leah Kittredge, of Beebe Plain; and by her sister Connie Butkovich of Beebe Plain.
A celebration of her life was held at the Derby United Church Fellowship Hall November 21 with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hastings’ memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.




Dorothy M. Hoadley


Dorothy M. Hoadley, 77, of Orleans died November 18, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Hoadley was born May 8, 1932, in Burke, a daughter of John and Eunice (Labor) Stevens.
On September 22, 1952, she married Orison Hoadley Sr., who predeceased her.
She loved bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and NASCAR, with her favorite driver being Jeff Gordon.  She loved fishing, playing cards, going to Foxwoods Casino, and crocheting.
She is survived by her children:  Orison Hoadley Jr. and his wife, Judy, Ronald Hoadley and his wife, Theresa, Barb Warner and Cecil, Becky Danforth and Paul, and Stephen and Robie Hoadley; by grandchildren:  Lindsay, Brenda, Doug, Joe, Christina, David, Daniel, David, Ben, Ashley, Kelly, and Annie; by 15 great-grandchildren; by her brother Reginald “Joe” Stevens and his wife, Betty, of Kentucky; by special friend Irene; and by newfound friend Mary.  She was predeceased by an infant son, Casey; by grandson O.J.; and by her companion Gordon Sargent.
Funeral services were held November 22 with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date in Brownington Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hoadley’s memory may be made to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




E. Joan (Brown) Toll


E. Joan (Brown) Toll, 71, of Derby, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died and peacefully left this world on November 18, 2009, with her husband and daughters by her side.
Mrs. Toll was born June 21, 1938, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, to Ernest and Elizabeth Brown, who predeceased her.
In 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Sidney Toll, and spent the next 53 years as his wife and companion.  They spent the early years of their marriage in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, moving to Vermont in 1972.  After her husband retired, they enjoyed spending the winter months in Fort Myers, Florida.
The most important thing in her life was her family, and she was devoted to them all, always offering her encouragement and support.
She had several secretarial jobs, but especially enjoyed the ten years she spent working as the office manager for Dr. William Peck.
She was a talented seamstress, and she created beautiful counted cross-stitch pieces and lovely quilts.  She discovered a hidden talent for painting during her last winter in Florida.
She loved animals, especially her dogs, and she had an expansive elephant collection.  She was an expert marksman on her high school rifle team, and she loved to fish and play cards.  One of the most exciting experiences of her life was when she met John Denver.
She was a member and past officer of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a member of the United Church of Newport, where she served as a mentor and played in the bell choir.  She had a deep faith in God that sustained her.
A 26-year breast cancer survivor, she was a strong and courageous woman.  She drew from her own struggles to support and guide others through their journeys with breast cancer.  She was recognized by the American Cancer Society in 2006 with the Terese Lasser Award in honor of her outstanding service.  In 2007 the society presented her with the Courage Award.
She is survived by her husband, Sid; by her daughters and their husbands:  Joy Toll-Chandler and Paul Chandler of Lake Placid, Florida, and Karen and John Boynton of Belfast, Maine; by her grandsons:  John Boynton IV, Adam Palmer, Brian Boynton, and Timothy Palmer; by her brothers-in-law and their wives:  Alvin and Gladys Toll and Phillip and Kathleen Toll; and by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her sister Ethel Reed; and by her grandson David Boynton.
A service celebrating her life was held November 22 at the United Church of Newport.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in her name be made to the Frontier Animal Society in Orleans, the United Church of Newport food shelf, or a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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