Obituaries October 24, 2012

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Frederick and Yvonne Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs, 85, of South Burlington died at her home on October 15, 2012, with her loving family around her.

She was born on February 8, 1927, in North Troy, a daughter of Pierre and Marie Anne Cadieux.  Her early life was spent in North Troy, and the remaining years in South Burlington.  She married the love of her life, Frederick Smith Briggs, on June 25, 1955.

Mrs. Briggs worked at the Blair Veneer Co. in North Troy in the payroll department and continued employment there after it was known as Weyerhauser. When they moved to South Burlington, she worked at the Chittenden Bank in the bookkeeping department and the installment loan department, retiring in 1991.

She leaves her husband of 57 years, Fred; her daughter Carol Ann Hardy and her husband, Warren, of Colchester; her son Brendon Robert Briggs of Colchester; her grandchildren Kristopher and Olivia; her brother John Paul Cadieux and his wife, Ida, of Newport; her sisters Rejane Fuller and her husband, Clifford, of Bedford, Indiana, Germaine Palmer of Westminster, Juliette Harnois of Swanton, Mary Jane Gamache and her husband, Gerry, of Beebe Plain, and Anita Starr and her husband, Robert, of North Troy; also several nieces and nephews and a godchild, Penny Viens.

She was predeceased by her sisters Madeline Cushing and her husband, Nelson, and Valada Spooner and her husband, Willard; by her brother Laurent Cadieux and brothers-in-law Wayne Palmer and Herman Harnois.

Mrs. Briggs was proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed any time she spent with them.  She enjoyed when her sisters would visit and they would go shopping together around the holidays.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 18 at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington.  Interment was to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vermont Cares, 187 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Germain “Jim” Fournier

Germain E. “Jim” Fournier

 Germain E. “Jim” Fournier, 83, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died suddenly on October 15 in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he had lived for the past several years.

He was born March 13, 1929, in Newport, a son of Ephrem P. and Diana A. (Roy) Fournier.  He received his schooling in Newport.  He married Anita E. Turgeon at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on August 21, 1950. They moved to Windsor in 1952.

Mr. Fournier owned and operated Jim’s Shoe Repair in Windsor from 1952 until 1963 when he started Jim’s Paint and Wallpaper, which he operated until his retirement in 1993.  Following his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Fournier moved to Vero Beach, Florida.

He was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Fontaine Council.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Ronald Fournier; his sister Estelle Schock; and his brother Bernard Fournier.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Anita Fournier; two daughters, Patricia Sottile and her husband, Frank, and Debra Quintana and her husband, Michael; two brothers, Lawrence Fournier and Raymond Fournier; four sisters, Yvette Armstrong, Jane Forcier, Andrea Bergeron, and Sister Theresa Fournier; and five grandchildren:  Michael “M.J.” Quintana, Peter Sottile, Emily Quintana-John and her husband, Eric, Stephanie Sottile Harris and her husband, David, and Melanie Sottile.

Friends may call at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor on Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday, October 26, beginning at 10 a.m.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.  The Reverend Raphael Nyabenda will be the celebrant.  A reception for family and friends will follow in the church hall.

Committal services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family in the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Fournier to Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation at 1101 West University Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48307 or online at

Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at

Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp, 70, of Lowell, died after a long illness on October 1, 2012, in the loving arms of his daughter Patricia L. Krupp of Colchester, and her companion, Deane Douglas, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, Florida.

Mr. Krupp was born on February 1, 1942, a son of the late Francis S. and Dorothy G. (Muir) Krupp.

He married Nancy J. (Decarreau) Thompson on April 8, 1972, and they recently celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary together.  He was employed as a security guard for the University of Vermont, operated and maintained heavy equipment for Engineers Construction and Munson Earth Moving, and was a carpenter/foreman for multiple construction companies, including Nordic, Ashline, Bates, Robert E. Jennings, Kuzins, Cooley Wood Corporation, and for his dear friend Paul Kirby. He later became self-employed as a general carpenter, and in more recent years shared his creativity through Krupp’s Krafts in Lowell, selling handmade birdhouses, feeders, lawn shadows, clocks and wooden games.

Mr. Krupp grew up in Williston on his family farm and later built a house with his wife, Nancy, just two doors down.  They lived on the lake in Colchester and finally retired to the mountain home that Mr. Krupp built in Lowell.

He enjoyed racing snowmobiles and riding with friends, working on and driving stock cars at Catamount Raceway, tending to his garden, and cultivating the most beautiful rosebushes.  He was also an avid NASCAR fan, he loved animals, loved to cook, and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining his family and friends.  His intelligence, charm, witty sarcasm, stories, and smile will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Krupp is survived by four sons and their spouses:  Bruce and Katy Thompson of St. Albans, Tony Thompson and Carolyn Snyder of Jericho, Jerry and Ruth Thompson of Milton, and Kevin and Beth Thompson of California; by nine grandchildren:  Mikey, Matthew, Holly, Britney, Faustine, Katelyn, Benjamin, Derek, and Timothy; great-granddaughter Gracie; his brother Oscar Krupp and his wife, Nancy, of Williston; his sister Nancy Sharlow of Wauchula, Florida; his niece Laurie Radvar of New Hampshire; his niece and goddaughter Lisa Liberty of South Burlington; his cousin Jeanette and her husband, Ralph Leo, of Colchester; and three sisters-in-law:  Teresa, Pounie and Barbara.

A short memorial service and graveside service were scheduled to be held on October 20 in South Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, Florida 33870.

 Audrey J. Libby

 Audrey J. Libby, 71, died on October 15, 2012, at her home in Orleans, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 16, 1940, in East Burke, a daughter of Forest and Mildred (Willey) Rexford.  On October 19, 1962, she married Bickford Libby.

Mrs. Libby was retired from the Oil Supply Corp.  She loved sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bickford Libby; her children Connie McCoy of Brownington and Donna Driver and her husband, William Driver, of Troy; by five grandchildren:  Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, of Coventry, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, of Brownington, Timothy Marckres of Orleans, Jennifer Deyo and her husband, Zac, of Orleans, and Danielle Driver of Newport Center; by seven great-grandchildren:  Cody, Conner, Gabrielle, Madison, Sage, Noah, and Avery; by her sisters Phyliss Littleton and her husband, Hearl, of Lexington, Kentucky, Doris Lanoue and her husband, Yvon, of Westfield, Nancy Alger and her husband, David, of Lexington, and Joyce Coburn and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

She was predeceased by her brothers Gordon Rexford and Norman Rexford.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Orleans/Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin, 86, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died on Monday, October 8, 2012, at Manor on the Green in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He was born in Derby on April 30, 1926, a son of Joseph and Alice Morin.

He went to Sacred Heart High School and was drafted into the U.S. Navy.  Later he met his wife, Emma, who predeceased him in 2009.  Together they owned and operated the Border Motel and Dining Room in Derby for 21 years.  They later retired to Edgewater, Florida, where they resided for 25 years.  They owned and operated Big B Liquors, which son and daughter-in-law Michael and Sharon now own.  They always enjoyed working together and serving the public.

Mr. Morin is survived by his son Richard of South Daytona; his son Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Edgewater; and his daughter Carol of Key West; and by his grandchildren Amanda, Zackary, Ashley and Christopher.

He was predeceased by his son Mark in 2004.

A life celebration and committal will be held in Vermont in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website at

David J. Murray

 David J. Murray

 A long-time resident of Dane Hill, West Charleston, David J. Murray died Saturday, October 20, 2012, in Newport.  He was 71.

He was the beloved husband of Betty (Lawson) Murray, who he married on August 24, 1963.

He was born on July 21, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, to David L. and Inez (Pomerleau) Murray.  He was a graduate of Bulkley High School in Hartford in the class of 1959.  He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1963 with a B.S. in education.

He taught in Vermont schools in Westford, Winooski, Newport Center, Derby Line and Sacred Heart in Newport.  He and his wife also started the Morristown Christian School in Morristown, where they both taught.

In later years he worked at Ethan Allen in Island Pond, for the Vermont Department of Social Welfare in Newport, for North East Kingdom Mental Health in Newport, for the Vermont Department of Corrections in Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Windsor, and as a paraeducator at North Country Union Junior High School in Derby.

He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.  He was also very involved with his animals, especially his border collies, which he trialed in the North East Border Collies Association sheepdog trials.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty; by his children: Brian and his wife, Joyce, Darren and his friend, Amy, Sharon, David E. and his fiancé, Ashley.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Brianne, Brian Jr., Michael, Jenna, Mariah, David A. “Buddy,” Rebecca and Ryot.

He was a member of the Zion Pentecostal Church in East Charleston.

There will be no calling hours or funeral at his request.

Condolences may be sent to Betty Murray, 2792 Dane Hill, West Charleston, Vermont 05872. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino of Derby died suddenly on Friday, October 19, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Rubino was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1928, to Rosario and Joesphine (Crimi) Rubino.  He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Anthony and Joseph.

Mr. Rubino grew up in Lawrence.  He attended the John R. Rollins School and Lawrence High School; also Fitchburg State College.

Mr. Rubino joined the U.S. Navy and was sent abroad, serving on the USS Helena in the South Pacific.  He was a World War II disabled veteran.

Mr. Rubino was an avid golfer, getting a hole in one on July 15, 1977, on the Newport Country Club’s sixth hole and winning the Newport President’s Cup in August 1995.  A downhill skier, he skied every ski area in New England and Vermont.  He also skied on Mount Tremblant and Mount Sutton in Quebec, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.  He also enjoyed sailing, fly fishing and hunting.

Before retiring in 1988 Mr. Rubino worked for 30 years in the Lawrence School Department.  He retired as a supervisor of 73 custodians in 18 schools and facilities.

Mr. Rubino loved his best friend and faithful wife, Sharon.  He is also survived by a special cousin, Joseph (Fletcher) Rubino of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his family; by his wife’s nephew, Paul Tylee, and his children of Terrebonne, Quebec; by many good friends and his faithful dog, Champ.

As per Mr. Rubino’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery on Saturday, October 27, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Rubino’s memory may be made to Dr. Robert Primeau at the Island Pond Health Care Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont  05846.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Vivian E. Whipple

Vivian E. Whipple

 Vivian E. Whipple, 86, long-time resident of Newport Center, joined the love of her life for eternity when she died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at North Country Hospital in Newport on October 18, 2012.

She was born on May 25, 1926, in Westfield, the daughter of Ralph Willis and Elsie Besaw.

Vivian Elsie Willis married Gilbert Whipple on December 29, 1943.  She loved him with her entire heart and soul, and she loved her life as a farmer’s wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a great-great grandmother.  She found total joy from a life some might consider mundane and simple because she always understood there is no job title that holds greater prestige than that of wife, mother, and grandmother.

She raised her six children — and she helped raise many others who called her “Ma,” “Mom,” “Grammy,” and “Aunt Vivian.”  She could prepare a meal that would cause the world’s most famous chefs to nod in approval.  She could wake up in the morning and have a dozen pies cooling in the kitchen before 8 a.m.

She could plant a garden that would make people who were driving by stop their vehicle to take a closer look at the perfection and the bounty.  She could turn that garden into shelves full of pickles, jam, relish, and vegetables to share with friends and family throughout the winter.

She could convince her young grandchildren that there was no greater token of her love for them than the firm tap of a wooden cooking spoon on their behind to remind them of the importance of appropriate behavior.  She would drop whatever she was doing at a moment’s notice to go and help a neighbor in need.  She worked hard, she loved freely, and she touched many with her kindness.

Vivian and Gilbert Whipple lived a long and beautiful love story, and she was never able to get a mind’s eye picture of her life without him.  Her wealth was not defined in money, but she gave her family a gift that all the riches in the world cannot purchase — the gift of knowing she always stood beside them, and she always loved them without question.  She is greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Whipple leaves her six children:  Joyce Twing of Chelsea, Evelyn Kelley of Newport Center, Beverly Schinck and her husband, Denis, of Highwater, Quebec, Donna Whipple of Cranston, Rhode Island, Wayne Whipple of Wells River and his long-time friend, Arthur Hull, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ed Whipple and his wife, Kate, of Coventry; by eight grandchildren:  Shawn Twing and his wife, Collins, of Chelsea, Carmen McCammon of Newport, Carla Whipple of Cranston, Jeremy Schinck of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Vance Schinck of Fulford, Quebec, Ryan and Connor Fletcher of Coventry, and Brooke Thomas of North Troy; by her nine great-grandchildren:  Seth Demers of Newport, Trisha, Autumn, Deztyni, Marquis, and Vincent Whipple of Cranston, Kari Twing of Chelsea, and Macy and Cody Schinck of Fulford; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Emily Jane Demers of Newport; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2010, her mother in 1931, her father in 1960, her four brothers:  Richard Willis in 1953, Cecil Willis in 1992, Lawrence Willis in 1998, and Donald Willis in 2000, an infant son, Calvin, in 1951, and a son-in-law, Bruce Twing, in 1999.

Calling hours were scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4675 Darling Hill in Newport.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, at the Newport Center Advent Christian Church.

After the funeral, friends are invited to follow the hearse for Mrs. Whipple’s final tribute ride on the Number 12 Road past the farmstead and home she loved to her resting place beside her husband at the Newport Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you consider a contribution in Mrs. Whipple’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.  In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, there would be no greater tribute to Mrs. Whipple’s memory than to simply perform a random act of kindness for someone in need.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Marilyn J. Wade


 Marilyn J. Wade

 Marilyn J. Wade, 79, of Island Pond died on October 17, 2012, in Lyndonville.

She was born on March 2, 1933, in Canaan, a daughter of Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray. She graduated from Canaan High School.  She was married to Edgar Leigh, who predeceased her in 1955, on January 3, 1952.  She later married Joseph A. Wade, who predeceased her in 1999.

Mrs. Wade is survived by her five sons:  Edgar T. Leigh of Newport, Earl E. Leigh and his wife, Wendy, of Holland, Sidney G. Leigh and his wife, Carol, of Island Pond, Joseph A. “Lonnie” Wade and his wife, Pam, of Derby, and Timothy M. Wade of Sumter, South Carolina; by her brothers and sisters:  Anna Johnson of Orleans, Gleigh Heath and her husband, William, of Island Pond, Patricia Gray and her friend, Diane Brindley, of St. Johnsbury, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond, and Niles “Jody” Gray and his wife, Monique, of  Coventry; by her sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville; by her grandchildren:  Felicia Farrow, Melissa Marcinkeviez, Jana and Gabriel Leigh, Laura Bixby, Serena and Chad Leigh, Joey and Justin Wade; and by many  great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Glen Gray, and a grandson, Joshua Leigh.

Mrs. Wade was employed as a secretary for the Navy Department in the early 1950s, and she was a longtime employee of Community National Bank in Island Pond.  She held memberships with the Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary Post #80 of Island Pond.  She enjoyed baking Sunday evening meals, crossword puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 22 with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with interment to follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wade’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Kil “Kim” Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler, 53, of Morgan died at her home on October 15, 2012.

She was born on February 14, 1959, in Changhung-Kun, Korea, a daughter of Chu Pae Kim and Pok Im An.  She came to the United States in 1982 and lived in Kansas for two or three years before moving to New Hampshire where she lived until 1996.  She then came to Morgan.

Ms. Wheeler’s son and daughter gratefully appreciate all the many acts of kindness — visits, cooking, helping — from the members of the Morgan United Church, as well as from other friends during her six-year battle with cancer.

She is survived by her children:  John Moodie of Island Pond and Michelle Reynolds of Massachusetts; and her three grandchildren:  Makiyah Reynolds, Reya Berrios, and Angel Berrios, all of Massachusetts.

It was her wish that there be no ceremony and that her ashes be scattered at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan United Church, 14 Meade Hill Road, Morgan, Vermont 05853, or to the Island Pond Health Care Center, P.O. Box 425, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

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