Obituaries: April 10, 2013

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Irene Bond
Irene Bond

Irene Bond

 Irene Bond, 88, of Millerton, New York, formerly of Wingdale, New York, died on April 5, 2013, at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut.

Mrs. Bond was a therapy aide at Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale for 23 years, retiring in 1982.

Born on March 28, 1925, in Newport, she was a daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Olive Celia (Raymo) Bernard.  On December 7, 1974, in Dover Plains, New York, she married Richard Wilder Bond, who died on July 1, 2012.

Mrs. Bond was a great mother and grandmother and an avid bingo player.

She is survived by three sons:  Patrick Coburn and his wife, Angie, of Wingdale, Michael F. Coburn and his wife, Yvonne, of Millerton, and Kevin Coburn and his wife, Linda, of Wingdale; a daughter, Colleen Shepard, of Amenia, New York; a sister, Jeannette Royer of Irasburg; two step-sisters:  Laurette Touchton of Clearwater, Florida, and Harriet Trottier of Troy; eight grandchildren:  Donald Shepard Jr. and his fiancée, Shelly Boice, of Millerton, David, Dawn, and Kristine Shepard all of Amenia, Fred Coburn of Millerton, Mary Roepki and her husband, Sven, of New Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Drollette of Corinth, New York and Karen Coburn of Wingdale; and by 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Frederick W. Coburn; a brother, Edmund J. Bernard; her step-mother Elma Bernard; and by a brother-in-law, Emile Royer.

Funeral services were held on April 8 in Dover Plains.  Burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery in Dover Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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James T. Harty

James T. Harty Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) James T. Harty Jr., 79, of Newport died on March 30, 2013.

He was born in Bellows Falls on April 13, 1933, the son of James and Rosemary (Bixby) Harty.  Graduating from Bellows Falls High School as class president in 1951, he went on to Norwich University and served in the Army National Guard for 33 years.  He worked as a sales representative for Colgate Palmolive for 29 years and he also worked for New England Power, John Hancock, and he was co-owner of Thomas Denton and also co-owner of Illuminations by William Patrick.

Mr. Harty was a member of the Elks in Newport, an honorary member of the VFW, and he was in charge of the Color Guard.  He was also National Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division for five years.  He was the president of Tall Timbers Mobile Home Park Association.  He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing at area nursing homes, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the VFW.  He loved to support his sons-in-law and grandchildren at their sporting events.  In retirement, he traveled on cruises with his wife and spent several winters living in Florida.  In 2001, they treated their children and grandchildren to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, a cherished memory held by the entire family.  After his wife’s passing, he moved to Woodstock Terrace where he enjoyed the residents and staff who he often kidded and continued to entertain with his piano playing.

He is survived by his children:  Kathleen Rousselle and her husband, David, of Swanton, Terry Harty of Newport, Kim Pare and her husband, Paul, of Keene, New Hampshire, Mary Lou Harty of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Deborah DeLaBruere and her husband, David, of Newport, and William Harty of Quechee; his grandchildren:  Tim Rousselle, Morgan and Nicholas Pare, Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian DeLaBruere, and Bella and Kiersten Harty; and by his brothers:  Edward Harty and his wife, Lenore, of Bellows Falls, Robert Harty and his wife, Charlotte, of Florida, Bernard Harty of North Walpole, New Hampshire, and Maurice Harty and his wife, Diane, of North Walpole.

He is predeceased by his wife Patricia (Kiniry) Harty; his son Timothy Harty; and by his brother William Harty.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 6 in North Walpole.  Burial followed the service in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life, care of the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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Daphne Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse, 86, of Newport died on April 5, 2013, due to complications following surgery.

She was born on August 14, 1926, in Salem Derby, the daughter of Ora and Nina (Leach) Blake.  She was married to Josh Hall and Asa Morse, who both predeceased her.

She loved her antiques, going to yard sales and haggling over prices, collecting coin banks of all shapes and sizes and different types of jewelry.  She worked at Frank’s Steak House Restaurant and the Royal Restaurant in Newport for many years.  She liked to travel, going to Ireland, Hawaii, and visiting her niece in Spain and Alaska.  She wintered in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she pursued her passion for antiques.

She is survived by her sons:  Arland Hall and his children:  True, Jade, Josh, Jordan, and Taylor, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Brea and her husband, Glen Hunter, of Anderson, South Carolina, Roland (Peanut) Hall and his wife, Brenda, and their son Roland Jr. of Glen Burnie, and Blake Hall of Newport and his son Blake Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland; her grandchildren:  Brian Hall of Scottsdale, and Linda (Hall) Majors of Newport; her niece Jane Kelley and her husband, David, of Derby Line; and her cousin Beatrice Blake of Barre, whom she was close to.  She left several great-grandchildren and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Terry Hall of Scottsdale, and his son Mark Hall of Newport; her sisters:  Edith Willey, Betty Collins, and Lela Fields; and by her brother Glendon Leach.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service at this time.

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

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Evelyn S. Page, 92, of Holland died on April 2, 2013.

She was born on June 9, 1920, in Holland, a daughter of Harry and Hazel (Pocock) Smith.  On June 12, 1948, she married Reginald Page, who predeceased her February 8, 2010.

Mrs. Page entered into the United States Coast Guard during World War II and held the rank of Yeoman 1st Class YIC.  She was the Holland Town Clerk for twenty-five years.

She was a member and treasurer of the Holland Historical Society, the Holland United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Newport.  She was the oldest resident of Holland.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Marcia Waterman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Holland United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Holland United Methodist Church, care of Laurie Gray, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Holland Historical Society, 120 School Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

John “Jack” P. St.Onge  

John St. Onge
John St. Onge

John “Jack” P. St.Onge, 57, died on March 31, 2013, in the comfort of his home and family.

Born in Newport on July 9, 1955, he was the son of Edith (Cameron) St.Onge and the late John C. St.Onge.  On December 2, 2010, he married Kimberly Peck in Wilder.  He was previously married to Patricia Campbell of Morrisville.

Mr. St.Onge was a 1973 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Newport.  He continued his education at the University of Vermont (UVM), graduating in 1977 with his bachelor of science degree in natural resources.  While attending UVM, he was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Following graduation, he was hired as the county executive director in Lamoille County by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), now renamed the Farm Service Agency.

In the 1990s, he became an expert in digital aerial photography and pioneered USDA’s computerized mapping of farms throughout Vermont and later established a New England digitized mapping center in Morrisville.  He became a leader in farmland and water quality conservation practices, assisting with the establishment of hundreds of acres of forestland management improvements and several miles of the first cropland-stream buffers constructed to protect Vermont waterways.  His career spanned nearly 35 years with USDA, which earned him appreciation and respect from farmers, foresters, landowners, and colleagues in Vermont.  He was honored to receive the Master Conservationist award from the Lamoille County Natural Resource Conservation District in 2012.

He was a lifetime member and former president of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club and the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club.  He was also a member of the National Association of County Office Employees.  An avid outdoorsman, his passions were hunting, fishing, hiking, vegetable gardening and maple sugaring.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife, Kimberly Peck of Waterbury Center; his mother Edith Hebard of Barton; his daughters:  Emilie Rich and her husband, Daniel, of Wolcott, and Andrea Miller and her husband, Patrick A. Miller, of South Burlington; his sister Jeanne Sicard and her husband, Rick, of Barton; his brother Steven Saint Onge of Fairfield; his father’s widow, Rita St.Onge, of Enosburg; as well as by nieces, a nephew, and extended family.

His courageous spirit and quiet dignity gave enormous strength to those around him.  His witty sense of humor and ability to offer honest advice and guidance to family and friends was a comfort that will be missed.

As spring approaches take a walk in the woods and as you breathe in the fresh air and scent of the newly sprouted leaves let his calm spirit fill your heart and fond memories bring a smile to your face.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge.

For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to The National Brain Tumor Society ( or the Ruffed Grouse Society (

To send online condolences, visit

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Harold Tardif

Harold A. Tardif, 81, of West Burke died suddenly on March 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Van Buren, Maine, on March 19, 1932, the son of James and Ida (Desjardins) Tardif.

On December 16, 1950, he married Martha Dufour.  They lived in Coventry, Connecticut, where Mr. Tardif started his own machine shop in Manchester.  In 1968, he moved his shop and equipment and joined Mardon Industries in Lyndon for a time before operating his own shop once again in Lyndonville and later in West Burke.  In the early 1970s, he sold his equipment to Vermont Tap and Die Co. and joined their team in Lyndonville and later retired from Northeast Tool Co. in Lyndonville.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, fishing, hunting in the U.S. and Canada, farming where he raised beef, pigs and had riding horses, and boating and fishing on area lakes.  He was a member of the West Burke Drift Skippers and in recent years he helped at the Riverside Life Enrichment Center in Lyndonville and the West Burke meal site.

Survivors include his four children:  Rena Eastman and her husband, Robert, of Lyndonville, Harold Tardif Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Clemmons, North Carolina, Laurie Maple and her husband, Tim, of West Charleston and Lisa Berry and her husband, John, of West Burke; eight grandchildren:  Aaron Carr and his wife, Chrissy, Chad Sterling, Maygan Holmes, Ashley and Kylie Maple, Justin Berry and his wife, Amanda, Michelle Corey and her husband, Travis, and Abigail Berry; his special companion, Theresa Stone, of Glover; his sister Bea McQuade of Pennsylvania; a sister in-law, Martha Tardif, of Long Island, New York; several brothers- and sisters-in-law from his wife’s family; and by many nieces and nephews including Charlie McQuade, who was like a son to Mr. Tardif.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Martha Tardif on September 1, 2004; his brother Ivan Tardif; and by his sister Dorilda Lister.

Funeral services were held April 6 in Lyndonville.  Burial in Hillside Cemetery in West Burke is planned for Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Burke Senior Meal Site Inc., 212 School Street, West Burke, Vermont 05871.

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Clair Umstead

Clair E. Umstead, 83, of Newport died on April 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in Royersford, Pennsylvania, a son of Joseph and Mary (Druckenmiller) Umstead.  On August 18, 1951, he married Evangeline Smith, who predeceased him on December 6, 2008.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1951 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, and then a master of divinity in 1954 from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  In 1961, he received a master’s degree in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He pastored and was minister of music at several churches throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England areas.  He was also a college music professor and taught trumpet at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed gardening, playing softball, arranging sacred music, pastoral care, hiking around his home in Charleston and Arizona and playing the trumpet.  He helped build the Knollwood Church of the Nazarene in Dayton, Ohio, and Royersford Church of the Nazarene in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his children:  Craig Umstead and his wife, Maveret, of Augusta, New York, Joseph Umstead and his wife, Diane, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Carol Umstead of Newport, and Jonathan Umstead and his wife, Cathie, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren:  Ben Umstead, Erin Umstead, Josh, Leah, Seth, Rachel, and Timothy Umstead; and by a great-grandchild, Aiden.  He is also survived by a sister, Grace Detwiler, and her husband, Charles, of Spring City, Pennsylvania; his nephews:  Larry Detwiler and his wife, Cathy, of Pennsylvania, Mark Detwiler and his wife, Janet, of Pennsylvania, Tim Detwiler and his wife, Cindy, of Pennsylvania; his niece Beth Coudriet of Spring City; and by numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on April 6, in Royersford.  Interment followed in Fernwood Cemetery in Royersford.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Sun Valley Indian School, 8450 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Arizona 86029.

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

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