Obituaries April 26, 2017

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Patricia E. Beaudry

Patricia E. Beaudry, 80, died on April 19, 2017, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, with her family at her side.

She was born on October 29, 1936, in North Troy, to Roland and Helen (Dingman) Horn. On January 2, 1960, she married her husband, Robert Beaudry, who predeceased her in 2008. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Unit #28 for many years. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, reading, playing bingo, her dog Riley, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Beaudry was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; her daughter Lori; her brother Roland “Bud” Horn; and her parents Roland and Helen.

She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her son Lawrence “Zeke” Beaudry of Hardwick; her son-in-law Michael Lawyer and his partner, Kelli, of Richford; and her daughter-in-law Lynne Beaudry of Hardwick. She is also survived by her siblings Lawrence “Babe” Horn and his wife, Alice, of Gainsborough, Tennessee, Valerie Montague of North Troy, Chyrl Coe and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; by her grandchildren Nedah Warstler and her husband, Benjamin, of Lyndonville, Nabil Alanbar and his partner, Caitlin, of Burlington, Kirstin Brown and her husband, Curtis, of Barre, and Jenifer Vaughan of Hardwick.

“Nana” adored her great-grandchildren Dalaney, Camron, Jasmine, Myles, Cannon, Zachary, and Apollonia. She had many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews, and other relatives that she is also survived by.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 28. Her funeral will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy, on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at the Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery, also in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people take their grandparent, or someone else’s grandparent, out for lunch, and let them share their stories with you.

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Elizabeth J. Brainard

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Brainard, 88, of Derby, died on April 20, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1928, in Sutton, to Raymond and Thelma (Baker) Gray. On August 18, 1947, she married Curt Brainard who survives her.

Mrs. Brainard was a secretary for the Orleans-Essex Supervisory Union for 33 years. She loved making Christmas stockings for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing cards with her close friends. She and her husband were very active with the Derby Lions Club.

She is survived by her husband, Curt Brainard of Derby; by her children: Larry Brainard and his wife, Ginette of The Villages, Florida, Barbara Musgrove and her husband, Charles, of Derby Line, Gary Brainard and his wife, Mary, of Derby, and Marilyn Brainard and her friend, Steve Brough, of Linden, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Steve and Matt Brainard, Tricia Musgrove, and Tamara Musgrove; by eight great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Wayne Gray of St. Albans, Dave Gray and his wife, Sharon, of Waterbury Center, and Sandra Carpenter and her husband, Dale, of West Charleston; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine; and her brother Ken.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Reverend Michael Haddad officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be shared at

Theresa Brunelle

Theresa Brunelle, 92, of Newport, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born August 3, 1924, in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec, one of 11 children. Her parents were Osias and Rose Amande Paquette. She married Victor Brunelle Jr. on August 11, 1942, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where they became faithful parishioners. Together they built a strong foundation with hard work and love at their home in Brownington. As their family grew, the family farm provided them with hay and maple syrup. Mrs. Brunelle was an inspiring role model for her four children and instilled in them, and her grandchildren, the true faith and the blessings that came from loving the Lord. Her humility, kindness, gentleness, and godliness were reflected in every aspect of her life. She loved to crochet and bake. Her doughnuts, meat pies, and fruit pies were family favorites along with canned vegetables from her garden. She loved the gladiolas that she grew and cut to place on the table.

Her husband, Victor, predeceased her in 1989. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Janet (Robillard) Brunelle. Mrs. Brunelle lived with her daughter Anita Brunelle of Newport, and is survived by her two sons: Eugene Brunelle and his wife, Nancy, of Milton, and Armand Brunelle of Brownington; and her daughter Alida LaValley and her husband, Arthur Jr., of Florida; and by five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family thanks Martha W. and Anita S. who helped take special care of their mother.

A Mass was held on April 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Building Fund, care of Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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Ethelyn C. Daley

Ethelyn C. Daley, 92, of Lyndonville, died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, with family by her side.

She was born to Mary Atherton and Ernest Curtis in Stratford, New Hampshire, on October 28, 1924. On May 6, 1949, she married Daniel Daley and spent the rest of her life being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her top priority and greatest pride. She especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Elston “Eddie” Hawkins and his wife, Gerry, of Lake City, Florida, Timothy Daley and his wife, Becky, Diane Stahler and her husband, Michael, Daniel Daley and his wife, Kathy, of Lyndonville, and Sue Mary Lunna and her husband, Henry, of Newport; by grandchildren: Kelly Patton and her husband, Ken, Katie White and her husband, Sheb, Jay Lunna, Michael Stahler and his wife, Jenn, Logan Stahler and his wife, Lara, Elizabeth Bard and her husband, Marc, and Connor and Cameron Daley; by great-grandchildren: Amanda, Zachary, and Hayden White, Nicholas Lunna, Logan Patton, Maia Stahler, and Addyson Daley; as well as sister-in-law June Buskey; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dan, in 1993; sister Marilyn Cloutier; brother Raymond Curtis; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Interment will take place at the Lyndon Center Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyndon Rescue Squad, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences can be shared at


Jeannine S. Lessard

Jeannine S. Lessard, 78, of Morrisville and formerly of Newport Center, died on April 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at The Manor, in Morrisville.

She was born on May 8, 1938, in Newport Center, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She attended Sacred Heart schools and was a member of the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was an active member in the Cursillo movement for the diocese of Burlington. She was an associate of the Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Littleton, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Lessard received an associate’s degree as an X-ray technician from UVM in Burlington. She worked for years at the Mary Fletcher Hospital as chief technician. From there she worked in Hanover, New Hampshire, Florida, and at Duke University in North Carolina as chief radiologist technician. In her later years she served as an advocate for the aging and disabilities for the state of Vermont.

Ms. Lessard was very devoted and courageous in her life’s vocation as a radiologist. Her last service was acting as president of the resident council at The Manor in Morrisville.

She enjoyed traveling, bingo, puzzles, and scrabble.

She is survived by her sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard and Eleanor Test; and also by her sister-in-law Rita (Midge) Lessard; and by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rose Helen Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; and by her brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, Philip, and Norbert Lessard.

A Mass was celebrated on April 22 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, followed by interment at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to The Manor, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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David Alfred Massey

David Alfred Massey, 57, died peacefully on April 17, 2017, at his home in Stannard after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Mr. Massey was born in Hardwick Hospital on June 24, 1959, the son of Leo and Clara (Chouinard) Massey. He graduated from Hazen Union High School, the class of 1977. He worked construction for various companies before he established his own carpentry business, D and L Maintenance, in 2002.

Mr. Massey is survived by his significant other, Laurie Randall; their son, Randall David Massey and his girlfriend, Alyssa Whitney; by Ms. Randall’s children: Isaac Marsh of Hardwick, and Kimberly Mayo and her husband, Tyler, of Cabot; by grandchildren: Victoria Mayo, Nolan Marsh, and Chad Mayo; his mother, Clara Massey of Greensboro; his brother Tony and his wife, Dee, of Hardwick; his sister Joanne Dean and her husband, Marty, of Deerfield Beach, Florida; his niece, Lisa Lefevre and her husband, Arthur, of Wolcott; great-nieces Alysha Lefevre and Ava Lefevre of Wolcott; and a very special cat, Kawi.

Mr. Massey was predeceased by his father, Leo Massey, in 2002; a sister Claire who died in infancy; and his grandparents, William and Loretta Massey, and Julian and Esther Chouinard.

He took great pride in his carpentry work — with his crew Tom Collier and Ian Drown — which he greatly appreciated.

He enjoyed spending time with his son, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, drinking Budweiser, and annoying, bickering with, and entertaining his many friends and family. He was a caring friend and never hesitated to help someone out or lend a hand, never looking for anything in return.

His favorite quote was, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

He was an avid Red Sox and Giants fan.

He was a member of the Greensboro Fire Department for 40 years.

A celebration of Mr. Massey’s life will be held at his home in Stannard at 2 p.m., on Saturday, April 29. Calling hours will be held at his home on Friday, April 28, beginning at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of David Alfred Massey to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Greensboro Fire Department, or Caledonia Home Health and Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick.


Dale M. Porter

Dale M. Porter, 76, of Margate, Florida, formerly of Vermont, died on April 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Barton, and lived in Vermont until relocating from Barre to Florida in 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lyndon State College and a master’s degree from Saint Michael’s College. In his early career, he was a history teacher and a guidance counselor in Richford, followed by 26 years as a guidance counselor in Chester and Barre, until his retirement in 1992. He re-employed for the next 15 years as a testing administrator for Experior Testing Corporation in Barre, then for Enterprise Rental Corporation in Florida. Mr. Porter was active over the years in various sports, the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and always contributed to helping youth succeed through athletics coaching, the Diversion Board, Key Club, the Barre basketball tournament committee and more. He was an avid reader, and a “foodie” before it was a term. He was a loving husband, father, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Garcia Porter; his son David Porter and his wife, Keri; his daughter Suzanne Breistol and her husband, John; his grandchildren: Ashley Upham, Alexa Breistol, Hannah Breistol, Samantha Breistol, Jetty Porter, and Brady Porter; and his great-grandson, Porter Breistol. He is also survived by his siblings and their families: Bruce and Nancy Porter, Dean and Lucille Porter and Karen and Steve Perry; and a brother-in-law Gilbert Spaulding; along with their children and grandchildren with whom he remained connected throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Ida Porter; and a sister, Eleanor Spaulding.

A memorial service was held on April 21 at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida. A Mass and graveside service will take place in Vermont this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his memory be made to Trustbridge/Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33486.



Durwood D. Todd

Durwood D. Todd, 85, of Orleans, died at his home on April 13, 2017.

He was born on November 27, 1931, in Woodsville, New Hampshire. He was the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Swett) Todd.

On April 24, 1955, he married Maxine Royer, who predeceased him on November 9, 2014.

He was a Korean War era veteran where he served in the United States Army.

For 35-plus years he worked for the state of Vermont as a dairy inspector.

He was a proud member of the Green Mountain Club, hiking the whole Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada. He also was a member of the 251 Club, visiting all the towns in the state of Vermont. While on his tour of Vermont, he visited all 112 covered bridges, where he took pictures, and documented names and facts about them and their location.

He took pride and pleasure with his home, landscaping it to perfection. He was proud of our military heritage, often wearing his military themed hats. He had a very dry sense of humor everybody loved. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He traveled all over the United States, Ireland, and the Philippines. He loved history, having many books about it, as well as watching the History and Discovery channels.

He is survived by his children: Michele Todd of Barre, Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; his grandchildren: Nathan, Jeremy, Benjamin, Jennifer, Jessica, Christopher, and Jamie; and several great-grandchildren; by his brothers: Dean Todd and his wife, Rachel, of Irasburg, Milton Todd and his wife, Wendy, of Williamstown; and by his sister Helen Kahlstrom and her husband, Ed, of Brownington; and by many cousins.

He is predeceased by his sister Phyllis Pierson.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Todd’s memory to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677.

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