Obituaries April 9, 2014

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obit DaiglePhilippa “Phil” Daigle

Philippa “Phil” Daigle, 90, formerly of Newport, died at her son Jim’s home in Plainfield, New Hampshire, on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Highgate Hill, London, England, on July 25, 1923, to Agnes (Donovan) Bryant and James Bryant.

During World War II, she helped spot and put out fires caused by exploding bombs.  She had to hide underground (or refuse to!) during air raids, etc.

She met Bob Daigle when he was stationed in England as an American Marine, and married him at the end of the war, coming to Vermont as a “war bride.”

In later life, she became an excellent artist, working extensively with watercolors, but also in other media, including flower arrangements.  She was a founding lifetime member of the Four Season Garden Club and was always very active in its activities.  She painted the watercolor of Stone House Gardens that is still used by the club.  She also belonged to the “Birthday Club of 7” which met monthly.

She is survived by her two sons:  Mike and his wife, Nadine, and Jim and his wife, Ireen; Jim’s children:  Amanda Shyne and her husband, Andrew, and Alicia Dube and her husband, Sebastien; her great-grandchildren:  Theo Shyne, and Olivia and Toby Dube; many friends; several nieces and nephews including Tim Daley and Rosemary Claassen, whom she was especially close to.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in March of 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit GaboriaultHenry P. Gaboriault

Henry P. Gaboriault, 86, of Barton died on April 6, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on December 15, 1927, in Sawyerville, Quebec, to Henry and Arcilia (Jette) Gaboriault.

On August 8, 1959, he married Martine Laramee, who survives him, after being married for 55 years.

Mr. Gaboriault retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a section foreman after 45 years of service.  He enjoyed going to work and was not one to sit still.  He would still find time to play games with the family, which he enjoyed very much.  He was proud of his homes and his well-kept lawns.

He served his community as a past member of the Barton Fire Department and as an usher for St. Paul’s Catholic Church for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Martine Gaboriault of Barton; by his children:  Colette and her husband, Ron Houle, of Iraburg, Marianne and her husband, Peter Lussier, of Barton, and Richard Gaboriault and his wife, Lucie, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Jessica, Michelle, Kristi, Cierra, Nicholas, Justin, Emily, Paul-Martin, and Kaytlyn; and by his great-granddaughter Kadence.  He is also survived by four sisters, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Barton, with Father Tim Naples officiating.  A spring burial will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit haneyJeannine T. Haney

Jeannine T. Haney, 82, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on April 1, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Newport on June 6, 1931, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Bussiere) Demers.

She resided in Stratham, New Hampshire, for 30 years before moving to Manchester in 1996.

Mrs. Haney was a talented, self-employed seamstress for many years.

She was a communicant of Saint Marie Church in Manchester.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed the pleasures of family life.

Surviving family members include four daughters:  Suzanne and her husband, Harry Ntapalis, of Manchester, Cheryl Bosch and her husband, Philip, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Lisa Cyr and her husband, Frederick, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Lori Sternberg and her husband, Kenneth, of Barrington, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Seth, Benjamin, Jillian, Ryan, Andrew, Peter, and Kady; six brothers:  Leo, John, Fernand, Albert, Raymond, and George; two sisters:  Mary Nault and Helen Kinsella; and several nieces and nephews.

She was married 62 years to Wayne E. Haney.  He died on November 2, 2012.  She was also predeceased by her brother Richard Demers.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Marie Church in Manchester.  Burial took place in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Resident Activities Program Account, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown, New Hampshire 03045.

For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit:

Mavis L. Hart

Mavis L. Hart, 98, of Hanover, New Hampshire, died on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Barre on October 3, 1915, to Carl and Alice Crossett Perry.  She outlived her brothers, Robert Perry and Nelson Perry, and her sister, Jean Dolan.  Her sister-in-law Gene Perry lives in Florida.

She and William Hart Jr. married in 1971 and lived in Merrimack, then in Rossmoor, New Jersey, for a time with Mr. Hart’s job.

They bought land in Coventry, and started building their dream house overlooking Lake Memphremagog.  Ms. Hart was happy to live back in Vermont, close to her family.  They enjoyed traveling with Mr. Hart’s work and later for pleasure.

Ms. Hart was active in the United Church of Newport, doing volunteer work and with the PEO Foundation.

Many happy holidays and family gatherings were hosted in their home.  Ms. Hart was a wonderful cook and especially enjoyed the grandchildren visiting.  She took pleasure in reading, gardening, and she loved to watch and feed the birds.  She had a keen sense of humor.  She was a quiet, private woman who loved her family, nature, the water, and lived life with a positive attitude.

They reluctantly sold their home and moved into a condominium in Newport, which also had a beautiful view of the lake.  In 2007, they moved to Lebanon, New Hampshire, to be near family.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 42 years, William Hart Jr., of Hanover; and by her three sons:  Norman Buchanan and his wife, Ruth, of Pomfret, William Buchanan and his wife, Sharon, of Deerfield, New Hampshire, and Paul Buchanan and his wife, Martha, of Weare, New Hampshire.  There are seven Buchanan grandchildren and one great-grandson.  She is also survived by William Hart’s four children:  Susan Schwarz and her husband, Gregory, of Lebanon, William “Ty” Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire, Sally Demers and her husband, Robert, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Craig Hart and his wife, Heather, of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.  There are eight Hart grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Norman L. Buchanan, who died in 1964 in Malden, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784.

Messages of condolences may be expressed with the family through an online guest book by visiting

obit SchmittJoan Pender “Penny” Schmitt

Joan Pender “Penny” Schmitt, 75, of Craftsbury Common died on April 3, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on May 3, 1938, in New York City, New York, to Pender and Elizabeth (Van Tine) Eldredge.

On February 27, 1960, she married Michael A. Schmitt III, who predeceased her on March 15, 2004.

She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

After college she worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson and Geer Dubois Agency in New York City.

She and her late husband were owners of the Inn on the Common from 1974 to 2003.

Mrs. Schmitt was a trustee at Sterling College of Craftsbury Common, a member of the Old Home Day committee, the Craftsbury Common Village Improvement Society, and she was active politically.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing tennis and golf.  She also traveled and went on cruises, and watched tennis and golf on television.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Schmitt of Kansas City, Missouri; her two half-sisters:  Patricia Ward of Florida and Christine Lamarca of Ohio; her sister-in-law Kathie Woods of Minnesota; and by her loyal companion, her dog Chico.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 11, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit spauldingRichard “Dick” Spaulding

Richard G. Spaulding, 60, of Albany, a beloved husband, son, father, brother, educator, principal, mentor and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Born in Burlington September 30, 1953, he was a son of Walter and Phyllis (Buck) Spaulding.

On December 30, 2004, he married Lisa Daniels Dunlavey and became a loving and devoted father to her children and later their offspring.

Mr. Spaulding attended Cambridge Elementary School, graduated from Lamoille Union High School, and then received his bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from Johnson State College.

He had a lifelong passion for education.  As an 18-year-old, he became the youngest school board member in the state of Vermont.  He started his early teaching career in Wolcott and then Berkshire.  Subsequently he served concurrently as principal and teacher in Belvidere, and later as principal of both Newport Center and Burke.  More recently, he was a responsive interventionist counselor at Cabot School.  Throughout his career he was a role model to both other educators and, most importantly to him, his students.

He was constantly expanding his deep understanding of geography, history and science, and was sharing his wealth of knowledge with all who would listen.  He was extremely eclectic in his interests, which ranged from hiking and wilderness exploring, to custom wood working and playing the harmonica.  He was an avid runner, cross-country skier, and cyclist.

Mr. Spaulding was selfless; he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it could help the current situation.  He played multiple roles in bettering many Vermont communities and the lives of others.  Recently he was team leader of an ecumenical outreach trip to Valdosta, Georgia, where over 350 young adults from all over America spent a week repairing and painting houses of people in need.

He leaves his beloved wife, Lisa Dunlavey-Spaulding; his mother, Phyllis Spaulding; his children:  Richard Spaulding Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Stephanie Spaulding, Tucker Dunlavey and his companion, Danielle Nelson, Brendon Dunlavey and his companion, Liza Jost, and Shannon Dunlavey; his grandchildren:  Elijah, Natalie, and Nicholas; a brother, Mike Spaulding; a sister, Beverly Minor, and her husband, Tom; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Daniels; his brothers-in-law:  Michael Jennings, David Daniels, and Marc Daniels and his wife, Marybeth; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Spaulding; and by his sister, Cindy Spaulding.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Derby.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m., at the Church of God, with the Reverend Nathan Strong and Pastor Lawrence Wall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1558 Delano Road, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences may be sent to

Death notice

Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Adrian Lawrence “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his bedside.

A full obituary will appear in a later edition.

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