Obituaries August 1, 2012

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Brian Albert Goulet

Brian Albert Goulet, 71, died suddenly on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in a tragic accident while working on his beloved farm.

He was born on August 5, 1940, in Vermont to Albert Joseph Goulet and Beatrice Nugent Goulet and was raised in Island Pond.  He graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, served in the U.S. Army and, shortly after being discharged from the military, he met the love of his life, Judith Flow.  They were married on July 7, 1962; they recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in Vermont with family.

Mr. Goulet and his wife moved from Vermont to Alexandria, Virginia, where he started his career in automobile sales and quickly became the general sales manager for Koons Ford.  Later he joined his father-in-law in the heating and air conditioning business.  He became the president of M.E. Flow and expanded the business from Alexandria to Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia.  His son, Scott, and daughter, Michelle, joined him to create a very successful business.  A friend once said that Mr. Goulet “walked the walk” without anyone dictating to him what he “must do.”  He simply “did it” by living his life and running his business in such an admirable way.

He was a beloved member of the communities of Leesburg and Island Pond.  He was active with the Leesburg Lions Club, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Relief, and other charities in Virginia and Vermont.  He was generous and always gave back to his community.  He never forgot his Vermont heritage.  He always wanted to be home around his family, friends, horses, dogs, and farm.  He was especially proud of his grandkids and attended many of the games and events in which they participated.  He was generous, cheerful, and funny with a charismatic personality.

He is survived by his wife Judith D. Goulet; his son Scott B. Goulet and his wife, Teri Goulet; his grandchildren:  Michael, Ben and Krista Goulet of Hamilton, Virginia; his daughter Michelle Goulet-Swart and her husband, Frankie Swart; his granddaughter Amanda Swart of Hamilton; his sisters:  Bonnie Goulet Maurycy of Niskayuna, New York, and Claire Goulet Barnes of Island Pond; his brothers:  Craig and Albert Goulet of Island Pond; and by his aunt Roberta Harvey of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Leesburg.  Internment will follow in Union Cemetery in Leesburg.  Eulogy and reception to follow for friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton, Catholic Charities of Leesburg, or American Legion Brighton Post #80 in Island Pond.

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson, 84, of Newport Center died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

She was born on January 4, 1928, a daughter of Henry and Bertha (Paquette) Gosselin.

She married Frederick Lawson in 1945 and they were blessed with over 50 years of being together.  They lived for many years in North Derby, where they raised their family.

Mrs. Lawson enjoyed working in her flower garden, crocheting, and doing outside work.  She worked as a nurse’s aide in area nursing homes for over 25 years and enjoyed taking care of people.  She also worked part time at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport.

Mrs. Lawson was a blessing to know and was always willing to be the first to help others in need and never complained about anything; a kind, God-loving lady who had a smile that would make anyone feel good and that would brighten up a room when she walked in.

She felt that she and Mr. Lawson were blessed with seven children, all whom she loved dearly, and she did not take that responsibility from God lightly.  They are Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, Shirley Lawson and her companion, Ed Coderre, Connie Lemay and her late husband, Roger Gail Chaffee, and her husband, Ron, and Cheryl Lawson; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Annette Willis and her husband, Milton, Rose Macie, and Dianna McAllister and her husband, Vincent; and by her sisters-in-law:  Pat and Lynn Gosselin.  Besides the love of her life, Fred, who predeceased her in 1996, she is also predeceased by her brothers:  Gerard, Rene, and Roger Gosselin; her brother-in-law Elwin Macie; and by her sister-in-law Jackie Gosselin.

We will miss her much but know, not think, that we will see her again because life is not over, it is just beginning.

JOHN 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Thank you God for blessing us with the best mother in the world.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Beverly V. McElroy

Beverly V. McElroy, 82, of Lowell died on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Morrisville.

She was born on December 3, 1929, in Laconia, New Hampshire, a daughter of Ernest and Effie (Warner) Blanchard.

On May 8, 1949, she married Donald McElroy who predeceased her in 1983.

She was a 4-H leader for 20 years.  She held membership with the Lowell Congregational Church, the Ladies Aide, the Tri Town Ladies Group and the she was very active with the Lowell Historical Society.

She loved playing bingo and gardening.  She and her late husband raised rabbits and she formerly was a hot lunch cook for Lowell Graded School and she formerly worked at Kelley’s Restaurant.

She was active with F.O.L.K. and she was an avid Yankees fan.

She is survived by her children:  Verniece St. Onge and her husband, Raymond, of Lowell, Coleen Jenne and her husband, Robert Sr., of Orleans, and Gregory McElroy and his wife, Helen, of Johnson; the following grandchildren:  Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, Cassandra St. Onge, Sara-Lee Kimball and her husband, Brian, Rhonda Colburn and her husband, Marvin, Robert Jenne Jr. and his wife, Judy, Nathaniel McElroy and his wife, Stephanie, Claire Acevedo and her husband, Christopher, Gregory Duval and his wife, Anna, and Joseph Duval and his companion, Karen; her great-grandchildren:  Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin, Michael, Jenna Letourneau and her companion, Cory Warren, Torre Colburn and her companion, David Meyer, and Nicholas Jenne; her great-grandchildren:  Kaye-Lynn and Madeline McElroy, Ava, and Logan Acevedo, and Alexander Duval; her great-great-grandson Karson Meyer; the following brothers and sisters:  Elmer Durivage and his wife, Clarice of Eden, Dorman Durivage and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, and Merrinott Durivage Sr. and his wife, Jacklyn, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Ernest Jr.; her twin sister Beatrice Blanchard in 1929; and by her granddaughter Alicia Lague in 1981.

Funeral services were held on July 31 in Lowell.  Interment followed in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Congregational Church, in care of Darlene Lamphere, P.O. Box 72, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

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

Jane Chouinard Davis

Jane Chouinard Davis, 65, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at her home in Albany, in the loving care of her family, following a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born in Newport on February 17, 1947, the youngest daughter of Gerard and Aldea (Gendron) Chouinard.  She was a 1965 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport and a 1969 graduate from Trinity College in Burlington, receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in elementary education.

On December 21, 1968, she married Terrence “Terry” Davis.  They made their home in Newport until they built their home on Lake Hosmer in Albany in 1980.

She taught at several schools in the area, including Sacred Heart, Newport City, Coventry and Newport Center but mostly in Albany teaching grade four from 1996 to 2004.  She had also been employed for two years, from 1985 to 1987, as the head teacher-acting principal for grades kindergarten through six at the Albany school.

She was a member of the Albany PTC for 15 years, served on the Vermont Council of UVM members for six years, served as the Orleans County Girl Scout cookie chairman from 1976 to 1977, cadette leader from 1978 to 1979, and was a member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary and the Orleans County Home Dem Club from1971 to 1980.  She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and also a member of the St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany and  St. Mary’s Church in Newport.

She enjoyed gardening, cross-country skiing, cooking, traveling, reading and her pets, Matilda and Scarlett.  But mostly, she enjoyed time with her family, especially her four grandsons whom she adored.

She leaves a daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Adam Trevits, and a son, Jonathan Davis, and his wife, Lindsay, all of Albany; four grandsons:  Connor and Nicholas Trevits and Asa and Elijah Davis; three sisters:  Geraldine Galpeau and her husband, Reynold, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Rosemarie Allard and her husband, John, of Oakridge, Tennessee, and Monica Chouinard and her companion, Maurice Cote, of Derby; two brothers-in-law:  Richard Davis and Blaine Davis and his wife, Mary, all of Albany; as well as nieces, nephews, and many extended family and friends, including her special companion John Adams III of Enosburg.  She was predeceased by her husband Terry Davis; her parents, Gerard Chouinard and Aldea Gendron Chouinard Patenaude; and by her parents-in-law, Dr. Everett and Isabelle Davis.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  There will be no visitation.  The graveside service in Albany Village Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Please join the family for a luncheon and celebration of memories following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Albany Community School, 351 Main Street, Albany, Vermont 05820, for the Jane Davis Memorial Fund for the Student Enrichment of Culture and the Arts.

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