Obituaries August 10, 2016

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Dorothy Mae Corkins

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Corkins, 87, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by loving family.

Mrs. Corkins was born on July 11, 1929, to Wallace Sr. and Viola (Buchanan) Riegel.

She attended schools in Newport before marrying the love of her life, Harold Corkins Sr. on December 6, 1947. Together they moved to Long Island in 1949 where they began to raise their eight children before returning back home to Newport in 1969 and finally settling back into the family home on Clyde Street in 1973 where they both lived out their lives.

Mrs. Corkins loved to play bingo, complete crossword puzzles, watch Yankees baseball games, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and play cards, especially Skip-bo. She loved all the family pets, especially CJ, Benny and Easy.

One of her great joys was spending time with her 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Many of her grandchildren learned to read sitting on Nana’s lap. She was very proud of all of their accomplishments but she was especially proud of her grandson Ryan’s Eagle Scout award and all who graduated from college.

Mrs. Corkins is survived by her sons: Harold Corkins and his wife, Donna, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ronald Corkins and his wife, Dolly, of Newport, Craig Corkins and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Randall Corkins of Westfield, Darren Corkins of Newport; by her siblings: DeeDee Morse and her husband, Richard, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Shirley Doncaster of Coventry, Bill Riegel and his wife, Jackie, of Glover, and Fort Myers, Florida, Mary Blais of Derby, and Nancy Cole of North Troy; and by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold R. Corkins Sr.; her sons: Alan and Van Corkin; her daughter, Valerie Gibson; her sisters: Josephine “Jo” Morrow and Beverley “Betty” Blais; her brother Wallace Riegel Jr.; and by her grandson Eli Goss.

A memorial service to celebrate her life and love will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont, with the Reverend Jane Butterfield officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 125, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

The family also invites those who knew her to share memories and condolences by visiting


Priscilla Ann (LaBounty) Jensen

Priscilla Ann (LaBounty) Jensen, 73, of Barton, died on Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Newport.

She was born in Barton on April 25, 1943, to Bruno and Annette (Sheltra) LaBounty, who both predeceased her.

She attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Barton Academy in 1961. On July 21, 1962, she married Richard “Nicky” Jensen at St. Paul’s Church in Barton.

Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by two children: Richard “Ricky” Jensen Jr., his wife, Marianne, and their two children, Matthew and Katie, and one granddaughter, Zoey, all of Highgate; and Cathy and her husband, Michael “Mike,” Vallieres, and their children Rick and Jenna Trexel, and their daughters, Avery and Emryn, all of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Justin Vallieres and his children, Xavier and Amaya Vallieres, of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

She leaves behind six brothers and sisters: Bruno “Sonny” LaBounty of Orleans, Theresa Norris of Barton, and her companion, Albert Young, of Lyndonville, Rachel Frengs and her husband, Frederick, of Sheffield, Massachusetts, Debra Farrar and her husband, Jim, of Barton, Dennis LaBounty and his wife, Diane, of Lyndonville, and Paul LaBounty and his wife, Kimberly, of Barton; and many nieces and nephews, as well as all her friends in Bean’s Mobile Park in Barton.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Leona (Alger) LaBounty; by brother-in-law Earl Norris; and by sister Patricia and brother Robert, who both died in infancy.

Those who wish, may make contributions in her memory to the Barton Ambulance Service, 54 Municipal Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences can be made at


Karen (Kilborn) McBride

Karen (Kilborn) McBride of Colchester, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

She was born May 19, 1963, in Newport to Lawrence and Patricia Kilborn.

Ms. Kilborn went to North Country Union High School where she excelled in academics as well as track and field, for which she still holds a record in the shot put. She applied her bright intellect and passionate nature by going to the University of Rhode Island on a sports scholarship. She graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1986. She then did her residency at Fletcher Allen Hospital in clinical pharmacy before moving to North Carolina to start her pharmacy career at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

After several years, she returned to Vermont to start a family with her husband. They built a home in Colchester and she began her distinguished career at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Over the years, Ms. Kilborn advanced to the position of director of pharmacy services where she oversaw more than 300 of her pharmacy colleagues. She took great pride in pushing the department forward, always focused on patient care. Like many great leaders with vision, she surrounded herself with highly capable people, helping them achieve their full potential. Among her many accomplishments, she was instrumental in adding cutting-edge medication safety technologies as well as developing and implementing the hospital’s mail order and specialty pharmacy services.

Ms. Kilborn will be sadly missed by those who knew her well. She was not one to put on a mask and be a different person behind the scenes — she was always herself and was always honest. She was truly a winner in every sense of the word; a true treasure to those privileged enough to know her.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 27 years, David McBride; her daughter, Laura, of Burlington; her son, Matthew, of Colchester; by her father, Lawrence Kilborn, of Newport; her brother Michael Kilborn and his wife, Suzanne, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and by her sister Lisa Kilborn Rollins and her husband, Peter, of Burlington. She also leaves behind a large, loving family of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many friends and co-workers.

She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Rushlow Kilborn.

There will be a celebration of Ms. Kilborn’s life at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 15, at Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus.

Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Burlington.

Online condolences at


Gail Valerie (Stevens) McMullen

Gail Valerie (Stevens) McMullen, 63, of Newport, died peacefully with family by her side on August 4, 2016.

She is survived by her best friend, her husband Laurie McMullen, of Newport, whom she wed in 1984.

Mrs. McMullen had an incredibly loving and sweet personality. Together she and her husband made many friends through the clubs they belonged to, namely Gold Wing Riders and Cars of Yesteryear, as well as co-workers from her 29 years at Bogner of America and 13 years at North Country Hospital. She loved to camp, travel, spend time with family and friends, and cuddle her beloved dog, Gizzy.

She is also survived by her sister Laurie Stevens of Newport; her stepchildren: Cam Green and her children: Sawyer and Saigelyn Green of Derby, Robin Scott, and her husband, Ed, and their children: Chris Martel, Ian Martel, and Isabel Scott of Richmond, and Bud McMullen, and his wife, Jocelyn, and their children: Brooke and Autumn McMullen of Morgan. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and special caregiver, Laureen Griggs, her husband, Paul, and their children; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Roland Stevens and Frances Stevens, in 2005.

There will be no calling hours. The family will hold private services at a later date.


Seth Stuart Parent

Seth Stuart Parent, born March 19, 1975, son of Marcia and Calvin Parent of Barton and Fort Myers, Florida, died suddenly on Thursday evening, August 4, 2016, while on vacation with his parents in Vermont.

Mr. Parent was a lifelong resident of Cornwall and New Windsor, New York.

He is survived by his parents; his sister Ashley Grinnell and her husband, John; and his beloved twin niece and nephew, Nash and Zeke. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother Elizabeth Parent and his beloved longtime companion, Marissa Franko, of Highland Mills, New York. He leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Parent was a 1994 graduate of Cornwall Central High School and attended a year of college at New York Institute of Technology, Long Island. During his high school years he was the recipient of many awards of achievement including a Guideposts magazine winning essay entitled “When you Walk Through the Fire.” He was a Boys State representative, and also received the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow for courage and perseverance. He was employed for many years at Cornwall Hospital as a security officer where he was honored as Employee of the Month. He was a 24-year member of Storm King Engine Co. No. 2 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.

Mr. Parent had a strong Christian faith that sustained him throughout his life. He loved animals, trains, his canoe, the lake, and his family. He was an avid lifelong Red Sox fan. He never forgot an anniversary or birthday. He gave giant bear hugs to those he loved.

From the moment of his birth, Mr. Parent struggled valiantly to overcome physical and emotional challenges and did so with courage and great determination. His indomitable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He requested his organs be used to help others live and encouraged everyone to follow suit.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at the Barton United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Storm King Engine Co. No. 2, P.O. Box 333, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York 12520.

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


Steven J. Sargent

Steven J. Sargent, 55, of Newport, died peacefully on August 2, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on February 14, 1961, in Newport, to Norman Sr. and Eleanor (Hamelin) Sargent.

Mr. Sargent is survived by his daughter Jessica Sargent; by his sisters and brothers: Valerie Sargent, Deborah Hamelin, Kathryn Hall, Norman Sargent Jr., Richard Sargent, and Kevin Sargent; by his caregiver, Chantel Ely; and by many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed going for rides, sitting in the sun, and playing music with old spoons. He was loved by everyone who he came in contact with.

He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Eleanor Sargent; by his niece Jennifer; and by his brother-in-law Dean and sister-in-law Bonnie.

Online condolences can be made at


Joan (McQuiston) Twiss

Following a brief illness, Joan (McQuiston) Twiss died at Copley Hospital in Morrisville on August 5, 2016, with her husband Robert “Bob” Twiss at her side.

Mrs. Twiss was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1933.

Her parents, Raymond and Catherine McQuiston, lived in Newton, Massachusetts. Her mother was the former Catherine Duggan of Peabody, Massachusetts, and her father was a chemical engineer from Waltham, Massachusetts. Mrs. Twiss’ older sister Ruth Burris resided with their parents.

Mrs. Twiss spent her younger years in West Newton, Massachusetts, and attended the local elementary school there. She later enrolled in Dana Hall for her secondary education.

Her continuing desire for academic challenges led to enrollment at the University of Southern California where she completed a bachelor of arts degree. Following a few years of teaching math, she went to Seville, Spain, to teach American students in the Air Force program. She then returned to Newton, Massachusetts, taught elementary school, and earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University.

Another opportunity arose for her to teach abroad in Japan, with United States Navy students. This further expanded her professional experience and upon completion of this assignment, she returned to the United States to teach again in the Newton public school system. Concurrently, she again pursued graduate studies and completed a doctoral program at Boston College. This completed twenty happy years teaching in her hometown of Newton.

Certified in, and seeking an assignment in school administration, Mrs. Twiss was selected as the Harwich Elementary principal on Cape Cod. She performed her duties successfully and was later chosen for another administrative position in Marshfield, Massachusetts, where she worked though 1987.

In 1988, she married A. Robert Twiss. They lived in Chatham, Massachusetts until 1995. She and her husband have lived in Craftsbury Common since then.

Mrs. Twiss is survived by her husband, Bob Twiss, and his two children: Jeff Twiss and Deborah Dickovic; by her brother-in-law James Burris of Madison, Connecticut; by her cousins: Robert McQuiston of Washington, D.C. and Gail Bursk of Portland, Maine; by seven nieces and nephews: Karen and Michael Lennon of New York City, Susanne Burris of New York City, Laura and John Desmarais of Mount Kisco, New York, James and Erin Burris of New York City; by ten great-nieces and nephews: Lauren and Sean Lombardi McGann, Jack and Julia Desmarais, James and Jennie Burris, Elizabeth and Andrew Libonati, and Raymond II and Mateo Burris; and one great-great nephew Matthew.

Ms. Twiss was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Catherine McQuiston; by her sister Ruth Burris; and her cousin Marsha Mierzwa.

A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Craftsbury at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, with the Reverend Francis Prive officiating.

Interment will follow at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at


John VanOstrand Jr.

John VanOstrand Jr. died on March 13, 2016. He received end of life care from the University of Vermont Medical Center after battling an aggressive cancer for more than a year.

He was born on August 31, 1943.

Mr. VanOstrand was a caring, hard working, and skilled person. He loved the outdoors and his family.

He is survived, loved, and missed by his wife, Denise VanOstrand, and his stepdaughter Margaret Jordan.

Private services were held.


John H. F. Vining

John H. F. Vining, 74, of Derby, well-known retired Newport police officer, died on August 6, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 22, 1941, in Saint Johns, New Brunswick, to John and Mary (Tobin) Vining.

He married Ann Crawford who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Mr. Vining was a police officer for the city of Newport for more than 30 years. He was also employed at one time by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and was a former member of the Masons. He loved to travel to Maine and out west. He took great pride in taking care of his property and he enjoyed swimming in his earlier years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Vining, of Derby; by his sons: Mike Vining and his wife, Dawn, of Georgia, and Brennan Vining of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is also survived by his two grandchildren: Connor and Aislynn Vining.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 11.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at


Thomas E. Wooten

Thomas Edward Wooten of Belmont, New Hampshire (formerly of Weymouth, Massachusetts) died after a tragic accident on July 21, 2016.

Mr. Wooten was born on Nov 5, 1959.

He was the beloved husband of Allison (Flipp); loving father of David, of Edwards, Colorado, and Samantha of Tilton, New Hampshire; devoted grandpa to Grace Andrews; beloved son of Helen (Shea) Wooten and the late George Wooten; brother to James and his wife, Sharon, of Amherst, Massachusetts, Jean McDougald and her husband, James, of North Augusta, South Carolina, John, and his wife, Virginia Lawless, of Tolland, Connecticut, Anne Leonard and her husband, Robert, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, Joan Hunter and her husband, Edward Callahan, of Weymouth, Paul Wooten and his wife, Nancy McCue, of Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Donna Harrington and her husband, Richard, of Kingston, Massachusetts, and Stephen and his wife, Tracy Lomax, of Eugene, Oregon. He was the much loved son-in-law of Carl and Connie Flipp of Weymouth, and the extended Flipp family; and was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wooten loved the great outdoors — fishing, hunting and camping, lakes, meadows and woods — and most of all, his family and friends. He will be remembered fondly for his beautiful smile, his quick and dry wit, and his gentle spirit. He worked and played hard. Genuine and generous, the life he built with Mrs. Wooten was a masterpiece and serves as a model to many.

Mr. Wooten attended public schools in Weymouth and graduated from the Norfolk County Agricultural School. He was a dedicated employee of the Northfield Department of Public Works, and formerly of Leighton’s Catering, and Hanabury and Sons in Weymouth.

For over 25 years, Mr. Wooten had visited Lake Parker for boys weekends with his brothers and close friends. He enjoyed laughs around the camp fire, reading portions of the Chronicle out loud to the gang, walks to the West Glover cemetery, and playing pool while listening to Don Sackett at the Crystal Saloon. His presence at the camp will be sorely missed. He was a joy to be with. We will fondly remember his smiling face and wit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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