Obituaries August 14, 2013

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obit BarawFrank A. Baraw

Frank A. Baraw, 52, of Newport died suddenly on August 8, 2013, at his home.

He was born on August 26, 1960, in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Albert Baraw of Jay, and the late Ludmilla (Hartman) Baraw.

Mr. Baraw was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy.  He was an ASE certified mechanic and worked at Hayes Ford in Newport for several years before he opened his own business.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends, especially his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with his kids.  He was a jokester that loved to keep everyone around him smiling.

He is survived by his children:  Shawn Baraw and his girlfriend, Angel Prescott, of Craftsbury, and Heather Baraw and her boyfriend, Josh Sargent, of Newport; his stepmother Norma Parker Baraw of Jay; his brother James Baraw of Northfield; his stepsisters:  Marjorie Sargent of Montreal, Quebec, and Carrie Turcott of North Troy; his special friend Lizette of Newport; his former spouse Lisa Sanville of Jay; and by several family members.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at the Jay Cemetery.  Friends are asked, if they are able to, to please show up on a motorcycle.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Masonic Union Lodge #16, 76 South Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Donald C. Bean

Donald C. Bean, 86, of Westfield died on August 7, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on March 9, 1927, in Brownington, the son of Chester and Candice (Shannon) Bean.  He married Beatrice Miller, who predeceased him.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Navy.

He was employed as a truck driver for Spector Freight Company in Massachusetts.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, working on old cars, and he enjoyed traveling with his wife on short trips around the state.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a brother, Lloyd Bean, of Arizona; his sister Latheria Starr of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Leila Bean and Elsie Fontaine.

A graveside service was held on August 12, in Westfield, with full military honors.

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

Robert L. Butterfield Sr.

Robert L. Butterfield Sr. “Bud” of Mohawk, New York, died on August 8, 2013, at home, with his wife Ella by his side.

He was born on December 15, 1939, in Windsor, Massachusetts, the son of Robert and Dorothy Butterfield.  After Robert’s death in World War II, Dorothy married Earl Scott, who raised Mr. Butterfield as his son.

Mr. Butterfield moved to Adams, Massachusettsm in 1958, when he married his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), who died suddenly in 1979.  She and Mr. Butterfield were actively involved in 4-H Club work throughout Berkshire County.  He was employed as a welder for Kelly Lumber, owned a cattle and sawdust trucking business, and dairy farms in both Adams and Stark, New York.  After Mr. Butterfield and Ella sold their beloved herd of Jersey cows, he spent many years working for the Herkimer County (New York) Highway Department.  In retirement, he enjoyed creating and selling woodcrafts with Ella, as E-B Lawn Ornaments in Mohawk.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ella (Cardinal); his children:  Bob and his wife, Liz, of Brownington, Tom and his wife, Roxanne, of South Dakota, Debbie Brewer and her husband, Jim, of Newport Center, Cindy McLain and her husband, Geoff, of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, and Kim Gardner and her husband, Ken, of Mohawk; 15 grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, Ethan, Christopher, David, Jim and his wife, Nicole, Kate and her husband, Ryan, Matt, Colin, Colleen, Lucas, Emily, Jered, Jeoal and Jerald; eight great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Whitaker and her children, Eddie and Becky; and by lifelong friend Steve Jayko of Missouri.

Besides his parents and his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), he was also predeceased by his close friend John Proctor of Jordanville, New York.

Private services will be held this fall at the convenience of the family.

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr.

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr., 79, of Naugatuck, Connecticut, formerly of Seymour, Connecticut, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a 13-year, brave and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born on July 24, 1934, in Barton, son of the late Gertrude and Clyde Cassidy.  He proudly served in the Air Force, was stationed in San Francisco, California, and after an honorable discharge was a member of the National Guard.

He worked most of his life as a truck driver, most recently, until the time of his illness, by L.F. Powers in Waterbury.  He also worked for Petrol Plus, National Transportation Company, Easter Freightways and Oates Brothers Trucking Company.  He was a member of Teamster local #443.

Besides his beloved wife of 57 years and primary caretaker, Mary Lou (Mackstutis) Cassidy, he is survived by two daughters:  Diane M. Cassidy and Robin L. Cassidy, both of Naugatuck; two sons:  Robert H. Cassidy Jr., and his wife, Catherine Cassidy, of Oxford, Connecticut, and Wayde R. Cassidy and his wife, Dianne Cassidy, of Waterbury, Connecticut; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and by seven great-grandchildren.  Another great-grandchild will be born in November of 2013.  He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Pauline Cassidy, of Calais; as well as by several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

He is predeceased by his brother Bernard Cassidy of Florida, and his sister Harriet Smith of Florida.

Funeral services and burial are private at a future date.  There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067; or to VITAS Hospice Service, 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, Connecticut 06762.

obit EpplerAnna Lee Eppler

 Anna Lee Eppler, 78, of Newport died peacefully on August 8, 2013.

She was born on August 30, 1934, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, daughter of O. Rudolph Eppler and Anna May (Rice) Eppler.

She graduated from Burlington City High School in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1952, and The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1956.  Since then, she has worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont.  She also worked in nursing homes in Vermont.  After her retirement, she was a caregiver for Northeast Kingdom Home Service.

Her favorite activities included playing bells with the United Church Bell Choir, singing in the church choir, volunteering at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter cat clinic, and going out for dinner with her special friends Donna and Jenny.

She is survived by her sister Margaret (Peggy) Jordan of Newport; her nephew Alan Jordan and his wife, Karen, and their children, Katie and Christopher, of Charlotte; her nephew Mark Jordan and his wife, JoAnne, of Seattle, Washington; her niece Cynthia Jordan of Newport and her daughter Lily Markwell; and by her cousins:  Dan and Ruth Marquette, Sara Marquette, and Phillip Marquette and family.

She was predeceased by her brother C. Thomas Eppler.

A celebration of life service will be held in September at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heater Fund of the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit janciAnna B. Janci

Anna B. Janci of Barton, former longtime resident of Craftsbury, died on July 30, 2013, after a long illness, at the William P. Clough Extended Care Center in New London, New Hampshire, where she had been a resident patient.

She was born on February 18, 1930, in New York City, where she studied fashion design and merchandising.  She had a lifelong interest in design, and in 1948 won the “Miss Arnold Constable” contest, sponsored by the legendary department store in New York City, for an outfit she designed and modeled.  She was an excellent and inventive seamstress, and often made clothes and costumes for her children.  Throughout her life, she maintained many other interests:  painting, crafting, antiques, cooking and gardening.  She was an avid “yard saler” who loved collecting.

While living in Connecticut, she spent summers in Morgan where the family had a converted schoolhouse in the Seymour Lake area.  She relocated to Vermont in 1967, operated a hunting lodge in Morgan known as Wildwood Valley, and eventually settled in East Craftsbury, where she lived until moving to Barton in 1986.

While living in Craftsbury, Mrs. Janci and her husband, Fred, owned the Fireside Restaurant in Hardwick, which they operated for nearly 20 years.  In Barton, she also owned a restaurant and provided home health care.  She was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, and supported the Ladies Auxiliary and the Girl Scouts.  She was also a member of the Hardwick Chamber of Commerce and catered meals at the Chronicle in Barton.

She is survived by four children:  Kenneth Kuhn of College Park, Maryland, Penelope Kuhn Davidson and her husband, David, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lana Elissa Bortolot of New York City, and Jocelyn Janci Bowen and her husband, Terry, of Lyme, New Hampshire; five siblings:  Kalliope Yfantopulos of Barton, Astelle Larson of Prescott, Arizona, Alfred Osias Jr. of East Charleston, Fawn Glasgow of Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, and Louis Hillman of Florida; ten grandchildren:  Cherie Lynn Case, Amie Sue, Kenny Joe, Christine and Michelle Kuhn, Kelly Barbes and Alex Kuhn Davidson, Nicholas and Christopher Bowen, and Meghan Janci; and by her nieces and nephews:  George Yfantopulos, Dora Thagouras, and Christopher, Melissa and Kevin Larson, David, Jason, and Simone Osias, and Kaelyn Glasgow.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth Kuhn Sr., and Roland Bortolot, and Frederick Janci.

Services will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent in her memory to the William P. Clough Extended Care Center, 273 County Road, or the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, both in New London, New Hampshire 03257; or the Make-a-Wish Foundation at

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

obit LamereDale Reginald Lamere

 Dale Reginald Lamere, 70, well known businessman of Island Pond, died suddenly on August 7, 2013, in Island Pond.

He was born on June 4, 1943, in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, the son of Reginald and Elizabeth Boutin Lamere.  He graduated from Brighton High School in 1961.

He was a building contractor and owned and operated Dale Lamere Building and Roofing in Island Pond.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, where he was past commander and he was also an advisory board member of the Community National Bank.  He was an avid snowmobiler and loved boating on Island Pond where he loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law, and friend to everyone.  He enjoyed tinkering around his home and was always willing to offer a helping hand.  He coached Little League baseball and was an active member of the community.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Worth Lamere, of Island Pond; his children:  Reg Lamere and his wife, Julie, of Newton, New Hampshire, Brian Lamere of South Burlington, and Lisa Lamere Niedzielski and her husband, Peter, of Georgetown, Massachusetts; his grandchildren:  Ila, Adele, Elsa, Lucy, Nicholas, and Andrew; his sister Sandra Philbrick and her husband, Jack, of Concord, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

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

Death notices

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor, 62, of Derby Line and West Burke died on March 4, 2013, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Interment ceremony will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line on August 24, at 11 a.m.  A Catholic Mass for the repose of her soul will be offered on August 25, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Benedict Labre Church in West Charleston.

Richard R. Vallieres

Richard R. Vallieres, 57, of Brattleboro died on July 7, 2013, in Brattleboro.

He was the son of Lucien Vallieres of Newport Center, and Annette Guyon of Barton.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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