Obituaries August 17, 2016

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Tonia Lee Fecteau

Tonia Lee Fecteau, 43, of Derby Line, died peacefully on August 10, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her loving family who gave her the strength to go to a better place with no suffering.

She was born on October 28, 1972, in Newport, the daughter of Albert and Ruby (Tice) Fecteau.

She attended Newport Center Elementary School and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1990.

Ms. Fecteau loved watching wildlife and living where she grew up. Holidays were her favorite times because both her birds had returned to the nest. She would give anyone everything she could, even if she had nothing for herself. She loved Halloween and the paranormal, and she would sell her soul for whoopie pies and Brussels sprouts. She had one cat, Mystic, who watched over her and did her best to keep her safe.

Ms. Fecteau fell head over heels for “The Big Bang Theory,” giggling for hours at Sheldon. She could never stay angry and always had a smile on her face. She fought longer than most would have thought with the challenges she faced.

Ms. Fecteau touched everyone’s life in positive ways, and was a shoulder for anybody in need as she was the fountain of wisdom. She was loved by everyone she came in contact with. She was very proud of all her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by her two sons: Anthony Poquette and his companion, April Rheaume, of Rifle, Colorado, and Tyler Poquette of Deering, New Hampshire; and by her granddaughter Maya of Rifle. She is also survived by her siblings: Dean Fecteau and his wife, Gail, of Coventry, Carol Poutre and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, Bonnie Bowen of Stowe, Massachusetts, Randy Fecteau and his wife, Barbara, of Holland, Donna Quinn and her husband, John, of Derby, and Larry Fecteau and his companion, Tamara McKenzie, of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Albert and Ruby Fecteau, and by her brother Paul Fecteau.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Andreo A. Pothier

Andreo A. Pothier, 60, of Newport Center, died peacefully on August 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 21, 1956, in Warwick, Quebec, Canada, to Andre and Marielle (Martel) Pothier.

On August 13, 1977, he married the former Denise Pion, who survives him.

Mr. Pothier was owner and operator of the Pothier family farm in Newport Center. He loved working his farm and tending to the animals. He was a very hard worker and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone. He enjoyed camping as well as attending family gatherings and events. He loved watching his son Adam play sports at North Country Union High School, showing dairy cattle at various events, and watching New England Patriots football. He was happy that all the kids showed interest in 4-H and dairy. He loved his family and was very proud of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Denise, of Newport Center; by his children: Andrea Kinney and her husband, John, of Newport Center, Joseph Pothier of Newport Center, Robert Pothier and his companion, Sierra Phillips, of East Charleston, and Adam Pothier and his companion, Mariah Morley, of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Victoria, Makayla, and Jorja Kinney, Emma Pothier, Isiak, Hailey, Colby, Bryce, and Levi Pothier, and Aleeah Pothier. He is also survived by his siblings: Serge Pothier and his companion, Carmel Soulieur, of Irasburg, Mario Pothier and his companion, Rebecca Germain, of Columbia, New Hampshire, Susy Pion and her husband, Robert, of Lowell; by his mother-in-law Gilberte Pion of Lowell; by his brothers-in-law Claude Cotnoir of Oxford, Maine, Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, Rejean Pion and his fiancée, Lori Lewia; by all of Lowell; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his sister JoAnne; and by his father-in-law Raymond Pion.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Newport. A Mass was celebrated and interment followed at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 4-H Dairy Program for Orleans County, checks payable to University of Vermont, 316 Main Street, Suite 101, Newport, Vermont 05855. Write “for Orleans County 4-H Dairy Program” in the check memo block.

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Ludger G. Toussaint

Ludger G. Toussaint, 92, formerly of Bellows Falls, died early Monday, August 8, 2016.

Mr. Toussaint was born in Gageville on September 23, 1923, the son of Gideon and Jennie (Hosman) Toussaint. He was a 1942 graduate of Bellows Falls High School, worked as a painter with his family for 20 years, and also worked for Tom Turner and White Mountain Paper in Bellows Falls. On December 14, 1962, he married Carolyn Nies, who predeceased him in 2014.

Mr. Toussaint was a World War II veteran and medal recipient, having served in the Navy.

He loved playing with his grandchildren. He was strong in his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and looked forward to the day he would be reunited with his wife, Carolyn.

He is survived by his stepdaughter, Leslie Burt of Newport; his brother Gordon Toussaint of Bellows Falls; his sisters Helen, Marie, and Lucille; his grandchildren Buckley Duby and his partner, Jen Bowen, Krystal Duby Avona, and R.J. Santaw and his wife, Danielle; and by his great-grandchildren Colton Avona, Hunter Morse, and Addilyn Santaw.

Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockingham at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.


Silverine Tenney Wright

Silverine Tenney Wright, 95, of Newport Center died on July 20, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1920, in Newport Center to William and Belia (Corrow) Sanville.

On March 15, 1941, she married Milton Wright, who predeceased her.

She was a stitcher at Newport Plastics and she worked for B.F. Moore in Newport, where she made wedding gowns and dresses. She was very talented and crafty with her hobbies, which included knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She made family afghans, quilts, and dolls. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Newport Center and the snowmobile club for many years. She had a contagious smile; she loved people, and always welcomed them into her home. She was a great cook, she loved life, and she always put her family first.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Collins and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center; by her sister-in-law Beverly Wright; by her grandchildren: Shaye and Shari Collins; and by her great-granddaughter Tia Drake. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Dale Wright; her grandson Shawn Collins; and by her siblings: Lawrence Sanville and his wife, Pearl, Cyril Sanville, John Sanville, Ella Taylor and her husband, Earl, Delphine Spaulding, Elsie Cheney, Lillian Blake, Idelle Besaw, Dorothy Bullis Britch, Isabelle Wright, and Grace Gibney; and by her brothers-in-law: Cecil Wright and Kenneth Wright and his wife, Isabelle.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Newport. Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans and Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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