Obituaries August 21, 2013

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obit huntingtonPriscilla Huntington

Priscilla “Patty” T. Huntington, 90, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in her home of over 40 years.

She was the daughter of Edwin and Emma (Monteith) Towne, born on April 9, 1923, in Newport.  Growing up, she and her family lived on West End Avenue in Newport.  She graduated from Newport High School in 1941.  She also graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine.

In 1946, she married Perley “Pat” Huntington and was a supportive coach’s wife in Woodstock and Barre, as well as Paxton, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir while living in Woodstock and Paxton.  Her favorite hymns were “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Just As I Am.”

She worked for various companies including Mass Mutual and Liberty Mutual as an administrative assistant before retiring in 1982.  She spent several summers as an administrative assistant and tutor at Camp Winape on Seymour Lake in East Charleston.  She was a campaign manager for the American Red Cross membership drive’s Charlotte County chapter, a Sunday school teacher in Shrub Oak, New York, she volunteered at New York Hospital Auxiliary in Peekskill, New York, a Girl Scout leader in Ossining, New York, and a secretary for the New York Methodist Church Commission on Education and the Charlotte County Athletic Boosters Club in Punta Gorda.  She and her husband were an integral part of “Save Our Brick Streets” in historical Punta Gorda in the 1980s, and were featured on CNN.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, playing cards, card writing and rug braiding.

She also enjoyed Lake Memphremagog and loved spending her summers with her family, loved ones, and friends at “The Nutshell” on Farrant’s Point in Newport.  The highlight of the summer would be the Towne family reunion hosted at one of the Towne girl’s homes, where all six of the Towne girls and their families and friends would gather for fun with food, talk, music and play.  She also enjoyed the Derby Fourth of July celebration and Labor Day celebrations in the North Country.

She will be greatly missed by her children:  Stephen Huntington and his partner, Trevor Ngo, of San Jose, California, Donna Betts and her husband, Zane II, of Mount Dora, Florida, Cynthia Bazemore and her husband, Robert, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Punta Gorda, and Daniel Huntington and his wife, Kerstin, of Cape Coral, Florida; her grandchildren:  Jamie Bazemore and her partner, Tiffany Silsbee, Johanna and her husband, Kendall Showfety, Paulina and Katrina Huntington; her sister Phyllis “Pet” Gladding; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Pat Huntington; her parents; and by her sisters:  Shirley Olson, Edwina “Stubby” Sutphen, Beverly “Nonnie” Eldridge and Natalie “Billie” Blackmore.

No service is planned at this time.  Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Punta Gorda Historical Society, Tidewell Hospice, or any other hospice organization in your area.

Norma Creart Belway

Norma Creart Belway, 96, of Newport died peacefully on August 16, 2013, at Bel-Aire Center.

She was born on May 26, 1917, in Auburn, Maine, and lived there until her marriage to Albert Belway in 1945.  They moved to Newport in 1947.  Mr. Belway predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Murial Belway of Kamus, Utah, and Beverly Hamblett and her husband, Timothy, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Lydia Caise of Norco, California, and Christopher and his wife, Karen, and Gregory and his wife, Danielle, Hamblett of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Zachary, Ashton, and Bryn Hamblett.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a simple act of kindness be done to anyone who knew and loved Ms. Belway as a remembrance of her.

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

obit MarshSlayton Robert Marsh

Slayton Robert Marsh, 85, a nearly life long member of the Brownington Village community, and most recently of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died on August 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 20, 1928, in Brownington, a son of Robert and Blanche (Metcalf) Marsh.  He graduated from Orleans High School with many stories about his love of team basketball and working the woodlots with his FFA classmates.

On November 2, 1947, he married his love, Patricia Loveland, who survives him.

Mr. Marsh was an incredibly strong man with an equally strong work ethic.  Over the years he was employed for his carpentry skills, and later the J.B. Colton Co. where windows and doors were then being handmade.  Later, he took employment as an electrician for the village of Orleans, where he later served for many years as the village manager.

During his life in Brownington, Mr. Marsh was never still.  He truly enjoyed the countless hours spent remodeling the huge and beautiful family home, planting and working in his bountiful gardens of vegetables and berries, mowing the expansive lawns, painting and repainting the home he so loved, and somehow always finding time to entertain and play with his children, their friends, his grandchildren and their friends.  Nothing got in the way of the love and devotion he felt and showed to his family.  Hugs and smiles were his calling card.  He felt and showed the bond he held with his beloved Brownington and the community members he called friends.  His sense of pride in this community was often shown when he was either called upon or volunteered his time and talent in the form of carpentry and painting of the church, the cemetery fence, replacing blown fuses so the service could go on, building many church and ladies aid room fires, and always delivering a fresh, warm, homemade pie to any neighbor who might need one.  As the leader of his family, he could anticipate the need or want of each individual, and was always one step ahead of those needs.

He loved playing sports in all seasons.  Baseball, basketball in his barn court, hiking Mount Pisgah with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even at 80 years old, horseshoeing during his lunch breaks with Butch, hunting, fishing, after-dark hide-and-seek with his grandsons, and watching football and hockey on television, were all that made his life so fun.

He was a member of the Brownington Village Congregational Church and a former member of the Brownington Grange.

He is also survived by his two daughters:  Nancy Reynolds and her husband, Red, of Derby, and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom, of Irasburg; his grandchildren:  John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim, of Newport, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Barton, and Mercy Martel of Irasburg; and by his great-grandchildren:  Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Kristen, Kara, and Enoch John Rowell V, Trevor and Avery Rowell, and step great-granddaughter Megan Prue;  He also leaves behind several cousins whom he cared about deeply.

He was predeceased by his two brothers:  Stanley and Herbert Marsh; and by his first child, his beloved daughter, “Vicki,” at the age of 20.

A graveside service was held on August 16, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Village Congregational Church, 126 Parker Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

obit proctorKatherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor

Katherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor, 62, of Newark died on March 4. 2013, after a love-filled, joyous, blessed, and enlightened life.

She was born on March 22, 1950, in Seaford, Long Island, New York, the fourth child of William Alexander and Helen Marion (Sudnick) Speckels.  After spending time working on a ranch in Montana, seeing some of the world out West, she came back East, and met and married Roger B. Cummings in 1973.  Together they created five children:  Grace, Nevada, Gabrel, Aurora, and Keresey.

In 1987, she married Mitchell D. Proctor, and completing this loving family, came Rachel, Mikal and Malachi.

She was first and foremost curious, a wandering spirit, a gypsy; in every aspect of life she would discover and pursue with inspiring enthusiasm the avenues of knowledge.  She loved babies, animals, plants, nature, reading, writing, dowsing, rocks, crystals, fairies, kayaking, camping, hiking, talking, singing, storytelling, laughing, and shared great conversations over delicious, percolated coffee.

She goes ahead of her children:  her daughter Grace and her husband, Peter Currier, and their sons:  Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus, of Lowell; her son Nevada and his fiancée, Karen, of Orange, New Hampshire; her son Gabrel and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; her daughter Aurora and her children, Maximillian and Ava, of Irasburg; her daughter Keresey of Asheville, North Carolina; her daughter Rachel and her husband, Glenn Towle, and their daughter, Minevera, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her daughter Mikal of Asheville; and her son Malachi of Asheville.  She is also survived by her brother Frederick Speckels and his wife, Helen, and their sons:  Paul, Stephen, and Christopher of Huntington, Massachusetts; and by her sister Judy Speckels of New Mexico.  She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister Christine (Speckels) Fontaine.

A private ceremony was held on her sixty-third birthday and a public interment will be held this summer, for which a notice will be published.

Should family or friends wish, condolences may be sent to Grace and Peter Currier, 417 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

If desired, contributions may be made to Newport City Grow A Neighborhood, in Ms. Proctor’s name, care of Jen Black, 153 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. 

Jean de Boufflers

obit TromblyLeo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr

Leo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr., 67, of Newport died on August 13, 2013, at the VA Hospice in White River Junction.

He was born on March 17, 1946, in Plattsburg, New York, the son of Leo and Doris (Rumph) Trombly Sr.

He graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville with an associate’s degree.  He was a corporal in the United States Marines in the Vietnam War as a communication specialist where he served two tours.  He was a truck driver for the civilian transport in Iraq.  He was also an auto salesman at Mulkin’s Chevrolet and Paquin Motors in St. Albans.

On September 5, 2009, he married Carol Ann Perry who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and camping in his motor home.  He also enjoyed gardening and cooking on the grill.  He was very patriotic, generous, and loved his animals.

He is survived by his wife Carol Ann Trombly of Newport; his children:  Myra Alix and her husband, Todd, of Jay, and Matthew Trombly and his wife, Kendall, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dakota, Phoenix, and Sage Alix, Korbin Trombly, Alexis Middleton, and Alea Waters; his pets:  Daisy Mae the cat, Patch the dog, Billy Bong the cat, and missing cat Tom Tom; his sisters:  Carol Sevigny and Patricia Rocha, both of Newport; his half-brothers:  Bill Trombly and his wife, Sharon, of Virginia, and Tom Trombly and his wife, Kelley, of New York; and by his half-sisters:  Sharon Sklarski and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Denise Dineen and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Mary Destromp of Massachusetts, and Pamela Trombly of Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by a sister, Diane Trombly.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home.

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

obit wigginSarah L. Wiggin

Sarah L. Wiggin, 87, of St. Johnsbury Center died on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The Wiggins had lived in the house they built on Chickadee Hill off Sanger Drive since 1957.

She was born in Orleans on August 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Colonel Orvis D. Mathews and Eva (Horner) Mathews.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1943, and from Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1945.

On December 20, 1952, she married Charles K. Wiggin.

She worked for the government while at the Federal Housing Administration, later worked at Passumpsic Savings Bank in St. Johnsbury, and retired as a caseworker at the St. Johnsbury office of the Vermont Department of Social Welfare.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles K. Wiggin; her son Richard Wiggin of Littleton, New Hampshire; her daughter Deborah W. Matthews of South Burlington; her grandson Joshua S. Packard and great-granddaughter Alexis Packard, both of St. Johnsbury Center; and by her great-granddaughter Raegan Monroe of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Mathews; and by a granddaughter, Brooke Allyson Wiggin.

There were no services.

Given her love for dogs, please consider a material contribution to the Lyndon Dog Pound, 6603 Memorial Drive, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

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