Obituaries August 24, 2016

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Barbara Ann Davis

Barbara Ann Davis, 59, of North Troy, died peacefully on August 14, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 7, 1957, in Newport to Frances (Johnson) Jones and the late Perlie Jones.

On February 22, 1975, she married Laurence Davis who survives her.

Ms. Davis was a ruckle operator at Columbia Forest Products for 26 years. Her hobbies included shopping, crocheting, baking, boating, camping with Mr. Davis, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Laurence Davis; by her children: Wanda Davis and her companion, Louis Glodgett, Raymond Davis and his wife, Lee Ann; by her stepson Laurence Fecteau; by her grandchildren: Ryan Davis- Glodgett, Tyler Davis, David Davis-Moulton, and Lilly Davis, Belinda Webster and her husband, Kyle, and Bethany Glodgett; by her great-grandchildren Kyle Webster Jr. and Colton Webster; by her mother, Frances Jones; by her siblings: Sandy Spurling, Louise Handy, Joyce Caples, Pauline Bergeron and her husband, Roland, Mary Jones, and Donald Jones. She is also survived by her in-laws: Joanne and Mark Guyette, Fay and Gary Willis, Rita Johnson, Rene Guyette, Keith and Ellen Guyette, Ann and Rusty Jones, and Brent Hodgdon; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Perlie Jones; and by brothers-in-law Bill Spurling, Louis Handy, and Richard Caples.

A funeral was held on August 18, followed by interment at Pleasantview Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at


Mitchell M. Durocher

Mitchell M. Durocher, 74, of Barton, died on August 14, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on April 1, 1942, in Newport, to Frank and Desmah (Mason) Durocher. On April 8, 1990, he married Donna Marcotte, who survives him.

He had been a car salesman and farm foreman. He was also a self-employed caregiver. He enjoyed wildlife, working on landscaping around his house, mowing his lawn, and cooking. He was mechanically inclined and could fix almost anything. He was very brave as he fought emphysema and heart disease for many years.

Mr. Durocher was very personable and had an infectious smile.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Durocher, of Barton; by his children: Matthew Durocher of Keene, New Hampshire, Alisa Durocher of Keene, and Daniel Garceau and his wife, Kaleigh, of Ashuelot, New Hampshire; and by his grandchildren Dominque and Monet. He is also survived by his brother George Durocher of New York City; by his sister Mary Lamothe of Rutland; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Herbert Durocher.

A memorial service was held on Monday, August 22, at the Assembly of God Church in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences can be made at



Bernard L. Moeykens

Bernard L Moeykens, 85, a Vermont horseman, died peacefully at the UVM Medical Center surrounded by his family on August 9, 2016.

He was born on his mother’s birthday, May 24, 1931, in Derby, son of Lawrence B. and Flossie (Martin) Moeykens. He spent his early years working on the family farm where he developed his intense love of horses. Over the years he cultivated his inherent, natural ability with them. Mr. Moeykens was never without a horse his entire life and trained and exhibited many different breeds, especially Morgans and Belgians. He generously imparted his knowledge and passion for horses to anyone who showed an interest, and mentored many people of all ages.

He had many memorable experiences in his life but some of the highlights were driving his six-horse hitch in many shows throughout New England, and participating in various public occasions including driving the Middlebury Fire Department’s antique horse drawn pumper, teaching a class about draft horses at the University of Massachusetts, training for multiple Morgan horse farms prior to starting his own, Tari-Wey Stables, and being featured in many articles and magazines, especially Vermont Life’s fiftieth anniversary summer edition.

But above all, Mr. Moeykens loved his family and his extended family. Because of his quick wit and great smile he had many friends wherever he went.

Mr. Moeykens was predeceased by his parents, his sister Lillian Corrow, and his brother Merle “Red” Moeykens.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; and daughters Loray Cote, and her husband, John, Robin Loveless, and her husband, Ron, Lynn Rogers, and her husband, Kimball, and Elizabeth Thacker and her husband, Corey; by his grandchildren Ryan Cote, Jonathan Cote, Amanda Roberts, April Allen, Christopher Roberts, and Joshua Thacker; and two great-grandsons Dawson and Jordan Cote. He is also survived by his sisters Loraine Germain, Berna Rexford and her husband, Douglas, and Rosalie Spaulding and her husband, John; along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Mr. Moeyken’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury on Saturday, September 10, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Route 7, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.


Everette R. Richardson

Everette R. Richardson, 80, of Barton, died on August 15, 2016, at his home in Barton.

He was born on February 24, 1936, in Stannard, to Reuben George Richardson and Elva May (Gochie) Richardson. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School, class of 1954. On June 11, 1954, he married Shirley Morse, who survives him.

Mr. Richardson was a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War era. He was a master electrician and owned and operated Richardson Electric until his retirement in 1997. He formerly worked at Sears in St. Johnsbury and Newport, and at Roger R. Gosselin, Inc.

He was a very dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #62 in Barton and was a scoutmaster for many years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Richardson, of Barton; by his children: Michael Richardson and his wife, Denise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Lisa McCormick and her husband, David, of Fairfax, and Shelby Richardson and his wife, Judy, of Acworth, Georgia. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Vickie-Marie Osborne and her husband, Ian, Christopher Richardson, Asa Richardson, Shelise Venables and her husband, Stephen, Cody McCormick, and Sydney, Ethan, and London Richardson; by seven great-grandchildren; by brothers-in-law and sisters-in law; many nieces and nephews; and by his faithful companion, Rascal.

He was predeceased by his daughter Vickie and by his sister Esther Thomas and her husband, Louis.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating and with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences can be made at


Jean Pierre Roberge

Jean Pierre Roberge, 61, of Newport Center, died on the morning of August 19, 2016, at his home.

He was born on March 16, 1955, in Bonsecours, Quebec. He was the son of Felix and Monique (Tessier) Roberge.

On July 12, 1980, he married Susan (Parrott) Roberge, who survives him. He enjoyed farming, raising beef cattle, playing darts, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Roberge, of Newport Center; his three daughters: Melanie Deslandes and her husband, Mike, of Newport Center, Sarah Bathalon and her husband, Dana, of Coventry, and Amanda Roberge of Newport Center. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Dakota, Adam, Kiarah, Makyla, Emma, Owen, and Savannah; and by his siblings: Regean Roberge of Newport Center, Connie Verdon and her husband, Claude, of Newport Center, Gigi Lemay and her husband, John, of Derby, Paulette Poutre and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg, Geatane Stone and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Francine Guillette and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Jean-Claude Roberge and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, Marianne Sanville and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg, Robert Roberge and his wife, Shelly, of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, followed by interment in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Roberge’s name to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at

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