Obituaries August 29, 2012

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Ann L. Allen

Ann L. Allen, 67, of West Charleston died peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2012, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 27, 1945, in West Charleston, a daughter of Seth and Mabel (Moore) Garland.

On September 17, 1960, she married Jackson Allen who survives her.

During her lifetime she was a dairy farmer on the family farm in West Charleston and aide for the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc.  At one time she was also head housekeeper at the Super 8 Motel in Derby.

She was an avid reader, gardener, bird watcher, and she enjoyed photography and spending time with her granddaughter.

She was a member of the Sheriff’s Association.

She is survived by her husband Jackson Allen of West Charleston; and by her children:  Hazen R. Allen and partner, Janice Smarsik, of Meriden, New Hampshire; Julie A. Lamoureux and her husband, Francis, of West Charleston, and Candace H. Allen of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.  She is also survived by her granddaughter Elana Midura of West Lebanon; her brother Ormond B. Garland and his wife, Betty, of Orleans; and by her nephews:  Doug and David Garland, Donald Morrisette, and George and Arthur Proulx.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Althea Smith and Dorothy Allen; and by a brother, Seth Garland.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Affiliate, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

William C. Armstrong

William C. Armstrong, 91, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

He was born on September 20, 1920, in Charleston, a son of Charles and Eleanor (Palin) Armstrong.

On June 6, 1958, he married Phyllis Worth who survives him.

Mr. Armstrong was a machinist and inspector for Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 where he worked with the American Legion Baseball League of Newport.  He was also a member of the Island Pond Lodge #44 Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Newport.  He also volunteered at North Country Hospital and founded the Border Lodge Credit Union.  He prepared income taxes for the elderly, enjoyed hunting and gardening in his earlier years, and he loved watching baseball.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Armstrong of Derby; his children:  Dana Armstrong and his wife, Margaret, of Princeton, Massachusetts, Jana Armstrong of Canton, Massachusetts, and Paul Perkins and his wife, Daryl, of Moberly, Missouri.  He is survived by the following grandchildren:  Sariah, Eleanor, William, Amelia, Kashaun, Trey, Shelley, Chad, and Jacob; and by great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Abigail, Beau and Grace.  He is also survived by a sister, Sylvia Russell, of Lompoc, California; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cydney; and by his brother Wayne Armstrong.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Baseball Fund, in care of Frank Ormsbee, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Island Pond Lodge #44 Free and Accepted Masons, 60 South Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

James Clifton Avery

James Clifton Avery, 87, of Newport Center died on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on August 31, 1924, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to James H. and Hazle (Dibble) Avery.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Arleene Henn on August 31, 1945, in New York.  They resided in Mount Kisco, New York, for 36 years.  Mr. Avery worked for the New York Telephone Company and retired after 35 years of service.  Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Marco Island, Florida, where he enjoyed deep-sea fishing, playing golf and bridge.  In 1998, they moved to Newport Center.

He is survived by his wife Arleene Avery of Newport Center; and by their daughter Barbara Buchanan and her husband, Craig, of Derby.  He is also survived by two brothers:  Austin Avery and his wife, Gloria, of Naples, Florida, and Gordon Avery and his wife, Marie, of Naples; his sister-in-law Muriel Dreher and her husband, Frank, of Tucson, Arizona; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters:  Ruth Lauricella and Joan Closius.

A memorial service will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport, on Thursday, September 6, at 3 p.m.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 6, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Quinn P. Finnegan

Quinn P. Finnegan, 23, of Westmore died suddenly on Thursday, August 23, 2012, in Barton.

He was born on February 3, 1989, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the beloved son of Brian Finnegan and Darlene (Kennedy) McGlone.

He graduated from Louisburg College and Greensboro College in 2011.  He played baseball for four years and made first team all conference, third base.  He was an avid golfer and tennis player.  He loved his dog, Shamus.

He was currently a bartender at Parker Pie and the Orleans Country Club.

He is survived by his parents:  Brian Finnegan of Westmore, and Darlene McGlone and Brian of Metuchen, New Jersey; his grandmother Mary Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale; his two sisters:  Casey and Kelly Finnegan, both of Ashville, North Carolina; his girlfriend Kristdel Coble of Graham, North Carolina; and by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Services will be private.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Michael Rosenfield

Michael “Sid” Rosenfield, 63, of Isle La Motte died on July 17, 2012, from heart failure, peacefully at his home.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, son of the late Albert Rosenfield and Margarete Diggins.  He was the former husband of Anita “Byrd” Prentiss, and the caring and loving father of his son, Michael G. Rosenfield of Charlotte.

Mr. Rosenfield moved to northern Vermont in the early 1970s.  He had homes in East Charleston and then Sutton.  He loved the Northeast Kingdom and spent many years with family and friends at the Lakeview Cottage on Lake Willoughby each summer.  He could be found with his dog (either Boomer, Barley or Rudy), fly fishing in the ponds, lakes and rivers of northern New England, and more recently he enjoyed his time improving his home and gardens on Isle La Motte.  He was an accomplished woodworker, and owned and operated a successful woodworking business in Richmond for over 20 years.  In his later years he worked with several Vermont building developers as a dedicated building site superintendent.

He was an Eagle Scout, Little League coach, and always a leader who lived an adventurous life, and he will be sorely missed by his family, fellow workers, neighbors, and extended family of lifelong friends.

A memorial and gathering in his honor will be held on Saturday, September 15, at his home on the Isle La Motte from 2 to 4 p.m.

Donations may be made in his name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vermont Public Radio, or the American Heart Association.

Lucille Bernice Squires

Lucille Bernice Squires, 71, died quietly on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on September 16, 1940, to Effie and Basil Squires of West Glover.

Her interests included collecting family photos, listening to country music, sewing, crocheting and virtually anything to do with arts and crafts.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren especially when cooking and reading them stories.

She is survived by her brothers and sister-in-law:  Jerry Squires, and David and Susan Squires; her three children:  Roxana Bailey, Douglas Bailey and Suzette James; and by her grandchildren:  Hesper Butkovich, Sheldon Leland, George Leland, Mandy Bailey, Angelica Bailey, Shyla Bailey, Maya James, Ezra James, Xavier James and Elijah James.

Memorial services are being held privately, by her family.



Art and Peggy Moran

A memorial Mass will be held for Art and Peggy Moran on Thursday, August 30, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a gathering in the church hall.  All are welcome.

John C. Rogers

A memorial ceremony for John C. Rogers will be held on Sunday, September 2, at Mad Brook Farm in East Charleston at 4 p.m.  There will be a remembrance gathering, interment, an Italian-themed potluck, and music to celebrate the life of a beloved friend and extraordinary man.

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs

A memorial service for Frieda Gibbs of Island Pond and Woodstock will be celebrated on Saturday, September 1, at 11 a.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston.  The graveside service to follow will take place at Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a humane society of choice.

Condolences may be sent to the website

Death notices

Ruth M. Skinner

Ruth M. (Racine) Skinner, 90, died on Friday, August 24, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

Arrangements will be announced upon completion.  A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Chronicle.

William Lewis Slaiby

William Lewis Slaiby, 76, of Derby died suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2012, in Newport.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at the Little Salem Lake Cemetery in Derby, with military honors.  Reception following, at the house.

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