Obituaries August 3, 2016

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Victor “Andy” Homer Andrews

Victor “Andy” Homer Andrews, 97, of Coventry, died peacefully on June 16, 2016, at the Derby Green Nursing Home, where he enjoyed his stay and made many friends.

He was born on April 25, 1919, in Roxbury, to Homer G. and Eva E. (Bell) Andrews.

He attended schools in St. Albans, and enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1941. He later entered the U.S. Navy, where he served in World War II, and the Korean War. During wartime he served on many war ships, as seaman, and third-, second-, and first-class gunners mate (GM1). Some of the vessels he was aboard were the USS Roanoke, U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Washington, D.C., USS Salem (CA-139) USS Mississippi (EAG-128), USS Boston (CAG-1) U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Boston, Massachusetts. He retired with over 20 years in the service. He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

He is survived by his two daughters: Priscilla Andrews of New Mexico and Rebecca Thayer of Virginia; three grandchildren: Jason Gabric, Jenny Lynn Thayer, and Elizabeth Premo; and by his special friend, Sheila MacFarlane, of Coventry.

He was predeceased by his wives: Helen LeClair, Lucille Jackson, and Doris Kendall; by his son Randall J. Andrews; by his brothers: George, Bernard and Terrance Andrews; and by his sister Lena Andrews.

He lived in Winooski for many years where he worked for Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. He and his family moved to Coventry where they made their home.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors. The Vermont Patriot Guard Riders will escort Mr. Andrews to the cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Andrews’ name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences can be made at


Roger L. Dumont

Roger L. Dumont, 74, died in Newport on July 26, 2016.

Mr. Dumont was born in Albany on August 14, 1941, to the late Maurice Sylvia Dumont. He grew up in North Troy and went on to graduate from North Troy High School and the Vermont Technical College.

After graduation he worked for General Electric in Burlington for a short time, then moved to Weston, Connecticut, and worked for United Technologies as an engineer for the rest of his career. After retirement, he moved to Newport. He enjoyed photography, computers, and English comedies on television.

Survivors include his brother Andre Dumont and his wife, Ann, of Altamonte Springs, Florida; nephews Paul Dumont of Sanford, Florida, Matthew Dumont and his wife, Debra, of Powder Springs, Georgia; nieces Terry Donovan and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center, Monique Souliere and her husband, Todd, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and sister-in-law Pat Dumont of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his brother Albert Dumont of North Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Better Breathers Club, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at


Lorene Armstrong Graham

Lorene Armstrong Graham, 82, died peacefully at her home in Newport in the early morning hours of July 30, 2016.

Mrs. Graham was born in Troy, the fourth daughter of Guy and Dorris Percy Armstrong, on August 11, 1933. She attended the Troy school, and when the family moved to Newport in 1944, she finished graded school and Newport High School, graduating with the class of 1951.

She joined the National Bank of Newport and met Bill Graham. Starting with their first date on April 21, 1954, leading to their marriage on November 21, 1954, and followed by 62 years together, she and Mr. Graham had a wonderful life with their four children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Graham, who preferred to be called Laurie throughout her life, was active in helping people. She was a faithful volunteer for the Elks, she worked on rummage sales as a member of the women’s society of the Newport United Church, she volunteered to help with church suppers, and was a member of the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary. She served as secretary for the Newport City school for many years and worked for a number of years as a driver for Rural Community Transport, taking people to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, and to many other locations.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham have been fixtures of the Sias Avenue, Birch Lane, and Hillside Street areas since they moved there in 1958. Over their years together, the Grahams did a lot of traveling, including to Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and California, and they attended a number of American Legion national conventions.

Mrs. Graham enjoyed people in general, and was helpful to all with a pleasant personality. She was very devoted to her family and expressed gratefulness for her and Mr. Graham’s life together, and for the family.

Mrs. Graham is survived by Bill, her husband of 62 years; by her sons James Graham and his wife, Lynn, of South Glens Falls, New York, and Scott Graham of Potomic, Maryland; by her daughter Kerry Graham of Concord, New Hampshire; and by her grandchildren: Derek Graham of Fort Edward, New York, Eric Graham of St. Johnsbury, Corey Graham of Ukiah, California, Emily Graham of South Glens Falls, Nic Graham of South Glens Falls, Cassandra Graham of Washington, D.C., Jennifer Graham of Davenport, Florida, Tyler Douglas Graham of Newport, Second Lieutenant Connor Graham and his wife, Jenna, of Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and by her great-grandson Blaze Cochran of Glover. She is also survived by her brother Roger Armstrong and his wife, Isabelle, by her brother Leonard Armstrong and his wife, June, of St. Johnsbury; by her sister-in-law Joan Armstrong of Lewisburg, West Virginia; and by her brother William Armstrong of Newport News, Virginia. She is also survived by all of her beloved nieces and nephews of the Graham and Armstrong families.

Mrs. Armstrong was predeceased by her oldest son, Douglas, in 2000; by her brother Gilbert Armstrong and his wife, Hazel; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Barbara Judd and her husband, Leon, and Beverly Hoadley and her husband, Clayton.

Calling hours will be at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be on Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Newport United Church with the Reverend Jim Merriam presiding.

The Graham family sincerely thanks the great number of friends and family who have been so nice to Mrs. Graham in her times of need this past year, thoughtfully visiting her and bolstering her with kindness and encouragement.

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


Donald Henn

Donald C. “Coot” Henn, 76, of Lowell and Port Saint Lucie, Florida, died peacefully with his family by his side on July 20, 2016.

There will be a memorial ride in his honor on August 6. Riders should meet at the Lowell school at 11 a.m.; kickstands go up at 11:30. After, a celebration of his life will be held at the VFW in Hyde Park at noon.

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Paul W. Leno

Paul W. Leno, 55, of Derby, died on July 24, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on May 21, 1961, in Morrisville to Helen (Farrand) and the late Paul Wood. He was later adopted by Corcell Leno.

He enjoyed fishing, making clay figures, and playing chess online. He was very artistic with clay. He was a self-taught computer repairman, and he loved all animals, especially cats.

He is survived by his son Tyler Leno of Washington, D.C.; by his mother, Helen Leno, of Orleans; by his sister Anita Hodgman and her husband, Kevin, of Orleans; and by his half-brothers Andy Wood and Shannon Wood of Indiana.

He was predeceased by his son Philip Leno in 2004; and by a half-sister, Diana.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at


Glendora Frances (Miles) McClay

Glendora Frances (Miles) McClay, 92, died on March 16, 2016, in Palm Desert, California.

She was born on April 21, 1923. She was the daughter of Glenn and Sadie Marie (Edgerton) Miles.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy and Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She married Hamilton T. McClay on April 24, 1949.

Mr. and Mrs. McClay lived in Newport after their marriage and then purchased a diner in Montpelier. They ran McClay’s Diner for several years with Mr. McClay doing the short order cooking and Mrs. McClay making the desserts. They formed many long-lasting relationships during that time.

After selling the restaurant, Mrs. McClay started working at the National Life Insurance Company, where she remained for over 25 years until her retirement.

At that point, she and Mr. McClay moved to sunny California where they made their home in Palm Desert.

Mrs. McClay became active in the homeowners association, volunteered at the Ford Elementary School in the classroom and library, and was an avid bridge player.

While she had no children, she thought of all her nieces and nephews as her kids. To most, she was known as Auntie Glen, but to Madelyn Mires she was Gramma Glen.

Ms. McClay was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton, and by her sister Phostine Austin.

She is survived by her sister Marlene Davis, and her family: Deborah Navin and her husband, Robert, and her son, James Clarke; the late Steven Davis and his wife, Lynn, and their son, Dillon; Gregory Davis; Sheila Mires and her daughter, Madelyn.

She is also survived by her sister Phostine’s family: Glenn Austin; Gail Guillette and her husband, Louis, and their children Cara and the late Harold “Bennie” Benjamin, their son, Harold Benjamin III and his fiancée, Desiree Charron; Ted Guillette and his wife, Amy, and their children Alexandria and Jonathyn; Louis Guillette Jr. and his wife, Tracy, and their children, Kristen and Brenden Hunt, and Katelyn; Alan Guillette and his wife, Christina, and their children Derek and Regan; Jerry Guillette and his wife, MaDonna, and their daughter Arrianna; Janet Young and her daughter Michelle Hall and her husband, Travis; and James Austin and his wife, Christine Iorillo, and their children, Rose Iorillo and Tess Austin.

A service of remembrance will be held Monday, August 8, at the Albany Village Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Online condolences may be made at


Susan A. Pelcher

Susan A. Pelcher, 61, of Newport, died on July 27, 2016, in Newport.

Ms. Pelcher was born on May 16, 1955, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Savage) March.

She is survived by her son Corey Pelcher of San Diego, California; by her two brothers: Andrew March and his wife, Mary Lou, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Douglas March and his wife, Carol, of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Ms. Pelcher was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Elizabeth March.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 5, at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Jim Merriam officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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


Terrie L. Sable

Terrie Lee Sable, 65, of Sheffield, died on July 20, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She had been sick for one month with a tear in her aorta. She had surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on July 14, and was recovering very well in the intensive care unit, but she died suddenly early in the morning of July 20.

Ms. Sable was born on November 17, 1950, in Racine, Wisconsin. She attended Horlick High School in Racine, and then two years of college at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. She worked as a company representative for U.S. Tobacco and for an optical company. In 1987 she was injured in an automobile accident that left her disabled due to arthritis and pain in her back and neck. On good days she could be active for part of the day, although she often needed to spend the day resting due to pain.

Ms. Sable loved quilting, and she developed her own style using small fabric hexagons and squares. She gave away dozens of her quilts, wall hangings, and placemats. She was a warm and generous person who enjoyed sharing what she had and giving things to others in need.

She was an avid reader, especially of historical books about English monarchs, American indians, and the Old West. She read from the Bible frequently.

Ms. Sable loved animals, including cats, dogs, birds, and fish. She was a volunteer at the spay and neuter clinic at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans. She had a green thumb and kept her home decorated with houseplants and flower gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Jeremiah Sable, of Sheffield; by her daughter Grace Rodriguez in Racine; by her mother, Mary Roskilly, of Valdosta, Georgia; by her brother John Roskilly of Valdosta; and by her brother Glenn Roskilly of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Condolences can be made to Ms. Sable’s family in an online guestbook at

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