Obituaries August 31, 2016

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Sylvie Beauregard

Sylvie Beauregard, 59, of Valcourt, Quebec, died suddenly on August 18, 2016, in Valcourt.

She was born to Roland and Gertrude Beauregard on March 29, 1957, in Bonsecours, Quebec. She worked for Bombardier in Valcourt for 30 years.

She is survived by her siblings: Ginette Curtis and her husband, Keith, Lise Carrier and her husband, Roland, France Smith and her partner, Donald Piette, Joanne and her partner, Fitzroy Ferguson, Yves, and Carole and her partner, Jim Duquette.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Jean-Luc; and nephew Shawn Smith. She also leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Quebec Foundation of Epilepsy, 1650 Boulevard de Maisonneauve West, Suite 204, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2P3.


Paula Cynthia (Whiteway) Donaghy

Paula Cynthia Donaghy died on August 20, 2016, in Barton.

Ms. Donaghy was born on January 19, 1953, in Everett, Massachusetts. She spent her magical childhood in Hollis, New Hampshire. She moved to Vermont in her teen years, graduating from Marshfield/Plainfield High School. She attended Woodbury College where she received a paralegal degree. Her adult life was spent in Barton with her crew of fuzzy friends, including “Elliot,” “Q,” “Britcha,” and “Ziff.” A naturalist, the nearby forest, lake, and wildlife were her friends. Ms. Donaghy was also an excellent poet, writer, and naturalist photographer. She was a warm, generous, very courageous, and fun-loving person.

She is survived by: her parents Ruth and Curtis Whiteway Sr. of Craftsbury; son Kristian Donaghy of South Carolina; granddaughter Kaitlyn Donaghy; daughter Jeanne (Donaghy) Ball of Washington; her sisters Doreen Chambers and Kerry Edmunds; her brother Curtis Whiteway Jr.; and her niece Brooke Lorentzen.

At her request there will be no services. She has donated her body to the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. May her atoms take flight on the wings of a bird.

If desired, a donation can be made to the New England Scleroderma Foundation at the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923, or The Vermont Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, Vermont 05446.


Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier

Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier, 91, of Derby, died peacefully on August 27, 2016.

She was born on October 11, 1924 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Harold and Carrie (Smith) Earle. On September 30, 1943 she married Hugh F. Frazier who predeceased her on May 15, 2010.

She is survived by two daughters: Esther Searles and her husband, Glenn, of Barton, and Darlene Whipple and her husband, Bruce, of Derby; by her two grandsons: Scott Whipple and his wife, April, of Indian Trial, North Carolina, and Jason Whipple of San Francisco, California; and by her two great-granddaughters, Alice and Ruby of North Carolina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and by special friend and neighbor Babe Lavoie; and by Irene Farrar, her Sunday morning church companion. She was predeceased by her daughter Virginia on July 31, 1982.

The family moved to Newport from Morrisville in 1961. Until the move Mrs. Frazier was a stay at home mom and wife. She went to work at B.F. Moore for a short time as a seamstress, and then went to American Maple, working there until her retirement in 1985.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Every year she provided North Country Hospital with a handmade baby afghan for the New Year’s baby, as well as baby hats for the nursery. She also provided many mitten trees with her handmade mittens and hats.

Friends may call on Friday, September 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, followed by a graveside service at the Pine Grove Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at


David J. Keefe

David J. Keefe, 93, of Newport, died on August 26, 2016, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, after a long illness.

He was born on March 30, 1923, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Flora (Blake) Keefe.

Mr. Keefe went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He then attended Green Mountain College where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

He married Lucille (Fournier) Keefe on September 14, 1948. Mrs. Keefe predeceased him in 1995.

Mr. Keefe worked at Citizens Utilities his whole life and climbed up the corporate ladder where he became an executive for many years, retiring at the age of 72.

He was a lifetime member of the Newport American Legion Post #21, and was also the secretary for the Knights of Columbus for many years.

He loved bowling, fishing, playing poker, and was an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his four children: Michael Keefe and his wife, Angie, of Newport, Carol Levesque and her companion, Larry Rutherford, of Phoenix, Arizona, David Patrick Keefe and family of Aurora, Colorado, and Janice Keefe and her fiancée, Keith Young, of Claremont, New Hampshire. He is also survived by one brother, Maurice Keefe, of Barre; by seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his daughter Barbara Ann in 1983.

A Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Keefe’s name to a charity of one’s own choosing.

Online condolences may be made at


Jessica L. Lewis

Jessica L. Lewis, 38, died in Holland on August 21, 2016.

She was born on February 21, 1978, in Newport to Geoffrey Price and Lorraine (Tice) Griffin. She married Jordan Lewis.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children: Jakob and Rhilee Lewis, both of Holland; by her mother, Lorraine Griffin, and her stepfather, Randy Griffin, of Derby; by her father, Geoffrey Price, and his wife, Mary, of Derby; by her brother Kyle Griffin of Derby; by her sister Beth Price and her daughter Bree Jewer of Craftsbury; by her grandmother Anna Tice of Derby Line; by her mother-in-law Karen Flynn, father-in-law Richard Lewis, and brother-in-law Ryan Lewis, all of Holland; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Her children were her life.

She was predeceased by her grandparents: Maurice Tice Sr. and John and Betty Price; and by her uncle Maurice Tice Jr.

A graveside service was held on Monday, August 29, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lorraine Griffin for Jakob and Rhilee, 152 Gore Road North, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences can be made at

Larry Dean Rash

Larry Dean Rash, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, 58, of Westmore, lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully at home on August 20, 2016, with his wife, Debra, by his side.

He was born February 23, 1958, to Morris and Janice (Eastman) Rash, in Springfield.

In 1987, he met his soul mate, wife, and best friend, Debra A. Reny. They were united in marriage on August 11, 1990, with their children, family, and friends by their side in Westmore.

He is survived by his three children: Crystall J. LaBounty, of Bolton, Jennifer J. Rash, of Burlington, and Joseph E. Shaw III, of Watervliet, New York. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Alex Crown, Cody Crown, Alyssa Crown, and McKensie Patric; by his five siblings: Kathy Dyke of Maine, Deborah March, Valerie Perkins and her husband, Ronald, of Vermont, Terry Goss and her husband, George, of New York, and Andrew Rash and his wife Lara, of Vermont.

He was known to many for his hard work, gentle soul, and beautiful singing voice.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, singing karaoke in the backyard, playing Cornhole, horseshoes, and fishing (both summer and winter), on beautiful Willoughby Lake where he grew up.

A private ceremony will be held for the family to spread his ashes.

A celebration of life will be held October 1, 2016, from 1-5 p.m. at his home in Westmore on West Side Lane.   Please bring a dish to share, listen to his favorite songs, and share memories of this amazing man.


Marguerite Rosenthal

Marguerite Rosenthal, until recently a part-time resident of South Albany, died on August 25, 2016, in Maryland, after a four-month battle with cancer. She was 75.

During her stays in the Northeast Kingdom, Ms. Rosenthal was a regular presence at concerts (classical, folk, whatever), plays, and other community events. If it was a potluck, she could be counted on to bring something homemade, interesting, and delicious. She was often one of those who stayed to clean up. She was a contributor.

She was also eternally and enthusiastically grateful for the kindnesses her neighbors showed her ever since she bought her little summer house on Centebar Road some 20 years ago. Though she traveled the world and devoted herself to righting its wrongs, she was perhaps happiest enjoying the simple pleasures — gardening, hiking, and kayaking here.

Ms. Rosenthal was born in the Bronx, and grew up in New York City and in central New Jersey. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated from Queens College. She earned her doctorate in social work and social welfare from Rutgers University and taught at Rutgers, Adelphi University, and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1966 until she retired, she was a professor of Social Work at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She lived in Boston.

During her years in Boston she worked on and off campus for peace and against for-profit prisons, for equal rights and against torture. She wrote scores of book reviews and scholarly articles and was co-editor of Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provisions, published in 2002. She traveled extensively for both business and pleasure to Germany, El Salvador, India, Sweden, Israel and the West Bank, Cuba, Hungary, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Czechoslovakia. She was always on the go — if not on the globe, then in her thoughts and her aspirations.

Ms. Rosenthal is survived by her son, Benjamin Martin Rosenthal, his wife, Nancy and their children, Leah and Ezra, of Takoma Park, Maryland; by her brother David; her sisters-in-law; a niece and a nephew; and a collection of cousins, who will continue to cherish her memory.


Annette R.A. St. Onge

Annette R.A. St. Onge, 80, of Derby, died peacefully on August 21, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on November 2, 1935, in Thetford Mine, Quebec, to Philemon and Yvette (Rodrique) Paquet. On July 12, 1958, she married Marcel St. Onge, who survives her.

Mrs. St. Onge was a former member of the Newport Country Club, and the Rocky Ridge Country Club in Hinesburg. She was an avid sports person playing squash, tennis, and racquetball, and she was very competitive.

She is survived by her husband, Marcel St. Onge, of Derby; by her children: Donald St. Onge of Shelburne, Michel St. Onge and his wife, Beverly, of Hinesburg, and Richard St. Onge and his wife, Ann, of Underhill. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joshua St. Onge and his wife, Ali, Kimberly Cherrier and her husband, Eddie, April Andreasen and her husband, Nick, Dakota Siple and her companion, Chip Tinker, Jeana St. Onge and her companion, Eric Kingsbury, and Eliza St. Onge; by seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Online condolences can be made at


Stanley M. Swett

Stanley M. Swett, 75, of Newport, died peacefully on August 25, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport, comforted by his wife, her children, and his granddaughters.

He was born July 31, 1941, in Newport, son of Harold and Honora (Morse) Swett. He married Cynthia (Perron) Rockwell on December 2, 1986, where they resided in his family home in Newport. Mr. Swett worked at Union Butterfields/Tivoly, Inc. in Derby Line as a machinist. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He served in the army in Korea as second engineer battalion (combat) 633rd Engineer Company (LE) APO United States Forces 96358.

Mr. Swett’s joy was in his grandchildren — taking them fishing, camping at Maidstone Park, or swimming at Charlie’s Pond. He loved tenting at the pond too, even when it snowed. They all attest to the fact that he was the greatest swimmer they have ever known. He could dive deeper than any, and hold his breath like no other. He took pride in helping his family with their lawns, using his mower and a little green wagon attached behind pulling the built-in cooler and a rake. His wife has fond memories of him mowing her mother’s lawn every week, then visiting on the front porch with her mother. Mr. Swett loved his children, animals, and he loved to cook. He always baked the ham for the holidays. He was the best at making a boiled dinner, and his Thanksgiving meat and stuffing were awesome. Even when he became too sick to attend the holiday meals, he still cooked the meat and sent it along. He had fun making bets on the NASCAR races with his family.

Mr. Swett is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughters Kimberly Swett and Colleen Nutting; and grandson Brandon. He is also survived by stepchildren Charlie Rockwell and his wife, Jamie, and their daughters Marina and Angela; grandchildren Ashley and Cameron, and Angela’s husband, Gary Remillard, and his children, Rachel and Brad; by his sister Jean Percy and her husband, Lester, of Derby. She states that, “Stan was always there for her and she for him.” She remembers he was a good cook and he and his mother were very close.

When Mr. Swett’s father died, he lived with his mother taking good care of her. Ms. Percy said, “Stan was a miracle child.” When he was 18, he was in a serious car accident and thrown a hundred feet from the car. Mr. Swett is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and leaves a special nephew, Dennis Percy, and his wife, Pam. He is survived by his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, Georgette Rockwell, Regina Cole, and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his brothers: Harold Swett, Dean Swett, Melvin Swett, Stanley Swett; and sisters Virginia Wallace and Mary Swett.

A gathering will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cynthia Swett, 588 Bluff Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at


Max Elwin Underwood

Max Elwin Underwood, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

He was born on March 2, 1926, in Barton and spent his childhood growing up in Barton.

He served in the Navy for four years, including time on the USS Maury in the South Pacific. Afterward, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on the GI bill, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He went to work for the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Dunkirk, New York, and there he met his future wife and married her six months later. After having three children, Mr. Underwood and his family moved to England for four years so that he could train other engineers. On his return to the United States, he settled in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he remained for the rest of his life, working until retirement for Badger Company/Raytheon in Cambridge.

Mr. Underwood spent a lot of his time gardening and taking care of his home. Once a year, he spent a week at the camp that he shared with his brother, back home in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He loved brook, bog, and lake fishing there, and working around the camp. He continued this into his eighties. His two sons took him up to the camp one last time, helping him do the things that he enjoyed, including catching a big lake trout.

He developed Alzheimer’s disease in his later years and spent the last two years at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ray Underwood and Blanche MacPherson Underwood; his brother Norman Underwood of Hudson, Massachusetts; and his sister, Arleen Bemis, also of Hudson.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, LaVerne (Baker) Underwood; his three children and their spouses: Janet and Gary Fogg of Topsham, Maine, David Underwood and his wife, Annie Saint-Pierre, of Zurich, Switzerland, and John and Kirsten Underwood of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; six grandchildren: Aaron and Linda Fogg, Laura and James Underwood, and Robin and Kenneth Underwood; and many nephews and nieces.

A service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home on Thursday, August 25, followed by burial at Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.

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