Obituaries August 6, 2014

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obit AldrichJames L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, of Derby died on July 27, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born on the family farm in Derby on August 25, 1935, to Ira and Beatrice (Coutts) Aldrich.

He married a local girl, Joyce French of Rock Island, Quebec, in 1964 and for the past 50 years, they have lived on the family farm.

Mr. Aldrich was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was very active in the local congregation as well as in their building construction program. He enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and he especially liked talking about the future.

He was a “jack of all trades” and had a wide variety of interests such as farming, operating his sawmill, woodworking, gardening and sitting on the front porch with family and friends. He kept up with the “neighborhood news” and enjoyed having visitors and meeting new people.

He was the oldest of five children and leaves behind his daughter, Leah, and his siblings: Bob Aldrich and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Dean and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, and Beatrice Nelson and her husband, Roger, of Derby; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother Bill; his grand-dog Dakota; and by his wife.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit ConnollyArthur Henry Connolly

Arthur Henry Connolly, 76, of Brownington died suddenly on August 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 11, 1938, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to Henry and Emily (Bernier) Connolly.

On June 1, 1988, he married Marcia Jacobs, who survives him.

Mr. Connolly was a self-employed logger and farmer. He was an avid lover of horse pulling. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Pulling Association and the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association. He enjoyed shooting his guns, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Connolly of Brownington; his children: Steven Connolly of Winchester, New Hampshire, and Lynn Bodo and her husband, Todd, of Moosup, Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Roland Fontaine of Cannan, New Hampshire, Don Connolly of Northfield, and Henry Connolly and his companion, Jane Stone, of Brookfield, Pauline Menard and Deb Shambo, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mildred Henderson.

He was predeceased by a son, Arthur Connolly; and by three brothers: Ed, Bob, and Ron.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Barton fairgrounds on August 16, at the horse pulling arena starting at 3 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit DeLaBruereGaetan Yvon De La Bruere

Gaetan “Gate” Yvon De La Bruere, 50, of Coventry died suddenly on August 2, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on September 7, 1963, in Newport, and was the beloved son of John and Helena (Perron) De La Bruere.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1983, he entered the family business and worked for his father as a Master Electrician at Newport Electric. In 1989, he left to formulate Gate’s Electric, Inc. with business partner Dennis Lantagne.

Outside of work, he enjoyed teaching, including classes for aspiring electricians at the North Country Career Center. He was also fond of the outdoors, spending most weekends on the lake or in the forest. A proud father, Mr. De Le Bruere never missed an opportunity to cheer on his children at the rink, on the track, or at the field.

He was happiest when he was helping people. His children called him “Superman” because he would always drop whatever he was doing to come to the rescue. When a friend or family member was in need, he was always the first person to call on. He always said his purpose in life was to lighten the burdens of others, and it was a purpose fulfilled.

Members of the community likely met Mr. De La Bruere on a late night call to restore power and to keep their families warm, or giving light to their new dream home. He brought warmth and light into every life he touched, and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons: Mitchell, Collin, and Spencer; the mother of his children, Carla; his beloved granddaughters: Gabrielle and Lily; his parents: John and Helena De La Bruere; his brothers: Alain and his wife, Irene, and their children: Alaina, Olivia, Donovan, and Aaron; Bert and his friend, Katrina, and his children: Kyle and Lori; and by his sister Louise Whipple and her husband, Don, and their children: Jonathan and Sydney. He had a special friendship with Robert Desrochers and Daniele Simpson, Richard and Louise Bouffard and their children, his business partner Dennis Lantagne and his wife, Annette, and his dear friend Sheila McFarlane.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Derby Elks Club. He will be interred in a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a trust for the benefit of his grandchildren at Passumpsic Savings Bank on 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit graves 2Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves

Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves, 37, of Island Pond died suddenly on July 31, 2014, in Morgan.

She was born on August 13, 1976, to Joseph and Lise (Archambault) Marcoux.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1995.

She worked at Tivoly in Derby Line and Poulin Lumber in Derby.

Her hobbies included drawing, camping, fishing, and playing music, especially the guitar and keyboard.

She is survived by her children: Zachary Hawkins of Island Pond, Julia Graves of Holland, Ethan Graves of Holland, and Noah Twofoot of Brownington; her mother Lise Archambault and her companion, Percy Lagasse, of Derby; her father Joseph Marcoux and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center; her brother Shannon Marcoux and his wife, Teresa, of Cabot; and by numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lise Archambault, in care of the Community Bank, P.O. Box 455, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, for a fund for her children.

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

obit LyonClaire C. Lyon

Claire C. Lyon, 89, of Brownington died on July 29, 2014, in Burlington, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of nine children of Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.

She had a longtime love of cooking, having been a chef at the East Side Restaurant in Newport for 25 years. She then worked at the Maple Lane Day Care Center for ten years.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes and birthday cakes for all her grandchildren. She also enjoyed making doughnuts for her family and friends.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They made her face light up. She would always put others’ needs before her own.

On January 18, 1945, she married the love of her life, Harold A. Lyon. Together they had five children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Thibault, and her husband, Michael, of Burlington; three sons: John Lyon and his wife, Lorraine, of Derby, Jessie Lyon and his wife, Connie, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Robert Lyon and his wife, Rose, of Brownington; several grandchildren: Aurie Thibault, Jed Thibault and his wife, Allie, Daniel Lyon and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Dagesse and her husband, Gerard, Melanie Munroe and her husband, Chris, Ryan Lyon and his wife, Kristan, Sarah Merrill and her husband, Ron, Jared Lyon, James Lyon, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, and Matthew Lyon; and by her great-grandchildren: Reese Thibault, Bethany Lyon, EmmaLou Lyon, Christopher Dagesse, Miles Munroe, Trevin Merrill, Sean Merrill, Ethan Robillard, Nicholas Robillard, and Hayden Robillard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lyon; her parents; her daughter, Sally Lyon; and by several brothers and sisters: Blanche Coates, Maurice Perry, Loretta McCoy, Noel Perry, Francis Perry, Leon Perry, and Mary Ann Darling.

A memorial service will be held at the Brownington Congregational Church on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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obit QuirionMonique Prevost Quirion

Monique Prevost Quirion, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Victor de’Beauce, Quebec, to Benoni and Delina (Doyon) Prevost. On May 28, 1952, she married Marcel Quirion, who predeceased her on October 31, 1985.

They owned and operated the family dairy farm in Coventry and they also owned and operated the former Royal Restaurant in Newport and the Newport Redemption Center.  Mrs. Quirion was also a cook for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for 11 years. She was an excellent seamstress and had many other hobbies: knitting, crocheting, gardening, embroidery, making all sorts of crafts, baking, and cooking.  Her entire life was devoted to the Lord and to her loving family. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella since 1954 and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Helene Chilafoux and her husband, Rance, of Coventry, Louis Quirion and his wife, Leigh, of New Haven, Connecticut, Luc Quirion and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Roger Quirion and his wife, Christine, of Holland, Julie Carrier and her husband, Peter, of Coventry, and Robert Quirion and his wife, Tracie, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Alan Desroches and his wife, Lisa, of Coventry, Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, of North Troy, Gilles Gentley and his wife, Sarah, of Hardwick, Jeff Gentley and his wife, Angie, of Waterbury, Andrew Ouimette of Newport, Erica Ouimette of Newport, Erin Yarborough and her husband, Trey, of Michigan, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Jeremy, of Derby Line, Michael Quirion and his wife, Moira, of Newport, Kyle Quirion of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Alisha Clark and her husband, Drew, of Burlington, Ann Harnish and her husband, Joe, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Eric Carrier and his wife, Heather, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Marc Quirion of Coventry, and Patric Quirion of Coventry; by numerous great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Leandre Prevost of St. Thomas Daquin, Quebec, Leonard Prevost of Beloeil, Quebec, Hugues Prevost of Longueil, Quebec, Theresa Plante of Newport, and Claire Charpentier of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; and by her son-in-law Rock Desroches and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by her son Gilles Quirion on July 13, 1974; her daughter Suzanne Desroches on December 30, 1998; by her son-in-law Roger Ouimette on April 24, 2004; and by her siblings: Alban Prevost, Jean-Marc Prevost, Gerard Prevost, Yolande Beaudoin, Marilouis Prevost, and Patrick Prevost.

Funeral services were held on August 1 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

obit RuggieriMary E. Ruggieri

Mary E. Ruggieri, 48, of West Charleston died on July 28, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 7, 1966, in Newport to Gilbert and Linda (Murphy) Hill. She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1984 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Lyndon State College.

Ms. Ruggieri enjoyed doing craftwork, gardening, housekeeping, and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her children: Travis Bartley and his wife, Johanna, Logan Bartley and his fiancé, Mariah Goodell, and Drew Bartley, all of Derby; by her parents, Gilbert and Linda Hill, of Lowell; by her boyfriend, Randy Sheltra, of West Charleston; by her grandchildren Madyson, Colton, Denver, and Paislee; by her sisters Lisa Pion of Lowell and Erin Oeschger of Derby; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Death notice 

Carol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at 1 p.m.


Patty A. Paige

A memorial service for Patty A. Paige will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the First Congregational Church in Orwell, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.

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