Obituaries August 7, 2013

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Colin Campbell Drown Sr. was born on September 27, 1919, in Newport, and he died on August 1, 2013, at his home in Conway, New Hampshire.

After graduating from Newport High School in 1938, he went on to the University of Vermont where, along with accruing a degree in agriculture, he met Elizabeth Ann Corley.  They married soon after his graduation in 1942.  Almost immediately he was off to World War II as a bombardier in the 446th Bomb Group of the Army Air Corps.

When the war ended, he and his wife farmed for many years in Newport, where they raised their three children.  In the 1970s, he began working for the Farmers’ Home Administration (FmHA) in Newport.  In the mid-1970s, the FmHA saw fit to promote and transfer him to Conway, where he and his wife built a new home and settled in for life.

Mr. Drown was a fisherman and a hunter (there is no adjective heady enough to emphasize his love of fishing).  Annual trips to the fishing and hunting camps were de rigueur with his brother and “the gang” for most of his adult life.  In later years he shared those times with his nephew, Charlie, and two young protégés.

He loved the FmHA “girls” in Conway, the Conway Public Library folks, the people at Bea’s diner, Leavitts’ Bakery, Whitakers farm stand, and the Conway TD Bank branch.

He leaves behind his son Colin and his wife, Marina; his daughter Sarah and her husband, John; his daughter Maggie and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren:  Abrah, Adin, Tsalika, Valentin, Marisha, Igor, Fedor, and Danny; his great-grandchildren:  Clayton, Owen, Autumn, and Mila; his nieces and nephews:  Charlie, Ruthie, Linda, Mary, Cathy, Tom, Sue (deceased), Carol, Pat (deceased), and Elizabeth; many great-nieces and -nephews; and many steadfast and caring friends who regularly kept in touch with him.

His wife, Bet, died in 2006.

All his family and friends have much respect and love for the care daughter Sarah and son-in-law John gave him during his last months.  That same respect is extended to the attendance of Kathy and Deb, to the VNA-Hospice LNAs, to the VNs who made sure he was always comfortable, to the indomitable Donna, and to Dr. David Riss who unfailingly cared for and about both Mrs. and Mr. Drown.

There will be a Mass for him at Our Lady of Mountains Catholic church in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 8, at 5 p.m.  Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, at noon on Saturday, August 10.

No flowers, please.  Anyone who would like to make a charitable donation, please consider the Carroll County VNA-Hospice.  And when you go fishing or take a hike or are simply enjoying the out-of-doors, give a wave to Colin.

Mary A. Killian

Mary A. Killian, also known as Mary A. Leipziger, of Auburn, Washington, died at age 84 on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 14, 1928, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut.  She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended Bennington College and the University of Connecticut before graduating from the University of New Hampshire.

While living in Hollis, New Hampshire, in the late 1970s, she revived the town’s original newspaper, the Hollis Times, which had ceased printing in the early 1900s.  She published the newspaper for several years before selling the business.  The Hollis Times is still printed today.  She also ran an environmental consulting company, Birch Hill Associates, for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Yankee Weimaraner Club, and a recent member of the Western Washington Weimaraner Club.  Her residences through the years included Saratoga Springs, New York, Harvard, Massachusetts, Hollis, New Hampshire, Morgan, Vermont, Seattle, Washington, and Auburn, Washington.

She is survived by her son F. Douglas Leipziger of Lowell, Massachusetts; her daughter Susan A. Leipziger of Seattle; and by her beloved dog Ch. Isle View It’s Gotta Be A Hemi (also known as Hemi).

obit LimlawHarriet Olive Limlaw

Harriet Olive Limlaw, 83, of Derby died on July 31, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1929, in Newport, the daughter of Orem and Hazel (Hayward) Morse.  On October 15, 1949, she married David Limlaw, who predeceased her on November 5, 1988.

She was employed by Bogner of America for 22 years as a serger, where she retired in 1995.  She was also a driver for RCT and she volunteered at the Dailey Memorial Library until she stopped for health reasons.

She was an avid reader and she loved traveling, family gatherings, tending to her flowers and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children:  Donna Gray and her husband, Bradley, of East Charleston, Teresa Limlaw of Derby, Yvonne Tessier and her husband, Eugene, of Derby, and Crockett Limlaw and his wife, Loraine, of Derby; nine grandchildren:  Keith Gray and his wife, Teri, Jason Gray and his wife, Ann Marie, Emilee Labbe and her husband, Rick, Gene Tessier Jr., Jessica Menard and her husband, Arawn, Kelley Tessier and her partner, Patrick, Chad Limlaw and his wife, Julie, Amber Limlaw and her partner, Armand, and Josh Limlaw and his partner, Sarah; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev; and by her beloved cat Chloe.

She was predeceased by her brother David Morse in 1988; her sister Charlotte Bishop in 2011; and by her great-grandson Jacob Gray in 1993.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 10, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Joyce Miles Martin

Joyce Miles Martin, 77, one of the kindest, most loving and gentlest people in the world, died on July 29, 2013, at the Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

Those who knew her would describe her as an “angel.”  She was a rare person who was content with what she had in life and never wanted more.  She would rather see those around her happy and have the things they wished for — that was what made her happy.  She was devoted to her family.

She was born on August 21, 1935, in Albany, the daughter of Vernal O. and Mildred (Cleveland) Miles.  She grew up in Albany and attended the Albany Village School.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1953 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she attended business school and, following a year working in New Haven, she returned to Vermont.  She worked in Newport.  Following her father’s death, she and her mother moved to North Springfield in 1968, and Joyce went to work for Vermont Research in North Springfield.

She met Ronald “Bud” Martin in North Springfield and they were married on December 27, 1980, and she moved to his home near her home in North Springfield.  They enjoyed going dancing with friends at the VFW.  She began baking her famous apple pies for Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, which belonged to a member of the Martin family.  Her pies became a favorite of the local residents.  After her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.  She enjoyed spending time playing games and doing crafts with her step-grandchildren, Seth and Sophie Martin, the children of Rusty and Barb Martin.  When her husband became ill, she cared for him full time for many years at home until his death in 2006.

She was a faithful member of the North Springfield Baptist Church for many years until she moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, to live with her son, Kevin, in 2008.  She spent her last years in her new home where she was comfortable and happy.  She enjoyed helping the elderly and would often sit with them and read to those who could not read for themselves.  She also volunteered through the local community service.  She liked to knit and crochet as well as work on crossword puzzles and play card games.  Her son, Kevin, gave her an i-Pad for Christmas, which she found a bit of a challenge at first, but soon mastered it so that she and her sister, Elaine, e-mailed daily.  She enjoyed helping her son, Kevin, with the work in the garden and loved the fresh vegetables they grew.  She always loved animals, especially her son’s dog, Mocha, with whom she felt very safe when Kevin was away and she was alone.

She is survived by her son Kevin Miles of Charlestown; one sister, Elaine Miles Long, of Westport, Connecticut; and by many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and -nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters:  Alice Stone, infant Ada Miles, and Erma Cole; and by two brothers:  Harland Miles and Alvin Miles.

A funeral service was held on August 3, in Springfield.  Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit NeumayerRobert B. Neumayer

Robert B. Neumayer, 86, formerly of Paramus, New Jersey, died on August 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of John and Grace (Throne) Neumayer.  He married his high school sweetheart, Doris Von Atzingen, in September of 1947.  She and their son Robert predeceased him.

Mr. Neymayer joined the Navy after high school to support his country in World War II.  He returned home to start a family and worked as an electrical wholesaler with Franklin and Smith in New Jersey for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic Order as well as an active member of his church community.

In his free time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and vacations with his family.  He was a die-hard New York Giants and Yankees fan and held Giants season tickets for many years.  He was a devoted Little League and Babe Ruth coach during his time in New Jersey.  After a lifetime in Paramus, he moved to Newport three years ago to be near his sons.

His eldest grandson, Kyle Neumayer, described his grandfather as a “humble, passionate, honest/loyal man,” who was “the ultimate husband, brother, dad, and granddad.”

He is survived by his son Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; and by his grandchildren:  Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts, Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado, Kristen Neumayer of Newport, and Michael Neumayer of Island Pond.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit sicardDavid Sicard

David F. Sicard, 76, a resident of Bridport and Palmetto, Florida, died on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born April 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Labor) Sicard.  He was a graduate of Barton Academy, Class of 1955, graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959, and completed his graduate work from Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Vermont.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  He found his calling in education and taught in several communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts before becoming the district superintendent of schools in Lyndonville.  He then presided as principal of Hinsdale Elementary School in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, from 1982 to 1993.

On May 30, 1991, he married Penny Dwyer at St. Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale.  After retiring, he and his wife wintered in Palmetto, Florida.

Mr. Sicard enjoyed many hobbies.  He delighted in owning racehorses and was an accomplished driver and trainer.  Other interests included gardening, genealogy, playing golf with family and friends, and watching his beloved Red Sox.  He also enjoyed traveling, recently having visited France to see the region from which his family hailed.

Surviving family members include two sons:  Thomas M. Sicard of New Jersey, and David L. Sicard of Alburg;  three daughters:  Nancy B. Sicard of Buxton, Maine, Amy Kutchukian, and Jennifer Sicard of Swanton; two stepsons:  Bertrand M. Galbreath of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Zachary S. Galbreath of Saratoga Springs, New York; two brothers:  Michael Sicard of Bradenton, Florida, and Terry Sicard of Barton; five sisters:  Barbara Perkins of Orleans, Susan Sicard of Barton, Betsy Diette of Sutton, Patty Royea of Lyndonville, and Judy Fitzpatrick of Mooreville, North Carolina; and by nine grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers;  James and Lawrence Sicard; and by his sister Mary Sicard.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on August 6.  Burial with military honors took place at Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753; or to the American Cancer Society.

Death notice

Constance H. Young

Constance H. Young, 95, of Craftsbury died on July 16, 2013, in Morrisville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, September 9, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick, with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating.  Interment will follow at 2 p.m., at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

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