Obituaries August 8, 2012

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Linda Mae Calloway

Linda Mae Calloway, 64, of Orleans died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on July 12, 1948, in Barton, a daughter of Harris and Edna (Larocque) Chamberlin.  On July 16, 2005, she married Donald Calloway Jr. who survives her.

Her hobbies included crocheting, embroidery, word search, latch hooking and playing bingo.

She is survived by her husband Donald Calloway Jr. of Orleans; her children:  Angel Simpson and her husband, Jeff, of Orleans and Blaine Wright and his companion, Wanda Abbott, of Derby; her stepdaughter Cindy Turgeon and her husband, Bobby, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Sean and Abbi Simpson; her stepgrandchildren:  Jazmine, Sierra and Dakota Turgeon; her sisters and brother:  Terry Chamberlin of Barton, Barbara Carrier of Glover, and Valerie Hinton of Brownington; her father and mother-in-law:  Donald Sr. and Ilene Calloway of Orleans; her brother-in-law:  Norman Stevens and Louise of Orleans; her niece Terry Stark of Fairlee; her nieces and nephews:  Rusty and Ann Dionne and Heather Dionne and Dustin Dionne; and by a family friend, Junior Storey.  She was predeceased by her parents; her children:  Rusty and Stacey Skinner; and by a brother, Butch Chamberlin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on August 8 from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Coventry Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the 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

Cody Alan Elwin Cole

Cody Alan Elwin Cole, 15, of Irasburg died suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on September 8, 1996, the beloved son of Gary and Rhonda (Fulford) Cole.

He was a sophomore at Lake Region Union High School, where he was a straight A student.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father where he has shot many deer and turkeys.  Among his hobbies he loved to play soccer with his cousins on his Uncle Bruce’s Lime team and play board games with his grandpa.  He also loved to go four-wheeling and snowmobiling and play video games.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and he enjoyed doing Boy Scout activities with his Nana and Papa Jim.

He is survived by his parents Gary and Rhonda Cole of Irasburg; his siblings:  Chantelle, Brooke, Joshua and Cierra Cole; his paternal grandparents:  Mabel Webb of Newport and Lawrence Tabor of Derby; his maternal grandparents:  Loretta Palin and her husband, James, of Newport, and Sam and Laurel Fulford of Orford, New Hampshire; his maternal great-grandmother Hilda Pion of Lowell; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on August 2 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cody Cole Scholarship Fund, in care of Passumpsic Bank, 1 Gardner Street, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Richard A. Harter

Richard A. Harter, 81, a lifelong summer resident at Willoughby Lake in Westmore, died on March 12, 2012, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from complications due to chemotherapy.

He was born on October 14, 1930, in Philadelphia and was raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he attended the Hill School.  He went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he was an outstanding basketball player.  After graduation he spent two years in the Marine Corps and it was there that he developed his tough minded defensive philosophy that became his trademark during his 57 years as a basketball coach at the college and NBA levels.

Mr. Harter coached the Pennsylvania Quakers to two Ivy League championships and had one of the few undefeated regular seasons in NCAA history.

He left the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 to coach the Oregon Ducks for seven years, where his “Kamikaze Kids” snapped UCLA’s 98-game home winning streak.  He went on to coach at Pennsylvania State before leaving college basketball for the NBA.

Mr. Harter helped create the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons as Chuck Daly’s assistant and he also worked as the top assistant for three other Hall of Fame coaches:  Jack Ramsay in Indiana, Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and Larry Bird in Indiana.  He was the first head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and also coached with the Portland Trailblazers, the Boston Celtics, the 76ers and the Indiana Pacers.  He retired in 2010 at the age of 79.  He is in the University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, the Big Five Hall of Fame, the University of Oregon Hall of Fame, the Pac 12 Hall of Honor, the Hill School Athletic Hall of Fame and will be posthumously nominated to the State of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame next year.

Besides his remarkable coaching career where he was renowned as a defensive genius and motivator, Mr. Harter spent many years working at the Songadeewin of Keewaydin Girls’ Camp on Willoughby Lake which was owned by his parents and then by him and his brother, Jack Harter.  As a boy he attended Keewaydin Boys’ Camp in Dunmore, and worked there as a counselor until becoming part of the staff at Songadeewin.  He also loved teaching and mentoring youngsters and spent several weeks every summer lecturing at youth basketball camps in Vermont and all over New England.  He was still diving on loose balls until he was in his late 70s and also was a featured lecturer for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Italy and Spain.

On a more personal note, he loved college football, especially the Oregon Ducks.  He was a voracious reader and had an amazing collection of sports books and biographies.  His favorite pastime was chatting with friends about sports, telling stories about his adventures in basketball or reminiscing about the girls’ camp at Willoughby Lake.  He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his five children from his first marriage:  Linda, Rich, Jim, Robin and Kerry; his four grandchildren:  Koby, Zoe, Mark, and Matt; and by his loving wife, Mari, and their two white golden retrievers.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m. at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore.  This will be followed by a military honor guard in the adjacent park and a reception.

Joyce M. Jenness

Joyce M. Jenness, 81, of Derby died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1931, in Barton, a daughter of Ernest and Thelma (Tinker) Ferrin.  On November 24, 1948, she married Walter Jenness who predeceased her on December 5, 2007.

Her hobbies included watching the hummingbirds and other birds come to her feeders.  She was also an avid reader and she loved to make donuts for the family and other favorite recipes.  She traveled with her late husband to conventions for their business and to several of the organizations he belonged to.  They spent many winters in Florida.

Mrs. Jenness and her husband founded Walt’s Sales and Service in 1967.

She is survived by her children:  Ed Jenness and his wife, Alta, of Derby Line, and Elaine Morin and her fiancé, Dale Smith, of Florida; her grandchildren:  Christopher and Deanna Jenness of Derby, Scott Jenness of Derby, Timothy Jenness and his wife, Sara, of West Charleston, Emily and Chris Micknak of Derby, Whitney Morin of New Hampshire, and Matthew Morin of Holland; her great-grandchildren:  Brianna Madden of Derby, Gage and Cayde Micknak of Derby, Rylie Jenness of Derby, Bryn Jenness of Derby, and Grant Jenness of West Charleston; her sister Bev Conley of Glover; and by her in-laws:  Kenneth and Ruby Jenness of Morgan, and Dorothy Dunn of Tupper Lake, New York.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Kermit and Wendall Ferrin; and by her sisters:  Winifred, Genevive, and Frannie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill, in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on August 9 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Margaret Mary Beattie Kambour

Margaret Mary Beattie Kambour died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, peacefully in her sleep at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Complications from a spinal compression fracture became too numerous and acute for her strong will and constitution to overcome.  She is now in the next great adventure that awaits us all.

“Maggie,” as she was affectionately known to her contemporaries, was born on March 19, 1920, to Allen and Irene Graves Beattie in St. Johnsbury.  A nice piece of serendipity regarding her birthday is that March 19 is the day the swallows return to Capistrano.  She loved feeding and watching birds and it was a “rare bird” indeed if she couldn’t identify it.

She attended Portland Street School in St. Johnsbury where she completed eight grades in seven years.  In her eighth grade year she won the Vermont State Spelling Bee and traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete at the White House with other state champions under the supervision of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  Gilding it not too lightly, she was the original spellcheck.

She received her secondary education at St. Johnsbury Academy where she began cultivating her interest in languages, notably French and Latin.  In 1937 she graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy as the class Valedictorian.  Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge were virtually insatiable.

She then continued her schooling at the University of Vermont.  In 1941 she finished her degree work and graduated magna cum laude, majoring in French with concentrations in Latin and education.  She was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society.  Her ability to apply herself until the matter at hand was completed was formidable.

From 1942 to 1945 she taught in Jeffersonville.  During that era a broader spectrum of responsibilities was placed on teachers as she taught not only French and Latin, but English and some business courses as well.  She was multi-tasking fifty years before it become a buzzword.

She lived in Seattle, Washington, from 1945 to 1947, traveling there with her sisters, Irene and Allene.  This redoubtable trio was known in St. Johnsbury as the “Beattie Girls.”  She worked in a shipyard as a bookkeeper and took courses at the University of Washington, including one on Constitutional law.  Years later, one of her sons, who rather fancied himself a “smarty pants,” had the temerity to cross swords with his mom on a point of Constitutional law.  When she was finished slicing and dicing her impious child into quivering shreds that would have impressed any litigator, that particular boy knew the meaning of chastened.  All right, that “particular boy” was yours truly.

She returned to Vermont in 1947 and took a job in St. Albans at Bellows Free Academy teaching French and Latin.  In 1949 she met Theodore Kambour Jr. and in 1950 she married our dad, her partner for 55 years.  They moved to Lancaster, New Hampshire, to accommodate his career.  While there, my two big brothers were born, Peter George in 1951 and James Dodge in 1953.  In 1953 the young family moved to Barton.

As it is with most mothers, family was of paramount importance to our mom.  She shelved her career until her youngest son entered first grade.  Son number three, Thomas Charles, arrived in 1955 and number four, Theodore III, made the scene in 1959.  Chiefly a blessing, certainly a trial at times, her four boys were her biggest joy and focus in life.

In 1965 she returned to education as the French teacher at Orleans High School.  Two years later Lake Region Union High School’s doors opened and she was installed as the French and Latin teacher.  Additionally, she was the faculty adviser for the French and Latin clubs.  Although Latin was dropped from the school curriculum, she continued as a French teacher/faculty adviser until 1984 when she retired and proceeded to an active and fruitful post-career life.

Not surprisingly, much of her “golden years” activity involved learning and education.  She attended Elderhostels on both sides of the pond, continuing her quest for knowledge and cultural enrichment.  She tutored a handful of former students who felt the need for increased fluency in French.  She also did volunteer stints with the court-related Guardian Ad Litem program and the sheriff department’s RSVP Operation call-in.  Naturally, she was very involved in ONERTA (the Orleans and Northern Essex Retired Teachers Association), serving as local president and on the state board.  She traveled extensively with Dad, again on both sides of the pond.

The marathon has often been used as a metaphor for life.  Mom, you ran the race as well as anyone.  Our unwavering moral compass, our bastion of strength and an endless source of unconditional love, you will live forever in our hearts.  If this tribute seems a tad hyperbolic, please forgive a grieving son who loved his mother dearly and esteemed her to the point of awe.  You inspired us, Mom.  We will all meet in the clearing someday.

Our mom is survived by her sister Irene Beattie Trenholme of St. Johnsbury; her son Peter and his wife, Carol, and their son, Nicholas, all of Westford, Massachusetts; her son James of Barton and Glover; her son Thomas of Barton; her son Theodore III and his wife, Sandy, of East Lyndon, and their son, Cory of Newport; a great-grandson, Ethaniel Theodore, Cory’s son; her brother-in-law Russell Smith of South Carolina and Chautauqua, New York; her niece Penelope Smith Schwartz and her husband, Eric, of northeast Pennsylvania; her niece Tracy Smith Peters and her husband, Scott, of Lake Placid, Florida, and Mayville, New York; her nephew Tyler Trenholme of New Gloucester, Maine; her nephew Gilbert Trenholme and his wife, Sandy, and their children, Megan and Nathan, all of Waterford; her sister-in-law Eleanor Kambour Sableski of Durham, North Carolina; her niece Nancy Sableski and her partner, Annie, of Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts; her nephew Steven Sableski of Charlotte, North Carolina; and by her niece Sarah Sableski of Wilmington, North Carolina.  She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Theodore Kambour Jr.; her sister Allene Beattie Smith; and by her sister-in-law Ruth Kambour Lang.

You have earned your rest, Mom.  Love forever.

Elizabeth “Betty” Frances Mosher

Elizabeth “Betty” Frances Mosher, 93, of Newport died on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Newport.

She was born in Montpelier on May 31, 1919, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth (Kelty) Chamberlin.

She suffered the death of her mother in infancy and lived her early years with her paternal grandparents on Echo Lake in East Charleston.  She was a graduate of Orleans High School, Lyndon State College and Goddard College.

She married Bruce Mosher of Newport in 1942.  She taught school in Glover, Troy, Barre City, Montpelier, and Marshfield.  During World War II she was employed by Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle, Washington.

In 1985 she moved from Montpelier to Polk City, Florida, spending summers in Island Pond.  She moved to Newport in 1998.

She is survived by her daughters:  Jean and her husband, David Gosselin, of North Montpelier, Jill and her husband, Michael Booth, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jaye and her husband, Michael Phillips, of Colchester; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Lynda Mosher.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Tim Wilcox officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Children’s Literacy Foundation at

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

Robert M. Nelson

Robert M. Nelson, 73, died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at his home in Albany in the care of his loving companion, Sadie Watters.

He was born in Albany on May 12, 1939, the son of Maurice and Ethel “Jackie” (Shatney) Nelson.

He attended grade school in Albany and was a 1957 graduate of Craftsbury Academy.  He served his country from 1959 to 1964 in the U.S. Army, of which about one and a half years were in Bamburg, Germany.

He was a welder, working in all types of welding.  He worked most of his life as a self-employed welder from his garage in Albany.  He was also a fire chief for the town of Albany Fire Department for many years.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, AERIE 4329, in Newport.

He leaves his brothers:  Donald Nelson and his wife, Shirley, of Albany and Douglas Nelson and his friend, Rosemary, of Derby; his companion of many years, Sadie Watters; and by nieces, nephews and extended family.

To honor his wishes, there will be no service.

Leo E. Perron

Leo E. Perron, 63, of Newport died on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at his home.

He was born on October 4, 1948, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Leo and Ruth (Menard) Perron.

Mr. Perron graduated from Newport High School and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Lyndon State College.  He entered the United States Army and Navy for 20 years.  He was an avid baseball and football fan.  He also enjoyed his hobbies of collecting coins and other items of personal interest.

He is survived by his parents:  Leo and Ruth Perron of Newport; his sisters:  Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and Joanne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; his nieces and nephews:  Michael Mislak and his wife, Mandy, Stephanie Kevin and her husband, Matt, and by Jillian and Jonathan Gray.

Funeral services were held on August 6 in Newport.  Interment with military honors followed at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Veterans Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

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

Death notices

John Cameron Rogers

John Cameron Rogers, 72, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at Mad Brook Farm in East Charleston.

Memorial plans to be announced.

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith, 88, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends close by her side.

Funeral services were held on August 7 in Richmond, Quebec.  Interment followed in St-Anne’s Cemetery in Richmond.

Roger John Coleman Sr.

Roger John Coleman Sr., 62, of Newport died on Monday, August 6, 2012, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 at the River of Life Church in Irasburg.

Vera R. Stewart

Vera R. Stewart, 94, of Barton died peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at the West Barnet Cemetery in West Barnet.

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