Obituaries December 16, 2015
Albert J. Callahan Jr.
Albert J. Callahan Jr., 87, of Morgan and West Hartford, Connecticut died peacefully on December 12, 2015, at home after a long illness, with his family by his side.
He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 20, 1928, a son of the late Albert and Laura Callahan. He grew up with his three brothers Lee, the late Vincent, and Thomas Callahan.
He graduated from Hall High School in 1945, Providence College in 1950, and Boston University Law School in 1953. He was a WWII Army veteran, and was proud of his service. He was the head of the legal department at Allstate Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1953 to 1994, in addition to having his own private practice.
“Big Al,” as he was affectionately called, was the life of the party and was always quick with a funny joke or story. He enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox win or lose. His favorite activity was rooting for and watching Providence College basketball. He had a strong connection to Providence College. His father was the first of seventeen Callahans to earn a degree from Providence College.
He was an avid boater and fisherman who balanced his professional life with his family life, spending many wonderful weekends on his boat “The Seven C’s” with his family. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, and did pro-bono legal work for a nonprofit group called Clay Hill. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Church and The Old Guard. He was a devoted father to his five sons.
His is survived by his sons: Albert J. Callahan III and his wife, Kathy, Timothy and his wife, Maureen, Peter, and Joseph and his wife, Barbara. He enjoyed spending the last thirteen years with his loving friend, Pat Hunt, of Morgan. Mr. Callahan adored his nine grandchildren and will always remain in their hearts.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marion, and his son Matthew.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home, located at 906 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy at 1116 North Main Street in West Hartford. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Callahan’s name to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, Connecticut 06492.
Online condolences at molloyfuneralhome.com.
Ormond B. Garland
Ormond B. Garland, 78, of Orleans died peacefully on December 7, 2015, in Newport.
He was born on July 21, 1937, to Seth and Mabel (Moore) Garland.
On September 5, 1959, he married Elizabeth White, who survives him.
He received his general education development diploma in 1972, from Lake Region Union High School. He was a machinist at Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Orleans for 43 years.
He was past master for the Orleans Lodge #106 F&AM, a member of the Orleans Fire Department, and he was an Orleans emergency medical technician. He was also a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, birdwatching, gardening, listening to country music, and he especially enjoyed attending family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Garland, of Orleans; his sons: Douglas James Garland and his fiancé, Julie Fortin, of Derby Line, and David William Garland and his wife, Danniella, of Eugene, Oregon; his beloved grandson Nicholas “Nick” Maio of Lyndonville; several nieces and nephews; his brothers-in-law: Stanley Davis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby, David Gray and his wife, Jackie of Morgan, James White, and his wife, Helen, of Barton, and Jackson Allen of West Charleston.
He was predeceased by his infant son Denis Leroy Garland.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples.
Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23.
The interment will take place in the spring in St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Fern “Jim” Hemenway
Fern “Jim” Hemenway, 96, of Orleans died on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida.
He was born March 19, 1919, to Frank and Elletta Hemenway in Orleans.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the escort destroyer U.S.S. Solar.
He worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.
He enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Shirley Hemenway, of Orleans; his children: Sandra Wentworth of Saratoga Springs, New York, Hale Hemenway and his wife, Sandy, of Rotonda West, Florida, Shirley Devine and her husband, Allan, of Inverness, Florida, Carol Jiang and her husband, Joseph, of Newell, Massachusetts, Jacqueline Mei of Ithaca, New York, and Eugene Mei of Longmont, Colorado; his sister Gretta Morrison of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was “G.G. Pa” to 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
A family memorial service was held on Thursday, December 10, in Englewood, Florida, at the Veterans Memorial Park.
A burial memorial service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in late June of 2016.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 44 East Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Brenda G. Jankowski
Brenda G. Jankowski, 62, of Derby Line, and formerly of Webster, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at her home in Derby.
She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1953, to the late Albert and Altheda (Ball) Bannister.
She was the wife and friend of Kenneth Jankowski for over 30 years.
She spent much of her adult life in Webster before moving to Derby, where she lived for many years. She was a devout Christian and a passionate advocate for all animal life, especially raccoons. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Jankowski, of Derby Line; her daughter Christina Pellegrino and her family: Paige, Eric, Freya, and Noah; her son Jake Jankowski and his wife, Heather, and his children: Brooklyn, Jesse, and Rebecca; her brothers: Albert Bannister, Steven Bannister, and Arthur Baxter; her sisters: Bertha Fabrizi and Linda Risden, and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. Ms. Jankowski was fortunate to have many friends in Derby, who were also like her family in all the ways that count.
A memorial to celebrate her life will be set up in the near future, and will be posted on her Facebook page.
Joette M. Lantagne
Joette M. Lantagne, 65, of Morgan, died on December 10, 2015, at her home in Morgan surrounded by all her family.
She was born on June 16, 1950, to Bernard and Marie Anna (Lariviere) Roy.
On September 12, 1970, she married Wayne Lantagne, who survives her.
She was assistant manager for Shaw’s Supermarket in Derby. She previously worked at the Grand Union in Newport, and then with Shaw’s for over 45 years.
She loved tending to her flower beds and watching hummingbirds. She loved to travel to casinos with her sisters-in-law and her daughter-in-law, and they also liked to go shopping on Black Friday. She loved to spend time with her two boys (grandsons) Dillon and Logan.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Lantagne, of Morgan; her children: Shane Lantagne and his wife, Vikki, of Newport, and Stacie Fox and her companion, Tommy Szedlaick, of Killington; her grandsons: Dillon and Logan Lantagne; her siblings: Francis “Sonny” Roy and his wife, Dorothy, of Newport, Michael Roy and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Monique Herlocker and her husband, Lloyd, of Florida; her sisters-in-law Cheryl Kelley and her husband, Robert, of Newport Center, and Kim Mathison and her husband, Randall, of Newport Center; her brother-in-law David Lantagne and his wife, Robin, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews.
She was predeceased by her siblings: George Roy, Aline Judd, and Gilberte Bennett; and her in-laws Oliver and Joyce Lantagne.
Funeral services will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the American Legion in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Cecile M. Lebeau
Cecile M. Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on December 9, 2015. She went to be with the Lord.
She was born on March 5, 1925, in Newport, the daughter of Edmund and Lumina (Labonte) Before.
She married Henry Lebeau, who predeceased her in 1995.
Mrs. Lebeau was a homemaker, wife, mother, farmer, and caregiver. As a homemaker, she always made sure her family and friends were well taken care of, and shared her special doughnuts, homemade bread, and brownies with everyone who came to visit. As a wife and farmer, she always worked beside her husband, either milking cows or driving tractors in the hayfield. As a mother, she constantly cared for and worried about her children, and as a caregiver, she cared for her mother, her mother-in-law, and her husband.
Mrs. Lebeau loved the trips she took with the Community Circle, and enjoyed the companionship that they offered. She loved her bingo games, and the friends with whom she enjoyed that activity. She was the treasurer for the Farm Bureau for many years.
She was a member of the Trinity Parish of Irasburg and was also a member of the Ladies Guild. For the last year she lived at Maple Lane Nursing Home, where she received exceptional care, and was a part of the family there.
She is survived by her children: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; her daughter-in-law Fran Lebeau O’Neil and her husband, Michael, of Arkansas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Edward and Matthew Lebeau, Hannah Lebeau Chamberland, Rachel, Roger, and Rene Morse; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: Henry Before of Montana, Theresa Cox and Carmen Harter of Spokane, Washington, Vincent Before of West Burke, and Rita Riley of Palmetto, Florida.
She was predeceased by her children: Bernard, Robert, and Marcel Lebeau; and by her brother-in-law Albert Lebeau.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Paul I. Maynard Sr.
Paul I. Maynard Sr., 88, of Burlington died on December 4, 2015, following a brief illness.
Mr. Maynard was born in Johnson on April 16, 1927, to Henry A. Maynard and Dolores Z. Bergeron. He was one of several children and is survived by his sisters: Alma Marrier, Pauline Flanders, both of Burlington, and Florence Wait and her husband, Ed, of Texas.
He was an exceptional musician, having taught himself to play harmonica, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. For many years, he played country and western music all around Vermont, and was a member of Northeast Fiddlers.
In February 1949, he married Marie T. Lemons, and they had five children: Dolores Chamberlain and her husband, James, of Barton; Paul Maynard Jr. and his wife, Martha; Joan Frosolone and her husband, Richard; Steve Maynard and his fiancé, Susan Speagle, all of Burlington. He was predeceased by his daughter Patricia and his first wife, Marie.
He is also survived by Joyce (Stutler) Maynard, who he married three years ago; and by many friends; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren from Sheffield are: Patrick Ham and his wife, Sarah Jane, and their children: Lydia, Katie, Abigail, and Toby; Betsy Ham and her son Lukas; Jessica Gilman and her husband, Matt, and their children: Ryder, Kadyn, Cyrus, Jaxyn, and Valyn; Katelyn Ham and her partner, Jonathan Hosman, and their son Nathan of Boston, Massachusetts.
A celebration of Mr. Maynard’s life was held December 9 at the VFW in Burlington.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Gerald Ralph Perkins
Gerald Ralph Perkins, 70, of West Charleston died on December 10, 2015, in Newport.
He was born on May 5, 1945, in West Charleston to Ralph and Mabel (Holmes) Perkins.
On July 18, 1964, he married the former Margaret Bresse, who survives him.
He worked for H. P. Hood and Elmwood Dairy for many years. He also worked for Raymond Lemay and Gordon Benoit, and more recently was a self-employed carpenter.
He held memberships to a snowmobile club and the North Country Football Boosters Club, where he helped build the snack shack.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Perkins, of West Charleston; his sons: Scott Perkins and his companion, Anick Desorcy, of Brownington, and Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, of Wolcott; his grandchildren: Emily Perkins, Tyson Havard, Maleighna Perkins, Brock Perkins, and Brent Chilafoux, who Mr. Perkins thought of as a grandson. He is also survived by his great-grandson Stephen Havard; his siblings: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Toby, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; his brothers-in-law: Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, and William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of New Caney, Texas; his sister-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth in 1973; his father, Ralph Perkins, on February 4, 2014; his mother, Mabel Perkins, on May 22, 2015; and by his brother-in-law Edmund Bresse.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 19, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. The interment will take place in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833, or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 VT Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Cheryle Emily Selan
Cheryle Emily Selan, 69, died suddenly on December 8, 2015.
She was born on July 1, 1946.
She happily lived in Orleans with her companion of 20 years, Omer A. Doyon. Together they enjoyed long car rides, looking through antique shops, quiet lunches out, working on projects at their home, and bonfires with friends and family. They shared their home with two dogs and yard full of chickens. Ms. Selan also enjoyed quilting with her daughters, spending time in the kitchen, and various craft projects.
Ms. Selan was a retired counselor. She dedicated many years to working in the school system. She worked as a junior high English teacher for many years before deciding to continue her education to become a school counselor. She spent several years working both as a private counselor and through other agencies.
She is survived by her companion; her father and mother, Morris and Patricia Palmer, of Newport; her daughter Robin Messier and her husband, Leonard, of Lowell; her daughter Gisele Gardner and her husband, George, of Sheffield; her stepdaughters: Katie Hall of St. Johnsbury, Michelle Doyon of Waterbury, and Donna Brault and Debbie Selan of Cape Cod; her stepson Nathan Doyon and his wife, Sophie, of Waterbury; her brother Terri Palmer and his wife, Cheryl; her grandson Adam Messier and his wife, Ellyn, of Coventry; her granddaughter Sarah Fournier and her husband, Eric, of Swanton; and her great-grandson Emmitt Fournier of Swanton. Equally important are the many friends who Ms. Selan held dear.
A memorial service will be held at her home on January 9, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf. Donations may be food or cash that are brought to the food shelf, or mailed to 70 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, in memory of Cheryle Selan. People with questions regarding donations may call 334-7316.
Paul Lewis Turner
Paul Lewis Turner, 73, of Irasburg, died in Burlington on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
He was born on June 11, 1942, in Newport. He was the son of Clesson “Joe” and Hazel (Desjardins) Turner.
He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport in 1960. He joined the Vermont National Guard after high school. He met Cynthia Larocque while working on the ski patrol at Jay Peak, and they later married on July 22, 1972.
He worked at Indian Head Plywood at Butterfields for ten years, and the Newport Armory for seven years. He was the parts manager for various stores in the area. He was a milk tester for the National Farmers Organization, and then worked for IBM. After his retirement, he worked at the Price Chopper in Derby.
He loved playing golf, bowling, playing cribbage, and poker. He also loved reading, fishing, playing pool with Raymond and Casey, hanging out with Freddy and friends in the garage, doing his firewood, and walking his dog Chance.
Mr. Turner was a former selectman for the Town of Irasburg.
He is survived by his wife Cynthia (Larocque) Turner of Irasburg; his children: Marti Wilson and her husband, Jon, of Brownington, Abby Wallace of Lithia, Florida, and Amos Turner and his wife, Charity, of Glover; his grandchildren: Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Jamie Wilson and her fiancé, James Margolla, of Brownington, Maddie and Emma Wallace of Lithia, Bailey, Grace, and Ethan Turner of Glover, and Holly Loukes of Derby; his great-granddaughter Paisley Fortin; his siblings: Claire Guiranna and her husband, Carl, of Pennsylvania, Ann “Pee Wee” Cote and her husband, Lawrence “Sonny,” of Westfield, Lois Jenks and her husband, Peter, of Newport, Linda Lawson of Westfield, and James Turner and his wife, Connie, of North Carolina; his sister-in-law Mary-Jane Turner of Irasburg; and numerous nieces; nephews; and grandnieces and -nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and David Turner.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, with Elder Randy Lee officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, December 19, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Joyce P Wilson
Joyce P Wilson, 91, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Derby Line, died on December 2, 2015.
She was born on June 28, 1924, in Derby Line.
She graduated from Derby Academy in 1942. She moved to Brattleboro after graduation and was employed at the USA Holstein Association. She then traveled west, settling in Denver, where she lived for the rest of her life.
Ms. Wilson worked for many years in the medical professions of dentistry and pediatrics. She enjoyed supporting the pediatric medical profession until she retired, and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of the newborn infants.
She loved to travel, and traveled to many areas and countries in the world, Russia, China, and European countries for starters. She was an avid skier all her life. She loved sports, especially football — she supported the University of Colorado, her beloved Denver Broncos, and as a New Englander, the Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She also enjoyed taking classes to learn new things. Some of her greatest pleasures later in life were her summer visits to Derby Line, where she would spend time with her brothers Bernard and Royce, as well as her closest lifelong school friends.
She is survived by her niece Lexie Rye and her husband, Arthur, of Fairfax; her nephews: Randy Bronson and his wife, Cindy, of Waterbury, and Dale Wilson and his wife, Rachel, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; several grandnieces and grandnephews; as well as many lifelong friends including Barb Carnes of Denver, Harriet Downing of Derby Line, and friends Bruce and Mary Muir of Derby Line.
She was predeceased by her parents, Burns and Bessie (Monteith) Wilson; her brothers: Giles, Bernard, and twin brother Royce; and her sister Martha Bronson.
A graveside service will be held in May at the Derby Line Cemetery in Derby Line. A memorial service will be held in Denver at the end of December.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line.