Obituaries December 18, 2013

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obit wagnerEveline Caron Boucher Wagner

Eveline Caron Boucher Wagner, 104, died peacefully at the Newport Health Care Center on December 13, 2013.

She was born on May 1, 1909, in St. Theophile, Canada, to Gedeon and Marie Letourneau Caron.

She worked many years at Barton Cleaners and the Ben Franklin store.  After she retired, she became an avid golfer and spent many winters in Florida.  Most recently, she played harmonica with the Bobbin Mill Players, which became her treasured extended family.  We will miss her happy personality.

She is survived by a daughter, Millie Gaboriault; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  She had six generations.

She was predeceased by her parents; two husbands, Herve Boucher and Charles Wagner; a daughter, Marie Valois; a grandson, Lucien Valois; two sons-in-law; and by 14 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Activities Department, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit mitchemPauline Aime Mitchem

Pauline Aime Mitchem, 91, died on December 3, 2013, at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab Center, after a brief illness of cancer.

She was born on October 2, 1922, a daughter of Ernest and Ruth Dopp of Sheffield.  She was born and raised in Sheffield.

After her husband died, she worked in Newport Center as a caretaker.  Shortly afterwards, her sister, Velma Parenteau, and her husband, Walter, invited her to live with them in Westmore, where she became a big part of their family for 39 years.  After the death of her sister, Velma, she devoted 19 years of her life taking care of her nephew, Leo Parenteau, who had Down syndrome, until he died in 2009.

Her passions were her family, playing bingo, doing 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, and going to her senior citizen center meal sites in Barton and Orleans.

Surviving children are:  Ruth Rocheleau and her companion, Paul Demars, of St. Johnsbury, Lena Young of Kirby, and Willie and Nancy Mitchem of St. Johnsbury.  Besides her children, she leaves her step-brother Larry Dopp and his wife, Caroline, of Newport; her sister Arlene Sacco of Ocala, Florida; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her her husband Gerald; her daughter Althea Degreenia; as well as by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville, December 14.  Burial will be in the spring.

To view an online guestbook, go to

obit beginGerald “Gerry” D. Begin

Gerald “Gerry” D. Begin, 28, of Coventry died suddenly on December 7, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 12, 1985, in Palmer, Massachusetts, to Denise (Grenier) Begin and the late Robert Begin.

On May 4, 2013, he married the former Sara Davis, who survives him.

He was employed as a machinist for Appalachian Engineered Flooring in North Troy.

He enjoyed shooting his guns, fishing, collecting knives, watching The Walking Dead television show, and he loved his Mitsubishi 3000gt.

He is survived by his wife Sara Begin of Coventry; his mother Denise Begin of Coventry; his father- and mother-in-law Douglas Davis Jr. and Christine Davis of Orleans; his nephews:  Mark Jr. and Isaac; his niece Lilly; his brother-in-law Mark Effrig Sr. and his wife, Amanda, of Derby Line; his sister-in-law Adorian Willis of Orleans; his brother-in-law Justin Willis of Newport Center; his aunt Jackie Bowen and her husband, Melvin, of West Charleston; his cousins:  Lenny, Lisa, Luc, Donald, and Danny; his second cousins:  Ben, Rose and Nathan; and by aunts and uncles from Canada, and many friends and other cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Sara Begin, 106 Coventry Station Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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