Obituaries December 22, 2015

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obit DaniellFrances “Franny” Alice Daniell

Frances “Franny” Alice Daniell, 63, of Island Pond died on December 14, 2015.

She was born on July 7, 1952.

Known as “Mom” to all who loved her, she always had an open heart and an open house for all who needed her.  She was a place of refuge for anyone in need.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Daniell; her siblings: Steven Daniell and Christine O’Connor; her children: Lisa, Amy, Theresa, Michael, Stephen, Adam, and E.B.; her grandchildren: Belle, Haley, Sydnie, Lindsay, Ari, Michelle, Alex, Totes, Boo-Boo, and Jinx; and countless others who were loved and treated as her children.

The family invited everyone to celebrate this loving woman’s life at the hall in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport on Saturday, December 19. They shared memories of her and enjoyed her favorite foods. Those attending wore something purple, Mom’s favorite color.


obit EarpEileen Dorothy Earp

Eileen Dorothy Earp, 91, of Newport died on December 14, 2015.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 17, 1924, a daughter of William and Ella (Nelson) Weber. She was a graduate of Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and attended Drake’s Secretarial School and the Academy of Arts, both in Newark. She was active in the Girl Scouts for many years.

She was a secretary at the Diocesan House (Episcopal Diocese of Newark) and later was employed on the art staff at Hahn & Co. in Newark.

On April 18, 1947, she married A. Eugene (Gene) Earp Jr., also of Lyndhurst. The family lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, for almost 20 years, and she was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church there. They also lived in Ocean Beach, New Jersey, where they were in the family business.

Ms. Earp and her family moved to Morgan in November of 1969. They were active in the Morgan United Church, serving as deacons and on different committees. She was a teacher’s aide at the Morgan school for several years, an assistant town clerk, and served a three-year term on the North Country Union High School board. She retired from the Newport Daily Express in 1988, after more than eight years.

She was a member of the Circle of Friends of Morgan, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Newport Women’s Club, and the Morgan Republican Committee.

Art was a passion of hers and she also loved to sing and dance.

She is survived by her son Alan B. Earp and his wife, Laura, of St. Johnsbury; her daughter Wendy H. Franklin and her husband, Alan, of Newport; her daughter-in-law Claire Earp Connifey of Franklin, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Emily Earp Galvin, Joshua H. Earp, Brian T. and John D. Earp, Andrew W. Franklin; her great-grandchildren: Molly and Olivia Galvin; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years on March 16, 2000; her son David Mark Earp in 1986; her sister E. Pauline Whinn and her husband, Walter; and a special dear friend Richard E. Dill.

A celebration of her life was held at the Morgan church on Sunday, December 20, at 1 p.m with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit hall VETRobert L. Hall

Robert Leonard Hall, 77, died peacefully on December 14, 2015, from natural causes at the Boston VA Hospital.

He was born on January 17, 1938, in Akron, Ohio, a son of Frances and Leonard Hall.

As requested by Mr. Hall, cremation took place and there will be no services. After his younger years of schooling in Akron, he followed in his mother’s footsteps, buying and selling real estate. They jointly purchased the island in Island Pond.

After being drafted out of Akron University into the Army in 1961, and discharged in 1963, he resided on the island during the summer months, enjoying the solitude of the island, where he lived without the creature comforts of electricity, telephone, or running water.

On November 7, 1977, he was confined to a wheelchair from a logging accident that broke his back. Being a true Vermonter at heart, he did not allow it to slow him down, and he took up residence on another of his properties, a farm in Derby. He continued with his real estate and other various enterprises, including a greenhouse business and apartment rentals.

obit vets flagHe was skilled as a small engine mechanic. One of his greatest pleasures in life came from acquiring a broken piece of machinery and restoring it to functioning capacity. This avocation benefited many of his friends who came to him with various broken pieces of equipment that Mr. Hall would fix.

They will remember his many conversational snippets that were as entertaining to guests as to him. Self-appointed leader of the “Clyde River Christians,” “Buddha Bob,” as he was called, had novel ideas about the proper way to conduct a service. Spending time with him lightened the atmosphere and uplifted souls.

He is survived by his brother John; his sister-in-law Barbara; six nephews and nieces, along with their children; and a large eclectic group of friends. He is loved by all whose lives he touched and will be greatly missed. A special memorial service will be scheduled in the spring to celebrate his life.


obit LetourneauPaul Joseph Letourneau

Paul Joseph Letourneau, 88, of Derby, died on December 16, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 6, 1927, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.

He met the love of his life, Rhina Piette. He swept her off her feet and married her on September 13, 1947. She predeceased him on December 18, 1978.

He was loved by so many people. In 1947, he lived in Holland with his wife and children. Then in 1957, he bought a farm in Derby. They then moved to Troy in 1967 on the Colburn Farm and lived there until 1972, when their daughter Lillian and son-in-law Raymond took over the farm.

In 1972, after a long discussion about his wife wanting a dance hall and Mr. Letourneau wanting a sugarhouse, they decided to compromise and build both in one. That is how Paul’s Sugarhouse and Dance Hall was born. The couple held dances on Saturday nights for many years. He also catered weddings, banquets, and meetings and gatherings of all kinds for any occasion.

Mr. Letourneau loved gardening. He had a beautiful blueberry patch that he enjoyed, and he had one of the longest and biggest gardens that he was so proud of. Every day he was in that garden weeding and raking or just sitting on his bench in the shade enjoying watching his crop grow.

His most prized possession and greatest pleasure of all were his woods. He found peace and serenity in his sugar woods. Every day he would be up there cutting up trees that fell over or trees that were dead. He would cut them down for sugar wood or firewood. His woods were clean and so easy to walk through.

Most of all, he loved the wildlife that he would see daily. Whether it was a deer or turkeys, it brought him happiness to see them visiting him. Sugaring season was another enjoyment in his life. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to unroll pipeline and tap trees to get the sweet taste of maple.

Mr. Letourneau also enjoyed seeing his friends at Tuesday night bingo hosted by the Derby Lions Club. Everyone knew him for his famous maple baked beans, his coleslaw, and his famous burgers. He enjoyed talking and joking with everyone. He always had a twinkle in his baby blue eyes. He loved visiting and picking on his friends over at Walt’s Sales and Service. In the summer months, he loved spending time at the rendezvous (the family campground, parking lot at Paul’s Sugarhouse), and spending time with family from all over. He found great joy sitting down with his grandchildren and sharing his stories of growing up as a child and most of all, sharing the secrets and stories of his woods throughout his life. Not only sharing stories, but he also loved to get a rise out of his grandchildren. He loved to hear them all laugh.  He also enjoyed going out for breakfast at Brenda’s or The Brown Cow with his daughter Jane, family, and friends.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, the Lions Club, and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

He is survived by his children: Linda Letourneau of Floresville, Texas, Linn and Dave Elko of Newport, Richard Letourneau and his significant other, Julie Chase, of Derby Line, Marie Chapman of Derby Line, Jane and Larry Snider of Derby, Leo Letourneau and his companion, Debbie Welch, of Newport Center, Lillian and Raymond Bathalon of Troy, and Pauline and Jacques Couture of Westfield; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Cecile Fortin of Holland; his brothers: Andre and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, and Philip and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line; by sisters- and brothers-in-law: Theresa Girourd of Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Lionel Fortin and his wife, Simone, of Holland, Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg, Sylva Piette of Newport, Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau; by his in-laws Clarence and Annie Piette; by his sisters: Simone Piette, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; by his grandson John Bathalon; and by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Toni, Pierre, Leon and his wife, Solange, Reginald and his wife, Delorese, George and Germaine Fontaine, Bertha Royer, John Fortin, Roger Girouard, and Henry Fortin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport with the celebration of a Mass. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Derby Lions Club P.O. Box 388 Derby, Vermont 05829, or St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Ave., Barton, Vermont 05822.


obit LucasCaroline (Thalheimer) Lucas

Caroline (Thalheimer) Lucas, 84, of Newport died at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

She was born on March 21, 1931, in Woodbury, New Jersey. She was a daughter of William and Irma (Good) Thalheimer.

She attended high school in Wilmington, Delaware, and later graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of arts in biology.

She married Robert Lucas on December 2, 1972.

Mrs. Lucas loved taking care of her geese and doing puzzles.

She is survived by her brother William G. Thalheimer and his wife, Alice, of Greenville, South Carolina; one stepson, William Lucas and his wife, Mary Ann; one stepdaughter, Sheila Currier; five step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and by four nieces and nephews: William, Elizabeth, John, and Andrew.

She was predeceased by her husband in October of 1996; and by her stepson James.

Services were held at the Kingdom Hall in Newport on Sunday, December 20.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.


obit mason VETDonald Maynard Mason

Donald Maynard Mason, 73, of South Woodbury, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

He was born June 19, 1942, in Barton, the son of the late Maynard and Dorothy (Laverdiere) Mason. He graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1960.

He entered the U.S. Army on May 6, 1964. He proudly served his country in Germany and was honorably discharged at Fort Hamilton, New York, on May 3, 1966.

On December 9, 1967, he married Guyla Elaine Farr in Hardwick, where they made their home for several years until they purchased a home in South Woodbury.

In his earlier years, he was a truck driver for Avon Atkins in Hardwick. He was employed by Hardwick Motors and Green Mountain Lincoln Mercury in Berlin. He was a self-employed mechanic. He owned and operated Don’s Arco in Hardwick, and later Don Mason & Sons in South Woodbury.

obit vets flagHe was a past member of the Woodbury Fire Department, the Woodbury Select Board and the Beagle Club in Hardwick. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, and the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife; two sons: Michael Mason and his wife, Angel, of East Calais, and Douglas Mason and his wife, Vicki, of Woodbury; six grandchildren: Jewel Mason, Jacob Mason, Jessica Mason, Dustin Hill, Peyton Hill, and Annabelle Therrien; five siblings: Gary Mason, Roger Mason, and Randy Mason, all of Albany, Paulette Webster of Irasburg, and Priscilla Mason of Hardwick; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

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