Obituaries December 9, 2015
Sybil Mary Space Gibson, 92, died on November 22, 2015.
She left her Sunriver, Oregon, home of four decades as dawn broke, with her family around her. After 92 fulfilling years, she is with Jesus and reunited with her late husband, Bob.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victor Applegate Space and Mildred Knowlton Space on April 16, 1923, she grew up in the New Jersey community of Glen Rock, graduating from Ridgewood High School in 1940. It was the heart of the Great Depression, but home life was rich. She played in the woods behind their Dutch colonial home with her three siblings, and they ran down to meet their father coming home on the train from Manhattan.
Mrs. Gibson enrolled at the New Jersey College for Women, part of Rutgers University, and with the war effort in full force, joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1944, she was commissioned as lieutenant, junior grade. One of her more interesting duties was to work in the communications facility in Washington, D.C., decoding enemy communications, a task that earned her the National Defense Service Medal.
While an instructor at the Navy War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, she met the love of her life, Navy Commander Robert C. Gibson, whom she married in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on June 18, 1955. At that time, a woman’s military career ended when married, and for the next phase of her life, she became a wonderful life partner to Mr. Gibson and mother to her three children, John, Craig, and Catherine.
Navy life moved them to Washington, D.C., then to San Diego, California, back to Newport, Rhode Island, then to Honolulu (where she caught the “aloha” spirit, and Hawaii became her second home), then to the Philippine Islands, Virginia Beach, and McLean, Virginia.
Mr. Gibson retired as captain in the Navy in 1973, and one of the unwritten rules of marrying an Oregonian came into effect. Yes, if one marries someone from Oregon, one must expect eventually to live in the Beaver State, and in 1974, the family moved to the fledgling resort community of Sunriver, population 67.
That is where Mrs. Gibson shone as she helped incubate organizations that are now integral for making Sunriver the vibrant community it is. Thirsting for culture, she was a founding member of the Sunriver Music Festival, and served as its president for three years. Her Christian faith being paramount, she helped start not one, but two churches — in the 1970s, the Sunriver Community Church (now the Community Bible Fellowship), and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship, serving in leadership positions in both, and enjoying singing soprano in the choir.
One could see her enjoying a mocha at The Door, meeting friends at Café Sintra, and bringing her beloved cockapoo Jenny to the 20 Below Club parties. Sunriver was her beloved home, and she watched the small isolated community become a world class resort.
She is survived by her sons: John, and his wife, Gail, of Sunriver; Craig and his wife, Sarah, of Portland, Oregon, with grandchildren: Daniel, Margaret, and Thomas; and her daughter Catherine of Clinton Township, New Jersey, with grandchildren: Benjamin and Jacqueline; two brothers: David, of Blaine, Minnesota, and Steven, of East Dummerston.
She was predeceased by her husband and her sister Pamela.
A graveside memorial will be held at 11 a.m., on December 21 at the Pilot Butte Cemetery with a homegoing celebration following at 2 p.m. at Sunriver Christian Fellowship.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Sunriver Music Festival and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship.
Royce A. Glodgett, 86, of Brownington died on December 5, 2015, in Barton.
He was born on March 2, 1929, in Orleans to Roy and Violet (Davis) Glodgett. He attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1947.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in December of 1947, and served in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, and on many bases in the U.S. He was honorably discharged at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in 1954. It was there that he met and married Betty Jean Owens, who predeceased him on March 10, 2011.
They returned to Brownington, and he worked for Stub’s Garage in Coventry for 16 years. He retired in 1988. He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans, and is a former member of the North Okaloosa County Chapter #4675 of AARP in Crestview, Florida. He liked gardening, fishing, auto racing, and spending his later years at the family home in Florida each winter.
Mr. Glodgett is survived by his family: William Glodgett of Brownington, Peggy Glodgett and her partner, Gary Ewen, of Woodbury and Brownington, John Glodgett and his wife, Susie, of Barton, and Nancy Sweeney and her husband, Carroll, of South Albany; by his grandchildren: Samuel Willson, Melissa Mason, Jeremy Glodgett, Ezra Glodgett, Savannah Glodgett, and Isaac and Caleb Sweeney; and by nine great-grandchildren who brought him much joy.
He was predeceased by his brother Richard Glodgett, and his sister Beverly Bullis.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 11 a.m. in the Brownington Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #23, care of Dawn Wilcox, P.O. Box 45, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Lynn Elizabeth Gordon, 50, of Troy died peacefully at home on November 6, 2015, surrounded by her family.
She was born on December 13, 1964.
She happily resided on her little farm in Troy for the past 22 years. Although many animals made their home with her there, she primarily raised Nigerian dwarf goats. She took such pride in being a good steward, putting their needs before her own. Ms. Gordon was a farmer at heart, and although her little piece of the world was not the typical Vermont farm, it was her world, and she devoted herself to all the critters that lived there, or found their way there. Over the years she rehabilitated a baby raccoon, a fawn, and even a wayward skunk. Her saying, “faith, family, farm” described her nature and her heart perfectly.
For a time Ms. Gordon taught at the Grace Christian School, which she loved and felt so proud of.
She was a longtime member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, where she enjoyed many years of love and support. Her church family meant the world to her.
Ms. Gordon is survived by her mother, June; and her stepfather, Larry; her son Adam; her brother Chris; her sister Julie and her fiancé, Mark; her daughter-in-law Keshia; and two beautiful grandchildren: Cheyenne and Victoria; by her nephew Ryan; her niece Cara; and by her animals who were family: Baylah, Annie, and TJ. But equally as important are the friends who were her family too: Kim and Gary, Amber, Shane and baby Gabriel, and Wendy. Ms. Gordon also had a loving church family, who are too numerous to mention, but include Scott and Paula Rafferty, Joan Swenson, and pastor and Monica Libby, and their girls, who Ms. Gordon adored.
She is predeceased by her father, Edward, and her sister Jessica.
A memorial service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg at 11:30 a.m. on December 27. The family would love for those who feel so inclined to bring a brief a note with a special memory or story about Ms. Gordon so that they may read them and be lifted up in the days ahead.
Catherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi, 66, formerly of Westmore, died suddenly at her home in Moretown, on November 30, 2015.
She was beloved by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Patrissi, and her sons: Jeremy, Justin, and Jason. Her granddaughter GiGi Cree Patrissi is her spitting image.
Ms. Patrissi was born on February 1, 1949, to Steve and Joyce Cree and grew up in St. Johnsbury.
Her heart, however, always stayed at her beloved Willoughby Lake in Westmore, where her family had a camp for many years. In her childhood she loved horses and ice fishing with her dad. She could recite poetry and was a romantic at heart. She loved all animals and living creatures. She loved her family house, which is at the foot of Ward Mountain, where she would feed every animal, large and small, that roamed Vermont. She loved the peace and nature in the area. She couldn’t kill a spider but would catch them and take them outside so they wouldn’t come to harm. She had a deep spiritual connection to Jesus Christ.
One of her favorite jobs was being the last receptionist to Governor Dick Snelling. She was the face of state government at the highest level, and she was proud of that. She did a lot of public service work during her life, including working at Fletcher Allen, serving as an EMT locally, and working and caring for the disabled.
She was the changing force in Jason Magoon’s life, as she became a surrogate mother to him, and whom she loved as her own son.
Ms. Patrissi was an advocate of the underdog, the arts, and she loved the deep beauty of Vermont. She was an articulate and beautiful girl and a classy lady. She will be missed and leaves a hole in the hearts of those who loved her.
Because May was her favorite month, and Willoughby Lake her favorite place, there will be a service at the church in Westmore in May.
She will be buried at the north end of the lake in the cemetery there. Details will be announced to her friends near that time.
For those who wish, gifts in her memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Community Action, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855, or go to their website at nekcavt.org.
Online condolences can be sent to perkinsparker.com, and the funeral home’s Facebook page.