Obituaries February 14, 2018
Armand E. Allard
Armand Edward Allard of Pinellas Park, Florida, died on January 18, 2018, just a few days before his eighty-third birthday.
He was born in Lyndonville, in 1935, to Rene and Beatrice Allard. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Newport. He was a United States Air Force veteran with 20 years of service, including wartime service in Japan and Vietnam.
Mr. Allard’s love for God, family, and country was evidenced by his ever-positive attitude and selfless heart. While he was a man set in his ways, he is best remembered by friends and family for his sense of humor, quick wit, and desire to learn about the world around him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvette, and their six children: Daniel, Larry, Debora, Richard, Jeanie, and Jeffrey; his nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his siblings Therese Tanguay and Michael Allard, both of Newport; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
His family is grateful for the example he set as a follower of Christ, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. “We love you,” says his family.
Mr. Allard was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Albert, Reginald, and Robert. His brother Donald died two days after Armand on January 21, 2018.
Interment will follow at a later date at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.
Donald Nelson Allard
It is with sadness that the family announces the death of Donald Allard, age 76, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke on January 21, 2018.
He was the dear husband of Pauline Goudreau from Stanstead, Quebec; and son of the late Rene and Beatrice Allard of Newport.
Mr. Allard attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated with the class of 1959.
Mr. Allard leaves to mourn his children: Christine and Guy Ouellet, Paul and Josee Allard, and Patrick and Anne-Marie Allard.
He was predeceased by his son John; and his brothers: Reginald, Armand, Robert, and Albert.
He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren: Nicholas, Christopher, Shawn, and Kayla Ouellet, Jeremy, Jason and Roxanne Allard, and Vivianne and Chad Allard; as well as his great-granddaughter Charlie Ouellet. He is survived by his siblings: Therese Tanguay and Michael Allard, both of Newport.
He also leaves his brother-in-law Jean Goudreau; and his sister-in-law Frances Aube; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and other relatives, and many friends.
A celebration of Mr. Allard’s life was held on January 26, at the Cass Funeral Home in Stanstead, Quebec.
Mary Fedele Chaffee
Mary Fedele Chaffee, 92, died peacefully at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, on February 1, 2018.
She was born on April 14, 1925, in Rochester, New York, to the late Cosmo and Maria (Antetomaso) Fedele.
She graduated from Newport High School in 1943, and on August 7, 1949, she married Edwin “Ted” Earl Chaffee, who predeceased her in 2008. Mrs. Chaffee was well known in the Newport area as part owner, with her siblings, of the Fedele Grocery Store, one of several business enterprises that the family owned and operated, serving this community for some 60 years, first on the Glen Road and later on Main Street. Most days she could be seen at the cash register, greeting all the customers with a smile and her hearty little laugh. When not behind the counter, she was most likely behind the scenes tending to the abundance of paperwork required in running a business — reports, payroll, bills, and more reports.
As a faith-filled woman, she regularly attended services at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and participated in the Daughters of Isabella. She served her community as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and strongly supported her husband in his very extensive volunteer work with The Shriners. She participated with Mr. Chaffee in activities and events of the Newport Elks Club, as he was a lifelong member. Mr. Chaffee was also a Navy veteran of World War II, having served on a patrol torpedo (PT) boat and subsequently, for many years, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee participated in PT Boat Association reunions held annually in various locations throughout the country. They were also active in the Community Circle and enjoyed numerous trips with friends traveling throughout the U.S., as well as to the Caribbean and several countries in Europe.
Perhaps her favorite trip occurred in September 1994, when she and Mr. Chaffee, along with her brothers Frank and John, and their wives Martha and Agnes, and Bob and Lorraine Lenton, toured Italy for two weeks, including a visit to Gaeta, the birthplace of Mrs. Chaffee’s parents. She was grateful to make that trip as visiting the country of her family was important to her. While she thoroughly enjoyed traveling and touring, she also loved entertaining in her own home, focusing primarily on her family. With her family first philosophy she constantly showed genuine interest and concern not only for family members, but their numerous friends as well. She was most comfortable in her own kitchen, preparing food and making sure there was plenty on hand for whomever might drop in.
It was not uncommon for the Chaffee household to host a number of family members and friends for an afternoon of football, baseball, or hockey. She always greeted visitors with “Have you eaten?” or “What would you like to eat?” Anyone who visited her home will easily remember her encouragement to “eat, eat” or in the words of the Italians, “Mangia, mangia!” Mrs. Chaffee will always be lovingly remembered for preparing one of her family’s favorite meals, an Italian homemade potato pasta called gnocchi. Over the years, she was adamant about reading her daily newspapers from start to finish each evening, including the Boston Globe. She loved a good game of cards and particularly enjoyed the card game “aggravation.” While she was an avid watcher of the TV show, “The Price is Right,” later in her retirement she was also enthusiastic about watching cooking shows. Her brother Frank, also being retired, would cross the street and together they enjoyed watching such well known chefs as Emeril Lagasse, among others.
Mary was predeceased by her brothers: Anthony, John, Cosmo, Frank, and Alexander.
She is survived by her son Robert Chaffee and his wife, Lynda, of Morgan; and by her daughter, Donna Chaffee of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren Charlie, Tony, and Catie Ratazak, Tara Patten and her husband, Adam, Zachary Chaffee, and Samantha Brainard and her husband, Josh; her great-grandchildren: Bailey Cloney, Caitlin and Treyton Patten, and Jacob and Jase Brainard; by her sister Elizabeth Lemieux; her sister-in-law Priscilla Maslack; and by several nieces and nephews who adored her.
Funeral services will be held in the spring at a date to be announced.
Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.
James Larry Davio
James Larry Davio, age 57, died suddenly in a farm accident on February 8, 2018, in Richford.
Mr. Davio is survived by his fiancée, Traci McDowell, of Derby; his mother, Jocelyn Davio, of Derby Line; his children: James Davio II of Orleans, Angela Davio and her fiancé, Kyle Benway, both of Derby, and Joshua Davio and his fiancée, Kaitlin Adams, of Albany; his grandchildren: Lily, Madison, Morgan, Fallon, and Raistlin, and a grandchild due in June; and his siblings Terri-Lee Gardner and her husband, Doug, of Orleans, Christopher Davio of Jefferson City, Missouri, Keith Davio and his wife, Valerie, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Eric Davio and his significant other, Amanda Rinck, of North Carolina.
He was predeceased by his father, Larry Davio, of Newport.
Mr. Davio was born on December 19, 1960, in Newport, to Jocelyn and Larry Davio. Upon graduating from North Country Union High School in 1979, he went directly into farming, beginning his career at Jordan’s Farm in Morgan. This was a field he worked in for more than 40 years.
He was a great family man, and a loving father and grandfather. He was a social, active man who greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, football, and car racing. His family and friends, however, will always remember him as a big-hearted man who always had time for his growing family.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, February 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Church of God on the Crawford Road in Derby. The funeral service will also be at the church on Friday, February 16, at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Lawrence Wall.
A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mr. Davio’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Davio’s name can be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 431 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.
Bette T. Gannon
Cherished mother and sister, Bette “Bessie” T. Gannon, 92, died in her home in Derby on February 9, surrounded by her children.
Born in Lisbon, New York, to Raymond and Marion Thompson, she married her husband, John, a musician and music teacher, in Lisbon, in 1954, and spent much of her life in Turin, New York, where together they ran the Snowflake Lodge.
An English teacher at Lowville Academy for over 30 years, Mrs. Gannon received her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence University. Steadfast in her faith, humble and caring in her treatment of others, and disciplined in her work, she lived and died with grace and dignity.
Mrs. Gannon is survived by her son William; her daughter-in-law Betzi Goodman; and her granddaughter Lezah Gannon, of Cambridge; and her daughter Kim; and her son-in-law, Richard Ricciardi, with whom Mrs. Gannon lived in Derby. She is also survived by her sisters: Una LaBarge of Lewisville, Texas, and Ilene Payne of Canton, New York; and her brother Robert of Lisbon.
A graveside service and memorial service will be held in Lisbon in the spring at a date and time to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Lisbon Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.
Alberta Blaise Goodrich
Alberta Blaise “Berta” Goodrich, 74, of Craftsbury, died unexpectedly at her home on February 7, 2018.
She was born July 19, 1943, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Edna J. Blaise and Albert L. Blaise. She graduated from Hardwick Academy in the class of 1960 and continued her education at Johnson State College.
She married Roger Earl “Red” Goodrich on September 3, 1983, in Craftsbury, where they lived all of their married life.
Mrs. Goodrich had several jobs during her working career including: as a gas station attendant at the Arco Station in Hardwick, a banker in California, and for many years she was a dispatcher for the Lamoille Railroad. She later owned and operated Bert’s Deli in Hardwick. She was a cook for the Mountain View Snack Bar in Morrisville, and for more than ten years she was a bookkeeper for the Roger Goodrich Concrete business. She retired in 2007.
Mrs. Goodrich was a member of the United Church of Hardwick. She loved spending time with her family and friends. A favorite pastime was researching her family ancestry.
Survivors include her loving husband, Roger, of Craftsbury; two stepchildren: Kenneth Goodrich and his wife, Marlene, of South Albany, and Lynn Goodrich and her fiancé, Bob Cronin, of Hardwick; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; three siblings: Everett Blaise and his wife, Carmen, of Epsom, New Hampshire, Elaine Whitcomb and her husband, Ron, of Woodbury, and Anna Dyment and her husband, Ray, of Concord, New Hampshire; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by three stepchildren: Patricia Sartelle, Paula Dufresne, and Betty Jean Goodrich.
To honor her request, a graveside service will be held in late spring, at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.
Angele M. Lanoue
Angele M. Lanoue, 94, of Newport, died on February 5, 2018, in Newport.
She was born on December 26, 1923, in St. Damase, Quebec, to Zoel and Anna (Boulay) Frechette. On October 22, 1960, she married Marcel Lanoue who predeceased her on December 1, 2012.
Mrs. Lanoue was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was very devoted to her family and was also a devout Catholic. She enjoyed weaving, quilting, making braided rugs, sewing, gardening, and working in her flower gardens.
She is survived by her children: Micheline Marcotte of Barton and Marc Lanoue and his wife, Amy, of Newport. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Stephanie Waechter and her husband, Michael, Gabrielle Barnard and her husband, Paul, Olivia Zabinski and her husband, Ryan, Celine Marcotte, Avery Marcotte, Caleb Lanoue, and Daniel Lanoue; and by two great grandchildren: Leah and Renee. She is also survived by her sister Liane Lussier of St. Damase, Quebec; and her brother Yvon Frechette and his wife, Francine, of Longueuil, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son-in-law Bradley Marcotte; her siblings: Paul, Andre, Conrad, Laurent, and Maxime Frechette; and by Marie-Rose Jodoin.
Funeral services were held on February 10, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Rijo Johnson. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.
Wayne E. Marckres
Wayne E. Marckres, 61, died on February 7, 2018, at the Union House in Glover with his family by his side.
He was born on August 2, 1956, to Winfred W. Marckres and Lulabelle Dickson Marckres.
He worked for Ethan Allen, the town of Barton, Miller’s Run School, Mount Abraham Union High School, Barton Graded School, and Park View garage for several years.
Mr. Marckres had a heart the size of Texas. He would always be wherever he was needed. His family was everything to him. He looked forward to the Marckres family reunion every year.
He enjoyed NASCAR racing. He was a huge supporter of Jimmie Johnson, and loved talking racing to his nephew Luke Bolduc. He also loved camping. He went to many campgrounds in the area, and enjoyed meeting many new people, with whom he became good friends. He could fix almost anything that had a motor in it. He also enjoyed working with wood. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and spending as much time with them as possible.
This world has a big hole that cannot be filled with Mr. Marckres no longer in it.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Connie McCoy, of Brownington; his children: Melissa Schwarm and husband, Scott Schwarm, of Coventry, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber Marckres, of Brownington, and Timothy Marckres and his wife, Angel Marckres, of Brownington; his grandchildren: Sage Schwarm, Cody Marckres, Conner Marckres, Avery Marckres, Gabriel Marckres, and Noah Marckres; and two step-grandchildren: Bailee Schwarm and Brandon Schwarm.
He is also survived by his sisters: Gailene Hurlbut and her husband, Don, and Marie Bolduc and her husband, Phil; his brothers: Lyle Marckres and his wife, Peggy, and Rick Marckres and his wife, Michelle; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Winifred Marckres and Lulabelle Dickson Marckres; his daughter Karen Marckres; his sister Arlene Lesperance; his brother Randy John Marckres; his niece Stacey Bolduc; his nephew Dustin Roberts; and his in-laws: Bickford Libby and Audrey Libby.
Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Wayne Marckres to: the Activities Fund, Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.
Bruce Porter, 79, of Bonita Springs, Florida, formerly of Barton, died peacefully, on January 21, 2018, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
He was born in Barton on November 8, 1938. He attended Barton Academy and Graded School. During his senior year of high school, he joined the Vermont National Guard, and upon graduation, he enlisted full time in the U.S. Navy. He served his country honorably and proudly during the Vietnam War. He served as a grand exalted ruler of the Elks Club of Derby, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Newport, the Knights of Columbus in Barton, and the American Legion of Newport.
Mr. Porter enjoyed umpiring Little League, Babe Ruth, and college sporting events, as well as, being an instructor at Green Mountain Boys State for many years. He loved building his family home on Echo Lake and enjoyed the countryside. He loved spending time in the company of his loved ones, playing practical jokes, and spending time at the Porter hunting camp with the men of the Porter clan. Upon retirement, he enjoyed playing, umpiring, and coaching, in the 55-and-older softball league during their seasonal stays at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs. He loved life to the fullest.
In 1963, he married Nancy Keysar, and together they had four children. He is survived by his wife and their children: Lyn Porter of Williston, Julie (Porter) Vallieres and her husband, Bruno, and their two children: Ashley and Kaitlyn, of Conway, New Hampshire, Christopher Porter, his wife, Kristin, and their daughter Eleanore, of Williston, and Lori (Porter) Jenkins, her partner, Charity, and her two children: Bethany and Timothy, of Bonita Springs. He is also survived by his brother Dean Porter and his wife, Lucille; his sister Karen Perry and her husband, Steven; his brother-in-law Gilbert Spaulding; his sister-in-law Linda Porter; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Ida Porter; his sister Eleanor Spaulding; his brother Dale Porter; and his son-in-law Ronald Jenkins Jr.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life is being planned for spring of 2018, in Derby. Arrangements will be handled through Curtis-Britch Funeral Home of Newport. Should people desire to make a donation on his behalf, please send funds to The Wounded Warrior Foundation at www.woundedwarriorproject.org, in honor of Bruce Porter; or mail a donation to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.
Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.
Joseph “Joe, Dad, Pepere, Great Joe” Tetreault, 82, died on February 6, 2018, at his home in Montpelier, after living with multiple myeloma for 14 years.
He was born on September 14, 1935, the fourth child of seven, to Thomas and Laurette (Bouthellier) Tetreault. He grew up in Newport, and attended Sacred Heart Elementary and High School.
He enlisted with the United States Navy in 1953. He served on the submarine, USS Blenny until his honorable discharge in 1957.
On September 15, 1956, he married Beverly Larocque, and eventually they moved to Worcester, where they raised their four children. The Tetreault family, and his children’s friends, spent many summers at their camp on Lake Elmore. Mrs. Tetreault predeceased him in 2003.
Mr. Tetreault worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as a flight service coordinator at the Edward F. Knapp airport in Berlin, and later at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1987. He continued on as a part-time weather observer at the Burlington International Airport until 2015.
After retirement he volunteered at the Kellogg Hubbard Library for 26 years. He loved to travel and did so extensively throughout the U.S. with his wife before her passing.
As a widower, he branched out and tried new adventures including hang gliding, and tandem parachuting. He became a driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery and continued to travel to many parts of the world including China, Fiji, Hawaii, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Quebec, and France. During a trip to New Zealand he met and fell in love with his partner, Joan Polanshek. Together, they continued to travel to Spain, France, New Orleans, California, Florida, Maine, and Alaska.
Even after he was unable to participate, he looked forward to visiting the deer camp he built with his brothers in the Northeast Kingdom, and especially the “big dinner” with his nephews.
He is survived by his partner, Joan Polanshek; his children: Donna Houghton and her husband, Greg, Deborah Tetreault, Andrew Tetreault and his wife, Claudia, and James Tetreault and his wife, Beth; his grandchildren: Andrea Churchill and her husband, Martin, Jennifer Houghton, Evan Tetreault, James Tetreault and his wife, Nicole, and Joseph Tetreault; his great grandchildren: Alice Churchill and Elliott Churchill; and his siblings, in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of his life in a warmer month of summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, Vermont 05641; or to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or at www.kellogghubbard.org.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.