Obituaries February 17, 2016

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obit-BrasseurYves Aime Brasseur

Yves Aime Brasseur of Irasburg died peacefully on February 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 3, 1928, in Irasburg, the eldest son of Oswald and Antonie (Ducharme) Brasseur. He married his brown-eyed, red-headed sweetheart, Yolande Ruel, on January 27, 1951. Surrounded by family and friends, they happily celebrated their sixty-fifth year of marriage.

He was a long-time resident of Newport Center, enjoying his extreme passion of farming for 46 years. Being a town selectman for 12 years, he loved helping people. He was highly involved in many farming organizations like Rural Vermont, the National Farmers Organization (NFO), and Northeast Dairy Compact. Having brought the NFO to the Northeast Kingdom, in the early 1970s he was the first president of the NFO.

Having received some of his education at Sacred Heart schools, he was a firm believer in Catholic education, ensuring that his children all received most of their education at Sacred Heart schools. In 1961 he joined the Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #2285, moving up to fourth degree with pride in 1963, enjoying 55 years of dedicated membership. His love for the Lord was always evident in his weekly and daily attendance in the Mass of Lord at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, in Newport, which he belonged to for most of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Yolande, and their children: Alan of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Michael of Newport Center, Diane Bathalon and his companion, Gerry, of Troy, Roland and his wife, Suzanne, of Newport Center, Robert and his wife, Amy, of Newport, Marie Paquin and her husband, Jean-Guy, of Newport Center, Louise Sanville and her husband, Sonny, of Irasburg, David Brasseur of Irasburg, and Caroline Stone and her husband, Elwin, of North Troy; his sister Lucille Martineau of St. Petersburg, Florida; his sisters-in-law: Pricille Brasseur of Bristol, Connecticut, and Lorraine Brasseur of Irasburg; his brothers-in-law: Don Ruel and his wife, Semida of California, and Omer Ruel of Connecticut; his sisters-in-law: Lucienne Lamoureux of Wisconsin and Marina Ruel of Canada; and by his 32 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Oswald and Antonie Brasseur; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donnat and Adelina Ruel; his sons, Denis and Daniel; his granddaughter Amelia Marie Paquin; his son-in-law Marcel Bathalon; his siblings: Martial Brasseur, Yvelande Chicoine, and Richard Brasseur; his brothers-in-law: Gaston Martineau and Leo Chicoine; his sisters-in-law: Cecile Delabruere and her husband, Roland, Rita Trudeau, who died two days before him, and her husband, Anatole; and by his brothers-in-law: Alphonse Ruel and his wife, Rhoda, Aime Ruel and his wife, Lucienne, Earnest Ruel and his wife, Rita, Gerald Ruel and his wife, Anita, and Germain Ruel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Right To Life, P.O. Box 1079, Montpelier, Vermont 05601; or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

The family extends their sincere appreciation for your love and support. Following the funeral, everyone is invited to join the family at St. Edward’s Parish Hall in Derby Line for a meal and social get-together. If friends and family would like to bring a potluck dish, they are welcomed to drop them off at St. Edward’s Parish Hall on Friday morning.

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obit-carpenterDanielle K. Carpenter

Danielle K. Carpenter, 26, of Derby died suddenly on February 8, 2016, in Coventry.

She was born on December 10, 1989, in Newport, to Scott Carpenter and Cindy (Sanville) Mead.

She was a Licensed Nursing Assistant at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover. She loved caring for her children and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her fiancé, Brennan Lefebvre, of Derby; her children: Bracen, Breelle, and Braelyn Lefebvre of Derby; her mother, Cindy Mead, of Westfield; her father, Scott Carpenter; her siblings: Dillon Carpenter of Newport Center, Shane Mead of Newport Center, Seth Mead of Newport Center, and Shonna Mead of Island Pond; her grandparents Doris and Randy Mead of Newport Center; her uncle and aunt Ronald and Dena Lavoie of West Charleston; her stepfather Shawn Mead of Newport Center; and by other family members including Randy Mead Jr. of Newport Center, Lisa Mead of Newport Center, Vicky Mead of Coventry, her fiancé’s parents Andre and Sherry Lefebvre of Morgan, her fiancé’s brother Jason Lefebvre and his wife, Lindsy, of Island Pond, and her fiancé’s sister Erin Morse and her husband, Nick, of Enfield, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her grandparents Robert and Delight Sanville; and by one aunt and four uncles,

Funeral services were held on February 13, Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the pre-school at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-DaSlivaEduino Vieira DaSilva

Eduino Vieira DaSilva, 69, of Glover died suddenly on February 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born on November 17, 1946, in Faial, Azores, in Portugal to Luis and Leonora (DeFaria) Silveira. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1977.

He had many jobs over the years: mechanic, and service station owner, Massachusetts constable, commercial fisherman, foreman, and a logger. He volunteered for a time with the Glover Fire Department and served as a town constable. He was a former member of the Orleans Lions Club. He was always willing to lend a helping hand however he could.

He enjoyed being with his family and friends, spoiling his furry “kids” Sam and Fluffy, RV traveling with Rod, camping all over, trips to Maine and the Fryeburg Fair, working on engines of all sorts, fixing things, haying, sugaring, boats, fishing, the ocean, gold prospecting, metal detecting, watching NASCAR and wrestling, hunting and fishing, cooking Portuguese recipes and barbecues, woodworking, stone work, and gardening.

He is survived by his three children: Tara DaSilva and her fiancé, Mark Lacoss, Eduino DaSilva Jr. and his friend Cathy Butts, and Leonora Pinto and her husband, Alex; seven grandchildren: Cassandra Smith and her fiancé, Levi Flynn, CJ Smith and his companion, Ashley Blanchard, Victoria and Destiny Geraw, Benjamin Lacoss, Luna Pinto and Alex Pinto Jr.; two great-grandchildren: Daniel Flynn and Michael Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; his former wife, Jana Ferrie; and by his sister Maria, and her husband, Antonio Martins.

He had one brother, Louis Vieira.

As per his wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glover Fire Department, 63 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Orleans Lions Club, care of Peter Lanoue or Dave Bolduc, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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Obit-DeslandesNorbert Deslandes

Norbert Deslandes, 75, of Irasburg, died at his home on Sunday, February 7, 2016, surrounded by his family and a few friends.

He was born on May 3, 1940, in Roxton Falls, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Loretta (Frazier) Deslandes.

He married Yvette Messier on August 31, 1963. He worked as a loader operator for 56 years at the Ethan Allen Plant in Orleans and was the oldest full-time employee when he retired.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping with his wife at the Barrewood Campground in Westfield in their fifth wheel camper along with their son Paul, and lots of family.

For over 30 years he and his wife moved their camper to Fryeburg, Maine, to the fair that is held in October. He loved spending time with his family and was always there to lend a hand. They called him Mr. Fix It. He was a life member of the Newport Elks Club #2155.

He is survived by his wife; their son Paul and his wife, Linda; his grandchildren: Ashley Deslandes and her companion, Russell Mannings, and Amanda Deslandes; his great-grandson Jaxon Mannings; three brothers: Roland and his wife, Bea, of Florida, Lionel and his wife, Janice, and Michael and his wife, Sandy; his sister Lorraine Brasseur; his brothers-in-law: Roger Kerr, Richard Messier, and Michael Beaumier and his companion, Frances Collins; his sister-in-law Susan Urie and her husband, Paul; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Bernice Messier, Denise Corriveau, Irene DeLaBreure, and Carmen Kerr; his brother Richard Deslandes; his brothers-in-law: Eugene DeLaBreure, Richard Brasseur, and Bruno Corriveau; and by his godchild Lisa Deslandes.

Funeral services were held on February 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-GloverEdward Glover

Edward Glover, 61, of Derby died on February 12, 2016, from cancer, at his home.

He was born on January 17, 1955, to Hayden and Pauline Glover (formerly Pauline Storey), who both predeceased him.

Ed, as his family and friends called him, was a graduate of North Country Union High School. He was a CNC operator for North Country Engineering. He was also certified at the Recording Institute of America for modern recording techniques.

He enjoyed collecting vintage sports cars. He was a lead guitarist in the Knives Band, Magnum Force, and Thunderbolt Band, to name a few. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, playing guitar, and he loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Domisita Glover; his step-daughter Tracy Julve; his aunts: Phyllis, Evelyn, and Laura; and by his many cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 20, from noon until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow at the American Legion, at 35 Veteran’s Avenue in Newport, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

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obit-laborTimothy Allen Labor

Timothy Allen Labor, 50, of Brownington died peacefully on February 9, 2016.

He was born on August 23, 1965, in Newport and was the son of Larry Labor and the late Betty (Conley) Walker.

He was employed by Larry Royer Construction, where he got to work with family and do what he loved.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed many hobbies including milking cows, painting, hammering nails, gardening, scratching tickets, collecting treasures, stacking firewood, playing Yahtzee, and doing Sudoku puzzles. He loved his family and spending time playing with his grandchildren. He always put a smile on everyone’s face and loved to joke; he had the biggest heart.

He sadly leaves behind his children: Missy Houghton and her husband, Dan, of Derby, Timothy Labor Jr. and his wife, Lahanna, of Shapleigh, Maine, Brook Robillard and her husband, Chris, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Charles Plante of San Francisco, California; his grandchildren: Olivia and Ian Houghton, Aurora and Ivory Labor, and Myles Robillard; his father, Larry Labor, and his wife, Katie, of Brownington; his sister Tammy Griggs of Barton; three step-siblings; and his nieces and nephews: Mindy Young, Zachary Labor, and Alan and Angel Griggs.

He was predeceased by his brother Randy Labor; his mother Betty (Conley) Walker; and by his grandmother Irene (Jenness) Conley.

A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Newport, at 56 Eagle Nest Drive. Friends and family are welcome.

obit-TrudeauRita Marie Anna (Ruel) Trudeau

Rita Marie Anna (Ruel) Trudeau died on February 9, 2016, in East Charleston, at the loving home of her daughter and son-in-law John and Denise Auclair, at the age of 97.

She was born on September 20, 1918, in Coaticook, Quebec, to Adelina (St. Pierre) and Donat Ruel. She was one of four daughters in a farming family of 15 children, and is survived by four siblings: Omer Ruel, Donacien Ruel, Lucienne Lamoureux, and Yolande Brasseur.

The times were lean and post-Depression, so as a young woman she made her way to Montreal, Quebec, and found domestic work with a family there. The young people in Montreal had an active social life through which she met and fell in love with Anatole Trudeau. They married on October 14, 1939, and the rest is history; our history! They had nine children: Jacqueline Masse, Madeleine Marcoux, Denise Auclair, Mary Jane Marcoux, Joseph Andre, John Paul, Michael, Annette Howley, and Suzanne Benoit. In later years, she worked at Brown Co. in North Stratford, New Hampshire, and nine years at Ethan Allen in Orleans. Meanwhile, along came 37 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. Her eldest son, John Paul, died in an accident at the age of 9, and her beloved Madeleine died from cancer in 2012.

Mrs. and Mr. Trudeau were an act to follow; their love for each other, their perseverance together through many a hard time, and their example of hard work that went hand in hand with generosity and humor. In the late 1960s, they heard and received the gospel of Jesus Christ, and began to follow Him.

Mrs. Trudeau lost her soulmate, Mr. Trudeau, unexpectedly on March 17, 1990, one year after their fiftieth wedding anniversary. In recent years, she said she was ready to go to be with Jesus Christ and now her expectation has become her reality.

A celebration of her life with family and friends is planned for sometime in June.

Proverbs 31:26-30 can be said about Mrs. Trudeau in past tense. “She opened her mouth in wisdom and the teaching of kindness was on her tongue. She looked well to the ways of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rose up and blessed her; Her husband also, and he praised her saying, ‘many women have done nobly, but she excelled them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

Psalms 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.”

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