Obituaries February 19, 2014

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obit brousseauRaymond J. Brousseau

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

The Brousseaus moved to Lyndonville five years ago and made their home with their son, David, and daughter-in-law, Deb.  Mr. Brousseau had resided at The Pines for the past month.

He was born in Stanstead, Quebec, on January 23, 1932, one of 11 children born to Arthur and Josephine (LeBlanc) Brousseau.

On September 29, 1956, he and Charlotte Stuart were united in marriage.

He worked at the Ethan Allen plant in Orleans, retiring from there in the early 1990s.

He enjoyed camping, yard work, time spent at hunting camp, and blue grass music.  Over the years, he and his wife saw a lot of the country traveling to Florida, Texas, Prince Edward Island, and Yellowstone.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; their three sons:  Richard Brousseau and Toni of Hudson Falls, New York, David Brousseau and his wife, Deb, of Lyndonville, and Mitchell Brousseau and his wife, Dawn, of North Troy; eight grandchildren:  Patrick, Eric, Shane, Kaylin, Adam, Matthew, Kelley, and Kari; seven great-grandchildren; one surviving brother, Gerard; and by four surviving sisters:  Simone, Jeanne, Monique, and Rollande, and their families.

A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on February 17.  Committal services will be held in May at the Concord Cemetery.

Mr. Brousseau enjoyed the musical entertainment that came to The Pines.  Memorial contributions, marked for the Resident Activity Fund, may be directed to The Pines, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at

obit PoulinJeannine Marie Claire Poulin

Jeannine Marie Claire Poulin, 85, a resident of Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport died on February 13, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 11, 1928, in Irasburg, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Paquette) Williams.

She dedicated her life to caring for her family.

She retired from Columbia Forest Products after 28 years.  She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, where she served as regent; the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW #798, where she served as president; the Ladies of St. Anne; and as a volunteer for Rural Community Transport.

Her passions included Bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and family gatherings.  She enjoyed bowling, sewing, working with other people, making homemade items for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sharing her delicious fudge with those she cared about.  Jeannine enjoyed life as it was dealt to her.

She is survived by her seven children:  Marcel “Joe” Poulin Jr. and his wife, Henriette, of Newport, Frances Dewing and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, Lucille Longley and her husband, Paul, of Westfield, Dennis Poulin and his wife, Lynn, of Newport, Suzanne Lucas and her husband, Michael, of Newport, Joanne Rousseau of Newport, and Tina Browne and her husband, Greg, of Clifton Park, New York.  She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren:  Carl, Amy, Raymond, Rhonda, Misty, Donald, Jonathan, Erik, Kelley, Angie, Amber, Laura, Jessica, Brent, and Ashley; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

She was predeceased by her three brothers:  Germain, Sylvio, and Andre “Pit”; and by her sister Frances.

Funeral services were held on February 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund in her name, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit SchneiderSylvia V. Schneider 

Sylvia V. Schneider, 78, of Derby died on February 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born on August 6, 1935, in Newport, to Euclide and Lena (Morin) Brien.

She was employed by the TSS Store in Long Island, New York, where she retired in 1986.

After her retirement, she moved back to Vermont where she enjoyed her home and cooking for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children:  Teri Kreps of Florida, Robert Schneider Jr. of Derby, Richard Schneider and his wife, Linda, of North Carolina, James Schneider of Derby, and William Schneider and his wife, Lori, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren:  Samantha, Jessica, Richard, Ashley and Josh, Christopher and Kaira, Tasha, Taylor, Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren:  Kaylee, Mykenna, Jacob, and Rhea; her siblings:  Gene Brien of Newport, Irene Corrow of Barre, Betty Cyr of Danbury, Jackie Foster of Connecticut, and Marion Fournier of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Leonard, Lawrence and Norbert Brien; and by her sisters:  Pauline and Vivian.

Calling hours were held on February 18, in Newport.

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

Janet Agnes Urie

Janet Agnes Urie of Glover died on February 13, 2014, in Greensboro.

She enjoyed her early years on the Beach Hill farm in West Glover, where she was born on March 2, 1925, to Foster and Bessie Stone Urie.

After graduating from Craftsbury Academy in 1942, she completed the wartime program at Lyndon Teachers College in a year and a half.  She and a female classmate hayed for a local farmer during their summer session and then she taught for one year in Craftsbury Village, and another year in East Craftsbury.

While completing her second year of teaching, she married Donald C. Urie on March 31, 1945.  Together they raised their family and shared the work indoors and out on Westview Farm in Glover.  After selling the farm to their son, Lowell, they were able to continue in the place they both loved until Mr. Urie’s death in 2002, and Mrs. Urie’s need for nursing home care in 2007.

Mrs. Urie was an elder of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.  She was very active in women’s organizations at all levels of the church, including in many ecumenical groups.  She was the first woman to serve as stated clerk of the Presbytery of Northern New England.

She was involved in several community organizations, serving on the boards of Craftsbury Academy, the Craftsbury Community Care Center, Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, Vermont Children’s Aid Society, the East Hill Preschool and the John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library.  Over the years, she served as president or secretary but most often as treasurer, once holding that office for seven groups simultaneously.

Being outdoors was a great pleasure for her; walking in the woods, gardening, snowmobiling, or helping in the fields.  Indoors, she enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting and making bobbin lace, frequently while watching the Red Sox or Patriots on television.  With her sisters, she visited all of Vermont’s towns as a member of the 251 Club, and with other family members traveled to many states including Hawaii.  A trip to England and Scotland also provided many happy memories.

She is survived by her sons:  Mason of Derby, and Lowell of Glover; her daughters:  Sherry of West Glover, Christine and her husband, Carmie Snider, of Bradenton, Florida, and Edith and her husband, Claude Comtois, of Derby; and her five grandchildren, seven great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter were a special joy to her.  She also leaves a brother, Robert Urie, of North Carolina; two sisters:  Jean Borland and Rachel Lafont, both of West Glover; and a large close-knit, extended family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; two sons:  Colin and Jason; and by a brother, Foster James Urie Jr.

A service of thanksgiving for her life will be held in the spring.

Memorial gifts may be made to the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 1097 Ketchum Hill Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home Activities Fund, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

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

obit valoisMarie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois

Marie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois of Sutton died on Saturday, February 1, 2014, with her children and caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, by her side.  She was 90.

She was born on January 7, 1924, in St. Gabriel, Quebec, Canada, to Joseph Paquin and Florida (Gauvin) Paquin.

She married the love of her life, Adolphe “Duffy” Felix Valois in 1949, and lived in Barton until they moved to the Underpass Road in Sutton, where she enjoyed being a homemaker, raising and taking care of her family.  She believed in family values and passed the lessons of love and family to her children.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  She had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and always found the humor of any situation that arose.  She loved spending time with her caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, as they would often take little trips in the area, and these trips always ended with a stop at Ville Auto to see Mark and Lori and then on to the Lynburke Motel to visit with her daughter, Monique.

She loved gardening and took great pride in her cultivated berries and apples.  She loved spending time sitting on her porch with Dad, visiting with her neighbors and watching the Belangers hay the fields around the house.

She was very involved with the Catholic church and active in the Daughters of Isabella in Barton.  She also taught religion classes in Sutton School.

She is survived by her children:  Monique Valois-Ball and Chadwick Tibbetts of Lyndonville, Russell Ball of West Burke, and Mark Joseph Valois and his fiancée, Lori Phillips, of Lyndonville; her grandchildren:  Mark Hall and Jenn Brooks of Sutton, Christopher Hall of Sparta, Tennessee, Brielle Phillips and Kyle Phillips of Lyndonville, and Taryn and Tylor Brooks of West Burke; her great-granddaughter Trystin Bernadette Hall of Sutton; her sisters:  Adrienne “Addie” Brault of Athol, Massachusetts, Denise Valley of Barton, and Elizabeth “Betty” St. Onge of Wallingford; and by her brothers:  Patrick “Pat” Paquin of Mocksville, North Carolina, and Bernard “Ben” Paquin of Wallingford.

She was predeceased by her husband, Adolphe; her parents; her brothers:  Rene Paquin, Roland Paquin, Etienne “Eddie” Paquin, Roland Paquin, and William “Bill” Paquin; and by her sisters:  Germain Perron and Rose Campbell.

A memorial Mass was held on February 8, in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online guestbook at

obit van zileRobert D. Van Zile Sr.

Robert D. Van Zile Sr., 75, died unexpectedly on January 20, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he was spending the winter months.  He was a long-term resident of Westmore.

“Bob” — a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather — was born in Tioga, Pennsylvania, on January 2, 1939.  He was a son of Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile.  He grew up in Gang Mills, New York, where he attended Painted Post High School and played sports such as football.  He enjoyed all sports, which he passed on to his children.  He coached and umpired Little League and the Babe Ruth baseball leagues.  He was very knowledgeable about all the rules and regulations for many sports.  He also attended many basketball and hockey games with his children at various high schools and at St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont.

He enjoyed many years of tent camping with his wife and children across the eastern half of the country.  He was always the most enthusiastic person in the bleachers, cheering on his children and grandchildren.  The best way to describe him was as a loving, dedicated and supportive “family man.”  His greatest joy was having his family around him.  He also enjoyed all types of fishing, especially with his children and brothers.  He would travel great distances just to go fishing.  When not fishing, he enjoyed reading.

Many people commented on his contagious smile that lit up his face.

He took great pride, joy and appreciation in the life he had with his wife of nearly 50 years, his four children and later with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was employed by General Electric and Green Mountain Power prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theresa; his children:  Robert Jr. and his wife, Kelly Van Zile, of Georgia, Tracy and her husband, Bernard Houle, of Irasburg, Suzette and her husband, Alan Garey, of Georgia, and Bradley Van Zile of Westmore; his grandchildren:  Rennie, Christian, and Cody Van Zile of Georgia, Erica Houle and her fiancé, Robert Shangraw, of South Burlington, Courtney Bowen and her husband, Billy, of Enosburg Falls, Nicole Garey of St. Albans, and Ethan Garey of Georgia; his step-grandchildren:  Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Barton; his great-grandchildren:  Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; his brothers:  Wesley and his wife, Pat Van Zile, of Warren, Pennsylvania, Eugene and his wife, Marlene Van Zile, of Addison, New York, Benjamin and his wife, Joyce Van Zile, of Millport, New York, Henry and his wife, Linda Van Zile, of South Burlington, and Larry and his wife, Gerrie Van Zile, of Addison; his sisters:  Delores Barlow of Brunswick, Georgia, Mary Van Der Mark of Elmira, New York, and Connie and her husband, Kent Greenfield, of Dundee, New York; his sister-in-law Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers-in-law:  Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile; his brothers and stepbrothers:  Franklin Van Zile, Donald Gardner, Clifford Van Zile, and Donald Van Zile; and by his step-sisters:  Clara Sutton and Stella Gardner.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please submit donations to the Salvation Army in your own community.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 17, at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.

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