Obituaries February 20, 2013

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Richard Chase
Richard Chase

Richard C. Chase

Richard C. Chase, 80, of Newport died on February 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 24, 1932, in Barton, a son of Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase.  He married Grace Mary Davis, who predeceased him on December 24, 1996.

Mr. Chase was employed by Elmwood Dairy as a delivery man and mechanic for 23 years.  He enjoyed hunting, mechanic work, and woodworking.  He and his wife traveled to Florida, Ohio, and Long Island, New York, to visit relatives.

He is survived by his children:  Gary Chase and his wife, Corlene, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Douglas Chase of Derby; by his grandson Cody Chase; by his stepgrandchildren:  Jason, Celeste, Krystal, and Devin Messier, and Corbett Lee; by his brothers and sisters:  Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, Larry Chase and his friend, Beverly White, Phyllis Kennison, and Patricia Herman and her husband, Norman, all of Evansville.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Barbara Helen Hudson

Barbara Helen Hudson, 86, passed away peacefully at the Union House Nursing Home on February 18, 2013.  She was born on June 19, 1925, in Lyndonville, the daughter of the late William Edgar Kellaway and Bertha (Fowler) Kellaway.

She attended graded school in Lyndonville and was a 1943 graduate of Lyndon Institute.  She resided for the majority of her life in Manchester Center and Berlin Corners with her late husband of 62 years, Noah Wallace Hudson.  They retired in 1998 and moved back to Lyndonville, where they both had a strong sense of community, loyal friends, and family.  A devout Episcopalian, she loved her family and lived her life very quietly for them.

Mrs. Hudson was pre-deceased by her brother, Edger William Kellaway.  She is survived by her nephew, Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, and daughter, Charli, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.

There will be no calling hours or funeral.  There will be a spring internment at Pine Grove Cemetery with a date and time to be announced.
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Lois Morin
Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin, 81, of Jay died on February 12, 2013.  She survived her husband, Roger, of 62 years, by 27 days.

She was born on March 29, 1931, in Stamford, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Ruth Spielman.  She grew up in Connecticut with her six brothers and two sisters.  After high school, she married Roger and started a family.  They moved to Vermont in 1969, where they raised their six children.

Mrs. Morin took great pride in her family.  It was hard for any visitor to enter her house without being taken through her collection of pictures.  One by one, she would take you down the line of all six kids’ graduation pictures, and if you had the time it didn’t stop there, she would also take you through the pictures of the grand kids and great-grand kids. She loved little kids and adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Even in her later years, her face would light up at the sight of a baby and you often heard her say, “Now, who is this little one?” followed by, “Oh, isn’t he or she a cutie” and then a little giggle.  There is no denying her love of children.

She also loved playing cards of any kind and especially bingo.  She took great pride in her winnings no matter who the opponent may have been and was considered by many as an excessively lucky lady.  During her 40-plus years in Jay, she was involved with the Jay Volunteer Fire Department bingo and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She and her husband enjoyed their travels throughout the U.S. and Europe, including their many trips with Community Circle.

She is survived by her six children:  Jean Janci of Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Morin of Nashville, Kim Starr of Tucson, Arizona, Jo-Ann Chicoine of Suffolk, Virginia, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and Roger (Chip) Morin Jr. of Troy.  She had 15 grandchildren:  Jennifer Royea, Aaron Janci, Meghan Janci, Carolyn Patenaude, Katie Holt, Amanda Trono, Chad Chicoine, Onalee Hopkins, Ashley Juliano, Lee-Ann Cotner, Mitchell Hartman, Tyler Starr, Nicholas Leithead, Hanna Morin, and Andrew Morin; and 14 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Lois, and Charles and his wife, Sylvia; her sisters-in-law:  Patricia and Mary Spielman; her brother-in-law Leo and his wife, Kathe Morin; her brother-in-law Albert Morin and his wife, Kathleen; and by her sisters-in-law:  Blanche Sullivan, Carmen Scofield, Patricia Valley and Leni Morin.  She was predeceased by her husband Roger; and by her brothers and sisters:  Bill, John, Richard, Jean, Evelyn and David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Martha Richardson, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the North Troy American Legion Post #28, Attention Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, 157 Revoir Flat Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

A combined graveside service will be held for both Mr. and Mrs. Morin on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Dale Douglas Paul

Dale Douglas Paul, 66, a retired educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, died on February 8, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on July 29, 1947, she was the daughter of William Douglas and the late Jeannette (Ernst) Douglas.

She graduated from Syracuse University and advanced training in education at the University of New Hampshire.  She was a lifelong educator, who taught in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District in New York, and the Glover Community School and Barton Graded School in Vermont.  She moved to St. Albans in 1987 and then taught at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 15 years.  Her special love for literature and learning inspired many of her students, and she also shared her gift for bringing stories to life with her family and friends.

Survivors include her father, William Douglas, of Marcellus, New York; her brother Bruce Douglas and his wife, Betsy, of Syracuse; their sons:  Andrew and Alex Douglas; and her cousins Alison Kelly and Grant Alpern of Atlanta, Georgia.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Private messages of condolence to the Douglas family are welcome at

Roger Shaffer
Roger Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer, 74, of Barton died on February 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 12, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Wade and Georgeanna (Kidwell) Shaffer.

He married the former Dale Allen who predeceased him.

Mr. Shaffer was owner of the Hangman Frame Shop in Hardwick.  He worked for Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, where he created sets for stage productions.  He also worked for the Home Depot in Connecticut.  He moved to this area in 1990 where he was very involved with the restoration of the Barton Memorial Building theater.  He also created the Branford Festival in Branford, Connecticut.  As a young man, he and his first wife, Ursel, traveled cross-country showing the Batik paintings that they created.

He is survived by his children:  Erik Shaffer of Avon, Connecticut, and Wendy Shaffer of New Haven, Connecticut; by his grandchildren:  David and Sydney Shaffer; and by his stepchildren:  Laurel, Heather and Sam of Connecticut, and Jesse of New York.  He is also survived by his former wife, Ursel Shaffer, of Middletown, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by a brother, George Shaffer.

Funeral services were held on February 16 in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Memorial Building Restoration and Revitalization Committee, in care of Patsy Tompkins, 19 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

John Washburn
John Washburn

John E. Washburn

 John E. Washburn, 71, of Newport died on Monday, February 11, 2013, in Burlington.

The son of Jay and Aline Washburn, he was born on December 12, 1941, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Washburn spent two years of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father worked for Saudi Aramco.  Boy Scouting was life-forming for Mr. Washburn; he became the first scout in his troop to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  As the recipient of several science fair awards during his high school years, he had dreams of attending the California Institute of Technology to study aeronautics or nuclear chemistry.  However, while working at Borden Chemical as a chemist during his junior college years, a conversion experience changed the path of his life.  Subsequently, he completed his undergraduate studies at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and went on to graduate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1970 with a doctor of ministry.

Mr. Washburn thrived on designing creative Christian education for youths and adults.  He shared those skills at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate professor of Christian education, and on the staff of churches in Oklahoma City, Stillwater Oklahoma, and Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was always adventuresome, so when called to serve a church in Alaska, he drove a small U-Haul truck 4,000 miles to Fairbanks.  It was there that he took the first steps toward formal ordination; he was ordained in 1987 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Doctor John Washburn served as the pastor of churches in Anchorage and Sitka, Alaska.

In 1988, he left church ministry to develop software.  His business, Software Sharing Ministries, catered to individual needs of churches and church schools.

He met Sheryl Marie Reinke in Sitka, and they were married on July 22, 1988.  Adventure and exploring continued as they lived in Tacoma Washington; Sterling, Colorado; Juneau, Alaska; Moscow, Idaho; and Newport.

Everyone who knew Mr. Washburn experienced his disarming whit and sense of humor.  He challenged the status quo and had a huge heart for the underdog.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl of Newport: his sister Jeane Avilla of Union City, California; and by his nephews:  Jimmie and Johnnie Harrison, also of California.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A service celebrating his life was held on February 16 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau, Alaska 99801; or to the charity of one’s choice.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.  Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”  — Revelation 14:13

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

Ruth Wright
Ruth Wright

 Ruth M. Wright

 Ruth M. Wright, 88, of Derby died on February 13, 2013.

She was born in Asbestos, Quebec, on August 6, 1924, to Walter and Sarah Carson McKeage.  When she was a small child her mother died, and she went to live with her uncle and aunt Ernest and Nellie Willey of Mt. Vernon Street in Newport.  She had two sisters, Barbara and Irene, who predeceased her.  She graduated from Newport High School.

She married William F. Wright in 1946.  Mr. Wright went into the service shortly after high school and Mrs. Wright went to work for the Bell Telephone switchboard.  She spent many years as a telephone operator.  She also worked at American Maple where she made great friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright had a daughter, Debra.  Mrs. Wright was the greatest mom in the world.  Debra married Reginald Judd, and they had a son, Jared, who was Mrs. Wright’s pride and joy.   Mrs. Wright was also known as Gram Ruth to the many children she took care of through the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 2000 and her son-in-law Reginald in 2001.

She leaves behind her daughter Deb Judd and grandson Jared and his wife, Jessica Judd, all from Derby; her niece Linda McCauley from Ontario; her nephew Bradley from Massachusetts; her great friend Sherry Labounty from Derby; and Deb and Jim Kinney from Derby Line, who have become part of the family.  She will be greatly missed and remembered with never-ending love.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Wright would appreciate donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or Pets of the Kingdom, care of Vicky Connor, 2907 Shilafoux Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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


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