Obituaries February 24, 2016

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obit-breault-1Alcide Robert Breault

Alcide Robert Breault, 94, of Newport died on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

He is survived by three stepchildren: Gregory Abbott Sr., Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, of the Newport area. In addition, he is survived by countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his two stepchildren: Jerry Abbott and Penny Powers. The light of his life for 48 years was his wife, Marjorie (Meehan) Breault, who predeceased him just over a year ago.

As his nursing staff professed upon his passing, “Now he’s where he wants to be.”

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

Mildred Langevin

Mildred Langevin, lifelong resident of Newport, died peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2016. She was 102 years old.

She was born on October 28, 1913, in Beebe, Quebec. She moved with her parents, Everett W. Fox and Jennie Fox, to Newport, where she lived the rest of her life.

She loved her extended family, the Royal Family, reading, and her tea. Her family members came from far and wide to visit her. Many times over the years, her living room would be filled with company. She was so loved by them all.

She is survived by her son Paul Langevin and his wife, Elaine, of Newport; her grandson Gary Langevin and his wife, Brianna; and her great-granddaughter Abigail, all of Coventry. She is also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Langevin; her sisters: Cora Fox and Elizabeth G. Minkler; and by her brothers: George Fox, Lawrence Fox, and Reginald Fox.

At her wishes, private services for family only will be held at their convenience.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, to help defray funeral costs.

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obit-SloanJohn D. Sloan Sr.

John D. Sloan Sr. 75, of Keene, New Hampshire, and formerly of Island Pond, died on Wednesday, February 10, 2015. He died peacefully with his wife near, after a brief period of declining health.

He was born the son of the late Edith (Savoy) and Hubert Sloan on August 12, 1940, in Newport. He was educated in Island Pond and graduated from Brighton High School in the Class of 1958.

On April 8, 1961, he exchanged vows with Ernestine K. Allyn at St. James Church in Island Pond. They were married with family and friends in attendance and were married for almost 55 years.

Mr. Sloan worked as a conductor and brakeman for the St. Lawrence Railway for 35 years. He retired in 1999 to enjoy life with his wife and family.

He was a man of faith and attended St. Bernard’s Parish and St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Keene. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid NASCAR fan. Time was spent building dollhouses and studying history. He enjoyed reading, especially history and presidential biographies. As time went on, Mr. and Mrs. Sloan would go south to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to escape the cold New England winter months. He was also a giving man who was loved by many. He served as a fourth degree knight with the Knights of Columbus in Island Pond. He was always happy to be with his family, especially the grandchildren and later the great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Ernestine K. Sloan, of Keene; his children: Cheryl M. Fletcher and her husband, Robert “Shane” of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, Shelley A. Sloan of Delray, Florida, Laurie L. Sloan of East Charleston, and John D. Sloan Jr. of North Branford, Connecticut; and by his siblings: Judith Sloan of Lyndonville, Marcia Quinn and her husband, Ken, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Jeffrey Sloan and his wife, Greta, of Richmond. He also leaves ten grandchildren: Nicholas, Brean, Shauna, Sasha, Sammantha, Matthew, John III, Tristin, Chelsea and Ashley; his six great-grandchildren: Braden, Kaela, Grayson, Gabriella, Amelia, and Lincoln; in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was predeceased by his son Shawn Sloan, who died in 1964, and by a grandson, Andrew Shattuck, in 2012

In keeping with his wishes, there are no local services.

Donations can be made in memory of John D. Sloan Sr. to Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society, care of St. Bernard’s, Mary Queen of Peace, 173 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire. 03431.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire, 03431;


obit-websterEvelyn B. Webster

Evelyn B. Webster died on February 14, 2016.

She was born to Chester A. Barney and Ida Falcon Barney on September 16, 1927, in Bradenton, Florida. She had a brother, Arvid “Ike”, and sister, Era Lou Chapman. She graduated from Orleans High School, where she coached basketball and was involved with the choir.

After graduation, she went to Lasalle Junior College in Massachusetts and Normal School for teachers in Vermont. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the remote Vermont woods. Her first year of teaching was her last because of the many pranks on her by the older boys who were almost her age.

On August 8, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, David Dickens Webster, who became her best friend and lover for 67 years. Soon to follow, she gave birth to David, Marcia “Tweet” Lepp, and Steven. In 1952, the family moved to Tulare, California, where she was active at the First Methodist Church, PEO, PTA, and she was a Cub Scout leader. She also enjoyed reading, golf, bowling, camping, and going to jazz festivals. She worked at the J.C. Penny’s in Tulare and for several years at the Tulare County Social Services.

She worshiped at the First Methodist Church in Tulare, and the United Church in Irasburg.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years David; and her three children: David of Washington, Marcia Lepp of Herald, California, and Steven of Tulare. The first who called her grandma are Mark Lepp, Karie (Lepp) Costin, David Lepp, Lindsey (Webster) Tarter, and Erica Webster. The six who called her great-grandma are Leandra and Jesslyn Lepp, Benjamin, James West, and Evelyn Costin.

To our Vermont friends and family, we will have a graveside service and reception, to be announced. Any gifts and offerings can be sent to the Irasburg United Church.

Death notice

Jeanette L. Smith

Jeanette L. Smith, 86, of Albany died on February 19, 2016, in Newport.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Hedges and her husband, Daniel, of East Charleston.

A graveside service for her and her husband, Karl, will be held in the spring at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

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