Obituaries February 28, 2018

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John D. Bullis

John D. “Jack” Bullis, 85, of Derby Line, died peacefully on February 22, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was born May 6, 1932, in East Orange, New Jersey, to the late Percy and Mildred (English) Bullis. He was the eldest of 11 children, including his siblings: Barrie, Dianne, Jim, Bill, Joe, Judy, Mary Lou, Danny, Paula Marie, and Craig. He graduated from North Troy High School.

Mr. Bullis enlisted in the U.S. Air Force prior to the Korean conflict as a flight engineer on a B-29 bomber. He loved to tell stories of both training and combat missions. He was honorably discharged in December 1952.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1953, he married Beverly J. Glodgett. They were a very outgoing couple and had many friends with whom to go bowling, play cards, and explore computers and CB radio. For 37 years, Mr. Bullis was employed as a master electrician and manufacturing engineer by Tivoly, Inc., in Derby Line (formerly known as Butterfields). After 60 years of marriage, Mrs. Bullis died in July 2014.

Mr. Bullis was also predeceased by four of his brothers: Barrie, Bill, Joe, and Jim.

He is survived by his children: Theresa and her husband, Edward Fortin, of Holland, David and his wife, Lori (Major), of Barre, Debra and her husband, Richard Turner, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Thomas and his wife, Colleen (Poutre), from Georgia. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bullis requested that there be no calling hours, so a short graveside service will be arranged in late spring.

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Marie C. Carter

Marie C. Carter, 94, of Holland, died on February 20, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on July 25, 1923, in Canada, to Ethram and Rosalyn Boissy. In 1961 she married Sidney O. Carter who predeceased her in 2004.

She and her late husband owned and operated a farm in Holland for many years. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed quilting and going to yard sales.

She is survived by her son Roy Lucius and his wife, Jill, of West Boylston, Massachusetts; by her grandchildren: Randi, Cori and her husband, Mike; and by her sister Bernadette Bellanger.

She was predeceased by six brothers and eight sisters.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Steven W. Dykeman

Steven W. Dykeman, 63, of Westfield, died on February 19, 2018, in Newport.

He was born on September 8, 1954, in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Calvin and Maxine (Murphy) Dykeman. On March 25, 1975, he married Debbie Frasier who survives him.

Mr. Dykeman was career veteran with the United States Army for 21 years. He enlisted in the Army in 1973 and served a tour of duty in Korea. He was an accomplished mechanic and instructor in the Army. He culminated his career as a recruiter, where he earned his gold recruiter badge with sapphires and gold recruiter ring.

Upon retirement from the Army, he worked for the Vermont Department of Corrections where he served as a case worker for 21 years. He held a membership with the Troy Area Lions Club of Vermont.

Mr. Dykeman loved to share stories of recruiting for the Army and he also enjoyed sugaring. He had a big, kind heart and would talk to anyone. He had a captivating smile and a twinkle in his eye, and instantly made friends with anyone he met. His greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Dykeman, of Westfield; and by his children: Steven Dykeman and his wife, Emily, of Milton, Nakiah Dykeman and his wife, Emily, of Swanton, Daniel Dykeman and his wife, Amanda, of Georgia, Katina Dykeman of Derby Line, and Stacey Dykeman-Godfrey and her husband, Travis, of Newport. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Ana, Ella, Saveren, Penelope, Calvin, Caeden, Lillian, Maisy, Malachi, and Noah. He is also survived by his siblings: Kevin Dykeman of Derby, Kenne Karge of Phoenicia, New York, Alan Dykeman of Swanton, and Sherrie Young and her husband, Joe, of Tannersville, New York. He is also survived by his stepmother, Charlotte Dykeman, of Swanton; and by his brothers-in-law: Alan Frasier and his wife, Sarah, and their daughter Riley of Newport, and Kevin Frasier of Phoenicia.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A celebration of his life was held at the East Side Restaurant on February 23. A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring at the Westfield Cemetery. Patriots Riders will be in attendance along with the Corrections Honor Guard and Lions Honor Guard.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Troy Lions Club, 1257 Vermont Route 100, Westfield, Vermont 05874; or to the Veterans United Spinal Association, 126-34 Queens Boulevard #320, Kew Gardens, New York 11415.

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Lois Carol Gemmer Gosnell

Lois Carol Gemmer Gosnell, 86, of Butler, Pennsylvania, died at home on the morning of February 10, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mrs. Gosnell was born in Buffalo, New York, to Eugene W. Gemmer Sr., and Lillian Mester Gemmer. She attended the University of Florida and worked as a library assistant at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and at Lake Region Union High School. She was involved with the Girl Scouts, church choirs, a bell choir, and the Ladies Aid Society of the Westmore Church in Westmore, of which she was very proud.

She was a very talented woman who enjoyed spinning, weaving, knitting, tatting, needlepoint, stained glass, singing, and cooking. She and her husband, Jim, enjoyed travelling both domestically and internationally after retirement. They even renewed their wedding vows on their fiftieth anniversary on the Yangtze River in China.

She is survived by her husband, James H. Gosnell Sr., whom she married on June 14, 1952, and enjoyed a long, loving marriage of 65 years. Lois is lovingly remembered by her husband; her children: Patricia Reigh and her husband, Harry, of Butler, and James H. Gosnell Jr. of Sutton, Massachusetts; her grandchildren: Christopher Reigh and his wife, Samantha, of Butler, Douglas Reigh of East Butler, Pennsylvania, Jesse Reigh of Butler, Kristin Ribeiro and her husband, Matt, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Heather Gosnell of Sutton, and Rachael Gosnell of Sutton; and three great-granddaughters: Abigail, Ashley, and Heidi Reigh; and her brother Eugene W. Gemmer Jr. of Washburn, Missouri.

Mrs. Gosnell was a member of the St. John’s Reform Church of Butler.

There will be no public visitation.

A memorial service will be at later date at the discretion of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205; or to St. John’s Reform Church, 493 Evans City Road, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by The Thompson-Miller Funeral Home in Butler.


Margaret Mary Henn

Margaret Mary Henn, 75, of Lowell and Port St. Lucie, Florida, died peacefully, after a long battle with breast cancer, on February 2, 2018, at her family’s home in Johnson.

She was born October 29, 1942, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the daughter of the late John Koch and Rose Pusty-Koch. She graduated from Butler High School in Butler, New Jersey, in 1960 and met the love of her life, Donald C. Henn, in 1961. They were married in 1962. “Margie” and “Don” moved to Lowell in 1972, where they lived until retirement in 2005. Afterwards, they then spent winters in Port St. Lucie.

Mrs. Henn attended Johnson State College where she earned her master’s degree in education. She went on to teach in Brownington and then Lowell, where she was also principal.

She is predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Donald C. Henn.

She is survived by her children: Donny Henn and his girlfriend, Jodi, of Johnson, and Bill Henn and his wife, Torrie, of Lowell; her grandchildren: Billy Henn and his girlfriend, and their daughter, Olivia, of Lyndonville, Mariah Henn of Berlin, Cierra Ovitt and her husband, Rock, of Island Pond, and Chantal Henn of Johnson. She is also survived by her beloved brother John Koch and his wife, Barbara, of West Milford, New Jersey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Henn enjoyed riding her motorcycle, swimming, and reading, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be missed dearly by many.

A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. The family invites all who knew her to share their memories and condolences by visiting


Christine A. McGivern

Christine A. McGivern, 68, of Barton, died suddenly on February 21, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on May 4, 1949, in Bristol, Connecticut, to Ernest and Ada (Green) Rivers. On January 5, 1985, she married Robert McGivern who survives her.

Ms. McGivern was a seamstress and worked at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. She enjoyed sewing, doing word searches, and caring for her family and animals, and she was very loved by many people.

She is survived by her husband, Robert McGivern, of Barton; by her children: Brenda Bedor and her husband, Richard, of St. Johnsbury, and Julia Heywood and her husband, Warren, of Lyndonville; by her grandchildren: Shane, Heathe, Braun, and Douglas Hodgdon, Anthony Hodgdon, Joseph Dresser, David and Julieanne Cole, Shane, and Warren Heywood Jr., and Christopher Putnam. She is also survived by her siblings: April Webster of Brownington, Anita Austin of East Haven, and Susann Humphrey of East Burke; and by a special niece, Tami Sykes, of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Harold and William Cole.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 10. Please contact a family member for the time and place.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 2496, Manchester Center, Vermont 05255.

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Diane Cathleen Rogers

Diane Cathleen Rogers, 62, of Island Pond, died on February 19, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on February 23, 1955, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Margaret (Grossmeyer) Prisnock and the late Louis Prisnock.

She graduated from Westfield High School in New Jersey with the class of 1973.

Ms. Rogers operated an antique shop in Island Pond and was a nurse’s aide in the area. Her joy was collecting and selling antiques and working in her garden. Her dog Leon was a big part of her life.

She is survived by her mother, Margaret Prisnock, of Bernville, Pennsylvania; by her siblings: Margaret Kraemer of St. Petersburg, Florida, and David Prisnock of Bernville; and by her nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father Louis Prisnock in 2013.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at


Anson H. Willard

Anson H. Willard, 96, of Derby, died on February 23, 2018, in Newport.

He was born on November 30, 1921, in Derby, to Theron and Bridget (Clark) Willard. On June 30, 1950, he married Rose Hunt who predeceased him in 2001.

Mr. Willard was a veteran of World War II, where he received the Purple Heart. During his lifetime he was a machinist at Butterfield Union Twist Company in Derby Line. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and going to his camp on Lake Seymour.

He is survived by his children: Helen Bicknell and her husband, Marvin, of Franklin, and Wayne Willard and his wife, Elaine, of Morrisville. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Bridget Erickson and her husband, Brad, Jessie Casavant and her husband, Monte, Ramon Hunt and his wife, Joyce, Billie Lowell, and Theron Willard and his wife, Rhiannon; by his great-grandchildren: Makala and Clay Erickson, Caitlin, Wesley, and Ryan Casavant, Jacob, Luke, and Lorelei Lowell, and Wyatt and Harley Willard.

He was predeceased by his son Duane Willard; and by his brothers: Gordon and Stanley Willard; and by his sisters: Isabel Roberts, Gertrude Whitehill, and Helen Willard.

Funeral services will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, Chapter 22, P.O. Box 735, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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