Obituaries February 3, 2016

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Melissa Ann Barrup

Melissa Ann Barrup, 35, died on January 21, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 9, 1980, in Concord, New Hampshire, to Marie Brailey.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. Her life revolved around her boys and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her boys swimming, hiking, and on many road trips. Through all her life trials, she always managed to keep a positive attitude, and to be a positive influence, and true affirmation of her Lord.

She enjoyed a life of always being a mom to her boys and tried many different family-owned businesses with her husband, Robin, to support her.

She leaves behind her husband, Robin; her sons: Joseph Matthews, Steven Lamos, Treylen Lamos, Brenton Lamos, Dakota Barrup, and stepson Robin Barrup Jr. She also leaves behind her grandmother Rita; her sister Jennifer; and her special brothers with whom she recently reunited: Mike Brailey and Bobby Brailey. She will also be watching over many special children who looked at her as a grandmother.

A celebration of her life will be held on February 13, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend and share their memories.


Geneva Winifred Orzolek

Geneva Winifred Orzolek, 83, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Derby on February 14, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Verdine A. and Beatrice W. (Bishop) Kelly. She was educated in Vermont schools.

Mrs. Orzolek was a chambermaid by profession for numerous motels throughout Berkshire County in Massachusetts until her retirement. After retirement, she became active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Berkshire Medical Center and was responsible for knitting over 250 shawls.

Mrs. Orzolek was an active and longtime member of the Christian Assembly Church, where she assisted with the girls’ ministry and also the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Mrs. Orzolek had a passion for knitting — from prayer shawls to mittens for kindergarteners and her grandchildren, she knitted it all.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Harry F. Orzolek and his wife, Renee, of Barton; two daughters: Jane M. Pfeiffer and her husband, David, of Pittsfield, and Catherine Rundgren and her husband, Ernest, of Orleans; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Royer and her husband, Phillip, of Orleans, and Corrine Hancock and her husband, Wayne, of Newport; and by two brothers: George Kelly and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, and Norman Kelly of Troy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Orzolek; a sister, Bernice Plante; a brother, Robert Kelly; and by her grandson Michael Pfeiffer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at Christian Assembly Church in Pittsfield, celebrated by Pastor David McIntosh. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Housatonic Cemetery in Barrington, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, in care of Dery Funeral Home.

obit-Moore-1Fred Moore

Fred Moore, 84, of Brownington died on January 31, 2016, after a long illness, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1931, in Rockaway, New Jersey, son of Lawrence Moore and Mary Ann Bates.

He wore many hats in his lifetime, from farmer to constable for the town of Brighton, Essex County Sheriff’s Department deputy, a member of the Auxiliary State Police, and deputy game warden. For many years, he owned Mountain Ridge Ranch, a riding stable in Island Pond.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Fay (Griggs) Moore; three sons: William and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Blaine and his wife, Robin, of East Charleston, and Dennis and his wife, Claudia, of Hondo, Texas; his daughter Sherri Moore and her partner, Daniel Ouimette, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a very special grandson, Travis Twofoot, and his partner, Jessica Chesney, of Brownington. He also is survived by the mother of his children, Marguerite, and her husband, Floyd Morgan. Also surviving him are two sisters-in-law: Betty Sweeney and her husband, Ray, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mary Savino of Manchester, Connecticut; and a brother-in-law, Gordon Griggs, of Barre.

He was predeceased by two infant sons: Clifford Allen and Randall Adam; a brother, William; a son-in-law, Kevin Twofoot; and by a granddaughter, Billie-Jo.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain View Farm Sanctuary in Lyndonville.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. A private burial will take place in the spring, alongside his parents and brother in Sheffield.

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obit-pietteSylva Piette

Sylva Piette, 88, of Coventry died peacefully on January 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 2, 1927, to Clarence and Annie (Guay) Piette. On July 5, 1947, he married Simone Letourneau, who predeceased him on December 18, 2007.

His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church. He and his wife farmed three farms while raising seven active sons. After he retired, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with Community Circle. He also enjoyed woodworking and playing his fiddle with the Bobbin Mill Players.

He is survived by his seven sons: George and his wife, Retha, of Newport, Normand and his wife, Susan, of Westfield, Omer and his wife, Pierrette, of Newport, Roger and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Raymond and his lifelong companion, Lillian Pingree, of Brownington, Real and his wife, Denise, of Newport, and Rene and his wife, Felicia, of Jay; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by the following siblings: Theresa Anderson of Newport, Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Simone and her husband, Lionel Fortin, of Holland, and Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg; the following brothers- and sisters-in-law: Cecile (Letourneau) Fortin of Holland, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Germaine Fontaine, Rhina Letourneau and her husband, Paul, and Bertha Royer; his daughter-in-law Donna Piette; his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Pierre and Antoine Letourneau, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert, Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange, and Reginald Letourneau and his wife Delorese, George Fontaine, John and Henry Fortin, Roger Girourd, and William Anderson; and by one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on January 29 in Derby Line. Interment will be at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line this spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to St. Paul’s School’s scholarship fund, 55 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit-proctor-1Mitchel Dean Proctor

Mitchel Dean Proctor died peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Bailey Mitchel Proctor and Geneva Corbett in Florence, South Carolina, on February 9, 1930.

He was known to many in the Northeast Kingdom as a kind, charming Southern gentleman who was always available for a quick word of advice or simply to chat about life, love, and family.

He is survived by his many children and grandchildren: Grace Currier and her husband, Peter, and their sons: Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Jacob, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus of Newport; Nevada Proctor and his wife, Karen, and their daughter Keira of Enfield, New Hampshire; Gabrel Proctor and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; Aurora Proctor and her children, Maximilian and Ava, of Irasburg; Keresey Proctor of Asheville, North Carolina; Rachel Towle and her husband, Glenn, and their daughters, Minevera and Arie, of Newark; and last, but not least, the twins: Mikal and Malachi Proctor of Asheville.

The family will host a wake on February 7, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. All are welcome to come share stories and memories of Mr. Proctor.

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