Obituaries January 22, 2014

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Rene A. Cloutier

Rene A. Cloutier of Essex Junction died suddenly on January 9, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born on August 1, 1942, in Barton, the son of Raoul and Charlotte (Griffin) Cloutier.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1960, and also graduated from Champlain College.  He served his country in the Army as a paratrooper in the early 1960s.

He was employed with IBM for 39 years and was a resident of Underhill for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, skiing, theater, motorcycles, and he loved his dogs, whom always came from the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his seven brothers and sisters:  Victor Cloutier and his wife, Carol, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Ronald Cloutier and his wife, Colleen, of Barton, Gerald Cloutier and his wife, Sharon, of Colchester, Rosemary Cloutier Badeau of Barre, Jeanine Cloutier Kelley and her husband, Roy, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Aime Cloutier and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Carl Cloutier and his wife, Nancy, of Colchester; his stepdaughters:  Tara Bouchard of Fayetteville, New York, and Tracy Darcangelo of Badlinsville, New York; his stepsons:  Shawn Finnegan and his wife, Gail, of Gambrills, Maryland, and Patrick Finnegan and his wife, Martha, of Perth, Australia; and by many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren, and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Anne Cloutier; his brother Andre Cloutier; and by his special partner in life of recent years, Sheila Roberts.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 133 North Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311.

obit DamonRobert “Bob” C. Damon

Robert “Bob” C. Damon, 86, of Morgan died on January 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 28, 1928, in West Burke, to Fenton and Mildred (Ball) Damon.

On May 1, 1954, he married Gisele Coderre, who survives him.

He entered the United States Army and served from 1950 to 1952.

He was employed as a machinist by Tivoli, where he retired in 1990.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry, gardening and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife Gisele Damon of Morgan; his children:  Rita Moulton of Newport Center, Suzanne Moulton and her husband, Jerry, of Holland, and Corrinne Moulton and her husband, Duane, of Charleston; his grandchildren:  Amanda Glover and her husband, Steve, Corydon Moulton, Brandy Moulton, Roxanne Moulton, Shontel Moulton, Abby Smith and her husband, Ian, Megan Longley and her husband, Wayne Jr., Matthew Moulton, and Andrea Moulton; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Betty Bowen of North Pomfret; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Marion, Louise, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on January 21, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in East Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Gisele Damon, 267 Mead Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

obit DicksonMarilyn Annie Dickson

Marilyn Annie Dickson, 57, of Albany died on January 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 13, 1956, in Hardwick, a daughter of Ralph and Ada (Newcomb) Reed.

In 1975, she married Eugene Dickson, who survives her.

She was the secretary for Sterling Services in Morrisville, a Licensed Nursing Assistant for Genesis Nursing Home in Morrisville, and was also a volunteer for the Memorial Cancer Network for five years.

She held a membership at the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and also at the VFW Post #779 of Hyde Park.  She graduated from the Community College of Vermont with an associate of business degree.

She enjoyed dancing, crafts, traveling, going to lawn sales, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eugene Dickson of Albany; her five daughters:  Sabrena Ducharme and her husband, William, of Walden, Della Hall and her husband, Ricky, of Greensboro Bend, Marilyn J. Gaudette of Newport, Dolida Kennison of Hardwick, and Marena Mead and her husband, Ken, of Hyde Park; her brothers and sisters:  Linda Clark and her husband, Joe, of Wolcott, Evelyn Perry and Larry Patoine of Hardwick, Lawrence Reed and his wife, Cindi, of Montpelier, and Lisa Dyke of White Falls, New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews; her grandchildren:  Timothy, Joshua, Troy, and Nicole Ducharme, Kyle and Roxanne Hall, and Jason, Jolene, Etta, Danielle, Daphne, and Gene; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Ada Reed; her stepfather Clyde Dyke; and by her brothers and sister:  Lenard Reed, George Dyke, and Florence Peck.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, from 1 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 22.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit DillRichard E. Dill

Richard E. Dill, 90, of Newport died on January 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 14, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Jay and Marie (Eccles) Dill.

On June 6, 1953, he married Claire Hebard, who predeceased him on March 4, 2000.

Mr. Dill was a World War II veteran, having served in combat in Patton’s army in southern Germany in the last three months of that war.  After being honorably discharged in 1946, he pursued studies at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949.  He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, earning a law degree in 1952.

He was a member of the Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire bars, practicing law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for many years.  He was awarded a 50-years-of-practice plaque from the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Having become a member of the Vermont Bar in 1998, he opened his office in Island Pond and actively practiced law until his retirement in 2011, when he transferred his practice to his law partner, Dan Keenan.

Of special note, his main hobby was photography and, in particular, capturing steam locomotives in action.

He is survived by his children:  Charlton Dill and his wife, Lisa, of Lee, New Hampshire, Lauren Dill of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Melinda Birch and her husband, Scott, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Alden Dill and his wife, Catherine, of Deerfield New Hampshire, Carl Dill and his wife, Iscanyi, of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Mark Dill and his fiancée, Dahlia Sawtelle, of Lee, Andy and his wife, Sarah Birch, of Addison, and Jared Birch of Derby; his great-grandchildren:  Charlotte and Emory Dill of Deerfield, and Aiden and Ian Dill of Sheppard Air Force Base; his nephew Robert Dill and his wife, Phoebe, of Newcastle, Delaware; his niece Karen and her husband, Gene, of Peaks Island, Maine; and his companion of ten years, Eileen Earp.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Claire Dill; his infant son, Norman McConnell Dill; his brother, Jay Edwin Dill; and by his parents.

Funeral services were held on January 20, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit DoucetteFrederick E. Doucette Sr.

Frederick E. Doucette Sr., 81, formerly of Derby and Island Pond, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 28, 1932, a son of George and Edith (Holgate) Doucette.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and his dog Patches.  He also enjoyed farming when he was younger, and was an avid Yankees fan.  He liked to visit with family, friends, and even strangers.

Mr. Doucette was a judge for the state as well as New England Golden Gloves competitions.  He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 American Legion and was a 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his sons: Frederick Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Monkton, and Geoffrey and his wife, Jennifer, of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law Ethel Steady of Maryland; his grandchildren:  Amy, Andrew, Graham and Reagan Doucette, and Renee Steady; his great-grandsons:  David Paul Steady of Maryland, and stepson Michael McKee of Augusta, Georgia; his brother George and his wife, Lois, of Rhode Island; his sister Ellen DeMarco and her husband, Carmen, of Connecticut; and by his sister-in-law Sylvia Doucette of Arkansas.

He was predeceased by his first wife Francelia in June of 2002; his second wife Sandra Crowe in July of 2013; his stepson David Steady; his granddaughter Christina Steady; and by a brother, Robert.

Services will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with date and time to be announced.

Contributions in his name may be made to The Newport Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, care of the activities fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit gleasonElaine N. Gleason

Elaine Nancy Gleason, 74, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Woodridge Health & Rehab Center in Berlin.

Born in Johnson, on September 1, 1939, she was the adopted daughter of the late William and Doris Haire.  Her birth mother was Mary Pease, who has also died.

In 1960, she married Lawrence Gleason Sr., who predeceased her on April 19, 2011.

Ms. Gleason worked as a farmhand for several years.  After moving to Barre, she worked for a short period of time at the Salvation Army Store.

She had many interests including collecting cow knickknacks, playing bingo and card games, going to church, doing word search puzzles, and reading newspapers, books, and magazines.  She was happiest when spending time with her children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons:  Larry Jr. of Barre, Randy of Holland, and Brian of Portland, Oregon; three daughters:  Doris Royce of Washington, Laura of West Charleston, and Denise of Barre; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; and by a son, Steven.

At her request, there will be no calling hours.  A private burial will be at the convenience of the family.  A family gathering is planned for the spring.

obit lussierRoger R. Lussier

Roger R. Lussier, 82, of Lyndonville died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014, at the Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 21, 1931, in East Albany, the son of Antonio and Georgiana (Letourneau) Lussier.  On June 28, 1952, he married Evelyn Walker of Sheffield.

During his life, he was an astute businessman who undertook many endeavors including farming, auctioneering, sales, banking and real estate.

Personal interests included spending time with family and friends at the camps on Shadow Lake and Marl Pond, hunting, fishing, playing cards, casual dinners and many years piloting his own plane.  He was a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #88 of Guildhall and the Walden Club, where he enjoyed the fellowship of meeting new and old friends.

Mr. Lussier valued and understood strong work ethics and the meaning of a handshake.  He was a steward of the land and felt a strong connection to it as well as the people who worked it.  He also admired and respected the Native American way of life.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville (P.O. Box 192, 05851); four children:  Reginald Lussier and his wife, Heidi, of Kirby, Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon, Richard Lussier and his wife, Virginia, of Lyndon, and David Lussier and his wife, Lise, of Lyndon; three brothers:  Bert Lussier of Richford, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernie Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; three sisters:  Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, and Lorraine Lussier of Hardwick; a sister-in-law, Bea Lussier, of Berkshire; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Steven Lussier in 2011; a brother, Laurant Lussier; and a sister, Marielle Stone.

A memorial service was held on January 20, in Lyndonville.  Spring committal services are planned for Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., at William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to The Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center, marked for the staff’s continuing education and training fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at

Patty Paige

Patty Paige, 67, of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 15,2014, in Orwell, at the home of her brother, Peter.

She was born in Enosburg on November 23, 1946, a daughter of Ernest Paige and Glenna Pudvah.

She received her education in Richford.

She worked at various places until she found her niche in traffic control, retiring because of illness in October of 2013.

Her hobbies included gardening, where she took great pride in passing flowers from generation to generation, and bird watching.  A great lover of animals, she rescued many including her chicken, Bella.

Survivors include her sister Mary Greenwood and her husband, Norman, of Poultney; her brother Peter Paige and his wife, Joanne, of Orwell; her nieces:  Brenda Zajicek and Stacey Paige Guyette; her nephews:  Mike Greenwood and Joshua Paige; and many grand-nieces and -nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved four-legged friend, Manny.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Roger Casavant.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

obit philipsRoderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 11, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended St. Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.  He married Marlene (Skeet) Lafoe in 1956, who, after 47 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont and purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton where he and his wife made their home.  They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services.  They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors where he was employed for twenty years.

After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, then traveling west, meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.  He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper except Hawaii.  All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion.  In his spare time he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, Orleans Lions Club (receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award) and Orleans Legion Post #23.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren:  Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren:  Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; his nephew Bradley Chase; and by his special lady friend, Mary Ann Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene (Skeet); and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, in the spring.

obit PlanteDiane Plante

Diane Plante, 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Newport on March 26, 1957, she was a daughter of Gille and Lillian (Dalisle) Plante of Orleans.

She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and was a high school graduate of Lake Region Union High School.

As a little girl, she loved all her friends on the farm and would enjoy every moment with the ones she loved.  Lady Di was a free spirited woman with a joyous personality; those who knew her can recall her contagious laughter and smile.

Willoughby Lake and Crystal Lake were like her second home, as she loved the water and the great outdoors.  During her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, to make use of her impressive green thumb.  She had a huge heart and would always express her love for the people in her life.

She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kelly Plante, and their two beautiful children, Berlynn and Brylee; her siblings:  Linda Plante of Orleans, and Robert Plante and his significant other, Marguerite Deschesneaux, of Irasburg; and by her nieces and nephews:  Jennifer Cote of Jay, Jonathan Charles of Tampa, Florida, Jillian Charles of Williston, Daniel Plante of Irasburg, and Andrew Plante of Williston.

Funeral services were held on January 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community National Bank, Attention:  Crystal Boutin, to benefit Berlynn and Brylee Plante, Barton, Vermont 05855

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

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Carson City, Michigan, with her family at her side.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry B. and Verna E. Priest, both natives of Irasburg.

She grew up in Verona, New Jersey, where her father taught English at Montclair High School for many years.

She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1950, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  Later, after she and her husband had raised their family, she earned a Master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University and taught special education in the Farmington public schools for 17 years.  She had a great love for the children that she taught.

She especially enjoyed spending summers on beautiful Parker Pond in West Glover, at the summer camp that her parents built in 1937.  These summers held many special memories for her, and she has passed her love of Parker Pond on to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John M. Washburn III, whom she married on September 23, 1950; their children:  Christine Kohn and her husband, Thomas, of Greenville; David Washburn and his wife, Gail, of Ringwood, New Jersey, and Carol Keberly and her husband, Paul, of Plymouth, Michigan; her grandchildren:  Aaron Kohn and his wife, Katie, David Kohn and his wife, Kristen, Laura Kohn and her fiancé, Alexander, Jacqueline Washburn, Laura Sama and her husband, Andrea, Brian Washburn, Carolyn Rose and her husband, Jason, Jennifer Rasak, and Michael Rasak and his wife, Taylor; her great-grandchildren:  Madison and Payton Rose, Alyssa, Emily, and Daniel Kohn, and Noah and Charlotte Kohn; her sister Virginia Weston and her husband, Ralph; and by her sisters-in-law:  Jane Parker and Ann Samuels.

A graveside memorial service will take place this summer with interment in the Irasburg cemetery.

For those desiring to do so, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the John M. Washburn III and Carolyn P. Washburn Endowed Scholarship Fund at Alma College, 614 West Superior Street, Alma, Michigan 48801, or to the Old Stone House Museum, care of the Orleans County Historical Society, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

The family is being served by Hurst Funeral Home through which messages of condolence may be sent via

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