Obituaries January 30, 2013

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William Elgood

William Elgood, 90, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, previously of Dunedin, Florida, died on Monday, January 21, 2013.

He was born on October 26, 1922, in Richmond, Quebec, to Felix and Leslie (Ross) Elgood.  He grew up in Island Pond, where he graduated from Brighton High School in 1939.  After three years of service in the U.S. Maritime in World War II, he attended the University of Vermont, where he received a B.A. in 1950.  He then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he met and married Ann Drew.

Mr. Elgood earned his M.A. degrees in speech and library sciences from the University of Michigan.  He taught and coached debate at University of Michigan and General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) from 1952 to 1958.  From 1958 to 1979, he was a director of General Motors Institute’s Library.  In 1979, he retired and moved to Clearwater, Florida.  In April of 1988, he married Sylvia K. “Kathy” Barringer in Crystal Beach, Florida.

He is survived by children and step-children:  Ross Elgood of Victoria, Texas, Leslie Elgood of Albuquerque, Stevin Barringer of Crystal Beach, Barbara Grandchamp and her husband, Dave, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Lisa Tullius and her husband, Jim, of Crystal Beach; and by grandchildren:  Laura Elgood, Alex, Douglas and Lauren Grandchamp, and James and Rachel Tullius.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Island Pond Historical Society, P.O. Box 408, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Mease Manor Foundation, 700 Mease Plaza, Dunedin, Florida 34698.

Visit the online guest book for Mr. Elgood at

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Dean W. Hill Sr.

Dean W. Hill Sr.

Dean W. Hill Sr., 69, of Newport died suddenly on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 5, 1943, in Newport Center, a son of Clarence and Eva (Morse) Hill.  On November 24, 1982, he married Bobbie Kahlstrom who survives him.

Mr. Hill was a dairy farmer most of his life.  He was employed by local farms, and at one time he had his own farm.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Bobbie Hill of Newport; his children:  Dean Hill Jr. of Newport, Kevin Hill and his wife, Caroline, of Sheffield, William Hill of Sutton, Doreen Hill of Albany, Timothy Hill and his friend, Tassie, of Essex, Chuck Hill of Newport, Sharmin Hill of Newport, and James Begin of Stowe.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Joshua Davio, Samantha Hill, Sherri Vinal, Diamond Begin and Cheyanne Begin; his sisters:  Alena Sherlaw of Newport Center, June Stuart of Barre, and Dwanetta Bickford of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sisters:  Capitola Hill, Helen Rainey, Vanetta Collins, Eva Collins, Theresa Stuart, and Edna and Joan Hill; and by his brothers:  Clarence and Oliver Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Arlene Rita Hinton
Arlene Rita Hinton

Arlene Rita Hinton

Arlene Rita Hinton, 88, of Barton died peacefully on Monday evening, January 21, 2013, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on February 4, 1924, in South Barton to Perley and Eva Nault.  She married Earlton Hinton, in 1943, who predeceased her.

The name Arlene means “promise, pledge.”  She was a woman of promise.  Full of warmth, kindness, and hospitality, she touched the hearts and lives of many.

She had taught us that the simple and beautiful things in life are far more rewarding than riches.  That is a lesson we will hold in our hearts.  The simplicity of a warm summer porch was one of her favorite gathering places.  She would welcome family, friends, and anyone who stopped by with a warm meal and a warm home.

She enjoyed traveling to Maine with family, the challenge of a good puzzle, and caring for others.  For 18 years, she cared for others as a nurse’s aide at the Colonial Nursing Home, now the Union House in Glover.

She is survived by her five children:  Carolyn Malek and her husband, George, of East Barre, son Brian Hinton and his wife, Linda, of Barton, daughter Janice and her husband, Ken (Ducky) Larocque, of Barton, son Marlin (Paul) Hinton of Coventry, and son Dale (Moochie) and his wife, Val Hinton, of Brownington.  She was also a proud “Gram” to 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her sisters:  Esther Lacroix, Lorraine Lenton, and Vivian Durivage, as well as by one granddaughter.

She sparkled with joy.  Her kindness and warmth will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held on January 26 in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s School, in care of the furnace fund, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Lawrence LaPierre

Lawrence LaPierre, 66, of Greensboro died on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born in Burlington on January 25, 1946, the son of Arlton and Marjorie LaPierre.  He grew up in Greensboro, attending St. Jay Trade School after graduation.  He married Melodyann Fellows of Groton in August 1991, having 7,815 perfect and joyful days together.

Mr. LaPierre was a talented finish carpenter.  He worked on many camps around beautiful Caspian Lake.  He donated his skills of working with wood to churches and many people.

He is survived by his wife Melodyann of Greensboro; a brother, Ernest (Jake), of Morrisville; a sister, Rachel, of Hardwick; his children:  Danielle, Michael and his wife, Virginia, of Greensboro Bend, Dominique LaRose of New Haven, Connecticut, Denise Savoie and husband, Henry, of Virginia, David LaRose Jr. of Maryland, and Dustyn and Douglas of St. Albans.  He is also survived by 22 grandchildren.  He was predeceased by one grandchild.

Mr. LaPierre loved his children equally.

Funeral services were held on January 26 in Hardwick.  Interment will be at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.

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Mildred Elizabeth Gonyaw Major

Mildred Elizabeth Gonyaw Major, 93, formerly of Island Pond, died on January 20, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was the widow of Rheal Major, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was born in Albany Center on August 30, 1919, the daughter of Michael (Mitch) and Sarah (Sadie) Noyes Gonyaw.

She enjoyed traveling with her late husband, sewing for family members, gardening, knitting, and crocheting.  She was a devoted housewife and mother and enjoyed working part time for the state of Vermont at the Brighton State Park for over ten years.

She is survived by her children:  Paulette Major of Barre, Patricia Oftedal and her husband, Sven, of Eastport, Maine, Lucian Major and his wife, Lucille, of Richmond, and Rene Major and his companion, Sharon Towne, of Colchester; her grandchildren:  Amy Moriarty and her husband, Tom, of Bennington, Christopher Major of Fairfax, and Diane Bouchard and her husband, Pierre, of South Burlington; and by her great-grandchildren:  Taytum and Haley Bouchard of South Burlington.  She is also survived by her brother Mahlon Gonyaw and his wife, Madeline; her sister-in-law Janet Major Doyon; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Marvin and his wife, Donna, and Roland and his wife, Alice; and by her grandson Marc Major.

Funeral services were held on January 24 in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to The Vermont Chapter of The American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Philip Rowell
Philip Rowell

Philip Rowell

Philip Rowell died January 26, 2013, at the Newport Health Care Center with his wife, Carolyn, and his sons Joshua and Jonathan at his side.

He was born May 14, 1928, in Albany, the son of Enoch and Mildred (Brown) Rowell.  In 1958 he married Carolyn Anderson of Craftsbury and together they moved to their home in Albany Village and raised their two sons.

They bought the Roscoe Cowles farm and the Samuel Chaffee farm to complete their Jersey dairy operation in the village, which his sons continued to operate.

He had two brothers, Enoch and Willard Rowell, and a sister, Pauline Goodwin, who all predeceased him.

During his childhood he was educated at the Albany Elementary School and extended his education at Craftsbury Academy, where he graduated in the class of 1946.  He was a lifetime member of the Maple Valley Grange of Albany and the Meridian Sun Lodge # 20 of Craftsbury.  He was also a member of the Albany Historical Society and was instrumental in establishing the Albany Veterans Memorial.

After graduation he worked at logging, with New England Telephone doing line work out of St. Johnsbury, at Brow’s Potatoes in Albany, and at several farms as a hired hand.

He became an advocate for and loyal member of the Albany Fire Department, which was organized in 1958.  He was a selectman for the town of Albany, and a deputy game warden for the Vermont Fish and Game Department.

He also became interested in the Vermont Legislature, where he served as Albany’s representative from 1957 through 1959.  He entered the Vermont National Guard in 1947 and served during the Korean War as a top secret interpreter stationed in Stuggart, Germany.  He also worked at Ethan Allen manufacturing in Orleans, where he was a lumber dryer and a lumber buyer for 34 years, retiring in 1993.

He enjoyed working on the farm after his retirement, and taught his sons how to make a fence and run a chainsaw and farm equipment.  He also taught them to hunt deer and ducks.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Rowell; by his two sons, Joshua and Jonathan Rowell, and Jonathon’s wife, Carol, all of Albany; and by two granddaughters, Alora and Gratia Rowell.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins and by many friends.

A graveside service will be held at the Albany Village Cemetery in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany Fire Department, P.O.Box 300, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to the  charity of one’s choice.

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

Lynford Irving Roya

Lynford Irving Roya, 94, died on January 24, 2013, at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.

He was born on November 6, 1918, to William and Lena (Weeks).

He worked as a dairy farmer, carpenter, and construction superintendent for Wright and Morrissey Construction.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy Nineteenth Seabee Construction Battalion during World War II.

He is survived by two sons:  Steven Roya of Pine Island, Florida, and Bill Roya of Irasburg; one daughter, Debbie Roya, of Clearwater, Florida; his wife, Lucille, of Lecanto, Florida; one brother, Cleave Roya, of Barberville, Florida; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, and stepchildren.

Donations may be made in Mr. Roya’s memory to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, Florida 32064.

Cremation services are by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., of Inverness, Florida.

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