Obituaries January 31, 2018

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Diana E. Willey Beaton

Diana E. Willey Beaton, 67, of Newport, died on January 13, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on March 24, 1950, to the late Milton and Dorothy Willey.

Mrs. Beaton was active with her church friends, and spent time working with flowers around her home. She enjoyed going for long walks throughout the neighborhood.

She is survived by her son Robin K. Beaton and his wife, Tammy, and their daughters: Autumn and Shaylyn, all of Irasburg.

She is also survived by her sisters: June Lussier and her companion, Howard, of Irasburg, and Sharon McDonald of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Rodney, Kenneth, Betty, Jeannette, and Norma; and her long-time companion, Ron Pepin.

At her request, there will be no services.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary E. Wright HALO Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Sis (Evelyn) Broome

Sis (Evelyn) Broome, 92, of Newport, died on January 25, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on September 19, 1925, in Stebenville, Ohio, to Mark and Viola (Robertson) Whitlock. On December 31, 1951, she married Thomas R. Broome Jr. who predeceased her in 1990.

She graduated from Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. She retired in 1988 from J.J. Newberry Store in Newport where she worked at the lunch counter. Her employment began there in 1973.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 of Newport and the Charleston Historical Society. Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed writing, traveling, sewing, bowling, and listening to music.

She was very active with the Newport Baptist Church and also sang in their choir.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. on Friday until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Karl E. Cloney

Karl E. Cloney, 57, of Newport, died on January 23, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He was born on August 2, 1960, in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Vaughn and Sandra (Levasseur) Cloney.

Mr. Cloney was a funny, outgoing man who loved to spend time with his family and friends. Family always came first. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, playing chess and cribbage, reading the Bible, and watching conspiracy videos. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his granddaughter Trinity.

He is survived by his children: Karl Cloney Jr., Thomas Cloney, and Mathew Cloney, all of Newport; by his grandchildren: Tristan, Trinity, Teeghan, and Chelsea Cloney and Kallyanna.

He is also survived by his siblings: John Cloney of North Carolina, Fran Russo of Connecticut, Sara Clark of Florida, and Lisa Cheney of California; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, February 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. on Saturday until the hour of the funeral.

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Norma Leland Hackett

Norma Leland Hackett, 83, died peacefully on January 22, 2018.

Mrs. Hackett was born on July 8, 1934. She married Carl Hackett, in Derby, on May 5, 1951, and they enjoyed 67 years together. They owned the Red Wing Dance Hall, Hackett’s Plumbing and Heating, and many rental properties including Hackett’s Trailer Park and the former Derby State Police building.

She loved her role as Mr. Hackett’s helper, making sure his needs were met. She helped him on many of his projects, passing him tools or holding the light for him. She busied herself with cooking and cleaning and taking care of others especially her three children. Lately, she enjoyed puzzles, painting, and coloring. Mr. and Mrs. Hackett shared many miles on snowmobiles and traveling in an RV with friends. Rumor has it she was excellent on roller skates and the dance floor. Her love and dedication to her family will be missed tremendously.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Carl Hackett; her sister Tillie Pierce of Medway, Massachusetts; her daughters: Debra Partridge and her husband, Bob, of Derby, Shirley Hackett and her partner, Dan Souliere, of Derby; and her son Earl Hackett and his wife, Karen, of Derby. She also leaves behind a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Leah Partridge of McLean, Virginia; Toby and Colleen Partridge and their children: Maria and Avery, of Chippewa, Pennsylvania, Katelyn and Aaron Elzinga and their children: Mia and Kade of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ben and Michelle Partridge and their daughter Polly of Derby, Daniel and Meagan Van Woert of Fairfield, Andrea Van Woert and her partner and her daughter Addison of Derby, and Carl Hackett of Willow Spring, North Carolina.

She is predeceased by her brother Wayne Leland and his wife, Fern, of Stuart, Florida.

A service was held on January 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to The Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Simon Joseph LaBounty

Simon Joseph LaBounty, 96, of Barton, died on January 20, 2018.

He was born to the late Norbert and Juliette (Renault) LaBounty on May 15, 1921, in Barton. He attended school in Barton. On October 22, 1948, he married Rachel May Lanphear of Eden.

After he finished school he worked for a number of years at the Peerless Shoe Company, and a couple of mills, all in Barton, including one where he made chairs. He also talked fondly of working at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the late 1930s, which he said prepared him for when he joined the army.

In 1942 he joined the army. Because of his athleticism he was assigned as a calisthenics/obstacle instructor at many of the bases in the U.S. during World War II. In 1945 he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. After the war he went to Kingston, New York, and worked doing odd jobs with his brothers Pete and Maurice.

He came back to Barton and married then Ms. Lanphear, and went on to get his master plumbers, electrical, and tinsmith license. He worked for Ernest Miller Plumbers in Barton for many years until his retirement. Mr. LaBounty was an avid golfer and was a member at Orleans Country Club for many years, and played on many courses throughout the state. Not only was he an avid golfer, he and Mrs. LaBounty also managed Orleans Country Club for many years.

Besides golf, in his earlier years he loved to fish and hunt and had many fond memories of his brothers going to hunting camp in Eden. He also enjoyed playing cards throughout his life, especially when attending senior meals in Barton and Orleans.

Mr. LaBounty belonged to the American Legion for over 50 years and belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council #7763 in Orleans.

He is survived by his son Lynn “Butch” LaBounty of Newport; his granddaughter Torie Bingham of Newport; a very special companion Marion “Midge” Hunt of Barton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by many brothers and sisters: Ludolph “Doc” LaBounty, Rudolph “Rudy” LaBounty, Adolph “Pete” LaBounty, Yvonne Slicer, Aldea O’Keefe, Bruno LaBounty, Maurice LaBounty, Simonne Hayes, Victor LaBounty, Irene Garafolo, and Robert “Jake” LaBounty.

A Mass will be celebrated in the spring. Online condolences can be shared at


Bernard E. Urie

Bernard E. Urie, 96, of West Glover, died on January 17, 2018.

He was born in Andersonville on January 5, 1922, the son of Ernest and Mary Comer Urie.

On December 29, 1945 he married Elaine Louise Alexander, who predeceased him on March 17, 2015, having been married almost 70 years.

Surviving him are his five children: Kathy and her friend, Zane, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Elizabeth Bomberger and her husband, Glenn, of Hinesburg, Philip and his wife, Frances, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, Stuart and his wife, Darlene, of Tampa, Florida, and Michael and his wife, Claudia, of Wichita, Kansas; his grandchildren: Allyson Wind and her husband, Kyle, of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, Nathanael Urie of Lincoln, Nebraska, Calvin Urie of Tunkhannock, Annalise Bomberger of Hinesburg, and Barbara and Ana Sophia Urie of Wichita. Also surviving him is his sister Beverly Grant of Barre; his sisters-in-law: Pearl Urie of West Glover, Ellen Urie of Barton, and Martha Alexander of Glover; his brothers-in-law: Donald King, of West Glover and Richard Jacobson of South Burlington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his three brothers: Howard of Long Island, New York, and Edwin and John of West Glover; and his sisters Mary Ellen Knapp of Somerville, New Jersey, and Harriet King of West Glover.

Mr. Urie served as a Glover Selectman and overseer of the poor, and on the UCC Parish Council. He drove trucks for his father, helping to install the first electric poles in Orleans County and build the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. He ran his own trucking business after getting married, hauling logs and sawdust and then plowing snow for the town of Glover and hauling milk in cans.

As youngsters his older children went with him on the “milk fruit” (route) picking up milk at farms on the way to Findysen’s Creamery in Lyndonville. He always said only Rene Perron handled more milk cans than he did. He drove can and bulk milk trucks for Buttrick’s Creamery in East Montpelier throughout the 1960s. He also hauled milk into the Kraft plant in South Troy for Earl LaClair of South Barton, whom he had great respect for.

While picking up milk at Val LeBlanc’s farm in Barton, Mr. Urie was offered a calf sired by Arlinda Chief for $50. Ida, nick-named “Charlie Brown” by his sons Stuart and Michael, was the foundation for a tremendous cow family. He loved his registered Holsteins and bred many “mortgage-lifters.” Of his best cows he would smile and say: “Quality, quality, quality.” Bernard also worked for more than a dozen farmers in Barton and Glover, including David Owen, Bud LeClerec, and Bill Tester, sugaring, haying, working in the woods, and trimming Christmas trees. He also enjoyed working for Nelson Stevens as his “mud man” building chimneys, including two for himself. He especially enjoyed working for Alden Borland, saying, “He taught me how to really work.” He designed and built several model barns and also bucking bronco horses like his grandfather John had made, and stilts and walking birds for his grandchildren and others. Mr. Urie loved his family.

This kind man is terribly missed. He would want everyone to believe in the Savior and to know he is in heaven, awaiting our arrivals, as his Bible taught him.

A funeral for Mr. Urie will be held in Barton in the spring, as will be his interment in Andersonville. Donations in his honor may be made to the Glover Historical Society.

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Eloise Kay (Powers) Vittum

Eloise Kay (Powers) Vittum, 67, died peacefully on January 11, 2018, at Applewood Rehabilitation Center in Winchester, New Hampshire, where she has been a lovingly and well cared for resident for the past three years.

Although she was ready to move on from this life, there are many who will miss her. Her six adult children, 16 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters were represented at the beautiful celebration of life service that was conducted on January 21 at Grace Christian Fellowship in Winchester by Pastor Matthew Worrall. Her brother Robert Powers; and two sisters: Nanette (Powers) Bonneau and Ethel (Powers) Chase are among those who will miss her generosity of spirit.

A graveside service at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

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