Obituaries January 6, 2016

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obit AustinRuth (Shattuck) Austin

Ruth (Shattuck) Austin, 101, of Newport died peacefully on December 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in West Derby on April 15, 1914, to Roy and Emma (Carlquist) Shattuck, the youngest of their four children. She was a graduate of Newport High School and attended nursing school in the former Orleans Memorial Hospital.

She married Ellis S. Austin Jr. on January 14, 1933. She was a lifelong resident of Newport. As a homemaker, loving wife, and mother, she was always well known for her cooking and baking — especially her homemade doughnuts. She had many interests and loved attending auctions and collecting antique dolls. She was a wonderful craftswoman, and spent many hours braiding rugs for family and friends, and spent many enjoyable hours fishing along the banks of Lake Memphremagog.

She always had a sharp mind and keen sense of humor, and she never passed up a good game of cribbage or bingo. She loved reminiscing about the history of Newport. As a centenarian she was interviewed on a number of occasions to talk about her fond and vivid memories of Newport, and was featured in Vermont’s Northland Journal and USA Today. In April, following her one hundred and first birthday, during an interview for the Northeast Kingdom Voice TV show she said, “I never thought I’d live to be this age. It never crossed my mind. I sure have lived a good life though.”

She is survived by her three children: Jean Poutre, Charles Austin and his wife, Alice, and Paula Conover and her husband, Peter, all of Newport; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in September of 1974, and by her three siblings: Flora Fountain, Gladys Drew, and Harold Shattuck; her son-in-law Fernand Poutre; and her granddaughter Jennifer Roy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855, or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund care of Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A gathering in celebration of her life will be held in the springtime. Interment will follow at the Kelsey-Morrill Cemetery on Shattuck Hill in Derby.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit BeanRachel A. Westover Bean

Rachel A. Westover Bean, 80, of Newport Center died on December 18, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 12, 1935, in Newport Center to Earl and Ella (Sanville) Taylor.

She graduated from Newport Center High School in 1953.  She married Robert J. Westover on May 31, 1958. He predeceased her in March of 1981.  On March 8, 2005, she married C. Lary Bean, who survives her.

She was the town clerk and treasurer for the town of Newport for 30 years. She took great pride in her job and devoted many hours to helping the people of Newport Center. She was delighted when she was recognized for her work by being included in Who’s Who.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary and the Newport Center High School Alumni Association. She was a former director of the Goodrich Memorial Library.  One of her greatest joys was time spent with family and friends, especially at the holidays and at summer cookouts.  She enjoyed creating floral arrangements, cooking, baking, and most importantly, taking care of her loved ones.

She is survived by her husband; by her children: Tammy Westover of Newport Center, and John Westover and his wife, Takako, of Japan; by her grandchildren: Victoria Westover of Westfield, and Lyla and Elise Westover of Japan; by her stepchildren: Karen Bennett and her husband, Tim, Robyn Hamilton of Maine, and Christina Torres and her husband, John, of Maryland; by her stepgrandchildren: Stephanie Inman and her husband, Walter, and Justin Hamilton of Maine, and Ainslee and Ivy Torres of Maryland; by her sisters: Beverly Couture and her husband, Armand, of Irasburg, and Sonja Bissonnette and her husband, Norbert, of Middletown, Connecticut; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to SASH (Support and Services at Home), P.O. Box 259, 48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.  The SASH program provided assistance to the family to honor Mrs. Westover’s wishes of being able to remain in her home.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit BeauregardRoger Norbert Beauregard

Roger Norbert Beauregard, 82, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died in Charlotte, Florida, on December 12, 2015.

He was born to Eleonore Houle and Norbert Beauregard on December 21, 1932.

A native of Vermont, living in Charleston, Derby, Holland, Morgan, and Newport, he spent the last 14 winters in Punta Gorda with his wife, Colleen. They were joined there at various times by his brother- and sister-in-law Maurice and Sylvia Beauregard, sister-in-law Carolyn Rhodes, brother- and sister-in-law Lawrence “Buzz” and Lucille “Lou” Moore, and by many cherished friends.

The Beauregards were married for 58 loving, happy years. They had three children who have loving partners: Tim Beauregard and Anne de Vos, Lisa Presson and her husband, Todd, and Lorelei Lewis and her husband, Mark.

Mr. Beauregard was a strong believer in a hard day’s work and exemplified that work ethic in all his professional endeavors. In his early years, he worked seven days a week to run his family farm. He then diversified his career to include a successful business in the pulpwood industry, and mail delivery for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years. Family, however, was always first in his heart.

He could be heard singing his heart out, laughing from the bottom of his belly, and cheering on his beloved Red Sox. He loved a good game of cribbage, or “500,” and welcomed every guest with a Manhattan or a glass of wine and a kiss on both cheeks. He will be greatly missed by all his family, including numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was a loving grandfather to Ashley Lewis, who sadly died in 2005, Benjamin “Ben” Lewis and his wife, Tara, Joshua “Josh” Presson, Molly Presson, and Lorne Beauregard. He also touched and brightened the lives of his three great-granddaughters: McKayla, Julianna, and Emma Lewis.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Howard Rhodes, his sister-in-law Mary Ann Moore, both of whom were also winter residents in Punta Gorda.

As per his request, his service will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, in the spring of 2016. The date and time of the service have yet to be determined. His burial will follow at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line, where both his parents and his wife’s parents rest.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Northeast Kingdom Hemotology & Oncology (NEKHO), P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855, or St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Preservation Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit chagnonJune Louise Chagnon

June Louise Chagnon, 83, of Whiting, Maine, died on Sunday, December 20, 2015, in Machias, Maine.

She was born on May 19, 1932, in Billerica, Massachusetts, to Harold D. and Elizabeth Baroni. She grew up in the area and graduated from Billerica High School in 1948. She went on to attend community college, where she studied bookkeeping and typing. She would later use those talents working for the local Cadillac auto dealership, and in the family business, Baroni & Sons Contracting.

On June 7, 1952, she was married, in her hometown, to Thomas F. Chagnon at St. Andrews Church. After their marriage, she and her husband raised their family of five children in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia, to follow Mr. Chagnon’s career with the federal government. In the late 1960s the couple purchased a seasonal home for their family, their love for the ocean bringing them to Lubec, Maine, where family and friends summered for over 45 years. Ms. Chagnon loved sitting on her deck watching the seals swim in the Lubec narrows. Upon Mr. Chagnon’s retirement they built their winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which they enjoyed for a few years before Mr. Chagnon died.

Mrs. Chagnon was a devoted faithful Catholic communicant, actively serving in the women’s guilds and religious education programs. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, baking and cake decorating, and floral design. She was an avid walker, and for many years was an active member of the Pathfinder’s walking group of Lubec.

Mrs. Chagnon always enjoyed her time with her family most of all. She was unwavering in her love and support as a wife and mother. She was very proud of all her children’s achievements. She was active in her children’s lives and taught them the importance of faith in keeping a generous and kind heart. By example, she showed them how to lift the spirits of family and friends with a warm and cheerful smile. She will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and friend.

She is survived by her sons: Thomas F. Chagnon Jr., and his wife, Eugenia, of Canton, Massachusetts, John J. Chagnon and his wife, Ana, of Washington, D.C., and Michael P. Chagnon, and his wife, Gail, of Alexandria, Virginia; her daughters: Cindy Morrison, and her husband, Joseph, of Whiting, Maine, and Karen Cote, and her husband, Raymond, of Barton; her brother William Baroni and his wife, Betty; her sisters: Dorothy Bourassa, Bettyanne Baroni, and Joann Dalziel and her husband, Bob D.L.; her sister-in-law Lorraine Baroni; her grandchildren: LeAnne Chagnon and her husband, Mike Lewandroski, Michael Chagnon, Christopher Cote, and his wife, Kim, Alyson Chagnon, and Cleo Terry and her husband, Charles; her special, loving cousin Jackie Sampson; and lifelong friend, Jean Doherty.

She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and her brothers: Robert and Buddy Baroni.

A memorial Mass was held on Monday, December 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lubec, Maine. Charitable donations in her memory may be made to the Lubec Memorial Library, 55 Water Street, Lubec, Maine 04652.


obit ChamberlainBernadette M. Chamberland

Bernadette M. Chamberland, 97, of Newport, died there on December 30, 2015.

She was born on February 12, 1918, in Westfield to Joseph and Rosanna (Lachappel) Pion.

Mrs. Chamberland was an inspector for Indian Head Plywood in Newport, a job from which she retired in 1982, after 18 years of service.

She enjoyed playing bingo, making arts and crafts, shopping, eating out, and traveling to Florida for several years.  She enjoyed family visits, and will be missed by her many friends at Governor Prouty Apartments, including her good friend Joan Carpenter.  She will also be missed by her dear dog Chole.

She is survived by her children: Georgette Jones of Newport, and Arlene Brown and her husband, Glen, of Newport Center; by her grandchildren: Robert, Michael, Tammy Baraw, and Glen W. Brown; ten great-grandchildren; her siblings: Theresa Couture of Westfield, Mary Turgeon and her husband, Norman, of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Joyce and Alice Pion of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Norman and Paul Pion.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Ave, Burlington, Vermont  05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit Comtois VETArthur Comtois

Arthur Comtois, 91, of Birch Harbor, Maine, died on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine.

He was born on November 22, 1924, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Edmond and Alexandrina (Rondeau) Comtois.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949, married Aline Deslandes in 1950, and worked as a furniture salesman in Newport and Burlington for many years.  From 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he worked at IBM in Essex Junction.

After living most of his life in Vermont, he moved to Maine in 2007, to be closer to his daughter and her family.  He loved to read and enjoyed gardening, playing golf, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his daughter Dianne Comtois Goodenough and her husband, David Jonathan, of Birch Harbor, Maine; two grandsons: Adam Arthur Goodenough and his wife, Sujata Gupta of Burlington, and Ryan Thomas Goodenough and his wife, Emily Sandefer, of Troy, New York; three great-grandchildren: Eka, Andrew, and Keya; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Aline (Deslandes) Comtois; one sister, Lillian (Comtois) Geoffroy Tessier; and eight brothers: Leo, Lucien, Raoul, Albert, Roland, Victor, Ernest, and Real Comtois.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of choice in Mr. Comtois’ name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit DoyonGaston M. Doyon

Gaston M. Doyon, 86, of Lowell, died on December 24, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 18, 1929, in St. Germaine, Quebec, to Romual and Rhea (Fafard) Doyon.  On August 16, 1949, he married the former Therese Bonneau, who predeceased him on May 19, 2013.

Mr. Doyon owned and operated a farm in Lowell along with his late wife for over 25 years. In his later years he was a carpenter and bus driver for the town of Lowell.  He was a selectman for the town of Lowell, a fireman, a lister, and a justice of the peace.  He held a membership with the Knights of Columbus fourth degree, and was a Lions Club member in Troy, Lowell, and Westfield.  He enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and board games.  He and his wife traveled to Maine as well as Colorado, and Florida. They enjoyed dancing, listening to old time fiddlers, bowling, entertaining, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his children: Madeline Green and her husband, Gerry, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger, of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Germain Doyon, Rosaire Doyon and his wife, Pauline, Dennis Doyon and his wife, Lise, Claude Doyon and his wife, Jocelyn, Alice Mathieu and her husband, Aldee, Cecile St. Martin and her companion, Robert, Denise Noel, Monique Mathieu, Claire Hebert and her husband, Gerard, Madeleine St. Martin, and Diane Doyon. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; and by three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit millerKristine E. Miller

Loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, Kristine Elizabeth (Talty) Miller, R.N., 48, of Ayer, Massachusetts died peacefully on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Massachusetts, with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved companion of David Bonacci who survives her.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on May 8, 1967, a daughter of Gerald F. and Deborah L (Ruggles) Talty of Jay, she attended Hudson, New Hampshire, schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in the class of 1985. Eager to further her education and follow her dream, she then went on to graduate from Rivier College School of Nursing in Nashua as a registered nurse.

Before illness forced her retirement, she worked as a registered nurse with Tufts New England Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in the neonatal intensive care unit.

She enjoyed gardening, skiing, and her occasional trips to Las Vegas. She loved her house and was known to be always decorating or doing some kind of home improvement. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. However, her true passion was her job as a registered nurse, and she cherished caring for the babies and helping their families.

In addition to her parents and companion, Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Kaylee R. Caruso of Ayer; and son Michael J. Miller of Milford, New Hampshire; a sister Kathleen M. Martino and her husband, Rohn, of Bedford, New Hamshire; a brother Gerald B. Talty III and his wife, Melissa, of Hudson, New Hampshire; her paternal grandmother Catherine E. Talty of Bedford; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs Angel and Chloe.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning, December 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson. Committal services will be held privately.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, care of Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack Street, Building nine, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843.

Online condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com.


obit MorinEric J. Morin

Eric J. Morin, 35, of Newport died suddenly on December 24, 2015.

He was born on July 8, 1980. He was a beloved son of Rachel Coulter and Timothy Morin, and father to two beautiful children, Anyas and Keenan Morin.

Mr. Morin was a gentle and loving soul. He was selfless, kind-hearted, and always put others before himself. He enjoyed the simple things of life, fishing, playing hockey, boating — especially taking his kids out on the boat, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and dirt bikes. He and his children loved riding around the dirt bike track. He would be on a four-wheeler taking jumps, and they would follow in his footsteps. Seeing Mr. Morin, meant seeing Roscoe, his dog. He was his sidekick and constant companion.

Mr. Morin had a contagious smile, and big broad arms to hug tight with. He always saw the good in everyone. He was the first person to be there to lend a hand and he’d give the last dollar in his wallet and the shirt off his back. He held a special place in his mother’s heart, a bond that was larger than life. He was her protector and she was his. He loved helping his mom and often filled the man-of-the-house shoes while his stepfather worked as a lineman.

He will be sorely missed by so many, especially his children and two nephews Noah and Liam, who loved playing with their “Uncle Eric,” his girlfriend Sherrine and her son Jaden, dear friends Paul Pinheiro and Shanna Blais, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Rachel Coulter, and stepfather, Steven; his father, Tim; his children; his dear sister Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, along with his two nephews; his grandparents Homer Morin and Patricia Breault; and his stepgrandparents George and Marge Coulter; his girlfriend and her son; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his favorite pal and companion Roscoe, his black pug.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Patricia Morin, and by his grandfather Roland Breault.

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, January 2, at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg with the Reverend Daniel Prue officiating.

Should friends and family desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the care of Melissa Zebrowski for his children at North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.


obit SmithCharlotte H. Smith

Charlotte H. Smith, 90, of Orleans died peacefully on December 24, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on October 8, 1925, in Highgate to Harry and Gladys (Dimon) Houghaboom. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a bachelor’s degree. On December 26, 1946, she married Virgil Smith, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Smith was secretary for the Orleans School District for many years. She held memberships with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Orleans Country Club.  She enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by her sons: David Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Orleans, and Randy Smith and his wife, Pam, of Orleans; by her grandchildren: Arron and his wife, Janet, Chris and his wife, Shelly, Corey, Sandy Hicks and her companion, Burton Hinton, Melissa Durkee, Erik and his companion, Heather Cole; and by eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her grandson Shawn; and by her brothers: Verle and Lloyd Houghaboom.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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