Obituaries January 8, 2014

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obit Witzmann-GraulJoan Witzmann-Graul

Joan Witzmann-Graul, 76, of East Charleston died on December 21, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 2, 1937, to parents Bee Bryan Howard and Fufil Carter.

She spent her first six years on a farm, where she developed a deep love of the earth.

At the age of six, she moved to San Diego, California, where, within months, she became a famous violin prodigy.  In her youth she performed many concerts as a violinist and organist.  She attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where she studied violin with Louis Persinger, who would later become her husband.  They were married in 1956, and they lived in Manhattan.  Their union brought four children, named Lendanya, Lionel, Lemont and Lestra, nicknamed the “Four LPs.”

In 1966, Mr. Persinger died, due to cancer, at the age of 79.

In 1969, she married saxophonist Frank Witzmann, and welcomed three stepsons into her life.  They moved to Vermont in 1978, where they established their home in Winape Hills in East Charleston.  Mr. Witzmann died in 1997, due to Parkinson’s disease.

In September of 2006, she married Russell Graul, who was also a talented musician.  He died in November of 2007.

She continued to live at her home in Winape Hills until she died.

When she moved to Vermont, she quickly became involved in many local organizations.  She was president of the following:  the North Country Concert Association, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra regional board, the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Charleston Historical Society, the Orleans County Historical Society, the Seymour Lake Homemakers, and the Seymour Lake Association.  She was vice-president of the following:  the Four Seasons Garden Club, and the Public Policy for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers Council.  She was a volunteer at North Country Hospital as art coordinator, a trustee of the Four Seasons Garden Club, a volunteer coordinator for public information for the Orleans County Historical Society, a volunteer for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers, a board member and freelance writer for the Newport Daily Express, and a volunteer gardener at North Country Hospital and the Old Stone House of Brownington.  She was also northern district director, state publicity chairman, and a board member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont.

In addition to the numerous organizations she participated in, she also ran a garden therapy program for approximately ten years at Maple Lane Nursing Home.  She was an editor for the Vermont Leaf, a state publication of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, sent nationwide.  She was also the recipient of many awards, including:  The Home Economics Award, from University of Vermont Extension Service; The Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Quality of Life Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of life of long term care facility residents; the Community Service Award, from Community National Bank; and the Diamond Award for Outstanding Service, toward the betterment of our country.

She is survived by three of her children:  Lendanya Poetz and her husband, Mike, of Arizona, Lionel Persinger and his wife, Sue, of Burlington, and Lestra Seguin of Newport.  She is also survived by her three stepsons:  Alan, Chris, Terry and their families; and by her sister Eloise Duckworth of Hayti, Missouri.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and, many, many dear friends.  She also leaves her precious dog, Ollie, and her cat, Marbles, and also, her “other” pets:  Dolly, Tommy, and Oreo.

She was predeceased by her son Lemont in 1993; and by her brother Bryan Gale Howard.

She was a wonderful influence on many lives, was truly loved, and will be greatly missed by all.

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

obit whiteNeal P. White

The Reverend Neal P. White, 63, of Raymond, New Hampshire, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire, with his loving family by his side.

He was born on November 9, 1950, in Burlington.  Raised in Orleans, he graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1968.  He attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, receiving his Bachelor of Science in social sciences in 1975.  In 1992, upon graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., he became an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church.  He then went on to receive a Master of Divinity (MDIV) from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1995.

Before joining the ministry in the 1980s, he held positions at Ethan Allen, Butterfield, and as a deputy sheriff.  He was also a tanker in the armored division of the Vermont National Guard.  One profession that he held throughout his entire adult life was firefighting.  He was a volunteer firefighter in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.  In 2007, after two decades of serving churches in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Downeast Maine, and Massachusetts, he began serving the United Methodist churches of Raymond and North Salem, New Hampshire, where he also held the position of Chaplain for the Raymond fire and ambulance squads.

He was a history buff who will be forever remembered for his telling and retelling of stories, his love of food and the railroad, his zany sense of humor, and his bravery and kindness.  He also loved music, and playing the drums was one of his favorite pastimes.

He leaves his beloved wife Sally (Vermette) and their cats; his children:  Laura Hurler and her partner, Russell, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Carol Scott and her husband, Jeremy, of Ware, Massachusetts, Tammy Baker and her husband, Bret, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, James White and his wife, Erica (Bischoff), of Granby, Massachusetts; his brothers:  Patrick White of Candia, New Hampshire, and Peter White of Hanover, New Hampshire; and by seven grandchildren who absolutely adored him.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alfred White and Patricia (Johnson) Hodgdon.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 12, at the North Salem Methodist Church.  A 4 p.m. dinner will follow at the Raymond United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack, New Hampshire; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Francis R. Valley

Francis R. Valley, 68, of Barton died suddenly on December 19, 2013, in Eden.

He was born on August 13, 1945, in Barton, to Leon and Geneva (Sheltra) Valley.

On September 28, 1974, he married Nancy Fleury, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a flagger for the North Vermont Traffic Control.

He enjoyed fishing, working and spending time with all his grandchildren, especially Alexis.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Valley of Barton; his children:  Joey Valley and his wife, Katrina, of Barton, Barbara Young and her husband, Milo, of Albany, and Tom Valley of Barton; his grandchildren:  Alexis, Jasmin, Joey Jr., Jenna, Maria, Ashley, and Naomi; his siblings:  Eddie Valley and his wife, Sandy, of Barton, Richard Valley of Barton, David Valley of Irasburg, Priscilla Parsons and her husband, Gerard, of Athol, Massachusetts, Rachel Solomon of Barton, and Madeline Krohn of Florida; and by the extended Valley family.

He was predeceased by one sister and two brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Nancy Valley, 574 LeBlanc Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit TurkTammey S. Turk

Tammey S. Turk, 48, of Graniteville died on December 27, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on December 3, 1965, in New London, Connecticut, to Norman and Leah (Cookson) Turk.

She loved camping, fishing, visiting with family and friends, and helping people.  She was known as a very kind and loving woman.

She is survived by her children:  Belinda Turk and her fiancé, Isaiah Surdam, of North Troy, and Nathaniel Kingsley of Holland; her fiancé Donald Coull of Graniteville; her grandson Kolten Norman Harold Surdam of North Troy; her mother Leah Cookson of Graniteville; her brother Christopher Skinner of Graniteville; her stepbrother Michael Skinner of Barre; and by her sister Sandra Boutin and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Belinda Turk and Nathaniel Kingsley, 51 Railroad Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

obit rowellMitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell

Mitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell, 60, of Albany died on December 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 21, 1953, in Hardwick.

On March 1, 1975, he married Ethel Boulanger, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.  On April 27, 1972, he entered the U.S. Marines infantry and served during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged on August 9, 1974.

His hobbies included lifting weights and drinking Bud on ice.  He loved helping other people, and he was known as “The Ridgerunner.”

He is survived by his wife Ethel Rowell of Albany; his children:  Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex Junction; his siblings:  Jimmy Rowell and his wife, Sue, of Brownington, Charlotte Cote of Hyde Park, Alan Rowell of Evansville, Harold Rowell and his wife, Pam, of Ashville, North Carolina, Rose Moodie and her husband, Armour, of Greensboro, Vivian Jones and her husband, Larry, of Chadsworth, Georgia, and Penny Herman and her husband, Mike, of Brownington; his foster mom Sadie Waters of Brownington; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

obit raboinAline Yvonne Raboin

Aline Yvonne Raboin, 51, of Newport, beloved wife of Maurice Raboin, died peacefully on December 23, 2013, in Newport, with her family by her side, after a long illness.

She was born on January 24, 1962, in Newport, a daughter of Rejean and Rita (Desrochers) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1982, she married Maurice Raboin, who survives her.

She was a comptroller for Mulkin Automotive, and later Northpoint, for over 30 years.

She enjoyed camping with her husband, the children, extended family, and friends for over 16 years at Barrewood Campground.  Much to the delight of her family and coworkers, she enjoyed baking, especially desserts and buckeyes, and crafting.  She was the captain of several Relay For Life teams.

She is survived by her husband Maurice of Newport; her children:  Matthew Raboin of Newport, and Alissa Raboin and her husband, Ryan Heuser, of Morrisville; her parents:  Rejean and Rita LeBlanc of Lowell; her twin brother Alain LeBlanc and his wife, Laurie, of Lowell; her sister Joanne Bathalon and her husband, Robert, of Westfield; her father- and mother-in-law Robert and Rita (Choquette) Raboin of Lowell; her brothers-in-law:  Dennis Raboin of Lowell, and Michael Raboin and his wife, Carla, of Lowell; her sisters-in-law:  Claire Waterman and her husband, Mark, of Rutland, and Joanne Cyr and her husband, Mark, of Richmond; as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  A spring interment will be held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit PorterRobert Jay Porter

Robert Jay Porter, 45, of Lowell died on December 31, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 25, 1968, in Mansfield, Connecticut.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and motor cross at Rider Hill.  He also enjoyed cookouts with his friends.

He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Porter in 1989.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Pamela Ann Niles

Pamela Ann Niles, 60, of Shirley, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born on September 20, 1953, she was the daughter of Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins.  She was raised in Newport, attending local schools.

She was a kind-hearted woman who enjoyed the simple things in life and her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Stuart B. Niles, of Shirley; her son Frankie Niles of Kentucky; her daughter Jessica Hatch and her husband, Robert, of Sandwich, New Hampshire; three grandchildren:  Bobby Jr., Ashley, and Kelly, all of Sandwich; her father Durward Collins of Westfield; her two brothers:  William Collins of Westfield, and Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; her two sisters:  Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother Rita Collins in 2009.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society in your local area; or you can also donate to your local chapter of the ASPCA.

For online condolences, visit

obit masonMayland Israel Mason

Mayland Israel Mason, 90, of Newport died on December 19, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on May 12, 1923, in Lowell, a son of Adolphus Benjamin Mason and Virginia Mae (Gonyer) Mason.

On August 4, 1947, he married Madeleine Carmen Camirand, who predeceased him on March 13, 1996.

In his early years, he lived and worked on farms in Lowell, Irasburg and Albany.  In the late 1940s, he met, fell in love with, and married Madeleine in Newport.  After a few jobs as a bus driver, he settled on a job in auto repair, first working for his father-in-law, Leo Camirand, learning the auto body repair trade, and a few years later becoming manager of Camirand’s Auto Body.  In 1962, the team, as he would call them, of Mayland and Madeleine opened their own auto repair shop, Mason’s Auto Body, which they ran together until 1987 when they sold the family business.

Beginning in 1963, the team owned and operated rental units.  This was a business that Mr. Mason found occupied his time and led to many good friendships over the years.  The team would also buy, trade and sell cars and trucks under the name M&M Auto Sales during the years from 1962 to 1987.  This was an activity in which Mr. Mason took especially great satisfaction, again for the friendships that developed from the enterprise.

He was a proud member of the Gibbons Council Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and a member of Elks Lodge #2155.  He was appointed to and served on the local board of Area Office 001, Local Board 003, representing Orleans County for the Selective Service, for approximately ten years until August of 2003.

He is survived by his son Steven and his daughter-in-law Patricia Sears of Lowell; his grandson Justin Mason, and Justin’s mother Susan Reddan Westbrook; and by his very special great-granddaughter Kyla Ruth Mason, all of Marietta, Georgia.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Dorothy Mason of Albany; his brother-in-law Bruce Farnham of Richmond; and by many nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Nellie Buzzell, Mildred Mountain, and Elizabeth Peters; and by four brothers:  Harley, Ira, Maynard and Lawrence.

Of special note, he was also predeceased by his great horse Conga, and his loving dogs Rex, Tippy, Cookie, and Magnum, and his beloved dog friends Jersey, Snoopy, Blizzard, Tramp and Daisy, and all the crows he fostered over the many years.  Jeepers, if you knew him, you know how much they all meant to him.

Spring interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, for which there will be a public notice.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855-5000; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

Online condolences may be made through the funeral home website at

obit lindgrenAudrey Anne Lindgren

Audrey Anne Lindgren died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Hervie and Laura Morissette on January 5, 1954, at the Newport hospital.

Most of her high school education took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, where her father was stationed in the military.  Her family returned home to the United States her senior year, and she graduated from North Country Union High School.

She married Jeffrey Lindgren on November 7, 1981.

After being out of school for 17 years, she attended Johnson State College and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.  Her family was extremely proud of this accomplishment.  She was a longtime employee of the state of Vermont, working for 16 years in a variety of roles.  Her most recent position was working for the Agency of Transportation in the commercial licensing division.

She was an incredible person who loved life, her family, pets and everyone she knew.  She was in turn loved by everyone because of her kind heartedness to all people and her incredible gift of accepting all individuals, and her deep appreciation of their unique characteristics.

She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Jeffrey Lindgren; her son Chad Lindgren of Eden; her brother Harvey Morissette and his wife, Katie, of Morgan; her mother Laura Morissette of Johnson; her aunts:  Shirley Dunn of North Troy, Muriel Webb of Island Pond, and Joan Desbiens of Schenectady, New York; and by her beloved grandchildren:  Ryan Lindgren and Kelsey Putvain of Eden.

She was predeceased by her father Hervie Morissette.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church in Johnson.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. on January 11, until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

obit hamiltonGeorge M. Hamilton Jr.

George M. Hamilton Jr., 81, died on December 28, 2013, with his family by his side, at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

He was a longtime resident of Lenox, Massachusetts, and a faithful communicant of St. Ann Church.

He was born to Katherine A. (Walsh) and George M. Hamilton Sr. on September 10, 1932, in Framingham, Massachusetts.  After graduating from Medfield High School in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving three years during the Korean Conflict.  Honorably discharged, he then earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in education from North Adams State College.

He and Cecilia E. (O’Sullivan), his loving wife of 57 years and constant companion, began their life together in Lenox at Pleasant Valley Audubon Sanctuary, where Mr. Hamilton worked as a nature teacher and day camp director.  He continued his teaching career in the Cheshire public schools and Crosby Junior High, and ultimately became a professor at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in 1967, where he founded the Environmental and Life Sciences Program.  Through his exceptional dedication to his students he earned their lifelong respect and admiration.  He was awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, for the promotion and advancement of environmental and conservation sciences.  After more than 25 years of service to BCC, he retired Professor Emeritus in 1995.

He volunteered his time to many national, regional, state and local organizations dedicated to improving both efforts in conservation and the quality of environmental education.  He is credited with starting the Conservation Club at BCC and established a recycling program before it was politically correct.  He was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and living off the land.  Among his numerous awards, he was most proud of being named Sportsman of the Year by the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen and the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council.  He was recognized as Person of the Year by the Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation and Development Organization in 1985 for his leadership in promoting conservation education and his efforts to enhance Camp Tracy as an outdoor living classroom.

He is survived by his beloved wife Cecilia.  One of their great joys was summering in Dennysville, Maine, where they treasured the time spent reconnecting with family and friends.  He is also survived by their four children:  Elizabeth and her husband, Robert Butterfield, of Brownington, George Hamilton III and his wife, Wendy, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Catherine Hamilton-Milne and her husband, Mark Milne, of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, and James Hamilton and his wife, Jennifer, of Lakewood, Colorado.  He was blessed with nine grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, and Ethan Butterfield, Megan, Mitchell and Paige Hamilton, Mackenzie and Olivia Milne, and Connor Hamilton; and by four great-grandchildren:  Schuyler, Hadley, Lily and Sage.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Phyllis Francis, of Medfield.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Lenox.  Burial followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, both in care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240.

obit GrayJarrett “Jay” Lee Gray

Jarrett “Jay” Lee Gray, 45, of Newport died peacefully on December 20, 2013, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Newport on August 8, 1968, son of Douglas and Pauline Gray.

He attended North Country Union High School and Champlain College in Burlington.  Following college, he returned home to help open and operate The East Side Restaurant.

Mr. Gray trumped all with his customer service skills and efforts while helping to build the family business.  He brought many business ventures into the community.  He opened a Newport office for Carmen’s Travel, Boxers Clothing Store for Men, and renovated and operated the Top of the Hills Inn and Motel.  Eventually taking over the Shops at The East Side, he added a clothing and tuxedo department.

In whatever field he was working, he left his mark.  Customers and business associates did not like Mr. Gray — they loved him.

He took immense pride in his sons Kendrick and Kaine Gray.  He traveled with them to many practices and sports camps throughout New England.  Attending their games was his greatest enjoyment.  The eldest son, Kendrick, is striving to achieve his father’s dream in Burlington.  As a sophomore at Rice Memorial High School, he is headlining the sports basketball news and is already being labeled Vermont’s top prospect for college recruit.  Kaine Gray attends North Country Union Junior High School.  He will move up the ranks in football and basketball and is already upholding the family tradition of business.  He prefers the country and can be spotted in big work boots and a Gray Farms and Transport jacket that he proudly claims has been earned not given.

Every one of us in life has a mission; every one of us has something to teach and something to learn.  Mr. Gray was one who had much to teach with not enough time.  He was born with a rare disease called cystinosis and was given a life expectancy of eight to 12 years.  He spent his younger years in and out of major hospitals enduring many procedures and surgeries.  Following a kidney transplant, he gained some valued time, time in which he impressed the lives of so many.  He kept his kidney for a remarkable 33 years and was the longest living cystinotic patient on record anywhere.

A medical miracle and message for all; Mr. Gray courageously entered each day with a love for life, a kind word for everyone, and a smile that made the day better.

He is survived by his two sons:  Kaine and Kendrick Gray; his mother Pauline (Deso) Gray; his father Douglas Gray Sr. and his wife, Barb; his sister Kathy Kellogg and her husband, Gary; his brother Douglas Gray Jr. and his wife, Darlene; his brother Keith Gray and his wife, Ruth; his sister Dena Gray and her husband, John Pierre Rancourt; his nieces and nephews:  Sarah, Emily and Adam Lang, Jillian and Jonathan Gray, Thomas Rhodes, Erica and Trevor Gray, Melissa and Cy Nelson, and Veronique, Elizabeth and John Samuel Rancourt; and by many grand-nieces and -nephews, aunts and uncles.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Antonio Rocho, Desiree Genco, Jay Antonelli, France Isabelle and Elizabeth Rivard.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Friday, January 10, at the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jarrett Gray North Country Scholarship Fund, care of Kimico Perry, Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5 Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ruth E. Ferlazo

Ruth Ferlazo of Crystal Lake in Barton, a former resident of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, at the age of 92.

She was born on June 27, 1921, in Evansville.  She was the wife of Richard Earl Ferlazo, who predeceased her in 1991.

She was the youngest and last of the four girls born to Blanche Norris; Althea, Irma and Billy all predeceased her.

She grew up on a farm in Barton and talked about taking care of the cows and chickens, but she had to admit she didn’t like it.  During the war, she and Irma worked at the Washington Naval yard but was happy to return to St. Johnsbury and the Canor house, a boarding house which her mother owned, located where the present post office in St. Johnsbury is today.

She and her husband always enjoyed having the family come together for the holidays in St. Johnsbury, or to relax at the lake in Barton.

She worked for and retired from the State of Vermont Department of Libraries.  She first worked on the upper level of the Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury; later the library was moved out on the Danville Road, which has since been closed.  She was an avid reader all her life and would always be found with a book in hand.

Mrs. and Mr. Ferlazo enjoyed their camp at Crystal Lake, water skiing, sailing and swimming, and they spent their later years in the winter at Pompano Beach, Florida.  She supported the Barton Historical Society and never missed a class reunion for Barton Academy.

She is survived by two children:  Richard Earl Ferlazo Jr. of St. Johnsbury, and Robert Edward Ferlazo and his wife, Liz, of Barton and their two children:  Grant and Clint; a special niece, Mary Jane Smith, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the daughter of Althea, Ruth’s oldest sister, and Mary Jane’s two children:  Rick and Melissa and their families; and by her niece Judy Gochie of New Mexico, the daughter of Billy, Ruth’s next oldest sister.

Services were held on December 7, in St. Johnsbury.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, P.O. Box 148, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit CoteReed P. Cote

Reed P. Cote, 79, of Derby died on December 18, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1934, in St. David, Maine, a son of Zephirin and Denise (Dube) Cote.  He married Gertrude Violette, who predeceased him on May 30, 1994.

Mr. Cote served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He worked for John Russell Construction as a foreman.

He is survived by his four children:  Carl Cote of West Hartford, Connecticut, Wayne Cote of West Hartford, Delores Harosyko of Massachusetts, and Paula Brandy of Washington; five brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; and by his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 28, in West Hartford.  Interment was held at the Veteran Cemetery in West Hartford.

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

obit briereMarion Briere

Marion Briere, 90, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Briere.

She was born in Brownington, daughter of the late Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.  She was one of 14 children.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Alfred P. Briere and his wife, Elaine, and Jeanne Durand and her husband, William; four grandchildren:  Denise Martell, Scott Briere, Brian Durand and Jennifer Sousa; and by ten great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on December 14, 2013, in Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian burial.  Burial was in Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket.

obit bondPhyllis E. Bond

Phyllis E. Bond died on December 22, 2013, in Layton, Utah, with her daughter Carol and son-in-law Thomas at her side.  She passed quickly and peacefully.

She was born on April 18, 1923, in Beebe Plain, Quebec.

She resided in Derby Line until she married Roy L. Bond on December 7, 1943.  They were married 67 years, before his death.

She loved her camp on Salem Lake as did all the rest of her family.  She spent summers there every year.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Rodgers and her son-in-law, Deacon Thomas Rodgers, of West Point, Utah; and by her son Dennis L. Bond and her daughter-in-law, Darlene Bond, of Derby and York, Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her father Carroll E. Salls, and by her mother Alma E. (Bennett) Salls, of Derby Line; and by her husband Roy L. Bond, who died on March 30, 2011.

Funeral services were held on January 4, in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.  Burial was in Bakerstown Presbyterian Cemetery in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania, next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans, in recognition of her love for pets.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to

obit blaisLogan Joseph Blais

Logan Joseph Blais, 2, beloved son of Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez, died on December 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 25, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He enjoyed watching Bubble Guppies, Sponge Bob Square Pants, playing Angry Birds, and playing with his brothers and sister.

He is survived by his parents:  Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez of Newport; his brothers:  Ryan Blais and Luis Sanchez; and by his sister Ariana Sanchez.  He is also survived by his maternal grandparents:  Mike and Laurie Desautels of Troy, and Valerie Tinker of Rockland, Massachusetts; his paternal grandparents:  Karen Blais and Phil Sheltra of Westfield; his maternal great-grandparents:  Diane and Richard Descheneau of North Troy, and Colby and Carol Currier of North Troy; his aunts and uncles:  Kyle Tinker of Derby, Noah Desautels of Troy, Ryder Desautels of Lowell, and Jaime and Jonathan Comtois of Newport; his numerous great-aunts and uncles; and by his cousins:  Gus Comtois, Maddison Tinker and Mia Tinker.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Rheal Blais, on December 11, 1999.

Funeral services were held on December 30, 2013, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Boston Children’s Hospital, Cardiac Unit, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

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

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