Obituaries July 11, 2012

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Dale Thomas Crews Sr.

Dale Thomas Crews Sr., 50, of Newport died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on April 13, 1962, in Hammond, Indiana.  On April 1, 1999, he married Patricia Place who survives him.

He enjoyed carpentry, working with crafts and wood burning.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren.  He loved to fish and take care of his dog, Bodie, and cat, Dylan.

He is survived by his wife Patricia “Patty” Place of Newport; by his children:  Dale Crews Jr. and his fiancée, Brittney Corrow, of Orleans, and Norman Crews of Newport Center; his stepsons:  Kevin Crews of Newport, and Logan Dupuis of Derby Line; and by his grandchildren:  Crystal, Jonathan, and Aron Crews.

Funeral services were held on July 9 in Newport.

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

Leonore Gwendolyn Kiser

Leonore Gwendolyn Kiser, 85, of Newport died suddenly on Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on September 8, 1926, in Newport, a daughter of Myron and Lera (Channell) Clapper.  On October 19, 1947, she married Kenneth Kiser who predeceased her.

Mrs. Kiser was secretary for the M.H. Carter Paint and Paper Company, formerly of Main Street in Newport.  Her hobbies included knitting and spending time with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed being the secretary for the Newport Elementary School and participating in several activities and events for many years at the Elks Club with her late husband.  She most loved being a grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Kiser and his wife, Linda, of Derby, and Joan Butler and her husband, Hugh, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her grandchildren:  David and Emily Kiser and Ryan Butler; and by her sister-in-law Ruth Clapper of Massachusetts.  She was predeceased by her brother Charles Clapper.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport with the Reverend Tim Wilcox officiating.  Private interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Kermit Annis Potter

Kermit Annis Potter, 86, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, at his home in Lake Wales, Florida, after a long illness.

He was born in Barton to Gladys Willis Potter and Clyde Urban Potter on May 29, 1926.  He attended Barton Academy and served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.  After the service, he resided in Richmond, Virginia, where he was a truck driver for Carolina Freight.  He was a member of the Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond.  He enjoyed coin collecting, making jewelry, travel and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Potter; his sister, Arlene Hobbs of Glover; his daughters:  Jeanne Thomas and her husband, Philip, of Merseyside, England, Catherine Clement and Chuck Mathews of Lake Wales, Florida, and Maria Bernard and her husband, Michael Sr., of Middleburgh, New York; his sons:  Kermit Armlin Jr. and Joyce Rieff, and Christopher Duke of Middleburgh, New York; his granddaughters:  Sian Thomas and Gareth Knight, Ashley Clement, Kelly Bernard, Paulina Duke and Tori Parsons; his grandsons:  Gareth Thomas and his wife, Ali, and Michael Bernard Jr.; his two great-grandsons:  Owen Thomas and Harry Thomas; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Hughes, and by his second wife, Elizabeth Smith.

Funeral services will be graveside at Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Compassionate Care Hospice, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, Florida 33830.

Audrey Lois Wheeler

Audrey Lois Wheeler, 80, of Glover died on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on July 20, 1931, in Floral Park, New York, a daughter of Preston and Frances (Bedell) Wheeler.

She enjoyed working with arts and crafts, playing bingo, embroidering, and she always enjoyed giving everyone a hug.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews:  Nancy Davis of Tucson, Arizona, Robert Davis of Pasadena, California, Phyllis Braun of Holland, Bill Braun of West Glover, Michael Braun of Irasburg, and Philip Brooks of Glover; and by numerous other family members.  She is also survived by her extended families at Maple Lane Nursing Home and Union House Nursing Home.  She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Marjory Brooks; an infant sister, Ruthann; and by an infant brother.

Calling hours were held on July 6 in Barton.  Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 1600 L Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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

Tribute to Penelope “Poppy” Gregory

by Ozzie Henchel

It’s taken me a few weeks since your obituary of Penelope Gregory (July 27) to write this.  Finding the right words to describe just about the most wonderful person you’ve every known takes a while.

Even now, the words just don’t measure up to the woman we all knew as “Poppy” who inspired so many during her 83 years, even right up the end.  And what an end it was.  She defied the doctors and lived a lot longer than they gave her.  She wasn’t done inspiring, I guess, and truly loved life to its fullest.  She planned her death as if it were a party, orchestrating every little detail.  The only missing part, she told everyone, was she “didn’t have the date.”

One detail, after having a simple wooden casket made by a friend, was to plop it down on her porch and have her two young grandchildren and some of their neighborhood pals paint it according to Poppy’s request.  It turned out to be a seascape, with boats and waves and such.

She loved music and movies and the Red Sox and food and anything Greek.  And, she loved to laugh!  Most especially she loved her two sons who stood by her so lovingly while she failed, not to mention her two grandchildren and daughters-in-law.

She loved the goodness in the world and those who stood up for what was right and spoke out against what was wrong.  She, therefore, had a strong tie to the Bread and Puppet Theater for over 40 years.  In the old circus days, she’d spend her vacation time cooking for the hoards of Puppeteers, and on circus weekends could be found in the little wooden info booth by the pine forest in her bonnet decorated with flowers.

She was well read and well informed, and your conversations with her could easily have been the kind you had with a 25-year-old — so young at heart and in thought.

Her house in Boston was like a hotel with countless friends from all over the world checking in.  Poppy’s was a place to stay when passing through, but the real attraction was hanging out with her.

I am so grateful to have known her, and to have spent so much time with her over the years.  I guess that lessens the pain of her loss.  She was truly an inspiration to me, my wife Judy, and so many others; an amazing woman, the rarest of finds.


 Belinda Jean Percy

A committal service for Belinda Jean Percy will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Miranda J. Henry officiating.

Bernard F. Blake

A graveside service for Bernard F. Blake of Lyndonville, who died on May 14, 2012, will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in the family lot in the West Burke Cemetery in West Burke.  Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pearson Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  Friends and family are welcome to attend.

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