Obituaries July 2, 2014

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obit audetMaurice T. Audet

Maurice T. Audet, 89, of Troy died peacefully on June 25, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on March 7, 1925, in Compton, Quebec, to Josephat and Alma (Gilbert) Audet.

In 1947, he married Claire Cote, who predeceased him on May 19, 2010.

He worked at the Blair Veneer Mill in North Troy, and at Jay Peak for eight years. He farmed in Westfield for ten years, and he retired from Columbia Forest Products.

He and his wife enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and going on trips with community circle, and they enjoyed gardening and attending senior meal sights in Troy, North Troy, and Westfield.

Their family was the most important part of their lives.

He is survived by his children: Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and his wife, Rita, of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Troy, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Newcastle, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Vicky, Jennifer, Roger Jr., Jean, Robert, Denis, Patrick, Jessica, Johanna, Nicholas, Jonathan “Bobby,” Claire, and Teddy; and by his 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Scott F. Bailey

Scott F. Bailey, 51, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, died on June 23, 2014, in the arms of his family, after a long illness.

He was born to William and Donna Bailey in Hanover, Massachusetts. He grew up in Hanover and Duxbury, Massachusetts, before relocating to Shirley, Massachusetts, and graduating from Ayer High School in 1981. He majored in business at Mount Wachusett and Fitchburg State College, and served six years as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond. He lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and later Clearwater Beach, while pursuing a successful career in electronic sales.

As a youth, he excelled at skiing and hockey, representing Duxbury, Massachusetts, in the Bruins’ “Mini One on One,” and later in tennis as the MVP of Ayer High School’s tennis team.

As an adult, he was active and fun-loving. He enjoyed boating and golfing, and he hit a hole-in-one on his forty-first birthday. He was known for his generous heart and warm smile.

He is survived by his loving parents, William Bailey of Morgan and Donna Bailey of Onset, Massachusetts; his stepmother Darlene Bailey of Westford, and stepmother Francine Canton of Morgan; his two sisters and their husbands: Dawn and Bob Black of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Susan and Bruce Sullivan of North Leominster, Massachusetts; his stepbrother Eddy Boisvert; his beloved nieces and nephews: Rory, Lyndsay, Allison, Nick, and Sean; and by his great-nephews: Robbie and Brody.

A service was held on June 27, in Centerville, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

obit bensonThomas Fitts Benson

Thomas Fitts Benson, 50, of White Mills, Pennsylvania, died at home on June 19, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born on September 24, 1963, in Long Branch, New Jersey, son of Cyrus Jr. and Miriam (Fitts) Benson.

He grew up in Morgan, where he enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981.

Mr. Benson was a carpenter who loved to fish and boat with his family and friends. He was a genuine, intelligent, strong, and loving person. He touched many with his kindness and caring. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandy Jean Stewart; his two daughters: Danielle Toms of White Mills, and Desiree Toms of Scranton, Pennsylvania; his son: Jacob Toms of White Mills; his parents Cyrus Jr. and Miriam Benson of Morgan; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Cyrus III and Jessica Benson of London, England, Robert Fitts and Juli Benson of Albany, New York, and William Fitts and Nancy Benson of Reading Massachusetts; his grandson Damien Carson of White Mills; and by his numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, who meant so much to him.

In honor of his wishes, there will be no services. An honorary, chartered fishing trip will be held for his family and friends at a future date.

Arianna Lynn Brault

Arianna Lynn Brault, beloved infant daughter of Deidreanna Wood-Bethke and Adam Brault, died on June 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She is also survived by her maternal grandmother Christin Lesprence; her step-grandfather Mike of Rutland; her paternal grandmother Lynn Lontine of Newport; and by her paternal grandfather Anthony Brault of Troy.

No services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Pediatric Care, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arvid M. Deuse

Arvid M. Deuse, 97, of Derby died suddenly on June 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 7, 1917, in Chester, Connecticut, to Eldon and Alfreda (Lund) Deuse.

On January 25, 1943, he married Dorothy Julia Brooks, who predeceased him November 9, 2009.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

He was a machinist for M.S. Brooks & Son in Chester.

During his lifetime, he was very interested in antique engines. He loved his dogs and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed sight seeing.

He is survived by his children: Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; his grandchildren: Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer Brunelle, Shelly Spurgeon and her husband, Carl, Thomas A. Deuse, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, Frank A. Nedobity, and Paul Nedobity; and by several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Morton Deuse of California.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel and his sister Roselyn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Mary A. (Espinola) Duma

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma, 93, of Newport, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 24, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was the wife of the late William Duma.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1921, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cunha) Espinola. She attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.

She worked as an assembler at Western Electric for over 20 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Methuen Senior Activity Center, where she helped with their Meals on Wheels program.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons: William J. Duma and his wife, Rose Marie, of Newport, and Joseph Duma and his wife, Cynthia, of Methuen; her four grandchildren: Tara, Eric, Katherine, and Bethany; and by her several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 26, in Methuen. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested, in her honor, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

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obit ShafeWinston Lee Shafe

Winston Lee Shafe, 61, of Newport died on June 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 9, 1953, to Frederick and Irene (Varnese) Shafe.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1971.

He worked for several area people including Dick Scott on the Bluff Road farm.

He enjoyed watching westerns on television and taking care of his cats. He also enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He is survived by his brothers: Bill Clothier of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Herb Shafe and Reginald Shafe, both of Newport; and by his nephews and niece: Scott, Frederick, and Derek Shafe and Irene Oriani.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Wayne and Lionel Shafe.

Committal services were held on June 27, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

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Arnold R. Uttin

Arnold R. Uttin, 78, of Barton died on June 26, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on August 25, 1935, in Irasburg, the third child of Artie and Esther (Paye) Uttin.

He moved to Barton in 1940 and received his education at Barton Academy and Graded School. Throughout his lifetime he also took adult education classes along with correspondence courses, selecting subjects he enjoyed.

He was a licensed amateur radio operator, a hobby which enabled him the opportunity to communicate with people around the world as well as with people in space vehicles.

He enjoyed work and adapted well to any task he did.

He is survived by numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.

It was his wish to be cremated with no services. Interment will be in the family lot in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

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obit vergeGayton V. Verge

Gayton V. Verge, 84, died on June 25, 2014, at his home in Morrisville.

He was born on November 29, 1929, in Westfield, son of George and Margaret Verge.

Mr. Verge had worked as a logger and carpenter for many years and also served as a deputy sheriff in Orleans County and as a mounted officer in Canada for 20 years. He was a long-time member of the Morrisville Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, baseball and hockey. He was an avid Yankees fan. He also liked playing dice and cards and playing the scratch-offs.

He is survived by his children: Leo Verge and his wife, Norma, of Brownington, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, of Newport, Roger Goodell and his wife, Christine, of Coventry, Burt Goodell and his companion, Laurie Campbell, of Newport Center, Marilyn Stevenson and her husband, Dave, of Barnet, Gayton Verge Jr. of North Troy, and Susan Robarge and her husband of Magog, Quebec; his brother Marshall Verge of White River Junction; his former wife, Beverly Cleveland, of Newport; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his siblings: Hector Verge, Adelore Verge and Isabelle Sargent.

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

White-Fiess Funeral Home of Morrisville is assisting with arrangements.

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