Obituaries July 23, 2014

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obit BergeronGertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron

Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron, 95, of North Troy died on July 17, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1919, in Bennington, to Levi and Veda (McWain) Tifft.

On October 4, 1958, she married Clovis Bergeron, who survives her.

She was a fabulous cook, and she enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her husband Clovis Bergeron of North Troy; her children: Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas, and Kenneth Bergeron Sr. and his wife, Denise, of Derby; 21 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was married to her first husband, Robert Handy, on October 15, 1937. He predeceased her on August 13, 1957. She was also predeceased by her son Louis Handy; her brothers: Kenneth and Carroll Tifft; and by her sister Helen Gillis.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at the Troy Village Cemetery with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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Helen L. Corliss

Helen L. Corliss, 74, of Island Pond died on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on August 16, 1939, in Portland, Maine. She was raised by Joseph and Bernice Daniels of Island Pond. She graduated from Brighton High School.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products, where she retired after 39 years of work, in 2001.

She enjoyed Red Sox baseball, bowling, and she was an avid reader.

Surviving relatives are many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Joseph and Bernice Daniels; her sister Roena Daniels Gray; her brother-in-law Sonny Gray; her biological sister Florence Mancini; and by her lifelong friends: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit farrowDavid L. Farrow

David L. Farrow, 67, of Canton, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport, died on July 5, 2014.

He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the son of the late Martha (Davis) Fedele and stepson of the late Anthony “Tony” Fedele; beloved husband of Martina (Fahy); father of Robert A. and his wife, Missy, of Franklin, Massachusetts, David L. Jr. and his wife, Tracy, of Norwood, Massachusetts, Deborah Mancuso and her husband, Eric, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary E. Ambroceo and her husband, Bobby, of Walpole, Massachusetts; and grandfather to his ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nancy L. Fedele of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and his brother Mark Fedele of Greenbelt, Maryland.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Canton on July 10. Burial was at Canton Corner Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher, 73, of Albany died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1941, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Robert and Marion (Fortunado) Visconti.

She graduated from Medford High School in Medford.

She married Mark Hornbacher, who survives her.

Among her interests, she enjoyed listening to music, gardening, and art.

She is survived by her husband Mark Hornbacher of Albany; her children: Joseph Curnane of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Corinne McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Parkinson and her husband, Gerald, of Graylakes, Illinois; her eight grandchildren; and by two sisters: Janet Bohlin of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Roberta Cardello of Medford.

She was predeceased by her son Robert Curnane on October 25, 2010.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit RouthierMadeleine Carmen Routhier

Madeleine Carmen Routhier, 89, of Troy died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born at home on December 22, 1924, in Stanhope, Quebec, to Joseph and Bertha (Crete) Routhier.

She attended and graduated from Poestation Convent of Mary also in Stanhope.

She was a housekeeper for the late Dr. Mosher, Mrs. Needleman, and Mrs. Hope. She also did housekeeping for the church.

She always had a big smile and giving personality.

Her hobbies included ice-skating, skiing, riding draft horses, and love of animals. She also enjoyed listening to hockey games on the radio and eating Chinese food. She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by two brothers: Bernard Routhier and his wife, Angel, of Shelburne, and Maurice Routhier and his companion, France, of Florida; her two sisters: Marie-Ange Sage of Shelburne, and Rejeanne McAllister and her husband, Arnold, of Lowell; her sister-in-law Helen Routhier; her good friends: Madeleine Morrisette and Aurore Morin, both of Troy; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Luciene, Camille, Conrad, Valmore, Lucienne Lamoureux, Marie-Paule Columbe, and Lorraine Routhier.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on August 9, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at St. Edmond’s Cemetery in Coaticook, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit searsRaymond A. Sears Sr.

Raymond “Ray Sears” A. Sears Sr. of Knoxville, Tennessee, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, died on July 3, 2014.

He was the essence of a Tennessee Volunteer, and a loyal and trusted friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was a “Ramblin’ Wreck,” dyed-in-the-wool U.S. Marine, and always the challenger who asked for more and better, whenever and wherever it was needed.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 29, 1928, Mr. Sears never quite lost his New York attitude. His mother, Margaret Callahan Sears, was first generation Irish and his father, Andrew M. Sears, hailed from Brooklyn. As a master plumber, Andrew’s work took him from New York to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was recruited to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. Margaret also worked in the facility while Ray and his sister, Marilyn I. Sears, attended Oak Ridge High School (1944-1948).

His nickname was “Red” on the high school football team. His father, mother, and sister pre-deceased him.

Directly after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1946, at the age 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and began a 42-year career where he earned several medals: the Good Conduct Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, in service to his country.

He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was the project manager for the A6E-Intruder when he worked at Grumman Aircraft on Long Island, New York. Over the years, he worked on the F18, A10 and other jets at various corporations. In 1993, he retired from General Electric in Knoxville.

His commitment to volunteering as coach, Bingo caller, chaperone, genealogist for his family and also as a researcher for the East Tennessee Historical Society exemplified his generous spirit of giving. He is known throughout the state of Tennessee as a gifted genealogist serving as assistant editor of Tennessee Ancestors and researching contributor to First Families of Tennessee. The latest genealogical goal he achieved was the completion of his own Sears family tree, proving ancestry back to the American Revolutionary War.

He is survived by his wife Helen Keough Sears; his children: Patricia M. Sears and her husband, Steven Mason, Andrea C. Winter and her husband, Michael, Marilyn A. Swyers and her husband, Peter, Raymond A. Sears Jr., and his wife, Karla, and Timothy F. Sears and his wife, Kimberley, and their mother, Kathryn C. Sears; his grandchildren: Michael Claudio, Lauren Claudio, Justin Mason, Courtney Miernicki and her husband, Christopher, Sarah Swyers Parker and her husbamd, Brett, Melissa Pischl and her husband, Dan, Caitlin Winter, Zachary Winter, Matthew Sears, Timothy Winter, Riley Sears, Mallory Sears, Rhys Sears, Andrew Sears, and Liam Sears; his great-grandchildren: Christopher Miernicki III, Lucas Pischl, Michael Miernicki, and Eleanor Parker; Helen’s children: William S. Weathers Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Frank E. Weathers and his wife, Julienne, and Katherine G. Weathers; Helen’s grandchildren: Martin Weathers, Nathan Weathers, Emily Weathers, and Scott Weathers; and his sisters-in-law: Peggy Reich, Mary Whittemore and her husband, Terry, and Frances Guy and her husband, James.

Extremely patriotic in thought, word and deed, he requested his burial at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.

While the world is different with Ray Sears passing away, through his family and friends there is a legacy of so many who have been touched and whose lives will carry on his spirit and his energy. Semper Fi.

Services were held on July 9.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901, or through; or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Random Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Random, Pennsylvania 19087, or through

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