Obituaries July 24, 2013

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Gertrude Beaucaire
Gertrude Beaucaire

Gertrude E. Beaucaire

Gertrude E. Beaucaire, 86, of Newport Center died on June 24, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 2, 1926, in Worcester, Massachusetts, a daughter of Karl Sr. and Gertrude (Sieswerda) Buschenfeldt.

She graduated in 1944 from Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and from Brockton Business College in 1945.  On June 26, 1946, she married Donald A. Beaucaire, who predeceased her on September 4, 1986.  They lived in Easton, Massachusetts, for most of their 40 years together and moved to Halifax, Massachusetts, in 1984.

Mrs. Beaucaire started her career in the family business of Karl W. Buschenfeldt & Son, went on to become a legal secretary for many years, and retired from working at the probate court in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 2000.  After retirement she enjoyed several years working part-time at the YMCA in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Her family was most important to her.  She loved caring for her grandchildren, which included many sleepovers and following “her boys’” sporting events — hockey, soccer and baseball.  She drove long distances to make every game she could.  She was an avid Boston and New England sports fan.  She also enjoyed reading, going to the beach, lying in the sun, shopping, and collecting lighthouses.

She is survived by her loving children:  Suzanne B. Donnelly and her husband, John J., of Newport Center, Steven D. Beaucaire and his wife, Deborah A., of East Bridgewater; by her beloved grandchildren:  Brendan, Conor, Garrett, Brian, Kerri, and her husband, Christopher; and by her great-granddaughter Kailyn.  She is also survived by her siblings:  Theresa “Rae” Pierce of Brockton, Nancy Saunders and her husband, Lee of Cotuit, Masssachusetts; by her sisters-in-law Lois Beaucaire of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Evelyn Buschenfeldt of Mashpee, Massachusetts, and Shirley Beaucaire of Brockton; by several nieces and nephews; and by her many friends from Vermont and Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Downs; by her brothers:  Herman E. Buschenfeldt and his wife, Lois, Anton Buschenfeldt, Sergeant Karl Buschenfeldt Jr., who was killed in action in World War II, and Herbert Inman.

Her funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 3, at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton Street (Route 27), Stoughton, Massachusetts.  Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in North Stoughton.  Visiting hours will be held prior to the funeral Mass from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sheehan, Lowe & Powers Funeral Home at 115 Monk Street in Stoughton.  All are welcome to attend.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, 100 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John Anthony Ceraso

John Ceraso  Photo by Joseph Gresser
John Ceraso                                                                                                       Photo by Joseph Gresser

Remembering the summers my family spent in our country farmhouse in West Glover, I think of my father, John Ceraso, standing on the back porch playing his trumpet.  Neighbors would tell us they could hear his horn echoing across the valley.  Towards the end of August each year, he went to the back porch to play “The Last Rose of Summer,” an Irish poem set to music that brought extra sadness for us because it signaled we soon had to leave Vermont and return to New Jersey:

Tis the last rose of summer

Left blooming alone

All her lovey companions

Are faded and gone.

Years later, when my parents made the West Glover summer home their full-time residence, my father played that song less often at the end of summer.  He loved the Northeast Kingdom and no longer had to be sad about leaving.

John made many friends in the area, playing his trumpet with local bands, including Bread and Puppet, the Newport Community Band, and at informal jam sessions held in Glover and other towns around the Kingdom.  Some knew him for his love of music, some for his joke telling, but most of all I think he was loved for his kind heart and easygoing nature.

John Anthony Ceraso died suddenly July 17, 2013, at the age of 84.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, son of Angelo (Ralph) Ceraso and Lucia (Lucy) Vessa Ceraso, he grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  He met Joanne Sage Ceraso when they were both graduate students at the New School for Social Research in New York.  They married in 1958 and were married for 52 years until her death in October 2010.

John spent a long and distinguished career as a professor of psychology.  After earning his PhD in psychology from The New School for Social Research in 1959, he went on to teach, first at Yeshiva University and then Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, starting in 1967.  His teaching career with Rutgers lasted more than three decades.  As a professor and researcher, he contributed important theory and research to psychology in the areas of memory and perception.

John was among a group of four Rutgers psychology professors and their families who made summer homes near each other in the Northeast Kingdom and spent time together during the summer.  These families included the Feffers, the Hansens, and the Rocks.  John and Joanne first stayed in the area in the 1960s as guests of the Rodgers Farm (now known as the Rodgers Country Inn) in West Glover, and then bought the nearby home where the family spent many glorious summers.  After he and Joanne decided to brave the Vermont winters and move here year-round, neither expressed a moment of regret about that decision.

John thoroughly enjoyed playing with area bands, something that helped keep him going after losing Joanne.  He was known to share his love of music by giving instruments to friends and acquaintances, not for any special occasion but simply because he felt like it.

John’s family and friends will miss him dearly.  He is survived by four daughters:  Jane Ceraso of Acton, Massachusetts, and West Glover, Laura Ceraso of Plainfield, Marion Ceraso of Madison, Wisconsin, and Karen Ceraso of West Glover; six grandchildren:  Sage and Rory Lowe of Acton; and Diego, Miguel, and Lucia Nieto of Madison; and his youngest grandson, Mateo Ceraso, who lived with him in his home.  He is also survived by a sister, Rosemarie Schriefer, and her husband, Henry Schriefer, of Seminole, Florida; three nephews and nieces:  Russell Schriefer and Emily and Evan Simonoff; two sons-in-law:  Stephen Lowe of Acton and West Glover and Javier Nieto of Madison.  He is also survived by many beloved friends.

A memorial celebration of John’s life will be held at the family home in West Glover on August 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Musical instruments are welcome.  Please RSVP to Karen Ceraso at 525-3587.

Contributions in John’s memory can be made to help provide musical instruments to Lake Region Union High School students.  Contributions for this purpose can be made out to the Lake Region Music Program and sent to Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.  Please write “In memory of John Ceraso” on the bottom of the check and send to the attention of Tami, administrative office manager. — — Submitted by Karen Ceraso.

Merle Crouse
Merle Crouse

Merle E. Crouse Jr.

Merle E. Crouse Jr. of Enfield, Connecticut, died on July 1, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital, in Stafford, Connecticut.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, and raised in the Elmwood section of West Hartford, Connecticut, he was the youngest of six children of Merle E. Sr. and Beatrice Crouse.

A corporal in the U.S. Army, he was a veteran of the Korean War.  A very proud patriot, he and his ’67 Mustang were familiar fixtures for decades in the town of Enfield’s Memorial Day parade, the Fourth of July parade, and the Veterans Day parade. He worked alongside his father and brothers building houses in the Hartford, Connecticut, area before becoming the service manager at Van’s Leisure Living in East Hartford, Connecticut.  He later started his own business, Merle’s Mobile Home Repair Service.

A skilled craftsman, he built the recreation room, the three-car garage, and the wrap-around covered porch at the family’s Enfield home.  He built many decks, picnic tables and made shelving for his children’s homes.  He could fix anything — from electrical, plumbing, and HVAC problems, to repairing vehicles and lawnmowers.

His workshop in the garage was neat and orderly, with his tools laid out like those on a surgery tray.  He even installed a drain into the garage’s sloping floor so he could wash vehicles year-round.  He thoroughly enjoyed just “going for a ride,” or going out for breakfast with his longtime friends, Leo, Howie and Delbert, hanging out Thursday evenings with his antique car show buddies, and perusing the local auction houses for “treasures.”

To say he will be missed by his family and his many friends is an understatement.  He indeed broke the mold.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Sinon Crouse, formerly of East Albany; his daughter Linda Crouse and her husband, Carl Johnson; his son Jeffrey Crouse and his wife, Lisa Cadder Crouse; his daughter-in-law Odalis Crouse; and by his grandchildren:  Timothy, Jeremy, Danny, and Jillian Crouse.  He is also survived by his Sinon in-laws:  Shirley (Sinon) Curley, John Sinon, and Ray and Mary (Sinon) Murray.  He is also survived by his sister Muriel Jordan; his brother Horace Crouse; his sister-in-law Sara Crouse; and by a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Daniel Crouse, in December of 2011.  He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Charles Patrick Sinon; his father-in-law Charles Sinon; his mother-in-law Alice Sinon; his two sisters:  Jeanne and Gwen; and by his brother Linwood.

Joseph Harry Denning

Joseph Harry Denning, 87, of Morgan died on July 14, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, from complications after breaking a hip in a fall.

He was married for 60 years to Elizabeth (Davignon) Denning, who survives him.

Born on December 20, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Harry H. Denning and Cecilia M. (Tennien) Denning, he grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and the University of Ottawa.

Lieutenant Denning served as an Army paratrooper in the Korean War between 1951 and 1953, and married Elizabeth Davignon at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans in 1953.  After working for one of Burlington’s early television stations, he trained as a language teacher at Middlebury College, and then taught French and Latin for many years, first at Black River High School in Ludlow, and then at Fallsburgh High School in Fallsburgh, New York.  He also worked regularly as a summer camp counselor and swimming instructor, including at Camp Holy Cross on Lake Champlain.

In his spare time, he established the Menthon St. Bernard kennel, raising and showing several champion show dogs; he served as president of the New England St. Bernard Club, and, later, as a dog show judge.  He was also an avid skier, qualifying for the National Ski Patrol, as well as serving as a ski instructor, and coach for the Fallsburgh High School ski team.

In the early 1980s, he retired with his wife to the home he built on the shores of Seymour Lake in Morgan, and was a regular at the Newport airport, flying his Mooney aircraft.  In recent years, he enjoyed boating on the lake, light carpentry, and, as a founder of the Ames Road Association, plowing snow.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children:  Michael of Guilford, Connecticut, Karen Fontana of Keystone Heights, Florida, and Cecilia; and by three grandchildren:  Nicholas Carby-Denning of Chicago, Illinois, Brandon Marsden, of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Brittany Fontana of Gainesville, Florida.

Funeral services were held on July 17, in Orleans.  Interment followed at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name either to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 4103 Route 100, Westfield, Vermont 05874.

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

Evette R. Lamarre

Evette R. Lamarre, 90, of Orleans died on July 19, 2013, in Berlin.

She was born on May 24, 1923, in Farnham, Quebec, a daughter of Osias and Rose-Amande Paquette.

On May 17, 1943, she married Alfred Lamarre, who predeceased her on December 1, 2004.

Mrs. Lamarre was employed by Newport Plastics for many years.  She and her husband ran the family farm in Brownington until they sold it, then they purchased the Lamarre Saw Mill in Evansville.

She attended St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans and was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by her children:  Gertrude Cerutti and her husband, Maurice, of West Charleston, Rita Amidon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Robert Lamarre of Evansville; by her grandchildren:  John Amidon, Amanda Woolridge, Andrew Lamarre, and Joshua Miesner; by six great-grandchildren; by her siblings:  Rudolph Paquette of Florida, Claude Paquette and his wife, Beverly, of Essex Junction, Theresa Brunelle of Newport, and Laurette Houle and her husband, Adrien, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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

Romeo Lemieux
Romeo Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux died on July 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, while at home with his family.

He was born in 1939 in Newport.  He and his twin brother, Bernard Jr., were the first of 11 children born to the late Bernard and Theresa Lemieux.  He was a graduate of Newport High School in 1958 and Champlain College in 1961, where he earned his degree in accounting.  He also served his country as a member of the Vermont National Guard.

On May 27, 1963, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Fedele, and they had three children:  Dana, Deanna, and the late Craig.

His career began with the Brit store in Concord, New Hampshire; he eventually moved his family back to Newport and became manager and overseer of the organization which employed him in his youth, the John Police Store, commonly known to locals as “Grapefruit University.”  He spent the remainder of his career as a businessman with the former Fedele’s grocery store, and became an iconic member of both the store and the community.  He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and served as a longtime member of the zoning board.

Mr. Lemieux enjoyed the simple necessities of life, and his best days were spent working hard, sharing conversation with friends over a cup of coffee, and returning home to his wife, affectionately called “ma.”  He will be best remembered for his easygoing nature, kind heart, and wonderful stories.  He had an inquisitive nature and a genuine interest in others, and his sincere interest and ability to immediately put others at ease earned him a multitude of friendships, and a great deal of respect from those who had the pleasure to know him.  His place at the table will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Liz; his son Dana and his wife, Maureen, of Harvard, Massachusetts; his daughter Deanna Jannace and her husband, Jim, of Rangely, Maine; his grandchildren:  Brendan and Nicole Lemieux, and Daren and Olivia Jannace; and by his siblings:  Bernard and his wife, Lilianne, of Essex Junction, and Lorraine Elmore of Newport, Jeanne Whalen and her husband, Bill, of Illinois, John and his wife, Dottie, of Severna Park, Maryland, Joseph and his wife, Margaret, of Georgia, Andrea Cate and her husband, Richard, of Burlington, Antoinette Ingalls and her husband, Bill, of Irasburg, and Luke of California.  He was also a treasured uncle to 38 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Philip; his sister Christine; and his infant son Craig.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his lasting memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756-0001.

A Mass celebrating his life was held on July 19, in Newport.

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

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Doris MacLean


Doris M. (Gagnon) MacLean

Doris M. (Gagnon) MacLean, 68, of Coventry died peacefully at her home on July 18, 2013.

She was born July 28, 1944, in Methuen, Massachusetts, a daughter of Joseph and Estelle (Lefebvre) Gagnon.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, and working on her home, doing craft work and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren — they were her “heart and soul” — and also with her close friends.  She also enjoyed Thanksgiving with her family, and she loved to help people.  She truly had a heart of gold.  She was a strong-willed, independent woman and expected nothing less from her son, daughters, granddaughters, grandsons and great-grandchildren.  Her passion in life was that when she believed in something she gave it her all and she could find something good in every day.  She knew the difference between giving a hand up and giving a hand out.  She had an incredible sense of humor, which she passed on to her family.

She is survived by her children:  Kimberly Bolton Green of Derby and Tricia MacLean of Coventry; by her grandchildren:  Julia Bolton and her fiancé, Dana Forbes, of Newport Center, Gabrielle Bolton and her fiancé, Derek Sanville, of Newport, Selena, Christopher, and Kaitlyn Green, all of Derby, and  Kristi and Brandon Baraw of Newport Center.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Darion Forbes of Newport Center, and Collin, Caydence, and Connor Sanville.

She was predeceased by a son, Grant Thomas MacLean Jr.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Coventry Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the family at Kimberly Green, 244 Palin Farm Road, Derby, Vermont 05829 to help defray funeral expenses.

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

Robert Spence
Robert Spence

Robert Thomas “Tom” Spence

Robert Thomas “Tom” Spence, 67, of Moretown died in the comfort of his home and family on Friday evening, July 19, 2013.

Born in Waterbury on June 26, 1946, he was a son of the late Donald W. and Hazel (Cavanaugh) Spence.  On July 10, 1971, he married the former Jacklyn Labbe in Waterbury.

In 1966 Mr. Spence was a member of the last graduating class from Waterbury High School and then went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Following his discharge from the service in 1970, he worked several years for the Rossignol Ski Company in Williston, for Benner Skis in Prince Edward Island, and then for Huntington Manufactured Homes in Orange, Massachusetts, where he was plant manager.

A desire for entrepreneurship and independence brought Mr. and Mrs. Spence to become the proprietors of what became TJ’s General Store in Waterbury Center, an eclectic mix of good food, staple groceries and the epicenter of local, state and national politics.  Mr. and Mrs. Spence partnered in this mainstay of Waterbury Center from April 1987 until October 2003.  Most recently, Mr. Spence worked for the Lamoille County Solid Waste District as the manager of all transfer stations.

He served the Waterbury community in many ways:  as a member, past president and EMT for the Waterbury Ambulance Service, a member and officer of the Waterbury Center Fire Department, as zoning administrator and a member of the town zoning board of adjustment, and a member of the recreation committee.  The identity of Waterbury Center as an integral part of the greater Waterbury community was very important to Mr. Spence.  He was instrumental in the development of the playground at Hope Davey Park, the gazebo in the Center Park, and Good Neighbor Day.  In addition, he took care of lighting the Christmas tree in Center Park and maintaining the skating rink in the center for many years, and he helped in the development of the disc golf course and walking path.

Mr. Spence‘s memberships included being a life member of the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club, VFW Post #10034, the Winooski Lodge #49 F&AM, and the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post #59 where he served many years as its finance officer.

In his leisure time he enjoyed the annual Lake Champlain International Tournament with his two daughters, his fishing trips to Lake Ontario, and moose watching with his wife in New Hampshire and Maine.

Mr. Spence is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie Spence, of Moretown; their daughters:  Nicole Spence and her companion, Jason Thurston, of Middlesex, and Gloria Bruce and her husband, Jonathan, of West Charleston; his granddaughter Ryleigh Bruce; his sister-in-law Nan Spence of Winooski; his father-in-law, Edwin Labbe, of Barre; his sisters-in-law Ann Labbe Merrill of Graniteville, Gloria Bilbrey of Barre, and Michelle Gingras and her husband, Brian, of Barre; and by nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  JoAnn O’Neill, Irene Whalley and Sarah Keefe; and by two brothers, William and Donald Spence.

Mr. Spence’s family invites friends and family to a time of visitation and light refreshments at the Hope Davey Recreation Shelter on Maple Street in Waterbury Center on Friday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Private interment with military honors will take place in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.  Instead, memorial gifts to the Waterbury American Legion Veterans Fund, P.O. Box 417, Waterbury, Vermont 05676 would be appreciated.

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Arlene M. Tice

Arlene M. Tice, 74, of Newport died on July 16, 2013, at her home.

She was born on September 11, 1938, in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the daughter of Herbert and Florence (Murray) Sears.  On September 18, 1982, she married Herbert Tice, who predeceased her on June 17, 2001.  Arlene was employed as a nurse’s aide for both the Newport Health Care Center and Bel-Aire Nursing Home.

She enjoyed watching television, reading her bible books, visiting with her family and her church family, and playing with her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Jehovah Witness of Newport.

She is survived by her children:  Henry Fillion and his wife, Kelly, of Massachusetts, Michael Fillion of Maine, Albert Bratti and his companion, Annette, of Newport, and Debbi Bratti and her husband, Rick LePage, of Newport.  She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Ricky Westgate; her grandchildren:  Tina Bratti, Nicole Bratti, and Eric Fillion; her daughter-in-law Connie-Jo Fillion; a brother, Eddie Sears; and by three sisters:  Beverly, Doris and Betty.

A graveside service for Ms. Tice, and a committal service for Tina Bratti, were held July 23 at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul Augustus Turner Jr.

Paul Augustus Turner Jr., 70, of Westfield died suddenly on July 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born August 11, 1942, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a son of Paul Sr. and Dorothy (Rose) Turner.  He married Judith Weatherby, who survives him.

Mr. Turner was enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served his country during the Vietnam War and retired as a petty officer first class.  Among his hobbies he was a carpenter and enjoyed antiques.  He was a member of the Fleet Reserve.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Turner, of Westfield; by his children:  Paul, Kevin and Vicky Turner; by several grandchildren; by his mother, Dorothy Turner; and by two sisters, Irene and Mary.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Worrier Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.

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


 Norman H. LaCross

A committal service for Norman H. LaCross, with military honors, will take place on Friday, August 2, at 11 a.m., at the Danville Green Cemetery in Danville.

Mr. LaCross loved building and riding trikes (three-wheel motorcycles), and he asked that his final ride be on a trike with his best friend, Kevin Davis.  A motorcade from Westmore to Danville will gather at the Westmore Parish Hall parking lot, with plans to leave by 10 a.m.  All are welcome to join in Mr. LaCross’ motorcade with trikes, motorcycles, cars, and trucks.  The motorcade will return back to Westmore Parish Hall, and all are welcome to come and share a celebration of his life.

Marcel G. Morin

Funeral services and interment for Marcel G. Morin will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, at St. Edward’s  Parish in Derby Line. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Mr. Morin died in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 8, 2012.

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