Obituaries July 26, 2017

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JoAnne Brewer Halikas

JoAnne Brewer Halikas, 86, of Newport died on May 21, 2017, in Newport.

She is survived by her husband, George; her son Stephen; her daughter-in-law Christina; and her grandsons: Jessie and Kody.

Mrs. Halikas was born on June 6, 1930, in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Upon retiring from a career in nursing, she resided in Newport. She loved her life by the lake, often predicting when it would freeze over in winter and when it would thaw in spring. In summer she marveled at the reflection of the full moon dancing on the lake.

She will be missed by many relatives and friends. Upon the request of the deceased, there will be no memorial service.


Beverly Basford Bickford Messier

Beverly Basford Bickford Messier, 85, formerly of Orleans, died on July 20, 2017 in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

She was born on May 4, 1932, in Sheffield, the eldest daughter of Edson and Ethel (Paul) Basford.

She loved knitting, crafting, sewing and making crosses for Trinity Cross Stitchers. She missed being able to attend church, but was very happy to see Pastor Larry Gritton when he paid visits to his homebound parishoners.

She is survived by four children: Evelyn Johnson and her husband, Mike, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Gary Bickford of Paris, Tennessee, Tina Tolhurst and her husband, Mark, of Lake Worth, Florida, and Marcia Steele and her friend, Jim Strong, of Lantana, Florida; and one granddaughter Brianna Ostrom. She is also survived by three sisters: Phoebe Noyes of Union House in Glover, Gloria White of Greensboro Bend, and Lorraine Gillfillan of Nashua, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her first husband Glendon Bickford. She was also predeceased by three brothers: Charlie, Brian, and Bernard; and three sisters: Barbara, Myrna, and Beatrice.


Kynslee Janet Marie Peters

Kynslee Janet Marie Peters of Albany died suddenly at home on July 18, 2017.

Kynslee was born on May 1, 2017, to her loving parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux. She was well loved by her many family members and friends during her short life.

She is survived by her parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux of Albany; her paternal grandparents Donald Peters Sr. and Joan (Lantagne) Peters of Albany; her maternal grandparents: Lori Lemieux and Bill Schneider of Irasburg, and Seth Demo and Tina Phelps of Hyde Park; her paternal great-grandparents William “Bill” Peters and Marion Dudley of North Hyde Park; her maternal great-grandparents: Steve Lemieux and Missy Parker of Bolton, and Seth Demo Jr. and Nancy Demo of North Hyde Park; and her great-great-grandfather Ken Lemieux of Stowe. She is also survived by her paternal aunts and uncles: Jeanne Peters of Albany, Jesse and Jen Peters of Albany, and Dominique Peters of Albany; her maternal aunts: Taylor Schneider of Irasburg, Ashley Schneider of Elmore, and Kiara Fortin of Coventry. Her special aunt and uncle Hope and Donnie Richards of Irasburg also survive her. She also has many cousins and other extended family who miss her very much.

She was predeceased by her paternal great-grandparents: Jeanne R. Peters of Albany, and Joe and Elin Lantagne of West Charleston; her maternal great-grandparents: Janet Lemieux of Irasburg, Robert Schneider of Derby, and Sylvia Schneider of Derby; and her uncle Lou Jensen of Irasburg.

Kynslee, your family loves you and misses you very much.

Kynslee became a hero and lives on in another baby as a heart valve donor.

Also, she touched so many hearts, loved so many, and missed so much, words can’t say enough. Her loved ones will remember baby Kynslee forever; an angel in their hearts always.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at the Albany Church, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in Albany Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in Kynslee’s name may be made to the family in care of Natasha Lemieux, P.O. Box 159, Albany, Vermont 05820.

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Mary Kealey Seguin

Mary Kealey Seguin, 79, of Carson City, Nevada, and formerly of Newport, died in Carson City on July 6, 2017.

A 37-year resident of Carson City, Ms. Seguin was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on February 4, 1938. She was the last surviving daughter of Dr. Daniel S. and Mrs. Mildred Kealey. She attended school in Newport and after graduating from Newport High School she furthered her education at Dartmouth College. She then started her career with New England Bell Telephone Company and later transferred to Nevada Bell in Reno, Nevada. She retired as a district manager.

Mrs. Seguin volunteered for numerous programs and for community services in need. She was a former president of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce. She was also the former co-executive director for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Pageant and later became a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children.

She is survived by her loving son Rick Seguin and his wife, Julie; her grandchildren: Joseph Crawford and his wife, Susan, Rick Crawford and his wife, Nicole, Mary Meyers and her husband, Gavin, Cade Seguin, and Kealey Seguin; and by great-grandchildren Brian, Christopher, Andrew, Kealey, Annabelle, Shawnnessy, Bailey, and Zoey; and son-in-law Daryl Crawford. She is also survived by brothers-in-law David Buteau and Henry Postert.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene J. Seguin Jr.; her father Dr. Daniel Kealey; her mother and stepfather Mildred and Ed Arel; her sisters: Jane Postert and Patricia Buteau; and her darling daughter Jane M. Crawford.

A Rosary was recited on July 12, at Walton’s Funeral Home in Carson City. A Mass was celebrated at St Teresa’s of Avila Church in Carson City on July 13.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 27, at St Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with a reception following at The East Side restaurant.

Donations can be sent to a local CASA program in Mrs. Seguin’s name.

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