Obituaries July 3, 2013

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obit AdamsMichael G. Adams

Michael G. Adams, 70, died on June 28, 2013, at his home on Seymour Lake in Morgan.

He was born on February 19, 1943, in Burlington, to George “Ted” and Nadean (Ellsworth) Adams.  He grew up in Stowe and graduated from Stowe High School in 1961.  After graduation, he worked with his family at the Adams Mill in Moscow.  He went on to a career in construction and built many houses in the Stowe area.  His taxidermy hobby grew into Wildstuff Taxidermy.  Throughout the years, he won numerous taxidermy awards and taught many students the taxidermy trade.  Upon retirement, he and his wife owned and operated Stowe Kennel Kare in Moscow.

Mr. Adams was the epitome of a Vermonter.  He loved hunting, fishing and, most recently, cooking.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially watching his grandchildren enjoy Seymour Lake.  He was known for his tall tales and sense of humor.

He is survived by Linda, his loving wife of 40 years; his daughters:  Paige Howard and her husband, Greg, of Florence, Massachusetts, Stacey Schaaf and her husband, Bill, of Hyde Park, and Jill Manca and her husband, Tony, of Easthampton, Massachusetts; his sister Susan Adams and her husband, Larry, of Johnson; his grandchildren:  Sydney, Jocelyn, Owen, Tanya, Izabella and Lundon; and by his nieces and nephews and many other relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Ted and Nadean Adams; and by his son Alfred Adams.

Out of respect for his wishes not to have a funeral, friends and family will gather to celebrate his life at a later date, yet to be determined.

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

obit BrownLucy Ford Bruso Brown

Lucy Ford Bruso Brown, 105, of Barton died on June 25, 2013, at her home.

She was born in Fulton, New York, on March 27, 1908, the daughter of Lucy Stancliff and W. James Ford.

In 1926 she graduated from Montpelier Seminary and worked for Missisquoi Corp. in Sheldon Springs for approximately four years.  She was also employed by American Optical in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for a short time, and then worked about 40 years for New England Telephone in St. Albans as a service representative.

On October 18, 1930, at a double wedding, she married Shirley E. Bruso, and her sister, Marjorie, married E. Merriman Brown.  Mr. Bruso died in 1971 in Florida.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of St. Albans and the Barton United Church in Barton, Telephone Pioneers of America, the Pinnacle Society of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Society, the Barton Library Club, the Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27 and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.

She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, sewing and entering contests.

In February of 1978, she married her brother-in-law, E. Merriman Brown, who died in 1993.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Joan Ford, of Harwinton, Connecticut; two stepsons:  John F. Brown and his wife, Marjorie, of Barton, and Dr. Edwin M. Brown and his wife, Patricia, of Richmond, Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes, a burial service will be held at a later date in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Barton Library, P.O. Box 549, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit HodgeRichard “Dick” Newton Hodge

Richard “Dick” Newton Hodge, 89, of Newport died suddenly on June 27, 2013, following a brief and traumatic illness.

He was born in Danville, Quebec, the son of Alonzo and Rachel (Halden) Hodge on October 2, 1923.  He graduated from Asbestos High School and later received his degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal.  He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II as a bomber pilot flying the Lexington and Halifax aircrafts.  Upon his return from the war, he married Irene Fay Lavers of Ayers Cliff, Quebec, his love for 65 years.

Together, Mr. and Mrs. Hodge moved to the United States, where they resided for 58 years.  Mr. Hodge worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring as mechanical supervisor in 1986.  Mr. and Mrs. Hodge had two children, Faye Anne and Christopher, as well as two grandchildren, Richard and Myles Hodge.

He was involved in many organizations throughout his life, most notably the Free and Accepted Masons, Memphremagog Lodge #65, where twice he served as worshipful master.  He was also a Shriner.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Newport for many years, as well as Boy Scout master of Troop #3 for seven years.  He was a longtime member of the Newport Country Club, the Border Curling Club and the Gourmet Bridge Club.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities including golf, hunting and fishing, just to name a few.  In their younger years, Mr. and Mrs. Hodge greatly enjoyed ballroom dancing — they were well known for their light-footed steps.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Irene Hodge of Newport; his daughter Faye Anne and her husband, Guy Roberge, of Riverview, Florida; his son Christopher and his wife, Tina Hodge, of Littleton, New Hampshire; his grandsons:  Myles Hodge of Littleton, and Richard Hodge of Fall River, Massachusetts; his sister Betty Perkins of Ontario, Canada; his nephew Andrew Hodge of British Columbia, Canada; and by his nieces:  Suzanne Bell of Ontario, Jane Hodge of Alberta, Canada, Linda Osmond of Ontario, and Laureen Perkins of Ontario.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Alonzo and Rachel Hodge; and by his brothers:  Daniel and Douglas Hodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memphremagog Lodge #65, 41 Masonic Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 2, in Newport.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

obit LaPlanteTerry Dean LaPlante

Terry Dean LaPlante, 68, of Derby died on June 22, 2013, at his home, with his family at his side.

He was born on July 29, 1944, in Newport, beloved son of Shirley (Judd) LaPlante and the late Arthur LaPlante.

He was a well-known auto mechanic and wrecker operator for Ken Frawley and Mulkin Chevrolet for many years.  As a teenager, he drove the hearse and ambulance for Curtis Funeral Home.  He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, where he entered on April 27, 1962.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed playing the guitar, watching wrestling, fishing, camping, and listening to country music.  He was also a NASCAR fan for Dale Earnhardt’s team.

He was very proud of his Abenaki heritage where he was of the O’Bomsawin family from the Obanak reserve in Quebec.  He was known as Lone Wolf.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, where he held the office of second and first vice-commander, and he served on the executive board.

He is survived by his children:  Randy LaPlante and his wife, Anita, of Newport, Arthur LaPlante and his wife, Monique, of Beebe Plain, Dana LaPlante and his wife, Angie, of Newport, and Shania LaPlante of Derby; his mother Shirley LaPlante of Newport; his companion Tina Gray of Derby; his grandchildren:  Danielle, Chantal, Erin, Brandon, Emma, Kaelin, and Karlee LaPlante; his former wife of 24 years, Rita LaPlante, of Beebe Plains; his stepmother Marion LaPlante of Bristol, Connecticut; his sisters:  Nancy Tanguay and Sally Lemieux, both of Newport; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Marcel Tanguay.

A graveside service was held on July 1, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shania LaPlante Education Fund, in care of Art LaPlante, Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit parenteauToi (Priwan) Parenteau

Toi (Priwan) Parenteau, 69, of Westmore died peacefully on July 1, 2013, at her home.

She was born on January 3, 1944, in Thailand, the daughter of Leongtong and Elian Empimai, who predeceased her.  On June 28, 1975, the Parenteau family welcomes Toi into their family.  On August 2, 1975, she married Brian Parenteau, who survives her.

She loved to cook for her family and friends.  She enjoyed pedaling her egg rolls and fried rice and playing tickets.  She loved being with her granddaughters, whom she was very proud of.  She was especially proud of being able to take her husband and daughter back to Thailand to reunite with her family after a multi-decade absence from her homeland.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #23 of Orleans.  She was also a member of the Thai/Laos Association.

She is survived by her husband Brian Parenteau; her daughter Barbara Lacoss and her husband, Michael, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Olivia and Bria; her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Paul and Diane Parenteau, Roy and Claire Perkins, Gerard and Ann Parenteau, Lorraine and Fred Hamel, and Steve and Theresa Kyhill; her sister Khit; her brother Hunlee; her daughter Suborn, and her children; her son Neran; and her many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sons:  Sam and Walter; her brother-in-law Leo Parenteau; her mother and father; and her father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Velma Parenteau.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to Brian Parenteau at 24 Parenteau Lane, Westmore, Vermont 05860; and to Barb Lacoss at 3009 Evansville Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Shriners Hospital for Children, Attention:  Development Department, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

obit perryPatricia A. Perry

Patricia A. Perry, 53, of Plattsburgh, New York, died on June 26, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, following a remarkably short but hard fought battle with breast cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on July 21, 1959, the daughter of Julian Ballard Perry and the late Ethelyn Roche Perry.

She worked for Homeland Security out of St. Albans.

Ms. Perry and her German shepherd, Sasha, spent many years as active members of Therapy Dogs of Vermont.  As such, they made numerous visits to people in need of comfort throughout New York and Vermont.  They also made regular Sunday visits to CVPH seeing nearly 100 patients weekly.  Cancer took Sasha last fall, leaving Ms. Perry without her constant companion of almost 12 years.  She had plans to train her new shepherd, Willow, for therapy dog work.

Besides her father and his wife, Becky Boulanger, she is survived by three brothers and their wives:  Dave and Mary Ann Perry of Landaff, New Hampshire, Michael and Tammy Perry of North Bangor, New York, and Dennis and Jean Perry of Vermont.  Also surviving are four nieces, five nephews, eight grand nieces, six grand nephews and eight cousins, including her “sister” Susan Donna Bordeau of Plattsburgh, and two aunts:  Rae Roche and Josephine Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 2.  Interment will be in Vermont at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to Therapy Dogs of Vermont or the Breast Cancer Center at Fletcher-Allen Health Care.

Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at

obit PikeGenevieve Pike

Genevieve M. Pike, 88, of Barton, longtime teacher, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on June 27, 2013.

She was born on August 11, 1924, in Barre, to Howard McKnight, whose older sisters had been born in Scotland, and he in Barre, and Mildred Bombard McKnight, whose mother had emigrated from Quebec as a young woman.

Her father worked in the offices of one of the large granite sheds, and her mother worked as a homemaker for their eight children.  Mrs. Pike was the oldest followed by Marguerite, Howard, Franny, Mary, Monica, Donny, and Barbara, who all grew up in Barre.

She received a scholarship and went to Trinity College in Burlington, where she received a degree in music.  She got a job teaching at Craftsbury Academy, where she worked for many years.  She used her education to teach English, Latin, French, and her degree to lead the chorus, for which she usually also played the piano.  Generations of students will mourn her passing, as will those teachers with whom she worked.  She also taught for a time at Hazen Union High School.

During her first year of teaching, she met a returning World War II wounded veteran, Ernest Pike, whom she married.  They farmed in Craftsbury for ten years, and their four girls — Alison, Meredith, Lesley, and Averill — were born at the farm.  When Mr. Pike became postmaster, they moved into the village, and Mrs. Pike returned to teaching.  Their son, Jeremy, was born during this period.  She was the church organist at Our Lady of Fatima church in Craftsbury Village for most of that time.  Mrs. and Mr. Pike were able to travel through the United Kingdom, and twice through her beloved France, where she had also studied language when she was younger.

Mrs. and Mr. Pike both worked more than 30 years at their respective jobs before they retired and moved to Barton, to be nearer their daughters and grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren.  Mr. Pike, known as “Buster,” predeceased Mrs. Pike last year, after 65 years of marriage.

She had raised lovely gardens in Craftsbury, and created new lovely gardens around her Barton home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton, with Father Timothy Naples officiating.  There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in her name to Craftsbury Academy, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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


Vida Powers

Committal services for Vida Powers will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Marguerite Ames

Committal services for Marguerite Ames will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 5, at the Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

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