Obituaries July 31, 2013

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obit baileySusan Bailey

Susan S. Bailey, 67, of Westmore died peacefully at home on June 27, 2013, after a 15-year, hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born in Yonkers, New York, on July 23, 1945, beloved daughter of the late James T. and Edith R. Schofield of Westmore.  She attended public schools in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She received a full scholarship from Smith College, graduating in 1967.  She worked for over 35 years as a highly respected senior systems analyst and programmer, starting her computer career long before there was an Internet.

An avid reader, and NFL Patriots fan, she also enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Adventurous, avant-garde, an amazing woman with an incomparable sense of humor, she had both of her children in Latin America.  Her red hair was her crowning glory.  She will be missed by many for a very long time.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Bailey of Westmore; her daughter Lynn Witty of Newton Center, Massachusetts; her son Ken Bailey of Daniel Island, South Carolina; her five grandchildren:  Jacob, Luke, Ethan Henry, Caroline, and Lauren; and by her brother James F. Schofield of Santa Cruz, California.

A memorial service was held in Connecticut on July 1, at the Marlborough Congregational Church.  Interment was at the Lake View Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MS Society or the Visiting Nurses Association.

obit CoburnRachel M. Coburn

Rachel M. Coburn, 72, of Barton died tragically on July 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born on May 27, 1941, in Newport,  the daughter of Arthur and Maria (Sheltra) Diette.  On January 14, 1989, she married Lewis Coburn, who predeceased her in 2003.

She and her late husband owned and operated Barton Cleaners until its closing in 2002.  She was currently employed with the Lake Region Union High School lunch program.

She loved spending time with her family and her many friends.  She loved being around people and wanted to make everyone around her happy.  She loved to take pictures of family and friends.  She had the most amazing smile that lit up an entire room.  She was an amazing woman who thought her purpose in this world was to make everyone around her happy.

She is survived by her children:  Valerie Young and her husband, Leon, of Barton, Laurie Poirier and her husband, Alan, of Barton, Scott Valley and his wife, Janice, of Swanton, and Marybeth Brochu and her boyfriend, Steven Coe, of Morrisville.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Chad Young and his wife, Angel, Krista Perkins and her boyfriend, Daryk Sykes, Jami Blair and her husband, Joe, Ashley Valley, Cameron Valley, Olivia Brochu, and Jacob Brochu; six great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brother Armand Diette and his wife, Betsy, of Sutton, and by her sister Antoinette (Peanut) Makrianis of Springfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following brother and sisters:  Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Irene Renault, Jenette Currier, and Pauline Gilfillan.

A candlelight service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m., at Lake Region Union High School.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, August 2, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lake Region Union High School, in care of Andre Messier, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit cookHarrison “Harry” Bearse Cook

Harrison “Harry” Bearse Cook, 98, of Manchester, Connecticut, formerly of East Albany, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on July 12, 1915, to Florence and Edward.  He was raised on Cape Cod and lived most of his adult life in Connecticut.  He married his beloved Mary “Molly” Damon in 1939, and was married for 60 years before she predeceased him in January of 2000.  He was also predeceased by their only child, Ronald Damon Cook, in 1998.

Mr. Cook was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army.  Prior to retiring in 1977, he was employed by the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company for over 30 years.

He enjoyed gardening, listening to his old records, and was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his old neighborhood on Chambers Street.

He is survived by his granddaughter Michele Reed and her husband, Bud, of East Albany.  He touched a number of lives and leaves many special people behind; his caregivers:  Lisa, Noble, and Dawn; his very good friend Bob Samuelson Jr.; his neighbors Yancy and Maxine Tarver; and his special friend Connie French.  He also has a grandson, Brian Cook, and his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Meghan, of Voluntown, Connecticut.

A funeral service was held July 27, in Manchester.  Burial with military honors followed in the East Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or at

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Sandra J. Doucette

 Sandra J. Doucette, 77, of Derby died on July 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 13, 1935, in Island Pond, the daughter of Thomas and Hazel (Chase) Crowe.  On July 12, 2003, she married Fred Doucette, who survives her.

She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, and entered the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

She previously worked at the Newport Daily Express and later at Northeast Kingdom Adult Education from November of 1978 through mid-2000.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.  She was married to Harold (Bucky) McKee and Ray Norris, who both predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband Fred Doucette of Derby; her son Michael McKee of Georgia; her daughter Raven Moon of Brandon; her stepsons:  Fred Doucette Jr. and Geoffrey Doucette; her sister Mary Twofoot and her husband, Wyman, of Derby; her brother Bradley Crowe and his wife, Sharon, of Newport; a grandson, Ian Caran, and his wife, Meagan, of Hawaii; a great-grandson, Zachary; and by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held July 26, at the Eastside Cemetery in Newport.

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

obit FarneyBertha K. Farney

Bertha K. Farney, 103, of Derby died on July 26, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on July 22, 1910, in Ellington, Connecticut, a daughter of Ernest and Louise (Luginbuhl) Kupferschmid.  On June 6, 1942, she married Gerald S. Farney, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was a secretary at the Ellington Agway in Ellington.  She moved from Ellington to Vermont, and lived there for the past eight years to be near her children.

She is survived by her two children:  Roberta Pheiffer of Derby Line, and Mike Farney and his wife, Lisa, of Newport Center; her grandchildren:  Adam Pheiffer and his wife, Angela Gale, of Winooski, John Pheiffer of Troy, Matt Farney of Troy, and Ben Farney of Troy; and by a great-granddaughter, Ellie Pheiffer.

She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on July 29, in Rockville, Connecticut.  Interment followed at the Ellington Cemetery in Ellington.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

obit HamelinLucille F. Hamelin

Lucille F. Hamelin died quietly, surrounded by family, on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013, following a documented 23-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease, which began with symptoms ten years earlier.

She enjoyed a 53-year marriage with her husband, David F. Hamelin, beginning on June 18, 1960.

She was born the daughter of Napoleon (Paul) and Flore (Boulanger) Gendron, in North Troy on December 26, 1938, just a quarter mile from the home she made for her family with her husband, David, for the past 45 years.

This home was next door to her father’s brother, Philip, and sister, Georgette.

After she graduated from North Troy High School, she attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she obtained her secretarial degree.  She and her husband moved to Bennington and operated a service station for several years.  After returning to their hometown, they owned and operated a service station and convenience store.  When most of their children reached school age, Mrs. Hamelin went to work as a bookkeeper for Seguin Oil Service and then Dr. Thornton’s dental office in Newport.  A number of years later, she worked as an individual student aide at Troy School.  She was a devoted parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church and taught catechism classes for several years.

She was fond of planning family gatherings and was always ready with snacks and meals for visitors.  Get-togethers were extra special when her dearest friend, Sue, and Sue’s four sisters, which include her sister-in-law June, came to visit.  The annual summer arrival of neighbors, Dr. Eric and Ellen Young and their family, was an enjoyable part of the summer season for her.  She was an avid reader and loved recording family anecdotes and short stories.  Currently, her book, I Hope I Never Get Old, is in the process of being published.  She relished working with family photos and framed many collages.  Other favorite pastimes included jigsaw, crossword, and Sudoku puzzles.

She is survived by her husband and six children:  Kenneth, Lorie, Paul, John, Brian and Karen; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother Raymond and his wife, June; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; her infant daughter Sheri; a grandson; a niece; and a great-nephew.

A Catholic Mass was held July 29, in North Troy.  Committal service followed in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Notre Dame Cemetery Maintenance Fund, care of Donald St. Onge, Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 621, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

obit lagueHenry E. Lague

Henry E. Lague, 73, of Derby Line died on July 28, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 17, 1940, in Morrisville, the son of Louis and Albina (Prive) Lague.  He married Claudette Choquette, who predeceased him in 2005.

He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 30 years.  He loved fishing, hunting at his deer camp, sugaring, and he loved life, the outdoors and partying.  He liked going for rides with his friend Gary.  He also loved to sing and play his guitar and listen to country music, especially Johnny Cash.

He is survived by his children:  Henry Lague of East Pointe, Michigan, and Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; his grandchildren:  Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin, and Corey Lague; his brother Marcel Lague and his wife, Maria, of Virginia; and by his sisters:  Jeannine Taylor of St. Albans, Doris Austin of Virginia, and Dianne Mercy of New York.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Alicia Lague, in 1981; his brother Napoleon Lague; and by his sisters:  Pauline and Dorilda.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, August 2, at Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit LaMondaGreta A. LaMonda

Greta A. LaMonda of East Hampton, New York, formerly of Orleans, died on July 2, 2013, from heart failure resulting from an infection.  She had just celebrated her eighty-ninth birthday on June 16.

A native of Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda was the daughter of Harold and Pearl Lafoe of Brownington Center.  She moved to Long Island, New York, in the early 1950s with her husband, Harry, and their first four children.  While raising her children, Mrs. LaMonda had spent time as a waitress and spent many years employed by Sag Harbor Industries.  She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a longtime member of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.  Never losing her love for Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda stayed in touch with her Orleans school classmates, attended class reunions, and continued making the regular annual trips north to visit family and friends.

Though flowers, plants, and gardens were a hobby and passion of Mrs. LaMonda’s, her love for family surpassed everything.  She was a sibling of six, survived by Vernal Lafoe of Inverness, Florida, Dooreen Roberts of Winter Park, Florida, and Louis Lafoe of Leesville, Lousiana.

She was predeceased by the following brothers:  Leon Gage and Thomas Lafoe.

Mrs. LaMonda and her husband, Harry, who survives her, were blessed with seven children:  Diana Darrell of East Hampton, New York, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Leslie LaMonda, who predeceased her, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Caorlina, Louella LaMonda, who predeceased her, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York, and Pam LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; 16 grandchildren:  James, who predeceased her, Todd, Trevor, Eddie, Brian, Gene, Troy, Jason, Karen, Brice, Kelly, Kim, Kristin, Heather, Emily and Leslie; 24 great-grandchildren:  Tyler, Kaylee, Will, Ryan, Danny, Julianna, Marissa, Jack, Nicholas, Noah, Dylan, Colt, Zack, Alexis, Hannah, Ashlee, Kai, Finn, Austin, Micah, Asher, Giovanna, who predeceased her, Jordan, and Maddox; and one great-great-grandchild, Jayden; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

She also loved as if her own, her sons- and daughters-in-law:  Jimmy Darrell, Eddie Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster, Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie; and she loved and adored with all her heart, each spouse and/or partner of all her grandchildren, too.

At her request, no funeral service was held.  A celebration of her life took place on July 7, at the home of her grandson Trevor and his wife, Cynthia, and words were spoken by her granddaughter Kelly, an ordained minister.  At a future date, Mrs. LaMonda’s ashes will be placed in her final resting place at Brownington Center Cemetery in Brownington.

Her family has suggested memorial donations be made to Dominican Sisters Health Service, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York 11946; or to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton, New York 11937.

obit NeumayerRobert J. Neumayer

Robert J. Neumayer, 64, of Morgan died on July 26, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 11, 1948, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Robert Neumayer and the late Doris (Von Atzingen) Neumayer.  He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He was employed by Neto Weatherization.

About 35 years ago, he moved here from New Jersey and fell in love with the beauty of the mountains.  He was an active and fit man who enjoyed hiking, golfing, skiing, and snowshoeing with family and friends.  He was also an enthusiastic history and movie buff.

He is survived by his children:  Michael Neumayer of Island Pond, and Kristen Neumayer of Newport; his father Robert B. Neumayer of Newport; his brother Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; his nephew Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts; his niece Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado; his dear partner Bonnie Bashaw-Cole of Lunenburg; his former spouse Lynne Westin of Island Pond; his dear cousins, Jim Von Atzingen and Cheryl Duley; and by many other dear family and friends.

The family is planning a private celebration of his life in the future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Mountain Club at

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

obit TetreaultRaoul J. Tetreault

Raoul J. Tetreault, 86, of West Charleston died on July 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1926, in Troy, the son of Leo Paul and Malida (Martel) Tetreault.  In 1946 he married Aurore (Arel), who survives him after 67 years of marriage.

Mr. Tetreault was a saw operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 14 years, from where he retired.  He was a past member of the Newport Elks #2155.  Mr. Tetreault and his wife ran their own farm for 13 years in Charleston.  Before buying the farm they lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for 14 years, where he was a truck driver and worked in a tannery.  They liked to travel, going to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida, and several places in between.  They went on a seven-day cruise on their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  They loved family gatherings with over 40 immediate family members generally present, several times a year.

He is survived by his wife Aurore Tetreault of West Charleston; and by his children:  Irene Niles and her husband, Robert, of Charleston, Robert Tetreault and his wife, Denise, of Charleston, Annette Poulin and her husband, Lucien, of Charleston, Donald Tetreault and his wife, Kim, of Arizona, Camil Tetreault and his wife, Michelle, of Barton, and Jane Jacobs and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and by his brother Leo Paul Tetreault and his wife, Rita, of Derby.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Tetreault, and by his sister Cecile Peacock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Herbert J. Wood

Herbert J. Wood, 85, of Walpole, New Hampshire, died early Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire.

He was born in Walpole on September 13, 1927, the son of Herbert and Ruby (Smith) Wood.  He was a 1946 graduate of the Walpole Academy and worked on the family farm with his father until 1963.  He retired from Hubbard Farms in 1989.  He was a proud member of the Fall Mountain Archery Club and the National Rifle Association.  Mr. Wood loved hunting with his family and friends, tractors, and cutting firewood.

On October 25, 1950, he married Beverly A. Martin, who predeceased him in 2007.

He is survived by his son Ricky Wood and his wife, Beryl, of Walpole; his daughters:  Terry Tole and her husband, Paul, of Walpole, Robin Hurlburt and her husband, Richard, of Walpole, and Wanda Boomer and her husband, Don, of lrasburg; his son-in-law Bill Russell of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; his brother Francis Wood of Acworth, New Hampshire; his sister Donna Ames and her husband, Harold, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several stepgrandchildren; his special nephew Wayne Bingham of Walpole; and by several other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Karen Russell; his brother Donald Wood; his sisters:  Althea Bingham and Priscilla Simas; and by two grandsons:  Mark and Martin Remick.

There was a memorial service on July 30, in Walpole.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walpole Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 162, Walpole, New Hampshire 03608.

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