Obituaries June 11, 2014

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obit bizzozeroDebra Lee Bizzozero

Debra Lee Bizzozero, 60, of Montpelier died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin after a yearlong battle with cancer fought with all the spunk, perseverance, and determination she was well known for.

Born on December 15, 1953, in the Barre City Hospital, she was the daughter of Caroline (Sironi) and Aldo Bizzozero of Montpelier. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1971.

At the time of her diagnosis, she was working on her degree through the Community College of Vermont.

In 1972, she married Randolph Gonyaw Jr. in Montpelier and they later divorced. In 1983, she married William Snovich Jr., who predeceased her in 1988. Ms. Bizzozero met David Scott in 1991 and they have been together since, both enjoying many of their summer weekends at their camp on Shadow Lake in Glover.

Growing up in Montpelier, she worked for a number of local businesses and agencies including Vermont Legal Aid, National Life Insurance Company, attorney Mary Skinner, The Times Argus, and Fountains. Most recently, she had worked for the Community College of Vermont and the Law Offices of Theriault and Joslin.   She also worked as an area realtor.

Survivors include her partner of 23 years, David Scott of Montpelier, and their Lab, Petey; her two sons: Randolph Gonyaw III and his partner, Annabel, of Barre Town, and Kasey Gonyaw and his wife, Ashley, of Tucson, Arizona; two grandsons: Adam and Ryan of Tucson; a sister, Mary Maxfield, and her husband, Terry; a brother, Michael Bizzozero, and his wife, Rachel, all of Barre Town; and by many nieces and nephews. Very important to Ms. Bizzozero and not to be forgotten are her very close friends, affectionately known as “The Bitches.”

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband, William Snovich.

Her bubbly smile and sharp wit will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on June 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Berlin Corners Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 Route 14, East Montpelier, Vermont 05651.

obit chapdelaineMerrilee Chapdelaine

Merrilee Catherine Lady Leimomikahokulani’alohapo’ina’ole Maalea Waikiki Chapdelaine, 39, of Cyril, Oklahoma, died on May 24, 2014.

She was born on November 9, 1974, in Wailuku Maui, Hawaii.

She is a former employee of Structural Dynamics and Pacific Electro-Mechanical Inc., both of Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband Wilfrid of Brownington; her mother Nellanet (Roy) Watanabe; her father Oliver (Ipo) Perreira; her four sisters: Melveen Maalea Turrieta, Waiola Perreira, Rachel Perreira-Shodahl, and Sandy Perreira; her four brothers: Clayton Waikiki, OJ, Kaimana, and Micah Perreira; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, Maui, on June 8. Burial followed the next day at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Colleen C. DeRoehn

Colleen C. DeRoehn, 82, of Derby died on June 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 30, 1932, in Derby, to Harris and Goldie (McDonald) Crowe.

On June 26, 1952, she married Walter DeRoehn, who predeceased her on January 15, 2006.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1950. She retired from the town of Derby as assistant town clerk.

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking and reading.

She is survived by her children: James DeRoehn and his wife, Carole, of Derby, William DeRoehn of Hyde Park, and Michael DeRoehn and his wife, Chastity, of Derby; and by six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Audrey Sanborn and Beverly Morse.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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Lucien Parenteau

Lucien Parenteau, 88, of Meriden, Connecticut, beloved husband of 63 years to Simone (Blair) Parenteau, died on June 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home.

He was born on November 7, 1925, in Beebe, son of the late Alzear and Clara (Laroche) Parenteau.

He retired as a machinist in 1988 from Pratt & Whitney in North Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: George Parenteau and his wife, Fran, of Wallingford, Robert Parenteau and his wife, Doris, of California, and Claude Parenteau and his wife, Pat, of California; his daughters: Marie Parenteau of Meriden, and Mariette Riss and her husband, Robert, of Meriden; his beloved grandchildren: Keith Bouchard, Michael Parenteau, Mark Riss, Amy Parenteau, Shelley Riss-Conant, Karyn Parenteau, Sarah Parenteau, and Wyatt Parenteau; and by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Jeanette Parenteau, of Magog, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Theo Parenteau and his wife, Cecile, Irene Parenteau, and Odila Goudreau and her husband, Leo.

Funeral services were held on June 6, in Meriden. Interment followed in St. Laurent’s Cemetery in Meriden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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obit robinsonRena Robinson

Rena Lucienne (Chainey) Robinson of Calais died peacefully in the early morning hours of June 4, 2014, in her home, surrounded by family, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

She was born on August 25, 1937, daughter of the late Lucien and Marie Chainey and was born and raised on a dairy farm in Morgan. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, she made her way to Montpelier where she met and married Vaile Robinson on June 6, 1959.

She raised her six children in the home she and her husband bought in Calais. She was an avid gardener, cook, baker, and an all-around great homemaker. She was also a mother to many various and sundry stray animals.

When her children were all finally in school, she went to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many years, and then in her “retirement years,” she worked at Morse Farm, where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with visitors from all over the world.

Her memorial bench reads, “She laid hold on the word.” And she did. She had the spiritual support of very dear friends, Marilyn Wemitt, Betty and the late Bill Boisvert, and Sandy and the late Gene Raymond. Throughout her illness, she never complained once — about anything — and her faith never faltered.

After her husband died in 1997, she embraced life and fulfilled some of the dreams that she and her husband shared. Alone and knowing no one, she boarded a Christian cruise ship in Boston, Massachuetts, and sailed to Novia Scotia then down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal, Quebec. On the cruise ship, she made many friends with whom she continued to cruise over the years to such places as Alaska and the Caribbean. She really loved these cruises and making new friends.

Many passersby stop to admire her lush flower gardens, her many hummingbird feeders alive with the buzz, and the seas of Forget-Me-Nots we will continue to mow around.

She is survived by six children: Kim Robinson of Oakland, California, Tim Robinson of Townsend, Kathy Robinson of East Barre, Tom Robinson of Marshfield, Kelly Robinson of Greensboro, and Karlyn Proulx of Calais. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren.

She would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Mitzvah Fund at Worcester Veterinary Care, 10 Elmore Road, Worcester, Vermont 05682.

obit Strong webHorace Warner Strong

Horace Warner Strong, 89, of Craftsbury Common died from an accident at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1925, and came with his parents to Vermont in 1928, just in time for the Great Depression.

Educated in the Craftsbury schools, he graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943. He farmed for four years and then went to the University of Vermont, where he graduated in 1952, after taking a year off.

He taught an exploratory course in agriculture at Craftsbury for a year and farmed with his brother Burton until 1960. He then began teaching math and science in the Greensboro school. For a farmer to become a teacher required many summers of additional education. He then taught in Craftsbury where he established an industrial arts program and was instrumental in establishing the CAPE program of physical education. He finished out teaching his 15 years at Lamoille Union High School. Later, he taught part time for 15 years at Sterling College as a woodworking teacher.

In 1950, he married Ruth Esser. They had five children and enjoyed traveling and canoeing in the summers.

In 1964, he established Strong’s Canoe Yard, a shop that repaired, restored, and built cedar canvas canoes. The shop started with fiberglass canoes, but soon saw the light and made over 125 cedar canvas canoes. The shop also taught canoe building, offering more than 25 classes.

In 1986, he married Shirley Bruns of Latimer, Iowa. They worked together in the canoe shop, and teaching classes until Mr. Strong’s retirement in 1998. They traveled winters throughout the United States, finally wintering in Uvalde, Texas, in 1997, where they continued to live in their recreational vehicle during the winter months.

He leaves his wife Shirley of Craftsbury Common; his daughter Nancy West and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury; his son Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicky, of Albany; his son Russell Strong of Craftsbury; his daughter Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricky, of Highgate; his son Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; his stepsons: Steven Bruns and his wife, Karen; Mark Bruns and his wife, Debbie, of Iowa; his stepdaughter Dee Ann Arlow and her husband, Steven, of Alaska; his brother Burton and his wife, Irene, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Patty Rodemyer and her husband, Marvin, and LaDona Roelfs and her husband, Keith, of Iowa; his sister-in-law Jackie Campbell and her husband, Keith, of Alaska; and by his six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Shirley Strong; and by his grandson U.S. Marine Sergeant Jesse Strong.

Funeral services were held in Craftsbury on June 9, with a committal service at Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society or the Craftsbury Historical Society.

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Ruth Lippens

Graveside services for Ruth Lippens will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Robert Stratton

Graveside services for Robert Stratton will be held at 10 a.m. on June 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Ardys Goodwin

Graveside services for Ardys Goodwin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Albany Village Cemetery with Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Patricia Morin

Committal services for Patricia Morin will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Louis Handy

Committal services for Louis Handy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Troy Cemetery.

Kasha Carrington

A graveside service for Kasha Carrington will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery, with a gathering to follow.

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