Obituaries June 18, 2014

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MDaniel Belanger

Daniel Belanger, 57, of Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, died on June 2, 2014, after a very courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Stanstead on December 20, 1956, son of the late Evelyn (Winter) and Eugene Belanger.

Mr. Belanger supported many different activities to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and support, including Relay for Life and his own fund-raisers. He was an avid supporter of the Monique Dudley Memorial Golf Tournament, one of the most popular women’s golfing events in Vermont, which raises money to fight breast cancer. Every year he honors winners by having their names engraved on a plaque honoring his sister’s memory at the Orleans Country Club. This June is the thirtieth anniversary of the tournament, which is in its thirty-first year.

He was also known for his love of children, whether a “relative” or just a child he came across. He always took the time to make them feel important and special. He also could be counted on to be around to help out and to be there even when things were tough, with a big smile. He had a big heart, loved helping people, enjoyed the company of furry friends and most of all made life special for all who came in contact with him. He will be missed.

He is survived by his children: Emma Belanger and her boyfriend, Nasser, of Calgary, Canada; his son Greg Belanger and wife, Angela, of Stanstead; his grandson Zachary; and by his step-grandchildren: Jacob, Joey-Rejeanne, Alexander and Anderson. He is also survived by his relatives “south of the border”: his nephew Jonathan Dudley, who is Monique’s son, and his wife, Annie, of Whitsett, North Carolina; his brother-in-law Brad Dudley, who was Monique’s husband, and his wife, Cori; Brad’s mother Libby Dudley; and the entire Dudley clan. He was fondly known as “mon oncle” and was a cherished part of the Dudley family.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Monique and Suzanne; and by his brothers: Marc and Denis.

Funeral services were held on June 7. Donations were made in his name to Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The following was read at the service:

To Emma, Greg, and family — This is not best work, but I wanted to write something for Uncle Daniel and you. I suppose I had my own father in mind as well…. How could I not? I am sorry I was unable to attend the services; this is what I would have wanted to share, had I had the opportunity to do so:

An Angel Among Us

Parent, Father, Dad, Daddy,

Thought these are names that we classify them,

No one single name embodies how we fell.


These men led by example,

Are compassionate and selfless.

Family members admire and look up to them,

They lead with a quiet yet fierce determination.


One of these men is Daniel Belanger.

Whenever a family member is in crisis,

He is the first to pick up the phone

Or drive straight to the hospital.

His kind words and sense of wisdom

Infiltrate a room; people want to be near him.


His smile warms your heart

And always makes your day brighter

His love for his family always comes first.


A hero — one who is stoic, brave,

Courageous, selfless, and enduring —

Daniel, you are all of these qualities.

But a true hero never boasts of his strengths,

and that is indeed what you never did.


You will forever be missed;

A member of the Dudley family.

We know God welcomes you

With open arms.

Someday, we, too,

will also spread our wings.


Much love,

Tricia Dudley Doran

obit  CataniRichard F. Catani

Richard Francis Catani, 86, of Newport died peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

He was born in Athol, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1928.

He was the son of the late Ricardo Catani and Marguerite (Diricco) Catani. He was a brother to seven siblings, and was the oldest son.

He resided in Newport for the last 45 years.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was a Seabee and Iron Man serving on the USS Rupertas and he completed his service with seven months in Normandy, France. After an honorable discharge, he served as an operations engineer and became an established welder and Journeyman’s pipefitter in the U.S. Plumbers and Pipefitters, covering throughout the United States and Canada. He contributed to significant projects, including work at IBM, nuclear power plants, and the construction of all of Interstate 91 from start to finish. He and his son, David, were lucky to have worked alongside each other for several years.

Mr. Catani enjoyed more than 20 years of retirement. Some of his greatest passions were enjoying nature, living on Lake Memphremagog, fishing, boating, skiing, golfing, gardening, reading, traveling, photography, and doing puzzles. He was an avid sports fan and he especially loved the Red Sox. He also enjoyed politics and playing Power Ball.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He extended a kindness and touched so many lives along his way.

He is survived by his brother Frank Catani of Kingston, Massachusetts; his sister Sandra Catani of Framingham, Massachusetts. He was the beloved father of Peggy Catani Rea, and son-in-law Salvatore Rea, of Doylestown Pennsylvania, Therese Catani-Brock of Plainville, Massachusetts, and David S. Catani of Atlanta, Georgia. Surviving grandchildren include Jennifer Pecor and Katlyn Santoro of Doylestown, Christopher Catani and Zachary Brock of Attleboro, Massachusetts, Stephen Catani of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Crystal Catani of Phoenix, Arizona; and by his great-grandson Benjamin Santoro of Doylestown. He is also survived by the mother of his children, former wife, Carol Catani Thebarge of Charlestown, New Hampshire. He is survived by his lifetime companion, Bernice Campbell, and by her children: Peter Campbell, and Sheila Taylor, David Campbell, and Nancy Baker, Bob and Joan Green, David and Janice Urie, Jim and Kim Campbell, and Bart and Karen Bacon, all of Newport; and by several grandchildren.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Joseph Catani, Gloria Carbone, Marguerite Carbone, Anita Seaman, and Marion Ablondi; his daughter Victoria Marie Catani; his granddaughter Tara Rae Keefe; and by Tyler Green, son of Bob and Joan Green.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

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obit ChurchillStanwood Bray Churchill

Stanwood Bray Churchill, DVM, of Orleans died on June 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, the son of Florence (Bray) and Benjamin S. Churchill.

He grew up in Whitefield, helping his parents run The Churchill Inn. After graduating high school, he attended Dartmouth College for a semester before enlisting in the Air Force during World War II. After serving two enlistments, one of which included being a member of the 691st Army Air Force Band, he returned home to finish his history degree from Dartmouth College.

On September 7, 1950, he married his sweetheart, Eleanor Hunt.

He attended the University of New Hampshire and then applied for admission to veterinary school at Cornell University, and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1957. Upon graduation, he and his wife moved to the Northeast Kingdom to set up his practice and raise their sons.

Mr. Churchill treated both large and small animals in his practice, which covered four counties, two states, and the occasional excursion into Quebec. In 1987, he downsized and began treating small animals only. Due to hi-tech regulations he chose retirement over computerization in 2012. During these years he also acquired many hobbies, which included disappearing overnight in 1960 and returning home with his first standard bred racehorse, Addison Hanover. For the next 36 years he bred, raised, raced and drove his beloved standard breeds from New York to Maine and Canada at the fairs and raceways. He and his childhood friend, John Simons Jr., went into partnership creating Vermont Farms, a business that owned two dairy farms — one in Brownington and one in Barton.

In addition to his full-time practice, horses, family, and friendships, he found time to be a chairman of the Lake Region Union School Board during its inception, a director of the Howard Bank, a stockholder and director of the Orleans County Fair, a longstanding member of the square dance club, North Country Swingers, a Mason, a member of the American Legion Post #23, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Orleans Federated Church.

A creature of habit, he could be found every day having his morning cup of coffee around town and reading his newspapers in order to be up-to-date on the standings of his cherished New England sports teams. He frequented the local library and he rarely missed listening or watching his sports teams play. He looked forward to Sunday breakfast with his family and enjoyed all family gatherings. His kindness and dry sense of humor will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his family: Benjamin S. Churchill of Barton, George S. Churchill and his wife, Robyn, of Barton, and Terese Churchill of Barton; his grandchildren: George and Maggie Churchill of Alaska; and by his close friends: Maurice and Polly Bouchard, Amy Curtis, the Simons family including John, Dave, Kim and Bill, and Kim Brooks and Steve Vance.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Hunt Churchill; and by his parents, Florence and Benjamin Churchill.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., at the Orleans Federated Church, with a private interment to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital in Newport, or to the Orleans County Fair Association Harness Racing Program, to help sustain harness racing.

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obit ferlazoElizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo

Elizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo of Barton died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from a stroke.

She was born on August 23, 1963, in Concord, New Hampshire, daughter of Robert and Dariel (Smart) Morris of White River Junction. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1981.

She worked for several years in the hospitality business including the Lake Morey Resort and Rhapsody, a family establishment in Bradford.

Shortly after moving to the Northeast Kingdom, she started a 12-year career with the Northeast Kingdom Human Resources. The most recent years she has worked as an independent homecare provider.

Her greatest joys were her two sons, Grant and Clint, and her husband, Bob. She loved to entertain and would spend hours selecting special recipes, shopping and preparing meals to be enjoyed by family and friends. She loved summers on Crystal Lake and the festivities of the season.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Ferlazo, of Barton; her two sons: Grant Peyronel, petty officer third class, stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, and his wife, Danielle, and Clinton Peyronel, who is studying for a degree in fitness training and also living in Jacksonville; a sister, Bobbie, and her husband, Paul, of Woodbury; and by a brother, Michael, and his wife, Cynthia, of Quechee and their children: Jenny and Mike Jr.

She was predeceased by her mother Dariel and her brother Blake.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Barton Memorial Building, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Georgette Hackett

Georgette (Patient) Hackett died in the early morning hours of June 10, 2014, after a long illness.

Born on April 6, 1928, in St. Elie d’Orford, Quebec, she was the oldest daughter of a large French-Canadian family. As was the custom in those days, oftentimes the eldest stayed home to help care for siblings. She left school in the third grade to help her mother, who was blind, becoming a caregiver at an early age. She was proud that despite little formal education, her resourcefulness and desire to learn enabled her to read and write not only in French, but later also in English. Her level of competence was even more special for her because she was self-taught. You could often hear her say, “Not bad for someone who didn’t make it through third grade!”

She went on to marry Raymond Richard. They lived in border towns for several years, until moving to Orleans in 1958. He predeceased her in 1964 at the young age of 40, leaving her with three children to care for on her own. These children and their families survive her: Rejean and his wife, Francoise, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Marie Flood and her husband, Larry, of Lyndon, and Gilles, and his wife, Kim, of Lyndonville. This family provided her with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all who gave her great pleasure and of whom she was most proud: Karine Wilcox, and her daughter, Ashley; Melanie Richard; Shelly Noyes and her husband, Ryan, and their children: Delaney and Lucas; Jason Flood, and his wife, Sarah, and their children: Kaleah and Rowen, with another daughter expected on September 26, 2014; and Raymond Richard and his wife, Hannah, and their son, Tucker.

Later in life, she married Earl “Buck” Hackett, who predeceased her in 2011. After his retirement, they traveled to warmer parts of this country in the winters and returned to Vermont for the summers. They enjoyed their travels and the new friends they made along the way, many of whom still keep in touch to this day.

She was predeceased by all of her siblings with the exception of one sister, Marthe Filion, who resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention, who were very fond of “ma tante Georgette.” Many weekends were spent with extended family, forming a tight bond that is difficult to replicate today.

She was a very outgoing person who loved to socialize and entertain. She was strong-willed and determined. These traits served her well, but often frustrated those around her. These strengths, however, enabled her to navigate her oftentimes arduous life with the courage and strength she needed to push forward. Bingo and card games were her passion and these games helped keep her mind sharp until the end of her days.

At her request, there will be no services. We ask that you remember her with your prayers and fond memories; perhaps a particular event will cross your mind that will bring a smile to your face. Anyone wishing to make contributions in her memory could forward them to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, Attention Hospice, Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

obit johnsonDavid D. Johnson

David D. Johnson, 73, of Newport died on June 8, 2014, surrounded by his family, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on September 4, 1940, in Hardwick, to Donald and Dorothy (Spaulding) Johnson.

On June 26, 1982, he married Constance Cook, who survives him.

He worked at IBM for 27 years in the microchip division as an engineer tech. More recently he was custodian for Craftsbury School and the United Church of Newport. He was in the National Guard for 17 years.

He loved the Red Sox and enjoyed watching the various members of his family as they grew up and participated in many different activities. He and his wife made several trips to the coast of Maine. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Orleans-Essex Sports Hall Of Fame. He loved being with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Connie Johnson of Newport; his children: Lori Somerville and her husband, Paul, of Colchester, Kevin Johnson of West Danville, Darryl Johnson and his wife, Holly, of Greensboro, Julie Lavalette and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, and Jim Slicer and his wife, Brandie, of Beebe Plain; his grandchildren: Patrick, Erin, and Emily Somerville, Kyle and Connor Johnson, Nick Allen and Sierra Johnson, Kevin, and Kaitlyn Lavalette, Christopher Hay, Ashleigh Watson, Haden Hebblethwaite, and Tristan and Katherine Slicer; his brother Douglas Johnson and his wife, Deanne; his sisters: Donna Long, and Darlene Johnson and her husband, Bruce; and by several nieces, nephews, and his cats, Molly and Mickey.

Funeral services were held on June 12, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the United Church of Craftsbury, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Roger Norbert Lamothe

Roger Norbert Lamothe, 79, of Derby died on June 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 21, 1934, in Newport to Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

On October 27, 1956, he married Joyce Galipeau, who predeceased him.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Mr. Lamothe was an executive with Travelers Insurance Co, of Hartford, Connecticut, for 30 years.

He loved spending time with good friends, caring for his family, and he was very devoted to his faith. He was loved for his generous heart and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Gregory Lamothe and his wife, Shawna, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Judith Lamothe of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Cynthia O’Laughlin and her husband, Kelly, of Simsbury; his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters: Anita Salmon of Maine, and Theresa Goulet of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers: Roland, Maurice and Rudolph.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit starrGeorge E. Starr Sr.

George E. Starr Sr., 59, of Wabash, Indiana, formerly of North Troy, died suddenly on June 7, 2014, in Largo, Indiana.

He was born on April 28, 1955, in Newport, to Rejane (Martel) Starr and Urban Starr Sr.

He attended North Country Union High School where he was a member of the ski team and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1974.

He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. His family meant a great deal to him. Although he was not near, he always kept family close to his heart. His joys in life were spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Mr. Starr was a truck driver all of his life. During the summer months he enjoyed spending time at the campground with friends and riding his motorcycle. He was loved by all, was easy to talk to and a great friend to many. From his sense of humor, to his political views, people would always enjoy his company.

To say he will be missed is an understatement — he will never be forgotten and will always be carried in the hearts of many.

He is survived by his children: George Starr Jr. and his wife, Mindy, of Derby, and Jenna Nemeth and her husband, Andy, of Charleston; his grandchildren: Brandon, Kameron, and Madison Starr, and Michael, Eva, and Waylon Nemeth; his siblings: Urban Starr Jr. and his significant other, Carol, of North Troy, Linda Alberghini and her husband, Tom, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Sally McAllister and her husband, Tom, of Florida, Jane LeBlanc and her husband, Brian, of Lakeland, Florida, and David Starr and his significant other, Claudia, of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He is also survived by a long loved member of the family, Denise Pigeon of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother Jay Starr.

Funeral services were held on June 13, in Newport. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

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Death notice 

Betty (Filby) Masson

Betty Madeline (Filby) Masson died peacefully on June 13, 2014, among family, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place at the cemetery in McAdam, New Brunswick, at a later date.


Lennie Emerson

Committal services for Lennie Emerson will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Cheryl Cornell

Burial for Cheryl Cornell is private. A gathering for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Marylou’s house on Day Street in Derby Line.

Lillian Hoyt

Graveside services for Lillian Hoyt will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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