Obituaries June 22, 2016

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Moses Wilbur Allen

Moses Wilbur Allen, 87, of Island Pond died on June 16, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 13, 1928, in West Charleston. He was the son of Daniel and Susan (Gilfillan) Allen.

Mr. Allen was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He married Dorothy (Brooks) Allen on November 22, 1949.
He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion Post #80, the fire department, and president of the snowmobile club, all of Island Pond.

He sold insurance for the Modern Woodmen Insurance Company for 38 years. He loved to go hunting, fishing and camping. He always loved to be outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Allen, of Island Pond; by two sons: Robert Allen of Island Pond and Steven Allen and his wife, Connie, of Merrimack, New Hampshire; by 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

He was predeceased by his son Ronald Allen, his brother Sherman Allen, and his sister Louray Roy.

Funeral services were held on June 21. Burial followed at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Allen’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

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Bruce David Boutin

Bruce David Boutin, 78, of Burlington died on June 9, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on June 15, 1937, in Bloomfield, to Flavia and Ethel (Moody) Boutin.

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Island Pond and served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1956 to1961.

In 1963 he married Barbara Sylvester, who predeceased him.

Mr. Boutin was employed as a logger for over 30 years. He was, at one time, employed by the town of Brighton. He also worked for L&M Trucking in Nashua, New Hampshire, and at his father’s paving business.

His hobbies included planting and working in his vegetable gardening, doing puzzles, and he was a skilled hunter and trapper. He was a past member of the Teamsters Union in Bangor, Maine.

He is survived by his son Bruce David Jenkins of Fairbanks, Alaska; by his brother Donald Boutin and his sister Pamela Nordquist; by two grandchildren: Jacob and Nicholas Jenkins; and by his niece and nephew Laurel and Ed Pierpont.

Services will be held on September 26.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Joyce E. Cross

Joyce E. Cross, 83, of East Haven, died peacefully on June 15, 2016, at her home.

She was born on December 3, 1932, in Brighton, to Claude and Blanche (Stevens) Maxwell.

She graduated from Brighton High School in 1951.

On June 22, 1951, she married Wyman Alfred Cross, who predeceased her on January 24, 2002.

Mrs. Cross was a very caring and giving person. She loved music and playing her piano. She enjoyed walks and visits with family at camps at Lake Seymour every year. Her family all loved her dearly — she will be missed so much, by all. She was the bookkeeper for years for her husband’s business. She always took care of the neighbors’ children and everyone loved her.

Mrs. Cross was a member of the Vermont Association of Blind and Visually Impaired and she was also a member of the consumer advocacy board.

She is survived by her children: Claudia Giguere and her husband, Michael, of Newark, Cynthia Shook and her husband, Charles, of Yalesville, Connecticut, Veronica Olcott and her husband, Gary, of East St. Johnsbury, David Cross and his wife, Patricia, of Lyndonville, Joyce Ashman and her husband, Larry, of Morgan, and Meloday Austin and her companion, Rock Ovitt, of Island Pond; by 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers: Blaine Maxwell of Island Pond, Dwight Maxwell and his wife, Carole, of Island Pond, Robert Maxwell and his wife, Charlene, of Island Pond, Douglas Maxwell and his wife, Marilyn, of Island Pond; and by her sister June Bingham of East Charleston. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Evelyn Cross; and by her brother-in-law Alfred Cross and his wife, Carol, all of Newark.

She was predeceased by her son William Cross; her granddaughter Michelle Olcott; by her sister-in-law Barbara Maxwell; by her brother-in-law Ralph Bingham; her great-grandson Bently Layne Giguere; and a special companion Frank Zeigler.

Funeral services were held on June 20 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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Susan Field

“The object of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘Holy shit, what a ride!!!'” — Mavis Leyrer

And what a ride she had.

Susan Field, 64, of Craftsbury Common died on June 8, 2016.

In life she did things her way. She was irreverent, funny, smart, loyal, eccentric, generous, and had a moral compass that would rival that of any do-gooders amongst us. Ms. Field’s reservoir of gifts ran deep and wide. She was a talented quilter, great horse lady, an exquisite storyteller, marvelous writer, avid reader, loyal friend, and a heck of a Scrabble player.

It was best not to enter a battle of wits with her if you were unprepared. In some circles she was legendary and remained the undefeated leg wrestling champion in the Northeast Kingdom (unofficial and impromptu rounds played out on a barroom floor). Ms. Field loved every student who passed through her classroom. Viola Swamp is sure to live on in the hearts and minds of many third-graders. Ms. Field liked to be thought of as “old flinty heart,” but those of us who knew her best, knew it was a ruse.

She is survived by her daughter Lori Schneider, and her favorite, albeit only, son-in-law Tony Schneider; by her grandchildren Olivia and Anthony Schneider; by her siblings Nancy Richardson, Doug Field and Marilyn, and Bill Field and Cathy; by her niece Sara Ackermann and Jimmy; by her nephews Sterling Richardson and Kelly, Ben Field and Josie, and Aaron Field. She left behind some incredibly close friends and many acquaintances from all walks of life, as well as an adversary or two. In addition to these people, her best friend, Maya, the beautiful buckskin mare that nobody else wanted, has to adjust to life without her.

As her daughter she was my rock, my sounding board, my safe landing, and my go-to person when I needed a reality check. I can hardly speak about the connection she and Olivia shared without my heart breaking for my daughter who has lost her biggest cheerleader. Although he may not recognize it yet, Anthony Schneider is more like his Gran than he realizes. What a lucky young man.

A departure party will be held at her house on August 6. This will be a time for those whose lives were touched by her to come together to tell tall tales about her, laugh, cry and make merry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to P.E.T.S. of the Kingdom at P.O. Box 111, Derby, Vermont 05829 or Horses Home Again at 4458 Stowe Hollow Road, Stowe, Vermont 05672.

May every day be a good riding day for you now, Granny Sue.


When I am an old horsewoman

I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,

And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me

And I shall spend my Social Security on

White wine and carrots,

And sit in my alleyway of my barn

And listen to my horses breathe.


I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night

And ride the old bay gelding,

Across the moonstruck meadow

If my old bones will allow

And when people come to call, I will smile and nod

As I walk past the gardens to the barn

And show instead the flowers growing

Inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair

As if it were a jewel


And I will be an embarrassment to ALL

Who will not yet have found the peace in being free

To have a horse as a best friend

A friend who waits at midnight hour

With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes

For the kind of woman I will be

When I am old.” — by Patty Barnhart

Jean-Pierre A. Maclure

Jean-Pierre A. Maclure, 74, of Newport died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 13, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 24, 1941, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Wilbridge and Angeline Maclure.

On June 24, 1961, he married Solange Houle, who predeceased him on May 5, 2016.

Mr. Maclure was a clerk for the Red and White Grocery Store in Stanstead, Quebec. He had also been previously employed by Kerr Auto Sales, Frawley Chevrolet, and Newport Auto Body. He was a night watchman for North Country Union High School from 1999 to 2008.

Mr. Maclure enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes, playing solitaire, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. He also very much enjoyed spending time with his family and friends — he loved family gatherings, especially on Christmas Eve.

He is survived by his children: Roger Maclure of Newport, Andre Maclure of Newport, Marcel Maclure and his wife, Mary, of Coventry, Francine Maclure of Derby, and Sylvie Mathieu and her husband, Philip Sr., of Coventry. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Philip Mathieu Jr. and his wife, Brittany, Nathan Mathieu, Brandon Maclure, Nicholas Maclure, Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, and Kaylee Maclure; as well as his great-grandchildren: Evan Mathieu, Levi Mathieu, and Alexander Maclure. He is also survived by his siblings: Henri-Louis Maclure of Montreal, Quebec, Clemence Davis of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Jacqueline Maclure of Montreal, and Dennis Laviolette and his wife, Bev; and by his sisters-in-law: Marie-Laure Duquette of Stanstead, Quebec, Sue Bridges, Pauline Cota, and her husband, Gary; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his infant son Raymond Maclure; by Irene and Anatole Houle; and by his siblings: Julien Maclure, Joseph Maclure, Lucien Maclure, Roland Maclure, Paul Maclure, and Cecile Laviolette.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Edwin G. Newton

Edwin G. Newton, 67, of Newport, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mr. Newton was born on May 17, 1949, in Newport, to Clifton and Madeline (Hill) Newton.

On April 5, 1975, Mr. Newton married the love of his life, Nancy Lawson, who survives him.

Mr. Newton attended Newport High School and then enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers, hauling heavy equipment, and was stationed in Germany before being transferred to Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1971 and returned to Newport. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons on February 26, 1972.

He was a truck driver for Blue Flame Gas for 24 years. Prior to that job, he worked for Calkins Redimix for 21 years. He was an active member of the city of Newport Fire Department, and of Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons for 44 years. He loved antique trucks and tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Newton, of Newport; his children: Chuck Newton and his fiancée, Stacy Harkabus, of Derby; and Amy Newton of Newport. He is also survived by his sister Beverly Newton of Plymouth, New Hampshire; and innumerable friends.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 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, June 24, at the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, with James Merriam and Janet Wiseman officiating. A Masonic service will also be held at that time.

Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery on Coventry Station Road with full military honors.

Donations in Mr. Newton’s memory can be made to the United Church of Newport and to Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons, care of Colin Brock, 1 Sloan Street, Newport, Vermont, 05855.

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Wilfred A. Paquette

Wilfred A. Paquette, 95, died peacefully on June 15, 2016.

He was born on the family farm in Craftsbury on December 1, 1920, and died in the same house, surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late Adelard and Marie (Demers) Paquette.

Mr. Paquette purchased the farm from his father and ran a very progressive dairy and poultry operation. His was the largest chicken farm in the state of Vermont at one time.

As a young man, Mr. Paquette had many hobbies. He had a passion for flying, obtained his pilot’s license, and became part owner of an airplane. He loved to ski, was one of the earliest skiers on Mt. Mansfield, and stayed in local farmhouses along the mountain road. He loved people and talking, but most of all he loved his family.

He leaves behind his children: Carole Paquette Myjak, her husband, Bill, and their children Courtney and Mitchell of San Jose California; Lucie Paquette, her husband, David Ugalde, and their daughter Regan of Colchester; Maurice Paquette, his wife, Karen, and their children Rochelle and Maurice II of Burlington; and Marc Paquette, his wife, Penny, and their children Joshua and Caleb of Craftsbury. He also leaves behind the mother of his children, Huguette Paquette; his brother Lucien of Middlebury; and his sister Hilda Thayer of Burlington.

He was predeceased by brothers: Leonel and Ernest; and his sisters: Nelda Russ and Leda Lodi.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury on June 30.

Burial will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery, next to his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vermont Catholic Charities at or at 55 Joy Drive South, Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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