Obituaries June 27, 2018

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Joan M. Seyer

Joan M. Seyer, 84, of Newport, died on June 9, 2018, in Newport.

She was born on September 30, 1933, in Ware, Massachusetts, to William Delargy and Sophie (Latwis) Tracey. She married Roger J. Seyer, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Seyer was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Family was first and foremost in her life. Her hobbies included finishing furniture, antiquing, cooking, and baking. She was very involved with the Catholic Church and taught CCD, and helped to raise funds for the Catholic Charities Organization at her parish on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was also a member of the Trinity Parish, St Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.

Mrs. Seyer grew up in Hardwick, Massachusetts, on the family dairy farm. She and her husband later moved to Cape Cod for about ten years and then settled in Vermont, where she spent her last 30-plus years.

She is survived by her children: Maureen A. Lehouillier of Newport Center, Sheila F. Sinclaire and her husband, Bruce, of Cohasset, and Nora J. Seyer of Mansfield, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather A. Lefebvre of Milton, Graham K. Sinclaire of New York City, New York, Mollie S. Sinclaire of Cohasset, Massachusetts, and Jared P. Lehouillier of Newport Center; by her siblings: Helen (Babe) Bessette of Ware, Massachusetts, John Delargy and his wife, Peggy, of Ware, William Tracey and his wife, Linda, of Texas, and Norene Whiteley of Stafford Spring, Connecticut; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roger J. Seyer; her sister Ann Comstock; her brother-in-law Ernest Bessette; and her sons-in-law Paul Lehouillier and Scott Powers.

Funeral services were held on June 15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Barre, Massachusetts, where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Barre. Charbonneau Funeral Home in Ware is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Seyer was a cancer survivor from many years ago. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center-North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, 05819.

Online condolences are welcome at curtis-britch.com.

 

Kim Susan Reynolds

Kim Susan Reynolds, 59, of Waterbury Center died on June 19, 2018, in Waterbury Center.

She was born on October 18, 1958, in Newport to Bradley Reynolds and Arlene (Worth) Reynolds.

She is survived by her father, Bradley Reynolds, of Newport; by her mother, Arlene “Mona” Reynolds, of Island Pond; her brother Michael Reynolds and his wife, Germaine, of Georgia; her sisters: Mary Beth Belmore and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, and Jacqueline Lacasse of Hookset, New Hampshire.  She is also survived by her aunt Janice Fournier and her husband, Joseph; great-aunt Pauline Guay of Island Pond; aunt and uncle Carolann and Dwight Maxwell of Island Pond, and Donald and Marion Worth of Island Pond; Shri Parenteau, and by numerous cousins.

Also a special thank you to Judy and David Roseland, who took care of Mrs. Reynolds for several years, and to Rebecca Miracle of mental health services for guidance and support over the years.

Her pastimes were listening to music and going for car rides.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc, 50 Grandview Drive, Barre, 05641.

Online condolences are welcome at curtis-britch.com.

 

Christine K. O’Gorman

Christine K. O’Gorman, 51, of Malden, Massachusetts, formerly of Rutland, died at her residence on June 14, 2018.

Ms. O’Gorman was born on October 18, 1966, in Topeka, Kansas, to Raymond and Sharon (Hough) Killam. Due to the nature of her father’s business, her family had lived in Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, and Nebraska. She graduated high school from Randolph, New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from the American University in Washington, D.C., and her master’s in public administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She married James O’Gorman in 1991.

Ms. O’Gorman had been employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in Washington, D.C., CONRAIL in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the town of Wallingford, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rutland, and most recently with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Rutland; her son Austin of Burlington; by her parents, Raymond and Sharon Killam, of Overland Park, Kansas; her brother Michael (Brad) Killam of Chicago, Illinois; her sister, Sarah Stephens and her husband, Michael, of Seattle, Washington; a niece; three nephews; a great-niece; and a great-nephew.

Ms. O’Gorman was predeceased by both maternal and paternal grandparents; a brother-in-law; a niece; and a nephew. She also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Catherine O’Gorman Kinney, and mother-in-law, Muriel O’Gorman.

Ms. O’Gorman enjoyed cooking, music, needlepoint, running marathons, history and constitutional law, and debating with her father on numerous subjects. She served as the chairwoman of the Friends of Belair Estate in Bowie, Maryland, helping to oversee the renovation of a colonial Georgian mansion.

There are no calling hours. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family in Topeka, Rutland, and Island Pond. Notices will be listed in the respective local papers with those dates and times. A committal service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Lakeside Cemetery on Pleasant Street in Island

Pond. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, 05763, and the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, 2 Rescue Road, High Falls, New York 12440.

 

Cynthia MacDonald

Cynthia MacDonald, 86, of Montpelier, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on June 19, 2018.

She was born to Joan Cynthia Stafford on April 13, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dwight and Pauline (Parlin) Stafford, and soon moved to Montpelier where she would live most of her life.

As a child she liked to roller skate, sing, and dance. She would also visit her grandparents in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where she would swim, boat, and fish. Mrs. MacDonald graduated from Montpelier High School in 1950, and the University of Vermont, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi, in 1954. She married the love of her life, Wallace “Mac” MacDonald, on August 13, 1954. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Kingston, Rhode Island, and then to Nyack, New York, before moving back to Montpelier in 1970. Along the way, they started a family and made lifelong friendships.

She held various professional positions throughout her life, most notably as the administrative assistant to the dean of students at Vermont College for 22 years. Remaining close to her and her husband’s family roots, they spent time in the summer months in Island Pond at his family’s farm for most of their married life. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald traveled extensively in Europe and North America.

In addition to being a loving wife and mother, wherever she lived Mrs. MacDonald was a very active volunteer for the churches she attended. Later in her life, she volunteered at Central Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont State House. Throughout her life, she cultivated and maintained many friendships both locally and around the country.

In addition to her husband of more than 63 years, she is survived by her son Bruce; his wife, Karen; and her grandson, Asa, of Warren.

She was predeceased by a son, Douglas Moore MacDonald.

A memorial service was held on June 23 at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Mrs. MacDonald’s name to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice or the Central Vermont Humane Society.

 

David Christopher “Chris” Galloway

 David Christopher “Chris” Galloway, 74, died suddenly on June 11, 2018, in Towson, Maryland.

Mr. Galloway was born November 2, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the age of three, the family moved to Towson, where Mr. Galloway grew up and lived most of his life.

He graduated from Towson High School and attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Mr. Galloway vacationed every summer in West Glover, where the family became some of the early “summer people,” buying an old farmhouse in 1949 near the Andersonville Cemetery.

He loved Vermont and his friends in the neighborhood.

He worked throughout his life in several sales positions, but was happiest when he could work at a job where he could drive. He loved his cars and often remembered life events based on the car he was driving at the time.

It was important to Mr. Galloway to take care of others, and he would share anything he had if he thought someone needed it. After he retired, he befriended several elderly people whom he continued to drive places and care for throughout the remainder of their lives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Wilson Galloway.

He is survived by his 99-year-old mother, Sarah Galloway Larrabee; two sisters: Grace Galloway Randle and Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Galloway; two nephews: Shaun Michael Randle, and his wife, Emily, Tim Scott Randle and his wife, Judith; two nieces, Sarah Ann Randle and her husband, Ernesto Villarreal, and Rebekah Randle; and three great-nieces: Grace, Alice, and Joyce.

Contributions may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center in honor of his mother.

 

Pauline Anita Choquette

Pauline Anita Choquette, 80, of Derby Line, died on June 20, 2018, at her home.

She was born on August 28, 1937, in North Troy to Leo and Gracia (Beaulieu) Choquette.  On December 30, 1957, she married Oliver Choquette, who predeceased her on April 1, 1987.

Mr. and Mrs. Choquette owned and operated a dairy farm in Westfield from 1959 to 1977.  After selling the farm, they purchased the Top of the Hills Motel in 1978, which was sold in 1988.

She loved gardening, selling her vegetables at the farmers market, and ice fishing.  She also loved watching the birds around the house.

She is survived by her children: Gerard Choquette and his wife, Diane, Michael Choquette and Marcel Choquette.  She is also survived by her grandchildren: Mary Anne, Renee, Andrew, Daniel, Peter, Alyssa, Nicholas, Jessica, Desiree, and Dylan; five great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Richard Choquette and his wife, Darlene, and Lucille Cadieux; by her sisters-in-law: Gloria Choquette and Rita Choquette; and by several close friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandson Jeremy Choquette; by her brothers: Roger and Omer Choquette; and by her brother-in-law Robert Cadieux.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy where a Mass will be celebrated.

Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences are welcome at curtis-britch.com.

 

James R. Calkins

James Roy Calkins, 89, died peacefully at his home at White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, on June 13, 2018.

Born on January 3, 1929, in Cohoes, New York, he was the son of Harry A. Calkins and Beatrice Roy Calkins. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1950, with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 1950 and earned his master’s degree, also from MIT, in 1951. At MIT, he raced sailboats on the Charles River and sang in the glee club. After graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania for a job with Sun Oil Company, where he worked for 41 years, first as a chemical engineer at the refinery in Marcus Hook and then transitioning into software development in Philadelphia in the early days of computers. He retired from Sun Oil in 1992.

Mr. Calkins and his wife, Barbara (Lukens), were married at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania in 1957 and lived in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, for 45 years, where they raised their three children. They moved to White Horse Village in 2003. Some of his favorite activities at White Horse were singing in the Village Singers and helping other residents with their computer problems.

Mr. Calkins was an Eagle Scout, and when he moved to Swarthmore after college, he served as assistant scoutmaster and merit badge counselor for many years. He carried the values he learned in scouts, particularly integrity, honesty, and service to others throughout his life.

A member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church since the 1950s, he served as a deacon and ushered at services for more than 40 years. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening at the church with H.O.E., or Holy Order of Environmentalists, and also volunteered at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.

He loved outdoor sports, particularly downhill and cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and sailing, and passed that love onto his children and grandchildren. As a young man, he competed in whitewater canoeing races. He was a life member of the Buck Ridge Ski Club, serving as reservations chair for the Buck Ridge Lodge in West Dover for decades, and spent many wonderful vacations there skiing with family and friends. He continued skiing into his seventies.

After his retirement in 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Calkins enjoyed spending summers at their cabin on Lake Willoughby. He was a member of the Westmore Association, where he was active for many years on the trail committee, helping to maintain the hiking trails on the five mountains surrounding the lake.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Barbara (Lukens); his three children: Robin C. Hipple and her husband, James, of Oakford, Pennsylvania, Thomas R. Calkins and his wife, Suzann, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and Charles H. Calkins and his wife, Hyun-Young Park, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts; five grandchildren: Benjamin R. Hipple, Christopher J. Hipple and his wife, Ida Li, Samuel J. Calkins, Olivia Park Calkins, and Anna Park Calkins; and a niece and nephew, James and Debra Egloff.

He was predeceased by his brother, Donald L. Calkins.

He will be remembered for his quiet strength and patience, his ability to come up with a clever comment at just the right time, and the kindness and respect he showed to all.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 23, at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Interment was held at the Memorial Garden at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmore Association, P.O. Box 143,
Orleans, 05860-0143.

 

Margaret Mary Henn

A memorial service for Margaret Mary Henn, who died on February 2, 2018, will be held on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. in the family lot in St. Ignatius Cemetery on Route 100 in Lowell. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 7, at the Eden Recreation Area starting at 1 p.m. at the Henn Annual Pig Roast. The family invites people to share memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Thomas Kendall

Committal services for Thomas Kendall lV will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverand Timothy Naples officiating.

 

Bruce Porter

A celebration of the life of Bruce Porter will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.  Burial will follow in Derby Line Cemetery.

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