Obituaries March 20, 2013

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Dorothy May Ford Farrell
Dorothy May Ford Farrell

Dorothy May Ford Farrell

Dorothy May Ford Farrell, 92, of Shelburne died peacefully on March 6, 2013, at the Arbors in Shelburne.
She was born on February 27, 1921, in Compton, Quebec, the daughter of Willis and Gladys (Nichols) Ford. When she was six years old, she moved with her family from Canada to East Charleston. She attended Derby Academy and graduated from Brighton High School in 1939.
After graduating, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, before returning to Vermont to attend college. She graduated from Burlington Business College in 1941. For many years, she lived in Burlington and worked as a legal secretary. She was first employed by the Clark Gravel law firm. She later worked at Farrell Distributing, Burlington City Hall and the First Congregational Church.
In 1956, she married Wilbert S. Farrell and moved to Shelburne. She was a member of the Shelburne United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. She also volunteered in the Shelburne school system, helping students with reading.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Stone; her brother Albert Ford; her son Michael Farrell and his wife, Kathleen Farrell; her daughter-in-law Nancy Farrell; her son John Farrell; and by her daughter Lorraine Farrell and her husband, John Holt. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Jason Farrell, Shawn Marie Landers, Freda Farrell, Shawn Farrell, Rebecca Bergeson, Davis Holt and Amanda Holt; and by seven great-grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She also leaves two special cousins: Robert and Russell Nichols; and her dear friend of 72 years, Rebecca Kruger. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother George Ford; her sister Marion Petell; her sister Mabel Schenk; and by her son Richard Farrell.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in East Charleston.
Memorial contributions may be made to COTS or the Burlington Food Shelf.

 Rose A. Faust

Rose A. Faust, 92, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on March 5, 2013.

She was born on January 7, 1921, in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec.  She was a daughter of the late Osias and Rose (Amande) Paquette.

She retired after 20 years in food services with the DuPont Company’s Chestnut Run and Louviers sites in Wilmington.  She also cared for foster children for Catholic Charities for several years.  A member of St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, she was active with the Parish BVM Sodality and made many thousands of rosaries that were donated to the missions throughout the world.  She enjoyed her crafts, such as counted cross-stitching and many others.  In her later years, she enjoyed extensive travel to many parts of the country, as well as her yearly winter stays in Florida.

She lived in Orleans with her first husband, Herve, for a few years after their marriage.

She is survived by her daughter Angela T. Gallo and her husband, Donald, of New London, New Hampshire; and her son Paul D. Faust and his wife, Nora, of Newark, Delaware; her eight grandchildren:  Gregory, Thomas, and Robert Gallo, and Theresa Rae, and Paul, Shawn, Christopher and Keith Faust; by her 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers:  Claude Paquette of Essex Junction, and Rudolph Paquette of Florida; her sisters:  Rose Yvette Lamarre, Theresa Brunelle and Laurette Houle, all of Vermont; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands:  Herve R. Faust, who died in 1961; and Andrew L. Faust, who died in 1993.  She was also predeceased by her brothers:  Origine, Paul, and Andre Paquette; and by her sisters:  Gertrude Paquette, Gervaise L’Esperance and Bertha Turgeon.

Funeral services were held on March 8 in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Charities, 2601 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19805.

 Suzanne R. Frizzell

Suzanne R. Frizzell, 65, of Newport died on March 14, 2013, at her home, after an illness, surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 21, 1948, in St. Malachie, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Regina (Patoine) Leblond.  On October 4, 1969, she married Michael D. Frizzell who survives her.

As her last employment, she was a court docket clerk for the state of Vermont for 13 years, retiring in May 2012.

She was an avid flower gardener.  She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and St. Mary’s Church of Newport.  She was also president of the Catholic Financial Life and played an active role with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Michael D. Frizzell of Newport; by her children:  Melissa Frizzell and Angela LaPlante and her husband, Dana, all of Newport; her grandchildren:  Kaelin, and Karlee; her brother Benoit Leblond and his wife, Rosalie, of Newport; her sister Rejeanne Leblond of Derby Line; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Jacqueline O’Brien and Monique Campbell; and by three brothers:  Robert, John and Andre Leblond.

Funeral services were held on March 19 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John E. "Sonny" Matten
John E. “Sonny” Matten

 John E. “Sonny” Matten

John E. “Sonny” Matten, 77, of Newport Center died on March 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 12, 1935, in Newport Center, a son of John and Leona (Osgood) Matten.  In 1959, he married Patricia Woodard who predeceased him in 1996.

He retired as road commissioner for the town of Newport Center after many years of service.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting, listening to country music, and camping.  He also enjoyed the company of his family and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Deb Mayhew and her husband, David, of North Troy, Pete Matten and his wife, Kathy, of Barton, Doug Matten and his wife, Lynne, of Newport Center, and Allen Matten and his wife, Tina, of Newport Center.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  John and Trisha Mayhew, Joseph and Jessica Mayhew, Jason Mayhew and his companion Erica, Christle Mayhew and her companion Jamie, Jay, Melody, Teala, James, Darcy, and KayLee Mayhew, Heather Matten, Justin Matten, Michelle Matten, Andrew Matten, Abbie Matten and her companion Roland, Tabbie and her husband, Brian Jones, and Devin Matten.  He is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren; his sister Velma Bowman and her husband, Dennis; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert; his sisters:  Ramona and Thelma; his grandson Jeremie Mayhew; and by his great-granddaughter Kaylynne Matten.

There will be no services.  Spring interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Frances M. McGreevey

Frances M. McGreevey, 87, died on March 13, 2013, at her home in Derby.

She was born on February 16, 1926, in Glen Cove, New York.

In 1951, she married Charles McGreevey who predeceased her in 2001.

She was a teller at a New York bank when she was a resident of New York.

She was a past member of the Derby Homemakers.  She enjoyed playing golf, reading, knitting, crocheting, baking and trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Saratoga, New York, with her husband, and enjoyed visits with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Katherine McGreevey of Derby, Charles McGreevey and his wife, Cindy, of Newport, and Pam McGreevey of New Hampshire.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Kelli Converse and her companion, Dave McKinnon, Kristin Wright and her husband, Michael, Hazen Converse and his wife, Holly, and Heather McGreevey; her two great-grandchildren:  Austin Wright and Harlow Converse; her sister Betty Harms of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Norinne Betjennan and Audrey Gaertner, and Raymond and Edwin Waterson.

Funeral services were held on March 15 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

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

Leonard Pellerin
Leonard Pellerin

Leonard Pellerin

Leonard Pellerin, 86, died peacefully at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center on March 11, 2013.

He was born on February 21, 1927, in Portland, Maine, to Joseph and Madeline (McLaughlin) Pellerin.

He grew up in Lunenburg and graduated from high school in Lancaster, New Hampshire, in 1944.  During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in Germany.

He married Shirley Emerson of Dalton, New Hampshire, in 1947.  He leaves three children from that marriage:  Marsha Sicard and her husband, Paul, of Barton, Stephen Pellerin of St. Johnsbury, and Scott Pellerin of Buffalo, New York.

In 1969, he married Theresa Hartwell.  They lived in Florida for many years, moving to Michaud Manor in Derby Line in 2006.

Mr. Pellerin worked as a store manager for the A&P Store and he was the purchasing agent for Southeast Broach, Inc., in Florida before retiring in 1992.

He loved to watch sports, especially the Boston teams, and had been a dedicated Red Sox fan since the age of eight.  He also loved music and everyone that knew him could attest to his love of anything Sinatra.

Besides his children, Mr. Pellerin leaves four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Pellerin of California; and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Shelly Sears, in 2006; his wife Theresa in 2007; and by his sister Margaret Church in 2011.

Services were held in Barton on March 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Mr. Pellerin’s name to one of the following:  St. Paul’s School Scholarship Fund, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Alden Balch Memorial Library, P.O. Box 147, Lunenburg, Vermont 05822.

Sayles Funeral Home of St. Johnsbury is assisting the family with arrangements.

Edmond R. Renault
Edmond R. Renault

Edmond R. Renault

Edmond R. Renault, 85, of Glover died on March 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 24, 1928, in Barton, a son of Simion and Alma (Valley) Renault.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a custodian for Lake Region Union High School, where he worked for several years until his retirement.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and going to camp with his brother and cousin.  He also enjoyed going for rides, carpentry work and he loved kids.

He is survived by his sisters:  Julia St. John and Alice Demag.  He is also survived by Paul and Margaret Woodard, Willie Woodard, Linda Montague and her husband, Stephen, and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers and sister:  Albert, Roland and Sim and Blanch.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jean E. Roy

Jean E. Roy, 92, of Spencer, Massachusetts, died on March 2, 2013, at his home, after being stricken ill.

Born in Warden, Canada, he was a son of Paul and Marguerite (Dion) Roy.

He married Claire D. Houle in Irasburg, on August 22, 1953.  They lived in Irasburg when they were first married.

Mr. Roy was a carpenter for most of his life, and worked at J.S. Prunier & Sons in Worcester, Massachusetts, before retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the carpenters and laborers unions.  He was also a member of Our Lady the Rosary Church in Spencer.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Claire D. (Houle) Roy; four sons:  John M. Roy and his wife, Susan, of Spencer, Robert F. Roy of Upton, Massachusetts, Paul E. Roy and his wife, LeAnn, of Northboro, Massachusetts, and Richard J. Roy of Spencer; two daughters:  Suzanne M.R. Sriberg and her husband, David, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Ann Marie R. Croteau and her husband, Stephan, or Spencer; nine grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on March 9 in Spencer.  Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

R. Claude Seguin
R. Claude Seguin

R. Claude Seguin

Richard Claude Seguin, 97, of Morgan, formerly of Island Pond, died on March 11, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by family.

He was born on February 12, 1916, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Walter L. and Hazel (Pelow) Seguin.  He was raised in Island Pond and as a boy worked on the Stevens farm just outside of town, caring for horses, haying and delivering milk to help support his family.  As a young man, he worked as a meat cutter at Lanpher’s grocery store, also in Island Pond.

On June 28, 1939, he married Marjory Currier of Island Pond with whom he had seven children — five sons and two daughters.

He began his career with the Canadian National Railroad prior to World War II, working as a brakeman and conductor for 35 years, retiring in 1976.  During World War II, he proudly served his country in the army in the European Theater, during which time he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mr. Seguin was a member of the American Legion Post #80 and the VFW in Island Pond, a former member and past president of the Lion’s Club, a former town selectman and a former lister for the Essex County Unorganized Towns and Gores for several years.

He enjoyed 30 plus years of (winter) retirement in Florida, mainly in the DeLand area.  An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Seguin, at age 96, was still catching lake trout and salmon in Lake Seymour with his son Bob.  His skill and enthusiasm for playing cribbage were well known and he still enjoyed the game until almost the time of his passing.

Survivors include his devoted companion of several years, Edith MacDermott of DeLand, Florida; his sons:  Robert Seguin and his companion, Debbie Cameron, of Island Pond and Palm Bay, Florida, and Dana Seguin of Lebanon, New Hampshire; his daughters:  Claudia Epstein and her husband, Richard, of Morgan, and Janella Clarke and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond; two sisters:  Ruth (Seguin) Couture of Meriden, Connecticut, and Francesca (Seguin) Jodrey of Gorham, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Maria Seguin, of Forest, Ontario; a former daughter-in-law, Fernande Seguin; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years in 1998; three cherished sons:  Leon “Lee” in 2012, Bradley in 1967, and Timothy in 1965; his only brother, Walter F. Seguin, who passed away nine years ago, also on March 11; and by two sisters:  Catherine (Seguin) Philippon and Dorothy (Seguin) Dawson.

Mr. Seguin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, great-grandfather and uncle who thrived on being around family and friends, and who was adored by his children and grandchildren.  His zest for life and his ever-positive attitude undoubtedly contributed greatly to his longevity.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including his friends and wonderful caregivers at Bel-Aire.

A memorial service will be held in May, with details to be announced at a later date.

Norman Stone
Norman Stone

 Norman Stone Sr.

Norman F. Stone Sr., 62, of Concord, North Carolina, died unexpectedly on March 11, 2013; at CMC-Northeast, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on August 11, 1950, in Orleans County, son of the late Hugh Stone and Blanche (LaMonda) Stone.

He lived for many years in Wolcott before moving to Concord, North Carolina.  His home will always be in Vermont, his heart will be here with his wife and friends that he made through the many years of living and working in Vermont and North Carolina.  Previous employers include Ben LaRich of Wolcott, John Lussier of Hardwick, and Weatherboard and Roland Champlain Construction of Vermont; and Blythe Construction, Blythe Development, and Keffer Chrysler of Charlotte, North Carolina.  As a young man, he worked on several Vermont and Connecticut farms.

One of his greatest joys in life was his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia “Sue” Scercy Stone; his son Norman Stone Jr. and his wife, Connie; his stepdaughter Tammy Friend and her husband, Wayne; his stepson Chip Hawks and his wife, Chrissy; his brothers:  Dale Stone and his wife, Audrey, and Harley Stone and his wife, Cathy; his sisters:  Tammi Hodgdon, Julie Willey, Peggy Bly and her husband, Tom, and Lois Menard; his grandchildren:  Emma, Tyler, Casey, Norman III, Krystal, Chasity, HeatherLynn, Kaylea, and Hunter; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was formerly married to Linda (Guyette) Stone.  He was predeceased by two brothers:  James Stone and Hugh Stone Jr.

Please join the family for a memorial service on Saturday, March 23, at the Wolcott Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow at Moose Horn in Hardwick for people to come and eat.

Brent Watson Tatumobit tatum

Brent Watson Tatum, 56, died on March 10, 2013, at his home in Derby.

He lived in Derby and served the surrounding community as a doctor for 22 years.  He was diagnosed with metastatic sarcoma almost five years ago, continued working as his illness progressed very gradually, and retired reluctantly six months ago.  He will miss his patients, his friends, and his family as much as they all will miss him.

He was born April 17, 1956, in Washington D.C., the third son of George Liston Tatum and Martha Corinne Seaton Tatum.  He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, and started at Bowdoin College in 1974.  He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease during his first year at Bowdoin, and was treated with vigorous radiation therapy.  (This fully cured his Hodgkin’s disease, but was likely a risk factor for his sarcoma 33 years later.)  He majored in English at Bowdoin, graduated in 1978, and went on to Yale Medical School, then to Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester, New York, for his residency in internal medicine.  He began his career as a primary care internist in Newport in July 1991 with Drs. Trembly, Harris, and Primeau and in 2000, opened his own office, Border Health Center, in Derby Line.  He was joined by his wife, Dr. Miriam Tatum, and by “the world’s best staff”:  Jodi Baker, Diane Beadle, and Marie Bonneau.

While his main identity was that of a physician, he was also devoted to and sustained by his family and friends.  As a child he played in the woods surrounding his home and enjoyed summer vacations on the Chesapeake Bay with his parents, grandparents, brothers, and cousins.  He met Miriam at Bowdoin, and they married in 1980, just prior to starting their medical studies together.  Sons Steven and Owen came along ten and 12 years later, and the family was fortunate to find their “dream home” on Nelson Hill in Derby — a retired farm with woods, wildlife, open fields, and wonderful neighbors.  Mr. Tatum enjoyed the quiet of his home, but also loved visits from friends and family.  He would inspire many lively discussions and lead jeep rides, model rocket launches, and walks.  As his illness advanced, the visits moved indoors, usually around the woodstove, but were still spirited and meaningful to all.

Mr. Tatum’s parents and brothers moved to Derby Line and Orleans in recent years.  As a result, the whole family was together at the time of his father’s death in May 2012, and was with him when he died very peacefully at home.

He is survived by his mother Corinne Tatum of Derby Line; his aunt Jane Seaton Harrell of Atlantic Beach, Florida; his brother Jesse Tatum of Derby Line; his brother and sister-in-law Liston and Donna Tatum of Orleans; his wife and sons:  Miriam, Steven and Owen Tatum of Derby; and by his niece Shanti Tatum Riordan and her husband, Patrick, and son, Connor, all of Groton, Connecticut.  Also by Miriam’s family:  Rick Blodgett and the Blodgett-Miller family in Wisconsin, the Mitchell family in Maryland, and the Pedrick family in Georgia.  Also by Tatum cousins in Texas, Harrell cousins in Florida and California, and Blodgett, Page, and Hardy cousins from Maine to California.

More has been written here already than he would have wished, but he would have wanted to express his great appreciation for his patients, colleagues, and co-workers.  He absolutely loved living and working in this community.

He can be remembered in any way that one finds meaningful.  A public celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Derby Elementary School on Elm Street in Derby Line.


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