Obituaries March 25, 2015

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obit BeginJames Begin Sr.

James Begin Sr., 64, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 26, 1950, in Concord, to Ludger and Mary (Whiting) Begin. He attended school at Coventry Graded School and attended Lake Region Union High School.

He was veteran of the United States Navy. He was owner and operator of Begin’s Small Engine Repair.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, Western clothing, music, books, movies, listening to Western music, woodworking, dancing at Warner’s in Lowell, drawing, and tinkering on things he could tear apart and put back together. He also enjoyed playing cowboys with his grandson Lance.

He was a supporter of the Veterans Administration.

He is survived by his sons: James Lee Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Stowe, James Eric Begin and his wife, Jackie, of Morrisville, Jason Begin and his wife, Jennifer, of Morrisville, Christopher Begin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and James Oliver Begin Jr. of Concord; his grandchildren: Diamond Rae, Cheyenne, James Eric Jr., Tieshia, Natasha, Ethan, and Lance; his brother Dennis Begin of St. Johnsbury; and by his sister Christine Begin of Alabama.

Funeral services were held on March 19, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of James Begin Jr., P.O. Box 411, Concord, Vermont 05824.

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obit BicknellMildred Partridge Bicknell

Mildred Partridge Bicknell, 92, of Newport died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 13, 1922, in Flint, Michigan, to Arthur and Ruth (Hood) Partridge. On September 27, 1941, she married D. Stanley Bicknell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2011.

She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. She loved being around her children, and grandchildren, spending time at camp and their home in Sarasota, Florida, water skiing, and mountain climbing.

She is survived by her children: James Bicknell and his wife, Joan, of Newark, Douglas Bicknell of Seattle, Washington, Marvin Bicknell and his wife, Helen, of Franklin, Stephen Bicknell and his wife, Myrna, of Kalispell, Montana, Raymond Bicknell and his wife, Donna, of Beebe Plain, and Nancy Smith and her husband, David, of North Troy; her grandchildren: Morgan, Jericho, Kati, Anna, Erin, Luke, Bridget, Jessie, Ramon, Melody, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, Kappes, Amanda, and Thomas; 16 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers: Alan, Maurice, Lawrence, and her twin brother Max.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Irasburg. Spring interment will be in Jericho Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Attention Nancy Smith, 1 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Shirley Willis Collins

Shirley Willis Collins, 92, a native of Westfield who more recently lived in Swanton, died on March 20, 2015, at the Northwest Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born in Westfield on April 1, 1922, she was daughter of the late Ray and Helen (Taylor) Willis. She attended Westfield and Troy graded schools and Newport Center High School. On February 24, 1940, she married Elroy H. “Tom” Collins, who predeceased her on April 22, 2001.

She was a lifelong parishioner of the Westfield Congregational Church. During her 30 years living in Lowell, she was an active member of the Lowell United Church Ladies Aide Society and the Lowell Graded School PTA. After moving to Morrisville, she became a member of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime volunteer in the Copley Hospital Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two sons and their wives: Donald and Susan Collins of Swanton, with whom she made her home, and Russell and Therese Collins of Fairlee; her daughter Linda Jackman of Colchester; her grandchildren and their spouses: Stephanie and Patrick Phillips, Gary and Ammie Collins, Kristina and David Collins, Brian and Lourdes Collins, Greg and Jennifer Collins, and Tom and Sam Jackman; her great-grandchildren: Troy, Tara, McKenzie, Matthew, Alexis, Connor, Kennedy, Addison, Campbell, and Beckett Collins, as well as Kieran Phillips and Noella Jackman; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Marion Myott, Hilda and Yves Daigle, and Beverly and Everett Hisman; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Annette Willis, all of Westfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 61 years, Tom, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Willis, in 1979.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at The Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton. The Reverend Charles Purinton, interim pastor of the Saint Albans Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will take place in the spring at the Collins family lot in the Westfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 27 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mrs. Collins’ memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at www.kiddermemorialhome.com.

obit dragesetLinda G. Drageset

Linda G. Drageset, 50, died on March 13, 2015, at her home in Irasburg, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 31, 1964, to Marcel and Pauline (Ducharme) Cotnoir in Newport. She married Andrew Drageset Sr. on May 13, 2002.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She loved cooking for everyone as well. She was very artistic and had a love for drawing and refinishing furniture.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; her mother, Pauline, of Florida; her children: Angelee Peck and her companion, Alain Pion, of Albany, Amber Wright and her husband, Wade, of Barton, and Andrew Drageset Jr. of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Ashten Peck and Axel Pion of Albany; her seven siblings, which includes brothers: Donald Cotnoir and his wife, Noella, of Coventry, and Richard Cotnoir and his wife, Dinah, of Irasburg; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir of Newport, Rejeanne McBreairty and her husband, Elby, of Brattleboro, Yvette Patenaude and her husband, Norman, of Newport Center, Doris Ryan of Newport, and Denise Royer and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A gathering was held in Irasburg on March 20.

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obit FugereMathild “Tillie” V. Fugere

Mathild “Tillie” V. Fugere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1921, in Derby to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneault. On June 1, 1948, she married Louis A. Fugere, who predeceased her in 1971.

She and her husband purchased the Fox Farm on Shattuck Hill over 60 years ago. In the early years, they raised beef cattle and chickens and any variety of farm animals in which their children were interested. As the good cook and seamstress that she was, Mrs. Fugere inspired her children to learn these basic skills as well. Gardening was one of her favorite past times, and she spent many hours tending both vegetable and flower gardens. She appreciated nature, and in her later years she enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture some of its beauty through artwork. For a number of years she was active in square dancing and enjoyed the new friendships it offered.

She was a bookkeeper for the former Chittenden Bank in Newport for over 30 years. Camaraderie with work colleagues endured throughout the years and she looked forward to her get-togethers with the “girls from the bank,” which continued regularly until recent months.

During her retirement, she and her sister Zelma operated the Fox Farm as an antique and used furniture business. Together, they enjoyed wintering in Florida for a number of years. In the summer months, they spent time antiquing in Maine and New Hampshire and participating in many antique shows and flea markets throughout northern New England. Among the collections of glassware she appreciated most are the “hens and chicks on the nest.”

She was a very faith-filled woman and devotion to the church was important to her. She was a devout parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also a loving grandmother, “Memere,” to three grandchildren who will remember her well for the seemingly bottomless jar of homemade sugar cookies that greeted them upon every visit, and for grilled cheese sandwiches cut in a special way, in “little fingers.” The grandchildren will also tell you that Memere made the best doughnuts that can be found!

Her generous spirit, her unwavering devotion to her family and her faith, and her ability to live life joyfully will forever be an inspiration to those who loved her.

She is survived by her children: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, of Underhill Center, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, of Newport Center, and Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, of Hyattsville, Maryland; her grandchildren: Alissa Fedele of New Orleans, Louisiana, Genevieve Fugere and her fiancé, Stephen Hulick, of Washington, D.C., and Gavin Fugere also of Washington, D.C.; many nieces and nephews; and by her caregiver and companion, Bonnie Little.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters: Juliette in infancy, and Zelma Vigneau on February 9, 2011.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

It is the family’s wish that contributions in her memory be made to one of her favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders. Donations may be sent to the attention of Louise Mathews, P.O. Box 114, Underhill Center, Vermont 05490.

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obit GrondinCarol J. Grondin

Carol J. Grondin, 58, of Albany died suddenly on March 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 23, 1957, in Barre, to Dorothy (Hemp) Goodridge and the late Donly Goodridge Sr.

She was employed by North Country Hospital in the operating room and housekeeping department, and also at one time for the Vermont Teddy Bear company.

She enjoyed her yearly shopping with her sisters in North Conway, New Hampshire. She also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, visits at her family camp “Beahive,” and spending time with her grandchildren.

On February 14, 1976, she married Michael Grondin, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Joshua M. Grondin and his wife, Casey, of Morrisville, and Monica Grondin of Albany; her grandchildren: Katlyn, Derek, Madalyn, Abigail, and Syrus Grondin; her siblings: Jean Bezio and her husband, Charlie, of Newport, Donly Goodridge Jr. of Eden, Susan Richardson and her husband, Jim, of East Albany, Gilbert Goodridge and his wife, Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of East Albany; several nieces and nephews; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Peter Grondin, of Newport, Terry Grondin of Morgan, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Danny, of Derby Line, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Barbie Fecteau of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his wife, Tina, of Concord.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Keith Grondin.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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obit GuyetteJames C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 11, 1954, in Newport to Merrill and Lois (Dunn) Guyette.

He was employed by Tivoly Inc. in Derby Line for over 30 years.

He found the best times were visiting antique stores looking for “treasures” or shopping all the craft stores for art supplies. Family and friends were always the most important thing to him. He was so proud of his two sons, Adam and Justin.

When he was given his diagnosis in November his only thought was to spend the last time he had with his family and friends as much as he could. He couldn’t think of anything else he really wanted to do. He enjoyed art, collecting telephones, porcelain ornaments and he liked to jog. He also cared for his partner Melinda’s kids and considered them part of his family, his children and his grandchildren.

Always smiling and happy no matter how much pain and suffering he was going through in life, he was a beacon that touched many lives. He will be forever missed, our lives will never be the same without him. He was definitely one of a kind. The world lost one of the best and it certainly was not fair….

He is survived by his sons: Adam Guyette and his girlfriend, Jackie DeRoehn, of Newport, and Justin Guyette of Jay; his mother Lois Guyette of North Troy; his partner of 15 years, Melinda Wood, of Derby Line; his siblings: Dave Guyette and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center, John Guyette and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, and Carol York of Hookset, New Hampshire; the mother of his two sons, Tina Thayer, and her husband, Oscar Thayer, of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five half-brothers and -sisters and their families: Merrilyn Currier, Merrill Guyette Jr., Muriel “Mert” Dunn, Maurice “Mike” Guyette, and Mary Gagnon, all children of Ruby I. Waterman.

Funeral services were held on March 20, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HutchingsSteven Maurice Hutchings

Steven Maurice Hutchings, 61, of Orleans died on March 22, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on October 23, 1953, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to John and Mary (Doxter) Hutchings. He graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Massachusetts, in 1971.

He was a self-employed carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he loved to play the drums. He liked to be surrounded by his friends and family.

He is survived by his children: Ian Hutchings of Bakersfield, and Meghan Rith and her husband, Daravann, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Zoey and Zahra Rith; his siblings: John “Jack” Hutchings Jr. of Rutland, Massachusetts, Susan Hutchings of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Donald Hutchings of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Mary Beth Hutchings and her husband, Ed, of Lancaster, Masschusetts; his companion, Ellen Bean, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Autism Society of Vermont, P.O. Box 978, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, or at www.asvermont.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup, 68, of Burlington died on March 14, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 27, 1947, in Newport to Walter and Gladys (Burns) Waters. On March 26, 1965, she married Richard Rivard.

She was a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance Company.

Her hobbies included listening to Irish music, playing bingo, and reading.

She is survived by her children: Tracie Rivard Higgins and her husband, Andy, of Fletcher, and Kerry Rivard and his wife, Tonya, of Winooski; her grandchildren: Krystina and her husband, Nick Cheshier, and Alyssa Higgins; her great-grandchild Rylan Cheshier; her brother Wayne Waters and her sister Kathy Waters, both of Buffalo, New York; and by a special aunt, Sadie Waters, of Newport.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Spring interment will take place in Moretown.

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obit jonesMarion Louise (Worthylake) Jones

Marion Jones of Craftsbury, St. Johnsbury, and most recently of Barnet died on Monday, March 16, 2015, surrounded by her daughters. She was 96 years old.

She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1918, the second of five children born to James and Louise (Stannard) Worthylake. Her husband, Paul Stewart Jones, died in White Plains, New York, in 1981.

During World War II, she served as a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, stationed at Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, from December of 1943 to November of 1945. She is honored on the World War II memorial in Malden, Massachusetts, and the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was a longtime resident of White Plains, and an active member of the Women’s Club of White Plains. Retiring as an executive secretary at Ciba-Geigy, Inc., she moved to Rye, New Hampshire, where she volunteered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Over 55 Club, the Rye Garden Club, the Rye Art Club, and the Rye Congregational Church.

She moved to Vermont, living on Webster Street in St. Johnsbury before residing for eight years at the Craftsbury Community Care Center and later with Cindy, Matt, and Paula on Kitchel Hill in Barnet. Her final months were spent as a resident at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

She is survived by her three daughters: Meredith Jones of Albany, Paula Lawrence of Barnet, and Cynthia Spring-Burak and her husband, Matt, of Barnet; 14 grandchildren: Meredith’s six children: Kamael, John, Greta, Belle, Jean Marie, and Hannah; Paula’s daughter Samantha; Cynthia’s five children: Ezra, Lila, Jesse, Nathan, and Galen; and Matt’s two children: Heather and Kate; her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Rohan, Julia, Brody, Andrew, Sky, and a little girl on the way; Dale, Cheyenne, Zachary, and Noah; Riley, Parker, Natalie, and Baylee; and by her nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased two brothers: Ned and James Worthylake; and by two sisters: Ruth White and Louise Maines.

The family will observe their services privately.

Memorial contributions, marked in her name for the Resident Activity Fund, may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.

obit lussierBertrand L. Lussier

Bertrand L. Lussier, 87, died on Friday evening, March 20, 2015, at his home in Enosburg Falls.

He was born on May 18, 1927, at home in East Albany, son of the late Antonio and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier.

In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during World War II on the USS Manchester in the Atlantic Theater. He received his honorable discharge in 1949. Following his discharge, he worked for a brief time at General Motors in Massachusetts and then returned to Vermont where he bought and sold farms throughout the state. He also was a logger, sugar maker, heavy equipment operator, salesman, land speculator, cattle dealer, and in his earlier years he owned and managed a Ford tractor dealership in Hardwick. He was best known around the state as an auction ring man. He also built the Pine Cone Snack Bar in East Berkshire, where he also built Berkshire’s first baseball fields.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post #42 in Enosburg Falls, where he served as the post service officer and in 2014 he was honored with a plaque on the legion “Wall of Honor.”

He is survived by his children: Parma Jewett and her husband, Duane, of Montgomery, Brent Lussier and his wife, Cindy, of Enosburg Falls, Sandra Lussier of Vancouver, Washington, Suzette Draheim of Brookings, Oregon, and Terrance Lussier and his wife, Debbie, of Redman, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his companion of 35 years, Sandi Murphy, of Enosburg Falls, and her children: Matt and Luke Murphy; Sandi’s six grandchildren; his siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernard Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Beatrice Lussier of Berkshire, and Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews, including Larry and Bea’s children and their families, whom affectionately referred to Mr. Lussier as Uncle Pepe.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Laurent and Roger Lussier; and by his sisters: Marielle Stone and Lorraine Lussier.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held later this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post #42, P.O. Box 572, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450; or to Camp Ta Kum Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486.

Online condolences at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn I. Messier

Marilyn I. Messier, 73, of Newport died on March 17, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 25, 1941, in Newport to Archie and Muriel (Ward) Leithead.

She was a sander for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

Her hobbies included crocheting, fishing, visits from her grandchildren, and she enjoyed her many cats she had over the years. She was an avid Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by her children: Tina St. Onge of Arkansas, Robert Messier of Hartland, Bryan Messier and his wife, Delores, of Beebe Plain, and Mark Messier of Newport; her grandchildren: Christopher St. Onge and his wife, Christina, April Messier, Stephanie and Nicholas Messier, Natalie Birchfield and Jessie Smith, and Lucien St. Onge and his wife, Tricia; her great-grandchildren: Jesse, Jasmyne, Karson, Adam, Jeffrey, and Jacob; two great-great-grandchildren: Connor and Ethan; her siblings: John and Sylvia Ward of Newport, Bruce Leithead of Georgia, Douglas Leithead of Newport, and Lucille Hind and her husband, Jimmy, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother Pearl Leithead; and by her brothers: Edwin and Arthur.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

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obit ReynoldsGloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds

Gloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds died peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Newport, after several months of courageous battle with a rare form of disease affecting the kidneys and blood. Due to a recent fall, other complications set in.

She was born in Newport on August 10, 1940, to Floyd and Laura (Barber) Lontine.

She attended Sacred Heart High School then transferred to Newport High School, from where she graduated. She then attended Champlain College, where she obtained an associate’s degree in math. She loved to work with numbers.

She worked for Community National Bank, the Ames Department Store as assistant manager, then as executive director for the city manager of Newport, until she retired.

Her passion was her love of golf, until she suffered from a back injury. She especially liked Tiger Woods. She loved to play at the Orleans Country Club with Pat Hunt and other ladies. She then turned and devoted the rest of her life to helping veterans. She became a life member and got really involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served as president and secretary of Post #798 in Newport. She then went through the chairs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and was state president from 1994 to 1995. Then from 1998 to 2000, she was national councilwoman, covering District 2 Massachusetts and Vermont. She traveled extensively through the U.S. She was then approached by the Eastern States Conference to go through the chairs for national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), but decided not to go any farther. She has received numerous awards on the state and national levels. She later transferred her membership to the VFW Post #10038 Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans in Lyndonville. She is also a life member of Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary in Island Pond, and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #4329 in Newport. She was proud to watch her daughter Shari follow in her footsteps as she went through the chairs to be state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW department of Vermont from 2012 to 2013. She installed Shari as president and became Shari’s chief of staff during her term of office. They were the only mother and daughter to become state presidents in the department of Vermont.

Ms. Reynolds was always the life of the party and loved to sing and play her guitar. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She especially loved Mr. Reynolds, who was always with her and they always strived to make each other proud and happy. She also enjoyed her German shepherd Chermack, who was always by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Anita Rivard; her grandson Charlie Buckland Jr.; and her former husband who died in a tragic accident, Irwin Piper.

She and Mr. Piper had three children: Julie Dupree of South Carolina, Shari McAllister of Newport, and Jon Piper of North Carolina, as well as grandson Joshua McAllister of Barton.

She leaves her husband, Brad Reynolds, of Derby; four stepchildren: Mary Beth Belmore and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, Kim Reynolds of Waterbury, Connecticut, Michael Reynolds and his wife, Germane, of Mulberry, Florida, and Jacquelyn LaCasse of Hooksett, New Hampshire; and by her sister-in-law Janice Fournier and her husband, Joseph. Between them, there are nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Lyndonville VFW Auxiliary Post #10038, in care of Bonita Before, P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit RobishawBarbara M. Robishaw

Barbara M. Robishaw, 91, of Derby died peacefully on March 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on November 23, 1923, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to James and Hazel (Smith) McCormack. On July 11, 1942 she married Philip L. “JoJo” Robishaw, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Robishaw moved here in 1985 after her husband retired. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1093. She volunteered for many different causes: North Country Hospital, the Old Stone House, and she was a caregiver for Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc. She was a member of the Garden Club, and she worked many years at the Ipswich Recreation Department.

In her younger years, she enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the beach with her husband and children.

She is survived by her children: Joe L. Robishaw of Derby, and Nancy B. Simmons and her husband, Ronald, of Beverly, Massachusetts; 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard McCormack and his wife, Shirley, of New Hampshire, and James McCormack and his wife, Kay, all of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Ruth Stackhouse and Maryann Lincoln.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Burial will take place on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Ipswich. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich, on March 27.

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obit StebbinsEvelyn M. Stebbins

Evelyn M. Stebbins, 74, of Irasburg died on March 16, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 22, 1940, to Theodore and Yvonne (Tetreault) Grenier. In 1978, she married Raymond Stebbins, who predeceased her in 2002.

She loved to knit and was known for her Barbie doll clothes. She was also known by the community as “Gram.”

She was the number one fan for all of her grandchildren at all of their sports endeavors. She was especially family oriented and loved their visits and gatherings.

She liked visits from Dexter and Harley, and she loved going to the casino in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Monfette and her husband, Shayne, Cheryl St. Pierre and her husband, Bob, Priscilla Stebenne and her husband, Albert, William Lefevre and his wife, Becky, and Shane Stebbins; 17 grandchildren, three of whom she has raised as if they were her own; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Gervais and Jeanette Omaleski; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Interment will take place at a later date at the All Hallows Cemetery in Moosup, Connecticut.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit UrieElaine Alexander Urie

Elaine Alexander Urie, 87, of West Glover died on March 17, 2015, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Glover on May 24, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Stone) Alexander. She married Bernard E. Urie on December 29, 1945.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities. She greatly enjoyed children and made friends with many in West Glover and the surrounding area. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She created many quilts for people and clothing for children. She taught herself to draw and paint and to play the piano, organ, and accordion. She made baked goods including pies, which she shared with friends and neighbors at her “pie parties.” She loved giving to others.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Urie, of Barton; her daughter Kathryn Urie and her friend, Zane, of Manchester, New Hampshire; her daughter Elizabeth Bomberger and her husband, Glenn, of Hinesburg, and their daughter Annalise; her son Philip Urie and his wife, Frances, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and their children: Allyson of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, Nathanael of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Calvin of Tunkhannock; and by her son Stuart Urie and his wife, Darlene, of Tampa, Florida; her son Michael and his wife, Claudia, and their children: Barbie and Sophie of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by her friends who were family to her: Tim and Elaine Mills of Irasburg, and their daughters: Janine of Brooklyn, Sherry of New York City, Michelle of Albany, New York, Lynn of Bristol, England, and Julianne (predeceased).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard “Jake” Jacobson of South Burlington; her sister-in-law Martha Perron Alexander of Glover; and by her many nieces and nephews whose visits she enjoyed greatly.

She was predeceased by five siblings: Warren Alexander and his wife, Pearl, of Cabot, Eleanor Jacobson of South Burlington, Wayne Alexander of Glover, Rebecca Munson and her husband, Walter, of Colchester, and Richard Alexander and his wife, Lorraine, of Vernon.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Barton. Interment will take place at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the music program at the Glover Community School, 100 School Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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Death notice

Marguerite M. Warner 

Marguerite M. Warner, 94, of Lowell died on March 20, 2015, in Lowell.

A complete obituary will follow.

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