Obituaries March 30, 2016

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Cecile C. Arel-Smithobit-Arel-Smith

Cecile C. Arel-Smith, 74, of Newport died on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

She was born on August 30, 1941, to Eddie and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.

She was a stay-at-home mom who loved kids and especially loved taking care of the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made lovely quilts for them when they were born.

She somehow found time to enjoy reading, cooking, and listening to music.

She and her first husband, Albert Arel, whom she married in 1958 and who predeceased her in 1986, made a few trips to California.

In August of 2000, she married Wallace Smith, who also predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Lorraine Lyon and her husband, John, Clovis Arel and his wife, Debbie, Louise Roy and her husband, Raymond, Maryann Tetreault and her husband, Willy, and Christine Barrup and her husband, Rod; 16 grandchildren and their families; and by 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Donald Coderre; her sisters: Gisele Damon, and Estelle Wheeler and her husband, Alfred; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two infant sons; two great-grandsons; five brothers: Lucian, Marcel, Gaetan, Eugene, and Raymond; her sisters: Rita Coderre, Jeannette Geraw, and Desneiges Geraw; and by her son-in-law Leo Ducharme.

Funeral services were held on March 23 in Newport. Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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

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obit-DupuisIrene (Tremblay) Dupuis

Irene (Tremblay) Dupuis died at her home on March 24, 2016.

She was born to Honore and Louise (Girardin) Tremblay on May 26, 1918, in St. Hedwidge, Quebec. She married, in 1944, to Sylvio Dupuis, her predeceased her in 2002.

She was a strong Catholic and a woman of deep faith.

Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, scrapbooking, and she had a green thumb. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and cooking for them all.

She is survived by three children: Pierre of Island Pond, Madeline Molinari and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, and Mike and his wife, Willa Mae, of Maryland; four grandchildren: Danielle, Derrick, Christopher, and Logan; two step-grandchildren: Julio and Julie; and by two great-grandchildren: Kaleigh and Blake.

She was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 30, at 2 p.m., at the St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond.

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obit-HenleyGrace Henley

Grace Henley died peacefully on March 18, 2016, in Newport.

She was also a long-time resident of Stoneham, Massachusetts, and Mariposa, California.

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 14, 1926, to Michael and Nellie Henley, who predeceased her.

After graduating from high school, she went on to business college and took professional singing lessons.

Her favorite pastime was music, singing, and playing the piano and organ. She also enjoyed traveling the country, visiting her family and friends. She was an active member of the Mariposa Seventh-day Adventist Church, playing the organ and singing until 2013. In March of 2013 she moved from California to Vermont to be closer to her daughter Judy. Her faith has been a constant in her life, and also her devotion to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her children: David Gregory and his wife, Donna, of Arizona, Kathy Quimby and her husband, Roland, of Green Valley, Arizona, daughter-in-law Gabriele Bauer McCrillis of Munich, Germany, John McCrillis of Washington, D.C., Elissa Johl of Arizona, Judy Costin and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and her former husband Ray Ruggles of California; her grandchildren: Lisa and John Graham of Indiana, Thomas McCrillis of Munich, Steven McCrillis of New Mexico, Shannon and Sean of Massachusetts, Sheila and her husband, Travis Coleman, of Washington State, Patrick Costin, Angelica Costin, William Costin, and Kari Costin of Derby; her great-grandchildren: Felicia, Matthew, and Elizabeth Graham of Indiana, Kaitlyn Greiner, Kaylana Fournier, and Janessa Costin of Newport, and Travis, Jackson, and Parker Coleman of Washington State.

She was predeceased by her long-time partner, George, of Mariposa; her former husbands: Wayne Gregory and Harry McCrillis; her son Thomas V. McCrillis; her grandson David Wood; her infant brother Ellis Henley; and by her sisters: Ruth Henley and Sylvia Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Seventh-day Adventist Church, P.O. Box 1043, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-hillRonald A. Hill

Ronald A. Hill, 57, died after a long battle with cancer on February 12, 2016, at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in Florida.

He was born on March 3, 1958, to Robert L. Hill and B. Elaine Hill.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for eight years as a young man. Following the military, he found his passion for truck driving in his home state of Vermont for Merrill Trucking and Varney Trucking. After leaving Vermont, he headed down south to sunny Florida, where he devoted 25 years to Goodyear and Martino as a tire technician.

Mr. Hill enjoyed quiet time alone where he could spend the day in the wilderness fishing or hunting. Some days he would find peace just being at home tinkering on small, intricate things he liked to construct.

He is survived by his mother, B. Elaine Hill; his brother James R. Hill; and his sister Susan J. Cotnoir.

He was predeceased by his father, Robert L. Hill; and his brother-in-law Pierre H. Cotnoir.

Spring interment will be in the Derby Center Cemetery.

obit-Judd-1Carol “Anita” Judd

Carol “Anita” Judd, 83, of Windsor died on March 24, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on December 12, 1932, in Marlington, Quebec, to Arthur and Mavis (Bullock) Soutiere.

She enjoyed horses, painting, and drawing when the children were younger. She played the accordion, piano, and spoons and looked forward to musical get-togethers with friends and family. She enjoyed antiquing, visiting flea markets, and traveling to the Southwest. She liked knitting, crocheting for her children and grandchildren, and she was active in her church with crafts, knitted items, and food sales. As an avid gardener, she always had robust vegetable and flower gardens.

She is survived by her children: Scott Judd and his wife, Debbie, of Grafton, New Hampshire, Kevin Judd of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Carol Griffin of Havelock, North Carolina, and Colin Judd of Sharon; her grandchildren: Aleah, Rease, Hunter, Jessica, Kylee, Cody, and Morgan; and by her great-grandchildren: Connor and Trevor.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Warren Soutiere, Donald Soutiere, Ruth Matheny, Audrey Parrish, and Jeanne Spainhour.

A private graveside service will be held at the Marlington Cemetery in Quebec.

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obit-lucierNorman Eldon Lucier

Norman Eldon Lucier, 88, died on Friday, March 25, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on July 4, 1927, in Jay, the son of the late Eldon and Wilma (Leavitt) Lucier.

He was a longtime resident of Richford and for the past eight years he made his home with his son and daughter-in-law in Newport Center.

He was a 1945 graduate of North Troy High School and entered in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #12 of Richford and the Lincoln Lodge #78 Free and Accepted Masons of Enosburg Falls.

He had a long career as a field man for HP Hood and Agrimark, retiring in 1991.

He enjoyed watching baseball, golfing, going for walks, and cross-country skiing.

He is survived by his son Rodney Lucier and his wife, Valerie, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Michael Lucier of Newport Center, and Heather Lucier of Orleans; his brother Duane Lucier and his wife, Frances, of Jay; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Peters, of Dixville, Quebec, Canada; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Pauline (Gledhill) Lucier, on August 31, 2011.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and he will be interred in the North Troy Cemetery in a private family ceremony. There will be no visiting hours.

For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Meals on Wheels program, Cornucopia, 125 Main Street, #3, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to Mr. Lucier’s family through

obit-Major-1Leo Paul Major

Leo Paul Major, 79, a faithful follower of Christ, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He was surrounded by his loving family as his valiant battle with cancer finally came to an end.

He was born on June 26, 1936, in Dixville, Quebec, Canada, the fifth of nine siblings of Henry Major and Fabiola Mailhot Major.

With his family, Mr. Major immigrated to the United States via Norton in November of 1944. He was automatically an American citizen by birth abroad of a U.S. citizen parent, his mother who was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. The family moved to a small dairy farm at the foot of Bald Mountain in East Charleston.

He attended a small one-room schoolhouse, Buck School, in East Charleston. After graduation, he attended St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond, graduating Valedictorian of his class.

He then attended Lyndon State College, graduating with a degree in education.

His siblings include Marcel, Raymond, and Gilbert, who are all deceased. All living are Jeannine Gratton and her husband, Rudy, of West Charleston, Andrew Major and his wife, Lois, of Derby, and John and his wife, Donna, of Hickory, North Carolina. Two died in infancy.

He also has three sisters-in-law: Gerry Major of Amherst, New Hampshire, Alice Major of Island Pond, and Betty Major of Newport.

On September 5, 1959, he married the love of his life, Norma, who predeceased him on September 18, 2015.

After graduation, he began his teaching career at Lowell school. He then transferred to North Country Union Junior High School, where he taught for over 35 years. His love of teaching and caring nature let him touch and influence so many young people, a gift he treasured.

He also worked at Montgomery Wards, Northeast Canoe, Slalom Skiwear and for the Vermont State Highway Department.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and a member of the Elks Club in Derby. He was very dedicated to Sacred Heart School and was a member of the board for many years. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he served as lector and usher.

He truly was the best dad that anyone could ask for. His love and strength he gave his children will live forever in their broken hearts. The children, who were blessed to call him Dad, are Penny Wood and her husband, John, of Stratham, New Hampshire, Linda Curtis and her husband, Clark, of Newport, Christine Smith and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Deb Prue and her husband, Bill, of Newport. God’s blessing continued in his life with the addition of his grandchildren, who so lovingly called him Bumpa: Geoffrey Wood and his wife, Christina, of Dover, New Hampshire, Michael Wood and his companion, Jen, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Laura Mullen and her husband, Brendan, of Kensington, New Hampshire, Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, Spencer Curtis of Newport, Faith Curtis of Newport, Molly Smith of Newport, Bud Prue and his companion, Courtney, of Waterville, Maine, Taylor Prue and his companion, Megan, of Biddeford, Maine, and Chandler Prue and his companion, Angela, of Newport. His heart was even stretched further with love for his five great-grandchildren: Connor and Jack Mullen, Nicholas and Stella Wood, and Liam Curtis. One more great-grandchild will be added to his legacy, due in August to Adam and Suzanne Curtis.

He was predeceased by his only son, Peter Paul Major; and by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Helen Smith.

It is hard to sum up Mr. Major’s life in a few short words because he was a gentle, loving man who touched so many lives with his kindness and caring. What best describes his life would be that good people always leave behind so much sorrow of love to remind us that we need to do the same.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

If friends wish to donate, they may do so to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-TwofootWyman A. Twofoot

Wyman A. Twofoot, 82, of Derby died on March 26, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 27, 1933, in Island Pond to Dennis and Helen (Holmes) Twofoot.

On July 23, 1955, he married Mary Crowe, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. During his lifetime he was a dairy farmer where he worked on his own farm and other area farms.

His hobbies included watching golf, snowmobiling, and camping with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed dancing with his wife, Mary, sitting on his front porch, and feeding the birds. He also enjoyed being home with his boys and hanging out with his dog Oreo.

He is survived by his children: Kenneth Twofoot of Derby, and Keith Twofoot and his wife, Rachel, of Brownington; his grandchildren: Greg Twofoot, Kendra Moore, Travis Twofoot and his companion, Jessica Chesney, and Melissa Cloutier and her husband, David; his great-grandchildren: Noah Twofoot, Charlotte Smith, Carly Twofoot, and Cheyenne Cloutier; his sister Vernice Payeur of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter Kathy Twofoot; a son, Kevin Twofoot, on June 2, 2006; and by his siblings: Nelson Twofoot, Ethel Twofoot, Elbertina Fortin, Sidney Twofoot, Roland Twofoot, Kenney Twofoot, Stella Sherlaw, and Dolan Twofoot.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the New Hope Bible Church, formerly the Brownington Center Church, on the Brownington Center Road (due to dirt road conditions, please access at the Center Road). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday morning with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

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obit-youngRonald Jay Young

Ronald Jay Young, 51, a son of John and Dona Young of Barton, died in Newport on February 26, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and in the gentle care of Bel-Aire staff.

He was born on April 6, 1964, in Groton, Connecticut. He served in the Army’s 10th Special Forces Group as a parachute rigger. He was extremely valued for his work in developing rigging standards and decorated for his many accomplishments, including being awarded two Army Achievement Medals, the Canadian Parachute Badge, and the M-16 Rifle Expert Badge. He loved the Army, traveling the world, and planned to make the military his lifelong career, but due to a severe injury, his career was cut short.

He did enjoy continued travels while he worked many years as a truck driver and pump operator for a concrete business. One of his most memorable jobs was working on the 1996 Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was an intelligent man, an avid reader, he always enjoyed good food, and he loved all sports. He was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Boston Red Sox, and the local sports teams on which his nephews played. In addition, he relished opportunities to be with family and friends.

He moved to Vermont to spend the last year and a half of his life with his family. His family feels very fortunate for and will always cherish this time they had with him. He will be greatly missed in the lives of numerous relatives and friends. He leaves a legacy of being an honest person, a “true gentleman,” and “a wonderful man, kind and forgiving.” He had a tremendous heart, always putting others before himself and willing to do anything for anyone.

Besides his parents, he leaves behind a sister, Vickie Young, of Derby, along with her two children, Eric Fournier and Ellyn Messier; a brother, John Young Jr., and his wife, Laurie, of Wilmore, Kentucky, along with their children, Katie and Cole; a sister, Bonnie Larose, and her husband, John, of Barton, along with their son Jacob; a sister, Shelly Lanou, and her husband, Chad, of Irasburg, along with their children, Cody and Connor; a special cousin, Michelle Hall, and her husband, Travis, of Brownington; and the family he loved as his own: Linda Bettencourt of Middletown, Connecticut, and her son Ethan Schweitzer of Newton, New Hampshire, and her daughter Kate Bailey and her husband, Peter, of Derby.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery, located on Tanguay Lane, off Route 5, between Barton and Orleans.

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