Obituaries March 6, 2013

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Donna Bryant

Donna J. Bryant

Donna J. Bryant, 73, of Westfield died on February 26, 2013, in Newport.  She was born May 11, 1939, in Rutland, the daughter of Alice Rice.

She married Kenneth Bryant Sr., who survives her.  Mrs. Bryant enjoyed arts, crafts, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bryant Sr. of Westfield, and by her children:  Kenneth Bryant Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Warren, Sandra Bryant and Stacey Amsden, both of Shelburne.  She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Ready Funeral Home, Shelburne Road, Burlington.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

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Clair Chaffee

Clair Chaffee

Clair Albert Chaffee, 61, of Albany died March 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on November 3, 1951, in Newport, the son of the late Lee and Irma Chaffee.

He married Debra Maskell on May 1, 1970, and together they had three children:  Tammy Lynn, Todd Allen and Jennifer Lynn.  He was a self-employed logger for most of his life.  Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee also owned the Chaffee General Store in Albany for five years.  Among his hobbies, Mr. Chaffee enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, sugaring, pony pulling, and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Todd and his wife Wendy, their three children, Leah, Erin, and Eli of Essex; and his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Chad Tollmann and their daughter, Mollee, of Albany.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Thomas and his wife, Rocky, of Albany, and Sherman and his wife, Beverly, of Barre; by many nieces and nephews; and his best pal, Abby.  He was predeceased by his brother Rodney and his wife, Marie; his sister Carolyn; his infant daughter Tammy Lynn; and in-laws Nadine and Calvin Maskell.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Martha Coburn
Martha Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn, 82, died on February 24, 2013, at her home in East Greenbush, New York.

She was born in Irasburg on October 28, 1930, the youngest daughter of Henry and Antoinia (Langevin) Poutre.

She graduated from Orleans High School in the Class of 1949.  She married William T. Coburn of Rensselaer, New York.  They had two sons:  William T. Coburn Jr. and Mark Coburn.

She was a private secretary for Bordman’s LTD in Albany, New York, for many years until she retired.

She will always be remembered for her love of family.  She was one classy lady!

She is survived by her beloved son William T. of East Greenbush; and by her granddaughter Gianna Marie of East Greenbush.  She is also survived by a dear friend, Otto Berggren of Vancouver, Washington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William; their son Mark; her parents; her brothers:  Maurice, Roland and Robert Poutre; and by her sisters:  Gertrude, Yvette (Rooney), and Rachel Sylvester.

Services were held in Rensselaer on February 27.  Burial will be in the spring.

Mary Ann Darling
Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling, beloved wife, mother and friend to all, died on February 25, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends nearby.

She was born on December 19, 1946, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry, and was the youngest of nine children.  She is a 1964 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport.

She married Raymond Darling on September 29, 1967, and had one child, Nathan.

For several decades, she served her community at the Howard Bank, first in Barton, then in Orleans.  Throughout many name changes, she and the building were constants, always there, helping out those who needed it.

In her free time, she helped manage the family farm and provided a selfless example of how good a person could be.  She loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and played guitar.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Darling of Barton; her son Nathan Darling of Sacramento, California; her brother and sisters:  Leon Perry and his wife, Mary, of Brownington, Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Clarie Lyon of Brownington, and Lorestta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents Ezekiel and Cecile Perry of Brownington; her sister Blanche Cotes; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis.

Funeral services were held on March 2 in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 375, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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

Dennis R. Hayes

Dennis R. Hayes, formerly of Derby Line died on February 20, 2013, in Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center in California, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 7, 1970, to the late Daniel F. Hayes Jr. and Elaine (Demir) Hayes.  In 1977, the family moved to Derby Line where Elaine still resides.  Mr. Hayes attended Derby Line Elementary, Sacred Heart and North Country Union High School.  After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1988, he took off on a journey ending in California where he worked as a manager and bartender for over 20 years.

His children were the lights of his life and he was deeply involved in their lives.  He coached their sports teams and encouraged them to do the best they could do in everything they did.

Serious when he needed to be, he was a fun-loving free spirit who brought happiness and laughter to all who knew him.

He was a die-hard Boston fan and always wore his Red Sox cap.  He was fortunate to have had a circle of friends, many of whom attended his funeral service in Santa Monica on February 23.

He is survived by the loves of his life, his children:  Madison, Matthew and Luke.  He is also survived by his mother, Elaine; his sisters: Colleen and Nichole (Nickie) and their families; his former wife, Sarah; and his girlfriend, Christine; as well as by his aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father Daniel Hayes Jr.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Vermont.

Thomas Huntington Jones
Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones died on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Newport at the age of 82.

He was born in Montpelier on April 9, 1930, the first son of Burnham B. and Helen Barclay Jones.  He attended Montpelier schools and joined the U.S. Army in 1952, leaving with an honorable discharge in 1954, a veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business College in 1956 and began his career with the State of Vermont in 1958 with the Department of Highways.  He also held positions with the departments of taxes and employment and training, retiring in 1992 with 34 years of service.

On December 14, 1968, he married Barbara J. Lague in Montpelier.  He and his wife enjoyed many years of outdoor camping at French’s Beach and Lakeview Campground in Eden, and at Char-Bo Campground in Derby until 1984.  They had many wonderful memories from their years of camping and meeting people from all over the U.S. and Canada.

After retirement, Tom and his wife continued to enjoy riding the back roads and picnics by a quiet stream in Montgomery.  They became members of the VT 251 Club in October 1992 and over the next three years visited all 251 towns in Vermont, collecting photos and memorabilia.

Also at that time, Tom established Huntington Crafts, a woodworking hobby.  He especially enjoyed his workshop and making crafts with his scroll saw.  He loved going to craft fairs during the year and enjoyed visiting with people.  Tom was an avid bass fisherman from the early 1950s and enjoyed his boats and fishing buddy, Reg Carpenter.  He also enjoyed daily conversation over coffee with friend Bill McCarthy.  Evening campfires with Armand Belisle and Betsy Bumps were special times for him.

Tom held memberships in the American Legion Newport Post and the “Herbert B. March Social Club,” whose members met daily at Wendy’s to discuss various topics over coffee. He also volunteered with the AARP income tax service.  Tom loved his kitties, especially JJ, Sammy, Pumpkin, Teakettle, Rascal and Tuco.

Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Derby; his son, Ronald; his brother, Douglas and wife, Virginia, of Montpelier; his sisters-in-law Christina Jones and Shirley Jones; and by cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Stanley, sister Janice, and brother Carlton.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel, 37 Lake Road, Newport, on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the chapel.

Contributions may be made to: Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, Inc., 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855-9644; or to Dailey Memorial Library, in care of Barbara Whitehill, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont  05829.

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

Clarence E. Maker

Clarence E. Maker, 84, of Newport died on February 22, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 9, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Alan and Gertrude (Arland) Maker.  He married Cecile Young who predeceased him.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and he was also a truck driver.

Mr. Maker was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he attended the Meeting Place in Newport.  His hobbies included hunting and gardening.  He always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Powell of Asheville, North Carolina; his granddaughter Kayla Bernier of Asheville; his foster son Dennis Fields, state representative of Sanbornton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven with full military honors.

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

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Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville, 88, of Craftsbury died on Monday, February 25, 2013, at his home, in his favorite recliner with his wife and youngest son at his side.

He was born in East Albany on January 15, 1925, to the late Charlie Sanville and Theda (Long) Sanville.

Mr. Sanville attended Barton Academy and worked at farming from 1945 to 1955 and for the town of Albany.  He was employed at Anderson Manufacturing in Orleans for the next eight years, followed by 26 years at Ethan Allen Furniture in Orleans, until his retirement in 1990.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed his family, working around his home and grounds and assisting other more elderly neighbors with their daily chores.  For many years he was groundskeeper for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, keeping the walkways shoveled in winter, the grass mowed in summer and the general overseeing of the building and its working systems.

He married Lucille Lussier on June 16, 1945, and together they had nine children.

He is survived by Lucille, his loving wife of 67 years; eight children:  Ron and his wife, Diane, of Craftsbury, Roger and his wife, Pat, of Albany, Rick and his wife, Diane, of Essex, Rebecca of Essex, Ramona Dindo and her husband, Howard, of Chelsea, Regina Bailey and her husband, George, of Hardwick, Randy and his wife, Crystal, of Craftsbury, and Rhonda King and her husband, Greg, of Lyndonville; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ingalls of Albany; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Reginald; a brother, Sherwood; and by two sisters:  Sylvia Niles and Grace Sanville.

A funeral Mass was held on March 2 in Craftsbury Common.  Burial will take place in the spring at St. John of Cross Cemetery in East Albany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Fatima’s Ladies of the Altar Society, 85 Creek Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

Gerald Spaulding
Gerald Spaulding

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr.

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr. (Gerry), 64, died at Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, surrounded by his family on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Gerry was born on May 11, 1949, the son of Gerald and Gladys (Wylie) Spaulding.  For many years the Spauldings lived in Craftsbury and St. Johnsbury.  Gerry attended grade school in Craftsbury, then graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1966.  He graduated from Lyndon College in 1971 with a BA in English.  He was editor of the college newspaper, The Critic.

On December 24, 1971, Gerry married Mary Barnett of St. Johnsbury and, as he had been drafted into the Army, he soon left for Scoffield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii, where he was editor of Army newspaper, The Tropic Lightning.  His wife joined him a few months later upon graduating from Lyndon College.

When his tour of duty was completed, Gerry worked for Vermont Forests and Parks as a park ranger in various parks in the state.  Later he worked for the Vermont Department of Corrections until his retirement.  Gerry and Mary had two children, Jessica and Travis, who learned to love the outdoors and camping much like their Dad.

After his retirement Gerry spent two winters in Florida then resided in Wolcott.  On January 11, 2013, Gerry moved to Camus, Washington, to be with his children and grandchildren.

Gerry loved his music:  piano, guitar and harmonica, and he could multi-task with these instruments.  He always looked forward to jamming with his friends.  He loved wildlife and one might say that he was a would-be ornithologist, as he could identify birds on the wing.

Gerry was an avid gardener, woodsman, hunter, also a friend and mentor to many young people.  Most of all he loved camping with his children and grandchildren, particularly at one of his favorite places, the coast of Maine.

Survivors include:  daughter Jessica Eva Spaulding of Crested Butte, Colorada; son Travis Spaulding and his wife, Rebecca Ribidoux Spaulding; grandchildren Philomena (Mena) Eve Spaulding and William Kaiser Spaulding of Camus; sister Roberta S. Alexander and her husband, Robert M. Alexander, of Craftsbury Common.

Gerry was predeceased by his parents, his companion, Maureen Horgan, and his faithful cat, Fred.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, at the Craftsbury Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Craftsbury at 11 a.m. with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.

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