Obituaries March 8, 2017

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Patricia Anne May Barger

Patricia Anne May Barger, 81, died at Aegis Assisted Living Community of Queen Anne in Seattle, Washington, on February 25, 2017, after a period of declining health.

Dr. Barger was born on August 13, 1935, the oldest of Beatrice (Brown) and Ralph May’s three children, and she took her responsibilities as a big sister seriously throughout her life. Living in various parts of the Northeast Kingdom, Dr. Barger’s parents ultimately settled in Barton where she was surrounded by extended family on Telfer Hill. Her delight in candied ginger came from spending time with her Grandmother May and sneaking pieces of this special treat from her grandmother’s apron pocket as a little girl.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1953 and proudly attended the alumni banquet and reunion annually until 2016. The first woman in her family to attend college, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a degree in psychology. She continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received a master’s degree and then a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Shortly after arriving in Chicago, Ms. May was invited to dinner by an older second cousin, Bion Barger, who had heard from family that his “little country cousin” was coming to town to study. The country cousin had a big impact on the city boy and the two married in 1958. Their lifetime partnership of mutual support, challenge, and adoration continued for more than 55 years until Mr. Barger’s death in 2014 at age 90.

Dr. Barger’s early career in psychology included a position as a staff psychologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and adjunct professor of pediatrics at Northwestern Medical School. In 1965, she became an assistant professor of psychology at Loyola University, Chicago, as well as supervisor of Loyola’s Child Guidance Center, eventually becoming the center’s director.

In 1975, Dr. Barger left academics for a position in the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Over time, she became associate director for mental illnesses and then, the regional administrator for the Chicago metropolitan area managing a multi-million-dollar budget that funded mental health care for more than seven million people in the area.

After her retirement in 1987, Mr. and Dr. Barger relocated to Seattle, and settled in the Queen Anne neighborhood. All who visited them at their home there were treated to a lovely view of the Space Needle, with occasional glimpses of Mount Rainier. The move to Seattle allowed them to see much more of the extended Barger family and Dr. Barger delighted in hosting family occasions on a regular basis, including poker night and fireworks viewing on the Fourth of July.

The move to Seattle also signaled the beginning of Dr. Barger’s next career as a community volunteer. She began an association with the Queen Anne Community Center and Aquatics Program shortly after relocating, joining classes at the pool. The “pool ladies”, as they were known, welcomed her into their circle and became a tight knit group of friends in which Dr. Barger had her first experiences of being a little sister, as most of her dearest friends were older. Her spicy clam chowder became a pool potluck favorite.

Over the course of the next 25 years, Dr. Barger was involved with the community center on an almost daily basis. She spent her weeks attending or leading many activities, including exercise classes at the weight room and pool, Monday senior lunches, Tai Chi, and “Crafty Ladies”, a Thursday afternoon group which donated the efforts of their needlework to various city organizations. She served as president of the advisory council for Queen Anne Community Center and viewed the center as an essential part of the physical and emotional wellbeing of the greater community, especially for seniors. Dr. Barger was recognized in 2013 with the Fabiola Woods Inspirational Award for outstanding community service and was deeply honored and surprised by this attention. During her years of involvement with the community center, she was also famous for roping other people into her many activities and endeavors, most of whom would admit that they were better for it.

After a hospitalization in September of 2016, Dr. Barger moved into the Aegis Assisted Living Community of Queen Anne where she enjoyed several months of activities, socializing, and the opportunity to have red wine with dinner. This caring community brought a sense of involvement and connection to the last several months of her life.

In the last years of her life, she was cared for with great compassion and dignity by her loved ones, Caroline Chan, Erin Gray, and Vistie and Randy Love.

Dr. Barger is survived by her siblings: Pricilla and Walter Armstrong of Barton, and William and Susan May of Barton; and her brothers-in-law William Barger of Bellevue, Washington, and Robert Barger of Buckley, Washington. She also leaves her “surrogate daughters” Caroline Chan and Erin Gray of Seattle; niece and nephew Vistie and Randy Love of Renton, Washington; and niece Alyssa May of East Burke; in addition to nine other dear nieces and nephews and their families, in whom she delighted. Dr. and Mr. Barger had beloved friends, neighbors, and colleagues across the United States and valued these relationships deeply. Those who loved Dr. Barger knew her as an avid storyteller, a keeper of family lore, a lover of cooking and entertaining, and a committed Seattle Storm fan. There are many places and people who will feel her absence in the days to come. We know with confidence that she would tell all who remain to “Have a Lovely!”

A memorial for Dr. Barger will be held in Seattle at the Queen Anne Community Center on March 25 at 3 p.m. Loved ones and friends are warmly invited to attend. A remembrance will also be held in Vermont over the summer at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, donations in Dr. Barger’s memory can be sent to Caroline Chan, C/O Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Avenue West, Seattle, Washington 98119. Checks should be made payable to Queen Anne Community Center with “Pat Barger Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Arrangements are being handled by Butterworth Funeral Home of Seattle with online condolences available on their website.


Colleen Cloutier

Alice Colleen Cloutier, 72, of Barton, died peacefully on March 4, 2017, at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in West Glover, this amazing woman was the daughter of William John Kilby and Erma Ethel Reid.

She married her beloved husband, Ronald Cloutier, on June 12, 1965, and they were longtime residents on Glover Road, prior to their more recent relocation to their hilltop residence on Duck Pond Road in Barton.

Mrs. Cloutier had a few jobs including working at the Barton Pharmacy and Barton Graded School, and ended with her retirement at Barton Village, Inc. in 2007. She was also was the Barton Village delinquent tax collector and Barton town delinquent tax collector for almost 50 years.

She is survived be her devoted husband, Ronald; daughter Marsha Cloutier; son Michael Cloutier and his wife, Susan; granddaughter Alexandria; step-grandson Christopher Wells and his partner, Jamie Pell; step-great-grandchildren Brooke, Melanie, and Joshua; step-grandson Geromy Wells; and step-great-granddaughter Jazmin. She is also survived by her brothers, Reid Kilby and his wife, Regina, of Milton, and Dale Kilby of Barton; by half sister Carla Ticehurst and her partner, Beeb Souliere, of Brownington.

She was predeceased by her parents William John Kilby and Erma Ethel Reid; and by two half brothers: Robert and Ronald Ticehurst.

Mrs. Cloutier’s beautiful life will forever be cherished by her immediate family members, but also by all those whose lives have been enriched because of her vibrant and caring personality. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way, and she opened her home to friends and family alike, hosting many gatherings, and sharing her love with whomever she came in contact. She will be sorely missed.

Her wonderful spirit and joy will be celebrated at a Mass held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. A dinner will be held after the Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Elm Street in Barton.

Interment will take place at the Newport Center Cemetery on May 20, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Cloutier’s memory to the St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be made at


Larry F. Hosford Sr.

Larry F. Hosford Sr., 76, of East Charleston, died on February 15, 2017 in Newport.

He was born on December 19, 1940 in Newport. He was the son of Francis and Mabel (Johnson) Hosford.

He graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, and went on to attend Bentley School of Accounting in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his associate’s degree in accounting.

On October 28, 1961, he married Eva Cole who predeceased him on August 28, 2016.

Mr. Hosford loved playing poker, hunting, fishing, telling jokes, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Charleston Historical Society, the Charleston Board of Listers, and a former member of the Charleston Fire Department.

He is survived by his sons: Larry Hosford Jr. of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and his partner, Eric Jimenez, David Hosford and his partner, Sybil Phaneuf, of East Charleston, Gary Hosford and his wife, Sheryl, of Newport; his daughters Vicki Hosford of Derby Line, and Darci Potwin and her husband, Chris, of Sharon. Mr. Hosford is also survived by his grandchildren: Sarah, David, Matthew, Kristin, Megan, Calvin, Cole, Tyler, Parker, Phillip, and Ashley; and a great-grandson Mason, all of whom he loved dearly; and also by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Charlotte and Clair Dane of Morgan, Shirley Bowen of Derby, Elaine Cole and her husband, Rod Kerr, of Greensboro, Alan and Patricia Cole of Westmore, and Linda Cole of Newport; by his brother Wayne Hosford and his wife, Marlene, of Brownington; by his sister Sally Kelley; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Eva (Cole) Hosford; and by two brothers-in-law: Robert and Everett Cole.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 37 Lake Road in Newport, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. David Dizazzo officiating the service.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. up until the hour of the service. A reception will follow the service at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Hosford’s name to the Charleston Historical Society, P.O. Box 46, East Charleston, Vermont 05833, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be made at


Adrien Donat Houle

Adrien Donat Houle, 95, of Irasburg, died on February 28, after months of failing health.

He was born on December 21, 1921 in Irasburg, to Ernest and Doria Houle in the farmhouse that he lived in for most of his life.

On October 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Laurette M. Paquette at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.

Mr. Houle and his wife ran the family dairy farm and produced maple syrup in Irasburg until they sold both operations to their son Ronald and his spouse, Colette, in 1994. One of his loves was using draft horses to gather the sap in the maple orchard. Prior to buying the dairy farm from his father, Mr. Houle logged in the woods of northern New Hampshire for a couple of years. After that he ran a milk can hauling route in Orleans County while also working on the family farm. He enjoyed being outside, especially in the fall when he would hunt deer. For many years he belonged to a bowling league. Playing cards with friends and family was a passion of his. Mr. Houle had a love of numbers and was one of the town of Irasburg’s auditors for many, many years. He attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Irasburg and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children: Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernard, of Cornish, New Hampshire; Ronald Houle and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault), of Irasburg, and Denis Houle and his spouse, Laura (Boomer), of Irasburg. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Laurette, in 2015; and by his eldest son, the Reverend Wilfred Andre Houle, in 2013. He was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather to: Matthew Brasseur and his children: Noah and Keera, Johnathon Brasseur and his spouse, Heather, and their children: Hailey and Tanner, Brian Baxter and his spouse, Emily Wren, and their daughter Mary Charlotte, Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle. He is also survived by two of his seven siblings: Claire (Houle) Roy of Spencer, Massachusetts, and Donat Houle and his spouse, Gisele, of Orleans; as well as several sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two of his brothers: Wilfrid and Roger; and two of his sisters: Cecile (Houle) Robinson and Theresa (Houle) Poirier Johnson.

A Mass was held on March 6, at St. Theresa’s Church, Orleans. Burial will take place at a later date at St John Vianney’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Donations may be made to the St. John Vianney Building Fund, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be made at


Warren D. Null

Warren D. Null, 77, of Newport, died on February 28, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on August 11, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Leroy Sr. and Constance (Miller) Null.

He married Barbara Anderson, who survives him.

Mr. Null was a janitor for Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport for many years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister-in-law Pearl and her family; his mother-in-law Vanessa Knott; by several nieces and nephews; and by his special friends: Steven Zeniti and his wife, Ann, of New York, and Yvan and Marie Valliere of Stanstead, Quebec; and by many others. He was predeceased by his brother Leroy Null; and two brothers-in-law: Douglas and Cecil Anderson.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, to help defray funeral expenses.

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Jeannette Margaret (Nault) Spates

Jeannette Margaret (Nault) Spates, 84, died peacefully at her home in Derby on March 1, 2017, after a more than five-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mrs. Spates was born in Newport on May 17, 1932, to Majorie (Clark) and Vernon Nault. She was a twin and the second youngest of nine children, and was the last surviving child. Her dad died in 1964 and her mom in 1967.

She married Frank Spates Jr. on January 1, 1955, and lost her husband of 56 years in 2011. She has seen all her siblings laid to rest: brothers Raymond, Harold, Hazen, and Ernest, and her sisters Ruth, Pauline, Betty, and Frances.

Mrs. Spates leaves behind four children: Valerie Gann and her husband, Pat, of Spring City, Tennessee, Grant and his partner, Carol Brown, of Derby, Dana of Derby, and Lee and his wife, Lisa, of Derby.

She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Rachel Spates of Weston, Massachusetts, Jerimiah Ovitt of Rutland, Emily Spates and her friend, Soeren Sauer, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Sarah Spates and her husband, Chad Greenlaw, of South Berwick, Maine, Tristan Ovitt of Milton, Whitney Ovitt and her friend, Howie Lockamy, of Derby, Logan Spates of Moorsville, North Carolina, Mira Spates of Derby, and Sam Spates of Colchester and Derby.

She also leaves five great-grandchildren: Caleb Ovitt, Killie Ovitt, Cheyene Ovitt, Avalon Lockamy, and Oliver Greenlaw. She also leaves brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Spates graduated from Newport High School in 1951, was a member of the 1948-1949 Newport High School state champion basketball team, and was valedictorian of her class. She worked at True and Blanchard’s hardware store with Oscar “Robert” Thayer’s grandfather Asa Thayer, and then for the telephone company in Newport. When Mr. Spates went in the Marines and then onto UVM, she and the kids moved as needed. They lived on Summer Street in Newport with Val, Grant, and Dana until 1963, when they moved to Vernon, Connecticut. Their son Lee was born there in 1964. The family moved back to Vermont in 1970 and purchased a farm on the Beebe Plain Road in Derby. They started with Jerseys and then switched to Holsteins. Mrs. Spates missed the Jersey milk that made great whipped cream. Despite her hay fever she loved to help out with haying, refused to drive the tractor but would stack bales. When Spates Construction was formed in 1974, Mrs. Spates was the bookkeeper doing payroll, job costing, and accounts receivable and payable. She worked side by side with her husband and three sons in the business and helped it grow from a small residential company to a recognized mid-sized commercial contractor doing projects all over Vermont and northern New Hampshire. With the growth of the company came more and more demand on her, but the ever ready-to-learn student she moved with the times and went back to school at night to get computer and accounting training from adult educational services. She continued this role until her retirement from Spates Construction in the 1990s.

She and Mr. Spates enjoyed vacationing with Bill and Hilda Spates, along with Doug and Vivian Spates. When living in Connecticut and coming up for Thanksgiving at the in-laws, she and Frank Jr. enjoyed playing cards (pitch) with Frank Sr. and Eleanor Spates, along with Betty and George Durkee, and Joyce and Jay Stanwood.

She loved to take her kids go to Crystal Lake in Barton and visit with her sister Betty who lived just up the road from Pageant Park. She and Mr. Spates would also spend time on the shores of Lake Memphremagog with her sister Frances and her husband, Bob Colladay, and their two sons who spent their summers at a camp that Mr. Spates had built for them on the Bluffs. They would also visit with Barbra and Brian Bouge next door to the Colladays. Mr. and Mrs. Spates enjoyed dining out and going to sporting events with Burnie and Geneva Burke, along with Tom and Glennis Berry. She loved having the grandchildren over when Mr. Spates went to deer camp, and loved having the whole family around her at holidays. Mrs. Spates would do Christmas tree and holiday themes, and she must have accumulated over twenty boxes of ornaments and decorations that she had put together over the years.

Mrs. Spates served on the North Country Union School Board and was the chair for part of her time on the board. She loved to see any of her kids or grandchildren in any school events, from holiday concerts, football, baseball, soccer, hockey, skiing meets, track and field, plays, or dance. She cherished attending those events. She and Mr. Spates were honored by Friends of North Country Hockey for all they did for the team.

The family will hold a service and burial in the spring, Mrs. Spates favorite time of year. The time and place will be announced in the paper so friends and family can help celebrate her life.

Online condolences may be made at


David C. Yanacheak

David C. Yanacheak, 73, of Brownington, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

He was born on September 8, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Cleo and Genevieve (née Scheloske) Yanacheak. He was the first of five children who grew up on a farm in Climbing Hill, Iowa.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and accumulated lifelong memories while stationed in Thailand. In March of 1992 he married Mary Patricia Kennedy, who preceded him in death on November 9, 2015.

Mr. Yanacheak was a member of the American Legion in Orleans, the Moose Club, the VFW in Newport, and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

His lifelong vocation was as a construction power lineman. His home-away-from-home was always with his lineman buddies. He was a member the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #1249 and #104.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, music, drinks poured two fingers too tall, history, boats, reading a novel per day, dancing, and evincing his gregarious charm. He served as a dutiful caregiver to his late wife in the final years of her life, and was able to rejoin her with little delay. In the past decade, Mr. Yanacheak gained much strength and insight through Sufism. He was an avid animal lover, especially of his cats and dogs.

He is survived by his children: Jason Kennedy and his wife, Khayreyah Wahaab, of Auckland, New Zealand, Charles Yanacheak of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Marnie Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado, Michelle Yanacheak of Massena, New York, Amanda Yanacheak of Smithfield, North Carolina; and by his stepdaughter Tina DeLorme of Palm Coast, Florida; by his grandchildren: Gaby, Andrew, Ethan, Marissa, Julianna, Calvin, Harper, and Jayden. His is also survived by his siblings: Ralph Yanacheak and his wife, Carol, of Lemars, Iowa, Art Yanacheak and his wife, Diane, of St. Paul, Minnesota, Frank Yanacheak of Anthon, Iowa; Nedra Haley and her husband, Rex, of Van Buren, Arkansas; by sister-in-law Sherry Yanacheak of Sioux City, Iowa; and by many nieces and nephews. Of special mention is Mr. Yanacheak’s longtime friend Paul Loughran and his wife, Amy, of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; his daughter Rita Yanacheak; and by his brother Norman Yanacheak.

A funeral service was held on March 3 at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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