Obituaries May 18, 2016

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obit-Blair-1Maurice Joe Blair Sr.

Maurice Joe Blair Sr., of Orleans died peacefully on May 13, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 19, 1929, in Orleans, the son of Armand Noel Blair and Mary Mercier Blair. He attended school in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1949. He was an altar boy at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, and in 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in 1955.

He married Elizabeth Lapre, who predeceased him in 2006.

He was a lifelong member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23, where he served as post commander. He also joined the Orleans Fire Department when he came home from the Army. He served as first assistant chief and is still a life member.

He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and watched every game on television. After he retired one of his greatest joys was watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play baseball. He loved to play baseball in his younger years and once tried out for the Red Sox. He went to work at Butterfield’s in Derby Line when he was discharged from the Army and from there he went to Anderson Manufacturing for a while and then Ethan Allen in Orleans, where he was supervisor in the chair department. He worked there until he retired in 1995.

He loved very much helping people and giving his time to community events. He was a longtime announcer for the Lions club basketball tournaments. He also announced for various boxing and wrestling matches. He loved to organize events and was very proud to do the sesquicentennial parade in Orleans and the bicentennial celebration in Orleans. He also helped organize the Barton Fourth of July parades.

He had many close friends in the Kingdom, which he cherished. He was a charter member of the Klang Brothers. He loved flying and went up every chance he got and loved fishing on Lake Willoughby and the Barton rivers. Most of all he loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as he was very proud of them. He spent all the time with them that he could and supported them in every way possible whether it was baseball, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, or music and arts. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his children: Bob Blair and his wife, Sharon, Joann Peart, Patricia Thomas, and Bruce Blair and his partner, George Copp; his son-in-law Robert Norris; his 14 grandchildren; and by his 21 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Rosemary Norris; his son-in-law Henry Thomas Sr.; his brother and three sisters and their partners: Bertha and Dave Trucok of California, Doris and Richard Smith of Lyndonville, Rose and Charles Stoddard of Orleans, and Ernest and Pauline Blair of Long Island, New York; his son-in-law Rand Peart; and by his great-grandsons: Bobby-Joe Blair and Jeremy Martel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Fire Department, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Joseph A. Bol

Joseph A. Bol, 71, of Coventry died on May 12, 2016.

He was born on October 18, 1944, in Newark, New Jersey. He lived in New Jersey until 2006, when he moved to Coventry.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Marie Cleveland Bol; his son Joseph A. Bol and his wife, Laura Kirby Bol; his daughter Julianna Marie Brannigan and her husband, Sean P. Brannigan; and by his three grandchildren: Sean J. Brannigan, Aiden T. Brannigan, and Eva E. Bol; his brother Al Bol and his wife, Susan Bol, and their daughters: Cindy, Colleen, and Catherine and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert J. Bol and Julia Pietras Bol; his uncle Frederick Bol; and by his brother-in-law Alva D. Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Military honors will follow at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 16 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit-kubicMarian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic

Marian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic, 82, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, died on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Monroe Township.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Kubic lived in Queens, New York, and Barton for 29 years, before moving to the Concordia community in Monroe Township in 2013.

She was employed for ten years as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx, New York, retiring in 1988.

Mrs. Kubic was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monroe Township. She was a member of the Vermont Crafters Guild.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Robert E. Kubic; her daughters: Catherine Kubic of Bennington, Marybeth Murray of Matawan, New Jersey, Patricia McGinnis of Eastchester, New York, and Margaret Reynolds of Jessup, Maryland; her sister Anne Reisert of Brooklyn; seven grandchildren: Colleen Cannon, Mathew, Jacklyn, and Thomas Murray, Sarah and Casey McGinnis, and Gabrielle Reynolds; and three great-grandchildren: Declan, Dylan, and Killian Cannon.

Services were held on May 12 in Monroe Township. Burial will be in the New Jersey Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Mrs. Kubic may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

obit-McNallyIrene Anna Bloh McNally

Irene Anna Bloh McNally died peacefully on May 9, 2016, after battling a long illness.

She was born in Lee County, Texas, on July 19, 1926, to the late Bertha Hoeschel and William Reinhardt Bloh. She married her late husband, Donald McNally, in 1946, and moved to Vermont where she lived until 2004, when she moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and lived with her daughter Bonny.

She enjoyed gardening, needlework, and reading.

Her family will miss her and remember her as humble, sweet, and caring, and always serving others.

She is survived by her daughter Bonny McNally; her son Timothy and his wife, Rhonda; her daughter Celina Blair and her husband, Clesson; four grandchildren: Christie, Sean, Nathan, and Kristel; and by two great-grandchildren: Jayda and Perrin.

Visitation will be at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Derby Community Church. Interment will follow at the Derby Cemetery.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the Derby Community Church, 3064 US-5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33131.

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obit-OBarCarey John O’Bar

Carey John O’Bar of Island Pond died at home surrounded by his family on May 14, 2016, after a prolonged illness.

He was born on April 17, 1942, in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Frank O’Bar and Georgia Corey O’Bar.

He attended school in East Corinth, Maine, and graduated from East Corinth Academy in 1961. On October 12, 1963, he married the love of his life, Paulette Lumbra O’Bar.

In December of 1961, he began work at the Alloy Foundries division of the Eastern Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He became foreman and worked there for 25 years until the plant closed. He then began work as a foreman for FCI in Bethel, Connecticut.

In November of 1999, he and his wife moved to Vermont, where they spent their retirement.

He loved to bake and was known for the many loaves of bread and packs of cinnamon buns he shared with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and loved shopping for new flowers and garden equipment with his son Tim. He and his wife spent many days traveling Vermont and New Hampshire sampling small family restaurants, finding interesting shopping destinations, and singing along with the radio while holding hands like two kids in love.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Paulette; his son David O’Bar and his wife, Stephanie, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his daughter Lisa O’Bar of Thomaston, Connecticut, and her significant other, Jeff Winslow; his son, with whom he shared a home, Timothy O’Bar, and his husband, Michael Strait; five grandchildren: Mathew Cennamo, Michael Cennamo, Natalie O’Bar, Shane O’Bar, and Ethan O’Bar; three brothers: Carroll O’Bar, Carlson O’Bar and his wife, Elaine, and Clyde O’Bar and his wife, Cheryl; his sisters-in-law: Jeannean Lumbra Sylvester, Madeline O’Bar, and Dorothy O’Bar; his brother-in-law Reginald Lumbra; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Cecil O’Bar and Calvin O’Bar; his brother-in-law Larry Sylvester; and by his sister-in-law Linda Lumbra Viau and her husband, Ron Viau.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Graveside services for Dorothy Metcalf will be held on Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m., at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

Committal services for Rosamond Cote will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Committal services for Lois Bennett will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Evelyn Valley will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Theresa Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Committal services for Roland Desrochers will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

A graveside service for Florence “Flossie” Boucher will be held on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby, with Ward Nolan officiating.

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