Obituaries May 25, 2016

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obit-AugerGail C. (Colburn) Auger

Gail C. (Colburn) Auger died suddenly on May 13, 2016, at the age of 67 after a long struggle with COPD.

She was born in Newport on December 23, 1948, daughter of Blanche (Badger) and Maurice Colburn. In 1966 she married her soul mate, Philippe Auger. Together they raised their only daughter, Carleen. In November they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

She spent most of her married life doing the bookkeeping for P&G Trucking, which she and her husband owned for over 20 years. She loved the outdoors, spending time snowmobiling, and riding ATVs. She cherished the view from her kitchen in the house that she and her husband shared for 46 years. She spent all of her days in the company of her beloved dog Princess.

She loved to spend time with her family but none more than her grandchildren Taylor and Tanner. They were her pride and joy. She was very proud of the young adults that they have become.

She is survived by her husband, Phil, of North Troy; her daughter Carleen and her husband, Eric Starr, of North Troy; her granddaughter Taylor Starr and her friend, Chase Locke, of Randolph; her grandson Tanner Starr of North Troy; her brothers and sisters: Joyce Curtis, Cecile Randall and her husband, Charlie, Dick Colburn and his wife, Diane, Theresa Bonvouloir and her husband, Richard, and Beth Colburn; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Maurice Colburn; her brothers: Roy Colburn and Terry Colburn and his wife, Brenda; and by her sister Marilyn Sweeney.

Funeral services were held on May 21 in Newport.

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Carol A. Craft

Carol A. Craft, 73, of Coventry died on May 20, 2016, at her home.

She was born on October 27, 1942, in Barton, to Earl and Barbara (Green) Young. At one time she worked at the former Waterfront Cinema and she formerly worked at the Coventry Village School. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Irasburg chapter. Her hobbies included making crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Craft of Goffstown, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her sister Linda Vining.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 27, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Coventry Village Cemetery.

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

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obit-Pepin-1Tyler G. Pepin

Tyler G. Pepin, 29, of Island Pond died suddenly as the result of a traffic accident on May 18, 2016.

He was born in Newport on May 1, 1987, the beloved son of Rachel (Chesney) and Bernard Pepin. He graduated from North Country Union High School, where he played several different sports. He played in Newport men’s softball and basketball leagues and had a great passion for hunting and fishing, and went to hunting camp and to “Pat Shack” with his buddies. He was a carpenter by trade and worked for Michael “Fred” Sykes, who he greatly appreciated. He enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was a very outgoing person and had many friends who he was always willing to lend a helping hand if necessary.

He is survived by his wife, Brandy Pepin, who he married on July 11, 2009; his children: Mayson with whom he had a very special relationship, and Brent and Kaylee Ming; his father, Bernard Pepin, and his companion, Denise, and her daughter Abby; his mother, Rachel Chesney, and her companion, Mark; his brother Dylan; his grandparents: Beverly Pepin and her companion, George Russell, grandfather Raymond Pepin and Roberta and Ronald Chesney; his niece Alexa Ming; his brother-in-law Derek Ming and his companion, Staci Mitchell; his mother- and father-in-law, Larry and Sylvie Ming; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends who will all deeply miss him.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery on Pleasant Street in Island Pond. There will be a luncheon and gathering after the burial at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond and all are welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mayson Pepin Fund at the Passumpsic Savings Bank, 49 Mill Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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obit-SimoneauTimothy Edward Simoneau

Timothy Edward Simoneau, 50, of Newport died suddenly on May 15, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on April 1, 1966, in Newport to Linda (Griffin) Simoneau and the late Edward Simoneau. He was a loving and nurturing father and husband.

He was a correction service specialist for the Vermont Department of Corrections. He was a coach for the Special Olympics Vermont. He was very active in the community. He was a coach for wrestling, football, youth and junior and senior high school. His hobbies included gardening, reading, fishing, being with his children, playing football, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy (Hetrick) Simoneau, of Campo, California; his children: Samantha Simoneau, Korrie Simoneau, Morgan Simoneau and his fiancée, Katelyn Bowen, Riley Simoneau, Madison Simoneau, Jayden Simoneau, and Landon Simoneau, all of Newport; his granddaughter Penelope Longe of Newport; his sisters: Michele and her husband, Joe Hall, and Dianne and her husband, Mike Pettengill, of Newport; three nieces: Katelyn, Gwen, and Abigail; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held on May 22 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Madison Simoneau’s Make-A-Wish fund to allow her family to finish her Make-A-Wish therapy pool house project, care of Tammy Simoneau, 108 Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Boston Children’s Hospital, attention: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 62 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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obit-VergeRene G. Verge

Rene G. Verge, 62, of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 14, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 14, 1953, to Adlor and Doris (Morse) Verge. Rene was a mechanic for many years and a long time member of the Vermont National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Verge, of Newport Center; his children: Terra Verge, T.J. Tullis, Amy Tullis, Ashley Stoddard, Rene Verge, Jr, Gordon Verge, Jonathan Verge, and Valerie Boutah; his grandchildren: Anyas, Tevyn, Ashtan, Hailey, Cora, Kahleen, Emmalyn, Distant, Summer, Noah, David Jr, Mason and John; one great-great-grandson Emmit; his siblings: Ike Verge, Donna Paul and her husband Mike; his sister-in-law Theda Breault; and he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by a son, Johnathan Verge; his parents: Adlore and Doris (Morse) Verge; and by his brothers: Alan and Clarence Breault.

Funeral services were held on May 20 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or to Cheryl Verge, 143 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857. Online condolences at


Interment service for Gemma Leach Belanger will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m., at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Florence Thompson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Brownington Village Cemetery.

A graveside service for Gordon Samson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.

Committal services for P. Rene Gaudreau will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

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