Obituaries May 4, 2016

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obit-basilMarie M. Basil

Marie M. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved wife of Joe Basil, died on March 26, 2016, in Rockville, Maryland.

She was born on January 30, 1925, in Island Pond, to Leo and Marie (Turgeon) Steady. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1943 and later attended Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, where she received her RN degree. She nursed in Maine, Vermont, California, and Illinois. She served in World War II in the Army Nurses Corps.

On July 21, 1951, she married Joe Basil, who survives her. She loved spending time with her husband, Joe, and her daughters Glorie Ann and Mary Jo, and she also enjoyed playing cards, arts and crafts, and embroidery. She is also survived by her brother John Steady of Glens Falls, New York.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14 at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

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obit-ClappEvelyn “Irene” Clapp

Evelyn “Irene” Clapp, 91, of Barton, died, comfortably at her home, in Barton on Friday, April 22, 2016.

She was born on October 24, 1924, in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late John and Floretta (Devine) Hamilton. She married Donald Q. Clapp Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed at Hamilton Standard in Connecticut, where they made propellers for military planes during World War II.

She was a member of Tuan-Ti Christmas Club, the Barton Auxiliary of the American Legion, and a member of the choir for the Barton United Church. She was also a volunteer secretary for the Barton library. She belonged to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and had worked at the Barton meal site. She was also a master of crochet through the University of Vermont Extension service and taught people the art of crochet.

She enjoyed her cat Missy, plants and gardening, knitting, crocheting, playing the piano, doing oil paintings, and solving puzzles, especially cryptograms, reading, playing Scrabble, watching a good mystery on television, and collecting cookbooks.

She is survived by her children: Donna Irene Peyton and her husband, Vincent, of Shawnee, Kansas, Donald Q. Clapp Jr. and his wife, Sharon “Sandy” of Frenchville, Maine, Stephen H. Clapp and his wife, Gina, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Susan M. Clapp of Barton; six grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; and by two brothers: William Hamilton of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Frederick Hamilton of Burlington, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by one grandchild.

Funeral services were held on May 2 in Barton. Interment will be at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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Cecile V. Cyr

Cecile V. Cyr, 93, of Derby, formerly of Hamlin, Maine, died peacefully on April 24, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1922, in Caswell, Maine, to James and Rose (Fisher) Curless. In 1942, she married Guy G. Cyr, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Cyr loved caring for her home, tending to the flower gardens, and reading. She stayed very active.

She is survived by her children: Janice Steele of Crescent City, California, Tom Cyr and his wife, Ginette Provost, of Derby, and Joyce Cunningham and her husband, Kris, of Wilton, Maine; her grandchildren: Debbie, Donna, Sean, Suzanne, Kate, Benjamin, and Rose Anna; her great-grandchildren: Brady, Luke, Madison, Noah, Connor, and Jack Byron; her son-in-law Roy Grove; and by her sister Alice St. Pierre of Pensacola, Florida.

She was predeceased by two children: George Cyr and Jeannette Grove; her son-in-law Kenneth Steele; her brothers: Leonard, Ben, and Noah Curless; and by her sisters: Virginia Bernier and Marie Sirois.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. in Hamlin on Friday, June 3, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Hamlin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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Gervise Deschesneau

Gervise Deschesneau, 90, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Somers, Connecticut.

She was born on January 30, 1926, in Brownington, a daughter of Elianna Dube and Louis Amyot.

She was the beloved wife of Fernand Deschesneau, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Dauphinais and her friend, Kenneth, and daughter Amanda; Raymond Deschesneau and his friend, Gina, and daughter Hope Ann, and family; Leonard Descheneau and his wife, Cindy, and their children: Lenny and his family, Thomas, and Amanda and her family; and Fernand Jr. and his daughters: Stacey and her daughter, and Nicole and her family. She is also survived by her sisters: Madeleine Deschesneau and Judith Morse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fernand; a daughter, Franoise; and by her brothers: Andre and his wife, Jean Amyot, and Roland and his wife, Shirley Amyot.

The funeral will be in Somers, on Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Somers.

obit-Holmes-1Roscoe Arnold Holmes Jr.

Roscoe “Ross” Holmes, 66, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, died peacefully at his daughter’s home on April 27, 2016 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.

He was born in Barton on February 26, 1950. He grew up on a farm in West Charleston, and attended schools in West and East Charleston, the latter a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He attended the Derby Line high school before graduating from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center. After a brief stint at Vermont Technical College, he left school to join the Army and he served two tours of duty as an M.P. (military police) in Vietnam.

Back in the U.S., he worked for a decade or more as an electrical linesman throughout New England. During this period, he married and was blessed with a daughter, Heidi. Subsequently the family moved to Florida, where he was destined to live for most of his life, although periodically he would slide back north to his beloved Vermont.

He loved the great outdoors and had little use for the cramped indoors. He tried a desk job or two but couldn’t bear the feeling of being enclosed by walls all day. Later in his life he found the job that fit him to a T: working with a moving company that sent huge trucks all over the country, dropping a family’s worldly possessions at a home in New Orleans and reloading for a drop in Reno, and on and on. In addition to satisfying his wanderlust, the work offered warm camaraderie among the crew, both with the daytime labors and the evening revelries.

He was a warm and gentle soul who loved music, vintage car meets, and a cold, frothy beer. He also kept close communication with family members and visited them throughout the country, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Heidi Holmes and her fiancé, Dean Mallen, along with his only grandson, Ezekiel Holmes Mallen; his siblings: Joyce Holmes, Amaryllis Sheltra, Reginald Holmes and his wife, Laurel Holmes, Dean Holmes and his wife, Lisa Irwin, and Bernard Holmes; his great-aunt Pauline Darby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, will have calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. A graveside ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston at 11 a.m., with full military honors.

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Richard K. Martin

Richard K. Martin, 86, of Jay, beloved husband of Beverly Beaudreau, died at his home on April 27, 2016.

He was born in St. Albans on July 22, 1929, to Frederick and Marion (King) Martin.

He was a member of the Jay Post #28 American Legion, and was a life member of the Alfred Pepin Post #798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport. He was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed the company of his cats, especially Rusty. He also enjoyed talking with his friends at the Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his family.

In his younger years, he was an instructor of martial arts. He served in the Air Force and Navy for a combined service time of 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Beaudreau, of Jay; his children: Tina Gardina and her husband, Jerome, Cindy Martin and her companion, Todd, Fred Martin and his wife, Lynn, Darlene Love and her husband, Wade, Denise Gardner, and Lori Ann Sullivan and her husband, Thomas; his stepchildren: Jayne Loud and her husband, Jeffrey, and Nancy Montgomery; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth Montague; and by his brother-in-law Charles Scammell and his wife, Susan.

A military service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 5, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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Committal services for Harvey Dunn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Committal services for Edward Parenteau Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Derby Line Cemetery, with full military honors.

Committal services for Paul Monfette will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

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