Obituaries November 13, 2013

 -  -  1

Robert Wayne Ciechanowicz

Robert Wayne “Bob” Ciechanowicz, 67, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born in Morristown on September 29, 1946, son of Antoni and Geraldine (Kimball) Ciechanowicz.  He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969, also serving in Vietnam.  A graduate of Johnson State College, he had a long and distinguished career in information technology, working for the state of Vermont and Ben and Jerry’s.

In retirement, he most enjoyed cooking, fine wine and being with his family.

He leaves his wife of 17 years, Marge of Jericho; two daughters:  Jennifer of St. Albans, and Karen, and her son Tyler, of Burlington; his brother Joe of West Charleston; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and a nephew who will miss him greatly.  He is also survived by his first wife, Bonnie Lynn of Jericho.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, at 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction.

Gifts in his memory may be made to a local animal shelter or charity of one’s choice.


obit KennedyThelma Lee Kennedy

Thelma Lee Kennedy, 85, of Newport died on November 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 7, 1927, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Nate and Mary (Ellis) Lee.

She married James Thomas Kennedy, who predeceased her on July 30, 1995.

Her hobbies included sewing and she enjoyed instrumental music.

She is survived by her daughters:  Rever Kennedy, Grace Palmer and Diane C. Venezia, all of Newport, and Linda M. Pate of Pageland, South Carolina; her sons:  Milton H. Anthony of Jericho, Michael B. Cheney of Newport Center, and Nathan Edmonds of Barton; her sisters:  Otha Griffin of Louisiana, and Dorothy Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada; her twin brother John Wilson of Las Vegas; her twelve grandchildren; a host of friends and relatives in Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, and California; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Leon Washington and L.T. Wilson.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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


obit MeunierRobert “Rob” Paul Meunier

Robert “Rob” Paul Meunier, 47, of Newport Center died suddenly while on a hunting trip in Ontario, just after shooting an eight-point buck, on November 5, 2013.

He was born in Newport on October 18, 1966, son of Paul and Jeanette Meunier.  On September 23, 1989, he married his one and only true love, DeAnn Desrochers.

He so very much loved life and enjoyed each and every day.  He took such great pride in his two children, Ben and Kate, who he loved and adored beyond words.  There is not one thing that they said or did that he was not totally interested in.  They, along with his father, Paul “Wally,” were truly his best friends.

Mr. Meunier was so proud of the hunting camp that he owned and built with his dad and brother-in-law.  He looked so forward to those two weeks in November that they spent there — good times, good stories, good friends, good food.  How many suppers did he plan and cook for many of his friends at Big Buck Lodge!  And, of course, we can’t forget the ice fishing in the winter on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent many hours with DeAnn, Ben, and Kate in the ice shack fishing for perch.  He enjoyed people stopping by for a visit at the shack so much, he so looked forward to that.  He drilled many holes for his family and friends looking for that “hot spot” where the fish were hiding.  There was the famous chart in his basement that kept track daily and yearly of how many fish were caught each day, not to mention who caught the most fish, he or DeAnn.

He was an extraordinary human being with an endless supply of caring and compassion for anyone that he crossed paths with.  He was a great son, husband, father, brother, and uncle.  He was a great friend to so many people.  He will be missed by so very many people.

He was also so dedicated to the business he ran with his parents, Meunier Construction.  He worked so diligently to make sure each and every customer was happy and satisfied.

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, their two children:  Benjamin and Katelyn and her companion, Justin Shattuck; his parents:  Paul and Jeanette Meunier; his sisters:  Sue Perkins and her husband, Rob, and Amy and Brian Fletcher; his mother-in-law Vivian “Connie” Desrochers; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law:  Denise and Jim Daigle; his brother-in-law Dennis Desrochers; his grandmother Simone Meunier; and by his nieces and nephews:  Kyle and Lauren Perkins, Riley and Alex Fletcher, Nicholas Daigle and his fiancée, Sheena Brown, James “J.D.” Desrochers, and David Desroches and his companion, Amber Roberge.  He had a special bond with each one of them and thought of them as his own.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Roger Daigle and Tony LeMay; and his very loyal employees:  Rene Daigle and Jimmy Brown.  He is also survived by many aunts and uncles and so very many special and close friends.

Funeral services were held on November 11, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children for their education and future, in care of Denise Daigle, 217 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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


Ernest H. Punt Sr.

Ernest H. Punt Sr., 72, of Coventry died on November 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1941, in Springfield, to Horace and Rose Mary (Koloski) Punt.  On June 26, 1971, he married Christine Fogg, who predeceased him on May 18, 2010.

He enjoyed farming, playing cribbage with family and friends, going to area fairs and fishing with his grandchildren.  He loved family visits and he enjoyed going to his grandchildrens’ sporting events.

He is survived by his children:  Jessica and Ernie Punt Jr., Anthony Punt, and Patricia Brown and Sebastian, all of Coventry; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and by his brothers:  David Punt and his wife, Marie, of New York, and Wayne Punt of White River Junction.

A celebration of his life will take place on November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at his son Ernie’s house.  Call 754-6577 for directions.  Burial will take place at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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


Barbara H. Ransom

Barbara H. Ransom, 90, of Burlington died peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 9, 1923, in Bennington, the youngest daughter of Marjorie and Frank Hayes.  She attended Bennington schools, and spent many hours exploring the Bennington area woods and fields.  After graduating from St. Joseph’s Business College, where she proudly typed 123 words per minute on a manual typewriter, she worked initially as a secretary at Bennington College, and then as the administrative assistant for the Bennington Superintendent of Schools.

In 1946, she married her childhood companion, Earle N. Ransom, and they moved to Burlington.  Mr. Ransom attended the University of Vermont and Mrs. Ransom worked as a secretary at GE until the birth of their first child.  From then on, she stayed at home raising her family.  She volunteered for over 20 years at C.P. Smith Elementary School, tutoring students in math and reading.  The school community recognized this service by presenting her with The Golden Apple Award.

Throughout her life, she shared her love and knowledge of nature with generations of family, friends and neighbors.  She was an active member of the Heineberg Senior Center, where she enjoyed playing the piano, becoming a pool shark, and where she joined the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her daughters:  Laura and her husband, Stephen DeMaroney, of South Burlington, Kathleen Getty of Williston, and Beth Hale and her companion, Gilbert Tabor Jr., of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer DeMaroney and her partner, John Ste. Marie, Karen DeMaroney, Amanda Getty and Jared Benedict, Michael Getty, Frank Lee Hale III and his fiancée, Tanya Murray, and Jededia Hale; her great-grandchildren:  Klyer Hale and Frank Lee Hale IV; her sister Dr. Janice Hayes of Ormond Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by a special neighbor, Toni Taginski, who called Barbara her second mother.

She was lucky to have Nancy Dinkel as her caregiver, and Nancy has become part of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Earle, in 1985; her parents; her sister Alison McLaughlin; and by a family friend, Laura Govoni.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, November 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, at 71 South Union Street in Burlington.  A service honoring her life will be held at Corbin and Palmer at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.


obit RobertsDorio P. Roberts Jr.

Dorio P. Roberts Jr., 54, of North Troy died on November 9, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 11, 1958, in Newport, to Dorio Roberts Sr. and the late Geneva (Denton) Roberts.

He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, cooking, and working in his garden.  He was a very jolly, good-humored person, and was known in the area as “Little Doe.”  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling, softball, and playing various card games.

He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic.  He loved to tinker and work with his hands.

For 24 years he lived in Mashpee, Massachusestts, with his ex-wife Gena Roberts, the mother of his son, before moving back to North Troy six years ago.

He is survived by his son Ryan Dorio Roberts of Mashpee; his father Dorio P. Roberts Sr. of North Troy; his brothers and sisters:  Danny Roberts and his wife, Frances, of California, Dennis Roberts and his wife, Tracy, of North Troy, Darlene Potvin and her husband, Arnold, of Newport Center, Donna Kennison and her husband, Michael, of North Troy, Denise Roberts of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Devin Ryan of Roxbury; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Geneva Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, November 13, at the North Troy Congregational Church.  Interment will be at a later date at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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

bookmark icon