Obituaries November 19, 2014

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obit BakerFrank H. Baker III

Frank H. Baker III, 75, of Newport Center beloved husband of Gloria Baker, died suddenly on November 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Rebecca (Rushton) Baker Jr. He was raised in Derry, New Hampshire, where he attended Pinkerton Academy until the twelfth grade when he left school to join the service.

Mr. Baker served his country in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 21, 1958.

On September 2, 1970, he married Gloria Goodbout, who survives him.

He spent his life working in the woods logging with his draft horses, and from 1986 to 1992 he farmed in Newport Center. His horses and hard work were his life’s passions. He also enjoyed boxing, playing, watching professional football, reading, music, and history. He also drove tractor-trailer for several years in the early 1970s.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Gloria, he is survived by his children: Tracey Baraw and her husband, Andy, of Derby, Heather Henderson and her husband, Randy, of Daytona, Florida, Frank Baker IV of Newport Center, and Joshua Baker and his wife, Jessica, of Holland; his grandchildren: Devon James and Hannah Baraw, and Jarrett and Kaitlyn Henderson, Jordan Lanou, Joshua Jr. and Jacob Baker; his sisters: Alys Cady of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Frances Bramhall of Grafton, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: June Graham and Christine Kelly.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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obit BevansJames William Bevans Jr.

The family of James William Bevans Jr., known as Bill, has gathered together to celebrate the life of their brother and father who died from cancer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on November 10, 2014.

Mr. Bevans’ wife and their children — Kelley, Heather, and Michael Bevans — have been joined by his brother John Patrick Bevans and sisters, Kathryn Mullervy and Margaret Jerger, for support and to share loving and happy memories.

Mr. Bevans was born on December 18, 1935. He and his wife, Judy, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Elizabethan drama. His love for entertaining and theater led to a long career in helping people work together to achieve common goals.

He began his career in human resources while living in Baltimore, and later culminated 26 years as vice-president of organization development with General Foods USA.

When Mr. and Mrs. Bevans moved to Vermont, Mr. Bevans continued his career, working for organizations as a consultant and facilitator. He was a member of the OD Network.

He loved his home and his small conference facility, Coach Works Farm, and his family of pets — especially Tess, his Yorkshire terrier — the outdoors, and he enjoyed the gifts of the Vermont landscape. Cross-country skiing, hiking, and working to conserve our forests and water became his passion. He loved music, whether it was classical, jazz, or bluegrass.

He was an active member of Hannaford’s Volunteer Fyfe and Drum Corps.

He served on the board of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, both as a member and president. Being part of an organization that presented pathways for everyone, children and adults, exploring our natural heritage was one of his most meaningful experiences.

He is deeply loved and was ever deeply loving, laughing, and encouraging to everyone he met.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Northwood Stewardship Center, P.O. Box 220, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

At this time, there is no memorial service. A celebration of his life is being planned for the spring.

To Bill: L’chaim. Love you forever.

obit CarpenterCorey Adam Carpenter

Corey Adam Carpenter died suddenly on November 12, 2014.

He was born on February 14, 1987, in Newport.

Mr. Carpenter enjoyed working on cars and four-wheelers, and being outdoors. He also had a fondness for animals in need.

He is survived by his children, Brianna and Brogan Carpenter, of Collingswood, New Jersey; his mother, Beverly Miller, of Barton; his father, Gardner Carpenter, of Coventry; his brother Gary Miller of Lyndonville; his sister Pattie Dudley of Glover; and by his nieces and nephews: Robert Stringer of Andover, Massachusetts, Holly Loukes of Derby, Isaac Miller of Randolph, Rachelle and Alayni Miller of Glover, and Bailey Turner and Taylor Dudley of Glover.

Our hearts are broken by your sudden departure and we are left with questions that may never be answered. God called you to heaven for a reason. At this time we may hurt and not know why, but someday we will be together again my friend, brother, daddy, uncle, cousin, and son. Until then, may you save a place for us in heaven and we will save a place for you in our hearts.

A memorial of remembrance was held on November 18, in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit coleAlfred C. Cole Jr.

Alfred Cole Jr., local grocery store entrepreneur, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Friday, November 14, 2014, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Barton.

He was the former owner and founder of several stores in the Northeast Kingdom including Cole’s Market in Orleans, C&C Supermarket in Barton, Cole’s Redemption in St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville Redemption. He was 78.

He was born in Bloomfield on January 8, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Ada (Bennett) Cole. He graduated from Lyndon Institute (LI) in 1954 and maintained his pride in the school throughout his life; he especially loved rooting for the LI football team.

A member of the Hiking Club, Mr. Cole was a great hiker and had hiked the length of the Long Trail in Vermont. He loved his sports and all the Boston sports teams.

He is survived by his wife, Anita (Sheltra) Cole, whom he married on May 5, 1956; six children: Kathleen Martel and her husband, Richard, of Waterford, Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Diane, of Lyndon, Donna Gilman and her husband, Paul, of Lyndon, Tina Rivers and her husband, Dave, of Sheffield, Debra Newton and her husband, Luke, of Sutton, and Michael Cole and his wife, Regina, of Weare, New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Stuart Cole, of Newark; his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Cole, formerly of St. Johnsbury Center; Anita’s sister Lucille Belval of Lyndonville; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard “Babe” Cole.

A funeral service will be held in Lyndonville on Wednesday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Church. Burial will follow at the St. Elizabeth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions could be directed to Lyndon Institute, attention Melissa Hall, development director, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, Vermont 05850.

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obit darlingRussell Frank Darling Jr.

Russell Frank Darling Jr. died on November 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Glover on March 29, 1941, to Ruth Hancock and Russell Frank Darling Sr.

After completing school, he went to basic training and joined the Vermont Army National Guard. He worked throughout his life as a machinist, mechanic, carpenter, jack-of-all-trades, and master of many.

He returned to the family farm on Dexter Mountain as a dairy farmer until the time of his retirement.

He married Marion English Adair on March 6, 1965, and together they raised five children.

Mr. Darling loved traveling to Florida with his wife during the winter months, always returning to the farm in the spring. He loved to attend the draft horse and pony pulls all around the Northeast Kingdom. He also enjoyed fishing and snorkeling in Florida.

He is survived by his children: Gerry English and his wife, Michelle, of Glover, Sherry Provencher of Newport, Pam Massey and her fiancé, Kevin Collins, of Barre, and Deborah Wease and her husband, Mike, of Glover; his grandchildren: Chris Provencher and his wife, Valerie, of Enosburg, Bill Stevens of Glover, Tina Provencher of South Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy, Gerry English II of West Glover, Ami English of Glover, Jessica Massey and her fiancé, Jason, of Barre, Amanda Atwood and her husband, Ethan, of Glover, Justin Darling of Glover, and Abigail Darling of Glover; his great-grandchildren: Emma, Lily, Brooklynn, Hayleigh, Jacob, Bryer, Annika, Jaxon, Lilian, Violet Bryson, and Alex; his brother Raymond Darling of Orleans; his sisters: Marion Cubit of Albany, Rachel Bean and her husband, Bob, of Concord, and Rona Bruneau and her husband, John, of Irasburg; and by many special nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; his mother, Ruth; his father, Russell; and by his son Randy.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a gathering at the family farm in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orleans County Fair Pulling Association, P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822, in memory of Russell Darling.

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obit gosselinMarc Edouard Gosselin

Marc Edouard Gosselin, 52, of Burlington died peacefully on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a short battle with cancer.

Son of the late Mathias and Blandine (Chaput) Gosselin, he was born on January 6, 1962, in Newport, and spent his childhood years on the family dairy farm in Barton. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1980, and from Johnson State College in 1986.

Mr. Gosselin was a contemplative soul with a gentle spirit who loved and marveled at nature. His family has deep and fond memories of time spent with him while growing up and later in his adult years. He enjoyed music and took a special delight in seeing his nieces and nephew grow up.

Survivors include his brothers: Jacques and his wife, Marisa, of South Burlington, Luc and his wife, Theresa, of East Amherst, New York, and Pierre and his wife, Doris, of Quakenbruck, Germany; his sisters: Joanne Winter and her husband, Richard Codling, of South Burlington, and Christine Lazicki and her husband, David, of Underhill; his nephew Max of Germany; and his nieces: Megan Pelchat of Colchester, Erin Galinas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anna Gosselin of Germany, and Celine and Solange Gosselin of East Amherst.

There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held on Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, followed by a reception and luncheon at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit GrenierArvilla “Evelyn” Grenier

Arvilla “Evelyn” Grenier, 83, of Clarksville, Tennessee, former longtime resident of Newport Center and Lyndonville, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease.

She was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1931.

She and her husband enjoyed being part of the North Country Swingers Square Dance Club, panning for gold, golfing, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed bingo, making crafts, and spending quality time with family.

She was an amazing inspiration to all who knew her with her fighting spirit and ability to face her illnesses with grace and courage. Her tender, caring personality and beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

She was a former member of the Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville.

She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Philippe “Pea Wee” Grenier, of Clarksville; three daughters and one son: Joyce Davis of Newport, Norma Sloan of Clarksville, who helped care for her over the past nine years, Brenda Lontine and her husband, Bruce Sr., of Barton, and Paul Grenier of Hoboken, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Vicki Custer of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Bruce Lontine Jr. of Limaville, Ohio, Shane Lontine of Coventry, Billy Grenier of Newport, Tammy Cornell of Newport, Christopher Prue of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Philip Prue of Statesville, North Carolina; 16 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Alton Porter Jr. and his wife, Pearl, of Colebrook, Alda Barnett and her husband, Melcom, of Errol, New Hampshire, Gloria Sweatt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Lois Smith of Newport, Eva Byard and her husband, Terry, of Clarksville, and Mildred Pellitier of Swazy, New Hampshire; and by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Fenoff, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alton Porter Sr. and Arvilla (Sweatt) Porter; and by two brothers: Norman Porter and Wendell Porter.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport. Services will be held in the spring at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Lyndonville. Time and date to be announced.

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Ruth (Nelson) Lamotte

Ruth Lamotte died on October 26, 2014, at age 75, at her home in Mossyrock, Washington.

She was born in Barton on May 6, 1939, the daughter of Allen and Marion Nelson of Albany. Raised in Albany, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After graduating from Lyndon Teachers College in 1962, she taught in Lunenburg until 1964, when she married Phil Lamotte and moved to the West Coast.

While in Washington, she taught at the Onalaska School District and raised six children. When her children were all school age she went to work for DeGoede Bulb Farms for 37 years, until her passing.

She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, Seahawks football games, Mariners baseball, doing puzzles of all kinds, and summer vacations at the beach with her family. Even though her family and friends were in Vermont, they were in her thoughts and a large part of her family stories.

She is survived by her six children: Shawn, Allen and his wife Michelle, Dan, Ramona Romine and her husband, Gary, Andy and his wife, Kathleen, and Renee Drake and her husband, Kevin; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brothers: Tom Nelson, Roger Nelson and his wife, Beatrice; and by her sister-in-law Janet Nelson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson; a grandchild, Morgan Romine; and by a brother, George Nelson.

There was a potluck celebration of life for Ms. Lamotte held November 8, in Mossyrock, and a private family burial.

obit ToddMaxine Melina Todd

Maxine Melina Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died peacefully on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1936, in Irasburg, a daughter of Emma Royer.

On April 24, 1955, she married Durwood Todd, who survives her.

She graduated from Orleans High School in 1955. She was a bookkeeper for Blanchard Oil in Orleans for several years.

She held memberships with the Quilters from Vermont State Police Barracks, and was very involved with the Orleans High School Roger Barton Scholarship Program.

She enjoyed quilting and attended many quilting seminars around the country, knitting and crocheting with others, spending time with her grandchildren, and doing things with her family and friends.

Besides her husband of 59 years, Durwood, she is survived by her children: Michele Todd of East Montpelier, and Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; her grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Christopher, Jennifer, Jessica, Jamie, and Jeremy; and by several great-grandchildren, brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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obit WarnerJoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Joseph and Helen (Worthiem) Johnston in Burlington in 1945. After the death of her mom at a young age, she was raised by her great-grandmother Mary Worthiem and her companion, Irma Isham.

Upon graduating from nursing school, she met and married Stanley Warner of North Troy. They moved to the Newport-Derby area and proceeded to raise their two daughters.

Ms. Warner loved nursing and took care of her patients at the Newport Health Care Center with kindness and compassion for 32 years. She will be greatly missed by both the patients and staff of the Newport Health Care Center.

She loved skiing, skating, cross-stitching, and watching NASCAR. Her greatest joy was riding motorcycle with her husband, Stanley.

Along with her husband, Stanley, she is survived by her children: Lauri Bonneau Warner and her fiancé, Mike Place, of Newport, and Lisa Warner of Ithaca, New York; her grandchildren: Jay and Michelle Bonneau of Island Pond, Samantha and Caleb Gross of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Benjamin Bonneau of Newport; two cousins who were like sisters to her: MaryAnn Tabor of Burlington, and June Giroux of Hinesburg; as well as by several other cousins and many dear friends.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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