Obituaries November 25, 2015

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obit dupreeJulie Lynn Piper Depree

Julie Lynn Piper Depree, 54, formerly of Newport, died suddenly on November 6, 2015, in Cayce, South Carolina with her partner Tom Knowlton by her side.

She was born in Newport on August 17, 1961, to Irwin and Gloria (Lontine) Piper.

She was predeceased by her parents, Irwin Piper and Gloria Reynolds; her grandparents: Floyd and Laura Lontine, and Roland and Edith Willey; by her aunt Anita Rivard; her uncle Ivan Piper; her nephew Charles Buckland, Jr.; and her special friend Melissa Raymond.

Ms. Depree is survived by her partner, Tom Knowlton of South Carolina; her beloved sister Shari McAllister of Newport and her partner, David Parenteau; her stepfather Brad Reynolds of Newport; her brother Jon Piper of North Carolina; her nephew Joshua McAllister; and her great-nephew Preston McAllister of Newport Center. She is also survived by many special friends, especially Kristy, C.V., and Cathy Q.

Ms. Depree attended North Country Union High School until the tenth grade when she went to live with her aunt Anita Rivard in Jericho. She graduated from Essex High School in 1979. She then returned to Newport where she worked many jobs including bartending at the Long Branch. When that closed, she embarked on her second love, traveling. She lived in New Orleans, Florida, New York, California, the Virgin Islands, and most recently, South Carolina until her death.

Ms. Depree was a proud survivor of breast cancer, and never let it get her down. She lived life to the fullest but was always happiest when she came home to spend time with her family and to see her friends at Jasper’s Tavern. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW in Lyndonville.

As befitting Ms. Depree, there was a celebration of life at Jasper’s Tavern on November 22. Private services will take place in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #10038 in care of Bonita Before with the heading “In memory of Julie Depree,” P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville Vermont 05851.

You are a shooting star.

I will always love you Ju,

Love Shari

From Shari McAllister of Newport


Mary Ann Moore

Mary Ann Moore, 80, of Derby Line died on November 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 11, 1935, in Newport to Lawrence and Margaret (Fluke) Moore.  She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and later from Community College of Vermont.

She was employed as a lead aide by the U.S. Customs Service District in St. Albans until her retirement. She then moved back to the Derby Line area and was a member of the Derby Line Home Den, where she enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by her children: Kevin Simoneau and his wife, Susan, of Holland and Keith Simoneau and his wife, Sharmon, of East Haven; by her grandchildren: Emily Parker and her husband, Tim, Daniel Simoneau, Marissa Simoneau, Cody Jackman, and Colton Simoneau; by her great-granddaughter Piper Simoneau; by her brother Lawrence Moore and his wife, Lucille, of Punta Gorda, Florida; by her sisters: Colleen Beauregard and her husband, Roger, of Newport and Carolyn Rhodes of Franklin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother-in-law Howard Rhodes.

Services will be announced in the spring. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit PerronAlmy W. Perron

Almy W. Perron, 98 and three-quarters, of Glover died peacefully after a short illness at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing in Berlin on November 17, 2015. She was surrounded by her five daughters.

Mrs. Perron was born in Greensboro on February 5, 1917, a daughter of Arthur C. and Winona Orcutt Shatney. She attended schools in Greensboro, graduating from Greensboro High School in 1935 and from Johnson Normal School in 1937. She taught school in Albany for three years before marrying Rene Joseph Perron on August 17, 1940. The couple made their home on their dairy farm in Glover for their entire married life. Mrs. Perron lived there for 75 years.

She enjoyed her 26 years of employment at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, working first as a nurse’s aide and then as the activities director. She was recognized by the Union House, the state, and on the national level for her outstanding dedication to the patients.

She was a very active member of the Glover Community Church. She served 19 years as Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She was a past member of the parish council and was a longtime member of the Women’s Union. She was a strong believer in the value of higher education. She worked tirelessly to see that her six children attained a college education.

Throughout her life Mrs. Perron cherished family gatherings, her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed hobbies such as making quilts and pillows, collecting stamps, bird watching, gardening, and reading biographies and nonfiction. She loved to share her beautiful garden plants with her family and friends. She was an avid sports fan, enthusiastically enjoying college basketball, especially the UCONN (University of Connecticut) Huskies women, and golf and tennis on television.

In recent years she loved attending the monthly jam session in Glover. She also loved to travel with her family and Highland Travel, making lasting traveling friendships. She visited 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Bermuda, Italy, and Canada.

Mrs. Perron was predeceased by her husband, Rene, in 1974; her son Ronald Rene in 2013; her parents, Arthur and Winona Shatney; her brothers Carroll, Leslie, and Truman; and her sisters Ethel Nelson and Evelyn Withers.

She is survived by daughters Linda Bradford and her husband, Michael of Connecticut; Marlene Dennen and her husband, William, of Florida; Donna Godbout and her husband, Richard, of North Carolina; Diane Blodgett and her husband, Edward, of Barre; Bonnie Morin and her husband, Donald, of Richmond; by daughter-in-law Helen Perron of Connecticut; by 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many caring nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were on Saturday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 22, at the Glover Community Church at.

Contributions in Mrs. Perron memory may be given to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, care of Roland Woodard, Box 198 Glover, Vermont 05839.

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obit TubbertRobert Edward Tubbert

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another one of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, age 94, died peacefully in comfort at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Mr. Tubbert was known to his friends as Bob, to his grandsons as Gramps, and to his extended Meunier grandchildren family as Mr. T.

He moved to Vermont in 2009 to live with his daughter Gail. He lived in an apartment attached to his daughter’s house, which he nicknamed his “perch.” Mr. Tubbert fell in his apartment recently and was unable to return to his home.

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to William and Harriet Tubbert. He was the youngest of three boys, each one a year apart. He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Syracuse and the antics he and his brothers got into.

Mr. Tubbert was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Islands. He wanted to be a pilot but was refused because he was color blind.

Mr. Tubbert married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Jane Wright, on August 28, 1945. They lived in Bridgeport, New York, where Betty grew up and where Mr. Tubbert lived during the summer months on Oneida Lake.

He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Good jobs were hard to find. He eventually found a job at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse, New York. Over the years he worked his way up to plant manager, where he remained until his retirement.

Mr. Tubbert was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He liked to spend hours in his woodworking shop. Playing cards was his passion. He loved a good cigar. He was a Mason and achieved lifetime membership after 65 years of service.

He retired at the age of 61 with his wife. They spent summers in New York and winters in Florida. They loved to spend time with friends golfing and playing cards. In their retirement years they spent many hours with their grandsons Jon and Nate.

obit vets flagSadly, Mr. Tubbert was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Gail and her husband, Benoit Meunier; by grandson Jon Meunier and his wife, Amanda; by great-granddaughters Abigail June and Julia Rose Meunier; and by grandson Nate Meunier and his friend, Ashley Robishaw-Morin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Plains Cemetery, Kirkville, New York.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855 or Derby Green Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05929.

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