Obituaries November 27, 2013

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obit HendershotCharles T. Hendershot Sr.

Charles T. Hendershot Sr., 70, of Holland died on November 10, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 15, 1943, in Somerset, New Jersey, to Elwood and Marie (Hagan) Hendershot.  On July 8, 1967, he married Mary Marrolli, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Hendershot was employed by North Country Union High School, where he retired after eight years of service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, going for rides in the area, football, and NASCAR, especially watching Jeff Gordon.  He loved having his grandchildren come for visits and watching them grow up.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #100 of Montpelier, and a lifetime member of the Sergeantville, New Jersey, Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hendershot, of Holland; his children:  Lisa Martin and her husband, Luc, of Island Pond, and Charles T. Hendershot Jr. and his wife, Melissa, of Georgia; his grandchildren:  Joshua, Jonathan, Fallon, Domini, Jacob, Theodore, and Nicole; and by the following nieces and nephews:  Tracey, Donald E., Dawn, Alicia, Donald Jr., Michael and Luisa; and by his brother-in-law Donald Marrolli and his wife, Maria.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Hendershot.  He is being missed by his granddog, Millie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on December 7, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.  Full military honors will be held immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to his daughter Lisa Martin, P.O. Box 502, Derby, Vermont 05829, for family assistance to cover expenses.

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

 Lillian (Ethel) Hoytobit hoyt

Lillian (Ethel) Hoyt, lifelong resident of Orleans, died at her home on November 18, 2013, at the age of 104.

She was born on July 9, 1909, in Orleans, a daughter of Elwin and Ethel (Elkins) Wheeler.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1928, and in June of this year attended the Orleans High School Alumni Banquet and celebrated her eighty-fifth year.  Following high school she worked at the Derick Photography Studio, which was located on the upper floor of the Austin Drug Store building in Orleans.

On September 17, 1932, she married Darrell Hoyt, who predeceased her in January 2002.

After her five children were grown, she worked as librarian at the Jones Memorial Library for many years.

Mrs. Hoyt was a marvelous cook.  Home baked bread, rolls, and doughnuts were among her favorite things to cook and share with family and neighbors.

She is survived by four children:  Shirley and her husband, Dwane Austin, of Jericho, Bob of Orleans, Rick and his wife, Judy, of Orleans, and Mary Lou and her husband, Edward Wood, of California; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Hoyt is also survived by a special friend of many years and, over the last few years, her caregiver, Pauline Fairbrother, of Orleans, who made it possible for her to stay in her home until her death.  For her love, help, and friendship, we are forever grateful.

A son, Ross, predeceased her in 1974.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at  There are no immediate services planned.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

obit LeBlancGeorgette S. Leblanc

Georgette S. Leblanc, 92, of Troy died on November 22, 2013, in Newport.

She was born January 14, 1921, in Jay to Delphis and Rose (Fortin) Bacon.  On September 28, 1942, she married Laurent Leblanc, who predeceased her in 2007.

Mrs. Leblanc was employed at the Newport Plastic Factory for several years and retired from Indian Head Plywood after 20 years.

She was very active in the Elks and the American Legion.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed playing bingo and cards.  She loved to work in her flower garden and huge vegetable garden.  We shall miss her cooking, her homemade doughnuts, pies and her famous baked beans.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #28 of North Troy, and the Ladies of Ste. Anne of Troy.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Warner of Locust Grove, Virginia, Rose Marie Pepin of Meriden, Connecticut, Laurent Leblanc, Jr. of North Troy, and Rachel Powers and her husband, Richard, of Coventry; by her grandchildren:  Jamie, Jacqueline, Stephanie, Tara, and Scott; by eight great-grandchildren; by her sisters:  Theresa Descheneau of Derby Line and Lucille Viens of Claremont, New Hampshire; by her sisters-in-law Julie Bourne of Morrisville and Yvette Leblanc of Newport; by her brothers-in-law Gaston Leblanc of North Troy and Leonard Leblanc and his wife, Joyce, of Tampa, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Constance R. Moore-Lamphere

Constance R. Moore-Lamphere, 59, of Brownington died suddenly on November 16, 2013, at her home.

She was born on March 24, 1954, in Newport, to Constantine and Gertrude (Twombley) Fotiou.

On December 24, 1985, she married John Moore-Lamphere Sr., who survives her.

Her family was her life.  She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and she liked to cook and feed a crowd of people.  She also enjoyed gardening and she was always ready to give a helping hand to anybody who needed her.

She cooked in several of the area restaurants including the Valley House in Orleans, which she ran for over a year.  She also worked at Ethan Allen for about 12 years.  She was always a hard worker.

She is survived by her husband John of Brownington; her children:  Travis Horton of Douglas, Wyoming, Kevin Horton of Westmore, John Moore-Lamphere Jr. of Brownington, and Peter Moore-Lamphere of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and her grandchildren:  Samantha, Molly, Jordan, Jonathan, Trystan, Alexandra, Krista, and Gabrielle; her sister Susan Charron and her husband, Gunther, of Florida.  She will be missed by her ever-present, four-legged companion, Luna.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Bonita Patricia (Cumby) Riceobit rice

Bonita Patricia (Cumby) Rice, 70, of West Charleston died peacefully on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

She was born in Hopeall, Newfoundland, Canada, on August 2, 1943, daughter of the late Arthur and Mina Cumby.

She grew up in Hopeall.  At the age of 16, she met her lifelong companion, David Rice, who she married three months later, on August 28, 1960, and who survives her.

Mr. Rice was in the Navy and stationed in Argentia, Newfoundland, when they met.  Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Mrs. Rice moved back to the Rice family farm in Holland.  She helped on the family farm where the first of their six children was born in 1963.  After leaving the family farm, they lived in several locations around the Derby area but finally settled in their home of 40 years in West Charleston.

Mrs. Rice loved tending to her flower gardens, with her favorite flower being the geranium.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren who brought her great joy.  She will be remembered for her home cooked meals and the pride she took in preparing for large family gatherings.

She is survived by her sister Grace Cumby and her companion, West Canning, of Greens Harbour, Newfoundland; her sister Jean Moore and her husband, Eddie, of Blaketown, Newfoundland; her sister Cindy Cumby and her companion, Charlie Hottot, of Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada; her brother Wayne Cumby of Kelligrews, Newfoundland; her brother Derrick Cumby and his wife, Jackie, of Paradise, Newfoundland; her son David Rice Jr. of Springfield; her daughter Lori Puckett and her fiancé, Buddy Johnson, of South Carolina; her son Donald Rice and his companion, Cathy Rever, of Derby; her son Christopher Rice and his companion, Travis Randall, of Burke; her daughter Deborah Gilbert and her husband, Stephen, of East Montpelier; her 19 grandchildren; and by her 13 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Mina Cumby; her sister Velma Allen; her brothers:  Vic and Howard Cumby; her grandson Ryan Berry; and by her daughter Catherine Shepard.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 30, at the Freewill Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Freewill Baptist Church of West Charleston.

To view an online memorial and to send a message of condolence to the family, please visit

obit rodgersJewel “Judy” E. Rodgers

Jewel “Judy” E. Rodgers, 74, of Glover died on November 17, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 6, 1939, in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Gordon and Jessie (Bennett) Ehrlich.  On August 3, 1994, she married John W. Rodgers, who survives her.

She loved her dogs, Ziggy and Zoey, gardening, sewing, and hooking rugs.  She was very artistic and enjoyed creating things.  She loved people and traveling to Florida every winter where she had many friends.

She is survived by her husband John W. Rodgers of Glover; her children:  Lori Halsey and her partner, Bob Montgomery, of Derby, Nancy Lewis and her fiancé, Jim Flasck, of East Lansing, Michigan, and Lee Perry and her husband, Andrew, of Rochester, New York; her stepchildren:  Nikki, John S. Rodgers and his wife, Brenda, of Glover, Diane and Kelly Young-Rodgers of Montpelier, and Mark Rodgers and his wife, Dawn, of Glover; her grandchildren:  Augie, Lindsay, Jeffrey, Alex, Katie, Annie, Jewel, Jake, Jess, Tyler, Megan, John Finley, Derek, Violet, Ian, Jesse and Alexis; and by her two great-grandchildren:  Noah and Nina.

Funeral services were held on November 22, in Barton.

Should friends or family desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G. Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.  This was very close to her heart.

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

A tribute to Lillian Hoyt:  Orleans loses an icon

by Nick Burdick

With the same quiet dignity that she has always been noted for, on November 18, Lillian Hoyt took her last breath, closed her eyes, and entered eternity.  She was in her own bed on School Street with her daughter Mary Lou, and Lillian’s constant companion, Pauline Fairbrother, at her side.

Four years after graduating high school, Lillian’s life would change drastically.  Darrell Hoyt, a young man seven years her senior, had spotted her and they dated.  Then, in 1932, right in the middle of the Depression, they married, and Lillian stopped working so she could raise a family.  They were blessed with Ross (who died a few years ago), Shirley, Bob (Robert), and Rick.  Then came the baby, the last of the clan, Mary Lou.  With a smile, because Lillian loved all of her children like there was no tomorrow, she was quoted saying that after Mary Lou, she just knew it was time to stop!

Anyone who lived in Orleans within the last 90 years or so has known the Hoyt family.  Darrell was the first mail carrier in Orleans and retired from that position after walking more than 150,000 miles around Orleans Village.  He also played the organ at the Orleans Federated Church for 50 years or so.  He died in 2002.

Lillian’s love of children was well documented.  After her own children were grown and gone, she took a job as one of the librarians at the Jones Memorial Library and continued there for many years.  She would gladly help you find whatever book you needed, and she just as quickly would let you know you were making too much noise.  Other than the holidays, when family always gathered around the matriarch, Lillian also loved June, when Mary Lou would fly home from California to stay with her for about six weeks.

Mary Lou would bring Nancy Lavoie with her, and Martha Jean Sylvester would join them.  This last summer, when the girls were having great fun, Lillian told them they laughed as much as they did when they were in high school.

Lillian would also remind them of things they did as children, such as when Mary Lou and Randy Smith picked all of the tulips at the Manse, where Randy’s grandparents, the Reverend and Mrs. Jack Filler lived.  They picked off all the cups and left the stems.  Or the time that she and Mary Lou went to church one Sunday and then Mary Lou told her she couldn’t go to church anymore because it made dinner too late.

Darrell had left word that he didn’t want a church funeral as he had been to enough of them.  He wanted a graveside service and that was all.  It happened in June of 2002, at the family lot in Pleasant View Cemetery, in Orleans.  Lillian had left the same instructions, adding that she wanted to be buried in June, the same as Darrell.  That will happen this coming June, and family and friends will gather to say a final goodbye.

This family has touched Orleans in many ways.  Darrell loved to tell people that he wasn’t born in Orleans, he was born in Barton Landing.  The name was changed to Orleans just after he was born.  Their house was always open to anyone, and you could walk in and talk about anything and they loved it.

Lillian was as sharp as a tack, right up to the day she died.  After she got to where she didn’t go out much, she still kept track of her community.  Right up until my mother died last February, Lillian sent her a small note every week to say “hi” even knowing that mother’s dementia had reduced her to not knowing anyone or anything.  Lillian sent notes each week to many other people she had known.

After 104 years, Lillian Wheeler Hoyt has laid down her head and gone to be with Darrell and Ross.  But her memory will live on in Orleans and in the hearts of her family and friends for another 104 years or longer.

Rest easy, dear sweet lady.  You have earned it and we, who knew you, know that you rest in the Master’s hands.  We love you.

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