Obituaries November 28, 2012

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Helen L. Bernier

 Helen L. Bernier, 71, of Coventry died on November 19, 2012, at her home with her loving family at her side.

She was born June 29, 1941, in Newport, a daughter of Leo and Elsie (Sanville) Cheney Jr.

On January 14, 1961, she married Richard (Skip) Bernier, who survives her.  She graduated from Newport Center High School.

Mrs. Bernier was manager of the Vermont Department of Employment and Training in Newport where she retired after 30 years of service.  During this time she was also a military veterans’ representative for the state of Vermont.

She was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed gardening.  She loved her dogs Casey and Boss.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Bernier, of Coventry; by her daughters:  Tina de la Bruere and her husband, Raymond, of Troy and Stacie L. Baker and her friend, Eric Desranleau, of Essex; by her grandsons:  Timothy de la Bruere and his spouse, Thomas, Brent de la Bruere, Jeret Baker and his wife, Kate; by her granddaughters:  Katie Baker and Emily Baker; and by her great-grandson Connor.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Joseph E. Gibney

 Joseph E. Gibney, 61, of Glover died on November 15, 2012, in Glover.

He was born on December 12, 1950, in Troy, a son of Cecile and Irene Gibney.  He married Mary Pillsbury who predeceased him.

He is survived by his children:  Shelly Lavigne and Joseph Gibney Jr., both of Manchester, New Hampshire, Scott Gibney, Brian Gibney, and Jason Gibney; and by his stepdaughter Tracy Raymond.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Roy Ingalls

Roy Ingalls

 Roy Ingalls, 97, died on November 20, 2012, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born November 19, 1915, in Irasburg, a son of the late Ivan and Jennie (Wells) Ingalls.

A lifelong resident of Irasburg, Mr. Ingalls owned and operated the family dairy farm until 1984.  He was very active in the community.  He served as selectman for the town of Irasburg for 47 years.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge #62 in Irasburg and a charter member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST).  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing poker.  He was known for his common sense, his level-headedness, and his Yankee frugality.

Mr. Ingalls leaves his nieces and nephews:  Peter and his wife, Rita Martin, of Sheffield, Marianne and her husband, Mo Hall, of Richford, Paul Martin and his fiancée, Christine, of Richford, Ilene Elliott of Canaan, Linda Wignet of White River, and Ellen and her husband, Skip Swayse, of White River; and his favorite cousin, who was like a daughter to him, Rachel Todd, and her husband, Dean, of Irasburg.

Mr. Ingalls was predeceased by his beloved companion, Wilma Sargeant; his sisters and brothers-in-law:  Ada Ingalls Martin and her husband, Reuben, Lois Ingalls Winget and her husband, Earl, Avis Ingalls Clark Hinton and her husband, Ivers Clark, and Elvin (Jim) Hinton; a niece, Diane Mattoon; and nephews Ivers Clark Jr., Ward Clark, Lance Clark, and Bob Elliott.

Funeral services were held November 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery at a later date.  A Masonic service was held at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VAST, 26 Vast Lane, Berlin, Vermont 05602.

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

James Gerhard Krieble

 James (Jim) Gerhard Krieble, 92, formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 25, 2012, at Kendal in Hanover, New Hampshire.

He was born October 23, 1920, in Weehawkin, New Jersey.  He grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he attended public schools, and then he spent a year at Lawrenceville Academy in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, before college.

Mr. Krieble was a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a BS in chemical engineering in 1942, and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1949.  He married Amanda Sanborne in 1943.  They settled in Washington, D.C., where Mr. Krieble served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.  He worked in the U.S. Naval Laboratory as a process engineer in the chemical warfare and electrochemical sections.  After graduate school he worked for General Electric (GE) as a process engineer at the research laboratory in Schenectady, New York, where he was engaged in research and development in tungsten chemistry, the iodide process, and the electrolytic oxidation of metals. In 1957, Mr. Krieble moved to the GE lamp, metals, and components department in Cleveland, Ohio.  He became a plant manager and continued working on the development and economic evaluation of processes for refractory metals and gases used in lamps until he retired in 1983.

Mr. Krieble was active in charitable, social, and professional communities. He was a member of Sigma X, the General Electric Elfun Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.  A former Eagle Scout, he served as a Boy Scout leader in New York and Ohio.  In retirement, Mr. Krieble served as the president of the Westmore Association in Westmore, and he also monitored the lake’s water quality for the state of Vermont for many years.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, and an active grandfather.  Mr. Krieble loved his summer vacations with his family on Lake Willoughby in Westmore where he hiked, gardened, managed the woods, and tended their property.  Later on, he and his wife spent six months there each year.

Mr. Krieble enjoyed reading and conversation with family and friends who appreciated his dry sense of humor.  Together with his wife, he was ever a gracious host.

He is survived by his children:  daughter Cynthia Krieble and son-in-law Raeburne Heimbeck of Ellensburg, Washington, daughter Elizabeth Krieble of Andover, Massachusetts, son John Krieble and daughter-in-law Katherine Getzels of Brooklyn, New York; and by four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Amanda S. Krieble.

Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation dedicated to Parkinson’s disease research.

Robert J. Wright

 Robert J. Wright, 66, of Craftsbury died at his home on November 21, 2012.

He was born August 25, 1946, in Stowe, a son of Robert and Annie (Martin) Wright, both predeceased.

He is survived by his sons Jasper (Jay) Wright and his wife, Sandy Stoddard, and their children Iva and Jesse of Craftsbury, Charley Wright of Craftsbury, and Brian Wright of North Carolina; by his Sister Linda (Wright) Prescott and her husband, Bruce, and their children Shawn Wright his wife, Fay, and their children, and Angel Prescott, all of Craftsbury; by his brother Gary Wright and his wife, Robin Wright, of Eden; and by loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Tallman of Alaska.

He was a farmer for many years and will be missed by many.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 30, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury with Pastor Roland Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to 140 Scotts Lane, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, care of Jasper Wright.

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

Ruth Naomi Young

Ruth Naomi Young

 Ruth Naomi Young, 86, died peacefully at her home in Westfield on November 15, 2012.

She was born to Neoma Bean Whalen and Joseph Whalen on February 19, 1926 at the family farm in Irasburg.  In 1943 she married George L. Young of West Glover, and together they bought the farm from Mrs. Young’s mother.  There they raised three children and managed a dairy herd until 1969.

Mrs. Young was proud of the farm’s award-winning syrup (which she boiled herself), and she dedicated much of her time to promoting the maple industry in Vermont.

In the 1970s she began working at Young’s Green Mountain Nursery along with her husband and sons.  In 1978 the family bought out the nursery’s founder and moved it to Tree Corners where they ran the business for ten years.

Mrs. Young had a rich social life and was active in the Irasburg and later, New Port Richey, Florida, communities.  Whether she was at the Ladies Aid Society, Home Demonstration Club, the Grange, square dancing, the Barton fair, senior centers, or music jam sessions, she was always happiest when surrounded by friends.  She was especially active in the Irasburg United Church, and she liked to remember how she originated the idea for the Irasburg Church Fair (now in its sixth decade).  For many years, Mrs. Young made flower arrangements for the church every Sunday.

Following the death of her husband in May of 2009, Mrs. Young lived with her son Danny in Westfield where she continued to garden and make new friends.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Unwaveringly devoted to her family, she leaves fondest memories of her humor, generosity, wisdom, and work ethic.

She is survived by her children:  Danny Young, Wayne Young, and Priscilla Christopher; four grandsons:  Matthew Christopher, Aaron Young, Adam Young, Will Young, and their spouses; and three great-grandchildren:  Orion Bava Young, Dante Bava Young, Eliza Lily Knowlton-Young, and Bodhi Knowlton-Young.

She was predeceased by her siblings Pearl Whalen Alexander, Gerald Keith, Thelma Keith Shepherd, and Marion Kennison.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at the Irasburg United Church.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Spring interment will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Irasburg United Church, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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


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