Obituaries November 9, 2016
John F. Brown, 82, of Barton, died on November 2, in Newport, after a period of declining health.
Mr. Brown was born July 5, 1934, in Burlington, the youngest son of E. Merriman and Marjorie (Ford) Brown. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1952 and the University of Vermont in 1956, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1958.
On September 5, 1959, he married Marjorie A. Cross in Slatersville, Rhode Island, and went to work as a county agricultural agent in Worcester, Massachusetts. His two daughters were born while they lived in Holden, Massachusetts.
In October 1962, he moved to Barton and joined his father in the family business, now known as E.M. Brown & Son, Inc. He enjoyed his years at “The Mill” and the employees, friends, and customers he dealt with daily. He always had a smile and a willingness to help anyone.
In 1980 he suffered a heart attack and retired, but continued to help others with his many areas of expertise. Mr. Brown served as member of the Barton school board, as a Barton Village trustee, on the advisory boards of the Community National Bank and the Howard Bank, as director of the Barton Chambers Apartments, Inc., and as treasurer of the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders of the Barton Medical Clinic and its treasurer, a member of North Country Hospital and Health Systems, and served on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance board.
His business knowledge also helped his work with SCORE — a nonprofit organization designed to help small businesses succeed — and on the town of Barton loan committee, as Treasurer of the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery Association, and the St. Paul School Endowment Fund.
He was a justice of the peace, served on the board of civil authority, and was a director of Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association.
He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Bruins fan, and had wonderful memories of his fishing trips to Canada especially seeing the northern lights, an experience he never forgot. Mr. Brown enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, and his many European vacations.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters: Nancy and her husband, Jon Aswad, of Snoqualmie, Washington, and Deborah Brown of North Haverhill, New Hampshire; two grandsons, Nicholas Aswad of Burlington and Connor Aswad of Winooski; a brother, Dr. Edwin Brown and his wife, Patricia, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; and sister-in-law Ba Brown of Houston, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his much loved cat Rascal.
He was predeceased by his parents E. Merriman and Marjorie Brown; stepmother Lucy Brown; and brother Robert Brown.
Funeral services were held on November 7, at the Barton United Church. There will be a private burial at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orleans Essex VNA & Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.
Marianna Erho, 76, of Brownington died on November 3, 2016, in Newport.
She was born on June 7, 1940, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Clarence and Sarah Jane (Adams) Hanson.
On May 21, 1960, she married Joseph Erho, who survives her.
Mrs. Erho was a nature enthusiast and enjoyed her beloved pets and birds.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Brownington; by her children: Sarah Joanne McTeauge of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Kenneth Joseph Erho and his partner, Michelle Howe, of Heath, Massachusetts, and Julie Ann Duff of Greenfield, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jess, Jeremy, Ashley, and Jared Erho, Morgan Duff, Monica Fecto, Melinda Duff and Richard Duff; and by eight great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her granddaughter Melissa Duff; by her brother Henry Hanson; and by her sister Barbara Evanson.
Services will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. 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 can be made at curtis-britch.com.
George Osborn, 83, died on October 25, 2016, at Copley Hospital in Morristown after enduring ALS for several years.
He was born in Oklahoma City and later served in the military. After leaving the service, he entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, as a student of trombone. After graduation, Mr. Osborn performed in the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra for a year then moved back to Rochester where he met Elinor, his wife of 55 years, who survives him. He was principal trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly all of his 40 years there.
Music was his first love, but after retirement and the move to Craftsbury, he had more time to pursue his enjoyment of cross-country skiing, rowing, biking, and running. When ALS kept Mr. Osborn from those endeavors, spending time in the Craftsbury General Store, where he enjoyed meeting the community, became the high spot of his day.
Donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC, 20005, or at https://www.alsa.org.
Charles Moulton Wilson, 89, of Brownington, died on October 28, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.
He was born on February 17, 1927, in Newport. He was the son of the late Newell and Vera (Moulton) Wilson, and grew up working on their family farm on the Glen Road.
He married Dorothy Merriman on September 28, 1957. She predeceased him on November 15, 2013.
Mr. Wilson worked as a sander for Ethan Allen Furniture Company in Orleans for 28 years, before retiring in 1989.
He enjoyed tinkering on cars, woodworking, working in his sharpening shed in Glover, traveling, and photography.
He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newport.
He is survived by his three children: Joyce Norrie of St. Johnsbury Center, Jonathan Wilson and his wife, Marti, of Brownington, and Joseph Wilson and his wife, Penny, of Irasburg; by his grandchildren: Marissa Gadapee of East Haven, Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Jamie Wilson and her fiancé, James Margolla, of Brownington, Danny Gosselin Jr. of Orleans, Tiana Gosselin of Derby, Skyla Wilson and companion, Brandon Hoose, of Rapid City, South Dakota, Naula Gosselin and companion, Dakota Deslandes, of Newport, and Tucker Wilson of Irasburg; by five great-grandchildren: Damyin Gadapee, Kairi Gosselin, Mackenzie Gosselin, Axel Moses, and Maizie Hoose. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Other than his wife, he was predeceased by his brother Leland Wilson; his sister Sarah Miller; and by his son-in-law David Norrie.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newport, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.
Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.