Obituaries October 11, 2017

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Brent R. Amyot

Brent R. Amyot, 31, of North Troy, died suddenly on October 2, 2017, in North Troy as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born on February 18, 1986, in Newport, to Richard and Penny (Nutting) Amyot.

He loved hiking, artistic painting, whittling, wood-burning, being outdoors, and panning for gold. He also loved working with his hands, and he helped rescue people in Biloxi, Mississippi, during Hurricane Katrina. He traveled extensively for a person his age.

He is survived by his parents: Richard and Penny Amyot of North Troy; by his grandmother Dale Nutting of North Troy; by his siblings: Amanda Amyot and her boyfriend, Tyler Blais, of Newport, Ericka Amyot and her wife, Kelly Amyot, of Newport, and Tia Nadeau and her fiancé, Joe Kulakowski, of Newport; by his niece Briana Marie Bordeau; by his foster siblings: Jacob Tucker of North Troy and Stephanie Foster of Newport; by his aunts and uncles: Wanda and Rick Dobler of North Troy, Sandy Bushey and her fiancé, Barney, of Kentucky, Cheryl and Chuck Wood of North Troy, Pamela and Dave Belaska of Milbury, Massachusetts, Andre and Rollande Amyot of Westfield, Bob and Shirley Amyot of Bristol, Connecticut, Denise and Bob Tetreault of Derby, Rosemarie and Wayne Morse of Jay, Diane and Steve Cutting of Troy, and Lisa and John Guyette of North Troy; by his special friend Joe Gillich and his family of Mississippi; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Everett Nutting; his paternal grandparents: Jean and Andre Amyot; and his cousin Freddie Bushey.

A Mass was celebrated on October 7 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Journey To Recovery, 58 Third Street, Suite 3, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Reginald W. Carter

Reginald W. “Reg” Carter, 57, of Newport, died on October 2, 2017, in Newport surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 19, 1960, in Newport, to Iona (Bullis) Carter and the late Wayne Carter. On May 9, 2009 he married Carolyn A. Stewart, who survives him.

Mr. Carter graduated from North Country Union High School in 1979. He was employed as a machinist for over 30 years at North Country Engineering in Derby. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, listening to rock and roll music — especially AC/DC — and he was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Carter, of Newport; by his son Nathan Carter of Newport; by his stepchildren: Patrick Uhsmann and his companion, Annette Cota, of Orleans, Jessica Stewart of Newport, and Amanda Stewart of East Hartford, Connecticut; by his grandson Oliver Uhsmann; by his mother, Iona Carter, of Derby; by his siblings: Rosemarie Bowen and her husband, Don, of Coventry, Ronald Carter of Derby, Patricia Pierce and her husband, Jim, of West Charleston, and Candice Allard and her fiancé, Bill Anthony, of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his special friends Jim Norris of North Troy and Timmy Carter of Essex; and by Maverick, his beloved furry friend, and Alfie.

He was predeceased by his father, Wayne Carter; and by his niece Ashley Allard.

A celebration of life will be held at V.F.W. Post #798 on Central Street in Newport on Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at


Michael J. Hunt

Michael J. Hunt, 49, of Barton, died on October 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1968, in Newport. He was the son of Dalton and Mary Kay (Ober) Hunt.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1986. He coached in many different sports in the Barton area. He was also a Cub Scouts leader and took part in anything else that his sons were involved in. He truly loved his home and the Barton area, enjoying the outdoors and watching the wildlife along with his dog Odin. He had recently taken up photography as a hobby.

He was employed as a produce manager for Price Chopper.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Hunt, of Barton; by his sons: Joshua Hunt and his girlfriend, Ericka LaGumina, and Thomas Hunt; by his parents, Dalton and Mary Kay Hunt, of Barton; and by his siblings: Alan Hunt and his companion, Kate Schneider, and their son Adam, and Shawn Hunt and his wife, Megan; and by his nieces: Savannah Wall, Gabriella Wall, Natalia Wall, Cynthia Moeller and her husband, Jonathan; and by his nephews: Jason, Jared, and Justin.

He was predeceased by his son Phillip on April 3, 1997.

Funeral services were held on October 9 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

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Myrtle (Rollins) Jerzykowski

Myrtle “Mitzie” (Rollins) Jerzykowski, 95, of South Bend, Indiana, died on October 1, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

She was born on May 27, 1922, to the late Herbert and Helen (Woodbury) Rollins in East Concord, and lived in South Bend most of her life.

Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother Richard Rollins.

Mrs. Jerzykowski retired in 1992 from The Associates, where she worked for 30 years in accounting, both in South Bend and in Irving, Texas. She later worked part time as a monitor in the south dining hall at the University of Notre Dame, from 1996 until 2015.

On June 9, 1944, she married John Jerzykowski Sr., in Barton. He died on July 29, 1969.

Mrs. Jerzykowski is survived by her daughter Sandra McHenry and her husband, William, of Lufkin, Texas; her son John Jerzykowski Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Buchanan, Michigan; seven grandchildren: John Jerzykowski IV and his wife Airasellie, Robbee Center and her husband, Matt, Tammy Willmon and her husband, Royce, Jennifer May and her husband, John, Billy McHenry and his wife, Rique, Kristopher McHenry and his wife, Rebekah, and Melissa Jerzykowski; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters: Doris LaClair and her husband, Carrol, of Summerfield, Florida, Joan Frobig and her husband, George, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary Young of Leominster, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Jerzykowski attended Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend. She loved to tend to her flower gardens and is well known for having them look so nice. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They kept her young.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. The time and place will be announced in the South Bend Tribune and on the Kaniewski Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana 46635.

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Kenneth E. McDonald

Kenneth E. McDonald, 69, of Derby, died suddenly at his home on
October 6, 2017.

Mr. McDonald was born on February 17, 1948, in
Newport, to the late Christina Davidson and Merle McDonald. He spent his childhood in Morgan and his early years working for Rudy Burroughs in the woods, then with Real Desrochers driving a truck. He worked thirty years for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan L. McDonald; and his children: Dana Kennison of Derby, Kim Dupuis and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tracy Costa and her husband, Dave, of Island Pond; by his grandchildren Tina Royer and her husband, Derek, of Newport Center, Michelle Aiken and her husband, James, of Derby Line, Amanda Hastings of Derby, David Hicks of Michigan, Shaun Hastings of Connecticut, and Eric Dupuis and his wife, Sarah, of Irasburg; and his great-grandchildren: Kristopher Aiken, Jayden Aiken, Henry Bean, Landen Dupuis, Noah Dupuis, Harper Dupuis, Avery Royer, Bentley Cartee, and Adalynn Jones. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Carpenter, of Derby; his brother, Dean McDonald, of Barton; and his brother-in-law, Gary Carter of Plainfield. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Reginald McDonald, Gordie McDonald, Larry McDonald; and his sister Shirley Carter.

Mr. McDonald enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, camping, and spending time with his
grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14, at 11 a.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, officiated by Pastor Robert Cargill.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. McDonald’s name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Fish and Game Club, P.O. Box 187, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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Thelma L. Willis

Thelma L. Willis, 94, of Newport, died on October 5, 2017, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Beebe Plain on March 29, 1923, the daughter of Clinton and Leda Willey. In 1941 she married Melvin Willis who predeceased her in May of 1972.

She is also predeceased by her son John Willis; her brothers: Clesson Willey, Roland Willey, Basil Willey, and Lyle Willey; her sister Betty (Willey) Laraway; her granddaughters: Wendy (Willis) Judd, who was the daughter of Duane and Bev Willis, Lindsey Couture, who was the daughter of Chris and Roxanne Couture; and her grandson Justin Forcier, who was the son of Karen Bullis. She was also predeceased by her sons-in-law: Claude Roberge and Joseph Bullis.

She is survived by her children: Duane Willis and his wife, Beverly, of Inverness, Florida, Donna Willis, wife of John Willis, of Inverness, Marlene Bullis of Newport Center, Trudy Roberge of Newport Center, Jody Cleveland and her husband, Mark, of Barton; and many grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Connie (Willey) Shannon, of Clearwater, Florida; and her brother Ernold Willey of Shreveport, Lousiana.

She asked that the family give a special thank-you to her granddaughter Lisa Spooner who was always bringing her special treats and visiting often.

Mrs. Willis loved putting puzzles together, playing cards, playing Yahtzee, and she loved to travel with friends. She was always helping friends and family and was a very caring person and an awesome mother.

Donations in Mrs. Willis’ name, may be made to the Activity Department at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

There will be no calling hours. Her interment will take place in the spring.

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