Obituaries October 19, 2016

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Richard Alan Falconer

Richard Alan Falconer, 63, of Troy, died at North Country Hospital in Newport on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Falconer was born in Newport on May 3, 1953, a son to the late Raymond and Emily (Wormsley) Falconer. He began driving at the young age of 14 and continued to be a truck driver for all of his life. Most recently he worked for Ivan and Marlene Maxwell of Derby.

Mr. Falconer was a simple man — he didn’t like things too complicated, he liked things short, sweet and to the point. He enjoyed spending time riding his Harley Davidson and at camp in Westfield.

Mr. Falconer is survived by his three children: Brett Falconer and his partner, Blake Leighton, of Troy, Rhonda Mayhew and her husband, Stacey, of Newport Center, and Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn, of Lowell; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by many siblings; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Mr. Falconer’s life will take place on Friday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at Degre Auction Services, located at 1571 Vermont Route 100 in Westfield. The family has asked that anyone with a motorcycle or truck meet at D and C Transportation in Orleans at 2 p.m. to ride in procession to the celebration.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey, 71, of Newport Center, died on October 9, 2016, at her home.

She was born on September 8, 1945, in Newport. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Germaine (Tetreault) Willey. She attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1963. She then attended the Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro.

She married Raymond Geoffrey on October 5, 1968, who predeceased her in May of 2016.

Mrs. Geoffrey worked as an LPN for her entire life. She worked at health facilities in Springfield, Alaska, Colorado, and finally back at North Country Hospital for 33 years before she retired in 2014.

She enjoyed painting, ceramics, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and baking cookies for her friends. She also spent two years in Alaska with the Inuit through the Vista Peace Corp group.

She is survived by her children: Heath Geoffrey and his companion, Stacey Gosselin, of Derby Line, Heather Geoffrey of Newport Center, and Jarrod Geoffrey and his wife, Dawn, of Ashville, North Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Hanna, Jacobs, Pride, Ronan, and Grace Geoffrey; two brothers, Leo Willey and his wife, Rachel, of Newport, and Keith Willey and his wife, Melanie, of Newport Center; and by her sister Darlene Geoffrey and her husband, Marcel, of Newport. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond; and by her brother Neil Willey.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Geoffrey’s name to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Allan R. Herman

Allan R. Herman, 79, of Brownington, died on October 11, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mr. Herman was born on December 14, 1936, in Evansville, a son of Arnold and Evelyn (Gelo) Herman. On May 4, 1962, he married Linda Coapland who survives him.

Mr. Herman served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed building model boats, planes, etcetera, fishing, going to Florida with Mrs. Herman, telling stories and jokes, riding back roads with his brother Norman and helping family with their building projects. Mr. Herman was always friendly and willing to help others. He enjoyed his Sunday afternoons watching, playing, and talking with his great-grandson Alex, and more recently meeting his great-grandson Elijah while he was in the hospital.

Mr. Herman is survived by his wife, Linda Herman; by his children: Mary Maclure and her husband, Marcel, Linda Bryce and her husband, Ed, Penny White, and Allan Herman Jr.; by his grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, and Johnathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Tonya, Venessa and Hillary White, Keith and Emily Herman, Mark Herman Jr., and his wife, Tami, and Wynona Herman; by several great-grandchildren; by his brothers and sisters: Norman Herman and his wife, Pat, Wendal Herman and his wife, Nancy, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, and Frances Fletcher; and also by several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He was predeceased by his son Mark Herman in 1979; and a brother-in-law Roger Fletcher.

A graveside service will be held on Friday October 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Cemetery, with Pastor Bruce Fletcher celebrating the life of Allan Herman.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Lucy Ellen Holland

Lucy Ellen Holland, 95, of Derby Line, died on October 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 17, 1921, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Samuel and Maude (McNeil) Hart. On November 10, 1942, she married Francis E. Holland, who predeceased her on February 8, 1988.

She was a member of the Derby Community Church and the Stanstead South United Church. Her real focus was her family.

She is survived by her children: Judith Bairstow and her husband, Jeffrey, of Sabastian, Florida, Thomas Holland and his wife, Meredith, of Delmar, New York; by her daughter-in-law Michele Barkett Holland of Acton, Massachusetts; three grandchildren: Caedmon Avery Holland of Delmar, and Mellisa Margaret Holland and Emily Ellen Holland of Ayer, Massachusetts; by her great-grandson John Carey Thompson IV; by her sister Elizabeth Champion of Tucson, Arizona; by her nephew Robert Lee Champion; and by her niece Leina Ann Champion.

She was predeceased by her son David Neil Holland on July 19, 2016.

Memorial services are planned for November.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

David Kenneth Kelley

David Kenneth Kelley of Derby Line, died October 15, 2016 due to a hemorrhagic stroke.

He was born on January 21, 1945, to Winston and Miriam (Poots) Kelley in Newport.

After graduating from high school, he worked for his father, then attended Champlain College. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 15, 1965. He married Jane Ellen Willey on November 12, 1966. In 1988, he retired from the Air Force with 23 years of service, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E8). During this time he was awarded a combination of 34 medals and ribbons. He proudly served his country overseas in Vietnam, Spain, and the Netherlands, as well as at six stateside bases, including in Alaska.

He then worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service while living in Essex Junction, prior to moving back to Derby Line.

He very much enjoyed his children and taking family vacations in both Europe and the U.S. In Derby Line he assisted his wife with their home daycare for 16 years, in the house his parents built. He enjoyed using computers, hunting, fishing, gardening, eating out, and feeding the birds and wildlife. His hobbies also included an extensive collection of cribbage boards and Budweiser beer steins. Mr. Kelley was a volunteer with the Charleston Historical Society, becoming vice-president. He loved reading novels, especially westerns. He was actively involved in getting classmates to go to Derby Academy High School reunions.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Kelley of Derby Line; his brother Dennis of Derby Line; two children: Deborah Hazelton and her husband, Paul, of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, and Tamara Kelley of Colchester; four grandchildren: Samantha, Seth, Anna and Nicholas Hazelton, of East Brookfield; and by one great-grandson, Blake Simons, of Spencer, Massachusetts.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Derby Line Village Cemetery. A celebration of Mr. Kelley’s life will be held following the service at the Eastside Restaurant, and all are invited for a lunch and time with the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

David Harry Reed 

David Harry Reed, 91, of Craftsbury, died on October 11, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on August 25, 1925, in Hardwick, to Homer and Olive (Daniels) Reed. On June 12, 1948, he married Audrey Ainsworth who predeceased him on June 9, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.

On October 11, 1991, he received his GED from Craftsbury Academy. Mr. Reed was a dairy farmer for many years and was also an insurance agent for Co-op Fire Insurance in Middlebury for over thirty years. He served on the soil conservations board.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Morrisville. He was also a member of the National Iwo-Jima Survivor Association in Washington D.C. and the Northern Vermont and New Hampshire, Iwo-Jima Survivors. He was a member of the National World War II Museum in Louisiana. On his eightieth birthday he received a phone call from the governor and Senators Leahy and Sanders. After his military service he received a letter from the late President Harry Truman. He was awarded two state medals: the Vermont Veterans Medal and the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal.

He was involved with Soldier’s Angels, a voluntary group to help wounded soldiers and was a member of the H. Battery, Third Battalion Thirteenth Regiment, Fifth Division group of vets who held reunions throughout the country.

Mr. Reed loved playing cards with his family and friends, enjoyed hunting, trapping, maple sugaring, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Pamela Allen and her husband, Reginald, Sharon Reed, and Scott Reed, all of Craftsbury; by two grandchildren: Wayne Willey and his companion, Penny Peck, and Kevin Willey and his companion, Shannon Daniels, all of Craftsbury; by his great-granddaughter Karina Willey of Eden; by his sister Marjorie Long of Sterling, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a great-grandson Stephen Willey; and by his brothers: Donald and Allen Reed.

Funeral services were held on October 15 at the United Church of Craftsbury Common. Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, VAMROC, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009, or to the Soldier’s Angels, 2700 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 310, San Antonio, Texas 78217.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg, 77, died in the arms of his loving and devoted family on October 9, 2016, in Irasburg.

He was born in December of 1938, in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut working on the farm of his mother, Ellen Biddle Von Stackelberg, late of Albany, where he learned valuable skills with animals, chainsaws, and farm machinery. At the age of ten he converted his first car into a flatbed truck, the start of a lifelong delight in cars which in the course of his life included a 1956 Plymouth, 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, 1978 Ford Country Squire, a Riley Nine, an Aston Martin V-8, and a Peugeot 504 which he left in a car park of the Gare du Nord in Paris in 1980, and for all the family knows, is still there.

At the age of 18 his mother sent him back to Germany to meet his father, Curt Ferdinand von Stackelberg, where he reconnected with a family that had settled in Estonia for the past 700 years until 1918, during which time they were variously of Danish, Swedish, and since 1709, Russian nationality — the latter interspersed with several relocations into banishment in Siberia, a fact of which he was justifiably proud. He spent five years in Germany during which time he attended the University of Heidelberg and met his wife, before returning to the United States, and to Vermont.

An alumnus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the University of Connecticut, he spent most of his career in finance in Paris and London before returning to Irasburg to do what he really loved: cut wood, fix machinery, work for the Department of Agriculture, take long drives, and talk to the farming community of northern New England. He was a modest, self-effacing human being with a love for meeting people and a spontaneous interest in every new encounter; his charm, good humor, and generous nature made him friends wherever he went in life. Constantly engaged and interested by the world around him, he was a trenchant observer of national and international politics, a keen historian (in his opinion the Battle of Poltava marked the decisive moment in the formation of modern East/West relationships), lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, staunch follower of the University of Connecticut Huskies and Arsenal Football Club, lover of classical music (particularly Schubert), and a connoisseur of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. His favorite book, read time and again even during his final illness, was Henry Adams’ Mont St. Michel and Chartres. He was irresistible to cats, and children adored him.

When Mr. Von Stackelberg was eight years old, his great-aunt Ellen Biddle Shipman, took him by the hand and said, “You must come and sit on my lap and always remember that you did, because when I was your age and returned for the first time from the frontier, my grandfather said to me, ‘Come and sit on my lap and remember always that you did, for when I was a little boy, I sat on George Washington’s lap just as you are now.’” The story bears out — the grandfather was Robert Edward Biddle, son of Clement Biddle, Washington’s Quartermaster at Valley Forge. What Mr. Von Stackelberg said to Aunt Nell is not recorded, but with his passing a whole world of romance and marvel is lost.

He is survived by Brigitta Regina, his wife of 56 years; his children, Elizabeth Alexandra, Katharine Temple, and John Constantine; and his grandchildren: Johanna, Clara, Lorelei, Lily, Oscar and Marlene. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial ceremony in his honor will take place at Irasburg United Church on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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