Obituaries October 26, 2016

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Anita E. Fournier

Anita E. Fournier, 86, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died Sunday morning, October 16, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay in Shelburne surrounded by her family.

She was born May 29, 1930 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the daughter of Archie and Dezilda (Roulleau) Turgeon.

She received her schooling in Newport Center. She married Germain “Jim” Fournier at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on August 21, 1950. They moved to Windsor in 1952. Mrs. Fournier was employed at the former W.T. Grant’s and later at Rich’s Department Store, both in West Lebanon, for 19 years until her retirement in 1991. She also worked with her husband operating his store, Jim’s Paint and Wallpaper, in Windsor for many years until his retirement in 1993.

They owned a “little piece of heaven” on Crystal Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire, where they lived year-round for many years, then seasonally. There they spent countless summers enjoying their time with their children and grandchildren, which meant the world to Mr. and Mrs. Fournier.

Following their retirement, they moved to Vero Beach, Florida, and later to Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Mrs. Fournier was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.

Her loving husband of 62 years died on October 15, 2012. She was also predeceased by one son, Ronald Fournier; by her parents; and by four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two daughters: Patricia Sottile and her husband, Frank, and Debra Quintana and her husband, Michael; one sister, Lorraine Choquette; four brothers: Norman Turgeon, Roger Turgeon, Roland Turgeon, and Gerald Turgeon; five grandchildren: Michael “MJ” Quintana, Peter Sottile, Emily Quintana-John and her husband, Eric, Stephanie Sottile Harris and her husband, David, and Melanie Sottile; and three great-grandchildren: Eleanor John, and Adam and Oliver Sottile.

A Mass was celebrated on October 22 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor by the Reverend Charles R. Danielson, followed by committal services for both Mr. and Mrs. Fournier at the St. Francis Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Fournier’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Anita E. Fournier to the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle County, Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446, or online at


James Sherman Masson

James Sherman Masson died peacefully among family on October 17, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Mr. Masson was born February 9, 1921, in McAdam, New Brunswick. He was the son of Lula (Phillips) and George Masson and husband of the late Elizabeth (Betty or Lizzie) Filby. He graduated from McAdam Composite High School in 1938. At the time, he was too young to join the Air Force so he completed a machinist course in   Moncton, New Brunswick. At age 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He served as a sergeant in charge of the Boomers and Gunners Armaments Division. He met Betty while stationed at Mossbank, Saskatchewan, and they were married on New Year’s Eve, 1943, at the United Church in Ochre River, Manitoba. They enjoyed 71 years of married life together.

After World War II, they settled in McAdam, and raised three children: Marlene, Lawrence, and Robert. He was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Supplies Division which stocked and distributed supplies for trains and buildings. He began his career in McAdam, transferred to Sherbrooke, Quebec, when train transportation declined, and consequently to Newport; the town where he settled after retirement with his family.

Mr. Masson was very active in his community and enjoyed sports. In McAdam, he served as a deacon at the Rockland Drive United Baptist church, superintendent of Sunday school programs, member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Grand Master Ashlar Masonic Lodge, and on the school and hospital boards. As president, he was awarded a lifetime membership to the Border Curling Club in Beebe, Quebec. Mr. Masson was the team skip for many years, leading them to victory on numerous occasions. Additionally, he bowled regularly in leagues at Ayres’s Cliff, Quebec and Newport, well into his ninetieth year.

He was a member of the Newport Community Circle, Forever Young Club, Newport Baptist Church, and several bowling leagues. His interests included carpentry, woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing, card games and his family. He loved to dance and was a great dancer, the envy of many.

His brother George Alfred Masson (1919 — 1993) of Stoney Lake, Ontario, predeceased him. Often Mr. Masson was his brother’s guide in the New Brunswick woods during deer hunting season.

He leaves behind three children: Marlene Dalley and her husband, Angus, of Ottawa, Ontario, Lawrence Masson, of Toronto, Ontario, and Robert “Bob,” and his wife, Betty Ann Yetter, of Newport. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren from Newport, and Ottawa: Robert Masson Jr. and his wife, Arla, Andrew Dalley and his wife, Cecilia, Jennifer Masson and her husband, Rick Morin, Michael Dalley and his wife, Alana, and Darlene Masson and her husband, Patrick Haugwitz; and 12 great-grandchildren: Hunter and Kaitlyn Masson, Maeve and Lydia Dalley, Christopher, Riley and Gabriel Morin, Baron, Stuart, and Mira Dalley, and Alex and Sophie Haugwitz.

Funeral services were held on October 22 at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place in McAdam at a later date. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the East Main Street Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Forever Young Club, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at


Lionel Sicotte

Lionel Sicotte, 82, of Derby died on Friday, October 14, 2016.

He was born in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, on June 22, 1934. He was the son of the late Auguste and Florina (Tetreault) Sicotte.

He moved to Westfield in 1940, where he worked and operated a dairy farm along with family members. The farm was sold in 1958 and he moved to Newport.

One of his great passions was playing the violin along with his sister Jeannine on the piano and his brother Johnny on the drum.

He attended Newport Center High School and graduated from Champlain College with an associate’s degree in business.

Upon graduation he moved to South Burlington. There he worked for many years selling real estate for the Allen Agency in Burlington. In 1985 he, along with his brother Johnny Sicotte, bought the Pierre Motel in Barre. The motel was sold in 2000 and he moved to Derby and worked at the Newport Country Club for several years.

He was a devoted brother and uncle to his family, nieces, and nephews, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.

Mr. Sicotte is survived by his sister Jeannine Sicotte of Derby Line; his nephews: Richard Sicotte and his wife, Linda, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Raymond Sicotte of Colchester, Reynold Sicotte and his wife, Francine, of Newport, Marc Sicotte and his wife, Gail, of Lowell, and Sylvain “Fred” Sicotte and his wife, Sandi, of Colchester; and by several great-nieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Suzanne Sicotte; his brother Johnny Sicotte; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy and Marie Jeanne Sicotte, and Albert and Helene Sicotte.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made in his memory to Mater Dei Parish Renovation Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Funeral services were held on October 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by burial at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences can be made at


Darlene Joy Sweeney

Darlene Joy Sweeney, 65, of Craftsbury, died at her home in Craftsbury with her loving family by her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Martha Ouellette. She was born December 15, 1950, in Windsor and was adopted by Ethel and Dean Wheeler of Newport, where she lived during her adolescent years. Later in life she was joyfully reunited with her birth mother and three siblings: Jay Shattuck, Paul Shattuck and Pam Frasier.

Ms. Sweeney had a love of cooking and she shared this with many through her career as a cook, working over the years at Sterling College, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Windridge Tennis Camp. Her memory will live on in those who were lucky enough to have tasted her bread. Ms. Sweeney also had a great passion for sewing. Whether it was making quilts for family members or friends, or mending clothing for her grandchildren, her love of the art and for those she was sewing for was evident. Although these were wonderful skills, her true gift was that of kindness. She was often heard saying, “I might not forget but I will always forgive.” She not only lived this philosophy but also encouraged others to practice it as well. Ms. Sweeney was an incredibly brave and resilient woman who not only endured cancer but found a way to do this with keeping her sense of humor intact, which is not an easy task. When facing the grim prognosis of unbeatable cancer she said, “I don’t want any tears of sadness,” and she worked her hardest to ensure this for herself and for her family members whom she loved with all her heart.

Ms. Sweeney leaves her husband of 38 years, Rodney Sweeney, of Craftsbury; her sons Torin Hammond of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Seth Sweeney and his wife, Mindy, of Craftsbury; daughter Fawn Lanphere and her husband, Brent, of North Hyde Park; and her four grandchildren: Hunter Hammond, Ethan Griggs, Sakoya Sweeney, and Sage Sweeney. Countless other family and friends will mourn her passing.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Rachel Macneal for her time and devotion in helping Ms. Sweeney to live out her dying wish by spending her final days at home.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 28, at the North Hyde Park/Eden Fire Station from 1 to 4 p.m.

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