Obituaries October 4, 2017

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Kenneth Phillip Aiken

Kenneth Phillip Aiken, 62, of Newport, died unexpectedly at his home in Danielson, Connecticut, on September 25, 2017.

He was born on May 24, 1955, in Newport to Durward and Dorothy (Ostrout) Aiken. He married Brenda Challinor when he was 18 years old. This December would have marked 44 years of marriage.

Mr. Aiken lived most of his life in Connecticut with his family. He was a truck driver for many years prior to suffering from a stroke. For most of his career he worked for Superior Bakery in Thompson, Connecticut. He enjoyed taking his daughter, Tara, and niece, Emily, in his trailer truck as he drove throughout New England. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He was often very quiet, but was the type of person that could make anyone smile and laugh. Mr. Aiken was famous for being able to nap anywhere at any time, no matter the number of kids running around making a ruckus. He had a love for NASCAR, going to the casino, driving truck, and watching wrestling. He was an amazing man who worked hard his entire life to provide for himself and his family. He will forever be loved and missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Aiken, of Danielson; his daughter Tara Aiken and her long-term boyfriend, Daniel Paine, both of Putnam, Connecticut; his grandsons: Jared Jordan and Oliver Paine, both of Putnam; his mother Dorothy Aiken, and his brother Keith Aiken, both of Newport. He was also survived by his brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Durward Aiken; his brother Kermit Aiken; his in-laws Gloria and James MacKenzie; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, October 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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Nicholas Bryan Carpenter

Nicholas “Nick” Bryan Carpenter,18, of Coventry, died suddenly in Croyden, New Hampshire, along with Michelle Fenimore, 20, in a car crash.

Mr. Carpenter was born on July 2, 1999, in Burlington, to Melissa Currier. He was a perfect young gentleman and very outgoing, passionate about life, amazing, and loving. He grew up in Vermont, attended Derby Elementary School and North Country Union Junior High School. He completed his senior year with online courses while working full time. His first job was at Wendy’s in Newport, then JC Penny’s in Bennington, and later JC Penny’s in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. He will always be remembered as a goofy, fun-loving kid, compassionate, and living life to the fullest. He made everyone smile. He died with Michelle Fenimore who was like a sister to him.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his parents: Melissa Currier and James Morse of Coventry; his siblings: Trevor Morse, Jonathan Carpenter, Christopher Carpenter, Jaime Morse, Daniel Carpenter, and Amber Salzmann-Morse and her husband, Kenneth; his nephews William and Alexander Salzmann; his nieces Victoria and Penelope Salzmann; his grandmother Anne Griffin; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends.

A celebration of his life was held on October 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, officiated by the Reverend Laurence Wall.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Carpenter’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Donna V. Chrisomalis

Donna V. Chrisomalis, 62, of Derby, died on September 29, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 5, 1955, in Newport to Helen (Beck) Pond and the late Victor Pond.

Ms. Chrisomalis was employed as a quality control inspector for Revision in Newport. She enjoyed watching birds, fishing, going to yard sales, gardening, crocheting, and she loved her grandchildren and their visits.

She is survived by her children: Ellen Coderre and her husband, Donald Jr., Eric Smith and his wife, Laurie, and Shawn Connary and his wife, Lori; by 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her mother Helen Pond; and by her siblings: Victor Pond Jr. and his wife, Sandy, Goldie McPhaul and her husband, Richard, and Sheila Stinson and her husband, James.

She was predeceased by her father, Victor Pond, on March 18, 2011; and by her sister Diane McCleod.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 6, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Mike Haddad officiating. Interment will follow in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819. Online condolences can be shared at


Michelle Jaclyn Fenimore

Michelle Jaclyn Fenimore, 20, of Brownington died suddenly on September 22, 2017, in Croydon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 23, 1997, in Staten Island, New York, to Jennifer Rhodes and the late Josef Fenimore. Throughout her life she was a shining light and beautiful soul.

She grew up in Vermont and attended Derby Elementary School and North Country Union Junior High School, and graduated from North Country Union High School in 2015. Her first job was at the Derby Village Store, where her smile was a fixture and she made many close friends. She was most recently a jewelry consultant for JC Penney in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She was very good at her job and very proud of her accomplishments.

Ms. Fenimore loved dance; she was a member of the North Country School of Dance beginning at the age of four, and also a member of NCU Dance Company. She was a lover of all animals and brought many home to be cared for or re-homed. She will be remembered most for her incredible generosity; even as a small child she always preferred to do for others rather than for herself.

Nicholas Carpenter, who was like a brother to her, died with her.

She is survived by her parents, Jennifer Rhodes and Daniel Rich; by her grandparents: Reg and Marte Rhodes of Derby, Jean Fenimore of Staten Island, and Perley and Donna Rich of Canaan, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her siblings: Lauren Alice Blu Rich of Derby Line, Perley Rich of Derby Line, Clayton Rich of Newport, and Natasha Rich of Groton. She also leaves behind her fiancé and love of her life, Trevor Morse, of Brownington; her uncle David Rhodes and his partner, Cynthia Jordan, of Newport; her aunt and uncle Joanne Fenimore Hardman and Thomas Hardman of Staten Island; her uncle Raymond Karkutowski of Staten Island; her future mother-in-law Marie Struss of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

The Peter Ste. Marie family (especially Deana), as well as the family of Sally Maxwell, Ashley Wright, Heather (Wright) St. Onge, and Gywn Moulton were all integral parts of her upbringing and held a special place in her heart. She was also survived by two special family friends, Jeffrey and Colleen Newbegin. She was predeceased by her father, Josef Fenimore; and her aunt Kathryn Karkutowski.

Funeral services were held on September 29 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.

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

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Viateur Gerard Fortin

Viateur Gerard Fortin, 91, of Derby Line, died of natural causes on September 30, 2017, with his family at his bedside.

Mr. Fortin was born to Albetina Lessard and Cyril Fortin on June 10, 1926. He was one of seven siblings who grew up on their dairy farm on Nelson Hill. He graduated from the Rock Island Elementary School in eighth grade in order to help his parents run the family’s farm.

On October 13, 1951, he married Theresa Perreault of Irasburg and bought the family farm from his parents. They had ten children and together ran the farm for 25 years before selling it to their son Guy Fortin in 1975. Shortly after this, his first marriage was annulled and Mr. Fortin started a new chapter in his life when he married Rita Fuller of Newport. Together with her four children, they embarked on a new life. They were married for 33 years. During these years Mr. Fortin enjoyed working in his sawmill or woodworking shop, producing maple syrup, and gardening. He appreciated nature as one of God’s greatest miracles, and was happiest when harvesting the fruits of his labor and sharing them with family and friends.

Mr. Fortin is survived by his wife Rita Fortin; his two sisters: Rita Peterson of Lyndonville, and Yolande Osowski of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey; by Rita Fortin’s children: Terri and her husband, Christopher Hunter, of Lyndonville, Holly and her husband, Jeff Whitehead, of Lyndonville, Christine and her husband, Kevin Amyot, of Westfield, Douglas Fuller of Wentworth, New Hampshire; and his children: Cecile and her husband, Claude Gaboriault, of Barton, Annette and her husband, Steven Cross, of Derby, Richard Fortin of Island Pond, Marcel Fortin of Underhill, Agnes and her husband, Marc St. Laurent, of Bradenton, Florida, Mark Fortin and his wife, Sandra, of Glendale, Arizona, Irene Fortin-Champine of Pittsford, Rachel and her husband, Keith Twofoot, of Brownington, Robert Fortin and his wife, Kim, of Goffstown New Hampshire; by his grandchildren: Dustin and Caitlyn Hunter, Joshua Seidenberg, Cameron and Connor Whitehead, Tyler and Hannah Amyot, Scott and Donald Hubbard, Ashley and Travis Cross, Jennifer Robare, Stephanie Cyphers, Stacey Fortin, Jeremy Fortin, Dustin and Erica Fortin, Danielle, Alicia and Christopher Fortin, Renee and Vanessa St. Laurent, Benjamin and Leah Champine, Shawn and Kyle Fortin, Raven, Randi, and Robert Naramore, and Taylor and Michael Fortin; by his great-grandchildren: Eva and Remy Whitehead, Nathanial, William, and Madison Hubbard, Keenan and Rianna Hubbard, Ava and Jacob Robare, Sawyer and Sabrina Cyphers, Josephine Fortin, Owen and Grant Donahue, Addy Naramore, and Walter Champine.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Bernadette Fortin of St. Johnsbury, Cecile Fortin of Lebanon, New Hampshire; and his brothers: Alexander Fortin of Hartford, Connecticut, Maurice Fortin of Derby Line, Reginald Fortin of Derby; and his son Guy Fortin of Lyndonville.

A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse- Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be shared at


Douglas Joseph Hanrahan

Douglas Joseph Hanrahan, 49, of Randolph, died on September 25, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a brief and sudden illness.

He was born on February 22, 1968, in Biddeford, Maine, to Sharon (Harmon) and William F. Hanrahan. He spent his entire childhood living in Maine, the majority in Farmington, where he graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1986.

After high school, Mr. Hanrahan enlisted in the Army and became a German linguist. He lived in Germany for almost two years and fell in love with the country, the food, and the beer. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1990, and in 1992 graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in criminal justice. In 1994, after moving from Maine to Wisconsin and then finally to Vermont, he married Alicia McKenny, and they settled down in Newport. He began working for the department of corrections that same year.

Mr. Hanrahan was an avid hunter. Each year he would hunt in Maine and Vermont with close friends and family, loving the chase almost as much as he loved to revel in others’ successes. He especially loved going to deer camp, most likely due to the camaraderie, family bonding and storytelling almost more than the actual hunting. While he was always in search of the elusive white-tailed deer, he could not seem to find the heart to hunt the deer that his wife fed in the driveway (all 18 of them). He agreed that it was just too much fun watching their silliness from the bedroom window.

He had a gift when it came to telling a story or a joke. Depending on the topic, he could either make you spit out your drink or split a gut by laughing so hard. His amazing mind and quick wit meant that very few topics were off limits. Many of his stories stemmed from the antics of the three precocious Hanrahan brothers (and one Hanrahan sister), his Army buddies, or from his more than 20 years working for the Department of Corrections (DOC).

His incredible mind was also used for good. He was very proud of his work at DOC. Whether he was a unit officer, shift supervisor, or chief of security, he was passionate about the security side of corrections. He was honest, reasonable and practical. It was all about protecting staff and inmates and although the past year was especially stressful for him, he still believed in the principles of the system.

Mr. Hanrahan was an incredible dad to his beloved daughters. He has successfully transferred his love of the New England Patriots on to both of them, who will carry on his tradition of rooting for them for years to come. For the last three years, he has taken the family to pre-season games, which was the highlight of the summer for him and for them. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia (McKenny); and twin daughters: Serena and Bailey; his siblings: William and his wife, Lisa, Jeff and his wife, Amy, and Kelly and her husband, Tim (Bourassa); as well as his beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his dad and mom in 1992 and 2005, respectively.

No services are planned. Online condolences may be left at


Gloria G. Robillard

Gloria G Robillard, 88, of Brownington, died peacefully on September 26, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on February 6, 1929, in St. Johnsbury to Donat and Millicent (Jacques) Gosselin. On June 4, 1949, she married Emmanuel Robillard, who predeceased her in 2003.

She was a member of St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans, as well as St. Benedict’s Church in West Charleston.

She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She was a seamstress for many years at the glove factory in St. Johnsbury and also at Slalom Ski Wear in Newport. She also helped her husband on the family farm. Mrs. Robillard loved to watch the wildlife around her home, with birds and deer being her favorite. She enjoyed time with her family and going out to eat with family and friends.

She is survived by her two children: Rita Driver Johnson and her friend, Raymond Durgin, of Derby, and Paul Robillard and his wife, Darlene, of Brownington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sheila Driver and her friend, George Weber Jr., of Derby, Shawn Driver of Derby, Scott Driver of West Charleston, Zachary Robillard and his wife, Brandy, of Brownington, Jacque Robillard of Brownington, Seth Robillard and his friend, Nicole Jones, of Craftsbury, Christopher Robillard and his wife, Brooke, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Jasmine Glodgett and her husband, Ezra, of Island Pond; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters: Gertrude Simons of West Burke and Louise Smith of Poincianna, Florida.

She was predeceased by two brothers: Maurice Gosselin and Eugene Gosselin; and by her son-in-law Marc Driver.

A Mass was celebrated on September 30 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at


Gordon N. Stafford

Gordon N. Stafford, 78, of Island Pond, died on September 25, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on October 19, 1938, in Island Pond to Leon and Mary (O’Gorman) Stafford. On November 20, 1965, he married Mary A. Miclette who survives him.

Mr. Stafford entered the United States Marines and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Canadian National Railroad as a welder.

He held memberships with the Order of the Masonic Lodge #44 of Island Pond and American Legion Post #80, and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. He was president of the Republican Party in Island Pond, a state representative for 14 years, a member of the National Rifle Association and the Knights of Columbus, and a state champion on the all-Army pistol team for the Vermont National Guard. His hobbies included motorcycles, hunting, and shooting, and he was a member of the Civil War Round Table. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Stafford, of Island Pond; by his children: Timothy Stafford of Waitsfield, Paul Stafford and his wife, Paula, of Berlin, and Sharon Stafford of Highgate; and by his grandchildren: Tristan, Sage, Jack, Jake, and John. He is also survived by his twin brother Gregory Stafford of Island Pond; and by his sisters: Jane Othot and her husband, Richard, and Joan Stafford.

A Mass was celebrated on September 30 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment with full military honors followed in St. James Catholic Cemetery.

Online condolences can be shared at


Barbara L. Stevens

Barbara L. Stevens, 99, of Barton, died on September 17, 2017, surrounded by her family at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on July 27, 1918, in East Warren, to Alfred and Barbara (Blake) Leno. In 1940 she married Nelson Stevens who predeceased her on July 19, 1998.

She held many jobs and most recently was a cook at Lake Region Union High School where she retired in 1975. She enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards, making crafts, board games, reading, snowmobiling, and especially celebrating Christmas with her family.

She was a member of the West Glover Congregational Church where she was a Willing Worker and a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Christmas Club and a lecturer for the Glover Grange # 272.

She is survived by her children: Gary Stevens of Albany, Rebecca Griffin and her husband, Ron Moss, of Zephyrhills, Florida, Jeffery Stevens and his wife, Pamela, of Barton; by her foster son David Griffin of Brattleboro; by her daughter-in-law Rachael Stevens of Newport; by eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and by her special friends Polly and Leo Gendron; her childhood friend Jessamine of Waitsfield; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Nelson Stevens III on February 10, 2017; by her brothers: Corcell, Cyrill, and Leighten Leno; and by her sisters: Sharlene St. Dennis and Julia Powell.

A graveside service was held on September 22 at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the West Glover Congregational Church, 2516 Bean Hill Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875. Online condolences can be shared at


Clair L. Young

Clair L. Young, 71, of Craftsbury Common died in Morrisville on the morning of September 30, 2017.

He was born October 23, 1945, the son of the late Henry A. and Bessie (Taylor) Young. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964. He was drafted into the U.S. Marines and did a thirteen month tour of duty in Vietnam. He worked as a carpenter in his own business. He loved sugaring. He married Dianne Young on October 4, 1969.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Dianne. He is also survived by his brothers: Robert and Joseph and his wife, Jeannine; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Frank, Fred, and Henry Young; and by his sister-in-law Priscilla Young.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Per the family’s request there will be no calling hours.

Online condolences may be made at

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