Obituaries October 5, 2016

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obit-bensenhaverSarah Ellen Bensenhaver

Sarah Ellen Bensenhaver, 58, of Brownington died unexpectedly on September 25, 2016.

Born on November 30, 1957, she grew up in Westminster. She was married on December 21, 1985, to Allen Folsom.

Nurturing the land was important to her. She pursued her talents in gardening at the farm owned by her and Mr. Folsom, where she enjoyed taking the family dog for walks through the fields. She also was fond of fishing, reading, writing, as well as studying history.

Ms. Bensenhaver is survived by her husband, Allen Folsom, of Brownington; and her children: Joshua Folsom of Morrisville, Jasmine Folsom of Bristol, Connecticut, and Kathleen Folsom of Brownington. She is also survived by her sister Mary Piluski of Hinsdale, New Hampshire; and her brother Charles Bensenhaver of Walpole, New Hampshire.

A small, private commemorative service will be held at a later date for close friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Northeast Kingdom Human Services or a local humane society could be considered.

 

Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker

Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker, 60, of Newark died suddenly on September 28, 2016.

She was born on August 20, 1956, in Winchester, Massachusetts, to Allen Coker and Beverly (Boivin) Lasure. Ms. Coker was a school teacher in the Brighton School District. She loved teaching, gardening, swimming, and kayaking. She attended graded school in Hartland and later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts degree.

She is survived by her mother, Beverly Lasure; her father, Allen Coker, and his wife, Carolyn; by her companion, Steve Putnam, of Newark; by her brother David Coker and his wife, Donna, of Williamstown; and by her nephew Ken Coker.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be donated to a local food shelf.

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

 

obit-davisonJanet L. Davison

Janet Lois Davison, 67, of Hardwick died on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in the warmth of her home, following a heroic battle with cancer. Her family was at her side.

She was born April 15, 1949, in Morrisville, a daughter of the late Alger R. Baker and Yvonne M. (Chartier) Baker. She attended Jackson Bridge School in Hardwick and Hardwick Academy.

On January 7, 1966, she married Roy Ernest Davison. They lived all of their married life in Hardwick.

Ms. Davison was employed by the East Hardwick Nursing Home, Hardwick Hospital, and the Greensboro Nursing Home in her earlier years. Later she worked for more than 15 years for Vermont Weather Board in Wolcott and Bombardier in Barre. She maintained second jobs at several Hardwick convenience stores, including: The Corner Store, M & M market, Quick Stop, and a Vermont liquor store.

In 1990 she became a foster parent. She provided a home to any child in need for several years, until she finally retired in 1997 and became a full-time home provider to five siblings in state custody. That same year, she was awarded foster parent of the year for helping children, for her dedication, love and support. Then in May 1999, she adopted those very children with the hope of giving them a permanent home, keeping them all together, and making a difference in their lives.

Ms. Davison was the most devoted mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the absolute loves of her life.

Survivors include two daughters: Dawn Howard and her husband, Trevor, and Cleona Davison, all of Hardwick; four sons: Sheridan Davison of Morrisville, Charles Davison, Darrel Davison, and Rusty Davison, all of Hardwick; two grandchildren: Zane Davison of East Hardwick and Kalista Howard of Hardwick; two sisters: June Cleveland of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackie Swett of Barton; two brothers: Joseph Chartier of Orleans and Alger “Skip” Baker of Gilbert, West Virginia; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy, in 1990; by a daughter, Daphne Allen; and a granddaughter, Dekota Allen, both in 1987.

To honor her request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to benefit her special needs children, care of Kalista Howard, 74 Baker Hill Drive, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

obit-Maxwell-1Greta Cora Maxwell

Greta Cora Maxwell, 89, of Newport died on September 26, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on January 26, 1927, in Orleans to Truman and Ada (Wills) Messier. On June 28, 1947, she married Dean Maxwell, who predeceased her on November 5, 2005.

Mrs. Maxwell was an office manager for Orleans Village where she retired in 1990, and previously was a bookkeeper for other businesses in the area. Her hobbies included gardening, watching birds, doing puzzles, and going for rides.

Mrs. Maxwell’s life revolved around her family. She cherished the many family get-togethers, be it trips to the lakes, county fairs, family picnics, or gatherings. She greatly enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow, and she was very proud of their many varied accomplishments. She will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children: Connie Hartshorn and her husband, Alan, of Warren, Norma Perkins and her husband, Blaine, of West Charleston, Linda LaBounty and her husband, James Sr., of Derby Line, Sally Maxwell of Derby, Sandy Maxwell and her fiancé, Peter Faust, of Irasburg, Candy Mihill and her husband, Cleve, of Newport Center, and Edmond Maxwell of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Paula Brown, Henry Hartshorn, Tammy Kroyman, Angel Graves, John LaBounty, Jaimie Poginy, Namu Moulton, Toma Moulton, Gwyn Moulton, Ashley Wright, Heather St. Onge, Eric Maxwell, Evan Maxwell, Nikita Mihill, and Brandi Godin; and by 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bruce Messier and his wife, Joanne, of Ohio; by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by a sister-in-law, Audrey Messier, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her brother Dale Messier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with her nephew, the Reverend Richard Whitehill, officiating. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit-WellhoffEliane Wellhoff

It is with a will as strong as the granite of her native land that Eliane Wellhoff, 76, has fought her battle against her life-robbing illness. Sadly, she will no longer fight, as she has left us on October 1, with our flamboyant autumn leaves and our sorrow.

Mrs. Wellhoff was born on May 29, 1940, in the war torn city of Brest, a strategically located military port in Brittany, a Celtic province at the very western tip of France. She lived there for the first 56 years of her life, and, then, moved with her husband to the Greater Boston area. Eleven years ago they settled in the dream land of the Northeast Kingdom.

Mrs. Wellhoff loved her adopted country and its people, but, deep down, her heart was in her native land. She often talked about her “Chère Bretagne.” She lived in the U.S., but dreamed in Brittany. May the winds that blow over the Atlantic mercifully carry her ashes back to her roots.

Mrs. Wellhoff is survived by her husband, Christian R., of North Troy; his four children: Michael and Daniel of Newport Center, Allen and his wife, Miriam, of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, and Susan Engel and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; several grandchildren; and a few great-grandchildren, all living in the U.S.; by her two sisters, Jeannette Roudaut and her husband, François, of Lilia Plouguerneau, France, and Monique Moince of Argenteuil, France; their children and grandchildren; and by several remarkable French people, young and not so young anymore, who had adopted Mrs. Wellhoff as another mother, and affectionately called her Mamoune.

The family asks that, please, do not send flowers. For those who wish so, a contribution in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to the Visiting Nurse Assiociation, 46 Lakemont Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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