Obituaries October 9, 2013

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Joan Carolyn Armstrong

Joan Carolyn Armstrong, 72, died on August 22, 2011, in Marysville, Washington.

She was born on May 18, 1939, in Troy.  She was the daughter of Orfice C. Armstrong and Gertrude M. Reed.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse for many years in Vermont and California.  She later went back to school and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She is survived by her sister Jean Tousant and her husband, Gordon; and by her six children:  Kim Cota-Anderson and her husband, Jeff, of Marysville, Keenan Cota of Milton, Sherry Cota and Sheryl Cota of Burlington, Pamela Cota of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Archie Cota of Montgomery; and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will return to Vermont and be laid to rest with her parents on October 11, at 1 p.m., at the Troy Village Cemetery in Troy.


obit CollinsReginald L. Collins

Reginald L. Collins, 52, of Brownington died suddenly on October 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 23, 1961, in Newport, to Raymond and Berdina (Scott) Collins.  On July 4, 1988, he married the love of his life, Deborah Hackett, who survives him.

He was employed by Newport Furniture Parts in Newport.

He and his wife enjoyed hunting and fishing together and going to the family camp in Lowell.  They entered cars together at the demo derby at the Barton fair.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, #48 Jimmy Johnson.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Collins of Brownington; his children:  Reginald Collins Jr. and his companion, Cassandra Wheeler, of Brownington, Travis Collins and his wife, Jaime, of Barton, Melissa Chapple and her husband, Justin, of New Hampshire, and Nicole Jankowski of Massachusetts; his parents:  Raymond and Berdina Collins of Brownington; his grandchildren:  Mason, Carter, and Jarret Chapple, all of New Hampshire, and Olivia Collins of Barton; his siblings:  Douglas Collins and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, Mark Collins of Newport, and Lori Collins of Derby; his mother-in-law Ann Hackett of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law Charles Hackett Sr.

Friends and family are invited to a potluck in his memory at his parent’s place, Raymond and Berdina Collins’ home in Brownington, on Route 5A, on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Deborah Collins, 2951 Willoughby Lake Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


obit deyoEleanor Deyo

Eleanor J. Deyo, 93, a former resident of Brattleboro, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in the comfort of her son Marvin’s home in Sheffield, where she had been living since August.

Mrs. Deyo was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1920, the daughter of Ernest and Vera (Lee) Green.  She was raised and educated in Orleans, and had attended Orleans High School.

With her husband, she owned and operated several restaurants in the area that included the former A&W Rootbeer on Putney Road, the former Harmony Café on Elliot Street, and the former Vermont Chef in Wilmington, which the couple operated seasonally during the winter months.  Additionally, the Deyos owned the former Puritan Diner in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  During World War II, she had been employed at the former Estey Organ Company.

She was a very colorful person who loved dressing up and decorating for every holiday.  She loved dancing and was known to be out every Saturday night kicking up her heels.  She really enjoyed going out to breakfast with her friends at Walmart and McDonalds.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband Harry.  She was also known for her excellent cooking.

She was an active volunteer for several years at the Brattleboro Senior Center until the age of 90 and was a life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5.

With her husband she had attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

On November 16, 1940, in Brattleboro, she was married to Harry N. Deyo, who predeceased her on June 21, 1995.

Survivors include three sons:  Norman and his wife, Kaye Deyo, of Boise, Idaho, Michael and his wife, Mary Deyo, of East Dorset, and Marvin Deyo and his partner, Lucille, of Sheffield; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by one son, Malvin Deyo, who was Marvin’s twin; two sisters:  Marion and Elizabeth; and by two brothers:  Harold (Zeke) and Harry Green.

In accordance with Mrs. Deyo’s final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled.

Interment will take place in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Brattleboro, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

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Lawrence E. Gallant

Lawrence E. Gallant, 89, of Hyde Park died on September 28, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

He was a former resident of Barton.  He was born in Newark, and was the postmaster at Derby Line for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean MacDonald Gallant; two daughters:  Jan Kuhn and Jill Jupen; three grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.


obit PerryLeon Andre Perry

Leon Andre Perry, 74, of Brownington died peacefully on October 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1939, in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.  On August 9, 1986, he married Mary E. Carpenter, who survives him.

He was a longtime farmer of the Stone House Farm in Brownington.  He was a lifetime lover of animals big and small, including nationally recognized Ayrshire and Guernsey cows, which earned him recognition in the hall of fame at the Vermont Eastern States Exposition building.  From his champion bull merit “Noble Boss” to his varied breeds of show chickens and registered collies, he very much enjoyed showing and judging cattle.

After farming he pursued a longtime interest in antiques — perhaps his favorites were his Sawyer prints and hens on a nest.  He could often be seen at various flea markets looking to buy, sell, swap or just tell a joke.

He is survived by his wife Mary Perry of Brownington; his children:  Kathy and Stan Robinson, Gina and Steve Gracie, and Steve and Tammy Mitchell; his siblings:  Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Claire Lyon of Brownington, and Loretta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who fondly referred to him as “Uncle Leon” and “Grandpa Leon”; and by his brother-in-law Raymond Darling of Barton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ezekiel and Cecile Perry; his sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Darling; and by his brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis Perry.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, October 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 10, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair, “The Children’s Room,” P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


obit RoyerVirginia Theresa Royer

Virginia Theresa Royer died on October 3, 2013, at her home in Newport Center.

She was married for 65 years to Ernest Royer, who predeceased her on July 12, 2013.

She loved spending time with family and grandkids, playing with her poodle, Missy, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, gardening, and cutting firewood with her husband.  For many years, they farmed in Coventry and then built a garage where Mr. Royer repaired vehicles and Mrs. Royer did the bookkeeping.

After selling to their son, Larry, they were a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county delivering firewood as their idea of retirement.  In her younger years, she worked at both the Governor Prouty Inn and the Valley House in Orleans as a housekeeper and cook.

She is survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; her two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Paquette and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; her grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, Melissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, and Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee; her great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy and her husband, Dan, Larry III, Amanda and her fiancé, Sebastian Lyonnais, Isaac, James and his fiancée, Michelle, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, and Erika; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; a brother, Robert Limlaw, and his wife, Betty; her three sisters:  Christina Williams, Marion Corbitt and her companion, Roger Fournier, and Marilyn Gray and her husband, Brian; her brothers-in-law:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Royer; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; her brothers:  Gardner, David, and Walter Limlaw; and by her daughter-in-law Martha Royer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow at the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


obit spatesWilliam “Bill” F. Spates

William “Bill” F. Spates, 67, of Lynn, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Hilda L. (Riley) Spates, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates.  He was raised in Newport, attended Newport schools, and was a graduate of the former Cambridge Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He made his residence in Lynn for 48 years.

He served as a lieutenant for 12 years in the Army National Guard.  Together with his wife and three sons, they owned Bass Associates Inc., supplying commercial construction companies with architectural metals.  He was a member of East Baptist Church in Lynn, and was also a member of Gannon Golf Club.  He was an avid hunter and golfer, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family.

He was a guy who lived life to the fullest.  He always had a broad smile, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a good word.  He loved his children and his grandchildren beyond reason.

He had a gift for always building up the underdog.  And the only time he looked down at someone, was to give them a hand up.  He wanted you to always look up for your help, and would never mind raising a cold one in his honor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons:  Adam M. Spates and his wife, Maria Boverini, of Lynn, Sean D. Spates and his wife, Amy, of Lynn, and Graham C. Spates and his wife, Elyse, of Lynn; his five grandchildren:  MacKenzie, Christian, Jack, Sydney and Collin Spates, all of Lynn; his two sisters:  Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida; one brother, Douglas Spates, and his wife, Vivian, of Derby; one sister-in-law, Robin Bradley, and her husband, Kevin, of Lynn; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Frank Spates Jr.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m., from the Solimine, Landergan And Richardson Funeral Home, at 426 Broadway (Route 129), in Lynn, followed by a funeral service in East Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are Friday, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations are preferred to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in honor of Dr. David Steensma, Dr. John Koreth, Sarah Cahill, Melissa Houston, Mary Delaney and “The Gang,” 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

Directions and a guestbook may be found at


Sandra L. Wells

Sandra L. Wells, 54, of Irasburg died suddenly, at her home, on October 1, 2013.

She was born on March 10, 1959, to Donald and Margurite (Soraghan) Wells.

She loved running her own yard sales, loved her seven cats and loved her home.  She will be remembered for her big heart.

She is survived by her loving companion Elias Richard Green of Irasburg; her siblings:  Steven Wells of Franconia, New Hampshire, and Sharon Doyle of Weymouth, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on October 5, at her home in Irasburg.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


obit WilleyPaitlynn Harley Willey

Paitlynn Harley Willey, beloved infant daughter of Amy LePage and Jedd Willey, died on September 30, 2013.

She was born on September 11, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents, Amy LePage and Jedd Willey of North Troy; her siblings:  Brooke and Fawn Roberge; her maternal grandparents:  Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy, and Robert and Lori LePage of Derby; her paternal grandmother Melanie Willey of Jay, her paternal great-grandmother Helen Corey of Texas; her maternal great-grandparents:  Alfred and Shirley Santaw of North Troy, and Robert and Carole Flystra of Wayne, Maine; her maternal great-great-grandmother Norma Demers of Newport Center; her aunts and uncles:  Wayne LePage of Newport, Nicholas LePage of Derby, Brent McClure and Sasha Prue of Newport Center, Max Bly and Sarah Lang of Newport, and Jessica Bly of Massachusetts; her great-aunt and uncle, Kathy and Shelly Sheltra of Newport Center; and by her cousins:  Kayanna McClure, Joseph and Justin Turcotte, Kallie and Jalen Rojas both of Massachusetts, and Brianna Bly of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandfather George Willey; and by her great-great-grandfather Paul Demers.

A graveside service was held on October 7, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American S.I.D.S. Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

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