Obituaries September 14, 2016

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Robert “Bob” Garfield Baker

Robert (Bob) Garfield Baker, 86, died peacefully at his home in Newport, surrounded by his family on September 6, 2016.

He was born on April 9, 1930, in Newport to Stanley and Doris (Leavitt) Baker. On September 11, 1954, he married Hilda Manning, the love of his life, who predeceased him on June 15, 2015.

Mr. Baker was a graduate of Newport High School. He honorably served on active duty in the United States Navy from July of 1948, through July of 1952. He worked many years for the Newport Daily Express, and then as assistant postmaster for the United States Post Office in Newport until he retired.

Among his hobbies, Mr. Baker enjoyed fishing and hunting (often with his good friend Joe Coutu who predeceased him), bowling on a league in Derby, and playing cribbage (frequently with his son Brad). Mr. Baker was also an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed discussing the games with his brother Don. He also enjoyed trips with his wife to Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, to see the singers and listen to country music. In recent years his favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch and waving to friends and neighbors as they drove or walked by his home.

Mr. Baker devoted his life to his wife and children. There was nothing he enjoyed more than being with his family.

He is survived by his children: Debbie Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Tim, of Mobile, Alabama, Bradley Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Bob, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Megan Duquette and her husband, Jonny, of Billings, Montana, Jenna Hurd and her husband, Tom, of St. Johnsbury, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin both of Goffstown; and by his great-grandchildren: Owen Hurd, and Kylee and Kinsley Duquette. He is survived by his siblings: Betty Ann Finn of St. Albans, Donald Baker and his wife, Polly, of Summerfield, Florida, Stanley Baker and his wife, Mimi, of Derby, Mona Lewis and her husband, Mickey, of Newport, Doris Demers and her husband, Leo, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, and Valda Cole of Arcadia, Florida; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters Vera McFarlane, and Bonnie Bullis and her husband, Rob; his brothers Larry Baker and his wife, Laura, Winston Kelley, and Larry Kelley; and by his brothers-in-law Mickey McFarlane, and Winfield Cole.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Delauries officiating, including full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Vermont Fish and Game Department, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

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Rolande Laurette Bathalon

Rolande Laurette Bathalon, 84, of Troy, died peacefully at her home in Newport on Friday, September 2 surrounded by her children.

Ms. Bathalon was born the first of eight children to Philippe and Bernadette Lauzon in Mawcook, Quebec, on January 1, 1932. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roger Bathalon on September 4, 1989.

She lived a full life, first as a farmer’s daughter helping her father, then as a farmer’s wife, homemaker, and mother. Life took a turn when Mr. Bathalon changed careers to become a carpenter and she helped him build two homes. She enjoyed many years working as a chambermaid at Hotel Jay, and as a seamstress for Bogner Sports in Newport. All the while she provided a loving home for family and friends to gather for good food and lots of laughter, and there was always cold beer on hand. She enjoyed many friends, and was often seen helping out at church functions, or more often on the dance floor with her husband. Her passion was working in her flowers, both inside and out. As she said many times in later life: “I would do it all again.”

The last of her generation for the Bathalon family, she is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Paul and Lucy, their children: Sarah and Emma and her partner, Ryan; Gaston and Rose, their children Amanda (Sister Regina SCC), Emilie and Joshua White, and their children: Theodore and Catherine, Phillip and Colleen, and Jeffrey; André, and his children: Megan and Matthew Cameron, and their children: Bryce and Nora, Eben and Sue, and their children: Sofie and André; Rachel and Mike Wehner, and their children: Kevin and his partner, Rachel, Katelynn, and Kristopher; Michael, his daughter Kara and her husband, Ian Bouchette, and their children: Noah and Owen.

She is also survived by her siblings: Jim Lauzon and his spouse, Carol, Lise Turgeon, John Lauzon and his partner, Lucy, and Denise Guillemette and her spouse, Roland; by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She is predeceased by three siblings: Gelles Lauzon, Giselle Roberts and Albert Lauzon.

A Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy on September 10, followed by interment in St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, which can be found online at, or by calling: (603) 598-8191. Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to mention the Cameron Family Crusaders when doing so.


Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr.

Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr., 95, died at his home in Newport on September 6, 2016.

He was born in Derby on October 11, 1920, to Beryl (Temple) and Chester A. Carpenter Sr.

He worked hard on the family farm and grew up next door to the love of his life, Wilma White. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1938, and faithfully attended yearly alumni banquets.

He answered the call to serve his country during World War II, joining the Army and serving in the Pacific Theater. He survived the sinking of the S.S. President Coolidge in October, 1942, just months after marrying his beloved Wilma. In 1943, he received the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in the Solomon Islands for an incident he rarely talked about, but involved live ammunition and fire. He and his wife both attended the University of Connecticut on the GI Bill after they got out of the service.

Following the war, he and his brother-in-law Maurice Marsh owned and operated a machine tool shop on Union Street (Marsh and Carpenter) for many years. He could literally fix anything and made incredible and fun toys for his kids.

Being very civic minded, he volunteered his time to various local organizations and his opinions were highly respected.

Mr. Carpenter had a tremendous knowledge of local history and enjoyed sharing information with friends and family. He was an avid reader and had a bookshelf full of books on history and biographies. He was an avid antique bottle and postcard collector. He loved being involved in local historical groups. He never met a squirrel, bird, or chipmunk he would not feed.

He was a member of the Derby Community Church, and a true man of God.

He and Mrs. Carpenter spent many quality hours at their camp on Salem Lake with family and friends. He loved his family and his church first and foremost.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his daughter Kathy; sisters-in-law: Joan Carpenter of Newport, and Joyce Carpenter of Williston; several nieces and nephews; and many church family members, whom he also considered family. He was especially pleased with Susan Barnett and thankful for all of the assistance over the last several months.

He was predeceased by his parents; eight siblings; his dear wife Mrs. Carpenter (after 50 years of marriage); his daughter-in-law Carol; and his son Jerry Carpenter.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Community Church in Derby, with the Reverends Fred and Carol Barker officiating.

Following the service, the interment will take place in the Derby Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Carpenter’s name to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Drive, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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Nathaniel N. Cote

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought his death so near.

But only those who have lost can tell

The pain of parting without farewell.

Nathaniel N. Cote died peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 12, 1981 in Newport. He was the beloved son of Marie C. Joyce (Norton) and Baxter D. McNeal. He was a loving father to his two children, Damon and Jade Cote, who were the sunshine in his life. He is also survived by his brother Christopher Cote and Christopher’s children, Donald, Makayla, Dalton, Kiana, Dakota, and Noah; his sister Denise Willis and her three children: Alice, Edmund, and Andrew.

“Nate” as he liked to be called, attended North Country Union High School in Newport, Bellows Falls Academy in St. Albans, and Sheldon Elementary School, all in Vermont.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, fishing, walking, and picnics, especially with his children.

Most recently, he was employed by Kingdom Property and previously for Round Hill Fencing Company. He also worked for sawmills in Irasburg and Coventry.

He had a great sense of humor and a kind spirit, paying special attention to those in need. His couch was for anyone who needed a good night’s sleep.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, “Nanny;” his grandfather; and his uncle, Dale Norton; as well as his paternal grandparents.

Mr. Cote will always be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends near and far. He will be forever cherished by his parents and sorely missed by his two children.

A private memorial will be held at the family’s convenience.

Condolences can be sent to 4 McNeal Heights, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin

Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin, 87, of Newport died peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on September 6, 2016.

Mrs. Poulin was born to Guild and Ellen Jones in North Troy on May 31, 1929.

In 1947, she married Gaston Poulin, her loving husband of 69 years who will greatly miss their shared life of simple pleasures. As they entered their senior years, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin maintained an exceptional focus and devotion to spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Poulin’s stories, memories, and laughter filled their home when their frequent visitors stopped by. Much to the pleasure of their grown children, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin developed quite a fondness for the Boston Red Sox after their 2004 World Series win. Always ready to share a drink with her adult extended family, or a Hershey’s Kiss with her great-grandchildren, her love and kindness knew no limits.

Mrs. Poulin was predeceased by her parents, Guild and Ellen Jones; by her sisters: Wilda Smith and Jennie Mae Louis; and by her grandchild, Shawn Stephen Poulin, who always held a very special place in her heart.

She will be deeply missed by her children: Steve Poulin and his wife, Valerie, of Derby, Peter Poulin and his wife, Diana, of Newport, Jeffrey Poulin and his wife, Tracey, of Newport, and Nancy Poulin of Derby.

Her grandchildren will profoundly miss her love. Her grandchildren are: Topher Poulin, Cory Poulin and his wife, Julie, Sonya Jones and her husband, Troy, Stephanie Estes and her husband, Corey, Stephanie Delabruere, Josh Poulin and his wife, Jen, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matt, Samantha Cole, Arden Leitheid, Johanna Bartley and her husband, Travis, and Jessica Poulin.

Mrs. Poulin was adored and will be greatly missed by her many great-grandchildren: Sydney and Ryder Poulin, Zoe, Tanner, Hattie and Slater Jones, Reilley and Colby Estes, Rhiannon, Traven and Kaden Rosamilia, Mya, Star, Quinne and Hudson Poulin, Jaida and Henry Poutre, and Madyson, Colton and Denver Bartley.

Mrs. Poulin’s pure, unconditional love for her family and friends will be her legacy. As we grieve her loss, we will forever cherish how special she made each one of us feel. Not a gathering, visit or call went by without a “love you” from our beloved Nan. These words will be our comfort as we gather together to celebrate her life.

A celebration of Mrs. Poulin’s life was held on September 12 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Poulin’s memory may be sent to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.

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Marion Elsie Souliere

Marion Elsie Souliere of Lyndonville died peacefully at the age of 63, on August 19, 2016.

Ms. Souliere was born in Newport on October 21, 1952, to John C. Hinman and Marion Alma (Wallace) Hinman. She married Robert (Bob) Souliere on September 29, 1973. They lived in various places before they settled in Lyndonville in February 1982, where they raised their three beautiful children, enjoying life to the fullest.

Ms. Souliere took much pride in being a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always involved and attending her children’s athletic, school, or social events throughout all her years, and definitely was their number one fan. She always supported her husband in his professional career and all of his coaching positions throughout the years. She truly took so much pride and joy in her family, they meant everything to her. Hosting family holidays was so special to her. Her passion and commitment as a mother and grandmother continued on as she supported her seven grandchildren in their daily lives and events.

Ms. Souliere also had her own business for many years, Wholesome Health. She loved taking care of people. Ms. Souliere was a social, active woman, deeply involved in many activities. She enjoyed social gatherings with her family and friends, knitting (many, many gifts to many people), golfing, and collecting various types of antiques.

Ms. Souliere and her husband purchased a second home in The Villages, Florida, in 2008. It was there she rediscovered her passion for billiards. She participated in many leagues and was recruited to join several elite teams. She loved her time in The Villages, where she made some amazing friends, loved entertaining, and enjoyed many activities.

Ms. Souliere is survived by her husband Bob of Lyndonville; her son and daughter-in-law Josh and Stacy Souliere of South Ryegate; her daughter and son-in-law Jacinta and Greg Jones of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts; her daughter and son-in-law Julia and Brandon Thrailkill of Lyndonville; her seven loving grandchildren: Lilly Jones, Kelsie Jones, Grant Jones, Julian Thrailkill, Grady Souliere, Elena Souliere, and Drake Thrailkill; her sister Alta Jenness and husband, Ed, of Derby Line; her sister Wenda Aceto and husband, Richie, of Herndon, Virginia; her brother Tim Hinman and wife, Debbie, of North Derby; her sister Margaret Maxwell and husband, Stewart, of Coventry; her mother-in-law Lillian Souliere of Dover, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Denise Souliere of Dover; her sister-in-law Lynn Neal and husband, Scott, of Monmouth, Maine; her sister-in-law Faith Robinson and husband, Jeff, of Riverview, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John Carlton Hinman, and mother, Marion Alma Hinman, of Newport.

Ms. Souliere will always be remembered by her bright blue eyes, her charismatic smile that would light up any room, and her loving and caring heart. Her family and friends will always remember her as a friendly, welcoming, loving person who everyone loved and respected. We will truly miss her, very much.

A Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on September 17, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Lyndonville. A burial will follow at the Lyndon Center Cemetery. Then a celebration of Ms. Souliere’s life will follow at the Burke Mountain Resort Hotel. Anyone wishing to make a donation to a fund that was organized for Ms. Souliere by her friends in The Villages, can do so at

There will also be a celebration of life in The Villages at a later date.


Marion Taylor

A wise person once said, “If you wish to be heard, whisper. If you wish to be seen, walk slowly, with purpose.” Such has been the experience and life of a lady of diminutive stature, seemingly endless energy, and countless good works. R. Marion Taylor, 93, died on a sunny morning, September 1, 2016, among family and her Forest Hill Residential Care Home friends in Hyde Park.

Ms. Taylor was born November 9, 1922, to Clement and Mary Taylor in Irasburg. She attended one-room schools in Glover and Albany until high school in Newport. She attended Lyndon Normal School (now Lyndon State College) and the University of Vermont. Ms. Taylor’s forty-year teaching career included one-room schools in Albany and Glover, as well as Barton and Orleans Elementary Schools, before going to teach at the Molly Stark School in the Bennington School District. Her last teaching assignment was St. Paul’s School in Barton.

Beyond that, Ms. Taylor was a lifelong volunteer and held multiple memberships in organizations within her community, state, and church. To name a few, she gave time on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Johnson Food Shelf, Delta Kappa Gamma, retired teachers, and the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish. She always maintained that it was because “she had the time” that she took up the baton to get things done when she determined a need.

Travel is synonymous with leisure for most people. Ms. Taylor’s travels were events of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome, France, Ireland, and Montreal, as well as national and state conventions working for retired teachers and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Ms. Taylor is survived by her brothers: Adelord and his wife, Lois, of Barton, and Richard of West Glover; sister-in-law, Betty, of Johnson; and three generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers: Wilfred, Preston, and Edwin; sisters-in-law: Theresa and Helen; and nephews: Dennis Taylor and William Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ms. Taylor to the Johnson Food Shelf, P.O. Box 17, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Ms. Taylor was instrumental in developing the Johnson Food Shelf some twenty odd years ago to help reduce, if not eradicate, hunger in the community. She volunteered there until 2015 when ill health prevented her from continuing.

A Mass was celebrated on September 6 at the Holy Cross Church in Morrisville, followed by interment at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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