Obituaries September 18, 2013

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obit wheelerPauline (Simino) Wheeler

Pauline M. (Simino) Wheeler, 81, of Newport died on September 12, 2013, in Newport, a day after her birthday.  Her death comes after a few months of failing health following hip replacement surgery.

She was born in Irasburg on September 11, 1932, to Earl and Molly (Howell) Simino.  In her early years, she worked at Jay’s Snack Bar in Derby.  Memories created there lasted her a lifetime.  One of her most endearing memories that arose out of time at the snack bar was meeting a Newport boy named Wayne Wheeler in 1958.  They married on June 20, 1959.  Together they raised three sons and operated the Antenna Man, installing thousands of rooftop and satellite antennas during more than half a century of business.

Mrs. Wheeler took great pride in her role of wife and mother, but her greatest and most cherished role was that of grandmother — to both two-legged and four-legged grandchildren.  She gave her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren, unconditional love.  She and her husband traveled near and far to attend their school and sporting events.  They also enjoyed numerous trips with Community Circle.

Gifted with a dry, Vermont wit and a quiet wisdom, she raised three sons, seldom raising her voice.

Although she never had a daughter of her own, she always treated her sons’ wives or partners as if they were her own daughters.  She found a daughter in her only granddaughter, Emily, her partner in mischief and misadventures.

Having been dealt a bad hand at a young age, she had every reason to be a bitter woman, but she wasn’t.  She found the best in everything and everybody.

While working in Massachusetts, her father met, fell in love, and married a young woman named Molly.  She was working there to send money back to her family in Newfoundland.  After Earl and Molly married, they moved back to Earl’s hometown of Irasburg.  The couple had three children:  John, Elizabeth (Scott), and Pauline,the youngest.  However, the love affair between this young Vermonter and the young woman from Newfoundland was short-lived.  Molly died on June 2, 1937, during a tuberculosis outbreak.  Pauline, who was four years old at the time, was left with no memories of her mother.  Her father never remarried.  John and Elizabeth, who are no longer with us, helped their father raise Pauline into the kind and compassionate soul we all knew and loved.  She was a 1950 graduate of Orleans High School.

She is survived by her husband Wayne, and their sons:  Jeffrey of Newport Center, Scott and his wife, Penny, of Derby, and Kevin and his wife, Tammy, of Orleans.  She loved her husband and sons, but the sun rose and set over her grandchildren:  Curtis Wheeler and his wife, Gabrielle, of Presque Isle, Maine, Nicholas Wheeler and his partner, Abby Iselborn, of Bangor, Maine, Emily Wheeler of Essex, Jordan and Aaron Wheeler of Orleans, and Jeffrey Hensley of Meriden, Connecticut.  She is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, April Wheeler.  In addition, she is survived by her cat, Mittens, and by the many wild birds, especially her cardinals, that she fed throughout the decades.

As we now have to say good-bye to our wife, mother, and grandmother, it’s unimaginable to think that we are going to walk the remainder of our lives without her, but without a doubt her quiet teachings are forever rooted in us.  And we have little doubt her spirit will forever gently guide us on our journey, the same way she guided us when she was with us.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  A celebration of her life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m.  Internment will follow at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Being a lover of all animals, domestic and wild, people are encouraged to donate in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, at 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit TiceMaurice A. Tice Jr.

Maurice A. Tice Jr., 67, of Derby died on September 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on January 5, 1946, to Anna (Lucas) Tice and Maurice Tice Sr.

He was a truck driver and had been since the young age of 17.  He had been driving truck for Pike Industries for the past 34 years.  His hobbies included spending time on Gore Mountain, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, gas and steam engines, antiques, restoring late model trucks, driving his John Deere tractor, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marion (Percy) Tice; his children:  daughter Tina (Percy) Miller and her husband, David, of Littleton, New Hampshire, daughter Angela Tice of Derby, and son Daniel Tice of New York City, New York; his grandsons:  Michael Miller and Matthew Miller of Littleton, and Akuei Tice of Derby; his mother Anna (Lucas) Tice of Derby Line; his brother Terrance Tice and his wife, Lorraine, of Holland; his sisters:  Nancy and her husband, John Pelletier, of North Troy, Diane Kenney of Derby Line, Gloria Willis of Newport Center, Sally Tice of Derby, Debra and her husband, Craig Shepard, of Holland, and Lorriane and her husband, Randy Griffin, of Morgan; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Maurice Tice Sr.; as well as by his grandsons, Albert Lyon and Benjamin Lyon.

In honor of Mr. Tice’s request, there shall be no funeral.  There will be a celebration of his life held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., with Kevin Deslauriers officiating for those that wish to celebrate his life with his family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit ShoverGladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover

Gladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover, 96, of Barton, formerly of Brownington, died peacefully on September 9, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on June 7, 1917, in Evansville, a daughter of William and Adelaide (Boydon) Labor.

She attended Evansville Graded School for eight years and then cared for her mother and baby sister.  In 1932 she attended high school in Orleans, graduating in 1936.  She then attended Burlington Business College, for a six month course.

She married Harold Shover of Westmore on June 7, 1938.  They had 53 years plus together before he died on October 29, 1992.  They purchased a home in Brownington Center in 1945 and two sons were born to this union:  Ronald James and Harry Clayton.

She was auditor for the town of Brownington, substitute and voted in from 1947 to 1968, when she assumed the position of treasurer, holding this office until 1983.  She was assistant town clerk for 23 years, retiring in 1991.  She was a former member of the Orleans Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, and she was also a member of the Brownington Center Church where she played the organ for many years.  She enjoyed cooking and reading.

She is survived by her sons:  Ronald Shover and his wife, Maria, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Harry Shover and his wife, Julie, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Veronica Ellis and her husband, Allen, of Front Royal, Virginia, Harold Shover and his wife, Gwen, of DeFuniak Springs, Harry Shover of DeFuniak Springs, and Danyelle Shover of Barton; and by her four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She is also survived by her brother Maurice Labor and his wife, Almeria, of Island Pond; her sister Beverly Royer of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Harry, Harold, and Fred; and by her sisters:  Bessie, Alice, Marjorie, and Anna.

A graveside service was held on September 14, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Center Church, 9 A Spirit Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Elmeria Labor

Elmeria Labor of Island Pond died peacefully on September 13, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in 1922 in Saint-Valere, Quebec, to Georges Geoffroy and Mary Anne (Mastha) Geoffroy.  At six weeks old, her family moved to Morgan, where the family farmed.  She attended graded school in Morgan and Stanstead, Quebec, and attended high school in Orleans for a time.

She married Maurice Labor of Evansville in 1943, and they began their married life in Derby Line, later moving to Beebe.

Mrs. Labor was an active member of St. Edward’s church, and a member of the Altar Society.  She and her husband moved to Auburn, Massachusetts, in early 1967, where her husband found further work in the tool and die industry.  While there, she continued with her love of homemaking, crafts, and gardening.  After retirement, she and her husband lived seasonally in Morgan and North Fort Myers, Florida, for 20 years.  Her most recent residence was at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 70 years, Maurice; her children:  Larry Labor and his wife, Pauline, of Morgan, and Cynthia Manning and her husband, George, of Campbellton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Mark and Anne Labor, Sarah and Roger Start, Steve Labor and Jeannie Labor, Laura and Christopher Comtois, Tim Weeks, and Dawn Veilhauer, and their families; her ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Valeda, George, Armand, Oscar, Mary, Antoinette, Mary Jeanne, John, and Cecile.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


Tim A. Sanville

Committal services for Tim A. Sanville will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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