Obituaries September 24, 2014

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Bruce A. Booth

Bruce A. Booth, 76, of Barre, formerly of North Troy, died in Berlin on Friday, September 12, 2014.

He was born on December 17, 1937, in North Troy to Campbell and Freda Mae (Westover) Booth.

He went to school in North Troy and served in the U.S. Army. He was a Sergeant of Arms and a former member of the North Troy American Legion as well as a member of the Moose Club.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood and retired as a supervisor.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and traveling over the years.

He is survived by his sister, Edna Stuart, and her husband, Russell; his sister-in-law Dorothy Booth; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was also predeceased by his three brothers: William, Harold, and Robert.

A graveside service was held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on September 22.

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obit debloisLisa DeBlois

Lisa DeBlois, 53, of Coventry died on September 15, 2014, after having fought a courageous battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

She was the mother of three beautiful daughters.

Ms. DeBlois had a “wicked sense of humor” and her humor was contagious to all who knew and loved her. She loved to hunt. One of her most memorable hunts was on October 19, 2009, with her daughter Michelle, when they shot their first moose together on a friend’s property in northern Vermont. She was very grateful for that opportunity. She also enjoyed fishing for striper bass and camping at Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts, with her family.

She was employed by the state of Vermont as a business manager at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, for 11 years. She enjoyed her work and was very thankful for the wonderful friendships she formed there over the years.

She had the most amazing family and countless friends who stood by her and supported her daily throughout her illness.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Stephanie and James of Ottawa, Ontario, Hilairy and Damon of Wheelock, and Michelle and Abby of Coventry. Her love for her three daughters was always foremost in her life.

A celebration of her life will be held at her residence, at 3064 Pine Hill Road in Coventry, on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a sense of humor and stories to share — and please do not park on her lawn, at her request!

Should friends desire, donations can be made in her name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the fund-raiser being put on by the Department of Corrections. Please contact Andrea Smith for more information about the bowling tournament and fund-raiser at 802-748-8151.

obit EldredMaurice W. Eldred Jr.

Maurice W. Eldred Jr., beloved grandfather of Randy and Tonya Langmaid of Lowell, died peacefully at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on September 19, 2014.

He was born on January 19, 1927, one of eight children born to Maurice and Hersa Eldred of Belevidere. He often told stories of his happy childhood and of his close family.

He was stationed in Germany during the occupation as an MP, and he rode the trains to keep peace. While there, he met the love of his life, Lydia Gampe. They married on November 11, 1947, and remained so until her death in February of 1996.

They returned to the U.S. on Christmas Eve in 1948. After a brief time in Belevidere, they purchased a house in Lowell where they lived ever since.

Together they had three children: one son, Roland, and two daughters, Nanette and Leta Lydia H.

Mr. Eldred worked over 40 years at the asbestos mines in Lowell, for GAF, then Vermont Asbestos Group. He was a shareholder and on the board of directors. He was known for his hard work, opinions, and outspokenness for people’s rights, but he was famous for his hot temper!

He also was a member of the VFW and past member of the free Masons and a longtime member of the Lowell Congregational Church.

While he wife was alive, he enjoyed yard saling and traveling to Florida, Europe, Michigan and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his great-grandsons, Ryan and Shane.

After his wife’s death, Mr. Eldred spent a lot of time with his cows he and his grandson Randy were raising together.

Due to the fact that his grandchildren Randy and Tonya Langmaid lived close by, they were able to care for him up until and a year and half ago when his health got to the point that he had to stay at Maple Lane. He spent so much time with them at church and school functions that the children and adults called him “Grandpa.” He wanted everyone to know that he had a good, full life and was looking forward to being with his blessed wife who he missed every day.

He leaves behind a brother and several sisters; his children: Roland and his wife, Mary Lou, of Orlando, Florida, and their children: Roland, Rodney, and Tammy and their spouses and children; Nanette (Eldred) and her husband, David Symonds, and their children and spouses; and by his grandchildren: Tonya and Randy Langmaid and their children, and Sonya Elwood and her children and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by one brother; two sisters; his precious wife, Lydia G. Eldred; his beloved daughter Leta Lydia H. Eldred; and by his two grandsons: Shane and Ryan Langmaid.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 29, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place on Friday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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Robert Earl Fairbrother

Robert Earl Fairbrother, 89, of Newport died peacefully on September 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Newport to Burns and Margery (LaFountain) Fairbrother.

In 1946, he married Mary Elizabeth (Blake), who predeceased him in 2011.

He entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

He was an electronics engineer for United Technologies. He was an officer in the Border Amateur Radio Club in Newport and a lifetime amateur radio operator at W1PYO.

He enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, and he was interested in science fiction.

He is survived by his children: Douglas C. Fairbrother of Newport, Lisa Fairbrother of Newport, Pamela Veilleux and her husband, Denis, of Rutland, and Eileen C. Fairbrother; his grandchildren: Tristen and Jan Veilleux, both of Rutland; his brother Donald Fairbrother and his wife, Joan, of New Port Richey, Florida; and by his nieces and nephews: Barbara, David, Donald, Dennis and Gregory.

He was predeceased by his brother Walter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, 57 South Main Street # 2, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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obit fellSuzanne F. Fell

Suzanne F. Fell, 83, of Fishkill, New York, and formerly of Barton, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Born in Oradell, New Jersey, on June 25, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Florence (Prell) Keeney.

On March 31, 1951, in Oradell, she married Franklin Fell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2013.

Ms. Fell was a parishioner at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her children: William Fell and his wife, Lynn, of Winterville, North Carolina, Stephen Fell and his wife, Sue, of Pollocksville, North Carolina, Robert Fell and his wife, Liz, of Mahopac, New York, Michael Fell and wife, Marie, of Mission Viejo, California, Patricia Herring of Fishkill, and Frances Lay and her husband, Clive, of Colts Neck, New Jersey; her brother Joseph Keeney of Bergenfield, New Jersey; her sister Martha Pronovost of Westwood, New Jersey; her 11 grandchildren; and by her ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Joyce Fell.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, New York. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Mother of the Church, P.O. Box 780, Fishkill, New York 12524.

For driving directions, online condolences, or memorial donations, please visit Ms. Fell’s Book of Memories at

obit haskinsRoyden “Punk” A. Haskins

Royden “Punk” A. Haskins, 67, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at his home in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 5, 1947, in North Troy. He was raised in Newport before moving to New Hampshire.

He was a resident of Boscawen for about 30 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Page Belt Company, where he worked as a machine operator.

His hobbies and interests included his cat, Midnight Special, horses, playing cards and buying lottery tickets, scratch tickets, and talking on the phone to special friends.

Members of his family include his sister Nancy (Haskins) Parris of Andover, New Hampshire; his bother Lawrence Haskins of Concord, New Hampshire; three stepsons and two stepdaughters; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Kenneth and mother Irene (Wheeler) Haskins; two brothers and his sister; and by his wife, Mary (Hill) Haskins, in 2007.

Those who wish may make donations in his memory to a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the American Lung Association.

obit KelleyLinda J. Kelley

Linda J. Kelley, 67 of Derby died on September 8, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 14, 1947, in Malone, New York, to Lawrence and Nancy (Jones) Andrews.

She was a cashier at Jolly Association in Derby.

Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting, much to the delight of her family. She also enjoyed camping in her camper with her longtime companion.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and her cat, Missy Muffett.

She is survived by children: Amy Kelley and her companion, Cable Pennington, Anne Dubois and her husband, Raymond, Terry Kelley, and Tim Kelley and his wife, Laura; her grandchildren: Jennifer, Nancy, Shannon, Nicole, Tamera, Jamie, Ryan, Tucker, Hunter, and Skyler; three step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren: Christian, Guiliana, Skiler, Whyatt, Addyson, and Silas; five step-great-grandchildren; her sister Patty Gore of West Virginia; her longtime companion, Paul Fortin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Joanne.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit LysterHarold J. Lyster

Harold J. Lyster, 79, of Derby died peacefully on September 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 10, 1935, in Fargo, North Dakota, to James and Margaret (McNamee) Lyster.

Known as Hal to his family and friends, he spent a number of years in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where he worked and retired as postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service.

He previously served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Berry) Lyster, whom he married on November 7, 1980. After retiring to Vermont, they traveled and enjoyed family gatherings at their home.

Mr. Lyster was a former volunteer EMT for the fire department in Suffield, Connecticut. He enjoyed volunteering at North Country Hospital in Newport, the Newport Welcome Center, and he was an area coordinator for the AARP Tax Preparation Program. He helped establish the Newport-Stanstead area OSHER lecture series.

He is also survived by his daughter Laura Lyster-Mensh and husband, Mark; his son Erik Lyster and his wife, Megan; his son Ryan Lyster and his wife, Stacey; his son Alan Lyster and his wife, Michelle; his five grandchildren: Lianna Mensh, Carlie Lyster, Daniel Mensh, Samantha Lyster, and Nathan Lyster; his sisters: Jeanette Love and Marcy Cowen; and by several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold private services.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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An obituary for Maxine M. Kelley came to the Chronicle missing some family members’ names, and with a name misspelled. A grandchild’s name should have been spelled Shelly Kelley. The obituary should have included the following as survivors: great-grandchildren Courtney and Isaiah Kelley, and Gabriel and Benjamin Kelley.

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