Obituaries September 25, 2013

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Edward Coldren Bechtel

Edward Coldren Bechtel, 91, of Essex Junction died on August 22, 2013, at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.

He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1921, the son of Floyd and Helen (Coldren) Bechtel.

He graduated from Reading High School.  He enlisted in the army during World War II and served in the First Special Service Force and then the 82nd Airborne.  He met his wife, Theresa Bessette, when he was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen for training, and they married in 1946 and moved to Essex Junction in 1950.  He retired from the John Hancock Insurance Company.

He loved barbershop singing and was a longtime member of the Green Mountain Chorus and many barbershop quartets.  He was also a proud member of the VFW.

He is survived by his children:  Kathryn Converse and husband, David, of Newport, Carol Hathaway and her husband, Donald, of Essex Junction, Christina Gonillo and her husband, Joe, of Essex Junction, and Henry Bechtel and his wife, Sandy, of Colchester; his daughter-in-law Randy-Kay Lavalley of Burlington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and by eight nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by Theresa, his wife of 65 years; his son Charles Edward Bechtel; and his sister Mary Gallagher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex Junction.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Hall Rebuilding Fund, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452; or to Essex Rescue Inc., 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

obit DavisRita Davis

Rita Davis, 67, of Craftsbury died on September 20, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 24, 1946, in Hardwick, a daughter of Emile and Jeanne d’ Arc (Bellavance) Dufresne.

She was raised in Glover and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964.  In her earlier years, she worked for National Life.  On April 1, 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, Ross Davis, after he returned from Vietnam.  Mr. and Mrs. Davis have resided in Craftsbury since 1968, where she was a stay-at-home mom and babysitter for many youngsters until being elected town treasurer in 1977.  She was also elected the Craftsbury town clerk in 1983, and held those positions until 1987, when she went to work for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, retiring from there in 2011 as their business manager.  Mrs. Davis held several positions as alumni association treasurer, Craftsbury trustee of public funds, Craftsbury Academy trustee and treasurer, Craftsbury selectman, and secretary and treasurer of the Salvation Army.  In 2004, she was honored by receiving the Craftsbury Academy Alumni Award.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and an honorary member of the Craftsbury Academy National Honor Society.

Her hobbies included knitting, her flower gardens, watching and feeding hummingbirds, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived her husband Ross Davis of Craftsbury; her two children:  Lynn Paradis and her husband, Ronald, of Franklin, and LTC Stephen Davis and his wife, Michele, currently stationed in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania; her grandchildren:  Cody Paradis, Brian Paradis, Catherine Paradis, Brandi Paradis, Andrew Davis, Madison Davis, Sydney Durbin and her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Harlynn and Cecelia; her sisters:  Lorraine Tolman and her husband, Harold, Doris Voyer and her husband, Roland, Jeannine Young and her husband, Joseph, and Diane Leslie and her husband, Wallace; her brothers:  Leonel and his wife, Debbie, Lucien and his wife, Sandy, and Roger and his wife, Michelle; and by extended aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her loving parents as well as by her in-laws:  Malcolm and Catherine Davis; her sister Pauline Smith; and by her sister-in-law Paula Dufresne.

Funeral services were held on September 24, in Hardwick, with the Reverend Francis Prive celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Rita Davis Scholarship Fund, Craftsbury Schools, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

Marjory “Dede” Glenn

Marjory “Dede” Glenn of Island Pond died on September 20, 2013.

She was born on May 13, 1922.

She leaves a sister, Virginia; her children:  Gregory, Bonnie, Robert, Bruce and Tim; and her grandchildren:  Heather, Kevin and Katherine.

Her family and friends mourn because they miss her, but they rejoice that she is now at home with Jesus.

obit MontminyForrest J. Montminy

Forrest J. Montminy, 76, of Barton died peacefully on September 20, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 14, 1937, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He worked throughout his life at various plumbing businesses in the Northeast Kingdom.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR on television, and attending races at Loudon, New Hampshire.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his children:  Kathy Mensalvas and her husband, Andy, of Oahu, Hawaii, Terri Gay and her husband, Ronnie, of Woodbine, Georgia, Forrest Montminy Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Oregon City, Oregon, Carol Krohn of Sandy, Oregon, and Randy Montminy and his wife, Shelley, of Tuscon, Arizona; his grandchildren:  Leegabe, Kala, Alyssa, Travis, Brandon, Brittany, Alex, and Nicholas; his four great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Roy Montminy of Enfield, Connecticut, Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Windsor, Connecticut, Cecile Brown and her husband, Dick, of Hardyville, Virginia, and Bruce Montminy of Brandon; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Montminy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #76, P.O. Box 92, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Meals on Wheels, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit stevensClinton G. Stevens

Clinton G. Stevens, 70, of Barton died peacefully on September 21, 2013, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1942, in Stowe, to Howard and Eliza (Patch) Stevens.  On July 26, 2003, he married Marion Hilliker, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He worked as a crane operator for Winterset and has been disabled for the past 18 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He enjoyed hunting at his camp in Craftsbury for many years.  He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, and he liked the Yankees and Cowboys, and Mark Martin was his favorite NASCAR driver.  His hobbies also included playing cards, camping with his camper, and clown ministry.  He loved spending time with his family and he was loved by all.

He is survived by his wife Marion Stevens of Barton; his children:  Wendy Stevens of Pennsylvania, Cindy Morris and her husband, Bryan, of Virginia, Clinton J. Stevens of Lyndonville, Josiah Stevens of Lyndonville, Bradley Urie and his wife, Chastety, of West Glover, Amy Giroux and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Amanda Aiken and her husband, Tim, of Glover, Michael Hooper and his wife, Kimberly, of Johnson, Steven Hooper of New York, and Jason Hooper of Burlington; his many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his brother Bertram Stevens of Texas; his nieces and nephews, and a special niece, Nancy Hale, and her husband, Dave, of Essex; and by his mother-in-law Gabrielle Hilliker of Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on September 25, from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Project Matter, 25:40, Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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