Obituaries September 26, 2012

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Howard Adams

Howard “Red” Adams

 Howard “Red” Adams, 92, a summer resident of Barton and a winter resident of Georgetown, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Adams was born on October 4, 1919, in Webster, Massachusetts, the only child of James Adams and Lillian Townsend Adams.  He grew up in nearby Uxbridge, graduated from Uxbridge High School, and later attended Worcester Trade School.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Coastal Patrol, stationed in Ellsworth, Maine, and later was a corporal and sharpshooter in the infantry of the 3rd Division, 7th Army under General George Patton.  He saw action in French Morocco, Italy, France, Austria and Germany, and was proud to have served on several missions with Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of that war.

Mr. Adams married Miriam Doane Stranger in 1948 and became stepfather to her two adult children, Marilyn Stranger and Walter Verne Stranger.  He and his wife moved from Ellsworth to Georgetown in 1950, and he began his career as a machinist at United Shoe Machinery in Beverly.

In 1954 they bought a summer cottage in a remote area of northern Maine where the hunting and fishing was excellent.  They replaced that cottage in 1977 with another at Crystal Lake in Barton where, following Mr. Adam’s retirement in 1982, they lived each year from May through October.

For most of his life, Mr. Adams was an avid fisherman and he was a longtime member of the Georgetown Fish and Game Association.  He also enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching baseball.

Mr. Adams always tried to be a good neighbor and friend and was fortunate to be surrounded by both.

In recent years in Barton, he especially enjoyed the camaraderie and card games at the Barton Senior Center.  In Georgetown, he looked forward every day to coffee, a muffin, and laughter with his many friends at Theo’s Restaurant.

Mr. Adams is survived by his four grandchildren:  Dale Manos of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Valerie Manos Lounsbury and her husband, Bill Collins, of Lost River, West Virginia, Pamela Stranger Longo and her husband, Bob, of Longs, South Carolina, and Dana Stranger and his wife, Pat, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; by his nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his “adopted family” in Barton:  Jack and Dorothy Ruggles, Lyndsay Ruggles Sykes and her husband, Barry, and their daughter Avery, and goddaughter Laura Ruggles Nye and her husband, Andrew.

Mr. Adams was predeceased by his beloved wife, Miriam, in 1990, his stepdaughter, Marilyn, in 2003, and his stepson, Walter, in 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.  Friends may visit at the funeral home on October 4 from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Adams’ memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Leopold Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux, 92, of Newport died in Barton on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Mr. Lehoux was born on January 23, 1920, in Thetford Mines, Quebec, a son of Leonidas and Maria (Jolen) Lehoux.

In 1959 he moved to North Troy, where he owned and operated a dairy farm.  He married Irene Desroches on August 31, 1952.

Mr. Lehoux also worked as a carpenter for many years for several contractors.  In 1975 he went to work for Newport Furniture Parts and retired after 12 years.  He also served in the Canadian Army from 1941 to 1945.

Mr. Lehoux was a very active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and for several years helped as an usher and server of the alter.  He was past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Gibbons Council #2285 of Newport.

He is survived by his daughters:  Ginette Perry and her husband, Roland, of Lyndonville and Claire O’Rourke and her husband, Michael, of Marion, Ohio; by the following grandchildren:  Jennifer Langer and her husband, David, of Portland, Oregon, Christopher Perry of Portland and Kevin Perry of Stowe; by his great-granddaughter Aysha Langer of Portland; and by his brothers:  Raymond, Edouard, Marcel, and Lucius; and by his sisters:  Noella Desmaris and Eveline Therrien, all of Quebec.

He was predeceased by his wife on January 9, 2012, and by his brothers Alfred and Daniel and his sisters Cecile Lehoux, Eloise Delisle, and Denise Denoyner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Priest Benefit Fund, Charitable Fund, Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, in care of Katlyn Miller, P.O.Box 2226, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Ryan A. D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard, 29, of Derby, died suddenly on September 18, 2012, in Burlington.  He was born July 8, 1983, in St. Johnsbury, a beloved son of Bruce and Lynda (Frost) Leonard.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 2003.  He entered the U.S. Army where he was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2011 he married Melissa Whittemore, who survives him.

As a young man, Mr. Leonard learned the rewards of giving of himself.  He volunteered for several years to the American Legion Christmas for the Lonely Program by helping in the kitchen.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts, Newport Ambulance Explorer Post, the American Red Cross Disaster Team, and the Newport Church of the Nazarene youth group.  Mr. Leonard enjoyed fund-raising for these groups.  It was this drive and energy that empowered him to pursue his ultimate goal of deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his free time, Mr. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family and his children. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved hunting and hoped, one day, to shoot a ten-point buck.  He had fun fishing with his kids.  He loved his kids and he loved his truck.

Mr. Leonard loved all of his brothers-in-arms, whether they were ones he served with or ones he met in passing.

He loved helping his friends even if they didn’t ask for help.  He enjoyed being himself around his friends.

Mr. Leonard learned his passion for cooking from one of his best friends.  He was always willing to offer his opinion, was strong willed, and willing to fight for what he wanted.

He enjoyed bonfires and having small get-togethers with his friends and family.  He often watched the stars at night wondering what was out there.

He was greatly loved by almost everyone who knew him.  Mr. Leonard hated showing his sensitive side and he was always putting on the “I’m tough” attitude, but everyone who knew him, knew who he really was.

He wouldn’t want a teardrop shed, but instead would want the good times people had with him remembered, whether it be from childhood mischief to his adult life.

We all will remember and love him.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Melissa Leonard, of Derby; by his children:  Ryan J. Leonard, Natasha Leonard, Katie Whittemore-Leonard, Jonathan Whittemore, and Jacob Whittemore; by his parents, Bruce and Lynda Leonard of St. Johnsbury; by his ex-wife, Jennifer Birch-Leonard, and her son, Devon Birch, both of Newport; by his sisters: Amy Frost of North Troy, Melissa Ann Leonard and Samantha Leonard all of St. Johnsbury; by his many aunts, uncles, and grandparents from both sides of the family; by his brother and sister-in-laws; and by his best friend, Josh LaClair, and his mother, Edna LaClair-Petit.

He was predeceased, in 1986, by his brother, Hunter.

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard were held on September 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend James Gamble officiating. Mr. Leonard was interred at the Derby Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends wish, contributions in his memory may be made to Family Readiness Group, in care of SFC Urie, 540 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ann Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick, 87, of Island Pond died on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mrs. Letrick was born August 21, 1925, in Island Pond, a daughter of Michael Joseph Carbonneau and Zelma Marie (Hurley) Carbonneau.

She was predeceased by her husband, John George Letrick.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  In her early years she was a gifted athlete and loved the out of doors, actually swimming the length of Island Pond.  She graduated from Brighton High School and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Mrs. Letrick lived in Drayton Plains, Michigan, for 27 years then moved back to her native Island Pond after raising her children.

She loved playing cards, playing Bingo, and watching her favorite game shows.  She took great pride in Island Pond and enjoyed helping her friends decorate the town for the holidays.  She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who cared for Mrs. Letrick in her last years, especially her devoted sister, Patricia Carbonneau.  She had a most giving and loving heart and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Patricia Pelletier-Jones and her husband, James, and William Pelletier and his wife, Beverly; by her grandchildren:  Janet, David, Aimee, Adriana, and Breea; and by her great grandchildren:  Zane, Ansel, and soon-to-be-born Nova; by her sister Patricia Carbonneau; by her brother, John Carbonneau, and his wife, Elaine; and by her former daughter-in-law, Patricia-Lichvar-Pelletier.

Mrs. Letrick will be cremated and a remembrance gathering will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Robert Picken

Robert A. Picken

 Robert A. Picken, 72, of Brownington died on September 19, 2012, at his home.

He was born November 9, 1939, in Wilder, a son of Arthur and Beatrice (Wheeler) Picken.  On April 9, 1960, he married Shirley Vance, who survives him.  Mr. Picken was employed as a truck driver for Mowers News in White River Junction, where he retired in 2002.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and attending family gatherings.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley Picken, of Brownington; his children:  Alan Picken of South Royalton, Steven Picken and his wife, Cathy, of Sharon, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington; by his grandchildren:  Michael Perkins, Robert Perkins, Jessica Picken, Alan Picken Jr., Andrew Picken, Steven Picken Jr., Megan Mae Picken, Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, and Jonah Rhodes; by his five great-granddaughters; by his brothers and sisters:  Norman Picken and his wife, Linda, of White River Junction, William Picken and his wife, Noreen, of Texas, Norma McClelland of White River Junction, and Saundra Koloski and her husband, Henry, of Quechee; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Johnson.

A gathering will be held at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

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.

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

Theodore Quintin

Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin

 Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin, 73, of Montgomery Center died on September 21, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Quintin was born September 5, 1939, in Houlton, Maine, a son of Romeo and Hilda (Norway) Quintin.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1957, and attended Norwich University.

He was honorably discharged as a reserve commissioned officer of the Army.  He was owner and operator of Granny Grunts, and the Grampa Grunts Lodge, Granny’s Too Restaurant, and the Thirsty Boot Bar and was a pillar of the community in Montgomery Center for 40 years.

Mr. Quintin was a member of the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, and was the first paid ski patroller at Jay Peak.  He loved the action of playing cards, especially bridge, Texas hold ’em, and craps.  He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Jay Quintin and his girlfriend, Wara Cerretti, of Lake Tahoe, California, Brad Quintin and his wife, Greta, of Montgomery Center, Karie Quintin and her boyfriend, Travis Startwell, of Montgomery Center; by his grandchildren:  Brody, Kayden, and Mason Quintin; by his sister Carol Ann Temple and her companion, Wayne Blake, of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Dubois.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Friends may call at the funeral home on September 27 from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Emile Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer, 84, of Irasburg died suddenly on September 18, 2012, at his home in Irasburg.

He was born April 14, 1928 in Barton at the home of his parents, Clement and Melina (Poiré) Royer.  On April 11, 1953, he married Jeannette C. Bernard, who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was a self-employed logger and worked at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Orleans.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans and the VFW Post #798 in Newport, and DAV Post #22.  He was also a member of the Orleans Rod and Gun Club.  He was a parishioner of the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Irasburg.

Mr. Royer’s hobbies included hunting, and fishing, and listening to his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.  He also coached Little League baseball and the Irasburg Ranger softball team.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette C. (Bernard) Royer; by his sons:  Stephen A. Royer and his wife, Diane, of Irasburg, Michael J. Royer and his fiancé, Lisa Dubois, of Derby, Paul C. Royer and his wife, Lori, of Newport, Rene J. Royer and his wife, Kimberly, of Irasburg, Randy J. Royer and Sue Mitchell of Irasburg, Anthony (Tony) Royer of Barre, and Christopher Royer and his wife, Betsy, of Coventry; by his daughters:  Angela (Royer) Allard and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg, and Catherine M. Royer of Irasburg; by his grandchildren:  Steve, Monique, Tanya, Tasha, Tricia, Michael, Travis, Trevor, Kiana, Andrea, Lisa, Rene, Brandon, Tyler, Jenna, Jaime, Andrew, Meagan, Alicia, Randi, and Devin; by his great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Dominic, Dylin, Ariel, Michael, Rayven, Keagan, Ashlynn, Talea, Natalie, and Braelynn; by his brothers:  Ernest Royer and his wife, Virginia, Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucille, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; by his sister-in-laws:  Priscilla Royer, Norine Royer and Irene Bond; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his beloved cat Lily.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Hector, Victor, Clairmont, Burton, Phillip Sr, by two sisters: Emma and Gertrude; and by his brother-in-law Richard Bond.

Funeral services were held on September 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822, to the Orleans Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 203, Orleans, Vermont 05860, to the American Legion Post #23, P.O. Box 72, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Eileen Wigget


Eileen Wiggett

Eileen Alys Wiggett died peacefully on September 22, 2012, in Newport.

She was born January 26, 1932, to Florence and Edward Darby in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

She was full of life and love from an early age.  In high school she was a cheerleader, basketball player, editor of the school newspaper, the lead in the school musical her senior year, and earned the alumni award for leadership.  After graduation, she was trained as a Western Union clerk and worked in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.

She later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts in music education, and so began her lifelong passion for the arts.

She married Henry Roland Wiggett and they had five children together.  She was predeceased by Henry and two of her children:  Tracy and Michael.

She is survived by her three remaining children:  Danny, Susan, and Neil; and by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Some of her favorite pastimes were singing, playing the piano, dancing, reading, watching musicals, and painting. She devoted many faithful years of service to her church through various callings including pianist, Sunday school teacher, and stake missionary. She was a bright light and a beautiful spirit and she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Derby.  A private family burial will be held immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Stawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.

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

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