October 28, 2009 Obituaries

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Emerson Charles Lathe Sr.


Emerson Charles Lathe Sr., 79, of Albany died October 21, 2009, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Lathe was born in Holland on November 17, 1929, a son of George and Florence (Edwards) Lathe.  He grew up on a farm in Holland and went to elementary school there.
He graduated third in the class of 1946 from Derby Academy; he also had the highest grade in 1946.
In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served until 1953 in Korea.  Upon his discharge he went to work at the Vermont State Hospital as an attendant.
In 1960 he moved to his father’s farm in Albany to help him with the farm work.  He and his brothers bought the farm, and he eventually purchased his brothers’ shares.
He worked from 1960 to 1989 at Ethan Allen in Orleans; sickness forced an early retirement.
On September 9, 1954, he married Nettie Irene Halsall, who predeceased him on March 24, 2002.
He is survived by his children:  Ronald George Lathe of Orleans, Emerson Lathe Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Newport, Linda Walther and her husband, Jay, of Utah, Lawrence Lathe of Morrisville, Lisa Hurd and her husband, Sheldon, of Orleans, Shirlene Lathe of St. Johnsbury, Donna Sherlaw of Eden, David Lathe and his companion, Dawn, of Eden, and Deborah-Jean Lathe of Newport; by 24 grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; by his sister Marion Inis Varney of Westfield; and by his brother Clifton George Lathe of Massachusetts.  He was predeceased by his daughter Florence Angelina Lathe in 1962; by two sisters, Beatrice Estella Hammond and Irene May Beaudry; and by his brother Carroll Lathe.
Funeral services were held October 24 with Brother Eric Worthington officiating.  Interment with full military honors followed in Albany Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lathe’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Project for Vehicle Programs, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, activities fund, 60 Maple Hill Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Wayland Delbert Smith


Wayland Delbert Smith, 91, of Bushnell, Florida, died October 16, 2009, at the Lane Purcell Hospice Center in Summerville, Florida, following a lingering illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Glover in 1918, a son of Mildred and Delbert Smith, who both predeceased him in 1985.  He graduated from Barton Academy in 1936, one of 32 in his class.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army from 1943 to 1945.  He was a medical clerk with the 127th Evacuation Hospital assigned to the 7th Army while stationed in Germany.  He was one of the first three medical soldiers to enter the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany following its liberation by the U.S. Army in 1945.  He processed concentration camp prisoners, assessing their health and helping to treat the thousands of emaciated prisoners before they were released for further medical attention outside the camp.  While touring the camp he found no English speaking prisoners of war.  All the prisoners were malnourished, but they were all happy to see their liberators.
“They smiled and waved at us,” Mr. Smith once relayed to family members, “and some prisoners asked for food and cigarettes.  But most of them were so weak they couldn’t say anything.  I had never experienced anything like that before.”
He lived and worked in Barton, where he raised his children with his first wife, Shirley Stiles Smith; they divorced in 1978, and she died in 1993.
He worked at the Barton Cleaners and Ethan Allen in Orleans until his retirement.
He was a member of the Barton United Church, where he sang in the choir, and he was a master Mason.  He enjoyed playing golf, raising a garden, and working on the family home in Barton.
He moved to Bushnell in 1980 with his wife, Monique, after their marriage in Barton.  While in Bushnell the couple became involved with the Moose Club where they both rose to the top of the club’s leadership ladder.  They enjoyed many trips together with members of the Moose, including Hawaii three times, Las Vegas, Nevada, Biloxi, Mississippi, Branson, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee, to name a few.  He worked part time for the Purcell Funeral Home in Bushnell for several years before retiring again.
He is survived by Monique Vanier Smith, his wife of 30 years; by his brother Arnold Smith and his wife, Marge, of Bushnell; by his three children:  Sharon Adams and her special friend, Ken Van Tassel, of New Port Richey, Florida, Dale Smith and his fiancée of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Carol Racine and her husband, Donald, of Derby Line; by three grandchildren:  Shelley Smith Tomaino of Milton, Sean Smith of Boston, Massachusetts, and Emily Racine Crawford and her husband, Merle Jr., of Barton; by great-grandson Joey Crawford of Barton; by his wife’s family:  Andrew Vanier and his wife, Sandi, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Dean Vanier and his wife, Shellie, of Canaan, New Hampshire, John Vanier of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Alan Vanier and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center.  He was predeceased by his older brother Raymond Smith of Orlando, Florida.
Graveside services were held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell October 23.  Military honors were rendered by the Spring Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Friends who wish may send memorials to Lane Purcell Hospice House, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Florida 32778.
Condolences may be left at www.purcellfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home.




Arland Roy Stone Sr.


Arland Roy Stone Sr., 75, of Glover, beloved husband of Shirley Stone, died October 22, 2009, at the Fanny Allen Medical Center in Colchester.
Mr. Stone was born November 3, 1933, in Glover, a son of Elwin and Alice (Drew) Stone.
On December 27, 1951, he married Shirley Neil, who survives him.
For most of his life he was a self-employed logger.  Logging was his life.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working with his farm animals and horses, working in the woods, and most especially, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Stone, of Glover; by his children:  Arland Stone Jr. of Glover, Brian Stone and his wife, Micheline, Bruce Stone, and Terry Stone and his wife, Rose, all of Barton, Gail Chase and her husband, Ron, of Colchester, Diane Landry and her husband, Clem, of Irasburg, and Candy Bacon and her husband, Doug, of Barton; by 16 grandchildren; by 17 great-grandchildren; by his siblings:  Dan Stone of Massachusetts, Owen Stone of Connecticut, Vanessa Shuffelt of Indiana, and Beckley Stone of Connecticut; by numerous nieces and nephews; by sisters-in-law Beverly Cleveland of Newport and Theresa Stone of Barton; and by brother-in-law Raymond Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Glover.  He was predeceased by his parents; by brothers:  Hugh, Dean, Warner, Olen, and Gordon; and by his beloved dog Oddie.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, at the Church of the Nazarene in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Interment will follow at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover at 2:30 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Stone’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Death notice

Anita Mae Bergeron
Anita Mae Bergeron, 79, of Sutton died peacefully on October 26, 2009, at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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