October 7, 2009 Obituaries

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Elmer “Zitch” Anderson


Elmer “Zitch” Anderson, 85, of Morgan died peacefully October 4, 2009, in Lyndonville, comforted by the compassion of his family and many health-care providers.
Mr. Anderson was born August 5, 1924, in Palmer, Massachusetts, a son of Anton and Anna (Groop) Anderson.
On July 27, 1952, he married Fay Hislop, who survives him.
He was a metallurgist with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company for 30 years.  He traveled around New England inspecting cables and ropes at many ski areas.
He moved to this area 18 years ago.  He enjoyed carpentry work and furniture building.  He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.  In his earlier years, he loved to sing.
He proudly served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.  He was a member of the Thomas Lodge of Masons in Palmer, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his wife, Fay Anderson, of Morgan; by three children:  Elaine Anderson of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Sylvia Fjeld of Stowe, and Karl Anderson of Bondsville, Massachusetts; by three grandchildren:  Courtney Anderson, Paige Anderson, and Anderson James.  He was predeceased by five brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the funeral.  Interment will take place at a later date in South Cemetery in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Anderson’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Wade D. Baker


Wade D. Baker, 67, died Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, at his home in Hardwick in the loving care of his longtime partner, Louise Gallant.
Mr. Baker was born in Craftsbury on June 24, 1942, a son of Paul and Hazel (Tallman) Baker.
He attended school in Craftsbury and went out into the world of work at an early age.  He became a very successful logger who was a friend to many and was well respected.
He enjoyed his family and friends, the work he did in the woods of rural Vermont, and his sponsorship of Thunder Road racer Paul Hodgdon, and later his son Joel Hodgdon.
After his illness kept him out of the woods, he enjoyed riding around to his favorite spots and visiting with friends on the way.
He leaves his special friend and caregiver, Louise Gallant, of Hardwick; her children, who he loved as his own, Michael Gallant of Hardwick and Susan Seay of Zionville, North Carolina; Christopher and Travis Gallant, who he loved as his grandchildren; his sister Marcelene “Midget” Brown of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews; extended family members; and many friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Hazel Baker; by two sisters, Marion Lowell and Nadene Maskell; and 6 brothers:  Alger, Paul “Buster,” twins Clyle and Clyde, Leo, and Dayton Baker.
A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Craftsbury on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.  Interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.  Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Baker requested contributions be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; Hope Lodge, 211 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



George L. Buzzell


George L. Buzzell, 69, of Derby died in his home on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
Mr. Buzzell was born in Randolph on May 1, 1940, the oldest of three sons born to Glen and Marion (Harris) Buzzell.
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Dorie.  After graduation, they married and moved to Montana where he attended graduate school.
In 1964, he and his wife returned to New England where he accepted a position with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.  He was appointed as the Vermont state forester for Orleans County in 1965.  He served the residents of the Northeast Kingdom in that capacity for 44 years before retiring on February 28.  His love of nature and inquisitive mind enabled him to serve as a brilliant forester, while his sharp wit and ready smile endeared him to those around him.
He was an avid lover of nature, animals, music, and the arts.  He was an accomplished cook who loved watching others enjoy good food that he prepared or provided.
He worked to earn money for guitar lessons as a boy and began performing formally in area establishments while still in high school.  He continued playing and singing for both audiences and family for much of his life.
He was always generous and loved to make those around him laugh.
He is survived by many family members including his brother Max Buzzell of Massachusetts; his children:  Roy Buzzell of Middlebury, Patricia and Robert Wood of Newport, New Hampshire, Paul and Monica Buzzell of Huntington, and Rebecca Brown of Newport; his grandchildren:  Christopher and Katherine Wood, Felicia, Justin and Sarah Buzzell, Mitchell, Aaron, and Samantha Brown, and Thomas and Kimberly Buzzell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place October 3 with a graveside service immediately following at the Derby Pond Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Buzzell’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at




Rodney B. “Zeke” Dewey


Rodney B. “Zeke” Dewey, 58, of East Haven died suddenly September 28, 2009, in St. Johnsbury.
Mr. Dewey was born in Saranac Lake, New York, on October 21, 1950, to Dorothy (Bush) Dewey and Robert Dewey.
On December 16, 1995, he married Catherine Ann Guy, who survives him.
He graduated from Benn High School in Bennington and entered the United States Air Force, where he was a sergeant, paratrooper, and a member of the Combat Control Team during the Vietnam War.
He was a lumber inspector for Mountain City Lumber Company in Mountain City, Tennessee, and Cersiumo Lumber in Brattleboro.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and working in the woods.  He was an at-large member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Ann Guy, of East Haven; by his mother, Dorothy Dewey, of Bennington; by his children:  Robin Dewey of Las Vegas, Nevada, Bambi Baca of Las Vegas, and Nadezda Dewey of Chugiak, Alaska; by two grandchildren, Orion and Meia Baca of Las Vegas; by stepson Jason Guy of Nashville, Tennessee; by stepdaughter Debbie Phipps and her husband, Jimmy, of Trade, Tennessee; by many very special friends; by siblings:  Ned Dewey and his wife, Colleen, of Bennington, Bobby Dewey and his wife, Patty, of Bennington, Sandra Sullivan and her companion, Lee Zimmer, of Rensselaer, New York, Brad Dewey and his wife, Cathy, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Debbie Kiernan and her husband, Rick, of Slate Hill, New York, and Julia Kraus and her husband, Andrew, of Westfield, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Robert B. Dewey.
Military honors were observed at his home October 3, followed by a celebration of his life at the Deweys’ Camp in East Haven.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Dewey’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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