September 16, 2009 Obituaries

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Donna L. Grenier
Donna L. Grenier, 50, of Derby died suddenly on September 13, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Grenier was born March 25, 1959, in Newport, a daughter of Roy and Audrey (Crowe) Sanborn.
She was a seamstress for Slalom Ski Wear for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, doing crafts, camping, and tending to her plants.  She enjoyed being a homemaker for the last few years.
She is survived by her daughter Jennifer; by her brother Jeff Sanborn of Derby; and by her life partner, Michael Vigeant, of Derby.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Bernard F. Grondin
Bernard F. Grondin, 89, of Barton died peacefully on September 4, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Mr. Grondin was born March 18, 1920, in Barton, a son of Fred and Clara (LaClair) Grondin.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during World War II.
For all his life he lived in Barton and owned and operated a rubbish removal business.
He is survived by his cousins:  Josephine Jacks and her husband, Jack, of Kansas, Bertha Whitney and Helen Clark, both of Rhode Island, Elizabeth Valley of Barton, Mary Noyes of St. Johnsbury, and Roberta Hayward of Massachusetts.
Graveside services were held September 11 at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Leon W. Judd


Leon W. Judd, 90, of Rutland died August 19, 2009, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Judd was born in Newport on May 14, 1919, a son of Arthur and Grace (Wheeler) Judd.
He was a 1938 graduate of Newport High School.
On November 25, 1944, he married Barbara E. (Armstrong) Judd, who died September 6, 2008.
He was employed by W.T. Grant Company in Newport and Rutland and at Maynard Auto Supply in Rutland, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Memphremagog Lodge 65 of Free and Accepted Masons, the National Grange, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the United Methodist Church of Rutland.
Surviving are his son Robert A. Judd of Allison Park, Pennsylvania; his brother Arthur A. Judd of Newport; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara; by his son Ronald L. Judd in 2002; and by two sisters, Helen Hedges and Evelyn Dunham.
Graveside services for both Mr. and Mrs. Judd were held September 15 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.



Lorrie (Moore) Pierce
Lorrie (Moore) Pierce, 51, of Newport died September 3, 2009, at her home.
Ms. Pierce was born June 17, 1958, in Island Pond, a daughter of Margaret (McQuire) Moore and Robert Moore.
She always opened her home to others.
She is survived by three children:  Robin Carmen and Molly Coulter, both of St. Johnsbury, and Justin Pierce of Anchorage, Alaska; by her mother, Margaret Moore, of Newport; by two brothers, William Moore of Florida and Brian Moore of Brownington; and by her sister Helen LeDoux of Manchester, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by her father, Robert; and by her brother Gary.
Funeral services were held September 11 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connors officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Pierce’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Guy A. Vachon


Guy A. Vachon, 54, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, died Saturday, September 12, 2009, at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House in Concord, New Hampshire.

Born December 15, 1954, in Newport, Mr. Vachon was a son of Florian Vachon and Solange (Turcotte) Vachon.  He attended Sacred Heart School in Newport, from which he graduated in 1973.

He drove trucks most of his life, and at the time of his death worked in retail.

He loved to putt around the house and was a great cook.  He enjoyed listening to the Beach Boys and drinking a good beer.  He was a tender man who will be missed terribly and was loved by all.

He was the beloved husband of six years to Charlotte Vachon.  His children include Sara Musgrave of Opelika, Alabama, Guy Vachon of Coaticook, Quebec, and Nicole Vachon of Allenstown.  His three stepchildren from a previous marriage are Richard Langevin of Derry, New Hampshire, Colette Cusson of Hooksett, New Hampshire, and Cheryl Langevin.  His three stepchildren with his wife, Charlotte, are Sarah, Frank, and Christopher Halloran, all of Allenstown.  In addition, he leaves three brothers:  Serge Vachon and Mario Vachon, both of Newport, and Carl Vachon of Panama City, Florida; by 16 grandchildren; by two nephews; and by a niece.  He was predeceased by his parents.

Following cremation, burial will take place Thursday, September 17, at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

For those who wish, memorial donations should be made to the American Cancer Society, Northern New England Region, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, New Hampshire 03110.

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Memorial Service
Glen Strauch Elder
A memorial celebration for University of Vermont Associate Dean Glen Strauch Elder will be held on Friday, September 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel with a reception immediately following in Billings Student Center.
Mr. Elder is survived by his partner of 15 years, Michael Conley, of Derby; and by his father, Peter Elder, of Benoni, South Africa.
In remembrance of Mr. Elder, funds may be donated to support the Glen Elder Memorial Fund, which honors his lifelong commitments and interests in issues of social justice, sexuality, South Africa, and political geography.  Checks may be sent to the University of Vermont, development and alumni relations, 411 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or may be made online at
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