September 2, 2009 Obituaries

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Thelma F. Bergeron
Thelma F. Bergeron, 94, died Sunday, August 30, 2009, at North Country Hospital in Newport.
Born August 7, 1915, in Pearceton, Quebec, Mrs. Bergeron was a daughter of Earl and Francis (Gage) Corey.
She married Charles W. Bergeron, who predeceased her in 2005.
She was a member of the Orleans Country Club, where she worked as a pastry chef.  She loved baking pies and doughnuts and socializing at the Orleans Country Club.  Her family and friends were her greatest joy.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Charles and Johanne Bergeron of St. Armand, Quebec; nephew Wayne Sornberger of Burlington; and good friend Evelyn Wagner of Newport.  She was predeceased by an infant son.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Bergeron’s name to Orleans Emergency Unit, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839
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Arrangements are by Pearsons Funeral Home.



Kenneth Eugene Frizzell Jr.
Kenneth Eugene Frizzell Jr., 55, of East Charleston, beloved husband of Grace Frizzell, died suddenly August 30, 2009, in West Charleston.
Mr. Frizzell was born February 9, 1954, in Concord, a son of Kenneth and Ellen (Jessman) Frizzell.  He grew up in Lunenburg, Gilman, and Wallingford.
On May 25, 1974, he married Grace Colburn, who survives him.  After his marriage he lived in Rutland for a short time and more recently in East Charleston.
He was employed by Tivoly in Derby Line, where he was a steel receiver and cut off operator for more than 30 years.  He was a delinquent tax collector for the town of Charleston.
He was a devoted father, attending all his children’s sport and school functions.
He loved to hunt, snowmobile, play cards with his friends, and especially play with his “grand boys.”  He was a Little League coach.
He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston, Charleston Historical Society, Mount Sinai Shrine Temple 3, and the Northeast Fire Brigade Parade Unit.  He was past master of Island Pond Lodge 44 of Free and Accepted Masons, master of Valley Lodge 106, past district deputy grand master of District 10, treasurer of North Star Chapter 25 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Charleston Volunteer Fire Department member and former treasurer, and Charleston town fire warden.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Frizzell, of East Charleston; by his children Amy Sherlaw and her husband, Fred, of Derby and Daniel Frizzell and his wife, Alicia, of Bristol; by his cherished grandchildren:  Sam and Evan Sherlaw of Derby and Owen and Jack Frizzell of Bristol; by his siblings:  Edie Jones and her husband, Gary, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Robert Frizzell and his wife, Audrey, of East Charleston, Joan Henry of Claremont, New Hampshire, Carol Bolduc and her husband, Henry, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Genie Davis and her husband, Martin, of East Charleston; by his father-in-law, Richard Colburn Sr., of East Charleston; by brother-in-law Richard Colburn Jr. and his wife, Diane, of East Charleston; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Ellen Frizzell; by his mother-in-law, Alta Colburn; and by brother-in-law Charles Henry.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 4, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Richard Miller officiating.  Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery.  There will be a Masonic service at the church preceeding the funeral service.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Frizzell’s memory may be made to Masonic Union Lodge 44, in care of Homer Selby, P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Emma A. Morin


Emma A. Morin, 78, died Sunday, August 23, 2009, surrounded by her loving family at Edgewater Hospice Care Center in Edgewater, Florida.
Mrs. Morin was born October 31, 1930, in Eastman, Quebec, daughter of Walter and Belona Laramee.
She had recently celebrated her fifty-ninth wedding anniversary with her spouse, Marcel G. Morin, who survives her.
She and her husband owned the Border Motel and Dining Room in Derby for 21 years and later retired to Edgewater, where they resided for 25 years.  They owned and operated Big B Liquors, which son and daughter-in-law Michael and Sharon now own.  They always enjoyed working together and serving the public.  Her beautiful smile would light up every room.
Her sons Richard and Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Edgewater and daughter Carol of Key West, along with four grandchildren — Amanda, Zachary, Ashley, and Christopher — also survive her.  Her son Mark predeceased her in 2004.  She is survived by two sisters, Collette Lewis of Montpelier and Fern Carvalho of Bristol, Connecticut.
A Mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Edward’s Parish in Derby Line at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, followed by her burial at the Derby Line Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Morin’s name to the Edgewater Hospice Care Center, 3800 Wood Briar Trail, 4140 South Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, Florida 32129.
Arrangements are by Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.



Wayne L. Provoncha


Wayne L. Provoncha, 61, of North Troy died August 29, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Provoncha was born July 11, 1948, in Morgan, a son of Joseph and Myrtie (Woodard) Provoncha.
On May 22, 1976, he married Louise Cyr, who survives him.
He was a sander for Green Mountain Custom Finish in Newport.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He enjoyed NASCAR racing, going to the races in New Hampshire, and watching races on television.  His favorite driver was #48.  He enjoyed making model cars, and he liked old cars.  He enjoyed growing flowers, and he was an avid reader.
He was devoted to his family, and everybody who knew him said he was a kind man with a big heart.  He will be terribly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Provoncha, of North Troy; by children Kelly and Shawn Provoncha of North Troy; by three brothers:  Stanley Provoncha of Washington, Dale Provoncha and his wife, Sharon, of Westfield, and Larry Provoncha and his wife, Carmelita, of New York; and by three sisters:  June Provoncha of Florida, Madeline Dickson of Hardwick, and Shirley Achilles and her husband, Everett, of Florida.  He will be especially missed by his little dog Travis, who was his constant companion.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Provoncha’s memory may be made to Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center, activities fund, Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Marianne G. Sussman
Marianne G. Sussman, 79, died August 26, 2009, in Craftsbury where she spent summers for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Sussman was born September 10, 1929, in Berlin, Germany, and with her parents, escaped Nazi tyranny to come to the United States as a child.
She attended the Dalton School in New York City and graduated from the University of Chicago.  She worked in book publishing in New York and for 20 years was on the editorial staff of Time magazine.
She is survived by Leonard, her husband of 51 years; by her son Mark Jacob and his wife, Mary-Jo; by her stepson David William; and by her grandchildren:  Jane, Benjamin, Rebecca, Samuel, and Finn.
A memorial will be announced later.



Persis M. Tourangeau
Persis M. Tourangeau, 96, a resident of Craftsbury since 1948, died at her home Saturday, August 29, 2009, in the loving care of her family.
Mrs. Tourangeau was born in St. Albans on February 2, 1913, a daughter of Theodore and Malvina (Burnor) Pelkey.  She attended grade school in St. Albans.
She married Arthur Tourangeau, and they owned and operated a farm in Craftsbury where they raised their family.  Persis loved her family and always enjoyed having them visit.  She also enjoyed a good bingo game.
Survivors include two sons, James “Jim” Tourangeau of Craftsbury and Frederick Tourangeau and his wife, Ruth, of Newport; two daughters, Joyce Billado and her husband, Carlton, of Craftsbury, and Myrtle LaCroix and her husband, Antonio, of Brunswick, Maine; a sister, Marion Singleton, of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; 20 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.  She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, in August 1994; by four children:  Donald Billow, Barbara Mason, Raymond Billow, and an infant, Elizabeth Tourangeau; by a granddaughter, Kathy Hickock; by a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Tourangeau; by two brothers, Raymond Pelkey and Edward Pelkey; and by three sisters:  Margarett Brooks, Loretta Lawrence, and Dora O’Brien.
A funeral service was held September 1 at the United Church of Craftsbury with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Eric J. Young
Eric J. Young, 85, died at The Gardens at Canterbury in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on August 21, 2009.
Born March 3, 1924, in Neunkirchen, Saar, Germany, Mr. Young was a gifted student and received the Scheffel Prize for his literary skills.
During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the German navy, serving in the signal corps.
After the war, he studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where he earned his doctorate degree in philosophy and comparative cultures in 1951.
He met his beautiful future wife, Ellen Macomber, while they were teaching at the same high school in El Boeuf, France.  They married August 2, 1950, in Frankfurt, Germany.
They both returned to settle in the U.S.  He began his career in business in the New York City area, a place that held a special fascination for him throughout his life.  A few years later he began his career in international sales for the W.R. Grace Company in La Paz, Bolivia.  He later worked for the Mennen Company and with the Bristol-Myers Company, from which he retired in 1989 as vice president of sales in Eastern Europe.
While working with Bristol-Myers, he and his family lived in Bad Homburg, Germany, Rome, Italy, and Brussels, Belgium.  The family took full advantage of his love for travel and exploration during this time, and has a wealth of happy memories of trips taken all over Europe.
After retirement Eric and Ellen lived half the year in North Troy and spent many happy summers there with friends and family.  He thoroughly enjoyed his membership in the Newport Rotary Club during those years.
His family adored him for his sense of humor, his generosity, his work ethic, and his sense of adventure.
His passing is mourned by his wife, Ellen Young; by his daughter Ingrid Young of Edmond, Oklahoma, her husband, Robert Hamm, their children:  James, Laura, and Ursula and her husband, Michael Bowling, and their children Ephraim and Joy Bowling; by his daughter Eve Young of Longmont, Colorado, her husband, Robert Drew, and their children Brendan and Nathan Drew; by his daughter Mary Jo Young and her sons, Benjamin and Matthew Apelman; and by countless friends.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy.
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