September 23, 2009 Obituaries

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Aline DeLaBruere
Aline DeLaBruere, 73, of Stanstead, Quebec, died peacefully on September 20, 2009, at home.
Mrs. DeLaBruere was born November 2, 1935, in Newport, a daughter of Arcade and Alexandrine (Jacques) Fournier.
On November 24, 1956, she married Rene DeLaBruere, who predeceased her on April 1, 1999.
She and her husband owned and operated the Border Lake Campground in Stanstead; they retired in 1999.
She enjoyed reading, playing bingo and card games, doing puzzles, and spending winters in Florida.
She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Simmons and her husband, Mitch, of Crystal River, Florida, Ron DeLaBruere and his wife, Diane, of West Sand Lake, New York, Lise Vance and her husband, Reg, of Colchester, Marcel DeLaBruere of Derby, Monique Gathers and her husband, Max, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Denise Gaither and her husband, Tom, of Woodlawn, Illinois, and Lynn Aucoin and her husband, Jim, of Denham Springs, Louisianna; by her 17 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Pauline, of North Troy, Leonard and his wife, Irene, of New York, Roger and his wife, Jeannette, of New York, Paul and his wife, Martha, of Irasburg, Gerard and his wife, Yvonne, of New Hampshire, and Dennis of Westfield; by her sisters Rita Deslandes of Troy and Evelyn Meunier of New York; by sister-in-law Margurite Fournier of West Palm Beach, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Richard Fournier.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. DeLaBruere’s memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Dolor O. Fontaine


Dolor O. Fontaine, 85, of Newport died September 18, 2009, at his home with his family at his side.
Mr. Fontaine was born June 2, 1924, in Derby, a son of Bartholemi and Alice (Gaboriault) Fontaine.
On June 11, 1951, he married Florence Gaboriault, who survives him.
He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater where he was stationed in the Philippines and as part of occupation forces in Japan, where he served with the 25th Infantry Division.
He was a car man on the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring in 1984.  He worked at the former M.H. Carter Store.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Fontaine, of Newport; by three children:  Richard Fontaine and his wife, Ann Palozzi, of Scarborough, Maine, Lisa Fontaine of Yarmouth, Maine, and Janet Fontaine of Newport; and by grandson Carlos Fontaine of New York City.  He was predeceased by six sisters:  Sister Edna Fontaine, Ann Barnard, Mariette Regets, and Fabiola, Yvette, and Theresa Fontaine; and by his brother Gerard Fontaine.
Funeral services were held September 22 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Fontaine’s memory may be made to St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 181 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Ronald A. Gardner


Ronald A. Gardner, 77, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, beloved husband of D. Jeannine (Emerson) Gardner, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, following a long illness.
Mr. Gardner was born May 16, 1932, in Morgan, a son of Roy E. and Audrey H. (Powell) Gardner.  He was educated in Newport public schools until his senior year.  He graduated from Owego Free Academy in Owego, New York.
On April 8, 1951, he married Jeannine Emerson, who survives him.  Four children were born to them, three of whom survive:  Dana R. Gardner and his wife, Karen, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Laurel Gardner of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Glenn R. Gardner and his wife, Lori Jo, of Littleton, New Hampshire.  His daughter Ronni Jean Fedele predeceased him in 2002.  He is survived by eight grandchildren:  Heather, Andrea, Allison, Jacklyn, Aaron, Isaac, Cassady, and Reannan; by four great-grandchildren:  Mia, Ronni Brynn, Brien, and Aaden; by his sister Juanita Fugere of Newport; and by many nieces and nephews.  Four brothers and a sister predeceased him:  Lyndon, Malcolm, Russell, Dorian (Huck), and Gwendolyn Mesler.
He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard from 1950 to 1952.  In 1956 he joined the U.S. Border Patrol, training at the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso, Texas.  Upon graduation, he was stationed at Laredo, Texas, for three years.  In 1959 he was transferred to Buffalo, New York, where he served as station senior for eight years.  In 1967 he transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and was stationed in Derby Line.  He also served at the Beebe Plain border station where he was well known and regarded, especially by the young people of the area who looked up to him and appreciated his interest in them as he counseled them to achieve their very best in life.
In 1986 he was selected to be area port director of immigration at stations on Interstate 91, Route 5 in Derby Line, Beebe Plain, Norton, and North Troy with his office at the Interstate 91 Derby Line port of entry.
He served with distinction, receiving awards for outstanding service until his retirement in 1994.  In 1992, he received the Commissioners Equal Employment Opportunity Award for encouraging and assisting employees to develop to their full potential as evidenced by successfully integrating women and people with disabilities into the unit.  He received this award at the commissioner’s annual awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona.
He always did his best and encouraged others to achieve excellence in all their endeavors.  His favorite admonition to others was to “Think, think, think — before you act.”
He was a master carpenter, having learned the trade as a teenager and young man helping his father build houses and barns in the Newport-Derby area.  He built his own home and barn on the Beebe Road (now Darling Hill Road) in 1968.
The family raised Angus beef cattle and boarded horses for several years. An accomplished horseman, he raised and trained his own registered palomino and enjoyed hours riding him.  He was an avid gardener, always having an enviable vegetable garden.  His first gardening love, however, was his prize rose bushes, 20 to 30 of them at any given time.  These and his vegetables he shared with many.
A memorial service will be held at the Community Baptist Church in Whitefield on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m.  The Reverend Clifford Vendt, pastor, will officiate.  Interment will follow at a later date in the Gardner family plot in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mr. Gardner’s memory to the Community Baptist Church building fund, Box 27, Whitefield, New Hampshire 03598.
Arrangements are by the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster, New Hampshire.
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Pearl Madeline Gooley


Pearl Madeline Gooley, 92, of Newport Center died September 12, 2009 at home.
Mrs. Gooley was born June 30, 1917, in Colebrook, New Hampshire, a daughter of Leroy and Mariette (Hodge) Henson.
On September 11, 1948, she married Russell Gooley, who predeceased her on July 25, 1991.
She was a florist and owner of the former Maple Valley Flower Shop, and she owned the former Horseshoe Restaurant in Newport Center.  She was a cook at one time at the Jay Village Inn.
Her interests were braiding and hooking rugs and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
She was a member of the Modern 49ers and 50-year member of the Women’s Christian Society of the United Methodist Church in Newport Center.  She also taught 4-H at her home.
She is survived by two children, Wayne Gooley and his wife, Becky, of Troy and Mary Lynne Hunter and her husband, Henry III, of Eddington, Maine; by three grandchildren:  Bobby Jo Rivard and her husband, Todd, of Newport, Tracy Gooley of Newport Center, and Henry J. Hunter IV of Eddington; by two great-grandchildren, Brandon Wells and Morgan Rivard; by one brother and one sister, Everett Henson and his wife, Lois, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, and Nell Henson of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by siblings:  Willard Henson, Evelyn Lewis, Millie Stewart, Richard Henson, Howard Henson, Edith Henson, and Rena Henson.
A memorial service was held September 21 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Gooley’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Sara A. Larabee
Sara A. Larabee, 96, of Barton died September 19, 2009, in Lyndonville.
Mrs. Larabee was born March 21, 1913, in Albany, a daughter of Harry and Winefred (Hyde) Duckless.
On September 27, 1932, she married Alvin Larabee, who predeceased her in 1966.
She was a former 25-year member of Maple Valley Grange in Albany.
She enjoyed farming and gardening, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children:  Vernon Larabee and his wife, Lauri, of Lyndon, Vernal Larabee and his wife, Luciene, of Albany, and Sally Bedard and her husband, John, of Albany; by her son-in-law Neil Goodwin of St. Johnsbury Center; by 12 grandchildren; by 27 great-grandchildren; and by numerous great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her daughter Vernice; by one brother; and by six sisters.
Graveside services were held September 22 at the Albany Village Cemetery with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Larabee’s memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
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 August 23, 2009, in Edgewater, Florida.  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.
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