September 9, 2009 Obituaries

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Alfred J. Cushing


Alfred J. Cushing, 69, of Albany died peacefully September 1, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Cushing was born December 27, 1939, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, a son of Mildred (Squires) Cushing.
On June 6, 1980, he married Claudette Cervone, who survives him.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service; he retired in 1995.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He enjoyed playing chess, and he organized chess clubs in the Albany and Brownington schools.
He is survived by his wife, Claudette Cushing, of Albany; by his son Daniel Cushing and his wife, Julie; and by his granddaughter Teagan Cushing.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Wanda Elizabeth Flynn


Wanda Elizabeth Flynn, 67, of Derby died August 30, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mrs. Flynn was born February 26, 1942, in Concord, New Hampshire, a daughter of Frank and Virginia (West) Dennerly.
On October 11, 1958, she married David Flynn Sr., who survives her.
She attended Rumford Graded School, Parker Junior High School, Rundlett Junior High School, and Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire.
She worked for Cora’s Beauty Salon after school, doing errands and cleaning the beauty shop.  She worked beside her husband, David, farming for 25 years in Holland.
A year after their son David Flynn Jr., died she worked outside of her home to help cope with the stress of his death.  She worked for many doctors in the area, and then opened her own billing service on February 28, 2000.
She is survived by her husband, David Flynn Sr., of Derby; by children:  Hugh Flynn and his wife, Helen, of Holland, Scott Flynn and his wife, Lori, of Derby, and Karin Broadfoot and her husband, James, of Coventry; by six grandchildren:  Nicholas Flynn, Ashley LaGeorge, Ryan Lewis, Jordan Lewis, Hannah Flynn, and Kelly Flynn; by two sisters, Sandra Abbott and her husband, Brownlo, and Bette Stevens and her husband, Roger, all of Concord; and by her brother Wayne Dennerly and his wife, Rosie, of Concord.
Funeral services were held September 4 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Flynn’s memory may be made to support research in the Department of Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Joshua Scot Lancaster


Joshua Scot Lancaster, 29, of Albany, New York, died Thursday, August 20, 2009, at Albany Medical Center as a result of diabetes.
Mr. Lancaster was born December 30, 1979, in Saint Johnsbury, a son of Robert M. Lancaster and Robyn Secor.
He is survived by his mother, Robyn Secor, of Rotterdam, New York; by his sister Sarah Kaminsky of Springfield, Massachusetts; by his half-sisters:  Elizabeth Secor of Galway, New York, Karen Hobbs of Lawton, Oklahoma, Kim Perkins of Henryetta, Oklahoma, and Jessica Lancaster of Bristol, Connecticut; by half-brothers Brandon Logan 
of Rotterdam and Robbie Lancaster of Santa Fe, Texas; by stepmother, Fahvrnissa Lancaster, of Derby; by grandparents:  Joseph and Diane Loubier of Valrico, Florida, and Lois Smith 
of Newport; by many uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews; and by his beloved partner of more than 11 years, Nicole Snell.  He was predeceased by his father, Robert Lancaster, of Derby in April.
He was
loved by all who knew him.  He will be missed.
Online condolences can be e-mailed to the family at




Ralph Francis Loomis Sr.


Ralph Francis Loomis Sr., 80, of Clarendon died peacefully, following a long illness, on September 6, 2009, at his home with his wife and children at his side.
Mr. Loomis was born October 10, 1928, in Albany, a son of Andrew and Hazel (Cochran) Loomis.  He had three sisters and a brother.
He married Gloria St. Onge on September 30, 1950.  They had six children.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1951 and was honorably discharged in November 1952.
In 1978 he and his wife established Walker Mountain Sales and Service in Clarendon, which he ran until the time of his death.
He helped to form the Green Mountain Coon and Cat Club and served as the president for many years.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, American Legion Post 31, the New England Coon and Cat Hunters Association, and the Green Mountain Snow Flyers where he served as president for many years.
He was an avid hunter and was well-known as “the long-legged hunter from Vermont” or as “lost Ralph.”  He loved to ride horses and snowmobile with his children.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Loomis, of Clarendon; two daughters, Gail Cowherd and her husband, Mike, of Cornwall and Geannine White and her husband, Charlie, of Tinmouth; four sons:  Ralph “Jinx” Loomis Jr. and his wife, Nancy, and Roy Loomis and his wife, Amy, all of West Rutland, and Roger Loomis and his wife, Kelly, and Ross Loomis and his wife, Wendy, all of Shrewsbury; by 18 grandchildren:  Sarah, Ashlee, Casey, Samatha, Cy, Jody, Jessie, Chelsea, Alexis, Kaylin, Brendon, Josh, Kiera, Ryan, Mitchell, Logan, Jordan, and Alyssa; and by six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford.  Burial with military honors will follow in the East Clarendon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made by visiting the guest book at or private condolences can be made by visiting
Memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Ambulance Employee Fund, 275 Stratton Road, Rutland, Vermont 05701.
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