Obituaries June 21, 2017

Dexter M. Bennett

Dexter M. Bennett, 89, of East Charleston, died suddenly on June 13, 2017 at his home.

He was born on July 19, 1927, in Charleston, to Clinton and Hazel (Morse) Bennett.

On August 22, 1948, he married Pauline Gray who survives him.

Mr. Bennett was the owner and operator of the family farm in East Charleston for many years. He was a charter member of the Charleston Fire Department and was a member of many agricultural organizations. He was a cemetery commissioner and justice of the peace for the town of Charleston. He was an avid snowmobiler and hunter, and collected old antique engines.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Bennett, of Charleston; by his sons: Don Bennett and his wife, Diane, and Dean Bennett and his wife, Jeannine, all of Charleston. He is also survived by his granddaughter: Julie Wilson and her husband, Heath, of Maryland; by his great-grandson Jeffrey Wilson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Joyce Bennett in 1950; and his grandson Brian Bennett in 1982.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860. Online condolences can be share at curtis-britch.com.

 

Peter J. Campbell

Peter J. Campbell, 71, of Newport, died on June 11, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on October 15, 1945, in Newport to Bernice (Gour) Campbell and the late John Campbell.

Mr. Campbell was a 1965 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He attended Reich American School of Auctioneering in Iowa with his brother Dave. They ran Campbells’ Auctioneering Service for many years. He was also a realtor owning his own business, Memphremagog Realty.

Mr. Campbell was owner of Peter Campbell’s Nationwide Insurance Agency, which he retired from in April 2017.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Club #2155 and the Eagles Club. His biggest joy was riding his motorcycle, and playing Texas hold ’em. He could be seen in the winter on his John Deere tractor plowing out the neighborhood. He loved his dog Cesar.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Sheila Taylor, of Newport; by his mother, Bernice Campbell, of Newport; by his children: Debbie (Doucet) Collins of West Falls, New York, and Christopher Sanville and his wife, Desirae, of South Burlington; by his grandchildren: Hunter and Meadow Sanville and Tawnee and Taylor Collins. He is also survived by his siblings: David Campbell and Nancy Baker of Derby, Jim Campbell and his wife, Kim, of Newport Center, Joan Green and her husband, Bob, of Newport Center, Janice Urie and her husband, David, of Coventry, Karen Bacon and her husband, Bart, of Melbourne, Florida; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, John Campbell, on December 6, 2016.

Friends may call on Sunday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford funeral home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 26, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Vernal O. Larabee

Vernal O. Larabee, 80, of Albany, died on June 15, 2017, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on November 14, 1936, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to the late Alvin and Sarah (Duckless) Larabee.

He graduated from Orleans High School in 1954. In 1956 he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years.

On June 14, 1964, he married the love of his life, Luciene Cubit.

He spent most of his life working as a dairy farmer in the Albany area. He was a member of the Maple Valley Grange and Pomona Grange, a selectman for 13 years for the town of Albany, and a member of the Farm Bureau.

He enjoyed woodworking, tinkering, bowling, playing cards with family, mowing his lawn, and being outdoors. He was loved for his sense of humor. He was especially a very hard worker.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Luciene Larabee; his children: Tim Larabee and his wife, Melissa, of Albany, and Alvin Larabee and his wife, Christina, of Albany; his grandchildren: Richard, Heather, Cheyenne, Jessica, Carolyn, and Justin; four great-grandchildren; his sister Sally Bedard and her husband, John, of Albany; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Vernon Larabee; his sister Vernice Goodwin; and by a grandson, Lance Larabee.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m., at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Larabee’s memory to the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Simone J. Meunier

Simone J. Meunier, 97, of Troy, died on June 10, 2017.

She was born on July 19, 1919, in Manchester, New Hampshire, to the late Ludger and Olivine (Daigneault) LaPalme.

She married Gerard Meunier on June 24, 1940. Mr. Meunier predeceased her.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a very active member of the Ladies of Sacred Heart. She helped her husband run Gerry’s Midway Store for many years in Newport Center.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, cooking, sewing, quilting, and handiwork.

She is survived by her children: Dianne Souza and her husband, Chris, of Mission Viejo, California, Paul Meunier and his wife, Jeanette, of Troy, Rita Wheeler and her husband, Gerald, of Derby, and Jane Powell and her husband, Robert, of Quechee; and by her daughter-in-law Margaret Meunier of Newport Center. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gerard; her son Richard Meunier in 2000; by her grandson Robert Meunier; and by her sisters: Laurette Meunier and Rita Campbell.

A Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy on June 19 officiated by the Reverend Roger Charbonneau. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church: Sacred Heart Church office, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Troy Fire Department, P.O. Box 51 Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Vernon Warner

Vernon Warner, 71, of Lowell, died on June 11, 2017, in a nursing home in Barton.

He was born on June 15, 1945, in Lowell, to Vercil and Barbara (Hyde) Warner.

He enjoyed owning and operating his own business of repairing and selling used cars in Lowell. He also worked for many years operating heavy construction equipment for several different construction companies, and he worked at the cheese factory in Troy.

In 1990, he became heavily involved with building and installing computerized bowling scoring systems throughout New England for several years. He enjoyed traveling whenever the opportunity arose, and even though he occasionally displayed an unpredictable demeanor, those who knew him well, knew that he had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need.

Mr. Warner served his country in the Vermont Army National Guard, and was a member of the American Legion in North Troy. He was also a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 in Troy.

He is survived by his beloved, Rose Barry; and by his children: Melissa Grace Archer of Jericho, and Vercil Warner of Lowell. He is also survived by his brothers: Roy and Gary Warner; his sisters: Suzie Arel and Connie LaPlume; his stepsisters: Amy Gray, Florence Verge, and Arlene Pettengill; and by his grandchildren: Seth, Ryan, and Brandon Lynn.

He was predeceased by his brother Austin Warner; and by his half-sister Jackie Gosselin.

Services will be held for immediate family members only. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries June 14, 2017

Ellen Johnson Griffin

Ellen J. Griffin, 87, a lifelong resident of Williston, died peacefully at home with her daughters by her side on June 3, 2017.

She was born on February 24, 1930, the daughter of Lester and Marguerite Johnson. She attended Williston and Burlington schools and graduated from Johnson State College.

Upon graduation, she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Fayston. Later she embarked on a long career at IBM. Upon her retirement, she stayed busy working various part-time jobs as well as volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

Mrs. Griffin loved everything outdoors. Her greatest joy of all was her family, and she always treasured the time she spent with each and every family member. She especially liked the times when the whole family gathered together.

She is survived by her children: Debra Roya and her husband, Bill, Pamela Griffin, and Susan St. Hilaire and her husband, Roger; her grandchildren: Will Roya and his wife, Jessica, Kelly Smith and her husband, Mark, Kalee Robles and her husband, James, Emily O’Shaughnessy and her partner, Jim Isaac, and Griffin and Allyson St. Hilaire; and by her great-grandchildren: Brandon and Austin Smith, and Chloe and Liam Roya. She also leaves a very special friend and sister-in-law, Barbara Hale; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her brother- and sister-in-law Ward and Mona Johnson.

The family thanks her two caregivers: Darlene Isham and Donna Burnett, whom she was very fond of.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Griffin’s memory to the Vermont Chapter of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, Connecticut 06108, or to the VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

A memorial service was held on June 9 at the Williston Federated Church, in Williston.

Arrangements were made by Gifford Funeral Home in Richmond.

 

Lucille M. Hoadley

Lucille M. Hoadley, 87, of Lowell, died on June 5, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on October 20, 1929, in Newport, to Alfred and Jessie (Bidwell) Bedard. On May 10, 1947, she married Stanley Hoadley who predeceased her in 1992.

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell. She liked to play bingo and she enjoyed family gatherings.

She is survived by her son Gary Hoadley and his wife, Sarah, of Newport; by her grandchildren: Matthew Hoadley and his wife, Jennifer, of Scituate, Massachusetts, Meghan Graser and her husband, Kurt, of Portland, Maine, Mary Hoadley and her husband, Nathan Sargent, of Newport, Angela Smith and her husband, Cory, of Irasburg, and Ryan Hoadley and his wife, Jamie, of St. Johnsbury; by her great-grandchildren: Brooke, Colin, Melaine, Ellie and Clare; by her siblings: Jean Duplessis and her husband, Fred, of Athol, Massachusetts, Leon Bedard of Athol, Arnold Bedard and his wife, Marilyn, of Missouri, and Arlene Warner of Rutland; and by her daughter-in-law Jean Hoadley of Lowell. She is also survived by her dear friends Dick and Diane Colburn who gave her support and kindness during her illness. She was predeceased by her son Michael Hoadley on July 4, 2004.

Funeral services were held on June 10, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Judith Greta Kane

Judith Greta Kane died on May 22, 2017, a few weeks after learning of her cancer.

She was born in London in 1930, and at age nine was evacuated to the countryside, along with her siblings, during the worst of the bombings of World War II. She married landscape architect Thomas Kane, of Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1953, having met him at a Lyon’s Corner House in London. She told her children that things would’ve turned out very differently if she had not happened to have a very boring book to read while waiting at the café for a friend who was late. Their honeymoon trip was a unique year-long journey from London to Sydney, Australia, driving a farm tractor and trailer, through Europe, the Middle East, India and all countries in between. She moved the family from Westchester, New York, to East Hardwick in 1970, on the spur of the moment, and was always happy to call Vermont home. She loved the old Vermont, and back-woods characters, and in the past few years was writing a series of amusing stories of her early years in Vermont, some of which have been printed in local papers.

Mrs. Kane was full of life, and intensely curious and passionate about history, politics, art, spirituality, and many other subjects. She was a voracious reader, a painter and art teacher, a creative quilter and seamstress, a prolific writer of poetry and stories, and an amateur actress. She was an outgoing person who always found fascination in the lives of the people she met. She gave famous parties, many of which revolved around witty skits and songs, most of which she wrote.

“If you’re going to throw a party,” she always advised, “go all the way, and give people a party!”

This past winter she was working intensely on a series of wooden relief sculptures, designed to provide housing for bees, and to adorn a new bee garden being built in the gardens, something she felt passionately about.

Her love of plants, especially herbs, inspired her daughter Rachel to start Perennial Pleasures Nursery at the family house in 1981. She ran a popular bed and breakfast for many years, and also the Brick House Gift Shop, first in Hardwick, later moving it to the nursery. She was most famous, perhaps, for opening an English-style tea room at the nursery in the late ’80s, which continues today. She was always a generous hostess.

She became an American citizen in the 1990s but never gave up her British accent nor her appreciation of a good “cuppa.”

Mrs. Kane was predeceased by her husband, Tom, who died in 1995.

She is survived by her brother Christopher of London; her daughter Rachel and son Patrick of East Hardwick, and her sons Barnabas of Denver, Colorado, Tim of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chris of Concord, New Hampshire; as well as by her grandchildren: Benjamin, Ceilidh, Nicholas, Hilary, Cody, Stewart, Carter, and Finn.

In lieu of flowers, donations to these charities which she supported would be appreciated: Save the Elephants (savetheelephants.org), Save the Bees (xerces.org), and The Art House (vermontarthouse.org).

There will be a memorial gathering to celebrate her life at Perennial Pleasures Nursery in East Hardwick, on Saturday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a service at 2:30 p.m., to which friends and well-wishers are welcome. Cards to the family may be sent to P.O. Box 128, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836. Rachel Kane may be contacted at [email protected]

 

Rita Virginia (Tanguay) Piette

Rita Virginia (Tanguay) Piette, 80, died on June 10, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Newport Center, to Emilien Tanguay and Marie (Dumont) Tanguay on October 18, 1936, where she grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1955 and married Marcel Piette on June 15, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport. She and Mr. Piette would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this year. After spending two years with her husband in Germany on his military tour of duty, the couple settled in Irasburg where they raised nine children. Mrs. Piette was actively involved in the Irasburg Parent Teacher Club, St. Theresa’s Ladies Guild, and she taught catechism for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will best be remembered for her special occasion cakes and craftiness. She used her sewing and artistic talents to create many clothes and gifts for those she loved and passed on her creativity to her children and grandchildren alike.

Mrs. Piette leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Marcel; and her children and their families: her daughter Susan VanHouwe, her husband, Jay, and their daughter Megan; her son Donald and his companion, Fran Smith, and their children: Ross and his wife, Krystle, and Jennifer; her son Gerard and his wife, Teresa, and their daughters: Sara, Allison, and Celeste; her son Denis and his wife, Nancy, and their sons: Derek and Kyle; her son Louis and his wife, Mona, and their children: Stephanie and her husband, Sean, and Tim and his wife, Kallie; her son Leo and his wife, Karla, and their daughters: Hannah and Jade; her son James and his wife, Heather, and their sons: Ethan and Tom; and her son John and his wife, Peggy, and their children: Nicole, Evan, and Isaac; also by four great-grandchildren: Gavin, Leah, Ryker, and Madden; by her brother Fernand Tanguay; and her sister Simone Fitzgerald; and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Piette was predeceased by her son Roland Piette; her daughter-in-law, Louise; two brothers: Marcel and Claude Tanguay; and by her sister Jane Boissenault.

A Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. A reception will follow at Paul’s Sugar House in Derby. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orleans-Essex VNA Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Bessie M. Poutry

Bessie M. Poutry, 77, of Rockingham, North Carolina died peacefully on June 1, 2017, at the Hospice Haven of Richmond County in Rockingham.

She was born in Albany, on March 1, 1940, to the late Abner J. Poutry and Eulalee Shedd Poutry. She was predeceased by her siblings: Percy J. Poutry, Eva E. Coderre, and Dean C. Poutry. She was survived by her brother Olmond J. Poutry of Clinton, Massachusetts; and her sister, Dorcas J. Suitor and husband, David, of Swanton.

She grew up in Albany and graduated from Brown’s School. After graduation she married Robert A. “Bob” Blouin of Barton. She worked as a supervisor for the Parent Child Center of Vermont in Barton.

She later married Roland L. Essaff of Newport, and they moved the family to North Carolina.

Ms. Poutry earned her associate’s degree in business from Richmond Community College and retired from Avdel-Cherry Textron in Stanfield, North Carolina, as a Mectron sort operator and programmer.

She was predeceased by her children: Dwane R. Blouin of Irasburg and Judy L. Blouin of Barton.

She is survived by Dwane Blouin’s wife, Marcia Blouin Bushey, and her now husband, Jim of Irasburg, Renita B. Boan and her husband, Charles, of Darlington, South Carolina, Janine C. Blouin of Clinton, Massachusetts, Robert A. Blouin Jr. and his wife, Wilma J. Blouin, and Michelle J. Watts and husband, Gary.

She leaves nine grandchildren: Allison B. Hahr and husband, Adrian, John Wesley Ward and wife, Beth, Ashley M. Black and husband, Mitch, Stephanie K. Labarron and her husband, Dan, Jennifer S. Chauvot and husband, Cory, Heather L. VanGilder and husband, Will, Ryan H. Watts, Dillon T. Watts, and Ethan D Watts.

She also leaves 12 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Evan, Nathan, Noel “Gracie,” Aubrey, John, Joseph, Ava, Aaron, Andrew, and two more yet to be born.

Her greatest passion was her family and she enjoyed traveling, cooking, painting, puzzles, gardening, knitting, sewing, and quilting. She was a very strong and determined person with an “I can do this,” attitude. Throughout her battle with COPD and heart disease, she remained determined and courageous while maintaining a witty sense of humor. She leaves a legacy to her family of love, determination, courage, strength and hardworking ethics.

Funeral services were held at the Albany Cemetery in Albany on June 10, officiated by Pastor Paul Essaff.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the PCD Foundation, 10137 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55420.

 

Stephen Victor Space

Stephen “Tiny” Victor Space, 85, of East Dummerston, died on May 26, 2017, at Pine Heights Nursing Home in Brattleboro.

He was born in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on April 13, 1932, the son of the late Victor and Mildred “Mimi” Space.

He was raised in Glen Rock, and moved to East Dummerston in 1960. He worked for American Optical for 21 years, then for two area banks. His passions were hunting, fishing, and being with his cousins and friends at his camp in Glover. He was a talented mechanic and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Although a bachelor, family was very important to him and he attended everyone’s milestone celebrations. Caring and kind, he was always willing to help anyone in need.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Space is predeceased by two sisters.

He is survived by a brother, David Space; as well as by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro. Burial will follow at Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro. A reception will follow back at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061. Please reference Stephen Space. Online condolences may be offered at www.kerwesterlund.com.

 

Linda May Starr

Linda May Starr, 69, died on March 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at her home in St. Cloud, Florida.

She was born on April 25, 1947, in North Troy, to Calvin and Evelyn Horne. At the age of five she was adopted by Edward and Beverly (Bolio) Caples.

She grew up in North Troy, where she graduated from North Troy High school on June 10, 1966. She was a member of the high school band as a majorette, she sang in the chorus, and she was a star player on the women’s basketball team.

After more than a year of dating, she and Stephen Starr were married on July 2, 1966, at the United Church of Christ in North Troy. They exchanged vows again and reconfirmed their love for each other 25 years later, at the same church along with their original wedding party, and in her original wedding gown. After another 25 years together, the two again returned to Vermont, and on July 2, 2016, their children planned and celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with over 100 family and friends.

On May 28, 1967, Mrs. Starr gave birth to their first child, Thomas. On August 11, 1968, their second child, Amy, was born. Finally on September 14, 1970, twin girls Tina and Tracie were born. The Starrs were blessed with four children in only three years. She was a remarkable, loving mother who cared for many kids throughout the years just like they were her own and is still considered by many as their second mother. Being a full-time mother was time demanding, however, she still found the time to work different jobs to contribute to the family finances. Although she never attended a college or university for a nursing degree, Mrs. Starr would have certainly qualified for one, caring unselfishly for both her mother and her mother-in-law at the end of their lives.

Mrs. Starr was a member of the American Legion auxiliary, United Church of Christ in North Troy when growing up, the First United Methodist Church in Essex Center, and a devoted member of HeartCry Chapel in St. Cloud, for the past seven years. She was a true example of a good Christian. She was a passionate woman with strong faith. She enjoyed challenging her mind with all kinds of games, including weekly bingo games, bowling, volleyball, softball, Dallas Cowboys football games, and the TV game shows “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” She never backed down from a competition, whether it was being a member of a team or little stuff like play wrestling with the kids, to remind them who was boss. Her love for #24 Jeff Gordon and Nascar racing took her and Mr. Starr to many different states and tracks including Charlotte, North Carolina, for 11 years, Talladega, Alabama; Loudon, New Hampshire; Martinsville, Virginia; Daytona, Florida; and many others. While she truly loved her home in Essex Center, she also called three other states home during her lifetime. In 1982, the family moved to San Jose, California, for a temporary job assignment and returned to their original house in Essex after two-and-a-half years.

In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Starr moved to Manassas, Virginia, for another job opportunity for seven years. Finally in 2003, the couple moved to St. Cloud, to their retirement home. In 2015, Mrs. Starr was diagnosed with an illness which required 100 percent courage and strength to endure all the treatments and testing throughout the next year-and-a-half. She was treated in a state-of-the-art facility by world-renowned doctors. With her Bible by her side, she never lost her faith for eternal life.

A memorial service for Mrs. Starr was held on April 1, in St. Cloud. In an effort to fulfill Mrs. Starr’s wishes that all family members be mentioned and recognized, the obituary published online will be included on the celebration of life program at the funeral.

A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ on Main Street in North Troy, on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Leonard Thompson officiating. Pallbearers for the service will be her grandsons: Joshua Reynolds, Tyler Reynolds, Ethan Reynolds, D.J. Lawrence, Brandon Starr, and William Newman IV.

Interment will follow at North Troy Cemetery. Immediately following, friends and relatives are invited to the American Legion, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, for a celebration of Mrs. Starr’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to HeartCry Chapel, 5225 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, St. Cloud, Florida 34771, and/or UF Health Cancer Center, 1400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32806. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Shirley Anne Temple

Shirley Anne Temple, 51, of Newport, died suddenly on May 16, 2017, in Sebring, Florida.

She was born September 23, 1965, to Carol Anne Quintin-Temple of Newport Center and Paul Temple of Bradenton, Florida. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and went to Champlain College and got her business degree. After graduation, she attended Lyndon State College, where she received a master’s degree in human services. She was also a Reiki master. She helped quite a few people and loved helping them. She worked at the Customs Brokers, RDI, and several other places.

She is survived by three boys that she thought the world of: Deven Temple, and Jacob and Skylar Stone, all of Newport; a beautiful granddaughter, Raelynn, who she adored with all her heart; a brother, Kevin Temple and his wife, Mary, and their children: Kyla and Tyler Temple, of Montgomery Center.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Romeo and Hilda (Norway) Quintin; and paternal grandmother Mary Temple.

She had taken a year off to help out a friend in Florida and was heading back home, but never had a chance to make it.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m., until the hour of the funeral. After the service, a celebration opens for all to attend at the American Legion, next to North Country Union High School, at 160 Freeman Street in Newport.

Should friends desire to send contributions in her memory, a Go Fund Me campaign is active. Other contributions to help the family can be mailed to P.O. Box 858, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com

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Obituaries May 24, 2017

Gerard J. Carrier

Gerard J. Carrier, 91, of Glover, died on May 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born on November 18, 1925, in Warwick, Quebec, a son of Adelard and Amanda (Foucault) Carrier.

He immigrated to the Glover area where he met his wife, Theresa, in 1948. They married on May 14, 1949, and purchased their farm in Glover. Mr. Carrier owned his own farm for 25 years, raising their family, and then sold it and went into carpentry. He built their home on Still Hill and became self-employed. He enjoyed his work, building, remodeling, and doing different kinds of woodworking. He was very talented and loved to build furniture, and he designed his own lawn chairs. He enjoyed and loved family gatherings and playing cards with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Theresa Carrier, of Glover; by his children: Roland Carrier and his wife, Lise, of Bradenton, Florida, Alfred Carrier and his wife, Barbara, of Glover, Peter Carrier and his wife, Julie, of Coventry; by eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Clemente Carrier, of Warwick; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Paul Carrier; his daughter Alice Rexford; and by his son-in-law Allen Rexford. He is also predeceased by six brothers and nine sisters.

Services will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Ambulance in care of Sue Medor, P.O. Box 64, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Margaret Carter

Margaret Carter, 79, of Lowell, died in Newport on February 6, 2017.

She was born in London, England, on November 9, 1937, to Henry and Lydia Andrews. She married a member of the United States military, Ralph Murphy, and came with him to the U.S. when she was in her early 20s. She became a U.S. citizen in 1980. She worked at Ethan Allen Furniture and was the office manager at Agri-Mark. She was an active member of St. Ignatius Church in Lowell for many years. She married Everett “Bud” Carter in June, 1989. She enjoyed traveling with him to England to see her family.

Mrs. Carter is predeceased by Ralph Murphy; Henry Murphy Jr.; Bud Carter; and her sister Maude Reynolds of Norwich, England.

She is survived by two sisters: Mary Kayser and Rita Smith, both of whom live in England; numerous nieces and nephews in England, including Ken Reynolds; by Mr. Carter’s children: John Carter and his wife, Sherrie, and Victoria; her grandchildren Christi, Peter, and Rachel; and her great-grandson Kaleb.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 
11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to 
St. Ignatius Church, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847, or to The American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Tressie E. (Wurst) Cote

Tressie “Gram” E. (Wurst) Cote, 70, of West Glover, died on May 15, 2017, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on December 3, 1946, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Philip D. and Elizabeth K. (Kempton) Wurst. She attended Springfield schools and graduated from Commerce High School and started work as a healthcare billing specialist. She continued this work throughout her life, working for numerous healthcare facilities. On August 21, 1982, she married Ronald A. Cote.

Mrs. Cote loved spending time with her close family and friends and always felt “the more the merrier.” She loved to travel and enjoyed most of her last minute and spur of the moment trips. She was always up for a road trip anywhere. She enjoyed shopping and doing for others.

Mrs. Cote was predeceased by her parents; her brother Philip D. Wurst Jr.; her sister Mae O. Templeman; and her daughter Tina M. Bulley.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ronald Cote; her daughter Patricia Ash and her husband, Dana, of Littleton, New Hampshire; her stepdaughters: Debra Lentendre and her husband, Rene, and Tami Enman and her husband, Doug; by her grandchildren: Jennifer Chaples, Kevin Bergdoll, Kristie Wright, and Ashley Bergdoll; her great-grandchildren: Rene, Lauren, Caiden, Logan, Colton, and Ryder; her nieces, nephews, many friends, and her beloved dog, Pixie.

Mrs. Cote was know as “Gram” to many and also leaves behind numerous “adopted” kids and grandkids.

A celebration of life will be held at her residence on County Road in West Glover on July 1, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the family in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 577, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Her family thanks Sean Carroll for his unconditional love and support throughout this difficult time. For more information or to share memories and condolences with the family go to www.RossFuneral.com.

Larry T. Labor

Larry Labor, 75, of Brownington died on December 23, 2016, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on September 5, 1941. He set a true example for how to enjoy life. Mr. Labor liked making people laugh and smile. He enjoyed talking about the history of the community and the people who live in it. He loved hunting for antiques with his wife, Katie. He liked tending to his chickens and walking his dogs. He was a hard worker and a true do-it-yourselfer, even if that meant the project ended with a few cuts and bruises.

Mr. Labor’s favorite thing to do was spend time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He did not want any formal funeral arrangements, however, such a great person who lived an amazing life needs to be recognized.

Mrs. Labor will host a celebration of life on June 3, at 3 p.m., at their house at 3417 Schoolhouse Road, Brownington. The ceremony will start with military honors and will be followed with a barbecue.

All are welcome to come, share memories, and celebrate the life of a wonderful man.

 

Patricia Rai Lee

Patricia Rai Lee, 73, of Craftsbury, and more recently of North Concord, died on May 19, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 21, 1943, in Camden, New Jersey, to Harold and Eunice (Hayes) Lee. She graduated from Pennsauken High School in Delair, New Jersey, in 1963. She moved to Craftsbury, in 1971 and later to Loch Lomond in North Concord in 2004.

She is survived by her sister Alice Menard and her husband, Arthur, of  Craftsbury; by her brother Robert Hayes Lee and his wife, Joan, of Pennsylvania; and also by ten nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 28, at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery with the Reverend Kim Larose officiating. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Cecile T. Letourneau

Cecile T. Letourneau, 93, died on May 16, 2017, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine.

She was born on January 2, 1914, in Sanford, Maine, one of 12 children loved and nurtured by Alphonse and Odile (Mercier) Therrien. She attended Holy Family School and lived in town.

She married Paul A. Letourneau Sr. in October of 1947, and they welcomed their son, Paul Jr. into their lives in 1949. Mrs. Letourneau was a loving mother and devoted to her family. She worked at the Goodall Mills and later worked as a talented seamstress at a local dress shop. She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, sailing with her husband and son, and traveling. A special day was babysitting for one of her nieces. A woman of deep faith, she attended Mass and was a member of the Ladies of St. Ann. Later in life, she cared for her mother until her passing.

In 1987, she started wintering in Florida with her husband until his death in 1996, then continued spending the winter months with her son in Florida and summers in Maine. She also enjoyed going to eat with some of her siblings and did her best to cope with her declining health.

She is lovingly survived by her son, Paul A. Letourneau Jr.; her sister Lorraine Legere; and one brother, Joseph R. Therrien, all of Sanford. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Letourneau always tried to be helpful to family members and worked hard all of her life.

A Mass was held on May 24, at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church in Sanford. Committal prayers and burial followed at St. Ignatius Cemetery.

Online condolences for the family can be shared at www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the starving children in Africa, hungry Syrian refugees, and orphaned or hungry people in Haiti.

Pauline A. McDuff

Pauline A. McDuff, 89, died April 14, 2017, at Mountain View Center Genesis Healthcare in Rutland.

She was born in Dixville, Quebec, on November 12, 1927, to Joseph and Bernadette (Gaudreault) Bouchard. She grew up on the family farm in Dixville and received her early education there.

She married Gaston McDuff on July 8, 1948, in Dixville. They were married for 56 years when Mr. McDuff died on August 7, 2004.

The family moved to Island Pond in 1957. She became involved in her community through volunteering and working in various areas at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, as well singing in the choir. She had many friends who shared her love of bingo, playing cards, and jigsaw puzzles. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Her homemade bread and tourtieres (meat pies) will be missed by everyone

She is survived by her daughters: Jeannine Griffin of Brandon, and Nicole McDuff of Pittsford; her sons Jean of Rutland, Laurent and his wife, Marie, of Pittsford, Pierre and his wife, Julie, of Topsham, Maine; by eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; three children: Diane, Daniel, and Roger; her son-in-law Deacon Gary Griffin; a sister Marguerite; and two brothers: Marcel and Gilbert.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a Mass at 11:30 a.m., at St. James the Greater Catholic Church. Burial will be at 3:15 p.m., in Dixville, Quebec.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. McDuff’s memory can be made to St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 146 Middle Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

 

Michael “Mike” Paul Monteith

Michael “Mike” Paul Monteith, 49, the son of Susan Dagesse of Derby, died suddenly on April 8, 2017, in Santa Monica, California.

He was born in Morrisville, on July 1, 1967. He lived most of his life in Vermont. He enjoyed fishing and being in his rowboat on Lake Memphremagog. He always had a big smile on his face, and loved his family deeply. He was always active in his Abenaki Indian heritage and Grey Wolf spent a lot of time learning from his uncle, Chief Black Horse (Richard Phillips), whom he always admired.

He leaves behind his only son, Donovan Blouin and his wife, Jennifer, of Brattleboro; his daughters: Myla Blouin of Newport, and Nina Reynolds of Montana; also his grandchildren: Zylus, Vincent, and Jade, and Nina’s daughter; also the mother of two of his children, April Blouin, who was his lifetime love; his mother Susan Dagesse of Derby and her husband, Leo; and his father, Gordon Monteith Sr. of Hardwick.

He also leaves behind his siblings, including his only brother Gordon Monteith and his wife, Sandy, of Derby; and his sisters Tammie Currier and her husband, Jonathan, of Jeffersonville, Christine Goodell of Coventry and her boyfriend, Brian Brault, Misty Poitras of Derby, Lisa Monteith and her boyfriend, Anthony DeSanto, of Barton, and Gabrielle Monteith of Hardwick.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be missed by many.

He was predeceased recently by his sister Barbie Monteith; his grandmother Catherine Jackson; his niece Misty Laviolette; his nephew Roger Menard; and his brother-in-law Roger Goodell; and several other family members.

A celebration of his life will be held on July 1, in East Charleston.

 

Gille Joseph Plante

Gille Joseph Plante, 85, of Irasburg, died peacefully on May 13, 2017, in the presence of his loving wife and family at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Gille was born on July 19, 1931, in Morgan, the son of Herve and Annette (Lalime) Plante.

An integral part of his life was his dedication as a member and employee of the Orleans Country Club, where he and his wife, Lillian, enjoyed playing golf, and also their involvement with St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. He served in the Korean War for the United States Army. He continued on to serve our community as an EMT for the Orleans Ambulance Squad. For many, he will be well remembered as the custodian who was always laughing and smiling at the Irasburg Village School and Ethan Allen Mill.

As he aged gracefully, he treasured visits from family and friends. He enjoyed sitting on the porch he built, watching the birds, playing cards, and teasing all of the little ones. When he wasn’t playing jokes on his friends and family, his strong convictions and quiet presence left an imprint on the lives of many. His beautiful smile and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by many.

Mr. Plante is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Lillian (Delisle) Plante; their two loving children: Robert Plante and his companion, Marguerite Descheneau, and Linda Plante and her companion, Brian Parenteau; his loving grandchildren: Tim Plante and his wife, Kelly, Jennifer Cote and her husband, Winston Cote Jr., Jonathan Charles, Jillian Charles, Daniel Plante, and Andrew Plante; by 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Diane Plante; his parents, Herve and Annette; and also by his siblings: Roger, Emile, Camile, Leo, and Donald Plante, and his favorite little sister Rita Blais.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland, M.D. Community Dialysis Center at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries May 17, 2017

Harry Saunders Blanchard

Harry “Jack” Saunders Blanchard, 91, of Danville, died on March 27, 2017, at The Pines in Lyndonville, where he had resided since 2009.

Mr. Blanchard was born on October 16, 1925, in Orleans, a son to the late Harrison and Grace (Milne) Blanchard. A graduate of Orleans High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer, the USS McGowan. He and his wife, Phyllis, met in first grade, married in 1948, and enjoyed a lifetime of love until her death just four months ago.

Mr. Blanchard attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1950, and then the University of Michigan where he received a doctorate in chemistry in 1955. He worked as a research scientist for General Electric, then as a teacher, and later headmaster, at Kimberton Farms School and as vice-president of operations for General Building Services in Pennsylvania. In 1985, the Blanchards returned to Vermont, residing in Middlebury where Mr. Blanchard worked in real estate, until retiring to Danville in 1998.

He was a master gardener, enjoyed walking, poetry, and sailing in his earlier years. He was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church and the Vermont 251 Club; he held a special affinity for the town of Plymouth. Mr. Blanchard had a love for books and enjoyed spending time at the Pope library. He will be remembered by many for his brilliant sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Mark, David, and Jamie; his grandchildren: Stacey, Ashley, Javin, Miranda, Hannah, Sheldon, and Nigel; and by his great-grandchildren: Skyler, Arielle, and Lachlan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 20, at the Danville United Methodist Church on the town green with a luncheon to follow. Burial will take place later that day at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011, or by going to www.alz.org, or to Danville Senior Meals Site.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

John Doyon

John Doyon, 60, of Island Pond, died on May 4, 2017, at the North Country Hospital in Newport, after a brief illness.

He was born on June 12, 1956, in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the son of Roland and Bethany (Sawyer) Doyon.

He proudly served in the United States Navy on a submarine during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond.

Mr. Doyon enjoyed cooking, fishing, and joking around with people in town. His motto and favorite saying was, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.”

He is survived by his daughter Cassidy Doyon; the mother of his daughter, Nancy Doyon; his father, Roland “Middy” Doyon; three stepchildren: Ashley, Kylie, and Chris Bowman; his brother Tom Doyon and his wife, Peggy; and by his nieces and nephews: Tracie, Jackie, Jill, Breanna, Dominique, and Nick.

He was predeceased by his mother, Bethany Doyon; and his brother Pete Doyon.

A gathering of remembrance will be held at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond on Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Lucien LeBel

Lucien LeBel of Derby died on May 12, 2017, at Derby Green in Derby.

He was born on June 8, 1930, in Montreal, to Auguste and Christine (Crepelle) LeBel. On October 19, 1968, he married Alice Raymo, who survives him. He moved to Coventry when he was 15 and worked on the family farm. He graduated from Newport High School. He worked as a parts man at W.S. Mitchell’s for about 30 years and then at the East Side Restaurant.

Mr. LeBel loved working in his vegetable garden and yard, walking most every day, all sports, especially hockey, and watching game shows on TV. He was a member of Newport Baptist Church and also attended Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church.

He is survived by his wife, Alice LeBel, of Derby; by his children: Bruce LeBel of Derby, David LeBel and his wife, Melissa, of Fall River, Massachusetts, and Christine Provoncha and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line; and by his grandchildren: Bethany and Mitchell Provoncha of Derby Line. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Tom Beardsley; his sister-in-law Ellie Tyler; and by nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Florence Racine.

There will be a private family service at the Derby Cemetery at a later date.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Patricia Ann Loveland Marsh

Patricia Ann Loveland Marsh, 86, of Orleans, died on May 11, 2017, in Newport.

She was born in Orleans on January 10, 1931, the only child of Esther Loveland.

She lived with her mother and grandfather Victor Loveland until the age of 16 when her mother died and she married her sweetheart, Slayton Marsh, of Brownington Village. Together they raised three daughters: Vicki, who died at age 20 in 1968, Nancy Morley Reynolds of Derby, and Holly Martel of Coventry.

She graduated from Orleans High School, and very soon after became secretary to the principal. She spent years in the central office of Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and later as a guidance secretary at Lake Region Union High School. As a more “mature student,” Mrs. Marsh graduated from Lyndon State College having always made the president’s list. From here she moved into the classrooms at Lake Region and then to the Center for Adult Basic Education. She especially loved this challenge saying each person who attended class there wanted to learn and it was fun working with them. She had always enjoyed school and excelled in all things academic.

Mr. and Mrs. Marsh, along with their daughters and later their four grandsons, found their Brownington home to be a place of family gatherings, celebrations, holidays, and Sunday dinners. She especially loved cats, flowers from her gardens, Mr. Marsh’s home cooking, and taking long rides in the car.

Over the years she joined tour groups visiting England, Turkey, and Israel several times. She was a 700 page per day reader of novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Her library was extensive and learning and traveling through reading were her passion.

Mrs. Marsh loved her church and served in many capacities at the Brownington UCC until blindness over took her. Over the years she taught summer Bible school, Sunday school, attended Bible studies, and directed the youth choir. She appreciated the beauty of nature, exploring museums and galleries, and listening to classical music.

She battled and survived five cancers always conquering them and moving on. For the past three years she resided at the Michaud Memorial Manor in Derby Line forming meaningful and trusting relationships with the loving staff and faithful visitors.

Mrs. Marsh was predeceased by her husband, Slayton, in 2013; and by her daughter Vicki in 1968.

She is survived by her daughters Nancy Reynolds and her husband, “Red,” and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom; by her grandsons: John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim Boettcher, of Orleans, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Orleans, and Mercy Cianciolo and her husband, David, of Coventry. She also leaves her great-grandchildren: Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Cara, Kristen, and Enoch John Rowell, and Trevor and Avery Rowell; step great-grandchild: Meg Prue and her daughters, Madisun and Emmalin Daignault; and great-great-granddaughter Aleeah Pothier.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, May 17, at the Brownington Village Church. Friends may call at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Lake Region Senior Center, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com

Gary W. Powers

Gary W. Powers, 59, of Derby, died on May 6, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 28, 1958, in Newport to Ray and Vida (Doncaster) Powers. On August 10, 1989, he married the former Jennifer Troupe, who survives him.

He was an engineer and worked for Caterpillar manufacturing in Indiana where he retired in October 2015. Mr. Powers was a gentleman farmer, loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking, and loved to listen to live music.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Powers, of Derby; by his children: Megan Timmons and her husband, Brian, of Lafayette, Indiana, Casey Powers of Pasadena, California, Marshall Powers of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Annie Powers of Bloomington, Indiana. He is also survived by two sisters: Beth Crowe and her husband, Clifford, of West Charleston, and Marsha Brunelle and her husband, Victor, of West Charleston; his nephews: Jeff and Gabe; his niece Summer; and his great-niece Kylie.

Funeral services were held on May 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, followed by interment in West Charleston Cemetery.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Charles (Butch) Rash

Charles “Butch” Rash Jr., 62, of Barton, died May 5, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born December 28, 1954, to Charles Sr. and Ruth Davis Rash.

He is survived by his sisters: Rachel Rash Pelletier and her children: Kathlene and David, and Nan Rash Pariseau and her daughter Julie Pariseau. He is also survived by Amy Elliott, and her son, Daemyn; by his roommate and caregiver, Ted Zayne; and by numerous cousins.

Mr. Rash’s second family were his friends and cohorts at the Lake House Saloon in Barton, and the Gap Pub and Grill in Westmore. He could lift a glass, and did, with all of them.

He loved life and lived it to the max. He farmed for many years and then went to work on construction projects, first for Dan Scott, and then with J.P. Sicard. He worked for Mr. Sicard until his lung condition forced him into retirement.

Mr. Rash never married, but liked to say he loved women, and enjoyed each and every relationship.

At his request, there will be no formal service. Friends and family met at the Lake House Saloon on May 12, to reminisce and remember.

 

Laurie Ann (Keement) Sidney

Laurie Ann (Keement) Sidney, 56, of Newport, beloved wife of Elwin (Bub) Sidney III, died peacefully on May 13, 2017, with her family by her side after her long battle with cancer.

She was born on May 2, 1961, in Newport. On May 1, 2011, she married Elwin (Bub) Sidney III. She is survived by her mother Sadie Watters of Morgan; her children: Jennifer McAllister and her husband, Shaun, Kevin Pion and his partner, Monica Carpenter, Jeremy Pion and his partner, Nicole Jaycox; by her stepchildren Elwin Sidney IV, and Amanda Meunier and her husband, Jonathan; her grandchildren: Meadow, Hunter, Austen, Hannah, Kyle, McKayla, Taylor, Arianna, Alexis, Abby, and Julia; her siblings: Ila and Starlyn Chilafoux, Linda and John Kudla, Debbie and Francis Chaput, Mary and Bernie Lantagne, and John and Kerry Keement; and by several special nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father John Lawrence Keement Sr.; and her grandson Casey Jeremy Rodriguez-Camp.

Ms. Sidney enjoyed working in the public with people such as at The Brown Cow, Peebles, and Maurices. She enjoyed selling 50/50 tickets at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends, camping, and riding motorcycles.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., at the American Legion in Newport. Pastor Laurence Wall will officiate the service. A gathering will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855, The Children’s Oncology Group Hospital in Vermont, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05405, or to the Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries May 10, 2017

Zoe M. Brow

Zoe M. (Sweatt) Brow, 81, of Waterbury, Maine, and formerly of Craftsbury, beloved wife of the late Rudolph L. Brow, died on April 30, 2017, after a short illness, with her family at her side.

It is impossible to write of an amazing and strong woman in so few words. Born March 31, 1936, she lived a life full of happiness and compassion. Some of the fondest memories her family holds are picking apples, blueberries, and strawberries in the fields, her donuts and pie, and her ability to always know the right words. She resided in Waterboro, Maine, with her daughter, son, and granddaughter for the past ten years, and touched many lives in Maine. She will be remembered and greatly missed. The family holds her memory dear to their hearts, and those memories will never go away.

Mrs. Brow is survived by her sisters: Virginia Hagen, Carolyn Zamora, and Nita Potter; her brothers: Roger and Sonny Sweatt; her sister-in-law Beryl Sweatt; and her cousin Marion Gray of Errol, New Hampshire; by her daughters: Linda Johnson and Cathie Melvin; her sons: Douglas and Steven; her grandchildren: Esther and Earl, Jemiah, Amanda, Mike and Mikaila; and by nine great-grandchildren.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.

 

Elwin T. Brown

Elwin T. “Brownie” Brown, 77, of Derby, died at his home in Mount Dora, Florida, on January 27, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on November 8, 1939, to the late Donald and Margaret Brown. The last several years, he spent his time with his companion, Donna Higginson, who survives him.

Mr. Brown graduated from Derby Academy in 1957, as an avid member of the Future Farmers of America. He was part owner of a successful business, B and B General Repair, where he was a mechanic alongside of one of his greatest friends, Roger Buck. He always had a love for animals and farming, which led to him owning and operating the Brown Farm on the Beebe Road in Derby, along with his two youngest sons. When he retired from farming, he worked at Wright’s Enterprises until he moved to Mount Dora.

He is survived by his companion, Donna Higginson, of Mount Dora; by his children: Rex Brown and his wife, Megan, of North Carolina, Ellie Laperle of New Hampshire, Tina Simpson and her husband, Mark, of New Hampshire, Allen Brown and his wife, Theresa of New Hampshire, Greg Brown and his wife, Donna, of New York, Robert Brown and his wife, Jessica, of Derby, and Donald Brown and his wife Pamela of Derby. He is also survived by his sister, Effie Brown of Derby; and by a longtime close friend, Jim Zolko, of New York. He also leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all of Ms. Higginson’s immediate family.

He was predeceased by his parents Donald and Margaret Brown; his brother Charles Brown; nephew Jeff Lawson; and longtime friend Roger Buck.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., on the hilltop at the Brown Family Farm off Darling Hill Road in Derby.

Laura M. Gonyaw

Laura M. Gonyaw, 96, of Barton, died on April 27, 2017 at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by members of her family.

Mrs. Gonyaw was born in South Albany on March 25, 1921, to Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gili. She grew up on the family farm in South Albany where she enjoyed a happy childhood. Later in life she commented often of the times spent working the farm.

In 1939 she married Ferdinand Gonyaw and the two spent a lifetime raising their family of 12 children. They purchased a house in Barton where she spent over 70 years building memories. Mr. Gonyaw predeceased her in 1988. She is also predeceased by her son Carl Gonyaw.

Mrs. Gonyaw enjoyed a full, rich, and healthy life. She was an avid quilter and produced beautiful quilts for most all of her family. She had a love of sewing and stitched clothing and altered many pair of pants for friends and family. She was a skilled cook and enjoyed preparing holiday feasts, especially delicious pies. Many days were spent working in her garden, growing flowers, and watching the birds. For a number of years she traveled to Florida to spend the winters with family. Above all else, she loved her family and enjoyed their visits and family gatherings. She will be remembered for her giving personality.

She is survived by her children: Marie Moeykens, Lillian Gonyaw, Edward Gonyaw, Richard Gonyaw, Dean Gonyaw and his companion, Denise Marshall, Priscilla Sicard, Wayne Gonyaw and his companion, Carol, Bruce Gonyaw and his companion, Lynn Benoit, Linda Maclure Covington and her husband, Charlie, Marion Cook Irvin and her husband, Greg, Fran Dempsey and her husband, Fred; by her 26 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Margaret Wright and Rena Young; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son Carl; and also by her brothers: Ernest and John Gili; and by her sisters: Marie Chevetti, Rose Sanville, Alice Voyer, Louise Macroy, and Bertha Shortsleve.

Calling hours for friends and family will be held on Friday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A funeral service will follow directly after at 1 p.m., with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Flowers may be sent to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the: Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com

 

Norman L. “Jitney” Lewis

Norman L. “Jitney” Lewis, 88, of Danville, educator (1952 to 1983), cog railway engineer (1950 to1967) and entertainer (1928 to 2017) died of natural causes in the early morning hours of May 4, 2017, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

Mr. Lewis, the youngest of five boys born to Albert Arthur and Eunice Mattie (Colby) Lewis of Lunenburg, was proud to say he was born on 8/8/28 at 8 p.m., at home. He went to school in Lunenburg, Gilman, and graduated from Lancaster Academy in 1946. He followed his brothers into the military and served in the U.S. Army of the Occupation in Germany. Discharged and back home working on the town road crew, he took the milk truck driver’s advice and went to Lyndon Teachers College because, as Gob Streeter told him, “They’ll take anybody!”

At Lyndon, he was part of the first class to move up to the Vail Manor campus, and pitched for the baseball team. Active in campus politics, he made sure the hornet became the college’s mascot, and with his friend got in trouble for risqué cartoons in the campus newspaper. His roommate, George Trask (responsible for the “Jitney” nickname due to Mr. Lewis’ jitter-bugging ability at the local dance hall) introduced him to Colonel Henry Teague at the Mount Washington Railway, and thus began a summer job he went back to for 18 seasons — first alone then with his family.

Mr. Lewis met his partner at college. Barbara Jean Whitney was from South Royalton, and upon graduation the pair married in June 1952. Their teaching careers centered around Chester, Springfield, Newport, and Derby. Mrs. Lewis focused on elementary education, and Mr. focused on teaching and providing students guidance, before moving into administration as a principal, and then the superintendent’s office until he retired 1983. They had two children: Tim Lewis (a former broadcast journalist now teaching at his parents’ alma mater), and Cintra Hazen (a retired IBM employee now working part-time at the Northwestern Medical Center in human resources). Mrs. Hazen and her husband, Richard, provided Mr. and Mrs. Lewis with a granddaughter, Erica (a social service worker helping troubled youth in Chittenden County). The grandparents were glad Erica had two older half-brothers she could count on — Rick and Rob Hazen. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis moved to Danville in November 1995. Mrs. Lewis predeceased her husband in 2000 after 47 years of marriage.

Mr. Lewis was able to nurture his childhood desire to work in vaudeville by writing and producing original school plays that put every student on stage. He combined his vaudeville tendencies with his interest in politics, and orchestrated the perennial and constantly unsuccessful campaign of Representative Danny Gore of Avery’s Gore for more than 35 years and 1,500 appearances around the state, the region, and even in Colorado. Luckily the Gore family and the Lewis family got along well and provided much needed support for Mr. Lewis’ creativity. In 1994, Representative Gore followed U.S. Senator George Aiken’s Vietnam era advice that, “When in a hopeless campaign — declare victory and go home.” Even after withdrawing from the campaign, Mr. Lewis continued to monitor the political scene. He was glad he had lived long enough to see a black man be elected president, and had hoped to see Mrs. Lewis’ dream of a female chief executive fulfilled. He had trouble believing what he was seeing, and would shake his head while monitoring the new administration in D.C.

For the last two years, he and his son have worked to complete a manuscript first begun in 1962 of an operating manual for the Mount Washington Railway steam locomotives during the Jitney years of 1950 to 1967. While Jitney’s technical manual and eyewitness story-telling section was completed early on, his son morphed the document into an extensive memoir, and with the help of Jitney’s Cog family, it became an in-depth look into the little-known employees and events during the New Hampshire tourist attraction’s lifetime. The fourth draft was completed at the hospital the night Mr. Lewis died.

No service is planned at this point. Rep. Danny Gore said he and the Avery’s Gore Historicity Committee will hold a celebration of the life of his longtime campaign manager Norm Lewis this summer in Avery’s Gore. Mr. Lewis fully endorsed Representative Gore’s stance that kindness was the key to success in a community, and so those wishing to make donations in his memory should select a local organization — food shelf, historical society, or school program — that puts kindness and dignity for all the world’s people at the top of their agenda.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Herbert H. Newton Jr.

Herbert H. Newton Jr., 73, died on May 3, 2017 at the Union House in Glover. He was formerly of Rutherford, New Jersey, and Brownington.

Mr. Newton was born on February 16, 1944, in Kearny, New Jersey. He was the son of Herbert and Dorothy (Price) Newton.

He graduated from North Arlington High School in North Arlington, New Jersey, and from Delhi University in upstate New York. He enjoyed working on his classic Monte Carlo and showing it at Bergen County, New Jersey, car shows. He also enjoyed playing guitar and attending family gatherings with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his siblings: Doug Newton and his wife, Patricia, of Brownington, Glenn Newton of White House Station, New Jersey, and Carol Robb of New Egypt, New Jersey; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Richard Robb.

A private service for the family will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Newton’s memory may be made to the Epilepsy Association of Vermont, 92 Ethan Allen Avenue, Winooski, Vermont 05404.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Anna Rebecca Powers

Anna Rebecca “Becky” Powers, 95, of Irasburg, died on April 30, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on July 27, 1921, in Irasburg, to Clarence and Merle (Duckles) Fisher. On April 25, 1942, she married Raymond H. Powers who predeceased her on April 28, 2011.

Mrs. Powers was town clerk and treasurer in Irasburg for many years and a Dairy Herd Improvement Association milk tester. She was a member of the Farm Bureau Association, and lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the matriarch of the family, and she enjoyed baking, playing bingo, gardening, knitting, crocheting, maple sugaring at the sugar house on her property, and taking care of family.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Slack and her partner, Karl Tilden, of Thetford Center, Stephen Powers and his wife, Carolyn, of Anderson, South Carolina, Rachel Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Sharon (McCormick) Fortin and her husband, Raymond, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren: Elwyn Brooks and his wife, Penny, Carolyn Kanalos and her husband, Marc, Deborah McCormick and her fiancé, Russ Ingalls, Cynthia Royer and her companion, Noel Pixley, Jeffrey Brooks and his wife, Susan, Susan Larose and fiancé, Chad Robey, and Jennifer Foster and her husband, Doug; by her great-grandchildren: Shelby, Amber, and Autumn Brooks, Becca and Jessica Kanalos, Brad and Emma Brooks, Emily Grace, Tallulah Person, Randi Alison, and Devin Royer; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, especially the Fisher children.

She was predeceased by her brother Philip Fisher.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor Rick Shover officiating. Following the service, a gathering will be held at the United Church of Irasburg. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Church of Irasburg, 4714 Route 14, Irasburg, Vermont 05845, or spend quality time with someone special. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries May 3, 2017

Joseph J. Basil

Joseph J. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved husband of the late Marie M. Basil died on April 18, 2017.

He was born on February 22, 1926, in Island Pond, to Jack and Phoebe Basil.

He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1944, and from the University of Vermont in 1950.

He was in the Army Air Corps, in Germany during World War II. After the war, Captain Basil served in the National Guard in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.

The Basils were married on July 21, 1951, and were childhood sweet hearts for 65 years. Mrs. Basil died on March 26, 2016. They lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Illinois, and also for 24 happy years, in Southern California with their beloved daughters: Glorie Ann and Mary Jo Basil, who survive him.

He worked on the space programs from 1962 to 1973 in California. He also had his real estate broker’s license in California, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., working to the end of his life.

He loved doing things with Mrs. Basil as they square danced and just had a great time together. He was a dad plus “Mr. Mom” to his daughters and was always there for them.

He raised money for hearing impaired and deaf children, and also raised money for the building of Children’s Hospital next to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California.

He always remembered and talked about the great town of Island Pond. He and Mrs. Basil went back over the years.

He liked to hike, fish, and his favorite thing was to go and see Rose Steady as a kid. She would give him cookies and milk and also he would go to camp 21 with the Stafford brothers.

He gave his time to people and he was proud of his home in Orange. He loved to play golf when he had the time, and loved watching and attending baseball games with his daughters.

He had two brothers who have predeceased him: Ben and Jack Jr., in 2015.

He is survived by his brother Bob; several nieces and nephews; also great-nieces and great-nephews; by his brother-in-law John Steady, of Glens Falls, New York; and by very special friends and family Joy and Don Viken of Orange.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Michael Rawlings Bone

Michael Rawlings Bone, 63, of Fort Myers, Florida, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2017.

Mr. Bone was born June 12, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois, the eldest child of Shirley (Kocis) and Malcolm Bone.

He spent a good part of his childhood in the Northeast Kingdom, living in Island Pond, Derby, and Newport Center. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.

He was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his wife, Michele (Bisogno) Bone; and their three children: Tara Randles, Jennifer Bone, and Justin Bone. Mr. Bone also leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Heather Bone; and his three grandchildren, whom he deeply loved: Michael, Landon, and Ella. He is also survived by his four brothers and three sisters: James Bone and his wife, Linda, Stephen Bone and his wife, Cynthia, Charles Bone and his wife, Suzanne, Linda (Kocis) Delabruere and her husband, Leonard, Jacob Kocis III and his wife, Sherry, Jody (Kocis) Smith and her partner, Jeff Peterson, and Janice Kocis and her husband, Julio Perez Martin; along with all of his and Ms. Bone’s nephews and nieces — including Stephen, Joshua and Aaron, who were as close to him as his three children.

Mr. Bone will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to the water and wastewater industries, as he worked alongside the Bone, Bisogno, and D’Alessandro families for over 40 years as a certified general contractor. He was a great leader, teacher, and mentor to the many co-workers who had the pleasure of working with him.

In 1995, his love for basketball inspired one of his most rewarding achievements, founding the nonprofit organization High Hoops, which continues to develop future leaders on and off the court, one basket at a time. His vision was to provide his son Justin, and many other players he had coached, with a more competitive basketball experience. He was not only a coach, but also a friend and father figure to numerous basketball players throughout southwest Florida.

He was loved and will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, and devotion to his family and friends. He will continue to live through each of them and will remain in the hearts of his loved ones forever.

A memorial service will be held at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home located at 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The family invites family and friends to visit from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to one of the following organizations: High Hoops, Inc. (www.paypal.me/highhoops), Hoops on Mission (www.hoopsonmission.org), Mended Little Hearts (www.mendedlittlehearts.org), or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

 

Ruby A. Choiniere

Ruby A. Choiniere, 93, of Derby Line, died peacefully on April 23, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1923, at Doctor Cleasby’s residence in Orleans, the daughter of Joseph and Fleda (Vinton) Racine.

She attended Door Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1942 with her certificate as a licensed beautician (a nine-month course). Her father would drive her to the train station in Orleans for her departures and arrivals from Springfield.

On June 25, 1945, she married Germain Choiniere (who predeceased her on December 21, 2001). They were married at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. Two weeks later, Joe Racine “threw them a dance” to celebrate their union at the Grange hall over his store in West Charleston. The next day, they drove to Niagara Falls, New York, for their five-day honeymoon.

Mrs. Choiniere was a beautician for over 53 years, and was well known by everyone in town. She worked out of her home while raising her five children, which was rare in those days. She loved her job and would cater to her customers’ needs, listen to their problems, and in return, swapped many great recipes over the years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, and looked forward to seeing her tulips coming up in the spring. Mrs. Choiniere loved her family, and often was the disciplinarian. She was a great cook, and would often have many friends and relatives share a meal with her family. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Choiniere traveled to Florida, Aruba, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. She also loved to walk, and many times, before the sun came up, was seen walking with her friend Betty Racine around town. Later in life, she enjoyed taking trips to Montreal, New York, Connecticut, and casinos with her best friend Betty Murphy. These two, rekindled their friendship, and laughed and enjoyed their trips together.

She is survived by her children: James R. Choiniere and his wife, Francine, of West Burke, Jean McAuliffe, of Brattleboro, John Choiniere and his wife, Diane, of Brownington, Jacalyn Slaiby of Derby, and Janet Goodine and her husband, Frank, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren: Danielle Choiniere-Aldrich and her fiancé, Cori Lucas, Nathan Choiniere and his wife, Angela, Justin Choiniere and his wife, Kate, Jacquelyn, Jonathan, Paul, Billy, and Jamie McAuliffe, Adam Choiniere and his wife, Heidi, Joshua Choiniere and his fiancée, Brittney McCarthy, Cherie Bettencourt, Marie Hardiman, Dan Slaiby and his wife, Linda, Linda Slaiby, Sandra Palladino, and Zachary and Vanessa Goodine.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Carter and Bryce Aldrich, Noah, Brooke-Lynne, and Abigail Choiniere, Keegan, Chris, Ryan, Jackson, Nicolas, Kelsea, and Mya McAuliffe, Harper Clark, Colton Choiniere, Shane Switser, Kyle Bettencourt, Czar and Emerald Hardiman, Daniel Slaiby Jr., Ryan Hardiman, Tanya Symonds, Erica Brooks, Kaiden Palladino, and Lily and Mavis Goodine. She is also survived by her brother Rudy Racine and his wife, Joan, of Sun City, Florida; a brother-in-law, Gaston Choiniere, and his wife, Pat, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and a sister-in-law, Bella Collette, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Skinner of Irasburg; and by two sons-in-law: Paul McAuliffe and William Slaiby.

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

Gordon B. Daggett

Gordon B. “Bub” Daggett, 80, of Holland died on April 26, 2017, at the Newport Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on October 16, 1936, in Newport to the late Bernard and Thelma (Willey) Daggett.

On April 11, 1958, he married Colleen Crowe who predeceased him on April 30, 2003.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Stanstead, Quebec.

Mr. Daggett enjoyed sugaring, working in the woods, and in Bible education work. He was a very easygoing man, influenced many, and loved making baked beans.

He is survived by his son Steve Daggett and his wife, Jenny, of Holland; his grandchildren: Chandler and Chelsea Daggett of Holland; his sister Alice Daggett of Derby; his sister-in-law Vicki Daggett; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was also predeceased by his brother Joe Daggett.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall on Citizens Road on Pine Hill in Newport.

Friends may call at the Kingdom Hall on Saturday, from 3 p.m., up until the hour of the service.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Theresa G. Descheneau

Theresa G. Descheneau, 100, of Derby, formerly of North Troy, died on April 28, 2017, in Derby, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 31, 1916, in Jay, to Delphus and Rose (Fortin) Bacon. On December 26, 1940, she married Hector Descheneau Sr., who predeceased her.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

She is survived by her children: Robert Descheneau and his wife, Marcia, of West Charleston, Richard Descheneau and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Dennis Descheneau and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; by ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Viens of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Hector Descheneau Jr. on April 6, 2010; and by three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on May 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge, 91, died peacefully on April 11, 2017.

She was born March 14, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, to Joseph E. and Dorothy E. (George) Hampp. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1942, then spent the next two years in the cadet nursing school program at Peoples Hospital in Barberton, Ohio. She quit to marry Donly Clement Goodridge Sr., a Vermont boy who was her pen pal while he was in the Navy. They married on February 11, 1946, and of this union had six children.

They owned and operated a dairy farm in Craftsbury Common for 15 years. Avis, as she was known, was an avid reader, enjoyed years of travel to bowling events with her husband, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: A. Jean Bezio and her husband, Charles, of Newport, Susan J. Richardson and her husband, James, of Albany, Donly C. Goodridge Jr., of Craftsbury, Gilbert E. Goodridge and his wife, M. Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin M. Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of Albany; by son-in-law Michael Grondin of Albany; daughter-in-law Colleen Goodridge of Albany; by her brother Paul W. Hampp of Mogadore, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Anthea Pugh of Radford, Virginia, and Ruth Goodridge of Burlington; and her brother-in-law Carroll Goodridge and his wife, Donna, of Easley, South Carolina; by 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Goodridge was predeceased by her parents; her in-laws: Bert and Bea Goodridge; her husband, Donly, in 1997; her youngest daughter Carol, in 2015; her great-grandson in 1994; her sister-in-law Barbara King; and brothers-in-law Basil Goodridge and Albert Pugh.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Craftsbury.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Ruth Marie White Whitcomb

A good woman has died. Ruth Whitcomb, 100, formerly of Morgan, died quietly and peacefully on April 23, 2017, at the Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin.

Mrs. Whitcomb shared 67 years of her life with her loving husband, Roger, who predeceased her in 2006.

She was born on October 7, 1916, the daughter of Robert and Etta (Welch) White, and grew up on their Hillside Dairy farm in Ryegate. She came to Newport in 1939 after graduating from the University of Vermont and, with her husband, lived successively in Derby and Morgan.

She devoted herself to her family and work as a teacher of home economics and special education, and then as a realtor. She is credited with working for the creation of a distinct school for special education in the area and then serving as its first teacher.   She is remembered as a lady of considerable energy, interests, and intelligence who served in numerous capacities for her community. Those who knew her will remember her ability to identify those who needed a little more attention, a little more patience, and a little more love — all of which she freely gave in touching many, many lives. Her faith and love of music found outlets as an organist in church from her teen years until she was in her eighties. She was one of those remarkable people who did remarkable things, quietly.

Mrs. Whitcomb was of that generation which fully lived the values of work, self-reliance, honesty, learning, service to others, inner strength, and compassion for those less fortunate. The manner in which she conducted her life led to numerous recognitions for her achievements. While she never brought attention to them, when pushed, she admitted pride in being selected as a women’s editor of The Cynic (the student-run newspaper at the University of Vermont) and in being selected for Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. She was a lady of considerable grace who saw goodness in all people and felt blessed by her life and family.

Grit is deemed a desirable trait by many. Ruth Whitcomb had enough for several people.

In her later years she was blessed by the love and support of her family and many friends — all of whom were treated to her positive outlook on life and her expression, “I am a lucky old lady.”

She is survived by her children: Martha Montague and her husband, Richard, of Groton, John Whitcomb and his wife, Ida, of Elburn, Illinois, and Alan Whitcomb and his wife, Cathy, of Granville, New York.

She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Dowd and her husband, Tom.

She leaves nine grandchildren: Michael Dowd and his wife, Elicia, of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Christopher Dowd and his wife, Trish, of Voorheesville, New York, Maura Dowd Kammerman and her husband, David, of Binghamton, New York, Patrick Dowd and his wife, Aimee, of Ballston Spa, New York, Jeffrey Whitcomb and his wife, Hillary, of Batavia, Illinois, Thomas Whitcomb and his wife, Amy, of Lantana, Texas, Sara Whitcomb Schroeder and her husband, Kurt, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Hannah Whitcomb Cargill and her partner, David McNall, of Fairfax, and, Ashlee Whitcomb and her partner, Jeremy Gaudette, of Eastford, Connecticut. Thirty-two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren blessed her life and have been blessed in turn, by hers. She is also survived by a sister, Alida White Buckland; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will communicate plans for a service at a later date. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in her memory to: New England Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158. Kurn Hattin is a nonprofit home for children from kindergarten through eighth grade whose circumstances will benefit from the safe, caring, and educational services it provides.

Those wishing to send e-mail condolences may contact www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

 

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Obituaries April 26, 2017

Patricia E. Beaudry

Patricia E. Beaudry, 80, died on April 19, 2017, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, with her family at her side.

She was born on October 29, 1936, in North Troy, to Roland and Helen (Dingman) Horn. On January 2, 1960, she married her husband, Robert Beaudry, who predeceased her in 2008. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Unit #28 for many years. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, reading, playing bingo, her dog Riley, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Beaudry was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; her daughter Lori; her brother Roland “Bud” Horn; and her parents Roland and Helen.

She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her son Lawrence “Zeke” Beaudry of Hardwick; her son-in-law Michael Lawyer and his partner, Kelli, of Richford; and her daughter-in-law Lynne Beaudry of Hardwick. She is also survived by her siblings Lawrence “Babe” Horn and his wife, Alice, of Gainsborough, Tennessee, Valerie Montague of North Troy, Chyrl Coe and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; by her grandchildren Nedah Warstler and her husband, Benjamin, of Lyndonville, Nabil Alanbar and his partner, Caitlin, of Burlington, Kirstin Brown and her husband, Curtis, of Barre, and Jenifer Vaughan of Hardwick.

“Nana” adored her great-grandchildren Dalaney, Camron, Jasmine, Myles, Cannon, Zachary, and Apollonia. She had many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews, and other relatives that she is also survived by.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 28. Her funeral will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy, on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at the Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery, also in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people take their grandparent, or someone else’s grandparent, out for lunch, and let them share their stories with you.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Elizabeth J. Brainard

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Brainard, 88, of Derby, died on April 20, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1928, in Sutton, to Raymond and Thelma (Baker) Gray. On August 18, 1947, she married Curt Brainard who survives her.

Mrs. Brainard was a secretary for the Orleans-Essex Supervisory Union for 33 years. She loved making Christmas stockings for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing cards with her close friends. She and her husband were very active with the Derby Lions Club.

She is survived by her husband, Curt Brainard of Derby; by her children: Larry Brainard and his wife, Ginette of The Villages, Florida, Barbara Musgrove and her husband, Charles, of Derby Line, Gary Brainard and his wife, Mary, of Derby, and Marilyn Brainard and her friend, Steve Brough, of Linden, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Steve and Matt Brainard, Tricia Musgrove, and Tamara Musgrove; by eight great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Wayne Gray of St. Albans, Dave Gray and his wife, Sharon, of Waterbury Center, and Sandra Carpenter and her husband, Dale, of West Charleston; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine; and her brother Ken.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Reverend Michael Haddad officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Theresa Brunelle

Theresa Brunelle, 92, of Newport, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born August 3, 1924, in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec, one of 11 children. Her parents were Osias and Rose Amande Paquette. She married Victor Brunelle Jr. on August 11, 1942, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where they became faithful parishioners. Together they built a strong foundation with hard work and love at their home in Brownington. As their family grew, the family farm provided them with hay and maple syrup. Mrs. Brunelle was an inspiring role model for her four children and instilled in them, and her grandchildren, the true faith and the blessings that came from loving the Lord. Her humility, kindness, gentleness, and godliness were reflected in every aspect of her life. She loved to crochet and bake. Her doughnuts, meat pies, and fruit pies were family favorites along with canned vegetables from her garden. She loved the gladiolas that she grew and cut to place on the table.

Her husband, Victor, predeceased her in 1989. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Janet (Robillard) Brunelle. Mrs. Brunelle lived with her daughter Anita Brunelle of Newport, and is survived by her two sons: Eugene Brunelle and his wife, Nancy, of Milton, and Armand Brunelle of Brownington; and her daughter Alida LaValley and her husband, Arthur Jr., of Florida; and by five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family thanks Martha W. and Anita S. who helped take special care of their mother.

A Mass was held on April 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Building Fund, care of Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Ethelyn C. Daley

Ethelyn C. Daley, 92, of Lyndonville, died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, with family by her side.

She was born to Mary Atherton and Ernest Curtis in Stratford, New Hampshire, on October 28, 1924. On May 6, 1949, she married Daniel Daley and spent the rest of her life being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her top priority and greatest pride. She especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Elston “Eddie” Hawkins and his wife, Gerry, of Lake City, Florida, Timothy Daley and his wife, Becky, Diane Stahler and her husband, Michael, Daniel Daley and his wife, Kathy, of Lyndonville, and Sue Mary Lunna and her husband, Henry, of Newport; by grandchildren: Kelly Patton and her husband, Ken, Katie White and her husband, Sheb, Jay Lunna, Michael Stahler and his wife, Jenn, Logan Stahler and his wife, Lara, Elizabeth Bard and her husband, Marc, and Connor and Cameron Daley; by great-grandchildren: Amanda, Zachary, and Hayden White, Nicholas Lunna, Logan Patton, Maia Stahler, and Addyson Daley; as well as sister-in-law June Buskey; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dan, in 1993; sister Marilyn Cloutier; brother Raymond Curtis; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Interment will take place at the Lyndon Center Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyndon Rescue Squad, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Jeannine S. Lessard

Jeannine S. Lessard, 78, of Morrisville and formerly of Newport Center, died on April 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at The Manor, in Morrisville.

She was born on May 8, 1938, in Newport Center, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She attended Sacred Heart schools and was a member of the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was an active member in the Cursillo movement for the diocese of Burlington. She was an associate of the Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Littleton, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Lessard received an associate’s degree as an X-ray technician from UVM in Burlington. She worked for years at the Mary Fletcher Hospital as chief technician. From there she worked in Hanover, New Hampshire, Florida, and at Duke University in North Carolina as chief radiologist technician. In her later years she served as an advocate for the aging and disabilities for the state of Vermont.

Ms. Lessard was very devoted and courageous in her life’s vocation as a radiologist. Her last service was acting as president of the resident council at The Manor in Morrisville.

She enjoyed traveling, bingo, puzzles, and scrabble.

She is survived by her sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard and Eleanor Test; and also by her sister-in-law Rita (Midge) Lessard; and by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rose Helen Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; and by her brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, Philip, and Norbert Lessard.

A Mass was celebrated on April 22 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, followed by interment at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to The Manor, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

David Alfred Massey

David Alfred Massey, 57, died peacefully on April 17, 2017, at his home in Stannard after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Mr. Massey was born in Hardwick Hospital on June 24, 1959, the son of Leo and Clara (Chouinard) Massey. He graduated from Hazen Union High School, the class of 1977. He worked construction for various companies before he established his own carpentry business, D and L Maintenance, in 2002.

Mr. Massey is survived by his significant other, Laurie Randall; their son, Randall David Massey and his girlfriend, Alyssa Whitney; by Ms. Randall’s children: Isaac Marsh of Hardwick, and Kimberly Mayo and her husband, Tyler, of Cabot; by grandchildren: Victoria Mayo, Nolan Marsh, and Chad Mayo; his mother, Clara Massey of Greensboro; his brother Tony and his wife, Dee, of Hardwick; his sister Joanne Dean and her husband, Marty, of Deerfield Beach, Florida; his niece, Lisa Lefevre and her husband, Arthur, of Wolcott; great-nieces Alysha Lefevre and Ava Lefevre of Wolcott; and a very special cat, Kawi.

Mr. Massey was predeceased by his father, Leo Massey, in 2002; a sister Claire who died in infancy; and his grandparents, William and Loretta Massey, and Julian and Esther Chouinard.

He took great pride in his carpentry work — with his crew Tom Collier and Ian Drown — which he greatly appreciated.

He enjoyed spending time with his son, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, drinking Budweiser, and annoying, bickering with, and entertaining his many friends and family. He was a caring friend and never hesitated to help someone out or lend a hand, never looking for anything in return.

His favorite quote was, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

He was an avid Red Sox and Giants fan.

He was a member of the Greensboro Fire Department for 40 years.

A celebration of Mr. Massey’s life will be held at his home in Stannard at 2 p.m., on Saturday, April 29. Calling hours will be held at his home on Friday, April 28, beginning at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of David Alfred Massey to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Greensboro Fire Department, or Caledonia Home Health and Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick.

 

Dale M. Porter

Dale M. Porter, 76, of Margate, Florida, formerly of Vermont, died on April 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Barton, and lived in Vermont until relocating from Barre to Florida in 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lyndon State College and a master’s degree from Saint Michael’s College. In his early career, he was a history teacher and a guidance counselor in Richford, followed by 26 years as a guidance counselor in Chester and Barre, until his retirement in 1992. He re-employed for the next 15 years as a testing administrator for Experior Testing Corporation in Barre, then for Enterprise Rental Corporation in Florida. Mr. Porter was active over the years in various sports, the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and always contributed to helping youth succeed through athletics coaching, the Diversion Board, Key Club, the Barre basketball tournament committee and more. He was an avid reader, and a “foodie” before it was a term. He was a loving husband, father, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Garcia Porter; his son David Porter and his wife, Keri; his daughter Suzanne Breistol and her husband, John; his grandchildren: Ashley Upham, Alexa Breistol, Hannah Breistol, Samantha Breistol, Jetty Porter, and Brady Porter; and his great-grandson, Porter Breistol. He is also survived by his siblings and their families: Bruce and Nancy Porter, Dean and Lucille Porter and Karen and Steve Perry; and a brother-in-law Gilbert Spaulding; along with their children and grandchildren with whom he remained connected throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Ida Porter; and a sister, Eleanor Spaulding.

A memorial service was held on April 21 at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida. A Mass and graveside service will take place in Vermont this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his memory be made to Trustbridge/Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33486.

 

 

Durwood D. Todd

Durwood D. Todd, 85, of Orleans, died at his home on April 13, 2017.

He was born on November 27, 1931, in Woodsville, New Hampshire. He was the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Swett) Todd.

On April 24, 1955, he married Maxine Royer, who predeceased him on November 9, 2014.

He was a Korean War era veteran where he served in the United States Army.

For 35-plus years he worked for the state of Vermont as a dairy inspector.

He was a proud member of the Green Mountain Club, hiking the whole Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada. He also was a member of the 251 Club, visiting all the towns in the state of Vermont. While on his tour of Vermont, he visited all 112 covered bridges, where he took pictures, and documented names and facts about them and their location.

He took pride and pleasure with his home, landscaping it to perfection. He was proud of our military heritage, often wearing his military themed hats. He had a very dry sense of humor everybody loved. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He traveled all over the United States, Ireland, and the Philippines. He loved history, having many books about it, as well as watching the History and Discovery channels.

He is survived by his children: Michele Todd of Barre, Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; his grandchildren: Nathan, Jeremy, Benjamin, Jennifer, Jessica, Christopher, and Jamie; and several great-grandchildren; by his brothers: Dean Todd and his wife, Rachel, of Irasburg, Milton Todd and his wife, Wendy, of Williamstown; and by his sister Helen Kahlstrom and her husband, Ed, of Brownington; and by many cousins.

He is predeceased by his sister Phyllis Pierson.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Todd’s memory to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 19, 2017

Mary E. Bonneau

Mary E. Bonneau, 90, a longtime resident of Lowell, died peacefully on April 14, 2017, at Forest Hill Residential Care in Hyde Park.

She was born November 25, 1926, in Lowell, the daughter of Henry and Bessie Weed Murphy. She married Gerard Bonneau on July 10, 1944, in Lowell. He predeceased her in 1993.

She enjoyed playing cards and working crossword puzzles. Most of all she enjoyed gatherings with her family and friends and she especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Sharon Fowler and her husband, Jack, of Morrisville, Terry Bonneau of Inverness, Florida, Steve Bonneau and his wife, Nanette, of Lowell, and Diane Ostrout and her husband, Tom, of Inverness; grandchildren: Michael Fowler, Karen Coburn, Douglas Bonneau, Amy LaDeau, Brian Bonneau, Todd Ostrout, and Tina May; by several great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Julia Guillette of West Charleston, William Murphy and his wife, Helen, of Hyde Park, and Linda Hill and her husband, Gib, of Lowell.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sons Roger Bonneau and John Bonneau, and an infant son, Michael; and her siblings Henry, Arthur, Bernard, and Ralph Murphy.

Services will be held in late May with service information to be announced at a later date. Interment will be in the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Bonneau’s memory may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

 

Agnes Helen Brewer

Agnes Helen Brewer, 85, of Newport, beloved wife of Elwin Brewer, died on April 12, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on September 23, 1931, in Newport. She was the daughter of the late Aime and Josephine (L’Herault) Fugere.

She attended Sacred Heart School and graduated in 1951. On February 23, 1953, she married Elwin Brewer of Derby, who survives her.

Mrs. Brewer worked for many years for C.H. Willard Plumbing and Heating on East Main Street in Newport, and later at Yankee Farm Credit in White River Junction for over 16 years.

She loved spending time at the family camp on Lake Seymour, which they later rebuilt into a four-season home in preparation for retirement. She also enjoyed going to Myrtle Beach in the winter with Mr. Brewer.

She was a very spiritual person and a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. In later years the couple enjoyed traveling with their daughter and son-in-law Ginger and Herb in their RV, also making trips to various casinos in the Northeast, and taking bus trips with the Community Circle group. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Elwin; and their children: Jeanne “Ginger” Conly and her husband, Herbert, of South Dakota, and James Brewer and his wife, Deborah, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: James Brewer Jr., and his wife, Nicole, Kathryn P. Garneau and her husband, Ryan, Dr. Matthew Brewer, Collin M. Brewer, Colleen A. Brewer and her companion, Jesse Fitzgerald, and Jennet Tempone and her husband, Frank. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Levi, and Alexis Brewer, Cameron and Nathan Garneau, and Jack, David, and Ben Tempone.

She was predeceased by her parents; her four brothers; and by her five sisters.

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date, to be announced. Interment will take place at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Lodge #2155, P.O. Box 888, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Theodore Kambour III

Theodore “Ted” Kambour III, 57, of Lyndonville, died suddenly on April 13, 2017, in Kirby.

Mr. Kambour was born on June 1, 1959, in St. Johnsbury, to Theodore II and Margaret (Beattie) Kambour. He attended Barton Graded School and Lake Region Union High School, graduating in 1977. During his senior year he received the DAR Good Citizens Award, which recognize individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes and schools. A year after graduation Mr. Kambour joined the Army. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri but spent the majority of his service at the Presidio in San Francisco. He finished his service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with an honorable discharge and returned to Vermont in 1982.

On October 12, 1985, he married Sandy Butkovich. After living in West Burke for 19 years they moved to Lyndonville in 2004 to their dream home. Mr. Kambour loved working the land on his property. Taking the chainsaw out on a sunny day and clearing out downed trees made him feel productive and happy.

He was a skilled wood worker. He worked at Lyndon Furniture for 21 years and then at Classic Designs by Matthew Burak, which is where he was working at the time of his death. He made several pieces of beautiful furniture for his home.

He was a sports enthusiast and loved watching the New York Giants and Red Sox play, especially when they were winning. He had a long-standing bet with his friend, Will, whenever the Giants played the Cowboys. When Mr. Kambour won the bet, nothing made him happier than to come home to a 12-pack of his favorite beer sitting on the front steps. In high school, he excelled in track and soccer. He later joined a local summer soccer league. During his son’s youth, he volunteered coaching a youth baseball and soccer team in Lyndonville.

Mr. Kambour loved the many cats and dogs that have been a part of his life over the years. His most favored times were spent walking the dogs on the trails he cleared on his property. If not walking the dogs he was playing with the cats.  Because of his love for animals, he donated time helping Kingdom Animal Shelter with various projects.

He enjoyed snowshoeing, especially the annual trek up Bald Mountain held the first Saturday after the Super Bowl. He and his friend Aldie started the climb in 1998. One climb it was 42 degrees below zero when they started. They were not deterred. Many adventures have been had during these climbs but what happened on the mountain, stayed on the mountain.

Mr. Kambour’s life changed in 2012 when his grandson was born, and then again in 2013, with the birth of his granddaughter. Nothing made him happier than being a “Papa.” His grandchildren adored him.

Wherever Mr. Kambour went he made a friend. He was one of those good guys who people wanted to hang out with and get to know. He was always ready for a good conversation and some laughs. And with Mr. Kambour, there was always laughter. Suicide makes no sense to the ones left behind. His family and friends are devastated.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandy Butkovich, of Lyndonville; a son, Cory Kambour, of Newport; three brothers: Peter Kambour of Massachusetts, and James and Thomas Kambour, both of Barton; two grandchildren: Ethaniel and Lexi Kambour; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Butkovich, of Barton; brothers-in-law: Louis Butkovich of Barton, Steve Butkovich and his partner, Crystal Goodwin, of Craftsbury and Stanstead, Quebec; his nieces and nephews: Hesper, Emily, and Alissa Butkovich, Nickolas Kambour, Gabe and Creed Warner, and Alex Butkovich.

He was predeceased by his father in 2005 and his mother in 2012.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at Guibord’s Funeral Home, followed by time to visit with the family until 4 p.m. Please come ready to share stories of Mr. Kambour with friends and family. After the service, there will be a gathering of friends and family at the couple’s home in Lyndonville. All are invited. The Guibord Funeral Home is located at 15 Main Street in Lyndonville.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Kambour’s name to Kingdom Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 462, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Marita B. Lalime

Marita B. Lalime, 97, of Derby Line, died peacefully on April 14, 2017, at the Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on February 18, 1920, in Newport, the daughter of Lewis and Cilia (Moeykens) Before.

After raising her children, she was employed by the Community National Bank, where she served devotedly for 23 years before retiring in 1984. In retirement she enjoyed her travels to places such as Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean. She loved her garden, and also took pleasure, as she would put it, “in a good game of bridge” with her friends.

She is survived by her children: Paula Lalime, Mary McFarlane and her husband, Ernie, and Mark Lalime and his wife, Jo-Anne; and by her daughter-in-law Rosemary Lalime. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Karen Francoeur and her husband, David, Jean Perry and her husband, Tom, Heather Zupan, Duncan McFarlane and his wife, Jennifer, Cedar Wang and her husband, Peter, Crystal Lalime Orrico and her husband, Phillippe, Kasey Drayton and her husband, Adam; by 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and her brother Wayne Before and his wife, Peggy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; her son, David; and her brother, Maurice Before.

She will always be remembered for her love of life and laughter.  She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Cynthia J. More-McCormick

Cynthia J. More-McCormick, 58, of Newport, and beloved wife of Eugene McCormick, died unexpectedly on April 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born on August 19, 1958, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Charles More and Joan Seguine LeVine.

She married Eugene McCormick on Aug 10, 2012, and worked as the director of foreign rights for Sound True Publishing Company. She was the co-founder with her husband, Gene, of the Newport Vermont Jazz Festival, and former director of the Newport Renaissance Corporation. She taught skiing at the Killington and the Jay Peak Resorts, loved to play tennis, enjoyed bike riding, and yachting.

Besides her husband she is also survived by her father, Charles More and his wife, Penni, of Westport, Connecticut; her mother Joan LeVine and her husband, Newton, of Milford, New Jersey; her children: Lieutenant Colonel Raheem McCormick and his wife, Marshai, of Washington, D.C., Major Malikah Morgan and her husband, Jason, Paul McCormick and his wife, Eva, of Jacksonville, Florida, Ernest Eugene McCormick and his wife of Syracuse, New York; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her siblings: Chris More and his wife, Lisa, of Wilmington, Delaware, Charles More of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mishegan More of New Jersey.

A funeral service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Suicide Prevention Walk at www.afsp.donordrive.com.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

Viola Mae (Young) Reil

Viola Mae (Young) Reil, 91, of Craftsbury died on April 7, 2017, at her home on the Creek Road.

She was born on December 24, 1925, in Craftsbury. She was the daughter of Fred and Josephine (Mason) Young.

She attended, and graduated from, Craftsbury Academy.

In March of 1947, she married Raymond Reil, who predeceased her.

She taught adult basic education for many years, and in her spare time she loved to paint pictures. She enjoyed art very much.

She is survived by her children: Albert “Pete” Reil and his wife, Monique, Eleanor “Suzie” Courchaine, Robert Reil and his wife, Tina, Patrick E. Reil and his wife, Terry; by 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was also predeceased by her son Patrick T. Reil; and her daughter Rae Ann (Reil) Loura.

A private graveside service will be held for the family on Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Wild Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Carolyn Anderson Rowell

Carolyn Anderson Rowell, 82, of Albany, died on April 11, 2017, in Morrisville.

She was born on July 23, 1934, in Morrisville to the late Walter and Leona (Morey) Anderson.

She graduated valedictorian from Craftsbury Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. She taught at the North Troy High School in the 1950s and was a kindergarten teacher at the Albany school for several years. She left teaching in order to help run the family dairy farm. She was the happiest when she was working with the calves and planting flowers in her gardens.

On August 24, 1958, she married Phillip Rowell who predeceased her in January of 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Jonathan “Tim” Rowell and his wife, Carol, and Joshua Rowell; and by two granddaughters: Gratia and Alora Rowell.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings: Elaine Anderson, Robert Anderson, Jan Anderson, Helen Anderson Bissell, and Esther Anderson Sweatt.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in the spring.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

John Earl Sanville

John Earl Sanville, 67, of Coventry, died suddenly on April 4, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on March 17, 1950, in Newport. He was the son of the late Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

On September 11, 1976, he married Carol Essaff, who survives him.

He worked at Ethan Allen in Orleans for over 24 years.

Mr. Sanville enjoyed woodworking, photography, hunting, fishing, his computer, and his dog Missy, and especially loved all his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Sanville; his son Adam J. Sanville and his fiancé, Ashley Potwin; his grandchildren: Stormie, Taiya, and Julian Sanville; his sister Bonnie Sicard and her companion, Mike Wellboff; his nieces: Anita Lepine and Jennifer Sanville; his nephews: Clinton Mihill, and Joshua and Jeremy Sanville and all their families; and also by his wife’s side of the family.

The family also thanks his cousins Israel Sanville Sr. and Israel Sanville Jr., who survive him.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his younger brother Tim A. Sanville; and his first daughter Ann Sanville, both of whom are interred next to the plot where he will be buried.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery in Newport Center. Following the service, there will be a potluck celebration of life at the Coventry Community Center. All are welcome.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Donald M. Wheatley

Donald M. Wheatley, 95, of Newport, formerly of Glover, died on April 7, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born on February 26, 1922, in Rutland, to Ernest and Mary (Markolf) Wheatley, and grew up in Chester Depot. His wife, the former Carol Clark of Glover, predeceased him on May 25, 2012.

During his first semester of college at Northeastern University, war was declared and he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served as a radio and high-speed code operator, mostly in North Africa, where his outfit worked with the British Armed Forces to drive the Germans out of that region. He was later stationed in Italy. He had many stories he loved to tell, some of which have been recorded recently in local publications. Proud of his military service, he actively participated in American Legion Post #76 for more than 30 years, before moving to Bel-Aire Center in 2012.

As a civilian, Mr. Wheatley worked for several radio stations in Vermont including WJOY in Burlington. While living in Burlington, he was set up on a blind date with University of Vermont student Carol Clark, whom he married in Glover on July 11, 1948. They moved briefly to St. Johnsbury with their young family before taking a leap of faith and moving to the Washington, D.C. area where he continued his career, working as a technical engineer for the Voice of America. His wife obtained her master’s degree at George Washington University and spent her career teaching in Arlington County Public Schools. They worked, raised their children, and were ordained deacons in the Greenbrier Baptist Church.

Retiring in 1984, they returned to Glover. They were members of the Glover Community Church, the 251 Club, and the American Legion. Mr. Wheatley served a term as justice of the peace in Glover and thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of marrying couples. They enjoyed village life yearround and never saw any reason to head south for the winter. He was an avid vegetable gardener, known for his pepper relish. They traveled extensively during retirement, enjoying Windjammer cruises, trips abroad and, of course, they traveled to visit children and grandchildren. He was delighted to have visited all 251 towns in Vermont, all 50 states, and 27 foreign countries.

Mr. Wheatley was a ham radio operator throughout his life and used that technology to keep in contact with family and friends, and to meet people from all over the world. As time progressed and his ham radio contacts passed away, he was intrigued to learn how to use the computer. He was the first person who moved to Bel-Aire with an iPad, which he then used to listen to music, read his Bible and several daily newspapers, and keep in touch with family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Kathleen Wheatley and her husband, Steven McHenry, of San Diego, California, and Clark Wheatley of Miami, Florida; by his grandchildren: Sarah, Hansen and Loretta Traut, Hillary, Caitlin, Davis, Cameron, Margaret, and Jenna Wheatley; and by his great-grandchildren: Ariel, Hannah, and Addie Hansen, and Jack McKesson. He is also survived by his sister, Harriet Wheatley Riggs, of Richmond; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his special friend Evelyn Jenne of Newport.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 19, at 2 p.m., at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Full military honors will be held. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Historical Society, P.O. Box 208, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Glover Community Church, in care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 12, 2017

Vivian W. Geoffroy

Vivian W. Geoffroy, 97, of Albany, died on March 20,
2017, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Holland on June 20, 1919, the youngest of Hollis
W. and Gertrude F. Wheeler’s 21 children.

She married John B. Geoffroy on August 20, 1951. After they were
married, they established their home in Albany, where they raised
their family. Her interests included gardening, canning, embroidery, reading, and
word search puzzles. Her greatest pleasure was family gatherings. For many years, Mrs. Geoffroy wrote for the Newport Daily Express.

She is survived by her loving children: Ronald Geoffroy, Richard and
Debbie Geoffroy, David Geoffroy and his partner, Judy Thielman,
Joyce and Raymond Chase; by her nine grandchildren: Robert and Angela
Geoffroy, Andrea Phelps and her partner, Travis Bailey, Lynn and Josh
Michalak, Trish Geoffroy and her partner, Stephen Davenport, Amber
and Kyle Benson, Mary and Paul Trepanier, Katie Chase, Julie Chase,
Mykaela Chase and her partner, Dakota Aither; and by ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Peter A. Geoffroy in 1987; and
her husband, John B. Geoffroy, in 1991.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the
Albany Village Cemetery in Albany.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lawrence William Gray Jr.

It is with deeply saddened hearts that his family announces the death of Lawrence William Gray Jr., 53, known to his family and friends as “Charlie,” on March 6, 2017.

He was born on May 7, 1963, in Barre, and moved to Newport in 1976. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981, and worked at Fedele’s Market for a few years before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, to study drafting. Shortly afterward, he began working at Alliance Fire Protection, where he remained for the next 32 years.

He married his loving wife, Cecilia, on August 11, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they made their home in Tempe, Arizona. He always appreciated a good beer, watching the Patriots win, and the company of family and friends. He loved going to concerts, somehow always getting great tickets to see some of his favorite bands over the years, especially Bob Seger. Mr. Gray was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. He had a gentle, caring soul and never hesitated to help someone out and lend a hand, never looking for anything in return. Whenever he came back to visit Vermont, his family knew the city life hadn’t changed him, and he was still the same ol’ Charlie. He will be dearly missed, and his family will carry his precious memory in their hearts forever.

Mr. Gray is predeceased by his brother, Randy. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, and stepson, Steven, of Tempe; his mother, Gencie, of Richmond; his father Lawrence Gray and his wife, Pat, of Barre; by his siblings: Rick and his wife, Debby, of Duncan, South Carolina, Tammy of Richmond, Lori and her husband, Gaetan, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Tim of Richmond, and Andy and his partner, Tammy, of Derby; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.

Funeral services were held in Mesa, Arizona, on March 13, and the family is planning a life celebration get-together in Newport this summer. For information, please e-mail: [email protected]

Leo R. Guyette

Leo R. Guyette, 86, of Newport, died peacefully with his family by his side at North Country Hospital on April 3, 2017.

He had been struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for many years and he could not fight it any longer.

He missed his wife, Joyce, for the past two years, and had as recently as April 1 said he was ready to see her again.

Mr. Guyette was born on August 9, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, to Harland and Aline (Richie) Guyette. They lived in Lowell, Newport Center, and Newport while he was growing up. At 17 he joined the Army and served for eight years. He always wished he would have stayed in longer. He loved his country and the American flag.

Mr. Guyette loved to travel and got to see most of the United States with Mrs. Guyette. They loved the West and loved visiting family in Florida. He worked at many places in his life. Out west he worked at the Idaho Potato Plant, a pig farm, and as a mechanic. When he came back to Vermont he worked at Ethan Allen until he retired in 1997. His pride and joy was being the custodian at the United Church of Newport. He made sure things looked just right for funerals and weddings. He was pretty much the wedding planner for everyone there, making sure the girls walked down the isle at the correct time. He worked there until his was well into his 70s.

He is survived by his children: Lorine Hines, and her husband, Bob, of Dumfries, Virginia, Daniel Guyette and his wife, Stephanie, of Dumfries, Rene Guyette and his partner, Nicole, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Keith Guyette and his wife, Ellen, of Sebring, Florida, and Ann Jones and her husband, Rusty, of Derby; by his stepchildren: Joann Guyette and her husband, Mark, Larry Davis, Fay Willis and her husband, Gary, Rita Johnson and Brent Hodgdon; by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was also survived by his brother Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes, by Joyce Guyette’s sisters Marilyn Cassavant and her husband, Leo, of Island Pond, and Jean Webster of St. Johnsbury; by special friends of the family, Raymond and Patty Jones and their family, Linda Thayer, Ashley Shangraw, and Brian McNeal.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Arthur Guyette and his wife, Rosalie, and Joe Guyette; his sister Anita Forcier and her husband, Fernand; his brother-in-law Arthur Webster; daughter-in-law Barbara Davis and her husband, Larry; and by his wife, Joyce (Webster) Guyette.

Funeral services for Mr. Guyette were held on April 7, at the United Church of Newport, with the Reverend James Merriam officiating.

Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Cruzin’ for Cancer Motorcycle Ride-in for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Please send donations to Kathie Duckless at 827 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Pamela B. Space

 Pamela Buckton Space, 90, died peacefully at Gracewood Senior Living in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, on February 24, 2017.

Born to English parents and raised at Villa La Roccia in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, she became a U.S. citizen after marrying her beloved David, a U.S. Naval officer. She moved 26 times with him during their 64 years of marriage, but resided in Lino Lakes since 1996. She was known for her kindness, generosity, and talents. She always smiled and gave sincere compliments to everyone she met in her delightful British accent. Over the years she volunteered at many charities and donated gallons of blood. She gave up her aspirations to be an opera singer to become a wife and mother, but continued to share her beautiful voice at her church and local venues. She spoke four languages, and was an accomplished pianist, painter, quilter, knitter, and gardener. She loved Jesus and her family, and had a passion for animals of every kind. She is mourned and missed by her husband, David Space; children: Lionel Space and his wife, Noel, Richard Space and his husband, William Larson, Merrily Space, and Diana Eckerberg; by her grandchildren: Austin Lossing, Sarina Keran and her husband, Matt, Arianna Lossing, Andrew Eckerberg, and Matthew Eckerberg; and great-grandson, Leo Keran.

A memorial service was held at the Rice Creek Covenant Church in Shoreview, Minnesota, on March 25. Attendees were encouraged to wear bright colors or Hawaiian prints.

Jean Elizabeth Gardyne Webster

Jean Elizabeth Gardyne Webster, 92, died peacefully on March 14, 2017, at Parker Ridge Senior Living Community in Blue Hill, Maine, with family and friends at her side.

She was born at home on June 6, 1924, in North Troy, to Nellie Marion (Rice) and Harvey R. Gardyne, the third of four children. During the Depression, when her father was working steadily as supervisor at the Blair Veneer Mill, she watched as he passed on a few dollars to laid-off co-workers to tide them over and did not forget his quiet example.

She graduated from North Troy High School and then Green Mountain College in 1944, a campus with more women than men due to the war. After college, she headed off to the big city of Boston, and joined the post-war workforce. When she needed a ride home one Christmas, a friend gave her the number of another Boston area Vermonter heading north. That long car ride introduced her to Karl Webster, her future husband, who had grown up down the road in Orleans.

Mr. and Mrs. Webster started out their married life in a Spartan trailer in State College, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Webster was getting his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. They set up homes after that in Durham, New Hampshire, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, York Harbor, Maine, and Orono, Maine, before retiring in 1990 to West Brooksville, Maine. She was a stay-at-home parent for many years before joining the University of Maine admissions office staff in Orono. Mr. and Mrs. Webster shared a love of sailing and wooden boats, and they spent many days cruising around Penobscot Bay on The Tuesday with their family and friends.

Mrs. Webster was forever grateful for the Works Progress Administration’s decision to build a tennis court in her small town of North Troy where she taught herself to play and began her lifelong passion for the game. Tennis (as well as cribbage, crosswords, and Scrabble) brought out her friendly but fierce competitive spirit. She organized years of tennis clinics at summer camps and town courts, and taught crowds of kids who loved her approach to learning the game. She was honored by Green Mountain College’s invitation to join the college’s athletic hall of fame, and she was so happy to watch her grandsons pick up rackets and continue “Gamma’s” legacy.

Mrs. Webster relished her Scottish heritage, from the poetry of Robert Burns to the sound of the pipes, and held wonderful memories of her trips to Scotland to visit her ancestral home of Gardyne near Arbroath with her daughters and later with Mr. Webster.

Mrs. Webster had type O blood, one of the universal donor types. Throughout her life she lived according to that philosophy, donating her time to help out in whatever way she could, usually behind the scenes. Her whole-hearted kindness, generosity, and counsel will be remembered by many.

She will be missed by her husband, Karl S. Webster Jr., of Laconia, New Hampshire; daughters Susan Webster and her husband, Bruce Fowler, of Portland, Maine, and Anne Webster, of San Luis Obispo, California; by grandsons Samson Fowler and Liam Fowler of Portland; by sisters-in-law Beryl, wife of late Bruz Gardyne, of Derby Line, and Barbara, wife of the late Bob Gardyne, of Derby Line; also by extended family Leslie and her husband, George Lochtie, of Enosburg Falls, Chuck Gardyne of Thetford Center, David Gardyne and his wife, Sandy, of Rutland, Bill Gardyne and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, Scott Gardyne and his wife, Cindy, Newport, Steve Gardyne and his wife, Jean, of Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, Bill Stufflebeam of Bradenton, Florida, Jim Stufflebeam and his wife, Denise, of Bradenton, Bob Gardyne and his wife, Marie, of Pinole, California, Annie Adams and her husband, Jack McDermott, of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Lisa Adams of Mystic, Connecticut, Britton Adams of Mystic; and many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her father and mother; her sister, Virginia Stufflebeam; and her brothers Harvey “Bruz” Gardyne Jr., and Robert Gardyne.

A celebration of life will be held in Blue Hill in the summer. As she requested, her ashes will reside at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans. To honor Mrs. Webster, people are asked to consider making a donation in her name to: Nichols Day Camp in Blue Hill, and/or The Tree of Life Food Pantry in Blue Hill.

 

Gloria Rachel Whittemore

Gloria Rachel Whittemore, 77, of Glover, died peacefully on April 3, 2017, in Glover.

She was born on February 1, 1940, in Orleans, to Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette. On May 27, 1961, she married Wayne S. Whittemore who predeceased her on February 2, 2011. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1958.

Mrs. Whittemore was manager for A Cleaner Globe in St. Johnsbury. She and her late husband founded the B and W Snack Bar in Orleans with the Burns family.

She enjoyed teaching and making ceramics, antiquing, and playing basketball when she was in high school. She was a volunteer for the Rand Memorial Library in North Troy, and at the North Country Hospital Gift Shop. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in North Troy and she was a Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by her children: Lance Whittemore and his wife, Jane, of Powhatan, Virginia, Lisa Sullivan of Montgomery, and Laurie Grenon and her husband, Robert, of Westfield; by her two grandchildren: Halle and Sonja Grenon; her sisters-in-law: Nancy Duquette of Barton, and Louise Duquette of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers: Lewis and Roger Duquette.

Funeral services were held on April 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, officiated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will take place on Saturday, May 27, at 3 p.m., at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 5, 2017

Lorraine J. Choquette

Lorraine J. Choquette, 85, of Derby, died peacefully at her home on March 25, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 19, 1931, in Lowell, a daughter of Archibald and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon. On May 10, 1952, she married Jean Marie Choquette who predeceased her on February 18, 1998.

Family always came first. Lorraine made it a priority to host numerous gatherings no matter how large her family grew. Fond memories of good food and company are held by those who were dear to her.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products for many years. Her retirement years were spent crafting, quilting, and knitting. She enjoyed spending time outside caring for her gardens. Mrs. Choquette was a hard-working woman who took pride in maintaining her independence.

She is survived by her children: Sue Barrup and her husband, Steve, of Newport Center, Tina Cochran and her husband, Richard, of Sanbornville, New Hampshire, Dennis Choquette and his wife, Kim, of Derby, Richard Choquette and his wife, Cindy, of Oceanside, California, and Anne Locke and her husband, Dan, of West Glover; by her grandchildren: Melissa Barrup, Gretchen and Jason Bedard, Catrin Cochran and her fiancé, Joey Pollimi, Matt and Brooke Choquette, Derek Choquette, Amanda and Adam Wells, Alyssa Choquette, Erin Choquette, Kaytlyn Oliver, Emma Downs, Brandon Locke, and Blair Locke; by her great-grandchildren: Khloee, Madalyn, Colby, and Gwendolyn; by her brothers: Gerald, Roger, Roland and Norman; by the rest of the Choquette family; numerous nieces and nephews; her neighbor and dear friend, Jane Hackett; and by her kitty, Peaches.

She was predeceased by her grandson Justin Cochran; her brothers: Bertrand, Raymond, Gilbert, and Donald; and her sisters: Bertha Cotnoir and Anita Fournier.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or online at www.frontieranimalsociety.com. On-line condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Charles H. Nadeau

Charles “ Charlie” H. Nadeau, 93, well-known businessman, of Coventry, died peacefully on March 27, 2017, in Newport. He was born on March 31, 1923, in Coventry to Charles and Valentine (Benjamin) Nadeau.

Mr. Nadeau served in the United States Army during World War II from December 1942 to December 1945, in Burma and China.

On January 14, 1964 he married Myrna Duckless who predeceased him on April 11, 2013.

He owned and operated Nadeau’s Auto Parts for many years, operated heavy equipment, and ran Nadeau’s landfill. He started the Can-Am Speedway.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, the Elks Lodge #2155 where he was a charter member, the Eagles Club Fraternal Order #4329, and the VFW Post #798.

He is survived by his children: Kim Russell of Derby, Christina Nadeau and her husband, Floyd Kelley, of Derby, and Kerry Keement and her husband, John, of Coventry; by his grandchildren: Douglas and Tracy Russell, Jennifer and Joshua Bowen, Ryan Kelley and his wife, Angela, Deianaira Kelley and her fiancée, Nick Prive, Jessica Pierpont and her husband, Ralph, and Ashley Chambers and her husband, Zack; by his great-grandchildren: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell, and Peyton and McKenzie Pierpont, Elizabeth Duranleau, and Avery Chambers; and by his brother Robert Nadeau and his wife, Priscilla, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Nadeau, in 1959; by his infant daughter Tracy Nadeau in 1965; by his brothers: Gaston, Andre, and Louis Nadeau; by his sisters: Mary Phillips, Georgette Parker, Luciene Conant, Francoise Brockelbank, and Madeleine Bissonnette; and by his son-in-law Brian Russell.

A Mass was celebrated on April 1, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ name to the Disabled American Veterans: c/o Heather Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, VT 05830.

Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Esther A. (Mixer) Rounds

Esther A. Rounds, 91, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home and formerly of the Norway and South Paris, Maine, area died on March 30, 2017, in Barton.

She was born in Minot, Maine, on November 4, 1925, a daughter of Lewis and Ola (Downs) Mixer. She attended school in Maine.

She married Winfred Lavern Rounds and was predeceased by him in 1978. She had six children, including Calvin, who predeceased her. She leaves five children: Roberta Garvey of Newport, Claude Rounds and his partner, Martha Vinning, of Weld, Maine, Claudette Edwards of Norway, Maine, Clayton Rounds of South Paris, Maine, and Claudia Rounds of Lakeland, Florida.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sean Wedge of Oklahoma, John Meader of Lakeland, Valerie Rounds, Michael Bereault, and Patrick Edwards, all of Norway, Maine, T.J. Edwards of Lewiston, Maine, and Leiza and her husband, Dave, of Lewiston.

She loved playing bingo, watching television, and talking to her teddy bears. She was a devoted friend and family member, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by two brothers: Edwin and Lewis Mixer Jr. and by four sisters: Ethel Kelley, Dora Fogg, Marion Milligan, and Phillis Mixer.

She will be buried beside her husband in Mechanic Falls, Maine, at the Maple Grove Cemetery with a graveside service in the spring.

Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sidney A. Toll

Sidney A. Toll, 79, amazing and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully in Bangor, Maine, on the morning of March 24, 2017.

Mr. Toll was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1938, to Morris and Tillie Toll. In 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Joan (Brown), who predeceased him in 2009. Life for him was never the same after she died. Mr. and Mrs. Toll spent the early years of their marriage in North Carolina where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. They later returned to Pennsylvania where they lived until 1972 when they moved to Vermont. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University in 1981, after many years of hard work while also being a full-time dad and full-time employee. Mr. Toll worked for North Country Hospital for nearly 30 years, becoming its president and CEO in 1987. He was dedicated to recruiting and retaining doctors to serve the community, and led the hospital through an era of intense technological advancement and computerization, as well as many renovations and building projects. While he had high expectations of his employees, he cared sincerely about their welfare and their families. He retired a well-respected leader in 2002, and moved to Belfast, Maine, in 2015 to be near his family.

Mr. Toll had a deep faith in God which guided and strengthened him. He was active at the United Church of Newport and the First Church in Belfast. He had many interests, including boats, music, spending time with his family and friends, working in his shop, gardening, golfing, hunting, fishing, traveling, going to the movies, and volunteering in the community.

Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alvin Toll; and his infant grandson, David Boynton. Surviving him, and seeking to live up to the ideals he taught them, are his daughters and their husbands: Joy Toll-Chandler and Paul Chandler, and Karen and John Boynton III; his grandsons and their families: John, Mindy, and Dexter Boynton, Adam and Kim Palmer and their soon-to-be born son, Brian Boynton and Crystal Lilley and Brayden, and Timothy Palmer and Jess Walley. He is also survived and missed by his brother Philip Toll and his wife, Kathleen; his sister-in-law Gladys Toll; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by special friend Susan Solman; and by a host of other friends.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. A celebration of life will be held at the United Church of Newport, at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21. A reception generously hosted by North Country Hospital will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the scholarship fund he established 26 years ago through North Country Hospital’s annual golf tournament, which was recently named in honor of him: the Sidney A. Toll Scholarship Fund, North Country Hospital, attention: Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

A plaque dedicated to him at his retirement reads, “Grateful to you for your compassionate leadership, careful stewardship, and thoughtful planning for the future.” Although those words describe his leadership at North Country Hospital, they also apply to his devotion to his family, his work in the community, and his service to his God. Mr. Toll exemplified the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fi,” — always faithful. Well done, faithful servant.

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