Obituaries December 7, 2016

Frederick E. Allard

Frederick E. Allard, 89, of Island Pond, died on November 26, 2016, in Lyndonville.

He was born on May 16, 1927, in Island Pond to the late Peter and Deleda (Clouthier) Allard. Mr. Allard spent his teenage years in Montreal, Quebec, and attended St. Joseph’s French Catholic School. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. On October 10, 1970, he married Gloria LaFountain, who predeceased him on September 27, 2002.

During his lifetime he was a telephone installer. Mr. Allard enjoyed woodworking, carving totem poles, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7779 of Morrisville.

He is survived by his twin brother Francis; by his wife, Luwina Dubois Allard, of Island Pond; and by his stepchildren: Tom Barry and Rolla Williams, both of Belvidere.

Mr. Allard was predeceased by his sister Pearl Perce.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 11 a.m., at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment will be held at St. James Cemetery in Island Pond, during the spring of 2017. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish for the St. James Catholic Church Roof Repair Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Ralph Carl Bishop

Ralph Carl Bishop, 93, died peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.

He was born to Charles and Cora (MacNamara) Bishop on July 23, 1923, in West Charleston. He was brought up by Ira and Myrtie Lyon in Westmoreland. He married Charlotte Emma Morse on June 26, 1942, and while he was in the military, his wife and children lived in East Charleston, and later moved to East Burke. He brought his family to Springfield in 1950, and he worked at Jones and Lamson as a machinist for 45 years. After he retired, he bought an RV, and they traveled throughout the country.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his three children: son Donald Bishop and his wife, Jean, of Springfield; daughters Gale Alger and her husband, Bob, of Weathersfield, and Diana Brown, of Franconia, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: M. Boyd Brown, Adrianne Bishop Phillips, and Robert Alger Jr.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, on October 13, 2011; and by brothers Edward, Paul, Charles, Eugene, and John.

There was a celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s life at the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Springfield Humane Society would be appreciated.

 

Lawrence O. Fontaine

Lawrence O. Fontaine, 96, of Derby, died on December 1, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 21, 1920, in Beebe, to Albert and Aurore (Emond) Fontaine. On December 29, 1947, he married Gertrude Cheney, who predeceased him on May 29, 2013.

He entered the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He was a foreman for the Vermont Transportation Department for over 20 years. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time hauling cars for local dealerships.

Mr. Fontaine was an avid outdoorsman. He loved being outside his entire life. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, traveling, and riding motorcycles. He was a former member of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Newport; by his daughters-in-law; Patsy Fontaine of Ohio, and Betsy Fontaine of Norton; by his grandchildren: Stephen J. Fontaine of Ohio, Melanie Walker and her husband, David, of North Carolina, Bryan and Adam Fontaine of Newport, Sarah Fontaine of Beecher Falls, Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker of North Carolina, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine of Ohio. Mr. Fontaine is also survived by the following siblings: Dorilard Fontaine and his wife, Georgette, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Mary Jane Perkins of Bristol, Connecticut, Lucille Patenaude of Westford, Lionel Fontaine of Newport, Anita Shorette of Bristol, Helen Beauregard and her husband, Robert, of Essex; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Gertrude, he was predeceased by his sons Stephen and Sherman; his grandson Matthew; by his siblings Theresa Peterson, George Fontaine, Adellard Fontaine, and Angeline Fontaine; and by half-brothers and -sisters Yvonne Boivin, Midas Boivin, Felix Boivin, and Jeanne Levesque.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Spring interment will occur in the Derby Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Richard Jason Gidney

Richard Jason Gidney, 76, died Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born in Montpelier on March 16, 1940, son of the late Robert John and Europa L. (Herring) Gidney. Mr. Gidney served in the U.S. Army for six and a half years in the Panama Canal Zone. He was employed in administration at IBM in Essex Junction, and later with the Vermont Federal Bank. He was a member of Blue Lodge #12, of the Free and Accepted Masons in Richmond and a 32-degree Mason with Mt. Sinai Temple #3 in Montpelier.

Mr. Gidney loved traveling in New England, especially during the fall to see the foliage. He enjoyed his fireworks displays for his family and friends, going out for dinner, and being a practical joker. He was an avid sports fan for his great-nieces and -nephews. He will be remembered for always being there for people, for being a very giving person, and for his love of cats. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sisters, a brother, a nephew, several nieces, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. He is also survived by his special friends, Mark Hope and Roger Reilly. He was predeceased by his parents, and a special feline companion, Nancy.

At Mr. Gidney’s request there will be no public funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at the Brady & Levesque website: www.bradyandlevesque.com.

Roger V. Goodell

Roger V. Goodell, 53, of Coventry, died suddenly on November 24, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

He was born on November 23, 1963, in Newport to Beverly Cleveland and Gayton Verge. On June 20, 2009, he married Christine Monteith.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Goodell; his children: Mariah Goodell, Shane Goodell, Roger Pare, and Mathew Pare; his siblings: Burt Goodell and his wife, Laurie, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, Leo Verge and his wife, Norma Verge, Marlin Stevenson, Gaytan Verge, and Susan Roberge; by his grandchildren: Paislee Bartley, Sophia Pare, and Jameson Pare; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Goodell was a window glazier for most of his life. His hobbies were hunting, camping, and fishing. He loved spending time with his granddaughter Paislee — she was the apple of his eye and he spent every second he could get with her. He had a heart of gold and loved doing things with his family. He worked hard for his family and was a stubborn man who had the biggest sense of humor you could find in a person. He was loved by many for his charm and goofiness. He could pretty much get away with anything he said, and would just smile after he said it. His favorite singer of all time was Johnny Cash. He was always singing his tunes around the house and cried when Johnny Cash passed away. Mr. Goodell was a strong man who cared for his family to the best of his abilities. He will be greatly missed.

A poem for my father:

The Way I See It

Since I can remember, my father’s tool belt has been his second pair of pants. He always ran aimlessly around the house trying to fix this or that. Let’s just say not much has changed! I’ve watched my father go from building houses to putting in windows and always being busy, but he always made time to be a good father. His tough edge always wore off as he sat in my room for hours, letting me do his hair or playing Barbie’s. Always making me laugh when I hurt, or when he helped yank my first tooth. Watching my father build reminds me of who he is and why we are so much alike. I know wherever life takes me he will always be a footstep behind. If that does not symbolize how a father loves his daughter, I don’t know what does.

Love you, Mariah

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 4 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, 115 Elm Street in Newport. After services, family and friends are welcome to meet at the Eagles Club in Newport for dinner and a celebration of Mr. Goodell’s life. People are welcome to bring a dish to share. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Christine Goodell, or to a gofundme page at: https://www.gofundme.com/rogers-funeral-expenses.

Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood

 Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood, 103, of East Hartford, Connecticut, beloved wife of the late Owen Greenwood, died peacefully on November 29, 2016.

Mrs. Greenwood was born July 21, 1913, on the family farm in Brownington to Benjamin and Carolyn (Blouin) Provoncha. She attended Brownington’s North School, and being from a musical family, she later played the piano and organ at the Brownington Center Dance Hall. It was there that she was introduced to Owen Greenwood, and they later married at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Orleans on October 15, 1934. They resided in Orleans until 1942 when they moved to Charles Street in Lyndonville. They remained there until Mr. Greenwood’s death in 1983. Mrs. Greenwood then made her home in East Hartford so she could be near her children. She was a very kind and loving woman whose greatest joy was being with family and riding on the back roads of northern Vermont with her husband.

She is survived by her son Winston Greenwood of East Hartford; son-in-law Paul Masini and his companion, Julia Hopkins, of Clyde and Stem, North Carolina; and her granddaughter Cher Masini and her spouse, Christopher Rowe, of Superior, Colorado; as well as many nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Dorene Mailloux, of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two daughters: Nancy Masini of Avon, Connecticut, and infant daughter Marlene Greenwood; six sisters and five spouses: Alma Hardie and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans, Arene Richardson and her husband, Mark, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Elsie Barry and her husband, Leonard, of Newport, Doris Morin and her husband, Jean, of Merritt Island, Florida, Isabele Glodgett and her husband, Ernest, of Newport and Derby Line, and infant sister Evelyn Provoncha. She also lost her father- and mother-in-law who she loved dearly, Ovila and Mary Greenwood, of Brownington; and brother-in-law Sarto Greenwood and his wife, Myrtle, of West Charleston.

Graveside funeral services will take place in the spring in Lyndonville. To share a memory of Mrs. Greenwood with her family, please visit www.desopo.com.

 

David Francis Hamel

David Francis Hamel, 83, of Morgan, died peacefully at his home on Seymour Lake on October 7, 2016, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, June Carol Hamel. He leaves his son, Dean C. Hamel; daughter, Lisa Hamel-Zarookian and her husband, Paul; grandchildren: Alexandre, Cole, Lane, Rebecca, and Kaleigh; and many close friends.

Mr. Hamel was born in Hempstead, New York, to Marion and Francis Hamel on December 12, 1932. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York, graduating from Central High School. He studied music education in college and graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 1954. He was an instrumental music teacher in the East Meadow school district of New York for over 30 years and helped countless young people discover the joys of music. He also performed professionally, playing the trombone, bass, and piano.

Mr. Hamel was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was an avid golfer, and an accomplished chef who enjoyed cooking for, and spending time with, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the family home on Seymour Lake in the summer of 2017. The family is suggesting donations to brain cancer research through The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

 

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau, 89, of Newport died peacefully with her beloved family by her side on December 2, 2016.

She was born in St. Gedeon Beauce, Quebec, on July 17, 1927, the daughter of Simeon and Victoria Quirion.

Mrs. Nadeau was a strong, loving, beautiful, kind, and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She held strong spiritual beliefs, and for that was blessed with an abundance of love that surrounded her each and every day. For all of us, whose lives Mrs. Nadeau touched, we were so enriched by her presence.

She loved her family dearly and walked through life seeing only the positive in each situation. She cherished each one of us individually and taught us to believe in ourselves, to set and achieve our dreams, but most importantly she taught us all how to love. That love was most beautifully represented in her marriage to Maurice Nadeau. They were married on September 2, 1942. She enjoyed spending time at the camp they built together.

She loved knitting, baking homemade goodies, playing cards, and spending time with her animals. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. Her family loved spending time with her as well.

Mrs. Nadeau was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; and son Jacques (Jack) Nadeau.

She is survived by her children: Nicky Nadeau of Newport, Gilles Nadeau and his wife, Aline, of North Carolina, John Nadeau and his wife, Elizabeth, of Newport, Nicole Nadeau (the wife of Jacques Nadeau) of Newport; her grandchildren, Marc Nadeau and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Sharon Gonyaw and her husband, Jay, of Newport, Tina Nadeau of Newport, Joey Nadeau and his wife, Mariadena, of South Carolina, Karen Nadeau of South Carolina, Holly Nadeau and Ryan Pronto of Newport, and Glen Nadeau and his partner, Greg Douglass; her great-grandchildren Jacques (Jake) Nadeau, Hailey Nadeau and her fiancé, Tyler Bonneau, Andrew Gonyaw, Mitchell Gonyaw, Jordan Eastman, Cade Pronto; and her most recent addition to her family, her great-great-grandchild, Carson Bonneau. She is also survived by her stepbrother Henry Nadeau of Toronto, Ontario; her stepsister Marie Beth Mercier of St. Timothy, Quebec; sisters Claudette Nadeau of St. Gedeon Beauce, and Jacqueline Lachance of St. George Beauce, Quebec; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport at 12:30 p.m. A spring interment will take place St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 383, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

E. Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg

Elizabeth Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg died in her mother’s arms on November 26, 2016, at home in Irasburg. “Like a dandelion, she just floated away.”

The eldest child of Nicholas Temple and Brigitta Regina von Stackelberg, she was born in Germany in February, 1963, and arrived in Vermont with her parents later that year.

The first place they lived was located above the Albany town dump. Her mother shot rats in the yard to keep them from Alexandra’s cradle. This convinced them to speedily move to Irasburg — a place that Ms. von Stackelberg was to consider her true home for the rest of her life — and finally to Brooklyn, New York. During summers, while her parents worked, Ms. von Stackelberg lived in Irasburg with Clare and Barbara Phillips, who were her second set of loving parents. At the age of five, she was diagnosed with leukemia, marking the start of a lifelong battle with cancer that she was to face with breathtaking courage and dignity. Relocating to Paris, France, she was enrolled in a pioneering medical trial in immunotherapy at the Institut Gustave Roussy, where under the care of Dr. Leon Swartzenberg she made history as one of the first children to be cured of leukemia. She grew up in France, attending the Lycée Hoche in Versailles, before returning to Albany to live with her grandmother Ellen Biddle von Stackelberg and attend Craftsbury Academy (Class of ’82). A fluent French and German speaker, she graduated with a degree in Russian from St. Lawrence University before moving to New York to start her career in international finance. Her focus, dedication, and concern for her clients resulted in a successful career beginning with Manufacturers Hanover, before moving on to Standard and Poors, and finally Fiduciary Trust where she celebrated 20 years of service in 2015. It was at Manny Hanny in 1987 that she met her partner, Edward Jones, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and Long Island, with whom she was to spend 25 years until his death in 2011. They were blessed with a daughter, Lorelei Jane Temple, in 2001, and moved to Brooklyn, to the same neighborhood that Ms. von Stackelberg had lived in when she was a small child. She was a devoted mother, and her determination to be there for her daughter sustained her through the difficult times that followed. Ms. von Stackelberg was a warm-hearted, loving and generous woman with a puckish sense of humor. She was also supremely unselfish and empathic. Her desire to help and nurture extended beyond her family and friends, touching everybody she met. She had an exceptional gift for friendship and her deep loyalty inspired all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

The funeral will take place at the Irasburg United Church on Saturday, December 10, at 10 a.m.

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

 

Mabel Irene Webb

Mabel Irene Webb, 74, of Newport, died at her home on November 19, 2016.

She was born on August 4, 1942, in Holland, to Gerald and Ruby (Woodard) Cole.

Ms. Webb enjoyed hanging out at Maplefields, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Gary Cole of Irasburg and Donna Rowe of Newport; and by her daughter-in-law Rhonda Cole of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chantelle Cole, Cierra Cole, Josh Cole, Brooke Cole, Jeremy Rowe, and Jessica Rowe; by her brother Donald Cole; and by her sister Kathleen Cole, both of Newport; by a special nephew who stayed with her until the time of her death, Albert Cole; and by her other nieces and nephews: Allison Robishaw, Samantha Hadley, Robbie and Linda Cole, Corey and Colleen Cole, and Travis Cole.

She was predeceased by her grandson Cody Cole in 2012; and by her brother David Cole in 1990.

A memorial service was held on December 1, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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

 

Solon Lee Wilder

Solon Lee Wilder, 83, beloved husband of Cathy (Simmons) Wilder of West Glover, died on November 30, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on January 22, 1933, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Philip and Beatrice (Kratt) Wilder.

He attended schools in North Attleboro and finished his schooling in Bellingham, Massachusetts. At the age of 17 he joined the United Sates Navy and was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Putnam, during the Korean War.

He married Helen Kinney of Windsor, in 1951. Upon his discharge from the Navy he and his family moved to Miami, Florida, where he drove a bus for the city of Miami. He worked
for the U.S. Post Office for ten years from 1959 to 1969. He became a police officer in 1968, part time initially, before taking a position with the Homestead, Florida, Police Department, where he quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant.

On July 26, 1978, he married Cathy Simmons. He retired from the police department in 1990, and settled in Albany, in 1991.

Mr. Wilder was a member of the Police Benevolent Association, and the American Legion. He enjoyed many things, he especially loved his dog Cleo.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Wilder, and their children: Stephen Wilder and his wife, Julie, of Roswell, Georgia, Pete Wilder and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ogden, Utah, Mark Wilder of Jacksonville, Florida, and Paul Wilder of Irasburg; three step-children: Kimberly Bell, Corey Atkinson, and Bryan Atkinson; four grandchildren: Nicole, Marissa, Madeline and Christy; two great-grandchildren, Kiley and Brady; and a brother, David Wilder.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Philip and Roger Wilder; and sister Virginia Edwards.

Upon request of the family there will be no services.

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

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