Obituaries July 26, 2017

JoAnne Brewer Halikas

JoAnne Brewer Halikas, 86, of Newport died on May 21, 2017, in Newport.

She is survived by her husband, George; her son Stephen; her daughter-in-law Christina; and her grandsons: Jessie and Kody.

Mrs. Halikas was born on June 6, 1930, in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Upon retiring from a career in nursing, she resided in Newport. She loved her life by the lake, often predicting when it would freeze over in winter and when it would thaw in spring. In summer she marveled at the reflection of the full moon dancing on the lake.

She will be missed by many relatives and friends. Upon the request of the deceased, there will be no memorial service.


Beverly Basford Bickford Messier

Beverly Basford Bickford Messier, 85, formerly of Orleans, died on July 20, 2017 in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

She was born on May 4, 1932, in Sheffield, the eldest daughter of Edson and Ethel (Paul) Basford.

She loved knitting, crafting, sewing and making crosses for Trinity Cross Stitchers. She missed being able to attend church, but was very happy to see Pastor Larry Gritton when he paid visits to his homebound parishoners.

She is survived by four children: Evelyn Johnson and her husband, Mike, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Gary Bickford of Paris, Tennessee, Tina Tolhurst and her husband, Mark, of Lake Worth, Florida, and Marcia Steele and her friend, Jim Strong, of Lantana, Florida; and one granddaughter Brianna Ostrom. She is also survived by three sisters: Phoebe Noyes of Union House in Glover, Gloria White of Greensboro Bend, and Lorraine Gillfillan of Nashua, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her first husband Glendon Bickford. She was also predeceased by three brothers: Charlie, Brian, and Bernard; and three sisters: Barbara, Myrna, and Beatrice.


Kynslee Janet Marie Peters

Kynslee Janet Marie Peters of Albany died suddenly at home on July 18, 2017.

Kynslee was born on May 1, 2017, to her loving parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux. She was well loved by her many family members and friends during her short life.

She is survived by her parents D.J. Peters and Tasha Lemieux of Albany; her paternal grandparents Donald Peters Sr. and Joan (Lantagne) Peters of Albany; her maternal grandparents: Lori Lemieux and Bill Schneider of Irasburg, and Seth Demo and Tina Phelps of Hyde Park; her paternal great-grandparents William “Bill” Peters and Marion Dudley of North Hyde Park; her maternal great-grandparents: Steve Lemieux and Missy Parker of Bolton, and Seth Demo Jr. and Nancy Demo of North Hyde Park; and her great-great-grandfather Ken Lemieux of Stowe. She is also survived by her paternal aunts and uncles: Jeanne Peters of Albany, Jesse and Jen Peters of Albany, and Dominique Peters of Albany; her maternal aunts: Taylor Schneider of Irasburg, Ashley Schneider of Elmore, and Kiara Fortin of Coventry. Her special aunt and uncle Hope and Donnie Richards of Irasburg also survive her. She also has many cousins and other extended family who miss her very much.

She was predeceased by her paternal great-grandparents: Jeanne R. Peters of Albany, and Joe and Elin Lantagne of West Charleston; her maternal great-grandparents: Janet Lemieux of Irasburg, Robert Schneider of Derby, and Sylvia Schneider of Derby; and her uncle Lou Jensen of Irasburg.

Kynslee, your family loves you and misses you very much.

Kynslee became a hero and lives on in another baby as a heart valve donor.

Also, she touched so many hearts, loved so many, and missed so much, words can’t say enough. Her loved ones will remember baby Kynslee forever; an angel in their hearts always.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at the Albany Church, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in Albany Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in Kynslee’s name may be made to the family in care of Natasha Lemieux, P.O. Box 159, Albany, Vermont 05820.

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Mary Kealey Seguin

Mary Kealey Seguin, 79, of Carson City, Nevada, and formerly of Newport, died in Carson City on July 6, 2017.

A 37-year resident of Carson City, Ms. Seguin was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on February 4, 1938. She was the last surviving daughter of Dr. Daniel S. and Mrs. Mildred Kealey. She attended school in Newport and after graduating from Newport High School she furthered her education at Dartmouth College. She then started her career with New England Bell Telephone Company and later transferred to Nevada Bell in Reno, Nevada. She retired as a district manager.

Mrs. Seguin volunteered for numerous programs and for community services in need. She was a former president of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce. She was also the former co-executive director for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Pageant and later became a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children.

She is survived by her loving son Rick Seguin and his wife, Julie; her grandchildren: Joseph Crawford and his wife, Susan, Rick Crawford and his wife, Nicole, Mary Meyers and her husband, Gavin, Cade Seguin, and Kealey Seguin; and by great-grandchildren Brian, Christopher, Andrew, Kealey, Annabelle, Shawnnessy, Bailey, and Zoey; and son-in-law Daryl Crawford. She is also survived by brothers-in-law David Buteau and Henry Postert.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugene J. Seguin Jr.; her father Dr. Daniel Kealey; her mother and stepfather Mildred and Ed Arel; her sisters: Jane Postert and Patricia Buteau; and her darling daughter Jane M. Crawford.

A Rosary was recited on July 12, at Walton’s Funeral Home in Carson City. A Mass was celebrated at St Teresa’s of Avila Church in Carson City on July 13.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 27, at St Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with a reception following at The East Side restaurant.

Donations can be sent to a local CASA program in Mrs. Seguin’s name.

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Obituaries July 19, 2017

Rose M. Allard

Rose M. Allard, 78, of Newport, died in Punta Gorda, Florida, on January 29, 2017.

Mrs. Allard was the daughter of Gerard and Aldea Chouinard. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Chandler School for Women in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was married to John “Jack” Allard for 57 years, and throughout his military career they traveled and lived in numerous places, finally making a permanent home in Oakridge, Tennessee, where they lived for many years.

Mrs. Allard was very much a social person who loved meeting and talking with new people. She was a knowledgeable bridge player and played several card games. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; her daughter Julie Allard; her sisters: Geraldine Galipeau and Monica Chouinard; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Jessica Trevits, and nephew, Jonathan Davis.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Jane Davis.

A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Father Roger Charbonneau officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A luncheon will follow at 1 p.m., at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

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Ruth Houston Jones Curtiss

Ruth Houston Jones Curtiss, 79, of Craftsbury, formerly of Albany, died gently in her sleep on July 11, 2017, at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.

She was born March 19, 1938, in Greensboro, the daughter of Joseph Houston and Beatrice (Corrow) Houston. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1956 and from Johnson State College in 1960 with a degree in elementary education.

She married her first husband, Edward Jones, in 1959. They ran the Houston farm in Craftsbury. When Mr. Jones died in 1982, her three sons helped her continue to run the farm.

She married Ron Curtiss in 1984 and moved to Albany where they lived until moving to the Craftsbury Community Care Center in 2015.

“Ruthie” or “Grammy” was well known and loved by so many. She grew up on the Houston family farm in Craftsbury where she raised her three boys, all while working hard to plant and preserve the garden, raise chickens and run a state approved in-home kindergarten, which she did from 1972 to 1978.

She shared her lifelong love of farming, cooking, preserving, sewing, and animals, including all wildlife, with her friends and family. Her stories of her early days include how her love of horses began at a young age when she would lead the horse that ran the hayfork that lifted hay from the wagon, into the hay barn.

In addition, she spoke of adventures of riding off on daylong pony rides with her friend Jerry Denton. Her stories also included her fishing outings, which she loved to do.

Mrs. Curtiss was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and the Horse and Buggy Club.

She leaves her husband, Ron Curtiss; three sons: James Jones and his wife, Annette, of Craftsbury, Tony Jones and former wife, Rebecca Tatel, of Craftsbury, and Andy Jones and his wife, Penny, of Elmore; six grandchildren: Nicole, Logan, Emily, Alysha, Kaitlyn, and Olivia; and two great-grandchildren: Adrienne and Lincoln. She also leaves two sisters: Shirley Benway of Hyde Park and Thelma Bloom and her husband, Richard, of East Brookfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Edward Jones; and her best friend Janet Nelson.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the United Church of Craftsbury, 7 Church Lane, Craftsbury Common.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or the United Church of Craftsbury, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or to a humane society of the donor’s choice.

Her smile, laugh, and love will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.


Clemma Carolyn Davis Gebbie

Clemma Carolyn Davis Gebbie, 92, of Glover and Mansfield, Connecticut, died peacefully on July 13, 2017, in her beloved Shadow Lake home.

She was born on August 12, 1924, in Craftsbury, the daughter of Ellry and Mary Davis. She attended high school at Craftsbury Academy graduating in 1943. While at the academy she met her beloved Durward Gebbie. She enjoyed telling stories of her memories of Mr. Gebbie who would ski down the steep slopes of Ketchum Hill Road to visit her while they were dating in high school.

Mrs. Gebbie completed the nursing program at Barre City Hospital in Barre. She and Mr. Gebbie were married June 30, 1946, after he returned home from serving three years in North Africa with the Army Air Force.

They moved to Mansfield where Mrs. Gebbie worked as a registered nurse at Windham Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, Connecticut. She then worked at the Mansfield Training School, where she later retired after 25 years of service.

Mr. and Mrs. Gebbie worked full-time jobs, and sometimes multiple jobs, to make ends meet with a growing family. They enjoyed raising their children together, and instilled the value of hard work and the importance of family, which has stayed with them all to this day. She supported their children and provided endless rides to sporting events, concerts, and social functions, including taking time to be a Girl Scout leader in the late 1950s.

Mr. and Mrs. Gebbie moved back to Vermont in 1971 to purchase Lyndonville Hardware in Lyndonville. In 1975, they purchased St. Jay Hardware in St. Johnsbury.

Upon retirement, they became snowbirds and enjoyed Port St. Lucie, Florida, for the winters and Shadow Lake in the summers. She continued to stay busy and helped at the family hardware stores for many years.

She could never resist her favorite chocolates and always had a plate of homemade sweet treats for her many visitors. She enjoyed knitting special gifts for loved ones and had fun teaching her grandchildren to fish.

Survivors include her seven children: Darwin Gebbie and his wife, Priscilla, of Lebanon,

Connecticut, Donna Clauson and her husband, Jack, of Mansfield, John Gebbie of Waterford, Bradley Gebbie and his wife, Debbie, of Glover, Brenda Gebbie of Coventry, Connecticut, Carol Shepherd and her husband, Ron, of Grantham, New Hampshire, and Linda Johnson and her husband, Chris, of Palm City, Florida. She was loved by her 18 grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; friends Lillian Connolly and Gwen Maynard of the Northeast Kingdom, and Ron and Norma Gingras from Mansfield.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Durward; her sisters Gracie and Evelyn; and her grandson Gregory Gebbie.

Graveside services will be held at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road, on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glover Public Library at 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, to the Mansfield Public Library at 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center, Connecticut 06250, or to the Interfaith Sewing and Service Group, c/o Barbara Leary, 48 Doubleday Road, Columbia, Connecticut 06237.

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Jay Walter Mead Jr.

Jay Walter Mead Jr., 84, of North Troy, died peacefully on June 5, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth Gibson (Clarke) Mead and Jay Walter Mead Sr. He grew up in Amherst and Orange, Massachusetts, until his junior year in high school when his parents moved to Cape Cod. He graduated as valedictorian from Orleans High School on Cape Cod in 1950.

In 1951, Mr. Mead went to work for Nickerson Lumber Company. He began stocking shelves and sweeping floors at the Wellfleet and Orleans stores. He eventually rose to become vice president of purchasing and sales, and worked there for 39 years until his retirement in 1990.

He and his brother David and friends would spend the summers waterskiing on Orleans Town Cove, Cape Cod Bay, and Great Pond in Eastham, Massachusetts, where in 1957 he met his future wife Camilla Due, who was vacationing from Fairmont, Minnesota. They were married May 3, 1959, and made their home in Eastham, on Beach Plum Lane, and in 1972 on Great Pond. In 1986, they bought the farm in North Troy, and ran a bed and breakfast out of their home on East Hill until 2007. They enjoyed transporting many Long Trail hikers over the years. In recent years he took up gardening and found that he really enjoyed getting out and making things bloom. His rhododendrons and azaleas are a sight to behold, and will continue his light for many years to come.

Mr. Mead and his family spent vacations and holidays at the family camp in Rangeley, Maine, where they enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, putting up wood for the winter, and puttering. The camp remains a special place with memories of dad.

He was a diehard Red Sox fan, classic car aficionado, and Lionel train enthusiast, with much time spent with his sons and grandson running the trains. He had a natural knowledge of photography and had his own photo shop for a time. His pleasure was that his daughter Robin followed in his footsteps in her photography career. Mr. Mead was a great listener, whether visiting with a friend or enjoying the instruments played by his children.

A problem solver, and as prepared and organized as they come, he had an uncanny ability to figure out almost any project — he had many of them — and passed this intelligence onto his children and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by Camilla, his wife of 58 years; and their children: Robin Leavitt and her husband, Jonathan, of Casco, Maine, Dorian and his wife, Tonya, of Sterling, Virginia, Courtney of North Troy, and Pollyanna of Mechanic Falls, Maine; four grandchildren: Sierra, Jeremy, and Neva Leavitt of Maine, and John C. Mead of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother David.

The children hosted “Remembering the Life of Jay Mead — Our Dad,” on July 9, at Rose Apple Acres Farm with many friends and relations in attendance from Cape Cod and Maine, as well as local friends.

The family asks people to please consider a donation in Mr. Mead’s name to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Mr. Mead donated his body to UVM Anatomical gift program at the College of Medicine in Burlington.


Marie Lucienne Spencer

Marie “Lucy” Lucienne Spencer, 88, of Coventry, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 11, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on May 18, 1929, in Claremont, New Hampshire, to Telesfore and Beatrice (Gagne) Sylvester. On November 20, 1965, she married Kirk Spencer, who survives her.

She worked at the former Frank’s Steakhouse in Newport, and at JCPenney in Middletown, Connecticut, as a buyer. She also worked at the Wonder store in Burlington. She owned and operated, along with her husband Kirk Spencer, Used Auto Parts in Coventry and Hebron, Connecticut.

She loved and adored her niece Barbara and her husband, Rick, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Kirk Spencer, of Coventry; by her niece Barbara DeVost and her husband, Rick, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Jessica Guyette and her husband, Jeff, of Coventry, Victor L. Carter II and his girlfriend, Carrie Lucas, of Coventry, Faith Therrien Carter of West Burke, and Albert Farley and his wife, Tamera, of North Troy; by her great-grandchildren: Emilee Guyette, Bailee Guyette, Amanda Johnson, Rusty Perry, and Skiler and Whyatt Farley; by four great-great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Cecile Vinci of Portland, Connecticut, Pauline Sylvester of Arizona, and Ora Crawford of Maine; by a special family: Bill Farley’s family of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She loved her pets: Angel, Princess, Frosty, Miles, Heidi, Ginger, Mercedes, and Lilly.

She was predeceased by her son Victor L. Carter; and by her siblings: Peter Sylvester, Joseph “Paul” Sylvester, Telesfore Sylvester, Anita Sylvester, and Juliet Sylvester.

A graveside service was held on July 15 at the Coventry Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries July 5, 2017

Carroll George Belanger

Carroll George Belanger, 89, of Lake City, Florida, and formerly of Orleans, died on November 20, 2016, at Haven Hospice of Lake City.

Mr. Belanger was born in Franklin on December 30, 1926. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater after graduating from high school. After returning from the Pacific Theater, he became owner of the Parkview Garage in Orleans. He moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 1963 and was employed by Sears and Roebuck for 19 years. Upon retirement, he moved to High Springs, Florida, and later to Lake City where he resided for over 20 years.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma Maryland Belanger, and his second wife, Gemma Ann Faust, of Orleans; by his parents, George and Vivian Belanger, of Enosburg Falls; and his sister Betty Carpenter, also of Enosburg Falls.

He is survived by his two sons: Larry Kent Belanger Sr. and his wife, Dawn Marie Belanger, of Lake City, and Randall Carroll Belanger and his wife, Elizabeth Belanger, of Hernando, Mississippi; by eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton on July 5. Services will also be held at The National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, July 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people please make a donation to a local Alzheimers Foundation.


Paul Henry

Paul Henry, 91, formerly of Barton and Orleans, died on February 16, 2017 in St. Cloud, Florida.

He was born on July 11, 1925, in North Fayston, the elder son of Harold and Mabel (Corliss) Henry.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, later retiring as a major in the Vermont National Guard.

He married Pauline E. (Mobus) Henry on March 24, 1946, who predeceased him in 2015.

He earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and did post-graduate work at Boston College. He was a lifetime educator and retired as superintendent of schools in Orleans in 1986.

He is survived by his brother Robert Henry of Polk City, Florida; and by his children: Richard Henry and his wife, Shonee, of San Diego, California, Tom Henry and his wife, Lynn Hornbein, of Eagle River, Arkansas, Dan Henry and his wife, Jackie, of Richford, Mary Guertin and her husband, Dale, of Richford, Elizabeth Hunt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and her husband, Robert Hunt, of West Glover, and Peter Henry and his wife, Kathy, of York, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one grandson.

A graveside service will take place at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans on Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

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Hectorine C. Osborne

Hectorine C. “Heckie” Osborne, 83, formerly of Derby, died on June 28, 2017, in Burlington.

She was born on July 10, 1933, to Joseph and Rose (Chaloux) Greenwood. On September 8, 1976, she married Walter Osborne who predeceased her on January 16, 2009.

Mrs. Osborne was activities director for the Derby Green Nursing Home where she worked for ten years. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

She is survived by her children: Jean Paul Fournier and his wife, Debbie, of Derby, Maurice Fournier of Tucson, Arizona, Ann Marie Firky and her husband, Ron, of Bolton; and by her stepson David Osborne and his wife, Karen, of New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandson Joe Fournier and his wife, Callie; and by two great-grandchildren: Mason and Ivan Fournier; by her sister Jane Greenwood; and her daughter-in-law Joan Fournier.

She was predeceased by her sister Edna at the age of eight years.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on June 30. Interment followed at Derby Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at


Sandra Poutre

Sandra Poutre, 68, of Newport Center, died on June 26, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after battling cancer.

She was born on April 26, 1949, in Newport, the daughter of Norine Bishop Royer of Coventry, who survives her, and the late Burton Royer.

On May 25, 1967, she married Phillip M. Poutre, who survives her. They just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this past May. For the most part their home was in Irasburg and Newport Center. They had one son Phillip Poutre Jr., of Barton, who survives her. She also leaves two grandsons: Jordan Poutre and his partner, Shelby Blake, of Irasburg, and Dylan Poutre of Barton.

Her son and grandsons were her life. Their happiness was very important to her. She fully supported her son in his life adventures and her grandsons in all their sports, academics, and hunting. It didn’t matter, she was always there. A new joy due to arrive in her life was her great-granddaughter, expected at the end of July. She was so excited and happy she was having a great-granddaughter after having the boys — a great-granddaughter she never had the opportunity to meet.

Mrs. Poutre was always dedicated to whatever she was involved in: whether it was being on the farm, as a nurse’s aide, teaching catechism, cooking at a diner, or working at Royer’s Service and Mini Mart. She was a hard worker and she cared deeply for what she did. She was a person the community loved and cherished.

Surviving siblings are: Kenneth Royer and his wife, Claire, of North Carolina, sister-in-law Heidi Beaton Royer of Hyde Park, Bev Hall and her husband, Kenneth, of Irasburg, Theresa Perrault and her husband, Bruno, of Newport Center, and Maryanne Royer and her partner, Roy Berry, of Coventry. She is also survived by in-laws Freddy Poutre and his wife, Patty, of Irasburg, Donald Poutre and his wife, Paulette, of Irasburg, Evelyn Guillette and her husband, Gary, of Irasburg, Dennis Poutre and his wife, Carol, of Irasburg, and Andre Poutre and his wife, Gail of Irasburg. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her deeply. She will be missed by special friends and employers Billy and Kathy Holbrook.

She was predeceased by her father Burton Royer; her brothers: Jared Whitcomb, Lawrence Royer, and James Royer; her mother-in-law Lucille Poutre; her father-in-law Maurice Poutre; and her brother-in-law Henry Poutre.

As per Mrs. Poutre’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or memorial service. She wished to be cremated and have her ashes dispersed over a place with a beautiful view, flying free. If she had one thought to others, it would be for everyone to move on in life, and cherish the ones they love. No one ever knows when their time is up.

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Joanne M. Rathke

Joanne M. Rathke, 73, died on June 25, 2017, in Newport, in the presence of her closest family.

She was born on August 8, 1943, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Edmund and Johanna (Uitz) Rathke. She moved to Newport in 2008 to live near her family and was employed as a phone operator for RDI call center. She loved living in Vermont, and until her last conscious moments, she displayed thoughtfulness for others, gratitude for her life, and joy in the natural beauty around her.

She enjoyed craftwork, especially knitting and other fiber arts, and baking. She was known for baking delicious creations not only for family and friends but also for her car mechanic, her doctors, her handyman, and even strangers. Mrs. Rathke also had a very fine voice and loved to sing.

She is survived by her nieces: Tracey Durgan and her husband, Nick Vittum, of Montgomery, and Leslie Durgan of Loganville, Georgia. She is also survived by her great-niece Elizabeth Finnefrock; and her great-nephews: John Finnefrock, and Jason and Christopher Durgan of Georgia. She was also very fond of her work family at RDI.

She was predeceased by her sister Judith Rathke in 1976; and by her brother Edmund Rathke Jr. in 1999.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed at Montgomery Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at


Maynard Eugene Rivers

Maynard Eugene Rivers, 67, of Island Pond, died at North Country Hospital on June 17, 2017.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Newport, a son of Edward and Ethel Rivers.

On September 5, 1970, he married Pamela Rivers, who survives him. He graduated from North Country Union High School in June 1970. He worked for the Canadian National Railroad and the Saint Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad. He retired with a disability in 2003.

He was predeceased by his parents; by two brothers: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and his niece Tracy Glasson.

He is survived by is wife of 46 years; his children: Todd Rivers and his future wife, Debbie, and Tammi Hedges and her husband, Brett; his sister Lorraine Glasson; and his brothers: Gary Rivers and his wife, Cheryl, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Amanda, Diana, Danielle, Terry, Nathan, and Kelly; by his grandchildren: Courtney, Cameron, Zachariah, Garett, Madison, Alexis, and Brooklyn; his step-grandchildren: Jasmine and her husband, Jadyn, and Kolton; and by his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Axel, Tallie, Dononinic, and the apple of his eye, Gracie.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Island Pond Cemetery on Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m.


Raymond C. St. Onge

Raymond C. St. Onge, 71 of Lowell, died on June 26, 2017, in Glover.

He was born on November 16, 1945 in Colchester, to Eli and Collette (Viens) St. Onge. On December 15, 1990, he married Verniece McElroy who survives him.

Mr. St. Onge was a forklift operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for many years. He was a member and former fire chief for the Lowell Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cooking outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Verniece St. Onge of Derby; by his children: Nicole St. Onge and her boyfriend, Richard Lepage Jr., of Barton, Cassandra St. Onge and her boyfriend, Dennis Fournier Jr., of Derby Line; and by his step-daughter Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; by his grandchildren: Sayg St. Onge, and Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin. He is also survived by his siblings: Donald St. Onge of North Troy, and Yvette Davignon and her husband, Larry, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 8, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, 2534 Route 100, Lowell, Vermont 05847. Online condolences can be shared at


Francis Hale Whitcomb

Francis “Whit” Hale Whitcomb, 94, of South Albany, died on June 21, 2017.

Son, brother, student, friend, soldier, educator, husband, father, uncle, politician, farmer, grandfather, great-grandfather, Mr. Whitcomb, otherwise known as “Whit” to family and friends, took his last peaceful breath surrounded by his beloved wife and children on the summer solstice at home on the family farm.

Born on March 4, 1923, in New York City to James and Josephine Whitcomb, he attended Hoosac School and Bard College earning a bachelor’s degree in education. In his lifelong pursuit of education, he went on to collect a master’s degree in education from The Putney Graduate School, and a master’s degree in conservation from the University of Michigan.

In between his education pursuits, he served his country in World War II. Stationed overseas with the Army Air Corps, later known as the Air Force, Mr. Whitcomb worked as an air traffic controller and assisted in construction of temporary airport infrastructure.

After the war, Mr. Whitcomb accepted a teaching position at the Hickory Ridge School in Putney. He taught there until it burned to the ground in the early 1950s. He then resumed his education and after earning his master’s degree, he accepted a teaching position at the North Country School in Lake Placid. It was there that he met his partner in life, Patricia Jane Hale. On December 19, 1953, they married. They celebrated 63 years of marriage this past December. In 1962, the Whitcombs moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, to teach history and English at the New Canaan Country Day School.

They returned to Putney in 1966, now with three little ones in tow: Marian, Jennifer and David.   It was at The Grammar School in Putney where Mr. Whitcomb not only continued to shape young minds in the classroom, but stepped forward to take on the role of headmaster of this progressive private elementary school until 1973.

It was the fall of that year that started Mr. Whitcomb’s hiatus from teaching. The family moved to South Albany to set up a small family farm. It was on this small homestead that a lifelong goal of owning a maple sugaring operation was realized. Armed with his University of Michigan’s master’s thesis topic on maple sugaring, and practical experience from operating and teaching this 300-year-old New England tradition during his days in Lake Placid, he embarked on cultivating the sugarwoods that were so abundant on that 350 acre haven they now called home. These “sugarwoods” reignited a passion for the industry’s history and provided a sugaring community that he immersed himself in.   He and his character-filled sugarhouse aged together, and he embraced this life on their family farm: hand tapping and hanging buckets on his majestic maples, gathering sap through knee deep snow, and boiling till dawn to make his “liquid gold.” The warmer months were dedicated to prepping for the next sugaring season, haying the fields for the various livestock that they had accumulated, and reaping the benefits of Mrs. Whitcomb’s glorious vegetable gardens.

In 1981, he returned to the classroom, accepting a position at Lake Region Union High School. It was perhaps his truest calling, his purest gift, developing and impacting young minds for the future. A 45-year educator of history, geography and English, he remained at Lake Region until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Whitcomb was also a passionate world traveler, experiencing the lands of Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland, France, India, Morocco, Egypt, and the entire United States. He was in his ninety-first year when the Grand Canyon spoke to him. Taking a side trip from visiting his sister in New Mexico, he was in awe of its vastness, as we now are in awe of his life.

He was immensely proud of his three children and their families. He was proud of who they are and the lives they were living. He also had the unique honor of being a very present force in his many grandchildren’s lives. He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia; as well as their children: Marian Guihan, along with her husband, Peter, and their two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, Jennifer Elliott and her husband, Clarke, and David Whitcomb and his wife, Kim, and their children: Christopher, Alex, Annalise, Kimberly, Taylor, and Grace. In 2002 he had the honor of becoming a great-grandfather to Christopher’s son Jayden.   Mr. Whitcomb also leaves nine nieces and nephews that treasured his presence in their lives.

Mr. Whitcomb was a very active member of his community. He ran for state representative for Orleans County at least eight times on the democratic ticket, each time edging closer to holding that coveted seat.

He was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, was chairman of the board of listers for the town of Albany, as well as town moderator. He was a justice of the peace, uniting many local couples in marriage who he remained in touch with. He was a member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau and past president of the Orleans County Maple Producers Association and a former director of the Orleans County Maple Sugar Makers Association.

Mr. Whitcomb’s passing has left a true void in his families’ lives as well as the many communities that he had resided and committed to throughout his life. He was an eternal optimist, a searcher of truth, and of tolerance. He had a never-ending curiosity and compassion for the lives around him, a thirst for knowledge, and was most joyous when he was in the presence of his family.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Josephine Whitcomb; an older brother David Whitcomb and his wife, Beatrice; and a younger sister Priscilla Ford and her husband, Benjamin.

In the days preceding his death, he was blessed with a constant community presence, his family at his side, and a nightly bourbon cocktail, or two.

A celebration of Mr. Whitcomb’s life will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend and share memories as he touched so many lives. There was nothing he loved more than a good party.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to consider making a contribution to either the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church or the Orleans County Maple Sugar Association.

The family also invites the public to share their memories and condolences by visiting


Arden Ira Maurice Wright

Arden Ira Maurice Wright, 76, formerly of Bolton, Massachusetts, died on January 28, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.

He was born on July 4, 1940, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Lillian (LaBounty) Wright.

He enlisted in the United States Army on December 11, 1958, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He served for four years and was honorably discharged on March 2, 1962.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Janice M. Wright, of Marlborough, Massachusetts; and also by his son Steven A. Wright and his wife, Patricia (Smith) Wright, of Chester, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors presented by the Vermont Army National Guard and the American Legion.

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Obituaries June 28, 2017

Peter Fagan

Peter Fagan, 85, of Beebe Plain, died on June 23, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on January 18, 1932, in Brighton, Massachusetts, to the late Joseph P. Fagan and Rose (Loughman) Fagan.

Mr. Fagan served in the United States Coast Guard from 1949 to 1952 stationed in Cape May, New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts, and Greenland. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, completing basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in New York and later was stationed in California; Mississippi; New Mexico; Truro, Massachusetts; Thule, Greenland; and finally at Otis Air Force Base, in Massachusetts, where he served  until his retirement in 1969.

On September 21, 1956, he married Corwyn Lorimer. They were happily married for nearly 61 years.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Fagan worked as a security guard at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and at Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1973, Mr. Fagan moved with his family to Beebe Plain, and worked for five years at Sacred Heart High School in Newport. In 1979, he began working at North Country Union High School as a custodial manager until his retirement in 2004.

Mr. Fagan was a member of the Civil War Round Table, Gold Wing Road Riders Club, and a member of the Derby Community Church for the past 40 years, as well as a board member of the Derby Historical Society.

He was very interested in his genealogy and visited Ireland with his brother John twice, researching his family tree.

Mr. Fagan bought his first kayak in Old Town, Maine, and participated in his first whitewater race in 1978, winning a trophy as the oldest competitor when he was 46. He owned his first motorcycle in 1955 and owned many more throughout his life. His drove his motorcycle for the last time in 2016 at the age of 84.

He was an avid sports fan. He loved the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and especially the Boston Red Sox. He also loved bird watching, gardening, history, astrology, news, fishing, hunting, bowling, cooking for his family, and the men’s breakfast every Wednesday morning at the Derby Community Church. He was an avid reader of science and historic events. He was a wonderful dancer, and he and his wife were the first and last couple on the dance floor at every wedding and event with music.

He was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Papa. The love he had for his grandchildren will live deeply inside each one of them. He told many amazing stories of his life, and his adventures with his family and everyone he met. His stories will always be cherished. He was such a loving and selfless man, always willing to help others. He taught many life lessons from how to paddle a canoe to the importance of history. Family was always the most important thing in his life and during his last goodbyes to family members he shared how proud he was of them all.

Mr. Fagan was an inspiration to all his family. He taught them all to be lifelong learners, to admire nature, to help others in need, to enjoy travel, savor great food, and to always have a strong work ethic.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Corwyn Fagan; his canine companion, Buster; his daughters: Laurie Locke and her husband, Jeff, of East Albany, Mona Rapini and her husband, Mark, of Bellows Falls, and Melanie Farrow and her husband Mike, of Holland. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Rapini, Amanda Sargent, Nicholas Rapini, Shannon Hamblett, Iris Locke, Benjamin Farrow, Tristan Farrow; six great-grandchildren; as well as brother Paul Fagan and his wife, Lou; his brother-in-law Collyn Lorimer and his wife, Josie; his sister-in-law Leah Kittredge; and brother-in-law Bruce Lorimer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his great grandson Cole Rapini; brothers: Thomas Fagan and his wife, Barbara, John Fagan and his wife, Marguerite, Francis Fagan and his wife, Doris, Joseph Fagan, and Lawrence Fagan; and his sister Mary Cavicchi. He was also predeceased by his in-laws: Stella McCormick, Audrey Webb and her husband, Henry, Rodney Lorimer and his wife, Joanne, and Wendell Lorimer and his wife, Betty.

Friends may call on Friday, June 30, from 6 to 8 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 Saturday, July 1, at the Derby Community Church in Derby. Interment will follow at the Derby Center Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Historical Society, in care of Alan Yale, 913 Bridge Street, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Derby Community Church, in care of Michael Haddad, 3064 U.S. Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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Sidney Ames Huguenin Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Ames Huguenin, Jr., 90, of Brownington, died June 10, 2017, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Mr. Huguenin was born on April 23, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Sidney Ames Huguenin and Harriet Theodora Wanzer Huguenin. As the son of a Naval officer, he moved frequently and attended schools in Wilmette, Illinois, New Trier, Illinois, Chappaqua, New York, and Santa Cruz, California. In 1945, he graduated from high school and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. When World War II soon ended, he was mustered out and attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1949.

When the conflict in Korea began, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952. He fought in Korea as a tank platoon commander, receiving the Navy Commendation Medal with V device for valor. He spent the next 20 years as a career Marine officer serving in various capacities around the world. The last few years of his career were spent at the Pentagon and Headquarters Marine Corps.

He retired in 1971 and moved his family to Brownington, where he and his wife, Joan, became active in the community, serving on the local school board and the Old Stone House board. He also enjoyed skiing regularly at Jay Peak, as well as going to Tuckerman’s Ravine several times in the spring, walking up with skis on his back and skiing down treacherous terrain. Mr. Huguenin was an avid reader and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Doherty Huguenin; his daughter Bridget Theodora Huguenin of St. Albans; and, from his previous marriage to Katherine Kohler Huguenin, by his son Sidney A. Huguenin III and his wife, Mary Jo Huguenin, of Hagerstown, Maryland, his daughter Anne Wright Huguenin and her husband, Chuck Horne, of Atlanta, Georgia; his grandsons Sidney A. Huguenin IV and his wife, Lauren Wright Huguenin, of Hagerstown, Brian W. Huguenin and his fiancée, Vicki Donnick, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Nick Horne and his wife, Melissa Horne, of Atlanta; and great-grandson Charles Theodore Huguenin of Hagerstown.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters: Sarah Jean Huguenin, Virginia H. Carson, and Harriet H. MacDonald, and his son James Philip Bennett Huguenin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860. He did not wish to have a formal funeral, and the family will gather from around the country at a later date.

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Linda Colleen Norris

Linda Colleen Norris, 70, died at the Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, on June 20, 2017, after a short illness.

She was born April 7, 1947, in Newport Center, the youngest daughter of Harold G. Norris and Doris (Bean) Norris.

She was a very cheerful, happy person who liked to help her family any time in any way. She will be buried beside her parents in the Newport Center Cemetery.

She is survived by her siblings: Kathryn Macie and Barbara Kimball, both of Coventry, Ferol Curtis and her husband, Donald, of Gilford, New Hampshire, and Brian Norris and his wife, Colette, of Newport Center; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers-in-law: Arland Macie and Raymond Kimball.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

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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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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 (, Save the Bees (, and The Art House (

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.

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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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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.

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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.

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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, or to Danville Senior Meals Site.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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.

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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.

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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


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

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. (, Hoops on Mission (, Mended Little Hearts (, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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