Obituaries November 30, 2016

Gaston J. Lefebvre

Gaston J. Lefebvre, 87, died peacefully at his home in Derby on November 21, surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born January 13, 1929, in Stanstead, Quebec, as the fourth child of Elphage and Maria (Beniot) Lefebvre.

On June 10, 1950, Mr. Lefebvre and Rita (Veilleux) married and moved from Quebec to Holland to build their life together on a dairy farm while raising eight children. Upon retiring from their farm in 1979, they moved to Newport, where they owned and operated the White Cap Laundromat for 26 years.

In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Lefebvre became snowbirds, enjoying Seminole, Florida, for 27 winters, and making many friends while golfing, bowling, shuffleboarding, and playing cards, and continued their friendships and activities in the summer months at their home in Derby.

Mr. Lefebvre’s sense of humor brought laughter to many, and he was known for his strong work ethic, strength of character, and always thinking of others.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita Lefebvre; and by his children: Andre Lefebvre and his wife, Sherry, of Morgan, Robert Lefebvre and his wife, Mindy, of Port Charlotte, Forida, Ivan Lefebvre and his wife, Gerri, of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Denise Sykes and her husband, Ken, of Morgan, Raymond Lefebvre and his wife, Diane, of Laurel, Maryland, Mark Lefebvre, of Milton, and Lynn Petry and her husband, Damian, of New London, New Hampshire; and by son-in-law Bill Worth, of Newport.

Mr. Lefebvre is also survived by 18 of his beloved grandchildren with their spouses; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his loving daughter, Sylvie Worth in 2003; by his parents; a brother; and two sisters; along with many others he valued in his lifetime.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

The funeral will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m. There will be a procession from the funeral home to the church for anyone wishing to join the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

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

 

Robert Bruce McKay

In the early morning hours of November 24, 2016, Robert Bruce McKay died quietly at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton with family at his side. Bruce, as he was known, was 89 years old.

Mr. McKay was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 22, 1927, at Lying-In Hospital. He was the first child of Myrtle Adams and Alexander Roy McKay.

As a child, he lived in Quincy, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden, Massachusetts, when he was 11 years old. While there, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holden. After graduating from Holden High School, he attended Wilbraham Academy, one of the 15 oldest preparatory schools on the east coast. Mr. McKay graduated from Eastern Illinois University, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

In 1939, he joined the Boy Scouts and eventually became scoutmaster to Troop #182 in Holden — a position he held for nearly two decades. He was happy teaching young scouts to explore and thrive in the outdoors with fellow scout leaders Herb Holmes, Al Court, and Walt Koenig. Their rainy camping trips made for legendary stories.

Mr. McKay also spent many years as a volunteer on the Holden Fire Department. As a high school student, he gleefully left school whenever the siren rang as so many of the town’s firemen were serving in World War II.

Near the end of the war, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force at the conclusion of the war, making Mr. McKay a charter member of the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Hawaii and in Guam, earning the rank of corporal.

Mr. McKay worked in real estate with his father at A. Roy and R. Bruce McKay Real Estate before beginning his 20-year teaching career at Westboro High School where he was genuinely fond of his students. After retiring from teaching, he enjoyed working for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Among Mr. McKay’s many passions were hunting, fly fishing (tying his own flies), and photography. He studied at the Maine Photographic Workshop. He loved to take road trips across the United States, to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and to Scotland. He enjoyed woodworking, creating wonderful nooks and crannies in his home, building unique and functional kitchen cabinets, and crafting fun trinkets for his grandchildren. Mr. McKay was also active in the Stepfamily Association of America. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a member of Clan MacKay, USA.

In 1995, following his retirement, Mr. McKay moved to North Troy. He was active on the North Country Union High School Board and he served as a town lister.

Mr. McKay was a thirty-second degree Mason, a past Master of Union Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons of Troy, and Deputy District Grand Master of the tenth Masonic district composed of seven lodges in the Northeast Kingdom.

Mr. McKay was preceded in death by: his first wife, Jean Court, in 1961; his son David Bruce McKay; his son-in-law Peter Brewer; and granddaughter Courtney LaFrance.

He is survived by Anne Clowes of North Troy, his beloved wife of 54 years with whom he raised their children. Mr. McKay also leaves three sons: Donald McKay and his wife, Sherri, of Montague, Massachusetts, Scott McKay and his partner, Wendy Ong, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Keith McKay and his wife, Christine, of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by four daughters: Linda Brewer of Rutland, Massachusetts, Judith Lowry of Ozark, Missouri, Jennifer Kennison and her husband, Dana, of Montgomery, and Gail Lacey and her husband, Phil, of St. Petersburg, Florida. He also leaves Lynn Bissett of Coventry, Connecticut, Michael Lowry of Nevada, Missouri, and Laura Need, M.D., of Arlington, Massachusetts.

Twelve grandchildren were lucky to call Mr. McKay their grandpa: Joshua Lowry and his wife, Rachel, Jesse McKay, Matthew B. Howrey and his wife, Michelle, Brianne McKay, Matthew Brewer, Carly Allen and her husband, Randy, Whitney (Lyra) McKay, Danielle McKay, Colin Lacey, Grady Kennison, Parker McKay, and Alexander McKay. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Mr. McKay leaves his cherished sister Janel Carlson; his niece Krista Vinkemulder of Atlanta, Georgia; nephew Charles Vinkemulder and his wife, Lisa Scali; niece Sara Spidle and her husband, Ronald, all of Portland, Maine; brother-in-law John “Jack” Court and his wife, Sally, of Southington, Connecticut; many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, including his cousins in Prince Edward Island; his good friends William and Susi Kinsloe-Byers; and Mr. McKay’s longtime neighbor Herbert Holmes.

He will be remembered for his kindness and his sense of humor.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. A Masonic funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 1 p.m. Both will be located at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport.

A memorial service and interment will be in Holden later in the spring of 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to C.A.R.E., a Masonic charity organization helping to identify at-risk children, 43 East Road-Berlin, Barre, Vermont 05641, or to The Alzheimer’s Association Research Division, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Richard E. Messier

Richard E. Messier, 77, of Irasburg, died suddenly on November 24, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 30, 1938, in Franklin, to Elphege and Hilda (Garrow) Messier. On May 9, 1959, he married Joyce Lawson, who predeceased him on November 16, 1999.

He graduated from Newport Center High School. He was a dairy farmer all of his life on the family farm in Irasburg. His hobbies included hunting, fishing with Jim Greenwood, gardening, mowing his lawn, and in his younger years, square dancing with Joyce.

He is survived by his companion, Margaret Meunier, and her family of Newport Center; by his children: Clifford Messier of Brownington, Tammy Charland and her husband, Donald Jr., of Derby, Kenny Messier and his wife, Ann Marie, of Evansville, and Leonard Messier and his wife, Robin, of Lowell; by his daughter-in-law Jean Messier of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Shaun Messier of Holland, Rodney Messier of New Hampshire, April Messier of Michigan, Derrick Charland of Newport Center, Jeff Charland of Derby, Katie Charland of Derby, Jessica Messier of Newport, Scott Messier of New York State, Tracy Messier of Newport, Amy Grady of Orleans, Sarah Fleurie of Barton, Adam Messier of Newport, and Sarah Fournier of Lowell; and by 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Jeannette Davis and her husband, Landon, of New York State, Pauline Pooler of Newport, Diane Geoffrey of Lowell, Pat Royer and her husband, Gerry, of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his son Michael Messier on November 7, 2005.

Funeral services were held on November 29 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Spring interment will be in Coventry Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris

Beverly Jean Cleary Paris, 85, of Lyndon Center died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on November 16, 2016, following a lengthy period of declining health.

She was born in Lyndon on December 9, 1930, the daughter of Edward L. and Emma E. (Dana) Cleary. Mrs. Paris was a lifelong resident of Lyndon. She attended Lyndon Corner Elementary School and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1949.

On March 2, 1956, she married Lanny R. Paris, with whom she shared 60 cherished years. Mr. and Mrs. Paris had two children, Gary and Rhonda.

She was a homemaker, but worked in the Lyndon Corner Elementary School hot lunch program while her children attended school there. Later, she worked at the Colonnade Inn and at Bag Balm.

During her childhood, she spent every summer at the family’s camp at Shadow Lake in Glover. She truly enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and preparing meals to share with all who visited. Mrs. Paris loved anything to do with the lake: fishing, boating, waterskiing, or just floating in the water. She also enjoyed playing many lawn games with her family.

She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, and aunt.

She is survived by her husband, Lanny; her daughter Rhonda Paris; her son Gary Paris and his companion, Shawna Wilkerson, all of Lyndon Center; and her sisters-in-law Sally Baillargeon, and Jean Conn; and several special and close nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Paris was predeceased by her parents; her husband’s parents, Dorothy S. King and Murray F. Paris; her sister Barbara Cleary Cameron; and brother-in-law George Gordon Cameron Jr.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the Upright Steeple Society, P.O. Box 224, Lyndon Corners, Vermont 05849.

Condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

 

Fred Ellie Stevens

Fred Ellie Stevens, 60, of Brownington, beloved husband to Lila (Westmore) Stevens, died on November 22, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on March 4, 1956, in Newport. He was the son of Hiram and Norine (Clark) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was the owner of Willoughby River Dog Supply.

He was a member and past president of the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club. He enjoyed hunting, feeding the birds, going to yard sales, and spending time with the loves of his life — his grandchildren.

He was a very big-hearted man who would give anyone a hand.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Stevens; and their children: Dana Stevens and his wife, Amanda, William Stevens, Wendy Sicard and her husband, Gary, and Rockwell and his companion, Allison Douglas. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shane, Cayden, Cotter, Ava, Emmy Lou, and Lydia Stevens, and Cassandra, Joshua, and Daniel Sicard; and by his great-grandchildren: Savanah Sicard, and Addie and Alexis Sicard; by his brother Mark Stevens; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Velma.

A service was held on Monday, November 28, at the Westmore Community Church.

Burial will take place in the spring.

If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Steven’s memory to the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club: Attention Dana Stevens, 61 Stevens Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

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Obituaries November 23, 2016

Harley Sam Bly

Harley Sam Bly, 96, died in Newport on November 14, 2016.

He was born on September 6, 1920, in East Charleston, a son of Harley and Ethel (Holt) Bly.

He served in the United States Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and during that time was shot down and captured by the German Army and held prisoner for several months. The complete story is in the November, 2016, Vermont’s Northland Journal by Scott Wheeler.

Upon his return he married Muriel Webster on July 7, 1946. She predeceased him in 2004. Mr. Bly was a longtime installer and repairman for New England Telephone, from which he retired.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, woodworking, and the view of Lake Memphremagog from his and his wife’s home on Middle Street.

He is survived by his children: Robert Bly and his wife, Roxana Bailey, Tom Bly and his wife, Peggy, Linda Bly, and James Bly. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Max Bly, Jesse Bly, Hallie LaCroix and her husband, John, Jared Stevens, Samantha Smego, and Matthew LePore; and by his great-grandchildren, Kayden and Kyle LaCroix, Jalen and Kalli Rojas, Brianna Bly and Addison Smego.

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Joel, Edward, and Richard; and by his sister Alice Gonyaw.

Services and interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Barbara Louise Frawley

Barbara Louise Frawley, 91, well known resident of Derby, died peacefully on November 15, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Newport to Robert and Dorris (Davis) Kilborn. On September 29, 1951, she married Kenneth Frawley, who predeceased her on December 11, 1997.

Mrs. Frawley graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of arts degree in nursing. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She was an avid member of various friendly and community activities, including the After Five Club, Fortnightly Club, Board of Civil Authority, Gourmet Bridge Club, and regular Sunday night dinners with her friends.

Later in her life she opened a fabric shop in Derby called the Yankee Peddler, followed by her own antique store, Canterbury Antiques. Canterbury Antiques was run out of her home, which was built in 1800 — one of the very first houses built in Derby.

Some of her most memorable attributes her family will remember her by are walking her dogs on a daily basis, making sure nobody mowed the lawn besides herself (even up through her last days), and being a quintessential pillar for her community, family, and friends. She enjoyed being outdoors, bird watching, going on picnics, and taking ice cream road trips. Mrs. Frawley was also known for her ability to bounce back from adversities with a smile.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Gardyne and her husband, William, of Derby, Mary Jo Frawley of Huntington Beach, California, Sally Lafoe and her husband, Dave, of Norton, and Daniel Frawley and his wife, Michelle, of Derby; and by her grandchildren: Marin Gardyne, Danielle Altenburg and her husband, Paul, and Zack Frawley. She was predeceased by her sister Beverly Smith.

Funeral services were held on November 19 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will follow at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

 

Travis N. Gray

Travis N. Gray, 47, of St. Johnsbury, died at home on October 30, 2016, from Addison’s disease.

Mr. Gray was born in Newport on September 1, 1969, son to Niles O. Gray and Doreen M. Billig. He was educated in his early years in Island Pond, graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1987. He then attended and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, in 1991. He worked in fund-raising at Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, St. Michael’s College, and finally at the University of Hawaii. His last work title was senior director of annual programs and community colleges.

He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, for 13 years. He served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. As Mr. Gray’s health began to fail he moved back home to live with his mother the last 16 months of his life.

He is survived by his loving mother, Doreen Billig, of St. Johnsbury; his brother Paul G. Gray, his wife, Kathy, and their children: Allison, Sam, and Luke, all of Island Pond; his stepbrother Kurt Billig, his wife, Elke, and their children: Jasper and Kaiya all of Montreal, Quebec; and a special companion, Jan Orque, of Honolulu.

Mr. Gray was predeceased by his father, Niles O. Gray, in 2013; his stepfather Michael Billig in 2012; and his sister Wendy Gray in 1987.

A memorial service was celebrated on November 12 at the United Community Church in St. Johnsbury with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating. Burial will be private at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wendy Gray and Travis Gray Scholarship Fund, care of St. Johnsbury Academy Alumni Association, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Mabel Irene Webb

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

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

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

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

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

A visiting hour will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 10 a.m., at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg. A service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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

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Obituaries November 16, 2016

Linda Farley Brown

Linda Farley Brown, 84, of Craftsbury Common died peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2016, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Brown was a compassionate person, always putting others before herself. Her dedication to others was exemplified throughout her careers. She was a nurse for many years and later volunteered at Copley Hospital. She held a nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.N. from Dominican College.

Mrs. Brown treasured the arts and particularly loved attending the opera with her husband, Marvin. Pursuing her love for the arts she opened Aurora Gallery in New Jersey. After moving to Vermont she curated art exhibitions at Sterling College. She strived to bring young local artists into the public eye.

She was a lover of all animals, both wild and domestic (especially Bill the Cat). Long walks in the woods with her dogs were an integral part of her daily routine throughout the seasons. She found great joy in the peacefulness of water, be it paddling on the Clyde River or sitting by a beach in Maine.

Literature was an important part of Mrs. Brown’s life and she was a dedicated volunteer for her beloved local library. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, P.O Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin, of Craftsbury; and her children: Steven Brown and his wife, Brenda, Farley Brown and her husband, John Zaber, and Peter Brown and his wife, Kim; and by four grandchildren: Sarah, Constance, Lauren and Sharalyn.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother.

We are forever grateful to Mrs. Brown’s wonderful caregivers over the last ten years of her life. These women have become truly part of the Brown family.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 19, at 11 a.m., at the Craftsbury United Church of Christ in Craftsbury Common (reception to follow). A private burial will follow for immediate family.

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

 

Richard Vernon Ingalls

Richard Vernon Ingalls, 92, of East Albany, died on November 4, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on March 15, 1924, in East Albany to Harlow and Ora (Decker) Ingalls. On December 29, 1984, he married Mary (Sanville) Morley Ingalls.

Mr. Ingalls was a dairy farmer all of his life. His father died when he was four years old. He attended Orleans High School and later quit to help run the family farm. Mr. Ingalls bought two more farms later on and lived there until he was 77 years old, and then moved up the road past the farm. He was very active in his community as the justice of the peace. He was on the committee for the Farmer’s Home Administration for 25 years, was a member of the Agriculture Conservation Stabilization Service, and the Albany Fire Department, was Albany school director for 11 years, as well as a 4-H leader, and Albany Grange member. He loved nature and being in the woods, fishing, hunting, and mowing his large lawns, right up until a couple of weeks before his death. He also loved watching his birds and enjoyed feeding them.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ingalls; by his children: Dennis Ingalls and his wife, Sherry, Tim Ingalls, Mark Ingalls and his wife, Marie, Linda Lanou and her husband, Doug, and Wanda Lanou and her husband, Lawrence; stepchildren: Deb Dufresne and her husband, Leonel, John Morley and his wife, Donna, Mike Morley and his wife, Amy, Bill Morley and his wife, Lucie, and Diane Atwood and her husband, Jeff; by his eight grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his two brothers: Maurice Ingalls of Irasburg, and Harlow Ingalls of Santee, California.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Cecelia Morley, in 1977, whom he married in 1947; by a brother Pat Ingalls; and by his sisters: Helen Sanville, Arlene Ingalls, Alpha Labounty, and Fern Ukrijs.

A prayer service was held on November 12 at St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany, followed by interment at St. John Cemetery in East Albany. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, or to Make a Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 2, 2016

 

Jacqueline Ann Audet 

Jacqueline Ann Audet, 73, died peacefully on Friday, October 28, at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Concord, New Hampshire.

She was born in Barton and grew up in Orleans, a daughter of the late Bernie and Marjorie (Labor) Lafoe. She received her associate’s degree from Franklin Pierce College.

Mrs. Audet worked for the state of New Hampshire in the Department of Environment. She also spent time working with her husband, Paul, on their food truck, Paul Jr. and Sons Quick Lunch. She worked at Pine Bough Unfinished Furniture, and also bartended events for New Hampshire College. 
She was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, and coached baseball for her sons’ teams when they were young. Mostly she loved spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters. She will be remembered as a loving and very giving person.

She is survived by her sons: Mathew Audet and his wife, Sarah, Christopher Audet and his wife, Jeannine; two granddaughters: Ava and Wiloe Audet. She also leaves many close friends.

She was predeceased by her brother Stacey Lafoe.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main Street, Concord New Hampshire. Funeral services will follow in the Chapel of the Waters at 1 p.m.
 Burial will take place on Friday, November 4, at 11 a.m. at the Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.

 

Winston Leroy

Winston Leroy, 91, died at his home in Winnabow, North Carolina, on September 14, 2016.

Known as “Win” by his friends, Mr. Leroy was born in Barre on August 13, 1925. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy before finishing high school in April of 1943.

After military service, he spent two years at Vermont Junior College, graduating from UVM with a bachelor of science degree.

He taught at Newport High School for over 20 years. While there, he coached baseball, and won a state championship coaching the ski team.

He served with U.S. Customs from 1970 to 1993 at many different ports of entry, retiring in Buffalo, New York.

Upon retirement, he built a little house in Grassy Key, Florida, where he lived from 1993 to 2000.

While living in Newport, he was a member of the United Church of Newport. He was also the first certified ski instructor at Jay Peak.

He leaves two children: Karen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Linda, of Cedar Key, Florida. He also leaves a longtime friend and companion, Shelley Santos.

Robert “Bob” Nadeau Jr.

Robert “Bob” Nadeau Jr., 60, of Coventry, beloved husband of Shirley (Blanchard) Nadeau, died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

He was born on November 19, 1955, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Nadeau Sr. and Priscilla (Sweeney) Nadeau, of Ipswich.

On May 8, 1996, he married Shirley Blanchard who survives him.

He was the owner of R. Nadeau Jr. Metal Salvage. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling to the ocean, boating, watching football — especially the New England Patriots — and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife; and by his children: Lewis Nadeau and Casey Nadeau, both of Coventry; a grandson, Jack Janci, of Coventry; a brother, Ronald Nadeau, of Rowley, Massachusetts; sisters: Karen Comeau of Ipswich, and Kim Cotreau and her husband, Ken, of Beverly, Massachusetts; goddaughter, Katelyn Comeau of Campton, New Hampshire; aunts Ann Barclay of Seabrook, New Hampshire, and Theresa Jensen of Ipswich; uncle Charles Nadeau of Coventry; and also by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Michael Comeau.

A Mass was celebrated on October 29, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Nadeau’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Connie Lee Roberts

Connie Lee Roberts, 60, of Albany died at her home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born on December 20, 1955, the daughter of Lawrence and Dorothy (Durgin) Mason.

Ms. Roberts loved animals, and finding treasures at yard sales and in old buildings. She enjoyed baking chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter fudge, and taking care of her home and family.

She especially loved her grandchildren, who were her life. She had an open door policy and welcomed in anyone who showed up.

In her younger years she enjoyed going for motorcycle rides with her husband, Rene.

She is survived by her husband, Rene; her mother, Dorothy Mason; her two daughters: Lorie LaBounty and her husband, James Jr., and Bobbie Jo Roberts-McManus and her husband, Christopher; her grandchildren: Alex and Dustin LaBounty, Nicholas and Trevor Miller, and Bailey McManus. She is also survived by her brothers: Terry Mason and his wife, Emma, Edmond Mason and his wife, Laurie, and Craig Mason (who was more like a son) and his wife, Stephanie; sisters Rebecca Lemieux and her husband, Armand, Sherry Pion and her husband, Richard, and Virginia Anderson and her husband, Roy.

Besides her father, she was predeceased by her sister Theresa.

A celebration of life was held on October 29 at the Irasburg Town Hall in Irasburg.

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

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Obituaries October 26, 2016

Anita E. Fournier

Anita E. Fournier, 86, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died Sunday morning, October 16, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay in Shelburne surrounded by her family.

She was born May 29, 1930 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the daughter of Archie and Dezilda (Roulleau) Turgeon.

She received her schooling in Newport Center. She married Germain “Jim” Fournier at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on August 21, 1950. They moved to Windsor in 1952. Mrs. Fournier was employed at the former W.T. Grant’s and later at Rich’s Department Store, both in West Lebanon, for 19 years until her retirement in 1991. She also worked with her husband operating his store, Jim’s Paint and Wallpaper, in Windsor for many years until his retirement in 1993.

They owned a “little piece of heaven” on Crystal Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire, where they lived year-round for many years, then seasonally. There they spent countless summers enjoying their time with their children and grandchildren, which meant the world to Mr. and Mrs. Fournier.

Following their retirement, they moved to Vero Beach, Florida, and later to Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Mrs. Fournier was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.

Her loving husband of 62 years died on October 15, 2012. She was also predeceased by one son, Ronald Fournier; by her parents; and by four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two daughters: Patricia Sottile and her husband, Frank, and Debra Quintana and her husband, Michael; one sister, Lorraine Choquette; four brothers: Norman Turgeon, Roger Turgeon, Roland Turgeon, and Gerald Turgeon; five grandchildren: Michael “MJ” Quintana, Peter Sottile, Emily Quintana-John and her husband, Eric, Stephanie Sottile Harris and her husband, David, and Melanie Sottile; and three great-grandchildren: Eleanor John, and Adam and Oliver Sottile.

A Mass was celebrated on October 22 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor by the Reverend Charles R. Danielson, followed by committal services for both Mr. and Mrs. Fournier at the St. Francis Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Fournier’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Anita E. Fournier to the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle County, Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446, or online at www.vnacares.org/donating-to-vna/make-an-online-donation/.

 

James Sherman Masson

James Sherman Masson died peacefully among family on October 17, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Mr. Masson was born February 9, 1921, in McAdam, New Brunswick. He was the son of Lula (Phillips) and George Masson and husband of the late Elizabeth (Betty or Lizzie) Filby. He graduated from McAdam Composite High School in 1938. At the time, he was too young to join the Air Force so he completed a machinist course in   Moncton, New Brunswick. At age 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He served as a sergeant in charge of the Boomers and Gunners Armaments Division. He met Betty while stationed at Mossbank, Saskatchewan, and they were married on New Year’s Eve, 1943, at the United Church in Ochre River, Manitoba. They enjoyed 71 years of married life together.

After World War II, they settled in McAdam, and raised three children: Marlene, Lawrence, and Robert. He was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Supplies Division which stocked and distributed supplies for trains and buildings. He began his career in McAdam, transferred to Sherbrooke, Quebec, when train transportation declined, and consequently to Newport; the town where he settled after retirement with his family.

Mr. Masson was very active in his community and enjoyed sports. In McAdam, he served as a deacon at the Rockland Drive United Baptist church, superintendent of Sunday school programs, member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Grand Master Ashlar Masonic Lodge, and on the school and hospital boards. As president, he was awarded a lifetime membership to the Border Curling Club in Beebe, Quebec. Mr. Masson was the team skip for many years, leading them to victory on numerous occasions. Additionally, he bowled regularly in leagues at Ayres’s Cliff, Quebec and Newport, well into his ninetieth year.

He was a member of the Newport Community Circle, Forever Young Club, Newport Baptist Church, and several bowling leagues. His interests included carpentry, woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing, card games and his family. He loved to dance and was a great dancer, the envy of many.

His brother George Alfred Masson (1919 — 1993) of Stoney Lake, Ontario, predeceased him. Often Mr. Masson was his brother’s guide in the New Brunswick woods during deer hunting season.

He leaves behind three children: Marlene Dalley and her husband, Angus, of Ottawa, Ontario, Lawrence Masson, of Toronto, Ontario, and Robert “Bob,” and his wife, Betty Ann Yetter, of Newport. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren from Newport, and Ottawa: Robert Masson Jr. and his wife, Arla, Andrew Dalley and his wife, Cecilia, Jennifer Masson and her husband, Rick Morin, Michael Dalley and his wife, Alana, and Darlene Masson and her husband, Patrick Haugwitz; and 12 great-grandchildren: Hunter and Kaitlyn Masson, Maeve and Lydia Dalley, Christopher, Riley and Gabriel Morin, Baron, Stuart, and Mira Dalley, and Alex and Sophie Haugwitz.

Funeral services were held on October 22 at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place in McAdam at a later date. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the East Main Street Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Forever Young Club, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be made at Curtis-Britch.com.

 

Lionel Sicotte

Lionel Sicotte, 82, of Derby died on Friday, October 14, 2016.

He was born in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, on June 22, 1934. He was the son of the late Auguste and Florina (Tetreault) Sicotte.

He moved to Westfield in 1940, where he worked and operated a dairy farm along with family members. The farm was sold in 1958 and he moved to Newport.

One of his great passions was playing the violin along with his sister Jeannine on the piano and his brother Johnny on the drum.

He attended Newport Center High School and graduated from Champlain College with an associate’s degree in business.

Upon graduation he moved to South Burlington. There he worked for many years selling real estate for the Allen Agency in Burlington. In 1985 he, along with his brother Johnny Sicotte, bought the Pierre Motel in Barre. The motel was sold in 2000 and he moved to Derby and worked at the Newport Country Club for several years.

He was a devoted brother and uncle to his family, nieces, and nephews, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.

Mr. Sicotte is survived by his sister Jeannine Sicotte of Derby Line; his nephews: Richard Sicotte and his wife, Linda, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Raymond Sicotte of Colchester, Reynold Sicotte and his wife, Francine, of Newport, Marc Sicotte and his wife, Gail, of Lowell, and Sylvain “Fred” Sicotte and his wife, Sandi, of Colchester; and by several great-nieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Suzanne Sicotte; his brother Johnny Sicotte; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy and Marie Jeanne Sicotte, and Albert and Helene Sicotte.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made in his memory to Mater Dei Parish Renovation Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Funeral services were held on October 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by burial at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

 

Darlene Joy Sweeney

Darlene Joy Sweeney, 65, of Craftsbury, died at her home in Craftsbury with her loving family by her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Martha Ouellette. She was born December 15, 1950, in Windsor and was adopted by Ethel and Dean Wheeler of Newport, where she lived during her adolescent years. Later in life she was joyfully reunited with her birth mother and three siblings: Jay Shattuck, Paul Shattuck and Pam Frasier.

Ms. Sweeney had a love of cooking and she shared this with many through her career as a cook, working over the years at Sterling College, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Windridge Tennis Camp. Her memory will live on in those who were lucky enough to have tasted her bread. Ms. Sweeney also had a great passion for sewing. Whether it was making quilts for family members or friends, or mending clothing for her grandchildren, her love of the art and for those she was sewing for was evident. Although these were wonderful skills, her true gift was that of kindness. She was often heard saying, “I might not forget but I will always forgive.” She not only lived this philosophy but also encouraged others to practice it as well. Ms. Sweeney was an incredibly brave and resilient woman who not only endured cancer but found a way to do this with keeping her sense of humor intact, which is not an easy task. When facing the grim prognosis of unbeatable cancer she said, “I don’t want any tears of sadness,” and she worked her hardest to ensure this for herself and for her family members whom she loved with all her heart.

Ms. Sweeney leaves her husband of 38 years, Rodney Sweeney, of Craftsbury; her sons Torin Hammond of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Seth Sweeney and his wife, Mindy, of Craftsbury; daughter Fawn Lanphere and her husband, Brent, of North Hyde Park; and her four grandchildren: Hunter Hammond, Ethan Griggs, Sakoya Sweeney, and Sage Sweeney. Countless other family and friends will mourn her passing.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Rachel Macneal for her time and devotion in helping Ms. Sweeney to live out her dying wish by spending her final days at home.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 28, at the North Hyde Park/Eden Fire Station from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Obituaries October 19, 2016

Richard Alan Falconer

Richard Alan Falconer, 63, of Troy, died at North Country Hospital in Newport on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Falconer was born in Newport on May 3, 1953, a son to the late Raymond and Emily (Wormsley) Falconer. He began driving at the young age of 14 and continued to be a truck driver for all of his life. Most recently he worked for Ivan and Marlene Maxwell of Derby.

Mr. Falconer was a simple man — he didn’t like things too complicated, he liked things short, sweet and to the point. He enjoyed spending time riding his Harley Davidson and at camp in Westfield.

Mr. Falconer is survived by his three children: Brett Falconer and his partner, Blake Leighton, of Troy, Rhonda Mayhew and her husband, Stacey, of Newport Center, and Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn, of Lowell; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by many siblings; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Mr. Falconer’s life will take place on Friday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at Degre Auction Services, located at 1571 Vermont Route 100 in Westfield. The family has asked that anyone with a motorcycle or truck meet at D and C Transportation in Orleans at 2 p.m. to ride in procession to the celebration.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.

 

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey, 71, of Newport Center, died on October 9, 2016, at her home.

She was born on September 8, 1945, in Newport. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Germaine (Tetreault) Willey. She attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1963. She then attended the Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro.

She married Raymond Geoffrey on October 5, 1968, who predeceased her in May of 2016.

Mrs. Geoffrey worked as an LPN for her entire life. She worked at health facilities in Springfield, Alaska, Colorado, and finally back at North Country Hospital for 33 years before she retired in 2014.

She enjoyed painting, ceramics, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and baking cookies for her friends. She also spent two years in Alaska with the Inuit through the Vista Peace Corp group.

She is survived by her children: Heath Geoffrey and his companion, Stacey Gosselin, of Derby Line, Heather Geoffrey of Newport Center, and Jarrod Geoffrey and his wife, Dawn, of Ashville, North Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Hanna, Jacobs, Pride, Ronan, and Grace Geoffrey; two brothers, Leo Willey and his wife, Rachel, of Newport, and Keith Willey and his wife, Melanie, of Newport Center; and by her sister Darlene Geoffrey and her husband, Marcel, of Newport. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond; and by her brother Neil Willey.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Geoffrey’s name to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Allan R. Herman

Allan R. Herman, 79, of Brownington, died on October 11, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mr. Herman was born on December 14, 1936, in Evansville, a son of Arnold and Evelyn (Gelo) Herman. On May 4, 1962, he married Linda Coapland who survives him.

Mr. Herman served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed building model boats, planes, etcetera, fishing, going to Florida with Mrs. Herman, telling stories and jokes, riding back roads with his brother Norman and helping family with their building projects. Mr. Herman was always friendly and willing to help others. He enjoyed his Sunday afternoons watching, playing, and talking with his great-grandson Alex, and more recently meeting his great-grandson Elijah while he was in the hospital.

Mr. Herman is survived by his wife, Linda Herman; by his children: Mary Maclure and her husband, Marcel, Linda Bryce and her husband, Ed, Penny White, and Allan Herman Jr.; by his grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, and Johnathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Tonya, Venessa and Hillary White, Keith and Emily Herman, Mark Herman Jr., and his wife, Tami, and Wynona Herman; by several great-grandchildren; by his brothers and sisters: Norman Herman and his wife, Pat, Wendal Herman and his wife, Nancy, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, and Frances Fletcher; and also by several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He was predeceased by his son Mark Herman in 1979; and a brother-in-law Roger Fletcher.

A graveside service will be held on Friday October 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Cemetery, with Pastor Bruce Fletcher celebrating the life of Allan Herman.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Lucy Ellen Holland

Lucy Ellen Holland, 95, of Derby Line, died on October 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 17, 1921, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Samuel and Maude (McNeil) Hart. On November 10, 1942, she married Francis E. Holland, who predeceased her on February 8, 1988.

She was a member of the Derby Community Church and the Stanstead South United Church. Her real focus was her family.

She is survived by her children: Judith Bairstow and her husband, Jeffrey, of Sabastian, Florida, Thomas Holland and his wife, Meredith, of Delmar, New York; by her daughter-in-law Michele Barkett Holland of Acton, Massachusetts; three grandchildren: Caedmon Avery Holland of Delmar, and Mellisa Margaret Holland and Emily Ellen Holland of Ayer, Massachusetts; by her great-grandson John Carey Thompson IV; by her sister Elizabeth Champion of Tucson, Arizona; by her nephew Robert Lee Champion; and by her niece Leina Ann Champion.

She was predeceased by her son David Neil Holland on July 19, 2016.

Memorial services are planned for November.

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

 

David Kenneth Kelley

David Kenneth Kelley of Derby Line, died October 15, 2016 due to a hemorrhagic stroke.

He was born on January 21, 1945, to Winston and Miriam (Poots) Kelley in Newport.

After graduating from high school, he worked for his father, then attended Champlain College. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 15, 1965. He married Jane Ellen Willey on November 12, 1966. In 1988, he retired from the Air Force with 23 years of service, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E8). During this time he was awarded a combination of 34 medals and ribbons. He proudly served his country overseas in Vietnam, Spain, and the Netherlands, as well as at six stateside bases, including in Alaska.

He then worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service while living in Essex Junction, prior to moving back to Derby Line.

He very much enjoyed his children and taking family vacations in both Europe and the U.S. In Derby Line he assisted his wife with their home daycare for 16 years, in the house his parents built. He enjoyed using computers, hunting, fishing, gardening, eating out, and feeding the birds and wildlife. His hobbies also included an extensive collection of cribbage boards and Budweiser beer steins. Mr. Kelley was a volunteer with the Charleston Historical Society, becoming vice-president. He loved reading novels, especially westerns. He was actively involved in getting classmates to go to Derby Academy High School reunions.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Kelley of Derby Line; his brother Dennis of Derby Line; two children: Deborah Hazelton and her husband, Paul, of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, and Tamara Kelley of Colchester; four grandchildren: Samantha, Seth, Anna and Nicholas Hazelton, of East Brookfield; and by one great-grandson, Blake Simons, of Spencer, Massachusetts.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Derby Line Village Cemetery. A celebration of Mr. Kelley’s life will be held following the service at the Eastside Restaurant, and all are invited for a lunch and time with the family.

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

 

David Harry Reed 

David Harry Reed, 91, of Craftsbury, died on October 11, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on August 25, 1925, in Hardwick, to Homer and Olive (Daniels) Reed. On June 12, 1948, he married Audrey Ainsworth who predeceased him on June 9, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.

On October 11, 1991, he received his GED from Craftsbury Academy. Mr. Reed was a dairy farmer for many years and was also an insurance agent for Co-op Fire Insurance in Middlebury for over thirty years. He served on the soil conservations board.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Morrisville. He was also a member of the National Iwo-Jima Survivor Association in Washington D.C. and the Northern Vermont and New Hampshire, Iwo-Jima Survivors. He was a member of the National World War II Museum in Louisiana. On his eightieth birthday he received a phone call from the governor and Senators Leahy and Sanders. After his military service he received a letter from the late President Harry Truman. He was awarded two state medals: the Vermont Veterans Medal and the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal.

He was involved with Soldier’s Angels, a voluntary group to help wounded soldiers and was a member of the H. Battery, Third Battalion Thirteenth Regiment, Fifth Division group of vets who held reunions throughout the country.

Mr. Reed loved playing cards with his family and friends, enjoyed hunting, trapping, maple sugaring, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Pamela Allen and her husband, Reginald, Sharon Reed, and Scott Reed, all of Craftsbury; by two grandchildren: Wayne Willey and his companion, Penny Peck, and Kevin Willey and his companion, Shannon Daniels, all of Craftsbury; by his great-granddaughter Karina Willey of Eden; by his sister Marjorie Long of Sterling, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a great-grandson Stephen Willey; and by his brothers: Donald and Allen Reed.

Funeral services were held on October 15 at the United Church of Craftsbury Common. Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, VAMROC, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009, or to the Soldier’s Angels, 2700 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 310, San Antonio, Texas 78217.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg, 77, died in the arms of his loving and devoted family on October 9, 2016, in Irasburg.

He was born in December of 1938, in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut working on the farm of his mother, Ellen Biddle Von Stackelberg, late of Albany, where he learned valuable skills with animals, chainsaws, and farm machinery. At the age of ten he converted his first car into a flatbed truck, the start of a lifelong delight in cars which in the course of his life included a 1956 Plymouth, 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, 1978 Ford Country Squire, a Riley Nine, an Aston Martin V-8, and a Peugeot 504 which he left in a car park of the Gare du Nord in Paris in 1980, and for all the family knows, is still there.

At the age of 18 his mother sent him back to Germany to meet his father, Curt Ferdinand von Stackelberg, where he reconnected with a family that had settled in Estonia for the past 700 years until 1918, during which time they were variously of Danish, Swedish, and since 1709, Russian nationality — the latter interspersed with several relocations into banishment in Siberia, a fact of which he was justifiably proud. He spent five years in Germany during which time he attended the University of Heidelberg and met his wife, before returning to the United States, and to Vermont.

An alumnus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and the University of Connecticut, he spent most of his career in finance in Paris and London before returning to Irasburg to do what he really loved: cut wood, fix machinery, work for the Department of Agriculture, take long drives, and talk to the farming community of northern New England. He was a modest, self-effacing human being with a love for meeting people and a spontaneous interest in every new encounter; his charm, good humor, and generous nature made him friends wherever he went in life. Constantly engaged and interested by the world around him, he was a trenchant observer of national and international politics, a keen historian (in his opinion the Battle of Poltava marked the decisive moment in the formation of modern East/West relationships), lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, staunch follower of the University of Connecticut Huskies and Arsenal Football Club, lover of classical music (particularly Schubert), and a connoisseur of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. His favorite book, read time and again even during his final illness, was Henry Adams’ Mont St. Michel and Chartres. He was irresistible to cats, and children adored him.

When Mr. Von Stackelberg was eight years old, his great-aunt Ellen Biddle Shipman, took him by the hand and said, “You must come and sit on my lap and always remember that you did, because when I was your age and returned for the first time from the frontier, my grandfather said to me, ‘Come and sit on my lap and remember always that you did, for when I was a little boy, I sat on George Washington’s lap just as you are now.’” The story bears out — the grandfather was Robert Edward Biddle, son of Clement Biddle, Washington’s Quartermaster at Valley Forge. What Mr. Von Stackelberg said to Aunt Nell is not recorded, but with his passing a whole world of romance and marvel is lost.

He is survived by Brigitta Regina, his wife of 56 years; his children, Elizabeth Alexandra, Katharine Temple, and John Constantine; and his grandchildren: Johanna, Clara, Lorelei, Lily, Oscar and Marlene. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial ceremony in his honor will take place at Irasburg United Church on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

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

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Obituaries October 12, 2016

obit-jonesJill Sherndal Jones

Jill Sherndal Jones, 88, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on October 7, 2016, in Concord, surrounded by the love of her family who were so dear to her.

Mrs. Jones was born February 8, 1928, in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of Alfred E. Sherndal and Beatrice (Jaques) Sherndal of Old Chatham, New York. She graduated from St. Agnes School in Albany, New York, and Wells College in Aurora, New York, class of 1949. In 1985 she received her master’s degree from Lyndon State College.

On June 14, 1952, she married Theodor Jones and they raised their four children in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In 1983, she moved to Jill’s Hill in South Wheelock where she lived in the company of her beloved dogs, Tacka, Elsie, and later Peppi and Beau. She also had a beautiful Norwegian fiord horse “Susi” that she kept for years, driving and riding.

Mrs. Jones led an active life in South Wheelock, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tending Susi. She was an avid reader and did the New York Times crossword puzzle religiously every day, in pen. She volunteered delivering Meal-on-Wheels and taught art classes in St. Albans. Her own artwork flourished when she lived in St. Albans, where she became an active member of the Bishop Street artist group.

She loved classical music and played piano well. She also sang for years with the North Country Chorus in St. Johnsbury. They traveled to Prague and Sweden. A highlight for her was singing as a young woman in a 100-member chorus with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, under the direction of Serge Koussevitsky.

Her beloved children, daughter Winnie Jones and her partner, Susan Aldrich, of Vermont, daughter Jill Agnew and her husband, Charlie, of Maine, son Tom Jones and his partner, Diana Gipe, of Vermont and son Ted of Florida survive her. She leaves her grandchildren Jenny and Charlie of Maine, and Lindsay, Nick, Ben, Sam, Max, and Jenna of Vermont; and three great-grandchildren: Mason, Keegan, and Arlo.

A celebration of Mrs. Jones’ life will be held at a later date.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.

 

obit-meyerMary Jane Meyer

Mary Jane Meyer (nee Daley) died peacefully on September 17, 2016, at her home in Ballwin, Missouri.

She was born January 11, 1926, in Brookfield, Massachusetts, where her father was the postmaster. He arranged for Mary Jane to ride along on the first airmail flight from Brookfield to Springfield, Massachusetts, in a bi-wing, open cockpit plane. This began her love of travel and adventure.

After her father’s unexpected death, the family returned to Vermont, and Mary Jane enrolled at Hartford High School in White River Junction. She received many honors at Hartford High, and was elected to Girls’ State to be “governor for the day.”

She won a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University to study journalism, but under pressure from her family, she instead attended Russell Sage College, earning a bachelor of nursing degree. She graduated from Russell Sage with high honors in 1947. She said her biggest achievement at Russell Sage was learning how to sneak in and out of the dorm and not get caught.

Mrs. Meyer then moved with her husband to a rural area just west of St. Louis, where she raised her family.

In her mid 50s, she earned a master’s degree in education, and built a successful professional career in nursing education. Before her retirement as director of Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, she led the school’s transition from a diploma school to a four-year bachelor of nursing program.

Mrs. Meyer was an avid cook, gardener, reader, sportsman, traveler, friend, teacher, mentor, and grandmother. She passed her wanderlust on to her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta and Matthew Daley Sr.; sister-in-law Pat Daley; nephew Matthew Daley III; son-in-law Russ McDaniel; and former husband, James E. Meyer Sr., MD.

Mrs. Meyer is survived by her daughters Jan McDaniel and her husband, Tom Cummings, and Susan Birge and her husband, Gerard Chapdelaine; her son, Jim Meyer; and daughter-in-law Mary Meyer; her niece and “third daughter” Mary Jane Shannon Daley and her huband, Will Buskey; beloved grandchildren Sarah Birge, Hannah Birge, Eli Birge, and Ryan Meyer; and brother Matthew Daley Jr.

A memorial service will be held in late December. In lieu of flowers, the family requests tributes to the Mary Jane Meyer Nursing Scholarship at the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. The foundation can be found online, or by calling (314) 747-3000.

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Obituaries October 5, 2016

 

obit-bensenhaverSarah Ellen Bensenhaver

Sarah Ellen Bensenhaver, 58, of Brownington died unexpectedly on September 25, 2016.

Born on November 30, 1957, she grew up in Westminster. She was married on December 21, 1985, to Allen Folsom.

Nurturing the land was important to her. She pursued her talents in gardening at the farm owned by her and Mr. Folsom, where she enjoyed taking the family dog for walks through the fields. She also was fond of fishing, reading, writing, as well as studying history.

Ms. Bensenhaver is survived by her husband, Allen Folsom, of Brownington; and her children: Joshua Folsom of Morrisville, Jasmine Folsom of Bristol, Connecticut, and Kathleen Folsom of Brownington. She is also survived by her sister Mary Piluski of Hinsdale, New Hampshire; and her brother Charles Bensenhaver of Walpole, New Hampshire.

A small, private commemorative service will be held at a later date for close friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Northeast Kingdom Human Services or a local humane society could be considered.

 

Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker

Belynda Ann “Lindy” Coker, 60, of Newark died suddenly on September 28, 2016.

She was born on August 20, 1956, in Winchester, Massachusetts, to Allen Coker and Beverly (Boivin) Lasure. Ms. Coker was a school teacher in the Brighton School District. She loved teaching, gardening, swimming, and kayaking. She attended graded school in Hartland and later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts degree.

She is survived by her mother, Beverly Lasure; her father, Allen Coker, and his wife, Carolyn; by her companion, Steve Putnam, of Newark; by her brother David Coker and his wife, Donna, of Williamstown; and by her nephew Ken Coker.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be donated to a local food shelf.

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

 

obit-davisonJanet L. Davison

Janet Lois Davison, 67, of Hardwick died on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in the warmth of her home, following a heroic battle with cancer. Her family was at her side.

She was born April 15, 1949, in Morrisville, a daughter of the late Alger R. Baker and Yvonne M. (Chartier) Baker. She attended Jackson Bridge School in Hardwick and Hardwick Academy.

On January 7, 1966, she married Roy Ernest Davison. They lived all of their married life in Hardwick.

Ms. Davison was employed by the East Hardwick Nursing Home, Hardwick Hospital, and the Greensboro Nursing Home in her earlier years. Later she worked for more than 15 years for Vermont Weather Board in Wolcott and Bombardier in Barre. She maintained second jobs at several Hardwick convenience stores, including: The Corner Store, M & M market, Quick Stop, and a Vermont liquor store.

In 1990 she became a foster parent. She provided a home to any child in need for several years, until she finally retired in 1997 and became a full-time home provider to five siblings in state custody. That same year, she was awarded foster parent of the year for helping children, for her dedication, love and support. Then in May 1999, she adopted those very children with the hope of giving them a permanent home, keeping them all together, and making a difference in their lives.

Ms. Davison was the most devoted mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the absolute loves of her life.

Survivors include two daughters: Dawn Howard and her husband, Trevor, and Cleona Davison, all of Hardwick; four sons: Sheridan Davison of Morrisville, Charles Davison, Darrel Davison, and Rusty Davison, all of Hardwick; two grandchildren: Zane Davison of East Hardwick and Kalista Howard of Hardwick; two sisters: June Cleveland of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackie Swett of Barton; two brothers: Joseph Chartier of Orleans and Alger “Skip” Baker of Gilbert, West Virginia; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy, in 1990; by a daughter, Daphne Allen; and a granddaughter, Dekota Allen, both in 1987.

To honor her request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to benefit her special needs children, care of Kalista Howard, 74 Baker Hill Drive, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

obit-Maxwell-1Greta Cora Maxwell

Greta Cora Maxwell, 89, of Newport died on September 26, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on January 26, 1927, in Orleans to Truman and Ada (Wills) Messier. On June 28, 1947, she married Dean Maxwell, who predeceased her on November 5, 2005.

Mrs. Maxwell was an office manager for Orleans Village where she retired in 1990, and previously was a bookkeeper for other businesses in the area. Her hobbies included gardening, watching birds, doing puzzles, and going for rides.

Mrs. Maxwell’s life revolved around her family. She cherished the many family get-togethers, be it trips to the lakes, county fairs, family picnics, or gatherings. She greatly enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow, and she was very proud of their many varied accomplishments. She will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children: Connie Hartshorn and her husband, Alan, of Warren, Norma Perkins and her husband, Blaine, of West Charleston, Linda LaBounty and her husband, James Sr., of Derby Line, Sally Maxwell of Derby, Sandy Maxwell and her fiancé, Peter Faust, of Irasburg, Candy Mihill and her husband, Cleve, of Newport Center, and Edmond Maxwell of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Paula Brown, Henry Hartshorn, Tammy Kroyman, Angel Graves, John LaBounty, Jaimie Poginy, Namu Moulton, Toma Moulton, Gwyn Moulton, Ashley Wright, Heather St. Onge, Eric Maxwell, Evan Maxwell, Nikita Mihill, and Brandi Godin; and by 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bruce Messier and his wife, Joanne, of Ohio; by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by a sister-in-law, Audrey Messier, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her brother Dale Messier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with her nephew, the Reverend Richard Whitehill, officiating. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit-WellhoffEliane Wellhoff

It is with a will as strong as the granite of her native land that Eliane Wellhoff, 76, has fought her battle against her life-robbing illness. Sadly, she will no longer fight, as she has left us on October 1, with our flamboyant autumn leaves and our sorrow.

Mrs. Wellhoff was born on May 29, 1940, in the war torn city of Brest, a strategically located military port in Brittany, a Celtic province at the very western tip of France. She lived there for the first 56 years of her life, and, then, moved with her husband to the Greater Boston area. Eleven years ago they settled in the dream land of the Northeast Kingdom.

Mrs. Wellhoff loved her adopted country and its people, but, deep down, her heart was in her native land. She often talked about her “Chère Bretagne.” She lived in the U.S., but dreamed in Brittany. May the winds that blow over the Atlantic mercifully carry her ashes back to her roots.

Mrs. Wellhoff is survived by her husband, Christian R., of North Troy; his four children: Michael and Daniel of Newport Center, Allen and his wife, Miriam, of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, and Susan Engel and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; several grandchildren; and a few great-grandchildren, all living in the U.S.; by her two sisters, Jeannette Roudaut and her husband, François, of Lilia Plouguerneau, France, and Monique Moince of Argenteuil, France; their children and grandchildren; and by several remarkable French people, young and not so young anymore, who had adopted Mrs. Wellhoff as another mother, and affectionately called her Mamoune.

The family asks that, please, do not send flowers. For those who wish so, a contribution in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to the Visiting Nurse Assiociation, 46 Lakemont Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries September 28, 2016

Robert C. Allard

Robert C. Allard, 80, of Clearwater, Florida, died on September 9, 2016.

He was born on April 25, 1936, in Lyndonville, and was the third child born to Beatrice (Brooks/Rousseau) Allard and Rene R. Allard. After graduating from Sacred Heart schools in Newport, he enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years.

He leaves his wife, Audrey Wells Allard; his children: Robin Evans and her husband, Phil, of Largo, Florida, and Aaron Allard of Clearwater; his grandchildren Lydia and Timothy Evans of Largo. He is survived by his brothers: Armand and his wife, Yvette, of Pinellas Park, Florida, Donald and his wife, Pauline, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Michael and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center; by his sister Therese Tanguay of Newport; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Murlene and Robert Skinner of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Reginald in 2013, and his brother Albert in childhood.

 

Richard Tokunboh Paul Dabiri

Richard Tokunboh Paul Dabiri, 63, died at his home in Westmore in August of 2016.

Mr. Dabiri was born on December 26, 1952, in Brooklyn, New York, to Alhaji Chief Mustapha Dabiri and Ivy Marshall Dabiri. He spent a significant part of his formative years in both Trinidad, the West Indies, and Nigeria, West Africa. True to his nature, he easily connected with both the Trinidadian and Nigerian cultures, enjoyed the love and attention of immediate and extended relatives, and gained lifelong friends. They have been a major part of his life since then.

After attending St. Gregory’s School in Lagos, Mr. Dabiri returned to the United States where he completed high school. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Urban Sociology at Hofstra University; a master of science degree in city, regional and transportation planning from Pratt Institute; and additional training in transportation engineering, civil engineering, and airport planning and design.

Mr. Dabiri had a fulfilling career providing consulting, strategic planning, and project management services in both the private and public sectors. He held planning positions for several cities and towns across the country, including Baltimore, Maryland, the Northeast Kingdom, Westmore, Compton, California, and Los Angeles to name a few, and he consulted for local governments in Iraq, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Israel, the Federal Republic of Tanzania, and Nigeria. Additionally, he held teaching positions at the Community College of Vermont and the School for International Training based in Washington, D.C.

Richie, as he was affectionately called by family and close friends, had a fascination with antique cars. He was an avid lover of nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors — hiking, sailing, fishing, and taking road trips, in addition to spending quality time with loved ones. Most of his time was spent in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida.

Mr. Dabiri leaves behind his two daughters: Atinuke and Oluwakemi; a son-in-law Olurotimi; his surviving siblings: Mrs. Iyabo Dabiri Adesina, Justice Gloria M. Dabiri, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri, Mrs. Yetunde Dabiri Olusi, Mr. Oladapo Dabiri, Mrs. Ireti Dabiri Johnson, and their families; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.

 

obit-majchrzakPaul Anthony Majchrzak

Paul Anthony Majchrzak, 68, formerly of Bay City, Michigan, born April 30, 1948, died on September 10 at his home in Westmore with his loving family by his side.

After being diagnosed with gastric cancer in August, he went too soon. This generous man was predeceased by his parents, Albin and Angeline (Smarszcz) Majchrzak.

Mr. Majchrzak loved his family and is survived by his wife, Ellie (Branigan) Majchrzak, and sons: Jeremy Majchrzak and his wife, Nicola, and Benjamin Matchstick and his wife, Megan Hammond. He was a very special dziadzia (grandfather) to Julia, Madeline, and Logan Majchrzak, and Django Matchstick. He will be greatly missed by them.

He is also survived by his cherished sisters: Judy Russell, of Bay City, Dorothy Rewers and her husband, Pete, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Barbara Jakubczak, of Linwood, Michigan; and sister-in-law Judy Majchrzak of Bay City.

He was predeceased by his brother, Jerome “Rocky” Majchrzak; and brothers-in-law: Gene Jakubczak, Bill Russell, and Michael Branigan; and also very special friends Larry Reinsch and Al Wilinski.

Mr. Majchrzak was industrious and graduated from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. He was a great co-worker who retired from General Motors Powertrain and Saginaw Steering Gear, as a senior industrial engineer.

He will also be missed by his in-laws: Marge Culloty, of Beaumont, Texas, Kathy Branigan, Bill and Carol Branigan, and Ann Boehmer, of Bay City, and Betty Branigan, of Shepherd, Michigan, and Jim and Janice Branigan, of Deltona, Florida.

He was a great role model to his many nieces and nephews. Mr. Majchrzak will always be remembered by his many friends and neighbors in Bay City and Vermont.

Donations may be made to CureSMA (spinal muscular atrophy), 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007, in support of Mr. Majchrzak’s very special neighbors in Westmore, Jim and Kristen Farrell and their precious children, Braeden and Kernan, as Mr. Majchrzak was a special dziadzia to them.

Mr. Majchrzak had a warm, affectionate personality, and will be remembered with a smile by all who knew him. He would talk to everyone, including strangers, and be able to have a great conversation with them. His quick wit was a gift and always got a smile and a laugh. He was a former athlete who enjoyed sports and never missed his sons’ games. He was a preservationist who restored several historical homes and his cabin on the lake. He loved his adopted state of Vermont. He was proud of his place on Willoughby Lake, and enjoyed viewing the Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor Gap, the amazing sunsets, the change of seasons, and fishing and boating rides.

Mr. Majchrzak was a caring, nice man. If everybody were like him, this world would be a much better place.

 

obit-menzelMarvin H. Menzel

Marvin H. Menzel, 83, of Island Pond, died on September 23, 2016, at his home.

He was born on April 23, 1933 in Guilford, Connecticut, to Henry and Carolyn (Sfine) Menzel.

Mr. Menzel was a veteran of the Korean War. Most of his life he was a painter for the International Brotherhood of Painters.

On September 18, 2004, he married Lucy Tardif who survives him.

He was a member of American Legion Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Island Pond.

Mr. Menzel loved to snowmobile and he groomed the trails for VAST for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to work on machinery and help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Menzel of Island Pond, by his children: Sarah Menzel and her wife, Ketra Fulks, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Christina Menzel of Deep River, Connecticut; by his grandchild R.J. Holloway of Deep River; nieces: Robin Menzel and Renee Pardo; his nephew Arthur Menzel; and great-nephew Donnie Menzel. He is also survived by his sister and brother: Gertrude Sadlowski of Charleston, Rhode Island, and Arthur Menzel of Washington, Vermont.

A memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post #80, at 60 Railroad Street in Island Pond on Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #80, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

 

Ivy Yvonne Dabiri Sinclair

Ivy Yvonne Dabiri Sinclair, 90, died at her home in Westmore in August of 2016.

Ms. Sinclair was born on April 17, 1926, in Tunapuna, Trinidad, the West Indies. She was the youngest of four children born to Lavinia Joseph Marshall and James Marshall, a merchant marine. Her siblings Hubert, Pearl, and Rodger, predeceased her.

In 1934, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Girls Commercial High School and upon graduating obtained a position with the New York Telephone Company.

She met and married Mustapha Dabiri, a Nigerian engineering student. There were three children born of their union: Michael (deceased), Gloria, and Richard (deceased).

After the couple separated, Ms. Sinclair enrolled in evening classes at Hunter College, earned a bachelor of arts degree in education, and in the 1960s, taught secretarial science at Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn. She thereafter obtained a master’s degree in education from Hunter College and joined the faculty of New York City Technical College as an associate professor in the commercial studies department. As faculty adviser to the department’s alumni association Ms. Sinclair was instrumental in developing career enhancement training and employment opportunities for the department’s graduates. She was loved and admired by her students who affectionately called her “Professor D”. Ms. Sinclair was overjoyed when several of her former students attended her ninetieth birthday celebration in April.

In 1987, she married George Sinclair, a jazz musician and technician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The couple soon retired and relocated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where Ms. Sinclair devoted her time to producing television shows for a local television station, C3TV (Cape Cod Community Television), organizing and promoting jazz concerts, and accompanying Mr. Sinclair to his performances.

Following her husband’s death, and after suffering a stroke, Ms. Sinclair moved to Vermont to live with her son Richard. She enjoyed walking along Lake Willoughby and spending time with her family and friends.

Ms. Sinclair leaves to mourn her, her daughter Gloria; granddaughters Atinuke and Oluwakemi; cousin Irving; nieces Malinda, Sharon, and Rosline; nephews Kevin, Bryan, and Christopher; foster sisters Elizabeth, Cecilia, Lorraine, Zakia, Kathy, and Mary Jane; and a host of adoring students and friends.

 

obit-TurcotteMarie Anne C. (Guertin) Turcotte 

Marie Anne C. (Guertin) Turcotte, 73, died on September 8, 2016, at her home in Newport, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born on February 23, 1943, in Attleboro, Massachusetts to Edward and Bernadette (Collard) Guertin.

She attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in North Attleboro and transferred to Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1960. Several months after graduating from high school in Fall River, she entered the Order of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Hyattsville, Maryland, taking her vows as Mother St. Julia Marie. After a few years in the order, she decided to leave as she believed God had a better plan for her.

On August 16, 1969, she married Normand P. Turcotte at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro. They lived in the Attleboro area for four-and-one-half years before moving to Newport in 1974.

Mrs. Turcotte was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Circle #313 for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Turcotte had numerous jobs throughout the years, the most recent were as a clerk and bookkeeper at Orleans Office Products and as an administrative assistant at Gene Besaw and Associates, where she retired in 2008.

She loved to spend time with her family and she encouraged and supported her daughters and grandchildren in any activities they became involved in. Admittedly, she was not a sports fan but you could always expect to see her on the sidelines cheering them on.

Mrs. Turcotte was a committee member of the Boy Scouts Troop #804 in Newport, and later Troup #821 in Westfield. She encouraged and supported her grandson Dominick Turcotte from the tiger level of the Cub Scouts all the way to his presentation of the Eagle Scout Award in 2014.

She was an accomplished seamstress having sewn her own wedding gown and those of her bridal party. She also sewed many outfits for her daughters over the years including their prom dresses.

Mrs. Turcotte also had artistic and creative talents as evidenced by her artwork in family homes as well as other creations. In recent years she enjoyed coloring in her adult coloring books, word search puzzles, and she was an avid reader. She also enjoyed watching cooking programs. Her culinary talents were greatly appreciated by family and friends.

Mrs. Turcotte is survived by her loving husband, Normand. They were married for 47 years. She leaves behind two daughters: Lynne Leitch and her husband, Jamie, of Holland, and Lisa Turcotte-Thomas and her partner, Ken Larocque, of Barton. She also leaves four grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Dominick Turcotte and his partner, Samantha Mason, Daniel Thomas, Katie Leitch, and William Larocque. She was predeceased by her infant son, Normand P. Turcotte Jr. in 1976; and by her brother Paul A. Guertin of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She leaves her sister Jeanne Goulet and her husband, Michael, of Falmouth, Massachusetts; her brother Maurice Guertin and his wife, Dorothy, of Herndon, Virginia; her aunt Terry Guertin of Stuart, Florida; and many nieces nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Saturday, October 1, at 11 a.m. There will be a celebration of life at St. Mary’s from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the church, followed by meditation hymns preceding the Mass. Interment will follow the funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. Friends and family of Mrs. Turcotte may gather for a light luncheon following the service at the Gateway Center in Newport.

Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea renovation fund or the Gibbons Council, Knights of Columbus #2285 Steubenville Fund, care of Maurice Brasseur.

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Obituaries September 21, 2016

Harriet (Darby) Downing

Harriet (Darby) Downing died on September 15, 2016, at the age of 91, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on December 19, 1924, in Newport, to Ruth (Jenne) and Cyril Reading Darby.

She graduated from Derby Academy in the class of 1942, and from Green Mountain College in 1944. Upon graduation she was employed at the National Bank of Derby Line (now Community National Bank). In June of 1947, she married Dalton “Bud” Downing and they took residence in Stanstead, Quebec, before moving to Derby Line. He predeceased her on July 30, 2007.

Ms. Downing was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and sang for many years in the choir. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary.

Ms. Downing was predeceased by her parents Ruth and Cyril; and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert and Alberta Darby of Derby Line, and Paul and Beverly Darby of Middleton, Rhode Island.

She is survived by her four children: Michael Downing and his wife, Celeste, of Derby Line, Elizabeth and her husband, Bruce Urie, of Craftsbury, Mary and her husband, Bruce Muir, of Derby Line, and Judith and her husband, Kevin Coy, of Barton; also by her grandchildren: Caitlin Downing and her husband, Jamie Yu, Sarah Nusbaum and her husband, Matt, Amanda Woodey and her husband, Kirk, Timothy Urie and his wife, Faith, Heather Urie, Analesa Muir, Eilish Muir, Andrew Coy and his wife, Lauren, Daniel Coy and his wife, Autumn, Samuel Coy and his wife, Heidi Johnson, and Rachel Malachuk, and her husband, Stephen Malachuk IV. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in honor of Ms. Downing can be made to the Haskell Library, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Derby Historical Society, 55 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Shirley Marie Hemenway

Shirley Marie Hemenway, 93, of Orleans, died peacefully on September 11, 2016 in Newport.

She was born on June 18, 1923, in Irasburg, to Howard and Maybelle (Dion) Kennison. On August 20, 1940, she married Fern Hemenway who predeceased her on December 7, 2015.

She was employed for five years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing. Among her hobbies she enjoyed quilting, making quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also a seamstress, an avid reader, and she was well known for her home-made raspberry pies and baked beans. She loved to play cards with family and friends.

She was a special Christmas Club member for 57 years, as she was the last of these members. She was very active in the 4-H Club.

Ms. Hemenway is survived by her children: Hale Fern Hemenway and his wife, Sandra Jean, of Florida, Shirley Devine and her husband, Allan, of Inverness, Florida, Carol Jaing and her husband, Joseph, of Massachusetts, Jacqueline Mei of New York, and Eugene Mei of Colorado. She is also survived by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra Lee Wentworth; by five brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Saturday September 17, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Frederick John Henry Jr.

Frederick John Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as Fritz, died in his sleep during the early morning hours of August 28, 2016, at his home in St. Johnsbury. His peaceful death at age 92 follows by just ten weeks the passing of his spouse, Margaret Andrus Henry, to whom he was married for 64 years.

Mr. Henry will be remembered by all who knew him for the warmth of his deep rolling laugh, and his friendly and humble Midwestern “good people” ways. He was a born storyteller, and a prolific letter writer. Many of his acquaintances recall being surprised and pleased to find themselves being addressed by him as “Friend,” or, more often, as “Pal.”

Born on June 20, 1924, Mr. Henry was raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, the only child of Frederick John Henry and Miriam Florence Daughetee Henry. His mother was the eleventh of 14 children from a farming family. His father was a World War I veteran, who began his working life helping his father run a Harley-Davidson repair shop in Connersville, Indiana, and who then worked the rest of his life as an electrical engineer for the phone company. Mr. Henry’s parents met when Ms. Daughetee took a job as a telephone operator as a teenager, and he was born the year his mother turned 22.

Mr. Henry excelled as a student as a youngster, and participated locally in multiple sports, earning many ribbons in athletic competitions at Cassell’s Boy’s Club, such as “Fancy Diving,” and many other swimming awards. A lifelong golfer, he enjoyed playing golf on weekends with his parents throughout his adolescent years, and was a member of his high school tennis team, his college football team, and his college and medical school diving teams.

Mr. Henry was a 16-year-old senior at Hinsdale Township High School, president of the student council, when he was offered full scholarships at both Williams College and Amherst College. He chose Williams, and had completed his sophomore year there when Harvard Medical School invited him to forgo his next two years of college and enter the medical school as a first-year student. He eagerly accepted, but by then there was a war going on.

Mr. Henry’s time in the Navy during World War II would be the formative experience of his young life. For more than three years he served onboard the LCS-11, an amphibious gunboat known as the “Lucky 11,” rising from communications officer to the rank of executive officer, and receiving combat awards for shooting down kamikazes near Okinawa — “picket patrol,” he called it — and for blowing up mines near what is now Taiwan. He shared with family members that some of his most daunting days had come while helping the ship to ride out a typhoon off the Okinawa coast.

After the war ended, Mr. Henry returned to Williams College on the GI Bill, graduating in 1948. He put his war experiences behind him then, but years later began attending the Lucky 11’s reunions in different cities across the country and renewed his bonds with the gunboat’s officers and crew with whom he’d served so many decades ago, staying in close touch with them into his nineties.

Mr. Henry was working at Macy’s in Manhattan when he met Ms. “Peggy” Andrus, a recent Stanford graduate from Bronxville, New York, who was also employed there. They were married in 1952 and, following stays in New York City and Wichita, Kansas, settled in the suburb of Livingston, New Jersey, with their two daughters, Lucy Anne and Gretchen.

He worked in personnel his entire career, at a series of publishing houses and eventually a consulting firm, attaining a series of executive positions, lecturing and writing on topics of significance in his field, and earning a host of professional honors. Yet Mr. Henry would never allow his job to define his life. Throughout his life, he remained an avid reader, always with a book in his hand, devouring two or three each week. He was an occasional skier, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, a student of early woodworking techniques, a dedicated genealogist and history buff. A steady golfer with a flawless one-iron stroke, he once dissolved into helpless laughter when a Christmas gift of personalized tees rendered his first name as “Firtz.”

He was a staunch supporter of his daughters’ aspirations and education: he was a founding member of the “Support for Excellence in Education” committee in their hometown and served as a trustee at Far Brook School in Short Hills, New Jersey.

After retiring in 1989, he and Mrs. Henry moved to St. Johnsbury, drawn by its scenic beauty, its cultural life, and the warmth and kindness of its citizens. With his full beard and his rich, resonant voice, Mr. Henry would become a familiar figure around town, especially at the Athenaeum and at First Night, when in the dark and the chill he would calmly make his intrepid way, deftly deploying a cane, to see the performers he’d picked out in advance.

He and Mrs. Henry became world travelers, always eager to explore new destinations around the globe. He relished his role as a grandfather, regaling his grandchildren with tales from his war days, or observations on the current political and societal scene gleaned from his many hours of reading the newspaper, his stories frequently punctuated by a booming, merry laugh. For decades, Mr. Henry took great joy in his time at the family-owned island near Newport, where he could read amid nature’s glories while assiduously keeping footpaths free from twigs, debris, and brush. And as he prepared to plunge into the waters of Lake Memphremagog or into the municipal pool in Livingston, relatives would see occasional glimpses of the form that had put him on the varsity swim team at Williams and Harvard, and that, back in 1937, had earned him high honors for “Fancy Diving.”

Mr. Henry is survived and eternally loved by his daughters, Lucy Anne Shrenker of Monson, Massachusetts and Gretchen Henry-Connelly of Los Angeles, California; sons-in-law Paul Shrenker and Chris Connelly; grandchildren Aurelia Shrenker, Ariane Shrenker Christensen, William Shrenker, Tempe Shrenker, Henry Connelly, Rose Connelly, and Gabriel Connelly; his brothers-in-law George Grady and Carl Andrus; his sisters-in-law Georgeann Andrus, Noelle Andrus and Anne Grady; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces who will never forget his kindly ways and considerate manner. All these, and so many more, will forever hold his memory dear and honor his service to our country.

Mr. Henry’s family’s gratitude goes to the people of St. Johnsbury and to the wonderful people who helped to care for him in recent years.

 

Harold Edward “Red” Kelley Jr.

Harold Edward “Red” Kelley Jr., of Brownington, died suddenly on September 8, 2016, in Portland, Maine.

He was born on May 18, 1940, in Newport, to Harold and Gladys (Shackette) Kelley Sr.

Mr. Kelley was a supervisor for Newport Plastics and later was a bus driver for North Country Union High School.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle, and loved to travel to Old Orchard, Maine. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy Kelley and her companion, Allen Marsh, of Brownington; by his grandchildren: Justin Lamonda of Newport, Brandie Parks and her husband, Tim, of Texas, Mandie Perry and her husband, Luke, of North Troy, Seanna Kelley and her companion, Shane Barry, of Newport; and by his great-grandchildren: Natalie, Armand, Heidi, Kallie, Kaleb, Shelby-Rae, Destiny, and Xavier.

He is also survived by his sister Joyce Ayer and her husband, Dennis, of Newport; his nephew Michael Cordeau and his wife, Lisa; his niece Kristy Pillsbury and her husband, Jamie, of Jay; and by great nieces Allison and Beth; and by many friends.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Nancy June McGivern

Nancy June McGivern, 83, of Newport, died on September 11, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 13, 1933, in Newport, to Clinton and Marion (Spear) Fairbrother. Ms. McGivern was a graduate of Newport High School and a life-long resident of Newport. She had resided for a time at the Scenic View Community Care Home in Westfield.

She is survived by her children: Rosalie Putnam of Coolville, Ohio, Eric McGivern of Newport, and Keith McGivern of Derby. She is also survived by her grandson Christopher Putnam of Spencer, West Virginia; by her sister Ellen Graveline of Derby; and by her special friend Carolyn LaRock of Coventry. She was predeceased by her son Brian McGivern.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Richard “Dick” Roberts

Richard “Dick” Roberts, 82, of Lewiston, Maine, and formerly of Gray, Maine, died on Monday, September 12, 2016, at his home in Lewiston.

He was born in Barton on March 27, 1934, son of Vernon and Sylvia (Perry) Roberts. He received his education in a one-room schoolhouse and high school at Barton Academy, graduating with second honors. He spent his army time in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Gordon, Georgia, and as a high-speed Morse code and teletype operator in Korea. He returned home and worked for E.M. Brown and Son in Barton for 11 years, a job he loved very much.

His greatest love was his special one and only wife, Jeannine (Racicot), who he married after his return from Korea. They both came from farm families so stayed in agriculture until his retirement in 1996 due to health problems. He worked on high-end registered Jersey, Guernsey, and Holstein herds at Wonderview Farm in Barton; Bushy Park Farm in Wake, Virginia; and Wilsondale Farm in Gray, Maine. He then became a professional artificial insemination technician for Eastern A.I., later Genex, in Ithaca, New York, remaining in Maine in his own unit covering parts of York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties. He was Eastern’s overall technician in 1978 in New England and New York, and received many other awards. He always gave his farmers the credit for his success. He enjoyed counting them all as his friends and putting their goals and success ahead of his own. He loved being outside and around nature all those years.

His wife and his family were front and center, and he never felt he enjoyed them enough because he worked long stretches at a time with very few weekends off. But after his retirement, he made up for lost time. His best saying was, “Do your giving while you’re living,” and he and Mrs. Roberts taught their grown children that way. His hobbies were little things like reading, puzzles, travelling the United States, sports (especially at play-off time), playing cards, and seeing his grandchildren grow. He played baseball semi-pro for a while and was known as a better than average hitter, playing centerfield or catching, even winning a batting championship in 1961.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 57 years, Jeannine; and their four children and their families: Doug and his son Matt, Doug’s wife, Cheryl, and their daughter Abigail; David and his wife, Michelle, and their twins Digby and Wylie; Dan and his son Zachary, and daughter Cordiela; and Diane, and her husband, Mark, and their daughter Madison and son Andrew. He is also survived by one sister, Gertrude Scheer, from Bayside Hills, New York; one brother George, and his wife, Barbara, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and by nieces; nephews; in-laws; and outlaws.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother Ernest, and his wife, Madeline; and by nephew Jimmy, his godson.

Visitation was held at the Wilson Funeral Home in Gray on September 16.

Donations in Mr. Roberts’ name can be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

Online condolences can be made at www.wilsonfhllc.com.

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