Obituaries January 18, 2017

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett

Leila Margaret (Fay) Bennett, 79, died peacefully in her sleep, in her own home in Glover on January 7, 2017.

She was born in Florence, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1937, to Cassie and Horace “Earl” Fay. She was a homemaker and raised seven children.

She is survived by six children and their families: Clifton and Pat Bennett of Cornish, New Hampshire, Steve and Christine Shatney of Greensboro, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and Paul Tumulty of Orange, Crystal Bennett-Bancroft and Ronnie Bancroft of Bolton, and Cassandra Cabrera of South Burlington; by a daughter-in-law, Stella Bennett of Irasburg; and by an abundance of both grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two brothers also survive her: Earl Fay and his wife, Nancy, of Massachusetts, and Carl Fay of Virginia. She is also survived by a multitude of extended family, including her sister-in-law Grace Brooks of Connecticut; and many of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin Bennett Jr.; and her son, Calvin Bennett III; as well as several siblings.

Mrs. Bennett, “Le” to those who knew her well, loved to cook for a crowd — her own family, with friends and neighbors as well. Her favorite pastimes included traveling in her camper to bluegrass festivals and meeting many new friends there, traveling in Maine and walking the Marginal Way on the beach, crocheting and sewing, reading Debbie Macomber novels, and talking on the phone, but she especially loved spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors — the bigger the crowd, the better. She has enriched many lives with her ever-ready sense of humor, love of music and games, and caring contributions of gifts, advice, and a shoulder to lean on. There are no words to express how sorely she will be missed, but she will forever live on in the many hearts she has touched.

Service arrangements will be held in the spring at the family’s convenience. Further notifications will be made accordingly.

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

Brian I. Drown

Brian I. Drown, 68, of Barton, died at his home on January 14, 2017.

He was born on August 16, 1948, in Barton. He was the son of the late Grosvenor “Bud” and Lucille (Crandall) Drown.

Mr. Drown was a member of the Vermont National Guard. He loved his dog Buddy, and enjoyed taking him along for rides. He also enjoyed horses and playing scratch tickets.

He is survived by his sister Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Azarias “Lou”; and by his nieces and nephews: Jason Larocque and his wife, Roxanne, of Burke, Jodi Morley and her husband, John, and their two daughters: Taylor and Brooke, of Orleans, Joshua Drown and his wife, Alice, and their two children: Avery and Amelia of Orleans, Erin McGee and her friend, Steve, and their three children: Isaiah, Zeke, and Zoe of Enosburg, and Deveney Wolfe and her husband, Mike, and their two children: Benny and Paulina of Ohio.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Brent Drown.

A graveside service will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Drown’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul E. LeBlanc

Paul E. LeBlanc, 97, of Orleans, died on January 14, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 31, 1919, the son of Alex and Dorilla (Fortier) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1942, he married Gertrude Choiniere. They had six children.

He worked for the Nassikas Cheese Factory in Barton and Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans. For many years he ran a garage sale at his home.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Lamarche of Irasburg, Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda, of Orleans, and Paulette Riendeau of Albany; daughters-in-law: Roberta LeBlanc of Meriden, Connecticut, and Irene LeBlanc of Orleans; by grandchildren: Pierre, Marc, and Andre Lamarche, Raymond, John, and Renee Hamel, Travis and Amber LeBlanc, and David, Daniel, and Jeremy Riendeau; by 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Mr. LeBlanc was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude, in 1992; by sons: Theodore and Allen; and daughter Joanne; by his sons-in-law: Claude Lamarche and Bernard Riendeau; his grandsons: Bernard Riendeau Jr. and Doug LeBlanc; also by his parents; and his brothers: Dominic and Roland LeBlanc.

There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton in the spring at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Thelma E. Moulton

 Thelma E. Moulton, 87, of Newport Center, died on January 10, 2017.

She was born on October 30, 1929, in Orleans. She was the daughter of Carroll and Bessie (Elsemore) Green.

She attended Lyndon State College where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and later taught at the Newport Center graded school for many years.

Mrs. Moulton loved traveling around the U.S. with family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with her children, grandchildren, and her many friends. She enjoyed spending her birthdays with her special friends at the East Side Restaurant.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She is survived by her daughters: Joanne Hammond and her husband, Leonard, Susan Moulton, and Janice Moulton, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Michael Marquis and his companion, Pam, Amy Marquis, Jody Marquis and her companion, Steve Davis, Jason Marquis and his wife, Melanie, Matthew Hammond and his wife, Karen, and Karen Chitambar and her husband, Ted. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; by a special sister-in-law, Geraldine Green; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Moulton; a son, David Moulton; her two brothers, Naaman and Floyd Green; by her son-in-law Denis Marquis; and by two half brothers, Earl and Olin Green.

A funeral service was held on January 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Deslauries officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Moulton’s name to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305, or to the Newport Healthcare Center Activities Program, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

 

Carroll Lyle Silloway

Carroll Lyle Silloway, 71, of Charleston, beloved husband of Linere (Zupan) Silloway, died at his home on January 10, 2017.

He was born on June 16, 1945, in St. Johnsbury. He was the son of Lyle and Pauline (Brown) Silloway.

He married Linere Zupan on March 21, 1970, and together they enjoyed the good life on Echo Lake.

Mr. Silloway enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Linere Silloway; their two children: Rhonda Wooldridge and her husband, Timothy, of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Craig Silloway and his wife, Kristin, of Tampa, Florida; his seven grandchildren: Jack, Jordan, and Christopher Wooldridge, Connor and Bailey Cunningham, and Derek Silloway and Gabrielle Lambert. He is also survived by his brother David Silloway of St. Johnsbury.

He is predeceased by his brothers Fred and Peter Silloway.

Upon request of the family there will be no funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Silloway’s memory to the Orleans-Essex County VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries January 11, 2017

Jacalyn Rae Bennetta

 Jacalyn Rae Bennetta (Jacki Thompson), 64, of Shelton, Connecticut, died on December 31, 2016, with her family by her side, at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton.

Ms. Bennetta was born on September 24, 1952, in Newport, to the late Merrill “Manny” and Rachel (McNamara) Thompson of Glover.

She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1971 and worked at Bogner Ski Wear in Newport before moving to Connecticut.

She had a distinguished career in the health care industry. She worked at several area facilities including Masonicare Hospice. Prior to her retirement in January of 2016, she was an RN and nursing supervisor at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center for many years. Still working at the facility per-diem until recently, she felt the staff was her second family. Ms. Bennetta had many interests, quilting being her favorite pastime. If you were fortunate to receive one of her quilts as a gift, you knew it came with much love and hours of dedication.

Ms. Bennetta was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband: Joseph Bennetta of Shelton, a retired Teamster union official at Local 191; daughter Judith Richard and her husband, Jeff, of Oxford Connecticut; sister Rebecca Twombly of Shelton; and grandsons Benjamin and Brian Richard of Oxford. These two boys were the light of her life. She is also survived by nephew Chad Twombly and his family, of Oxford; by several stepchildren and grandchildren; and by her Dad’s beloved dog Rio.

Services were held on January 4 at Riverview Funeral Home, in Shelton. Spring interment will be held at a date to be announced in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be sent to United Methodist Homes, 580 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, Connecticut 06484, in memory of Jacki Bennetta.

Our beloved best friend will be missed. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Armand R. Diette

Armand R. Diette, 79, of Barton and Summerfield, Florida, died on January 2, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Sutton, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Diette was born in West Glover on June 22, 1937, son to the late Arthur Felix and Maria (Sheltra) Diette. He was raised and educated in West Glover, joined the Air Force at the age of 17 and was stationed in Texas at Amarillo Air Force Base. On May 20, 1961, he married the former Elizabeth E. Sicard and they shared 55 years together. Mr. Diette worked as a plumber. The Diettes made their home in Barton and wintered in Florida for many years. Mr. Diette was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards, and was almost always the winner at horseshoes. He so very much loved visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Diette is survived by his beloved wife, Betsy Diette; his five children: Kathy Devereaux and her husband, Chris, of Sutton, Peter Diette and his wife, Teresa, of Barton, Kevin Diette and his wife, Jennifer, of Richford, Tracy Dupuis and her husband, Richard, of Groveton, New Hampshire, and Jeffrey Diette and his wife, Stephanie, of Brighton, Colorado; a sister: Antoinette “Peanut” Makrianis of Holyoke, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren: Brandi, Matthew, Joel, Kevin Jr., Corey, Carlie, Kaitlyn, Lauren, and Erin; and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Meghan, Gabriel, Madison, Briahna, and Ella; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by seven siblings: Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Pauline Gilfillan, Irene Renault, Rachel Coburn, and Janet Currier.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

There will be no calling hours.

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

 

Winston Eddy Dowland

Winston Eddy Dowland, 74, of Holland died on January 2, 2017.

Mr. Dowland would have preferred to start this with one of his bad jokes. He loved making the people around him laugh, even if it ended with a shocked, “Oh Winston.”

He was one of those people who loved family and country, and the legacy of his love and service is long and impressive.

Born on June 20, 1942, in Derby Line to Bernard and Gertrude (Sanborn) Dowland, he was one of seven children.

In 1958, he joined the Navy and began his lifelong service to, and pride in, this great country. Mr. Dowland served during the Cuban missile crisis on the ship enforcing the missile blockade. He did five tours in Vietnam and served on the submarine base in Pearl Harbor. In 1978, he retired from the Navy with an honorable discharge as a chief petty officer, having been awarded many medals for his service. He entered the reserves for another ten years, for a total of 30 years of service in the Navy.

In civilian life he worked for several companies and opened his own successful welding business, where he created and sold the pattern for his dumpster and quad track designs. However, he never stopped serving his country, his state, or his town.

He was a member of the VFW Post #798, the Newport Elks #2155, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #22, where he was instrumental in getting transportation vans for local veterans needing rides to the VA hospital in White River Junction. He also served the DAV as commander, chaplin, treasurer, adjutant, and service officer. His volunteerism spanned over 20 years. He also served with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, and the State Department of the Vermont DAV, serving as commander, and then as treasurer.

He served the great state of Vermont as a state representative from 2004 to 2006, and he served his hometown of Holland on the select board for many years.

But for all of the service he gave his country, state, and town, it was his family that gave him the most enjoyment. He married his loving wife, Heather (Dawber), in 1992, and for over 24 years they spent every day together, working, serving, and spending time with family.

Mr. Dowland loved taking his nieces and nephews on trips around the United States, and because he loved history, they learned history. He loved big family get-togethers, with lots of laughter and children running around. In the past few years he enjoyed helping to care for his great-nieces and -nephews, Kennedy Atwood, and Madison, Anora, and Theodore Montminy. He and Madison had a special relationship, and she loved spending time at “Unky’s” house.

Mr. Dowland enjoyed raising beef cattle. He enjoyed talking Nascar with Lenny and Brian, and was a big Dale Jarrett fan. He was a history buff, but kept current on new technologies through various periodicals. He enjoyed his daily paper, and talking politics with anyone who would listen. He enjoyed telling those politically incorrect jokes, and getting a reaction. He loved seeing the snow on the trees after a storm. He lived with integrity, and a fierce respect for this country, and he had a huge heart for those he loved. Mr. Dowland was one of the good guys, and he leaves behind a huge family and a multitude of friends that know it, and will miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Dowland of Holland; by his children: Lisa King, and her husband, Lenny, Lori Groleau and her husband, Pierre, and David Dowland and his wife, Lara; by his grandchildren: Melissa King, Daniel and Patrick Groleau, and Quinn Dowland; by his brothers and sisters: Vickie Tear, George Dowland, Philip Dowland and his wife, Rosie, Eddie Dowland, and his wife, Doreen, and Rocky Dowland; by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Sherry and Brian Montminy and Stacy and Wade Wright; and by his very special nieces and nephews: Brian and Christie Montminy, Ashley Montminy, Justin St. Pierre, Addie and Tanner Atwood, Wade and Amber Wright, and Scott Dowland; and by many other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his great-nieces and great-nephews, who held such a special spot in his heart.

He was predeceased by his sister Louise Simino and her husband, Rollin; by his brother Bernie Dowland; and his brother-in-law Brian Tear.

The family is sure that Mr. Dowland would have loved to end with one of his jokes too, but they are sure that anyone who knew him could remember one he told. Those who knew and loved him know how he impacted people’s lives, and want to honor him through service to others.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the DAV Chapter #22, P.O. Box 735, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Alfred R. Monty

Alfred R. “Al” Monty, 82, died peacefully on January 2, 2017, surrounded by his devoted wife and children.

Mr. Monty was born in Northfield on June 29, 1934, to Charles and Valeda (Bedard) Monty. He grew up in Washington, Vermont. He graduated with the Class of 1952 from Spaulding High School in Barre.

On April 16, 1955, he married the love of his life, Anita (Cano), who survives him. Mr. Monty is also survived by his four children: Susan Poczobut and her husband, Skip, David and his wife, Cristy, Edward and his wife, Robin, and Alan and his wife, Lauren. He was particularly proud of his grandchildren: Michael Poczobut, and his wife Sandra, David Poczobut, Kathryn and Allison Monty, Andy and Rob Marcotte, Nicole Caron, and her husband, Kyle, Luke Caron, Emily and Heather Monty, and Jacqueline, Paige, Alexis, and Anthony Monty.

There was always a youthful spark from him when he interacted with his three great-grandchildren: Alexander, Emilia, and Jackson Poczobut. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other extended family, including a special sister-in-law, Therese Monty.

Mr. Monty is survived by one sister, Lise Leary.

He was predeceased by his parents; by five siblings and their spouses; and by all of Mrs. Monty’s sisters and spouses.

Mr. Monty began his full-time career with Montgomery Ward in Barre, retiring after 35 years.

Although Montgomery Ward dominated his life from 9 to 5, his passion for square dancing consumed his after-work hours. Growing up, Mr. Monty would sing as he milked cows on the family farm. Discovering a talent for music early on, he attended local barn dances where he began his square dance calling career. It was at one of these dances that he met his future wife.

In early years, Mr. Monty taught square dancing to students of all ages in almost every town in Washington County. For many years, square dance class was mandatory in the physical education programs in Montpelier. Each school year would culminate with festivals at both the Barre Auditorium and Plumley Armory at Norwich. In later years, he traveled throughout the state teaching adults to dance. He taught his last class in December. The friendships that Mr. and Mrs. Monty forged with all the people they met throughout the many years were cherished by both of them.

In 1976, Vermont Life featured Mr. Monty in an article titled “King of the Callers.” For many years, Mr. Monty, accompanied by dancers, was a guest on the WCAX show “Across The Fence.” He was honored as one of WCAX’s Super Seniors in 2015. He also attended auctioneer school and presided over many local auctions.   His accomplishments were also profiled on “Chronicle,” a Boston news program.

Although not formally trained, Mr. Monty had a gift for building and design. He never wasted a square inch of space in his designs. His rudimentary scratching on a sheet of graph paper, along with keen negotiation and management skills, resulted in the successful completion of many building projects, including homes for himself and all his children. He designed the Granite Hills Credit Union building in Barre and served as the general contractor for a large infrastructure project at St. Monica Parish. His last unfinished project was for a new parish rectory.

Mr. Monty was a spiritual man and was a lifelong member of St. Monica Parish in Barre, serving on the building and grounds and finance committees. For many years he and his sons served together as ushers at Mass. He continued to serve as an usher every Saturday evening.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Monica Parish on Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m.

To honor Mr. Monty’s legacy and help bring his final dream full circle, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Monica Parish Rectory Fund, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641.

For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

 

Quincy Adam O’Gorman

Quincy Adam O’Gorman, 23, of Island Pond died suddenly on January 1, 2017, in Island Pond.

He was born on August 17, 1993, in Newport to Kim (Hackett) Moore and the late Mark O’Gorman.

Mr. O’Gorman graduated from North Country Union High School with the class of 2011 and attended Johnson State College. He was a construction worker, a handyman, and did some catering work. He enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and loved the outdoors. He loved playing football on the North Country football team. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed spending time with his buddies.

He is survived by his mother, Kim Moore, and stepfather, Robert Moore, of Brownington; by his siblings: Michael O’Gorman of California, Dalton Moore, Michael Moore, and Michelle Moore, all of Brownington; by his girlfriend, Alexa Williams, of Johnson; by his paternal grandmother Muriel O’Gorman of Island Pond; maternal grandparents Anthony and Shirley Hackett of Oxford, Maine; and stepgrandparents Michael and Lesley Moore of Brownington; by his aunts and uncles: Alson and Kathy Kinney of Island Pond, Timmy and Becky Hackett of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Anthony and Cheryl Hackett of Brownington, Valerie Hackett of Bryant Pond, Maine, Carol and Raymond Santaw of Island Pond, Christine Forgues and her fiancé, Chris Briggs, of St. Johnsbury, Billie Jo and Gordon Tice of Derby, and Candy Baraw of Craftsbury; and by numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Mark O’Gorman on May 7, 2007; and by his cousin Taini Kinney on June 8, 2004.

Calling hours were on January 10. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Ingalls and the Reverend Judy Castonguay co-officiating. Spring interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond. Should friends desire, contributions can be made at www.gofundme.com/help-with-quincys-funeral.

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

 

Marie I. Sexton

Marie I. Sexton, 68, beloved wife of Stephen Roberts of Newport, died at her home on January 6, 2017.

She was born on November 30, 1948, in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late Rhoem and Francis (Schatz) Sexton.

She proudly served her country during the Vietnam era from 1967 to 1969 in the Marine Corps. She married Stephen Roberts in May of 1968.

Ms. Sexton worked mostly as an LPN, working in several area nursing homes. She also became a licensed journeyman plumber and worked with her husband.

She enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of the American Legion Post #21.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Roberts; and their children: Stephen C. Roberts and his wife, Noreen, of Newport Center, Carl Roberts and his wife, Cara, of Newport, Charlie Roberts and his wife, April O’Brien, of Newport Center; by six grandchildren: Eli, Hanna, Sam, Max, Charlotte, and Isaac; by two brothers: Marty Sexton of San Jose, California, and Charles Sexton of Campbell, California; her sister Laura Sexton of Truckee, California; and by a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a grandson, Dustin, in 2012.

Upon request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Sexton’s memory to the American Legion Handicap Access Project, American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Florence Emma Stowell

On December 17, 2016 Florence Emma Stowell, 81, conceded the battle she so courageously fought with ALS, indeed surpassing the medical community’s expectation by over a year.

Mrs. Stowell was born in Newark on January 8, 1935, to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting. After graduation in 1953 from Lyndon Institute she was united in marriage to Clayton Stowell. They were blessed to be able to celebrate their sixty-third anniversary in August of 2016.

She is survived by her husband; and by three children: Michael Stowell and his wife, Joyce, of Shelburne, David Stowell and his wife, Anne, of South Wheelock, and Diane LaBounty and her husband, Dennis, of Lyndon. She is survived by eight grandchildren; and she was blessed to live long enough to meet her first great-granddaughter Brynlee. She is also survived by a brother, Donald Cutting of Irasburg; and a sister, Mary Corbett of Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her parents; and a sister Barbara Lawson of Irasburg.

Florence’s wishes were to be cremated and held until she can be placed together with the love of her life in the Lyndon Center cemetery. The family is, however, comforted in knowing that we have an angel watching over us that is able to walk and talk and do all the things that ALS so cruelly took away from her.

 

Marie Audrey Thayer

Marie Audrey Thayer, 90, of Newport died peacefully on January 6, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Burlington on November 15, 1926, a daughter of Victor Noel Beaupre and Aurora Elizabeth Landry Beaupre.

She graduated from Burlington High School and moved to Gleasondale, Massachusetts, in 1944 to live with her aunts. There she married Everett Miller in 1947, and they had a son together named Martin Miller. In 1955 she and her husband moved to Newport to live with her brother- and sister-in-law. In 1957 she married Donald Thayer and had two sons, Robert and Charles.

In Gleasondale, Mrs. Thayer trained to be a telephone operator. In Newport, she continued her occupation as a telephone operator and, while her sons attended school, she became a cook at Lakeview Elementary School. Later she worked as administrator to her husband’s business, Don’s Heating Service.

The family enjoyed watching Mr. Thayer race boats and attending car races.

Mrs. Thayer was an avid reader. She loved doing crossword puzzles and enjoyed animals, especially cats. She was known for her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She loved to tease and had a very positive outlook on life. She was never judgmental and had a giving heart. For most of her life, she lived on Bay Street and Lake Road in Newport. She was a resident at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport for the past several years.

Mrs. Thayer was predeceased by her husband, Don Thayer; by her brother P.C. “Bope” Beaupre; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Beaupre. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Morey of Troy; by her sons: Martin Miller and his wife, June, of Berlin, Massachusetts, Robert “Oscar” Thayer and his wife, Tina, of Derby, Charles Thayer and his wife, Leslie, of Hamilton, New Jersey; by grandchildren: Faye Miller Benoit and her husband, Joseph, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Katelyn Thayer and her fiancé, Robert Kennedy, of Dracut, Massachusetts, Evan Thayer and his girlfriend, Chelsea Duggan, of Colchester; and by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. The family will announce a graveside service to take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Alden Robert Twiss

Alden Robert Twiss, 91, known to all as Bob, died peacefully on January 6, 2017, at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in the presence of his loving family.

Mr. Twiss was born on March 4, 1925, in Craftsbury to Alden and Grace (Seaver) Twiss. He attended the local schools and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1942. A varsity star athlete in basketball and baseball, he also actively participated in a variety of school activities. He served three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. That assignment took him to England, France, and the Philippines, until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946. Mr. Twiss attended the University of Vermont, lettering in varsity basketball and baseball, and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1950 and master of arts degree in 1956. He was a teacher and coach at Craftsbury Academy, principal in North Troy, Newport, and Stowe, and superintendent of schools in Vergennes and Randolph. He later served as superintendent of schools for the Nauset Regional School District and Harwich School District, both on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In his retirement he enjoyed watching sporting events, playing bridge, and being involved in community activities.

Mr. Twiss served as president of the Craftsbury Academy Trustees, deacon of the United Church of Craftsbury, president of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, director of the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, and president of the Vermont Superintendents’ Association, just to name a few. The town of Craftsbury dedicated its 2016 annual report to him, a significant honor that acknowledged his many worthy contributions to community life and affirmed the high regard and deep respect held for him by the citizens of his hometown.

He is survived by two children: Deborah Dickovick of Burlington and R. Jeffrey Twiss and his wife, Sarah, of Reading, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: J. Tyler Dickovick and his wife, Alessandra, Kathryn (Dickovick) Lambert and her husband, Adam, Cameron Twiss, and Lindsay Twiss; four great-grandchildren: Carolina and Gabriela Dickovick, and Steele and William Lambert. He is also survived by his sisters: Joyce Duff and Alice McEdward and her husband, Bob; and his brother Carl Twiss and his wife, Judy.

Mr. Twiss was predeceased by his stepdaughter Sharon Sumner; his first wife, Caroline (Cameron) Twiss; his son-in-law Colonel J. Gary Dickovick; and his second wife, Joan (McQuiston) Twiss.

He was a staunch community member wherever he put down roots; however his heart always belonged to his beloved hometown of Craftsbury. Memorial gifts honoring Mr. Twiss may be directed to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or Craftsbury Academy, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

A funeral service will be held at the Craftsbury Academy Gymnasium in Craftsbury Common on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.

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

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Obituaries January 4, 2017

James Anthony Chamberland

James Anthony “Jimmy” Chamberland, 27, of Newport, died on December 22, 2016, at his home.

He was born on July 8, 1989, in St. Albans to Debbie Chamberland and John Szarek. Mr. Chamberland received his GED and his high school diploma. He loved rap music and even some country. He loved being with his family and friends, helping other people, and making people laugh as he had a great sense of humor. He especially enjoyed razzing his family as he loved the Yankees while the rest of the family are diehard Red Sox fans. He enjoyed movies, working on his computer, phone, and all electronics. He enjoyed playing cards especially poker. He loved animals especially his cat Tabby as he would play fetch with her, and he enjoyed his dog Stax.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Chamberland, of Brownington. He is also survived by his nine-year-old daughter; and by his longtime best friend and love of his adult life, Ashley Geoffroy; and his “brothers”: Mitch, Dillon, Rene, Jeff, Brian and Robbie. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Eric and Crystal Carter of Newport; his uncle James Chamberland of Orleans; by his aunt Darline Chamberland; and by cousins: Sabrina Clark of Burlington, Ronnie Boutin Jr., Sabrina Carter, and Kaylee Boutin of Newport; and by many true friends, old and new.

He was predeceased by his uncle Steve Chamberland; and his “brother” Dan Wing. A celebration of his life was held at New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, on December 31, with Pastor Dan Prue Jr. officiating.

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

 

Charles Thomas Hudson

Charles Thomas Hudson, 36, died in his home in Barton on December 26, 2016, after a long struggle with brain cancer.

Mr. Hudson was born June 10, 1980, at George Air Force Base in California. He graduated from Crowley High School in Crowley, Texas, in 1999.

Mr. Hudson served five years in the U.S. Army as a counter intelligence agent. He was a disabled veteran who served combat tours in both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and was a longtime Mensa member.

Mr. Hudson was an avid gamer, a loyal friend, a loving husband, and a devoted son.

He is survived by his wife, Felicia (Welton) Hudson, of Barton; his mother Deborah Crane-Foote and step-father Kenneth Foote, both of Barton; his father William C. Hudson of Fort Worth, Texas; his grandmother Grace Crane of Troy; and his step-brother Brian Foote of Brooklyn, New York.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Derby Line, on Friday, January 13, at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Susan Lynn Johns officiating.

A potluck reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are encouraged to donate to the charity that speaks most to their heart.

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

 

Robert B. Jones

Robert B. Jones, 62, of Holland, died on December 19, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 5, 1954, in Newport to Bruce and Dorcus (Percy) Jones. On November 4, 1972, he married Laurette Turgeon, who survives him.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Jones, of Holland; by his son Christopher Jones and his wife, Jami, of Hyde Park; by eight grandchildren; by his parents, Bruce and Dorcas Jones, of Derby; his brother Brian Jones and his wife, Lynda, of Derby; by his in-laws: Norman and Mary Turgeon of Newport; his brother-in-law Dennis Turgeon and his wife, Rachel, of Balston Spa, New York; sisters-in-law: Joann Barrup and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Linda Turgeon-Meunier of Jay.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Memorial Animal Society, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison

Jacqueline E. (Perron) Kennison, 84, of Lowell died on the morning of December 21, 2016.

She was born on August 13, 1932, in Glover to the late Archie and Marie Ann (Grenier) Perron. She married John Kennison on April 1, 1953, and together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo, gambling, family gatherings, and Perron family reunions.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #21, and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Alfred Pepin Post.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Gary and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Terry and his wife, Brenda, of Rochester, New York, and Linda McAllister and her husband, Gary, of Lowell. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by her sister Maria Dickie; and her brother-in-law Reginald Sanford.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Kennison, who died in 2011; by her brothers Robert, John, George, and Armand Perron; and by her sisters Rita Gagnon and Joyce Sanford.

Services will be announced at a later date in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at www.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. They had two children, Gary and Rhonda.

Mrs. Paris 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.

From her childhood, she spent every summer at the family’s camps 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.

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

She 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 the request of Mrs. Paris, there will be no visiting hours. A 2017 private summer burial with family and friends will be held at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

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, Vermont 05849.

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

 

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne

Muriel Dale Leland Sherburne, 95, died on Christmas Day at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Glover on January 24, 1921, a daughter of Adelbert C. and Sadie W. Leland. She graduated from Barton Academy and then went on to Vermont Junior College for secretarial studies.

Mrs. Sherburne worked for National Life for a year before returning home to Glover to marry Dr. Roy Sherburne on December 20, 1941. They shared 54 years together before he died in 1995.

She moved to Bridgton, Maine, where Dr. Sherburne opened his family osteopathic medical practice. In 1949, they returned to St. Johnsbury where she assisted her husband in his medical practice on Eastern Avenue for many years.

Mrs. Sherburne was a member of the North Congregational Church, the Eastern Star and the Arlington Home Dem Group. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children: Dale Sherburne and his wife, Judy, and Dawn Lowrey and her husband, Russell; four grandchildren: Nathan Lowrey, Betsy Rice and her husband, Shawn, James Sherburne and his wife, Elizabeth, and John Sherburne and his wife, Sandra; nine great-grandchildren: Jake, Julia, Nicholas, Eric, Sarah, Andrew, Sam, Anna, and Max; and her sister-in-law Anna Leland.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers: Dr. George Leland and Donald Leland; and by sister Marilyn Morgan and her loving companion, John Marsh.

At the convenience of the family, a spring committal and burial will be held at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Therese L. Sicard

Therese L. Sicard, 90, of Barre died on December 20, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

Born in Saint Roch d’Orford, Quebec, on August 30, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Berard) Lafontaine. She was raised in Rock Forest, Quebec, where she attended schools.

On July 20, 1953, she married Marcel Sicard at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. She was a homemaker during the time her children were growing up.

She lived in Beebe Plains and was employed at Bogner’s in Newport from 1973 to 1984. Upon her retirement in 1984, she moved to Newport. After her husband died, she made her home with her daughter Jeannette Therrien in Barre.

Among her interests were quilting, knitting, word search, traveling to Florida and Arizona, and spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre.

Survivors include her daughters: Jeannette Therrien and her husband, Gilles, of Barre Town, Diane McDowell and her husband, Bob, of Peoria, Arizona, Susan McGough and her husband, Tim, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cecile Griswold and her husband, Marc, of New River, Arizona. She is also survived by her sisters, Jeanne Darc Audet of St. Jean, Quebec, Marthe Lafontaine of St. Pie, Quebec; by brother, Jacques Lafontaine of St. Hubert, Quebec; as well as by eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Gerard Lafontaine; and one sister, Rita Provincial.

A Mass and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries December 21, 2016

Bernard D. Butler

Bernard D. Butler, 97, of Barton, died peacefully on December 14, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on August 14, 1919, in Irasburg to Arthur and Glenna (Huntington) Butler. On July 12, 1941, he married Shirley Kimball who predeceased him in 1997.

He served his country during World War II and was stationed in France and Italy. All of his life he was a very hard worker. He was a farmer on the Glover-Barton Road from 1953 to 1969, worked at Butler’s Bus Service for a few years, and then worked for Barton Motors for many years where he retired. He was also a transporter for the Area Agency on Aging in the Barton area, serving senior citizens for years.

He was a member of American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his son Willis Butler and his wife, Sandra, of Barton; by his grandchildren: Sarah Butler-Collins, and Bernard Dana Butler and his wife, Tammy; by his great-grandchildren: Brandon Dana Butler and his companion, Caitlin Jones, Keira Butler, and Alyssa Butler. He is also survived by his brother Francis Butler and his wife, Phyllis; by his sister Florence Tillinghast; and by 34 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Arland, Faye, Stanley, Pauline, Annette, Shirley, and Beatrice

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Meal Site, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

 

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr.

Granby-Joseph Albert Currier Jr. died on Monday, December 12, 2016.

He was born February 28, 1933, in Newport to Joseph Albert and Maria Boulanger Currier. He was the eldest of four boys.

Having spent his childhood in Newport, he graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in June of 1950.

He was well decorated with numerous USAF meritorious ribbons of commendation for exemplary service and leadership and was proficient in Atlas, Titan, and Minuteman missile strategies. He was stationed in Texas, Washington State, Maine, Florida, California, and Massachusetts, and often flew out of country on various tactical missions. He retired at the rank of senior master sergeant in 1970 with the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command at Westover Air Force Base.

Mr. Currier went on to work as a Prudential Insurance agent in Granby, Massachusetts, for 23 years. After enjoying full retirement with Prudential, he was employed by Hulmes Transportation operating Pioneer Valley Transit Authority vehicles to assist community members throughout Belchertown and Granby for ten years. He enjoyed being part of his community and fostered many longstanding relationships with the families he met through the years.

He was a past president and member of the Granby Lions Club for many years. He was adorned as a eucharistic minister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where he also taught CCD. He was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, the local post of the American Legion, and the DAV.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Currier; four children: Diane Janas, James Currier, Donna Halon, and Michael Currier; and six grandchildren: Melinda, Chelsea, Mitchell, Jake, Emma and Brady.

He was predeceased by his son John in 1982; by his brother Louis in 2014; and most recently by his brother Bob on December 9, 2016.

He loved fishing, boating, reading, and the green hills of Vermont, where he enjoyed part-time residency on the Bluffs of Lake Memphremagog in Newport for over 30 years. His family and many friends will miss him dearly.

Visitation was on December 18 at the Beers & Story S. Hadley Funeral Home. A Mass was held December 19 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby. Burial with military honors followed at West Cemetery.

 

Harold Vernon Duckless

Harold Vernon Duckless, 86, of Newport Center, died on December 14, 2016, at his home, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1929, in Newport Center to Forrest and Lillian (Butlar) Duckless. On July 3, 1954, he married Lucille Godin, who survives him.

Mr. Duckless was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years. He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was owner and operator of the Duckless Service Station in Newport Center for 27 years. He held membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #2155, the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Duckless, of Newport; by his daughter Darlene Duckless of Newport; and daughter-in-law Gail Duckless. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jeffrey, Cody, Jason, and Jonathan; by his great-grandchildren: Colin, Caleb, and Aquilla. He is survived by his brothers: Robert Duckless of Brattleboro, and Elwood Duckless and his wife, Louise, of Newport Center; by his brother-in-law Charles Nadeau of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Brian Duckless; by his siblings Kenneth and Louise Duckless and Myrna Nadeau; and by his sister-in-law Marilyn Duckless.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

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

 

Wayne Roland Meredith

Wayne Roland Meredith of Island Pond died peacefully at North Country Hospital on Thursday December 8, 2016, following a long period of ill health. Funeral services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.   The family would love for people to share their memories and view further information about Mr. Meredith’s life online at www.awrfh.com.

 

David Stewart Rowden

David Stewart Rowden, 70, died December 17, 2016, at his home in Brandon.

Mr. Rowden was born on May 3, 1946, the eldest son of Scott and BettyMae (Stewart) Rowden. He was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire, but his family lived for short times in Wells River and Manchester, Vermont, later settling in Derby. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1965. He joined the United States Navy after graduation and served until October 1969. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked in construction during the building of Jay Peak. He was instrumental in the construction of the Jay Peak Tram. Mr. Rowden served as a police officer for the city of Newport. He later began a career as a game warden with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. He served for 30 years and retired in June, 2005.

Mr. Rowden and his family have made Brandon their home for many years. Following his retirement he had served the town of Brandon as a police officer for several years, and more recently had worked at ACE Hardware / Brandon Lumber. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Brandon American Legion Post #55, where he belonged to the Legion Riders. Mr. Rowden was active in his community. He was a former member of the Brandon Fire Department and Brandon Area Rescue Squad, and the Lions, as well as Friends of the Town Hall. He was also a proud member of Life Bridge Christian Church.

Surviving is his wife Sally (Thomas) Rowden of Brandon, whom he married on August 10, 1974, in Poultney; his son Scott T. Rowden and his wife, Lori, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his daughter Jennifer Lynn Charter and her husband, Scott, of Brunswick, Georgia. He is also survived by one brother: Richard Rowden of Burlington; and two sisters: Janet Howard of Hardwick and Susan Fortin of Derby; his grandchildren: Emaleigh Rowden, Zoe Kate Charter, and Hunter Rowden. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 23, at 11 a.m., at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Reverend Roger Foster, pastor of Life Bridge Christian Church will officiate. Following the ceremony the family will receive friends at Brandon American Legion for a time of remembrance. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Poultney Village Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, December 22, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Life Bridge Christian Church Community Service Fund, P.O. Box 404, Brandon, Vermont 05733.

 

Shirley L. Turner

Shirley L. Turner, 94, of Newport died on December 10, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1922, in Newport Center to Lucius and Florence (Ouiment) Allen.

She was married to Harold Turner, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Turner was a bookkeeper by trade, and her training followed her all of her life. She kept meticulous records, and made sure that everything balanced every month. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to discuss current events. She said that the recent elections provided her the opportunity to combine those two traits.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the United Church of Newport. She loved traveling to Maine to be near the ocean, doing crossword puzzles, and she really enjoyed the company of her dog Bella, who provided her with many hours of joyous entertainment.

She loved all of her friends, including Kim and Gary Small, Naomi Bryant and her sisters, as well as very special friends Steve and Alma Marsh.

She is survived by her stepson Graydon and his wife, Joyce, of El Paso, Texas, and by her step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister and her husband, Jessie, and by Warren Mitchell.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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 are at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 14, 2016

Alma C. Blay

Alma C. Blay, 92, of Newport, died on December 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1924, in Newport, to Edward and Weltha (Magoon) Davio. On October 15, 1945, she married Percy Blay, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Blay was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. Among her hobbies she enjoyed playing bingo and cards, going for rides with Mr. Blay, shopping, and collecting steins. She also loved to cook and loved having family visits and gatherings.

She is survived by her son Stanley Blay of Newport; by her grandchildren: Christina Montminy, Britt Blay, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, and Renee Rivard. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Nicole, Samantha and her husband, Chris, Saber and her companion, Tony, Hayden, Drew, Dylan, Noah, and Kelby; by three great-great-grandchildren: Ava, Fallon, and Remy; and by her brothers: Ken Ormsbee and his wife, Rose, and Francis Ormsbee and his wife, Amelia; by her sisters: Janice Heath and her husband, Donald, Joan McDonald and her husband, Ken; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by sisters-in-law: June Wheeler and Phyllis Davio.

She was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Nadeau on June 20, 2015.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

 

John “Jean” M. Campbell

John “Jean” M. Campbell, 90, a well known businessman from Newport, died on December 6, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on September 13, 1926, in Newport Center, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. Mr. Campbell entered the United States Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.

During his very active lifetime, he was first a farmer, then a cattle dealer/auctioneer and owner of Campbell’s Commissions Sales on the Airport Road in Coventry.

In his day, he was known as the best auctioneer in the Kingdom and very well liked by many. When he sold the farm, he went into logging and buying land, and from there he started and ran the very successful John Campbell Real Estate Company. He was also a director of the former Lyndonville Savings Bank for many years and made many good friends over the years. He helped many young people in their first time home ownership and he also helped many people start their first businesses.

Mr. Campbell was always his happiest when he was operating his bulldozer in the woods or working on a land subdivision. He loved that work and he knew how to do it just right.

He had a vision for land development, and many people today have a home on some lot that he made available. He came from the school of hard knocks. He knew what work was all about, and was never afraid of any challenge, and he had many.

He was a charter member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, a member of American Legion Post 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He is survived by his children: Peter Campbell and his partner, Sheila, David Campbell and his partner, Nancy, Joan Green and her husband, Bob, Janice Urie and her husband, David, James Campbell and his wife, Kim, Karen Bacon and her husband, Bart; and by his grandchildren: Derek Green and his wife, Janelle, Kristin Theriault and her husband, Jake, Heather Urie, Ethan Bacon and his wife, Katie, Peter Urie and his wife, Tammy, Lindi Mitsou and her husband, Chris, Kara Morin and her husband, Shane, Chris Channell and his wife, Roxanne, Andrea Hawli and her husband, Rani, Debbie Collins, and Chris Sanville.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Abigail and John Tyler Green, Dominic, Drew and Willa Theriault, Kain, Eric and Kaylie Bacon, Oliver Urie, Tawnee and Taylor Collins, Hunter and Meadow Sanville, and Chase Channell. He also leaves his former wife and mother of his children, Bernice Campbell; as well as Judy Boyd Branch, and Chad Boyd; his sibling Dolores Lantagne, and her husband, Clarence; and a very special niece Michelle McCall and her husband, Wally; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family: Michelle Gosselin and her partner, Mike, Chase and Faith Gosselin, Matthew Poutre and his wife, Jenna, Jaida and Henry Poutre and Marc Poutre, and his partner Rick Besaw.

He was predeceased by his grandson Tyler Green; by his sisters: Bibiane Lamarche, Yolande Howe, Yvette LeBlanc, and Carmen Sheltra; and his brother Ange Emile Campbell

“A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough.” As John said: “I’ve had a pretty good run.”

Funeral services were held on December 12 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Newport, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Edward Earl Curtis

Edward Earl Curtis, 59, died on November 18, 2016, in Coxsackie, New York, after a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1957, in Newport, to Dallas and Betty (Percy) Curtis.

Mr. Curtis was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and water ski.

He is survived by his parents, Dallas and Betty Curtis, of Pinson, Alabama, and formerly of Derby; by his two sons, Dylan and Dallas Curtis; his two sisters, Patricia Curtis of Connecticut, and Nancy Long and her husband, George Andrew, of Tinson, Alabama; his niece Heather Hunt; and by his nephew Justin Corkins.

A graveside service in the Derby Center Cemetery will be announced at a later time in the spring.

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

Norbert G. Lessard

Norbert  G. Lessard, 89, of Derby, died on December 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 11, 1927, in North Troy to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard. On June 28, 1969, he married Rita (Midge) Risicato who survives him.

Mr. Lessard worked on the family farm in his younger years and farming was dear to his heart.

He moved to Massachusetts in 1961 where he worked as a material handler for 15 years at the Colonial Press, and for 15 years at Weetabix, both in Clinton, Massachusetts. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Vermont in 2004.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools and was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed camping, farming, loved cars, and going to the family farm. He loved to tease his nieces and nephews, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Midge) Lessard, of Derby, by sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard, Jeannine Lessard, and Eleanor Test; and by his nieces and nephews: Irene Levangie, Denise and Tom Johnson, Thomas Lessard, Donald Lessard, Pat and Scott Laber, Susan Keysar, Tom and Mary Tetreault, Margaret and Mike Derick, Richard and Sue Tetreault, Kim Harrison Blackwell, Roger Lessard, Evelyn Lessard, David, Jim and Janet Lessard, Bobby and Dee Lessard, Eddie and Barbara Lessard, and Greg and Robin Lessard.

He was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rita Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; by brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, and Philip Lessard; by nieces and nephews: Theresa Harrison, Ronnie Lessard, Scottie Keysar, and Michael Harrison.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, followed by funeral services at St. Edward’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m., where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

Catherine E. Perkins

Catherine E. Perkins, 85, of Westmore, died peacefully on December 8, 2016.

She was born on April 3, 1931, in Derby to Earl and Evelyn (Wing) Bowen. On April 29, 1948, she married Harvey Perkins, who predeceased her on May 11, 1997.

Mrs. Perkins was a school bus driver for Lake Region Union High School where she retired after 20 years of service. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, and she loved to cook, especially doughnuts which were greatly appreciated by the group going to hunting camp and other family members year-round. She worked with her late husband, Harvey, on their farm haying and running machines. She was a caregiver and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

She is survived by her children: Terry Perkins and his wife, Jeannette, of Coventry, Ronald Perkins and his wife, Valerie, of Westmore, Oscar Perkins and his wife, Cheryl, of East Burke, and Debbie Burkewitz and her husband, Tim, of Irasburg; by ten grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Wayne Bowen and his wife, Janice, of West Charleston, Melvin Bowen and his wife, Jackie, of West Charleston, Joyce Moulton of Derby, Lorraine Pepin of California; and by her sister-in-law Evelyn Bowen. She was predeceased by her daughter Diane, and by her brother Edward Bowen.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

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

Bradley R. Peters Sr.

Bradley R. Peters Sr., 80, of Coventry, died on December 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 7, 1936, in Albany, to Roy and Betty (Shatney) Peters.

Mr. Peters worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, and riding around listening to country music. He loved Pontiac cars.

He is survived by his children: Betty Peters of Lenoxville, Quebec, Marjorie McClanahan and her husband, Larry, of San Jose, California, Mary Payne and her husband, Matt, of Newport, and Bradley Peters Jr. of Coventry; by his grandchildren: David McGovern, Robert McGovern, Alex McGovern, Elisabeth McGovern, Star O’Keefe, and Toma O’Keefe. He is also survived by his siblings: Alice Coderre of Lunenburg, Geraldine Fuller and her companion, Dennis Fields, of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Gloria Reams and her husband, Clark, of Palm Springs, California, Kathy Pierce and her husband, Tim, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his dad, Roy Peters; and his mom, Betty Blanchard; by brother Vernon Peters; and his sister Shirley Peters.

Funeral services were held on December 14 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Spring interment will be in Albany Village Cemetery.

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

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

 

Bryan James Ryea

Bryan James Ryea, 51, of North Troy, died on December 10, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 13, 1965, in St. Albans, to Gloria Ann (Shover) Ryea and the late Ira Odson Ryea Jr.

He graduated from Tynsborough High School and received a welding degree from Lowell Technical Trade School, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He was a self-employed painter in the area.

He enjoyed fishing, shopping trips, loved the out of doors, cooking for the family, and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ryea, of Massachusetts; by his children: Katie Ryea of Lowell, Brianna Ryea of Lowell, and Gerard Ryea of North Troy; by his mother Gloria Gagnon and her husband, Gerard, of Dracut, Massachusetts; by his brothers: Roger Ryea of Richford, and Edward Ryea and his wife, Sandra, of Methuen, Massachusetts; by his nephews: Joshua, Brandon, twins Michael and Matthew, and Carson Ryea; and by his niece Shantelle Ryea; by his companion, Melissa Randall, and her children: Douglas Small Jr. and Mia Small, all of North Troy. He was predeceased by his nephew Jeremy.

A graveside service will be held at the South Richford Cemetery in the spring.

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

 

Dennis M. Willis

Dennis M. Willis, 69, of Troy, died at his home on December 9, 2016.

He was born on June 27, 1947. He was the son of the late Malcolm (Pete) and Lillian (Allen) Willis.

Mr. Willis attended school in Troy and North Troy, then he went to work in New York State for his uncle Glen Ellsworth, where he met his wife of 47 years, Linda. Shortly after that, Mr. and Mrs. Willis made their permanent home in Troy. Over the years he worked as a truck driver, farmer, and retired from Columbia Forest Products.

Mr. Willis had many hobbies, but he especially loved going to Jim Crawford’s hunting camp in Westfield, attending Allen family reunions, and RV camping with Mrs. Willis. They camped seasonally at both Char-Bo and Millbrook campgrounds where they made so many special friends. No one ever left their campsite without some teasing, a funny story, a meal, or a beverage. Mr. Willis loved people and loved to live life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Collins) Willis; his son Richard Willis and his partner, Terry Davis; and daughter-in-law, Marley Willis. He is also survived by his four granddaughters: Ashley, Heather, Brittney, and Caitlyn; and great-grandchildren: Noah, Gabriel, Trenton, Tara, Tory, and Traven; by his brothers Gary Willis and his wife, Fay, Keith Willis and his wife, Jackie, Jim Willis and his wife, Janet; and brothers-in-law Richard Collins and his wife, Donna, and Jeff Miller; and sister-in-law Carol Crandall and her husband, Mark. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son David Willis; grandson Trevor; and sister-in-law Deborah Collins.

A celebration of life for Mr. Willis will be held on Sunday, December 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Community Center, 110 North Hill Road, Westfield, with a Masonic service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to the charity of their choice in Mr. Willis’ honor.

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

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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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