Obituaries April 19, 2017

Mary E. Bonneau

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

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

 

Agnes Helen Brewer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Theodore Kambour III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Marita B. Lalime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cynthia J. More-McCormick

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

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

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

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

A funeral service will be announced at a later date.

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

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

Viola Mae (Young) Reil

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

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

She attended, and graduated from, Craftsbury Academy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carolyn Anderson Rowell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John Earl Sanville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donald M. Wheatley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries April 12, 2017

Vivian W. Geoffroy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawrence William Gray Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

Leo R. Guyette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Pamela B. Space

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

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

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

Jean Elizabeth Gardyne Webster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gloria Rachel Whittemore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries April 5, 2017

Lorraine J. Choquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Charles H. Nadeau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Esther A. (Mixer) Rounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sidney A. Toll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries March 1, 2017

Warren Lawrence Austin

Warren Lawrence Austin, 92, of Orleans, died peacefully at home in the company of his family on February 19, 2017.

He was born on March 3, 1924, in Orleans, to Carolyn (Perry) and Arthur Orlo Austin, the youngest of six children.

He graduated from Orleans High School in 1942, served his country in Europe during World War II, earned his degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and joined his father Arthur and brother Perry at the family’s drug store in Orleans.

Mr. Austin’s wedding in 1948 to Lois Iona Drew was the beginning of a 66-year-long marriage that produced three children: Richard, Lawrence, and Ann.

He served Orleans and the surrounding communities as a pharmacist at Austin’s Drug Store, which opened in 1905, alongside his father, his brother Perry, and eventually his daughter Ann, until his retirement in 2004. Active in professional organizations, he served as president of the Vermont Board of Pharmacy and received many awards during his long career.

In addition to the company of his family and friends, he enjoyed golf, bridge, spending time at his camp on Long Pond, and woodworking as well as travel. He and Mrs. Austin took numerous cruises through the years until a stroke in 2011 slowed him down a bit. He remained a “wicked” cribbage player and puzzle master, in addition to actively supporting the Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Marilyn Farr and her husband, Bob, of Florida; his sons: Richard Austin and his wife, Carol, of Delta Junction, Alaska, Lawrence Austin and his wife, Joanie, of Orleans; his daughter Ann Austin of Orleans; his grandchildren: Jenny, Kim, Bob, Chesley, Kathryn, Derek, and Jessica; and by eight great-grandchildren. He is survived also by his loving caregivers: Britt Blay, Jessica Buckley, Dolores Chamberlain, Barbara Farrand-Fecteau, Judy Rotunno, and Karen Bullis, who made it possible for him to remain at home, living life as fully as possible until the end.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Lois in 2015; his siblings: Perry, Fran, Robert, Stanley, and Sidney; and his grandchildren: Molly Raftery, Rachel Dunlap, and James Raftery.

A memorial service will be planned in the spring for friends and family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service, in care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839, or to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Everett E. Camber

Everett E. Camber, 92, of Newport died on February 16, 2017, in Newport.

He was surrounded by the laughter and love of those he held closest to his heart. There is little doubt that he is grateful to be reunited with his sweetheart Adeline and his son Paul who died before him along with his great-nephew John.

He leaves behind his daughter-in-law Cheryl Sheaman; his grandson Eric and his wife, Karen; a granddaughter Kim and her husband, Jeremy; they and his great-grandchildren Ty and Tucker, and Ryley and Aydyn will remember his quick wit, infectious smile, playful nature, and fierce love. He is also survived by a great-niece Shirley Camber.

Those who knew Mr. Camber know he led a rich life from racing cars, delivering milk, having his own paper route and restaurant, to retiring which really meant driving cars for auctions. He was a generous man with the kindest heart known for sharing whatever he had with those in need. He loved meandering along a back road never worrying about the destination but rather enjoying the journey. Those who knew him also knew how straight forward and practical he was. It seems fitting we include his final words.

“I was born to John Anderson Camber and Bernice Moulton on November 1, 1924. That is All Saints Day. No wonder I was a little angel. I lived in Newport on the east side through graded school and one year of high school. My father retired from the railroad in 1938. The next year they bought a little farm on the Beebe Road and I did my three years in Derby Academy in 1942. At least I got my diploma. I worked with my dad doing carpentry work then went to Bray Wood Heel in Orleans until it burned. Then I worked for the Railway Express until after the war ended. I then worked for H.P. Hood and Sons until 1970, this included driving milk tankers straight and semi for Gaston Poulin and Paul Burkewitz.

I married Adeline Leona Scott, the daughter of John Scott and Ruby Flora Hyland Scott on September 15, 1951. This was the year Paul Ernest Sykes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. We adopted Paul in 1971.

In 1970, Mrs. Camber and I bought Dick’s Drive-In, in Derby, on the Derby Line Road. I sold it in February of 1980 after my wife died. After selling the diner I had a Burlington Free Press paper route through Island Pond. Before giving it up I went to work for the Mulkin Corporation, that lasted 22 years, until I finally retired in May of 2004.

A graveside service will he held in the spring at the Newport Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Camber’s memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Newport Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 86, Newport Center, Vermont 05857. Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Randy B. Carpenter

Randy B. Carpenter, 56, of Derby, died on February 20, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on December 18, 1960, in Newport, to Constance McDonald and Reginald Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter was a flagger for traffic control. He was a NASCAR racing fan, and enjoyed football and baseball. He loved spending time with his granddaughters, caring for his flower garden, and working in his workshop.

He is survived by his daughter Monica Carpenter and her husband, Kevin Pion; by his grandchildren: McKayla Carpenter and Taylor Pion; by his parents Constance and Reginald Carpenter; by his companion Linda Santaw; by his siblings: Richard Carpenter and his wife, Lucy, Jodi Tice and her companion, Doug Gray, and Sheila Carpenter her companion, Scott Gray. He is also survived by his nephews: Chad Byers and his wife, Shannon, Anthony Byers and his wife, Kristen, Seth Carpenter and his wife, Bethany; and by his niece Amanda Roy and her husband, Jason; and several aunts and uncles.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Monica Carpenter, P.O. Box 403, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be shared at www.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.

 

Catherine Lucas Inman

Catherine Lucas Inman, 88, of Westmore, died peacefully on February 20, 2017, in Newport, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Inman was born on February 11, 1929, to George and Katherine Millet. After attending high school, Catherine went on to college in Boston, Massachusetts. She was devoted to the teaching field, as an educator in Island Pond, Newport Center, and Derby. She went on to become the executive secretary at North Country Union High School for nearly two decades. This was a huge part of her life as she loved being in the school environment and working with young children, often passing out candy to the unfortunate souls reporting to the principals office.

Mrs. Inman loved with her whole heart. She loved children, taking care of stray animals, and helping whomever she could. She enjoyed playing bridge, watching sports, traveling, camping, gardening, and the ocean. She enjoyed many years at her beloved Echo Lake home, listening to the loons, summer rainstorms, and enjoying the occasional cocktail.

She is survived by her spouse, Bobby Inman, of Westmore; her deceased husband, Paul Lucas, who died in 2011; her son Steve Lucas and his wife, Sherie, of West Charleston; her daughters Leslie Lucas of Barre, and Karen Crowe and her husband, Alan, of East Charleston. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

In place of flowers, please send donations to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Services were held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, on February 25, with the Reverend James Merriam officiating. A private burial service will be held in the spring for immediate family and friends at a time to be announced at a later date. Online condolences can be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Burton L. Lawson

Burton L. Lawson, 41, of Derby, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home, on February 22, 2017.

He was born August 7, 1975, in Newport, to Larry and Cheryl (Austin) Lawson of Derby.

Mr. Lawson was an amazing, gentle, angel on Earth. He was well known for the smile on his face. He was known for his eclectic artwork. He never kept anything, but always gave it away. It gave him great joy to do so. He was talented beyond belief and his friends got to share in this. His generous heart was known to all.

One of his favorite things to make was the sun. It reflected his personality. He was also very talented at making old barn board furniture.

He was also an avid animal lover. His gentle soul bonded with any animal that crossed his path. In his younger days, he loved to spend time with his Grandpa Austin, his namesake. They both enjoyed the quiet and solitude of the woods. His greatest joy was spending time with people. He touched so many hearts. He will be missed by everyone. He was especially close to his cousin Beth Mary, who was always there for him. They had a special bond. He was especially close to his brother Preston.

He is also survived by his sisters: Angel Conrad and her husband, Robert, Amy Davis and her husband, Eric, of Derby, and Bridget Lawson of Brownington. Burt and Bridget were so close they called each other twins. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He was predeceased by his grandparents: Burton and Vivian Austin of West Charleston and Fred and Theresa Lawson of North Derby.

A service was held on March 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with William Favreau officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lawson family, 2876 Vermont Route 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

Barbara Ann Monteith

Barbara “Barbie” Ann Monteith, 53, the eldest daughter of Susan Dagesse of Derby, died on January 26 after a courageous battle with liver disease, in Seguin, Texas.

She was born in Morrisville, on January 22, 1964. She was very adventurous and enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. She loved baking, the Green Bay Packers, the fresh air and warm sunshine. She had a beautiful smile that warmed the hearts of many.

She is survived by the love of her life, Mark Wilson, of Seguin, Texas; her daughters: Amber Robbins of Newport; Ashley Robbins of Ware, Massachusetts, and Alicia Girard and her boyfriend, Cameron Hernandez, of Seguin; her grandchildren: Gwendalyn Mills, Jeremiah and Liam Hernandez; her mother Susan Dagesse and her husband, Leo, of Derby; her father Gordon Monteith of Hardwick; her siblings: Gordon Monteith and his wife, Sandy, of Derby, Tammie Currier and her husband, Jonathan, of Jeffersonville, Christine Goodell of Coventry, Michael Monteith of Santa Monica, California, Misty Poitras and her husband, Jason, of Canada, Lisa Monteith and her boyfriend, Anthony Desanto, of Barton, and Gabrielle Monteith of Hardwick. She leaves behind many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, who she loved very much. She will be missed by many.

She was predeceased by her grandmother Catherine Jackson; her niece Misty Laviolette; her nephew Roger Menard; her brother-in-law Roger Goodell; and by several other family members.

A celebration of her life will be held March 11 at 11 a.m. at the Morgan United Church in Morgan, followed by lunch.

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Obituaries February 22, 2017

Charles R. Averill

Charles R. Averill, 88, died peacefully at Harris Hill Nursing home, in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 7, 2017.

He was born May 12, 1928, to Paul L. and Margaret (Daley) Averill in Concord. “Charlie” graduated from Concord High School in 1947 then served in the naval reserve for eight years. He worked for Greenland Services where he learned small engine repair. He became a salesperson for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, which led him to Hoagland’s Autobody where he worked for 30 years. He enjoyed acquiring the skills to repair horse drawn carriages and antique automobiles, and used those skills to stripe the Concord Coach. He spent his spare time restoring his 1923 Model T Ford Touring Car and was a longtime member of the Profile Automobile League.

His background in the automotive industry transitioned into working for the Concord Group Insurance. There he became a state and provincial chairperson representing New England and Quebec for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR), meeting with the three major automobile manufacturers regarding safety and proper repairs of the new unibody automobiles.

Mr. Averill was a Concord Kiwanian since 1974, serving on the board of directors, and receiving the George F. Hickson Fellow Award. Through his inspiration, the annual antique and classic car show was launched. Also, through his efforts, the city of Concord installed a sign indicating the area behind Everett Arena as Kiwanis Waterfront Park. He assisted the 20/20 vision committee in acquiring a public boat ramp for launching kayaks and canoes as well as developing the annual Riverfront Jamboree. Mr. Averill was also chairman for maintaining the grounds of the Kiwanis Waterfront Park, where he enjoyed participating in its upkeep.

Mr. Averill had a love of music — especially the classics and opera — and played the drums during his school years, forming his own band. He enjoyed golf, was an avid walker and loved woodworking and carpentry. He built his own summer cottage on Willoughby Lake in Westmore. He had a tireless passion for helping others. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers at the cottage.

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Clancy and her husband, Richard. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Eleanor (Meadows); two daughters: Pamela Wolfstone of Farmington, Maine, and Beth Beaugeard and her husband, Larry, of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; and a son, Paul Averill and his wife, Chrys, of Concord; five granddaughters: Stacy, Lexi, Alyssa, Bronwyn, and Shaylah; and one grandson Jared; one great-granddaughter Ella Rose; many nieces and nephews of the Clancy, Davis, and Meadows families; and cousins of the Daley family.

Mr. Averill will be missed; through it all he never lost his sense of humor.

Visitation was held on February 19, in Concord. Burial will be private.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.bennettfuneral.com.

Robert O. French

Robert O. French, 71, of Springfield, Massachusetts, died on February 7, 2017, surrounded by his children.

Mr. French was born in Newport on February 22, 1945, the son of the late Ovila and Blanche (Prue) French. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School, class of 1963. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his career working at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (Cunningham) French on July 7, 2014; and a sister, Donna Boisvert.

He is survived by his three devoted children: Karen Chapin and her husband, Michael, of Hampden, Massachusetts, Daniel French and his wife, Mary, of Springfield, and Christopher French and his wife, Jenny, of East Longmeadow; and he leaves five cherished grandchildren: Lauren, Stephanie, Danielle, Emily and Anna. He also leaves two brothers: David French and his wife, JoAnn, and James French and his wife, Patricia; three sisters: Katherine French, Aileen Coulombe and her husband, Gerald, all of Newport, and Julie Farioli and her husband, David, of Melbourne, Florida; and a brother-in-law Laurent Boisvert of Newport.

His funeral was held on February 13 at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home in Springfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow. He was buried with full military honors in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. French’s memory to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 280 Chestnut Street, Sixth Floor, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199.

Online condolences can be shared at www.byronkeenan.com.

 

Basil G. Kokoletsos

Basil G. Kokoletsos, 81, of Barton died on February 11, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on June 15, 1935, in Thessaloniki, Greece, and was the son of George and Olympia (Rodopoulos) Kokoletsos.

Mr. Kokoletsos came to the United States to attend Illinois Institute of Technology on a scholarship and received a degree in electrical engineering. On December 23, 1957, he married Marcella Nobile in Chicago.

Besides his wife he is survived by his two daughters: Nicole Akiki and her husband, Sam, of Allendale, New Jersey, and Noelle Crane and her husband, Marshall, of Ridgewood, New Jersey; and by his grandchildren: Athena, Christiana, Anthony and Christian Akiki, and Mitchell and Nicholas Crane; his brother Theodore Kokoletsos; and his wife, Soula, of Vouliagmeni, Greece; and nephews George and Gus.

Mr. Kokoletsos served in the United States Army in Korea. In the 1970s he founded Strongwall Industries in Ridgewood, retiring in 2005. He vacationed in Barton and retired here in 2010. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, skiing, and hiking.

A Mass will be celebrated in the spring at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Kokoletsos’ name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018, or at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/ways-to-give.

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

Louise Annette Helen McElroy

Louise Annette Helen McElroy, 89, of St. Johnsbury, died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center on February 9, 2017.

She was born on September 16, 1927, in Albany, a daughter to the late Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gile. She grew up in Albany. She worked as a sales clerk at Grant’s and Hovey’s in St. Johnsbury for many years.

Mrs. McElroy loved to go on walks and go shopping. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and working in her flower garden at her home on South Main Street in St. Johnsbury. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast. She was a quiet presence, kind and dependable. She always put her family first, spending many days with her sisters and brother and at family gatherings.

Mrs. McElroy had no children but did take a strong liking to her neighbor’s children, Lisa Stuart and Jerry Cote, and they enjoyed spending time with her and her husband, Armond.

She is survived by her sisters: Margaret Wright of St. Johnsbury, Laura Gonyaw of Barton, and Rena Young of Connecticut. She is also survived by her long-time best friend Marion Bennett of Lyndonville.

Mrs. McElroy was predeceased by her husband, Armond McElroy; brothers: John and Ernest Gile; and sisters: Marie Chiovetti, Rose Sanville, Bertha Shortsleeve, and Alice Voyer.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. McElroy’s name to the NEK Council on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

Rene P. Perrault

Rene P. Perrault, 90, died February 5, 2017, in Newport.

He was born January 9, 1927, in Green Valley, Ontario, the son of Rene A. Perrault and Adrienne Phaneuf of St. Johnsbury. He was one of three sons. He graduated with two years of business college in St. John, Quebec, and entered the employment of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, where he worked in different capacities and vicinities for 20 years. He retired in Newport, in 1986 with an early pension.

He married Micheline Courchesne, in St. John, Quebec, in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Micheline; and by his brother Robert Perrault of Newport Center. He was predeceased by his brother Raynold Perrault of Concord, New Hampshire. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by Urgel Bourgie, of Montreal, Quebec.

 

Charles Arthur Plante Sr. 

Charles Arthur Plante Sr., 79, died peacefully on the morning of Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his home in Lyndonville.

He had a love of the outdoors and many hobbies including hunting, fishing, and gardening. He also enjoyed brewing his own beer, singing, whistling tunes, and telling jokes. Spending time with family and pets was one of his favorite things to do.

He sadly leaves behind his wife Nancy Plante of Lyndonville; his son Gregoire Plante of West Newbury; his grandchildren: Joseph Plante and his wife, Katie, of Newbury, Charles Plante III of San Francisco, California, Adam Plante and his husband, John, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Brook Robillard and her husband, Chris, of Epsom, New Hampshire, Daniel Hawkins of Portland, Oregon, and Timothy Labor Jr. and his wife, Lahanah, of Sanford, Maine; his six great-grandchildren; his brother Robert Plante of Bradford; and sister Janeane Bruno of Bradford; and his dog Peanut.

He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Gabrielle (Viviers) Plante; his sons Charles Plante Jr. and Guy Plante; and two of his siblings.

A celebration of life will be planned for the spring. Friends and family will be notified of the date and time.

 

Nelson C. Stevens III

Nelson C. Stevens III, 72, a beloved son, father, husband, and friend to many, died suddenly on February 10, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with his daughters by his side.

He was born July 12, 1944 at Cottage Hospital in Barton, the son of Nelson II and Barbara (Leno) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens received his high school diploma from the Barton Academy in 1962, and furthered his education by attending two years of college at Johnson State College. He was a mason by trade, taught by his father Nelson C. Stevens II, with many displays of his craft throughout homes all around the county. He was also was an independent used car salesman, who enjoyed driving a newly purchased Cadillac around town himself before finding a buyer. For over 40 years he was employed by the Chronicle, performing a variety of tasks, from working in the printing room, to delivering the papers to local stores.

On August 13, 1990, he married Rachel Archer who survives him.

Mr. Stevens was raised on a farm in West Glover. Growing up, and through the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling, along with a round or two of golf. He loved spending time with family and friends, sharing stories and laughing over jokes.

He bowled for several years on a league, at the Candlepin in Barton; shot pool at all of the local bars, taverns, and pool halls — in fact, he was well known for his pool playing skills; and played horseshoes, especially at the annual Willoughby Lake tournament.

He is survived by the mother of his daughters, Linda Butler Stevens; his mother Barbara Stevens; and his daughters Carole Briere and her husband, Scott, and Tracie Stevens; and by his grandchildren Oakley Stevens, and Katelynn Briere; by his brothers Gary Stevens, and Jeffrey Stevens and his wife, Pam; by his sister Rebecca Griffin and her partner, Ronald Moss; by his stepdaughter Melissa Archer and her husband, Daniel Border; and his stepson Vercil Warner; as well as, several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind Squeaky and Bubbles, the kitties he adored.

He was predeceased by his father Nelson C Stevens II.

He will be grievously missed by all who knew and loved him.

For those wishing, donations in Mr. Stevens’ memory may be made to zerocancer.org/donate, or mailed to ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer, 515 King Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

A memorial and celebration of Mr. Stevens’ life is planned for Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion Post #21 on Veterans Avenue in Newport at 4 p.m.

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

 

Lorraine D. Tolman

Lorraine Delores Tolman, 72, of Greensboro, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born September 15, 1944, in Hardwick, the daughter of the late Emile and Jeanne (Bellavance) Dufresne. She attended Glover public schools, Catholic school in St. Johnsbury, Hardwick Academy, and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1962. She married Harold George Tolman later that same year, on December 29, 1962. They recently celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Mrs. Tolman was a hard worker and was employed at the Come and Eat Restaurant in Hardwick, the Charlmont Restaurant in Morrisville, and cleaned camps to support her future endeavors as a payroll professional. She received her real estate license, working with Strout Realty, and was proud to have worked as the payroll tax administrator in the payroll department at National Life Insurance Co. in Montpelier for more than 15 years. She retired in 2000.

Mrs. Tolman was an active volunteer in her community. She was a member of Mary Queen of all Saints Parish, treasurer and member of Court St. Veronica Catholic Daughter in Hardwick, past member of the Hazen Union school board from 1981 to 1989, auditor of accounts for the town of Greensboro, Lake View Union School treasurer, founder and past president of the Green Mountain Payroll Association for 20 years, and a member of the New England Payroll Association. She taught catechism at St. Michael’s Church for a few years. As a coach’s wife, she spent countless hours helping to raise funds for the baseball and basketball teams, washing uniforms, and watching and supporting many games. In 2006, Mrs. Tolman and her husband received the Greensboro Award for their many years of service to the Greensboro community. She personalized storybooks and letters for children called, “Grams Choice Books.” For more than 31 years, Mr. and Mrs. Tolman would gather with their family on the Maine coast. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, glass etching, and crafts, moose hunting, and outdoor activities. She was especially fond of capturing photos of wildlife with her camera systems and sharing the excitement of those with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Harold, of Greensboro; a son, Jefferson Tolman and his wife, Jacquelyn (Ramsay), of Greensboro; three daughters: Laurie Hodgdon of Stowe, Annette Jones and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury, and Penny Jones and her husband, Andy, of Elmore; ten grandchildren: Chris, Brent, Hannah, Nicole, Logan, Emily, Alysha, Kaitlyn, Abigail, and Meghan. She was also survived by nine great-grandchildren; three brothers: Leonel Dufresne of East Albany, Lucien Dufresne of Williamstown, and Roger “Pudge” Dufresne of Fairfax; three sisters: Doris Voyer of Calais, Jeannine Young of Craftsbury, and Diane Leslie of Zephyrhills, Florida; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; and by siblings, Pauline Smith, Rita Davis and two infant sisters.

Visiting hours will be held Friday evening, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home at 60 Elm Street in Hardwick.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. Spring burial will be in the Tolman family lot in the Greensboro Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

Beatrice Young

Beatrice Young, 80, of North Troy, died on February 10, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on July 28, 1936, in Troy, to Sanford and Agnes (Gilbrault) Cota. She married Robert Young who predeceased her.

She was a furniture maker for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed cooking for large gatherings, being with her family, and having company at her home. She appreciated Sara her caregiver who did many things to help her out.

She is survived by her children: Debra Merrill and her husband, Stanley, of North Troy; by her grandchildren: Scott, Paul, Ryan, Chesley, and Brent; and by her great-granddaughter Olivia. She is also survived by her brothers: Sanford Cota Jr. and his companion, Sandra Peters, of North Troy, and Marvin Cota and his wife, Sandy, of Colchester; by her sisters Margaret Willis of North Troy, and Shirley Alix and her husband, Tony, of Florida; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert; by her parents Sanford and Agnes Cota; by her son Randy Young; by her brother Floyd Cota; and by her sisters Betty and Madeline.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at the North Troy Village Cemetery with Pastor Micky Richards officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the service. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819. Online condolences can be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 15, 2017

Earl S. Scott Sr.

Earl S. Scott Sr., “Earl the Squirrel,” 63, of Derby, died on February 6, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 5, 1953, in Newport to George Sr. and Lura (Simpson) Scott. On September 2, 1994, he married Yvette Chaput who survives him. He was a lift attendant at Jay Peak ski resort.

Mr. Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, demo’s, telling jokes, working at Jay Peak, snowmobiling, and meeting new people.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Scott of Derby; by his children: Leslie Kimball and her husband, Brian, of Northfield, James Aiken Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Derby Line, and Earl Scott Jr. and his girlfriend, Jeanie Lahue, of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Wyatt Pion, and Kristopher and Jayden Aiken; by his brother George Scott Jr. and his wife, Susan, of West Charleston; and by nieces, nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law; and by his best friends: Norman Sargent of Derby Line, and Laurette and Ken Baraw of St. Johnsbury. He was predeceased by his parents George Sr. and Lura Scott; a grandson Brendan Nathan Aiken; his brother Brian Scott; and his mother-in-law Violet Chaput.

Private family services will be held. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Yvette Scott, 2477 Route 5, Lot A7, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

William L. St. John

William L. St. John, 87, of Island Pond and formerly of Harvard, Massachusetts, died on February 7, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on December 18, 1929, in Clinton, Massachusetts, to William H. and Marie (Lecomte) St. John. On October 24, 1953, he married Claire L. Ducharme in Willimansett, Massachusetts, and lived in Norfolk, Virginia, with his wife until being discharged from the Navy on February 27, 1954.

He grew up spending time and working on local farms. He graduated from high school on June 13, 1947. He joined the Navy on April 27, 1950, and spent boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He attended Aviation Structural Mechanic School at Naval Air Technical Training Command in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 1950 to February 1951, and graduated first in his class. He was then assigned to Navy squadron VP 44 in Norfolk. He attained the rating of U.S. Navy-aviation structural mechanic petty officer second class.

After he was discharged, Mr. and Mrs. St. John moved to Clinton, then to Harvard. During this time he acquired his journeyman plumbing license and worked for R.L. Wood Plumbing and Heating Company in Still River, Massachusetts, for 13 years. He began work for the Department of Defense at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, in 1966 as a plumber. He became certified as an operator of drinking water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants. He was supervisor of water and sewage treatment facilities at Fort Devens from 1978 to 1988. He retired in 1988.

He and his wife moved to Island Pond in November of 1989, where he served as a member of the town sewer commission. He joined the Brighton Snowmobile Club and served as the ticket chairman for six years. He was also a groomer operator for two years. He held membership with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.

Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, reading, target shooting, listening to country music, and watching the Red Sox or Boston Bruins on TV with his children. However, he never hesitated to tell anyone about the five best relaxing vacations he ever had which were experienced aboard the Heritage, a coasting schooner out of Rockland, Maine, with captain’s Doug and Linda Lee.

As a charter member of the Harvard Sportsman Club, he spent many hours helping to get the club started. When the club finally bought land, he worked on the rifle ranges and later installed plumbing in the clubhouse. He was a member of the first club pistol team. At the annual turkey shoots, he and his children worked the trap shoot for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Harvard Sportsman Club and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He especially enjoyed hiking through the woods with his dogs, Mr. Bean and Midnite.

He is survived by his wife Claire St. John of Island Pond; by his children: William V. St. John and his wife, Regina, of Hudson, Massachusetts, Robert St. John and his fiancé, Sarah Ostholthoff, of Franklin, Massachusetts, Richard St. John of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, Marie St. John-Noonan and her husband, Marty, of Litchfield, Connecticut, and Louise St. John of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by his grandchildren: Katelyn Gleason, Billy St. John, Kevin Girard, Kyle St. John, Keith St. John, Jennifer St. John, Heather St. John, Joseph St. John, Christine Noonan, Casey Noonan, Robert Artus and Alex Artus; by his great-grandchildren: Jack E. Gleason and Hayden St. John; by his siblings: Helen Wood, Yvonne Hendrickson and her husband, John, and Pauline Savaria and her husband, Bertrand; by his sisters-in-law: Barbara St. John and Shirley St. John; and by his good friends: Maurice Barnes, Gerry and Kathy Savaria, and Dorothy Allen.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Marcelle Murphy, Frances Wood, Elsie Rose St. John, and Marie Conroy; by his brothers: Paul St. John and Alfred St. John; a beloved daughter-in-law Carol (Kelly) St. John, gone too soon; and brothers-in-law: Donald E. Wood, Roger L. Wood, and Jack Conroy.

Funeral services were held on February 13 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Claremont, New Hampshire. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #80, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846, or to the Matre Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

John L. Willey

John L. Willey, 58, of Newport died peacefully on February 10, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born on November 14, 1958, in St. Albans to Avis Billado. On February 2, 2002, he married Nanette Meunier who survives him.

He was a highly decorated retired disabled veteran who served in the Army and National Guard for 28 years altogether. He was stationed abroad in Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. He held a lifetime membership at the VFW Post #798 of Newport.

He loved fishing, hunting, being outdoors, playing cards, watching channel 3 news, woodworking, spending time with his little buddy Jayden, and chilling with his dogs Harley and Chopper.

He is survived by his wife Nanette Meunier-Willey of Newport; by his daughters: Jessica Sheltra and her husband, Matthew, of Derby, Evelina Lacasse and her husband, Jeremy Sr., of North Troy, Amanda Paxton and her husband, Kam, of Ottawa, Ontario, and Roxann Downing of Newport; and by his son Joseph Paxton and his wife, Chelsey, of Newport; by his grandchildren: Katie, Jeremy Jr., and Colten Lacasse, and Jayden Paxton (his little buddy); by his mother Avis Billado and her companion, Junior, of Enosburg; his twin sister Joan Aither and her husband, Eric, of Hyde Park; by his brothers: Jeff Willey and his wife, Vicky, of Westmore, Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton, and by his sister Shirleen Willey and her companion, Allen, of Evansville; and by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday February 17, at the Newport Baptist Church. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries February 8, 2017

Ruth Madeline Barron

Ruth Madeline Barron, 103, died on January 30, 2017, at the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington.

She was sharp of wit and mind, and occasionally of tongue when the occasion warranted it, to the end. She died in her sleep with excellent care, in pleasant surroundings that she had called home for the last four years.

Ms. Barron was born in January of 1914 in Barton. She attended Barton Graded School, Barton High School, and the University of Vermont, graduating with a doctorate in history in 1936. For the next ten years, she worked and attended (off and on) Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1946, with a master’s degree in science.

Her life’s work took her to several cities east of the Mississippi River, where she worked at different times with children, young adults, adults, and seniors in special care facilities. Ms. Barron retired at the age of 70 and moved to Burlington to be close to family members.

An avid reader all her life, she especially enjoyed mystery and detective novels and read about the cities and countries to which she traveled. She traveled throughout the world with Venice and Russia, in that order, being her two favorite destinations, both of which she visited several times. Her last trip abroad was to Brazil in October 2003 at the age of 89 to attend the wedding of her great nephew.

With these interests, Ms. Barron paid little attention to television, with the exception of news and baseball, specifically, the Boston Red Sox. She was a huge fan and knew all the team members, their statistics, and a great deal about their opponents over the years. She enjoyed classical music and visits to Manhattan to attend theater productions and to visit museums.

She is survived by her two nieces: Carley Stevens-McLaughlin, and her children: Cassandra Townshend, and Calista Freitag and their families; and Rowena Drown, and her children: Rhonda Coates, Jarrett Drown, and Harley Drown and their families. She is also survived by her two nephews: Graydon Stevens and Larry Stevens, and his two children Tinah Whitcomb, and Eric Stevens, and their families.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy Barron, Betty Hebert, and Priscilla Stevens Sharp.

Interment will be held in the spring.

Allen Lee Charland Sr.

Allen Lee Charland Sr., 70, died January 28, 2017, in Vergennes, surrounded by his loving family and loyal friends Dick Eddie and Bob Manny.

Mr. Charland was born June 20, 1946, in Newport, to Bernard H. and Madeline (Judd) Charland. He lived briefly on his grandparents’ Judd’s farm after a fire destroyed the family home in Morgan. This is where he acquired his love of farming and trucking. The remainder of his childhood was spent in West Charleston with his natural family. At the age of 50, Mr. Charland earned his GED, which he was most proud of. He loved to put models together with his grandson Tyler, enjoyed listening to country music, and most of all loved fishing with his grandchildren.

Mr. Charland lived with his loving daughter Nicki and her husband, Kurt, the last few months of his life, where he enjoyed making jams, helping in the kitchen, and playing cards. He loved his grandchildren, Sean, Andrew, JR, Alexis, Paige, Tyler, and Dante, with all his heart.

In the last months of his life his most loving granddaughter Alexis spent every day with him and during this time he was introduced to Snap Chat and Facebook. His great-grandson Jack spent many of these days with him as well. He thought the world of Jack, as well as his loyal cat, Petey.

He is survived by his loving sons: Sid Sumner and his wife, Carol, of Monkton, Charles Sumner and his wife, Debbie, of Bridport, Sam Charland and his wife, Maureen, of Norwich, Connecticut, and Bernard of Burlington; his loving daughters Nicki DeGraaf and her husband, Kurt, of Vergennes, Angeline of Burlington, and Bernadette of Bristol. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Charland of Newport; brother-in-law Gary Major of North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dianna (Mayo) Charland; his daughter Kimberly Charland; his parents; and by siblings Robert Charland, Bonnie (Charland) Major, and Jimmy Charland.

A celebration of Mr. Charland’s life will be held in the spring at Clark Cemetery in Morgan, with his friends and family.

Memorial contributions can be made to Project Independence/Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

Dawson D. Green

Dawson D. Green, 71, of Derby, died on February 1, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born on March 3, 1945, in Derby. He was the son of Earl J. and Cora B. (Trucott) Green.

Mr. Green worked as a farmhand in earlier years then went on to work in the woods.

He is survived by his brother Hubert Green and his wife, Sherry; his sister-in-law Mary Green; by many nieces and nephews; and by his best friend Lucy the beagle.

He is predeceased by his parents; and by three brothers: Dale, Waldo, and Roland Green.

Per Mr. Green’s wishes, there will be no services.

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

Kay Lafoe Harding

Kay Harding, 70, died at her home in Alliance, Nebraska, on January 17, 2017, after a long illness.

She was born in Alliance on June 16, 1946, where she spent her early years. Then in the tenth grade, her parents moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where she finished high school and then attended the University of Wyoming, and got her degree in physical education.

Her son, Trent Ackerson, was born in Laramie, and then they moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she met Richard Lafoe from Derby Line. They got married in Laramie and moved to Morgan, and then to Holland. Their son Alex was born when they lived in Holland.

Ms. Harding was a self-employed bookkeeper and income tax preparer for several businesses in the area and worked with the weatherization program for many years. She was active in many community activities. She started the Morgan Red Cross Swim Project at Seymour Lake, chaired the first Morgan Green Up Day, was a member of the “Dizzy Dames” Home Dem. Club, and volunteered at the Morgan Elementary School.

When she moved to Holland she did not stop. Ms. Harding was the Holland delinquent tax collector and a representative for the town with the North Country Supervisory Union. She coached the majorettes at North Country Union High School, worked with migrant education in the area and ran for state representative for Orleans County. She had other odd jobs at the Long Branch and the East Side Restaurant. She enjoyed, and was proud of, her work with The Border Livestock 4-H Club, as she was a 4-H member in her youth. Her last years of working were at Canaan High School where she mentored several children who continued to be in contact with her for many years.

Ms. Harding was in Vermont for 25 years. Then the Midwest was calling her home, first in Montana, and then back to her roots in Alliance. There she was active in the church and was in the bell choir and volunteered wherever needed in her senior community.

On a more personal note, anyone who knew Ms. Harding was aware that if she had an opinion on something she was not afraid to express it. She was an avid reader and had the uncanny ability to remember everything she read. She was very creative with crafts and was always willing to share her talents with anyone who wanted to learn. Her Christmas wreaths were outstanding and she sent them to all her family. She was an avid gardener and had the most beautiful flowerbeds. Her animals meant the world to her, especially Anuke. Spending time by a nice fire in the evenings was her comfort and relaxation.

Ms. Harding had an eclectic variety of friends and if you were fortunate to be one of them you got to know the special person she was and the big heart she had.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ellinor Miller Harding; her father, Perry Harding; and recently by her older brother Perry “Butch” Harding; leaving her younger brother Greg Harding.

She is survived by her two sons: Trent Ackerson and his wife, Stacy, of Almont, Colorado, and Alex Lafoe, of Gunnison, Colorado; her grandchildren: Trent Ackerson Jr. and his friend, Stacie Bingham, Cody Ackerson, Josh Ackerson, and Bruce and Birke Lafoe, all of Gunnison. She loved all of her boys unconditionally. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many. Rest in peace and love.

Linda R. Herman

Linda R. Herman, 73, of Brownington, died on January 27, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1943, in Newport, a daughter to Howard and Vivian (Joslyn) Coapland.

On May 4, 1962, she married Allan Herman, who predeceased her on October 11, 2016.

She liked to crochet and knit, going to Florida with her husband, having her grandchildren stay overnight, and playing cards. She loved flowers and birds, and liked cooking for her family.

She is survived by her children: Mary Maclure and her husband, Marcel, Penny White and her husband, Bruce, Allan Herman Jr. and his companion, Melissa McElroy, and by her son Allan’s stepdaughter Linda Bryce and her husband, Ed. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, and Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Tonya White, Vanessa White and her boyfriend, Jason Joyal, Hillary White and her boyfriend, Chris LaBounty, Keith and Emily Herman; and by her great-grandchildren: Alexander and Elijah Maclure; by her in-laws, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, Frances Fletcher, Norman Herman, Wendal Herman and his wife, Nancy; by several nieces and nephews; by her very close friend Janice Glasson; and by the two who called her gram, Melanie and Dylan Gagnon.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Roger Fletcher; and sister-in-law Pat Herman.

Interment will be held in the Coventry Village Cemetery in the spring.

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

Harriet Urie King

Harriet Urie King, 90, died at her home in West Glover on February 5, 2017.

She was born in Andersonville in the town of Glover on June 5, 1926, to Ernest and Mae (Corner) Urie. She attended graded school in Andersonville and graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After high school she worked in a children’s hospital in Haverstraw, New York.

On August 25, 1948, she married Donald King and they were married for 68 years. They lived for 30 years on the King family farm, then moved to their home on King Hill.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. King is survived by her four children: Evelyn and David Kennison of Irasburg, Wayne and Denise King of Williamstown, Dean and Patricia King of Burlington, and Gregory and Rhonda King of Lyndonville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Bernard Urie of Orleans; a sister, Beverly Grant of Barre; and two sisters-in-law: Pearl Urie of West Glover and Ellen Urie of Canaan, Connecticut. She was predeceased by a daughter Donalie Jean; brothers: John, Edwin, and Howard; and by a sister, Mary Ellen Knapp.

Mrs. King was a member of the West Glover Church and the Willing Workers.

She loved watching the birds all year long, and enjoyed her gardens and the many flowers around her home. She took great pleasure in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved the many family gatherings held in their home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the West Glover Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Glover Church, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Shirley L. Pearson

Shirley L. Pearson, 77, of Barton, died on February 3, 2017, at her home.

She was born on May 30, 1939, in Greensboro, to Donald and Ellen (Stearns) Willey. She married Cliff Pearson, who predeceased her.

She was a caregiver at the Gennis Nursing Home in Morrisville for many years where she retired. Mrs. Pearson enjoyed being with people, going for rides on back country roads with her husband, and stopping at local eating places for lunch. She also was an avid reader and loved playing cards with family and friends.

She is survived by her siblings: Virginia Richardson and her husband, Don, Linda Smith and her husband, Richard, Jeannette Guyette, and Sylvia Gates; and by her special family: Buck, Sheree, Linz, and Wes Parker. She is also survived by her very good friend, Julie McKay; as well as her close friend and caregiver Brenda Lanou.   She was predeceased by her son Donald Chabot; by her brother Frank; sister Evelyn Kellog; and by her nephews Donald Marckres and David Ostrout.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 12 Elm Street, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Home Care, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Paul Stanley Winship

Paul Stanley Winship, 81, of Lowell, died on November 25, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 7, 1935, in Fairfax, the only child of Stanley Sylvester Winship and Frances Matilda Cross. His family moved to Essex Junction where they lived and worked on the Whitcomb farm for many years. He graduated in 1954 from Essex High School where he played on the baseball and basketball teams.

Mr. Winship joined the Vermont Air National Guard in 1956 where he served honorably as a full-time technician until 1986. His 29 years of service included tours in the base supply complex and the motor vehicle section. He also enjoyed an active participation in Vermont Air National Guard volunteer activities. He served as a member of the technician recognition committee, and was a member of the Vermont Air National Guard rifle and pistol team, where he won many medals and trophies, of which he was very proud. He was also selected for driver/escort duty for many dignitaries who visited the Guard during his career. Mr. Winship retired from the Guard with the rank of master sergeant.

In his free time Mr. Winship enjoyed wildlife photography, camping, fishing, hunting, competitive rifle and pistol shooting, archery, gunsmithing, and car restoration and repair. He was a member of the Green Mountain Corvette Club where he won first- and third-place trophies for the 1967 Corvette that he bought and fully restored. He participated in and won trophies in many rifle, pistol, and archery competitions at various fish and game clubs. His hunting and fishing took him to Canada and Maine as well as to Pennsylvania and Wyoming. He loved the peacefulness and solitude of the unspoiled great outdoors, which is why he moved to Lowell, in 1988, where he bought a deer camp and renovated it to become his home and mountain getaway.

He is survived by his only child, Kathy Brady, and her husband, James C. Brady, of Essex Junction; as well as his five grandchildren who he enjoyed spending holidays and special occasions with: Dylan, Rory, and Danielle Brady of Essex Junction, Hagen Brady now living in Washington State, and Sahra Brady and her husband, Andres Velasquez, of Los Angeles, California. In May of 2015 he welcomed his first great-grandson, Matias Velasquez, who came to visit Vermont from California and met his great-grandpa in October 2015.

A memorial for family and friends is being considered for a date to be announced later. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312

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

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Obituaries February 1, 2017

John W. Badger Sr.

John W. Badger Sr., 84, of Westmore, died on January 14, 2017 at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Newport in the loving arms of family members. His passing followed several years of declining health at home under the loving care of his devoted wife, Irene (Austin) Badger.

Mr. Badger was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the second son of Joseph and Nellie (Ripley) Badger. Sadly, his mother died when he was a toddler. The Badger boys became wards of the state and were placed in foster homes, but with twice-weekly contact with their father until his death when Mr. Badger was fourteen. Two of Mr. Badger’s foster families — the Holmes and Willard families — loved him dearly and considered him their own. Marian Willard came to serve as the “mom” he so desperately wanted and ties with the ensuing generations remain strong to this day.

Mr. Badger attended the Farm and Trades School on Thompson’s Island, in Boston, and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of the sports programs offered by the school. His academic grades were passing, but the As were in conduct, effort, and athletics. Thus began a lifelong involvement with sports — as a player, a die hard fan, a coach, a ref, a mentor, and a supporter.

Mr. Badger left school to join the Navy where he proudly served from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. During these years, Mr. Badger and his first wife became proud parents of their first child when a daughter came in to the world Badger-style at Chelsea Naval Hospital during hurricane Carol.

After the Navy, Mr. Badger was employed at Texas Instruments for several years. In 1966, he and his wife moved their young family of five children to Canaan to begin a successful venture as dairy farmers. In the early seventies they sold the farm, but remained in Canaan. During this time, Mr. Badger was divorced and began employment as a janitor and maintenance man at the Canaan schools that his children attended. He continued to coach and ref, and was a staunch supporter of his own children’s athletic endeavors including his youngest daughter’s prowess in gymnastics — new sport for the Badger family.

He was just as passionate about the children’s academic successes and was so proud that all five went on to acquiring degrees in their chosen fields.

In 1979, Mr. Badger left Canaan and moved to Orleans and then to Westmore with his wife, Irene. He worked one year at Butterfield’s, then worked as custodian at Barton Academy and Graded School until his retirement in 1994. Before and after retirement, he always had many jobs on the side such as window washing and floor refurnishing for area schools and businesses, employment by the town of Westmore as a transfer station attendant, caretaker for several Willoughby lake properties, and the list could go on. In any endeavor, no matter how menial, he took each responsibility very seriously.

However, Mr. Badger played as hard as he worked. In later years, he played the small local golf courses, enjoyed kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing with his neighbors. He was always a hunter and fisherman, and over the years had skidoos, and a motorcycle and boats. On the quieter side, he enjoyed camping, especially at the state parks and Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine. He organized Fourth of July camping events for family and friends at the family’s Westmore property for several years. He was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed chess and other strategy games. He liked easy listening music, Katherine Hepburn movies, and in recent years found classical music very soothing. His greatest joy was time spent with family and friends and at the sports events, music recitals, and milestones of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Irene (Austin) Badger; his five children: Deborah Badger, John W. Badger Jr., Dianne Badger, Stephen Badger, and Jacqueline Powers; his grandchildren: John W. Badger III, Megan, Jared, Jeffrey, and Jonathan Badger, and Samantha Powers; and his great-grandson, Owen. He is also survived by his ex-wife and the mother of his children, Mildred Badger; his brothers- and sister-in-law: Alice Badger, Eugene and Anita Austin, George and Gail Ruggles, and David and Carol Brisson; and by several nieces and nephews, cousins, and very close friends of all ages. Also grieving his loss is his much loved dog, Lucky Lady.

Mr. Badger was predeceased by his parents; by his older brother, Joe; by his foster parents and several foster siblings including a very special sister, Ruth.

A memorial service was held on January 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Elm Street in Barton.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Barton and/or Orleans American Legions, or to a charity of one’s choosing.

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

 

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier

Justin Kyle Joseph Forcier, 20, of Derby Line, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on January 18, 2017, surrounded by family.

Mr. Forcier was born on June 28, 1996, in Newport.

He had a love for animals, especially his cat Bailey. His favorite pastime was to hang out with friends and listen to his music. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed him. He enjoyed life, but with his passing, has given the gift of life to four other people with his gift or organ donation.

Mr. Forcier left behind his mother, Karen Bullis; his father Dylan Mobbs; brother Kyle Forcier and his girlfriend, Mariah Flynn; his sister Blake Leighton and her boyfriend, Brett Falconer; grandmother Marlene Bullis; and great-grandmother Thelma Willis. He also leaves half brothers and sisters Dustin Brow, Owen Mobbs, Madison Locke, and Hannah Mobbs; aunts and uncles Roy and Rhonda Bullis, Roxanne and Christopher Couture Sr.; his cousins Leanne Perras and her husband, Kris, Samantha Bullis, and Christopher Couture Jr.; niece Hannah Forcier; and nephews Caden Wells and Brayden Wells.

Mr. Forcier was predeceased by his grandfather Joseph Bullis in 2012; and his cousin Lindsey Couture in 2013.

Instead of flowers, any donation to Mr. Forcier’s final expenses would be appreciated, and can be sent to his mom, Karen Bullis, P.O. Box 83, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Services and burial will take place in the spring.

Patricia Herman

Patricia Herman, 75, of Brownington died on the evening of January 26, 2017 in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1941 in Orleans. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase. She attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1959. She married Norman Herman on October 31, 1959. She worked at the Brownington Central School for 32 years in the cafeteria. She enjoyed going to bingo, knitting, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Norman Herman, of Brownington; her children: Sheryl McCoy and her husband, Steven, of Sebring, Florida, Jean Messier and her companion, Jeffrey Ferrin, of Newport Center, and Michael Herman and his wife, Penny, of Brownington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Paul, Ashley, Jessica, Scott, Tracy, Amy, Chasity, and Jason; and by eleven great-grandchildren; her siblings: Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, New York, Larry Chase and his companion, Beverly White, of Brownington, and Phyllis Kennison of Brownington. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Wendell Herman and his wife, Nancy; and by her sisters-in-law: Frances Fletcher, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, of Barton, and Betty Blair. She was also survived by her sister-in-law Linda Herman who died on January 27, 2017.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Richard Chase; an infant son, Donald; her son-in-law Michael Messier; and her brothers-in-law: Roger Fletcher, Allan Herman, and Melvin “Stub” Kennison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon up until the hour of the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service: c/o Dot Collier, Treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc

Richard “Richie” G. LeBlanc, 62, of Orleans, died in Westmore on the morning of January 26, 2017, as a result of an ice-fishing accident on Willoughby Lake.

He was born July 30, 1954, the first of six children born to George and Anne (Raboin) LeBlanc. The family lived in Lowell and Westfield, and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1973. Mr. LeBlanc spent the first part of his working years helping his father on the family dairy farm. He also spent two separate stints working at Ethan Allen in Orleans and two at Tivoly in Derby Line. He retired from Tivoly in August.

Mr. LeBlanc took his time finding the right partner to share his life with, and in September 2006, he married Susan “Sue” Dawley LeBlanc, who survives him. Mrs. LeBlanc brought many gifts to their life together including; a stepdaughter, Tina Bearce and her husband, Justin, of Bradford; and a stepson, Keith Richardson and his wife, Amanda, of Concord, New Hampshire.

Mr. LeBlanc was known as a kind and loving guy, and his family meant the world to him. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed walking in the woods, working in his blueberry and raspberry gardens, and spending time on the Dawley family farm in Mt. Holly.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, George and Anne LeBlanc of Orleans; his sister Polly Duquette and brother-in-law, Paul, of Newport Center, his sister Linda LaPlume and brother-in-law, Cyril, of Derby, his sister Rita LaPlume and brother-in-law, Guy, of Milton, his brother Rene LeBlanc and sister-in-law, Lori, of Irasburg, and his sister Amy Turner and brother-in-law, Mike, of Bolton. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Mr. LeBlanc also leaves five grandchildren who will miss the Lego building, train set ups, bike rides, watching movies, and long walks. Dylan, Sam, and Jack Bearce, along with Oscar and Ella Richardson were the joys of his life.

A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 4, at 11 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. A reception will follow at the Orleans Municipal Building, all are welcome.

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

 

Helen Emily Mosher

Helen Emily Mosher, 102, of Irasburg, formerly of McLean, New York, died on January 23, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

Mrs. Mosher was born in McLean on July 20, 1914, the daughter of Frank G. and Cora L. Trapp, and raised on the family farm, a place she remembered vividly and fondly for the rest of her life. During her high school years, the family spent summers on the farm and the rest of the year in Syracuse, where she met Howard Mosher, her future husband, in an English class at Onondaga Valley Academy. After graduation in 1932, she and Mr. Mosher spent four years at Syracuse University, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a major in French.

Following a year’s work as a secretary at Cornell University, Helen married Howard at the family home in McLean in August, 1937. Until Mr. Mosher’s retirement from a career in teaching and school administration in the mid-1970s, the couple lived in six different communities in upstate New York. Their longest residence was in the central New York village of Cato, where their two sons went to high school. Bringing her life full circle, Mr. and Mrs. Mosher spent their retirement years at the family home in McLean. Two years after her husband’s death in 1996, Mrs. Mosher moved to Irasburg, where she was cared for by her older son, Howard Frank, and his wife, Phillis.

A woman with a great heart, Mrs. Mosher loved God, her family, and the many friends she made wherever she lived. Her gift for attentive listening made everyone she knew feel important and valued. Approaching each day with gratitude and pleasure, she delighted in conversation, books, and nature. Never forgetting her rural roots, she knew exactly what Robert Frost meant by “the need of being versed in country things.”

Along with many friends made late in her life, Mrs. Mosher leaves behind these family members, all deeply grateful to have known and loved her: two sons, Howard Frank Mosher and Terence Mosher; their wives, Phillis Mosher and Judith Mosher; a grandson, Jacob Mosher; a granddaughter, Annie Williamson and her husband, John; and two great-grandchildren, Frank James Williamson and True Williamson.

Services will take place at a later date.

 

Howard Frank Mosher

Howard F. Mosher, age 74, of Irasburg, died on January 29, 2017.

He was born in Kingston, New York, on June 2, 1942, the son of Howard H. and Helen Emily Trapp Mosher.

Mr. Mosher lived most of his adult life in Irasburg. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Phillis Mosher, graduated from Syracuse University, and moved to the Northeast Kingdom. They had two children, Jake and Annie.

Mr. Mosher received his master’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1968. (One clear fall morning in 1995 Mr. Mosher drove to the university on business. As he got out of his car, a high-ranking member of the college community there to welcome him said, “Good morning, Mr. Mosher. Welcome to civilization.” Mr. Mosher canceled his business, got in his car and drove home to Irasburg, where he promptly wrote to the university repudiating and rejecting, for all time to come, his master’s degree from that stately seat of learning and civilization. He then nailed the [now defunct] diploma to the side of his barn and blasted it with .06 bird shot from his 16 gauge partridge gun.)

Mr. Mosher worked as a teacher at the former Orleans High School (a trial by fire if there ever was one), and at Lake Region Union High School. He also worked for a number of years as a social worker with needy teenagers (through the infamous Orleans County Council of Social Agencies, under the restrained and sedate guidance of Thomas J. “Tom the Outlaw” Hahn, with whom Mr. Mosher would later fish nearly every trout brook in the state of Montana.) As part of his lengthy apprenticeship to writing about the Northeast Kingdom, Mr. Mosher worked for several months as a “helper” to the Kingdom horse logger and former whiskey runner and moonshiner, Jake Blodgett, for whom the Moshers would later name their son Jake. About 1975, Mr. Mosher turned to full-time writing. He published his first book Disappearances, two years later. (Disappearances did not meet with universal acclaim. One prominent reviewer editorialized: “Vermont Writer Should Disappear.” After nailing the offending review to the side of his barn and following standard procedures, Mr. Mosher scouted up Jake Blodgett and took off the rest of the day to go brook-trout fishing.) Over the course of his career, Mr. Mosher published 12 novels, two memoirs, and countless essays and book reviews. In addition, his last work of fiction, Points North, will be published posthumously in the winter of 2018. He never suggested that a writer “disappear.”

Mr. Mosher is survived by his wife, Phillis; his son, Jake; his daughter, Annie, and son-in-law, John Williamson; his grandson and granddaughter, Frank James and True Williamson; and his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Mosher.

At the request of Mr. Mosher, there will be no visiting hours. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2, at the Irasburg United Church and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joshua House, Inc., P.O. Box 156, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolence at www.curtis-britch.com.

Submitted by Phillis Mosher. Written by the deceased, Howard Frank Mosher.

Arthur G. Provost Jr.

Arthur G. “Skip” Provost Jr., 76, of Jay, died on January 23, 2017 in Newport. He was born on July 24, 1940 in Burlington, to the late Arthur G. Provost Sr. and Dorothy (Sherman) Provost. On January 19, 1963, he married Linda Lyon who survives him.

Mr. Provost was a Chief Petty Officer E-8 in the United States Navy for 25 years. Among his many hobbies he enjoyed sailing, reading, running, swimming, canoeing, camping, and playing tennis. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy, and the Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Provost of Jay; by his children: Scott William Provost and his wife, Carolyn, of Bozrah, Connecticut, David Alan Provost and his wife, Alicia, of Redmond, Oregon, and Kimberly Ann Lindner of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Loreli, Donna, Paul, Katie, Connor, Lindsey, and Quinn Provost, Drew Lindner, Kyler Baker, and Reyanna Coombe; and by his sisters-in-law: Cathy of Vermont, and Sandy Shepard and her husband, Larry, of Williston; and by his nieces: Gigi, Angela, and Kristy. He was predeceased by his son Christopher Paul Provost; and his brother Gary Provost, both in 2001.

Funeral services were held on January 27 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

 

Joseph Queenin

The village of Derby Line has lost its unofficial mayor, and the world has lost a great community spirit. Joseph “Joe” Queenin, 93, died in Newport on January 2, 2017, with his family, whom he cherished, giving comfort at his side.

Mr. Queenin is survived by his beloved son, John, and his wife, Penny; and two grandsons: Joseph J. and Bob J. Queenin, both of Derby Line. He was predeceased by his great-grandchild Caidence Queenin in June, 2010.

Mr. Queenin was born on June 1, 1923 to Francis and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Queenin, He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts with the blood of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins running through his veins. He was a diehard fan of the teams until his passing, and without a doubt he has now reconnected with Bev, his wife of 65 years, in Heaven, and they are in search of some of the Boston greats who passed before them.

A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Queenin had a far from perfect childhood. As a teenager he was orphaned, but his only sibling, Hugh, nine years his senior, stepped in for their parents. In February 1941, Hugh, then a reserve Army officer, joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was assigned to the Derby Line border station. The two brothers settled in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin attended his junior year at Derby Academy, but he transferred to Newport High School in his senior year. Unlike Derby Academy, Newport had a football team which he joined. He graduated from Newport High School in 1942.

As with most people of his generation, Mr. Queenin remembered exactly where he was when he heard the news that Japanese forces had bombed the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched the United States into an already raging World War II. He was standing on Newport’s Main Street in front of what was then the Royal Restaurant. Angered by the attack, he enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. He was followed into full-time military service by Hugh, who served as an officer. Following basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Mr. Queenin shipped out to the Pacific. He saw action on the island of Bougainville, followed by some of the bloodiest fighting of the war on the island of Okinawa.

Upon discharge from the military in December, 1945, he returned to Derby Line and reconnected with a young woman he met in Derby Line before the war, and had corresponded with during the war years. Her name was Beverly Piatti. On May 24, 1946, she became Beverly Queenin. They shared 65 years of marriage before Mrs. Queenin’s death on September 19, 2011. The love of his family, friends, and neighbors helped him survive the loss, but he never stopped missing Bev, the love of his life. He credited Mrs. Queenin for making him the man he was. For a time, the couple owned a newsstand in Derby Line. Mr. Queenin worked at the the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1984.

He had a lifelong love of sports, a love he brought to Vermont. For many years he was a well-known baseball and basketball coach. He also served as a basketball referee. Mrs. Queenin was also fanatical when it came to sports. The couple passed their love of sports onto their son John, and their grandsons Joe and Bob. Mr. Queenin also volunteered for the North Country Union High School hockey teams, including manning the penalty box during home games. He also spearheaded the Toys for Kids program in Orleans County, a program that helped provide underprivileged children with gifts for Christmas. In addition, he volunteered at North Country Hospital for many years. His good works were not overlooked. He was honored several times, including in 2013, being named Northeast Kingdom Senior of the Year by the Area Agency on Aging. He was also named WCAX’s Super Senior in 2014. In addition, he was a frequent guest on the Vermont Voice radio show, and the Northeast Kingdom Voice television show.

Proud of his military service, Mr. Queenin was a frequent guest in area schools. He shared his memories of World War II, not to brag, but in hopes that the students would not only learn about World War II, but also understand the horrors of war. In 2012, he traveled to California to celebrate the two hundred thirty-seventh birthday of the Marine Corps, staying aboard the Queen Mary. Then in 2014 he went on a dream trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

He was active until the very end, always concerned for others before himself.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 2, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 3, with the Reverend Fred Barker and Scott Wheeler officiating. Spring interment will take place at Derby Line Cemetery with full military honors and escort by Patriot Guard Riders.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 25, 2017

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs

Phyllis Elaine (Whitehill) Burroughs, 95, of Derby, died on December 24, 2016 in Newport, after a long and happy life and a short illness.

She was born on August 11, 1921 in Orleans, to Lucien Joel and Grace Alfreda (Brown) Whitehill.

She attended school in Morgan schools, graduated from Derby Academy in 1939 and Lyndon Normal School in 1942. She taught school in Irasburg, Holland, and Barre, and was a substitute teacher for many years. She was a Derby resident for most of her life and was dedicated to the community. She served as a trustee at the Dailey Memorial Library for over 50 years, where she was also librarian for several years. She was an active member of the former Newport Women’s Club, Home Dem, and the Retired Teachers Association.

Family was the center of her universe and her smile was always brightest when she was around them. She provided a wonderful home for her children and she was proud of the adults they grew into. She enjoyed getting together with her siblings to share good times and fond memories. She enjoyed cooking, making crafts, gardening, painting, crosswords, and reading. She embraced technology and stayed in touch with her family and friends through social media. She was actively engaged in politics and liked to keep up with current events. She was a whiz at playing word games with her family and friends, and her competitive streak would show.

On April 17, 1946, she married Rudolph Julian Burroughs in Derby Line. Mr. Burroughs predeceased her in 1998. She is survived by her children: Shirley Martineau of Colchester, Nancy Boucher and her husband, Irving, of Essex, Janet Fortin and her husband, Conrad, of Derby, Cathy Day and her husband, Terrance, of Waterville, Martha Friend and her husband, Robert, of Bristol, and Stephen Burroughs of Clayton, North Carolina. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and their families; 21 great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: David Whitehill, Kenneth Whitehill, Anita Plummer, Norma Lemeiux, Barbara Whitehill; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Carly Whitehill; brothers-in-law Conrad Lemeiux and Reginald Plummer; a son-in-law, Leo Martineau; and her nephew, Michael Plummer.

A private interment will be held in the spring. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

 

Gail Marie Thompson

Gail Marie Thompson, 61, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, surrounded by her family.

Ms. Thompson was born on January 24, 1955, in Newport. She grew up in Brownington Center, living with her grandmother Eliza Thompson and her mother Evelyn Thompson. She attended local schools where she met her lifelong friend Gail Aldrich McKenna. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans. Along with her mother, Ms. Thompson moved to Massachusetts in the mid 1970s where she worked as a unit coordinator at Emerson Hospital, an EKG technician, ran her own business setting up health clinics in the Fitchburg area, and later took a position as an office manager in a cardiology office in Concord. For the last 25-plus years, she has been a practice manager for Barkin and Green Pulmonary Specialists. The last few years Ms. Thompson has split her time between living in Florida and Maine, working primarily from home. She was very involved with the Grange throughout her life. She was active in several churches beginning with the Brownington Center Methodist Church — teaching Sunday School, participating in Bible study and lifting her voice to the Lord in song. Ms. Thompson volunteered frequently throughout her life — most recently with children at an after-school childcare program at the Lake Alfred United Methodist Church in Florida. During the last few years, she has spent countless hours enjoying and caring for her young cousin Maleeya Towle.

Ms. Thompson was bright, funny, and caring. She loved reading, music (she had a beautiful singing voice), gardening and shopping. Family was very important to her. Uncles, aunts, and cousins took care of her and she in turn took care of them. Betty Robinson and family were very dear friends to Ms. Thompson and a big part of her life.

She was predeceased by her mother, Evelyn Thompson; her grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by her cat, Kitcat. She is survived by many cousins and friends; and her beloved cat, Taz.

A graveside service will be held at the Brownington Center Cemetery at a date to be determined.

To share an online condolence, please visit www.advantageportland.com. Memorial donations in her name can be made to: Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or House of Hope, Inc., 812 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, or at [email protected]

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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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