Obituaries September 28, 2016

Robert C. Allard

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

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

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

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


Richard Tokunboh Paul Dabiri

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

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

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

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

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

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


obit-majchrzakPaul Anthony Majchrzak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


obit-menzelMarvin H. Menzel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be made at


Ivy Yvonne Dabiri Sinclair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


obit-TurcotteMarie Anne C. (Guertin) Turcotte 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obituaries September 21, 2016

Harriet (Darby) Downing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shirley Marie Hemenway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be made at


Frederick John Henry Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Harold Edward “Red” Kelley Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nancy June McGivern

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences can be made at


Richard “Dick” Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be made at


Obituaries September 14, 2016

Robert “Bob” Garfield Baker

Robert (Bob) Garfield Baker, 86, died peacefully at his home in Newport, surrounded by his family on September 6, 2016.

He was born on April 9, 1930, in Newport to Stanley and Doris (Leavitt) Baker. On September 11, 1954, he married Hilda Manning, the love of his life, who predeceased him on June 15, 2015.

Mr. Baker was a graduate of Newport High School. He honorably served on active duty in the United States Navy from July of 1948, through July of 1952. He worked many years for the Newport Daily Express, and then as assistant postmaster for the United States Post Office in Newport until he retired.

Among his hobbies, Mr. Baker enjoyed fishing and hunting (often with his good friend Joe Coutu who predeceased him), bowling on a league in Derby, and playing cribbage (frequently with his son Brad). Mr. Baker was also an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed discussing the games with his brother Don. He also enjoyed trips with his wife to Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, to see the singers and listen to country music. In recent years his favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch and waving to friends and neighbors as they drove or walked by his home.

Mr. Baker devoted his life to his wife and children. There was nothing he enjoyed more than being with his family.

He is survived by his children: Debbie Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Tim, of Mobile, Alabama, Bradley Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Bob, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Megan Duquette and her husband, Jonny, of Billings, Montana, Jenna Hurd and her husband, Tom, of St. Johnsbury, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin both of Goffstown; and by his great-grandchildren: Owen Hurd, and Kylee and Kinsley Duquette. He is survived by his siblings: Betty Ann Finn of St. Albans, Donald Baker and his wife, Polly, of Summerfield, Florida, Stanley Baker and his wife, Mimi, of Derby, Mona Lewis and her husband, Mickey, of Newport, Doris Demers and her husband, Leo, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, and Valda Cole of Arcadia, Florida; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters Vera McFarlane, and Bonnie Bullis and her husband, Rob; his brothers Larry Baker and his wife, Laura, Winston Kelley, and Larry Kelley; and by his brothers-in-law Mickey McFarlane, and Winfield Cole.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Kelly Delauries officiating, including full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans/Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Vermont Fish and Game Department, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Online condolences may be made at


Rolande Laurette Bathalon

Rolande Laurette Bathalon, 84, of Troy, died peacefully at her home in Newport on Friday, September 2 surrounded by her children.

Ms. Bathalon was born the first of eight children to Philippe and Bernadette Lauzon in Mawcook, Quebec, on January 1, 1932. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roger Bathalon on September 4, 1989.

She lived a full life, first as a farmer’s daughter helping her father, then as a farmer’s wife, homemaker, and mother. Life took a turn when Mr. Bathalon changed careers to become a carpenter and she helped him build two homes. She enjoyed many years working as a chambermaid at Hotel Jay, and as a seamstress for Bogner Sports in Newport. All the while she provided a loving home for family and friends to gather for good food and lots of laughter, and there was always cold beer on hand. She enjoyed many friends, and was often seen helping out at church functions, or more often on the dance floor with her husband. Her passion was working in her flowers, both inside and out. As she said many times in later life: “I would do it all again.”

The last of her generation for the Bathalon family, she is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Paul and Lucy, their children: Sarah and Emma and her partner, Ryan; Gaston and Rose, their children Amanda (Sister Regina SCC), Emilie and Joshua White, and their children: Theodore and Catherine, Phillip and Colleen, and Jeffrey; André, and his children: Megan and Matthew Cameron, and their children: Bryce and Nora, Eben and Sue, and their children: Sofie and André; Rachel and Mike Wehner, and their children: Kevin and his partner, Rachel, Katelynn, and Kristopher; Michael, his daughter Kara and her husband, Ian Bouchette, and their children: Noah and Owen.

She is also survived by her siblings: Jim Lauzon and his spouse, Carol, Lise Turgeon, John Lauzon and his partner, Lucy, and Denise Guillemette and her spouse, Roland; by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She is predeceased by three siblings: Gelles Lauzon, Giselle Roberts and Albert Lauzon.

A Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy on September 10, followed by interment in St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, which can be found online at, or by calling: (603) 598-8191. Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to mention the Cameron Family Crusaders when doing so.


Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr.

Chester “Chet” A. Carpenter Jr., 95, died at his home in Newport on September 6, 2016.

He was born in Derby on October 11, 1920, to Beryl (Temple) and Chester A. Carpenter Sr.

He worked hard on the family farm and grew up next door to the love of his life, Wilma White. He graduated from Derby Academy, class of 1938, and faithfully attended yearly alumni banquets.

He answered the call to serve his country during World War II, joining the Army and serving in the Pacific Theater. He survived the sinking of the S.S. President Coolidge in October, 1942, just months after marrying his beloved Wilma. In 1943, he received the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in the Solomon Islands for an incident he rarely talked about, but involved live ammunition and fire. He and his wife both attended the University of Connecticut on the GI Bill after they got out of the service.

Following the war, he and his brother-in-law Maurice Marsh owned and operated a machine tool shop on Union Street (Marsh and Carpenter) for many years. He could literally fix anything and made incredible and fun toys for his kids.

Being very civic minded, he volunteered his time to various local organizations and his opinions were highly respected.

Mr. Carpenter had a tremendous knowledge of local history and enjoyed sharing information with friends and family. He was an avid reader and had a bookshelf full of books on history and biographies. He was an avid antique bottle and postcard collector. He loved being involved in local historical groups. He never met a squirrel, bird, or chipmunk he would not feed.

He was a member of the Derby Community Church, and a true man of God.

He and Mrs. Carpenter spent many quality hours at their camp on Salem Lake with family and friends. He loved his family and his church first and foremost.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his daughter Kathy; sisters-in-law: Joan Carpenter of Newport, and Joyce Carpenter of Williston; several nieces and nephews; and many church family members, whom he also considered family. He was especially pleased with Susan Barnett and thankful for all of the assistance over the last several months.

He was predeceased by his parents; eight siblings; his dear wife Mrs. Carpenter (after 50 years of marriage); his daughter-in-law Carol; and his son Jerry Carpenter.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Community Church in Derby, with the Reverends Fred and Carol Barker officiating.

Following the service, the interment will take place in the Derby Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Carpenter’s name to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Drive, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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Nathaniel N. Cote

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought his death so near.

But only those who have lost can tell

The pain of parting without farewell.

Nathaniel N. Cote died peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 12, 1981 in Newport. He was the beloved son of Marie C. Joyce (Norton) and Baxter D. McNeal. He was a loving father to his two children, Damon and Jade Cote, who were the sunshine in his life. He is also survived by his brother Christopher Cote and Christopher’s children, Donald, Makayla, Dalton, Kiana, Dakota, and Noah; his sister Denise Willis and her three children: Alice, Edmund, and Andrew.

“Nate” as he liked to be called, attended North Country Union High School in Newport, Bellows Falls Academy in St. Albans, and Sheldon Elementary School, all in Vermont.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, fishing, walking, and picnics, especially with his children.

Most recently, he was employed by Kingdom Property and previously for Round Hill Fencing Company. He also worked for sawmills in Irasburg and Coventry.

He had a great sense of humor and a kind spirit, paying special attention to those in need. His couch was for anyone who needed a good night’s sleep.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, “Nanny;” his grandfather; and his uncle, Dale Norton; as well as his paternal grandparents.

Mr. Cote will always be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends near and far. He will be forever cherished by his parents and sorely missed by his two children.

A private memorial will be held at the family’s convenience.

Condolences can be sent to 4 McNeal Heights, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin

Joyce Ellen (Jones) Poulin, 87, of Newport died peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on September 6, 2016.

Mrs. Poulin was born to Guild and Ellen Jones in North Troy on May 31, 1929.

In 1947, she married Gaston Poulin, her loving husband of 69 years who will greatly miss their shared life of simple pleasures. As they entered their senior years, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin maintained an exceptional focus and devotion to spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Poulin’s stories, memories, and laughter filled their home when their frequent visitors stopped by. Much to the pleasure of their grown children, Mr. and Mrs. Poulin developed quite a fondness for the Boston Red Sox after their 2004 World Series win. Always ready to share a drink with her adult extended family, or a Hershey’s Kiss with her great-grandchildren, her love and kindness knew no limits.

Mrs. Poulin was predeceased by her parents, Guild and Ellen Jones; by her sisters: Wilda Smith and Jennie Mae Louis; and by her grandchild, Shawn Stephen Poulin, who always held a very special place in her heart.

She will be deeply missed by her children: Steve Poulin and his wife, Valerie, of Derby, Peter Poulin and his wife, Diana, of Newport, Jeffrey Poulin and his wife, Tracey, of Newport, and Nancy Poulin of Derby.

Her grandchildren will profoundly miss her love. Her grandchildren are: Topher Poulin, Cory Poulin and his wife, Julie, Sonya Jones and her husband, Troy, Stephanie Estes and her husband, Corey, Stephanie Delabruere, Josh Poulin and his wife, Jen, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matt, Samantha Cole, Arden Leitheid, Johanna Bartley and her husband, Travis, and Jessica Poulin.

Mrs. Poulin was adored and will be greatly missed by her many great-grandchildren: Sydney and Ryder Poulin, Zoe, Tanner, Hattie and Slater Jones, Reilley and Colby Estes, Rhiannon, Traven and Kaden Rosamilia, Mya, Star, Quinne and Hudson Poulin, Jaida and Henry Poutre, and Madyson, Colton and Denver Bartley.

Mrs. Poulin’s pure, unconditional love for her family and friends will be her legacy. As we grieve her loss, we will forever cherish how special she made each one of us feel. Not a gathering, visit or call went by without a “love you” from our beloved Nan. These words will be our comfort as we gather together to celebrate her life.

A celebration of Mrs. Poulin’s life was held on September 12 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Poulin’s memory may be sent to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.

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Marion Elsie Souliere

Marion Elsie Souliere of Lyndonville died peacefully at the age of 63, on August 19, 2016.

Ms. Souliere was born in Newport on October 21, 1952, to John C. Hinman and Marion Alma (Wallace) Hinman. She married Robert (Bob) Souliere on September 29, 1973. They lived in various places before they settled in Lyndonville in February 1982, where they raised their three beautiful children, enjoying life to the fullest.

Ms. Souliere took much pride in being a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always involved and attending her children’s athletic, school, or social events throughout all her years, and definitely was their number one fan. She always supported her husband in his professional career and all of his coaching positions throughout the years. She truly took so much pride and joy in her family, they meant everything to her. Hosting family holidays was so special to her. Her passion and commitment as a mother and grandmother continued on as she supported her seven grandchildren in their daily lives and events.

Ms. Souliere also had her own business for many years, Wholesome Health. She loved taking care of people. Ms. Souliere was a social, active woman, deeply involved in many activities. She enjoyed social gatherings with her family and friends, knitting (many, many gifts to many people), golfing, and collecting various types of antiques.

Ms. Souliere and her husband purchased a second home in The Villages, Florida, in 2008. It was there she rediscovered her passion for billiards. She participated in many leagues and was recruited to join several elite teams. She loved her time in The Villages, where she made some amazing friends, loved entertaining, and enjoyed many activities.

Ms. Souliere is survived by her husband Bob of Lyndonville; her son and daughter-in-law Josh and Stacy Souliere of South Ryegate; her daughter and son-in-law Jacinta and Greg Jones of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts; her daughter and son-in-law Julia and Brandon Thrailkill of Lyndonville; her seven loving grandchildren: Lilly Jones, Kelsie Jones, Grant Jones, Julian Thrailkill, Grady Souliere, Elena Souliere, and Drake Thrailkill; her sister Alta Jenness and husband, Ed, of Derby Line; her sister Wenda Aceto and husband, Richie, of Herndon, Virginia; her brother Tim Hinman and wife, Debbie, of North Derby; her sister Margaret Maxwell and husband, Stewart, of Coventry; her mother-in-law Lillian Souliere of Dover, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Denise Souliere of Dover; her sister-in-law Lynn Neal and husband, Scott, of Monmouth, Maine; her sister-in-law Faith Robinson and husband, Jeff, of Riverview, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John Carlton Hinman, and mother, Marion Alma Hinman, of Newport.

Ms. Souliere will always be remembered by her bright blue eyes, her charismatic smile that would light up any room, and her loving and caring heart. Her family and friends will always remember her as a friendly, welcoming, loving person who everyone loved and respected. We will truly miss her, very much.

A Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on September 17, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Lyndonville. A burial will follow at the Lyndon Center Cemetery. Then a celebration of Ms. Souliere’s life will follow at the Burke Mountain Resort Hotel. Anyone wishing to make a donation to a fund that was organized for Ms. Souliere by her friends in The Villages, can do so at

There will also be a celebration of life in The Villages at a later date.


Marion Taylor

A wise person once said, “If you wish to be heard, whisper. If you wish to be seen, walk slowly, with purpose.” Such has been the experience and life of a lady of diminutive stature, seemingly endless energy, and countless good works. R. Marion Taylor, 93, died on a sunny morning, September 1, 2016, among family and her Forest Hill Residential Care Home friends in Hyde Park.

Ms. Taylor was born November 9, 1922, to Clement and Mary Taylor in Irasburg. She attended one-room schools in Glover and Albany until high school in Newport. She attended Lyndon Normal School (now Lyndon State College) and the University of Vermont. Ms. Taylor’s forty-year teaching career included one-room schools in Albany and Glover, as well as Barton and Orleans Elementary Schools, before going to teach at the Molly Stark School in the Bennington School District. Her last teaching assignment was St. Paul’s School in Barton.

Beyond that, Ms. Taylor was a lifelong volunteer and held multiple memberships in organizations within her community, state, and church. To name a few, she gave time on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Johnson Food Shelf, Delta Kappa Gamma, retired teachers, and the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish. She always maintained that it was because “she had the time” that she took up the baton to get things done when she determined a need.

Travel is synonymous with leisure for most people. Ms. Taylor’s travels were events of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome, France, Ireland, and Montreal, as well as national and state conventions working for retired teachers and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Ms. Taylor is survived by her brothers: Adelord and his wife, Lois, of Barton, and Richard of West Glover; sister-in-law, Betty, of Johnson; and three generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers: Wilfred, Preston, and Edwin; sisters-in-law: Theresa and Helen; and nephews: Dennis Taylor and William Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ms. Taylor to the Johnson Food Shelf, P.O. Box 17, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Ms. Taylor was instrumental in developing the Johnson Food Shelf some twenty odd years ago to help reduce, if not eradicate, hunger in the community. She volunteered there until 2015 when ill health prevented her from continuing.

A Mass was celebrated on September 6 at the Holy Cross Church in Morrisville, followed by interment at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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Obituaries September 7, 2016


Calvin E. Bennett Jr.

Calvin E. Bennett Jr., 82, of West Charleston, died peacefully on August 24, 2016, in Barton.

He was born on July 4, 1934, in Holland to Calvin E. and Bernice (Powers) Bennett.

In 1954 he married Shirley Manzer of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

They had three children: Calvin III, William Fred, and Lucinda Bennett. In 1963, he married Leila Fay of Belchertown, Massachusetts, who survives him. They had six children: Clifton Bennett and his wife, Patricia, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Christine Shatney and her husband, Steve, of Greensboro Bend, Carolyn Bennett of Brownington, Cathleen Sargent and her fiancé, Paul Tamaulty, of Orange, Crystal Bennett and her partner, Ronalda Bancroft, of Essex Junction, and Cassandra Cabrera and her husband, Daniel, of Williston. He is survived by many grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister Grace Brooks of Old Lyme, Connecticut; by his half-sister Beulah Paddleford; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Calvin Edward Bennett III.

Mr. Bennett worked at many jobs, including farming in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and also as a mechanic in Cadillac and Volkswagen garages. He was a factory worker, a carpenter building houses, and a construction worker.

He moved back to Vermont in 1970, and worked for the town of Brownington. He later started his own log trucking business. He loved dancing, and also traveling with his wife in their fifth-wheeler camper, visiting many states and attending bluegrass music festivals where they met some very close friends and enjoyed good times together.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall on September 11, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Gerard Fontaine

Gerard Fontaine, 75, of Newport Center, died on August 31, 2016.

He was born on April 11, 1941, in Weedon, Quebec. He was the son of the late Albini and Jenne (Gautier) Fontaine.

Mr. Fontaine worked for Ethan Allen, outside in the yard, for 28 years. He married Helen LeMadeleine on July 3, 1965.

He enjoyed riding in his golf cart, fishing off his pontoon boat, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Fontaine, of Newport Center; his daughter Kristine Fontaine of Rouses Point, New York; and his son Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Patricia, of Newport Center. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Joshua Pion and his fianceé, Rebecca Poquette, Nicole Pion and her fiancé, Derrick Grundmann, Melissa Savage and her husband, Vaughan, of South Africa, Stephany Delaney and her husband, Stuart, of New York State, Jeremy Fontaine and his friend, Abbie Santaw, of Newport Center; and by four great-grandchildren: Abigail, Peyton, Oliver and Graysen. He is also survived by his brothers: Real, Marcel, and Ronald Fontaine; and his sisters Noella, Pierette, Aline, and Diane.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Lionel, Alain, Leonard, and Nicole.

A Mass was celebrated on September 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Ruth E. Stone

Ruth E. Stone died on August 29, 2016, in Newport, at the age of 86.

She was born June 15, 1930, to the late David and Phoebe (Simino) Mason. On August 9, 1948, she married Paul Stone Sr., who predeceased her on October 22, 2010, after 62 years of marriage.

She leaves behind her daughter Elizabeth “Skip” Wright and her companion, Merrill Crawford, of Troy; also her son Paul Jr., and his wife, Gaetane, of Newport Center. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lorianne and her spouse, Paul Pion, Lucy and her spouse, Steve Dobler, Paula and her spouse, David Lamadeleine, Alvin, Amy and her spouse, Keith Deavitt, Buffy, Heidi and her spouse, Scott Rappold, and Betsy and her spouse, Mike Purvis. She also leaves behind several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Over the years she did many crafts, loved cooking and doing things for her children. Her best enjoyment was feeding and baking for everyone in the family and friends. Mrs. Stone was famous with her family for her special pancakes, and most of all she enjoyed grocery shopping.

Services were held on Saturday, September 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating, followed by interment at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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Obituaries August 31, 2016

Sylvie Beauregard

Sylvie Beauregard, 59, of Valcourt, Quebec, died suddenly on August 18, 2016, in Valcourt.

She was born to Roland and Gertrude Beauregard on March 29, 1957, in Bonsecours, Quebec. She worked for Bombardier in Valcourt for 30 years.

She is survived by her siblings: Ginette Curtis and her husband, Keith, Lise Carrier and her husband, Roland, France Smith and her partner, Donald Piette, Joanne and her partner, Fitzroy Ferguson, Yves, and Carole and her partner, Jim Duquette.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Jean-Luc; and nephew Shawn Smith. She also leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Quebec Foundation of Epilepsy, 1650 Boulevard de Maisonneauve West, Suite 204, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2P3.


Paula Cynthia (Whiteway) Donaghy

Paula Cynthia Donaghy died on August 20, 2016, in Barton.

Ms. Donaghy was born on January 19, 1953, in Everett, Massachusetts. She spent her magical childhood in Hollis, New Hampshire. She moved to Vermont in her teen years, graduating from Marshfield/Plainfield High School. She attended Woodbury College where she received a paralegal degree. Her adult life was spent in Barton with her crew of fuzzy friends, including “Elliot,” “Q,” “Britcha,” and “Ziff.” A naturalist, the nearby forest, lake, and wildlife were her friends. Ms. Donaghy was also an excellent poet, writer, and naturalist photographer. She was a warm, generous, very courageous, and fun-loving person.

She is survived by: her parents Ruth and Curtis Whiteway Sr. of Craftsbury; son Kristian Donaghy of South Carolina; granddaughter Kaitlyn Donaghy; daughter Jeanne (Donaghy) Ball of Washington; her sisters Doreen Chambers and Kerry Edmunds; her brother Curtis Whiteway Jr.; and her niece Brooke Lorentzen.

At her request there will be no services. She has donated her body to the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. May her atoms take flight on the wings of a bird.

If desired, a donation can be made to the New England Scleroderma Foundation at the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923, or The Vermont Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, Vermont 05446.


Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier

Elaine Thelma (Earle) Frazier, 91, of Derby, died peacefully on August 27, 2016.

She was born on October 11, 1924 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Harold and Carrie (Smith) Earle. On September 30, 1943 she married Hugh F. Frazier who predeceased her on May 15, 2010.

She is survived by two daughters: Esther Searles and her husband, Glenn, of Barton, and Darlene Whipple and her husband, Bruce, of Derby; by her two grandsons: Scott Whipple and his wife, April, of Indian Trial, North Carolina, and Jason Whipple of San Francisco, California; and by her two great-granddaughters, Alice and Ruby of North Carolina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and by special friend and neighbor Babe Lavoie; and by Irene Farrar, her Sunday morning church companion. She was predeceased by her daughter Virginia on July 31, 1982.

The family moved to Newport from Morrisville in 1961. Until the move Mrs. Frazier was a stay at home mom and wife. She went to work at B.F. Moore for a short time as a seamstress, and then went to American Maple, working there until her retirement in 1985.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Every year she provided North Country Hospital with a handmade baby afghan for the New Year’s baby, as well as baby hats for the nursery. She also provided many mitten trees with her handmade mittens and hats.

Friends may call on Friday, September 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, followed by a graveside service at the Pine Grove Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences can be made at


David J. Keefe

David J. Keefe, 93, of Newport, died on August 26, 2016, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, after a long illness.

He was born on March 30, 1923, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Flora (Blake) Keefe.

Mr. Keefe went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He then attended Green Mountain College where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

He married Lucille (Fournier) Keefe on September 14, 1948. Mrs. Keefe predeceased him in 1995.

Mr. Keefe worked at Citizens Utilities his whole life and climbed up the corporate ladder where he became an executive for many years, retiring at the age of 72.

He was a lifetime member of the Newport American Legion Post #21, and was also the secretary for the Knights of Columbus for many years.

He loved bowling, fishing, playing poker, and was an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his four children: Michael Keefe and his wife, Angie, of Newport, Carol Levesque and her companion, Larry Rutherford, of Phoenix, Arizona, David Patrick Keefe and family of Aurora, Colorado, and Janice Keefe and her fiancée, Keith Young, of Claremont, New Hampshire. He is also survived by one brother, Maurice Keefe, of Barre; by seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his daughter Barbara Ann in 1983.

A Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Keefe’s name to a charity of one’s own choosing.

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Jessica L. Lewis

Jessica L. Lewis, 38, died in Holland on August 21, 2016.

She was born on February 21, 1978, in Newport to Geoffrey Price and Lorraine (Tice) Griffin. She married Jordan Lewis.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children: Jakob and Rhilee Lewis, both of Holland; by her mother, Lorraine Griffin, and her stepfather, Randy Griffin, of Derby; by her father, Geoffrey Price, and his wife, Mary, of Derby; by her brother Kyle Griffin of Derby; by her sister Beth Price and her daughter Bree Jewer of Craftsbury; by her grandmother Anna Tice of Derby Line; by her mother-in-law Karen Flynn, father-in-law Richard Lewis, and brother-in-law Ryan Lewis, all of Holland; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Her children were her life.

She was predeceased by her grandparents: Maurice Tice Sr. and John and Betty Price; and by her uncle Maurice Tice Jr.

A graveside service was held on Monday, August 29, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lorraine Griffin for Jakob and Rhilee, 152 Gore Road North, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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Larry Dean Rash

Larry Dean Rash, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, 58, of Westmore, lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully at home on August 20, 2016, with his wife, Debra, by his side.

He was born February 23, 1958, to Morris and Janice (Eastman) Rash, in Springfield.

In 1987, he met his soul mate, wife, and best friend, Debra A. Reny. They were united in marriage on August 11, 1990, with their children, family, and friends by their side in Westmore.

He is survived by his three children: Crystall J. LaBounty, of Bolton, Jennifer J. Rash, of Burlington, and Joseph E. Shaw III, of Watervliet, New York. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Alex Crown, Cody Crown, Alyssa Crown, and McKensie Patric; by his five siblings: Kathy Dyke of Maine, Deborah March, Valerie Perkins and her husband, Ronald, of Vermont, Terry Goss and her husband, George, of New York, and Andrew Rash and his wife Lara, of Vermont.

He was known to many for his hard work, gentle soul, and beautiful singing voice.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, singing karaoke in the backyard, playing Cornhole, horseshoes, and fishing (both summer and winter), on beautiful Willoughby Lake where he grew up.

A private ceremony will be held for the family to spread his ashes.

A celebration of life will be held October 1, 2016, from 1-5 p.m. at his home in Westmore on West Side Lane.   Please bring a dish to share, listen to his favorite songs, and share memories of this amazing man.


Marguerite Rosenthal

Marguerite Rosenthal, until recently a part-time resident of South Albany, died on August 25, 2016, in Maryland, after a four-month battle with cancer. She was 75.

During her stays in the Northeast Kingdom, Ms. Rosenthal was a regular presence at concerts (classical, folk, whatever), plays, and other community events. If it was a potluck, she could be counted on to bring something homemade, interesting, and delicious. She was often one of those who stayed to clean up. She was a contributor.

She was also eternally and enthusiastically grateful for the kindnesses her neighbors showed her ever since she bought her little summer house on Centebar Road some 20 years ago. Though she traveled the world and devoted herself to righting its wrongs, she was perhaps happiest enjoying the simple pleasures — gardening, hiking, and kayaking here.

Ms. Rosenthal was born in the Bronx, and grew up in New York City and in central New Jersey. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated from Queens College. She earned her doctorate in social work and social welfare from Rutgers University and taught at Rutgers, Adelphi University, and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1966 until she retired, she was a professor of Social Work at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She lived in Boston.

During her years in Boston she worked on and off campus for peace and against for-profit prisons, for equal rights and against torture. She wrote scores of book reviews and scholarly articles and was co-editor of Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provisions, published in 2002. She traveled extensively for both business and pleasure to Germany, El Salvador, India, Sweden, Israel and the West Bank, Cuba, Hungary, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Czechoslovakia. She was always on the go — if not on the globe, then in her thoughts and her aspirations.

Ms. Rosenthal is survived by her son, Benjamin Martin Rosenthal, his wife, Nancy and their children, Leah and Ezra, of Takoma Park, Maryland; by her brother David; her sisters-in-law; a niece and a nephew; and a collection of cousins, who will continue to cherish her memory.


Annette R.A. St. Onge

Annette R.A. St. Onge, 80, of Derby, died peacefully on August 21, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on November 2, 1935, in Thetford Mine, Quebec, to Philemon and Yvette (Rodrique) Paquet. On July 12, 1958, she married Marcel St. Onge, who survives her.

Mrs. St. Onge was a former member of the Newport Country Club, and the Rocky Ridge Country Club in Hinesburg. She was an avid sports person playing squash, tennis, and racquetball, and she was very competitive.

She is survived by her husband, Marcel St. Onge, of Derby; by her children: Donald St. Onge of Shelburne, Michel St. Onge and his wife, Beverly, of Hinesburg, and Richard St. Onge and his wife, Ann, of Underhill. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joshua St. Onge and his wife, Ali, Kimberly Cherrier and her husband, Eddie, April Andreasen and her husband, Nick, Dakota Siple and her companion, Chip Tinker, Jeana St. Onge and her companion, Eric Kingsbury, and Eliza St. Onge; by seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

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Stanley M. Swett

Stanley M. Swett, 75, of Newport, died peacefully on August 25, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport, comforted by his wife, her children, and his granddaughters.

He was born July 31, 1941, in Newport, son of Harold and Honora (Morse) Swett. He married Cynthia (Perron) Rockwell on December 2, 1986, where they resided in his family home in Newport. Mr. Swett worked at Union Butterfields/Tivoly, Inc. in Derby Line as a machinist. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He served in the army in Korea as second engineer battalion (combat) 633rd Engineer Company (LE) APO United States Forces 96358.

Mr. Swett’s joy was in his grandchildren — taking them fishing, camping at Maidstone Park, or swimming at Charlie’s Pond. He loved tenting at the pond too, even when it snowed. They all attest to the fact that he was the greatest swimmer they have ever known. He could dive deeper than any, and hold his breath like no other. He took pride in helping his family with their lawns, using his mower and a little green wagon attached behind pulling the built-in cooler and a rake. His wife has fond memories of him mowing her mother’s lawn every week, then visiting on the front porch with her mother. Mr. Swett loved his children, animals, and he loved to cook. He always baked the ham for the holidays. He was the best at making a boiled dinner, and his Thanksgiving meat and stuffing were awesome. Even when he became too sick to attend the holiday meals, he still cooked the meat and sent it along. He had fun making bets on the NASCAR races with his family.

Mr. Swett is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughters Kimberly Swett and Colleen Nutting; and grandson Brandon. He is also survived by stepchildren Charlie Rockwell and his wife, Jamie, and their daughters Marina and Angela; grandchildren Ashley and Cameron, and Angela’s husband, Gary Remillard, and his children, Rachel and Brad; by his sister Jean Percy and her husband, Lester, of Derby. She states that, “Stan was always there for her and she for him.” She remembers he was a good cook and he and his mother were very close.

When Mr. Swett’s father died, he lived with his mother taking good care of her. Ms. Percy said, “Stan was a miracle child.” When he was 18, he was in a serious car accident and thrown a hundred feet from the car. Mr. Swett is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and leaves a special nephew, Dennis Percy, and his wife, Pam. He is survived by his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, Georgette Rockwell, Regina Cole, and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his brothers: Harold Swett, Dean Swett, Melvin Swett, Stanley Swett; and sisters Virginia Wallace and Mary Swett.

A gathering will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cynthia Swett, 588 Bluff Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Max Elwin Underwood

Max Elwin Underwood, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

He was born on March 2, 1926, in Barton and spent his childhood growing up in Barton.

He served in the Navy for four years, including time on the USS Maury in the South Pacific. Afterward, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on the GI bill, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He went to work for the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Dunkirk, New York, and there he met his future wife and married her six months later. After having three children, Mr. Underwood and his family moved to England for four years so that he could train other engineers. On his return to the United States, he settled in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he remained for the rest of his life, working until retirement for Badger Company/Raytheon in Cambridge.

Mr. Underwood spent a lot of his time gardening and taking care of his home. Once a year, he spent a week at the camp that he shared with his brother, back home in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He loved brook, bog, and lake fishing there, and working around the camp. He continued this into his eighties. His two sons took him up to the camp one last time, helping him do the things that he enjoyed, including catching a big lake trout.

He developed Alzheimer’s disease in his later years and spent the last two years at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ray Underwood and Blanche MacPherson Underwood; his brother Norman Underwood of Hudson, Massachusetts; and his sister, Arleen Bemis, also of Hudson.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, LaVerne (Baker) Underwood; his three children and their spouses: Janet and Gary Fogg of Topsham, Maine, David Underwood and his wife, Annie Saint-Pierre, of Zurich, Switzerland, and John and Kirsten Underwood of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; six grandchildren: Aaron and Linda Fogg, Laura and James Underwood, and Robin and Kenneth Underwood; and many nephews and nieces.

A service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home on Thursday, August 25, followed by burial at Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.


Obituaries August 17, 2016

Tonia Lee Fecteau

Tonia Lee Fecteau, 43, of Derby Line, died peacefully on August 10, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her loving family who gave her the strength to go to a better place with no suffering.

She was born on October 28, 1972, in Newport, the daughter of Albert and Ruby (Tice) Fecteau.

She attended Newport Center Elementary School and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1990.

Ms. Fecteau loved watching wildlife and living where she grew up. Holidays were her favorite times because both her birds had returned to the nest. She would give anyone everything she could, even if she had nothing for herself. She loved Halloween and the paranormal, and she would sell her soul for whoopie pies and Brussels sprouts. She had one cat, Mystic, who watched over her and did her best to keep her safe.

Ms. Fecteau fell head over heels for “The Big Bang Theory,” giggling for hours at Sheldon. She could never stay angry and always had a smile on her face. She fought longer than most would have thought with the challenges she faced.

Ms. Fecteau touched everyone’s life in positive ways, and was a shoulder for anybody in need as she was the fountain of wisdom. She was loved by everyone she came in contact with. She was very proud of all her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by her two sons: Anthony Poquette and his companion, April Rheaume, of Rifle, Colorado, and Tyler Poquette of Deering, New Hampshire; and by her granddaughter Maya of Rifle. She is also survived by her siblings: Dean Fecteau and his wife, Gail, of Coventry, Carol Poutre and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, Bonnie Bowen of Stowe, Massachusetts, Randy Fecteau and his wife, Barbara, of Holland, Donna Quinn and her husband, John, of Derby, and Larry Fecteau and his companion, Tamara McKenzie, of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Albert and Ruby Fecteau, and by her brother Paul Fecteau.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Andreo A. Pothier

Andreo A. Pothier, 60, of Newport Center, died peacefully on August 9, 2016, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 21, 1956, in Warwick, Quebec, Canada, to Andre and Marielle (Martel) Pothier.

On August 13, 1977, he married the former Denise Pion, who survives him.

Mr. Pothier was owner and operator of the Pothier family farm in Newport Center. He loved working his farm and tending to the animals. He was a very hard worker and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone. He enjoyed camping as well as attending family gatherings and events. He loved watching his son Adam play sports at North Country Union High School, showing dairy cattle at various events, and watching New England Patriots football. He was happy that all the kids showed interest in 4-H and dairy. He loved his family and was very proud of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Denise, of Newport Center; by his children: Andrea Kinney and her husband, John, of Newport Center, Joseph Pothier of Newport Center, Robert Pothier and his companion, Sierra Phillips, of East Charleston, and Adam Pothier and his companion, Mariah Morley, of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Victoria, Makayla, and Jorja Kinney, Emma Pothier, Isiak, Hailey, Colby, Bryce, and Levi Pothier, and Aleeah Pothier. He is also survived by his siblings: Serge Pothier and his companion, Carmel Soulieur, of Irasburg, Mario Pothier and his companion, Rebecca Germain, of Columbia, New Hampshire, Susy Pion and her husband, Robert, of Lowell; by his mother-in-law Gilberte Pion of Lowell; by his brothers-in-law Claude Cotnoir of Oxford, Maine, Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, Rejean Pion and his fiancée, Lori Lewia; by all of Lowell; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; by his sister JoAnne; and by his father-in-law Raymond Pion.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Newport. A Mass was celebrated and interment followed at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 4-H Dairy Program for Orleans County, checks payable to University of Vermont, 316 Main Street, Suite 101, Newport, Vermont 05855. Write “for Orleans County 4-H Dairy Program” in the check memo block.

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Ludger G. Toussaint

Ludger G. Toussaint, 92, formerly of Bellows Falls, died early Monday, August 8, 2016.

Mr. Toussaint was born in Gageville on September 23, 1923, the son of Gideon and Jennie (Hosman) Toussaint. He was a 1942 graduate of Bellows Falls High School, worked as a painter with his family for 20 years, and also worked for Tom Turner and White Mountain Paper in Bellows Falls. On December 14, 1962, he married Carolyn Nies, who predeceased him in 2014.

Mr. Toussaint was a World War II veteran and medal recipient, having served in the Navy.

He loved playing with his grandchildren. He was strong in his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and looked forward to the day he would be reunited with his wife, Carolyn.

He is survived by his stepdaughter, Leslie Burt of Newport; his brother Gordon Toussaint of Bellows Falls; his sisters Helen, Marie, and Lucille; his grandchildren Buckley Duby and his partner, Jen Bowen, Krystal Duby Avona, and R.J. Santaw and his wife, Danielle; and by his great-grandchildren Colton Avona, Hunter Morse, and Addilyn Santaw.

Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockingham at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.


Silverine Tenney Wright

Silverine Tenney Wright, 95, of Newport Center died on July 20, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1920, in Newport Center to William and Belia (Corrow) Sanville.

On March 15, 1941, she married Milton Wright, who predeceased her.

She was a stitcher at Newport Plastics and she worked for B.F. Moore in Newport, where she made wedding gowns and dresses. She was very talented and crafty with her hobbies, which included knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She made family afghans, quilts, and dolls. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Newport Center and the snowmobile club for many years. She had a contagious smile; she loved people, and always welcomed them into her home. She was a great cook, she loved life, and she always put her family first.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Collins and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center; by her sister-in-law Beverly Wright; by her grandchildren: Shaye and Shari Collins; and by her great-granddaughter Tia Drake. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Dale Wright; her grandson Shawn Collins; and by her siblings: Lawrence Sanville and his wife, Pearl, Cyril Sanville, John Sanville, Ella Taylor and her husband, Earl, Delphine Spaulding, Elsie Cheney, Lillian Blake, Idelle Besaw, Dorothy Bullis Britch, Isabelle Wright, and Grace Gibney; and by her brothers-in-law: Cecil Wright and Kenneth Wright and his wife, Isabelle.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Newport. Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans and Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries August 3, 2016

Victor “Andy” Homer Andrews

Victor “Andy” Homer Andrews, 97, of Coventry, died peacefully on June 16, 2016, at the Derby Green Nursing Home, where he enjoyed his stay and made many friends.

He was born on April 25, 1919, in Roxbury, to Homer G. and Eva E. (Bell) Andrews.

He attended schools in St. Albans, and enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1941. He later entered the U.S. Navy, where he served in World War II, and the Korean War. During wartime he served on many war ships, as seaman, and third-, second-, and first-class gunners mate (GM1). Some of the vessels he was aboard were the USS Roanoke, U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Washington, D.C., USS Salem (CA-139) USS Mississippi (EAG-128), USS Boston (CAG-1) U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Boston, Massachusetts. He retired with over 20 years in the service. He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

He is survived by his two daughters: Priscilla Andrews of New Mexico and Rebecca Thayer of Virginia; three grandchildren: Jason Gabric, Jenny Lynn Thayer, and Elizabeth Premo; and by his special friend, Sheila MacFarlane, of Coventry.

He was predeceased by his wives: Helen LeClair, Lucille Jackson, and Doris Kendall; by his son Randall J. Andrews; by his brothers: George, Bernard and Terrance Andrews; and by his sister Lena Andrews.

He lived in Winooski for many years where he worked for Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. He and his family moved to Coventry where they made their home.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors. The Vermont Patriot Guard Riders will escort Mr. Andrews to the cemetery.

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

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Roger L. Dumont

Roger L. Dumont, 74, died in Newport on July 26, 2016.

Mr. Dumont was born in Albany on August 14, 1941, to the late Maurice Sylvia Dumont. He grew up in North Troy and went on to graduate from North Troy High School and the Vermont Technical College.

After graduation he worked for General Electric in Burlington for a short time, then moved to Weston, Connecticut, and worked for United Technologies as an engineer for the rest of his career. After retirement, he moved to Newport. He enjoyed photography, computers, and English comedies on television.

Survivors include his brother Andre Dumont and his wife, Ann, of Altamonte Springs, Florida; nephews Paul Dumont of Sanford, Florida, Matthew Dumont and his wife, Debra, of Powder Springs, Georgia; nieces Terry Donovan and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center, Monique Souliere and her husband, Todd, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and sister-in-law Pat Dumont of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his brother Albert Dumont of North Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Better Breathers Club, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Lorene Armstrong Graham

Lorene Armstrong Graham, 82, died peacefully at her home in Newport in the early morning hours of July 30, 2016.

Mrs. Graham was born in Troy, the fourth daughter of Guy and Dorris Percy Armstrong, on August 11, 1933. She attended the Troy school, and when the family moved to Newport in 1944, she finished graded school and Newport High School, graduating with the class of 1951.

She joined the National Bank of Newport and met Bill Graham. Starting with their first date on April 21, 1954, leading to their marriage on November 21, 1954, and followed by 62 years together, she and Mr. Graham had a wonderful life with their four children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Graham, who preferred to be called Laurie throughout her life, was active in helping people. She was a faithful volunteer for the Elks, she worked on rummage sales as a member of the women’s society of the Newport United Church, she volunteered to help with church suppers, and was a member of the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary. She served as secretary for the Newport City school for many years and worked for a number of years as a driver for Rural Community Transport, taking people to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, and to many other locations.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham have been fixtures of the Sias Avenue, Birch Lane, and Hillside Street areas since they moved there in 1958. Over their years together, the Grahams did a lot of traveling, including to Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and California, and they attended a number of American Legion national conventions.

Mrs. Graham enjoyed people in general, and was helpful to all with a pleasant personality. She was very devoted to her family and expressed gratefulness for her and Mr. Graham’s life together, and for the family.

Mrs. Graham is survived by Bill, her husband of 62 years; by her sons James Graham and his wife, Lynn, of South Glens Falls, New York, and Scott Graham of Potomic, Maryland; by her daughter Kerry Graham of Concord, New Hampshire; and by her grandchildren: Derek Graham of Fort Edward, New York, Eric Graham of St. Johnsbury, Corey Graham of Ukiah, California, Emily Graham of South Glens Falls, Nic Graham of South Glens Falls, Cassandra Graham of Washington, D.C., Jennifer Graham of Davenport, Florida, Tyler Douglas Graham of Newport, Second Lieutenant Connor Graham and his wife, Jenna, of Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and by her great-grandson Blaze Cochran of Glover. She is also survived by her brother Roger Armstrong and his wife, Isabelle, by her brother Leonard Armstrong and his wife, June, of St. Johnsbury; by her sister-in-law Joan Armstrong of Lewisburg, West Virginia; and by her brother William Armstrong of Newport News, Virginia. She is also survived by all of her beloved nieces and nephews of the Graham and Armstrong families.

Mrs. Armstrong was predeceased by her oldest son, Douglas, in 2000; by her brother Gilbert Armstrong and his wife, Hazel; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Barbara Judd and her husband, Leon, and Beverly Hoadley and her husband, Clayton.

Calling hours will be at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be on Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Newport United Church with the Reverend Jim Merriam presiding.

The Graham family sincerely thanks the great number of friends and family who have been so nice to Mrs. Graham in her times of need this past year, thoughtfully visiting her and bolstering her with kindness and encouragement.

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Donald Henn

Donald C. “Coot” Henn, 76, of Lowell and Port Saint Lucie, Florida, died peacefully with his family by his side on July 20, 2016.

There will be a memorial ride in his honor on August 6. Riders should meet at the Lowell school at 11 a.m.; kickstands go up at 11:30. After, a celebration of his life will be held at the VFW in Hyde Park at noon.

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Paul W. Leno

Paul W. Leno, 55, of Derby, died on July 24, 2016, in Derby.

He was born on May 21, 1961, in Morrisville to Helen (Farrand) and the late Paul Wood. He was later adopted by Corcell Leno.

He enjoyed fishing, making clay figures, and playing chess online. He was very artistic with clay. He was a self-taught computer repairman, and he loved all animals, especially cats.

He is survived by his son Tyler Leno of Washington, D.C.; by his mother, Helen Leno, of Orleans; by his sister Anita Hodgman and her husband, Kevin, of Orleans; and by his half-brothers Andy Wood and Shannon Wood of Indiana.

He was predeceased by his son Philip Leno in 2004; and by a half-sister, Diana.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Glendora Frances (Miles) McClay

Glendora Frances (Miles) McClay, 92, died on March 16, 2016, in Palm Desert, California.

She was born on April 21, 1923. She was the daughter of Glenn and Sadie Marie (Edgerton) Miles.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy and Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She married Hamilton T. McClay on April 24, 1949.

Mr. and Mrs. McClay lived in Newport after their marriage and then purchased a diner in Montpelier. They ran McClay’s Diner for several years with Mr. McClay doing the short order cooking and Mrs. McClay making the desserts. They formed many long-lasting relationships during that time.

After selling the restaurant, Mrs. McClay started working at the National Life Insurance Company, where she remained for over 25 years until her retirement.

At that point, she and Mr. McClay moved to sunny California where they made their home in Palm Desert.

Mrs. McClay became active in the homeowners association, volunteered at the Ford Elementary School in the classroom and library, and was an avid bridge player.

While she had no children, she thought of all her nieces and nephews as her kids. To most, she was known as Auntie Glen, but to Madelyn Mires she was Gramma Glen.

Ms. McClay was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton, and by her sister Phostine Austin.

She is survived by her sister Marlene Davis, and her family: Deborah Navin and her husband, Robert, and her son, James Clarke; the late Steven Davis and his wife, Lynn, and their son, Dillon; Gregory Davis; Sheila Mires and her daughter, Madelyn.

She is also survived by her sister Phostine’s family: Glenn Austin; Gail Guillette and her husband, Louis, and their children Cara and the late Harold “Bennie” Benjamin, their son, Harold Benjamin III and his fiancée, Desiree Charron; Ted Guillette and his wife, Amy, and their children Alexandria and Jonathyn; Louis Guillette Jr. and his wife, Tracy, and their children, Kristen and Brenden Hunt, and Katelyn; Alan Guillette and his wife, Christina, and their children Derek and Regan; Jerry Guillette and his wife, MaDonna, and their daughter Arrianna; Janet Young and her daughter Michelle Hall and her husband, Travis; and James Austin and his wife, Christine Iorillo, and their children, Rose Iorillo and Tess Austin.

A service of remembrance will be held Monday, August 8, at the Albany Village Cemetery at 11 a.m.

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Susan A. Pelcher

Susan A. Pelcher, 61, of Newport, died on July 27, 2016, in Newport.

Ms. Pelcher was born on May 16, 1955, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Savage) March.

She is survived by her son Corey Pelcher of San Diego, California; by her two brothers: Andrew March and his wife, Mary Lou, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Douglas March and his wife, Carol, of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Ms. Pelcher was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Elizabeth March.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 5, at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Jim Merriam officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Terrie L. Sable

Terrie Lee Sable, 65, of Sheffield, died on July 20, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She had been sick for one month with a tear in her aorta. She had surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on July 14, and was recovering very well in the intensive care unit, but she died suddenly early in the morning of July 20.

Ms. Sable was born on November 17, 1950, in Racine, Wisconsin. She attended Horlick High School in Racine, and then two years of college at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. She worked as a company representative for U.S. Tobacco and for an optical company. In 1987 she was injured in an automobile accident that left her disabled due to arthritis and pain in her back and neck. On good days she could be active for part of the day, although she often needed to spend the day resting due to pain.

Ms. Sable loved quilting, and she developed her own style using small fabric hexagons and squares. She gave away dozens of her quilts, wall hangings, and placemats. She was a warm and generous person who enjoyed sharing what she had and giving things to others in need.

She was an avid reader, especially of historical books about English monarchs, American indians, and the Old West. She read from the Bible frequently.

Ms. Sable loved animals, including cats, dogs, birds, and fish. She was a volunteer at the spay and neuter clinic at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans. She had a green thumb and kept her home decorated with houseplants and flower gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Jeremiah Sable, of Sheffield; by her daughter Grace Rodriguez in Racine; by her mother, Mary Roskilly, of Valdosta, Georgia; by her brother John Roskilly of Valdosta; and by her brother Glenn Roskilly of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

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Obituaries December 16, 2015

obit Callahan VETAlbert J. Callahan Jr.

Albert J. Callahan Jr., 87, of Morgan and West Hartford, Connecticut died peacefully on December 12, 2015, at home after a long illness, with his family by his side.

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 20, 1928, a son of the late Albert and Laura Callahan. He grew up with his three brothers Lee, the late Vincent, and Thomas Callahan.

He graduated from Hall High School in 1945, Providence College in 1950, and Boston University Law School in 1953. He was a WWII Army veteran, and was proud of his service. He was the head of the legal department at Allstate Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1953 to 1994, in addition to having his own private practice.

“Big Al,” as he was affectionately called, was the life of the party and was always quick with a funny joke or story. He enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox win or lose. His favorite activity was rooting for and watching Providence College basketball. He had a strong connection to Providence College. His father was the first of seventeen Callahans to earn a degree from Providence College.

obit vets flagHe was an avid boater and fisherman who balanced his professional life with his family life, spending many wonderful weekends on his boat “The Seven C’s” with his family. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, and did pro-bono legal work for a nonprofit group called Clay Hill. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Church and The Old Guard. He was a devoted father to his five sons.

His is survived by his sons: Albert J. Callahan III and his wife, Kathy, Timothy and his wife, Maureen, Peter, and Joseph and his wife, Barbara. He enjoyed spending the last thirteen years with his loving friend, Pat Hunt, of Morgan. Mr. Callahan adored his nine grandchildren and will always remain in their hearts.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion, and his son Matthew.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home, located at 906 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy at 1116 North Main Street in West Hartford. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Callahan’s name to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, Connecticut 06492.

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obit GarlandOrmond B. Garland

Ormond B. Garland, 78, of Orleans died peacefully on December 7, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 21, 1937, to Seth and Mabel (Moore) Garland.

On September 5, 1959, he married Elizabeth White, who survives him.

He received his general education development diploma in 1972, from Lake Region Union High School. He was a machinist at Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Orleans for 43 years.

He was past master for the Orleans Lodge #106 F&AM, a member of the Orleans Fire Department, and he was an Orleans emergency medical technician. He was also a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, birdwatching, gardening, listening to country music, and he especially enjoyed attending family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Garland, of Orleans; his sons: Douglas James Garland and his fiancé, Julie Fortin, of Derby Line, and David William Garland and his wife, Danniella, of Eugene, Oregon; his beloved grandson Nicholas “Nick” Maio of Lyndonville; several nieces and nephews; his brothers-in-law: Stanley Davis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby, David Gray and his wife, Jackie of Morgan, James White, and his wife, Helen, of Barton, and Jackson Allen of West Charleston.

He was predeceased by his infant son Denis Leroy Garland.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23.

The interment will take place in the spring in St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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obit hemenway VETFern “Jim” Hemenway

Fern “Jim” Hemenway, 96, of Orleans died on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida.

He was born March 19, 1919, to Frank and Elletta Hemenway in Orleans.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the escort destroyer U.S.S. Solar.

He worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

He enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Shirley Hemenway, of Orleans; his children: Sandra Wentworth of Saratoga Springs, New York, Hale Hemenway and his wife, Sandy, of Rotonda West, Florida, Shirley Devine and her husband, Allan, of Inverness, Florida, Carol Jiang and her husband, Joseph, of Newell, Massachusetts, Jacqueline Mei of Ithaca, New York, and Eugene Mei of Longmont, Colorado; his sister Gretta Morrison of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

obit vets flagHe was “G.G. Pa” to 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A family memorial service was held on Thursday, December 10, in Englewood, Florida, at the Veterans Memorial Park.

A burial memorial service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in late June of 2016.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 44 East Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.


obit jankowskiBrenda G. Jankowski

Brenda G. Jankowski, 62, of Derby Line, and formerly of Webster, Massachusetts, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1953, to the late Albert and Altheda (Ball) Bannister.

She was the wife and friend of Kenneth Jankowski for over 30 years.

She spent much of her adult life in Webster before moving to Derby, where she lived for many years. She was a devout Christian and a passionate advocate for all animal life, especially raccoons. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Jankowski, of Derby Line; her daughter Christina Pellegrino and her family: Paige, Eric, Freya, and Noah; her son Jake Jankowski and his wife, Heather, and his children: Brooklyn, Jesse, and Rebecca; her brothers: Albert Bannister, Steven Bannister, and Arthur Baxter; her sisters: Bertha Fabrizi and Linda Risden, and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. Ms. Jankowski was fortunate to have many friends in Derby, who were also like her family in all the ways that count.

A memorial to celebrate her life will be set up in the near future, and will be posted on her Facebook page.


obit LantagneJoette M. Lantagne

Joette M. Lantagne, 65, of Morgan, died on December 10, 2015, at her home in Morgan surrounded by all her family.

She was born on June 16, 1950, to Bernard and Marie Anna (Lariviere) Roy.

On September 12, 1970, she married Wayne Lantagne, who survives her.

She was assistant manager for Shaw’s Supermarket in Derby. She previously worked at the Grand Union in Newport, and then with Shaw’s for over 45 years.

She loved tending to her flower beds and watching hummingbirds. She loved to travel to casinos with her sisters-in-law and her daughter-in-law, and they also liked to go shopping on Black Friday. She loved to spend time with her two boys (grandsons) Dillon and Logan.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Lantagne, of Morgan; her children: Shane Lantagne and his wife, Vikki, of Newport, and Stacie Fox and her companion, Tommy Szedlaick, of Killington; her grandsons: Dillon and Logan Lantagne; her siblings: Francis “Sonny” Roy and his wife, Dorothy, of Newport, Michael Roy and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Monique Herlocker and her husband, Lloyd, of Florida; her sisters-in-law Cheryl Kelley and her husband, Robert, of Newport Center, and Kim Mathison and her husband, Randall, of Newport Center; her brother-in-law David Lantagne and his wife, Robin, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings: George Roy, Aline Judd, and Gilberte Bennett; and her in-laws Oliver and Joyce Lantagne.

Funeral services will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, at the American Legion in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit LebeauCecile M. Lebeau

Cecile M. Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on December 9, 2015. She went to be with the Lord.

She was born on March 5, 1925, in Newport, the daughter of Edmund and Lumina (Labonte) Before.

She married Henry Lebeau, who predeceased her in 1995.

Mrs. Lebeau was a homemaker, wife, mother, farmer, and caregiver. As a homemaker, she always made sure her family and friends were well taken care of, and shared her special doughnuts, homemade bread, and brownies with everyone who came to visit. As a wife and farmer, she always worked beside her husband, either milking cows or driving tractors in the hayfield. As a mother, she constantly cared for and worried about her children, and as a caregiver, she cared for her mother, her mother-in-law, and her husband.

Mrs. Lebeau loved the trips she took with the Community Circle, and enjoyed the companionship that they offered. She loved her bingo games, and the friends with whom she enjoyed that activity.  She was the treasurer for the Farm Bureau for many years.

She was a member of the Trinity Parish of Irasburg and was also a member of the Ladies Guild. For the last year she lived at Maple Lane Nursing Home, where she received exceptional care, and was a part of the family there.

She is survived by her children: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; her daughter-in-law Fran Lebeau O’Neil and her husband, Michael, of Arkansas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Edward and Matthew Lebeau, Hannah Lebeau Chamberland, Rachel, Roger, and Rene Morse; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: Henry Before of Montana, Theresa Cox and Carmen Harter of Spokane, Washington, Vincent Before of West Burke, and Rita Riley of Palmetto, Florida.

She was predeceased by her children: Bernard, Robert, and Marcel Lebeau; and by her brother-in-law Albert Lebeau.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit maynardPaul I. Maynard Sr.

Paul I. Maynard Sr., 88, of Burlington died on December 4, 2015, following a brief illness.

Mr. Maynard was born in Johnson on April 16, 1927, to Henry A. Maynard and Dolores Z. Bergeron. He was one of several children and is survived by his sisters: Alma Marrier, Pauline Flanders, both of Burlington, and Florence Wait and her husband, Ed, of Texas.

He was an exceptional musician, having taught himself to play harmonica, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. For many years, he played country and western music all around Vermont, and was a member of Northeast Fiddlers.

In February 1949, he married Marie T. Lemons, and they had five children: Dolores Chamberlain and her husband, James, of Barton; Paul Maynard Jr. and his wife, Martha; Joan Frosolone and her husband, Richard; Steve Maynard and his fiancé, Susan Speagle, all of Burlington. He was predeceased by his daughter Patricia and his first wife, Marie.

He is also survived by Joyce (Stutler) Maynard, who he married three years ago; and by many friends; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren from Sheffield are: Patrick Ham and his wife, Sarah Jane, and their children: Lydia, Katie, Abigail, and Toby; Betsy Ham and her son Lukas; Jessica Gilman and her husband, Matt, and their children: Ryder, Kadyn, Cyrus, Jaxyn, and Valyn; Katelyn Ham and her partner, Jonathan Hosman, and their son Nathan of Boston, Massachusetts.

A celebration of Mr. Maynard’s life was held December 9 at the VFW in Burlington.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


obit PerkinsGerald Ralph Perkins

Gerald Ralph Perkins, 70, of West Charleston died on December 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 5, 1945, in West Charleston to Ralph and Mabel (Holmes) Perkins.

On July 18, 1964, he married the former Margaret Bresse, who survives him.

He worked for H. P. Hood and Elmwood Dairy for many years. He also worked for Raymond Lemay and Gordon Benoit, and more recently was a self-employed carpenter.

He held memberships to a snowmobile club and the North Country Football Boosters Club, where he helped build the snack shack.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Perkins, of West Charleston; his sons: Scott Perkins and his companion, Anick Desorcy, of Brownington, and Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, of Wolcott; his grandchildren: Emily Perkins, Tyson Havard, Maleighna Perkins, Brock Perkins, and Brent Chilafoux, who Mr. Perkins thought of as a grandson. He is also survived by his great-grandson Stephen Havard; his siblings: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Toby, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; his brothers-in-law: Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, and William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of New Caney, Texas; his sister-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth in 1973; his father, Ralph Perkins, on February 4, 2014; his mother, Mabel Perkins, on May 22, 2015; and by his brother-in-law Edmund Bresse.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 19, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. The interment will take place in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833, or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 VT Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

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obit selansCheryle Emily Selan

Cheryle Emily Selan, 69, died suddenly on December 8, 2015.

She was born on July 1, 1946.

She happily lived in Orleans with her companion of 20 years, Omer A. Doyon. Together they enjoyed long car rides, looking through antique shops, quiet lunches out, working on projects at their home, and bonfires with friends and family. They shared their home with two dogs and yard full of chickens. Ms. Selan also enjoyed quilting with her daughters, spending time in the kitchen, and various craft projects.

Ms. Selan was a retired counselor. She dedicated many years to working in the school system. She worked as a junior high English teacher for many years before deciding to continue her education to become a school counselor. She spent several years working both as a private counselor and through other agencies.

She is survived by her companion; her father and mother, Morris and Patricia Palmer, of Newport; her daughter Robin Messier and her husband, Leonard, of Lowell; her daughter Gisele Gardner and her husband, George, of Sheffield; her stepdaughters: Katie Hall of St. Johnsbury, Michelle Doyon of Waterbury, and Donna Brault and Debbie Selan of Cape Cod; her stepson Nathan Doyon and his wife, Sophie, of Waterbury; her brother Terri Palmer and his wife, Cheryl; her grandson Adam Messier and his wife, Ellyn, of Coventry; her granddaughter Sarah Fournier and her husband, Eric, of Swanton; and her great-grandson Emmitt Fournier of Swanton. Equally important are the many friends who Ms. Selan held dear.

A memorial service will be held at her home on January 9, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf. Donations may be food or cash that are brought to the food shelf, or mailed to 70 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, in memory of Cheryle Selan. People with questions regarding donations may call 334-7316.


obit TurnerPaul Lewis Turner

Paul Lewis Turner, 73, of Irasburg, died in Burlington on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

He was born on June 11, 1942, in Newport. He was the son of Clesson “Joe” and Hazel (Desjardins) Turner.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport in 1960. He joined the Vermont National Guard after high school. He met Cynthia Larocque while working on the ski patrol at Jay Peak, and they later married on July 22, 1972.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood at Butterfields for ten years, and the Newport Armory for seven years. He was the parts manager for various stores in the area.  He was a milk tester for the National Farmers Organization, and then worked for IBM. After his retirement, he worked at the Price Chopper in Derby.

He loved playing golf, bowling, playing cribbage, and poker. He also loved reading, fishing, playing pool with Raymond and Casey, hanging out with Freddy and friends in the garage, doing his firewood, and walking his dog Chance.

Mr. Turner was a former selectman for the Town of Irasburg.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia (Larocque) Turner of Irasburg; his children: Marti Wilson and her husband, Jon, of Brownington, Abby Wallace of Lithia, Florida, and Amos Turner and his wife, Charity, of Glover; his grandchildren: Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Jamie Wilson and her fiancé, James Margolla, of Brownington, Maddie and Emma Wallace of Lithia, Bailey, Grace, and Ethan Turner of Glover, and Holly Loukes of Derby; his great-granddaughter Paisley Fortin; his siblings: Claire Guiranna and her husband, Carl, of Pennsylvania, Ann “Pee Wee” Cote and her husband, Lawrence “Sonny,” of Westfield, Lois Jenks and her husband, Peter, of Newport, Linda Lawson of Westfield, and James Turner and his wife, Connie, of North Carolina; his sister-in-law Mary-Jane Turner of Irasburg; and numerous nieces; nephews; and grandnieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and David Turner.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, with Elder Randy Lee officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, December 19, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit WilsonJoyce P Wilson

Joyce P Wilson, 91, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Derby Line, died on December 2, 2015.

She was born on June 28, 1924, in Derby Line.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1942. She moved to Brattleboro after graduation and was employed at the USA Holstein Association. She then traveled west, settling in Denver, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Ms. Wilson worked for many years in the medical professions of dentistry and pediatrics. She enjoyed supporting the pediatric medical profession until she retired, and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of the newborn infants.

She loved to travel, and traveled to many areas and countries in the world, Russia, China, and European countries for starters. She was an avid skier all her life. She loved sports, especially football — she supported the University of Colorado, her beloved Denver Broncos, and as a New Englander, the Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She also enjoyed taking classes to learn new things. Some of her greatest pleasures later in life were her summer visits to Derby Line, where she would spend time with her brothers Bernard and Royce, as well as her closest lifelong school friends.

She is survived by her niece Lexie Rye and her husband, Arthur, of Fairfax; her nephews: Randy Bronson and his wife, Cindy, of Waterbury, and Dale Wilson and his wife, Rachel, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; several grandnieces and grandnephews; as well as many lifelong friends including Barb Carnes of Denver, Harriet Downing of Derby Line, and friends Bruce and Mary Muir of Derby Line.

She was predeceased by her parents, Burns and Bessie (Monteith) Wilson; her brothers: Giles, Bernard, and twin brother Royce; and her sister Martha Bronson.

A graveside service will be held in May at the Derby Line Cemetery in Derby Line. A memorial service will be held in Denver at the end of December.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line.


Obituaries December 9, 2015

obit gibson VETSybil Mary Space Gibson

Sybil Mary Space Gibson, 92, died on November 22, 2015.

She left her Sunriver, Oregon, home of four decades as dawn broke, with her family around her. After 92 fulfilling years, she is with Jesus and reunited with her late husband, Bob.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victor Applegate Space and Mildred Knowlton Space on April 16, 1923, she grew up in the New Jersey community of Glen Rock, graduating from Ridgewood High School in 1940. It was the heart of the Great Depression, but home life was rich. She played in the woods behind their Dutch colonial home with her three siblings, and they ran down to meet their father coming home on the train from Manhattan.

Mrs. Gibson enrolled at the New Jersey College for Women, part of Rutgers University, and with the war effort in full force, joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1944, she was commissioned as lieutenant, junior grade. One of her more interesting duties was to work in the communications facility in Washington, D.C., decoding enemy communications, a task that earned her the National Defense Service Medal.

While an instructor at the Navy War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, she met the love of her life, Navy Commander Robert C. Gibson, whom she married in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on June 18, 1955. At that time, a woman’s military career ended when married, and for the next phase of her life, she became a wonderful life partner to Mr. Gibson and mother to her three children, John, Craig, and Catherine.

Navy life moved them to Washington, D.C., then to San Diego, California, back to Newport, Rhode Island, then to Honolulu (where she caught the “aloha” spirit, and Hawaii became her second home), then to the Philippine Islands, Virginia Beach, and McLean, Virginia.

obit vets flagMr. Gibson retired as captain in the Navy in 1973, and one of the unwritten rules of marrying an Oregonian came into effect. Yes, if one marries someone from Oregon, one must expect eventually to live in the Beaver State, and in 1974, the family moved to the fledgling resort community of Sunriver, population 67.

That is where Mrs. Gibson shone as she helped incubate organizations that are now integral for making Sunriver the vibrant community it is. Thirsting for culture, she was a founding member of the Sunriver Music Festival, and served as its president for three years. Her Christian faith being paramount, she helped start not one, but two churches — in the 1970s, the Sunriver Community Church (now the Community Bible Fellowship), and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship, serving in leadership positions in both, and enjoying singing soprano in the choir.

One could see her enjoying a mocha at The Door, meeting friends at Café Sintra, and bringing her beloved cockapoo Jenny to the 20 Below Club parties. Sunriver was her beloved home, and she watched the small isolated community become a world class resort.

She is survived by her sons: John, and his wife, Gail, of Sunriver; Craig and his wife, Sarah, of Portland, Oregon, with grandchildren: Daniel, Margaret, and Thomas; and her daughter Catherine of Clinton Township, New Jersey, with grandchildren: Benjamin and Jacqueline; two brothers: David, of Blaine, Minnesota, and Steven, of East Dummerston.

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister Pamela.

A graveside memorial will be held at 11 a.m., on December 21 at the Pilot Butte Cemetery with a homegoing celebration following at 2 p.m. at Sunriver Christian Fellowship.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sunriver Music Festival and the Sunriver Christian Fellowship.


obit Glodgett VETRoyce A. Glodgett

Royce A. Glodgett, 86, of Brownington died on December 5, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on March 2, 1929, in Orleans to Roy and Violet (Davis) Glodgett. He attended schools in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1947.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in December of 1947, and served in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, and on many bases in the U.S. He was honorably discharged at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in 1954. It was there that he met and married Betty Jean Owens, who predeceased him on March 10, 2011.

They returned to Brownington, and he worked for Stub’s Garage in Coventry for 16 years. He retired in 1988. He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans, and is a former member of the North Okaloosa County Chapter #4675 of AARP in Crestview, Florida.  He liked gardening, fishing, auto racing, and spending his later years at the family home in Florida each winter.

obit vets flagMr. Glodgett is survived by his family: William Glodgett of Brownington, Peggy Glodgett and her partner, Gary Ewen, of Woodbury and Brownington, John Glodgett and his wife, Susie, of Barton, and Nancy Sweeney and her husband, Carroll, of South Albany; by his grandchildren: Samuel Willson, Melissa Mason, Jeremy Glodgett, Ezra Glodgett, Savannah Glodgett, and Isaac and Caleb Sweeney; and by nine great-grandchildren who brought him much joy.

He was predeceased by his brother Richard Glodgett, and his sister Beverly Bullis.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 11 a.m. in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #23, care of Dawn Wilcox, P.O. Box 45, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

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obit gordonLynn Elizabeth Gordon

Lynn Elizabeth Gordon, 50, of Troy died peacefully at home on November 6, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born on December 13, 1964.

She happily resided on her little farm in Troy for the past 22 years. Although many animals made their home with her there, she primarily raised Nigerian dwarf goats. She took such pride in being a good steward, putting their needs before her own. Ms. Gordon was a farmer at heart, and although her little piece of the world was not the typical Vermont farm, it was her world, and she devoted herself to all the critters that lived there, or found their way there. Over the years she rehabilitated a baby raccoon, a fawn, and even a wayward skunk. Her saying, “faith, family, farm” described her nature and her heart perfectly.

For a time Ms. Gordon taught at the Grace Christian School, which she loved and felt so proud of.

She was a longtime member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, where she enjoyed many years of love and support. Her church family meant the world to her.

Ms. Gordon is survived by her mother, June; and her stepfather, Larry; her son Adam; her brother Chris; her sister Julie and her fiancé, Mark; her daughter-in-law Keshia; and two beautiful grandchildren: Cheyenne and Victoria; by her nephew Ryan; her niece Cara; and by her animals who were family: Baylah, Annie, and TJ. But equally as important are the friends who were her family too: Kim and Gary, Amber, Shane and baby Gabriel, and Wendy. Ms. Gordon also had a loving church family, who are too numerous to mention, but include Scott and Paula Rafferty, Joan Swenson, and pastor and Monica Libby, and their girls, who Ms. Gordon adored.

She is predeceased by her father, Edward, and her sister Jessica.

A memorial service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg at 11:30 a.m. on December 27. The family would love for those who feel so inclined to bring a brief a note with a special memory or story about Ms. Gordon so that they may read them and be lifted up in the days ahead.


obit PatrissiCatherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi

Catherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi, 66, formerly of Westmore, died suddenly at her home in Moretown, on November 30, 2015.

She was beloved by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Patrissi, and her sons: Jeremy, Justin, and Jason. Her granddaughter GiGi Cree Patrissi is her spitting image.

Ms. Patrissi was born on February 1, 1949, to Steve and Joyce Cree and grew up in St. Johnsbury.

Her heart, however, always stayed at her beloved Willoughby Lake in Westmore, where her family had a camp for many years. In her childhood she loved horses and ice fishing with her dad. She could recite poetry and was a romantic at heart. She loved all animals and living creatures. She loved her family house, which is at the foot of Ward Mountain, where she would feed every animal, large and small, that roamed Vermont. She loved the peace and nature in the area. She couldn’t kill a spider but would catch them and take them outside so they wouldn’t come to harm. She had a deep spiritual connection to Jesus Christ.

One of her favorite jobs was being the last receptionist to Governor Dick Snelling. She was the face of state government at the highest level, and she was proud of that. She did a lot of public service work during her life, including working at Fletcher Allen, serving as an EMT locally, and working and caring for the disabled.

She was the changing force in Jason Magoon’s life, as she became a surrogate mother to him, and whom she loved as her own son.

Ms. Patrissi was an advocate of the underdog, the arts, and she loved the deep beauty of Vermont. She was an articulate and beautiful girl and a classy lady. She will be missed and leaves a hole in the hearts of those who loved her.

Because May was her favorite month, and Willoughby Lake her favorite place, there will be a service at the church in Westmore in May.

She will be buried at the north end of the lake in the cemetery there. Details will be announced to her friends near that time.

For those who wish, gifts in her memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Community Action, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855, or go to their website at

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Obituaries November 25, 2015

obit dupreeJulie Lynn Piper Depree

Julie Lynn Piper Depree, 54, formerly of Newport, died suddenly on November 6, 2015, in Cayce, South Carolina with her partner Tom Knowlton by her side.

She was born in Newport on August 17, 1961, to Irwin and Gloria (Lontine) Piper.

She was predeceased by her parents, Irwin Piper and Gloria Reynolds; her grandparents: Floyd and Laura Lontine, and Roland and Edith Willey; by her aunt Anita Rivard; her uncle Ivan Piper; her nephew Charles Buckland, Jr.; and her special friend Melissa Raymond.

Ms. Depree is survived by her partner, Tom Knowlton of South Carolina; her beloved sister Shari McAllister of Newport and her partner, David Parenteau; her stepfather Brad Reynolds of Newport; her brother Jon Piper of North Carolina; her nephew Joshua McAllister; and her great-nephew Preston McAllister of Newport Center. She is also survived by many special friends, especially Kristy, C.V., and Cathy Q.

Ms. Depree attended North Country Union High School until the tenth grade when she went to live with her aunt Anita Rivard in Jericho. She graduated from Essex High School in 1979. She then returned to Newport where she worked many jobs including bartending at the Long Branch. When that closed, she embarked on her second love, traveling. She lived in New Orleans, Florida, New York, California, the Virgin Islands, and most recently, South Carolina until her death.

Ms. Depree was a proud survivor of breast cancer, and never let it get her down. She lived life to the fullest but was always happiest when she came home to spend time with her family and to see her friends at Jasper’s Tavern. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW in Lyndonville.

As befitting Ms. Depree, there was a celebration of life at Jasper’s Tavern on November 22. Private services will take place in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #10038 in care of Bonita Before with the heading “In memory of Julie Depree,” P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville Vermont 05851.

You are a shooting star.

I will always love you Ju,

Love Shari

From Shari McAllister of Newport


Mary Ann Moore

Mary Ann Moore, 80, of Derby Line died on November 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 11, 1935, in Newport to Lawrence and Margaret (Fluke) Moore.  She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and later from Community College of Vermont.

She was employed as a lead aide by the U.S. Customs Service District in St. Albans until her retirement. She then moved back to the Derby Line area and was a member of the Derby Line Home Den, where she enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by her children: Kevin Simoneau and his wife, Susan, of Holland and Keith Simoneau and his wife, Sharmon, of East Haven; by her grandchildren: Emily Parker and her husband, Tim, Daniel Simoneau, Marissa Simoneau, Cody Jackman, and Colton Simoneau; by her great-granddaughter Piper Simoneau; by her brother Lawrence Moore and his wife, Lucille, of Punta Gorda, Florida; by her sisters: Colleen Beauregard and her husband, Roger, of Newport and Carolyn Rhodes of Franklin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother-in-law Howard Rhodes.

Services will be announced in the spring. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit PerronAlmy W. Perron

Almy W. Perron, 98 and three-quarters, of Glover died peacefully after a short illness at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing in Berlin on November 17, 2015. She was surrounded by her five daughters.

Mrs. Perron was born in Greensboro on February 5, 1917, a daughter of Arthur C. and Winona Orcutt Shatney. She attended schools in Greensboro, graduating from Greensboro High School in 1935 and from Johnson Normal School in 1937. She taught school in Albany for three years before marrying Rene Joseph Perron on August 17, 1940. The couple made their home on their dairy farm in Glover for their entire married life. Mrs. Perron lived there for 75 years.

She enjoyed her 26 years of employment at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, working first as a nurse’s aide and then as the activities director. She was recognized by the Union House, the state, and on the national level for her outstanding dedication to the patients.

She was a very active member of the Glover Community Church. She served 19 years as Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She was a past member of the parish council and was a longtime member of the Women’s Union. She was a strong believer in the value of higher education. She worked tirelessly to see that her six children attained a college education.

Throughout her life Mrs. Perron cherished family gatherings, her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed hobbies such as making quilts and pillows, collecting stamps, bird watching, gardening, and reading biographies and nonfiction. She loved to share her beautiful garden plants with her family and friends. She was an avid sports fan, enthusiastically enjoying college basketball, especially the UCONN (University of Connecticut) Huskies women, and golf and tennis on television.

In recent years she loved attending the monthly jam session in Glover. She also loved to travel with her family and Highland Travel, making lasting traveling friendships. She visited 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Bermuda, Italy, and Canada.

Mrs. Perron was predeceased by her husband, Rene, in 1974; her son Ronald Rene in 2013; her parents, Arthur and Winona Shatney; her brothers Carroll, Leslie, and Truman; and her sisters Ethel Nelson and Evelyn Withers.

She is survived by daughters Linda Bradford and her husband, Michael of Connecticut; Marlene Dennen and her husband, William, of Florida; Donna Godbout and her husband, Richard, of North Carolina; Diane Blodgett and her husband, Edward, of Barre; Bonnie Morin and her husband, Donald, of Richmond; by daughter-in-law Helen Perron of Connecticut; by 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many caring nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were on Saturday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 12 Elm Street in Barton.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 22, at the Glover Community Church at.

Contributions in Mrs. Perron memory may be given to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, care of Roland Woodard, Box 198 Glover, Vermont 05839.

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obit TubbertRobert Edward Tubbert

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another one of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, age 94, died peacefully in comfort at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Mr. Tubbert was known to his friends as Bob, to his grandsons as Gramps, and to his extended Meunier grandchildren family as Mr. T.

He moved to Vermont in 2009 to live with his daughter Gail. He lived in an apartment attached to his daughter’s house, which he nicknamed his “perch.” Mr. Tubbert fell in his apartment recently and was unable to return to his home.

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to William and Harriet Tubbert. He was the youngest of three boys, each one a year apart. He loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Syracuse and the antics he and his brothers got into.

Mr. Tubbert was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Alaska on the Aleutian Islands. He wanted to be a pilot but was refused because he was color blind.

Mr. Tubbert married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Jane Wright, on August 28, 1945. They lived in Bridgeport, New York, where Betty grew up and where Mr. Tubbert lived during the summer months on Oneida Lake.

He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Good jobs were hard to find. He eventually found a job at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse, New York. Over the years he worked his way up to plant manager, where he remained until his retirement.

Mr. Tubbert was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He liked to spend hours in his woodworking shop. Playing cards was his passion. He loved a good cigar. He was a Mason and achieved lifetime membership after 65 years of service.

He retired at the age of 61 with his wife. They spent summers in New York and winters in Florida. They loved to spend time with friends golfing and playing cards. In their retirement years they spent many hours with their grandsons Jon and Nate.

obit vets flagSadly, Mr. Tubbert was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Gail and her husband, Benoit Meunier; by grandson Jon Meunier and his wife, Amanda; by great-granddaughters Abigail June and Julia Rose Meunier; and by grandson Nate Meunier and his friend, Ashley Robishaw-Morin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Plains Cemetery, Kirkville, New York.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855 or Derby Green Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05929.

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