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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Obituaries August 7, 2013


Colin Campbell Drown Sr. was born on September 27, 1919, in Newport, and he died on August 1, 2013, at his home in Conway, New Hampshire.

After graduating from Newport High School in 1938, he went on to the University of Vermont where, along with accruing a degree in agriculture, he met Elizabeth Ann Corley.  They married soon after his graduation in 1942.  Almost immediately he was off to World War II as a bombardier in the 446th Bomb Group of the Army Air Corps.

When the war ended, he and his wife farmed for many years in Newport, where they raised their three children.  In the 1970s, he began working for the Farmers’ Home Administration (FmHA) in Newport.  In the mid-1970s, the FmHA saw fit to promote and transfer him to Conway, where he and his wife built a new home and settled in for life.

Mr. Drown was a fisherman and a hunter (there is no adjective heady enough to emphasize his love of fishing).  Annual trips to the fishing and hunting camps were de rigueur with his brother and “the gang” for most of his adult life.  In later years he shared those times with his nephew, Charlie, and two young protégés.

He loved the FmHA “girls” in Conway, the Conway Public Library folks, the people at Bea’s diner, Leavitts’ Bakery, Whitakers farm stand, and the Conway TD Bank branch.

He leaves behind his son Colin and his wife, Marina; his daughter Sarah and her husband, John; his daughter Maggie and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren:  Abrah, Adin, Tsalika, Valentin, Marisha, Igor, Fedor, and Danny; his great-grandchildren:  Clayton, Owen, Autumn, and Mila; his nieces and nephews:  Charlie, Ruthie, Linda, Mary, Cathy, Tom, Sue (deceased), Carol, Pat (deceased), and Elizabeth; many great-nieces and -nephews; and many steadfast and caring friends who regularly kept in touch with him.

His wife, Bet, died in 2006.

All his family and friends have much respect and love for the care daughter Sarah and son-in-law John gave him during his last months.  That same respect is extended to the attendance of Kathy and Deb, to the VNA-Hospice LNAs, to the VNs who made sure he was always comfortable, to the indomitable Donna, and to Dr. David Riss who unfailingly cared for and about both Mrs. and Mr. Drown.

There will be a Mass for him at Our Lady of Mountains Catholic church in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 8, at 5 p.m.  Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, at noon on Saturday, August 10.

No flowers, please.  Anyone who would like to make a charitable donation, please consider the Carroll County VNA-Hospice.  And when you go fishing or take a hike or are simply enjoying the out-of-doors, give a wave to Colin.

Mary A. Killian

Mary A. Killian, also known as Mary A. Leipziger, of Auburn, Washington, died at age 84 on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 14, 1928, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut.  She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended Bennington College and the University of Connecticut before graduating from the University of New Hampshire.

While living in Hollis, New Hampshire, in the late 1970s, she revived the town’s original newspaper, the Hollis Times, which had ceased printing in the early 1900s.  She published the newspaper for several years before selling the business.  The Hollis Times is still printed today.  She also ran an environmental consulting company, Birch Hill Associates, for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Yankee Weimaraner Club, and a recent member of the Western Washington Weimaraner Club.  Her residences through the years included Saratoga Springs, New York, Harvard, Massachusetts, Hollis, New Hampshire, Morgan, Vermont, Seattle, Washington, and Auburn, Washington.

She is survived by her son F. Douglas Leipziger of Lowell, Massachusetts; her daughter Susan A. Leipziger of Seattle; and by her beloved dog Ch. Isle View It’s Gotta Be A Hemi (also known as Hemi).

obit LimlawHarriet Olive Limlaw

Harriet Olive Limlaw, 83, of Derby died on July 31, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1929, in Newport, the daughter of Orem and Hazel (Hayward) Morse.  On October 15, 1949, she married David Limlaw, who predeceased her on November 5, 1988.

She was employed by Bogner of America for 22 years as a serger, where she retired in 1995.  She was also a driver for RCT and she volunteered at the Dailey Memorial Library until she stopped for health reasons.

She was an avid reader and she loved traveling, family gatherings, tending to her flowers and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children:  Donna Gray and her husband, Bradley, of East Charleston, Teresa Limlaw of Derby, Yvonne Tessier and her husband, Eugene, of Derby, and Crockett Limlaw and his wife, Loraine, of Derby; nine grandchildren:  Keith Gray and his wife, Teri, Jason Gray and his wife, Ann Marie, Emilee Labbe and her husband, Rick, Gene Tessier Jr., Jessica Menard and her husband, Arawn, Kelley Tessier and her partner, Patrick, Chad Limlaw and his wife, Julie, Amber Limlaw and her partner, Armand, and Josh Limlaw and his partner, Sarah; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev; and by her beloved cat Chloe.

She was predeceased by her brother David Morse in 1988; her sister Charlotte Bishop in 2011; and by her great-grandson Jacob Gray in 1993.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 10, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Joyce Miles Martin

Joyce Miles Martin, 77, one of the kindest, most loving and gentlest people in the world, died on July 29, 2013, at the Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

Those who knew her would describe her as an “angel.”  She was a rare person who was content with what she had in life and never wanted more.  She would rather see those around her happy and have the things they wished for — that was what made her happy.  She was devoted to her family.

She was born on August 21, 1935, in Albany, the daughter of Vernal O. and Mildred (Cleveland) Miles.  She grew up in Albany and attended the Albany Village School.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1953 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she attended business school and, following a year working in New Haven, she returned to Vermont.  She worked in Newport.  Following her father’s death, she and her mother moved to North Springfield in 1968, and Joyce went to work for Vermont Research in North Springfield.

She met Ronald “Bud” Martin in North Springfield and they were married on December 27, 1980, and she moved to his home near her home in North Springfield.  They enjoyed going dancing with friends at the VFW.  She began baking her famous apple pies for Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, which belonged to a member of the Martin family.  Her pies became a favorite of the local residents.  After her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.  She enjoyed spending time playing games and doing crafts with her step-grandchildren, Seth and Sophie Martin, the children of Rusty and Barb Martin.  When her husband became ill, she cared for him full time for many years at home until his death in 2006.

She was a faithful member of the North Springfield Baptist Church for many years until she moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, to live with her son, Kevin, in 2008.  She spent her last years in her new home where she was comfortable and happy.  She enjoyed helping the elderly and would often sit with them and read to those who could not read for themselves.  She also volunteered through the local community service.  She liked to knit and crochet as well as work on crossword puzzles and play card games.  Her son, Kevin, gave her an i-Pad for Christmas, which she found a bit of a challenge at first, but soon mastered it so that she and her sister, Elaine, e-mailed daily.  She enjoyed helping her son, Kevin, with the work in the garden and loved the fresh vegetables they grew.  She always loved animals, especially her son’s dog, Mocha, with whom she felt very safe when Kevin was away and she was alone.

She is survived by her son Kevin Miles of Charlestown; one sister, Elaine Miles Long, of Westport, Connecticut; and by many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and -nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters:  Alice Stone, infant Ada Miles, and Erma Cole; and by two brothers:  Harland Miles and Alvin Miles.

A funeral service was held on August 3, in Springfield.  Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit NeumayerRobert B. Neumayer

Robert B. Neumayer, 86, formerly of Paramus, New Jersey, died on August 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of John and Grace (Throne) Neumayer.  He married his high school sweetheart, Doris Von Atzingen, in September of 1947.  She and their son Robert predeceased him.

Mr. Neymayer joined the Navy after high school to support his country in World War II.  He returned home to start a family and worked as an electrical wholesaler with Franklin and Smith in New Jersey for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic Order as well as an active member of his church community.

In his free time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and vacations with his family.  He was a die-hard New York Giants and Yankees fan and held Giants season tickets for many years.  He was a devoted Little League and Babe Ruth coach during his time in New Jersey.  After a lifetime in Paramus, he moved to Newport three years ago to be near his sons.

His eldest grandson, Kyle Neumayer, described his grandfather as a “humble, passionate, honest/loyal man,” who was “the ultimate husband, brother, dad, and granddad.”

He is survived by his son Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; and by his grandchildren:  Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts, Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado, Kristen Neumayer of Newport, and Michael Neumayer of Island Pond.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit sicardDavid Sicard

David F. Sicard, 76, a resident of Bridport and Palmetto, Florida, died on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born April 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Labor) Sicard.  He was a graduate of Barton Academy, Class of 1955, graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959, and completed his graduate work from Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Vermont.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  He found his calling in education and taught in several communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts before becoming the district superintendent of schools in Lyndonville.  He then presided as principal of Hinsdale Elementary School in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, from 1982 to 1993.

On May 30, 1991, he married Penny Dwyer at St. Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale.  After retiring, he and his wife wintered in Palmetto, Florida.

Mr. Sicard enjoyed many hobbies.  He delighted in owning racehorses and was an accomplished driver and trainer.  Other interests included gardening, genealogy, playing golf with family and friends, and watching his beloved Red Sox.  He also enjoyed traveling, recently having visited France to see the region from which his family hailed.

Surviving family members include two sons:  Thomas M. Sicard of New Jersey, and David L. Sicard of Alburg;  three daughters:  Nancy B. Sicard of Buxton, Maine, Amy Kutchukian, and Jennifer Sicard of Swanton; two stepsons:  Bertrand M. Galbreath of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Zachary S. Galbreath of Saratoga Springs, New York; two brothers:  Michael Sicard of Bradenton, Florida, and Terry Sicard of Barton; five sisters:  Barbara Perkins of Orleans, Susan Sicard of Barton, Betsy Diette of Sutton, Patty Royea of Lyndonville, and Judy Fitzpatrick of Mooreville, North Carolina; and by nine grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers;  James and Lawrence Sicard; and by his sister Mary Sicard.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on August 6.  Burial with military honors took place at Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753; or to the American Cancer Society.

Death notice

Constance H. Young

Constance H. Young, 95, of Craftsbury died on July 16, 2013, in Morrisville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, September 9, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick, with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating.  Interment will follow at 2 p.m., at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.


Obituaries July 31, 2013

obit baileySusan Bailey

Susan S. Bailey, 67, of Westmore died peacefully at home on June 27, 2013, after a 15-year, hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born in Yonkers, New York, on July 23, 1945, beloved daughter of the late James T. and Edith R. Schofield of Westmore.  She attended public schools in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She received a full scholarship from Smith College, graduating in 1967.  She worked for over 35 years as a highly respected senior systems analyst and programmer, starting her computer career long before there was an Internet.

An avid reader, and NFL Patriots fan, she also enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Adventurous, avant-garde, an amazing woman with an incomparable sense of humor, she had both of her children in Latin America.  Her red hair was her crowning glory.  She will be missed by many for a very long time.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Bailey of Westmore; her daughter Lynn Witty of Newton Center, Massachusetts; her son Ken Bailey of Daniel Island, South Carolina; her five grandchildren:  Jacob, Luke, Ethan Henry, Caroline, and Lauren; and by her brother James F. Schofield of Santa Cruz, California.

A memorial service was held in Connecticut on July 1, at the Marlborough Congregational Church.  Interment was at the Lake View Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MS Society or the Visiting Nurses Association.

obit CoburnRachel M. Coburn

Rachel M. Coburn, 72, of Barton died tragically on July 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born on May 27, 1941, in Newport,  the daughter of Arthur and Maria (Sheltra) Diette.  On January 14, 1989, she married Lewis Coburn, who predeceased her in 2003.

She and her late husband owned and operated Barton Cleaners until its closing in 2002.  She was currently employed with the Lake Region Union High School lunch program.

She loved spending time with her family and her many friends.  She loved being around people and wanted to make everyone around her happy.  She loved to take pictures of family and friends.  She had the most amazing smile that lit up an entire room.  She was an amazing woman who thought her purpose in this world was to make everyone around her happy.

She is survived by her children:  Valerie Young and her husband, Leon, of Barton, Laurie Poirier and her husband, Alan, of Barton, Scott Valley and his wife, Janice, of Swanton, and Marybeth Brochu and her boyfriend, Steven Coe, of Morrisville.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Chad Young and his wife, Angel, Krista Perkins and her boyfriend, Daryk Sykes, Jami Blair and her husband, Joe, Ashley Valley, Cameron Valley, Olivia Brochu, and Jacob Brochu; six great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brother Armand Diette and his wife, Betsy, of Sutton, and by her sister Antoinette (Peanut) Makrianis of Springfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following brother and sisters:  Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Irene Renault, Jenette Currier, and Pauline Gilfillan.

A candlelight service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m., at Lake Region Union High School.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, August 2, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lake Region Union High School, in care of Andre Messier, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit cookHarrison “Harry” Bearse Cook

Harrison “Harry” Bearse Cook, 98, of Manchester, Connecticut, formerly of East Albany, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on July 12, 1915, to Florence and Edward.  He was raised on Cape Cod and lived most of his adult life in Connecticut.  He married his beloved Mary “Molly” Damon in 1939, and was married for 60 years before she predeceased him in January of 2000.  He was also predeceased by their only child, Ronald Damon Cook, in 1998.

Mr. Cook was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army.  Prior to retiring in 1977, he was employed by the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company for over 30 years.

He enjoyed gardening, listening to his old records, and was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his old neighborhood on Chambers Street.

He is survived by his granddaughter Michele Reed and her husband, Bud, of East Albany.  He touched a number of lives and leaves many special people behind; his caregivers:  Lisa, Noble, and Dawn; his very good friend Bob Samuelson Jr.; his neighbors Yancy and Maxine Tarver; and his special friend Connie French.  He also has a grandson, Brian Cook, and his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Meghan, of Voluntown, Connecticut.

A funeral service was held July 27, in Manchester.  Burial with military honors followed in the East Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or at

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Sandra J. Doucette

 Sandra J. Doucette, 77, of Derby died on July 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 13, 1935, in Island Pond, the daughter of Thomas and Hazel (Chase) Crowe.  On July 12, 2003, she married Fred Doucette, who survives her.

She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, and entered the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

She previously worked at the Newport Daily Express and later at Northeast Kingdom Adult Education from November of 1978 through mid-2000.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.  She was married to Harold (Bucky) McKee and Ray Norris, who both predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband Fred Doucette of Derby; her son Michael McKee of Georgia; her daughter Raven Moon of Brandon; her stepsons:  Fred Doucette Jr. and Geoffrey Doucette; her sister Mary Twofoot and her husband, Wyman, of Derby; her brother Bradley Crowe and his wife, Sharon, of Newport; a grandson, Ian Caran, and his wife, Meagan, of Hawaii; a great-grandson, Zachary; and by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held July 26, at the Eastside Cemetery in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit FarneyBertha K. Farney

Bertha K. Farney, 103, of Derby died on July 26, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on July 22, 1910, in Ellington, Connecticut, a daughter of Ernest and Louise (Luginbuhl) Kupferschmid.  On June 6, 1942, she married Gerald S. Farney, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was a secretary at the Ellington Agway in Ellington.  She moved from Ellington to Vermont, and lived there for the past eight years to be near her children.

She is survived by her two children:  Roberta Pheiffer of Derby Line, and Mike Farney and his wife, Lisa, of Newport Center; her grandchildren:  Adam Pheiffer and his wife, Angela Gale, of Winooski, John Pheiffer of Troy, Matt Farney of Troy, and Ben Farney of Troy; and by a great-granddaughter, Ellie Pheiffer.

She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on July 29, in Rockville, Connecticut.  Interment followed at the Ellington Cemetery in Ellington.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit HamelinLucille F. Hamelin

Lucille F. Hamelin died quietly, surrounded by family, on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013, following a documented 23-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease, which began with symptoms ten years earlier.

She enjoyed a 53-year marriage with her husband, David F. Hamelin, beginning on June 18, 1960.

She was born the daughter of Napoleon (Paul) and Flore (Boulanger) Gendron, in North Troy on December 26, 1938, just a quarter mile from the home she made for her family with her husband, David, for the past 45 years.

This home was next door to her father’s brother, Philip, and sister, Georgette.

After she graduated from North Troy High School, she attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she obtained her secretarial degree.  She and her husband moved to Bennington and operated a service station for several years.  After returning to their hometown, they owned and operated a service station and convenience store.  When most of their children reached school age, Mrs. Hamelin went to work as a bookkeeper for Seguin Oil Service and then Dr. Thornton’s dental office in Newport.  A number of years later, she worked as an individual student aide at Troy School.  She was a devoted parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church and taught catechism classes for several years.

She was fond of planning family gatherings and was always ready with snacks and meals for visitors.  Get-togethers were extra special when her dearest friend, Sue, and Sue’s four sisters, which include her sister-in-law June, came to visit.  The annual summer arrival of neighbors, Dr. Eric and Ellen Young and their family, was an enjoyable part of the summer season for her.  She was an avid reader and loved recording family anecdotes and short stories.  Currently, her book, I Hope I Never Get Old, is in the process of being published.  She relished working with family photos and framed many collages.  Other favorite pastimes included jigsaw, crossword, and Sudoku puzzles.

She is survived by her husband and six children:  Kenneth, Lorie, Paul, John, Brian and Karen; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother Raymond and his wife, June; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; her infant daughter Sheri; a grandson; a niece; and a great-nephew.

A Catholic Mass was held July 29, in North Troy.  Committal service followed in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Notre Dame Cemetery Maintenance Fund, care of Donald St. Onge, Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 621, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit lagueHenry E. Lague

Henry E. Lague, 73, of Derby Line died on July 28, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 17, 1940, in Morrisville, the son of Louis and Albina (Prive) Lague.  He married Claudette Choquette, who predeceased him in 2005.

He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 30 years.  He loved fishing, hunting at his deer camp, sugaring, and he loved life, the outdoors and partying.  He liked going for rides with his friend Gary.  He also loved to sing and play his guitar and listen to country music, especially Johnny Cash.

He is survived by his children:  Henry Lague of East Pointe, Michigan, and Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; his grandchildren:  Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin, and Corey Lague; his brother Marcel Lague and his wife, Maria, of Virginia; and by his sisters:  Jeannine Taylor of St. Albans, Doris Austin of Virginia, and Dianne Mercy of New York.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Alicia Lague, in 1981; his brother Napoleon Lague; and by his sisters:  Pauline and Dorilda.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, August 2, at Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit LaMondaGreta A. LaMonda

Greta A. LaMonda of East Hampton, New York, formerly of Orleans, died on July 2, 2013, from heart failure resulting from an infection.  She had just celebrated her eighty-ninth birthday on June 16.

A native of Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda was the daughter of Harold and Pearl Lafoe of Brownington Center.  She moved to Long Island, New York, in the early 1950s with her husband, Harry, and their first four children.  While raising her children, Mrs. LaMonda had spent time as a waitress and spent many years employed by Sag Harbor Industries.  She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a longtime member of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.  Never losing her love for Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda stayed in touch with her Orleans school classmates, attended class reunions, and continued making the regular annual trips north to visit family and friends.

Though flowers, plants, and gardens were a hobby and passion of Mrs. LaMonda’s, her love for family surpassed everything.  She was a sibling of six, survived by Vernal Lafoe of Inverness, Florida, Dooreen Roberts of Winter Park, Florida, and Louis Lafoe of Leesville, Lousiana.

She was predeceased by the following brothers:  Leon Gage and Thomas Lafoe.

Mrs. LaMonda and her husband, Harry, who survives her, were blessed with seven children:  Diana Darrell of East Hampton, New York, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Leslie LaMonda, who predeceased her, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Caorlina, Louella LaMonda, who predeceased her, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York, and Pam LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; 16 grandchildren:  James, who predeceased her, Todd, Trevor, Eddie, Brian, Gene, Troy, Jason, Karen, Brice, Kelly, Kim, Kristin, Heather, Emily and Leslie; 24 great-grandchildren:  Tyler, Kaylee, Will, Ryan, Danny, Julianna, Marissa, Jack, Nicholas, Noah, Dylan, Colt, Zack, Alexis, Hannah, Ashlee, Kai, Finn, Austin, Micah, Asher, Giovanna, who predeceased her, Jordan, and Maddox; and one great-great-grandchild, Jayden; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

She also loved as if her own, her sons- and daughters-in-law:  Jimmy Darrell, Eddie Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster, Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie; and she loved and adored with all her heart, each spouse and/or partner of all her grandchildren, too.

At her request, no funeral service was held.  A celebration of her life took place on July 7, at the home of her grandson Trevor and his wife, Cynthia, and words were spoken by her granddaughter Kelly, an ordained minister.  At a future date, Mrs. LaMonda’s ashes will be placed in her final resting place at Brownington Center Cemetery in Brownington.

Her family has suggested memorial donations be made to Dominican Sisters Health Service, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York 11946; or to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton, New York 11937.

obit NeumayerRobert J. Neumayer

Robert J. Neumayer, 64, of Morgan died on July 26, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 11, 1948, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Robert Neumayer and the late Doris (Von Atzingen) Neumayer.  He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He was employed by Neto Weatherization.

About 35 years ago, he moved here from New Jersey and fell in love with the beauty of the mountains.  He was an active and fit man who enjoyed hiking, golfing, skiing, and snowshoeing with family and friends.  He was also an enthusiastic history and movie buff.

He is survived by his children:  Michael Neumayer of Island Pond, and Kristen Neumayer of Newport; his father Robert B. Neumayer of Newport; his brother Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; his nephew Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts; his niece Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado; his dear partner Bonnie Bashaw-Cole of Lunenburg; his former spouse Lynne Westin of Island Pond; his dear cousins, Jim Von Atzingen and Cheryl Duley; and by many other dear family and friends.

The family is planning a private celebration of his life in the future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Mountain Club at

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit TetreaultRaoul J. Tetreault

Raoul J. Tetreault, 86, of West Charleston died on July 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1926, in Troy, the son of Leo Paul and Malida (Martel) Tetreault.  In 1946 he married Aurore (Arel), who survives him after 67 years of marriage.

Mr. Tetreault was a saw operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 14 years, from where he retired.  He was a past member of the Newport Elks #2155.  Mr. Tetreault and his wife ran their own farm for 13 years in Charleston.  Before buying the farm they lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for 14 years, where he was a truck driver and worked in a tannery.  They liked to travel, going to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida, and several places in between.  They went on a seven-day cruise on their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  They loved family gatherings with over 40 immediate family members generally present, several times a year.

He is survived by his wife Aurore Tetreault of West Charleston; and by his children:  Irene Niles and her husband, Robert, of Charleston, Robert Tetreault and his wife, Denise, of Charleston, Annette Poulin and her husband, Lucien, of Charleston, Donald Tetreault and his wife, Kim, of Arizona, Camil Tetreault and his wife, Michelle, of Barton, and Jane Jacobs and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and by his brother Leo Paul Tetreault and his wife, Rita, of Derby.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Tetreault, and by his sister Cecile Peacock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Herbert J. Wood

Herbert J. Wood, 85, of Walpole, New Hampshire, died early Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire.

He was born in Walpole on September 13, 1927, the son of Herbert and Ruby (Smith) Wood.  He was a 1946 graduate of the Walpole Academy and worked on the family farm with his father until 1963.  He retired from Hubbard Farms in 1989.  He was a proud member of the Fall Mountain Archery Club and the National Rifle Association.  Mr. Wood loved hunting with his family and friends, tractors, and cutting firewood.

On October 25, 1950, he married Beverly A. Martin, who predeceased him in 2007.

He is survived by his son Ricky Wood and his wife, Beryl, of Walpole; his daughters:  Terry Tole and her husband, Paul, of Walpole, Robin Hurlburt and her husband, Richard, of Walpole, and Wanda Boomer and her husband, Don, of lrasburg; his son-in-law Bill Russell of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; his brother Francis Wood of Acworth, New Hampshire; his sister Donna Ames and her husband, Harold, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several stepgrandchildren; his special nephew Wayne Bingham of Walpole; and by several other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Karen Russell; his brother Donald Wood; his sisters:  Althea Bingham and Priscilla Simas; and by two grandsons:  Mark and Martin Remick.

There was a memorial service on July 30, in Walpole.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walpole Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 162, Walpole, New Hampshire 03608.