Obituaries July 5, 2017

Carroll George Belanger

Carroll George Belanger, 89, of Lake City, Florida, and formerly of Orleans, died on November 20, 2016, at Haven Hospice of Lake City.

Mr. Belanger was born in Franklin on December 30, 1926. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater after graduating from high school. After returning from the Pacific Theater, he became owner of the Parkview Garage in Orleans. He moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 1963 and was employed by Sears and Roebuck for 19 years. Upon retirement, he moved to High Springs, Florida, and later to Lake City where he resided for over 20 years.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma Maryland Belanger, and his second wife, Gemma Ann Faust, of Orleans; by his parents, George and Vivian Belanger, of Enosburg Falls; and his sister Betty Carpenter, also of Enosburg Falls.

He is survived by his two sons: Larry Kent Belanger Sr. and his wife, Dawn Marie Belanger, of Lake City, and Randall Carroll Belanger and his wife, Elizabeth Belanger, of Hernando, Mississippi; by eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton on July 5. Services will also be held at The National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, July 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people please make a donation to a local Alzheimers Foundation.

 

Paul Henry

Paul Henry, 91, formerly of Barton and Orleans, died on February 16, 2017 in St. Cloud, Florida.

He was born on July 11, 1925, in North Fayston, the elder son of Harold and Mabel (Corliss) Henry.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, later retiring as a major in the Vermont National Guard.

He married Pauline E. (Mobus) Henry on March 24, 1946, who predeceased him in 2015.

He earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and did post-graduate work at Boston College. He was a lifetime educator and retired as superintendent of schools in Orleans in 1986.

He is survived by his brother Robert Henry of Polk City, Florida; and by his children: Richard Henry and his wife, Shonee, of San Diego, California, Tom Henry and his wife, Lynn Hornbein, of Eagle River, Arkansas, Dan Henry and his wife, Jackie, of Richford, Mary Guertin and her husband, Dale, of Richford, Elizabeth Hunt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and her husband, Robert Hunt, of West Glover, and Peter Henry and his wife, Kathy, of York, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one grandson.

A graveside service will take place at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans on Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

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

 

Hectorine C. Osborne

Hectorine C. “Heckie” Osborne, 83, formerly of Derby, died on June 28, 2017, in Burlington.

She was born on July 10, 1933, to Joseph and Rose (Chaloux) Greenwood. On September 8, 1976, she married Walter Osborne who predeceased her on January 16, 2009.

Mrs. Osborne was activities director for the Derby Green Nursing Home where she worked for ten years. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

She is survived by her children: Jean Paul Fournier and his wife, Debbie, of Derby, Maurice Fournier of Tucson, Arizona, Ann Marie Firky and her husband, Ron, of Bolton; and by her stepson David Osborne and his wife, Karen, of New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandson Joe Fournier and his wife, Callie; and by two great-grandchildren: Mason and Ivan Fournier; by her sister Jane Greenwood; and her daughter-in-law Joan Fournier.

She was predeceased by her sister Edna at the age of eight years.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on June 30. Interment followed at Derby Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Sandra Poutre

Sandra Poutre, 68, of Newport Center, died on June 26, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after battling cancer.

She was born on April 26, 1949, in Newport, the daughter of Norine Bishop Royer of Coventry, who survives her, and the late Burton Royer.

On May 25, 1967, she married Phillip M. Poutre, who survives her. They just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this past May. For the most part their home was in Irasburg and Newport Center. They had one son Phillip Poutre Jr., of Barton, who survives her. She also leaves two grandsons: Jordan Poutre and his partner, Shelby Blake, of Irasburg, and Dylan Poutre of Barton.

Her son and grandsons were her life. Their happiness was very important to her. She fully supported her son in his life adventures and her grandsons in all their sports, academics, and hunting. It didn’t matter, she was always there. A new joy due to arrive in her life was her great-granddaughter, expected at the end of July. She was so excited and happy she was having a great-granddaughter after having the boys — a great-granddaughter she never had the opportunity to meet.

Mrs. Poutre was always dedicated to whatever she was involved in: whether it was being on the farm, as a nurse’s aide, teaching catechism, cooking at a diner, or working at Royer’s Service and Mini Mart. She was a hard worker and she cared deeply for what she did. She was a person the community loved and cherished.

Surviving siblings are: Kenneth Royer and his wife, Claire, of North Carolina, sister-in-law Heidi Beaton Royer of Hyde Park, Bev Hall and her husband, Kenneth, of Irasburg, Theresa Perrault and her husband, Bruno, of Newport Center, and Maryanne Royer and her partner, Roy Berry, of Coventry. She is also survived by in-laws Freddy Poutre and his wife, Patty, of Irasburg, Donald Poutre and his wife, Paulette, of Irasburg, Evelyn Guillette and her husband, Gary, of Irasburg, Dennis Poutre and his wife, Carol, of Irasburg, and Andre Poutre and his wife, Gail of Irasburg. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her deeply. She will be missed by special friends and employers Billy and Kathy Holbrook.

She was predeceased by her father Burton Royer; her brothers: Jared Whitcomb, Lawrence Royer, and James Royer; her mother-in-law Lucille Poutre; her father-in-law Maurice Poutre; and her brother-in-law Henry Poutre.

As per Mrs. Poutre’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or memorial service. She wished to be cremated and have her ashes dispersed over a place with a beautiful view, flying free. If she had one thought to others, it would be for everyone to move on in life, and cherish the ones they love. No one ever knows when their time is up.

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

 

Joanne M. Rathke

Joanne M. Rathke, 73, died on June 25, 2017, in Newport, in the presence of her closest family.

She was born on August 8, 1943, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Edmund and Johanna (Uitz) Rathke. She moved to Newport in 2008 to live near her family and was employed as a phone operator for RDI call center. She loved living in Vermont, and until her last conscious moments, she displayed thoughtfulness for others, gratitude for her life, and joy in the natural beauty around her.

She enjoyed craftwork, especially knitting and other fiber arts, and baking. She was known for baking delicious creations not only for family and friends but also for her car mechanic, her doctors, her handyman, and even strangers. Mrs. Rathke also had a very fine voice and loved to sing.

She is survived by her nieces: Tracey Durgan and her husband, Nick Vittum, of Montgomery, and Leslie Durgan of Loganville, Georgia. She is also survived by her great-niece Elizabeth Finnefrock; and her great-nephews: John Finnefrock, and Jason and Christopher Durgan of Georgia. She was also very fond of her work family at RDI.

She was predeceased by her sister Judith Rathke in 1976; and by her brother Edmund Rathke Jr. in 1999.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed at Montgomery Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maynard Eugene Rivers

Maynard Eugene Rivers, 67, of Island Pond, died at North Country Hospital on June 17, 2017.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Newport, a son of Edward and Ethel Rivers.

On September 5, 1970, he married Pamela Rivers, who survives him. He graduated from North Country Union High School in June 1970. He worked for the Canadian National Railroad and the Saint Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad. He retired with a disability in 2003.

He was predeceased by his parents; by two brothers: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and his niece Tracy Glasson.

He is survived by is wife of 46 years; his children: Todd Rivers and his future wife, Debbie, and Tammi Hedges and her husband, Brett; his sister Lorraine Glasson; and his brothers: Gary Rivers and his wife, Cheryl, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Amanda, Diana, Danielle, Terry, Nathan, and Kelly; by his grandchildren: Courtney, Cameron, Zachariah, Garett, Madison, Alexis, and Brooklyn; his step-grandchildren: Jasmine and her husband, Jadyn, and Kolton; and by his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Axel, Tallie, Dononinic, and the apple of his eye, Gracie.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Island Pond Cemetery on Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m.

 

Raymond C. St. Onge

Raymond C. St. Onge, 71 of Lowell, died on June 26, 2017, in Glover.

He was born on November 16, 1945 in Colchester, to Eli and Collette (Viens) St. Onge. On December 15, 1990, he married Verniece McElroy who survives him.

Mr. St. Onge was a forklift operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for many years. He was a member and former fire chief for the Lowell Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cooking outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Verniece St. Onge of Derby; by his children: Nicole St. Onge and her boyfriend, Richard Lepage Jr., of Barton, Cassandra St. Onge and her boyfriend, Dennis Fournier Jr., of Derby Line; and by his step-daughter Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; by his grandchildren: Sayg St. Onge, and Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin. He is also survived by his siblings: Donald St. Onge of North Troy, and Yvette Davignon and her husband, Larry, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 8, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, 2534 Route 100, Lowell, Vermont 05847. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Francis Hale Whitcomb

Francis “Whit” Hale Whitcomb, 94, of South Albany, died on June 21, 2017.

Son, brother, student, friend, soldier, educator, husband, father, uncle, politician, farmer, grandfather, great-grandfather, Mr. Whitcomb, otherwise known as “Whit” to family and friends, took his last peaceful breath surrounded by his beloved wife and children on the summer solstice at home on the family farm.

Born on March 4, 1923, in New York City to James and Josephine Whitcomb, he attended Hoosac School and Bard College earning a bachelor’s degree in education. In his lifelong pursuit of education, he went on to collect a master’s degree in education from The Putney Graduate School, and a master’s degree in conservation from the University of Michigan.

In between his education pursuits, he served his country in World War II. Stationed overseas with the Army Air Corps, later known as the Air Force, Mr. Whitcomb worked as an air traffic controller and assisted in construction of temporary airport infrastructure.

After the war, Mr. Whitcomb accepted a teaching position at the Hickory Ridge School in Putney. He taught there until it burned to the ground in the early 1950s. He then resumed his education and after earning his master’s degree, he accepted a teaching position at the North Country School in Lake Placid. It was there that he met his partner in life, Patricia Jane Hale. On December 19, 1953, they married. They celebrated 63 years of marriage this past December. In 1962, the Whitcombs moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, to teach history and English at the New Canaan Country Day School.

They returned to Putney in 1966, now with three little ones in tow: Marian, Jennifer and David.   It was at The Grammar School in Putney where Mr. Whitcomb not only continued to shape young minds in the classroom, but stepped forward to take on the role of headmaster of this progressive private elementary school until 1973.

It was the fall of that year that started Mr. Whitcomb’s hiatus from teaching. The family moved to South Albany to set up a small family farm. It was on this small homestead that a lifelong goal of owning a maple sugaring operation was realized. Armed with his University of Michigan’s master’s thesis topic on maple sugaring, and practical experience from operating and teaching this 300-year-old New England tradition during his days in Lake Placid, he embarked on cultivating the sugarwoods that were so abundant on that 350 acre haven they now called home. These “sugarwoods” reignited a passion for the industry’s history and provided a sugaring community that he immersed himself in.   He and his character-filled sugarhouse aged together, and he embraced this life on their family farm: hand tapping and hanging buckets on his majestic maples, gathering sap through knee deep snow, and boiling till dawn to make his “liquid gold.” The warmer months were dedicated to prepping for the next sugaring season, haying the fields for the various livestock that they had accumulated, and reaping the benefits of Mrs. Whitcomb’s glorious vegetable gardens.

In 1981, he returned to the classroom, accepting a position at Lake Region Union High School. It was perhaps his truest calling, his purest gift, developing and impacting young minds for the future. A 45-year educator of history, geography and English, he remained at Lake Region until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Whitcomb was also a passionate world traveler, experiencing the lands of Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland, France, India, Morocco, Egypt, and the entire United States. He was in his ninety-first year when the Grand Canyon spoke to him. Taking a side trip from visiting his sister in New Mexico, he was in awe of its vastness, as we now are in awe of his life.

He was immensely proud of his three children and their families. He was proud of who they are and the lives they were living. He also had the unique honor of being a very present force in his many grandchildren’s lives. He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia; as well as their children: Marian Guihan, along with her husband, Peter, and their two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, Jennifer Elliott and her husband, Clarke, and David Whitcomb and his wife, Kim, and their children: Christopher, Alex, Annalise, Kimberly, Taylor, and Grace. In 2002 he had the honor of becoming a great-grandfather to Christopher’s son Jayden.   Mr. Whitcomb also leaves nine nieces and nephews that treasured his presence in their lives.

Mr. Whitcomb was a very active member of his community. He ran for state representative for Orleans County at least eight times on the democratic ticket, each time edging closer to holding that coveted seat.

He was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, was chairman of the board of listers for the town of Albany, as well as town moderator. He was a justice of the peace, uniting many local couples in marriage who he remained in touch with. He was a member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau and past president of the Orleans County Maple Producers Association and a former director of the Orleans County Maple Sugar Makers Association.

Mr. Whitcomb’s passing has left a true void in his families’ lives as well as the many communities that he had resided and committed to throughout his life. He was an eternal optimist, a searcher of truth, and of tolerance. He had a never-ending curiosity and compassion for the lives around him, a thirst for knowledge, and was most joyous when he was in the presence of his family.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Josephine Whitcomb; an older brother David Whitcomb and his wife, Beatrice; and a younger sister Priscilla Ford and her husband, Benjamin.

In the days preceding his death, he was blessed with a constant community presence, his family at his side, and a nightly bourbon cocktail, or two.

A celebration of Mr. Whitcomb’s life will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend and share memories as he touched so many lives. There was nothing he loved more than a good party.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to consider making a contribution to either the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church or the Orleans County Maple Sugar Association.

The family also invites the public to share their memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Arden Ira Maurice Wright

Arden Ira Maurice Wright, 76, formerly of Bolton, Massachusetts, died on January 28, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.

He was born on July 4, 1940, in Newport, to the late Maurice and Lillian (LaBounty) Wright.

He enlisted in the United States Army on December 11, 1958, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He served for four years and was honorably discharged on March 2, 1962.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Janice M. Wright, of Marlborough, Massachusetts; and also by his son Steven A. Wright and his wife, Patricia (Smith) Wright, of Chester, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors presented by the Vermont Army National Guard and the American Legion.

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

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Obituaries May 3, 2017

Joseph J. Basil

Joseph J. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved husband of the late Marie M. Basil died on April 18, 2017.

He was born on February 22, 1926, in Island Pond, to Jack and Phoebe Basil.

He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1944, and from the University of Vermont in 1950.

He was in the Army Air Corps, in Germany during World War II. After the war, Captain Basil served in the National Guard in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.

The Basils were married on July 21, 1951, and were childhood sweet hearts for 65 years. Mrs. Basil died on March 26, 2016. They lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Illinois, and also for 24 happy years, in Southern California with their beloved daughters: Glorie Ann and Mary Jo Basil, who survive him.

He worked on the space programs from 1962 to 1973 in California. He also had his real estate broker’s license in California, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., working to the end of his life.

He loved doing things with Mrs. Basil as they square danced and just had a great time together. He was a dad plus “Mr. Mom” to his daughters and was always there for them.

He raised money for hearing impaired and deaf children, and also raised money for the building of Children’s Hospital next to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California.

He always remembered and talked about the great town of Island Pond. He and Mrs. Basil went back over the years.

He liked to hike, fish, and his favorite thing was to go and see Rose Steady as a kid. She would give him cookies and milk and also he would go to camp 21 with the Stafford brothers.

He gave his time to people and he was proud of his home in Orange. He loved to play golf when he had the time, and loved watching and attending baseball games with his daughters.

He had two brothers who have predeceased him: Ben and Jack Jr., in 2015.

He is survived by his brother Bob; several nieces and nephews; also great-nieces and great-nephews; by his brother-in-law John Steady, of Glens Falls, New York; and by very special friends and family Joy and Don Viken of Orange.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Michael Rawlings Bone

Michael Rawlings Bone, 63, of Fort Myers, Florida, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2017.

Mr. Bone was born June 12, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois, the eldest child of Shirley (Kocis) and Malcolm Bone.

He spent a good part of his childhood in the Northeast Kingdom, living in Island Pond, Derby, and Newport Center. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.

He was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his wife, Michele (Bisogno) Bone; and their three children: Tara Randles, Jennifer Bone, and Justin Bone. Mr. Bone also leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Heather Bone; and his three grandchildren, whom he deeply loved: Michael, Landon, and Ella. He is also survived by his four brothers and three sisters: James Bone and his wife, Linda, Stephen Bone and his wife, Cynthia, Charles Bone and his wife, Suzanne, Linda (Kocis) Delabruere and her husband, Leonard, Jacob Kocis III and his wife, Sherry, Jody (Kocis) Smith and her partner, Jeff Peterson, and Janice Kocis and her husband, Julio Perez Martin; along with all of his and Ms. Bone’s nephews and nieces — including Stephen, Joshua and Aaron, who were as close to him as his three children.

Mr. Bone will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to the water and wastewater industries, as he worked alongside the Bone, Bisogno, and D’Alessandro families for over 40 years as a certified general contractor. He was a great leader, teacher, and mentor to the many co-workers who had the pleasure of working with him.

In 1995, his love for basketball inspired one of his most rewarding achievements, founding the nonprofit organization High Hoops, which continues to develop future leaders on and off the court, one basket at a time. His vision was to provide his son Justin, and many other players he had coached, with a more competitive basketball experience. He was not only a coach, but also a friend and father figure to numerous basketball players throughout southwest Florida.

He was loved and will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, and devotion to his family and friends. He will continue to live through each of them and will remain in the hearts of his loved ones forever.

A memorial service will be held at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home located at 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The family invites family and friends to visit from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to one of the following organizations: High Hoops, Inc. (www.paypal.me/highhoops), Hoops on Mission (www.hoopsonmission.org), Mended Little Hearts (www.mendedlittlehearts.org), or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

 

Ruby A. Choiniere

Ruby A. Choiniere, 93, of Derby Line, died peacefully on April 23, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1923, at Doctor Cleasby’s residence in Orleans, the daughter of Joseph and Fleda (Vinton) Racine.

She attended Door Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1942 with her certificate as a licensed beautician (a nine-month course). Her father would drive her to the train station in Orleans for her departures and arrivals from Springfield.

On June 25, 1945, she married Germain Choiniere (who predeceased her on December 21, 2001). They were married at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. Two weeks later, Joe Racine “threw them a dance” to celebrate their union at the Grange hall over his store in West Charleston. The next day, they drove to Niagara Falls, New York, for their five-day honeymoon.

Mrs. Choiniere was a beautician for over 53 years, and was well known by everyone in town. She worked out of her home while raising her five children, which was rare in those days. She loved her job and would cater to her customers’ needs, listen to their problems, and in return, swapped many great recipes over the years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, and looked forward to seeing her tulips coming up in the spring. Mrs. Choiniere loved her family, and often was the disciplinarian. She was a great cook, and would often have many friends and relatives share a meal with her family. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Choiniere traveled to Florida, Aruba, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. She also loved to walk, and many times, before the sun came up, was seen walking with her friend Betty Racine around town. Later in life, she enjoyed taking trips to Montreal, New York, Connecticut, and casinos with her best friend Betty Murphy. These two, rekindled their friendship, and laughed and enjoyed their trips together.

She is survived by her children: James R. Choiniere and his wife, Francine, of West Burke, Jean McAuliffe, of Brattleboro, John Choiniere and his wife, Diane, of Brownington, Jacalyn Slaiby of Derby, and Janet Goodine and her husband, Frank, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren: Danielle Choiniere-Aldrich and her fiancé, Cori Lucas, Nathan Choiniere and his wife, Angela, Justin Choiniere and his wife, Kate, Jacquelyn, Jonathan, Paul, Billy, and Jamie McAuliffe, Adam Choiniere and his wife, Heidi, Joshua Choiniere and his fiancée, Brittney McCarthy, Cherie Bettencourt, Marie Hardiman, Dan Slaiby and his wife, Linda, Linda Slaiby, Sandra Palladino, and Zachary and Vanessa Goodine.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Carter and Bryce Aldrich, Noah, Brooke-Lynne, and Abigail Choiniere, Keegan, Chris, Ryan, Jackson, Nicolas, Kelsea, and Mya McAuliffe, Harper Clark, Colton Choiniere, Shane Switser, Kyle Bettencourt, Czar and Emerald Hardiman, Daniel Slaiby Jr., Ryan Hardiman, Tanya Symonds, Erica Brooks, Kaiden Palladino, and Lily and Mavis Goodine. She is also survived by her brother Rudy Racine and his wife, Joan, of Sun City, Florida; a brother-in-law, Gaston Choiniere, and his wife, Pat, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and a sister-in-law, Bella Collette, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Skinner of Irasburg; and by two sons-in-law: Paul McAuliffe and William Slaiby.

A Mass will be celebrated at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Gordon B. Daggett

Gordon B. “Bub” Daggett, 80, of Holland died on April 26, 2017, at the Newport Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on October 16, 1936, in Newport to the late Bernard and Thelma (Willey) Daggett.

On April 11, 1958, he married Colleen Crowe who predeceased him on April 30, 2003.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Stanstead, Quebec.

Mr. Daggett enjoyed sugaring, working in the woods, and in Bible education work. He was a very easygoing man, influenced many, and loved making baked beans.

He is survived by his son Steve Daggett and his wife, Jenny, of Holland; his grandchildren: Chandler and Chelsea Daggett of Holland; his sister Alice Daggett of Derby; his sister-in-law Vicki Daggett; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was also predeceased by his brother Joe Daggett.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall on Citizens Road on Pine Hill in Newport.

Friends may call at the Kingdom Hall on Saturday, from 3 p.m., up until the hour of the service.

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

 

Theresa G. Descheneau

Theresa G. Descheneau, 100, of Derby, formerly of North Troy, died on April 28, 2017, in Derby, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 31, 1916, in Jay, to Delphus and Rose (Fortin) Bacon. On December 26, 1940, she married Hector Descheneau Sr., who predeceased her.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

She is survived by her children: Robert Descheneau and his wife, Marcia, of West Charleston, Richard Descheneau and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Dennis Descheneau and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; by ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Viens of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Hector Descheneau Jr. on April 6, 2010; and by three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on May 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

 

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge

Dorothy Avis Virginia (Hampp) Goodridge, 91, died peacefully on April 11, 2017.

She was born March 14, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, to Joseph E. and Dorothy E. (George) Hampp. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1942, then spent the next two years in the cadet nursing school program at Peoples Hospital in Barberton, Ohio. She quit to marry Donly Clement Goodridge Sr., a Vermont boy who was her pen pal while he was in the Navy. They married on February 11, 1946, and of this union had six children.

They owned and operated a dairy farm in Craftsbury Common for 15 years. Avis, as she was known, was an avid reader, enjoyed years of travel to bowling events with her husband, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: A. Jean Bezio and her husband, Charles, of Newport, Susan J. Richardson and her husband, James, of Albany, Donly C. Goodridge Jr., of Craftsbury, Gilbert E. Goodridge and his wife, M. Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin M. Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of Albany; by son-in-law Michael Grondin of Albany; daughter-in-law Colleen Goodridge of Albany; by her brother Paul W. Hampp of Mogadore, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Anthea Pugh of Radford, Virginia, and Ruth Goodridge of Burlington; and her brother-in-law Carroll Goodridge and his wife, Donna, of Easley, South Carolina; by 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Goodridge was predeceased by her parents; her in-laws: Bert and Bea Goodridge; her husband, Donly, in 1997; her youngest daughter Carol, in 2015; her great-grandson in 1994; her sister-in-law Barbara King; and brothers-in-law Basil Goodridge and Albert Pugh.

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

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

 

Ruth Marie White Whitcomb

A good woman has died. Ruth Whitcomb, 100, formerly of Morgan, died quietly and peacefully on April 23, 2017, at the Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin.

Mrs. Whitcomb shared 67 years of her life with her loving husband, Roger, who predeceased her in 2006.

She was born on October 7, 1916, the daughter of Robert and Etta (Welch) White, and grew up on their Hillside Dairy farm in Ryegate. She came to Newport in 1939 after graduating from the University of Vermont and, with her husband, lived successively in Derby and Morgan.

She devoted herself to her family and work as a teacher of home economics and special education, and then as a realtor. She is credited with working for the creation of a distinct school for special education in the area and then serving as its first teacher.   She is remembered as a lady of considerable energy, interests, and intelligence who served in numerous capacities for her community. Those who knew her will remember her ability to identify those who needed a little more attention, a little more patience, and a little more love — all of which she freely gave in touching many, many lives. Her faith and love of music found outlets as an organist in church from her teen years until she was in her eighties. She was one of those remarkable people who did remarkable things, quietly.

Mrs. Whitcomb was of that generation which fully lived the values of work, self-reliance, honesty, learning, service to others, inner strength, and compassion for those less fortunate. The manner in which she conducted her life led to numerous recognitions for her achievements. While she never brought attention to them, when pushed, she admitted pride in being selected as a women’s editor of The Cynic (the student-run newspaper at the University of Vermont) and in being selected for Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. She was a lady of considerable grace who saw goodness in all people and felt blessed by her life and family.

Grit is deemed a desirable trait by many. Ruth Whitcomb had enough for several people.

In her later years she was blessed by the love and support of her family and many friends — all of whom were treated to her positive outlook on life and her expression, “I am a lucky old lady.”

She is survived by her children: Martha Montague and her husband, Richard, of Groton, John Whitcomb and his wife, Ida, of Elburn, Illinois, and Alan Whitcomb and his wife, Cathy, of Granville, New York.

She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Dowd and her husband, Tom.

She leaves nine grandchildren: Michael Dowd and his wife, Elicia, of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Christopher Dowd and his wife, Trish, of Voorheesville, New York, Maura Dowd Kammerman and her husband, David, of Binghamton, New York, Patrick Dowd and his wife, Aimee, of Ballston Spa, New York, Jeffrey Whitcomb and his wife, Hillary, of Batavia, Illinois, Thomas Whitcomb and his wife, Amy, of Lantana, Texas, Sara Whitcomb Schroeder and her husband, Kurt, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Hannah Whitcomb Cargill and her partner, David McNall, of Fairfax, and, Ashlee Whitcomb and her partner, Jeremy Gaudette, of Eastford, Connecticut. Thirty-two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren blessed her life and have been blessed in turn, by hers. She is also survived by a sister, Alida White Buckland; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will communicate plans for a service at a later date. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in her memory to: New England Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158. Kurn Hattin is a nonprofit home for children from kindergarten through eighth grade whose circumstances will benefit from the safe, caring, and educational services it provides.

Those wishing to send e-mail condolences may contact www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

 

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Todd Chaffee

Todd Chaffee, 44, died on March 19, 2017, at his home in Westford.

He was born on April 15, 1972, in Newport, a son of Debra (Maskell) Chaffee and the late Clair Chaffee.

Mr. Chaffee attended primary school in Albany, junior high school at Craftsbury Academy in Craftsbury, and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in June of 1990. He loved to hunt, fish, shoot archery, and watch NASCAR. He loved his “four legged babies” — dogs Bailey and Bella — and above all else, he loved his children: Leah, Erin, and Eli. He worked for New England Air for 18 years, and thought of the employees as part of his extended family.

He is survived by his son Eli Chaffee; and twin daughters Leah and Erin Chaffee, all of Essex; the mother of his children ,Wendy (Barkman) Chaffee; his mother Debra Tallman of Alaska; a niece, Mollee Tollmann; brother-in-law, Chad Tollmann; several uncles and aunts: Tom and Rocky Chaffee of Albany, Sherm and Bev Chaffee of Barre, Steve and Julie Maskell of Eden, Calvin (Butch) Maskell of Albany, Dennis and Lisa Maskell of Hardwick, Candy Maskell of Craftsbury, and Penny Maskell of Craftsbury; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Jennifer Tollmann; his father, Clair Chaffee; and his grandparents: Irma and Lee Chaffee, and Calvin and Nadine Maskell.

Visiting hours were held on March 25, at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Essex Junction. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Mr. Chaffee’s memory may be made to benefit his children at Teresa Bazan, P.O. Box 9162, Essex, Vermont 05451. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

Patrick E. Cochran

Patrick E. Cochran, 70, died unexpectedly at his home in Derby on March 16, 2017.

Born on July 9, 1946, in Berkley, California, he was the son of L. Wayne Cochran and Mildred Cochran.

Patrick attended Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York. He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard for over 20 years. He retired in 2006 as a captain.

Patrick dabbled in many jobs over his lifetime. His greatest love was being a dairy farmer. His most recent job was working for North Country Union High School as a bus driver. He loved the children and traveling to many sports events and field trips with them.

His survivors include his three daughters: Shannon McKenna and her husband, Luke, Tracy Davies and her husband, Eric, Cortney Jordan and her husband, Michael; one brother, Linden Cochran of Jersey City, New Jersey. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Shaylyn Russell, Jensen Spooner, Amelia McKenna, Dalton Davies, Claire Davies, Aspen Cochran, Jetta Cochran, and Nova Jordan. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Leibchen and Gus, who went everywhere with him.

Mr. Cochran was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service was held at the Wolcott Mennonite Church in Wolcott on March 25.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray funeral costs can be sent to Tracy Davies, 9 Maplewood Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

 

Antoinette M. Fugere

Antoinette “Toni” M. Fugere, 96, of Newport, died on March 24, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on December 3, 1920, in North Troy, to Hormidose and Jane (Gaucher) Leblanc. On June 16, 1951, she married Giles Fugere who predeceased her on January 13, 2015.

She was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Newport and a former member of the Daughters of Isabella. She held membership with the American Legion Post #21 auxiliary of Newport. She and her late husband enjoyed their camp on Newark Pond, and traveling to several different states and overseas. She spent 13 years wintering to Florida.

She is survived by her daughter Denise Robillard and her husband, Bernard, of Irasburg; by her grandchildren: Irene Hughes and her husband, Chris, of Auburn, Maine, Martine Antell and her husband, Nicholas, of Waterbury, Patrick Robillard and his wife, Cara, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Phil Robillard and his wife, McKenzie, of Hudson Falls, New York; by her great-grandchildren: Cameron Hughes,  Mason Antell, Nolan Hughes, and Hailey Antell. She is also survived by her brother George Leblanc of Barre; and by her sister Rita Viens of  Rockford, Michigan; by her sisters-in-law: Juanita Fugere of Derby, and Agnes Brewer and her husband, Elwin, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Roland and her sister Alice.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, followed by a Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Ralph F. Hamblett

Ralph F. Hamblett, 71, of Derby died on March 25, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family. He put up a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born on February 28, 1946, in Newport, to Tarlton and Jessie Hamblett. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1967 as a licensed funeral director. After college he was stationed at Fort Myers, Virginia, in the U.S. Army where he had the honor to serve in The Old Guard. After his service to the country, he worked at, and then bought into, the family business, Ralph F. Hamblett, Inc., located in Newport, which specialized in commercial rentals, and property sales. During his time there he helped start and run Hamblett Plumbing and Heating, The Emporium Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Newport, and The Pick and Shovel hardware store in Newport. Later in his busy life he was able to work doing stained glass, operating a sawmill, maple sugaring, driving a dump truck, and he co-owned Foxwood Stables in Derby. Over the last 15 years, before retiring, he was a co-owner of the Farmyard Store and Taylor Rental in Derby with his son Nathan.

Mr. Hamblett had many hobbies and memories, such as racing at Can-Am Speedway, flying airplanes, spending time with friends and family on Lake Memphremagog, hunting and fishing at his camps in Norton and Holland, and riding his Harley to Sturgis with his sons.

He is survived by his sons: Marcus Hamblett and his wife, Erika, and their son Chase, and Nathan Hamblett and his wife, Tracy, and their sons: Jacob and Jesse; his brothers: Tim Hamblett and his wife, Beverly, and Michael Hamblett and his wife, Jackie; and four nephews.

A family service will be held at a later date.

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

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

 

Huguette C. McA’Nulty-Black

Huguette C. McA’Nulty-Black, 84, of Barton, died peacefully in her beloved home on March 20, 2017.

She was born on April 26, 1932, in Derby Line, to Lucien and Olive (Chainey) Desjardins. On May 21, 1955, she married Dr. James A. McA’Nulty who predeceased her on October 16, 2000. She later married Marcel Black who also predeceased her.

Mrs. McA’Nulty-Black was trained as a nurse, graduating from Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was an avid bridge player for 50-plus years and a member of many local bridge groups. She had accumulated many American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) master points over the years and was well on her way to becoming an ACBL Life Master.

She enjoyed gardening and was an award-winning rose cultivator with numerous blue ribbons presented at Orleans County events, such as the Barton Fair. She was passionate about antique collecting and refinishing furniture, and she loved to collect hats and wear them with flair, which was one of her trademarks.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Cianciulli and her husband, Paul, of Summit, New Jersey, Celeste Molnar and her husband, David, of Andover, New Jersey, Andrew McA’Nulty of Dracut, Massachusetts, Matthew McA’Nulty and his wife, Catherine, of Mons, Belgium, and James McA’Nulty of Vermont; by 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Roland Desjardins of Florida; Jeannette Auger of Glover; Paulette Lebrun of Florida, Mona Brosseau and her husband, Guy, of Florida, Mary Jane Denney and her husband, Geoff, of Ontario, Canada, Roger Desjardins and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Hubert Desjardins of Barton; by her 11 stepchildren with Marcel Black; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two siblings: Emile Desjardins and Angeline Perrault.

A Mass was celebrated on March 28, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Spring interment will take place at Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Roland Eddie Robert

Roland Eddie “Pete” Robert, 86, of Derby, beloved husband of Andrea Robert, died March 21, 2017, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 4, 1930, in Newport, the son of Paul and Odelle (Langlois) Robert.

Pete was a decorated paratrooper in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On August 14, 1952, he married Andrea Poutre. They met at a town hall dance in Newport, and were the belles of the ballroom. They were amazingly graceful and talented dance partners throughout the years.

Mr. Robert was a salesperson for Sanel Auto Parts for many years and retired in 1992. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, where he was past commander, and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155. He was named Elk of the Year from 1985 to 1986.

Mr. Robert most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, dancing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and playing bingo and cribbage.

He took great pride in his Abenaki heritage and relished reestablishing his roots through visits to Odanak, an Abenaki First Nations reserve in Quebec.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Andrea Robert of Derby; daughters: Linda Stone and her husband, Rodney, of Irasburg, Carol Robert and her husband, Matthew McIntyre, of Enfield, New Hampshire; a son, Steven Robert and his wife, Denise, of Newport; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Robert, of Derby; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Robert and his wife, Bea, of Huma, Arizona; sisters: Doris Bent and her husband, Norman, of Orleans, and Rachel Yeaton and her husband, Dean, of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Mr. Robert was predeceased by his beloved son Michael Robert in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Friends may gather at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Robert’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital Renal Dialysis, c/o Wendy Franklin, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

On-line condolences may be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Winona Orvis Yasko

Winona Orvis Yasko, 93, died March 23, 2017, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister, Lovina Orvis Baslow; and her husband, Michael A. Yasko, in 2001.

Survivors include her daughters: Michele Young and her life partner, Karl L. Mol, of Huntington, West Virginia, and Carolyn Marie Schwebel and her spouse, John, of Leonardo, New Jersey; and her younger sister Patricia Orvis of Brooklyn, New York.

She was born in Cornwall, on August 7, 1923, to Ralph F. Orvis and Agnes Wright Orvis. She spent her teenage years in the Jerusalem and Bristol areas of Addison County.

The Yaskos were married on October 10, 1942, in Bristol. During their nearly 60-year marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Yasko lived in a number of locations in Vermont, including St. Johnsbury, Barton, Bristol, and Bellows Falls. In their later years they and their Dalmatian, Daisy, became snowbirds at their winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Mrs. Yasko was very active in community, school — including as a PTA president and class mother — and political affairs all of her life. She was an advocate for children and the elderly in Vermont and the Greater New England areas. She advocated for her disabled daughter. When a librarian would only allow her daughters to use books from the children’s room, Mrs. Yasko, who loved reading as did her daughters, made it very clear that her children could read any book they wanted to. (And they did, taking out the maximum five books at a time.)

A dark-haired beauty with brilliant blue eyes, Mrs. Yasko was an impassioned, independent woman from her early years. When she let it be known that her first votes would be given to Democratic, not Republican, candidates, her parents refused to give her a ride to town. She persisted and had to walk a long way down through the woods to cast her ballots.

She was above all a mother, who taught her daughters how to make her wonderful baked goods, including chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, banana bread, and apple pies. She helped her daughters learn to sew, and made matching mother-daughter blue taffeta dresses, small pieces of which her now senior citizen daughters still treasure.

She loved the many family cats and dogs and always allowed and encouraged their presence.

She had many jobs, including seamstress at a Van Raalte factory, where she was not always appreciated because her speed forced others on the line to keep up. She was a secretary for Governor Lee Emerson, a cashier at the Barton A&P, and sold Avon products, often coming home with freezing legs from walking to make deliveries. She later served as a school nurse at a correctional school for teens and at the high school in Bristol.

Mrs. Yasko often challenged what she saw as injustices in her workplace and other situations, a dominant trait that she instilled in her children.

After her girls were in high school, she returned to nurse’s training, which she had had to leave after her marriage to Mr. Yasko — a tall, dark, and handsome soldier from Pennsylvania whom she had met in a soda fountain in Burlington.

Through her professional education, she became a registered nurse from the Medical Center Hospital School of Nursing, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont, and received a pediatric nurse practitioner certification from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She also trained at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where younger fellow students saw her as a big sister.

Mrs. Yasko’s main pride involved her nursing identity. On family drives it was not unusual when an accident was seen for her to attempt to help, crying, “I’m a nurse, I’m a nurse!”

An avid swimmer, for several years she ran the food concession at Crystal Lake State Beach, providing a lovely summer of swimming and selling experience for her daughters at young ages.

Winona Orvis Yasko was a force of nature. You may have seen her driving quickly around a corner on the wrong side of a curvy road. She could be loving or resentful, as a middle child, saying, “I get the neck of the chicken!”

To quote from another obituary, “She could simultaneously be ornery and have a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Her family is so sad to lose her. She made them smile and laugh. She infuriated them. She inspired them. She made them crazy. She loved them, and they loved her.”

She chose to donate her body to a medical school for the instruction of medical students.

Her remains will then be cremated and spread over Crystal Lake in Barton, the site of her summer home for many years.

She requested no flowers, but donations in her name to organizations of your choice, especially those that support pets, would be appreciated. To share remembrances, feel free to send them to [email protected]

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

 

Henry L. Young

Henry L. Young, 88, of Craftsbury, died peacefully early Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home under the watchful eye of his family. He had been courageously battling cancer.

Mr. Young was born May 20, 1928, in Denver, Colorado, the son of the late Henry A. and Bessie (Taylor) Young. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1946. Upon graduation he had his own trucking business. He was a farmer, carpenter, a building trades teacher at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park, and worked in bridge construction for Beck and Bellucci until he retired at the age of 77. One of his pride and joys was working on the Rouses Point, New York, bridge that crosses Lake Champlain. He was a volunteer fireman for many years and one of the oldest members of the Masonic Meridian Sun Lodge #20. He was also involved with Operation Friendship, chaperoning groups to England and Sweden. Mr. Young enjoyed his retirement by spending time at the family camp on Eden Lake, going to their winter home in Florida, gardening, mowing his lawn, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanne (Fortune); his children: Cynthia Atkins, Valerie Pecor and her partner, Ron Leclair, Kent Young and his wife, Donna, Dawn Charlton and her husband, Craig, and Lisa Cook. He was a loving grandfather of Justin and his wife, Melissa, Adam and his partner, Dani, Kyle and his wife, Katherine, Josh and his wife, Bri, Elizabeth and her husband, David, Taylor, Eric, and Brian; and five great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers: Robert, Clair and his wife, Diane, and Joseph and his wife, Jeannine; and sister-in-law Madeline “Sugar” Young. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Frank and Fred; and his sister-in-law Priscilla Young.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the United Church of Craftsbury, 7 Church Lane, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Funeral services will be held at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. Per the family’s request there will be no calling hours. Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries March 22, 2017

Gerald L. Currier

Gerald L. “Jerry” Currier, 72, of Newport died on March 14, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on October 25, 1944, in Newport to Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He married Bettyanne Hanson who predeceased him. Mr. Currier was a sales clerk for the Pick and Shovel in Newport for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport. He was an artist in pencil drawing, primarily of birds. He enjoyed playing bingo, hunting, fishing, going for walks in the woods, and taking rides on back country roads.

He is survived by his son Mark and his companion, Erica Emmons; by his siblings: Janice Blais, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, and Loren Currier; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister and brothers: Nancy Percy, Donald Currier, Bruce Currier, Timothy Currier and Thomas Currier.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Paul H. Gavin

Paul H. Gavin, 81, of East Charleston, lived a brilliant life of benevolence, serenity, sensitivity, and industriousness. Mr. Gavin died on January 17, 2017, in Durham North Carolina, after a brief illness, with his family by his side.

He was born in Wettingen, Switzerland on June 7, 1935, the son of Henri Louis Gavin, and Violette Gavin (nee Clerc). He grew up in Yverdon, on the Lac de Neuchatel, north of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). His father, an electric-power engineer, electrified the Yverdon-St. Croix railroad. His mother was a teacher of French, history, and geography. As a child he strived at the violin and in his early teen years played with friends in small string ensembles at his home. At the age of 18 he moved with his mother and his two brothers, Jean-Louis and Pierre, to the town of Pully, near Lausanne, where he continued his study of violin and taught himself enough electronics to design and build a vacuum-tube radio and transistor amplifier. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering on June 27, 1959, with a certificate in atomic engineering on July 16, 1960, and his doctorate in nuclear reactor engineering on November 7, 1968, from the Ecole Polytechnique de l’Universite de Lausanne. While a member of the choir of the Cathedrale de Lausanne, he met Eleanor Ingram of Hingham Massachusetts, an alto in the choir, who was in Lausanne to study nursing at La Source. Charles Dutoit, the conductor of the choir at that time, introduced them on the Pont Bessiers — truly a fairy-tale start to their relationship. They were married at The Scots Kirk, Lausanne, on May 18, 1963. They moved to Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1966, and Mr. Gavin began his 32-year career of service to Combustion Engineering, Windsor Locks.

He analyzed and designed reactor refueling processes for combustion engineering power plants. He gave technical seminars on the subtleties of this process in the U.S. and in South Korea. His analyses of the technical aspects of nuclear reactor physics and his technical guides remain in use today. The engineers he mentored respected him enormously. One recently noted, “If it was a tough problem, it was assigned to Paul.” Mr. Gavin was recognized in 1979 with a professional service award for his contributions to the start-up of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. His understanding of reactor physics and the legacy of nuclear power led him to support Mrs. Gavin in a successful grass-roots campaign to retire plants that had passed the end of their original design life.

He refined his talents in drawing, precise communication, music, carpentry, and cabinetry by embarking on projects of increasing complexity throughout his life. He designed and built wooden toys, puzzles, and playhouses for his sons and grandchildren. He designed and built home additions and fine cabinetry for his family. His inclination toward original designs and his success in creating things with precision inspired his sons to embark on ambitious projects. He became fascinated by the possibilities of designing sundials to indicate the time of day and the day of the year for any point on the globe. In the 1980s he and his family designed and built a home on Echo Lake in East Charleston. The Gavins retired there in 2002, and in his last years in Vermont, he hand-built a beautiful violin, with which he performed.

Mr. Gavin felt music deeply. His mother was an accomplished pianist and his parents sang in choirs at Yverdon and Lausanne. He played violin with many ensembles, including numerous groups of friends, the Connecticut String Orchestra, the Simsbury Light Opera with his son Marc, and most recently for the Newport Area Community Orchestra. He encouraged and supported musical interests in his sons from their childhood to adulthood.

He served his communities with skill, wisdom, and generosity. In Simsbury, he and Mrs. Gavin welcomed Laotian refugees and international students to live in their home. They were active members of the Simsbury United Methodist Church and the First Unitarian Church of Hartford. In Vermont, the Gavins served on the boards of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Members of his church remember him as “one of the pillars upon which our church stood for the past couple of decades,” both “doing things in his quiet way” and leading many special projects. His co-workers from Windsor remarked that he was wise, equally skilled in theory and real-world problems, professional, modest, and human. These comments resonate with his family, for whom he leaves memories of simplicity, modesty, warmth, gentleness, and great courage.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Ingram) Gavin of East Charleston; two brothers: Jean-Louis of Coppet, Switzerland, and Pierre of Pully Switzerland; three sons: Henri of Durham, North Carolina, Marc of Seattle, Washington, and Daniel of Eugene, Oregon; and five grandchildren: Benjamin, Eric, Meredith, Ingrith-Rose, and Leo.

A memorial service is planned for July 1 at the First Universalist Parish of Derby Line.

 

Daphny Murray Meagher

Daphny Murray Meagher, 69, of Derby died unexpectedly on March 11, 2017.

She was born on May 20, 1947, in Springfield. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1965, and attended Lyndon State College. She worked as a unit secretary at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont where she also served as the first poison control operator. She was a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 25 years. Mary Kay was her passion and inspiration. Mrs. Meagher was an avid singer and former member of Harmony Incorporated. She sang for a number of years with the Champlain Echoes and then the Georgia Peaches.

She married Russell Meagher on March 17, 1998. They resided in Lawrenceville, Georgia from 1993 until March 2016. While in Georgia, she worked at Emory University Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center before semi-retiring to be a fulltime Mary Kay consultant. In March of 2016 they said goodbye to “Georgia” but it would always be “on their minds.” Mr. and Mrs. Meagher returned home to where the “Moonlight in Vermont” was calling them to be closer to family. She was an amazing caregiver for her husband, Russell, who suffers from a rare neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy.

Mrs. Meagher is survived by her husband; her son Patrick Martell and his wife, Denise; her daughter Jennifer (Martell) Hemsted and her husband, John; grandchildren Dale Martell and his fiancé, Morgan Oeschger, Elizabeth Martell, Dylan and Emily Hemsted; sisters Peggy Shadel and her husband, Derrick, Veronica Cassetta and her husband, Greg; cousin Martha Teer and her husband, Phil; aunts Betty Stanley and Peggy Pratt; stepsons Jeremy Meagher, and James Meagher, and his wife Rebecca, and their daughter Finley; nephews Timothy and Andrew Shadel; and niece Kara Shadel Muri. She is also survived by her beloved kitties Murray and Fiona. She was predeceased by her father, Stephen Murray, and her mother, Dorothy Conant.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 31, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, in Newport at 1 p.m., with a burial to be determined in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully appreciated for continued respite care of her beloved husband, Russell. Please make checks payable to CurePSP and mail to Diane Seegull, CurePSP, 30 Padonia Road #201, Timonium, Maryland 21093. Indicate on the check, “Cherie Levien Fund,” or direct donations to http://www.psp.org/cherie-levien-quality-life-legacy-fund/.

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

 

Joanne B. Nolin

Joanne B. Nolin, 68, of Derby, died suddenly on March 13, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident.

She was born on February 9, 1949, the eldest daughter of Clarence and Domina (Balich) Nolin. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1967 and Johnson State College in 1971.

Ms. Nolin taught at Canaan Elementary School for two years before returning to Newport to raise her children. Her son Christopher was born in 1976 and her daughter Laura in 1980. She devoted her life to raising her children.

Ms. Nolin worked in the daycare field and operated a daycare center in her home before teaching religion for several years at Sacred Heart School in Newport until it closed. She loved teaching children about the Catholic faith that meant so much to her and loved sharing her faith with them. Her love of her children led her to work at St. Edward’s Preschool in Derby Line until her health forced her to retire. She was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella and a very active member of Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

Ms. Nolin enjoyed reading, watching Jeopardy! on TV, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Most of all, she loved her family. She was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother whose life revolved around her children, grandchildren and her Catholic faith. Her deep faith and love of the Lord strengthened her during the difficult times of her life.

Ms. Nolin is survived by her daughter, Sister Laura Fidelis Nolin of the Daughters of St. Paul in Alexandria, Virginia; and her son Christopher Nolin, and his wife, Nancie; and by her beloved grandchildren: Elias, Nathalie, Micah, and Cecilia Nolin, all of Conroe, Texas. She is also survived by two sisters: Mary Nolin of Derby, and Patricia Nolin of Reston, Virginia. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on March 21. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Daughters of St. Paul, 50 St. Paul’s Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130.

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

 

Dale F. Pierce

Dale F. Pierce, 78, of Barton, died on March 13, 2017, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.

Mr. Pierce was born on December 13, 1938, in St. Johnsbury. He was one of four children born to the late Frank and Marion (Miltimore) Pierce.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. On December 31, 1961, he married Marguerite Hardie, who predeceased him on May 28, 2005.

He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking, drawing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children: Pamela Stevens and her husband, Jeffrey, of Barton, Kimberly Gosley of Barton, Teresa Diette and her husband, Peter, of Barton, Ritchie Pierce and his wife, Sue, of Barton, Christine Martin and her husband, David, of Island Pond, and Katherine Jacobs of Colchester. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Travis and his wife, Julie, Robbi and her husband, Kenny, Tyler, Corey, Kristen, Taylor, Derek, Nicholas and his wife, Nichole, Devon, and Abigail; by his great grandchildren: Danica, Riley, Cooper, Cale, Kallie, and Ellie; by his sister Pearl Marko; his special companion, Gloria White; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; his brother Donald Pierce; his sister Elva Fisher; by his son-in-law Alan Jacobs; and by his grandson, Brandon.

Per request of the family there will be no public services at this time. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Pierce to the Dale and Marguerite Pierce Granite Bench Fund: In care of Kimberly Gosley, P.O. Box 225, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Lawrence Scarpa

Lawrence “Larry” Scarpa, 86, of Barton, died on March 14, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Newfield, New Jersey, he moved to Vermont in 1997.

Mr. Scarpa is survived by his wife, Mary (Campbell) Scarpa, also of Barton; his children: Mary Alimenti of East Vineland, New Jersey, Lori Petronglo of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, Vicki Lolli, of Minotola, New Jersey, Lorraine Phillips, of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, and Lawrence Scarpa of Clayton, New Jersey; his sister Annette Charlton; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kandi Grieser; and by his sisters Sarah Van Hook, and Lorraine Blackshear, all of New Jersey.

Mr. Scarpa was an accomplished man in many areas and well known for his strong opinions. His first love was cooking. No meal was too much of a challenge, he absolutely loved to bring people together through the art of cooking. He was an avid fisherman, no matter if it was on the ocean or ice fishing, he would be there. He was a successful electrical contractor, and for some time, a distributor of Smith and Wesson police equipment. Later on in life he became an accomplished wood carver and was a lifelong ham radio operator; his call sign was K1ON. He was a member of CW Operators Club and Straight Key Century Club. In his youth he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later in life belonged to the American Legion Post #76 in Barton. Mr. Scarpa was a deputy game warden for more than 20 years, a volunteer position, with the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game and Wildlife. He enjoyed his vegetable garden and was a gifted storyteller. He helped to found of the Newfield Ambulance Corps in Newfield. He loved to paint, and technology was something he excelled in. Selftaught, he was building computers in the ’80s when they were still in the infant stage. Needless to say, he was a man of many talents with a plethora of interests and was highly respected. What he loved the most though, were the holiday parties on Christmas Eve and July Fourth with his family — they were the highlight of his year. He will most definitely be missed by his family and friends.

Services were held at Luisi-Demarco Funeral Home in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 19. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

Lewis Sheltra

Lewis Sheltra, 93, of Barton, died on February 14, 2017, at the home of his daughter Colleen. He was with Colleen, and his priest, Father Timothy Naples, was giving him his last rites of passage.

He was born in Westfield, the son of Julius and Emily (Shover) Sheltra, on April 24, 1923.

He served his country in World War II in the Air Force, as a member of the Flying Tigers in the Pacific, China, Burma, India. He helped build the Burma Road. He married Bertha Lafoe in 1947. They had two daughters: Patricia and Colleen.

Mr. Sheltra worked on several construction jobs including the Moore Dam, and the work over the Quechee Gorge in Woodstock. He worked some winters at the Black River Mill in Irasburg where they lived until 2005 when they moved to an apartment in Barton. He worked for Munson Earth Moving, Inc. until retirement.

He operated the Citgo Garage in Lowell for a few years. Mr. Sheltra was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #798, where he was the commander for several years. He was a member of the Newport Legion where he played tournament darts for about 35 years.

He and his wife spent many years at dances at venues such as Buzzie’s in Westfield, Warner’s Dance Hall in Lowell, and then Paul’s Sugarhouse in Derby.

Mr. Sheltra enjoyed going to The Meeting Place in Newport, spending time with friends.

Surviving Mr. Sheltra are his daughter Colleen Belanger and her husband, Charles, of Sutton; grandson Peter Belanger and his son Andrew of Sutton; his grandson Claude Poitras and his son Jason, and Jason’s twin sons, of Maine; his granddaughter Sheila Poitras and her daughters Vanessa and Rebeckah, and son Travis Kohl of Connecticut. He is also survived by Vanessa’s two sons; and Rebeckah’s daughter; and Travis’ daughter; and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, and by all 13 of his siblings; his wife Bertha in 2008; and daughter Patricia (Sheltra) Poitras Twombly in 1998.

There will be no visiting hours at this time but in July there will be a committal service at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell. Contributions in his name may be sent to The Meeting Place in Newport

 

Robert J. “Bob” Wheeler

Robert J. Wheeler, 85, died on March 12, 2017, in Orange Park, Florida.

He was born on June 26, 1931 to parents Julian T. Wheeler and Evelyn E. (LeClair) Wheeler in Mt. Kisco, New York. Mr. Wheeler was a longtime resident of Holland and Derby before moving to Florida in the fall of 1987.

He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a Navy Reservist, retired. He was a master plumber for the state of Florida and retired in 2002.

Mr. Wheeler was a handyman and could fix about anything he put his hands on. He could turn trash into treasure.

He married Teresa M. Choiniere on June 9, 1951. They had three children: Richard, Kathy, and Bruce.

Mr. Wheeler volunteered for the Red Cross at the Jacksonville, Florida, naval hospital as a shuttle driver. This was something he loved to do — talking to people who were never strangers, but immediate friends. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Though he never missed those Vermont winters, he and Teresa enjoyed going back for the summers. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Orange Park, a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Derby, and a member of the VFW.   He participated in the annual Mayor’s Walk in Jacksonville for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler moved into the Moosehaven retirement community in Orange Park, on February 15, 2017.   He was only present there for a short time, but he made a lasting impression with his new neighbors. He was an unsung hero who gave up everything for the love of his life, Teresa. He showed his family, as well as the staff and residents of Moosehaven, the true meaning of unconditional love, caring about the happiness of others without any thoughts of himself.

Mr. Wheeler was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lucille Flynn, of Vermont. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Teresa Wheeler; his son Richard A. Wheeler and his wife, Suzie, of Newport; his daughter Kathy W. Boyles and her husband, Richard, of Edgewater, Florida; his son Bruce J. Wheeler and his wife, Cory, of Kingsland, Georgia; by five grandchildren and their spouses; and by one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on March 17 in the Moosehaven Chapel with military honors by the United States Navy. The Reverend Helen Taylor officiated. Interment of his ashes will be at a later date in Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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Obituaries March 15, 2017

Rock N. “Rocky” Desroches

Rock N. Desroches, 67, died in Winter Haven, Florida, on March 8, 2017.

He was born December 18, 1949, in Granby, Quebec, to Raymond and Cecile Desroches.

In 1957 the family moved to North Troy. In 1973, Mr. Desroches married the late Suzanne Quirion who predeceased him in 1998. They had two children together, Alan and Nicole. In the spring of 2002, Mr. Desroches was naturalized and was proud of becoming a U.S. citizen. In 2003, he married Judy Judd Royer who survives him, as does her daughter Jessica, who Mr. Desroches treated like his own daughter.

He was a man of many talents. Whether it was working on vehicles, snow machines, tractors, chainsaws, building homes, cutting trees, planting gardens, or landscaping, he would give it a try. He would try to do any kinds of repairs himself before calling in a professional. Most of the time it worked out for him. If anyone had a project going on, Mr. Desroches would show up out of the blue, with his signature “C-gar”  in his mouth, ready to lend a hand for the day. Whenever he was around people knew it. Despite his illness, Mr. Desroches was always able to make others laugh and always had a big smile on his face along with his big bushy mustache.

Mr. Desroches started as a farmer, then became a carpenter. Later, he spent most of his working career as a truck driver — first doing long haul trucking for Burkewitz Transport, then local driving for Barrup Farms.

Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Desroches started spending winters in Florida and summers in Vermont. They loved traveling between the two states. Even though Mr. Desroches was retired, he just could not get the truck driver out of him. He usually made the trip in just two days, instead of taking his time to enjoy the scenery, which drove his family crazy. He would just laugh, and in return, it made them laugh, too.

Mr. Desroches is survived by his son Alan and his wife, Lisa, and their three children: Nathaniel and Natashia Brooks, and Julia Desroches; by his daughter Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, and their three children: Benjamin, Levi, and Alexis; by his stepdaughter Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, and their two children: Kadin and Kiley. He is also survived by his sisters Raymonde Mayhew, and Jocelyne Gage and her husband, Terry. He is survived by many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife; and three brothers: infant Jacques, Gilles, and Jean-Pierre Desroches; and by several in-laws he always cherished.

A Catholic burial and celebration of his life will be arranged at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center at North Country Hospital in Newport.

Interment will take place at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

Urban A. Flynn Jr.

Urban A. Flynn Jr, 73, of Derby, died on March 5, 2017, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on September 13, 1943, in Newport to Urban Sr. and Louise (Rollins) Flynn. On July 4, 1996, he married Jane Royer who survives him. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was employed for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department before retiring after 23 years. Mr. Flynn was a member of the Newport American Legion, North Country Swingers, Derby Alumni Association, and a supporter of the American Red Cross where he had donated many gallons of blood. He enjoyed officiating at basketball and softball games as a referee and umpire. He loved going to camp deer hunting, fishing, card playing, and especially square dancing. He and Mrs. Flynn traveled to many different states. He also enjoyed gardening much to Mrs. Flynn’s delight because then she didn’t have to. He was also a danger to the neighborhood with his chainsaw in his hands.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Derby; by his children: Shawn Flynn and his wife, Anne, Sara Holst and her husband, Jim, Scott Flynn and his wife, Heidi, Paula Pollander and her husband, Peter, and Peter Mason and his wife, Tonya by 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; by his sister Lorraine Lontine and her husband, Raymond; by his brothers-in-law: David Royer and his wife, Diane, and Gerard Royer and his wife, Patricia. He was predeceased by his sister Judy Essaff; and by both his parents.

A Mass was celebrated on March 10 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.

 

Laura B. Marin

Laura B. Marin, 65, of Newport, died on March 7, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on November 7, 1951, in Easton, Maryland, to Nelson and Olive (Bell) Yeatman. On November 22, 1969, she married Alfred Marin who survives her.

Mrs. Marin was employed in the produce department at Price Chopper. She enjoyed reading, craftwork, and animals.

She is survived by her husband Alfred Marin of Newport; by her son Alfred Marin Jr. and his wife, Susanne of Levitton, New York; and by her grandchildren: Leandra and Francis. She is also survived by her siblings: Bernard Yeatman and his wife, Gail, of South Carolina, James Yeatman and his wife, Annie, of Delaware, Larry Yeatman and his wife, Nell, of Easton, and Linda Street and her husband, Joseph, of Preston, Maryland; her brother-in-law Frederick Marin and his wife, Lisha, of Proctorsville; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by her brother Michael.

Funeral services were held on March 11 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend James Merriam officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Dorothy V. Monfette

Dorothy V. Monfette, 90, died in Newport on March 7, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Monfette was born in Newport on January 12, 1927, to William and Elizabeth Curtis (Laplante). The family lived in St. Johnsbury for a time before moving back to Newport and settling on Orchard Street where she grew up. A child of the Great Depression, her young life was difficult at times. She never dwelled on that part of her childhood. She told stories of winter days sledding on the hill below Bogner’s, and in summer picking berries there. When our Mom was 14 years old a family moved into town and she met and fell in love with Paul Monfette. They married on August 9, 1942. The following year they welcomed their first child into the world and soon after Mr. Monfette was drafted and off to war. He was gone for more than two years and Mrs. Monfette carried on raising her baby and living on rations. When Mr. Monfette returned, it took a few years but they were able to build a home of their own on Hill Street in Newport. They had four more daughters and lived in that house for the rest of their lives. Mr. Monfette died last April after 74 years of marriage.

Mrs. Monfette had a few different jobs over her lifetime, but her children and home were her passions. The family spent many a night in bed falling asleep to the sound of her at the sewing machine making new school clothes. She made sure we went on a vacation every year, singing in the car on our way to our adventure. Her energy knew no bounds. She turned an old cow pasture into a yard where all the kids in the neighborhood came to play baseball or go down the slippery slide. Once the children grew older, Mrs. Monfette reclaimed that yard and turned it into one of the prettiest in the city. Her flowerbeds are a true labor of love — full of perennials that will keep her memory alive. Over the years Mrs. Monfette worked mostly as a nurse’s aide but also made custom cakes at our home. She would make giant wedding cakes and every surface in the house would be covered with little sugar flowers she had made and left drying on waxed paper. Her homemade candy was the best around. After the daughters were out on their own, Mrs. Monfette began volunteering. Her work as an advocate for the poor, and the victims of domestic violence have had a lasting impact on the community. She worked on countless toy drives and collected every year for the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Monfette’s work as a hospice volunteer brought comfort to so many families through the years. She gave her time and energy freely and with love and great compassion for others. Mrs. Monfette is survived by her five naughty daughters and three sons-in-law who were her sons: Shelia and Alan Sisco, Paulette and Alvin Simard, Sue and Maury Tinker, Jackie Monfette, and Tammi Monfette. She leaves her grandchildren: Larry Maxwell, Jennifer Simard, Joseph Simard, Jeffrey Markum, Barry Shelton, Sarah Soskin, Emily Soskin, and Jonah Monfette; her great-grandchildren: Amanda, Christopher, Nicholas, A.J., Lexi, Dylan, Ava, Austin, Kaya, Kingston, Elsie, Isabelle, Alyssa, Jackson, and one on the way. She had one great-great-grandchild, Ivey; and is survived by two sisters-in-law: Blanche Monfette and Marilyn Curtis. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; her siblings: Vivian Hamlin, Shirley Miller, Alice Hackett, Gladys (Red) Theberge, and William Curtis. She was also predeceased by her beloved granddaughter Jackie Simard.

Funeral services were held on March 13 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be on May 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport.

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

 

Helen Pauline Ricard

Helen P. Ricard, 79, of Canton, Connecticut, died unexpectedly in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 22, 2017.

She was born in Newport, on August 21, 1937, to Raoul and Arlene (Robitaille) Ricard. Ms. Ricard is survived by four siblings: Andre Ricard of Newport, Gerald Ricard of Canton, Connecticut, David Ricard of North Carolina, and Cecile Ricard of Canton.

Ms. Ricard loved her five devoted children: Cathy, Peggy, Lynn, Michael, and Lisa. She is also survived by ten grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was employed at the Hartford Insurance Company for 20 years, which she retired from in 1996. She became a member of the Second Congregational Church of Winsted in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1998. Not long thereafter, she became a member of the church choir. Her hobbies were sewing and music. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many friends.

Services were held on March 4 at the Second Congregational Church of Winsted.

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Obituaries March 8, 2017

Patricia Anne May Barger

Patricia Anne May Barger, 81, died at Aegis Assisted Living Community of Queen Anne in Seattle, Washington, on February 25, 2017, after a period of declining health.

Dr. Barger was born on August 13, 1935, the oldest of Beatrice (Brown) and Ralph May’s three children, and she took her responsibilities as a big sister seriously throughout her life. Living in various parts of the Northeast Kingdom, Dr. Barger’s parents ultimately settled in Barton where she was surrounded by extended family on Telfer Hill. Her delight in candied ginger came from spending time with her Grandmother May and sneaking pieces of this special treat from her grandmother’s apron pocket as a little girl.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1953 and proudly attended the alumni banquet and reunion annually until 2016. The first woman in her family to attend college, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a degree in psychology. She continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received a master’s degree and then a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Shortly after arriving in Chicago, Ms. May was invited to dinner by an older second cousin, Bion Barger, who had heard from family that his “little country cousin” was coming to town to study. The country cousin had a big impact on the city boy and the two married in 1958. Their lifetime partnership of mutual support, challenge, and adoration continued for more than 55 years until Mr. Barger’s death in 2014 at age 90.

Dr. Barger’s early career in psychology included a position as a staff psychologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and adjunct professor of pediatrics at Northwestern Medical School. In 1965, she became an assistant professor of psychology at Loyola University, Chicago, as well as supervisor of Loyola’s Child Guidance Center, eventually becoming the center’s director.

In 1975, Dr. Barger left academics for a position in the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Over time, she became associate director for mental illnesses and then, the regional administrator for the Chicago metropolitan area managing a multi-million-dollar budget that funded mental health care for more than seven million people in the area.

After her retirement in 1987, Mr. and Dr. Barger relocated to Seattle, and settled in the Queen Anne neighborhood. All who visited them at their home there were treated to a lovely view of the Space Needle, with occasional glimpses of Mount Rainier. The move to Seattle allowed them to see much more of the extended Barger family and Dr. Barger delighted in hosting family occasions on a regular basis, including poker night and fireworks viewing on the Fourth of July.

The move to Seattle also signaled the beginning of Dr. Barger’s next career as a community volunteer. She began an association with the Queen Anne Community Center and Aquatics Program shortly after relocating, joining classes at the pool. The “pool ladies”, as they were known, welcomed her into their circle and became a tight knit group of friends in which Dr. Barger had her first experiences of being a little sister, as most of her dearest friends were older. Her spicy clam chowder became a pool potluck favorite.

Over the course of the next 25 years, Dr. Barger was involved with the community center on an almost daily basis. She spent her weeks attending or leading many activities, including exercise classes at the weight room and pool, Monday senior lunches, Tai Chi, and “Crafty Ladies”, a Thursday afternoon group which donated the efforts of their needlework to various city organizations. She served as president of the advisory council for Queen Anne Community Center and viewed the center as an essential part of the physical and emotional wellbeing of the greater community, especially for seniors. Dr. Barger was recognized in 2013 with the Fabiola Woods Inspirational Award for outstanding community service and was deeply honored and surprised by this attention. During her years of involvement with the community center, she was also famous for roping other people into her many activities and endeavors, most of whom would admit that they were better for it.

After a hospitalization in September of 2016, Dr. Barger moved into the Aegis Assisted Living Community of Queen Anne where she enjoyed several months of activities, socializing, and the opportunity to have red wine with dinner. This caring community brought a sense of involvement and connection to the last several months of her life.

In the last years of her life, she was cared for with great compassion and dignity by her loved ones, Caroline Chan, Erin Gray, and Vistie and Randy Love.

Dr. Barger is survived by her siblings: Pricilla and Walter Armstrong of Barton, and William and Susan May of Barton; and her brothers-in-law William Barger of Bellevue, Washington, and Robert Barger of Buckley, Washington. She also leaves her “surrogate daughters” Caroline Chan and Erin Gray of Seattle; niece and nephew Vistie and Randy Love of Renton, Washington; and niece Alyssa May of East Burke; in addition to nine other dear nieces and nephews and their families, in whom she delighted. Dr. and Mr. Barger had beloved friends, neighbors, and colleagues across the United States and valued these relationships deeply. Those who loved Dr. Barger knew her as an avid storyteller, a keeper of family lore, a lover of cooking and entertaining, and a committed Seattle Storm fan. There are many places and people who will feel her absence in the days to come. We know with confidence that she would tell all who remain to “Have a Lovely!”

A memorial for Dr. Barger will be held in Seattle at the Queen Anne Community Center on March 25 at 3 p.m. Loved ones and friends are warmly invited to attend. A remembrance will also be held in Vermont over the summer at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, donations in Dr. Barger’s memory can be sent to Caroline Chan, C/O Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Avenue West, Seattle, Washington 98119. Checks should be made payable to Queen Anne Community Center with “Pat Barger Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Arrangements are being handled by Butterworth Funeral Home of Seattle with online condolences available on their website.

 

Colleen Cloutier

Alice Colleen Cloutier, 72, of Barton, died peacefully on March 4, 2017, at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in West Glover, this amazing woman was the daughter of William John Kilby and Erma Ethel Reid.

She married her beloved husband, Ronald Cloutier, on June 12, 1965, and they were longtime residents on Glover Road, prior to their more recent relocation to their hilltop residence on Duck Pond Road in Barton.

Mrs. Cloutier had a few jobs including working at the Barton Pharmacy and Barton Graded School, and ended with her retirement at Barton Village, Inc. in 2007. She was also was the Barton Village delinquent tax collector and Barton town delinquent tax collector for almost 50 years.

She is survived be her devoted husband, Ronald; daughter Marsha Cloutier; son Michael Cloutier and his wife, Susan; granddaughter Alexandria; step-grandson Christopher Wells and his partner, Jamie Pell; step-great-grandchildren Brooke, Melanie, and Joshua; step-grandson Geromy Wells; and step-great-granddaughter Jazmin. She is also survived by her brothers, Reid Kilby and his wife, Regina, of Milton, and Dale Kilby of Barton; by half sister Carla Ticehurst and her partner, Beeb Souliere, of Brownington.

She was predeceased by her parents William John Kilby and Erma Ethel Reid; and by two half brothers: Robert and Ronald Ticehurst.

Mrs. Cloutier’s beautiful life will forever be cherished by her immediate family members, but also by all those whose lives have been enriched because of her vibrant and caring personality. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way, and she opened her home to friends and family alike, hosting many gatherings, and sharing her love with whomever she came in contact. She will be sorely missed.

Her wonderful spirit and joy will be celebrated at a Mass held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. A dinner will be held after the Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Elm Street in Barton.

Interment will take place at the Newport Center Cemetery on May 20, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Cloutier’s memory to the St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Larry F. Hosford Sr.

Larry F. Hosford Sr., 76, of East Charleston, died on February 15, 2017 in Newport.

He was born on December 19, 1940 in Newport. He was the son of Francis and Mabel (Johnson) Hosford.

He graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, and went on to attend Bentley School of Accounting in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his associate’s degree in accounting.

On October 28, 1961, he married Eva Cole who predeceased him on August 28, 2016.

Mr. Hosford loved playing poker, hunting, fishing, telling jokes, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Charleston Historical Society, the Charleston Board of Listers, and a former member of the Charleston Fire Department.

He is survived by his sons: Larry Hosford Jr. of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and his partner, Eric Jimenez, David Hosford and his partner, Sybil Phaneuf, of East Charleston, Gary Hosford and his wife, Sheryl, of Newport; his daughters Vicki Hosford of Derby Line, and Darci Potwin and her husband, Chris, of Sharon. Mr. Hosford is also survived by his grandchildren: Sarah, David, Matthew, Kristin, Megan, Calvin, Cole, Tyler, Parker, Phillip, and Ashley; and a great-grandson Mason, all of whom he loved dearly; and also by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Charlotte and Clair Dane of Morgan, Shirley Bowen of Derby, Elaine Cole and her husband, Rod Kerr, of Greensboro, Alan and Patricia Cole of Westmore, and Linda Cole of Newport; by his brother Wayne Hosford and his wife, Marlene, of Brownington; by his sister Sally Kelley; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Eva (Cole) Hosford; and by two brothers-in-law: Robert and Everett Cole.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 37 Lake Road in Newport, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. David Dizazzo officiating the service.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. up until the hour of the service. A reception will follow the service at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Hosford’s name to the Charleston Historical Society, P.O. Box 46, East Charleston, Vermont 05833, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

Adrien Donat Houle

Adrien Donat Houle, 95, of Irasburg, died on February 28, after months of failing health.

He was born on December 21, 1921 in Irasburg, to Ernest and Doria Houle in the farmhouse that he lived in for most of his life.

On October 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Laurette M. Paquette at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.

Mr. Houle and his wife ran the family dairy farm and produced maple syrup in Irasburg until they sold both operations to their son Ronald and his spouse, Colette, in 1994. One of his loves was using draft horses to gather the sap in the maple orchard. Prior to buying the dairy farm from his father, Mr. Houle logged in the woods of northern New Hampshire for a couple of years. After that he ran a milk can hauling route in Orleans County while also working on the family farm. He enjoyed being outside, especially in the fall when he would hunt deer. For many years he belonged to a bowling league. Playing cards with friends and family was a passion of his. Mr. Houle had a love of numbers and was one of the town of Irasburg’s auditors for many, many years. He attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Irasburg and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children: Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernard, of Cornish, New Hampshire; Ronald Houle and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault), of Irasburg, and Denis Houle and his spouse, Laura (Boomer), of Irasburg. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Laurette, in 2015; and by his eldest son, the Reverend Wilfred Andre Houle, in 2013. He was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather to: Matthew Brasseur and his children: Noah and Keera, Johnathon Brasseur and his spouse, Heather, and their children: Hailey and Tanner, Brian Baxter and his spouse, Emily Wren, and their daughter Mary Charlotte, Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle. He is also survived by two of his seven siblings: Claire (Houle) Roy of Spencer, Massachusetts, and Donat Houle and his spouse, Gisele, of Orleans; as well as several sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two of his brothers: Wilfrid and Roger; and two of his sisters: Cecile (Houle) Robinson and Theresa (Houle) Poirier Johnson.

A Mass was held on March 6, at St. Theresa’s Church, Orleans. Burial will take place at a later date at St John Vianney’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Donations may be made to the St. John Vianney Building Fund, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

Warren D. Null

Warren D. Null, 77, of Newport, died on February 28, 2017, in Newport.

He was born on August 11, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Leroy Sr. and Constance (Miller) Null.

He married Barbara Anderson, who survives him.

Mr. Null was a janitor for Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport for many years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister-in-law Pearl and her family; his mother-in-law Vanessa Knott; by several nieces and nephews; and by his special friends: Steven Zeniti and his wife, Ann, of New York, and Yvan and Marie Valliere of Stanstead, Quebec; and by many others. He was predeceased by his brother Leroy Null; and two brothers-in-law: Douglas and Cecil Anderson.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, to help defray funeral expenses.

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

 

Jeannette Margaret (Nault) Spates

Jeannette Margaret (Nault) Spates, 84, died peacefully at her home in Derby on March 1, 2017, after a more than five-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mrs. Spates was born in Newport on May 17, 1932, to Majorie (Clark) and Vernon Nault. She was a twin and the second youngest of nine children, and was the last surviving child. Her dad died in 1964 and her mom in 1967.

She married Frank Spates Jr. on January 1, 1955, and lost her husband of 56 years in 2011. She has seen all her siblings laid to rest: brothers Raymond, Harold, Hazen, and Ernest, and her sisters Ruth, Pauline, Betty, and Frances.

Mrs. Spates leaves behind four children: Valerie Gann and her husband, Pat, of Spring City, Tennessee, Grant and his partner, Carol Brown, of Derby, Dana of Derby, and Lee and his wife, Lisa, of Derby.

She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Rachel Spates of Weston, Massachusetts, Jerimiah Ovitt of Rutland, Emily Spates and her friend, Soeren Sauer, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Sarah Spates and her husband, Chad Greenlaw, of South Berwick, Maine, Tristan Ovitt of Milton, Whitney Ovitt and her friend, Howie Lockamy, of Derby, Logan Spates of Moorsville, North Carolina, Mira Spates of Derby, and Sam Spates of Colchester and Derby.

She also leaves five great-grandchildren: Caleb Ovitt, Killie Ovitt, Cheyene Ovitt, Avalon Lockamy, and Oliver Greenlaw. She also leaves brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Spates graduated from Newport High School in 1951, was a member of the 1948-1949 Newport High School state champion basketball team, and was valedictorian of her class. She worked at True and Blanchard’s hardware store with Oscar “Robert” Thayer’s grandfather Asa Thayer, and then for the telephone company in Newport. When Mr. Spates went in the Marines and then onto UVM, she and the kids moved as needed. They lived on Summer Street in Newport with Val, Grant, and Dana until 1963, when they moved to Vernon, Connecticut. Their son Lee was born there in 1964. The family moved back to Vermont in 1970 and purchased a farm on the Beebe Plain Road in Derby. They started with Jerseys and then switched to Holsteins. Mrs. Spates missed the Jersey milk that made great whipped cream. Despite her hay fever she loved to help out with haying, refused to drive the tractor but would stack bales. When Spates Construction was formed in 1974, Mrs. Spates was the bookkeeper doing payroll, job costing, and accounts receivable and payable. She worked side by side with her husband and three sons in the business and helped it grow from a small residential company to a recognized mid-sized commercial contractor doing projects all over Vermont and northern New Hampshire. With the growth of the company came more and more demand on her, but the ever ready-to-learn student she moved with the times and went back to school at night to get computer and accounting training from adult educational services. She continued this role until her retirement from Spates Construction in the 1990s.

She and Mr. Spates enjoyed vacationing with Bill and Hilda Spates, along with Doug and Vivian Spates. When living in Connecticut and coming up for Thanksgiving at the in-laws, she and Frank Jr. enjoyed playing cards (pitch) with Frank Sr. and Eleanor Spates, along with Betty and George Durkee, and Joyce and Jay Stanwood.

She loved to take her kids go to Crystal Lake in Barton and visit with her sister Betty who lived just up the road from Pageant Park. She and Mr. Spates would also spend time on the shores of Lake Memphremagog with her sister Frances and her husband, Bob Colladay, and their two sons who spent their summers at a camp that Mr. Spates had built for them on the Bluffs. They would also visit with Barbra and Brian Bouge next door to the Colladays. Mr. and Mrs. Spates enjoyed dining out and going to sporting events with Burnie and Geneva Burke, along with Tom and Glennis Berry. She loved having the grandchildren over when Mr. Spates went to deer camp, and loved having the whole family around her at holidays. Mrs. Spates would do Christmas tree and holiday themes, and she must have accumulated over twenty boxes of ornaments and decorations that she had put together over the years.

Mrs. Spates served on the North Country Union School Board and was the chair for part of her time on the board. She loved to see any of her kids or grandchildren in any school events, from holiday concerts, football, baseball, soccer, hockey, skiing meets, track and field, plays, or dance. She cherished attending those events. She and Mr. Spates were honored by Friends of North Country Hockey for all they did for the team.

The family will hold a service and burial in the spring, Mrs. Spates favorite time of year. The time and place will be announced in the paper so friends and family can help celebrate her life.

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

 

David C. Yanacheak

David C. Yanacheak, 73, of Brownington, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

He was born on September 8, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Cleo and Genevieve (née Scheloske) Yanacheak. He was the first of five children who grew up on a farm in Climbing Hill, Iowa.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and accumulated lifelong memories while stationed in Thailand. In March of 1992 he married Mary Patricia Kennedy, who preceded him in death on November 9, 2015.

Mr. Yanacheak was a member of the American Legion in Orleans, the Moose Club, the VFW in Newport, and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

His lifelong vocation was as a construction power lineman. His home-away-from-home was always with his lineman buddies. He was a member the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #1249 and #104.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, music, drinks poured two fingers too tall, history, boats, reading a novel per day, dancing, and evincing his gregarious charm. He served as a dutiful caregiver to his late wife in the final years of her life, and was able to rejoin her with little delay. In the past decade, Mr. Yanacheak gained much strength and insight through Sufism. He was an avid animal lover, especially of his cats and dogs.

He is survived by his children: Jason Kennedy and his wife, Khayreyah Wahaab, of Auckland, New Zealand, Charles Yanacheak of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Marnie Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado, Michelle Yanacheak of Massena, New York, Amanda Yanacheak of Smithfield, North Carolina; and by his stepdaughter Tina DeLorme of Palm Coast, Florida; by his grandchildren: Gaby, Andrew, Ethan, Marissa, Julianna, Calvin, Harper, and Jayden. His is also survived by his siblings: Ralph Yanacheak and his wife, Carol, of Lemars, Iowa, Art Yanacheak and his wife, Diane, of St. Paul, Minnesota, Frank Yanacheak of Anthon, Iowa; Nedra Haley and her husband, Rex, of Van Buren, Arkansas; by sister-in-law Sherry Yanacheak of Sioux City, Iowa; and by many nieces and nephews. Of special mention is Mr. Yanacheak’s longtime friend Paul Loughran and his wife, Amy, of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; his daughter Rita Yanacheak; and by his brother Norman Yanacheak.

A funeral service was held on March 3 at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

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Obituaries December 7, 2016

Frederick E. Allard

Frederick E. Allard, 89, of Island Pond, died on November 26, 2016, in Lyndonville.

He was born on May 16, 1927, in Island Pond to the late Peter and Deleda (Clouthier) Allard. Mr. Allard spent his teenage years in Montreal, Quebec, and attended St. Joseph’s French Catholic School. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. On October 10, 1970, he married Gloria LaFountain, who predeceased him on September 27, 2002.

During his lifetime he was a telephone installer. Mr. Allard enjoyed woodworking, carving totem poles, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7779 of Morrisville.

He is survived by his twin brother Francis; by his wife, Luwina Dubois Allard, of Island Pond; and by his stepchildren: Tom Barry and Rolla Williams, both of Belvidere.

Mr. Allard was predeceased by his sister Pearl Perce.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 11 a.m., at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond. Interment will be held at St. James Cemetery in Island Pond, during the spring of 2017. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish for the St. James Catholic Church Roof Repair Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Ralph Carl Bishop

Ralph Carl Bishop, 93, died peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.

He was born to Charles and Cora (MacNamara) Bishop on July 23, 1923, in West Charleston. He was brought up by Ira and Myrtie Lyon in Westmoreland. He married Charlotte Emma Morse on June 26, 1942, and while he was in the military, his wife and children lived in East Charleston, and later moved to East Burke. He brought his family to Springfield in 1950, and he worked at Jones and Lamson as a machinist for 45 years. After he retired, he bought an RV, and they traveled throughout the country.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his three children: son Donald Bishop and his wife, Jean, of Springfield; daughters Gale Alger and her husband, Bob, of Weathersfield, and Diana Brown, of Franconia, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: M. Boyd Brown, Adrianne Bishop Phillips, and Robert Alger Jr.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, on October 13, 2011; and by brothers Edward, Paul, Charles, Eugene, and John.

There was a celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s life at the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Springfield Humane Society would be appreciated.

 

Lawrence O. Fontaine

Lawrence O. Fontaine, 96, of Derby, died on December 1, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 21, 1920, in Beebe, to Albert and Aurore (Emond) Fontaine. On December 29, 1947, he married Gertrude Cheney, who predeceased him on May 29, 2013.

He entered the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He was a foreman for the Vermont Transportation Department for over 20 years. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time hauling cars for local dealerships.

Mr. Fontaine was an avid outdoorsman. He loved being outside his entire life. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, traveling, and riding motorcycles. He was a former member of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Newport; by his daughters-in-law; Patsy Fontaine of Ohio, and Betsy Fontaine of Norton; by his grandchildren: Stephen J. Fontaine of Ohio, Melanie Walker and her husband, David, of North Carolina, Bryan and Adam Fontaine of Newport, Sarah Fontaine of Beecher Falls, Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker of North Carolina, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine of Ohio. Mr. Fontaine is also survived by the following siblings: Dorilard Fontaine and his wife, Georgette, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Mary Jane Perkins of Bristol, Connecticut, Lucille Patenaude of Westford, Lionel Fontaine of Newport, Anita Shorette of Bristol, Helen Beauregard and her husband, Robert, of Essex; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Gertrude, he was predeceased by his sons Stephen and Sherman; his grandson Matthew; by his siblings Theresa Peterson, George Fontaine, Adellard Fontaine, and Angeline Fontaine; and by half-brothers and -sisters Yvonne Boivin, Midas Boivin, Felix Boivin, and Jeanne Levesque.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Spring interment will occur in the Derby Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Richard Jason Gidney

Richard Jason Gidney, 76, died Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.

He was born in Montpelier on March 16, 1940, son of the late Robert John and Europa L. (Herring) Gidney. Mr. Gidney served in the U.S. Army for six and a half years in the Panama Canal Zone. He was employed in administration at IBM in Essex Junction, and later with the Vermont Federal Bank. He was a member of Blue Lodge #12, of the Free and Accepted Masons in Richmond and a 32-degree Mason with Mt. Sinai Temple #3 in Montpelier.

Mr. Gidney loved traveling in New England, especially during the fall to see the foliage. He enjoyed his fireworks displays for his family and friends, going out for dinner, and being a practical joker. He was an avid sports fan for his great-nieces and -nephews. He will be remembered for always being there for people, for being a very giving person, and for his love of cats. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sisters, a brother, a nephew, several nieces, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. He is also survived by his special friends, Mark Hope and Roger Reilly. He was predeceased by his parents, and a special feline companion, Nancy.

At Mr. Gidney’s request there will be no public funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at the Brady & Levesque website: www.bradyandlevesque.com.

Roger V. Goodell

Roger V. Goodell, 53, of Coventry, died suddenly on November 24, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

He was born on November 23, 1963, in Newport to Beverly Cleveland and Gayton Verge. On June 20, 2009, he married Christine Monteith.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Goodell; his children: Mariah Goodell, Shane Goodell, Roger Pare, and Mathew Pare; his siblings: Burt Goodell and his wife, Laurie, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, Leo Verge and his wife, Norma Verge, Marlin Stevenson, Gaytan Verge, and Susan Roberge; by his grandchildren: Paislee Bartley, Sophia Pare, and Jameson Pare; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Goodell was a window glazier for most of his life. His hobbies were hunting, camping, and fishing. He loved spending time with his granddaughter Paislee — she was the apple of his eye and he spent every second he could get with her. He had a heart of gold and loved doing things with his family. He worked hard for his family and was a stubborn man who had the biggest sense of humor you could find in a person. He was loved by many for his charm and goofiness. He could pretty much get away with anything he said, and would just smile after he said it. His favorite singer of all time was Johnny Cash. He was always singing his tunes around the house and cried when Johnny Cash passed away. Mr. Goodell was a strong man who cared for his family to the best of his abilities. He will be greatly missed.

A poem for my father:

The Way I See It

Since I can remember, my father’s tool belt has been his second pair of pants. He always ran aimlessly around the house trying to fix this or that. Let’s just say not much has changed! I’ve watched my father go from building houses to putting in windows and always being busy, but he always made time to be a good father. His tough edge always wore off as he sat in my room for hours, letting me do his hair or playing Barbie’s. Always making me laugh when I hurt, or when he helped yank my first tooth. Watching my father build reminds me of who he is and why we are so much alike. I know wherever life takes me he will always be a footstep behind. If that does not symbolize how a father loves his daughter, I don’t know what does.

Love you, Mariah

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 9, at 4 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, 115 Elm Street in Newport. After services, family and friends are welcome to meet at the Eagles Club in Newport for dinner and a celebration of Mr. Goodell’s life. People are welcome to bring a dish to share. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Christine Goodell, or to a gofundme page at: https://www.gofundme.com/rogers-funeral-expenses.

Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood

 Georgiana “Gee” (Provoncha) Greenwood, 103, of East Hartford, Connecticut, beloved wife of the late Owen Greenwood, died peacefully on November 29, 2016.

Mrs. Greenwood was born July 21, 1913, on the family farm in Brownington to Benjamin and Carolyn (Blouin) Provoncha. She attended Brownington’s North School, and being from a musical family, she later played the piano and organ at the Brownington Center Dance Hall. It was there that she was introduced to Owen Greenwood, and they later married at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Orleans on October 15, 1934. They resided in Orleans until 1942 when they moved to Charles Street in Lyndonville. They remained there until Mr. Greenwood’s death in 1983. Mrs. Greenwood then made her home in East Hartford so she could be near her children. She was a very kind and loving woman whose greatest joy was being with family and riding on the back roads of northern Vermont with her husband.

She is survived by her son Winston Greenwood of East Hartford; son-in-law Paul Masini and his companion, Julia Hopkins, of Clyde and Stem, North Carolina; and her granddaughter Cher Masini and her spouse, Christopher Rowe, of Superior, Colorado; as well as many nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Dorene Mailloux, of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two daughters: Nancy Masini of Avon, Connecticut, and infant daughter Marlene Greenwood; six sisters and five spouses: Alma Hardie and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans, Arene Richardson and her husband, Mark, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Elsie Barry and her husband, Leonard, of Newport, Doris Morin and her husband, Jean, of Merritt Island, Florida, Isabele Glodgett and her husband, Ernest, of Newport and Derby Line, and infant sister Evelyn Provoncha. She also lost her father- and mother-in-law who she loved dearly, Ovila and Mary Greenwood, of Brownington; and brother-in-law Sarto Greenwood and his wife, Myrtle, of West Charleston.

Graveside funeral services will take place in the spring in Lyndonville. To share a memory of Mrs. Greenwood with her family, please visit www.desopo.com.

 

David Francis Hamel

David Francis Hamel, 83, of Morgan, died peacefully at his home on Seymour Lake on October 7, 2016, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, June Carol Hamel. He leaves his son, Dean C. Hamel; daughter, Lisa Hamel-Zarookian and her husband, Paul; grandchildren: Alexandre, Cole, Lane, Rebecca, and Kaleigh; and many close friends.

Mr. Hamel was born in Hempstead, New York, to Marion and Francis Hamel on December 12, 1932. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York, graduating from Central High School. He studied music education in college and graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 1954. He was an instrumental music teacher in the East Meadow school district of New York for over 30 years and helped countless young people discover the joys of music. He also performed professionally, playing the trombone, bass, and piano.

Mr. Hamel was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was an avid golfer, and an accomplished chef who enjoyed cooking for, and spending time with, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the family home on Seymour Lake in the summer of 2017. The family is suggesting donations to brain cancer research through The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

 

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau

Jeannette J. (Quirion) Nadeau, 89, of Newport died peacefully with her beloved family by her side on December 2, 2016.

She was born in St. Gedeon Beauce, Quebec, on July 17, 1927, the daughter of Simeon and Victoria Quirion.

Mrs. Nadeau was a strong, loving, beautiful, kind, and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She held strong spiritual beliefs, and for that was blessed with an abundance of love that surrounded her each and every day. For all of us, whose lives Mrs. Nadeau touched, we were so enriched by her presence.

She loved her family dearly and walked through life seeing only the positive in each situation. She cherished each one of us individually and taught us to believe in ourselves, to set and achieve our dreams, but most importantly she taught us all how to love. That love was most beautifully represented in her marriage to Maurice Nadeau. They were married on September 2, 1942. She enjoyed spending time at the camp they built together.

She loved knitting, baking homemade goodies, playing cards, and spending time with her animals. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. Her family loved spending time with her as well.

Mrs. Nadeau was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; and son Jacques (Jack) Nadeau.

She is survived by her children: Nicky Nadeau of Newport, Gilles Nadeau and his wife, Aline, of North Carolina, John Nadeau and his wife, Elizabeth, of Newport, Nicole Nadeau (the wife of Jacques Nadeau) of Newport; her grandchildren, Marc Nadeau and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Sharon Gonyaw and her husband, Jay, of Newport, Tina Nadeau of Newport, Joey Nadeau and his wife, Mariadena, of South Carolina, Karen Nadeau of South Carolina, Holly Nadeau and Ryan Pronto of Newport, and Glen Nadeau and his partner, Greg Douglass; her great-grandchildren Jacques (Jake) Nadeau, Hailey Nadeau and her fiancé, Tyler Bonneau, Andrew Gonyaw, Mitchell Gonyaw, Jordan Eastman, Cade Pronto; and her most recent addition to her family, her great-great-grandchild, Carson Bonneau. She is also survived by her stepbrother Henry Nadeau of Toronto, Ontario; her stepsister Marie Beth Mercier of St. Timothy, Quebec; sisters Claudette Nadeau of St. Gedeon Beauce, and Jacqueline Lachance of St. George Beauce, Quebec; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport at 12:30 p.m. A spring interment will take place St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 383, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

E. Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg

Elizabeth Alexandra Freiin von Stackelberg died in her mother’s arms on November 26, 2016, at home in Irasburg. “Like a dandelion, she just floated away.”

The eldest child of Nicholas Temple and Brigitta Regina von Stackelberg, she was born in Germany in February, 1963, and arrived in Vermont with her parents later that year.

The first place they lived was located above the Albany town dump. Her mother shot rats in the yard to keep them from Alexandra’s cradle. This convinced them to speedily move to Irasburg — a place that Ms. von Stackelberg was to consider her true home for the rest of her life — and finally to Brooklyn, New York. During summers, while her parents worked, Ms. von Stackelberg lived in Irasburg with Clare and Barbara Phillips, who were her second set of loving parents. At the age of five, she was diagnosed with leukemia, marking the start of a lifelong battle with cancer that she was to face with breathtaking courage and dignity. Relocating to Paris, France, she was enrolled in a pioneering medical trial in immunotherapy at the Institut Gustave Roussy, where under the care of Dr. Leon Swartzenberg she made history as one of the first children to be cured of leukemia. She grew up in France, attending the Lycée Hoche in Versailles, before returning to Albany to live with her grandmother Ellen Biddle von Stackelberg and attend Craftsbury Academy (Class of ’82). A fluent French and German speaker, she graduated with a degree in Russian from St. Lawrence University before moving to New York to start her career in international finance. Her focus, dedication, and concern for her clients resulted in a successful career beginning with Manufacturers Hanover, before moving on to Standard and Poors, and finally Fiduciary Trust where she celebrated 20 years of service in 2015. It was at Manny Hanny in 1987 that she met her partner, Edward Jones, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and Long Island, with whom she was to spend 25 years until his death in 2011. They were blessed with a daughter, Lorelei Jane Temple, in 2001, and moved to Brooklyn, to the same neighborhood that Ms. von Stackelberg had lived in when she was a small child. She was a devoted mother, and her determination to be there for her daughter sustained her through the difficult times that followed. Ms. von Stackelberg was a warm-hearted, loving and generous woman with a puckish sense of humor. She was also supremely unselfish and empathic. Her desire to help and nurture extended beyond her family and friends, touching everybody she met. She had an exceptional gift for friendship and her deep loyalty inspired all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

The funeral will take place at the Irasburg United Church on Saturday, December 10, at 10 a.m.

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

 

Mabel Irene Webb

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service was held on December 1, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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

 

Solon Lee Wilder

Solon Lee Wilder, 83, beloved husband of Cathy (Simmons) Wilder of West Glover, died on November 30, 2016, in Greensboro.

He was born on January 22, 1933, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Philip and Beatrice (Kratt) Wilder.

He attended schools in North Attleboro and finished his schooling in Bellingham, Massachusetts. At the age of 17 he joined the United Sates Navy and was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Putnam, during the Korean War.

He married Helen Kinney of Windsor, in 1951. Upon his discharge from the Navy he and his family moved to Miami, Florida, where he drove a bus for the city of Miami. He worked
for the U.S. Post Office for ten years from 1959 to 1969. He became a police officer in 1968, part time initially, before taking a position with the Homestead, Florida, Police Department, where he quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant.

On July 26, 1978, he married Cathy Simmons. He retired from the police department in 1990, and settled in Albany, in 1991.

Mr. Wilder was a member of the Police Benevolent Association, and the American Legion. He enjoyed many things, he especially loved his dog Cleo.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Wilder, and their children: Stephen Wilder and his wife, Julie, of Roswell, Georgia, Pete Wilder and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ogden, Utah, Mark Wilder of Jacksonville, Florida, and Paul Wilder of Irasburg; three step-children: Kimberly Bell, Corey Atkinson, and Bryan Atkinson; four grandchildren: Nicole, Marissa, Madeline and Christy; two great-grandchildren, Kiley and Brady; and a brother, David Wilder.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Philip and Roger Wilder; and sister Virginia Edwards.

Upon request of the family there will be no services.

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

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Obituaries November 9, 2016

John F. Brown

John F. Brown, 82, of Barton, died on November 2, in Newport, after a period of declining health.

Mr. Brown was born July 5, 1934, in Burlington, the youngest son of E. Merriman and Marjorie (Ford) Brown. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1952 and the University of Vermont in 1956, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1958.

On September 5, 1959, he married Marjorie A. Cross in Slatersville, Rhode Island, and went to work as a county agricultural agent in Worcester, Massachusetts. His two daughters were born while they lived in Holden, Massachusetts.

In October 1962, he moved to Barton and joined his father in the family business, now known as E.M. Brown & Son, Inc. He enjoyed his years at “The Mill” and the employees, friends, and customers he dealt with daily. He always had a smile and a willingness to help anyone.

In 1980 he suffered a heart attack and retired, but continued to help others with his many areas of expertise. Mr. Brown served as member of the Barton school board, as a Barton Village trustee, on the advisory boards of the Community National Bank and the Howard Bank, as director of the Barton Chambers Apartments, Inc., and as treasurer of the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders of the Barton Medical Clinic and its treasurer, a member of North Country Hospital and Health Systems, and served on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance board.

His business knowledge also helped his work with SCORE — a nonprofit organization designed to help small businesses succeed — and on the town of Barton loan committee, as Treasurer of the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery Association, and the St. Paul School Endowment Fund.

He was a justice of the peace, served on the board of civil authority, and was a director of Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association.

He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Bruins fan, and had wonderful memories of his fishing trips to Canada especially seeing the northern lights, an experience he never forgot. Mr. Brown enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, and his many European vacations.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters: Nancy and her husband, Jon Aswad, of Snoqualmie, Washington, and Deborah Brown of North Haverhill, New Hampshire; two grandsons, Nicholas Aswad of Burlington and Connor Aswad of Winooski; a brother, Dr. Edwin Brown and his wife, Patricia, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; and sister-in-law Ba Brown of Houston, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his much loved cat Rascal.

He was predeceased by his parents E. Merriman and Marjorie Brown; stepmother Lucy Brown; and brother Robert Brown.

Funeral services were held on November 7, at the Barton United Church. There will be a private burial at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orleans Essex VNA & Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Marianna Erho

Marianna Erho, 76, of Brownington died on November 3, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 7, 1940, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Clarence and Sarah Jane (Adams) Hanson.

On May 21, 1960, she married Joseph Erho, who survives her.

Mrs. Erho was a nature enthusiast and enjoyed her beloved pets and birds.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Brownington; by her children: Sarah Joanne McTeauge of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Kenneth Joseph Erho and his partner, Michelle Howe, of Heath, Massachusetts, and Julie Ann Duff of Greenfield, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jess, Jeremy, Ashley, and Jared Erho, Morgan Duff, Monica Fecto, Melinda Duff and Richard Duff; and by eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Melissa Duff; by her brother Henry Hanson; and by her sister Barbara Evanson.

Services will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

George Osborn

George Osborn, 83, died on October 25, 2016, at Copley Hospital in Morristown after enduring ALS for several years.

He was born in Oklahoma City and later served in the military. After leaving the service, he entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, as a student of trombone. After graduation, Mr. Osborn performed in the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra for a year then moved back to Rochester where he met Elinor, his wife of 55 years, who survives him. He was principal trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly all of his 40 years there.

Music was his first love, but after retirement and the move to Craftsbury, he had more time to pursue his enjoyment of cross-country skiing, rowing, biking, and running. When ALS kept Mr. Osborn from those endeavors, spending time in the Craftsbury General Store, where he enjoyed meeting the community, became the high spot of his day.

Donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC, 20005, or at http://www.alsa.org.

 

Charles Moulton Wilson

Charles Moulton Wilson, 89, of Brownington, died on October 28, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on February 17, 1927, in Newport. He was the son of the late Newell and Vera (Moulton) Wilson, and grew up working on their family farm on the Glen Road.

He married Dorothy Merriman on September 28, 1957. She predeceased him on November 15, 2013.

Mr. Wilson worked as a sander for Ethan Allen Furniture Company in Orleans for 28 years, before retiring in 1989.

He enjoyed tinkering on cars, woodworking, working in his sharpening shed in Glover, traveling, and photography.

He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newport.

He is survived by his three children: Joyce Norrie of St. Johnsbury Center, Jonathan Wilson and his wife, Marti, of Brownington, and Joseph Wilson and his wife, Penny, of Irasburg; by his grandchildren: Marissa Gadapee of East Haven, Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Jamie Wilson and her fiancé, James Margolla, of Brownington, Danny Gosselin Jr. of Orleans, Tiana Gosselin of Derby, Skyla Wilson and companion, Brandon Hoose, of Rapid City, South Dakota, Naula Gosselin and companion, Dakota Deslandes, of Newport, and Tucker Wilson of Irasburg; by five great-grandchildren: Damyin Gadapee, Kairi Gosselin, Mackenzie Gosselin, Axel Moses, and Maizie Hoose. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Other than his wife, he was predeceased by his brother Leland Wilson; his sister Sarah Miller; and by his son-in-law David Norrie.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newport, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.

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

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Obituaries October 19, 2016

Richard Alan Falconer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shirlene Leah Geoffrey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Allan R. Herman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lucy Ellen Holland

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial services are planned for November.

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

 

David Kenneth Kelley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

David Harry Reed 

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

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

He was a veteran of World War II.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Nicholas Temple Freiherr Von Stackelberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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