Obituaries January 6, 2016

obit AustinRuth (Shattuck) Austin

Ruth (Shattuck) Austin, 101, of Newport died peacefully on December 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in West Derby on April 15, 1914, to Roy and Emma (Carlquist) Shattuck, the youngest of their four children. She was a graduate of Newport High School and attended nursing school in the former Orleans Memorial Hospital.

She married Ellis S. Austin Jr. on January 14, 1933. She was a lifelong resident of Newport. As a homemaker, loving wife, and mother, she was always well known for her cooking and baking — especially her homemade doughnuts. She had many interests and loved attending auctions and collecting antique dolls. She was a wonderful craftswoman, and spent many hours braiding rugs for family and friends, and spent many enjoyable hours fishing along the banks of Lake Memphremagog.

She always had a sharp mind and keen sense of humor, and she never passed up a good game of cribbage or bingo. She loved reminiscing about the history of Newport. As a centenarian she was interviewed on a number of occasions to talk about her fond and vivid memories of Newport, and was featured in Vermont’s Northland Journal and USA Today. In April, following her one hundred and first birthday, during an interview for the Northeast Kingdom Voice TV show she said, “I never thought I’d live to be this age. It never crossed my mind. I sure have lived a good life though.”

She is survived by her three children: Jean Poutre, Charles Austin and his wife, Alice, and Paula Conover and her husband, Peter, all of Newport; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in September of 1974, and by her three siblings: Flora Fountain, Gladys Drew, and Harold Shattuck; her son-in-law Fernand Poutre; and her granddaughter Jennifer Roy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855, or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund care of Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A gathering in celebration of her life will be held in the springtime. Interment will follow at the Kelsey-Morrill Cemetery on Shattuck Hill in Derby.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeanRachel A. Westover Bean

Rachel A. Westover Bean, 80, of Newport Center died on December 18, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 12, 1935, in Newport Center to Earl and Ella (Sanville) Taylor.

She graduated from Newport Center High School in 1953.  She married Robert J. Westover on May 31, 1958. He predeceased her in March of 1981.  On March 8, 2005, she married C. Lary Bean, who survives her.

She was the town clerk and treasurer for the town of Newport for 30 years. She took great pride in her job and devoted many hours to helping the people of Newport Center. She was delighted when she was recognized for her work by being included in Who’s Who.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary and the Newport Center High School Alumni Association. She was a former director of the Goodrich Memorial Library.  One of her greatest joys was time spent with family and friends, especially at the holidays and at summer cookouts.  She enjoyed creating floral arrangements, cooking, baking, and most importantly, taking care of her loved ones.

She is survived by her husband; by her children: Tammy Westover of Newport Center, and John Westover and his wife, Takako, of Japan; by her grandchildren: Victoria Westover of Westfield, and Lyla and Elise Westover of Japan; by her stepchildren: Karen Bennett and her husband, Tim, Robyn Hamilton of Maine, and Christina Torres and her husband, John, of Maryland; by her stepgrandchildren: Stephanie Inman and her husband, Walter, and Justin Hamilton of Maine, and Ainslee and Ivy Torres of Maryland; by her sisters: Beverly Couture and her husband, Armand, of Irasburg, and Sonja Bissonnette and her husband, Norbert, of Middletown, Connecticut; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to SASH (Support and Services at Home), P.O. Box 259, 48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.  The SASH program provided assistance to the family to honor Mrs. Westover’s wishes of being able to remain in her home.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeauregardRoger Norbert Beauregard

Roger Norbert Beauregard, 82, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died in Charlotte, Florida, on December 12, 2015.

He was born to Eleonore Houle and Norbert Beauregard on December 21, 1932.

A native of Vermont, living in Charleston, Derby, Holland, Morgan, and Newport, he spent the last 14 winters in Punta Gorda with his wife, Colleen. They were joined there at various times by his brother- and sister-in-law Maurice and Sylvia Beauregard, sister-in-law Carolyn Rhodes, brother- and sister-in-law Lawrence “Buzz” and Lucille “Lou” Moore, and by many cherished friends.

The Beauregards were married for 58 loving, happy years. They had three children who have loving partners: Tim Beauregard and Anne de Vos, Lisa Presson and her husband, Todd, and Lorelei Lewis and her husband, Mark.

Mr. Beauregard was a strong believer in a hard day’s work and exemplified that work ethic in all his professional endeavors. In his early years, he worked seven days a week to run his family farm. He then diversified his career to include a successful business in the pulpwood industry, and mail delivery for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years. Family, however, was always first in his heart.

He could be heard singing his heart out, laughing from the bottom of his belly, and cheering on his beloved Red Sox. He loved a good game of cribbage, or “500,” and welcomed every guest with a Manhattan or a glass of wine and a kiss on both cheeks. He will be greatly missed by all his family, including numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was a loving grandfather to Ashley Lewis, who sadly died in 2005, Benjamin “Ben” Lewis and his wife, Tara, Joshua “Josh” Presson, Molly Presson, and Lorne Beauregard. He also touched and brightened the lives of his three great-granddaughters: McKayla, Julianna, and Emma Lewis.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Howard Rhodes, his sister-in-law Mary Ann Moore, both of whom were also winter residents in Punta Gorda.

As per his request, his service will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, in the spring of 2016. The date and time of the service have yet to be determined. His burial will follow at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line, where both his parents and his wife’s parents rest.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Northeast Kingdom Hemotology & Oncology (NEKHO), P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855, or St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Preservation Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit chagnonJune Louise Chagnon

June Louise Chagnon, 83, of Whiting, Maine, died on Sunday, December 20, 2015, in Machias, Maine.

She was born on May 19, 1932, in Billerica, Massachusetts, to Harold D. and Elizabeth Baroni. She grew up in the area and graduated from Billerica High School in 1948. She went on to attend community college, where she studied bookkeeping and typing. She would later use those talents working for the local Cadillac auto dealership, and in the family business, Baroni & Sons Contracting.

On June 7, 1952, she was married, in her hometown, to Thomas F. Chagnon at St. Andrews Church. After their marriage, she and her husband raised their family of five children in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia, to follow Mr. Chagnon’s career with the federal government. In the late 1960s the couple purchased a seasonal home for their family, their love for the ocean bringing them to Lubec, Maine, where family and friends summered for over 45 years. Ms. Chagnon loved sitting on her deck watching the seals swim in the Lubec narrows. Upon Mr. Chagnon’s retirement they built their winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which they enjoyed for a few years before Mr. Chagnon died.

Mrs. Chagnon was a devoted faithful Catholic communicant, actively serving in the women’s guilds and religious education programs. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, baking and cake decorating, and floral design. She was an avid walker, and for many years was an active member of the Pathfinder’s walking group of Lubec.

Mrs. Chagnon always enjoyed her time with her family most of all. She was unwavering in her love and support as a wife and mother. She was very proud of all her children’s achievements. She was active in her children’s lives and taught them the importance of faith in keeping a generous and kind heart. By example, she showed them how to lift the spirits of family and friends with a warm and cheerful smile. She will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and friend.

She is survived by her sons: Thomas F. Chagnon Jr., and his wife, Eugenia, of Canton, Massachusetts, John J. Chagnon and his wife, Ana, of Washington, D.C., and Michael P. Chagnon, and his wife, Gail, of Alexandria, Virginia; her daughters: Cindy Morrison, and her husband, Joseph, of Whiting, Maine, and Karen Cote, and her husband, Raymond, of Barton; her brother William Baroni and his wife, Betty; her sisters: Dorothy Bourassa, Bettyanne Baroni, and Joann Dalziel and her husband, Bob D.L.; her sister-in-law Lorraine Baroni; her grandchildren: LeAnne Chagnon and her husband, Mike Lewandroski, Michael Chagnon, Christopher Cote, and his wife, Kim, Alyson Chagnon, and Cleo Terry and her husband, Charles; her special, loving cousin Jackie Sampson; and lifelong friend, Jean Doherty.

She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and her brothers: Robert and Buddy Baroni.

A memorial Mass was held on Monday, December 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lubec, Maine. Charitable donations in her memory may be made to the Lubec Memorial Library, 55 Water Street, Lubec, Maine 04652.

 

obit ChamberlainBernadette M. Chamberland

Bernadette M. Chamberland, 97, of Newport, died there on December 30, 2015.

She was born on February 12, 1918, in Westfield to Joseph and Rosanna (Lachappel) Pion.

Mrs. Chamberland was an inspector for Indian Head Plywood in Newport, a job from which she retired in 1982, after 18 years of service.

She enjoyed playing bingo, making arts and crafts, shopping, eating out, and traveling to Florida for several years.  She enjoyed family visits, and will be missed by her many friends at Governor Prouty Apartments, including her good friend Joan Carpenter.  She will also be missed by her dear dog Chole.

She is survived by her children: Georgette Jones of Newport, and Arlene Brown and her husband, Glen, of Newport Center; by her grandchildren: Robert, Michael, Tammy Baraw, and Glen W. Brown; ten great-grandchildren; her siblings: Theresa Couture of Westfield, Mary Turgeon and her husband, Norman, of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Joyce and Alice Pion of Newport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Norman and Paul Pion.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Ave, Burlington, Vermont  05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Comtois VETArthur Comtois

Arthur Comtois, 91, of Birch Harbor, Maine, died on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine.

He was born on November 22, 1924, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Edmond and Alexandrina (Rondeau) Comtois.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949, married Aline Deslandes in 1950, and worked as a furniture salesman in Newport and Burlington for many years.  From 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he worked at IBM in Essex Junction.

After living most of his life in Vermont, he moved to Maine in 2007, to be closer to his daughter and her family.  He loved to read and enjoyed gardening, playing golf, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his daughter Dianne Comtois Goodenough and her husband, David Jonathan, of Birch Harbor, Maine; two grandsons: Adam Arthur Goodenough and his wife, Sujata Gupta of Burlington, and Ryan Thomas Goodenough and his wife, Emily Sandefer, of Troy, New York; three great-grandchildren: Eka, Andrew, and Keya; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Aline (Deslandes) Comtois; one sister, Lillian (Comtois) Geoffroy Tessier; and eight brothers: Leo, Lucien, Raoul, Albert, Roland, Victor, Ernest, and Real Comtois.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of choice in Mr. Comtois’ name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DoyonGaston M. Doyon

Gaston M. Doyon, 86, of Lowell, died on December 24, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 18, 1929, in St. Germaine, Quebec, to Romual and Rhea (Fafard) Doyon.  On August 16, 1949, he married the former Therese Bonneau, who predeceased him on May 19, 2013.

Mr. Doyon owned and operated a farm in Lowell along with his late wife for over 25 years. In his later years he was a carpenter and bus driver for the town of Lowell.  He was a selectman for the town of Lowell, a fireman, a lister, and a justice of the peace.  He held a membership with the Knights of Columbus fourth degree, and was a Lions Club member in Troy, Lowell, and Westfield.  He enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and board games.  He and his wife traveled to Maine as well as Colorado, and Florida. They enjoyed dancing, listening to old time fiddlers, bowling, entertaining, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his children: Madeline Green and her husband, Gerry, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger, of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Germain Doyon, Rosaire Doyon and his wife, Pauline, Dennis Doyon and his wife, Lise, Claude Doyon and his wife, Jocelyn, Alice Mathieu and her husband, Aldee, Cecile St. Martin and her companion, Robert, Denise Noel, Monique Mathieu, Claire Hebert and her husband, Gerard, Madeleine St. Martin, and Diane Doyon. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; and by three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit millerKristine E. Miller

Loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, Kristine Elizabeth (Talty) Miller, R.N., 48, of Ayer, Massachusetts died peacefully on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Massachusetts, with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved companion of David Bonacci who survives her.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on May 8, 1967, a daughter of Gerald F. and Deborah L (Ruggles) Talty of Jay, she attended Hudson, New Hampshire, schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in the class of 1985. Eager to further her education and follow her dream, she then went on to graduate from Rivier College School of Nursing in Nashua as a registered nurse.

Before illness forced her retirement, she worked as a registered nurse with Tufts New England Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in the neonatal intensive care unit.

She enjoyed gardening, skiing, and her occasional trips to Las Vegas. She loved her house and was known to be always decorating or doing some kind of home improvement. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. However, her true passion was her job as a registered nurse, and she cherished caring for the babies and helping their families.

In addition to her parents and companion, Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Kaylee R. Caruso of Ayer; and son Michael J. Miller of Milford, New Hampshire; a sister Kathleen M. Martino and her husband, Rohn, of Bedford, New Hamshire; a brother Gerald B. Talty III and his wife, Melissa, of Hudson, New Hampshire; her paternal grandmother Catherine E. Talty of Bedford; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs Angel and Chloe.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning, December 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson. Committal services will be held privately.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, care of Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack Street, Building nine, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843.

Online condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com.

 

obit MorinEric J. Morin

Eric J. Morin, 35, of Newport died suddenly on December 24, 2015.

He was born on July 8, 1980. He was a beloved son of Rachel Coulter and Timothy Morin, and father to two beautiful children, Anyas and Keenan Morin.

Mr. Morin was a gentle and loving soul. He was selfless, kind-hearted, and always put others before himself. He enjoyed the simple things of life, fishing, playing hockey, boating — especially taking his kids out on the boat, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and dirt bikes. He and his children loved riding around the dirt bike track. He would be on a four-wheeler taking jumps, and they would follow in his footsteps. Seeing Mr. Morin, meant seeing Roscoe, his dog. He was his sidekick and constant companion.

Mr. Morin had a contagious smile, and big broad arms to hug tight with. He always saw the good in everyone. He was the first person to be there to lend a hand and he’d give the last dollar in his wallet and the shirt off his back. He held a special place in his mother’s heart, a bond that was larger than life. He was her protector and she was his. He loved helping his mom and often filled the man-of-the-house shoes while his stepfather worked as a lineman.

He will be sorely missed by so many, especially his children and two nephews Noah and Liam, who loved playing with their “Uncle Eric,” his girlfriend Sherrine and her son Jaden, dear friends Paul Pinheiro and Shanna Blais, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Rachel Coulter, and stepfather, Steven; his father, Tim; his children; his dear sister Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, along with his two nephews; his grandparents Homer Morin and Patricia Breault; and his stepgrandparents George and Marge Coulter; his girlfriend and her son; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his favorite pal and companion Roscoe, his black pug.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Patricia Morin, and by his grandfather Roland Breault.

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, January 2, at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg with the Reverend Daniel Prue officiating.

Should friends and family desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the care of Melissa Zebrowski for his children at North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SmithCharlotte H. Smith

Charlotte H. Smith, 90, of Orleans died peacefully on December 24, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on October 8, 1925, in Highgate to Harry and Gladys (Dimon) Houghaboom. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a bachelor’s degree. On December 26, 1946, she married Virgil Smith, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Smith was secretary for the Orleans School District for many years. She held memberships with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Orleans Country Club.  She enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by her sons: David Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Orleans, and Randy Smith and his wife, Pam, of Orleans; by her grandchildren: Arron and his wife, Janet, Chris and his wife, Shelly, Corey, Sandy Hicks and her companion, Burton Hinton, Melissa Durkee, Erik and his companion, Heather Cole; and by eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her grandson Shawn; and by her brothers: Verle and Lloyd Houghaboom.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 22, 2015

obit DaniellFrances “Franny” Alice Daniell

Frances “Franny” Alice Daniell, 63, of Island Pond died on December 14, 2015.

She was born on July 7, 1952.

Known as “Mom” to all who loved her, she always had an open heart and an open house for all who needed her.  She was a place of refuge for anyone in need.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Daniell; her siblings: Steven Daniell and Christine O’Connor; her children: Lisa, Amy, Theresa, Michael, Stephen, Adam, and E.B.; her grandchildren: Belle, Haley, Sydnie, Lindsay, Ari, Michelle, Alex, Totes, Boo-Boo, and Jinx; and countless others who were loved and treated as her children.

The family invited everyone to celebrate this loving woman’s life at the hall in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport on Saturday, December 19. They shared memories of her and enjoyed her favorite foods. Those attending wore something purple, Mom’s favorite color.

 

obit EarpEileen Dorothy Earp

Eileen Dorothy Earp, 91, of Newport died on December 14, 2015.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 17, 1924, a daughter of William and Ella (Nelson) Weber. She was a graduate of Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and attended Drake’s Secretarial School and the Academy of Arts, both in Newark. She was active in the Girl Scouts for many years.

She was a secretary at the Diocesan House (Episcopal Diocese of Newark) and later was employed on the art staff at Hahn & Co. in Newark.

On April 18, 1947, she married A. Eugene (Gene) Earp Jr., also of Lyndhurst. The family lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, for almost 20 years, and she was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church there. They also lived in Ocean Beach, New Jersey, where they were in the family business.

Ms. Earp and her family moved to Morgan in November of 1969. They were active in the Morgan United Church, serving as deacons and on different committees. She was a teacher’s aide at the Morgan school for several years, an assistant town clerk, and served a three-year term on the North Country Union High School board. She retired from the Newport Daily Express in 1988, after more than eight years.

She was a member of the Circle of Friends of Morgan, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Newport Women’s Club, and the Morgan Republican Committee.

Art was a passion of hers and she also loved to sing and dance.

She is survived by her son Alan B. Earp and his wife, Laura, of St. Johnsbury; her daughter Wendy H. Franklin and her husband, Alan, of Newport; her daughter-in-law Claire Earp Connifey of Franklin, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Emily Earp Galvin, Joshua H. Earp, Brian T. and John D. Earp, Andrew W. Franklin; her great-grandchildren: Molly and Olivia Galvin; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years on March 16, 2000; her son David Mark Earp in 1986; her sister E. Pauline Whinn and her husband, Walter; and a special dear friend Richard E. Dill.

A celebration of her life was held at the Morgan church on Sunday, December 20, at 1 p.m with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hall VETRobert L. Hall

Robert Leonard Hall, 77, died peacefully on December 14, 2015, from natural causes at the Boston VA Hospital.

He was born on January 17, 1938, in Akron, Ohio, a son of Frances and Leonard Hall.

As requested by Mr. Hall, cremation took place and there will be no services. After his younger years of schooling in Akron, he followed in his mother’s footsteps, buying and selling real estate. They jointly purchased the island in Island Pond.

After being drafted out of Akron University into the Army in 1961, and discharged in 1963, he resided on the island during the summer months, enjoying the solitude of the island, where he lived without the creature comforts of electricity, telephone, or running water.

On November 7, 1977, he was confined to a wheelchair from a logging accident that broke his back. Being a true Vermonter at heart, he did not allow it to slow him down, and he took up residence on another of his properties, a farm in Derby. He continued with his real estate and other various enterprises, including a greenhouse business and apartment rentals.

obit vets flagHe was skilled as a small engine mechanic. One of his greatest pleasures in life came from acquiring a broken piece of machinery and restoring it to functioning capacity. This avocation benefited many of his friends who came to him with various broken pieces of equipment that Mr. Hall would fix.

They will remember his many conversational snippets that were as entertaining to guests as to him. Self-appointed leader of the “Clyde River Christians,” “Buddha Bob,” as he was called, had novel ideas about the proper way to conduct a service. Spending time with him lightened the atmosphere and uplifted souls.

He is survived by his brother John; his sister-in-law Barbara; six nephews and nieces, along with their children; and a large eclectic group of friends. He is loved by all whose lives he touched and will be greatly missed. A special memorial service will be scheduled in the spring to celebrate his life.

 

obit LetourneauPaul Joseph Letourneau

Paul Joseph Letourneau, 88, of Derby, died on December 16, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 6, 1927, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.

He met the love of his life, Rhina Piette. He swept her off her feet and married her on September 13, 1947. She predeceased him on December 18, 1978.

He was loved by so many people. In 1947, he lived in Holland with his wife and children. Then in 1957, he bought a farm in Derby. They then moved to Troy in 1967 on the Colburn Farm and lived there until 1972, when their daughter Lillian and son-in-law Raymond took over the farm.

In 1972, after a long discussion about his wife wanting a dance hall and Mr. Letourneau wanting a sugarhouse, they decided to compromise and build both in one. That is how Paul’s Sugarhouse and Dance Hall was born. The couple held dances on Saturday nights for many years. He also catered weddings, banquets, and meetings and gatherings of all kinds for any occasion.

Mr. Letourneau loved gardening. He had a beautiful blueberry patch that he enjoyed, and he had one of the longest and biggest gardens that he was so proud of. Every day he was in that garden weeding and raking or just sitting on his bench in the shade enjoying watching his crop grow.

His most prized possession and greatest pleasure of all were his woods. He found peace and serenity in his sugar woods. Every day he would be up there cutting up trees that fell over or trees that were dead. He would cut them down for sugar wood or firewood. His woods were clean and so easy to walk through.

Most of all, he loved the wildlife that he would see daily. Whether it was a deer or turkeys, it brought him happiness to see them visiting him. Sugaring season was another enjoyment in his life. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to unroll pipeline and tap trees to get the sweet taste of maple.

Mr. Letourneau also enjoyed seeing his friends at Tuesday night bingo hosted by the Derby Lions Club. Everyone knew him for his famous maple baked beans, his coleslaw, and his famous burgers. He enjoyed talking and joking with everyone. He always had a twinkle in his baby blue eyes. He loved visiting and picking on his friends over at Walt’s Sales and Service. In the summer months, he loved spending time at the rendezvous (the family campground, parking lot at Paul’s Sugarhouse), and spending time with family from all over. He found great joy sitting down with his grandchildren and sharing his stories of growing up as a child and most of all, sharing the secrets and stories of his woods throughout his life. Not only sharing stories, but he also loved to get a rise out of his grandchildren. He loved to hear them all laugh.  He also enjoyed going out for breakfast at Brenda’s or The Brown Cow with his daughter Jane, family, and friends.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, the Lions Club, and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

He is survived by his children: Linda Letourneau of Floresville, Texas, Linn and Dave Elko of Newport, Richard Letourneau and his significant other, Julie Chase, of Derby Line, Marie Chapman of Derby Line, Jane and Larry Snider of Derby, Leo Letourneau and his companion, Debbie Welch, of Newport Center, Lillian and Raymond Bathalon of Troy, and Pauline and Jacques Couture of Westfield; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Cecile Fortin of Holland; his brothers: Andre and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, and Philip and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line; by sisters- and brothers-in-law: Theresa Girourd of Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Lionel Fortin and his wife, Simone, of Holland, Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg, Sylva Piette of Newport, Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau; by his in-laws Clarence and Annie Piette; by his sisters: Simone Piette, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; by his grandson John Bathalon; and by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Toni, Pierre, Leon and his wife, Solange, Reginald and his wife, Delorese, George and Germaine Fontaine, Bertha Royer, John Fortin, Roger Girouard, and Henry Fortin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport with the celebration of a Mass. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Derby Lions Club P.O. Box 388 Derby, Vermont 05829, or St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Ave., Barton, Vermont 05822.

 

obit LucasCaroline (Thalheimer) Lucas

Caroline (Thalheimer) Lucas, 84, of Newport died at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

She was born on March 21, 1931, in Woodbury, New Jersey. She was a daughter of William and Irma (Good) Thalheimer.

She attended high school in Wilmington, Delaware, and later graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of arts in biology.

She married Robert Lucas on December 2, 1972.

Mrs. Lucas loved taking care of her geese and doing puzzles.

She is survived by her brother William G. Thalheimer and his wife, Alice, of Greenville, South Carolina; one stepson, William Lucas and his wife, Mary Ann; one stepdaughter, Sheila Currier; five step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and by four nieces and nephews: William, Elizabeth, John, and Andrew.

She was predeceased by her husband in October of 1996; and by her stepson James.

Services were held at the Kingdom Hall in Newport on Sunday, December 20.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

obit mason VETDonald Maynard Mason

Donald Maynard Mason, 73, of South Woodbury, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

He was born June 19, 1942, in Barton, the son of the late Maynard and Dorothy (Laverdiere) Mason. He graduated from Orleans High School in the class of 1960.

He entered the U.S. Army on May 6, 1964. He proudly served his country in Germany and was honorably discharged at Fort Hamilton, New York, on May 3, 1966.

On December 9, 1967, he married Guyla Elaine Farr in Hardwick, where they made their home for several years until they purchased a home in South Woodbury.

In his earlier years, he was a truck driver for Avon Atkins in Hardwick. He was employed by Hardwick Motors and Green Mountain Lincoln Mercury in Berlin. He was a self-employed mechanic. He owned and operated Don’s Arco in Hardwick, and later Don Mason & Sons in South Woodbury.

obit vets flagHe was a past member of the Woodbury Fire Department, the Woodbury Select Board and the Beagle Club in Hardwick. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, and the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife; two sons: Michael Mason and his wife, Angel, of East Calais, and Douglas Mason and his wife, Vicki, of Woodbury; six grandchildren: Jewel Mason, Jacob Mason, Jessica Mason, Dustin Hill, Peyton Hill, and Annabelle Therrien; five siblings: Gary Mason, Roger Mason, and Randy Mason, all of Albany, Paulette Webster of Irasburg, and Priscilla Mason of Hardwick; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

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Obituaries December 16, 2015

obit Callahan VETAlbert J. Callahan Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at molloyfuneralhome.com.

 

obit GarlandOrmond B. Garland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his infant son Denis Leroy Garland.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hemenway VETFern “Jim” Hemenway

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

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

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

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

He enjoyed playing horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking.

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit jankowskiBrenda G. Jankowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit LantagneJoette M. Lantagne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LebeauCecile M. Lebeau

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

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

She married Henry Lebeau, who predeceased her in 1995.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit maynardPaul I. Maynard Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

obit PerkinsGerald Ralph Perkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit selansCheryle Emily Selan

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

She was born on July 1, 1946.

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit TurnerPaul Lewis Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and David Turner.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit WilsonJoyce P Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries December 9, 2015

obit gibson VETSybil Mary Space Gibson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister Pamela.

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

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

 

obit Glodgett VETRoyce A. Glodgett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit gordonLynn Elizabeth Gordon

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

She was born on December 13, 1964.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit PatrissiCatherine Mary Cree “Cassie” Patrissi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences can be sent to perkinsparker.com, and the funeral home’s Facebook page.

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Obituaries November 18, 2015

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obit-vets-flag11Richard Oliver Hill, 72, of Newport Center died on November 8, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 7, 1943, in Newport Center to Clarence and Anita (Collins) Hill. On May 16, 1964, he married Claudette Chenier, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he was superintendent at the asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell for 28 years. His most recent employment was at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the beaches in Florida. He loved his family and friends and gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Claudette Hill, of Newport Center; by his children: Michael Hill and his wife, Christina, of Newport and Venice, Florida, Susan Hill of North Port, Florida, and Monique Ring and her husband, Mark, of Venice; by his grandchildren: Matthew, Joey, Nathan, Mylah, Jesse, Jake, Brittany, Sydney and Schuylar; by his great-granddaughter Kirsten; by his brother Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Rodney Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Elizabeth Jenney

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Elizabeth Jenney, 92, of East Charleston, died peacefully after a brief illness on November 11, 2015, surrounded by family at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born Margaret Elizabeth Peter in Union City, New Jersey on October 24, 1923, to Charles and Margaret L. Peter (Seggel). Early on she became known as Betty. In 1926 her family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, where she lived until 1987 when she moved to Vermont.

In the years before the construction of the George Washington Bridge, Teaneck was a rural suburb of New York City. Mrs. Jenney and her sister Connie would walk their doll carriages along U.S. Route 4, which was still under construction.  Both recalled finding Native American arrowheads in the fields near their home. They often reflected on the contrast between the “Roaring Twenties” and the struggles shared by many during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1941, Mrs. Jenney soon became the secretary to the principal of the school, a position she held until 1952. Working at the high school during the years of World War II had its share of emotional highs and lows. Many of her classmates, as well as her first cousin Harry, were lost in the war. But those were times when the country really came together. She loved the music of the “Big Bands” and enjoyed dancing to live performances of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James at places like the legendary Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. One dance was particularly memorable for both her and her sister — held at West Point Military Academy on December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked, and no one even knew where Pearl Harbor was!

On November 24, 1948, she married Wells W. Jenney, of Madison, New York, who became the first elementary instrumental music teacher in the Teaneck school system. In 1952 she left her position with the high school to raise a family. Her two sons William and Peter were born in 1953 and 1955, respectively.

In 1958, Ed Kolar, the owner of a boys’ camp in northern Vermont, hired Mr. Jenney to become the camp’s music counselor. Thus began a decades-long relationship with Camp Winape in Morgan. Mrs. Jenney became the camp’s secretary, and her husband eventually became head counselor and then director of the camp. The couple fell in love with Vermont, and the camp was a wonderful experience for their two sons, as well as Mrs. Jenney’s two nephews, and a niece who served as the camp nurse for several years.

Mrs. Jenney developed many great friends over the years in Teaneck, especially in the music world, including her dear friend Joan Witzmann, who later became her next door neighbor in Vermont. While at Camp Winape, she became good friends with Sass Kolar, who taught her to make beautiful holiday crafts and needlepoint, and inspired her interest in gardening. In her later years in Teaneck she grew close to her “spa ladies,” with whom she continued to keep in touch.

When both of her sons were enrolled in school, Mrs. Jenney resumed her career with the Teaneck school system, and coordinated the hiring of substitute teachers for the town. She was able to work at home using a new-fangled machine that allowed teachers to leave a voice message if they needed a substitute.  Those were the days when it was rare to have answering machines in private homes.

Although they enjoyed their life in Teaneck, the couple planned to retire to Vermont and bought property in East Charleston.  Sadly, those plans changed when Mr. Jenney died in June of 1978 at age 58.

Mrs. Jenney went back to work full-time as a secretary in Teaneck’s elementary schools. She especially loved working with the students at Longfellow School, which was exclusively kindergarten and first-grade children. She worked there until her retirement in 1987. During the 1980s she was a print and television model for the Perkins Agency in New York City. She made some appearances on an infomercial show of the time, “FYI,” hosted by the actor Hal Linden.

She made the decision to fulfill the dream of retiring to Vermont and build a home on the property they had bought near Camp Winape, joining her sister and friends who had also made the move to the area. She moved in on October 4, 1987 in the middle of a snowstorm — an exciting welcome to the Green Mountain State! She soon made many new friends and became active in local organizations such as the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Circle of Friends, and the Seymour Lake Association. She also belonged to the “Birthday Girls,” a group of eight close friends who celebrated each other’s special day with luncheons and gift exchanges.

Friends fondly remember Mrs. Jenney hosting a number of “silver teas” at her home for the Four Seasons Garden Club. She loved her own beautiful gardens, and looked forward to going to local greenhouses every spring to pick out the new season’s selections. She learned the skills of flower arranging and for 20 years provided the evergreen arrangements for the holiday open house at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth.

In her later years, she became an avid reader of books. Some of her favorite authors were Archer Mayor and C.J. Box. She participated in a number of book discussions with the Circle of Friends and the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby.

She is survived by her son William Jenney of Plymouth; her son Peter Jenney and his wife, Pam, and grandson Michael Jenney, all of Plano, Texas; her granddaughter Paige Balsamo and her husband, James, and great-grandson Ryder Balsamo, all of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is also survived by her sister Constance Colligan and nephew Stephen Colligan, both of East Charleston; by nieces Christine Colligan of New York City, by Margaret Weiss (Steve) of Congers, New York; her nephew Robert Colligan of Cos Cob, Connecticut; grandnieces Joanna, Laura, and Kathryn; and many dear friends.

Mrs. Jenney enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for late spring or early summer 2016.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made in her name to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Deborah Louise Lemery

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Deborah Louise Lemery, 69, of Lowell died on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born to Robert and Jessie (Dupras) Lemery on June 12, 1946, in Barre.

Ms. Lemery grew up and attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Alburgh High School. She later married Frank Jarvis, and they had three children, Todd, Tracy and Tonya. They lived in Alburgh for several years before moving to Lowell, where she lived for 35 years.

She worked in the Lowell Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and lunch manager for several years and later created Debbie’s Designs wreath business, teaching wreath-making and selling wreaths.

She was a member of the St. Ignatius Church and supported activities and fund-raisers for many years, including the Troy Area Lions Club.

She played piano and accordion and gave music lessons to many.

She was very much loved by all who knew her, and she was a pleasure to be around.

She is survived by one brother, Robert (Chug) Lemery Jr. and his wife, Aria, of Alburgh; by her children: Todd and his wife, Meghan, of St. Albans, Tracey and his wife, Jennifer, of East Albany, and Tonya Jarvis and her boyfriend, John St. Onge of Newport; by her grandchildren: Allauna Benware and her fiancé, Ryan Abel, of Newport, Monica Benware of Newport, Paxton, Keenan and Owen Jarvis of St. Albans, Jade Jarvis of East Albany, and Billy and Sabrina Jarvis; by three great-grandchildren: Rhylnd, Abel, Wryder and Waylon Chase; and by her lifetime special friend Donna (Pixie) Lyford of Chelsea, who she grew up with and who has always been there for her.

Ms. Lemery’s greatest loves were her home, family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, playing cards, bingo, scrabble, playing music and family get-togethers, and she loved animals.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to Alzheimers Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

To send online condolences, please visit www.cremation societycc.com.

 

Jacquelyn Ann Roese

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Jacquelyn Ann Roese, 72, of Island Pond died suddenly on November 2, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1943, in Rockville Center, New York, to Joaquin and Isabelle (Brumley) De Ibero.

Mrs. Roese was very active with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and the Brighton snowmobile club, and she volunteered for 25 years as an aide for the Moriches, New York, nursery school. She loved spending time with her grandchildren at the lake, and she enjoyed snowmobiling and being in the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Roese, of Island Pond; by her children: Michael Roese of Manorville, New York, John Roese and his wife, Karen, of East Moriches, New York, and Barbara Gastarik and her husband, Robert, of Manorville, New York; by her grandchildren: Andrew, Jennifer, Richard, and Rachel; by her sister Ann Jones and her husband, Bill, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; and by one niece and two nephews. She was predeceased by a brother.

A service was held on November 7. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Thomas G. Snelgrove

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Thomas G. Snelgrove, 75, of Newport Center died peacefully at his home on November 10, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 7, 1940, to William and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove. He graduated from the Montreal West High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Mount Allison College in New Brunswick, Canada.

Mr. Snelgrove was a ski instructor at Jay Peak, where he met his wife. He was also employed by Space Research Corporation and was owner and operator of Snelgrove Transport. For the majority of his life he was an over-the-road truck driver.

He was past exalted ruler of the Elks # 2155, and a member of Cars of Yesteryear. He enjoyed skiing and boating, and in his younger years he raced Flying Dutchman sailboats and played minor league hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Dianne (McNeal) Snelgrove, of Newport Center; his daughter Colleen Carman and her husband, Robert, of Naples, Florida; his sons: Trevor Snelgrove of Naples, and Scott Snelgrove and his girlfriend, Debbie Bevins, of Westfield; by his brother Robert Snelgrove and his wife, Jean Simpson, of Toronto, Ontario; by his in-laws: Brian McNeal of Newport, Ron and Rochelle Moss of Zephyrhills, Florida, Baxter and Marie McNeal of Newport, Hugh and Shirley McNeal of Newport, Burton and Gina McNeal of Las Vegas, Nevada, Barry and Suzanne McNeal of Newport, Brent and Sharon McNeal of Reno, Nevada; by his brother-in-law Pat Martin of Bend, Oregon; and his sister-in-law Cindy Snelgrove of Montreal, Quebec. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, William Gordon Snelgrove and Edith (Gerrard) Snelgrove; and by his in-laws Darlene (McNeal) Martin and Joan McNeal.

Graveside services were held on November 17 at Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating. A gathering at the Elks Lodge in Derby followed.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com. Cards may also be sent to 2517 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

 

Roger W. Stewart

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Roger W. Stewart, 83, of Lowell died suddenly on November 9, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Stewart never married, but family and friends were the most important things in his life. He leaves many cousins, and very close friends too numerous to mention, who will deeply miss him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Stewart, and his uncle Floyd Stewart.

He was born in Lowell on August 23, 1932. He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1950.

In 1993 he retired after 40 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now called USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He had an amazing work ethic and was just a wealth of information for those he worked with. He was very well respected in SCS, both by the farmers in Orleans County and by staff statewide.

After his retirement, he spent time working in the woods, and became well know for building birdhouses and wishing wells. Mr. Stewart, also a dairy farmer, owned Hi-Lo Farm and was very proud of his award winning registered Jerseys. He was active in the Top of Vermont Jersey Club and helped on the spring sale. He sold many animals in Jersey sales.

Mr. Stewart served as a justice of the peace and a lister for the town of Lowell. He also served as Orleans County Farm Bureau president in the early seventies.

He enjoyed going out to dine with his many friends, especially breakfast. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting. He couldn’t wait for fall when basketball season would begin. He attended games at the local high schools where he had a permanent seat. And he loved attending and following UVM girls basketball.

Mr. Stewart was like a grandfather to many children and loved to spend time with them. He was a supporter of Orleans County 4-H and for many years served as a director on the Orleans County Fair Association board. He was always willing to help with building projects, and his expertise was greatly appreciated. He worked on several buildings at the fairgrounds and volunteered for many years, selling tickets during the fair and other special events, or manning the 4-H building.

He spent time helping the Chamberlins with their sugaring operation, and traveled to Eastern States Exposition and the Fryeburg Fair, where he enjoyed meeting people and explaining agriculture to them. He loved attending the horse pulling competitions.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at the Lowell Congregational Church. Calling hours start at 10 a.m. The service is at 11 a.m. followed by burial in the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Vermont Student Development Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, Vermont 05404 for an Orleans County 4-H Youth Scholarship in Mr. Stewart’s name.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Robert Edward Tubbert

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obit-vets-flag11On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, another member of the Greatest Generation was lost. Robert Edward Tubbert, 94, died peacefully in comfort at Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster

Maida Blanche Hinman Webster died on November 12, 2015, at Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

She was born on May 1, 1923, in Newport. The daughter of Carrol and Blanche Hinman, she attended schools in Newport. She married Kenneth Webster on September 2, 1945. She was a member of the Chapter 25 North Star of Island Pond. After moving to Yarmouth, Maine, she worked as a baker for Yarmouth High School. She loved to knit, sew, and care for her family.

Mrs. Webster was predeceased by three brothers: Carrol Paul Hinman of Springfield, Massachusetts; David Hinman, who died in World War II; and John Hinman of Newport. She was also predeceased by her sister Terol Myers of Newport.

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Janet of Morris, Connecticut, Bruce and Nancy of Colchester, and Steve and Kathy of Otisfield, Maine; by six grandchildren; and by 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in Mrs. Webster’s honor will be held on Saturday, November 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.

 

Mary Patricia Yanacheak
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Mary Patricia Yanacheak (née Kennedy), 62, of Brownington died on November 9, 2015, in the company of her friends and family. She had suffered from amyloidosis for seven years, a rare, painful, and debilitating disease. Her death was neither painless nor serene, but she was surrounded by people she loved and who loved her.

Ms. Yanacheak was born on October 24, 1953, to Viola and Allen Kennedy at a U.S. Army base in Heidelberg, Germany. She was the youngest of five children, and the family soon moved to Holden, Massachusetts. As a child, she found her greatest peace in nature. Throughout her life she spent much of her free time hiking in the woods, binoculars at the ready, and a German shepherd at her side.

A lover of animals, Ms. Yanacheak worked at several animal shelters and always kept several pets. In her early adulthood, she often worked as a bartender. Her most meaningful vocation was in the service to animals, and later in life to the maintenance and well-being of her expansive perennial flower gardens.

Jason Kennedy, her only child, was born in 1982. She felt she lost the opportunity to pursue higher education for herself, so she actively fostered her son’s lifelong love of learning.

In March 1992, she married David Yanacheak in Michigan, where she lived until moving to the Northeast Kingdom in 2001. In her later years, Mr. Yanacheak was her constant caretaker and life support.

People remember Ms. Yanacheak best for her resilient spirit. She outlived a death sentence by seven years, and stayed active in the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #23, book groups, gravestone restoration, and gardening. She was self-reliant by nature, and was a powerful example of a strong female role model.

She is survived by her husband, David, of Brownington; her son Jason Kennedy and her daughter-in-law Khayreyah Wahaab of Auckland, New Zealand; by her sisters Gail Kennedy of Holden, Massachusetts, Sharon Harmon of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Nancy Desrosiers of Falmouth, Massachusetts; by her brother Roy Kennedy of Jefferson, Massachusetts; by her stepdaughter Marnie Yanacheak; and by her granddaughter Rita Gabriela Fuentes Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado. It should be acknowledged that two of her closest friends have been like family to her: Diane Wunderlich of Flushing, Michigan, and Marsha Cherington of Brownington.

We all hope that she finds peace in the form of a great library in the woods as her Eden. We love you.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to the Felines and Friends Foundation: http://www.fffvt.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Brownington Village Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit-algerLeona Rollins Alger

Leona Rollins Alger, 95, of Orleans died on October 29, 2015.

She was born to Howard and Ethel Rollins on December 21, 1919, in Fitch Bay, Quebec, Canada.

She was part of a large family, which included several brothers and sisters: Norman (deceased), Murray (deceased), Olive, Allen (deceased), Maynard, and Glenna.

She married Carl Alger, also of Fitch Bay, and they operated dairy farms in both Canada and in Coventry.

They immigrated to the United States in 1947. Upon Mr. Alger’s death in 1958, Ms. Alger ran the farm in Coventry alone, but she finally sold it in the spring of 1960, and took a job at Orleans Manufacturing, where she worked in the payroll division for thirty years, retiring from that position in 1990. She was missed upon her retirement, not only for her good work, but also for her doughnuts, appreciated by her whole family and many others in the surrounding area.

In 1966, she met Bruno LaBounty Jr., and they formed a companionship that lasted for over fifty years. She and “Sonny,” as Mr. LaBounty Jr. was called, enjoyed their life together both in Orleans, and in Bushnell, Florida for many years.

They spent many hours playing cards and doing for others. They attended their grandchildren’s many athletic contests and they often said that their greatest loves in their lives were for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who they took with them at every opportunity.

Ms. Alger is survived by her husband, Bruno LaBounty; her daughter Beverley Alexander and her husband, James, of Berkshire; her son, David Alger and his wife, Nancy, of Lexington, Kentucky; her daughter Cheryl and her husband, Richard, of Wolcott; and her grandchildren: Shelly Kelley, and Carl Alger, both of Lexington, Jo Ann Laggis of Fairfield, James Edward “Teddy” Alexander of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Jennifer Clapp of Wolcott, and Jeremy Holton, who predeceased her. Ms. Alger was not only “Grammie” to her grandchildren, but also to her great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly: Ms. Laggis’ daughters: Alexandra and Kelley; Mr. Alexander’s son Jimmy, Ms. Kelley’s daughter Courtney, and son Isaiah, Carl Alger’s daughter Amanda, Ms. Clapp’s son Benjamin, and Mr. Holton’s daughter Ayauna.

In accordance with Ms. Alger’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral. Anyone desiring to make a donation in her memory may make one to the Bel-Aire Center, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

obit-guyetteGlenn Edward Guyette

Glenn Edward Guyette, 74, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, a philanthropist and a veteran, died on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire, with his loving wife by his side, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on June 17, 1941, in Irasburg. He attended Irasburg school, Orleans High School, Norwich University, and Keene State College.

In 1963 he married Janice Cummings, and together they had two children: Douglas and Faith. Mr. Guyette, staff sergeant E7, was in the service of his country for 24 years with the Army National Guard in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He worked as a teacher at Lisbon Regional School for 27 years, donating his time and skill to his community. He served as a member of the Lions Club, and the teacher’s association. He was a technology student association advisor, a student council advisor, and was awarded best coach by his team. A unique soul, Mr. Guyette was dedicated to problem solving to make the best decision. He enjoyed construction, creation, and collecting.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his wife; his brother Gleason and his wife, Charlotte; two sisters: Louise Gunther and her husband, Richard, and Laura Fontaine and her husband, Ferdinand; his two children; and his four grandchildren: Victoria, Andrew, Angelina, and Nathan.

A memorial service was held at the Saint Rosa Lima Church in Littleton on Monday, November 2.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Guyette’s name to the Saint Catherine’s Church or Saint Rosa Lima, Lisbon Lions Club, the Lisbon Regional Student Scholarship, or the Food Bank at the National Guard Amory in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

 

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Delle (Blanchard) Reilly, 93, died peacefully on October 31, 2015, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born in Newport on May 11, 1922, and was the daughter of Clarence and Annie (Hanson) Blanchard.

Ms. Reilly graduated from Newport High School, then moved to Hartford, Connecticut. In 1946, she married Arthur Frank Reilly, who predeceased her in 2001. They had two children, David and Jane.

Ms. Reilly had a very successful 30-year career with the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Human Resources. Later, her work evolved to the creation and teaching of language strengthening courses for administrative personnel.

She never lost her love of Vermont and after her retirement and her husband’s major stroke, they returned to their cottage on Lake Memphremagog. Eventually, they joined Ms. Reilly’s sister Claire in the family home on the Bluff Road. Her faithful, 19-year devotion to her husband’s care was very much admired by her family and friends.

Ms. Reilly’s natural green thumb expressed itself in her love of gardening and landscaping as was evident around her home on the Bluff Road. After her husband’s death, she was able to be active in her church, which she very much enjoyed.

She was a great lover of animals and it was an important part of who she was.  She volunteered for many years at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter at their spay/neuter clinics.

She was very much loved by all her many sisters and her brother: Marjorie Marois, Muriel Hudson, Gwendolyn Benaroya, Jan Allison, Claire Blanchard, and Alden Blanchard, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her children: her daughter Jane Housewright and her husband, Willis, of West Hartford, Connecticut; her son David Reilly of Catoosa, Oklahoma; her daughter-in-law Darlene Reilly-Lengyel of Monroe, Connecticut; her sister Jan (Alta) Allison of Manchester, Connecticut; and her brother Alden Blanchard and his wife, Marilyn, of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kathryn Housewright of Burlington, Meghan Housewright of Washington, D.C., and Christopher Reilly of Monroe, Connecticut.

As per her wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to either The Newport Baptist Church, 834 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit-Thompson-VETDelbert M. “Bud” Thompson

Delbert M. “Bud” Thompson, 90, of Barton died on November 2, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 10, 1925, in Craftsbury to Charlie and Inez (Bidwell) Thompson.  On October 14, 1950, he married the former Arlene Robinson, who predeceased him on March 22, 2014.

Mr. Thompson was an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing. He retired in 1990.

His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, yard work, reading, listening to country music, and watching westerns. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

obit-vets-flag11He is survived by his son David Thompson and his wife, Wanita, of Barton; his grandchildren: Meghann Roberts and her husband, Lewis, of Barton, and Derek Thompson of Herndon, Virginia; his great-grandchildren: Joshua Thompson, Owen, Ava, Levi, Calvin Roberts; and his siblings: Donald Thompson of New Haven, Connecticut, Gerald Thompson of White River Junction, Richard Thompson and his wife Huguette of Sheffield, and Madelene Robinson of Lyndonville; brother-in-law Alden Robinson of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Lloyd, and Wayland; and his sister Thelma.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Interment was in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries July 15, 2015

obit BennettJoanne “Joanie” Bennett

Joanne “Joanie” Bennett, 80, of Derby died peacefully on July 4, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 14, 1935, in Deep River, Connecticut, to George and Louise (Salzgeber) Atwood.

On September 9, 1961, she married Francis “Bud” Bennett Jr., who predeceased her on September 17, 2010.

During her lifetime, she was a plane spotter, made parachute cords, drove the school bus, was the first woman lister in Lowell, and was on the North Country Union High School board. She also served on Coutts-Moriarty’s board and worked at North Country Hospital in the dietary department.

She is survived by her children: Penni Pomeroy and her husband, Theodore, of Sagamore, Massachusetts, Michael Bennett and his wife, Cathy, of West Charleston, and Patricia Bennett of Derby; and by her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved and loved having them come for visits: Amanda, Abigail, Brandon, Brian, and Sarah.

She was predeceased by her brother William Atwood.

A graveside service was held on July 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit burgessPriscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess

Priscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess, 70, died early Thursday morning, July 9, 2015, at her home in Enfield, New Hampshire, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 26, 1944, in Island Pond, daughter of Earl T. and Dorothy Mary (Boutin) McKinney.

Her family moved from Island Pond to Thetford when she was in the fifth grade. When she entered seventh grade her family moved again, this time to White River Junction, where she attended Hartford High School. She left school before graduation but would later, along with several of her siblings, complete her education and receive her GED.

Following the death of her first husband, Nelson Picard, she married William Burgess Jr. on October 25, 1969, and they made their home in Enfield. Ms. Burgess completed some college courses and became a phlebotomist. She worked for many years in the blood laboratory at Alice Peck Day Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire. When she left the hospital she stayed at home as a single mom to raise her five children. To help make ends meet she did upholstery work for the Paint and Paper Barn in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She also did a fair amount of babysitting. She worked for ten years at the senior center in Lebanon, and later for Life Line. She loved older people. She also loved to hunt, fish, camp, garden, and was an awesome seamstress and a very talented wedding cake maker.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Burgess of Enfield; three sons: Tate Picard and his wife, Lynn, of Enfield, Nelson Picard and his wife, Thelma, of Houston, Texas, and William Burgess III of Beaumont, Texas; two daughters: Sherrie Ruel of Enfield, and Stacey McIntyre of Sutton, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren: Emily, Jessica, Aaron, Tyler, Tanner, Andrew, Cameron, Devin, and Hunter; two brothers: Lawrence McKinney of Wilder, and Bruce McKinney of White River Junction; four sisters: Patricia Belisle of Hartland, Charlotte Lyman of White River Junction, Bonnie Vitagliano of White River Junction, and Alice Whitney of Quechee; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Thomas McKinney Sr., Earl McKinney, Ronald McKinney, William McKinney, and Richard McKinney; her son-in-law Mark Ruel; and by a grandson, Kyle Wilson.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.

Memorial contributions may be made to a special fund that helps the volunteers in the chemotherapy department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Online condolences at knightfuneralhomes.com.

obit CarrJames Carr

James Carr, 84, of Derby died on Monday, July 6, 2015, at North Country Hospital in Newport with his wife, Gabrielle, at his side, following a long period of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born on December 24, 1930, in Washington, D.C., son of James and Victoria (Esposito) Carr.

He was employed at North Country Hospital for three decades as a purchasing agent until his retirement in 2000. He had many personal and community interests. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, boating, and vacationing in Florida with a large group of friends from the Newport area. He was a member of the Newport Rotary Club, serving as president for one year, and was always available to assist in various community fund-raising activities.

He is survived by Gabrielle, his wife of 38 years whom he married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1977. He also leaves three children: James and his wife, Susan, of Salem, New York, John and his wife, Millicent, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jane and her husband, Wesley Dintaman, of La Plata, Maryland; his granddaughters: Jennifer Zeglin of Washington, D.C., and Jessica Carr of Salem; his great-grandchildren: Noah and Julia Zeglin; and by his sisters-in-law: Pierrette Paradis, Denise Bouffard, Lucille Gaudreau, and Suzanne Gaudreau.

He was predeceased by his sister Frances, and a brother-in-law, Andre Gaudreau.

Mr. Carr was a devout and faithful communicant at St. Mary’s Parish in Newport. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DayNancy Joan Day

Nancy Joan Day, 72, of Newport died in Newport on July 5, 2015.

She was born on June 4, 1943, to Stanley Buskiski and Lucy Benin.

She was a member of the Newport Elks #2155. She and her husband, Charlie, enjoyed traveling, and she also enjoyed traveling to Florida to see her daughter in the winter. She was a person who enjoyed talking to friends and was very comfortable with strangers who soon became her friends. She and her husband spent many wonderful years together.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Hussain, of Newport; her children: Susan White and her husband, Richard, of New York, and Michelle Pagan and her husband, Hector, of Florida; her grandchildren: Richard and Connor White of New York, and John Pagan of Florida; two cousins: John Vaitkunas and his wife, Jane, and Patricia Wilson and her husband, Edward; her nieces and nephews: Saundra and Jonathan Wilson, and Katrina, John, and Samantha; and by her very good friends: Steve and Carman Vincent, and Manon Perrault and Sonny Sloan.

Funeral services were held in Newport on July 9. Burial will take place in New York.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittSteven H. DeWitt

Steven H. DeWitt, 43, of Holden, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was born on October 21, 1971, and raised in Holden, the son of Richard H. and Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1989, and from Unity College with a major in conservation law enforcement in 1992. He worked for the Holden Department of Public Works for 22 years. He was also a second-generation on-call firefighter for the town of Holden. He was stationed for 21 years at the Chaffin Firehouse where he was the primary engineer of Engine 3. He was a member of the Nimrod Club of Holden, the Holden Association of Firefighters, the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 806.

Mr. DeWitt was a lifelong outdoorsman, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was happiest when he was doing these things with his father, kids, and dear friends at the family camp in Craftsbury. He very much enjoyed doing these things with his three children; they loved learning from their dad and he loved teaching them about these activities he had a lifelong love and respect for.

He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 20 years, Jennifer H. (Cross) DeWitt; his three children: Ethan, Owen, and Molly DeWitt; a brother, Christopher M. Angelo, of Northborough, Massachusetts; his mother, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; his two sisters: Nicholette Cunningham and her husband, Alvin, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard H. DeWitt.

A funeral service honoring his life was held on July 11 in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the DeWitt Family Educational Fund, care of Leominster Credit Union, 715 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

Roland Emile Duchesneau

Roland Duchesneau, 82, of Palm City, Florida, died on July 4, 2015, following a long illness.

He was born on February 1, 1932, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. During the mid-1940s, the Duchesneau family moved to Barton, where they operated a dairy farm for many years.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he met and married Alice Houle in 1952. After a few years they moved their family to Burlington, and then to Barton, where he was employed by DONVAC Construction for several years. Eventually they purchased and operated the Blue Grille Restaurant in Barton. He went on to work for Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line for many years.

He always took great pride in his small farm in Barton raising heifers and pigs as well as working in his vegetable gardens. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

In 1994, they retired to Palm City. Each Christmas, Mr. Duchesneau looked forward to his favorite food, maple syrup, to arrive from Vermont.

He will be missed by his children: Mark of Providence, Rhode Island, David of Palm City, Philip and his wife, Beverly, of Albany, and Annette and her husband, Doug Sparks, of Gladstone, Oregon. He also leaves his sisters: Irene Duchesneau and Annette Mulcahy of Colchester; as well as his grandchildren: Mark Jr., Kerry, Aaron, Katie, and Jordon Duchesneau, and Blake Sparks.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; his parents, Eugene and Adrienne Duchesneau; and by his sister Claire Vachon.

Mr. Duchesneau requested no services. He will be laid to rest beside his wife at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.

Linda Derick Laflam

Linda Derick Laflam, 71, of Sunrise, Florida, died peacefully at her home on June 27, 2015, with her loving sons by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 5, 1943, in Newport, to Leonard Derick and Adele (Gage) Derick. She attended Newport schools and went on to cosmetology school in Burlington, where she lived and worked for years before moving to Florida, where she continued to work up until her illness. She enjoyed her many colleagues and the relationships she formed with them over the years.

She is survived by her stepmother, Phyllis Gray Derick, of Newport; her sons: Todd and Troy Laflam of Sunrise; her granddaughter Celina Herz Laflam of Germany; her sister Deborah Derick Greenwood and her husband, Glenn, of Bradenton, Florida; her brothers: Michael Derick and his wife, Margaret, and Robert Derick of Newport; her nieces and nephews, and many cousins; and by good friends: Zaida Rojas and her son Gabriel, and Sigrid Kirchner Laflam of Germany.

She was predeceased by her longtime friend, Joe Pironti, with whom she spent many wonderful years.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of her family at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to VITAS Community Connection, care of VITA Innovative Hospice Care, 5420 NW 33rd Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309; or to the American Cancer Society.

obit StoreyRobert Storey

Robert Storey, 77, died peacefully on July 9, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on April 16, 1938, to Carroll P. Storey and Sophie Shover in Brownington.

During his lifetime, he worked as a handyman doing farm work.

He enjoyed going to local meal sites for socializing, and liked to make curtains, placemats, and quilts. His pride and joy was his cat Rosco. He enjoyed old cars, playing cards, especially “500,” and visiting with family and friends over a cup of coffee. He was an easy and enjoyable man.

He is survived by his niece Harriet Hall and her husband, John, and their children, Alfred and Joshua, all of Newport.

He was predeceased by his sister Ruth T. Green, in 1990.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on July 15, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VallieresAnnette T. Vallieres

Annette T. Vallieres, 90, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 8, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 7, 1924, in St. Camille de Wolf, Quebec, to Phébia and Aline (Campagna) Lapointe.

On July 13, 1946, she married Clement Vallieres, who predeceased her on February 16, 2006.

Mrs. Vallieres owned and operated Vallieres Sporting Goods Store in Island Pond for many years. She enjoyed her customers at the store and she also enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She is survived by her children: Michael Vallieres and his wife, Holly, Liliane Sprague and her husband, Peter, Nicole Tardiff and her husband, Simon, and Alaine Vallieres and his companion, Evelyne Kinney, all of Island Pond. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joe, of Morgan; and by her sisters: Lucille Lapoint of Cookshire, Quebec, and Madeleine Lussier and her husband, Simon, of Quebec.

She was predeceased by her son Gaetan Vallieres, and by her brother Paul Lapointe.

Services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtisbritch.com.

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Marie Judith Foy

Funeral services for Marie Judith Foy, who died on February 26, 2015, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, followed by a luncheon at Sunrise Manor.

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Obituaries July 8, 2015

obit barrowsCharles Parker Barrows

Charles Parker Barrows died on June 30, 2015, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury with his wife, Lois, at his side.

He was born in Barton on September 9, 1932, to William Parker and Virginia (Rives) Barrows.

He attended Barton Academy, graduating as Salutatorian, in 1951. For one semester, he attended Arizona State College at Tempe, after which he transferred to the University of Vermont, receiving a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1956.

On June 22, 1957, he married Lois Mansur in her hometown of Weston. In 1959, they purchased the Carl and Isabelle Bean house in Glover, where he lived until his recent admission to Union House Nursing Home in Glover.

Before graduation from college, he had worked in the family clothing store, C.A. Barrows & Son, in Barton, and later at the A&P grocery store next door. After college, he entered the banking profession, choosing not to join the family business. He rose in the ranks of the Barton Savings Bank and Trust Company, later the Howard Bank, to become assistant vice-president and administrative supervisor of the Barton branch.

During the 1980s, he began a career change by enrolling in Lyndon State College, building on his graduate credits from St. Michael’s College in guidance. He received his master of education in teaching and counseling. He did some substitute teaching but was most proud of his time as day manager and substance abuse counselor at the NEKCA detox facility in Coventry. He was also a therapy group facilitator and set up 12-step programs in the community and at the Newport lock-up. He did presentations in area schools on substance abuse and its impact on the individual and families. He later served as a child protective services caseworker for the state of Vermont. He returned to banking at the Lyndonville Savings Bank & Trust Company, until he retired, but he continued as a mentor in the AA program as a volunteer counselor.

Mr. Barrows served on many boards and committees and did extensive volunteer work. To name a few: he was treasurer and a director of the Orleans County Fair Association; consultant to Community National Bank in Derby; select board member, lister, and moderator for the town of Glover; trustee for the Orleans County Historical Society; and board member for both the Craftsbury Chamber Players and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

He was a lifelong member of the Barton Congregational Church and a lifelong musician of the highest order. As a child, he sang in the church choirs and became the choir director at the age of 25 when Grace Hanson was organist. Upon her retirement, he became the organist for the Barton United Church, while substituting as organist in other churches (in Glover, after the retirement of Charlotte Locke). He sang in other choral groups in Orleans County, including in Northsong and the NEK Community Chorus.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lois; and several cousins.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and by his parents.

A memorial service will be announced at a later day.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Glover Ambulance, 48 County Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

obit FortinClermont M. Fortin

Clermont M. Fortin, 69, of Derby died at his home on July 2, 2015.

He was born on August 23, 1945, to the late Emile and Germaine (Thibault) Fortin.

On September 25, 1965, he married Priscilla Erno, who survives him.

Mr. Fortin attended Canaan High School. He was a truck driver for McDermott’s Transportation.

His hobbies included brook fishing, watching hockey (the Canadians), and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Fortin, of Derby; his children: Marcel Fortin and his wife, Theresa, of Salcha, Alaska, Tanya Fortin and her partner, Wendell Rivers, of Coventry, and Sonya Smith and her husband, Carl, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Melanie Fortin, Nicholas Fortin, Kiara Fortin, Hailey Meehan, Natacia Sawyer, and Roger Sawyer Jr.; his great-grandchildren: Darion, Mykenna, Owen and Alayna; and by his siblings: Rejeanne Winslow and her husband, Chris, of Charleston, Danielle Sevigny and her husband, John, of Williamstown, and Linda Fortin of Enosburg.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Viateur Fortin, Guy Fortin, and Rachel Fortin.

There will be no services.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarshPierrette “Pret” N. (Martin) Marsh

Pierrette “Pret” N. (Martin) Marsh, 62, of Newport died peacefully at her home on June 30, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on April 29, 1953, in Derby, to Fernand and Solange Martin.

On July 15, 1995, she married her soul mate, Michael G. Marsh, who survives her.

For over 30 years she owned and operated the well-known “Pret’s Beauty Shop” in Newport. She most recently acquired her teaching degree and took great pride in developing the cosmetology program at the North Country Career Center from 2008 to 2015. She very much enjoyed her colleagues and valued the relationships she created with her students and watching them succeed.

She enjoyed gardening, golfing, cooking, kayaking, reading, and spending summers at the family camp on Seymour Lake. Her family meant the world to her and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Marsh, and her three sons: Todd Pronto and his close friend, Deveney Choquette, Ryan Pronto and his girlfriend, Holly Nadeau, and Corey Pronto and his girlfriend, Amber Bennett; her stepsons: Greg Marsh and his wife, Jamie Marsh, and Ryan Marsh and his girlfriend, Amanda Staples; her mother, Solange Martin; her brother Daniel Martin and his wife, Renee; her nephew Spencer Martin; her niece Meghan Martin; her mother-in-law, Ruth Marsh; and by her grandchildren: Hunter, McKenna, Aaliah, and Morgan Marsh, and the most recent addition to the family, Cade Pronto. She is also survived by extended family: Jordan Eastman, Daniel Dobart, her husband’s brothers and sisters: Mary Lou, Paul, Barb, Randy, Gary, Donna, and Frank; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and more.

She was predeceased by her father, Fernand Martin; her father-in-law Joe Marsh; and by her stepson Shawn Marsh.

She had an unbelievable amount of supporters and friends throughout the community. She truly blessed everyone she ever met and was considered to many as the nicest, loving, and most caring person on Earth!

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating. Interment will be at a later date at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Career Center, Pret Marsh Scholarship Fund, in care of Eileen Illuzzi, 209 Veterans Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Lucille Margaret McCandless

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Lucille Margaret McCandless will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at the Irasburg United Church. A reception will follow the service, at the home of Deborah and Gary Johnson.

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Obituaries July 1, 2015

obit AtwoodJeanette I. (Brown) Atwood

Jeanette I. (Brown) Atwood, 78, of Craftsbury, died suddenly on June 16, 2015, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

She was born in Williamsville on November 12, 1936, daughter of Merle and Gloria (Cole) Brown and graduated from Bellows Falls High School.

On April 2, 1955, she married Eugene (Jack) R. Atwood and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Ms. Atwood helped out her husband on the family dairy farm in Chester and Craftsbury for many years. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of the Horse and Buggy Club and a leader for the Cub and Girl Scouts.

Her favorite things were going out to eat with family and friends, dancing on Saturday night, playing cards, watching a Red Sox game, and gabbing on the phone.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; a daughter, Vicki, and her husband, Douglas; two sons: Eugene and his wife, Cheryl, and Jeff and his wife, Diane; her grandchildren include Shaun, Amanda, Matthew, Tanner, Cody, Ethan, Kylie, and Justin; and her great-grandchildren include Kennedy Rose, Hayleigh and Brooklyn. She is also survived by her sister Lorraine Quelch; a brother, Eugene Brown; a stepmother, June (Brown) Lawrence; a stepsister, Sandra (Brown) Matterson; a stepbrother, Jerry Brown; her nieces and nephews; and by many of her lifelong family friends.

She was predeceased by her youngest son Mike in January of 2012; her mother, Gloria Brown; her dad, Merle Brown; her youngest sister Connie Grant; her niece Cheryl Trumbull; and by her nephews: Bruce Martin and Daryl Lyon.

There will be no calling hours. A private family graveside service and luncheon will be held at a later date. She will be interred at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Berdina J. Baraw

Berdina J. Baraw, 86, died on June 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 25, 1928, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Doris (Wheeler) Gibney.

In August of 1946, she married Charles Baraw, who predeceased her on September 16, 1992.

She enjoyed going for rides on all the back roads in Orleans and Essex counties. She enjoyed her many pets over the years. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother and always enjoyed having them come and visit.

She is survived by her children: Eula Lucas and her husband, David, of Newport, Charles Baraw and his wife, Judy, of Derby, Frederick Baraw and his wife, Annette, of Newport Center, Wilbure Baraw of Newport, and Bruce Baraw of Newport; Brenda LaCross and her husband, Dennis, of Westmore, Robert Baraw of Newport, Cynthia DeGreenia and her husband, Terry, of Brownington, Richard Baraw of Newport, and Arlene Willis of Cavendish; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two infant siblings; two brothers: Dale and Gordon; and by two sisters: Lillian and Ila.

Funeral services were held on June 19, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BrochuStephen R. Brochu

Stephen R. Brochu, 65, of Derby Line, beloved husband of Paula, died at his home on June 28, 2015.

He was born on August 25, 1949, to Gerard and Bella (Bedard) Brochu in St. Johnsbury.

On May 15, 1971, he married the former Paula Bullis, who survives him.

He was on active duty serving in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After serving in the Marines, he was a recruiter for the Vermont National Guard. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the Elks Club Post #2155 of Derby. He spent a lot of time and enjoyed being an advocate for many of the veterans. He loved to have his family together for family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Brochu, of Derby Line; his children: Christine Yates and her husband, Brian, of Jericho, and Stephen Brochu and his wife, Amy, of South Burlington; his cherished grandchildren: Ashley Papin and her husband, Andrew, of South Burlington, Joshua Yates of Jericho, and Damian and Emily Brochu of South Burlington; the following brothers and sisters: Eva Brochu, Anna Sanville and her husband, Charles, Clara Brochu, Rita Choquette and her husband, Omer, Martha Dupont, Theresa Round, Patty Mann, Leah Cook and her husband, Ron, Rene, Gerard, Alfred, and John Brochu; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Jack Bullis, obit vets flagDianne Bullis, Craig Bullis and his wife, Diana, Dan Bullis and his wife, Sharon, Mary George and her husband, Wendell, and Judy Bullis.

He was predeceased by his sister Maria Buck; as well as by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Doris Elaine Barbin Monette

Doris Elaine Barbin Monette died on June 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in Newport on October 27, 1927, the only child of Joseph O. Barbin and Zula May Dymond.

After graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1945 at Newport High School, she worked for the W.C. Lister Insurance Agency and Montgomery Wards and later as a dispatcher at the Derby Barracks of the Vermont State Police, from where she retired in 1990.

On October 24, 1949, she married John A. Monette in Newport. They enjoyed traveling, both on their own and in later years with Community Circle. For several years after her retirement, they spent winters in Texas and South Carolina.

After retirement, she joined RSVP and volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce booth and the Goodrich Memorial Library. She also knitted many hundreds of pairs of mittens and countless hats and other items for the RSVP Christmas projects. She was also interested in local history and genealogy. She had researched the Barbin and Monette families back to the late 1600s, translating many materials from French to English in the process.

She is survived by her sons: John P. Monette and his wife, Janet (Hussey), of Newport, Gerard R. Monette of Greenville, North Carolina, and his former wife, Denise (Quenville), of South Burlington, Paul L. Monette, of Newport, and Roger J. Monette and his husband, Jonathan Welch, of Portland, Oregon; and by her three granddaughters: Megan Monette of Fayston, and Danielle and Michelle Monette, both of South Burlington.

She was predeceased in 2003 by her husband.

In accord with her wishes, there will be no service. Visiting hours were held in Newport on June 26. Internment will be at the convenience of the family in the family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit sableskiEleanor (Kambour) Sableski

Eleanor (Kambour) Sableski, a long-time resident and musician who lived in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for 47 years, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, after a brief hospitalization.

She lived at Rogerson House in the Boston area for the past year.

Born in 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island, she grew up in northern Vermont and spent her summers at a family cottage on Shadow Lake in Glover. She attended Smith College briefly before relocating to Boston. She moved to the Triangle area in 1967, and soon found herself fully active in the life of the newly emerging Eno River Fellowship as the music director. Her musical talents bloomed over the years as she completed a degree in music education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and assumed musical leadership of the Common Women’s Chorus from 1983 to 2001. As a choir conductor, she was kind, encouraging, and inspiring. She did not accept bad music (and what an ear she had!), and she elicited the best from the people she worked with. She was also a long-standing member of the Choral Society of Durham; her skill as a chorus member gave her the opportunity to perform in Israel and at Carnegie Hall, and she later participated in the Triangle Jewish Chorale and the Village Review. On at least one occasion she played the organ at Duke Chapel.

Each summer, she made a spiritual pilgrimage to her family cottage in Vermont, and a musical pilgrimage to SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute).

She moved to Rogerson House in May of 2014, and, in spite of a failing memory, made an impression on residents and staff alike as “a human jukebox,” playing hymns and leading sing-alongs for the residents on a daily basis. During her final days in the hospital she sang to the staff, her daughter, and her doctors.

She is survived by her three adult children and her daughter-in-law: Nancy Sableski and Anne Rousseau of Boston, Steven Sableski of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sarah Sableski of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Land Trust at vlt.org, or the Campaign for Southern Equality at southernequality.org, or the Rogerson Communities at rogerson.org.

A memorial service was held in Durham, North Carolina, on June 6.

obit SheltraRosemary C. Sheltra

Rosemary C. Sheltra, 63, of Derby died on June 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 17, 1951, in Newport to Alva and Maxine (Austin) Batchelder.

On February 14, 1999, she married Dennis Sheltra, who predeceased her in 2012.

She enjoyed watching NASCAR and Star Trek. She also enjoyed making floral arrangements and ceramics. She loved her dog Molly and her cat Oreo.

She is survived by her children: Tina Lucas of Wolcott, Casandra Dailey and her husband, Harry, of Woodbury, Becky Miller and her husband, Eric, of Derby, Stanley Crowe II of Derby, and Kimberly Bingham and her husband, Jason, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Samantha Corkins and her husband, Cole, Tamara Burnett, Christopher Schneider, Ashley Schneider, Rebecca, Kaitlin, Brianna, and Shawn Rice, Nicholas Bingham, Thomas and James Dailey, McKenzie, Maverick, and Graham Crowe, Tyler Perkins, and Jamie Royer; her seven great-grandchildren; and by her sisters: Nickolet Simpson and her significant other, David LaBelle, of Derby, and Joi Merritt and her husband, Rory, of North Carolina.

She was predeceased by her father, Alva Batchelder; her mother, Maxine Austin; her stepfather Burton Austin; and by her granddaughter Jessie Lynn.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service; or to the Derby Pond Animal Hospital, 2757 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SpringMarion E. Spring

Marion E. Spring, 76, died peacefully in Newport, on June 22, 2015.

She was born to Howard Lynaugh and Nora Stuart on October 10, 1938, in Concord.

She loved to travel to Atlantic City and Foxwoods Casino. She also enjoyed knitting, and she loved her dog Shorty.

She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Inverness, Florida.

She is survived by her children: Rhonda Jackson and her husband, David, of Fairhaven, Penny Flynn of Troy, Tammy Vallieres and her husband, Gaetan, of Inverness, and John Spring and his wife, Michelle, of Jay; her brothers: Oscar Lynaugh of Victory, Johnny Lynaugh, and Larry Lynaugh; her sister Betty Stowell of Lyndonville; and by her special friend, Meagan Tomczak, of Inverness. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Connie Williams; and by her brother Bernard Lynaugh.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center at 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries June 24, 2015

obit BakerHilda May Baker

Hilda May Baker, 84, of Newport died peacefully on June 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 19, 1930, to Harry and Margaret (Bell) Manning.

On September 11, 1954, she married Robert Baker, who survives her.

She was interested in needlecrafts, gardening, visiting with her friends and family, and baking, as she was known for her whoopee pies.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Baker, of Newport; her children: Deborah Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Timothy, of Mobile, Alabama, Brad Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Robert, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Meghan Duquette, Jenna Hurd, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin; her siblings: Charles Manning of Stanstead, Quebec, Percy Manning of Canada, Harry Manning of Canada, Sally Schanze of Florida, Shirley Parenteau and her husband, Ed, of Derby, and Marion Coolbeth and her husband, Bernard, of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Kennison.

A graveside service was held on June 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit LamereBeverly Joyce Mason Lamere

Beverly Joyce Mason Lamere, 79, of Brownington died suddenly on June 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 24, 1935, in North Troy to Ira and Vera (Crandall) Mason.

She grew up in North Troy and Island Pond, where she attended schools. She married Frank E. Lamere Sr. and they had two sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and Danny L. Lamere. Her husband, Mr. Lamere Sr., died in 1981.

Mrs. Lamere moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1982, where she was a security guard at a college. She came back to Vermont in 1996, where she took care of the elderly until 2010.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary in St. Petersburg. She enjoyed bingo and the casino.

She is survived by her sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and his wife, Sharon, and Danny L. Lamere and his wife, Candy; her grandchildren: Kevin Lamere, Jamie Taft and her husband, Justin, Carl Lamere and his companion, Chelsey, Liza Lamere and her companion, Roy Stone, and Melanie Fontaine and her husband, Robbie; her great-grandchildren: Cheyann Stone, Kaitlan and Cody Lamere, Jasmin and Jordan Taft, Tyler Lamere, Kaylee Fontaine, Destany Fontaine, and Gavyn Fonatine; her brother Harley Mason and his wife, Marilyn, of Guildhall; her sister Esther Lantagne of Barton; her brother-in-law Mike Amato of Nashville, Tennessee; and by her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Patricia Amato and Sara Carbonneau; and by her special friend, Sylvio Williams, who for 30 years brought each other many good times going on trips and also their winter trips to Florida.

A graveside service was held on June 20, 2015 at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NadeauMarilyn R. Nadeau

Marilyn R. Nadeau, 73, of Newport died suddenly at her home on June 21, 2015.

She was born on September 1, 1941, in Newport, to Percy Blay and Alma (Davio) Blay.

On April 17, 1971, she married Louis Nadeau, who predeceased her in 1980.

She worked in payroll services for Phoenix Engineering.

She was a past member and very involved with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries for many years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting, doing puzzles, and she was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Her family meant everything to her, and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by mother, Alma (Davio) Blay of Newport; her children: Christina Montminy of Newport, and Ginny Lynn Gray and her partner, Nathan Kelley, of Newport Center; her stepdaughter Tina Nadeau of Enfield, Connecticut; her stepson-in-law Joseph Robishaw of Derby; her grandchildren: Nicole Montminy of Newport Center, Samantha Corey and her husband, Christopher, of Livermore, California, Drew Gray and Dylan Gray of Newport Center, David Robishaw of Newport, Aimee (Robishaw) Bonin of Broomfield, Colorado, and Joanna Robishaw of Derby Line; her brother Stanley Blay of Newport and his daughters: Britt Blay and Renee Rivard and their families; her great-grandchildren: Ava Grace Lefebvre, Ellis Rushford, Joey Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Jessica Robishaw, Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Dakota, and Ashley Robishaw-Morin; her five great-great-grandchildren; and also by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Nadeau; her father, Percy Blay; her stepson Louis Nadeau Jr.; her stepdaughter Donna Robishaw; and by her great-grandson David Robishaw Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Verna S. Thayer

Verna S. Thayer, 96, of St. Johnsbury, formerly of Newport Center, died on June 13, 2015, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 22, 1918, in Coventry to Clayton and Sadie (Temple) Brooks. On May 2, 1940, she married Merton Thayer, who predeceased her on March 6, 2013.

She was a former member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed making crafts, quilting, cooking, bowling, and playing golf.

She enjoyed attending events at the Elks Lodge with her late husband.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Rainville and her husband, Arnold, of Lyndonville, Roberta Ellis and her husband, Wendell, of Newport, and Rebecca Poulos of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Scott, Todd, and Shelly Rainville, and Chris Donovan; her great-grandchildren: Patrick, Brady, Emily, and Alex Rainville, and Kaitlyn, Jullian, and Riley Donovan; her sister Doris Hughes of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Tony Brooks of Montpelier.

She was predeceased by her brother Bernard Brooks; and by three sisters: Charlena Brown, Marion Renihan, and Gwen Crellen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thayer’s memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Robert E. Clark

A graveside service for Robert E. Clark will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with military honors.

Roy George

Committal services for Roy George of Orleans will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, where full military honors will be accorded.

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