Obituaries October 12, 2016

obit-jonesJill Sherndal Jones

Jill Sherndal Jones, 88, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on October 7, 2016, in Concord, surrounded by the love of her family who were so dear to her.

Mrs. Jones was born February 8, 1928, in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of Alfred E. Sherndal and Beatrice (Jaques) Sherndal of Old Chatham, New York. She graduated from St. Agnes School in Albany, New York, and Wells College in Aurora, New York, class of 1949. In 1985 she received her master’s degree from Lyndon State College.

On June 14, 1952, she married Theodor Jones and they raised their four children in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In 1983, she moved to Jill’s Hill in South Wheelock where she lived in the company of her beloved dogs, Tacka, Elsie, and later Peppi and Beau. She also had a beautiful Norwegian fiord horse “Susi” that she kept for years, driving and riding.

Mrs. Jones led an active life in South Wheelock, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tending Susi. She was an avid reader and did the New York Times crossword puzzle religiously every day, in pen. She volunteered delivering Meal-on-Wheels and taught art classes in St. Albans. Her own artwork flourished when she lived in St. Albans, where she became an active member of the Bishop Street artist group.

She loved classical music and played piano well. She also sang for years with the North Country Chorus in St. Johnsbury. They traveled to Prague and Sweden. A highlight for her was singing as a young woman in a 100-member chorus with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, under the direction of Serge Koussevitsky.

Her beloved children, daughter Winnie Jones and her partner, Susan Aldrich, of Vermont, daughter Jill Agnew and her husband, Charlie, of Maine, son Tom Jones and his partner, Diana Gipe, of Vermont and son Ted of Florida survive her. She leaves her grandchildren Jenny and Charlie of Maine, and Lindsay, Nick, Ben, Sam, Max, and Jenna of Vermont; and three great-grandchildren: Mason, Keegan, and Arlo.

A celebration of Mrs. Jones’ life will be held at a later date.

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

 

obit-meyerMary Jane Meyer

Mary Jane Meyer (nee Daley) died peacefully on September 17, 2016, at her home in Ballwin, Missouri.

She was born January 11, 1926, in Brookfield, Massachusetts, where her father was the postmaster. He arranged for Mary Jane to ride along on the first airmail flight from Brookfield to Springfield, Massachusetts, in a bi-wing, open cockpit plane. This began her love of travel and adventure.

After her father’s unexpected death, the family returned to Vermont, and Mary Jane enrolled at Hartford High School in White River Junction. She received many honors at Hartford High, and was elected to Girls’ State to be “governor for the day.”

She won a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University to study journalism, but under pressure from her family, she instead attended Russell Sage College, earning a bachelor of nursing degree. She graduated from Russell Sage with high honors in 1947. She said her biggest achievement at Russell Sage was learning how to sneak in and out of the dorm and not get caught.

Mrs. Meyer then moved with her husband to a rural area just west of St. Louis, where she raised her family.

In her mid 50s, she earned a master’s degree in education, and built a successful professional career in nursing education. Before her retirement as director of Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, she led the school’s transition from a diploma school to a four-year bachelor of nursing program.

Mrs. Meyer was an avid cook, gardener, reader, sportsman, traveler, friend, teacher, mentor, and grandmother. She passed her wanderlust on to her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta and Matthew Daley Sr.; sister-in-law Pat Daley; nephew Matthew Daley III; son-in-law Russ McDaniel; and former husband, James E. Meyer Sr., MD.

Mrs. Meyer is survived by her daughters Jan McDaniel and her husband, Tom Cummings, and Susan Birge and her husband, Gerard Chapdelaine; her son, Jim Meyer; and daughter-in-law Mary Meyer; her niece and “third daughter” Mary Jane Shannon Daley and her huband, Will Buskey; beloved grandchildren Sarah Birge, Hannah Birge, Eli Birge, and Ryan Meyer; and brother Matthew Daley Jr.

A memorial service will be held in late December. In lieu of flowers, the family requests tributes to the Mary Jane Meyer Nursing Scholarship at the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. The foundation can be found online, or by calling (314) 747-3000.

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Obituaries August 17, 2016

Tonia Lee Fecteau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Andreo A. Pothier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ludger G. Toussaint

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Silverine Tenney Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 10, 2016

Dorothy Mae Corkins

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Corkins, 87, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by loving family.

Mrs. Corkins was born on July 11, 1929, to Wallace Sr. and Viola (Buchanan) Riegel.

She attended schools in Newport before marrying the love of her life, Harold Corkins Sr. on December 6, 1947. Together they moved to Long Island in 1949 where they began to raise their eight children before returning back home to Newport in 1969 and finally settling back into the family home on Clyde Street in 1973 where they both lived out their lives.

Mrs. Corkins loved to play bingo, complete crossword puzzles, watch Yankees baseball games, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and play cards, especially Skip-bo. She loved all the family pets, especially CJ, Benny and Easy.

One of her great joys was spending time with her 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Many of her grandchildren learned to read sitting on Nana’s lap. She was very proud of all of their accomplishments but she was especially proud of her grandson Ryan’s Eagle Scout award and all who graduated from college.

Mrs. Corkins is survived by her sons: Harold Corkins and his wife, Donna, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ronald Corkins and his wife, Dolly, of Newport, Craig Corkins and his wife, Mary, of Derby, Randall Corkins of Westfield, Darren Corkins of Newport; by her siblings: DeeDee Morse and her husband, Richard, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Shirley Doncaster of Coventry, Bill Riegel and his wife, Jackie, of Glover, and Fort Myers, Florida, Mary Blais of Derby, and Nancy Cole of North Troy; and by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold R. Corkins Sr.; her sons: Alan and Van Corkin; her daughter, Valerie Gibson; her sisters: Josephine “Jo” Morrow and Beverley “Betty” Blais; her brother Wallace Riegel Jr.; and by her grandson Eli Goss.

A memorial service to celebrate her life and love will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont, with the Reverend Jane Butterfield officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 125, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

The family also invites those who knew her to share memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 

Priscilla Ann (LaBounty) Jensen

Priscilla Ann (LaBounty) Jensen, 73, of Barton, died on Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Newport.

She was born in Barton on April 25, 1943, to Bruno and Annette (Sheltra) LaBounty, who both predeceased her.

She attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Barton Academy in 1961. On July 21, 1962, she married Richard “Nicky” Jensen at St. Paul’s Church in Barton.

Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by two children: Richard “Ricky” Jensen Jr., his wife, Marianne, and their two children, Matthew and Katie, and one granddaughter, Zoey, all of Highgate; and Cathy and her husband, Michael “Mike,” Vallieres, and their children Rick and Jenna Trexel, and their daughters, Avery and Emryn, all of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Justin Vallieres and his children, Xavier and Amaya Vallieres, of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

She leaves behind six brothers and sisters: Bruno “Sonny” LaBounty of Orleans, Theresa Norris of Barton, and her companion, Albert Young, of Lyndonville, Rachel Frengs and her husband, Frederick, of Sheffield, Massachusetts, Debra Farrar and her husband, Jim, of Barton, Dennis LaBounty and his wife, Diane, of Lyndonville, and Paul LaBounty and his wife, Kimberly, of Barton; and many nieces and nephews, as well as all her friends in Bean’s Mobile Park in Barton.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Leona (Alger) LaBounty; by brother-in-law Earl Norris; and by sister Patricia and brother Robert, who both died in infancy.

Those who wish, may make contributions in her memory to the Barton Ambulance Service, 54 Municipal Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

Karen (Kilborn) McBride

Karen (Kilborn) McBride of Colchester, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

She was born May 19, 1963, in Newport to Lawrence and Patricia Kilborn.

Ms. Kilborn went to North Country Union High School where she excelled in academics as well as track and field, for which she still holds a record in the shot put. She applied her bright intellect and passionate nature by going to the University of Rhode Island on a sports scholarship. She graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1986. She then did her residency at Fletcher Allen Hospital in clinical pharmacy before moving to North Carolina to start her pharmacy career at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

After several years, she returned to Vermont to start a family with her husband. They built a home in Colchester and she began her distinguished career at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Over the years, Ms. Kilborn advanced to the position of director of pharmacy services where she oversaw more than 300 of her pharmacy colleagues. She took great pride in pushing the department forward, always focused on patient care. Like many great leaders with vision, she surrounded herself with highly capable people, helping them achieve their full potential. Among her many accomplishments, she was instrumental in adding cutting-edge medication safety technologies as well as developing and implementing the hospital’s mail order and specialty pharmacy services.

Ms. Kilborn will be sadly missed by those who knew her well. She was not one to put on a mask and be a different person behind the scenes — she was always herself and was always honest. She was truly a winner in every sense of the word; a true treasure to those privileged enough to know her.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 27 years, David McBride; her daughter, Laura, of Burlington; her son, Matthew, of Colchester; by her father, Lawrence Kilborn, of Newport; her brother Michael Kilborn and his wife, Suzanne, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and by her sister Lisa Kilborn Rollins and her husband, Peter, of Burlington. She also leaves behind a large, loving family of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many friends and co-workers.

She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Rushlow Kilborn.

There will be a celebration of Ms. Kilborn’s life at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 15, at Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus.

Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Burlington.

Online condolences at www.readyfuneral.com.

 

Gail Valerie (Stevens) McMullen

Gail Valerie (Stevens) McMullen, 63, of Newport, died peacefully with family by her side on August 4, 2016.

She is survived by her best friend, her husband Laurie McMullen, of Newport, whom she wed in 1984.

Mrs. McMullen had an incredibly loving and sweet personality. Together she and her husband made many friends through the clubs they belonged to, namely Gold Wing Riders and Cars of Yesteryear, as well as co-workers from her 29 years at Bogner of America and 13 years at North Country Hospital. She loved to camp, travel, spend time with family and friends, and cuddle her beloved dog, Gizzy.

She is also survived by her sister Laurie Stevens of Newport; her stepchildren: Cam Green and her children: Sawyer and Saigelyn Green of Derby, Robin Scott, and her husband, Ed, and their children: Chris Martel, Ian Martel, and Isabel Scott of Richmond, and Bud McMullen, and his wife, Jocelyn, and their children: Brooke and Autumn McMullen of Morgan. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and special caregiver, Laureen Griggs, her husband, Paul, and their children; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Roland Stevens and Frances Stevens, in 2005.

There will be no calling hours. The family will hold private services at a later date.

 

Seth Stuart Parent

Seth Stuart Parent, born March 19, 1975, son of Marcia and Calvin Parent of Barton and Fort Myers, Florida, died suddenly on Thursday evening, August 4, 2016, while on vacation with his parents in Vermont.

Mr. Parent was a lifelong resident of Cornwall and New Windsor, New York.

He is survived by his parents; his sister Ashley Grinnell and her husband, John; and his beloved twin niece and nephew, Nash and Zeke. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother Elizabeth Parent and his beloved longtime companion, Marissa Franko, of Highland Mills, New York. He leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Parent was a 1994 graduate of Cornwall Central High School and attended a year of college at New York Institute of Technology, Long Island. During his high school years he was the recipient of many awards of achievement including a Guideposts magazine winning essay entitled “When you Walk Through the Fire.” He was a Boys State representative, and also received the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow for courage and perseverance. He was employed for many years at Cornwall Hospital as a security officer where he was honored as Employee of the Month. He was a 24-year member of Storm King Engine Co. No. 2 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.

Mr. Parent had a strong Christian faith that sustained him throughout his life. He loved animals, trains, his canoe, the lake, and his family. He was an avid lifelong Red Sox fan. He never forgot an anniversary or birthday. He gave giant bear hugs to those he loved.

From the moment of his birth, Mr. Parent struggled valiantly to overcome physical and emotional challenges and did so with courage and great determination. His indomitable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He requested his organs be used to help others live and encouraged everyone to follow suit.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at the Barton United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Storm King Engine Co. No. 2, P.O. Box 333, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York 12520.

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

 

Steven J. Sargent

Steven J. Sargent, 55, of Newport, died peacefully on August 2, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on February 14, 1961, in Newport, to Norman Sr. and Eleanor (Hamelin) Sargent.

Mr. Sargent is survived by his daughter Jessica Sargent; by his sisters and brothers: Valerie Sargent, Deborah Hamelin, Kathryn Hall, Norman Sargent Jr., Richard Sargent, and Kevin Sargent; by his caregiver, Chantel Ely; and by many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed going for rides, sitting in the sun, and playing music with old spoons. He was loved by everyone who he came in contact with.

He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Eleanor Sargent; by his niece Jennifer; and by his brother-in-law Dean and sister-in-law Bonnie.

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

 

Joan (McQuiston) Twiss

Following a brief illness, Joan (McQuiston) Twiss died at Copley Hospital in Morrisville on August 5, 2016, with her husband Robert “Bob” Twiss at her side.

Mrs. Twiss was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1933.

Her parents, Raymond and Catherine McQuiston, lived in Newton, Massachusetts. Her mother was the former Catherine Duggan of Peabody, Massachusetts, and her father was a chemical engineer from Waltham, Massachusetts. Mrs. Twiss’ older sister Ruth Burris resided with their parents.

Mrs. Twiss spent her younger years in West Newton, Massachusetts, and attended the local elementary school there. She later enrolled in Dana Hall for her secondary education.

Her continuing desire for academic challenges led to enrollment at the University of Southern California where she completed a bachelor of arts degree. Following a few years of teaching math, she went to Seville, Spain, to teach American students in the Air Force program. She then returned to Newton, Massachusetts, taught elementary school, and earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University.

Another opportunity arose for her to teach abroad in Japan, with United States Navy students. This further expanded her professional experience and upon completion of this assignment, she returned to the United States to teach again in the Newton public school system. Concurrently, she again pursued graduate studies and completed a doctoral program at Boston College. This completed twenty happy years teaching in her hometown of Newton.

Certified in, and seeking an assignment in school administration, Mrs. Twiss was selected as the Harwich Elementary principal on Cape Cod. She performed her duties successfully and was later chosen for another administrative position in Marshfield, Massachusetts, where she worked though 1987.

In 1988, she married A. Robert Twiss. They lived in Chatham, Massachusetts until 1995. She and her husband have lived in Craftsbury Common since then.

Mrs. Twiss is survived by her husband, Bob Twiss, and his two children: Jeff Twiss and Deborah Dickovic; by her brother-in-law James Burris of Madison, Connecticut; by her cousins: Robert McQuiston of Washington, D.C. and Gail Bursk of Portland, Maine; by seven nieces and nephews: Karen and Michael Lennon of New York City, Susanne Burris of New York City, Laura and John Desmarais of Mount Kisco, New York, James and Erin Burris of New York City; by ten great-nieces and nephews: Lauren and Sean Lombardi McGann, Jack and Julia Desmarais, James and Jennie Burris, Elizabeth and Andrew Libonati, and Raymond II and Mateo Burris; and one great-great nephew Matthew.

Ms. Twiss was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Catherine McQuiston; by her sister Ruth Burris; and her cousin Marsha Mierzwa.

A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Craftsbury at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, with the Reverend Francis Prive officiating.

Interment will follow at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

John VanOstrand Jr.

John VanOstrand Jr. died on March 13, 2016. He received end of life care from the University of Vermont Medical Center after battling an aggressive cancer for more than a year.

He was born on August 31, 1943.

Mr. VanOstrand was a caring, hard working, and skilled person. He loved the outdoors and his family.

He is survived, loved, and missed by his wife, Denise VanOstrand, and his stepdaughter Margaret Jordan.

Private services were held.

 

John H. F. Vining

John H. F. Vining, 74, of Derby, well-known retired Newport police officer, died on August 6, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 22, 1941, in Saint Johns, New Brunswick, to John and Mary (Tobin) Vining.

He married Ann Crawford who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Mr. Vining was a police officer for the city of Newport for more than 30 years. He was also employed at one time by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and was a former member of the Masons. He loved to travel to Maine and out west. He took great pride in taking care of his property and he enjoyed swimming in his earlier years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Vining, of Derby; by his sons: Mike Vining and his wife, Dawn, of Georgia, and Brennan Vining of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is also survived by his two grandchildren: Connor and Aislynn Vining.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 11.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

 

Thomas E. Wooten

Thomas Edward Wooten of Belmont, New Hampshire (formerly of Weymouth, Massachusetts) died after a tragic accident on July 21, 2016.

Mr. Wooten was born on Nov 5, 1959.

He was the beloved husband of Allison (Flipp); loving father of David, of Edwards, Colorado, and Samantha of Tilton, New Hampshire; devoted grandpa to Grace Andrews; beloved son of Helen (Shea) Wooten and the late George Wooten; brother to James and his wife, Sharon, of Amherst, Massachusetts, Jean McDougald and her husband, James, of North Augusta, South Carolina, John, and his wife, Virginia Lawless, of Tolland, Connecticut, Anne Leonard and her husband, Robert, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, Joan Hunter and her husband, Edward Callahan, of Weymouth, Paul Wooten and his wife, Nancy McCue, of Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Donna Harrington and her husband, Richard, of Kingston, Massachusetts, and Stephen and his wife, Tracy Lomax, of Eugene, Oregon. He was the much loved son-in-law of Carl and Connie Flipp of Weymouth, and the extended Flipp family; and was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wooten loved the great outdoors — fishing, hunting and camping, lakes, meadows and woods — and most of all, his family and friends. He will be remembered fondly for his beautiful smile, his quick and dry wit, and his gentle spirit. He worked and played hard. Genuine and generous, the life he built with Mrs. Wooten was a masterpiece and serves as a model to many.

Mr. Wooten attended public schools in Weymouth and graduated from the Norfolk County Agricultural School. He was a dedicated employee of the Northfield Department of Public Works, and formerly of Leighton’s Catering, and Hanabury and Sons in Weymouth.

For over 25 years, Mr. Wooten had visited Lake Parker for boys weekends with his brothers and close friends. He enjoyed laughs around the camp fire, reading portions of the Chronicle out loud to the gang, walks to the West Glover cemetery, and playing pool while listening to Don Sackett at the Crystal Saloon. His presence at the camp will be sorely missed. He was a joy to be with. We will fondly remember his smiling face and wit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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Obituaries June 1, 2016

obit-cornell-1Judith Sheltra Cornell

Judith Sheltra Cornell, 63, of Newport Center died on May 27, 2016, at her home in Newport Center.

She was born on July 9, 1952, to Burton and Lillian (Pope) Baraw.

She enjoyed her years as a seamstress at several businesses such as Slalom, Hedma and Vermont Teddy Bear. But her most recent years were spent as an LNA, which she also enjoyed. She also enjoyed rides with Steve on their Harley and she loved family gatherings.

She is survived by her companion, Steve Mackay, of Newport Center; her children: Robert and his wife, Lynnette Deaette, of Jay, Donald and his wife, Diane Deaette, of Jericho, Brad Deaette of Swanton, David and his wife, Tammy Cornell, of Newport, Rodney and his wife, Sage Cornell, of Derby, Michael Cornell of Newport, Shawn Cornell and his girlfriend, Judy, of New Hampshire, and Shannon Johnson and her husband, Mike, of North Carolina; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Jackie and her husband, Charles Arel, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Steve Baraw of Newport Center, Tim Baraw of Newport Center, and Penny and her husband, Gary Coe, of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her parents, Burton and Lillian Baraw; and by her brother Gary Sheltra.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Kilmartin-1Gail L. Kilmartin

Gail L. Kilmartin, late of Newport and West Palm Beach, Florida, died on April 12, 2016, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from complications due to ovarian cancer.

She was born on October 6, 1942, in New Rochelle, New York, to Robert W. Newfang and “Sunny” Gillett Johnson, who predeceased her.

She was the beloved wife of Duncan Kilmartin for nearly 52 years.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, and Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie; her grandchildren: Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie; her sister and brother-in-law Marcia Gillett and Dr. Glenn Koponen; and by her nephews: Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen.

Calling hours will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Derby Community Church on Main Street in Derby. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the Derby Community Church. Interment will be at the Gillett family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City in June of 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts, 02284-9168; or to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-krossHope Gardenia Wynkoop Kross

Hope Gardenia Wynkoop Kross, 98, of Derby, and formerly of McLean, Virginia, died on May 20, 2016, in Derby.

She was born on February 27, 1918, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the only child of John Gardener and Juliette (O’Connor) Wynkoop.

In 1948, she married John I. Kross, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Kross earned her bachelor’s degree and was a teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, while her husband was a professor of agriculture there. She spoke several different languages and traveled extensively with her husband and family as he fulfilled his job as a diplomat for the U.S. government. Mrs. Kross was an accomplished artist and has left her family many pieces of her oil paintings of Europe. She enjoyed entertaining, as she hosted many formal functions in helping her husband perform his duties.

At the age of 70, she accomplished navigator school so that she could sail her own boat on Chesapeake Bay. She lived many of her later years with her daughter Laura.

Mrs. Kross is survived by her daughter Laura Kross of Brownington, and her son Randolph Kross of Orleans; a grandchild, Dane Kross, and his partner, Amy Elliott, of Orleans; a great-grandson, Daemyn Kross, of Orleans; a special friend, Alfred Tittle, of Alexandria, Virginia; and by a special grand-niece, Rita Kross, of Cape Coral, Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband, John I. Kross.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment to follow in Arlington, Virginia.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Charlotte Bernard Rivard

Charlotte Bernard Rivard, 79, of Newport died peacefully on May 27, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 23, 1937, in Bristol, Connecticut, to Andrew and Roberta (Bishop) Bernard.

She graduated from Newport High School and Lyndon State College with a bachelor of science degree. She started teaching in Williston and later taught for over 20 years at the Hillside Elementary School in Newport. She was a CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) teacher at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and served the needs of others, especially the elderly and shut-ins.

She truly devoted her life to raising her children and grandchildren.

Her hobbies included reading, knitting, sewing, feeding the birds, doing word puzzles, and she was a Red Sox fan and a devout Catholic.

She is survived by her children: Martin Rivard and his wife, Roxann, of Troy, Bill Rivard and his wife, Sally, of Jay, Lynne Fortunati and her husband, Robert, of Coventry, and Bernard Rivard and his husband, Jason Willis, of St. Petersburg, Florida; her grandchildren: Martin Rivard Jr. and his wife, Kate, of Derby, Andrew Rivard and his partner, Karla, of Troy, Taylor Rivard of Westfield, and Colby and Jillian Fortunati, both of Coventry.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Raymond J. Allen Jr.

Raymond J. Allen Jr. of West Charleston died on May 21, 2016, in Newport. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Allen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

Justyn “Jollie” (Dwinell) Parker

A celebration of the life of Jollie Parker (Justyn Dwinell) will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at her home at 67 Lamoille View Drive in Johnson, directly across from the Lamoille View Cemetery, for her service and reception.

All who wish to attend are lovingly invited by her children, Wendy (Parker) Williams, Cyrus, Hal, and Perry Parker, and Hollie (Parker) Winzenread.

Claude Morin

Committal services for Claude Morin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

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Obituaries May 25, 2016

obit-AugerGail C. (Colburn) Auger

Gail C. (Colburn) Auger died suddenly on May 13, 2016, at the age of 67 after a long struggle with COPD.

She was born in Newport on December 23, 1948, daughter of Blanche (Badger) and Maurice Colburn. In 1966 she married her soul mate, Philippe Auger. Together they raised their only daughter, Carleen. In November they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

She spent most of her married life doing the bookkeeping for P&G Trucking, which she and her husband owned for over 20 years. She loved the outdoors, spending time snowmobiling, and riding ATVs. She cherished the view from her kitchen in the house that she and her husband shared for 46 years. She spent all of her days in the company of her beloved dog Princess.

She loved to spend time with her family but none more than her grandchildren Taylor and Tanner. They were her pride and joy. She was very proud of the young adults that they have become.

She is survived by her husband, Phil, of North Troy; her daughter Carleen and her husband, Eric Starr, of North Troy; her granddaughter Taylor Starr and her friend, Chase Locke, of Randolph; her grandson Tanner Starr of North Troy; her brothers and sisters: Joyce Curtis, Cecile Randall and her husband, Charlie, Dick Colburn and his wife, Diane, Theresa Bonvouloir and her husband, Richard, and Beth Colburn; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Maurice Colburn; her brothers: Roy Colburn and Terry Colburn and his wife, Brenda; and by her sister Marilyn Sweeney.

Funeral services were held on May 21 in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Carol A. Craft

Carol A. Craft, 73, of Coventry died on May 20, 2016, at her home.

She was born on October 27, 1942, in Barton, to Earl and Barbara (Green) Young. At one time she worked at the former Waterfront Cinema and she formerly worked at the Coventry Village School. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Irasburg chapter. Her hobbies included making crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Craft of Goffstown, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by her sister Linda Vining.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 27, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Coventry Village Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Pepin-1Tyler G. Pepin

Tyler G. Pepin, 29, of Island Pond died suddenly as the result of a traffic accident on May 18, 2016.

He was born in Newport on May 1, 1987, the beloved son of Rachel (Chesney) and Bernard Pepin. He graduated from North Country Union High School, where he played several different sports. He played in Newport men’s softball and basketball leagues and had a great passion for hunting and fishing, and went to hunting camp and to “Pat Shack” with his buddies. He was a carpenter by trade and worked for Michael “Fred” Sykes, who he greatly appreciated. He enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was a very outgoing person and had many friends who he was always willing to lend a helping hand if necessary.

He is survived by his wife, Brandy Pepin, who he married on July 11, 2009; his children: Mayson with whom he had a very special relationship, and Brent and Kaylee Ming; his father, Bernard Pepin, and his companion, Denise, and her daughter Abby; his mother, Rachel Chesney, and her companion, Mark; his brother Dylan; his grandparents: Beverly Pepin and her companion, George Russell, grandfather Raymond Pepin and Roberta and Ronald Chesney; his niece Alexa Ming; his brother-in-law Derek Ming and his companion, Staci Mitchell; his mother- and father-in-law, Larry and Sylvie Ming; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends who will all deeply miss him.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery on Pleasant Street in Island Pond. There will be a luncheon and gathering after the burial at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond and all are welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mayson Pepin Fund at the Passumpsic Savings Bank, 49 Mill Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-SimoneauTimothy Edward Simoneau

Timothy Edward Simoneau, 50, of Newport died suddenly on May 15, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on April 1, 1966, in Newport to Linda (Griffin) Simoneau and the late Edward Simoneau. He was a loving and nurturing father and husband.

He was a correction service specialist for the Vermont Department of Corrections. He was a coach for the Special Olympics Vermont. He was very active in the community. He was a coach for wrestling, football, youth and junior and senior high school. His hobbies included gardening, reading, fishing, being with his children, playing football, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy (Hetrick) Simoneau, of Campo, California; his children: Samantha Simoneau, Korrie Simoneau, Morgan Simoneau and his fiancée, Katelyn Bowen, Riley Simoneau, Madison Simoneau, Jayden Simoneau, and Landon Simoneau, all of Newport; his granddaughter Penelope Longe of Newport; his sisters: Michele and her husband, Joe Hall, and Dianne and her husband, Mike Pettengill, of Newport; three nieces: Katelyn, Gwen, and Abigail; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held on May 22 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Madison Simoneau’s Make-A-Wish fund to allow her family to finish her Make-A-Wish therapy pool house project, care of Tammy Simoneau, 108 Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Boston Children’s Hospital, attention: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 62 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-VergeRene G. Verge

Rene G. Verge, 62, of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 14, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on December 14, 1953, to Adlor and Doris (Morse) Verge. Rene was a mechanic for many years and a long time member of the Vermont National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Verge, of Newport Center; his children: Terra Verge, T.J. Tullis, Amy Tullis, Ashley Stoddard, Rene Verge, Jr, Gordon Verge, Jonathan Verge, and Valerie Boutah; his grandchildren: Anyas, Tevyn, Ashtan, Hailey, Cora, Kahleen, Emmalyn, Distant, Summer, Noah, David Jr, Mason and John; one great-great-grandson Emmit; his siblings: Ike Verge, Donna Paul and her husband Mike; his sister-in-law Theda Breault; and he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by a son, Johnathan Verge; his parents: Adlore and Doris (Morse) Verge; and by his brothers: Alan and Clarence Breault.

Funeral services were held on May 20 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or to Cheryl Verge, 143 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Interment service for Gemma Leach Belanger will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m., at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Florence Thompson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Brownington Village Cemetery.

A graveside service for Gordon Samson will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.

Committal services for P. Rene Gaudreau will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

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Obituaries May 18, 2016

obit-Blair-1Maurice Joe Blair Sr.

Maurice Joe Blair Sr., of Orleans died peacefully on May 13, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on July 19, 1929, in Orleans, the son of Armand Noel Blair and Mary Mercier Blair. He attended school in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1949. He was an altar boy at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, and in 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War in 1955.

He married Elizabeth Lapre, who predeceased him in 2006.

He was a lifelong member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23, where he served as post commander. He also joined the Orleans Fire Department when he came home from the Army. He served as first assistant chief and is still a life member.

He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and watched every game on television. After he retired one of his greatest joys was watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play baseball. He loved to play baseball in his younger years and once tried out for the Red Sox. He went to work at Butterfield’s in Derby Line when he was discharged from the Army and from there he went to Anderson Manufacturing for a while and then Ethan Allen in Orleans, where he was supervisor in the chair department. He worked there until he retired in 1995.

He loved very much helping people and giving his time to community events. He was a longtime announcer for the Lions club basketball tournaments. He also announced for various boxing and wrestling matches. He loved to organize events and was very proud to do the sesquicentennial parade in Orleans and the bicentennial celebration in Orleans. He also helped organize the Barton Fourth of July parades.

He had many close friends in the Kingdom, which he cherished. He was a charter member of the Klang Brothers. He loved flying and went up every chance he got and loved fishing on Lake Willoughby and the Barton rivers. Most of all he loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as he was very proud of them. He spent all the time with them that he could and supported them in every way possible whether it was baseball, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, or music and arts. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his children: Bob Blair and his wife, Sharon, Joann Peart, Patricia Thomas, and Bruce Blair and his partner, George Copp; his son-in-law Robert Norris; his 14 grandchildren; and by his 21 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Rosemary Norris; his son-in-law Henry Thomas Sr.; his brother and three sisters and their partners: Bertha and Dave Trucok of California, Doris and Richard Smith of Lyndonville, Rose and Charles Stoddard of Orleans, and Ernest and Pauline Blair of Long Island, New York; his son-in-law Rand Peart; and by his great-grandsons: Bobby-Joe Blair and Jeremy Martel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Timothy Naples. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Fire Department, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Joseph A. Bol

Joseph A. Bol, 71, of Coventry died on May 12, 2016.

He was born on October 18, 1944, in Newark, New Jersey. He lived in New Jersey until 2006, when he moved to Coventry.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Marie Cleveland Bol; his son Joseph A. Bol and his wife, Laura Kirby Bol; his daughter Julianna Marie Brannigan and her husband, Sean P. Brannigan; and by his three grandchildren: Sean J. Brannigan, Aiden T. Brannigan, and Eva E. Bol; his brother Al Bol and his wife, Susan Bol, and their daughters: Cindy, Colleen, and Catherine and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Albert J. Bol and Julia Pietras Bol; his uncle Frederick Bol; and by his brother-in-law Alva D. Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Military honors will follow at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 16 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-kubicMarian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic

Marian Elizabeth (Conroy) Kubic, 82, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, died on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Monroe Township.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Kubic lived in Queens, New York, and Barton for 29 years, before moving to the Concordia community in Monroe Township in 2013.

She was employed for ten years as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx, New York, retiring in 1988.

Mrs. Kubic was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Monroe Township. She was a member of the Vermont Crafters Guild.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Robert E. Kubic; her daughters: Catherine Kubic of Bennington, Marybeth Murray of Matawan, New Jersey, Patricia McGinnis of Eastchester, New York, and Margaret Reynolds of Jessup, Maryland; her sister Anne Reisert of Brooklyn; seven grandchildren: Colleen Cannon, Mathew, Jacklyn, and Thomas Murray, Sarah and Casey McGinnis, and Gabrielle Reynolds; and three great-grandchildren: Declan, Dylan, and Killian Cannon.

Services were held on May 12 in Monroe Township. Burial will be in the New Jersey Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Mrs. Kubic may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

obit-McNallyIrene Anna Bloh McNally

Irene Anna Bloh McNally died peacefully on May 9, 2016, after battling a long illness.

She was born in Lee County, Texas, on July 19, 1926, to the late Bertha Hoeschel and William Reinhardt Bloh. She married her late husband, Donald McNally, in 1946, and moved to Vermont where she lived until 2004, when she moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and lived with her daughter Bonny.

She enjoyed gardening, needlework, and reading.

Her family will miss her and remember her as humble, sweet, and caring, and always serving others.

She is survived by her daughter Bonny McNally; her son Timothy and his wife, Rhonda; her daughter Celina Blair and her husband, Clesson; four grandchildren: Christie, Sean, Nathan, and Kristel; and by two great-grandchildren: Jayda and Perrin.

Visitation will be at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Derby Community Church. Interment will follow at the Derby Cemetery.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the Derby Community Church, 3064 US-5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33131.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-OBarCarey John O’Bar

Carey John O’Bar of Island Pond died at home surrounded by his family on May 14, 2016, after a prolonged illness.

He was born on April 17, 1942, in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Frank O’Bar and Georgia Corey O’Bar.

He attended school in East Corinth, Maine, and graduated from East Corinth Academy in 1961. On October 12, 1963, he married the love of his life, Paulette Lumbra O’Bar.

In December of 1961, he began work at the Alloy Foundries division of the Eastern Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He became foreman and worked there for 25 years until the plant closed. He then began work as a foreman for FCI in Bethel, Connecticut.

In November of 1999, he and his wife moved to Vermont, where they spent their retirement.

He loved to bake and was known for the many loaves of bread and packs of cinnamon buns he shared with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and loved shopping for new flowers and garden equipment with his son Tim. He and his wife spent many days traveling Vermont and New Hampshire sampling small family restaurants, finding interesting shopping destinations, and singing along with the radio while holding hands like two kids in love.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Paulette; his son David O’Bar and his wife, Stephanie, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his daughter Lisa O’Bar of Thomaston, Connecticut, and her significant other, Jeff Winslow; his son, with whom he shared a home, Timothy O’Bar, and his husband, Michael Strait; five grandchildren: Mathew Cennamo, Michael Cennamo, Natalie O’Bar, Shane O’Bar, and Ethan O’Bar; three brothers: Carroll O’Bar, Carlson O’Bar and his wife, Elaine, and Clyde O’Bar and his wife, Cheryl; his sisters-in-law: Jeannean Lumbra Sylvester, Madeline O’Bar, and Dorothy O’Bar; his brother-in-law Reginald Lumbra; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Cecil O’Bar and Calvin O’Bar; his brother-in-law Larry Sylvester; and by his sister-in-law Linda Lumbra Viau and her husband, Ron Viau.

A family celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Graveside services for Dorothy Metcalf will be held on Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m., at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

Committal services for Rosamond Cote will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Committal services for Lois Bennett will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Evelyn Valley will be held on Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Committal services for Theresa Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Committal services for Roland Desrochers will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

A graveside service for Florence “Flossie” Boucher will be held on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby, with Ward Nolan officiating.

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Obituaries May 11, 2016

obit-GannonVivianne “Breezy” Bresette Gannon

Vivianne “Breezy” Bresette Gannon, 101, died on May 3, 2016, at Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on March 6, 1915, in Montpelier. Later she worked as a nurse in River Vale, New Jersey, where she met Frank Gannon. They were married on December 20, 1947.

Later they retired to Flint Hill, Virginia, and Ms. Gannon was the president of the Rappahannock Garden Club.

She enjoyed restoring antiques and cooking. She was a devoted wife, a loving aunt, a very special sister, and a fun-loving friend. Her kindness and laughter will be remembered by many.

She is survived by, and will be missed by, her nephews: Michael Bresette, Ronald Bresette, and John Henry Williams; her niece Betsy Cisson; her great-niece Katie Cisson; and by her cousin Mary Prouty.

She was predeceased by her parents, Marjorie and Wilbert “Charlie” Bresette; her husband, Frank Gannon; her sister Olive “Shorty” Williams; her brother Elwin “Bunky” Bresette; and by her nephews: Elwin Joseph Bresette and Douglas Bresette.

A graveside service will be held at the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier on May 23, at 3 p.m.

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obit-GeoffreyRaymond Joseph “Ray” Geoffrey

Raymond Joseph “Ray” Geoffrey, 70, of Newport Center died on May 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born on February 18, 1946, in Barton, to George and Pauline (Sicard) Geoffrey.

On October 5, 1968, he married Shirlene Willey, who survives him.

He attended Derby Academy. He was owner and operator of Ray’s Auto and Ray’s ATV.

He held membership with the ATV club, Border Ridge Runners, Ducks Unlimited, the Benevolent Order of the Elks, and Trout Unlimited. He enjoyed playing guitar with his brother Andre, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, going to his hunting camp with his buddies and family, playing cards, the company of his dogs during his lifetime, and most especially getting into mischief.

He is survived by his wife, Shirlene Geoffrey, of Newport Center; his children: Heath Mark Geoffrey and his companion, Stacey, of Derby Line, Heather Geoffrey and her companion, Wolf Luman, of Espanola, Minnesota, and Jarrod Geoffrey and his wife, Dawn-Rae, of Ashville, North Carolina; his grandchildren: Hanna Jacobs, Pride Geoffrey, Ronan and Grace Geoffrey; his siblings: Florence Coogan of Schenectady, New York, Jeannine Besaw and her husband, Gene, of Derby, Leo Geoffrey and his wife, Evelyn, of Derby, Claire Lavoie and her husband, George, of Newport, and Marcel Geoffrey and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his sisters-in-law: Lucy Laframbroise of Derby Line, and Helen Willey of Fruita, Colorado; his brothers-in-law: Leo Willey and his wife, Rachel, of Newport, and Keith Willey and his wife, Melanie, of Newport Center; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Andre Geoffrey; and by his brothers-in-law: Jack Coogan and Neil Willey.

Friends may call on Friday, May 13, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 13, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-gonyawDennis Gonyaw

Dennis Gonyaw, 68, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on November 23, 1947, in East Charleston, a son of Marvin and Donna Gonyaw, who predeceased him.

He married Veda Ellam on May 16, 1975, and she survives him. They resided in East Charleston for over 40 years.

Mr. Gonyaw was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in construction his entire life, primarily as a heavy equipment operator for Gervais Construction and later Munson Construction. He enjoyed his work with his excavator, repairing snowmobiles, and tinkering in his garage.

He is survived by his daughter Jodi Gonyaw-Worth and her husband, Michael Worth, and their children Cara and Colby Worth; his brother Don Gonyaw and his wife, Joan; his sister Ann, who was a great caregiver to him, and her sons Sky and Luke and his wife, Jessica, and daughter Mabel; and by many other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Gloria O’Keefe and her companion, Richard Berry.

A private gathering will be held in his remembrance at a later date at their home in East Charleston.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-tribute-GonyawA tribute to Dennis Gonyaw

by Sky Shover

If you were a boy growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you were very likely to be in awe of what appeared to be real-life supermen: They were called Rocky, Rambo, or the Terminator himself, Arnold. But for me, at the top of that list was my Uncle Dennis.

He was big and strong and everyone knew it was unwise to tangle with Big D. A Vietnam veteran and construction worker, Dennis was known for being a hard worker and his no-nonsense approach to life. Spending any time with him meant a few things: you were likely to learn something new, you would probably hear some great story about his great adventures, and you would absolutely hear him laugh. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting and listening to him tell his stories — stories that only made him that much larger than life. 🙂

But as we all know, no one is indestructible and Superman does not exist. But in my world, my Uncle Dennis was as close as it gets.

Love you Uncle, see you soon — rest in peace.

obit-Gray-1Stanley Gray

Stanley Gray died on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 93. He lived at Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

He was born and raised in East Charleston, where he grew up on the family farm. He worked on the farm most of his life. He knew everyone in the area and had a remarkable memory. He loved to tell old stories about his family and friends.

He is survived by his nieces: Nancy Goulet, Carol Jackson, Elleanor Powers, Cynthia Morse, Brenda Allen, Linda Muldoon, and Virginia Robinson.

He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Vera Gray; his siblings: Neil Gray, Hervie Gray, George Gray, Hattie York, Christina Royce, and Rose Weymouth; and by his nephew Rodney Royce.

Graveside services were held on May 4, at the Alice Hunt Cemetery in Canaan.

obit-macie-1Alexander R. Macie 

Alexander R. Macie, 82, of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Davenport, Florida, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida, after a period of declining health.

A resident of Hudson for many years, Mr. Macie was born in Irasburg on August 21, 1933, a son of the late Victor and Florence (Gerow) Macie. Educated in Vermont schools, “Al” served as a corporal with the Army during the Korean War from July of 1953 to June of 1955.

On June 20, 1959, he married Judith Inez Rowe, the love of his life. They shared 48 wonderful years together, until her death on June 9, 2007.

Mr. Macie was employed as a machinist with W.H. Bagshaw Company in Nashua for over 40 years.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling to Florida for the past 15 winters. He loved the Citrus Ridge Community, and enjoyed participating in all of the activities. He was an avid sports fan of the New England teams, particularly the Patriots and Red Sox. Mr. Macie was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua.

Members of his family include two daughters and sons-in-law: Susan J. and Mark Chase, and Sandra L. and Glenn Trowbridge, all of Hudson; two grandchildren: Samantha Chase and Nicholas Trowbridge; a brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Alice Macie, of Newport; and also many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held in Nashua. He was interred in the mausoleum of Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua.

Donations may be made in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont, 814 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101.

obit-MaclureSolange M. Maclure

Solange M. Maclure, 75, of Newport died peacefully on May 5, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on August 5, 1940, in St. Hyanite, Quebec, to Anatole and Irene (Angers) Houle.

She was married on June 24, 1961, to Jean Pierre Maclure, who survives her.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family very much and all the time she spent with them.

During her lifetime, she was employed by Columbia Forest Products. Her hobbies included camping and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Jean-Pierre Maclure, of Derby Line; her children: Roger Maclure, Andre Maclure, Marcel Maclure and his wife, Mary, Francine Maclure, and Sylvie Mathieu and her husband, Philip Sr.; her grandchildren: Brandon Maclure, Nicholas Maclure, Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, Philip Mathieu Jr. and his wife, Brittany, Nathan Mathieu, and Kaylee Maclure; her great-grandchildren: Alexander Maclure, Evan Mathieu, and Levi Mathieu; her sisters: Sue Bridges and Pauline Cota and her husband, Gary; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond; her parents, Anatole and Irene Houle; her brother Paul Houle; and by her sister Denise Houle.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Coventry Street in Newport, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Metcalf-1Dorothy Leona Metcalf

Dorothy Leona Metcalf died on April 27, 2016, at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

Dolly, as she was known by her friends and relatives, was born on July 9, 1914, in Canada, to Clarence and Edith Coapland. She moved to Vermont along with her parents and siblings at the age of six. She remained a Canadian citizen while living the rest of her life in the states, nearly all of that time as a resident of northern Vermont.

She married John Metcalf in 1939 in Irasburg. He died on April 3, 2004, in Visalia, California. They were dairy farmers for much of their marriage. She was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for about ten years. Her favorite job would always be driving a school bus for Coventry graded school children during the 1950s and 1960s.

She was a high energy person, always on the go. As a child, she was always on the go on a pair of snow skies that her father made for her. As an adult, she was always on the go in her car until she was well into her nineties. Relatives often complained that she was never at home. When it came time for her to move into a nursing home due to declining health issues, she simply traded in her car for a walker. Nursing home attendants will attest to the fact that she remained actively on the go with her walker.

She had a natural affinity for music and dancing. She played the piano without ever having had a lesson but dancing was her favorite activity. Any kind of dancing would do but square dancing was her first choice, probably because her gregarious nature was well suited for that style of dancing. Another favorite activity was attending yard sales. Basically, she liked anything that involved being around people and when she could no longer dance due to bad knees, meals at the senior center satisfied many of her social needs. Somewhere in that progression, she became an avid fan of word searches and it occupied much of her time in the nursing home.

She is survived by her two sons: Laurence Metcalf of Hallsville, Missouri, and Donald Metcalf of Roanoke, Virginia; her granddaughter Amber Howard of Roanoke; her grandson Troy Metcalf of Roanoke; her great-grandchildren: Keon and Kendal Howard and Brady Metcalf, all of Roanoke; and by her niece Linda Herman of Newport.

The youngest of four children, she was predeceased by her older brothers: Howard and Clifford Coapland, and her older sister, Lillian Macie.

A graveside service will be held on May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Coventry cemetery located near the town of Coventry, the same cemetery where her parents are buried.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death Notice

Don E. Willis

Don E. Willis, 74, of Newport Center died on May 7, 2016, in Newport.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

Committal services for Henry Thomas Sr. will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

Committal services for Ruth Perron will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Funeral services for Mary-Ann Shamlian will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport, on Friday, May 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Committal services for Marie Basil will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond.

Committal services for Yves Brasseur will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

A graveside service for Joyce Wilson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Line Cemetery, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.

Funeral services for Mary Ann Moore will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Scott Gratton. Friends may call from 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the church. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

A graveside service for Robert Carter will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors, with U.S. Army Chaplain Captain Eric Stuepfert officiating.

Funeral services for Roger Norbert Beauregard will be held at 10 a.m. in Saturday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. His burial will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, where both his parents and his wife’s parents rest.

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Obituaries May 4, 2016

obit-basilMarie M. Basil

Marie M. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved wife of Joe Basil, died on March 26, 2016, in Rockville, Maryland.

She was born on January 30, 1925, in Island Pond, to Leo and Marie (Turgeon) Steady. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1943 and later attended Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, where she received her RN degree. She nursed in Maine, Vermont, California, and Illinois. She served in World War II in the Army Nurses Corps.

On July 21, 1951, she married Joe Basil, who survives her. She loved spending time with her husband, Joe, and her daughters Glorie Ann and Mary Jo, and she also enjoyed playing cards, arts and crafts, and embroidery. She is also survived by her brother John Steady of Glens Falls, New York.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14 at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-ClappEvelyn “Irene” Clapp

Evelyn “Irene” Clapp, 91, of Barton, died, comfortably at her home, in Barton on Friday, April 22, 2016.

She was born on October 24, 1924, in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late John and Floretta (Devine) Hamilton. She married Donald Q. Clapp Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed at Hamilton Standard in Connecticut, where they made propellers for military planes during World War II.

She was a member of Tuan-Ti Christmas Club, the Barton Auxiliary of the American Legion, and a member of the choir for the Barton United Church. She was also a volunteer secretary for the Barton library. She belonged to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and had worked at the Barton meal site. She was also a master of crochet through the University of Vermont Extension service and taught people the art of crochet.

She enjoyed her cat Missy, plants and gardening, knitting, crocheting, playing the piano, doing oil paintings, and solving puzzles, especially cryptograms, reading, playing Scrabble, watching a good mystery on television, and collecting cookbooks.

She is survived by her children: Donna Irene Peyton and her husband, Vincent, of Shawnee, Kansas, Donald Q. Clapp Jr. and his wife, Sharon “Sandy” of Frenchville, Maine, Stephen H. Clapp and his wife, Gina, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Susan M. Clapp of Barton; six grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; and by two brothers: William Hamilton of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Frederick Hamilton of Burlington, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by one grandchild.

Funeral services were held on May 2 in Barton. Interment will be at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Cecile V. Cyr

Cecile V. Cyr, 93, of Derby, formerly of Hamlin, Maine, died peacefully on April 24, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1922, in Caswell, Maine, to James and Rose (Fisher) Curless. In 1942, she married Guy G. Cyr, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Cyr loved caring for her home, tending to the flower gardens, and reading. She stayed very active.

She is survived by her children: Janice Steele of Crescent City, California, Tom Cyr and his wife, Ginette Provost, of Derby, and Joyce Cunningham and her husband, Kris, of Wilton, Maine; her grandchildren: Debbie, Donna, Sean, Suzanne, Kate, Benjamin, and Rose Anna; her great-grandchildren: Brady, Luke, Madison, Noah, Connor, and Jack Byron; her son-in-law Roy Grove; and by her sister Alice St. Pierre of Pensacola, Florida.

She was predeceased by two children: George Cyr and Jeannette Grove; her son-in-law Kenneth Steele; her brothers: Leonard, Ben, and Noah Curless; and by her sisters: Virginia Bernier and Marie Sirois.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. in Hamlin on Friday, June 3, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Hamlin.

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.

Gervise Deschesneau

Gervise Deschesneau, 90, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Somers, Connecticut.

She was born on January 30, 1926, in Brownington, a daughter of Elianna Dube and Louis Amyot.

She was the beloved wife of Fernand Deschesneau, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Dauphinais and her friend, Kenneth, and daughter Amanda; Raymond Deschesneau and his friend, Gina, and daughter Hope Ann, and family; Leonard Descheneau and his wife, Cindy, and their children: Lenny and his family, Thomas, and Amanda and her family; and Fernand Jr. and his daughters: Stacey and her daughter, and Nicole and her family. She is also survived by her sisters: Madeleine Deschesneau and Judith Morse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fernand; a daughter, Franoise; and by her brothers: Andre and his wife, Jean Amyot, and Roland and his wife, Shirley Amyot.

The funeral will be in Somers, on Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Somers.

obit-Holmes-1Roscoe Arnold Holmes Jr.

Roscoe “Ross” Holmes, 66, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, died peacefully at his daughter’s home on April 27, 2016 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.

He was born in Barton on February 26, 1950. He grew up on a farm in West Charleston, and attended schools in West and East Charleston, the latter a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He attended the Derby Line high school before graduating from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center. After a brief stint at Vermont Technical College, he left school to join the Army and he served two tours of duty as an M.P. (military police) in Vietnam.

Back in the U.S., he worked for a decade or more as an electrical linesman throughout New England. During this period, he married and was blessed with a daughter, Heidi. Subsequently the family moved to Florida, where he was destined to live for most of his life, although periodically he would slide back north to his beloved Vermont.

He loved the great outdoors and had little use for the cramped indoors. He tried a desk job or two but couldn’t bear the feeling of being enclosed by walls all day. Later in his life he found the job that fit him to a T: working with a moving company that sent huge trucks all over the country, dropping a family’s worldly possessions at a home in New Orleans and reloading for a drop in Reno, and on and on. In addition to satisfying his wanderlust, the work offered warm camaraderie among the crew, both with the daytime labors and the evening revelries.

He was a warm and gentle soul who loved music, vintage car meets, and a cold, frothy beer. He also kept close communication with family members and visited them throughout the country, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Heidi Holmes and her fiancé, Dean Mallen, along with his only grandson, Ezekiel Holmes Mallen; his siblings: Joyce Holmes, Amaryllis Sheltra, Reginald Holmes and his wife, Laurel Holmes, Dean Holmes and his wife, Lisa Irwin, and Bernard Holmes; his great-aunt Pauline Darby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, will have calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. A graveside ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston at 11 a.m., with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Richard K. Martin

Richard K. Martin, 86, of Jay, beloved husband of Beverly Beaudreau, died at his home on April 27, 2016.

He was born in St. Albans on July 22, 1929, to Frederick and Marion (King) Martin.

He was a member of the Jay Post #28 American Legion, and was a life member of the Alfred Pepin Post #798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport. He was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed the company of his cats, especially Rusty. He also enjoyed talking with his friends at the Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his family.

In his younger years, he was an instructor of martial arts. He served in the Air Force and Navy for a combined service time of 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Beaudreau, of Jay; his children: Tina Gardina and her husband, Jerome, Cindy Martin and her companion, Todd, Fred Martin and his wife, Lynn, Darlene Love and her husband, Wade, Denise Gardner, and Lori Ann Sullivan and her husband, Thomas; his stepchildren: Jayne Loud and her husband, Jeffrey, and Nancy Montgomery; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth Montague; and by his brother-in-law Charles Scammell and his wife, Susan.

A military service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 5, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Committal services for Harvey Dunn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Committal services for Edward Parenteau Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Derby Line Cemetery, with full military honors.

Committal services for Paul Monfette will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

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Obituaries April 20, 2016

obit-ClevelandBarbara M. Cleveland

Barbara M. Cleveland, 80, of Orleans died peacefully on April 16, 2016, in Newport with her loving family by her side.

She was born on August 28, 1935, in St. Johnsbury to Arthur and Alice (Smith) Wells.

She worked at Sanel Auto Parts delivering auto parts to area garages for many years until health issues forced her to retire at the young age of 75.

She leaves behind two sons: Richard Cleveland and his wife, Joanne of Orleans, Mark Cleveland and his wife, Jody, of Barton, and her daughter Gail Judd and her husband, Winston, of Holland, along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards, doing puzzles, and going out to eat with family and friends. The former Candlepin restaurant was her favorite. She loved her family and their gatherings at the holidays.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Alice Wells.

Per her request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit-GoodwinNeil L. Goodwin

Neil L. Goodwin Jr., 80, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on April 14, 2016, in St. Johnsbury surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 13, 1936, in Hardwick, a son of Neil Goodwin Sr. and Elma Marckres.

On October 4, 1953, he married Vernice Larabee, who predeceased him.

Mr. Goodwin was employed by the French and Bean Company of St. Johnsbury and later as a truck driver for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He was a former member and 50-year member of the Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM #20 in Craftsbury.

His hobbies included maple sugaring, camping, and collecting toy trucks and tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of Danville; by his children: Kathleen Sjolander and her husband, Charlie, of St. Johnsbury, Koleen Jones and her husband, Howard, of Waterford, Dennis Goodwin and his wife, Laura, of Waterford, Jeff Goodwin and his wife, Donna, of St. Johnsbury, and Randy Goodwin; by nine grandchildren: Karen, Karl, Christy, Gregory, Mary Jane, Steven, Casey, Nancy, Nathan, Brian, Aaron, and Logan; by 13 great-grandchildren; by his sister Leah Slicer of St. Johnsbury; and by several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved pug Sadie.

Private graveside services will be held at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Fire Department for the Santa Fund, in care of the Passumpsic Savings Bank, P.O. Box 38, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Hale-1Stuart Wayne Hale Sr.

Stuart Wayne Hale Sr. of Albany died on April 9, 2016, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington at the age of 68.

He was born in East Fairfield on July 17, 1947. He was the son of Burton and Caroline (Lawyer) Hale.

Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Army as a part of the 173rd and 82nd Airborne (two tours of front line duty in Vietnam) and later worked in Germany as a cryptanalyst for the National Security Agency (NSA).

He married the love of his life, his soulmate, Ruth Soule Hale in 1968.

He loved traveling with his wife, especially going for long rides on back roads.

He enjoyed participating in the tractor pulls at the local fairs, especially if he beat his friends! He enjoyed his coffee club in Craftsbury and spending time with his grandchildren was the highlight of his day. He loved to play tricks on them and try out his new jokes, especially on April Fool’s Day. He had an incredible sense of humor and he was always laughing, telling and playing jokes. He loved to spend his days tinkering and fixing things. He was always busy, and was never happy to just sit. He was also a fan of reading, especially poetry. He also was a poet himself.

His laugh will be missed so much.

Mr. Hale is survived by his four children: Stuart Hale and his wife, Cathleen, Adam Hale and his girlfriend, Susan, Carol Hale Rowell and her husband, Tim, and Jason Hale and his girlfriend, Sonya; by seven grandchildren: Gratia and Alora Rowell, Ramie and Courtney Hale, JJ and Zachary Hale, and Shania Hayes; also by his siblings: his sister Barbara Riley and her husband, Horace, his brother Richard and his wife, Georgette, his sister Carolyn Clark and her husband, Bob, his brother Marvin and his wife, Sandy, his brother Mark and his girlfriend, Carrie, his sister-in-law Terry Hale, and his brother-in-law David Ovitt.

He was predeceased by his sister Brenda Wright, his sister Cora Ovitt, and his brother Burton A. Hale.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Hale, in May 2014.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Albany Methodist Church in Albany. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Mr. Hale was also presented with full military honors by the Vermont Army National Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name at https://armyhistory.webconnex.com/armydonate.

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

obit-parkerJustyn O. (Jollie) Parker

Justyn Ollie Dwinell (Jollie) Parker, 86, of Johnson died peacefully in the comfort of her home on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

She was born September 26, 1929, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Bond) Dwinell. She graduated from Montpelier High School in the class of 1947 and continued her education at Johnson State College.

On August 14, 1948, she married Everett Edwin Parker in Montpelier. Together they made their home and raised their five children in Johnson.

Mrs. Parker worked for the Chatfield Nursing Home in Johnson. From 1968 through 1972 she was medical records librarian at Copley Hospital. Until she retired in the late 1970s, she was secretary to Dr. Donald Barber, Dr. Coddaire, Dr. Gary Waring and Dr. Southall.

She was a member of the United Church of Johnson and a 35-year choir director of that church. She was a member and 30-year chair of the Johnson Women’s Society and spent 14 years facilitating parent support groups for ANAD (the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). She enjoyed music.

Survivors include her five children: Wendy P. Williams of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Cyrus Parker and his wife, Jane, of Montpelier, Harold (Hal) Parker and his husband, Joe of Glover, Perry Parker and his wife, Diane, of Tunbridge, and Hollie Winzenread and her husband, Rusty, of San Jose, California; five grandchildren: Megan (Williams) Ice, Austin, Evan and Emily Parker, and Christian Bond Winzenread; two great-granddaughters: Corrine Arden Ice and Lillian James Ice; a niece, Deborah Crossman; two nephews, Chandler Parker and his wife, Madonna, and Eric Parker, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Everett Parker, on July 8, 2007; and by a sister, Marcia Dwinell.

Graveside services will be held in the Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson at the convenience of her family with a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), P.O. Box 7, Highland Park, Illinois 60035; The United Church of Johnson, P.O. Box 606, Johnson, Vermont 05656 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

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Obituaries April 13, 2016

obit-ChaputIvah Lillian Chaput

Ivah Lillian Chaput, 86, of Newport died peacefully on April 4, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on September 14, 1929, in West Burke to Elmo and Florence (Bentley) Legacy. On June 7, 1947, she married Felix Chaput, who predeceased her on November 7, 2007.

Mrs. Chaput owned and operated a farm in Troy with her late husband, Felix, from 1946 until 1972. At that time she operated the Poole Nursing Home in Barton until she retired in 1984.

Her hobbies included sewing, working in her flower garden, reading, and putting puzzles together.

She is survived by her children: Lillian Vezina and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg, Laura Brown and her husband, Leslie, of Troy, Felix Chaput Jr. and his wife, Madeline, of Derby Line, Frank Chaput and his wife, Sheila, of North Troy, Francis Chaput and his wife, Debra, of North Troy, Lorreta Lieblein and her husband, Peter, of Newport, Marie Ingalls and her husband, Mark, of Irasburg, and Jacqueline Eldred and her husband, Michael, of Coventry; by 44 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and by her stepbrother Irving Morton of Temple Hills, Maryland.

She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Linda; by her brother Walter Legacy; her stepmother Olive Legacy; and by three grandsons: Leslie J. Brown Jr., Shawn F. Chaput, and Tyler Sanville, who was an infant.

Funeral services were held on April 9, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Christopher K. Lynch

Christopher K. Lynch, 45, of Newport died suddenly on April 6, 2016, at his home in Newport.

He was born on May 6, 1970, in Newport to Jim and Gail Lynch.  He was a brother of Katy and Stephen Lynch, and grandson of the late Lawrence and Margaret Dugan of New Hartford, New York, and the late Dr. James A. and Gertrude Lynch of New York, New York. He was also half-brother to Claudia Lynch and uncle to her son Nick Farfan of New York City. His family also included Nieves Madrid and Mia Bauman, partners of Katy and Stephen Lynch.

His childhood years were spent in North Troy. He had countless adventures with his wonderful friends from the Troy and Westfield area who remained close to his heart throughout his life.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1988 and received his bachelor of science from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1992. He spent three years in California before settling in the East Village of New York City, where he lived for many years. He worked in movie distribution for Dreamworks SKG and also pursued his passion for music production.

He married Christina Gerber in 2003 and they welcomed a daughter, Frankie Lynch, later that year. Mr. Lynch was happiest being with his “Little Bean.”

A reception for family and friends was held on April 9 at the Derby Line Village Inn.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-monfettePaul William Monfette

Paul William Monfette died on April 2, 2016.

He was born on May 10, 1922, in Newport to Carl and Winefred “Sabourin” Monfette.

The family moved to Morgan after the flood of 1927 flooded them out of their home on the Glen Road in Newport. They settled on a 130-acre farm in Morgan, where they farmed and logged the land. Between the loss of his mother when he was a youngster, and the struggles of surviving the Great Depression, Mr. Monfette did not have an easy childhood. However, he made the best of life. The struggles instilled within him a strong work ethic. He was a kind, practical man, but one who also understood the importance of helping others in need.

After graduating the eighth grade from the Whitehill School in Morgan, his father moved the family to Hill Street in Newport, a street where Mr. Monfette spent most of the rest of his life. It was there he met Dot when she was about 13 or 14 and he was about 18.

“Oh God, I thought he was the best looking thing,” she said. “He was the best looking man I’d ever seen, but I wasn’t the only one that noticed that. Every other girl on the street was after him. All the girls liked him.”

The couple married on August 9, 1942, at the Baptist Church on East Main Street in Newport. Mr. Monfette was 19 and his new wife was 15. About a decade later they renewed their vows at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport. Their marriage survived the odds, including a two-year separation when Mr. Monfette was drafted into the Army to fight in World War II.

He was assigned to the 36th Texas Army National Guard Infantry Division, eventually becoming a squad leader in Fox Company. On February 3, 1945, he suffered life-threatening wounds on the battle in France. Following a lengthy stay in a makeshift hospital in Marseilles, France, while still recovering from his wounds, he helped run a war front prisoner-of-war camp. He was later assigned to a special detail of American soldiers whose mission was to assist the newly liberated prisoners — many of them Jews and other people the Nazi regime considered undesirables — from a concentration camp called Dachau. He spent about three months at Dachau, including accompanying the military police into nearby Munich, Germany, to interrogate what the locals knew about this devilish camp.

In talking about his time at the camp, he was once quoted as saying: “I have seen things no man should have to see.”

When he returned home to his teenage bride in 1946, he still suffered from the wounds of war — physical wounds and mental wounds. His wife nursed him back to health with love and understanding. From witnessing the horrors of war, Mr. Monfette became a man of peace who hated war.

In war, he was a demolitions expert, blowing up bridges and buildings, but when he returned home, he used those same skills on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. One of his first tasks was to blow out the ledges along the tracks as part of the transition from the smoke-belching steam-powered locomotives to the wider, quieter diesel-powered ones. His physical wounds of war, including metal shrapnel throughout his body, forced him to retire from the railroad in 1982. He was one of the last surviving old-time railroad men.

Although a very private man, especially when it came to his war years, in recent years he and his wife shared their story of love and war, and surviving 70-plus years of marriage. This was a five-part series written by Scott Wheeler in Vermont’s Northland Journal.

He was a real homebody. His favorite places in the world were the home he built in Newport and the camp in Sheffield. He took pride in his wife’s gorgeous flower gardens and would often sit on the deck or watch her through the living room window.

He loved to have his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren come to the house to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or for no special reason. He took great pleasure and pride in making the little ones giggle and smile as he would tap his feet, clap his hands, and play peek-a-boo. He loved them all so deeply.

Our Dad was a generous man. He always made sure that his family had food, clothing, a roof over their heads, and fuel to stay warm. It was a family joke that Dad would always make sure we ate and had socks on our feet to stay warm.

During his early years, he loved to play cribbage and poker with his brothers and sisters in Morgan. Later, when he no longer could play, he began to buy lottery tickets. He loved to sit in his recliner and scratch those tickets, hoping for a winner! Amazingly, he often would win enough to buy a couple more and still have a few dollars in his pocket.

Hunting at the camp in Sheffield with his sons-in-law and nephews was something he looked forward to doing each season. He enjoyed being with the guys as he would rattle off one joke after another.

Another passion he had was to watch his family play sports. Whether it was watching his girls play field hockey, or his grandchildren play baseball, he was in the stands cheering them on. He was a loyal follower of his son-in-law Mo’s baseball team, the Rangers. He never missed a home game!

He loved animals, but especially dogs. The family had many dogs through the years. When he no longer had a dog of his own, he was thrilled to have grand-dogs. Oh, how he loved to feed biscuits to Ruger.

“Just one more,” he would say, but keep feeding him.

He was very patriotic and today we honor his memory and service to his family and country. We salute you, Dad!

Rest in peace, until we meet again….

He is survived by his loving wife, Dot; his daughters: Shelia and her husband, Al, Paulette and her husband, Alvin, Sue and her husband, Mo, Jackie, and Tammi; his grandchildren: Larry Maxwell, Jennifer Simard, Joe Simard, Jeff Markum, Barry Shelton, Sarah Soskin, Emily Soskin, and Jonah Monfette; and by 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Carl, and mother, Winefred “Sabourin” Monfette; his 11 siblings: Levi, Blanche, Cecelia, Pat, Joe, Albert, Alfred, Pete, Alice, Willis, and Flora; his special granddaughter, Jackie Simard; and by his sons-in-law: Lawrence Maxwell and Daryl Markum.

Funeral services were held on April 8, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery on May 10, at 1 p.m., with full military honors.

Donations in his memory may be made to Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, in care of Benita Stephens, P.O. Box 195, Bakersfield, Vermont 05441; or to the Military Order of the Purple Heart at purpleheart.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-wingMarya Anne Wing

Marya Anne (Curran) Wing, 74, of Island Pond died suddenly on April 4, 2016.

She was born on September 19, 1941, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the
daughter of Michael Curran and Elizabeth (Fenlan) Curran. She spent the first 20 years of her life in Medford, Massachusetts. Upon her graduation from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, she attended Boston College.

In 1961, while working as a nurse at a summer camp on Job’s Pond in Newark, she met Robert Wing. They married shortly afterwards and embarked on a military career that saw assignments in Germany, Virginia, Colorado, and Maryland. After retirement, they and their family moved back to Vermont, where Mrs. Wing enjoyed a career as a social worker and as head of the Brighton Emergency Rescue Squad.

She was a private, complex, and loving person, who adored her children and raised
them to be self sufficient and resourceful — and they adored her in return. She drew on a deep reservoir of strength to pull herself up during hard times, and she left this world as she lived her life — on her own terms, and in the deep embrace of her faith and her family.

She prayed daily for the health and well-being of her family. Today they pray for her, and invite all who knew her to take a moment and do the same.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Guy Wing, and her children: Jessica Puckett, Lisa Bean, Jenny Wing, and Robert Wing Jr. She was the proud grandmother of Jarren and Josh Puckett, Katherine and Grace Ayers, and Zachery and Althea Tapley. She also delighted in her great­grandchildren: Emily Demers, Oliver Puckett, and Vivian Lacy. She was mother-in-law to John Puckett, David Bean, and Tyrell Lacy, and former mother­in-law to Joseph Anthony Ayers and Peter Tapley. She is also survived by her brother Mark Curran of Rochester, New York.

As per her instructions, a small private funeral will be held in the summer. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to her beloved home on Turtle Hill to celebrate
the life and honor the memory of a much-loved mother, wife, and friend.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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