Obituaries February 10, 2016

obit-belanger-1Gemma A. Faust (Leach) Belanger

Gemma A. Faust (Leach) Belanger died peacefully at the age of 84 on January 28, 2016, after a difficult year of confusion as a result of a major stroke.

She was born on November 3, 1931, in Irasburg, a daughter of Romeo and Anna Faust.

Her greatest joy came from being together with her family; together for a simple meal or one of life’s celebrations. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and then great-grandmother, and was affectionately known as Mimi. You could always count on a hug from “Mimi” if you needed encouragement, or a little comfort. Once her children were grown she entered the workplace first as a dormitory supervisor at Sacred Heart School in Newport, working with international boarding students. She later traveled to visit some of her students in Mexico, where she was hosted by their families. She loved her jobs working with students, both at Sacred Heart and later at Lake Region Union High School as a media aide in the library. She also traveled to France with the Lake Region French group and talked often of her memories from those trips. She was a very giving person and all who came in contact with her recognized her generous spirit and unending willingness to jump in and help.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Belanger, of Lake City, Florida; her three children: Michael Leach and his wife, Debbie, Cynthia Moeykens and her husband, Gary, and Richard Leach and his wife, Debbie. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Krystal (Leach) Ingalls and her husband, Chris, and their children, Krystianna and Jordyn; Kristofer Leach and his wife, Karen, and their children, Braydon and Landyn; Aby Moeykens; Justin Moeykens and his wife, Lauren, and their children, Peyton and Pepper; and Travis Leach. Also, her extended family: Amanda and Michelle Henderson, Kim Roberts and Kelley Kendall, Larry Belanger and his wife, Dawn, and Randy Belanger and his wife, Liz. Her surviving siblings are Lionel Faust, Romeo Faust Jr. and his wife, Huguette, Lillianne Souliere, and Anna Young and her husband, Alfred.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Allen Leach; and by her brothers: Herve, Honora, Andy, Julien, Steve, Aime, and Silver Faust.

A graveside service will take place in the spring at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans. The date and time will be announced.

Should friends and family desire, the family encourages people to contribute in Ms. Belanger’s memory to Lake Region Union High School, Attention: Tami Devost, Library Department, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit-carterRobert Neil Carter

Robert “Bob” Neil Carter, 87, of Newport died on February 1, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on February 11, 1928, in Newport to Victor and Helen (Gogen) Carter. On October 10, 1953, he married Natalie Ann Tiedeman, who survives him with 62 years of marriage.

He enlisted into the United States Army in June of 1950 during the Korean War. He spent two years in Germany, after which he took training for electrician work. He went into business for himself as Bob’s Electrical Service and was a master electrician for 30 years before he retired.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved fishing in the winter, spring and summer.

He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Carter, of Newport; his daughter Becky Jacobs and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; his grandson Tanner Jacobs of Derby; his siblings: Fred Carter and his wife, Ruth, of Newport, Louis Carter and his wife, Lucille, of Newport, Francis Carter of Coventry, and Leonard Carter of Missouri. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Iona Carter of Derby; and by 22 nieces and nephews and their spouses.

He was predeceased by his daughter Debra Ann Carter in infancy; his brother Victor A. “Buster” Carter and his wife, Evelyn; his sister Vivian Judd; his brothers: Leonard and Wayne Carter; and by his sister-in-law Shirley Carter and brother-in-law Leo Judd Sr.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Casey-2James A. Casey Jr.

James A. Casey Jr. of Westmore died on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Newport Health Care Center, at the age of 65.

He was born on August 27, 1950, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of James and Charlotte (Therrien) Casey.

He graduated from St. Peter’s High School in Worcester. On August 5, 1972, he married Carol Hilton, who survives him.

Mr. Casey was an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also a member of the Japan Tattoo Club since 1984 and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gunsmithing, gardening, photography, raising dogs, and building drum sets. He was a published author including a drum-building book, and multiple newsletters and other publications. He was a tattoo artist, being one of the first licensed tattooists in Vermont.

Other than his wife he is survived by his three children: Joshua Casey and his wife, Michelle, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Hannah Cannon and her husband, Joseph, of Barre, and Isaiah Casey and his wife, Kelly, of Derby. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Tamera and Bryce Casey, and Matthias Cannon; his sister Ann Johnson of Worchester; a niece, Eliza Casey; and by a nephew, Larry Casey.

A funeral service will be held on February 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Dr. Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, attention: Newport Dialysis, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit-DurandJames E. Durand

James E. Durand of West Charleston died suddenly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Durand was born on April 25, 1932, in Huntington. He was the son of James and Ida (Pecor) Durand.

In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was a gunner for the 23rd Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. After his active duty he went on to serve in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in January of 1962.

On February 25, 1989, he married Susan Clark, who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and taking care of the animals that he and his wife rescued.

Other than his wife he is survived by his sons: Herbert Germain and Eric Durand; a brother, Robert Durand; a sister, Virginia Bundock; and by five grandchildren.

Upon request there will be no funeral services.

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

obit-Griffin-2Janet A. Griffin

Janet Anderson Griffin died at the age of 93 on January 25, 2016, in Burlington.

She was born on September 30, 1922, in Hardwick, the third child of William and Helen Anderson. She grew up on the Brass Knocker Farm in East Craftsbury, with her dad managing the farm for the Simpson family. She and her siblings, Stuart and Harriet, cherished their time on the farm and their relationship with the Simpson family, especially with Jean Woodruff Simpson. It was common for her to want to take a ride to East Craftsbury later in life to look at changes in the farmhouse and the town, visit the gravesites nearby of her parents, and reminisce about her childhood.

She attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1944. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and enjoyed meeting her sorority sisters and classmates in reunions during her retirement years.

On August 24, 1947, she married Elwin Griffin and became a resident of Barton for over 60 years. Mr. Griffin worked at the Barton Motor Company and retired from there in 1982. Ms. Griffin was a home economics teacher, first at Barton Academy and then at Lake Region Union High School and retired the same year as Mr. Griffin. She was particularly proud and honored to teach two generations of students and develop the home economics curriculum at the two schools.

After retirement, the Griffins spent summers for many years at their cottage on Shadow Lake in Glover, and winters in Bradenton, Florida, and enjoyed close friendships in both states. After Mr. Griffin died in 2000, she then became a year-round resident of Barton again and then moved to South Burlington to be closer to family years later.

She leaves her son Eric and his wife, Donna, of South Burlington, Mark and his wife, Lynn, of Kennesaw, Georgia; her daughter-in-law Gale Lashua; her grandchildren: Patrick and his wife, Kelly, Jennifer, Matthew, and step-grandchild Eric Jacob and his wife, Megan; her great-grandchildren: Stella, Jack, Alexandra, and Brayden; and her sister-in-law Lucy Anderson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwin; her brother Stuart; her sister Harriet; and by a daughter, Karen Blaine.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Griffin were blessed to have many friends and were very proud of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The family feels very fortunate to have been together and able to see Mrs. Griffin during the Christmas holidays, just prior to her death.

A memorial service will be held in the summer at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Mrs. Griffin’s memory may be made to the Barton Public Library or to the Vermont Special Olympics, 16 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

obit-Hammond-1Phyllis Joy Hammond

Phyllis Joy Hammond, a longtime resident of Newport Center, died on February 3, 2016, at the age of 88. She had been living at Tallwood House, a Christian Science residence in Concord, New Hampshire.

A prolific artist working primarily in watercolors and acrylics, she operated from her tiny PJ Hammond Art Gallery on Lake Road, which was the former barn of her beloved Morgan horse, Smoky. But Phyllis had a truly international reach. Her work was exhibited in Iceland, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Texas, North Dakota, and Vermont (most recently at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport), and she published three books that captured her love of wildflowers, northern landscapes, and sharing art with children.

She was born on July 4, 1927, the daughter of Gordon Crothers Sleeper and Martha Moller Sleeper in Long Island, New York. As a youngster she studied watercolor with Elsa Bley. She attended Wellesley College and later studied with Hyman Bloom and took courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, presaging her life-long love of flowers. She began traveling to Lake Memphremagog as a child, where her parents owned summer homes, and in 1957 she married Milton Dale Hammond. They were married for 54 years until Mr. Hammond’s death in 2012.

She had a long love affair with northern landscapes (she lived several miles from the Canadian border) and their plant life. Underlying themes of her work were wildflowers, forest floors, mountains, and seeing more spiritually.

In 1998, at the age of 71, her life took a decidedly entrepreneurial turn with the writing and publication of Traveling with Wildflowers: from Newfoundland to Alaska. As a result of the book’s publication, she was invited to speak in Denali National Park in Alaska, St. John’s Botanical Garden in Newfoundland, and at many flower shows. An article featuring her and her book appeared in Vermont Magazine. Along with book sales, she sold thousands of lithographs, prints, postcards, and bookmarks based on the artwork in Traveling with Wildflowers, welcoming people from across the country to her gallery by the lake.

Ms. Hammond published two more books. In 2013, Through the Eyes of the Children was written in concert with elementary school children in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, who contributed imaginative essays about Ms. Hammond’s travel sketches. In 2014, she published Iceland: A Second Visit…a Necessity, which included 30 of her Icelandic paintings. Along with Alaska and Vermont (with a memorable side trip to Egypt!), Iceland was Phyllis’s favorite landscape to paint and place to visit.

She is survived by her brother Drew Sleeper and his wife, Evelyn Sleeper, of Abilene, Texas; her sister-in-law Emmy-Lou Sleeper of Larchmont, New York; six nieces and nephews; and many grand- and great-grand-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon Crothers Sleeper Jr.,

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the MAC Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund, 158 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-jewerBarbara S. Carroll-Jewer

Barbara S. Carroll-Jewer, 79, of Beebe Plain died on February 6, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 5, 1936, in Woburn, Massachusetts, to William and Helen (Grammer) Carroll.

She was a former member of the Hyde Park VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Forever Young Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, putting puzzles together, playing cards (by her rules), watching the birds, and taking care of her cats. She also liked to go to yard sales, flea markets and dancing. She especially loved her longtime traditional New Year’s party with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Betty Jean Tinker and her husband, Bernie, of Derby, Lester Jewer and his wife, Donna, of Irasburg, Kevin Jewer and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, and Kimberly Beth Gray and her husband, Todd, of Troy; her grandchildren: Christine Jewer, Lester Jewer III and his wife, Amy, Jessica Prue and her husband, Michael, Courtney, Chelsea, Ashley, Britni, and Jason Jewer, Nicole Stevens, Dakota Stevens and his wife, Jennifer, Alen Stevens and Amber Stevens; and by many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: William and Kenny; and by her sisters: Helen, Dottie, and Cindy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Dan Prue officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, February 13, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Lockwood-1Willie Mae Lockwood

Willie Mae Lockwood, 90, of Westmore died peacefully on February 5, 2016, in Barton.

She was born on July 1, 1925, in Roosevelt, Oklahoma, to William and Grosey (Philly) Connelly. On June 12, 1943, she married William Ross Lockwood, who predeceased her on February 17, 2010.

She and her late husband owned and operated Bill & Billie’s Lodge in Westmore for many years.

Her hobbies included tending to her flower gardens and window boxes. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.

She is survived by her children: Betsy Victoria Fecteau of Holland and Linda Lockwood of Westmore; her grandchildren: Corena Mae Brooks and her husband, Montana, Raymond Paul Parenteau and his wife, Linda, Scott Dexter Parenteau, Linda Claire Griswold and her husband, Randy, Michael Scheidt and his wife, Gigi, Steven Scheidt and his wife, Beverly, and James Hamel and his fiancée, Kim; her great-grandchildren: AJ, Skye, Jade, Abbey, Casey, Kristan, Steven, Jason, Michael, Konnor, and Ponette; and by several great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Frankie Merrill of Greenville, Mississippi; and by her brother-in-law Dexter B. Lockwood and his wife, Evelyn, of Proctor.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzhiemer’s Association of Vermont, Vermont Division Inc., 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held in June at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, followed by interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

George E. Magill

George E. Magill, 77, of Athol, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Born on May 30, 1938, in Westmore, he was a son of the late Clarence H. and Charlotte (Vivian) Magill and attended the Westmore grammar school before moving to Newport. He graduated from Newport High School.

Mr. Magill served in the United States Army 69th Infantry and 272 Infantry from December 15, 1955, until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1958.

He lived in Newport until moving to Athol in 1993.

On July 12, 1996, he married Nancy (Rushford) and they have enjoyed over 15 years together.

While in Newport, Mr. Magill worked for the town of Newport. He also had worked for the Union Twist Drill Company, did logging, and in his later years he worked for Indian Crossing Millworks in Athol.

His first love was for his wife, Nancy, his children and grandchildren, Nora and Samuel, as well as his dog Sadie.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Magill loved cutting wood, camping, being with his friends, and old vehicles. He was known for his quick wit and telling a good joke.

A handy man who enjoyed making things with wood for people, he also enjoyed helping many people, including many elderly ladies.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Nancy Magill, of Athol; his children: Dwayne Magill and his wife, Celeste, and Waide Magill, all of Phoenix, Arizona, and Katherine “Kathy” Magill of Glendale, Arizona; his stepdaughter Melissa Cieszkowski and her husband, Chris, of Franklin, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Candice Holweinks of Anaheim, California, and Katelyn Magill of Glendale; his step-grandchildren: Joshua Valiquette and Andrew Valiquette, both of Phoenix, and Nora Cieszkowski and Samuel Cieszkowski, both of Franklin; his great-grandchildren: Joshua Valiquette Jr. and Silas Valiquette, both of Phoenix; his cousins: Elizabeth Garrett and her husband, David, of Florida, Lillian Comee of Gardner, Massachusetts, and Florida, and Lottie Underwood of Bennington, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Ruth Quinlan, and her husband, Thomas, of Athol; a special friend, Clarence Blanchard, of Athol; and by many friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Wood, on November 1, 1999.

The family is especially thankful to sister-in-law Ruth Quinlan for all her help.

A calling hour will be held on February 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home, at 158 South Main Street in Orange, Massachusetts. A funeral service will be held on February 16 at 11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, with the Reverend Beverly Prestwood Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at 1 p.m. on February 16 at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Gardner VNA, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440; or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104.

Online condolences at wittyfuneralhome.com.

Obit-MeunierOmer Gerard Meunier

Omer Gerard Meunier, 89, of Derby died in Newport on February 2, 2016.

He was born on September 6, 1926, in Magog, Quebec. He was a son of Alfred and Albertine (Chainey) Meunier. On July 28, 1951, he married Emerentienne “Amy” Pare, who survives him.

Mr. Meunier worked for 37 years for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was hired in Magog, transferred to St. Johnsbury in 1954, and shortly after to Newport where he retired. He also spent many years working part time for Ken Frawley’s and Jim Mulkin’s dealerships. Upon his retirement in 1986, it was at that time that he and his wife purchased a home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they enjoyed spending their winter months.

He was happiest when one of his children, a friend, and or a neighbor needed help with a project. No matter how big or little the task was, he was always there willing to help. Bowling with his Florida friends and playing cards were hobbies he enjoyed with his wife along with riding his bike throughout West Palm Beach.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children: Jaqueline Lamoureux and her husband, Guy, of Newport, Benoit Meunier and his wife, Gail, of Derby, Richard Meunier and his wife, Judy, of Hartland, Normand Meunier and his wife, Peggy, of Hartland, and Linda Branscum and her husband, Jerald, of New Boston, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Tanya, Jason, and David Lamoureux, Jonathan and Nathan Meunier, Monica and Ashley Meunier, Crystal Racine and Eric Meunier, and Brett Branscum (and their spouses); and by his great-grandchildren: Liam, Luc, Maverick, Xavier, Abigail, Julia, Sierra, Nevaeh, Effron Jr., and Dionna. He is also survived by his brother Marcel, and two sisters, Therese and Rejeanne, all of Magog.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Rene; and by his sister Aline.

Funeral services were held on February 6 in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-RashRobert C. Rash

Robert C. Rash, 85, of Barton died on January 22, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on August 25, 1930, in Seekonk, Massachusetts, to Clifton and Hilda (Tatro) Rash.

He was a master sargeant in the United States Air Force, where he was an aircraft maintenance supervisor, retiring after 32 years. He served during Vietnam and Korea. He was a life member of the VFW of Newport, American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Newport Eagles.

His hobbies included model railroading, photography, fishing and hunting in his earlier years, and stamp collecting.

He is survived by his children: Sherrel Adams and her fiancé, Todd Baldwin, of Barre, Randolph Rash of California, and his stepdaughter Dawn Mendes of Barton; his brother Dale Rash of Indiana; and by his sister Joyce Putnam of Florida. He is also survived by Gary and Wendy Sicard and their family, Brian Hinton, and Linda Hinton.

He was predeceased by his son John; and by his sister Joan.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Roberts-1Geraldine Roberts

Geraldine Roberts of Barton, and formerly of Brownington, died on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, at the age of 75.

She was born on July 4, 1940, in Barton.

She worked at several area restaurants, including Dot’s and Frank’s.

She loved her dogs, knitting, and traveling. She traveled across the country several times.

She is survived by her son Chris Lawson and his wife, Linda, of Barton; two grandchildren: Michel Lawson and his wife, Jena, and Debbie Willard and her husband, Luke; and by three great-grandchildren: Faith Kempton, and Katie and Nick Willard.

She was predeceased by three husbands: Jack Lawson, Karl Orne, and Sherm Roberts.

A graveside service will take place in the spring in Coventry.

Memorial contributions may be marked to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

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Obituaries February 3, 2016

Melissa Ann Barrup

Melissa Ann Barrup, 35, died on January 21, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 9, 1980, in Concord, New Hampshire, to Marie Brailey.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. Her life revolved around her boys and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her boys swimming, hiking, and on many road trips. Through all her life trials, she always managed to keep a positive attitude, and to be a positive influence, and true affirmation of her Lord.

She enjoyed a life of always being a mom to her boys and tried many different family-owned businesses with her husband, Robin, to support her.

She leaves behind her husband, Robin; her sons: Joseph Matthews, Steven Lamos, Treylen Lamos, Brenton Lamos, Dakota Barrup, and stepson Robin Barrup Jr. She also leaves behind her grandmother Rita; her sister Jennifer; and her special brothers with whom she recently reunited: Mike Brailey and Bobby Brailey. She will also be watching over many special children who looked at her as a grandmother.

A celebration of her life will be held on February 13, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend and share their memories.

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Geneva Winifred Orzolek

Geneva Winifred Orzolek, 83, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Derby on February 14, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Verdine A. and Beatrice W. (Bishop) Kelly. She was educated in Vermont schools.

Mrs. Orzolek was a chambermaid by profession for numerous motels throughout Berkshire County in Massachusetts until her retirement. After retirement, she became active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Berkshire Medical Center and was responsible for knitting over 250 shawls.

Mrs. Orzolek was an active and longtime member of the Christian Assembly Church, where she assisted with the girls’ ministry and also the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Mrs. Orzolek had a passion for knitting — from prayer shawls to mittens for kindergarteners and her grandchildren, she knitted it all.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Harry F. Orzolek and his wife, Renee, of Barton; two daughters: Jane M. Pfeiffer and her husband, David, of Pittsfield, and Catherine Rundgren and her husband, Ernest, of Orleans; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Royer and her husband, Phillip, of Orleans, and Corrine Hancock and her husband, Wayne, of Newport; and by two brothers: George Kelly and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, and Norman Kelly of Troy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Orzolek; a sister, Bernice Plante; a brother, Robert Kelly; and by her grandson Michael Pfeiffer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at Christian Assembly Church in Pittsfield, celebrated by Pastor David McIntosh. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Housatonic Cemetery in Barrington, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, in care of Dery Funeral Home.

obit-Moore-1Fred Moore

Fred Moore, 84, of Brownington died on January 31, 2016, after a long illness, with his family at his side.

He was born on December 25, 1931, in Rockaway, New Jersey, son of Lawrence Moore and Mary Ann Bates.

He wore many hats in his lifetime, from farmer to constable for the town of Brighton, Essex County Sheriff’s Department deputy, a member of the Auxiliary State Police, and deputy game warden. For many years, he owned Mountain Ridge Ranch, a riding stable in Island Pond.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Fay (Griggs) Moore; three sons: William and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Blaine and his wife, Robin, of East Charleston, and Dennis and his wife, Claudia, of Hondo, Texas; his daughter Sherri Moore and her partner, Daniel Ouimette, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a very special grandson, Travis Twofoot, and his partner, Jessica Chesney, of Brownington. He also is survived by the mother of his children, Marguerite, and her husband, Floyd Morgan. Also surviving him are two sisters-in-law: Betty Sweeney and her husband, Ray, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mary Savino of Manchester, Connecticut; and a brother-in-law, Gordon Griggs, of Barre.

He was predeceased by two infant sons: Clifford Allen and Randall Adam; a brother, William; a son-in-law, Kevin Twofoot; and by a granddaughter, Billie-Jo.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain View Farm Sanctuary in Lyndonville.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. A private burial will take place in the spring, alongside his parents and brother in Sheffield.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-pietteSylva Piette

Sylva Piette, 88, of Coventry died peacefully on January 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 2, 1927, to Clarence and Annie (Guay) Piette. On July 5, 1947, he married Simone Letourneau, who predeceased him on December 18, 2007.

His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church. He and his wife farmed three farms while raising seven active sons. After he retired, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with Community Circle. He also enjoyed woodworking and playing his fiddle with the Bobbin Mill Players.

He is survived by his seven sons: George and his wife, Retha, of Newport, Normand and his wife, Susan, of Westfield, Omer and his wife, Pierrette, of Newport, Roger and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Raymond and his lifelong companion, Lillian Pingree, of Brownington, Real and his wife, Denise, of Newport, and Rene and his wife, Felicia, of Jay; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by the following siblings: Theresa Anderson of Newport, Washington, Priscilla Fortin of Newport, Simone and her husband, Lionel Fortin, of Holland, and Marcel Piette and his wife, Rita, of Irasburg; the following brothers- and sisters-in-law: Cecile (Letourneau) Fortin of Holland, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Delores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barb, of Derby Line, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette, of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Germaine Fontaine, Rhina Letourneau and her husband, Paul, and Bertha Royer; his daughter-in-law Donna Piette; his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Pierre and Antoine Letourneau, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert, Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange, and Reginald Letourneau and his wife Delorese, George Fontaine, John and Henry Fortin, Roger Girourd, and William Anderson; and by one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on January 29 in Derby Line. Interment will be at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line this spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to St. Paul’s School’s scholarship fund, 55 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-proctor-1Mitchel Dean Proctor

Mitchel Dean Proctor died peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Bailey Mitchel Proctor and Geneva Corbett in Florence, South Carolina, on February 9, 1930.

He was known to many in the Northeast Kingdom as a kind, charming Southern gentleman who was always available for a quick word of advice or simply to chat about life, love, and family.

He is survived by his many children and grandchildren: Grace Currier and her husband, Peter, and their sons: Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Jacob, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus of Newport; Nevada Proctor and his wife, Karen, and their daughter Keira of Enfield, New Hampshire; Gabrel Proctor and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; Aurora Proctor and her children, Maximilian and Ava, of Irasburg; Keresey Proctor of Asheville, North Carolina; Rachel Towle and her husband, Glenn, and their daughters, Minevera and Arie, of Newark; and last, but not least, the twins: Mikal and Malachi Proctor of Asheville.

The family will host a wake on February 7, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. All are welcome to come share stories and memories of Mr. Proctor.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 27, 2016

obit-Aldrich-1Stephen Craig Aldrich

Stephen Craig Aldrich of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, while in the caring hands of his immediate family. He fell asleep in death peacefully, and with dignity.

He was born on October 4, 1951, and raised in Brownington. He is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married in 1970. They wasted no time starting a family, and in their marriage of 45 years, he was steadfast in his love, compassion, patience, and loyalty.

Mr. Aldrich had a long career in the field of construction. He was well respected for his vast knowledge in the many avenues of public infrastructure, road building, and all around problem solving in the dirt work and facilitation of projects, great and small. He was a loyal employee of Dan and Kory Scott through several stages of their construction business endeavors, having a working relationship that spanned 45 years. He was always grateful for having a good job to provide for his family, and in that he never wavered.

He will be missed for his calm and friendly demeanor, his trustworthiness, his wisdom, and his humor. He taught his children by example the importance of humility, respect, generosity, and thinking before you speak. He enjoyed hard work, loved a challenge, and made himself a friend to many. His closest lifelong friends were Rodney Beal and Jerry Fitz.

His love for hunting, and knack for shooting on the wing, were overshadowed only by his love for fishing.

Those that knew Stephen Aldrich will understand that his accomplishments, reputation, and fine persona cannot be summed up in so few words.

He is survived by his siblings: his brother Michael and his wife, Claire, of Isle La Motte, his sister Gail and her husband, Timothy McKenna, of Jericho, his sister-in-law Neta Aldrich of East Charleston, and his sister-in-law Lynn Beal of Glover; his wife’s siblings from Connecticut: Michael Brown, William Brown and his wife, Pat, Nancy and her husband, William Denny; his mother-in-law, Alma Brown; his daughter Katie and her husband, Matthew Hadvab, of Brownington; his son Roderic and his wife, Christine, of Brownington; his grandchildren: Kaleigh and her husband, Jordan Noyes, Spencer Hadvab, Carter Aldrich, and Bryce Aldrich; his step-grandchildren: Troy and Natalie Norton; and his great-grandchildren: Parker and Greyson Noyes. He had an incredible fondness of them all, and loved them each for their individual qualities.

He was predeceased by his mother, Marion, in 2015; his father, Roderic, in 1999; his brother John in 2003; and by his brother-in-law Rodney Beal in 2014.

Please join his family as they reflect on his life and their love for him on Saturday, January 30, at 1 p.m. Services will be held at the Newport City Motel conference room, 444 East Main Street in Newport.

Instead of flowers, please send donations to Leslie Lockridge’s Oncology Caring Patient Fund, P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Bennett-1Lois Bennett

Lois Bennett, 89, of Brownington, died on January 19, 2016, at the Union House in Glover, where she more recently resided.

She was born at Hovey Sanitarium in Barton, on March 27, 1926. She was the youngest child of John and Effie (Crawford) Hancock.

After the death of her mother in 1937, she went to New England Kurn Hattin Home in Saxtons River, and then spent a year at Bellows Falls High School. The last three years she lived with a loving family in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, as a mother’s helper and she later graduated from Deerfield High School.

With a shortage of nurses due to World War II, the government established the United States Cadet Nurse Corps for training young ladies in their three-year program. She entered this program and graduated from Brockton Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 and worked part time while raising her family.

In 1949 she married Norman A. Bennett, who predeceased her in 1989.

The family moved back to Brownington in 1966 and she worked nights at Orleans County Memorial Hospital. Starting in 1968, she worked at Maple Lane Nursing Home for 20 years. After retiring from there she took care of people in their homes for another ten years. She gave many hours volunteering at homes needing hospice. She received several community service awards for quality of life through RSVP.

She loved to knit and supplied North Country Hospital with newborn hats and booties for several years. She also made mittens for local schools and Kurn Hattin.

She was an active member of the Brownington Village United Church of Christ Ladies Aid and was a member of the Brownington Grange #279.

She is survived by her sons: Norman Bennett and his wife, Linda, of Coventry, and Donald Bennett and his wife, Laura, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Kathy and her husband, Chuck Bowman, Dale Bennett and his partner, Kim Nolan, Scott Bennett and his partner, BilliJo Reyea, Laurie and her husband, Mike Desautels, and Rita and her husband, Matt Perreault; her great-grandchildren: Taylor Lawson, Saige Bennett, Ashley Papp, Heather Sanchez, Noah Desautels, and Kristen Bennett; many nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Rona Bruneau; and by her special friends: Yvonne Mandeville, Jana Parker, and Kurt Palmer.

She was predeceased by her sons: George and Andy; her great-granddaughter Jordan Lawson; and by her siblings: Roy Hancock, Robert, Charles, Kenneth, Lee and Ruth Darling, and Lillian Raimer.

Funeral services were held on January 23, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Church, in care of Yvonne Mandeville, Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit-boisvertJuliette M. (Champigny) Boisvert

Juliette M. (Champigny) Boisvert, 98, lifelong resident of Newport, died peacefully at home in Newport on January 22, 2016.

She was born on September 29, 1917, in Newport to Calixte and Exilper (Labonte) Champigny. On August 16, 1941, she married Armand Boisvert, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Boisvert was a devoted wife and mother, whose skill for baking French-Canadian cuisine was mastered at a very early age. She was affectionately known as “The Donut Lady” to the neighborhood children. As a pastime, she quilted and produced many beautiful pieces. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport.

She will be sadly missed by her daughters and son: Madeleine Temple of Lake City, Florida, Lucille LaRue and her husband, Michael, of Harrisonville, Missouri, Monique Yeigh of Midland, Ontario, Canada, and Larry Boisvert of Newport. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren: John Joseph Temple, Linda Temple, Thomas Boisvert, and Andrew Boisvert and his wife, Corey; her great-grandchildren: John James Temple and Shauna Boisvert; two of her sisters: Anita Folsom of Brownington and Laura Ida Marineau of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her grandson Norman Temple Jr.; her son-in-law Norman Temple Sr.; her daughter-in-law Donna Boisvert; her son-in-law David Yeigh; and by her siblings: Wilfred Champigny, Camille Champigny, Lillian Brien, Germaine Moeykens, Rosa Nadeau, Lena Jacques, Pauline Champigny, and Marie Champigny.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Doc with his horse Nancy Starbuck.

Doc with his horse Nancy Starbuck.

Dr. Ralph N. Buck

Dr. Ralph N. Buck, 94, of Bellows Falls, formerly of Westminster, died on December 22, 2015, at Springfield Health and Rehab Center, after a brief illness.

Known as “Doc Buck,” he was born in Glover to Dr. Percy and Grace (Dow) Buck. He attended school in Glover, Barton, and Vermont Junior College. Following his 1945 graduation from Tufts Dental School in Boston, Massachusetts, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy. In 1947, he acquired a dental practice in the Old Arms Block in Bellows Falls where he practiced for many years. He later built an office building in Westminster where he practiced until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 86.

After 60 years in dentistry, his last patient was his great-grandson John, who was then seven months old, having his first dental checkup.

Besides his love of his family, his interests included baseball and horses. He played ball in college and on several local teams in the area. It was at a ball game in Alstead, New Hampshire, that he met Signa Owens, whom he later married on November 20, 1948, and who predeceased him in 2012.

His early interest in horses was a throwback from his father, a country doctor who would visit his patients in northern Vermont by horse and sleigh when unpaved roads were impassable in the winter. Then on weekends there would be Sunday afternoon races through the streets of Glover, Barton, and Lyndonville. His love for “The Trotters” remained and over the years he owned, trained, and raced several of his own at many New England tracks and fairs. He was a presiding judge at the harness races at the Orleans County fair for over 50 years. We don’t believe he missed one over the years — he loved fair time. He felt very lucky to have been able to see his two great-grandchildren, John and Payton, enjoy his favorite sports. “Old Pop” would be seen at almost every baseball and basketball game of John’s and got to see Payton (who has acquired his love of horses) ride, show, and have a horse of her own. He enjoyed going to the senior center and had many nice friends at Riverview Apartments who would stop in and say “Hi” or to help out — to all of them, thank you! He was fortunate to have enjoyed his horses, good friends, good health, and his family over so many years. He was friendly, outgoing, and always on the go looking for something to do. Whether driving up to Bucky’s shop to hang out or to Stickney’s farm, his driving skills were always a little sketchy. It was fast, straight ahead, and no looking back. Luckily his white caddy was recognized and people would pull over and let him go by. At the age of 92, by popular demand, he did give up driving.

He was a member of the Moose, Legion, and Masons, and served on many local boards and committees in the area.

He is survived by his son Dr. Owen Buck and his wife, Donna, of Maine; his daughter Nancy Adams and her husband, Don, of Westminster; his grandchildren: Naval Chief Petty Officer Peter Buck of Washington, D.C., Samantha Sirois and her husband, Ben, of Maine, Buck Adams of Westminster, and Judd Adams of Weathersfield; his great-grandchildren: John Adams and Payton Adams; his nephew Ralph Vincent of Sutton; his niece Laurel Vincent of Danville; and by longtime friend and helper to both Signa and Ralph, Priscilla Parrott.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Rachel Vincent.

There will be a service in the spring, date to be announced.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Bellows Falls Senior Center, Westminster Cares, or Kurn Hattin Homes.

obit-dunnHarvey Dunn

Harvey Dunn, 86, of North Troy died suddenly on January 21, 2016, at his home.

He was born on January 13, 1930, to Walter and Yvonne (Letourneau) Dunn. On October 5, 1954, he married the former Marie Lepage, who predeceased him on September 23, 1995.

Mr. Dunn owned and operated a dairy farm in North Troy for many years and later was a bus driver for North Troy schools — the children loved him and he loved the children.

His hobbies included snowmobiling, bowling, riding his horses, and gardening, especially growing watermelons. He loved being around people and was a jolly person.

He is survived by his sister Madeline Poulin of North Troy; his sisters-in-law: Shirley Dunn of North Troy, and Lena Murphy of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Raymond, Rudolph, and Richard Dunn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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-LemieuxJanet L. Lemieux

Janet L. Lemieux, 58, of Irasburg died on January 20, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August, 25, 1957, in Morrisville, a daughter of Philip and Barbara (Colby) Touchette.

Ms. Lemieux enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, listening to country music, and being with her family.

She is survived by her two children: Eric Lemieux and his wife, Chelsea, of Morrrisville, and Lori Lemieux and her boyfriend, Bill Schneider, of Irasburg; four grandchildren: Natasha Lemieux and her boyfriend, DJ Peters, of Irasburg, Taylor Schneider of Irasburg, Christopher Schneider of Irasburg, and Ashley Schneider and her boyfriend, Joshua Elliott, of Sheffield; three great-grandchildren: Mykenna Schneider, Kayleeona Sanders, and Rhea Harmon; two brothers: Ron Touchette of Virginia and Wayne Touchette of Stowe; a sister, Cindy Norton, of Hyde Park; three nieces: Andrea, Michelle, and Trista; and by two nephews: Andrew and Ronald.

She was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Barbara Touchette; and by a brother, Robert Touchette.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the North Hyde Park Eden Fire Station, at Route 100 in North Hyde Park. Interment will be held at a later date in Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 8th Avenue, Suite 902, New York, New York 10018.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Alice Rexford

Alice Rexford, 61, of Barton died on Monday January 18, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born on April 28, 1954, in Glover. She was the daughter of Gerard and Theresa (Chicoine) Carrier.

She graduated from Lake Region High School in 1972. Her bright smile will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter Crystal Horn and her husband, Ronald, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Adrian, Jacklynn, Elizabeth, and Rebecka Horn; and by three brothers: Roland, Alfred, and Peter Carrier.

She was predeceased by her husband, Allen Rexford; and by her brother Paul.

A memorial talk was given on January 23 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in her name online at jw.org.

obit-SamsonGordon James Samson

Gordon James Samson, 93, of Newport, and formerly of Island Pond, died in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on January 16, 2016.

He was born on the family farm on Meadow Street in Island Pond to Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson on April 12, 1922.

Mr. Samson received his education in Island Pond and then went on to work for the state highway department caring for the highway between Island Pond and Bloomfield.

On November 11, 1942, he went to Portland, Maine, to enlist in the Navy. He was sent to the Navy Recruiting Station in Newport, Rhode Island. He was then assigned to the battleship U.S.S. Iowa. This was a new battleship at the time and was the lead ship of the U.S. Navy and one of the most powerful and fastest of its class. She was launched on August 27, 1942, and was commissioned on Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1943. She was 990 feet long and 108 feet wide. She was built to go through the Panama Canal. One incident that Mr. Samson enjoyed talking about was from November 12, 1943, when the battleship took President Roosevelt and his party to North Africa to the Teheran Conference to meet Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, always speaking of the round about way they had to do this for the President’s safety. This battleship was the only one with a bathtub put in especially for President Roosevelt. The U.S.S. Iowa earned nine battleship stars for World War II service and two for Korean service.

After being discharged from the Navy, Mr. Samson went back to work for the state highway department. He married Thora Rivers in 1947. In 1950 he went to work for the Canadian National Railway’s Grand Trunk division. He worked in the shop servicing the engines. While doing this he decided that he wanted to be a fireman and was transferred to Montreal, Quebec, in 1955.

He was often called back to Portland, Maine, in the fall to cover jobs when other men were on vacation. He was promoted to engineer in 1961, In 1972, he was transferred to Portland, and in 1978 he was called back to Island Pond.

He and his wife moved to Derby. Mr. Samson worked from Island Pond to Portland until he retired in 1987 with 37 years of service.

He enjoyed his railroad life. Anyone who visited him at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport saw his wall covered with pictures and clippings of his railroad and Navy life.

Mr. Samson and his wife went to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, by rail, and also drove to Prince Edward Islands and to Nova Scotia. After his retirement they went to two of his U.S.S. Iowa battleship reunions. One that he especially enjoyed was is Pascagoula, Mississippi, where there was a tour of the ship. He had forgotten how small his quarters were on the ship.

After retirement they bought a home in Newport, where he enjoyed his retirement years. He liked a good snowstorm where he could get out with his tractor and snow blower and clean out his neighbors’ yards.

Due to declining health, in 2012, he went in to the Bel-Aire Center.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond and a member of the U.S.S. Veterans Association.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thora; and by his nieces and nephews: Lorraine Glasson, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pam, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, Douglas Bumps, Jim Bumps and his wife, Chris, Elizabeth “Betsy” Bumps, and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters: Elsie Bumps and her husband, Cecil, and Ethel Rivers and her husband, Edward; a brother-in-law, Gordon Rivers; two nephews: Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by his wife’s parents, Coral and Grace Rivers.

A graveside service will take place in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors. The date and time will be announced.

Memorial contributions may be marked in his name to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire activities fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries January 20, 2016

obit-guayKim Marie Guay

Kim Marie Guay, 55, of Brownington died peacefully on January 15, 2016, at home in Brownington, following a long battle with cancer.

She was born on November 3, 1960, in Pomona, California, to Ernest and Geraldine Rundgren.

Most recently, she worked at the Newport Dialysis Center.

Her hobbies included knitting, snowmobiling, cooking, and riding motorcycles.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Guay, of Brownington. She is also survived by her children: Steven Wells and his wife, Emily, of Albany, Jennifer Wood and her husband, Peter, of Hawaii, James Wells and his wife, Kaitlyn, of Glover, and Christy Montminy and her husband, Brian, of Barton. She is further survived by her stepchildren: David Guay and his wife, Amy, of Royersford, Pennsylvania, and Dennis Guay and his wife, Tina, of Aviano, Italy; as well as by her siblings: Ernest Rundgren Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Orleans, Erick Rundgren of Albany, and Cathy Sergeant and her husband, Neil, of West Danville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Albany Village Cemetery.

obit-rodgerMaxine Jeannie Rodger

Maxine Jeannie Rodger died unexpectedly on Monday, January 4, 2016.

She was born on June 8, 1951, in St. Johnsbury to Tommie “Laura” (Sebastin) Rodger and Richard Rodger of Newark. She was raised on a farm in Newark and attended the Newark school. She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1969, where she learned to sew and made her own wedding dress.

In 1970, she married Richard Sheldon of Concord. There, she opened Maxi’s Sweet Shop and loved making specialty candies and baked goods. She also worked over the years at Burke Mountain Academy as weekend cook, in sewing factories, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, at St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, and she delivered papers for the Caledonian Record.

She enjoyed going to ball games where her son Rodger coached in Concord and going to Bear Ridge to watch her sons Steve and Karl race. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed going to the West Burke senior meal site to play bingo.

She is survived by three sons: Rodger Sheldon and his fiancée, Valerie Rutledge, of Concord, Steve Sheldon and his wife, Melissa, of St. Johnsbury, and Karl Sheldon and his wife, Crystal, of St. Johnsbury; her mother, Tommie “Laura” Rodger of Newark; her sister Kathy and her husband, Stanley Gray, of Claremont, New Hampshire; her brother Rocky Rodger and his wife, Charlotte, of Newark; her grandchildren: Ben, Sam, Stevie, Hannah, Brandon, Ethan, and Aiden; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard Rodger, and her brother Richard Rodger, both of Newark.

obit-TollmannJennifer L. Tollmann

Jennifer Lynn Tollmann, 38, of Albany died unexpectedly at home on January 10, 2016, following a brief battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on July 8, 1977, in Burlington, to Clair and Debra (Maskell) Chaffee. She attended graded school in Albany and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in June of 1995.

Her lifelong passion was cooking, beginning at an early age with her grandmother Irma and continuing as she cooked for the Albany United Methodist Church. She loved her animals, motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends.

On June 9, 2001, she married Chad A. Tollmann in Albany, where they have resided together for the last 16 years. They enjoyed riding motorcycles and four-wheelers together. On December 13, 2006, they welcomed their daughter, Mollee Ann, their pride and joy. Ms. Tollmann and her daughter loved spending time together cooking and watching cooking shows. As a family, they enjoyed traveling to Maine, Florida, and Connecticut.

Ms. Tollmann was a proud member of the Albany United Methodist Church. She was a chef for a variety of area businesses throughout the years. She was most currently a dedicated caregiver for Sterling Area Services, and had done this for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband, Chad, and daughter Mollee of Albany; her mother, Debra Chaffee Tollman, of Alaska; her brother Todd Chaffee; her sister-in-law Wendy; her nieces, Erin and Leah, and her nephew Eli, all of Essex; her in-laws, Bob and Jackie Tollmann, of Albany; her special uncle and aunt, Tom and Rocky Chaffee, of Albany; her special cousins: Amanda Harper and family of Barton and Chelsea Maskell of Craftsbury; her special friends: Amanda Rivers and family, Angela Locke-McAllister and family, Julie Lavine and family, Michelle Strong and family, and Sabrina True; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Clair Chaffee; her older sister, Tammy Lynn; and by her grandparents: Irma and Lee Chaffee and Calvin and Nadine Maskell.

Funeral services were held on January 16, in Albany.

Should friends and family desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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Obituaries January 13, 2016

obit-AdlerAllen Howard Adler

Allen Howard Adler died on December 24, 2015, in Barton, where he resided since moving from Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 1974.

He was born on March 8, 1915, in New York City.

His father, Lewis Ferdinand Adler, was in the import/export business, and his mother, Doris (Graves) Adler, was niece to Lord Winterton, a member of Winston Churchill’s shadow cabinet.

As a young man, Mr. Adler traveled extensively with his parents, crossing the Atlantic many times by cruise ship for extended holidays in Eastern and Western Europe.

Following the crash of 1929, he worked for a year as a runner on Wall Street for DeCoppet & Doremus, a brokerage firm with a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. When that ended during the Wall Street doldrums, he went to work as a script reader for the Rialto Service Bureau in the Paramount Building in Times Square

While working, he continued his studies and was educated at New York University and Columbia University, receiving a master’s in public administration. He went to the New York City Civil Service Commission in 1936, where he spent the next 37 years, minus four for World War II military service. The Civil Service Commission’s name was later changed to the New York City Department of Personnel. He rose, via competitive examinations, to the top competitive position possible, becoming assistant personnel director for the city of New York. He retired in 1974, moving to Barton with his family shortly thereafter.

Mr. Adler went into military service in May of 1942. Following basic training, he was tapped for service with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was assigned to the OSS and worked on a number of special tasks, mostly embedded in army units. He saw service in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation, serving for four years.

Mr. Adler enjoyed two great passions: jazz and skiing. He spent many hours on New York’s famed 52nd Street, listening to the great jazzmen of the day. His collection of 78 rpm records, particularly of Duke Ellington, is one of the largest extant.

Mr. Adler began skiing in 1933 and since then he and his wife, Joan, whom he married in 1958, have skied almost every major ski area in the U.S. and Europe. Skiing’s history began to interest him in the 1950s. He already had collected a number of books on skiing and now began to expand his ski library to well over 850 books and thousands of magazines and other soft-cover publications, which became one of the largest privately owned collections extant. He joined Ramapo Mountain Ski Club in 1967, becoming president of that 550-member organization from 1972 to 1974, during which Ramapo won the prestigious Miller Award given by the U.S. Ski Association to the nation’s most outstanding ski club. In 2002, Mr. Adler was made an honorary lifetime member of the club for his long service in many capacities. Besides being a member of Ramapo, he is also a member of two of the world’s most prestigious ski clubs, namely the Ski Club of Great Britain, headquartered in London, England, and the Kandahar Ski Club of Mürren, Switzerland, and London.

He became a recognizable figure in the ski world due to his involvement and leadership with many leading ski organizations. He was director of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum for 15 years and chaired its Selection Committee, which conducted the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame elections for 14 of them. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which is the national governing body for organized skiing in this country and manages the U.S. ski team, named Allen Adler as chairman of its National Historical Committee and its national historian. He was a founder of the International Skiing History Association and served as a director and member of the editorial staff of its splendid historical quarterly, Ski Heritage.

In 1985, Mr. Adler published New England & Thereabouts — A Ski Tracing, still the only book covering, definitively, the history of early skiing in New England. He also co-authored, with Gary Schwartz, the only complete bibliography of ski books and other publications, all cross-referenced. Skiing Literature: A Bibliographical Catalogue contains 2,933 entries, and titles range in years from A.D. 552 to 1994.

Mr. Adler is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan, and their children: Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Louise Greene of Greensboro, North Carolina, and her husband, Dr. John Greene, and their daughters Hanna Louise Greene and Caitlin Camille Greene; and Peter Geoffrey “Geoff” Adler of Johns Creek, Georgia, and his wife, Carey, and their children Christine Elise and her wife, Angela, Adriana Elaine, Ella Rose, and Maxwell Codey Adler. He is also survived by sons of his first marriage to the former Alice Rodetis, namely Robert Allen Adler of Hopewell Junction, New York, and his wife, Cathy, and their daughters Kristin Adler Stanton and her husband, Seth, and Jessica Adler Decker and her husband, Chris; and Richard Andrew Adler, of Suffern, New York, and his wife, Phyllis, and their son Ryan Scott Adler and his wife, Carrie. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Diane Costanzo of South Barton. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Reagan Bennet Adler Decker, Landon Decker, Kaitlyn Stanton, and Emily Stanton.

Mr. Adler wished for no services and a quick cremation. He had a good and full life and departs with the only regret of leaving behind his beloved wife, Joan.

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obit-Cote-1Ronald G. Cote Sr.

Ronald G. Cote Sr. of Lyndon died at his home on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, after a long illness.

He was born on September 15, 1951. He was the son of Donald and Iris (Davis) Cote.

He went to school in Mansonville, Quebec, and moved to Vermont when he was 12 years old. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1970. He worked at Jay Peak, Kraft Cheese Factory, and he farmed and owned his own trucking business called Cote Transport Inc., which he started in 1985, and which he retired from in 2013. Most recently he worked two days a week as a truck driver for the town of Burke.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 and he enjoyed camping in his fifth wheel, fishing, boating, going to hunting camp, traveling, bowling, football, playing cards and family times, and NASCAR racing, including going to several races with his wife, Nancy. He also enjoyed tinkering and going for rides in his 1970s classic Mustang convertible.

On January 9, 1988, he married Nancy Hoadley, who survives him, as do his following children: Ronald Cote Jr. and his wife, Kristal, of Westfield, Melanie Richardson and her husband, Wayne, of Lowell, Veronica Cote and her companion, Craig Matten, of Lowell, Nicholas Cote and his companion, Patty Aldrich, of Coventry, Joshua Therrien and his wife, Chanda, of Waterford, Connecticut, Trey Therrien and his wife, April, of Newport Center, and Brittany Cote and her fiancé, Jesse Currie, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his parents, Donald and Iris Cote; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses: Janice Santaw and her husband, Bruce, Winston Cote Sr. and his wife, Sue, and Jocelyn Willey and her husband, Arnold; his sister-in-law Janice McGuire and her husband, Stephen, of White River Junction; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, George and Mabel Cote, and Gerald and Marion Davis.

Funeral services were held on January 11 in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be marked in Mr. Cote’s name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03766; or Lyndon Rescue, P.O. Box 401, 114 Vail Drive, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

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

obit-palmerPatricia Norma Palmer

Patricia Norma Palmer of Newport died peacefully on January 3, 2016, at the age of 87.

She was born on February 7, 1928, in Wheelock, to Irving and Emily (King) Smith.

Ms. Palmer, known as Patty or Nanna, loved all animals and could convert any animal into a pet. She enjoyed writing letters to friends and family, as well as receiving them. She was an avid reader and enjoyed many genres, specifically spiritual, home remedies, and nature. Her beautiful singing voice, including the art of yodeling, was enjoyed by many. Her extensive movie collection matched her passion for movies and she loved viewing movies she grew up watching. Her beloved storytelling and ability to turn the most mundane tasks into fun-filled family adventures will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Morris Palmer; her son Terrance Palmer and his wife, Cheryl, of Newport; her grandchildren: Robin Messier and her husband, Leonard, of Lowell, Gisele Gardner and her husband, George, of Sheffield, Jessie Palmer and his wife, Candace, of Orleans, Curtis Palmer and his wife, Theresa, of Brownington, Ginger Palmer and her companion, Tim Lahar, of Orleans, and Tyson Palmer and his wife, Becky, of Newport; as well as ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her daughter Cheryle Selan of Orleans.

A graveside burial ceremony will be held at a later date at the Newport Center Cemetery. A gathering for both Ms. Palmer and her daughter Cheryle was held in Orleans on January 9.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Powers-2Jacqueline Cecile Powers

Jacqueline Cecile Powers, 89, of Newport died peacefully in her sleep on December 28, 2015, at Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on August 20, 1926, in Creil, France, daughter of Gabrielle Contant. She met and married Kenneth Powers, her husband of 68 years, on August 1, 1945, while he was serving the Army’s 112th Infantry in World War II, stationed in France. Shortly after the war, the couple arrived in Newport, where they lived and raised their family.

Mrs. was known for her generosity towards others, her sense of humor, and beautiful smile. She will be remembered for making so many children happy during the holidays by collecting, cleaning, and repairing (along with her husband’s help) many toys for distribution. She was always there to offer a helping hand.

For several years she worked at Newport Health Care Center, where she earned her CNA. That was an accomplishment she was very proud of.

Her hobbies included crocheting, bingo, and going to garage sales. She thoroughly enjoyed her pets as well and her home.

Her proudest accomplishment was her family, as she displayed the many pictures that surrounded her on her walls.

She is survived by her daughter Shirley McFadzean and her husband, Verne, of Alburgh; her son Richard and his wife, Rachel, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Julie Terrazzanno of St. Albans, Deanna McFadzean of St. Albans, Kathleen Shedd and her husband, Jay, of Fairfax, and Scott Powers and his partner, Stuart, of Atlanta, Georgia; her great-grandchildren: Garrett, Abby, Valerie, Jenna, Olivia, Ricky, Nichole, and Chloe; and by her great-great grandson Brantley.

A graveside service with interment will be held in the spring at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Should friends desire, donations in her name can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont; or to Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Terence R. Provencher

Terence R. Provencher, 63, of Derby Line died most unexpectedly on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

On December 26, 1987, he married the love of his life, Judi “Cookie” Kelly Provencher and together they just celebrated their twenty-eighth wedding anniversary.

In his free time he enjoyed his dogs (fur kids) Sadie and Diesel, fishing, hunting, going for rides on his Harley-Davidson, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Judi “Cookie” Kelly Provencher; and his sons: Shane Provencher and his wife, Nikki, Terry Provencher II and his wife, Amanda, and stepson Chris Thibodeau. He is also survived by his siblings: Sister Mary Ella Provencher, Peggy Fairbrother and her husband, Ray, Mike Provencher and his wife, Dottie, and Denise Provencher; as well as by his dear nieces and nephews. The delights in his life were his grandsons Coby and Dakota Provencher, as well as his other most dearly loved 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Genia (O’Brien) Provencher; his son Jon Provencher; and his youngest brother, Marc Provencher.

Per Mr. Provencher’s request, there will be no funeral services held, however, there will be an “Irish wake” set at a later date.

Online condolences at rickerfuneralhome.com.

Allen D. Rexford

Allen D. Rexford, 67, of Barton died on December 27, 2015, at his home.

He was born on October 27, 1948, in Morrisville. On August 27, 1971, he married Alice Carrier, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Rexford, of Barton; his daughter Crystal Horn and her husband, Ronald, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and by his grandchildren: Adrian, Jacklynn, Elizabeth, and Rebecka. He is also survived by his sister Linda Wilhelm of Georgia.

Services will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Stevens-1John W. Stevens III

John W. Stevens III, 77, devoted and faithful husband of Karen, died on January 7, 2016, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He sold, appraised, and developed real estate. His avocation was writing books, newspaper and magazine articles, and music. He was widely published.

Mr. Stevens worked hard and he played hard.

He leaves their son John Warren Stevens IV of Washington state, and their daughter Amy Clark Bechtold of Montana.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the spring.

The following poem is the last written by Mr. Stevens, in December of 2015:

 

War Peace Love

Are we Replaced?

Is our personal place refilled?

Genetics-Offspring and theirs?

Will your void be filled by one or many?

Have you influenced just who will fill your void,

Is it a void?

obit-Taylor-1Theresa Diette Taylor

Theresa Diette Taylor, 87, of West Glover died on January 5, 2016, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on May 4, 1928, in Troy, to Alfred and Josephine (Carl) Diette.

On June 5, 1948, she married Richard D. Taylor, and was happily married for 67 years.

She was an amazing cook and she taught her children to cook, sew, and embroider. She was always the first taste tester of the new maple syrup in the spring. She made pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, and the Holy Land.

She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Cross of the Church in East Albany, and St. Paul’s Church in Barton.

In 1952, they purchased their farm in West Glover, where she loved the panoramic view. She enjoyed driving the tractor, baling hay, sugaring, reading, and collecting old cookbooks.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Taylor, of West Glover; her children: Regina Kilby and her husband, Reid, of Milton, Francis Taylor and his wife, Helene, of West Glover, Doreen Lyon of Barton, Susan Taylor of Glover, and Alicia Major and her husband, Martial, of West Glover; and by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Albert Diette, Corinne Before Reil, little Eva, Ernest Diette, Hector Diette, Beatrice Anderson, Emma Phinney, and Gertrude Sanville.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont, 05822; or to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Ave, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 6, 2016

obit AustinRuth (Shattuck) Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeanRachel A. Westover Bean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit BeauregardRoger Norbert Beauregard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit chagnonJune Louise Chagnon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit ChamberlainBernadette M. Chamberland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Comtois VETArthur Comtois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DoyonGaston M. Doyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit millerKristine E. Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com.

 

obit MorinEric J. Morin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SmithCharlotte H. Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 2, 2015

obit letourneauDolorese Rita Letourneau

Longtime Holland resident Dolorese Rita Letourneau, died on November 24, 2015, at age 86. She was active until the last hours of her life, living as she always had.

She was born in Rock Island, Quebec, in 1929, to Armosa Pomerleau and Dominque Roy. She was the youngest of three children. She worked in a factory as a seamstress making men’s coveralls. She helped her mother take care of a boarding house for people traveling the area who worked at the Butterfield factory in Rock Island.

She met the love of her life, Reginald Letourneau, when she was visiting her cousin stateside. They married in May of 1949, and started a family and purchased the Letourneau family farm in Holland. They raised a family of three: Bert, Yves and Priscilla.

Mrs. Letourneau enjoyed gardening, farming, sewing, crafting, canning, baking and cooking. She prided herself in always providing for her family and friends. She always had homemade bread and a pot of homemade soup for anyone who happened to stop by. She prided herself in raising her kids and helping others with theirs.

Mrs. Letourneau never met a stranger who she didn’t like or who didn’t like her. She never lost her sense of wonder and awe about the world. She loved to walk hand in hand with her husband and rustle the fallen leaves. Recently a fallen leaf on the sidewalk would spur a memory of a moment with her husband. Long reams of dreams and memories would flood her mind when she would walk in the leaves or smell them… memories and stories flowed forth.

A chance encounter in the produce section at the Price Chopper or the local market could prompt an invitation for soup and conversation; if she thought you might be interested she would tell you all about canning and preserving or cooking. She still loved to participate in meal prep. She took great pride in providing food for the people she loved. She loved to go into new stores each week to shop. She enjoyed recent trips to the theater to see White Christmas and she was in awe. She was planning her next trip to see The Nutcracker. She had recently moved in with her daughter Cilla, and she was making friends around the Essex area.

Mrs. Letourneau is survived by son Bert and Sue Letourneau and grandchildren Patrick and Sherry, Jennifer and her partner, Joe, and Bobbi-jo; by great-granddaughters Raven, Charlotte Annabelle, and Chloe; and by great-grandsons Mathew and Storm; by her son Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth Dailey; by daughter Cilla Letourneau and her fiancée, Tanya Clark, and grandson Shaun Littlefield; Kevin Fournier and Brittney and Easton, Sabrina and Tony Pretty Alyssa, Chastity, Conner and Carly, Andrew and Morgan Fournier, Robbie Barbour and Chelsea and Bri, and Marcel Clark; by many family members. She never liked the word in-laws — to Dolorese, all were family: Paul Letourneau, Cecile Fortin, Larry and Alicia Letourneau, Philip and Barb Letourneau, Joe and Dalliah Letourneau, Andy and Dolorese Letourneau, Silva Piette, and Simon Roy.

She was predeceased by her parents: Armosa Pomerleau and Dominique Roy; her sister Fernande and her husband, Lawrence Brault; her brother Armand Roy; her husband’s parents: Albertine Quimette and Napolion Letourneau; Victoria Letourneau; and other family members: Rhina Letourneau, Henry Fortin, Theresa and Albert Fortin, Leon and Solange Letourneau, Simone Piette, Tony Letourneau, Pierre Letourneau. She was also predeceased by her grandsons: Benjamin Martin, Mathew Letourneau, and Sebastian Duranleau-Letourneau; and her daughter-in-law Lauri Littlefield.

Mrs. Letourneau had many charities dear to her heart, but two that stand out are the children cardiac units, either in Boston or at the University of Vermont Medial Center, and Checo and Friends Saving Dogs, Inc., animal rescue in Westford. She loved her animals (dogs and cats), and she would have had a farm of them if her husband had allowed it.

In her later years she had several granddogs: Buddy and Sheena; and became especially attached to Bernie, Toby, Baxter, Boots, and her new love, Bob her kitten. They were all laying on her bed at her time of her death. She petted them all before she took her last breath.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line. Donations may be sent in care of the family: Priscilla Letourneau, 55 Jericho Road, Essex, Vermont 05452.

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obit VET lucasAlbert Kenneth Lucas

Albert Kenneth Lucas, 78, of Newport died peacefully on November 23, 2015, at his home.

He was born on April 3, 1937, in Derby to Kenneth and Rose (Coren) Lucas.

On September 7, 1942, he married Sylvia Snay, who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Lucas was employed in the maintenance department of Butterfield’s Union Twist in Derby Line for many years.

His hobbies included fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Lucas of Newport; his children: Mary Cornell and her husband, Michael, of Burlington, Albert Stephen Lucas and his wife, Lucy, of Derby, and Arthur Lucas and Laurette Riendeau of Coventry. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and by two brothers: Percy and Earl Lucas.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by two sisters: Shirley and Pearl; and his brother Leonard.

Per request of the family, funeral services will be for family only. Military honors will be presented to Mr. Lucas by the Vermont National Guard.

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Peter A. Mignone, 70, of Newport died on November 19, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 9, 1945, in Providence, Rhode Island, a son of Alfredo and Florence (Hilton) Mignone.

Mr. Mignone graduated from Johnston and Whales with a master of business administration. Mr. Mignone enjoyed going to craft fairs, flea markets, and selling on E-bay.

He is survived by his four children: Todd H. Mignone of Taunton, Massachusetts, Jason Mignone, Stacey Mignone, and Christine Beyer of Attleboro, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren; his brother Craig Mignone of Massachusetts; extended family: Brian Mercer and Kaylee Mercer of Newport, Charity Meunier of Newport, Ross and Renee Meunier, Kate McKervey and her boyfriend, Lewis Brown, of Newport, Samantha, Riley, and Tracey McKervey, Carissa Tetlow of Derby, Brittany and Jacob Tetlow, Christine Tetlow; numerous nieces and nephews; a lifelong friend and companion, Kathy Beyer of Newport; and by a friend Patrick Beyer and his wife, Angela.

Services were held at the VFW on Central Street in Newport on Sunday, November 29.

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

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 obit VET pollardMarvin B. Pollard

Marvin B. Pollard, 64, of Evansville died on November 8, 2015, in Burlington.

He was born on November 14, 1950, to Don and Viola Pollard.

In 1975 he married the former Irene Gagne who survives him. He was a U.S. Marine and served during the Vietnam era.

He worked as a plumber and was a member of the Clan of the Hawk.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Pollard, of Evansville; by two brothers and two sisters; by his bird Sunshine; and very close friends Ralph Swett and family of Evansville.

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Obituaries November 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother Rodney Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Elizabeth Jenney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deborah Louise Lemery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jacquelyn Ann Roese

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

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

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

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

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

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Thomas G. Snelgrove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roger W. Stewart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert Edward Tubbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maida Blanche Hinman Webster

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries November 4, 2015

obit-algerLeona Rollins Alger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit-guyetteGlenn Edward Guyette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

obit-Reilly-newDelle (Blanchard) Reilly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit-Thompson-VETDelbert M. “Bud” Thompson

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

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

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

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

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 28, 2015

obit blakeEdson Wayne Blake Jr.

Edson Wayne Blake Jr., 84, of Beebe, Quebec, died on Saturday, October 24 at the hospital in Magog, Quebec, surrounded by his family, after a short illness that was beset by complications of a long-term condition.

He was born in Irasburg on April 5, 1931 to Edson Blake Sr. and Lillian Sanville Blake. He was the first child of a large family.

He married his second wife, Dorothy Buckland, in June 1956. He had two sons from a previous marriage and three sons from his second marriage.

He was involved in coaching his sons’ sports teams, and he owned vans to transport the teams to their games. He also enjoyed playing darts and shuffleboard at the legion.

He worked on the power line installation in Vermont in the 1950s. He was a maintenance foreman at Butterfield Union Twist Drill in Derby Line, and he owned a milk delivery route until disability forced him to retire in 1979.

He and his second wife bought a camper and spent winters in Florida, where they enjoyed being with friends from all over the United States.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Wilbur Blake and his wife, Robin, of Hardwick, Bill Blake and his wife, Penny, of Carthage, New York, Steve Blake of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Mike Blake of Derby Line, and Greg Blake of Beebe, and his companion, Darlene Simpson, of Sheffield. He is also survived by his brother Seth (Babe) Blake and his wife, Nancy, of Florida; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter in 1956; his parents; his sisters: Eleanor Young, Margaret McFarland, Delia (Tootse) Peck, Patty Manning, and Linda Ignjatovoc.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, at Woodside Cemetery in Beebe, Quebec.

 

Lois Sykes Carpenter

Lois Sykes Carpenter, 77, of Derby died on October 20, 2015.

She was born in Holland on July 14, 1938, to the late Roger Sykes and Eula Flynn Sykes. She lived her early years in Holland with her family and moved to Derby to attend high school at Derby Academy where she graduated.

On September 11, 1956, she married Charles B. Carpenter Jr. who predeceased her on January 13, 2009. Together they operated a dairy farm on Bates Hill in Derby for over ten years. After moving off the farm, she held positions as an office worker and a commercial knitter. She and Mr. Carpenter did some traveling, visiting family and friends, although she loved being at home surrounded by her family and friends most.

She loved working in her gardens and took great pride in her flowers. She also loved knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

She is survived by the following children: Allen Carpenter and his wife, Theresa, Betsy McDonald and her husband, Harvey, Cory Carpenter and his wife, Colleen; her grandchildren: Allyson Bathalon and her husband, Isaac, Justin Carpenter, Annette Vallieres, Cory Carpenter Jr., Daniel Carpenter and his wife, Alexis, Katrina Carpenter, and Charles B. Carpenter III; her great-grandchildren: Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Jordan, Corine, Ryan, and Xander. She is also survived by the following siblings: Raymond Sykes, Russell Sykes and his partner, Jocelyn Davio, Brian Sykes and his wife, Carolyn, Hazel Pelillo and her husband, Rocco; and by lots of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers and sisters: Earl, Harley, Delwin, Allen, Beulah Ellam, Mabel Judd, Eva Raitt, Janice Santacruce; and by a great-grandchild Ava Lawson.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Halo Foundation 1071 Upper Quarry Road. Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

obit corkinsVan Thomas Corkins

Van Thomas Corkins, 65, of Newport died peacefully on October 21, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home, after battling a year-long illness.

He was born on April 2, 1950, in Amityville, New York, to Dorothy (Riegel)and Harold Corkins Sr.

He graduated from Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York, in 1968. He was a lead lathe operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for the past twenty years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a production manager for Russell Plastics for 20 years and part owner of RFP plastics on Long Island, New York.

He was a member of the sons of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Newport Country Club.  He was an avid golfer, New York Yankees Fan, and he enjoyed camping in Holland and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn (Secreto) Tice and her husband, Paul, of Milton, Marilyn Redfern and her husband, Charles, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Jacquelyn Choquette of Concord, North Carolina; his mother, Dorothy Corkins of Newport; five  grandchildren: Anthony Secreto and his wife, Kerri, Vincent Secreto, Dakota Choquette, Justin Tice, and Ryan Tice; and two great-grandchildren: Amelia and Benjamin Secreto.  He is also survived by his siblings: Harold Corkins Jr. 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, Randy Corkins of Newport, and Darren Corkins of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and additional extended family.

He was predeceased by his father Harold Corkins Sr. in 1995; his brother Alan Corkins in 1995; and his sister Valerie Gibson in 1996.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday October 30, at the American Legion Post 21 in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit delabruereJustin Cuyler Delabruere

Justin Cuyler Delabruere, 31, of Island Pond died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

He was born November 10, 1983, in St. Johnsbury to Roland and Tammy Delabruere.

He was an expert carpenter and especially enjoyed custom detailing with wood.

He loved being outside. He preferred forests and mountains to cities and traffic. He enjoyed his cabin and land, which provided hunting and quiet reflection. He also loved music and could be found jamming on his guitar with friends.

He was a gentle man who was loved by all who knew him. He cared for others and would offer help when needed. His humble demeanor and twinkling eyes will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his parents, Roland and Tammy (Nevers) Delabruere of Sarasota, Florida; his sisters: Shanna Swartwood and her husband, Joshua, and their children: Lillian, Elijah, Naomi, Judah, Ephraim, Vashti, and Phoebe of Ithaca, New York, Chelsey Delabruere and her partner, Mark Ford, and their son, Jonah of Mooresville, North Carolina; his brothers: Seth Delabruere and his partner, Sarah Murphy, of Treasure Island, Florida, and Isaac Delabruere and his partner, Angela Bacon, of Stratham, New Hampshire; his beloved grandparents: Wendell Nevers of Island Pond, and Mary and Roland Doyon of Avon Park, Florida. He is also survived by five uncles and six aunts on his father’s side: Leonard Delabruere and his wife, Linda, of British Columbia, Canada, Robert Delabruere and his wife, Betsy, Claude Delabruere and his wife, Joanne, Armand Delabruere and his wife, Dawn, Richard Delabruere and his wife, Lisette, Pauline Sage and her husband, Gene, Diane Jackson and her husband, Fred, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian. He is also survived by one aunt and three uncles on his mother’s side: Lori Dornsife and her husband, Mark, Jonathan Nevers and his wife, Dolly, Patrick Nevers and his wife, Deanna, and Daniel Doyon.

Mr. Delabruere was very proud of his large family which also consisted of numerous cousins, too many to list.

He was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother Roland and Cecile Delabruere, who will be welcoming him home.

Justin, we love you and will cherish the memories, always.

There will be no funeral services as the immediate family will gather to have a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, at Mr. Delabruere’s parents’ home in Florida.

Condolences may be sent to, Roland and Tammy Delabruere at 2092 Champion Street, Sarasota, Florida 34231. — from the family.

 

obit DonovanMichael Donovan

Michael Donovan, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on October 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born on on May 16, 1920, to Michael and Margaret (Kerin) Donovan. In 1941 he married Esther St. Onge. They lived in Timmoth for two years and then moved to Collins Mills Road where they raised four boys: Dennis, Patrick, Kermit, and James.

Mr. Donovan was road commissioner for the Town of Newport Center for 23 years. After that, he took to his toolbox and fixed loggers’ skidders, as he was a handy mechanic. He loved to plant his gardens and pick blackberries in the summer. In the winter he used his little red tractor to plow the driveway, and that of his neighbor.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Dennis, Patrick and his wife, Barb, and James and his wife, Sara; his daughter-in-law Pam; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by a son Kermit; his great-grandson Jacobe; and by his brothers and sisters: John, Robert, George, Mary, and Catherine.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit GrayKunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray

Kunigunda (Pohlmann) Gray, 78, of Danville died on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 7th, 1937, in Lanzendorf, Germany. She was the daughter of Johan and Johanna Pohlmann.

She attended school in Germany, and on July 21, 1962, she married Glenn E. Gray.

She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, crocheting, knitting, cooking, and growing flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Costello and her husband, Tom, of Danville; a brother, Emil Pohlmann and his wife, Barbel, of Bayreuth, Germany; a sister, Anneliese Lauterbach of Marktschorgast, Germany; three grandchildren: Jeramie Gray of Island Pond, and Maddison and Porter Costello of Danville; four sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Gleigh Heath of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; and several nieces and nephews born in the U.S. and Germany.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son Konrad Gray in 2008; two brothers: Wili Pohlmann and Edwin Pohlmann; and by one sister, Helga Bierl.

A memorial service took place on Monday October, 26, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 1199 Railroad Street, Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, and a reception took place afterwards at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in Ms. Gray’s name to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, and to the Fresinus Medical Care Dialysis Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mcquillen VETJames Francis McQuillen

James Francis McQuillen, 85, of Newport, well known businessman and florist, died on Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 25, 1930, in Rootstown, Ohio, the son of John W. and Cecilia (Knoch) McQuillen.

He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio where he was a star baseball pitcher, later joining a semi pro team called Gasseys, where he was known for his left handed sinker. He later shared these skills in Newport as a Little League coach. He was a brick mason by trade.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean Conflict, and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He also met the love of his life, Betty Jenks, while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. On February 12, 1955, they were married in Newport where they owned and operated Farrant’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse, which is still operating today.

Mr. McQuillen continued his masonry skills by helping to build North Country Hospital, North Country Union High School, and J.J. Newberry’s Store, among many other local landmarks and projects.

obit vets flagHe held memberships to the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329 in Newport, a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2155 of Newport. He was part of the Knights of Columbus, the Gibbons Council third degree #2285, and fourth degree #1157, and he was an honorary member of the Newport Rotary Club, where he received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for all of his volunteer work.

He was an avid member of Newport Country Club, past president of Newport Jaycees, and past president of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as zoning commissioner for the city of Newport.

He founded the snow golf tournament at the first Winterfest in Newport. For his accomplishments, his picture was published in Sports Illustrated Magazine. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, his coffee meetings at the Royal Restaurant, and later at the Herb March coffee club at Wendy’s, and Saturday coffee at Maplefields. He looked forward to his regular visits to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, and Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty McQuillen of Newport; his children: Kathleen McQuillen of Newport, Karen McQuillen and her husband, Jerome Ernest, of Centreville, Maryland, James C. McQuillen of Newport, Terrie McQuillen of Derby and her friend, John Garvey of North Troy, Tracie Lanternier and her husband, Gregg, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, John McQuillen of Manchester, Maine, and Mary McQuillen and her husband, Peter Slocombe, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Abigail Laramee and her husband, Jason, of Derry, New Hampshire, Patrick Paul of Manhattan Beach, California; Amelia and Troy Ernest of Centreville, Samuel and Daniel Lanternier of Hampstead, Maxwell and Margaret McQuillen of Manchester, and Madeline and Victoria Slocombe of Fairfax; a brother, Bernard McQuillen and his wife, Mary, of Kingsville, Ohio; two goddaughters: Chris (Suzie) Blais of Derby Line, and Phyllis Grech of Waterford; his godson Malcolm Rittenberry of Winter Garden, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert McQuillen, and his sisters Cecilia Grether, Mary Williams, and Christina Masl.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 26, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. Internment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. McQuillen’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

 

obit noyesReginald Walter “Walt” Noyes

Reginald Walter “Walt” Noyes, 65, of Barton died on October 12, 2015, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home.

He was born in Lyndonville on April 2, 1950, the second son of Reginald and Louise Noyes.

He attended Newport High School for three years and graduated with the first graduating class of North Country Union High School in 1968.

He started his work career at the Hackett Farm in Derby, and after that he worked for Ray O. Parker and Sons in Lyndonville.

He married Lois (Dumas) Noyes in 1972. For a time they lived in St. Johnsbury before building their log home in Lyndonville, where they had their son, Joshua.

Mr. Noyes continued to drive truck and later drove for Calkins Sand and Gravel as well as helping his brother James out at the wood yard. He enjoyed hunting, driving truck, and watching his son’s hockey games. He lost his wife, the love of his life, in 2000, and never recovered his joy.

He is survived by his son Josh and his wife, Melissa; his grandchildren: Keshia, Christian, and Hogan; his brothers: James, Jonathan and Brian; his aunt Margaret; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

A memorial service was held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Saturday, October 24. Internment followed at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

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