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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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obit mignonePeter A. Mignone

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.

obit vets flagSpring services will be held at the Clan of Hawk grounds.

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Obituaries November 18, 2015

obit-Hill2Richard Oliver Hill

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


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


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.

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Jacquelyn Ann Roese


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


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.

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Roger W. Stewart


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


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

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:

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.

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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.

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Obituaries July 15, 2015

obit BennettJoanne “Joanie” Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother William Atwood.

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

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

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obit burgessPriscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit CarrJames Carr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit DayNancy Joan Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit dewittSteven H. DeWitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roland Emile Duchesneau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Derick Laflam

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit StoreyRobert Storey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit VallieresAnnette T. Vallieres

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at a later date.

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Marie Judith Foy

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


Obituaries July 8, 2015

obit barrowsCharles Parker Barrows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be announced at a later day.

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

obit FortinClermont M. Fortin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There will be no services.

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

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obit MarshPierrette “Pret” N. (Martin) Marsh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucille Margaret McCandless

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


Obituaries July 1, 2015

obit AtwoodJeanette I. (Brown) Atwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Berdina J. Baraw

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on June 19, in Newport.

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

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obit BrochuStephen R. Brochu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Doris Elaine Barbin Monette

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased in 2003 by her husband.

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

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

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obit sableskiEleanor (Kambour) Sableski

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Land Trust at, or the Campaign for Southern Equality at, or the Rogerson Communities at

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

obit SheltraRosemary C. Sheltra

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Newport.

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

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obit SpringMarion E. Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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