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, 89, formerly of Colonial Drive, Montpelier and most recently of Fair Haven, VT died Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at The Pines in Rutland, VT.
Jane was born in Hardwick, VT on August 13, 1919 the daughter of Adelbert Wells and Grace (Trow) Wells. She attended schools in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School.
Jane was married to Charles Bailey in Montpelier on August 26, 1941. Mr. Bailey died in August 1943.
Mrs. Bailey worked over 20 years at the former McLellan Store on Main Street, Montpelier. She later worked at National Life Insurance Company for 11 years retiring in 1981.
She is survived by her 2 sons, Charles Bailey and his wife, debi bailey of Fair Haven, VT; and Bert Bailey and his wife, BetteAnn Bailey of Winter Haven, FL; 3 grandchildren, Christopher Bailey of Fair Haven and Michael Bailey of Williamstown, VT; and Lisa Noel of Long Beach, Mississippi and 5 great granchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Jane was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Bagalio and 2 brothers, Mahlon & Paul Wells.
Burial and Committal service will be held at a later date at Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier.
of Park Ave., Montpelier passed away at the Berlin Health and ReHab Center in Berlin on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
She was born January 8, 1917 in Montpelier the daughter of William and Catherine (Buchanan) Hoare. She was a graduate of Montpelier High School in 1935 and worked for the Vermont State Tax Department for seven years. Phyllis owned and operated a rooming house at her home on Park Ave. for many years. With her love of music and a good time she will be missed by all.
On March 26, 1942 she married Herbert Alson Baker of Concord, VT.
Phyllis is survived by 3 children, Thomas Jeffery Baker and his wife, Charlotte of Soldotna. Alaska, Phoebe-Jane Abbott and her husband, Richard of Sterling, Alaska, and John Edward Baker of Montpelier, 4 grandchildren, Tamara Hunt, Sarah Seagraves, Charles (Bo) Richard Abbott, II, and Tobias Baker Abbott all of Alaska and 10 great grandchildren; the Hunt great grandchildren, Moriah, Brianna, Clarissa, Ethan, Quintin, Priscilla, Leah; the Seagrave great grandchildren, Morgan, Chestin and Preston.
Also she is survived by a sister, Estella Meaker of Waterbury and brother Joseph Howard of Montpelier and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband on December 25, 2001 and a son, Alan T. Baker on March 7, 2004.
A Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home with calling hours beginning 11:00 am until the hour of the funeral.
Burial will follow in the Berlin Corners Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
, 75, of New City, New York passed away on September 12, 2008. She was born and raised in Montpelier, VT on May 17, 1933 to Patrick and Julia (Henry) Flannery.
She married Daniel Bertrand in Montpelier on May 20, 1957. They lived several places before settling in New City in 1970.
Patricia worked for the Tax Assessors Office of Clarkstown, from 1980 to her retirement in 1995. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Augustine Church in New City. Patty had many close friends in Rockland County. She enjoyed her retirement and the many weekend trips to Atlantic City with her husband Dan at her side. Her favorite moments were when all her family would gather for holidays and backyard barbeques. Patty was a very loving and caring Wife, Mother and Grandmother, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel; devoted mother to Danny Bertrand and his wife, Ellen of New City, NY; Julie Coia and her husband, Ray of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; David Bertrand and his friend, Liza of San Diego, CA; Doug Bertrand and his wife, Marie of Stony Point, NY; and Mary Brantner and her husband, Scott, of Waldwick, NJ; cherished grandmother (Grammie Pat) to Kristen, Tony, Bobby, Brianne, Danielle, Tricia, Samantha, Richie, Kevin, and Carly.
Patty is also survived by her sister, Jean Ormsbee of East Montpelier; brother, John Flannery and his wife, Sandy of East Montpelier, and brother-in-law, Fred Bertrand and his wife, Ellie of Danville, VT and Florida; many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Higgins Funeral Home, New City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday at St. Augustine Church in New City, NY.
Committal and burial service for friends and family will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin, VT. A reception will follow at The Steak House Restaurant.
passed away on November 25, 2008 in Berlin, Vermont. He was born on November 27, 1935 in Wilmington, VT, the son of David H. Boyd, Sr. and Mildred L. (Carpenter) Boyd. Bruce spent his childhood years living in Wilmington and graduating from Wilmington High School in 1955.
Later that same year he moved to Montpelier, Vermont for temporary employment with the Vermont Highway Department. There he met and married the love of his life, Arreta Joyce (Emch) Boyd, in 1957. Bruce continued working for the Highway/Transportation Agency until his retirement in December 1995.
Bruce and Arreta made their home in the Berlin/Montpelier area. Bruce enjoyed helping and watching their two children grow and become fine American citizens. He was always proud of their accomplishments. Bruce was an active member in the Montpelier Lodge of Elks #924 where he served as Exalted Ruler in 1969-1970 and as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Vermont North in 1989-1990. He was also a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and the Aurora Lodge of the Masons in Montpelier.
Along with his wife, Arreta, he leaves a daughter, Glory and her husband Craig Kidger of Plymouth, NH, a son Randall and his wife Lisa Abate and step-daughter Miranda Abate of Enfield, CT, a very dear nephew Gregory Boyd and his wife Susan of Northfield, VT, a sister Betty Clark of Brookline, VT, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Nina Boyd of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and a brother David Boyd, Jr. of Hemet, CA.
Calling hours will be held from 2-4 pm on Friday, November 28, 2008 ending with an Elks Memorial Service at 4:00 pm.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 29, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier.
Masonic Memorial Service and burial will be held in the spring at Berlin Corners Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) PO Box 5877 Albany, NY 12205 or Silver Towers Camp, c/o Montpelier Elks PO Box 1461 Montpelier, VT 05601 would be appreciated.
, 86, passed peacefully away with his family at his side on Wednesday, January 16th.
Steve was born in Websterville on April 20th, one of seven children born to Nieves and Jacinto Cano and was fiercely proud of his Spanish heritage.
He attended schools in Montpelier and was a basketball star at Montpelier High School in 1939. According to an article in the Time Argus, his name will go down in MHS history as one of its most outstanding players.
He joined the navy and was a radioman on a sub chaser before becoming ill with malaria and then was stationed in California where he met the love of his life, Florence Studer. They were married in the Chapel by the Sea in San Francisco and returned to Vermont where they raised their family.
Steve was the produce manager at the A & P Store in Barre before purchasing Steves Market on Barre Street in Montpelier. He retired in 1986 after running the successful market for 23 years. Steve loved his store and was a true people person reflected by the gathering place that Steves Market became.
He loved traveling to Mexico and spent several winters there. He especially liked being able to speak Spanish and made many friends. He took up golf later in life and spent many happy summers playing at the Montpelier Elks Club with his good friend Howard Paxman.
Florence passed away in 1998 and Steve was fortunate enough to find love again and married Patricia Canavan in July of 2000. He was a member of St Augustine parish and a life time member of the VFW and Elks Club. He was a devoted and loving family man and his family meant the world to him.
Steve leaves behind his wife, Patricia; 3 sons: Stephen and his wife Jill, Victor and Edmund, and daughter Joyce and her husband George Allard; 4 grandchildren, Tracy Scribner and her husband Josh, Justin Cano, Anathea Rivera and her husband Brian, and Chanel Allard; 8 great grandchildren, Mallory, Jackson, Madyson and Preston Scribner and Skylar, Miaka, Isabella and Hadrien Rivera; step-children, Dawne and her husband Steve Smith, Sheila and her husband Jeff Keiner and Joe Canavan and his wife Amanda; 8 step-grandchildren, Chelsea and Shannon Smith, Jamie, Russell, Paige and Stella Keiner and Megan and Devin Canavan; 2 sisters Concha Buzzi and her husband Dario, Maria Bond and her husband Bob plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Jacinto Cano, Louis Cano, his twin brother Victor Cano, sister Vicenta Bordas, and great granddaughter Allyson Scribner.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held 11:00 am on Monday, January 21, 2008 at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. His family is very grateful for the compassionate care he received.
, 85, formerly of Pioneer Apartments, Montpelier, VT, and most recently of Berlin Health & Rehab center, Berlin, VT, died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin, VT.
She was born on December 19, 1922 in Manchester, NH, the daughter of Paul and Helen (Ruane) Major. She attended McDonald Elementary School and graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1940.
She was previously married to Nicholas Vergas for thirty years who predeceased her. She subsequently married Dean Carder who predeceased her.
She worked as a textile inspector for several mills in Manchester but spent her most of her career with the Pandora Mill Company and after 25 years she retired in 1985.
When she lived in the Manchester area she attended St. Annes Catholic Church.
She enjoyed dancing and bowling. She also enjoyed cheering the Boston Red Sox and was thrilled at seeing them win two World Series in 3 years. She was a life long fan of Shirley Temple as well as an animal lover.
Survivors include her son, Richard Vergas and his wife Maryellen of Albuquerque, NM, and their children Christopher and Zoe; son, Robert Vergas of Oakland, California; daughter, Sharyn Duplessis and husband Fred of Montpelier and their children Michael, Jeffrey, and Megan; daughter, Sheryl Teague and husband David of Barre and their children Kellie Bowers, Erin Kilrain, Ashley Teague and Alex Teague; great grandsons, Alexei and Dominick. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister Ruby Getchell and brother Paul Major.
There will be no calling hours. A grave side service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, June 20, 2008 at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Manchester, NH.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687 Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 94, of Heaton Woods and formerly of Mountainview Street, Montpelier died at his home on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Almo was a lifelong resident of Montpelier and was born on May 12, 1914 the son of Angelo L. & Orsolina (Frontini) Cecchini.
He received his education in Montpelier Grade School and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1934. While in High School he was an outstanding athlete as he received letters in football, basketball, tennis & golf and later a devoted fisherman. He later attended Montpelier Seminary. Almo also attended many courses from the Barre Evening Drawing School that was taught by Carlo Abate, Charles pamPearl, Conard Sellburg & Emilio Politi.
Almo married the former Laura Hebert in St. Augustine Catholic Church on January 31, 1942. Mrs. Cecchini died May 26, 1999.
He served in the US Army during WW 2, from October 26, 1942 through November 12, 1945. Almo served in the American Theater, Eastern Atlantic & Mediterranean Theater and earned several bronze stars, his unit received a Presidential Citation for infantry combat in the Battle of the Bulge from January 22, to Feb. 6, 1945 in Germany.
His memberships include Justice of the Peace, Board of Civil Authority, Board of Abatement, Green Mount Cemetery Commissioner, Montpelier and Washington County Republican Committees, Montpelier City Club, Montpelier Country Club, Montpelier Lodge of Elks # 924 and was Elk of the Year in 1984 In Appreciation of his many years of service to his nation, community and his lodge. He was also a member of Montpelier Aurora Lodge # 22 F & AM, Mount Siani Temple, VFW #792, American Post # 3, and Mutuo Club and past Director. An active director on the Italian-American Memorial committee for the stone cutter statue located in Dente Park. He also worked on committee for the granite base for the American flag and helped get the pictures from Italy for the front hallway.
Almo also received a 20 year recognition award from SCORE- Service Corps of Retired Executives Association for dedicated and voluntary service to small business community. He was a Director of Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation and the Washington County Railroad.
Almo started working with his father at a very early age at Everlasting Memorial Works and learned tool sharpening, washing and boxing, stone cutting and sandblasting. He took control from his father and operated the company with his wife, Laura and was President and General Manager for 35 years, retiring on December 31, 1978 when they closed the business.
Almo is survived by his son, Terry Cecchini and his wife, Eveleen of Shelburne, VT; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Edro Cecchini.
A Grave side service will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, December 1st, at Green Mount Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11:00 am, Monday at St. Augustine Catholic Church. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the parish hall.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Vermont Food Bank, PO Box 254, South Barre, VT 05670.
, 82, of Berlin died of cancer at Central Vermont Medical Center on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, with his loving wife Maggie at his side.
Larry was born February 6, 1925, in Montpelier. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years Ruth (Burnham) Cheever and by his sister Regina Walbridge. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Ray) Cheever, his sons Lawrence Jr. of Hampten, ME, and David of Augusta, ME and his daughters, Nancy Barrett of Grand Isle, Vermont and Janet Walmsley of Bristow, Virginia. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He retired after 37 years from New England Tel. and Tel. as an account executive. He was then employed as administrator of telecommunications for the State of Vermont for two years. Larry was an avid golfer, bowler, and bridge player. Many will remember he shared his love and knowledge of bridge as well as golf in his many years at The Senior Center and with the Elks. Some will also know he had earned one Gorham point and made one hole-in-one!
Larry enlisted and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for the duration of WWII, from 1942-1945. He saw action in the South Central Pacific and made long lasting friendships with his fellow Marines. He was an active member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW. He was a communicant and usher at St. Augustine Catholic Church for many years.
There will be no calling hours. The Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am on Friday, January 11, 2008 at St. Augustine Church, followed by a gathering of friends and relatives at the Elks Club in Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, Larry asked that contributions in his memory be made to St. Augustine Church, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 84, of 180 Main Street, Montpelier died October 2, 2008 at her home. She was born on August 19, 1924 in Heidelberg, Germany, the daughter of Karl and Anna (Astor) Stelz.
Hanna was married to Oliver Guido Citrini. They met while Oliver was serving as a U.S. Army Sargent in Germany and were wed on August 24, 1946 in Germany. She received her formal education in Germany in nursing, teaching, and interior design. She continued her careers upon their return to the United States on August 8, 1951. Hanna became a United States Citizen on May 16, 1955. Hanna was a longtime interior designer in the Central Vermont area working for herself and being contracted by furniture and fabric stores. She also taught German and interior design at the adult education level.
Hanna is survived by her daughters, Renate Gagne and her husband, Dennis of Antelope CA; Louise Relation and her husband, Stephen of Essex Jct., VT; and Heidi Setien and her husband, Steven of Barre, VT; grandchildren, Emily Duggins, Eleanor Surryhne, Sabrina Relation, Nicholas Relation; great grandchildren, Olivia Del Agostino, Morellia Del Agostino, Chloe Surryhne, Wyatt Surryhne, Alex Duggins and Amber Duggins. Also surviving are two sisters in Germany, Hedwig Schussler and Renate Dammer; many nieces and nephews in Germany and Australia.
Hanna was predeceased by her husband on January 3, 1982, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.
Calling hours will be held on Monday evening from 6-9 pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier. A Memorial service is planned for Tuesday at 1 pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A private family burial will take place at Green Mount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 175 Ammon Drive, Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03103.
died at Woodridge Nursing Home on May 12, 2008, after an extended period of poor health. She was born in Jesup, Georgia, on July 20, 1934, to Fred Robert and Mary Agnes (Wood) Crandall. As a young child, she moved to Montpelier and then to Rutland, graduating from Mt. St. Josephs Academy in Rutland in 1953. Eventually she lived in Burlington and Richford before coming to Woodridge.
Her years were spent loving her extended family, animals, and her faith. Cynthia leaves cousins, nieces, and nephews in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, and California.
Funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 4, 2008, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Barre Street, Montpelier, VT. Burial will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery.
, 58, of Weston Trailer Park died Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Berlin Health and Rehab Center.
She was born in Derby Line, VT on March 16, 1950, the daughter of Maynard and Hazel (Spencer) Payne. She attended South Royalton grade school and high school.
On November 29, 1969, she married Albert T. Cross at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier.
She worked for the State of Vermont in Waterbury as a mail clerk, the Department of Motor Vehicles in Montpelier and the Secretary of State office. Later she worked for Capital Dry Cleaner which was formerly known as Howe Dry Cleaners then Jasons Dry Cleaners. She also worked for a short time for Mayo Nursing Home Berlin Health & ReHab Center.
She was a member of the Moose Club and the Berlin Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and cooking.
Survivors include her husband Albert T. Cross, Jr of Berlin, VT; daughter, Amy Wade of Montpelier; two sons, Tim Cross of Barre, VT and William Cross of Jeffersonville, VT;
step daughters, Janet Jones of Danville and Lorraine Cross; stepson, James Cross of Jeffersonville, VT; Grandmother, Ida Labelle of Middleburg, NY; sisters, Joanne Hoadley of Braintree, VT; brother, Maynard Payne, Jr of Middleburg, NY; half sisters, Terry Normandin of Bristol, NH and Jane Munzo of Middleburg, NY; half brothers, Paul Moses of East Randolph, VT; Deloran Payne of Voorheesville, NY, and John Payne of Middleburg, NY; sixteen grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy was predeceased by a stepson, Thomas Cross, stepfather, Elroy Moses and stepmother,
Calling hours will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Guare and Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. A reception will follow the service at the Berlin Fire Station in Riverton, VT. Burial will be in the Berlin Corners Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 98, of Heaton Woods, died at her home on Sunday, June 29, 2008.
She was born in Montpelier on June 16, 1910 the daughter of Pierre and Marie (Bouchard) Michaud. She attended St. Michaels Grade Schools and graduated from St. Michaels High School in Montpelier.
On May 27, 1935 she married Martin J. Cunningham at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
They lived many years in St. Albans, VT and returned to Montpelier in 1966. Mr. Cunningham predeceased her on October 19, 1985.
After returning to Montpelier Juliette worked at the former Heaton Hospital and later for Central Vermont Hospital as a nurses aid and retired in 1975.
She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Montpelier Senior Citizens Center.
Juliette is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends at Heaton Woods. She is predeceased by 3 brothers, Amedee, Charles and Lorenzo Michaud.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Heaton Woods, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier.
Burial will be at St. Augustine Cemetery.
passed away on Oct. 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sylvia was born in Lyndon on July 31, 1940.
She was the only child of Noyle W. Johnson and Alice Martin Johnson of Plainfield.
She attended schools in Plainfield and graduated from Gould Academy, Bethel,
Maine. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Castleton State College. Her masters in history was received from Western Connecticut State
University, Danbury, Conn. She taught school in Montpelier for several years. Hooking traditional rugs became her passion. After receiving her
training in teaching rug hooking, she taught hooking in several venues. For the last twenty five years, she taught for the Montpelier Senior Center.
Sylvia became very skillful in repairing old and antique hooked rugs. Many of the techniques she used were hers. She had her own web site, Sylvia's Sugarwood Rug Studio.
Sylvia was also a history buff. She collected history of Plainfield especially old postcards. She accumulated an extensive picture collection of
historic places in Plainfield and surrounding communities. The pictured history book that was recently published on Plainfield was partly done by her, several others, and Cora Copping. For Sylvia, there was only place one
to be and that was Vermont.
Sylvia leaves her husband Robert M. Dole, Jr. and two sons, Martin Robert Dole and his wife Anita of Hartland; Frederick Neil Dole and his wife Kimberley of Martinsburg, W. Va.; two grandsons, Spencer and Brandon Dole. Her mother and father predeceased her.
Sylvia was a member of the Grace Methodist Church in Plainfield. She was quite proud of her help in restoring the pipe organ in the church.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at the PlainMont Cemetery in East Montpelier at 11 a.m.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grace Methodist Church in Plainfield.
, 89, of Maple Ave died Thursday, June 5, 2008 at the Central Vermont Medical Center.
She was born on June 14, 1918 in Montpelier, the daughter of George W. And Blanche R. (Doying) Ladd. She attended schools in New Hampshire.
On September 13, 1935 she married Earl Duffey in Montpelier, VT. Mr. Duffey predeceased her on September 10, 1965.
For years, she and her husband worked at ran the Miss Montpelier Diner. She worked at other various restaurants in Vermont and Florida. Maxines main vocation was homemaker to her husband and children.
Maxine was a member of St. Monicas Church in Barre. She also was a founding member of the Marine Corps League, Montpelier chapter.
Survivors include her daughter; Starr Hughmanic of Toms River, NJ and son John Jack Duffey of Barre, VT; 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two daughters; Kathleen Duffey and Anna Herbert, and by two sisters; Grace Miller and Pearl Nelson.
There will be no calling hours and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 96, died peacefully at her home on December 15, 2008, following a brief illness.
She was born in Brockton, MA, on April 22, 1912, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Ferron) Belanger. She attended the Sacred Heart parochial school and graduated from Brockton High School in 1929. She was an active tennis player, a creative seamstress and had a passion for art. She continued her education with art classes while working daily for an insurance company in Boston.
On August 13, 1939, she married Edward J. Dunn of Bridgewater, MA. They resided in Tiverton, RI, until Edward joined the US Army at the beginning of World War II. During the war years, they resided in Petersburg, VA, Bridgewater, MA, and then Brockton, MA, where they remained and raised a family of nine children.
Jeannettes talents as a seamstress, from the age of 11 until her death, touched the lives of many through her quilts, dolls, and clothing. Her talent led to later employment, performing sewing and alterations for stores and individuals. She pursued her love of art, creating many scenic paintings. However, her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she delighted in holding and watching each new baby.
A devout Catholic, Jeannette was active in both the Sacred Heart and St. Margarets parishes in Brockton, MA. After moving to Montpelier, VT, in 2005, she became a communicant of St. Augustines, attending when her health permitted. She delighted in the monthly visits from either the parish priest or deacon, when she was unable to attend the church in person. She belonged to the Legion of Mary and performed a daily novena and rosary.
Jeannettes three years in Vermont were joyful and active, filled with many adventures which she recorded in her journal. She kept a list of firsts, like riding a gondola to the top of Mt. Mansfield, watching sunsets on Curtis Pond, participating in the Pallettes Project, attending fashion shows and gospel concerts, and visiting the Morse Farm. She regularly enjoyed riding on the back roads in search of waterfalls, turkeys and deer, foliage and panoramic vistas. She loved family gatherings, American Idol and many, many games of Yahtzee with her daughters. Jeannette found more time to discover and savor new authors and their novels. She particularly relished the excitement of the recent elections, reading Barack Obamas books, casting her vote and rejoicing in her candidates victory.
She was predeceased by her husband Edward J. Dunn, her son Michael E. Dunn, her daughter Merrick Mary Dunn, her grandson Stephen P. Churchill, and her brothers Alfred, Esdras and Donat Belanger.
Jeannette is survived by her daughters, Theresa Dunn of Montpelier, VT, Connie Dunn of Taunton, MA, Joan Carman and Tim of West Brookfield, VT, Martha Winthrop and Nat of Montpelier, VT, Anna Dunn and Michael Stearns of Munfordville, KY and Margaret Dunn and Raiful Tompkins of Framingham, MA, a son, Robert E. Dunn of Brockton, MA; grandchildren Michael E. Dunn of Syracuse, NY, Kathleen Dunn of New York city, NY, Jodi Carman and Martin Bourassa of Montreal, QC, Stacey (Churchill) Camacho and Willie of Ephrata, PA, Jake Churchill and Katie of Easton, MA, Ted Churchill of Taunton, MA, Elias Winthrop of Plainfield, VT, Emma (Winthrop) Bay-Hansen and Moritz of Montpelier, VT, Daniel Winthrop of Roxbury, VT, and Gabriel Tompkins of Framingham, MA; and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Alice Lacombe of Middleboro, MA, a brother, Arthur J. Belanger of Avon, MA, and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, December 19th at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 am on Saturday, December 20th at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier.
, 52, of Junction Road in Berlin, died on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at his home.
He was born on June 28, 1955, the son of William E. Dunn and Verna (Crane) Pelletier. He attended schools in Randolph, Royalton, and Barre, finishing Spaulding High School in 1973.
In 1973, Royce enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and after serving, was honorably discharged.
He worked as a manager and salesperson for tire dealers in the area and in California.
He was a member of the East Bethel Grange, Future Farmers of America and the 4-H club. He was also a member of the Mid-State Riding club, participating in horse shows.
His hobbies include cooking, gardening, fishing and hunting, travel, art, and everything having to do with motorcycles.
Survivors include; his long time companion; Diana "Ducky" Delude of Berlin; his daughter Christina Arsenault of Brockton, MA; mother, Verna Pelletier of Berlin, VT; Sisters, Patricia Brooks of Barre, Pauline Smith of Williamstown, and Betsy Kelty of East Barre; brother Edward Dunn of Williamstown, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He also leaves behind his service dog, Max, who was specially trained to help Royce with his disabilities.
He was predeceased by his father; brother, William Dunn; sisters, Paula, Mary, and Barbara.
Calling hours will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 with a remembrance service beginning at 8:00pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, VT, 05403.
passed away peacefully at home at the age of 78 with his wife by his side. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on August 5, 1930 to Albert Joseph and Katharine Ondis Eardensohn.
Bud graduated from Bergenfield High School in Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1948. Following two years of enlisted service in the United State Air Force, he attended Mississippi State University and later graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, with a degree in Business. Bud joined his father in business at Modern Finance Company in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
Bud was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed skiing, fly fishing, golfing, and gardening. He was a member of the Mad River National Ski Patrol and, from 1961-62, he was the President of the North Jersey Whiz Skiers ski club at the time their ski lodge was being built at the base of Mad River Glen Ski Area. In 1968, Bud moved his family from New Jersey to Vermont. He began a career in the ski business and was the founder and proprietor of Vermont North Ski Shops for over 30 years.
Bud was a devoted father and active in his children's lives, including volunteering as a flag football coach and cheering at high school sporting events. He also instilled in his children a love for skiing, Vermont, and his beloved New York football Giants. Bud was active in the local community, including serving as chairman of the Middlesex School Board in the 1970's and, more recently, running for state representative in Washington County. He followed local and national politics, and was always up for a good debate on political issues of the day.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Lowe Eardensohn; children, Kris (Eardensohn) and husband, Pete Stelter of East Lyme, CT; Todd Eardensohn of Washington, DC; and Wes and wife, Suzie Lowe of Waitsfield; five grandchildren, Gretchen and Erik Stelter, and Madeleine, Wesley, and Piper Lowe; brother, A. Eugene and his wife, Liddell Eardensohn of Charlotte; niece Ondis Eardensohn and Gregory Sanford of Marshfield; nephews, Paul and wife, Tory Eardensohn of Warren, Rich Eardensohn of Charlotte, and John and wife, Patty Eardensohn of Poway, CA.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustine's Church, Montpelier, on Friday, December 12th at 1:00PM with a time to remember immediately following in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud's name may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14 South Burlington, VT 05403.
died January 1, 2008 at the Central Vermont Medical Center amidst the love of her family.
Born in 1949 to Llewellyn Dana (Slim) and Kathryn Herbert Ferris, Carolyn attended elementary school in Middlesex and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1967.
Carolyn knew from an early age that she would be a teacher and received her degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport and Masters Degree from the University of Vermont. Following her graduation from the University of Bridgeport, Carolyn put her degree to work at the Union Elementary School in Montpelier in 1971. There she enjoyed teaching fourth grade uninterrupted until her retirement in 2003.
At that point in her life, Carolyn began a career in her second area of passion- the care of animals, earning a Veterinarian Technician degree from Vermont Technical College and going on to work at the Berlin Veterinary Clinic in Montpelier.
A lifelong Middlesex resident, Carolyn moved her domicile one time, from Railroad Street to Route 2, a distance of about 250 yards.
Although residentially consistent, Carolyn enjoyed traveling, especially to warm Caribbean beaches, with her dear friends Blanche and Gary Adamski. Summer vacations were spent tenting with family or renting camps on Vermont ponds and lakes.
Her dog, Maddie and cats Cassie and Willow were her at-home family. In addition to her Girls, Carolyn leaves her brother, Bobby and his wife Jean and family in Stebbins, Alaska, her brother, Ken and his wife Hope Ann, in Montpelier and her brother-in-law Jack Tabaka in Burke, VA. She was predeceased by her sister, Linda Tabaka.
She will be missed by niece and nephews, Jennie and Joseph Ferris of Montpelier and Adam Tabaka of Alexandria, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Onion River Animal Hospital-Janet Anthony fund, 36 Three Mile Bridge Road, Middlesex, VT 05602. This fund helps with animal care for people with financial hardships.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
, 88, of Winter Street died peacefully at Woodridge Nursing Home on Saturday, June 21 surrounded by her family. She was born in Oregon City, Oregon on September 7, 1919 the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Katula) Cabak. At age 12, her family moved to Northfield. Agnes graduated from Northfield High School as salutatorian in 1937. On September 7, 1940, Agnes married James Flood at St. Johns Catholic Church in Northfield in a ceremony officiated by Bishop Robert Joyce. James died on December 10, 1984.
After the couples wedding, they moved to Hattisburg, MI as Jim was in the service and stationed at Camp Shelby. When Jim returned from his tour of duty overseas they moved back to Northfield and in 1944 purchased a home on Winter Street, where she has lived for 64 years. For 20 years Agnes worked for at the Vermont Attorney Generals office as a legal secretary retiring December 30, 1977.
Agnes leaves behind three daughters; Susan Karp and her husband Paul of Lebanon, NH, Carol Moore and her husband Allen of Colchester, VT and Diane Mackay and her husband Scott of East Calais, VT, six grandchildren and two brothers Frank Brown of Northboro, MA and Jim Brown of Friendship, WI. She was predeceased by a brother, Howard Brown and a sister, Margaret Comi.
She belonged to Bull Run Homemakers Club, Montpelier Senior Citizen Center, Vermont Retired State Employees Association, and Central Vermont Hospital Auxiliary. Agnes loved spending time reading, playing bingo and bridge, being with her family and thoroughly enjoyed her dogs. She was an excellent seamstress and was also skilled in knitting and crocheting. She was a strong woman who will be remembered by her outspoken nature tempered by a deep love of family.
Calling hours will be held 12:00 noon on Friday, June 27, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home followed by a funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm. Committal prayers will be offered at the Calvary Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05602.
passed away early Friday February 8, 2008 in Rowan Court Health and Rehab after a long illness.
Ruth was born on December 29, 1943 in Montpelier, VT. She was the daughter of the late Frank Arndt Sinclair and the late Anne Pierson Sinclair. Ruth graduated from Twinfield High School in Marshfield, VT.
She worked for the State of Vermont for many years, in the Social Welfare Department and in the Department of Education and Training. In 1997 she retired from a long career as a Psychiatric Aid at the Vermont State Hospital.
She will be remembered dearly for her loving devotion to her children and her selflessness in caring for those who were in need. Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be thought of fondly by all the staff at Rowan Court Health and Rehab and at FAHC Dialysis Unit at CVH. Ruth is survived by her sons Richard and Randall of Berlin, VT., as well as 2 grandsons and one granddaughter. She was predeceased by one son Ritchie. Other survivors are her sisters Martha Belanger and her husband Renfield of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Nancy Bailey of Barre, VT, and Carol Sinclair of South Burlington, VT; nephew Jay Bailey and his wife Sheila of Barre, VT.; cousin George Stevens and his wife Sheila of Milton, VT. Ruth was a beloved daughter, sister, significant other, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Some of her favorite things were country music, laughing with others, enjoying her children and grandchildren, her work, the movie 'Forest Gump', shopping, traveling to Montreal, beating people at Scrabble, and picking up the greeting of "Hey"!
The family would like to thank the staff at Rowan Court, FAHC Dialysis, and Hospice for their loving care of Ruth. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held in the Spring. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Rowan Court Health & ReHab Center, 378 Prospect Street Barre, VT 05641, FAHC Dialysis, Rehab 2, UHC Campus, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401, or Central VT Home Health & Hospice, Inc. 600 Granger Road Barre, VT 05641.
, 68, of Franklin Street, Barre City, died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Rowan Court Health & Rehab Center.
Ted was born June 10, 1940, in Hazelton, PA the son of John and Mary (Zion) Garbacik and received his education in schools in Hazelton and graduated from Hazelton High School in 1957.
He attended Penn State College and received his degree in Pre-Med in 1961 and a degree in chemistry in 1962. Ted moved to Vermont where he attended U.V.M. He taught at Wells College in Aurora, NY from 1968 to 1969. He returned to U.V.M. and received his Ph. D. in 1970. Following graduation Dr. Garbacik was employed by the State of Vermont in the Water Resources Department as a chemist. In 1976 he earned his Post Doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minn. He retired in 1980 because of complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
On December 2, 1967 he married E. Sheridan Boomhower at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Waitsfield, VT.
Dr. and Mrs. Garbacik made their home in Barre since 1971 and became involved with community and school affairs. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, St. Moncia Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus of Barre and was Cub Master for the Boy Scouts of America. Ted played clarinet in the St. Anns Band in Freeland Penn; Hazel Township Band and also the Burlington Band. He served as president of the P.T.A. at Mathewson School in Barre.
Ted was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, with a good sense of humor and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Sheri Garbacik of Barre; five children, Joel Garbacik and his wife, Corrina of South Barre; Tadeusz Garbacik and wife, Caitlin of Rochester, NY; Heather Savickas and her husband, Eric of Baumholder, Germany; Nicolaas Garbacik and his wife, Robin of Berlin; Gretchen Garbacik and her fiancé, T.J. Thomas of Victor, Idaho; nine grandchildren, Teagan, Brandon, Tessa, Taylor, Arleigh, Heydan Garbacik; and Connor, Devan and Corey Savikas.
He is also survived by his sister, Mary Cholod of Bensalem, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
Ted is pre-deceased by his parents and grandson, Oaklyn Garbacik.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 7, 2008 at St. Moncia Catholic Church, Summer Street, Barre. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Sylvester Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Thursday at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier, VT
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Garbaciks memory to Rowan Court Rehab Center, Patients Activity Fund, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 85, formerly of Calais and recently of Forest Drive in Montpelier, died Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at his home.
He was born on June 27, 1923 in Lingwich, PQ, Canada, the next to the youngest child of Henri and Anna (Turgeon) Gendron. His family moved to Montpelier when he was 3 years old and they eventually settled on a farm in East Hardwick. In 1938, he moved back to Montpelier and he attended St. Michaels High School graduating in 1942.
During high school he lived at the Greaves Farm in Montpelier, and eventually took over management of the farm until it sold in 1968. He retired at the age of 70, having worked for Wyman Gas and Petroleum Products on the Northfield Road for 15 years.
On July 28, 1947, Louis married Marjorie L. Searles at St. Augustine's Church. In 1968 they moved to a home in Calais which they restored and lived in for 40 years.
Mr. Gendron was member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Capital City Grange where he served as Master. He was also a member of the Pamona & State Grange.
He loved the outdoors, gardening, and the maple sugaring season. He enjoyed hosting his annual sugaring party for family and friends. Louis was a "Jack of all Trades" and loved working and building with his hands.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie L. Gendron of Montpelier; a daughter, Cecile Gendron of Montpelier; son, Louis R. Gendron and his wife, Judy of Berlin; grandchildren, Lucas R. Gendron and his wife, Amy of Calais, and Maggie Gendron of Berlin; sisters, Eva Page of West Lebanon, NH and M. Cecile Brackett of Hudson Falls, NY.
A Memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier. Committal service will be held at the Main Street Cemetery in Hardwick at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Michaels School, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 59, of Barre Street, Montpelier died Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT.
Kenneth was born in Bridgeport, CT on December 5, 1948 the son of Herbert and Anne (Carlisle) Glines. He graduated from Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT. He served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1971.
After his discharge, he attended New Hampshire Technical College and graduated with an Associates degree in 1973.
On June 9, 1984 he married Sarah Halpine in West Haven, CT.
He worked for several restaurants in the area, including the Bluetooth and Chez Henri, both at Sugarbush Village.
Survivors include his wife Sarah Halpine; two sons, Morgan Glines and Aaron Halpine, all of Montpelier; his parents, Herbert and Anne Glines of Whitefield, NH; and a brother, Thomas Glines and family of Bridgeport, CT.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at St. Augustine Church.
, 92, a longtime resident of Barre Street died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Central Vermont Medical Center.
She was born on December 1, 1915 in Moretown, the daughter of Osman and Stella (Macy) Smith. She attended Middlesex Grade Schools and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1934.
In 1941, Evelyn married Earl S. Goodell in Montpelier. Mr. Goodell predeceased her on June 20, 1993.
She worked for a number of local businesses including Hills Studio, the Imperial Restaurant, and Redding Plastic Company. She worked for many years as a dispatcher for the Montpelier Police Department, retiring from there in 1973.
Her interests and hobbies include, baking, gardening and flowers as well as animals especially cats.
Survivors include her daughter, with whom she shared her home with, Sandra J. Field of Montpelier; a sister, Florence Farnham of Berlin; granddaughter, Heather Michaud and her husband Cris and their daughter, Jordyn of Montpelier; granddaughter, Heidi MacAskill and her husband Chris of Barre Town; grandson, Todd M. Field and his companion Suzanne Sleeper of East Montpelier, VT; grandson, Dan D. Field of Montpelier; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Calling Hours will be held 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A prayer service will begin immediately following the calling hours at 4:00 pm. A grave side service will be held in the spring at Middlesex Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montpelier Ambulance Service, 61 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Hershel B. "Red" Graham, Jr.
, 71, of Heaton Woods and formerly of Berlin and of Sandy Pines Park, died Tuesday March 18, 2008, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
He was born on October 17, 1936, in Montpelier, the son of Hershel B.Graham, Sr. and Mildred (Richardson) Graham.
He attended Montpelier Public Schools and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1955. After high school he worked at Joe Lisas Garage for a short time. He joined the US Army and after his discharge, lived in High Point, NC. There he worked for several years as a long distant truck hauler. Most recently he was employed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He retired in 2001 after 20 years of service with the State of Vermont.
He was a member of the American Legion, and was a life member of the Montpelier Elks Club. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Montpelier Country Club. He played for the American Legion and the Montpelier Ramblers Baseball teams. In the south, he was in various bowling leagues. Red was an easy going guy. He especially enjoyed good times and kidding around with others and family gatherings. He loved the Red Sox most of the time.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Graham of Montpelier; three sisters, Janice Ghiringhelli of Montpelier; Gail Walker and her husband, Robert of Barre; and Dyan Graham of Berlin; three brothers, Richard Graham of Randall, Washington; Lawrence Graham and his wife, Lynda of Williamstown, VT; and Douglas Graham of Texas; several nieces and nephews, and uncles and aunts.
He was predeceased by his father, Hershel B. Graham, Sr. and his nephew, Michael Ghiringhelli.
Calling hours will be held 6:30-8:30 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier. At his request, he will be cremated and a committal service will be held at the Worcester Mountain Cemetery in the spring.
, 85, died Saturday, January 12 at Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by loving family and friends. Born on September 16, 1922, Paul was a lifelong resident of Montpelier and lived nearly all of it at 57 Barre St. in Montpelier.
After graduating from St. Michaels Elementary and St. Michaels High School, Paul attended St. Michaels College, graduating in 1948 with a degree in English following an interruption in his education during World War II. During the war, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 16th Armored Division of General Pattons 3rd Army, participating in the liberation of Plzen, Czechoslovakia from Nazi Germany in 1945.
Following the war, Paul worked for seven years as a reporter and editorial writer for the Montpelier Evening Argus prior to its merger with the Barre Times, and also worked as a newscaster for WSKI radio. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Vermont Petroleum Association for several years, representing the trade organization with government agencies and the public.
Following the historic election of Philip Hoff as governor in 1962, Paul joined the first Democratic administration since 1854. He served in many positions including Director of Planning and Director of the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity; and as Deputy Commissioner of Administration he acted as primary coordinator of all federal programs administered by the Vermont state government.
In 1975, Paul was appointed Executive Secretary of the Transportation Board during the time when Interstates 89 and 91 were in the final stages of construction. He remained in that position until 1986, when he was elected as Assistant Judge for Washington County. He served two terms on the bench in Washington County Superior Court and Family Court until the mandatory retirement age of 72. His most recent position in Vermont state government came with his appointment by Governor Douglas to the Vermont Rail Council, on which he served until the time of his death.
Paul was an active member and champion of his community, often known as Mr. Montpelier for his civic service and extensive knowledge of local history. During his career he served as President of the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Montpelier on the Move, and Chair of the Montpelier Planning Commission. He founded the Montpelier Historical Society and served as its first president. He was a member of the Rotary Club for over fifty years, as well as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a loyal member of the Democratic Party and active in politics at the local and state levels.
His contributions to the life and culture of Montpelier include spearheading projects for the night-time illumination of the State House, the establishment of a war memorial in front of city hall, and the refurbishment of the historic model State House. He also initialized the centennial re-enactment of Dewey Day in 1999, one of the largest public celebrations the city had seen since the original event in 1899.
A lover of theatre, Paul participated for many years as an actor with the Montpelier Theatre Guild, and in several professional productions of The Atlantic Theatre Company. He worked as location manager in Craftsbury and Stowe on the 1956 Hitchcock film The Trouble With Harry. He loved Irish music and opera; Shakespeare and Robert Service, international travel and pontoon boat rides on Lake Groton.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Claire (Paxman), daughter Kathryn, both residing in Montpelier; by his sister Columba (nee Margaret), a Cistercian nun residing in Dubuque, Iowa; and by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins who loved him dearly. He was the son of Thomas J. and Florence (Emmons) Guare. He is preceded in death by his brothers John Richard and Thomas.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, January 17 at 11 am at St. Augustines Church in Montpelier where Paul was a dedicated, lifelong parishioner and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Lunch to follow in the parish hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montpelier Historical Society, P.O. Box 54, Montpelier, VT 05601; or to Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, 8400 Abbey Hill Lane, Dubuque, IA 52003.
, 74, formerly of East Montpelier, currently of Freedom Drive, died Sunday, December 21, 2008 at his home.
He was born on July 13, 1934, the son of J. Howard Sr. and Calista (Pecue) Hanna in Vergennes, VT. He attended the Post Ash Bay Elementary School and graduated co-valedictorian from Vergennes High School in 1951. He later received a B.S. in Administration from Johnson State College and a Masters of Science in Administration from St. Michaels college.
In October of 1952, he enlisted in the US Navel Reserve, was activated and sent to Japan. In 1956 he enlisted in the Regular Navy and served until his discharge in October 1961. Then in 1967, Jim join the Vermont Air National Guard and after serving 21 years was discharged in April 1988.
On a weekend trip home from the Navy, he met Lois Ann Campbell in Newport, RI. They were married on April 18, 1958 in Boston, MA. She predeceased him on December 9, 2004 after a long battle with Picks Disease. After Loiss passing, he married the second love of his life, Ella May Speer, who survives him.
Although Jim had several jobs, most of his career was spent with the Department of Transportation. After 30 years, he retired from the State of Vermont on May 1, 1996.
Jim was an active member of his community and volunteered his time with Central Vermont Alzhiemers Support Group, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and Home Share of Central Vermont. He was also a Free & Accepted Mason, member of the Old Meeting House Church in East Montpelier and was a volunteer for Washington County 4H.
Survivors include his wife, Ella May of Montpelier; son, Steven W. Hanna of Barre, VT; daughter, Karen L. H. Allen of Williston, VT; sister, Margaret H. Coe, of Middlebury, CT; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 3, 2008 at the Old Meeting House Church in East Montpelier Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road-Berlin, Barre, VT 05641 or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657.
, 17, of Barre Street, died suddenly on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the Central Vermont Hospital.
He was born in Darby, PA on February 21, 1991, the son of RunningDeer Sun Hunter-Bailey.
He was currently employed with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp. He previously attended Union 32 High School in East Montpelier. Malik also worked part time in construction and was completing his high school degree.
Malik was a deeply spiritual person which was often reflected in his writings. He was a published poet and having an interest in music, he also had written a number of musical lyrics. He enjoyed sports, including basketball and football. Malik was looking forward to turning 18 so that he could try out for the Vermont Ravens football team.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lance and RunningDeer Sun Hunter-Bailey. Grandmother; Paij Wadley-Bailey of Montpelier and Grandparents; Jean Munch Hoenthaner and Edwin Hoenthaner of Tennessee; sisters, Valeshka Anlyan-Hunter of Montpelier, VT, Aneiszka Hunter of Redlanes, CA, Briana Lapan of Montpelier, Shahiyela Hunter of Montpelier and Jerusha Gillespie of Charleston, S.C.; brothers, Darius Hunter of Seattle, WA, Obadiah Hoenthaner of Humbolt, CA, Jonah Hunter of Tahoe, CA, Caleb Hunter of Springfield, MA, Jordan Hunter of Bainbridge, NY, and Martin Patterson of Montpelier, VT
There will be no calling hours. There will be an informal candle light vigil beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday at the Vermont College Green for youths and young adults. A funeral service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Committal services will immediately follow at Green Mount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Maliks name may be made in care of his mother, RunningDeer Hunter Bailey, 115 Barre Street, Apt # 2, Montpelier, VT 05602
, 82 of Barre, died Saturday, April 26, 2008. Gardner was born to Delbert and Edith Ibey, of Bliss Pond Road in Calais, Vermont on March 14, 1926. He attended school in Calais and Plainfield.
In 1943, as a young man, he joined the US marines and attended aviation school at Quantico, VA. He was appointed to Second Marine Aircraft Wing Pacific. He served at the Marshall Islands and the invasion of Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. He was on the first flight to Japan, near Nagasaki after Japans surrender. Military awards he received include a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Presidential Citation.
After the war, Gardner married Marjorie (Roberts) Ibey. He studied electronics at the National Radio Institute in Washington D.C. and the Philco Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. He owned and operated Rural Radio and TV, which he founded, specializing in home electronics, sales and service. As a Master Electronics Technician, he was known as being an expert in his field. His business served the Central Vermont area for 37 years. Gardner later married Mildred (Noble) Ibey. Upon retiring, they made their home in Derby Line, VT and Leesburg, FL and most recently Barre, VT. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the Christ Church in Montpelier. Gardner was an active person and enjoyed the wonders of nature. He enjoyed gardening, wine making, and hunting and fishing with family and friends. Being a complex and forward looking person he also lived a philosophy of voluntary simplicity. His native bird wood carvings are an expression of his respect for the free spirit in nature. His own free spirit shall truly be missed.
Survivors include his beloved wife Millie, sons Greg, DeWayne, and Andrew, daughters Elaine and Susan and his many nieces and nephews and grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Freeman of Northfield and brother, Donald Ibey of Barre, VT. He was predeceased by four brothers, Gerald, Loyd, Garvin, and Laurence, and two sisters, Marian Freeman and Doris Langevin.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Committal services will immediately follow at the Poplar Hill Cemetery in Calais, VT.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing or the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
died Thursday, April 17 at Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. Born on February 8, 1940 in Barre, the daughter of Henry Caron of Penacook , NH and Pearl Hedding of Craftsbury, VT.
Jane has lived all her life in Vermont , was currently residing in Berlin but had previously lived in Northfield and Montpelier Jane was married to Harley Breer of Cabot , VT in August of 1959 and they had four children. On March 4, 1972 she married Raymond Jewett in Montpelier.
Jane worked 37 years at Grand Union which is now Shaw's in Montpelier as a bookkeeper/clerk. She enjoyed being with her family and friends. Jane's favorite things to do were to play Bingo, read mystery novels, gardening and going to theatre shows. She was always willing to help her family and friends and was a loving, kind and generous mother, grandmother as well as friend. She was a best friend to many especially her daughters. She was always upbeat and had a smile on her face. She was an on the go person. She was her family's heart and home no matter where else they may have lived. Jane was predeceased by both her parents, her husband Raymond Jewett of Northfield , VT ; her sister Frannie Stell of Alburg , VT and her brother Joseph Caron of Poultney , VT.
Survivors include: her 2 sons, Randy Breer of State Farm, VA and Cary Breer and his wife, Virginia of East Montpelier, VT; her 2 daughters, Jodi St. Angelo and her husband, James of Camp Zama, Japan and Billie Jo Gilmore and Brian of Berlin, VT; and her step-son, John Jewett of Barre , VT. Other survivors include her sister Shirley Lund of Bradford, VT; her brothers Henry Caron of Vergennes, VT; Richard Caron of Rutland, VT and Wayne Hussey of Krum, TX. She had six grandchildren Stephanie Nadeau and her husband Robert ; Mandy Beach; Briana Breer; Alicia Breer; Joseph Breer; Gilchrist St. Angelo and one great-grand child Cadence Nadeau; her Aunt Tina Alonzo of Barre, VT who was like mohter to her in her later years; also many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephewes. She leaves her dearest long life friends; Theresa and Thomas Pratt, Debbie Relations, Annie MacRitchie, Doris Martin and Bernice Kimball.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 6-8 pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street , Montpelier . A Funeral service will be held Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
A grave side and committal service will be at Hill West Cemetery in Montgomery , VT on Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Northern New England Region, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, Williston, VT 05495.
, 64, of Berlin Street, died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at the Central Vermont Hospital.
He was born in Gardiner, ME, on February 29, 1944, the son of Albert H. Jordan, Sr and Florence C. (Cavanagh) Jordan.
He was educated in several school and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1962. After high school, Albert spent a short time in the United States Air Force.
After leave the service, he worked for Vermont Castings however most of his career was as an offset printer for Capital City Press. Most recently he worked for J.A. McDonald paving company as a traffic controller.
He was a member of St. Augustine Church. Albert was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his mother Florence C. Jordan of Montpelier, but currently at Rowan Court Nursing Home; sister Muriel Goldberg and her husband James; nephew, Christopher Eaton and his wife Sabine, and their son, Alexander Eaton; niece, Leslie Ann Baker and her husband Timothy; and several cousins. He also leave behind the beloved family cat, Lucky.
Calling hours will be held 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow beginning at 1:00 pm. The committal will be held at the Berlin Corners Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 98, died Saturday, May 10 at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born on March 30, 1910 to Antonio and Katherine (Anticevic) Jurras, he was a lifelong resident of Montpelier , and was often affectionately known as The Old Sport for his personal and professional dedication in covering the local sporting scene.
Henry worked for over 30 years as sportswriter and sports editor for the Montpelier Evening Argus (and later, the Times Argus), and in 1963 he was named Vermont s Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sports Broadcasters and Sports Writers. He covered local high school sports with enthusiasm and passion, and even after retirement could often be seen at the games photographing the action for the newspaper. He also covered horse shows at the England Farm for many years, as well as the collegiate Northern Leagues Twin City Trojans a precursor to todays Mountaineers where Hall of Fame righthander Robin Roberts began his legendary career. In later years, Roberts would often play a round of golf with Henry during visits back to Montpelier , and in a 1949 Vermont Life article, Henry noted that Roberts will always be a favorite in Vermont because he was big enough to blow a kiss back in this direction after scaling the heights in spectacular fashion. His love of sports also extended to golf, which he played with elegance and skill. He was a longtime member of the Montpelier Elks and Country Club, and could often be seen on the course, playing up to 27 holes in a day well into his 90s. He was also an avid bridge player and long ago was a member of the Apollo Club of Montpelier.
Along with Elma (Holmquist/Shambo), his wife of 52 years, Henry enjoyed annual summer trips to the links and beaches surrounding Kennebunk , Maine for many years, and also enjoyed entertaining their grandchildren at Lake Groton .
Henry is survived by his wife Elma, his son Robert Shambo and wife Linda, his sister Kathryn Barbieri, his grandchildren Kathleen and Robert; his great grandson Jamie, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two brothers, William and John; two sisters Nada Hanley and Dorothy Robbins; and his son Stephen.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, May 15 at St. Augustine s Church in Montpelier , with lunch to follow in the parish hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Towers program c/o Montpelier Elks Lodge No. 924, Drawer E, Montpelier , VT 05601.
, Sr., 72, of Northfield Falls and formerly of Montpelier died at his home with his family at his side Friday evening, December 19, 2008.
He was born on March 25, 1936, the son of Mini Laura King from Waterbury , VT. On August 22, 1958 he married Mary E. Manning.
Ray had a very full and rewarding career working with low income families in the Central Vermont area. He spent his working life in different agencies helping others. Ray was a member of the Montpelier Elks Club. He served in the Montpelier Fire Department first as a Call Firefighter and later as a regular from Jan. 4, 1968 to May 1, 1973, Montpelier City Council, Montpelier Police Department where he served as "Special Police", Deputy Sheriff for Washington County , and he helped start the Community Action Council and Vermont Head Start Program. Ray was Santa Claus for many low income families throughout Central Vermont.
He also coached Farm League and Little League Baseball.
Ray worked for many years for the State of Vermont until August 1998 when he retired due too ill health. He ran the Vermont Emergency Fuel Assistance Program while working with the Department of Social Welfare. Ray spent many winter nights making sure low income Vermonters had properly running and furnaces and fuel.
He enjoyed spending time with his family. Family was very important to him. During the summer months the family would go camping, fishing, and for long rides together. Ray enjoyed going to hunting camp and playing cards with his friends.
Survivors include his wife Mary of 50 years, seven children; Raymond Kelley, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Northfield, Kathleen Codling and her husband Paul of Marshfield, Martin Kelley and his wife Julie of Berlin, Kevin Kelley of Northfield, Daniel Kelley and companion Sheila Richardson of Bemidji, MN, Percy Kelley and his wife Wendy of Northfield Falls, and Caroline Kelley of Northfield. Nine grandchildren; Jonathan and his wife Rebecca, Jason, Jenifer, Justin, Katelyn, John, Mary, Andrew, and Elyse; two step grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jason; one great granddaughter, Lydia; and a sister, Mary Esther Hollingworth of Il.
He is also survived by Arthur and Arlene Manning of Montpelier , William and Yvonne Manning of Northfield , Francis and Hester Manning of Montpelier , Thomas Manning of Montpelier , Raymond and Tina Manning of Northfield , Theresa Brooks, of Meriden , CT , Anne and David Rogers of Marshfield , Elaine and H. Ross Isham of Moretown. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the nurses at the Central Vermont Hospital-Intensive Care Unit and the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice.
Calling hours will be held at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Community Action- fuel assistance program, 195 US Route 302- Berlin , Barre , VT 05641-2267.
, longtime resident of Barre, VT and most recently of South Paris, ME, where he lived with his fiancé Darlene Ransom for the past 18 years, passed away after a very short time with brain cancer. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday with many family and friends.
Phil was born on September 4, 1938 in Montpelier, VT, the son of George and Winona (Corry) Kerin. Phil lived on Berlin Street with his family at the Kerin family home. He attended St. Michaels High School, graduating in 1956. Phil was the youngest of the five children. Phils brothers and sisters were very close and are, youngest to oldest; Phil, David, Margaret, Barbara, and Charles. Barbara is now residing in Windsor, VT and is the only surviving sibling.
Phil was married to Marilyn A. Kerin of Barre for 33 years and raised his three children; Mick, Patrick, and Paula, at their home on Park Street.
Phil went to work at Pierce's Mobil after graduating high school for a short time. He then worked for Swift Meat Packing Company until he purchased the Central Market in Barre that he owned and operated for many years, serving the Barre community with pride. Upon moving to Maine, Phil most recently worked for Capital Candy as a Sales Representative for the past 18 years.
He was a member of the Barre Rotary Club, and is a lifetime member of the Elks. Phil was also very proud of his service in the Vermont National Guard.
Phils life was all about family. He loved following his grandchildren around New England at the many sporting functions. Phil loved traveling around the country and enjoyed visiting Ireland.
Phil is survived by his fiancé, Darlene Ransom of South Paris, ME; his three children; Phil II "Mickey" Kerin and wife Debra and their two children, Phillip III and Cady of Barre, VT. Patrick M Kerin and wife Audrey and son Zachary of Fairlee, VT; and Paula K. Tremblay and husband Ron and their two children Brett and Bailee of Barre, VT. His sister Barbara Kerin of Windsor, and Aunt Hellen Murray of Montpelier. He also has several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 6:00-9:00pm on Thursday, October 9th, at the Guare and Sons Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be offered 11:00 am on Friday, October 10th at St. Augustine Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made to Barre Youth Wrestling, P.O. Box 821, Barre, VT 05641.
, 48, of Poplar Street, Berlin died Friday, March 7, 2008 at Central Vermont Hospital.
She was born February 11, 1960 in Trenton, NJ the daughter of John Martin J. Kuncz, Sr., and Barbara (Furch) Kuncz. Maryann attended St. Michaels Grade School and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1978.
She married Michael E. Konstantin, Sr., on September 24, 1983 in Kingwood, Texas.
Maryann worked for many years as a administrative assistant for the Vermont Department of Marketing and Tourism. Maryann loved spending time with her children and granddaughter. She enjoyed playing board games and cards and she loved the Jersey Shore.
She is survived by her husband, Michael of Berlin; three children, Martin-John Konstantin, US Air Force stationed in California, Marianna of Berlin; Maverick of Berlin; and her granddaughter, Stephanie.
She is also survived by her sisters, Laura Eckert of Jacksonville, FL; Barbara Kuncz of Montpelier, VT; Ellen Sue Taylor of Houston, TX; Eileen Fraga of Winooski, VT; Katie Kazen of Warwick, RI; brothers, John Kuncz, Jr., of Williamstown, VT and Chris Kuncz of Cabot, VT; brother-in-law, Don DArcy of Barnegat, NJ; and many other beloved
nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Stephanie, and her brother, Matthew.
A remembrance party will be held at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier on Wednesday March 12, from 1-3 PM.
Burial will take place in Berlin Corners Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403 or to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, PO Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495.
of Williamstown, Vermont, passed away December 25, 2008.
She was born January 15, 1927, daughter of Robert and Avis (Lawrence) Walker of Williamstown, Vermont.
She is survived by her son Mark Douglas Walker and daughter-in-law Brenda Lee Walker of Cary, Illinois, brother Douglas Walker of Burlington, niece Dawn Walker, nephews Chris and Craig Walker of Burlington, great-nephew Grant, granddaughter Keri and great-grandchildren MacKenzie and Kaleb. She also loved and deeply missed her dogs Jake and Molly, and her cat Miss Maggie was her companion at her home in Williamstown.
She was an ardent crafter, and painting was a great joy to her. Mrs. Lavigne graduated from Williamstown High School. She married Dennis Lavigne in 1979, and made their home in Montpelier and later in Riverton. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Barre and Williamstown, the Bowling League in Barre-Randolph, and the Senior Center in Northfield. Mrs. Lavigne worked at Sprague Electric, the Lobster Pot, and for many years was involved in the home nursing and healthcare fields and worked for Central Vermont Hospital.
Funeral Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial wil be at a later date in Williamstown.
, of Paul Ave. died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin.
She was born on February 27, 1951 in St. Albans, VT, the daughter of Robert and Doris (Shattuck) Lee. In 1969, she graduated from Burlington High School and later attended University of Vermont, graduating in the class of 1973 with a degree in French.
After college, Diana joined the Peace Corps and spent time in the East African country of Niger, working in the health education field.
Diana also attended Vermont Technical College. She graduated there with a Veterinary Technician degree. She worked for various Veterinary clinics throughout the area, but most recently with Berlin Veterinarian Clinic in Montpelier.
In September of 1978, she married William Frantz. Although they later divorced, they remained close friends to this day.
Diana was affiliated with the Northern Greyhound Rescue in St. Albans and also adopted many greyhounds. She also enjoyed gardening and bicycling.
Survivors include her son, Rajan Frantz, of Boston, MA; a brother David Lee of Brookfield, VT; and former husband William Frantz of Berlin, VT.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the family lot in Newport, VT at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or to the Northern Greyhound Rescue, 999 Fairfax Road/Route 104, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, 65, passed away in the comfort of her family
on March 22, 2008 from complications of a long term illness. Darla was
born May 27,1942 to the late Thomas Bessette of Hancock and Stella Bessette of
While still in high school, she worked at Jamison Insurance Company.
Upon graduation she worked for Peter Eston's Ski School, the Department of
Motor Vehicles, the police department at Redstone, and later National Life
Insurance Company to support her family.
Family life began on June 17, 1961 when Darla married Eastman Howard
Long at the Moretown Town Hall. Darla and Eastman built their home on Tucker
Hill where Eastman continues to reside.
Darla took great pride in her home and family. She enjoyed decorating,
cooking, canning, working in her flower gardens, and mowing the lawn.
She was a tremendous support and worked for many years in the family's
maple sugaring business. She enjoyed shopping, day trips to the lake, feeding
and watching the birds, sitting in the sunshine, the constant companionship
of her dog, touring the valley during foliage season, singing and
listening to music, and family gatherings.
Darla took comfort in the scriptures and was a faithful member of the
Moretown Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Darla is survived by her husband, Eastman H. Long, her daughter
Kimberley, and her husband Jeff Dufresne, Three sons; Avery and his wife Amy, Tony and his wife Judy, and Eric Long. Grandchildren include Cody Long, Nicholas Lamson, and Katelyn Long.
Darla has been predeceased by daughter Anita M. Long, son Corey H. Long
and brother Michael Bessette.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 29th at 3:00 p.m. at
the Moretown Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. A private burial will be
arranged in the spring.
, 82, of North Street, Montpelier died Monday, April 28, 2008 at Berlin Health & ReHab Center, Berlin.
Catherine was born in Rutland, VT on May 27, 1925.
She married George E. Lowell in Waterbury, VT on September 8, 1968. George died April 10, 2008.
She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Glenna Priest of St. Johnsbury, Katherine Whitehill of Waterford, VT and Delialah Carpenter of Vershire, VT.
Grave side service for Catherine and George will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the North Branch Cemetery, Bolduc Road, Middlesex, VT.
, 66, of North Street, Montpelier died at his home April 10, 2008. He was born in Montpelier on February 1, 1942 the son of George E. And Gertrude (Wagner) Lowell.
George served in the US Army in the early 1960's. He married Cathy Bushey in Waterbury, VT on September 8, 1968.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy of Montpelier, two sisters, Glenna Priest of St. Johnsbury and Katherine Whitehill of Waterford, VT and a half sister, Delialah Carpenter of Vershire, VT and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and committal will be held at North Branch Cemetery, Middlesex in the spring.
, 81, of Freedom Drive, Montpelier, died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday April 5, 2008. Born in St. Albans on November 3, 1926. She gave lifelong service to the Catholic Church including St. Marys in St. Albans and St. Augustines in Montpelier as choir director, music teacher, bingo administrator, bazaar director, a member of Catholic Daughters and St. Vincent de Paul Society (as President for many years), church decorator for Holidays, or just plain wherever she was most needed. Her flare for crafts was displayed for many years at the annual St. Vincents bazaar and especially in her childrens and grandchildrens homes. Loretta especially enjoyed being with family and friends on any occasion.
She is survived by daughter-in-law Julie (Branon) Magnan of South Burlington; Mary Ann and husband Wayne LaRock of Hyde Park; Beth and husband Michael Hulbert of Barre; Paul and his wife Mary Jane (Wobby) of Barre; Chris and his wife Stephanie (Beloin) of Barre; 15 grandchildren, Lori, Keith, Jeremy, Serena, Jennifer, Joanne, Joey, Travis, Andee, Jarah, Meagan, Josh, Samantha, Curtis, and Cailey; eleven great-grand-children Cole, Juliana, Jacob, Marlie, Hannah, Erin, Wessley, Josie, Emma, Cecilia, and Edward.
Loretta is also survived by sisters Geraldine Mina, and Shirley Petschel and brother Freddy Coleman.
Loretta is pre-deceased by her husband Leonidas (married 57 years); son David (1948-2002); brothers William Coleman, Gordon Coleman, Ronald Coleman; sisters Constance (Coleman) Pietrallo.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Augustines Church in Montpelier on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m. A reception in the Parish Hall following the service will be held in lieu of calling hours. Loretta was a devoted Wife, Mother, Nanny, mother-in-law, friend and neighbor. She will be greatly missed; her memory and values will forever be in our hearts and memories. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Augustine's Church, organ replacement fund, 16 Barre St, Montpelier, VT 05602.
let go of this human life on February 11, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 27, 1938. He married Linda Berg on September 6, 1986. He was a multi-faceted, intelligent and loving person. He worked in construction as a surveyor and estimator having come from a long line of builders and creators. He attended Tufts University, Boston College and Merrimack University in his younger years and then in his 50s, earned a Masters and Doctorate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Celtic Languages and Literature. He wrote papers and studied on his own even after his graduate days. He returned to construction estimating in Vermont and enjoyed that even as recently as last month. He was alive and fully human. He loved music and books. He could hear things and understand things in a most wonderful and sometimes contrarian way. He taught his family and friends a lot about life and how to live it. He liked nice dogs and he and Lindas nice dog, Emma, will miss him. He was not perfect, but that made him all the more a friend, companion and helper in lives of others.
Survivors include his wife, Linda of Roxbury; a son, Wright Maney of Austin, Texas; a step-daughter, Lisa Curtis of New Boston, New Hampshire; daughter-in-law Lynette Estes of Round Rock, Texas; grandsons, Liam and Cai Maney of Round Rock, Texas; and a brother, Paul and his wife Joyce Maney of Lexington, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Wendy (Michael) Castonguay of Dedham. Massachusetts and sister-in-law Debbie Zinter of Johnstown, New York. He also survived by beloved nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. He is survived by many friends of Bill, his spiritual family.
Calling Hours will be on Friday, February 15, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Guare and Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier. A celebration of life service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 at Bethany Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Soup Kitchen, Main Street, Bethany Church, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.
, 86, of Northfield Road, Berlin died Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre.
She was born in Montpelier, VT on December 5, 1921 the daughter of Emelio and Victoria (Giacco) Molinari. She attended schools in Montpelier.
On March 18, 1944 she married Wendell Harrington Morse in Montpelier. Mr. Morse predeceased her on May 6, 1997. They have six children together and she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She took care of her family and home and enjoyed baking, family gatherings and cookouts. She spend time working in her flower gardens and enjoying the outdoors and bird watching. Eleana loved crocheting and she was noted for many doilies and Afghans she made through the years. She also had an interesting collection of stones and pebbles, dried leaves and especially four leave clovers.
Eleana is survived by a daughter, Pamela A. Sparrow, and her husband, David, of East Montpelier; five sons, Robert W. Morse; Wendell H. Morse, Jr., and his wife, Diane; James R. Morse, and his wife, Rosemary; Reginald R. Morse all of Berlin, VT; and Franklyn L. Morse, and his wife, Kathy, of Barre Town, VT; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Eleana is also survived by a sister, Norma Machia of East Hampton, CT and two half sisters, Nettie Cacicio of Montpelier and Irene Atkinson of Hudson, FL.
Eleana was predeceased by six siblings, Sylvia Johnson; Delia Martin; Olga Martin; Elsie Molinari; Michael Cacicio and Joseph Cacicio.
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, August 18, 2008 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier. Burial will follow the service in Plain-Mont Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rowan Court Health & ReHab Center, Patient Activity Fund, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641, or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, or to Alzheimers Association, Vermont Chapter, 172 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 84, of Montpelier, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Berlin Health and Rehab in Berlin.
She was born July 16, 1924, in Montpelier, VT, the daughter of George J. and Anne (Morse) Murtagh (both deceased). She attended St. Michaels Schools and Vermont Junior College. She had worked as a lab technician in Boston and New York City. Her interests included the New York City libraries, her love of opera and classical music, and her cats.
Survivors include two brothers, Rev. George Murtagh, and Thomas Murtagh, three sisters, Sister Patricia Murtagh; a Sister of Mercy, Helen Peslin, and Elizabeth Hutchinson; nieces, Anne Hutchinson, Jennifer Nizwantowski, and Sheri Crenshaw, nephews, Joe Hutchinson and Andrew Peslin, and several grand nieces and grand nephews.
Friends may call Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, from 68 p.m., at Guare and Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her memory may be made to St. Michaels School, 46 Barre St., Montpelier, VT, 05602.
, 84, formerly of Montpelier and most recently of Mayo Manor in Northfield, died Sunday, November 9, 2008 in Burlington at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
She was born November 27, 1923, in Burlington, VT, the daughter of Alexander and Florence (LaBarge) LaRose. She attended schools in Canada and graduated from Montpelier High School.
During WWII, Henrietta enlisted in the United States Navy on April 1, 1944. She served in Washington D.C. until her honorable discharge from the service on December 19, 1945 with the rank of Yeoman 2nd class.
On January 15, 1945, she married Eugene F. O'Connell in Newport, R.I.
Henrietta worked for many years at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles in Montpelier. She was a member of the St. Augustines Parish, the Catholic Daughters of America and the former St. Vincent de Paul Society. She enjoyed playing bridge and cherished the special group of friends that gathered for the past 40 years. She had a lifelong love of music that she shared as a member of the St. Augustines Choir, and instilled in all of her children. She was an accomplished seamstress, and it gave her great joy and pride to share her talent with her daughters and others. Her home was always open to visitors and they were made to feel like family. Henrietta was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, Nana and friend.
Survivors include her husband Gene O'Connell of Northfield; three daughters, Margaret DiStassio and her husband, John of Trumbull, CT; Carol Drawbaugh and her husband, Bob of Essex Junction; Mary Hancock (late husband Robert F.), of Westminister; two sons, James O'Connell and his wife Nan, of Richmond, VA, and Philip O'Connell and his wife, MaryJo, of Bel Air, MD. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeffrey, Brian, Andrew, Kristen, Whitney, Meredith, Emily and Alex, one great grandson, Kayden, and many nieces and nephews.
Gene and his family want to acknowledge two very special people, Dick and Betsy Temple, who have done so much for so many years, and are considered part of their family.
Henrietta was predeceased by her sister, Doris Shedlock, and two brothers, Norman and Arthur LaRose.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 1:00 pm, Friday at St. Augustines Catholic Church in Montpelier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Michael's School, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, age 69, died peacefully April 26, 2008, at the Palm Beach County Hopice at JFK, after a valiant battle with Cancer.
Bob was born in Montpelier Vermont, the son of Robert E. and Angeles O'Grady. He graduated from Saint Michaels High School in Montpelier, class of '58, attended Springfield College, Springfield MA, and graduated Saint Francis School of Radiology, Hartford CT.
He spent 35 years with the Department of Public Health in Vermont, and retired as Director of Environmental Health and Epidemiology. He was responsible for eleven state-wide programs: Tuberculosis, STD, AIDS, Rabies, Childhood Immunization, Food and Water-born outbreak investigations, Occupational Health, Emergency Medical service, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Toxic Risk Assessment, Food and Lodging Inspection and Licensing.
He was a Member of the Atlantis Golf Club, Florida since 2002 where he served on the Board and Membership Committee. member of Atlantis Country Club, Florida,1999 - 2001 Member of St. Johnsbury Country Club, VT, past Member of Montpelier Country Club of VT, Member of Wellington Country Club 1997 1998, Member of Montpelier Elks Club - 46 years.
Bob was a 30 year member and Past Presiden & Chairman of the Board of American Lung Association of Vermont and Past member of the National Council of American Lung Association, 6 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Bertie whom he made laugh all their loving years together. He also leaves behind his son Scott O'Grady of Lake Groton, VT, and his brother Michael O'Grady of Manhattan New York.
Other special people in his life, two children by his marriage to Bertie, a son John Wooding and his wife Michelle, and a daughter Tricia Pattison and her husband Rick, and five grandchildren (Chris,Ashley,Dylan,Casey,Corey) who just doted on Grampa Bob.
In lieu of Flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite charity.
Friends may express their love of Bob to Bertie at an continental breakfast, to be held at the Atlantis Golf Club, 301 Orange Tree Drive, Atlantis, Florida.
Calling hours will be held this summer, Friday, July 11th, from 6-8 PM at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier and a Memorial service 7:00pm.
, 98, died Tuesday, 3-18-08, at Central
Vermont Hospital. She was born May 20, 1909, at the Cummings place in Shady Rill, the oldest daughter of Lester and Bertha (Cummings) Pease,and attended Middlesex schools and Montpelier High School.
As a girl,she was a member of the Merry Maids Club and the Christian Endeavor Society, and was a member and clerk at the Shady Rill Baptist Church for 63 years.
A lifetime of fragile health prevented her from many activities, but Ellen took a deep interest in the world from the farm she shared with her brother Gerald for over 70 years. Patience, contentment, a deep sense of gratitude for what she had been given, and an abiding faith were among her greatest virtues. Ellen was a fine historian and a charter member of the Middlesex Historical Society. She was an archivist of all things local. She remembered and honored names, generations and relationships, and understood that keeping these facts alive was important for understanding and respecting the foundations of her community. She cherished and was faithful to the friends in her life, read her Times Argus cover to cover each day, and sent thousands of letters over the years to friends and family. She loved plants, and her annual invitation to watch her Night-Blooming Cereus open was a treasured event to many friends. Despite poor eyesight, she loved to quilt, and also enjoyed her meals, her word search puzzles, and taking long rides on back roads.
Ellen was president of the Church of Women Society, the Willing
Workers, for many years and was also president of the Central Vt.
Association of Baptist Women for several years. At one time she was the Business and Professional Woman of the Baptist State Convention. Ellen was a member of the Middlesex Grange No. 80 where she served as chaplain, lecturer, and secretary, and as Pomona Grange Home Economics chairman.
Ellen was pre-deceased by her sister Dorothy (Pease) Morrison in 2003 and her brother Gerald Pease two weeks later. She leaves a nephew, David Morrison, and three nieces, Annie Southern, Mildred (Morrison) Winston and Mary Morrison, and relatives Nancy and Bob Chamberlain and family. She will be greatly missed by the many neighbors and friends who thought of her as family, especially the many children who grew up haying on the farm and drinking her switchel.
A graveside service is planned for her birthday, May 20, at the North Branch Cemetery in Middlesex. There will be no calling hours.
, 89, died Thursday May 8 at Woodridge Nursing Home. Born on December 24, 1918, Louis was a lifelong resident of Montpelier and could trace his Montpelier roots back over 200 years.
He graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1937. After a bout with polio, Louis attended the University of Notre Dame. World War II interrupted his education.
Louis served as a captain in the parachute troops of the 17th Airborne Division and was in the army from 1941 through 1947. In March of 1945, Louis and the rest of his division were sent to an airfield near Paris. They were loaded aboard troop-carrying gliders. The gliders landed in the middle of a field behind enemy lines in Germany. His leg was shattered by enemy fire. Unable to move Louis was hit by another glider. He spent two and a half years in hospitals overseas and in the United States.
Before the war, Louis fenced sabre and lettered in fencing at Notre Dame. When he eventually returned to Notre Dame he acted as coach to the freshman fencing team. He graduated from Notre Dame Law in 1951.
He came back to Vermont and entered private practice, then served on the staff of Attorney General Frederick Reed, where he laid the legal groundwork for Vermonts Interstate Highway system. He served as Chief Assistant Attorney General from 1957 to 1981 when Governor Richard Snelling appointed him an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Justice Peck successfully fought the state law on mandatory retirement. The New York based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed him to remain on the bench. He retired shortly after the ruling.
He was a member of the Montpelier Theatre Guild and Actors Equity. Louis also appeared in numerous productions at The Stowe Playhouse and Goddard College. Although he wrote and directed several plays for the Guild and St. Michaels High School, he preferred to act. He was cast in over a hundred plays.
It was important to Louis that he give generously both of his time and his money.
He is survived by his daughters Katherine, Barbara and Nancy and by numerous nephews and nieces. He was the son of William N. and Mary A. Peck. He is preceded in death by his wife Iride (Falacci) and his twin brother John.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the Vermont College Chapel with a reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury College, c/o Breck Knaust, 660 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or to the VFW Post 792, 1 Pioneer Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
of East Hill Road, Middlesex, VT died February 24, 2008 in Middlesex. J.D. was born on March 16, 1990 in Berlin the son of John A. and Megan (Walker) Picard.
J.D. graduated from Rumney Elementary School and was in his senior year at U-32 High School. He was set to graduate in June. After graduation he was looking forward to joining his father in the family business, Picard Excavation, and marrying the love of his life Kira Hopkins. J.D. inherited his fathers strong work ethic and never stopped before a job was finished. He learned to operate an excavator long before learning to drive a truck and loved snow plowing. An avid outdoorsman, J.D. enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping and also enjoyed four wheeling, dirt biking and snowmobiling. If there was a skill JD wanted to learn he found a way to learn it. Such as the time he wanted to learn trapping. Since his parents didnt do trapping he coerced Doug Jones into teaching him. J.D. also enjoyed playing football and lacrosse, making the varsity football team his sophomore year at U-32, he loved the high intensity and full contact of the sports. After suffering a back injury his sophomore year, J.D. choose to stop playing in order to stay healthy to keep working with his father. However, that did not stop J.D. from continuing to support the U-32 teams from the sidelines. Everyone that met J.D. seemed to instantly be his friend. A champion for the underdog, J.D. had a genuine and sincere interest in people, always willing to be everyones friend. J.D. had a knack for getting himself in to trouble but then he would use his charm and devilish smile to get himself out. He was the King of U-32 and enjoyed being the class clown. Just recently his classmates voted him the Senior Class Real Vermonter and was looking forward to having his picture taken with his We Shape Vermont T-shirt for the U-32 Yearbook.
J.D. is survived by his parents John and Megan Picard of Middlesex ; sister Melissa Picard; sister Jessie Alfarone and her husband Paul and their two children Oscar and Biruk; sister Suzanne Picard; Maternal Grandparents Donald and Audrey Walker of Montpelier; Kira Hopkins, her mom Polly, and her father John, who J.D. considered his second family; and by his many aunts, uncles, cousins. He is also survived by his many friends and best friend Bert Wendel Jr. Anyone that knew J.D. also knows that he left behind his hunting dog Fletcher, and his three-legged cat Annie. J.D was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Joseph and Marie Picard.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. from St. Augustine Church, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier.
Memorial contributions can be made to: U32 Booster Club, 930 Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602 or Vermont Trappers Association, P.O. Box 451, Vernon, VT 05345-0383.
died Friday, 23 May 2008, in the comfort of her Montpelier home at Heaton Woods. Ula is pictured above in Israel in 1951. Ula I. Pommer was born 19 May 1919 in Krakow, Poland. She was the daughter of Caecilie and Erwin Pommer. With her older brother Alfred, Ula was raised in Vienna, Austria. Their father was an inventor and manufacturer.
Due to the political climate of 1939 Austria, Ula was forced to flee her home country. She found refuge in British occupied Palestine. Her brother Alfred had managed in 1938 to emigrate to the United States after a difficult year in Portugal. Their parents and several relatives died in the Holocaust.
Ula married while living in the new country of Israel. She later divorced. She lived under a curfew and returned home one day to find that her apartment had been bombed. Ula made friends easily. They faced their daily hardships with good cheer, telling jokes, and having a decent meal when they could afford one. In 1953 Ula was sponsored by her brother Alfred to join him in the United States. She literally sold everything she owned to afford the fare.
Ula settled in New York City. She eventually worked for Plansee USA. Paul Schwarzkopf, the founder of the company in Ruette, Austria, had been a friend of her father. Ula Pommer became a citizen of the United States in 1958. She took full advantage of New York City's cultural life. Ula also had the good fortune of living near the future Lincoln Center. She loved the opera and enjoyed her reserved seat for decades. She reveled in the friendship of many artists here and abroad. Ula retired in 1988. She was a major supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the United Jewish Appeal.
Ula moved to Heaton Woods, a Montpelier assisted living facility, in 2006. Her brother, Dr. Alfred M. Pommer, had married Agnes Lawson, the younger sister of former Montpelier Fire Chief Sidney Lawson in 1949. Dr. Pommer died 14 December 1977. In her later years, Ula was spending several weeks every summer in Vermont. Although she missed her life in New York City, she acknowledged she needed more care. Ula grew to love the mountains of Vermont. Her Vermont family and friends considered it an honor to have her living in Vermont. Just two months prior to her death Ula was asked to visit the Crosset Brook Middle School in Duxbury to speak about the Holocaust. Ula was very touched by the letters sent by the young students thanking her.
Ula I. Pommer is survived by her nephew Donald, his wife Lois of Baltimore, Maryland, and their children Christina and David. Ula considered Sidney Lawson, Jr., her brother's nephew, also her nephew. Ula leaves many devoted friends. They were her family. Ula died knowing she was loved. She was proud to be considered a survivor.
, age 51, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 28th.
He was born in New York City on Nov. 8, 1957, the son of Claire Tuohy Reiner and the late Vincent Karl Reiner.
He received a BA from Queens College and an MBA from Georgia State University. Keith started his career in hospitality finance in Atlanta, and later worked for Swissôtel in Atlanta , Boston , and Zurich Switzerland before joining Ritz Carlton, Kapalua HI. He married Denise Sullivan in 1991; they had three children. In 2000 he and his family moved to Vermont, to become CFO for The Garrett Hotel Group in Burlington , where he oversaw all financial operations of the holding corporation and for five exclusive hotels and restaurants.
Keith is survived by his mother Claire, brother Vincent, both of Queens , NY , former wife Denise Sullivan, his beloved three children Erin, Michael, and Emma of East Montpelier, his close friend Sandy Kapsalis of Shelburne and close friends he considered brothers for life.
Keith derived his greatest joy from his children, traveling many miles to attend their concerts, sporting events, and school functions. He very much appreciated Vermont s considerable beauty through canoeing, climbing mountains and skiing, enjoyed yoga and classic movies, and was a Monty Python fan of long standing.
As a way to give back to this community that had become his own, he volunteered his time and financial expertis to J.u.M.P., a local charitable ministry organization.
A Memorial Service will be held 10 AM on Saturday January 3, 2008, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier, VT.
Memorial Donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G & H, Nashua, NH, 03063.
, 57, of Lakeview Terrace, died at her home on August 16, 2007.
She was born on December 9, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana the daughter of James and Joy (Kaiser) Riddell.
She attended Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Leslie worked for several years as data manager for Vermont Mammography Registry at UVM.
Leslie is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Isaacs and her husband Peter Corcoran of Montpelier, two grandchildren, Kadesha Isaacs-Corcoran and Casimir Isaacs-Coccoran also of Montpelier. Her parents, Joy Kaiser of Florida and James Riddell of Illinois, and a brother, Mark Riddell of CT and her loving cat, Mobius.
Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Kennedy Center, 2440 Reservoir Avenue,Trumbull CT 06611
lived with dignity and grace until August 30, 2008, when she passed on peacefully with family at her bedside.
Irene, the widow of Richard Rossi, lived happily with him in Montpelier for 64 years prior to his passing. Most recently she resided at her home with her beloved daughter Betty Lou. In the past, the Rossi family also spent their summers residing on Malletts Bay at Camp WeGoTook, with extended family and friends. She was born on September 14, 1919 in Barre, the daughter of George Walker and Mary Jane Helpin.
Irene was a devoted mother of four daughters, she worked for the Department of Motor Vehicle in Montpelier for 20 years, and the United States Postal Service for 12 years. Following retirement, Irene enjoyed her family, friends, and most of all the accomplishments of her four grandchildren.
"Grammy" was a vivacious, independent, and quick-witted woman who cherished her family. She enjoyed sunsets, campfires, Parcheesi, dining out, and picnics at Malletts Bay with her family. Most of all she loved her husband and soulmate, Richard.
She is survived by her four daughters, Betty Lou Rossi of Montpelier, Mary Jane Marchelewicz of South Burlington, Nancy Rossi of Colchester, and Georgia and her husband Ronald Gargano of Connecticut. Irenes four grandchildren, in whom she took great pride, include Paul Rossi Marchelewicz, Joseph Richard Marchelewicz, Kevin David Gargano, and Melissa Irene Gargano. She also leaves behind her sister Elizabeth Hebert of Massachusetts; sister-in-law Neysha Rossi and husband Deke Walker of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews.
The Rossi family would like to extend a special thank you to all of her doctors; Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the loving caregivers of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice who made it possible for Irene to live comfortably in her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 1, at 11a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Montpelier. Burial to follow at Green Mount Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, August 31, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at Guare and Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier.
In Lieu of flowers, please send donations in Memory of Irene Mae Walker Rossi to Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
, 75, of Montpelier, VT passed away in his home of cancer on December 8, 2008.
He was born in Burlington, VT on June 9, 1933 the oldest child of James and Lucille (Sturtevant) Rouelle. The family later moved to Montpelier, VT where he grew up.
James attended St. Michaels Grade School and High School and graduated in 1951 from Montpelier High School.
He served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956.
He married Patricia A. Houston at St. Augustines Church on May 18, 1957. The were parents of 4 children, Joseph, Jay, Jon, and Julie.
James worked at Roops Garage and Nates Clothing Store in Montpelier. In 1961, he began employment with the city of Montpelier, most of his 34 years working at the water pollution plant as a Lab Technician.
He was a member of American Legion Post # 3, and Mutuo, Inc in Barre, VT, and Montpelier Senior Center.
He enjoyed playing softball, hunting, fishing, bowling, and watching sports on television. His favorite teams were Atlantic Braves, New York Giants, and Boston Celtics. One of his greatest pleasures was attending his childrens sports events.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia; son, Jon, of Montpelier; daughter, Julie, of New Orleans, LA; granddaughter, Crystal Peake and her husband, Nathan of Graniteville, and grandson, Jason Rouelle of Chula Vista, CA; sister, Beverly Cooney of Hemet, CA; brothers, Gerald Rouelle and his wife, Margaret of Montpelier, Robert Rouelle and his wife, Beverly of Centennial, CO; sisters in law and brothers in law; Jean Gaboriault of Fountain Hills, AZ, Harold Houston and his wife, Nancy of Zephyrhills, FL; Marjorie Bissell of Fairbanks, Alaska; James Houston and his wife, Joanna of Cabot, VT; Linda Barney and her husband, Wendell of Williamstown, VT; Carolyn Houston of Cabot, VT; and Michael Houston of Websterville, VT. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents and his two oldest sons, Joseph and Jay.
Calling hours will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm on Friday, December 12, 2008 at Guare & Sons
Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be offered from St. Augustine Church at 12:00 noon on Saturday. A reception for family and friends will follow the mass in the parish hall.
Burial will be at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, VT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT or ALSA-Northern New England Chapter, 1 Main Street, Winooski, VT 05404.
, 52, of 89 Country Way Barre, died Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Central Vermont Medical Center.
He was born on June 27, 1955 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Wendell V. and Ruby (Howerton) Shields.
He graduated from Wind River High School in Morton, Wyoming in 1974. He then enlisted in the United States Army, worked with the Military Police and was discharged in 1976.
He began his working career with the USDA, which required him to travel across the country as a farm inspector. He then worked for a time as the manager of the Cumberland Farms in Montpelier. Most recently he was a long distant truck driver, driving for various trucking companies, finally retiring in 1998.
On July 16, 1988, he married Ginger George in Montpelier.
Wendell enjoyed watching football, especially the Denver Broncos. He also had an interest in the Barre Youth Football League and would often go see games played by the kids that he knew.
Above all else was his family and especially his grandchildren. Watching his grandchildren grow will always be cherished by him. His church was also important to him. He and his family were members of the New Life Assembly of God in Barre, but now attend the Faith Assembly of God in Bethel, VT.
Survivors include his wife Ginger of Barre; his parents, Wendell V. Shields, Sr. and Ruby Shields of Lander, Wyoming; step daughter, Darci Pelkey of Gilford, NH; grandchildren, Natasha Tillotson, Lyle Tillotson; Kelsey Tillotson, Tim Landry, Jr., Stephanie Landry, Teka-Marie Phillips, Lehana Guyette, Candi Guyette, Amy Guyette, and Amber Guyette; and his sister, Stephanie Wright of Vancouver, Washington.as well as many aunts, uncles. He also has two nephews Issac and Joshua Manning along with a very close cousin Teri Jermsted of Alpine Wyoming
He was predeceased by his step daughter; Paula Sicely in 2003; and his sister Cherie Meyer in 2004.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Faith Assembly of God Church in Bethel, VT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Websterville Baptist Christian School, P.O. Box 1, Websterville, VT, 05678, or to the Faith Assembly of God, General Fund, P.O. Box 382, Bethel, VT 05032.
former of Charles Street, Montpelier, died peacefully on February 1, 2008 at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation.
Born in Hyde Park, August 15, 1917, she was the daughter of Perley and Viola (Perry) Jacobs.
She married Albert Smith on November 18, 1939. She worked at Vermont College of Norwich University for 30 years as a housekeeper.
She leaves behind her son David Smith and his wife Valerie of Barre; her granddaughters Trudy Smith of Northfield and Cora (Wheeler) McCann, husband Dempsey, their two children Zoe and Arthur John of Montpelier; her grandsons Brian Wheeler, his wife Tracy, their three children, Charley, Evelyn and John of Westbrook, Maine; and Joseph and his partner Emery Harriston of Alexandria, VA, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special daughter, Connie Smith Dolloff.
She is predeceased by her daughter Donna Wheeler, her son-in-law John Wheeler, her siblings, Kyle Jacobs, Perry Jacobs and his wife Beryl and Ilda Miles and her husband Leslie.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brighter Days, Berlin Health and Rehabilitation, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
There will be no calling hours. A grave side service will be in the spring at the North Hyde Park Cemetery.
, age 69, of Montpelier passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital on May 1, 2008 surrounded by his loving family.
Philip was born in Marlboro, MA on November 26, the oldest of the eight children of Hermon L and Dorothy J. (Hamelin) Sparrow. Philip graduated from Northboro High School and the Stockbridge Agricultural School of the University of Massachusetts , studying the science of the dairy farm life he loved.
Philip married Linda Brackett on October 3, 1959 . They farmed in Massachusetts until 1970 when the whole family moved to East Montpelier , VT to continue the farming life. Philip retired from farming in 1989 but never retired from working. Philip then worked in the ski industry and then at Bond Auto and Cassella Waste Management. He was currently working as one of Cabot Creamerys traveling farmer representatives at various retailers and events. His quick humor and authentic personality made him a hit with consumers.
Philip was a tireless advocate for farm issues, serving as President of the Washington County Farm Bureau and devoting years to the boards of both the Farmers Home Administration and the Vermont Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He also served on the East Montpelier Planning Board.
Philip leaves his wife of 48 years; Linda; his son, Steven P. and Denise Brown along with grandson Nathan P of East Montpelier who exemplify the work ethic he inspired; daughter Sara L. Cavanaugh and grandchildren Nicole L., Megan R. and Derek E. of Clarksville, TN who will miss their role model and champion; Scott R. and grandson Raymond P. of Montpelier, VT who were afforded strength and pride of work and love of family, and Stacey and her husband Jeffery Ambrosch, Sr. of Clarksville, TN to whom the smell of his pipe will linger along with an appreciation for all things in nature.
He also leaves sisters Dorothy A. Locke and husband Frank of Southboro , MA ; Sandra E. Johnson and husband Robert of Lyndeborough, NH; Joyce E. Prosser and husband Robert of Wilton, NH; Mary J. Hadley and husband Craig of Weare, NH; JoAnn S. Lane of Hudson, NH; and brother David H. Sparrow and wife Pamela of East Montpelier, VT.
As well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Walter L.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center followed by a fellowship hour at the adjacent community house.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, cherished infant daughter of Zachary and Robyn (Breer) Spivey died December 18, 2008 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital.
Nellie was born on November 28th, and was named for her great grandmother, Nellie Ziter.
"This was a life that had hardly begun
No time to find your place in the sun
No time to do all you could have done
But we loved you enough for a lifetime."
She is survived by her loving parents; Zachary and Robyn of Darien, CT and grandparents, Wayne & Maryann Breer of Montpelier; James & Gail Spivey of Lubbock, TX; aunt, Katie Nunn and her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Maryann of Boston; uncles, Ryan Spivey of Dallas, TX; and Curtis Spivey of Lubbock, TX. Nellie is also survived by her great grandmother, Katherine Spivey and great aunt, Luann Reeder and great uncle, Victor Spivey; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins from the Breer, Bashara and Cody families.
Burial will be at Green Mount Cemetery with her great-grandparents, Nellie & Joe Ziter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Augustine Catholic Church at the convenience of her family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Development Office, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756. Please include in your memorial contribution this memo: "Intensive Care Nursery- for Nellie Spivey".
, 72, died Sunday, November 30, 2008, at Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Vermont, surrounded by her children. She was born February 19, 1936 to Henry and Isabel (Moulton) Desilets of Montpelier.
Cecile attended schools in Montpelier and graduated from St. Michaels High School, class of 1954. After a brief period working in Springfield, MA, Cecile returned to Montpelier and on January 17, 1959 she married John Jack Staab of Montpelier. Together Cecile and Jack raised seven children, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with their families.
Cecile enjoyed belly dancing and was proud to have performed locally and to have given lessons. Some of her favorite pastimes were sharing stories and laughter with family and friends, spending time with her 14 grandchildren, Monday Prayer Group, gardening, knitting, baking, eating maple creamies from Morses Sugar Shack and traveling with her friends. Ceciles favorite time of year was Thanksgiving when everyone would gather at her house to enjoy a great meal, good conversation and many, many laughs.
In 1986 Cecile became known to everyone as Nanny with the birth of her first grandchild, Jamieson. After Jacks passing in 1989, Nanny moved to Northfield to live in an old farmhouse that she simply adored. After over 20 years of employment at International Coins and Currency in Montpelier, Cecile retired in 2001 and enjoyed her freedom, peace and solitude at her home in Northfield. She cherished the winters she spent in Hawaii visiting daughter Cheryl and her family. Cecile felt blessed to have her family and so many special friends who continued to visit her, pray with her and to help her stay in her home as long as possible.
Survivors include two sisters: Lorraine Mickey and her husband Donald Rich of Berlin; Theresa and her husband Edwin Callahan of Ringe, NH; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Emery of Abington, PA. She is also survived by her seven children: Cheryl Huntsman of Kailua, HI; Deborah and her husband Kurt Bailey of Barre; Jeffrey Staab of Walden; John Joe Staab, III, and his wife Suzanne Verchereau-Staab of Berlin; Lisa and her husband Darron Tabor of Elmore; Michael Staab of Montpelier; Matthew Staab and his wife Elizabeth Bonaduce-Staab of Weston, FL. Cecile also leaves her 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday, December 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ceciles home, 95 Route 12 South in Northfield. The funeral will take place at St. Augustines Church in Montpelier on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in care of the Hospice Program at 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 47, of Seattle, Washington and formerly of Montpelier, VT died in Seattle on Sunday, December 28, 2008.
He was born in Montpelier on March 7, 1961 the son of James W. & Genevieve (Hageman) Sykas. Eric attended East Montpelier Elementary School and graduated in 1979 from U-32 High School. He attended U.V.M. in Burlington and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Following his education Eric worked for a period of time with his Father in the family restaurant, The Coffee Corner. His career interest was in hotel management and was Head Culinary Chef at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington. Eric was employed for several years with Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC based in North Palm Beach, Florida.
Eric is survived by his wife, Lady Astacio whom he married, March 16, 2007 in Tampa, FL; son, Alex Sykas of White River Jct., VT; Mother, Genevieve of Montpelier; sister, Susan S. Lang and her husband, Lynn of Essex, VT; brother, Mark J. Sykas and his wife, Sharon of Stratham, NH; nieces and nephews, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial service will be held on 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 17, 2009
, 57, of Calhoon Farm Road, died suddenly in Cabo San Lucus, Mexico on October 28th, 2008.
He was born in Montpelier on January 18, 1951, the son of Walter Thompson and Isabelle (Armington) Thompson. He received his education from Montpelier High School.
Sam worked for the State of Vermont for 39 years, most of that time with the Department of Motor Vehicles; and currently a Motor Vehicle Inspector.
He was a former member of the East Montpelier Fire Department and Fast Squad. He was a former select board member for the town of Walden and served as a Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff. He was also active in the Child Seat Safety Program which was an educational program that would teach the proper use of child safety seats throughout the state.
Sam was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, boating and swimming; his beloved dogs and his vegetable garden. Above all else he loved his family and the times spent traveling the world with them. Sam was very proud and excited to hear that he would soon be a grandfather again.
He is survived by his wife Susan Thompson, whom he married on May 31, 1996. He is also survived by his daughter and step daughter, Tara Sue Lange and her son Benjamin of Denver, Colorado, and Tara Sherwood-Churchill and her unborn child; sons, Samuel W. Thompson, Jr of Portland, OR and Joshua Thompson of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Sandra Thompson of Barre, VT, Nancy Duffy of Berlin, VT, Linda Devine of Barre, VT, and Faith Copeland of Barre, VT; brother, Peter Thompson of West Chesterfield, NH.
Calling hours will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Monday, November 3, 2008 at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Committal service will immediately follow at the Middlesex Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Samuel Thompson Scholarship Fund, c/o Vermont State Employee Credit Union, PO Box 67, Montpelier, VT 05601; ATTN: Mark Basa.
, On Sunday, September 28, 2008, our beloved Aunt, Great Aunt, and Great-Great Aunt, Marguerite (Geta) Dorothy Agnes Theresa Tomasi, passed from this life. Geta was one of six children born to Bartolomew and Margherita (Contratto) Tomasi, who had come to Montpelier from Locano, Italy, just prior to 1900. She was born on August 24, 1911, and attended St. Michaels Schools in Montpelier. She graduated from the DeGoesbriand School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. For over 55 years, she served as the nurse and receptionist for the office of her brother, Dr. Ernest P. Tomasi. In her younger days, she loved to play bingo, search the woods for mushrooms with her dog, relax at her relatives camps in Chelsea and Berlin, and visit with all the regulars at Tomasis Store on Main Street.
Painting was one of her favorite hobbies. She was thrilled to be asked to paint the cover scene for her sisters book entitled, Deep Grow the Roots. That same year, she created a remarkable oil-on-canvass portrait of her sister, Mari that hangs proudly in her home. She enjoyed creating paintings on cast iron irons and glassware. She and Mari enjoyed gardening together, nurturing their grapevines and making grape jelly.
Throughout her long life, she was a devoted Aunt to all her many nephews and nieces and was an active participant in their lives and activities. She enjoyed attending sporting events, holiday feasts, concerts, weddings, christenings and birthdays. Her good nature, love of animals, and great sense of humor made her most welcome wherever she traveled. She was able to live out the last of her 97 years in her home due to the efforts of many fine and devoted nurses, care givers, and friends, and her housemate, Jane Anderson. Their loving attitudes and caring ways were daily blessings to Geta.
She is predeceased by her parents, brothers Andrew, Bert, and Ernest, and sisters Jenni and Mari.
She leaves behind her six nieces and nephews: Linda T. Babic and husband Tom; Ernest "Tom" Tomasi; Jon Tomasi; Barbara Tomasi-Gay and husband Bill; Peter Tomasi and wife Donna; Tim Tomasi and wife Vivian. Great nieces and nephews include: Kevin & Kristin Babic & daughter Warner; Kris Babic and fiancée Sarah Menard; David and Katie Hilferty Babic; Cassie Babic & children Austin & Madison; Scott & Tina Tomasi & daughters Aimee & Cianna; Sarah Rice and husband Nathan; Lauren & Evan Tomasi; Travis Williams & Jessie Gay; Eric, Andria, J.P., Drew, Allena, Tory & son Zachary Tomasi; Molly Irish and son Shane; Michael, Phillip, and Ryan Tomasi; Devon, Isabel and Jason Tomasi.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Augustines Church, in Montpelier. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Getas memory be made to the Montpelier Ambulance Service, c/o City Hall, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. Those wanting to make online condolences can go to www.guareandsons.com. and click on Getas obituary. To honor her wishes, there will be no calling hours.
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Howard E. Walbridge
90, died Friday, May 16, 2008 at his home in East Montpelier. He was born in Cabot, Vermont on July 12, 1917 the son of George and Frances (Christie) Walbridge. Howard graduated from Cabot High School in 1935 and St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1936.
Howard graduated from Lyndon Normal School in 1941, and taught in a one-room school in Union Village, Thetford for two years. Teaching in a rural school with eight grades was one of his fondest memories. During World War II, Howard joined the Air Force, and served in North Africa and Europe. Following the ward, he earned his Masters Degree from University of Vermont and continued his educational work, as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Northeast Kingdom.
In 1952, Howard entered the field of vocational rehabilitation for the State of Vermont. He worked both as a counselor and as the Director of the Division of the Blind and Visually Handicapped until his retirement. Howard enjoyed traveling, gardening and working in his woodworking shop.
Howard was first married in 1940 to Anna Palmer, with whom he had three children. In 1970 Howard married Alice Patterson of Middlesex. For the last thirty years, they have made their home in East Montpelier.
Howard is survived by his wife, Alice, his children, Lucille Jansen, Robin Walbridge, and Delia Mae Gosikowa, and his step-son, Steven Patterson. He had eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Howard will be dearly missed by his family and friends throughout Vermont.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., from St. Augustine Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will be at St. Augustine Cemetery.
, 81, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Central Vermont Medical Center.
Ivers was born on August 1, 1926 in Northfield, Vermont, the son of Ivers Milon Wilder Sr. and Emma Fogg Wilder. He attended schools in Northfield. He began logging to help support his family and joined his faithful uncles for work in the woods of Orange, Vermont. Ivers joined the United States Army, 5th Calvary, on September 13, 1944. He completed his basic training with the 4th Platoon, Troop K, 1st Training Regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas. He departed for his overseas duty in March of 1945. He served as a rifleman in the Southern Philippines during the campaigns of Luzon and Leyte and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and two battle stars. His regiment left the Philippines on three transport ships to await the occupation of Japan. Ivers felt privileged to have been present in Tokyo Harbor on September 2, 1945 during the signing of the Joint Declaration of the United States, Great Britain, China, and the Soviet Union with Japan. He received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army on November 26, 1946. Ivers received the following decorations: the Army of Occupation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Ivers had been a life member of the Brown-Johnson Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 792, in Montpelier.
Upon his discharge, Ivers returned to Vermont and began his long employment as a polisher in the Barre and Montpelier granite industry. He remained in the industry for 42 years and retired in 1989. Not one to sit around, even in retirement, Ivers worked for many summers as a groundskeeper for the Vermont Parks and Forests and the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville, Vt. His greatest enjoyments in life, other than times with his family, were mowing and plowing his home property, traveling the back roads of Vermont, discovering new places in the United States, and watching the games of the New York Yankees and Giants with his son and grandsons.
Family life began on July 5, 1952 when Ivers married Lorraine Jean Pillsbury at the home of Reverend Arthur Hewitt in Berlin. They resided in Montpelier for their first twenty-four years of marriage. In 1976, the family moved to Worcester, where Ivers and Lorraine continued to reside. Ivers is survived by his loving wife Lorraine; his daughter Denise Wilder and husband, Michael Fullerton of North Calais; his daughter Jean Wilder and husband, William DeVaughn of Middlesex; his son Les Wilder and wife, Angie Wilder of Worcester; and his daughter Ruth Wilder and partner, Peter Mayhew of Marshfield. Ivers is also survived by four grandchildren: Jennifer Wilder Perry and husband Christopher Perry of Montpelier; Thurman Wilder and partner, Harmony Cook of Williamstown; Amber Wilder Larrabee and husband, Jake Larrabee of Barre; and Michael Springer and partner, Emily Smith of East Montpelier. Ivers was a proud great grandfather of Christopher Perry, Jade Perry, Landon Ivers Larrabee and Olivia Amber Wilder. Ivers also has left his beloved sister Evelyn Grandy of Montpelier; his best friends and cousin Beverly and Fred Fisher of Montpelier; his loving Aunt Lila Wilder of Worcester; one niece Diane Naumec, four nephews Steve Barabash, Chris, Kevin and Michael Butler, and too numerous cousins and friends to mention, but they were never forgotten. Ivers has been predeceased by his son Milon Ivers Wilder; his father, his mother and his stepmother Elsie Wilder; his brother Donald Butler; all of his uncles and aunts; and his best friend George Richardson.
Ivers wished to have no calling hours or funeral. Instead, family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at a ceremony which will be hosted at the Brown-Johnson Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 792 on Tuesday, March 25 at 11 A.M. A meal will follow the ceremony. The VFW is located at 1 Pioneer Street in Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Brown-Johnson VFW fund titled Operation UpLink, which provides telephone cards for soldiers stationed in Iraq; to Palliative Care at Central Vermont Medical Center, P. O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641-0547; or to any local community service fund of your choice.
, age 55, of Montpelier died suddenly after a short-term illness on August 25, 2008 at Central Vermont Medical Center.
She was born on February 14, 1953 in Charleston, SC, the daughter of Ida Juanita (Earley) and Chauncey Wilson. She graduated from high school in Anderson, SC, where she grew up. She later earned her Associate degree at Community College of Vermont in 2001.
Dianne married Richard Harvie, a student at Clemson, in 1971. Shortly thereafter, Richs pursuit of a pharmacy degree took the young couple to Framingham, MA. In 1981 Dianne and Rich had the first of two wonderful daughters, Sarah; Kaitlin followed in 1983. In the same year, Dianne and Rich settled in East Montpelier, VT. Dianne began working at International Coins and Currency in 1987, where she continued to work until her passing, some 20+ years later. Dianne and Rich divorced in 1990.
Dianne met Barry Rufenacht in 1991 and they began a domestic partnership in 1992. With Barry having two sons of his own, Graham and Jesse Rufenacht (born in 1982 and 1984, respectively), Dianne and Barry ended up with a full and ever-lively household. The family grew further in 2006 when Sarah gave birth to Diannes grandson, Mason Harvie. Dianne and Barry remained partners for more than 16 years. At a gathering of friends and family last summer they commemorated their relationship when Barry surprised Dianne with rings to exchange.
Dianne enjoyed spending time gardening both flowers and vegetables. She also cared deeply and conscientiously for the number of pets her family had throughout the years. Dianne always eagerly awaited her (at least) annual trips to Florida with Barry, where they visited friends and family, and also enjoyed the often hard to come-by private moments together. Though Dianne and Barry lived in Naples, FL for two years, their favorite places were the Sanibel and Captiva Islands and Barefoot Beach.
Dianne will be remembered for her unconditional and infinite supply of love and generosity. There were no bounds to Diannes devotion to her family: she maintained exceptionally close relationships with her daughters, talking to both multiple times a day; she loved and cared for her step-sons as her own; she felt privileged and awed to be part of the deep love and commitment between herself and Barry; and she was a calming figure of strength and sensitivity not only to her immediate family, but also to an extensive network of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. With the arrival of Mason, Diannes dedication amplified, as even before his birth, he became the greatest joy in her life. As anyone who saw her with or spoke to her about Mason can attest, she was an incredibly joyful and grateful grandparent.
Dianne always thoughtfully extended her compassion to neighbors and friends. Particularly, Dianne and Barry made it a priority to create a space for their kids and their kids friends to enjoy and be safe. Dianne welcomed the constant flow of friends with a sense of humor, sincerity, and good food. Her Sheppards Pie, pasta sauce, and meatballs were particularly popular with the many U-32 sports teams she followed faithfully and enthusiastically.
Dianne also offered her care to the greater community around her. She volunteered at East Montpelier Elementary School in various roles, including room mother and leader of Sarahs Brownie troop. Later she became a volunteer for the Battered Womens Services and Shelter.
Dianne is survived by her domestic partner of 16 years, Barry Rufenacht, his two biological sons, Graham and Jesse, her two biological daughters, Kaitlin and Sarah, her beloved grandchild Mason, her mother Ida Juanita, her sisters Patsy McBride and Shirley Carter, Shirleys husband Mike Carter, Barrys sisters Andrea Lissette and Sharon Henry, his mother Mary Rufenacht, as well as her numerous significant nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dianne Wilson may be contributed to Battered Women's Services and Shelter of Washington County (P.O. Box 652, Barre, VT 05641). A memorial service will be held at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center on Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. Following the ceremony, please join us at Dianne and Barrys home at 231 Bliss Road, Montpelier for a casual potluck gathering to share your memories, love, stories, pictures and support. In addition, the family would like to begin a collection of letters addressed to Mason, Diannes grandson, to create a collage of memories and perspectives of Dianne through which he, and future grandchildren, can come to know their Yami. If there is anything you would like to contribute to this collection, stationary will be available at the service and reception. The family invites attendees wear casual and comfortable attire.