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, age 90, husband of the late Hortance “Tenny” Sawyer passed away Friday July 4, 2008 at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford. Chuck was born in St. Albans on August 6, 1917 the son of the late, Clarence & Mae (Sargent) Sawyer. Chuck had been a resident of Our Lady of the Meadows for the past 2 years and was also a resident of Ave Maria in Richford from 1992 to 2006. Chuck had a long career in education highlighted by tenures as superintendent of the outlying schools of Montpelier, Principal at BFA Fairfax where he was also the Girls Basketball Coach and refereed football games, and finally retiring in 1982 as the Principal of the Kelly Junior High School in Norwich, CT. at which point they moved to Derry, NH. Chuck & Tenny loved to spend their summers at their camp on Lake Carmi in Franklin and was a former member and treasurer of the Lake Carmi Campers Association. Chuck loved to read, and play bridge. He also loved to watch & referee football and helped out with the New York Giants summer camp in Burlington. He was a former member of the Rotary. He is survived by his daughter, Jane Curtis of Manchester, NH; granddaughter and granddaughter-in-law, Natashua Muse & Monique Flambures of San Francisco, CA; brothers, Robert Sawyer of Denver, CO, and David Sawyer and his wife Chris of Norwich, CT; sister, Margaret Flanagan of Washington, DC; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Hortance “Tenny” (St. Francis) Sawyer on October 3, 1997; a brother, John Sawyer; a sister and her husband, Mary “Betty” & Francis Donahue. Funeral services will be held Tuesday July 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s cemetery in Franklin. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Chuck’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Meadows Resident Activity Fund, 1 Pinnacle Meadows, Richford, VT 05476
, age 83, passed peacefully into her new life on July 6, 2008 at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington with her husband and children at her side. Laura was born February 12, 1925 in Jackson, MI the daughter of the late Grant & Clara (Vetter) Burgess. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. She used her training for two years at Guacio Presbyterian Mission in Puerto Rico where she met Holden T. Doane of Bakersfield who was also serving there. They were married September 21, 1952 and bought the Solomon Davis farm in Bakersfield where they have worked side by side for nearly 56 years. Laura was responsible for all the farm books and records and spent many hours beside Holden canning and packing maple syrup and making deliveries around the state, and once even in New York City. Laura was a long standing member of the United Methodist Church, serving in many facets from church treasurer, Deacon, and member of the WSCS that is now the United Methodist Women’s Fellowship. Her commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior was an integral part of all she was and all she did. In addition to her farm and church duties, Laura served as town auditor for many years and a term as Town Clerk/Treasurer. Together Holden and Laura raised four children and their home became known affectionately as the “Doane Hotel” as they welcomed friends, relatives and occasionally complete strangers for a night, a week or even months as needed. Laura was always a warm and gracious host genuinely interested in the well-being of her family and friends. Her quick wit and love of learning made her a delight to be around. She was loving and patient and could tolerate anything except “fulsome praise”. Townspeople will remember her for compassion and caring, always ready to serve with a helping hand, a card, a ride or a pot of corn chowder. Her grandchildren will remember her stories, her never-ending supply of ice cream and twix and the loss of her ability to say “no !” She is survived by her soulmate and love of her life. She and Holden had the kind of marriage others envy, completely one, each always for the other. In addition she leaves her four children, Linda of Bakersfield, Martha Cooper and husband Reid of Providence, RI, Tennyson and wife Joy of Bakersfield, and Perry and wife Rebekah of Decatur, IN; seven grandchildren, Matt & Catherine Cooper of Providence, RI, Tennyson Doane and wife Jennie of Quincy, MA, Cameron & Caelyn Doane of Bakersfield, and Holden & Rebekah Doane of Dectaur, IN; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Barbara Gabriel and Elizabeth Richards; three daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Carol; and a grandson, Anderson Doane. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Bakersfield Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Marie Baskette officiating. In lieu of visiting hours, immediately following the memorial service, Laura’s family will visit with family and friends at a gathering which will be held at the Bakersfield Elementary School. For those who wish, contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to the United Church of Bakersfield & Fairfield, P.O. Box 215, Bakersfield, VT 05441 or to the Hope Lodge, Lois McLure Building, Burlington, VT 05401-3412.
, age 89, widow of Leonard Bingham, died peacefully Tuesday evening July 8, 2008 at her home of 60 years, with her family at her side. She was born Weltha Charlotte Gates on June 2, 1919 in Enosburg Falls the daughter of the late Leon & Lona (King) Gates. Weltha was known for her dedication to her church, the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Choir for 45 years and served as the church gate-keeper for many years. She was known in the community for her garden, growing her own raspberries and making flakey, mouth watering raspberry pies. She was also known as the Enosburg lady on her three wheel bicycle. Weltha remained dedicated to her home state of Vermont til the time of her death. Weltha was salutatorian of the class of 1937 at Richford High School. She was able to join other classmates for their 70th high school reunion last summer, but did not recently attend her 71st. She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Wilma Swank Pitzer and her husband John of Englewood, OH; son, Dale Bingham and his wife Susan of Irasburg; her grandchildren, Bradley Swank and his wife Leigh Ann of St. Paris, OH, Christopher Swank of Kettering, OH, Andrew Bingham of Pasadena, CA, Linley, Krista & Caitlin Bingham and their mother Anne Grassette - Harvey all of Enosburg Falls; a step-granddaughter, Jillian Harvey of Portland, ME; and her only great grandchild, Kaetlyn Swank of St. Paris, OH. Weltha was predeceased by her infant sister, Wilma; her two infant sons, Charles & Lonnie; her teenage daughter, Gloria; her husband Leonard Bingham; and her parents, Leon & Lona Gates. Funeral services will be held Saturday July 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Jon Patrick Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the East Berkshire Congregational Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday evening from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Weltha’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency Hospice Program or Home Care Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, age 81, passed away Thursday morning July 10, 2008 at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton. He was born December 16, 1926 in Granby, Quebec Canada the son of the late Joseph & Olida (Smith) Martel Marcel was employed at Sweat-Comings for over 25 years retiring upon their closure. He was also a farmer for many years. Following his retirement he enjoyed mowing lawns and snow blowing sidewalks and driveways for his friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed playing cards and playing solitaire on the computer. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. Marcel married Lucille Laroche on October 27, 1945 she predeceased him on September 26, 1996. Marcel is survived by his second wife Margaret (Cleveland) Lumbra – Martel; 2 sons, Rene Martel and his wife Rebbecca of Berkshire, and Joseph Martel and his wife, Dianne Bessette of Richford; 2 daughters, Mary Jane Laroche and her husband Germain of Arcade, NY, and Lorraine Bourassa and her husband Richard of Colchester; 4 grandchildren Chantal Wiedmann and her husband Rick, Linda Hurlburt and her husband Chris, Renee Bourassa, and David Bourassa, 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Romauld Martel of Plymouth, MA; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Joseph & Olida Martel, his first wife, Lucille (Laroche) Martel. Marcel was predeceased by a grandson, Josepha Laroche; his siblings, Maurice, Eugene & Florence. Funeral services will be held Monday July 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held at the convenience of the Family in Hillside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 4-6 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Marcel’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels Program, C/O D&D Deli, P.O. Box 25, Montgomery, VT 05470
, age 85, passed away Friday evening July 18, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born February 22, 1923 in Knoxville, Iowa the daughter of the late Claude A. & Ella Glenn (Gaylord) Phelps. Martha served in the US Navy Waves during WWII receiving her honorable discharge with the rank of SK2c. She was a 1953 graduate of the University of Vermont receiving her BS in Education. She taught math at Enosburg Falls High School for 30 years retiring in 1985. She was a devoted teacher, taking whatever time was needed to help her students succeed. She was a member of the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma (Zeta Chapter), National Education Association, Vermont Retired Teachers Association, and the Franklin/Lamoille Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed playing golf and was a longtime member of the Enosburg Falls Country Club where she was a multiple time ladies club champion. She also enjoyed knitting reading and working in her flower gardens. She is survived by her husband Wendell E. “Barney” Tillotson of Enosburg Falls. They were married August 25, 1944. She is also survived by her son, Lee Tillotson and his wife Susan of Bakersfield; 2 daughters, Janet Machia and her husband Bernard of Bakersfield, and Kathy Bokori and her husband Tom of Scottsville, KY; 5 grandchildren, Leif Tillotson and his fiancé, Amy Gary, Courtney Tillotson his wife Sara and their children, Jarrett & Avery, Jeremy Tillotson his companion Emily Garceau and their daughter Ruby, Shaun Machia his wife Angela and their children Marisa & Rowen, and Jackie Daviau her husband Steve and their son Isaac; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Beard of Houston, TX, and Arlene Nichol of Carthage, IL; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter Claudia Tillotson; a granddaughter, Megan Fitzgerald; a brother, Claude A. Phelps Jr.; and sisters, Clara Swayze & Roxa Dill. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday July 22, 2008 from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Memorial services and interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family with interment being held at the Tillotson family lot in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bakersfield. For those who wish, contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, age 71, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning July 22, 2008 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington surrounded by his family. Ronald was born September 1, 1936 in Sheldon the son of the late Clarence & Beatrice (LaChapelle) Bocash. Ronald was a resident of Sheldon most of his life and for the past 2 years made his home at the Franklin Homestead. He married Susie Sartwell on July 6, 1957, she predeceased him on February 22, 2005. Ronald was the Road Commissioner for the Town of Sheldon for several years and then opened his own service station in Sheldon Junction which he also operated for several years prior to being Road Foreman for the Town of Fairfield, retiring after 20 years of employment. Ronald was an avid baseball fan having played on several senior men’s baseball teams in the area and enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox. He also enjoyed going on gambling trips to New York and going out to eat with his friends from the Homestead. He is survived by his son, Ronny Bocash and his wife Denise of Fairfield; his daughter, Tammy Campbell and her husband Ty of Highgate Springs; four grandchildren, Shayne Bocash, Melissa Bocash, Adam Campbell, and Tucker Campbell; two brothers, Clarence Bocash Jr. and his wife Dorothy of Sheldon, and Peter Bocash of Fairfield; three sisters, Janice Ladieu and her husband, Lyle of Swanton, Dale Duffy and her husband Lloyd of Fairfield, and Joan Pariseau and her husband Frank of Enosburg Falls; three brothers-inlaw, Miles Sartwell of Highgate, Tommy Sartwell and his wife Anita of Richford, and Jake Sartwell and his wife Clarita of Highgate; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Menard of St. Albans, and Doris Sartwell of Highgate; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Clarence & Beatrice Bocash, and wife, Susie Bocash Ronald was predeceased by two sisters, Phyllis Sartwell and Doris Derry; and one brother, Harry Bocash. Ronald’s family would like to express their sincerest thanks to all the residents at the Franklin Homestead for the friendships they extended to their father. A graveside service will be held Monday July 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Highgate Center Cemetery with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 4-6 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, gift’s in Ronald’s memory may be made to the Franklin Homestead Resident Fund, C/O Sally Peloubet, 114 Homestead Dr. Apr. 109, Franklin, VT 05457.
, age 81, passed away Thursday August 14, 2008 at Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans with her loving family at her side. She was born March 1, 1927 in Bakersfield the daughter of the late Arthur & Maria (Paquette) Gendron. Rita was a resident of East Fairfield most of life where she was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was a member of the East Fairfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her working career started as a cook for the Grampa Read farm where her husband worked. She also worked at George Yett Bag Company and finally working at Giant Department store in St. Albans which became Ames Department store for many years retiring in 1992. Rita enjoyed having her family together, playing cards, quilting, gardening, canning, going to the woods with her son Raymond, sugaring with her family, trapping with her husband, and berrying with her sisters. She is survived by her children, Linda Hall & Lisa Rotman of Williston, and Raymond & Donna Flanders of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Mindy & Gilbert Gagner of Highgate Springs, Daryl Hall of Williston his children, Britney, Taylor & Seth and their mother Theresa all of Highgate Springs, Daren & Lisa Hall of Swanton, Jessica Flanders of Lehigh Acres, FL, and Jamie Flanders – Stenta & Mark Stenta of Bakersfield; two sisters and their husbands, Cecile & Norman Garrett of East Fairfield, and Rose & Henry Lamothe of St. Albans; sisters-in-law, Helen Murphy and her husband William, and Joyce Flanders all of Hyde Park; several nieces and nephews including a special niece Diane Andrews; and a special friend, Donna Boucher. Besides her parents Rita was predeceased by her husband Delmar Flanders on April 25, 2006. They were married on November 25, 1943. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Gertrude Ashline and Mary Jane Mitchell; a sister-in-law, Freida Jacobs; and a brother-in-law, William Flanders Sr. Funeral services will be held Monday August 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in East Fairfield with Revs. Leonidas Laroche, Andre Houle, and Pierre Lavallee con-celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Georges Cemetery in Bakersfield. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 6-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls For those who wish, contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to Vermont Cancer Research Center, Given E213, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405 or to the East Fairfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, C/O Johanna Lumbra, P.O. Box 33, East Fairfield, VT 05448
, age 67, wife of Roger Carr, passed away Sunday morning August 24, 2008 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born January 7, 1941 in Montgomery the daughter of the late Clayton & Josephine (Greene) Elkins. Deanna had worked on several area dairy farms and had also waitressed and cooked at Phyllis’s Diner and Jim’s Place both in Sheldon and at the Dairy Center in Enosburgh. She enjoyed playing BINGO, cooking, going for rides, lawn sales and shopping. She will always be remembered for her willingness to help others. She is survived by her husband, Roger Carr of Berkshire. They were married July 30, 1980. She is also survived by her children, Ricky Thompson of Berkshire, James Thompson and his wife Sherry of Enosburgh, Cristal Allain and her wife Charlene Rivers of St. Albans, and Roger Carr Jr. of Berkshire; grandchildren, Justin & Sonya Thompson, Dakota Champagne, Ethan Carr, Krista, Ryan & Zach Russell, and Karrie Hall; a brother and his wife, Michael & Maggie Elkins of Montgomery; 2 sisters and their husbands, Maxine & Pete Farrar of Richford, and Janice & James Adams of Fairfield; mother-in-law, Ethel Carr of St. Albans; several nieces and nephews. Deanna’s family wishes to thank her special care-givers, Penny Hall & Dorothy Clair Funeral services will be held Thursday August 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Deanna’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Research Center, GivenE213, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405 or to The American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, So. Burlington, VT 05403.
, 66, a resident of Troy Street in Richford passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his loving wife Arlene and friend Nancy at his side. Homer was born on July 20, 1942 in Johnson, VT, the son of Benjamin and Albena (LaRoche) Corey. Homer farmed for most of his life and had also been employed at Benjamin’s Sawmill and McDermott Trucking. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and, especially, country music and playing his guitar and recording music. His favorite baseball team was the New York Yankees. Surviving are Homer’s wife Arlene (Sorrell) Corey of Richford; his children, JoAnn and Isadore Bouchard of Enosburg and Melissa and John Delisle of Richford; step-children Laurie Ann VanAlstine of Newaygo, MI, William and Judy Dubois of Middleville, MI, Don and Dorothy Chalender of Charlotte, MI and Richard and Lisa Hunter, Jr. of Howard City, MI; his brothers David Merriam of Wolcott and John Merriam of Morrisville; sisters Betty Bacon of St. Augustine, FL, Betty Parrot of Fairhaven; 18 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Homer was predeceased by his brothers William Corey, George Corey, Benjamin Corey, Harrison Corey and Merrill Corey; and half sisters, Mabel V. Bushey, and Alice Wine Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service which will be held on Monday, September 1 at 10:00AM at the Sheldon Village Cemetery in Sheldon with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. In keeping with Homer’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Should friends desire, gifts in Homer’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Reasearch Center, Given E213, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405.
North Woodstock, NH/Bakersfield, VT Jessica Lynn Brigham
, 35, of Main Street, North Woodstock, died Saturday, August 30th, 2008 at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, following a tragic car accident. Jessica has left us and is with her best friend and Sister Diane. Jessica was formerly of Bakersfield, VT, she also lived in the Plymouth and Ashland area before moving to North Woodstock 3 years ago. She was born in St. Albans, Vermont on April 17, 1973, the daughter of Jerry and Jane (Lavery) Brigham of Bakersfield, VT, Jessica was a Graduate of Enosburg High School class of 1991; she attended the University of Vermont and was an honor graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in education. Jessica worked as a Substitute Teacher in the Laconia area. Most recently she was head teller at Northway Bank in Plymouth. She also worked for a time at Merchant Bank of Enosburg, VT. Besides her parents Jessica leaves the love and joy of her life her three month old son, Sebastian Albert & his father and her companion Steven Eldred of North Woodstock, two brothers; Jason Brigham of Jefferson, and Jonathan Brigham of Bakersfield, VT, her paternal grandmother; Mildred Brigham of Bakersfield, VT and special nephew Dillon Brigham, her God parents; James and Judy Smith of St. Albans, VT; several aunts and uncles. Jessica also leaves her extended family Dawn, Jackie & Jessi Day of NH and James & Ann Eldred and the entire Eldred family of MA; many cousins and special friends in VT & NH. Visiting hours will be held at the Edmund Fournier Funeral Home 144 Main St., North Woodstock on Tuesday from 6-8 PM. Visiting hours will also be held at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Avenue, Enosburg Falls, VT on Wednesday from 6-8 PM A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fairfield, VT on Thursday September 4, 2008 at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Bakersfield, Vermont. Donations in her memory may be made to the Jessica L. Brigham memorial fund c/o Northway Bank Main St. Plymouth, NH 03264
, age 76, wife of Willard “Arnold” Ruch, passed away Sunday morning August 31, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center with her loving family at her side. She was born August 27, 1932 in Randolph, Vermont the daughter of the late Arthur C. & Lucy (Bean) Bass. She attended Randolph High School. Ruth has been a resident of Richford, Fairfield and St. Albans for over the past 30 years and was a former resident of New Hampshire. While in New Hampshire she devoted her time to being a DeMolay mother with the Exeter Chapter. Her many hobbies included needle work, sewing, and crocheting. She donated much of her work to charitable organizations such as the Richford Ambulance Service and the Richford Fire Department. Being a breast cancer survivor she also donated her quilts to several cancer organizations for their fund raising raffles. Ruth was a devoted, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a kind and considerate friend and neighbor and enjoyed sharing her canned pickles and homemade jellies and jams. She is survived by her husband, Willard “Arnold” Ruch of Richford. They were married July 28, 1951. She is also survived by 3 daughters, Marcella Dockham of Jordan, NY, twins – Dianne Schink and her husband Stephen of Rome, NY, and Joanne Ruch and her husband Reggie Beaton of Gorham, ME.; 6 grandchildren, Joseph Morin Jr., Sean Gatcomb, Desiree Morin, Suann Hall, Mikayla Dubuque, and Justin Ruch; 7 great grandchildren, Craig, Nathan, Teonna, Haley, Leo & Aliyah; a sister, Linda Bradshaw of Ardin, NC; 6 nieces, 4 nephews and their families. Besides her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her son, Bruce A. Ruch; 3 brothers, Martin, Alden & Merwin Bass; 3 sisters, Electa MacDougall, Cornelia Washburn, and Edna May Bass. In keeping with Ruth’s wishes she will be cremated. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service that will be held Friday September 12, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495 Ruth’s family wishes to thank the staff at the Northwestern Medical Center for their care and compassion given to Ruth.
, age 71, widow of Frederick D. Paradee, passed away Monday September 1, 2008 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born May 24, 1937 in Sheldon the daughter of the late Myron & Etta (Cook) Glidden. Shelby was a resident of Fairfield most of her life and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She drove school bus for the Town of Fairfield for 22 years retiring in 1994. She also started farming with her husband in 1959 and was still farming with her family until poor health recently forced her to stop. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and watching birds. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her children, Mark Paradee and his wife Anne of Fairfield, Roy Paradee and his wife Michelle of Berkshire, Michael Paradee of Fairfield, Ann Sturgeon and her husband Edward of Enosburg, and Joanne Minckler and her husband Steven of Sheldon; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Minckler, Christopher Sturgeon, Sherri Sturgeon, Allen Paradee, Sarah Paradee, and Shelby Paradee; her sister, Marilyn Almeida and her husband Richard of Essex; her half sisters, Linda Rockwell of Emporiam, PA, and Priscilla Johnson and her husband David of Fairfield; a brother-in-law, Thomas Paradee and his wife Ellen of Fairfield; her sisters-in-law, Mary Boudreau and her husband Richard of Franklin, and Dora Paradee of Fairfield; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frederick D. Paradee on April 2, 1994. Shelby & Fred were married November 26, 1957. Funeral services will be held Friday September 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fairfield with Rev. Leonidas Laroche celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Shelby’s memory may be made to the Fairfield Fire Department C/O P.O. Box 1521, Fairfield, VT 05455 or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 18, Fairfield, VT 05455
, age 48, husband of Sherrill, passed away unexpectedly as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident on Wednesday September 3, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Mark was born March 10, 1960 in Inglewood, CA. the son of Ramon & Pattye Luna. As a young man, Mark served in the U.S. Air Force. He moved to Vermont in January 1996 from Yucaipa, CA and has made his home in Berkshire since 1997. He has been employed in the maintenance department at Ben & Jerry’s in St. Albans for almost 13 years. Mark is survived by his wife, Sherrill. They were married November 27, 1981. He is also survived by his sons, Damon, John, Joseph; daughter-in-law, Yumi and his grandsons, Nico and Colin; his mother, Pattye; his sister, Terri; and his brothers, Eric & David and their families. Also many Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces and Cousins, as well as his wife’s two brothers and sisters. He was predeceased by his father, Ramon Luna; and his in-laws, Melville & Lois Cruse. Funeral services will be held Monday September 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. There will be no visiting hours. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in Mark’s memory may be made to Vermont Thunder, C/O Michael Pendriss, 109 Maplewood Ave., Milton, VT 05468. "Mark was very proud of his sons and their accomplishments. He enjoyed living in Vermont, and watching his kids grow and play sports. He spent hours around the house and walking in the woods thinking up new ways to improve the family’s home. He was happy to see each of his sons in turn join the United States Navy. He was very enthusiastic and excited to be experiencing the joys of being a grandfather. Words cannot begin to describe who Mark was as a man. He cared about everything that he did. He accomplished so much in his short time with us. Mark is watching us right now from heaven with one of his heartfelt smiles. He touched many lives and will continue to do so as people share their stories and memories. Anyone who knew Mark knows that his sprit will surround us forever and he will continue to teach through his loving family and many friends. Saying that Mark was an extremely smart person would be an understatement. If you talk with people that knew him well, you are sure to hear stories that start with “I’m not sure what’s wrong” and end with “Yea, and Mark figured it out.” He spent his life learning, and teaching to anyone who would listen. He lived by saying that he would tell his kids often, “If another man can do it, I can do it.” That was a fitting description of how Mark lived his life. He never came across a project that he couldn’t tackle, and if it was broken he would always find a way to fix it. His voice will never be silenced and he lives on through those closest to him. Being a private man, I’m sure he would have reservations about an obituary that was trying to tell his story, for it would take volumes to even break the surface of a man like Mark. For those who were lucky enough to have known this special man, knew that we lost a loving son, husband, father, brother and grandfather."
, 49, a resident of the Barry Road in Fairfield passed away at her home on Sunday, September 7, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. Evelyn was born on December 7, 1958 in St. Albans, VT, the daughter of Harry E. and Shirley (Chaplin) Ryea, Sr. Evelyn was an independent, self reliant woman who had lived in Fairfield all of her life. She was a devoted wife, supportive mother and committed employee. A barefooted free thinker, Evelyn grew up in the back hills of Fairfield and attended Fairfield schools. She was a 1977 graduate of BFA in St. Albans. Evelyn’s second marriage was to Carl W. Gleason of Bakersfield on September 7, 1985 and they built her home on the Barry Road in Fairfield, known as Fort Evelyn. A matriarch to all males, Evelyn became a football mom, baseball mom, basketball mom, lacrosse mom, rugger mom and, her most difficult, a boxing mom. Evelyn stood proudly and busting at the seams as Danny graduated Boot Camp as a U.S. Marine in Parris Island, SC. She stood firmly until Thomas completed his certificates at SUNY Canton and reminded quietly to Benjamin all his requirements needed to complete his schooling at Castleton State in the spring of 2009. For ten years Evelyn worked as Accounts Payable for the terrific, International, high technology, manufacturing company of Huber & Suhner in Essex. Evelyn was greatly appreciated, relied on and committed at Huber & Suhner. Evelyn deeply hated leaving H&S when she became sick. Surviving are Evelyn’s husband Carl W. Gleason of Fairfield; her mother Shirley Ryea of Fairfield; sons Danny Lee Farr, Jr. and his daughter Kyrah Farr of Franklin, Benjamin C. Gleason and Thomas H. Gleason both of Fairfield; her brothers Harry Ryea, Jr. of Berkshire and Henry Ryea of Greensville, SC. and her sisters Luna Clark of Highsprings, FL and Susan Bergeron of Enosburg Falls. Evelyn was predeceased by her father Harry Ryea, Sr. In keeping with Evelyn’s wishes there will be no services or calling hours. Her ashes will be divided among her boys to be disposed of according to their wishes. Should friends desire, gifts in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the Fairfield Fire Department, c/o 3545 VT Rt. 36, Fairfield, VT 05455, who, with the efforts of Tim Corey and others in the department, assisted in saving Evelyn’s life on December 19, 2007.
STOWE, VT / RIVIERA BEACH, FL – Ruth A. Musslewhite
, age 82, passed away Tuesday September 9, 2008 at the Hospice Unit of Hospice of Palm Beach County with her loving family at her side. She was born August 22, 1926 in Arendal, Norway the daughter of the late Hans Martin Olson and Petrine Marie (Osuldsen) Olson. Ruth came to this country as a young child. Ruth loved to travel and spent many happy years living in England, France, and the Netherlands with her husband who worked in these locations for Exxon Corporation. She enjoyed cooking and served many wonderful meals to her family and friends. She had a kind and generous spirit which displayed to all those around her. She also loved preparing and sharing Christmas with her family in Stowe. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Musslewhite of Stowe, VT and Riviera Beach, FL. She also survived by her children, Sharon DeVries and her husband Douglas of Montgomery Center, Kim Spaulding and her husband Frank of Underhill, and Peter Musslewhite of Ormand Beach, FL. She was a beloved grandmother to Desiree, Kirsten and Brittany DeVries and Trevor Spaulding. She is also survived by her brothers, Clifford, Ronald, Ralph and Kenneth Bornstad; her sister, Hilda Huber; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents Ruth was predeceased by her step-father, Ragnar Bjornstad; two sisters, Joan Cosgrove and Barbara Holland; and a brother, Carl Olson Graveside services were held Saturday September 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe with her family and the Rev. Bruce Comiskey of the Stowe Community Church. For those who wish, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to Stowe Community Church, C/O Bruce Comiskey, P.O. Box 991, Stowe, VT 05672-0991
RICHFORD - Arthur William (“Andy”) Anderson
, 85 died Friday morning September 19, 2008 at Our Lady of the Meadows Community Care Home in Richford where he was a resident. Born May 19, 1923, in Richford, to Hilda (Lafleur) and Arthur Cook, Andy was later adopted by his stepfather, Aatar D. Anderson. Andy graduated from Richford High School, and served in the Pacific Theatre in World War II in the US Army. He attended Burlington Business College. On June 16, 1951, he married Queda Virginia Huff of Strong, Maine in Burlington. She died February 17, 1989. He married Georganna Pynduss who survives him, in Richford, May 1990. Andy worked for much of his life as a US Customs Officer in Norton, Vermont. After he retired from federal service, he traveled around Franklin County installing and maintaining Lifeline alarms for people in their homes and doing agricultural reports for the Census Bureau. Andy enjoyed trains, puttering around the house and working crossword puzzles. Andy attended the Baptist Church in Richford until he moved to the Meadows in 2007. In addition to his wife, his two daughters survive him, Virginia Anderson (Stephen Bushman) of Berlin and Betsy Fontaine of Norton, stepdaughters Marceen Pynduss, Lucinda Szczesniak (John) and stepson Mark Pynduss and granddaughters, Sarah Fontaine, Holly and Kay Bushman, Camber and Katie Szczesniak, Jamina Cook and grandsons Jonathan and Jeffery Pynduss. Andy was predeceased by his granddaughter Lauren Bushman. No funeral is planned and there are no calling hours. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Richford at the convenience of the family. Donations in Andy’s memory can be made to Our Lady of the Meadows Activity Fund, 1 Pinnacle Drive, Richford, VT 05476 or to the charity of your choice.
, age 78, passed away Tuesday evening September 23, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her loving family at her side. She was born July 3, 1930 in Enosburg Falls the daughter of the late Winthrop & Beatrice (Lumbra) Towle. Myrtle was a lifelong homemaker and most importantly a mother and grandmother to her family. Myrtle married Jean Guy Bergeron in February of 1952 in St. Albans ending in divorce in 1975. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 12 of Richford. She loved playing scratch tickets and in her earlier years, pull tickets at the Legion. She is survived by her children, Dawn Bergeron of St. Johnsbury, Bette Paquette and her partner Duane Ovitt of Bakersfield, Susan Stephens and her husband Larry of Richford, and Jeffrey Bergeron and his wife Debbie of Richford; her grandchildren, Jeremy Paquette, Nathan Paquette, Jordan Greenwood, Patrick Stephens, and Dylan Stephens; great granddaughters, Breanna & Autumn Paquette; her siblings, Wellington “Sonny” Towle and his wife Theresa of St. Albans, and Linda Van Gieson and her husband Merle of Montgomery; her step brother, John Feltus and his wife Ingrid of Germany & Florida; her sister-in-law, Leona Towle of Fulton, NY; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Winthrop Towle; her mother, Beatrice (Lumbra) Towle – Feltus; step father, Charles Feltus; siblings, Rowland Towle, Janice Lafontaine, and Betty Towle; her brothers-in-law, George Lafontaine, and Lucias Wright; great grandson, Jeremy Paquette Jr.; and the father to her children, Jean Guy Bergeron Myrtles family would like to give special thanks to the Franklin County Home Health Agency for their help given to Myrtle at her home over the last few years. Also, thanks to the nursing staff, ICU staff and Dr. Cochrane at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Funeral services will b held Saturday September 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM at the Spears Funeral Home 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Myrtle’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478
, age 94, passed away Friday evening September 26, 2008 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. He was born December 27, 1913 in Farnham, Quebec Canada the son of the late Henri & Florence (Beauchemien) Messier. Jerry came to Franklin, Vermont in 1925 and married Alicia L. Chailfoux on September 18, 1933 and from this marriage they had two sons, Maurice & James and settled on the Emma Towle farm in 1938 which he eventually purchased in 1946. Jerry was a farmer most of his life but he also worked for E.W. Bailey Feed Co. and was janitor at the Enosburg Falls High School. He retired from farming in 1968. During his retirement he filled his time doing carpentry work. He loved bowling, deer hunting, and working at the BINGO games at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall. He is survived by his son, Maurice Messier and his wife Mary Jane of Sheldon and Maurice’s children Larry Messier his wife Quiong and Lisa Czado her husband Eric and their children, Marin & Loralei; his son, James Messier of Milton and his children, Tammy Judd and her children Kelly and Kelly’s son Isiah, Megan & Nicole; Julie Brigante her husband David and their children, Justin, Alec & Maggie; Steve Messier his wife Kathleen and their children, Spencer, Elizabeth & Hailey; Scott Messier his wife Kim and Scott’s children Jonathan, Steven & Emily; and Michelle Messier; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Jerry was predeceased by his wife Alicia Messier; great grandson, Jimmy Messier; daughters-in-law, Geraldine Messier and Linda Messier; brothers, Henry, George and Lionel Messier; sisters, Ellen Rheaume and Rose Belisle. Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 1, 2008 at 11:00 Am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Franklin. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:45 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Redstone Villa Nursing Home, Resident Activity Fund, 7 Forest Hills Dr., St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 95, passed away peacefully Saturday morning October 4, 2008 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born January 27, 1913 in Richford (Stevens Mills), VT the son of the late Herman & Fannie (Davis) Smith. Hue was a highly respected woodsman, logger, timber cruiser and maple sugar maker. He was mainly self-employed working in Vermont and Maine. In his early years he worked for Sweat – Comings Furniture Company in Richford. He was a member of the Richford United Methodist Church, Richford Cemetery Association, and a 74 year member of the Richford Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his sons, Herman Smith and his fiancé Cindy Blake of Satsuma, FL, Owen Smith and his wife June of Enfield, ME, and Dale Smith and his wife Peggy of Richford, VT; his grandchildren, Steven Smith, and Guy Kittell both of Maine, Huestus “Allen” Smith of Florida, Tracey Cousineau, Holly Smart, Troy Smith all of Maine, Jessica Boone of Richford, Yvonne Costello of Virginia, Mo Hall of Maryland, Kelley Ireland of West Virginia, and Nadine Rinehart of Massachusetts; 20 great grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Kelley of North Carolina, and Martha McAllister of Richford; numerous nieces, nephews and honorary family members. Besides his parents, Hue was predeceased by his wife, Orpha Beatrice (Coons) Smith on November 6, 1987. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Juliette Wing, Irene Selby, and Edith Selby; his brothers, Addison “Bunk” Smith, Lucius “Billy” Smith, & Sheridan Smith; and grandson, Mark Hall. Funeral services will be held Monday October 6, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Richford United Methodist Church, Church St., Richford, VT with Rev. Heidi Reinker officiating. Interment will follow in the Richford Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT For those who wish, contributions in Hue’s memory may be made to Richford Ambulance Service, Main St., Richford, VT 05476
, age 75 passed away on October 4, 2008 surrounded by his loving family at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington following a long illness. He was born in Enosburgh on September 5, 1933 the son of the late Elrick & Mary (Burnor) Robtoy. Bug attended School in East Enosburgh. He worked for Atlas Plywood for several years and then moved to New York where he worked for Kent Manufacturing and the Casting Corporation for 20 years before moving back to Vermont. He then worked for the Town of Enosburgh, Vermont State Highway Department, and the Montgomery Toy Factory. Throughout his life Bug enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, gardening, lawn work, daily rides, card and board games, and his cats, Bandit & Smokey. He also loved Bluegrass concerts, playing his guitar, singing, and square dancing. He belonged to several organizations over his lifetime including, Cold Hollow Barons Snowmobile Club, VAST, Missisquoi Valley Sportsman Club, and the NRA. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marguerite (Snider) Robtoy of Enosburgh; 2 sisters, Arlene Flagg of Bernardston, MA, and Angeline Sciotto of St. Peter’s, MO; and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Besides his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Felix & Winston Robtoy; five sisters, Ronalda Foote, Dorothy Reed, Harriett Kilbourne, Barbara McKinney, and Laura Robtoy Bug’s family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the Franklin County Home Health Agency. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning October 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held Monday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. In keeping with Bug’s wishes he will be cremated following the funeral and the committal services will be held on Saturday October 18, 2008 at 1:00 PM at St. Isidores Cemetery in Montgomery Center. For those who wish, contributions in Bug’s memory may be made to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St.Albans, VT 05478
, age 68, passed away Saturday October 4, 2008 at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington. David was born January 3, 1940 in St. Albans the son of the late Avery & Hazel (Stevens) Gross. David was a 1959 graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. Following high school David entered the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge on March 31, 1969. David was a lifelong farmer and sugarmaker. He especially liked to make Maple syrup, garden, work in the woods logging, and sell hay which gave him the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors. He is survived by a brother-in-law, Gilbert Shover of Richford; nieces, Carole Johnson and her husband Richard, Jacqueline Desmarais and her husband Richard, and Elaine Thompson and her husband Steven; nephew, Alan Shover and his wife Linda; several great nieces and great nephews; many friends and neighbors especially Dan Randall and his family. Besides his parents David was predeceased by a brother, Hugh Gross; a sister, Shirley Shover; 2 nieces, Louise & Linda Shover. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoaldey officiating. Interment will follow in the Enosburgh Center Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Rd., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, age 89, widow of Landon Gelbar, passed away Sunday evening October 5, 2008 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. She was born in Fletcher on September 4, 1919 the daughter of the late Lee & Mildred (Fletcher) Maynard. Blanche was a longtime resident of West Enosburg and Enosburg Falls and was a faithful member of the West Enosburg United Methodist Church and the Church Women’s Group, giving her time to many church bazaars. Blanche was a devoted wife, mother grandmother and homemaker and will be remembered for her famous chocolate fudge, chocolate frosting, and “Courtin Pie”. In her later years birthday and Christmas presents to her family were replaced with her chocolate fudge. She also enjoyed knitting mittens for her grandchildren and other family members. Blanche and Landon loved to dance and enjoyed going to the Mermaid Room at the Dairy Center on Saturday nights. She is survived by a son Alan and his wife Betty of Rutland; 4 daughters, Suzanne Marshall and her husband James of Berkshire, Linda Carpenter and her husband Roy of Enosburg, Nancy Severance and her husband George of Sheldon, and Sally Gelbar of Enosburg; 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; 2 brothers, John Maynard and his wife Marjorie of East Fairfield, and William Maynard and his wife Kathleen of Springfield; 2 sisters, Pauline Tanner of Springfield, and Marie Sleeper and her husband Norman of St. Johnsbury; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Blanche was predeceased by her husband, Landon Gelbar; a daughter, Barbara Colburn; a grandson, Gary Colburn; and 2 sisters, Marjorie Bullis, and Rhoda McGinn. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning October 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the West Enosburg Methodist Church with Rev. John Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the Enosburgh Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Blanche’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Research Center, Given E213, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405 or to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495-1460.
, age 96, passed away at the home of her daughter in Cambridge on Saturday evening, October 18, 2008. Frances was born in Belvidere on July 1, 1912 the eldest of three children of the late Ralph & Cassie (Wescome) Thomas. Frances spent her early childhood in Belvidere and also received her early education there. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1929; and went on to graduate from University of Vermont in 1933 with PHB in the Literary Scientific Course. She married Charles Cota in 1938 and they had one daughter, Barbara in 1946. Barbara’s father predeceased her in 1951. Frances married her second husband, Homer Westman in 1952 and she and Barbara made their home with Homer in Pleasant Valley on the farm. Along with being a farmers wife, Frances taught high school languages in Milton, Bakersfield, Essex, Cambridge, and Fairfax for almost 30 years. Frances was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville, The Crescendo Club, The Jeffersonville Cemetery Association, and the Retired Teachers Association of Vermont in the Franklin/Lamoille District. Frances most enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her great grandsons grow. She also enjoyed receiving many visitors from near and far at Jeffersonville Senior Housing where she resided. Frances is survived by her daughter, Barbara McCuin and her son-in-law, Bruce of Cambridge; her 2 granddaughters, Kate Clark and husband Russ of Cambridge, and Carrie Selby and husband Dean of Cambridge; 5 great grandsons, Travis, Tyler & Ryan Clark, and Nathan & Matthew Selby. She also leaves a step granddaughter, Melanie Carmichael and family; and long time friend and care giver, Patty Langlois; Frances leaves several nieces and nephews as well. Besides her parents Frances was predeceased by her husband Homer in 1999; her brother, Chauncey Thomas; and sister, Phyllis Pettengill. There will be a memorial service at the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Margaret Tooker officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeffersonville Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Frances’s memory may be made to the Second Congregational Church of Jeffersonville, PO Box 40 Jeffersonville, VT 05464, the Jeffersonville Cemetery Association, C/O June Dodge, 1175 VT Rt. 108S, Jeffersonville, VT 05464, Cambridge Rescue Squad, 18 Williamson Ct., Jeffersonville, VT 05464 or Lamoille County Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661. Assisting Frances’s family with arrangements is the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.
ST. ALBANS – Diane Starr (Fletcher) Bryce
, age 60, passed away Friday morning October 24, 2008, at her home with her son, daughter, daughter-in-law, and youngest sister by her side. She was born September 27, 1948, in Enosburg the daughter of the late Erwin J. & Glenna (Deuso) Fletcher. Diane lived in St. Albans for the past six years just down the road from her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. She grew up in the Richford area with her 10 siblings and lived in Colorado, Fairfield, and the Burlington area. Diane greeted the public with a warm smile from the many restaurants, retail establishments, and local watering holes where she worked including Woolworth’s, Howard Johnson’s, Arby’s, The Brick Oven, VFW, The Finish Line, JD’s Pub, and Go-Go Gas. She most recently worked for Global Services at Mylan Technologies and Diversified Resources through Adecco Services. She was a positive influence in her children’s lives and her encouragement and guidance will be missed by her son, Jason Bryce, his wife, Judy, and their children, Jordan, Jared, and Jayce of Richford; and her daughter, Ericka Luneau, her husband, Brent, and their son Jack of St. Albans. In addition to her children and their families, she is survived by sisters, Alice Workman of Grand Isle, Judy Williams of Essex, Deborah MacAulay and her husband Dennis of Naugatuck, CT; brothers, Norman Fletcher and his wife Gwen of Richford, Dale Fletcher and his wife Sandy of Concord, Gary Fletcher of Fairfax, and Randy Fletcher and his wife Kim of Burlington; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Kathy Fletcher and Shirley Fletcher both of Richford. Besides her parents, Diane was predeceased by her infant daughters, Lorie Sheltra and Jamie Bryce; sisters, Beth, Betty & Shirley Fletcher; brothers, Richard & Erwin Fletcher; and brother-in-laws, Richard Workman and Roger Williams. A day of reflection and a celebration of Diane’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at the Somerset Inn, Depot Street, Enosburg Falls, with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Diane’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Jim Bashaw Cancer & Catastrophic Illness Fund, C/O Northwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 1370, St. Albans, VT 05478. Both of these organizations as well as her care givers sister-in-law Kim, sister Debbie, daughter Ericka, daughter-in-law Judy, son Jason, and special neighbor Sylvia Cherrier were instrumental in supporting Diane through her illness. We take comfort in knowing we helped Diane on her final journey and fulfilled her wish to pass on at her own home. Our time with her has been a special gift we will treasure forever.
, age 83, passed away Sunday morning October 26, 2008 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born December 3, 1924 in Cabot the daughter of the late Edward & Gertrude (Baylaw) Gamble. Marjorie was a resident of Richford for the past 21 years and was a former resident of Montgomery, Sheldon & Enosburg. She was a child care provider for over 20 years and was also the housekeeper at Grampa Grunts Hotel in Montgomery Center retiring in 1979. She enjoyed collecting teddy bears. She is survived by a son and his wife, Dennis & Patricia Rodger of Montgomery Center; 2 daughters and their husbands, Betty & Thomas LaMothe of Georgia, and Cathy & Claude Coulombe of Richford; 4 grandchildren, Steven LaMothe and his wife Nicole of Randolph, Sarah LaMothe of Winooski, Danielle Coulombe of Richford, and Bryan Rodger of Montgomery Center; 1 brother and his wife, William & Rita Gamble of Cabot; a sister Ellen Dimick of Morrisville; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents Marjorie was predeceased by her husband Gordon G. Rodger on June 5, 2008. They were married on May 5, 1949. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Robert “Pete”, John & Richard Gamble, Lena Hall, Rosetta Gamble, and Mary Salls. A graveside service will be held Tuesday October 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the West Enosburg Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Marjorie’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401
, age 87, passed away Wednesday morning October 29, 2008 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab Facility. She was born June 21, 1921 in Fairfield, Vermont the daughter of the late Frank L. & Lillian (Valley) Messier. Wilma was a resident of Richford most of her life where she was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, V.F.W. Auxiliary Post # 778 of Swanton, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 12. She was employed for 31 Pearl’s Department Store in Richford, 16 years as a sales clerk and 15 years as manager. She had also worked at Gilman’s Variety for nearly 5 years. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidering. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families including, Virginia Kinney and her husband Raymond of East Berkshire, Brian “Buzz” Messier and his wife Virginia of Berkshire, Gary Messier and his wife Sandra of West Planes, MO, and Gregory Messier of St. Albans. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brothers, Norbert Messier & Ronald Messier; and sisters-in-law, Catherine Messier and Elizabeth Messier. Funeral services will be held Monday November 3, 2008 at 10:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held on Monday from 9:00 to 9:45 AM at the Spears Funeral Home 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Wilma’s memory may be made to the St. Albans Health & Rehab Center, 596 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT 05478