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, 89 of Barre and E. Montpelier, VT passed away peacefully at Berlin Health and Rehab on Monday, August 1, 2011.
Franklin (Frank) was born March 27, 1922 in Otisfield, Maine. He was the son of George and Ester Scott Jillson. Frank married Evangeline Wheeler Bolio on April 7, 2000. They resided at Sandy Pines in E. Montpelier.
Frank had 1 step daughter from a previous marriage. Bobby, her husband Peter and family were always fondly on Frank's mind. Frank also had 4 step children from his marriage to Evangeline. Vangene Bolio, Savanna, IL, Brenda Metivier, Waterbury, VT, John Bolio, Barre, VT and Daniel Bolio, Stowe, VT. Frank also had multiple cousins, nieces, and nephews, step grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren who will miss him terribly. He was pre-deceased by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.
Frank graduated from Bridgeton Academy on June 9, 1941 and enlisted in the Army on May 29, 1942. Frank proudly served the Army in Germany on the 735 Tank Battalion. He was discharged December 30, 1945. Frank earned a BA from Goddard College on September 27, 1954. Frank retired from the State of Vermont after 30 years of service in 1987. At that time he held the position of Assistant Manager of the Barre Liquor Store.
Frank was an avid sports fanatic. The Red Socks and Patriots were among his favorites. Frank had a passion for swimming; always challenging himself to the most days swam in a season. His personal record was 120 days. Generally he swam across Marshfield Dam.
Frank also enjoyed playing sports and was a member of the Barre Softball League for more than 30 years. He hung up his spikes at the age of 75. Fishing and hunting were also passions. He was very successful with trout and bass.
There will be a celebration of Frank's life at the Veteran's Cemetery in Randolph, VT on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. This will be followed by a gathering at a local restaurant.
Montpelier, VT - Frederick William Johnson
, 59, of Barre Street, and formerly of Barre City for many years, died unexpectedly in Moretown, VT.
Fred was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 16, 1951 the son of U. Cone Johnson and June (Trebbe) Johnson.
For a period of time, he was married to Kippy Boyle of Newburgh, NY.
He attended several different high schools and later attended the University of the New World in Switzerland.
He was an avid skier, photographer, and enjoyed taking long walks at night in the city. He suffered from severe depression for many years, but always had an indomitable spirit and a drive to find meaning in life.
Survivors include his sister, Trebbe Johnson and her husband, Andrew Gardner of Thompson, PA and many friends in the Barre-Montpelier Area and including friends from the AA meetings he attended for many years.
A celebration of Fred’s life and a final good-bye will be held at Currier Park in downtown Barre City at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5th.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05602
, 84, died peacefully Friday morning March 11 in her home of 40 years. Edith was the daughter of Gladys (Palmer) Gaylord and Walter Gaylord of Waitsfield. She was born July17, 1926 and was one of four children. Her twin sister, Ethel Grandfield of Montpelier, survives her. Her two older brothers, Palmer and Hadley Gaylord are deceased.
Edith attended the public school in Waitsfield and graduated, academically, with the
highest rank in her high school class of l944. She was a member of the orchestra, the glee club, and served as class treasurer. She played basketball and enjoyed skiing. After high school Edith attended and graduated from Burlington Business College after which she was employed as a secretary at the Burlington Federal Savings and Loan.
On October 16, l948 Edith married Eugene Joslin, also of Waitsfield. The couple knew each other since their youth. Together they settled first in Burlington on Apple Tree Point, and in l953 purchased a 350 acre dairy farm, Edgemont Jersey Farm, on Upper Terrace Street in Montpelier. They owned and operated the farm for 18 years at which point the couple moved to Middlesex.
Edith has three children. Lt. Col. Randall Joslin (ret AF) of Colorado Springs, CO, (temporarily living in Stuttgart, Germany), Judith Grich of the Raleigh, North Carolina area, and Sandra Joslin of Hanover, New Hampshire.
Edith was a devoted wife and mother. She worked tirelessly managing the business and financial records of the farm. She also took great pride in managing her home and vegetable garden, from which she preserved most of the family’s food. She was active in leadership roles for the boy scouts, 4-H, girl scouts and Sunday School of the Bethany Church in Montpelier. During the years at the farm she also worked temporarily for the State of Vermont Teachers’ Retirement Association, and in the subscription department of the Vermont Life Magazine. In the 1970’s she became a strong advocate for education reform and in her later years she also devoted many hours in the Barre Benefit shop volunteering on behalf of the Central Vermont Hospital.
Edith was multi-talented and enjoyed all of the home arts, particularly needle arts. She also loved antiques and making lovely flower arrangements from wild flowers and those she grew in her own gardens. Edith was inspired by her natural surroundings and many things she designed reflected this appreciation which she nurtured from her childhood. Edith took special delight watching and feeding songbirds in the warmer months and identifying wild flowers and plants in the spring.
From approximately 1981 2005 the couple wintered in a second home they owned in
Bradentron, Florida. Together they enjoyed their time at the beach, time with family, friends and neighbors, and finding simple treasures to make their home comfortable.
Surviving Edith is her husband of 62 years, Eugene Joslin, 86, their three children, 5 grandchildren, one great grandson and many nephews and nieces.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 15th, 5-7pm at the Barber & Lanier Funeral Home, 139 Main Street in Montpelier. A burial will follow in later spring at the Waitsfield Commons Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice at 600 Granger Road Barre, Vermont 05401.
, 58, passed away at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington on June 29, 2011, following a long and courageous battle with cancer, in the presence of her loving family.
Susanna was born on July 22, 1952 in Pontiac, Michigan to Lawrence and Doris Pellerito of Detroit. She moved to Vermont in 1975 and had lived in Barre and Montpelier with her family since 1989. Susanna received her B.A. from Norwich University in 1992 and her M.S.W. from the University of Vermont in 1997. She was employed for many years as a medical social worker at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. Susanna derived great satisfaction, both personally and professionally, from her work as a social worker in the Central Vermont community.
Susanna is survived by her husband, Phil Keller, an attorney employed by the state of Vermont, and by three children: William Longo, a graduate student at Brown University; Elizabeth Keller, an undergraduate at Clark University in Worcester; and Christopher Keller, who will be entering Harvard University in the Fall. All three children attended St. Michael's Elementary School in Montpelier and Montpelier High School. Susanna took great pride in their character and educational accomplishments.
In addition to her husband and children, Susanna is survived by her father Lawrence Pellerito of Royal Oak, Michigan, and by her sisters Christine Pellerito, of Ferndale, Michigan; Concetta Pellerito of Richmond, Michigan; and Jeanne Pellerito of Troy, Michigan. Susanna was predeceased by her mother, Doris, and by a sister, Cynthia Whitefoot.
Susanna was an active member of the Barre-Montpelier community. A lifelong gardener, Susanna had completed her coursework for the UVM Extension School's Master Gardener's Program and was working on her certificate there at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Aldrich Library Book Club and a longtime parishioner at Christ Church Episcopal in Montpelier.
Susanna loved Vermont and devoted many hours to exploring its swimming holes and hiking trails. In the summer, she could frequently be spotted swimming at Curtis Pond or hiking the trails at the North Branch Nature Center. In winter, she loved to ski and snowshoe. Wherever she went, Susanna always loved returning to Vermont.
Contributions in Susanna's name may be made to the Eleanor Daniels Fund at Fletcher Allen Hospital to help fight gynecological cancers.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday July 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church, State Street, Montpelier.
passed peacefully on Sunday, Aug.14th 2011 in Hoosick Falls, NY. She was born Catherine E. Allen to Charles and Blanche Allen in Hoosick Falls. After graduating high school in Hoosick Falls, she received a nursing degree from the Albany Training School, St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Troy NY.
She married William T. La Porte Sr. on November 26th 1960. Her joy in life was caring for her children and family. Kay and William were long-time residents of Hoosick Falls and most recently, resided in Montpelier VT.
Kay, the widow of William T. La Porte Sr., of Hoosick Falls, was also preceded in death by her loving daughter, Nanette La Porte.
Kay is survived by her son, Bill La Porte, his wife Melodie La Porte and their two children Zack and Kate of Montpelier; and her daughter, Margi La Porte and her partner, Jessica La Porte and their two children, also of Montpelier.
Mrs. La Porte will be laid to rest at the Vermont’s Veterans Cemetery,
Randolph VT. The family will hold private services.
Calais, VT - Robert Alfred LaFountain, II
of Calais, VT passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on September 26, 2011, following a short hospitalization at Central Vermont Medical Center.
He was a wonderful man, a loving and devoted husband, the best father anyone could have, a
dear brother, a good friend and neighbor, and a consummate prankster who also appreciated being on the receiving end of a good joke.
Bob was born to Robert and Mary (Wallace) LaFountain October 22, 1929, in Lowell, MA. He spent his boyhood on Martha’s Vineyard, in Hopedale, Ma, and in Springfield, VT. He worked on the family dairy farm and in the family restaurant and graduated from Springfield High School in 1948.
He married Barbara (Lengyel) of Middlebury, VT in 1953.
Joining the army in 1955, he was stationed in Wurzburg, Germany. The time there made a lasting impression on Bob and Barbara and was remembered very fondly by them both. After completing his enlistment, he enrolled at the University of Maine at Orono, where he received his degree in Business Management.
After returning to Vermont in 1960, Bob became Winooski’s first city manager. In 1963, Bob moved his family to Calais, VT and he began a successful career as a budget analyst for the State of Vermont with the Department of Budget and Management. Bob subsequently worked for the Department of Mental Health and for the Office of the Attorney General. He retired in 1991. He also served as a Calais selectman for several years.
Along with being an avid reader– Bob was rarely found without a book– he enjoyed gardening, model railroad trains, sports, and spending time with his family and friends. Catching up with former classmates at reunions was always a pleasure for him. He was also a lifetime member of the Springfield Elks Club.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; his daughter Marcia LaFountain (married to Kurt Pettinga) in Duxbury, VT; son Robert LaFountain, III (partner Cassandra LaRae-Perez) in Montpelier, VT; daughter Lisa LaFountain-Dearing (partner Brian Pusey), stationed at Hill AFB, UT; his sister Faith Horsky in Fountain Valley, CA; his sister, Sally Hanson (husband John) in Berlin, CT; sister-in-law Pauline (Lengyel) Novak in Middlebury, VT and brothers-in-law Charles Lengyel in Middlebury, VT, Frank Lengyel in Springfield, VT, Willis Knight in Bennington, VT and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob will be remembered and missed by all who knew him for his kindness, open-mindedness, competitive streak, indomitable wit and his love of all things humorous.
Per Bob’s wishes, his immediate family held a private celebration of his life. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association of VT, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495 or Central Vermont Medical Center, PO Box 547, Barre, VT 05641. The family wishes to thank the staff of CVMC for the care, kindness and respect provided to Bob and his family.
, 89, of County Road in East Montpelier, died on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at his home.
He was born in Montpelier on January 14, 1921 to Theo and Eva (Willette) Lane. He graduated from Montpelier High School and served in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1945.
Ed married Eudora E. Lumber in Montpelier on January 20, 1946. He was employed by New England Tel and Tel for forty years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Vermont Bird Fanciers Club and the Brown-Johnson Post 792 VFW.
Ed is survived by sons Edward G. Lane Jr. and his wife, Carol, of White River Junction, Allan C. Lane and his wife Linda, of Plainfield; daughters Linda L. Lane of East Montpelier, Vickie A. Adams and her husband Rob of Middlesex; grandchildren Bethany (Lane) Sprague and her husband Chris of West Rutland, Jennifer (Lane) Balzanelli and her husband Joseph of Chandler, AZ, Justin Lane and his wife Ann, of Barre Town, Eric Adams of Montpelier; great-grandchildren Grace, Samuel, Elaine and Olivia Balzanelli of Chandler, AZ, Brett Lane of Barre Town; brother Kenneth Lane and his wife, Rose, of Shelburne; sisters Barbara Hull of Middlesex and Phyllis Weston of Ogdensburg, NY.
He was predeceased by his parents, Theo and Eva Lane; his wife, Eudora Lane; grandsons Shawn M. Lane, the son of Allan and Linda Lane, Bryon E. Lane, the son of Edward and Carol Lane; brothers Howard Lane and Robert Lane; sisters Marjorie Lamell and Bernice Lawless.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Barber & Lanier Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Montpelier. A reception will be held at the Montpelier Elks Club following the service.
Calling hours will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, January 14 at the funeral home.
, 48, of Berlin died suddenly at Central Vermont Hospital on May 9, 2011. James was born in Montpelier, VT on May 14, 1962 to Robert and Janet (McManis) Lane. James was a life long resident of Vermont. He married Brenda (Wyman) Lane on July 28, 1979. He was a graduate of Cabot High School in 1980. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Jim recently retired from the Vermont Army National Guard after 29 years of dedicated service. He was a committed recruiter who enlisted over 400 military personnel. In 2010 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding service to the United States. He leaves behind his loving wife of 32 years, Brenda Lane, his two daughters, Jennifer Lane and soul mate Justin Lawrence, Bethanie Lane and fiance Charles Lytle, grandchildren, Dylan and Kaitlyn Moyer, and Dylan Lawrence. Six brothers and sisters, Ted Lane of Barre, VT, Terri Picard of Berlin, VT, Tammy Picard and husband Emile of Middlesex, VT, John Lane of East Montpelier, VT, Mark Lane and wife Connie of East Montpelier, VT, Susan DeForge and husband Jeff of Adamant, VT numerous nieces, nephews, brother and sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his military family. He will fondly remembered as a remarkable man with a sense of humor and a huge heart. He touched so many lives and will be sadly missed. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 pm at Barber and Lanier Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Montpelier. His life celebration will at 10am Saturday, May 14, 2011 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church on Barre Street, Montpelier. In lieu of flowers, donations can be make to the American Heart Association. “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: For the end of that man is peace.” Psalms 37:37
, 72, died on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Berlin Health and Rehab Center.
She was born at the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction, VT, on August 22, 1939, the daughter of Allan A. and Alma (Bauer) Lawton.
After being baptized in 2007, Cindy was a devoted parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was a regular attendant of the Adoration Chapel and daily mass. Cindy would often be found sitting on the downtown benches watching the scenery and greeting local people.
Cindy’s friendly and outgoing nature made her well known to many of the local downtown merchants in Montpelier. After becoming a patient at the Berlin Health and Rehab Center, she quickly became endeared to the patients and staff.
She is survived by a brother, Roger Lawton and his wife Pat of Hartland, VT; two nieces, Tina Chapin and Tonia Haliver and a nephew, Michael Lawton; 6 great nieces and nephews; and aunts, Peggy Rice, Bunny Bauer, and Florence Donnelly; as well as the St. Augustine parish community and very good friend, Sister Barbara.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at St. Augustine’s Church. Committal prayers will be offered in the spring at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
At Cindy’s request memorial contributions may be made to the Roof Project-St. Augustine’s Church, c/o Rev. Michael Augustinowitz, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Middlesex, VT - Charles Edward Maranville
, 77, of Bolduc Road died at his home in Middlesex on Sunday, July 3, 2011.
He was born in Burlington Vermont on January 10, 1934 the son Adaline Maranville.
Charles married the former Phyllis Laird in Montpelier on December 24, 1955. They lived in Montpelier and had four children together. Mrs. Maranville pre-deceased him on September 6, 1993.
He served with the Vermont Army National Guard from February 1952 until his discharge after 23 years of service in September 1975.
Charlie worked as a custodian for the Barre City School System for many years and also worked at the Montpelier Schools as a part time employee. Charlie was a hard worker and volunteer his time to many people and organizations. He served on the Montpelier Fire Department, Call Force for 25 years as a fire fighter and fire-police.
He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his wife, Phyllis. He loved watching wrestling, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and the VT Mountaineers. He was a coach and referee for youth football, hockey and baseball. He wa a member of the Calvary Gospel Church and the CB Mavericks.
Survivors include his daughter, Kelly Weston and her husband, Winston Jr.; of Middlesex; sons, Dennis Maranville and his companion, Margaret Maxham of Middlesex; Jerry Maranville of Middesex; Shawn Maranville and his wife Patti of Middlesex; and Fred Weston Jr. of Middlesex; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Florence (Maggie) Curtis of Bellow Falls, VT; and many nieces and nephews.
Charlie was predeceased by his mother, Adaline, sister, Alma Curtis Lord and brother, John Curtis, Sr.
Calling hours will be held on Friday evening, July 8th from 6-8 pm at Guare& Sons Funeral Home. A grave side service with military honors will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at Eaton Cemetery, Marshfield. Rev. Francis Brooks will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Medical Center, National Life Cancer Treatment Center, PO Box 547, Barre, VT 05641 or to the Montpelier Ambulance Service, c/o Chief Robert Gowans, 61 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Potlatch, Washington - Margaret Anne Marr
, 80, of Washington died on October 28, 2011 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, ID.
She was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 19, 1931, the daughter of Louis W. and Elisabeth (Sanbec) Doten. She grew up in Lakewood, WA and graduated from Clover Park High School in 1949. She later graduated from Washington State College in 1953 with a degree in education.
On February 5, 1955, she married William Marr in Tacoma at the Little Church on the Prairie.
In 1955, while her husband was deployed with the United States Navy, Mrs. Marr came to live in Montpelier with her husband’s parents, Harold & Irene Hewitt. She worked for Montpelier High School as a full time substitute teacher.
She and her husband later moved to Idaho. It was there that she updated her teaching certificate and was a substitute teacher at Potlatch High School. She was also a council member of the Boys Scouts of American and would volunteer at a local camp as a cook.
She enjoyed playing card, cruises, spending time on the beach, and fishing. She especially enjoyed spending the summers at the family’s camp on Groton Pond.
She is survived by her husband, William R. Marr of Potlatch, ID; two sons, Bob Marr of Potlatch, ID and Clif Marr of Prosser, WA.
She was predeceased by her two brothers, Jack Doten and Robert Doten.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the Berlin Corners Cemetery.
, 97, of East Montpelier, died Friday, February 4, 2011 at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vermont.
She was born in Marshfield VT on January 13, 1914 to Fred and Ruth (Pitkin) Dwinell. At the age of two, after the death of her father, Lois and her mother moved to North Montpelier to live with her grandparents, Edwin and Bertha Pitkin.
Lois attended elementary school in East Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1932. She married George C. McKnight on September 1, 1933, and they owned and operated a farm on Quaker Road in East Montpelier.
She was employed as a secretary-bookkeeper for Vermont Textiles in North Montpelier for six years and worked for a brief time in the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.
On July 1, 1947, Lois began employment in the newly created Vermont Department of Public Safety and remained for 30 years.
After retirement, Lois and George enjoyed traveling in their Winnebago and belonged to several camping clubs. They were both fond of music and over the years, enjoyed many Friday and Saturday night dances. Lois enjoyed sewing, cross stitch projects and loved her pets.
Lois is survived by her son, Melvin McKnight and his wife, Maria, of Plainfield; daughter, Joyce George and her husband Harvey, of Calais; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, George on December 26, 1979.
A graveside service will be held at a later date, which will be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont State Police Archives and Museum, P.O. Box 809, St. Albans VT 05478.
, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at her home in Montpelier, VT.
She was born on November 13, 1920, in Manchester, NH, the daughter of the late John and Hariklia Kalariotes. She graduated from Central High School in Manchester and attended Hesser’s Business College. Mary worked as an Administrative Assistant for Amoskeag Mills and later as the Office Manager for Hackwell Lumber in Montpelier.
On June 2, 1946, she married the late Heyward McLeod in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Mary was an active member of the First Baptist Church, serving on the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees, as well as teaching Sunday School and participating in the choir, the Ama Hibbard Chapter, and Adult Fellowship. She was also an active member of the Central Vermont Association for Retarded Citizens and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those with disabilities. Mary enjoyed fishing, skiing, bowling, traveling, square dancing, bridge, and most especially, camping with her family.
She is survived by three children, Harriet McLeod Prim of Alexandria, Virginia, Clint McLeod of Montpelier, and Heather McLeod and her husband, Eugene Lawrence of Grand Isle; three grandchildren, April Gardiner and her husband Kevin of Grand Isle, Cassidy and Cody Lawrence of Grand Isle; and one great grandson, Levi Gardiner of Grand Isle; one sister, Sister Markella of Saxonburg, PA, and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Heyward; her brothers, Andrew, Charles, Gregory, Arthur, and Reverend Elias; her sisters, Katherine K. Yalamas and Helene K. Goff; and her son-in-law, Warren Prim.
Visiting hours will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 22, at Barber and Lanier Funeral Home, 139 Main St, Montpelier. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 1:30pm with burial to follow in Green Mount cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Central Vermont ARC, Box 751, Montpelier, VT 05601.
Montpelier, VT - William Louis "Bill" Meyer
, 75, of George Street passed away suddenly Wednesday, March 23, 2011 while hiking in the Worcester Woods.
He was born in Peekskill, NY on October 18, 1935, the son of Gustav and Mabel (Dale) Meyer.
He attended schools in Peekskill, New York and received his GED in 1957.
He enlisted in the United States Army in October of 1958 and was later honorably discharged in 1963.
On October 27, 1956, he married his wife of 54 years, Esther McGowan in Cambridge, VT.
He worked for the Vermont Department of Transportation Agency at the Materials & Research Lab as a Concrete Technician. His work included inspecting the integrity of concrete bridges on Vermont highways. He retired from the State in 1996 after 36 years of service.
He was Past Master of the Aurora Lodge of Montpelier, 33rd degree Scottish Rites, York Rites, and Past Grand Patron of the Eastern Star State of Vermont.
Bill enjoyed Fishing, Hunting, spending time with his Grandchildren, and his many trips to Branson and Pigeon Forge.
Survivors include his wife Esther Meyer of Montpelier; three sons, Benton L. Meyer of Sana’a,Yemen (Stephanie) of Atlantic Beach, FL , Bernard W. Meyer (Shin-Ae) of Amarillo, TX, and Bret S. Meyer (Denise) of Barre Town; three grandchildren, Nicole Meyer & Alyssa Meyer of Barre Town, and Matthew Meyer of Atlantic Beach, FL.; two sisters, Bertha Meyer and Mabel Bobolia of Santa Barbara, CA; a brother, John Meyer of Van Courtlandt, NY.
He was predeceased by a sister, Marian Louis and a brother, Frederick Meyer.
At Bill’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A Private Memorial service and Masonic/Eastern Star services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 312 Hurricane Ln, Williston, VT 05495, or the Vermont Police K9 Association
, age 98, died on May 27, 2011. Frances was the wife of Edward Shaw Mielke, who predeceased her in August of 1986. Frances was a longtime resident of Falmouth, MA. Prior to residing in Falmouth she lived in Abington, MA with her husband Edward Mielke. Recently, Frances lived in Barre, VT with her daughter, Carole.
She was born on September 16, 1912 in South Weymouth, MA, the daughter of James and Alice (Powers) Tirrell. After graduating Weymouth High School, she attended the Bryant Stratton Business School. Subsequent to graduation she took employment with the Bryant Stratton Business School and briefly worked in Boston at the New England Council.
She married Edward Shaw Mielke on Sep 1,1937. After their marriage, they moved to Brazil where Ed worked for Pan American Airlines and where their daughter Carole was born. While living in Brazil, the ever-independent Frances worked for the US Embassy while her husband built radar stations in the Brazilian Jungle. After returning from Brazil they lived in Abington, until the family moved to their summer home in Falmouth, MA. Approximately 1960 she began work as a bookkeeper for Falmouth Water Department, she worked there until she retired in 1982.
She enjoyed a life long love of music and was a member of many chorus groups including the Interfaith Chorus in Falmouth. She was also a soloist for the Christian Science Church in Falmouth. Frances, particularly enjoyed sewing and spending time with the "Friendly Circle Ladies", a women’s church group of the 1st Congregational Church of Falmouth. Frances was always active in local community events. She was a former member of the Woods Hole Golf Club, an active contributor to local church events, an avid bridge player an accomplished seamstress and knitter, as well as a constant presence in the life of her friends and family.
Survivors include her daughters: Carole A. Mielke of Barre, VT, Dianne Paskow and her husband Howard of Wallace, NC, grandson, William Shaw Paskow and his wife Kelley and their daughter Abigail of Milford, KS, granddaughter and Jessica Anne Paskow of Redlands, CA. Additionally, she leaves nieces and nephews, Marjorie Oberlander and her husband Chet, Bonnie Tirrell, Martha
Budrow, Linda Kleitz and her husband Del, James Tirrell, John Tirrell and Theodore Tirrell. Her brothers James, Russell and David Tirrell and her sister Helen Nardone predeceased her.
There will be no calling hours. A committal service will be held 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Abington, MA. A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the 1st Congregational Church of Falmouth, MA.
Memorial contributions may be made to "Friendly Circle Ladies", c/o 1st Congregational church of Falmouth, MA, located at 68 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540 or “Project Independence” where she enjoyed the company of fellow senior citizens over the last six months. Project Independence is located on 81 North Main St, Barre, VT 05641. Arrangements are in the care of Guare and Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier, VT.
, 93, formerly of the Gary Home in Montpelier and, more recently, of Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, died on Sunday, July 3, 2011
At Woodridge Nursing Home.
Marion was born on September 29, 1917 in Burke, VT to Arthur and Mina (Badger) Williams. She attended school in St. Johnsbury and married Lorenzo Morency on October 6, 1935, also in St. Johnsbury. She worked as a bookkeeper for a variety of employers for several years.
In earlier years, Marion enjoyed horseback riding and going fishing with Lorenzo. She loved to knit, sew, garden and cook. She will be remembered for her independent spirit and inner strength.
Marion is predeceased by her husband, Lorenzo; two sons Ronald Morency and Alan Morency and one daughter (adopted)Linda Chamberlin.
Marion is survived by her daughter, Susan Gibson and her husband, Duane, of East Montpelier; grandsons Lonnie Morency and family and Sean Chamberlin and family
daughter-in-law Lorraine Morency of Huntington, VT.
Funeral services will be held at Barber & Lanier Funeral Home 139 Main St., Montpelier on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of service.
Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury at 2:00 PM
Memorial contributions may be made on Marion's memory to the Gary Home, 149 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602
, 67 of East Montpelier, VT, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2011, surrounded by his loving family at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Lawrie was born September 13, 1943, in Peacham, VT, the son of Paul Knight Morrison, Jr. and Agnes (Messenger) Morrison.
He joined the Air force in 1961 which eventually brought him to Mcguire Air Force Base in New Jersey where he met his wife Mary. After honeymooning in Vermont, the two moved back to the family farm before residing in Williamstown for 9 years. Lawrie worked with his brother Paul in the carpet industry, before moving to East Montpelier in 1975. In 1979 he started The Gallery of Cabinets. In his younger days, he played in a local band called “The Fugitives” touring Vermont on nights and weekends. Being raised on a farm, he had a never-quit attitude, and thrived at everything he did. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and children, playing golf, bowling, snowshoeing, kayaking, and sailing on Lake Champlain with family and friends. After a long battle with COPD , he had a lung transplant in 2005. With his second chance at living an active life, he enjoyed doing all of the things he loved plus those he couldn’t do prior to his transplant.
Lawrie was a parishioner of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier as well as a member of the Montpelier Elks Club and the American Legion.
Lawrie was very generous, and kind hearted. He would do anything for anyone at the drop of a hat. His sense of humor was matched by no one. He could walk into a room full of strangers, and know every one of them by the end of the night. Those who knew him will be forever touched by his generosity and kindness.
He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 46 years, Mary Wilson Morrison; their three sons, Michael Lawrie Morrison and his wife, Jamie (Lemoine), Springfield, MA; Robert Brian Morrison and his wife, Regina (Santos), Southborough, MA; and Christopher Andrew Morrison and his fiancé, Patti Austin, Barre Town, VT; grandchildren, Ryan Michael Morrison; Jacob Lawrie Morrison; Michelle Bush and her husband, Jere; and Daniel Champagne; great grandchildren, Hunter Champagne and Jenna Bush; his siblings, Paul Morrison and his wife, Mary; Gilmore Morrison and his partner, Joe Aldorisio; and Cheryl Clark; as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Respecting Lawrie’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier followed by private burial at Doty Cemetery in East Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 64, of West Shore Drive, Lake Groton, Vt., died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, as a result of an automobile accident on Route 232 in Groton.
He was born in Montpelier on Feb. 5, 1947 , the son of Angel J. (Chappy) and Portia Hope (Downing) Ortiz.
He attended Montpelier schools, and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1965.
On July 6, 1968 , he married Melanie Rousse at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre.
Rick worked as a memorial draftsman for over 40 years at different granite companies in the Barre and Montpelier area. He was also the manager at the Barre Elks Lodge for several years. He served as Exalted Ruler and also was a past District Deputy for the State Lodge of Elks.
Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, horseshoes and spending his time with his grandchildren at his camp on Lake Groton . He turned his camp into a year-round home and lived there for the past 12 years. The most memorable times in his life were spent at Lake Groton with his parents, Chappy and Portia, family, friends, deer camp buddies, and summer residents.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post # 10, and was treasurer for the Men’s Auxiliary of VFW # 790.
Rick is survived by his wife, Melanie of Groton; two daughters, Christy-Ann Hope Berard and her husband, Christian and their children, Colby, Portia and Brayden of East Barre, Vt.; and Kimberly Hope Tedeschi and her husband, Steven and their children, Justin and Brenden of Orange, Vt.; and a son, Richard J. Ortiz II of East Barre, Vt.
He is also survived by his sister, Linda Johnston and her husband, James of Greensboro, Vt.; two nieces, Darcie Johnston and Stacey Nelson and her husband, David Nelson and their children, Elliott and Sam of Montpelier; sister-in-law, Jo-Anne Roberts and her husband Raymond of Tennessee, and her children Dawna, Dawn, Cathy and Kelly; brother-in-law, Albert (Buddy) Rousse and his wife Jan of Rutland, and their daughter Jennifer.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 , at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. , Saturday, Oct. 8, at St. Augustine ’s Catholic Church in Montpelier .
Memorial contributions may be made to MacKenzie-Webster V.F.W. # 790, PO Box 185, East Barre, VT 05649, or to Silver Towers, c/o Barre Lodge of Elks # 1535, PO Box 245, Barre, VT 05641.
North Montpelier, VT - Lorraine M. Papineau
, 77, of North Montpelier, died at her home on Monday, June 6, 2011.
She was born on July 10, 1933 in Hartford, VT, the daughter of James and Mable (Stone) Lunderville. She attended school in Hartford, VT.
On October 21, 1951, she married Norman H. Papineau in Quechee, VT. Mr. Papineau predeceased her on August 18, 2007.
She enjoyed fishing, cooking, spending time with her children, crossword puzzles and anything that involved being with her family.
Survivors include three daughters; Sheryl Moran of Walden, VT, Shayne Roster of Wyoming, and Robin Garbacik of Berlin, ; two sons, Richard Papineau of Williamstown and James Papineau of Plainfield, VT; a step daughter, Sheila Martin of Leominister, MA, two sisters, Arlene Bauer of Leominister, MA and Shirley Kirkwood of Leominister, MA; She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren
She was predeceased by two brothers, Arthur Lunderville and Francis Lunderville; and a grandson, Oaklyn Garbacik.
Calling hours will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, June 16th at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A private family committal service will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road-Berlin, Barre, VT 05641
passed away at home on Sunday, July 10, 2011, in the loving arms of her family. She was born in Highgate Springs, VT on September 24, 1922, the only child of Josephine (Scott) and Walter Lander. They moved to Waterbury when Mary Ellen was an infant. She survived the 1927 Flood after being rescued by boat from the attic window of 65 South Main St., along with her mother and pet canary. Mary Ellen graduated from Waterbury High School in 1940 and the Burlington Business College (now Champlain College). During World War II, she served in the Vermont State Guard, being one of the few women to do so.
On September 14, 1946, Mary Ellen married the love of her life, Leon (Sam) Parks at her parents’ home on East St. in Waterbury. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Over the years, she worked as an executive secretary for The Peerless and National Life Insurance companies in Montpelier; New England Mutual Insurance in Boston; and the Bank of Waterbury and State of Vermont. She and her family lived in Northfield for many years before returning to Waterbury in 1965.
Mary Ellen was an active member of the Waterbury Historical Society, Emerald Rebekah Lodge #33, and an RSVP volunteer. She always loved animals and held a special place in her heart for German shepherds and black cats. Her interests included history, bird-watching, nature, snow shoeing, and visiting Lake Champlain, Norton Pond, Lake Groton, and York Maine.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Leon, of Waterbury; daughters Cynthia Parks of Waterbury and Joan Jacobs of North Salem, New York; granddaughters Sarah B. and Elizabeth P. Jacobs; son-in-law Neil Jacobs; and her beloved tuxedo cat, Buddy.
Her family wishes to extend their gratitude to: Dr. Richard Katzman; The Squier House staff; Woodridge Nursing Home Maple Grove Unit staff; and Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice for the excellent care, compassion, and love given to Mary Ellen over the past several difficult years of her life.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2 PM at the Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 North Main St., Waterbury. A reception will follow with burial in Hope Cemetery at 4 PM. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, Mary Ellen had wanted contributions to be made in her memory to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601
of Montpelier passed away on March 10, 2011. He was an avid walker and birder who retired at age 85 and moved from Princeton, NJ to Montpelier, VT in 2005. He served as a volunteer at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library where he organized titles and treasured working with the staff. He enjoyed cheering for his granddaughter at tennis matches.
Alex was born on June 30, 1919 in Hartford, CT. He was raised in Montclair, NJ with summers in Chester, CT. During the Hurricane of 1938, he was swept off his sailboat on the Connecticut River when he and his brother, Cappy, attempted to tie it down and he survived by clinging to grasses on shore. He graduated from Yale University in 1941. He pursued graduate work in economics at New York University.
He actively served in the U.S. Army from 1941 - 46 , then as a reserve officer, retiring with the rank of Major in the Military Intelligence Service in 1957. Fluent in Spanish, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru during World War II. In anticipation of a possible Japanese invasion of the South American coastline, he identified and photographed bridges, roads, rivers and points of vulnerability throughout Peru.
His stories of hairpin Andean roads were chilling. The family grew to admire Andean culture as a result of their years in Peru.
Alex married Dorothy Waterfall Parr in 1942. They had two children, Alexander Shipman Parr Jr. (Sandy) and Leslie Ruth Parr. They lived in Maplewood, NJ. The marriage ended in divorce. He married Wallace Sulcer in 1974. They lived in Chatham and Bay Head, NJ. He was predeceased by her in 1985.
He joined the family business, Parr Electric Company, in Newark, NJ serving the large industries in the northeast. He progressed from clerk to president of the company. He was active in the Rotary. Following a long career there, he retired, then began a new career in the NJ Department of Labor where he made many new friends, eventually retiring in 2005.
Alex was a life-long opera buff, especially admiring Dame Joan Sutherland. He was a tennis player and fisherman. He enjoyed walking in the woods with his dog, Petie. He loved a visit to Berlin Pond and Hubbard Park with a pair of binoculars. He enjoyed literature and was a member of the book club at Westview Meadows. He attended services at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. He was treasured for his dry sense of humor which he maintained up to the last.
Alex is survived by his children, Sandy Parr of Bound Brook, NJ and Leslie Parr of Montpelier, his granddaughter, Maria Waterfall Parr of Montpelier and by his step-children, Gordon and Barbara Sulcer of Morristown, NJ, Deborah and Gifford Boyce-Smith of San Francisco, CA and Charity and Christopher Poth of Darien, CT. His beloved nieces and nephews include Charles Parr of Morristown, NJ, Northam Parr of Rumney, NH, Laura Parr of Vero Beach, FL, Charles Buffon of Chevy Chase, MD, James Buffon of Carpenteria, CA, and Emily Buffon of Eugene, OR. His brother and best friend, Charles “Cappy” M. Parr died in 1969.
He will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 94 a long-time resident of Montpelier left for the Bingo parlor in the sky on March 1, 2011.
Born on August 15, 1916 to Blanche Kirby and Fred Crane.
Her hobbies included playing cards, bingo, going to fairs and traveling. She especially enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii. She had a passion for purple and spending time with her family and friends.
On October 31, 1966, she married Robert Pelletier. They owned and operated several businesses in the area including "The Miss Montpelier Diner". She eventually worked at the Vermont State Hospital until her retirement. They maintained their home in Montpelier until his death in 1987.
She is survived by daughters, Betsy & husband Stephen Kelty Sr., of East Barre, Patricia Brooks of Barre, and Pauline & husband Leslie Smith of Williamstown. Sons, Robert & wife Helen Whalen of Keene, NH, Edward Dunn & his partner, Michael Shumway of Williamstown, Step-son, Charles & his wife Kathy Pelletier of Montpelier.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Robert, her brother Godfrey, son Royce, daughters Barbara and Paula and grandson Sean.
She leaves behind a legacy of great work ethics and humor to her 8 children, 9 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to either "Berlin Health and Rehabilitation, c/o Patient Activities Fund, 98 Hospital Drive, Berlin Vermont, 05602 or Central VT Medical Center Palliative Care Program, ATTN: Susan Kruthers, PO Box 547, Barre Vermont 05641.
A gathering of remembrance will be held at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier Vermont, Friday, March 4th, beginning at 7:00 pm.
, at the age of 90, died peacefully surrounded by family, in her home in Montpelier on March 14, 2011. Florence was born in Lyndonville, Vermont on January 27, 1921 to Aime and Alice Hebert, the seventh of nine children.
She was an active young woman, enjoying swimming in the river, playing basketball, captain of Lyndon Institute’s girls’ team, skating, skiing and developing her sewing and knitting expertise. She learned to play the saxophone, fulfilling her aspiration to play in local band concerts. She enjoyed driving her brothers’ cars, golfing, teaching sports to her nephews Ronald and David, and making clothes for her family.
Florence’s career was a switchboard operator with the New England Telephone which she began while she was still in high school. It was a job she enjoyed for 30 years, and she remained a member of the Telecom Pioneers throughout.
She met her husband, John Paul Pinard at a dance in Montpelier and they married two and a half years later on Sept 29, 1951 in Lyndonville. They honeymooned in New York City where they attended a Tony Bennett concert and visited the Statue of Liberty.
Florence and Johnny raised five children in Montpelier. She returned to the telephone company once her youngest child was school-aged. She juggled her family and work responsibilities by working a split shift. This allowed her to be home when the children left for school and when they returned home for dinner. Despite a full time job, she sewed and knitted her children’s clothes and hosted many parties for extended family. Summer fun included barbeques at Crystal Lake.
After raising their children, Florence and Johnny enjoyed travelling to visit her sisters. Florence remained a good cook and a talented knitter. She was proud of her raspberry and rhubarb patches, and was always ready for a game of cribbage. After her husband’s death, she remained the matriarch of the family and was the focal point for family news.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Johnny, who died on October 18, 1993. She also was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Francis, Leo, and Adrian. She is survived by sisters Olivine Perrault, Leona Hebert, Pauline Duchaine and brother, Armand Hebert and his wife Priscilla, all residing in Lyndonville. In addition, she leaves children, Jim Pinard and his wife Debby (Montpelier), Diane Holzem and her husband Peter (Farmington, NM), Karen Oakes and her husband John (Syracuse, NY), Michelle Pinard and her husband Martin Barker (Findon, Scotland), and Lori Pinard (East Montpelier) and seven grandchildren: Jon and wife Courtney, Andrew and William Pinard; Fred and Emilie Oakes; and, William and Callum Barker.
She will be remembered for her exceptional generosity and dedication to family. Her family was the focus of her life, and her greatest joy. She lives on in hearts of all who loved her.
Calling hours will be held at Guare and Sons Funeral home (30 School St, Montpelier) on Thursday (March 17, 2011) evening between 5-7pm. There will be a memorial mass on Friday (March 18, 2011) at 11.00 at St Augustine’s Church (Barre Street, Montpelier) with internment following at the Green Mount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, (CVH&H), 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641
, 73, passed away on May 11, 2011 peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer with his wife by his side.
Born September 23, 1937 in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, Cyril was the son of George and Jeanna Sacobie Polchis. His father was predeceased in 1946. His step-father Bernard Eugene Polchies was predeceased in 2000.
Cyril attended schools in New Brunswick Canada and started working construction on the Maine Turnpike at 13 years of age. He moved to Bridgeport, Ct., where he worked as a truck driver for Herman Isacs, Bridgeport, Ct., Teamsters #157 and Eastern Bag & Paper Company, and was meat cutter for Custom Frozen Foods and Hager Foods. His marriage to Carole Paul ended in divorce in 1969. In later years, he worked for Peoples Savings Bank in Foreclosure & Property Management. In 1981, he moved to Worcester, VT and worked at U32 High School as night custodian, until his retirement in 1997 after 2 heart attacks.
Cyril was married to Jackie Kanyuck on October 22, 1970 in Montpelier, VT. They resided in Bridgeport, Ct, until selling their first house in 1981, when they moved to Worcester, Vermont.
Cyril attended Worcester United Methodist Church. He enjoyed nature and enjoyed the Vermont changing seasons; in the winter, he snowshoed; in the spring, it was picking fiddleheads; in the Fall – picking butternuts; in summer, his yard was impeccably landscaped. Resting in his hammock or walking in the woods, he enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife, and took many camera photos trying to capture the vivid colors of our gorgeous Vermont sunsets.
Until his eyesight failed, he was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Louis Lamore westerns. He enjoyed listening to many “old-time” country western ballad and legend singers. In recent years, he especially enjoyed music sung by Daniel O'Donnell and Mary Duff.
Survivors include his mother, Jeanna Polchies of Eaton, Ohio; his wife, Jackie Polchies of Worcester, VT; a sister, Bernadette Lovy of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Roger Polchies of Woodstock, NB, Canada; a very special nephew, Bruce Polchies (Alberta's son) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Other survivors are his son Bradley and his wife Juanita, their daughters, Brittany, Meeghan, and Kristen of Hartford, NB, Canada; his daughter, Abigail and her daughter Sara and son Zachary of Woodstock, NB, Canada. His step-children include Brock and wife Darlene and daughters, Mandi and Kelsey; Sue and her husband Andrea Tremblay and daughters, Deanna and Rochelle of Nova Scotia; another daughter, Karen Bennett and her daughter Terri Lynn live in Fredericton, NB, Canada; many nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren
He was predeceased by a brother Alan and a sister Alberta.
There are no calling hours. A memorial prayer service of hymns and celebration of Cy's life will be held at the Worcester United Methodist Church on Monday, May 16, 2001 at 3:00 pm, followed by burial at the Worcester Mountain Cemetery, and a time of fellowship in the church annex.
Those wishing to honor Cy's memory may make contributions to the Worcester United Methodist Church Softball Team (P.O. Box 125, Worcester, VT 05682) or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641), or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network (P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657) or to an organization of one's choice.
A special thank you to a very special friend, Harold Richardson, who spent time with Cyril every day. Thank you to all who helped us through your prayers, your gifts of time, money or support in so many ways.
, 67, of Creamery Street died on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at his home. A committal service with military honor will be held 1:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, VT.
, 98, formerly of Independence Green in Montpelier, died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
She was born in Lynn, MA on July 17, 1912 to William and Minnie (Cook) Prince. She graduated from high school in Springfield, MA, was employed at Westinghouse and Monarch Life Insurance Company and attended the Bethlehem Baptist Church. She moved to Montpelier in 1988.
Mabel loved vacationing on the coast of Maine at the small community of Ocean Park. She visited there almost every summer starting in the 1920’s
Mabel is survived by her brother, Clarence Prince of Dunedin, FL; niece Pam Wardlow of Wathena, Kansas; nephew Gary Prince of MA; nephew-in-law, Richard Turner of Montpelier; and her close friend, Joan DenBleyker of Springfield, MA.
A graveside service will be held at the Perryville Cemetery in Dudley, MA at a later date.
Contributions in her name may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 216 Allen St. Hampden, MA 01036-0567
, 25, of Sherwood Drive, Montpelier died Friday, August 26, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ty, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Berlin, Vt. on November 5, 1985, the son of William R. & Jamie (McCann) Pryce. He was a beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend to all who knew him.
Ty attended public schools in Montpelier and was a 2004 graduate of Montpelier High School. He attended New Hampshire Community Technical College, studying telecommunications.
Ty was an avid sports enthusiast, having played baseball and soccer up through the years, but hockey held a special place in his heart. Almost from the time he could stand, Ty had a hockey stick in his hand, coming up through the Central Vermont Sports Association youth hockey league.
Ty was a four-year varsity player on the Montpelier High School hockey team. He carried on the tradition of wearing #12 on his hockey jersey, the same number his father wore, also a standout high school hockey player. Ty was also an unabashed Montreal Canadians fan, chiding family and friends for their allegiance to his arch-nemesis team, the Boston Bruins. He was also a devoted Red Sox fan.
Anyone who knew Ty knew his love for motorcycles and cars. He loved attending car shows and probably had as many pictures of vehicles on his camera as he did family and friends. True to his nature, he worked as a parts assistant at Twin City Subaru in Berlin at the time of his death.
Ty had a cadre of close friends that would fill a stadium, many he had known since grade school. He was known for his infectious smile and had an admitted goofy sense of humor that will be sorely missed. He was a hero to his many cousins, who looked up to his 6 foot 3 frame in more ways than one. Ty had an extraordinary close relationship with his sister, Haley, and showed a very special side of his wonderful personality to his girlfriend, Elizabeth Sinclair.
Tyler is survived by his parents, Bill & Jamie of Montpelier; sister, Haley A. Pryce of Montpelier; paternal grandmother, Doris A. Pryce of Montpelier; maternal grandfather, Arthur J. McCann, Jr. of Lyndonville; his soulmate, Elizabeth Sinclair of East Montpelier; aunts & uncles; Scott & Janet Pryce of Middlesex; Cristine Pryce and partner Fred Varney of Calais; Julie & Martin Kelley of Berlin; Casey & Christine McCann of Lafayette, Calif.; Kellie Pearson of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Darcie McCann and husband Douglas Steward of Lyndon; Demsey & Corrie McCann of Montpelier; and 19 cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandfather, William R. Pryce, Jr.; maternal grandmother, Beverly D. McCann and uncle, Stephen M. Pryce.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 31st from 6-8 pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier.
A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1st at 10:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main Street, Montpelier. A reception will follow the service at the Montpelier Elks Club for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ty’s memory can be made to the CVSA youth hockey league, P.O. Box 1055, Montpelier, VT 05602. We ask that people please note Ty’s name in the memo portion of the check, so donations in his honor can be more easily identified.
, 66, of Barre Street, Montpelier died unexpectedly, Friday, September 30, 2011 at her home in Montpelier.
She was born in Alburgh, VT on March 31, 1945 the daughter of Doris (Secore) and Clarence Curtis. Paulette received her education in schools in Alburgh and Montpelier and attended Montpelier High School.
Paulette was married to James Milton Pulsifer at their home in Montpelier on June 24, 1972.
Paulette worked as a nurse’s aid at the former Friot Nursing Home on Barre Street as well as the former Heaton House. For many years she was a Daycare provider at her home and also a Home Care Provider for mental health clients.
Paulette enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and friends. Her interests were knitting, cross stitching, quilting, playing card games and hosting catalog parties (candle lite especially). She also had a love of animals (2 dogs, 7 cats, 2 birds, and a ferret).
Paulette was excited that she met and was looking forward to getting to know her great grand nephew Warren.
She is survived by her husband, James of Montpelier; three daughters, Tammy Pulsifer and companion Ashton Drown of Graniteville, VT; Tina (Pulsifer) Ricker and husband Ryan of Corinth, VT; and Ann Pulsifer of Montpelier; three grandchildren, Paxton & Kevin Ricker and Samantha Drown.
She is also survived by a sister, Paula Curtis of Montpelier; three brothers, Ricky Curtis of Barre, VT; Reid Curtis of Moors, NY; and Rene Curtis of South Hero, VT; several nieces & nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and two great grand nephews.
Paulette was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Bernard Barcomb and sister, Joyce Barcomb.
Family and friends are invited to Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Hall in Montpelier for calling hours on Wednesday, October 5th from 4-8 pm with a memorial service beginning at 6:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ronald MacDonald House, 16 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 or to Vermont Heart Association, 312 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, of Westview Meadows, Montpelier, Vermont slipped away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born on December 9, 1918 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of Lillian and Charles Ash. By the age of six, she began spending her summers at Lake Waynewood, at her beloved cottage which she cherished for the rest of her life. Following her graduation from Central High School in Scranton, Ann attended Wilson College in Chambersberg, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1940.
On September 19, 1942 she married William F. Redpath, with whom she shared 44 wonderful years until his death in 1986. Ann made wherever she was more beautiful; she loved creating and keeping her homes over the years, filling them with whimsy and flowers, artwork, laughter and love.
After living 38 years in E. Setauket, NY where she was an active member of the Setauket Presbyterian Church, she moved to Montpelier, Vermont, living first at Murray Hill and then at Westview Meadows. She studied to become a docent at the Vermont Statehouse and loved giving tours to visitors. She volunteered at the Wood Art Gallery and the Kellogg Hubbard Memorial Library, was an avid reader, bridge player, and a remarkable correspondent. All who were blessed to know her will remember her energetic walk, ready smile, and quick wit. Ann was a remarkable and courageous woman; she loved life and lived it to the fullest until the very end.
She leaves behind her daughter Sally Redpath and son-in-law David Blosser, her son Chuck Redpath and daughter-in-law, Amy Redpath, her three grandchildren, Travis Apple and his wife Kate, Rachel Apple, and Colin Apple, and her three great-grandsons: Morgan, Cailin, and Kelly William Apple.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday April 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM. In the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ann’s memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601 or the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 90, of Westview Meadows Road in Montpelier, VT, died on December 9, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. She was born on October 31, 1921 in Chengtu, Szechuan, China. She was the eldest of the four children of Rev. Chester F. Wood and Dorothy (Shaw) Wood who were Baptist missionaries.
Betty grew up in China where she attend the Canadian Boarding School. She and her family returned to the United States in 1939 when she was 17 years old. She graduated from Newton High School, Newton, MA in 1940. Betty attended Colby College in Waterville, ME, her father’s alma mater. Betty, an English major, was very active on campus and served on the inter-faith board where she met Ronald M. (Ron) Reed, her future husband. Ron graduated in 1943 and moved to New Jersey to work in a war industry while Betty remained in college until her graduation in May 1944. They both described this year of separation as very difficult but very worth it for her to complete her education.
Betty and Ron were married on the Colby campus on May 22, 1944, the day after Betty’s graduation. They were the first couple to be married on the new Colby campus. Colby was always a special place to both of them.
Betty and Ron lived initially in Trenton New Jersey where their first two children, Sandra (Sandy) and Brian, were born. In 1949 they moved back to Maine, Ron’s home state. They settled in Rumford where Ron worked for the Oxford Paper Company and Betty was a homemaker. There they welcomed a second daughter, Barbara. Throughout their years in Rumford, Betty was an active volunteer working for the Red Cross and the hospital auxiliary, and serving as president of the PTA. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She also taught Sunday School for many years and was active in several clubs at the Franklin Street Methodist Church. The Reed family home was always full of friends and children.
The family moved to Montpelier, Vermont, in 1965 settling on Deerfield Drive where they lived for 40 years. Betty worked for Dr. Porter Dale as a medical assistant for many years. She did volunteer work for Central Vermont Medical Center, for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice as a hospice volunteer, and as a guide at the VT State House. From the time they moved to Montpelier, Betty and Ron were active members of Bethany United Church of Christ where Betty taught Sunday School for over 20 years. She also served on many boards and committees. She was part of a core group that founded the Brown Bag Bible Study group. Betty loved Bethany and remained active there throughout her life. She was a person of deep faith.
Betty loved her family deeply.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She also loved her pets, three Springer Spaniel dogs and several cats over time. She enjoyed camping and traveling all over North America and to many foreign countries. In later years she enjoyed traveling with the Northfield Bank Passport Club.
She enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, playing bridge and attending plays and concerts. Her many friends were very important to her. Betty was unfailingly thoughtful, considerate, and helpful to all.
Betty moved to Westview Meadows Assisted Living Unit in Montpelier in 2005 when she could no longer manage her big home alone. She was clear that was the place she needed to be, and she soon made friends among the other residents and the staff. Betty also became close to the nurses and technicians at the Dialysis Unit at Central Vermont Medical Center. She enjoyed getting to know each of them and keeping track of their lives, families and accomplishments. Betty faced aging and increasing infirmities with grace, faith, humor and smiles. Her family is so thankful to the people at Westview Meadows and the Dialysis Unit. She knew she was loved and cared for, and she felt blessed.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Sandra Reed Clougher and her husband Thomas of Montpelier, VT and her son Brian and his wife Holly of South Burlington, VT. She had four grandchildren, Allison Keelty and her husband Kristopher of White River Jct, VT; Erin Clougher and her partner Zachary Green of Northfield, VT; Matthew Reed of Portland, OR; and Emily Reed of Somerville, MA. She had one great-granddaughter, Rebecca Keelty. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlene Fisher and her husband Charles, her brother-in-law Gilbert Brown and his wife Nell, and a nephew and several nieces and their children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years in February 1996. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Reed, her sister, Carolyn Brown and her brothers Robert Wood and Richard Wood.
A Memorial service will be held at Bethany Church, United Church of Christ on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM. A private burial will be held at Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier at the family‘s convenience. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Bethany Church, UCC, 115 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or to Central VT Home Health and Hospice, Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 84, of Sunset Blvd, Ascutney died Saturday, January 15, 2011 at MT Ascutney Hospital & Health Center.
He was born on December 20, 1926 in Buffalo, New York the son of Eustace & Elizabeth (Walbridge) Reynolds.
He attended Westminster School Simsbury Conn.
George served in the United States Army during World War II as a PVT and was discharged 12/10/46.
He was an avid hiker and had been an active member of the Green Mountain Club.
On August 28, 2010 he married Mary Hayden at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Windsor Vermont.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Ascutney; two sons, John Reynolds of Palmer, Texas and Robert Reynolds of Durango Colorado, and his sister Daphane Williams of Kenett Square Pennslyvania. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Cheryl Bennett of White River Jct., four step-sons, Robert Hayden of Windsor, VT; William Hayden of Waltham, MA; Frank Hayden of Troy, AL; and Douglas Hayden of Sunappee, NH. and several neices and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Ann.
A grave side service with military honors will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Randolph Center, in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St Mark's Episcopal Church, 33 Fairground Road, Springfield VT 05156
, cherished husband, father, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, and friend, passed away on August 10, 2011. All of us who loved Jim Ritvo, and there are many, will remember him as an exceptionally smart, compassionate, and delightfully funny man who approached the world with unshakeable kindness. No one can recall Jim saying a harsh word about anyone, with the exception of a few politicians, criminals, and the occasionally careless Patriot, Celtic, or Red Sox player.
Jim's world centered on his adored wife Marjorie and their children Jesse and Molly. Their circle of consummate devotion is profoundly altered by their loss. The tremendous support of family and friends is gratefully acknowledged and will continue to be needed.
Jim was born in 1946 in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tufts University and was awarded a Master's Degree in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University. His law degree was from Boston University College of Law. In 1975 he and Marjorie moved to Vermont and Jim began a thirty-year private law practice which specialized in helping families negotiate the legal system. His courtroom brilliance and his devotion to people in need merged with an antic but gentle sense of humor and earned him the nickname of “St. Jim” in northern Vermont. Jim was the president and one of the founders of Woodbury College in Montpelier. His dedication to justice in law and in life attracted excellent faculty colleagues and set Woodbury College on its course toward providing educational, legal, and family services to its students and clients.
Jim's life was always aimed toward fairness, whether in court or, later in life, in film. Many of us remember “132 Main,” Jim's weekly show on local cable access TV. He interviewed, with charm and delicacy, many people who have contributed to the richness of our lives in Vermont. His documentary films include “One Family: An Ethiopian Adoption”; “The Red Wagon: Facing Hunger,”; “On the Edge: Holes in the Vermont Health Care Safety Net”; and several films about art and education in Vermont. Turning from practicing law to film, Jim felt that the elements of being a good lawyer – being able to tell a client's story convincingly to a judge and jury – were directly applicable to documentary film making.
As deeply serious as his commitments were to the public good, Jim knew how to have fun. Sitting with friends and family at his dining room table, Jim told hugely entertaining stories. He celebrated his 40th birthday with a big party at a roller skating rink. He spent Sunday mornings walking, swimming, skiing, watching baseball games and developing elaborate baseball statistics, always in the company of family and often his three especially dear friends Steve Pitonyak, Peter Collins, and Bob Buchicchio.
Jim was wise, patient, and calm, which made him an exceptional listener and mentor. In Yiddish there is the word “mensch” to describe the decency, honor, warmth, kindness, intelligence, and steadfast character that one finds only in people who are beloved. Jim was a mensch. His life has added to the sum of good in the world.
A celebration of Jim's life was held at Beth Jacob Synagogue on August 12, 2011.
People who wish to honor Jim's life by making a charitable donation might consider Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, the Vermont Food Bank, and Focus on Film in Montpelier.
, 75, passed away after a long illness on August 29, 2011 at the Woodridge Nursing Home with his wife at his side. Born in Barre on March 20, 1936, he was the son of Louis and Mary (Bilodeau) Rochefort.
He attended schools in Graniteville and Spaulding High School.
He joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany from 1956 to 1958. Upon returning, he worked for over 40 years for the Rock of Ages Manufacturing Plant, from which he retired in 1998. He was a life member of the Canadian Club and the Barre Lodge of Elks 1535.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife, Sara Gingras-Rochefort; one son, Michael and his wife Sara of Panama City, FL; and three stepchildren: Cynthia Shipman from Bristol, CT; Michael Gingras from Burlington; and Margo Penniman and her husband Kingman Penniman from West Berlin, VT. He also leaves two brothers: Robert Rochefort and his wife Sheila of Montpelier; and Richard Rochefort and his wife Pidy from Lancaster , NH.
He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Lionel Rochefort.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
passed away May 5th, 2011, at Central Vermont Hospital, with her family and friend Desiree Gadsden by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Daughter of Marion Simpson Gray and Russell Gray, Patience Edna Gray was born Sept. 5th, 1937, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. At the age of three, she and her family moved to East Charleston. Then, following the war, they settled on a farm in Kirby, where her mother and father were dairy farmers. At a young age Patty assumed the responsibility of milkmaid and other farm chores. In 4H, she won many red ribbons showing her calves.
Patty attended a one-room school house in Lyndon, maintaining straight A’s throughout her school years. She was a good athlete and could beat the fastest boy on the track team at sprinting. Graduating from high school with honors, Patty went on to Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing in Hanover, NH, where she maintained her Dean’s list status. It was here she met her future husband, Frank Rosebery, and they were married shortly after graduation.
Patty began her nursing career in a trauma unit in Manhattan. Then she and Frank spent several years in Mexico City and Acapulco where Patty worked in clinics and Frank worked as a newspaper journalist. Following their divorce in 1969, Patty worked in a trauma unit in Los Angeles.
In the early 70’s, Patty returned to New York City and became a head nurse and supervisor of the intensive care unit of North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Next she worked at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn as assistant head nurse in the cardiac care unit until she retired. Patty was very exacting in her nursing standards, a true professional, well liked and respected by her peers. She expected colleagues in her unit to perform to the same standards she set for herself, evident by finger wagging at some of her fellow nurses. She was extremely kind to her patients and had a warm bedside manner. Apart from work, Patty thoroughly enjoyed the arts in NYC, regularly attending the theater, ballet, opera, and museums. From childhood, Patty had a love for animals, especially cats, and always had them as pets – her children in fur coats. In NYC, she fed all the homeless cats at her backdoor. Family ties were important to Patty, and brought her to Vermont for holiday celebrations.
Upon retirement, she moved back to Vermont, and resided in Montpelier on Freedom Drive. It is here where she cared for her mother Marion in her final years. Always a leader, it was natural for Patty to become president of the condominium association. She assumed responsibility for upgrades needed throughout the complex, and made sure contractors towed the mark. If you said you were going to be there at 8 a.m., you’d best be there or she would be calling you. Thus, she affectionately acquired the nickname “the Sarge,” which she loved! An avid gardener, Patty also took on the role of beautifying the grounds, creating lovely gardens throughout the condo complex.
Patty had an engaging social life with her many friends, graciously hosting parties through the years. She always had Thanksgiving at her home so that none of her friends would lack a place to go for the holidays. A lively bridge partner, Patty played weekly. In Vermont, her interest in the arts continued with friends on trips to museums, opera, and ballet in Montreal, NYC, Boston, and Saratoga. Patty was classy, dressing for occasions with furs and jewelry. Experiencing life to the fullest, in recent years Patty traveled to China, North Africa, the Greek Isles, Italy, and Northern Europe. With close friends on this side of the ocean, she enjoyed a scenic train trip across Canada to California.
Patty was intelligent and well read, kind yet strong, compassionate, and always ready to give someone a helping hand. Socially and community minded, she was generous in her support of charities.
She is predeceased by her mother, Marion Gray, her father Russell Gray. Survivors are her brother, Arthur Gray and his wife Donna of Montpelier. Her nephew, Mathew Gray & wife Kat & neice Megan of Woodstock. Her nephew, Erik Gray & wife Tricia of Burlington. Her stepmother Gloria Gray of St. Johnsbury. Her sister, Rachel Demers and husband Guy of St. Johnsbury. Her sister, Judy Allard and her husband David of Lyndonville. Sylvia LaCourse & her husband Gilman of St. Johnsbury, Marjorie Carter of W. Burke. Keith & Kyle Gray of St. Johnsbury. Leslie Degreeier of St. Johnsbury. Her neice, Desire Rice & her husband Joshua of St. Johnsbury. Goddaughter, Tana Young of Torrance, California. We want to thank the nurses of Central Vermont Hospital for the quality care that Patty received.
The wake will be held on Friday, May 20th 6-8pm at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. The celebration of her life will be held at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier on Saturday, May 21st at 12pm.
Donations to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, Vt. 05602 can be made in lieu of flowers in Patty’s name.
, 94, of Cedar Drive, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at the Woodridge Nursing Home.
She was born on May 8, 1917 in Hardwick, VT, the daughter of Nelson and Margaret (Wilson) Coburn. She was the youngest of ten children.
June graduated from Hardwick Public Schools in 1936. She later attended Bay Path Business School in Springfield, MA.
On February 2, 1944, she marred Albert Saari. Mr. Saari predeceased her on April 28, 2010.
She was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her daughters; Marsha Lang and her husband, Mark of Montpelier, and Barbara Scafidi of Waltham, MA; four grandchildren, Martin Scafidi and his wife Julie and their children Nicholas and Anthony, Catherine King and her husband, Michael and their son, Lucas, Christopher Lang and his wife Josie, and their children, Zoe and Benjamin; Elizabeth Lang and her companion, Steven Cliche.
She was predeceased by a grandson; Daniel Scafidi.
There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 28th at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, VT.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodridge Nursing Home, Patient Activity Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
Ann was born March 2, 1915 in Quebec City, Canada to Clara and Joseph Corriveau. She was the last survivor of five children. She moved to Barre, VT with her family at a young age and attended Barre schools.
, a longtime Montpelier resident died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester, VT of natural causes. Twice married, her first husband was Robert R. Carr of Montpelier. Together, they had two Children, Allan R. Carr of Grand Isle, VT and Carol Ann Grausz of Tahoe City, CA. Between marriages in 1960, she opened The Parisienne House of Beauty, a hair salon, at her home on Northfield Street in Montpelier. The shop was operated until 1970 when Ann moved to St. Louis, MO to marry William Schmidt. Upon his untimely death in 1973, Ann moved to the Burlington area where she remained until her death.
She is survived by her two children Allan and Carol Ann and her grandchildren, Jay Carr of Barre, VT, Rob Carr and his wife Debbie of Berlin, VT, Michael Grausz and his wife Martha of San Francisco, CA and Brad Grausz and wife Angila of Reno, NV. She is also survived by several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for family members will be held at a later date. It is the request of the family that any donations be made to the charity of ones choice.
, 68, of Sunrise Ave., died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
He was born on April 5, 1943 in Hartford, CT, the son of Robert & Elma (Holmquist) Shambo.
Bob graduated from Montpelier High School in 1962 and later received an associates degree in business administration from the Albany Business College in Albany, NY.
In 1962, Bob enlisted into the US Navy, where he trained and served on submarines. He was assigned on the USS Stonewall Jackson submarine stationed in Groton, CT until his discharge in 1966. He volunteered his time on the board for "Flags for Veterans" Program in Barre Town and had an interest in World War 2 Aviation History.
On December 18, 1966, Bob was married to Linda Gero in Barre, VT. They have two children together, Bobby and Kathleen. He enjoyed spending time at his camp on Miles Pond and recently learned kayaking.
Robert worked as the Director of Information Technology for the State of Vermont, then for Central Vermont Medical Center for a period of years, and then again for the State of Vermont where he retired in 2005.
Bob was a member of the Barre Elks Lodge and former member of the Canadian Club. He served on the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management Board for several years. Bob was instrumental in organizing and was Captain of the "Neighborhood Watch Program" in Barre. He was especially fond of his animals, including his two dogs, Jessie and Jake.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda Shambo of Barre; son Robert P. Shambo and his fiancé Valerie Tinker of Rockland, MA; daughter, Kathleen Shambo of Hobbsville, NC; grandson, James Marsha IV of Hobbsville, NC; and his mother, Elma Jurras of Montpelier.
He was predeceased by his step father, Henry Jurras and step brother, Steve Jurras.
Bob’s wishes were to have no calling hours or funeral service. A committal will take place at the Berlin Corners Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05602.
passed away peacefully early Monday morning, December 12, 2011 at the
Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vermont. She was ninety five years old.
Audrey was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 20, 1916 to Annie Maude (Dawes) and Prescott
Reed Harmon. She is predeceased by her brother, Prescott Reed Harmon, Jr.
Audrey went from Northfield Mount Herman to William and Mary College where she met Harvey
Linwood Smith, Jr. (Junie). They were married and had five children.
Audrey loved Vermont and its changing seasons. She enjoyed cross country skiing and paddle tennis
in the Winter and golf and tennis in the Summer. She was the Women's Golf Champion at the Mountain
View Country Club at the age of sixteen and again at the age of forty when there were still cows on the course. She continued to play golf well into her eighties, and passed her love of the game on to her children and grandchildren.
Audrey was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In her later years she would recite
the names of her grandchildren before going to sleep at night.
Audrey is predeceased by her daughter, Caren Reed Stanley-Smith. She is survived by her children; Carolyn Reed Kehler of Pomfret, VT; June Ellen Smith Kellogg and her husband, Roger of Montpelier, VT; William Harmon Smith of Greensboro, VT; and Cathy Anne Hansen and her husband, Kent of Boulder, Co; her grandchildren: Mathew Harmon Kehler and his wife, Angela Kehler, Andrew Chace Kehler and his wife, Victoria Von Hessert of Greensboro, VT; Anna Maria Kehler of Pomfret VT; Eiley Hardie Patterson and her husband, John Foster of Charlottesville, VA; Jason Linwood Patterson and his wife, Catherine of Brooklyn, NY; William Henry Bradford Kellogg of Brooklyn, NY; Sophia Light Barsalow and her husband, Francis; Jesse John Thomas Smith, Savannah Reed Smith, Wyatt Harmon Smith of Greensboro, VT; and Lauren Reed Stanley of Brooklyn, NY; her great grandchildren: Reed Harmon Kehler, Zola Ann Kehler, Thomas Fischer Kehler, Charles Stewart Kehler, James Linwood Kehler of Greensboro, VT; Harper William Patterson Foster and Louise Ellen Patterson Foster of Charlottesville, VA.
Audrey was a life long summer resident of Greensboro, Vermont. A memorial service will be held this summer. She will be buried at the Lincoln-Noyes Cemetery overlooking Caspian Lake.
, 68, of Barre, died suddenly from a heart attack, Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home.
Roger was born in Fitchburg, MA, on October 22, 1942, the son of the late Franklin Sprague, and Violet Jarvi and the late Andrew Jarvi.
Roger moved to Vermont in 1976 and started work at The National Life Insurance Company in 1980. He worked there for 30 years having just retired in December, 2010. He took great pride in his work at National Life and made many friends there. Roger not only took pride in his job but also in his home where you could always finding him puttering around the house repairing, painting, gardening and just keeping the house and yard in pristine condition. Roger also loved hunting and fishing, along with feeding the birds and the squirrels in his yard.
Roger leaves behind his wife, of almost 35 years, Linda Rivers Sprague and their son, Brent Ashford and his wife Catherine and his two grandchildren, Cody and Kasey Ashford, who were very special to him, also of Barre.
He is survived by his mother Violet Jarvi and his sister Susan and her husband Steve Buczynski of Ashby, MA. Roger had two daughters from a previous marriage, Lisa who lives in Leominster, MA and her two children, Edmund Green and Tammy Wideman, and a daughter, Brenda, who is deceased, and her daughter, Nicole. Roger also had one brother, James Sprague, who is deceased, his wife Helen resides in Arizona. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. We also want to mention Roger’s love for his pet dog, Katie.
Donations can be made to the Cancer Center Patient Fund at National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P. O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am at Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall for family and friends. Committal will be in Hope Cemetery in Barre City.
, 76, a longtime resident of North Calais and more recently of North Barre Manor died December 1, 2011 at Woodridge Nursing Home.
She was born in Barre City on August 6, 1935, the daughter of Roy & Marion (Martin) Lilley. She attended schools in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1954.
Marcia was married to Ervin “Bud” St. Cyr on July 2, 1955 in the Old West Church in Calais. For many years they lived on the North Calais Road and they had three children together, Janis, Cheryl and Vincent.
Marcia worked at the former Woolen Mills in North Montpelier and at the Barre Capacitor plant and retired after 20 years with Sprague Electric. After her retirement she worked as a home care giver for many residents in the Central Vermont area. In her earlier years, Marcia enjoyed hunting and fishing. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren and crafting with her friends.
She is survived by a son, Vincent St. Cyr of Conroe, TX; two granddaughters, Jenna St. Cyr of Montpelier and Darian St. Cyr of Conroe, TX; two grandsons, Dana and Shane Howard of Johnson, VT; and three great grandchildren.
Marcia is also survived by a sister, Judith V. Cookson and her husband, Chester of East Montpelier; brother, Doug Lilley of Calais, VT; brother-in-law, Robert Thomas of Barre and sisters-in-law, Beverly Lilley of Indiana; Lorraine Chase of Randolph, VT; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two children, Janis Howard; an infant daughter Cheryl; her husband, Bud; sister, Marilla Thomas; brother, Roderick Lilley.
A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, December 7th at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Calling hours will be from 2:00 until the hour of the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Woodridge Patient Activity Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641 or to Hedding United Methodist Church, c/o Pastor Ralph Howe, 40 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, went to be with Jesus and her beloved husband; Wayne, on November 23rd. She had spent the last several years living at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Edith was born in Montpelier, Vermont on December 14, 1919. She was the daughter of Harry & Hazel White of Wheelock St. Edith was a graduate of the Main Street School in 1938. After graduation Edith went to work for New England Telephone & Telegraph in Montpelier. She met the love of her life Wayne G. Stewart thru her brother Harry, Wayne and Edith married on November 10, 1940, and then moved to Hartford Connecticut. Edith moved back to Vermont when Wayne enlisted in the marines.
Edith and Wayne returned to the Stewart homestead in Berlin Vermont where she and Wayne raised their 4 children for the next 53 years. Edith was a member of the Berlin Congregational church, The Ladies Home Dem and the PTNA.
Edith’s forte was buying Old Dolls and refurbishing them to their original splendor. Edith often remarked that some of her happiest moments were spent with her many friends and family. Whether the time was spent at the camp on Lake Champlain, vacationing at her favorite destination (York Beach Maine) or a night of dancing, Edith loved life.
Edith’s smile was infectious and her kindness will be missed by all who knew her.
Predeceasing Edith was her husband Wayne G. Stewart on August 7, 1986, her son Richard T. Stewart on October 4, 2000, also her sister Goldie Mae Carlson and brother Richard White. Survivors include; her brother Harry White, son Robert G. Stewart, daughters Sue-Ann Markham and Tela Molloy, along with daughter in-law Carol Stewart, son in-law David Molloy, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Saturday, November 26th at Guare & Sons Funeral Home and burial will be in the family lot at Berlin Corners Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rowan Court Health & ReHab Center, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 97, formerly of Weston's Trailer Park, died, Monday, January 31, 2011 at Rowan Court in Barre, Vt, January 31, 2011.
Esther was born on August 29, 1913, in Duxbury, VT, the daughter of Luther and Hazel (LaRose) Morse.
She was married on February 18, 1933 to Kyle V. Swash at the home of Rev. W. R. White, in Hardwick, VT.
Esther was a homemaker & loved to bake for her loved ones. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Esther is survived by her sister Irma Sylvester and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside memorial service will be held this spring at Lake Elmore Cemetery.
Memorial contribution can be make to Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 49, of Barre, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. His final days were at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by love, laughter and music with his family and friends.
Paul was born on October 5, 1961 in Rutland, Vermont, the son of Roger and Betty (Emerson) Sweet. Paul was still a boy when the family moved to Central Vermont. He graduated from Spaulding High School and attended the University of Connecticut where he studied music.
As a young man, Paul spent many years as a counselor at Camp Downer 4H Camp in Sharon, VT where he made lifelong friends and touched the lives of countless campers, many of whom made trips back to Vermont to visit Paul in these last weeks. Paul was also a gifted vocalist and shared his love of music and drama by assisting with numerous Spaulding High School drama performances. He was a lifelong fan of all things baseball and had a professor’s knowledge of American history. Paul worked for several Central Vermont companies, most recently as District Manager for RGIS Inventory Services before retiring due to declining health.
Paul is survived by his mother, Betty; his brother Howard of Waterbury; and his sisters Charlene Hopkins and her husband Michael of East Montpelier, Helen Bryan and her husband Shawn of Berlin, and Lisa Turner of Berlin; as well as many nieces and a nephew.
Paul was predeceased by his father Roger in 2010.
Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, July 11th, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m.
A committal service will follow at the Berlin Corners Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Downer, 70 S. Winooski Ave, #196 Burlington, VT 05401
, 25, of N. Main Street, Barre died as a result of a car accident in Northfield on Saturday, September 10, 2011.
He was born in Burlington, VT on July 1, 1986, the son of Arthur and Dawn (Barnier) Therrien.
He attended Spaulding High School, where he was enrolled in the culinary program.
Most of his career, he worked as a painter and carpenter all over Vermont and Massachusetts. He also worked at Vianor Tire during their busy seasons, changing tires.
Nicholas had a passion for wildlife and nature. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Hunting Club of North America. He was an avid Red Sox Fan and Montreal Canadiens Fan. Nicholas enjoyed singing and was a member of the rap group "Kronik". He also enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family. and his dog, Nessie.
Survivors include his parents, Arthur and Dawn Therrien, of Barre; brother and best friend, Benjamin Therrien of Barre; sister, Amber Sicely of Barre; step brother, Noah Haskins; step mother, Lynn Therrien; and step father, Bradley Thibault of Burlington. He is also survived by his Grandmother, Edith Therrien of Montpelier, his cousins Caitlyn and Cody Therrien of Momtpelier, and his Uncle Lawerence Therrien (Unk).
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Albert Therrien and Reginald and Shirley Barnier.
Calling hours will be held from 6-9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 14 at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 am on Thursday, September 15th at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Main Street in Montpelier.
A private committal service will be held at the Middlesex Center Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp Endowment Fund, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, 10 South, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.
South Burlington, VT - George Wayne Thomas
, 99, most recently of The Pines Senior Living Community in South Burlington, died peacefully surrounded by members of his family on September 21, 2011, at the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Montpelier on May 28, 1912, the son of Pearl (Kellogg) and George Thomas. He grew up in Middlesex and attended school in Middlesex and Montpelier including the Montpelier Seminary, which later became Vermont College.
George Wayne started working at an early age helping neighboring farmers in Middlesex hay their fields, collect sap buckets, mend fences, and anything else that would raise a little pocket money. As the eldest child, he also would often barter his services in exchange for milk, eggs, wood or other supplies to help his family. In between chores, he enjoyed reading Zane Grey westerns, and liked to recall summer afternoons reading them under a shade tree. After high school, he started working with a friend of his father’s at a granite shed in Montpelier, and then took a job at the Socony Service Station on State Street, before moving on to many other types of service oriented jobs that became available to him.
On June 30,1933, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Frances Cooney of Middlesex. They were wed at the home of Rev. Hazelton of Waterbury, and were married for 71 years.
On July 30, 1942, George enlisted in the Armed Forces, where he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division after extensive training as a paratrooper and attained the rank of Sergeant. On Feb. 9, 1946 he was honorably discharged after serving almost 4 years in France and Germany but continued working as a civilian for the military in Frankfurt, Germany before coming home to Vermont in 1947.
George and his wife Dorothy made their home in Burlington for many years, where he started Burlington Office Supply, which served the Burlington area for many years. George could repair most any type of typewriter, adding machine, mimeograph or other business equipment of the day.
Wayne, as family and many of his friends called him, was a passionate pool player and, in his later years, his days revolved around playing pool with his friends at the Pines Senior Living Community. He could teach most anybody to play pool, and had a wide assortment of pool tricks up his sleeve. He loved playing pool so much that he donated a professional pool table to the Pines, which will be enjoyed by the residents for years to come. He always enjoyed family reunions and annual golf outings. Other interests included the Boston Red Sox, basketball, fishing, electronics, painting (which he took up with gusto at the age of 96), magic and card tricks.
For the past six years, George Wayne Thomas enjoyed writing a monthly newspaper column on his life and times for the Middlesex Newspaper entitled “Remembering my Life in Middlesex from 1917 to1929 and Beyond.” He could remember even the smallest details from years gone by, as his mind remained sharp and clear until the day he passed away.
Wayne was a generous and highly respected man of great integrity; he never complained and had a great sense of humor. He was a devoted son, husband, brother, uncle and friend. Survivors include sister Dorothy Perry of Montpelier, two brothers, Charles Thomas of Saint Albans and Robert Thomas of Barre, and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife Dorothy who passed away on June 12, 2005; two sisters, Laura Guazzoni and Leona Marsha, and one brother Willard Thomas, also preceded him.
Calling hours will be held at the Guare Funeral Home in Montpelier on Sunday Sept. 25th from 4 to 6pm. A service of remembrance will be Monday Sept. 26th at 1pm at the Guare Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Middlesex Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
, 75, died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the home of his daughter and son in law in Barre Town, VT.
He was born on September 25, 1935 in Nashua, NH, the son of Cecil and Julia (Lucy) Tibbetts. He attended school in Nashua and worked in construction, drove tractor trailers, and was a real estate broker. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his boat "The Ole Timer". He also spent much time wood working, making tables and large lawn gliders. He enjoyed gardening as well.
John moved to Marshfield many years ago and was the fifth generation of Tibbetts to live at the family homestead in Marshfield, VT.
He is survived by his daughters, Pattie Dupuis and her husband Serge of Barre Town, Paula Bettis of Lebanon, NH, Laurie Graham and her companion Patrick Therrian, of Randolph, VT; son, Patrick Tibbetts and his wife Terri of Plainfield, VT; grandchildren, Robert Dupuis, Matthew Dupuis, Dillon Austin; great grandchild, Abbie Dupuis, and a sister, Nancy Wynott and her husband Charlie of Hudson, NH.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Judy Nye, Richard Lucy, Daniel Tibbetts, and Cecil Tibbetts, Jr.
Calling hours will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, VT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Neighbors to Neighbors Americorp Program, Bird Feeder Project, c/o Pattie Dupuis, 10 Tamarick Ln, Barre, VT 05641.
, 60, of South Woodbury, died on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
She was born on December 17, 1950 in Hardwick, the daughter of Patrick and Theresa (Renaud) Ferland.
She graduated from Hardwick Academy in 1968 and continued her education at Trinity College in Burlington, VT, where she received her bachelors in education degree in 1972.
She began her career as a teacher, first in Hardwick, then worked at the Woodbury Elementary School. She taught elementary school children for 30 years before retiring in 2007. For the past 3 years she worked as the assistant town clerk in Woodbury.
On August 23, 1974, she married Bruce Tucker at St. Norberts Hardwick, VT.
She was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church and was very active with the Woobury Library.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce Tucker of South Woodbury; two sons, Thomas Tucker of Woodbury, and Nathaniel Tucker and his wife Whitney of Northfield, VT; her mother, Theresa Ferland of Hardwick; a sister, Helen Willey of Hardwick; six brothers, Patrick Ferland of Barton, Reggie Ferland of Hardwick, Karl Ferland of Hardwick, Rusty Ferland and his wife Debbie of Hardwick, Bradley Ferland and his wife Sharon of Hardwick, and Todd Ferland and his wife Lori of Hardwick; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Patrick in 2008.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Malanoma Research and Education Fund, c/o Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
, 83, of Ayers St. in West Berlin, VT, died on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.
She was born in Montpelier to Kenneth Malcolm and Mary (Wiggins) McGinnis. She spent her early life in Burlington and graduated from H.D. Wheeler High School in Burlington.
Barbara married Emile Viens on June 14, 1947 and he predeceased her in 1965. She was the owner of the Roma Gardens Restaurant in Montpelier and also waitressed in Burlington and at the Brown Derby in Montpelier.
She was a member of the Brown-Johnson #792 VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Post #3, both in Montpelier. She was an avid gardener who collected dolls and coins and loved to crochet.
Barbara is survived by daughters Sandra Larson of Northfield, Cynthia King of Woodbury, Brenda Badger of Moretown and Tamra Maxfield of Derby, CT; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Peter Viens; her brother Delbert McGinnis; and sisters Isabell White and Joyce Murray.
A private family service will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011. There are no calling hours. A public reception will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00pm at American Legion in Montpelier.
Memorial donations may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641
, 80, of Erin, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer
She was born in Montpelier on October 21, 1930, the daughter of the late Walter F. Hatch, Sr. and Katherine Marckres Hatch.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Roberta was pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph A. Viens, her son, Robert Viens, her daugher-in-law, Robin Ward Viens, her parents, Walter F. Hatch, Sr. and Catherine Hatch and her brother, Walter F. Hatch, Jr.
She is survived by her children: Catherine (Tom) Kargacin of Lacey, Washington; Anne (Charles) Swift of Erin, NY, Joseph Viens of South Burlington, Arthur Viens of Salem, Oregon and Paul Viens of Morrisville, North Carolina. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jutta Viens, 12 grandchildren (Joe (Yuko) Swift, Matthew Swift, Michelle Swift, Nicole (Rolf) Jorgensen, Leah Viens, Melanie (Keith) Prentice, Shaun Viens, Hillary Viens, Jennifer Viens, Jeffrey Viens, Cameron Viens and Brienna Viens) and 3 great-grandchildren (Shelby Viens, Annie McGowan and Audrey Prentice); her sisters, Lorraine Elliott, Donna (Bob) Alexander and Dianne (Al) Kircher; uncle, Marvin Marckres; Sisters-in-law, Peggy Daniels and Rosie Frappier , and, brother-in-law, Robert Viens. She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends in Montpelier, South Burlington, Farmville, Virginia and Erin, NY.
She was a retired Sears Roebuck employee. Roberta spent many years as a military wife traveling and living in Germany and many places in the U.S. Her love of traveling continued once she retired and she had many great trips that she remembered fondly.
There will be a graveside service at North Branch Cemetery, Middlesex, on Monday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. with a lunch and remembrance to follow at the Montpelier VFW for friends and family.
For those who wish, donations may be made to: a veterans’ organization of your choice , The Myositis Foundation, 1737 King St, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Vermont, 75 Talcott Rd, Suite 40, Williston, VT 05495 or the American Cancer Society in Roberta’s memory.
of Middlesex and more recently of Woodridge Rehabilation and Nursing Home passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2011 with family by her side.
Marianne was born on August 16, 1935 in Heidelberg, Germany, daughter of Wilhelm and Katharina (Buhler)Baumann. Marianne attended schools and lived in Wieblengen, Germany with her family until the early 1950's.
She met Arthur E. Walsh, Jr. of North Andover, Massachusetts in Montpelier, VT and they were married on December 30, 1955 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Marianne is survived by her daughter, Katherine Borne and husband Albert Borne, Jr. of Berlin, and her son Michael Walsh of Brattleboro, Vermont. She was blessed with four grandchildren, Albert Borne of Middlesex, Erika Dietsch and her husband Richard K. Dietsch, III of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Kayleigh Walsh and Pember Walsh both of San Jose, California. She is also survived by her brother Andreas Baumann and his wife Imgarde, and several nieces and nephews.
Marianne is predeceased by her husband, Arthur, along with her sister, Hilde Baumann and parents.
Marianne and Arthur eventually settled back in Vermont with their family in 1970 where they built their retirement home in Putnamville. She was employed at Union 32 High School for several years as a cook, and then became a licensed nurse's aide working at Heaton House, the Gary Home, and also as a private caregiver.
Marianne loved going home to visit her family in Germany. She and her husband drove their motor home south for many years to enjoy spending the winter months in Florida and Georgia with friends and retirees of the military. She loved spending time with family and caring for her grandchildren. She was a great cook, a gardener, loved to read, play cards, dominos and bingo, bowl, swim and line dancing too! There wasn't anything that she wouldn't try to do. She was a devoted, very beautiful and giving wife, mother and grandmother, and a friend as true and kind as you could ever ask for.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Vermont Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Randolph Center, VT.
Memorial contributions can be made to Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Box 550, Barre, VT.
, 48, of N. Seminary Street, Barre died Saturday, June 11, 2011.
He was born in Barre, VT on May 8, 1963, the son of Robert G. and Jeanette A. (Farnham) Warren. He attended Montpelier Grade Schools and graduated from Montpelier High School.
He worked for Rich’s Department Store and Walmart at the Berlin Mall and also for a time at Ames Department Store. Most recently worked on remolding and construction at the Econo Lodge on Northfield Street in Montpelier. Chandler enjoyed volunteering his time the Barre Baptist Fellowship Church and First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include a brother, John A. Warren of Manville, NJ; aunt, Leona Tatro of North Port, Florida and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, June 17th from Barre Baptist Fellowship Church, 84 Summer Street, Barre, VT.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Haven, 105 N. Seminary Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 89, of Gould Hill Road, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the Berlin Health and Rehab Center.
He was born on June 5, 1921 in Hardwick, VT, the son of Robert and Hazel (Taylor) Weeks. He attended schools in Harwick and Graniteville.
On February 24, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was a truck driver. He was part of the Northern Solomons Campaign and was the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon. He was also awarded a purple heart for injuries sustained from a grenade explosion. During his tour, he survived bouts of Malaria 18 different times. On September 17, 1945, he was honorably discharged at Fort Devens, MA.
On February 19, 1946, he married Carmen Garcia in Graniteville, VT. She predeceased him on May 11, 1995.
He worked in the Whitmore and Morse quarries and retired from Rouleau’s Granite Shed in Barre.
He was an excellent fisherman and a wonderful father to all of his children and step children. He was a fan of local softball and was often found at the field during summer evenings watching the games. He was also a member of St. Augustine’s Church and St. Sylvester’s Church.
Survivors include his son, Brad Weeks of Montpelier; daughter, Barbara Parsons of Cascade, MT; sons, Gary Field of Middlesex, VT; sister, Leona Philip, and 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Cindy Field; and grandson, Casey Casavant, who died in the Iraq War. He was also predeceased by son, Lonnie Field; siblings, Maxine Eastman, Burnace Grant, Carroll Weeks, and Donald Taylor.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601 or to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 88, of Eagle Ledge Road in Worcester, died Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She was born in Calais on July 28, 1922 to Freeman and Mary Elizabeth (Brunell) Avery. She attended schools in Calais and Plainfield.
On September 8, 1939, Lila married Walter C. Wilder, who predeceased her on Oct. 15, 1999. She was a seasonal worker at Maxxam’s Mink Farm.
Lila is survived by her son, Wayne Wilder; daughters Janet Pollard and Patricia Bador, all of Worcester; brothers Richard Avery of Chelsea and William Avery of East Corinth.
10 grandchildren, 22 Great-grandchildren and 3 Great great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, David Wilder, sisters Doris Blaisdell, Pauline Spidle, and Eva Pilbin.
A graveside service will be held in the Northfield Falls Cemetery at a later date, time and date to be announced.
The death occurred on February 3, 2011 of Lorna Elizabeth (MacMillan) Williams
Lorna was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, the daughter of George and Amy (Stewart) MacMillan. She survived the Spanish Flu during the epidemic early in her life and went on to study Social Work at Boston University in the 1930’s. She married an English teacher, Irving S. Williams and together they raised four children in Bedford Hills, NY.
of Montpelier, Vermont, in her 93rd year. Lorna will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her love for Prince Edward Island, her dedication as a lifelong social worker, her love of nature, her keen mind and memory, her warm smile, her African violets, her raspberry jam, and her independent spirit.
Lorna will be missed by her family: James I. (Clare Minick) of New Jersey, Ann E. of Maine, David G. of San Francisco, and Benjamin S. (Libby S. Case) of Vermont; her grandchildren: Todd S. Hill, Jessie S. Hill, Eric L. Williams, Amelia S. Williams, and Anna S. Williams; her relatives: the many Massachusetts MacMillans; and two special friends, Helen Goring of Florida and Jean Lodge of Charlottetown.
Services were held on February 6 at Montpelier Unitarian Universalist Church. Donations in her memory should be sent to New Dominion United Church, New Dominion, PEI, COA 1HO.
, 82, of Moscow Woods Road died on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT.
He was born on October 15, 1928 in Roosevelt, NY, the son of Augustus and Beatrice Elizabeth (Steiniger) Wilson. He attended the Center Moriches, public schools in Long Island, NY.
On November 12, 1949, He married Helen Melusen in Center Moriches, NY, and they lived there until they moved to Vermont in 1959.
He worked as a licensed plumber, starting his own company upon moving to Vermont, then working as a traveling salesman for Blodgett Supply Company, and eventually becoming a
member of the UA Local 693 Plumbers and Pipefitters in Burlington where he work on large scale projects such as the IBM plant.
He was a skilled woodworker and mechanical tinkerer. He liked the mechanics of antiques engines. He enjoyed having yard sales throughout the summer at his Moscow Woods Road Home. Locally he was known as the ‘bike man’, he enjoyed buying (or receiving for free) bikes in disrepair to repair them for children in need of a bicycle. He also enjoyed raising his pigeons, chickens, and doves, continually redesigning their outside cages to make the foul more comfortable. He loved his family, friends and neighbors and was always willing to lend a hand and his knowledge to someone in need.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Wilson of East Calais; three daughters, Lisa Wilson and her companion James Schumacher of East Calais, VT, Arlene Holm and her husband Kenneth of Centereach, NY, and Eileen Ruth Hathaway and her husband Ronald of Montgomery, VT; a sister, Emma Louise Schliessman of Albany, NY; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Elizabeth Titmus.
Calling hours will be held 11:00am -1:00pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow beginning at 1:00 pm. All are welcome and invited to join the family for the reception following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 10 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.
, 100, of Cedar Drive in Berlin, died on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Woodridge Nursing Home.
He was born one of eleven children to Bert and Eva (Ormsbee) Witham on May 29, 1910 in Graniteville, VT.
He served in the United States Navy December 22, 1943 to his discharge on November 16, 1945. Raymond served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and Philippine Liberation during World War II and was assigned to the de 217 U.S.S. Coolbaugh.
On May 8, 1936 married Ramona Mae Brickey in Waterbury, VT.
Mr. Witham worked during the 1930's for the Civil Conservation Corp, (C.C.C.’s) at different construction sites in the area, Burlington, Waterbury and Montpelier. He later worked for many years for City of Montpelier and State Equipment Company as a mechanic and welder. After his retirement at 65, he continued to work as a welder for Neil MacKenzie in Springfield, VT. Ray had a large lawn mowing service for many years and moved snow for his customers with his snow blower until he was 94 years old. He had an incredible work ethic and enjoyed staying active and meeting people. He loved to dance, go camping and playing cards with family.
Ray enjoyed racing his Hot Rods cars at Thunder Road, and the Northfield dirt track. He ultimately hired Ray Stiegles and Johnny Gammell to drive his cars for him.
He is survived by a son, Bert R. Witham and his wife Barbara of Montpelier; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Witham and her partner Harold Snitzler of Palm Harbor, FL; five grandchildren, Douglas Witham, Jr. and wife Lori, Laura Witham and wife, Courtney, Philip Witham and wife Lydia, Raymond Witham and wife Mari Jo, and Jonathon Witham and wife Lisa; twelve great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; brother, Dean Witham and his wife, Marion of Berlin, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ramona on October 31, 1990; son, Douglas Witham, Sr. on March 31, 1992; siblings, Lillian Witham, Myrta Fisher, Jennie Witham, Fern Blatchford, George Witham, Earle Witham, Mahlon Witham, Kenneth Witham, and Laurence Witham.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m, Thursday, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodridge Nursing Home, Patient Activities Fund, P.O. Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
of Middlesex, Vermont passed away peacefully in the presence of his beloved wife, Patricia Neely Washington, and dedicated staff in the early morning hours on November 9, 2011 at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center. His mother had passed away in the same place and on the same date 27 years prior.
Dr. Wulff was born in New Haven, Connecticut on July 29, 1925, the son of Hannah Susie (Jepson) and Johannes Wulff. His grandparents were born in Denmark. Jepson grew up with his younger sister Dorothea in Chester, Connecticut where his parents were owners of the Chester Nursery on property that adjoined their home. This early introduction to native and ornamental plants and shrubs helped to instill a lifelong love of landscaping and gardening, including the planting and loving care of one of the most impressive rhododendron gardens in all of Vermont. Summer isn’t officially here until “Jepson’s Rhododendrons” come into full glorious bloom.
Dr. Wulff earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1948. He was a Veteran of WWII, and what was later referred to as the split class of 1945 W (war), along with many other students attending Yale at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jepson enlisted in the armed services and put college on hold until he returned from duty. He underwent Army basic training at Fort Bragg, NC, and became an expert Army Marksman; he also trained as an army medic, and eventually served in the South Pacific.
In 1954, Dr. Wulff earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Yale University. At the beginning of his professional career in the 1950s,
(as he liked to explain) “by chance, I became involved in Aerospace Engineering”. While working as a consultant for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he first began to develop his system design way of thinking, which defined his work throughout most of his life. A report that he and co-workers prepared for NASA was entitled: A Simple Model of a Man-Machine Development Cycle (still in print on-line). From this effort evolved his theories on how to solve problems associated with complex system development. From this chance beginning, Dr. Wulff began to apply what he had learned to the design and development of human services and health care systems.
In the mid-70’s Dr. Wulff co-founded The Human Ecology Institute, with offices in Montpelier, VT.
From 1973-1980, Dr. Wulff was a member of the faculty of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and of the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University.
In 1985, Dr. Wulff co-founded Learning Services, a Boston based company that was a leading provider of rehabilitation for persons with acquired brain injury across the country.
During the mid-1990’s to 2008, Dr Wulff’s focus was on authoring the book entitled A HEALTH DELIVERY SYSTEM, which addresses the whole of health services delivery in one model. In his own words, “my book is not about reform; rather, I present a complete new system design, which serves all citizens.” Dr. Wulff passed away just as his book was beginning to gain notoriety and praise as a much needed comprehensive and cost-effective design for a health care delivery system.
Jepson was President of the Yale Club of Vermont for several years - a position he enjoyed immensely.
Jepson leaves behind the love of his life Patricia Neely Washington whom he married 41 years ago in Garrett Park, Maryland on August 21, 1970. Jepson and Neely built their home and life together in Middlesex, Vermont.
He also leaves behind his children and their families, including Mark Wulff and wife Lynn of Germantown, MD; Letitia Allyson Wulff of Portland, OR; Ian Christian Wulff and Maria Figueroa of Tucson, AZ; Liesl Wulff of Williamstown, VT; Jeannette Wulff of Middlesex, VT and friend John Bruce of Washington, D.C.; Clark F. Wulff and Molly Linn of Keene, NH; Forester Dean of Santa Monica; and Gweneth Dean of Richmond, VA.
He leaves behind grandchildren and their families including Anya Roles and husband Eric of New York City; Justin Burke of Portland, OR; and Griffin Dean of Richmond,VA; Luciana Figueroa of Tucson, AZ; Sara (Figueroa) Mustafic and husband Senad of Seattle, WA. He is survived by three great-grand children including Addie, Tatum and Penelope Roles of New York City.
In addition, he is survived by his adoring sister Dorothea Anne and husband Alwin Manke of Cheshire, CT, and five nieces and nephews and their families including Steven Manke and wife Laurie of Wallingford, CT; David Manke and wife Cindy of Potomac, MD; Kristen Slocum and husband Tim of Cheshire, CT; Matthew Manke of Meriden, CT; and Jonathan Manke of Cheshire, CT.
Respecting Dr. Wulff's wishes, a funeral will not be held. However, memories of Jepson will always be in full bloom in the hearts and minds of all who loved and respected him.
, 80, of Lake Champagne in Randolph Center and formerly of Berlin died unexpectedly Monday, September 12, 2011 at Gifford Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Barre, Vermont on September 8, 1931 the daughter of Royal & Marrion E. (LaBree) Thurston and attended schools in Plainfield, VT.
Irene was married to Donald W. Hopkins on October 9, 1949. Mr. Hopkins died at age 44 in 1974. Irene later married Morris C. Wyman in Montpelier on April 8, 1978.
She worked for several years at the Northfield Woolen Mills, Capital Stationers in Montpelier and the Flower City Florist in Berlin. Irene also worked at the former Western Auto home & auto parts store in Montpelier in 1975. After her marriage to Morris in 1978 they continued to manage the store until they closed it in 1981.
Irene was a member of the Montpelier Emblem Club, and the Ladies' Auxiliary at the American Legion and VFW in Montpelier. Irene has enjoyed living at the Lake Champagne Camp Ground for the past 30 years and spending winters in Florida. She adored her children and grandchildren. She loved cribbage, camping, craft work and her extensive elephant collection which she treasured.
Irene is survived by her husband, Morris of Lake Champagne; a daughter, Diane Scolaro and her husband, Norman of East Calais; two sons, Robert Hopkins of Calif; Michael Hopkins and his wife, Charlene of East Montpelier; two step-daughters, Lynn Santaniello and her husband, Mario of Florida; Debra Liptak of Mass; three step-sons, Dana Wyman of NH; Dale Wyman and his wife Terri of Mass; and John Wyman of AK; a sister, Esther Bolduc of Middlesex, VT; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Irene was predeceased by her daughter, Judy Hanson and her brother, Richard (Rip) Thurston.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, September 15th at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Randolph Center followed by a memorial service at the Montpelier Elks Lodge at 1:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Burlington, VT 05401 or Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., P.O. Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629.
, 91, of Heaton Woods, Montpelier, died on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at her home.
She was born on May 31, 1919 in New York City the daughter of George and Margaret Schumacher) Schwab.
On November 10, 1945, she married Paul Yeagle in River Edge, NJ, where they lived for 25 years. In 1973 she and her husband moved to Vergennes, VT where they owned and operated the New Haven Motel. In 1989 they retired and moved to Fort Myers, FL before moving back to Vermont in 2006 and lived at Heaton Woods. Mr. Yeagle predeceased her on September 16, 2006.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Christensen of Berlin; son, Glenn Yeagle of Richmond. She was predeceased by a sister, Ruth McKearnin, son-in-law, Roy Christensen and nephew, Robert McKearnin.
Memorial service will be held at Heaton Woods, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier at 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 16, 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made in Adele’s memory to Heaton Woods Activity Fund, c/o Peggy Rocque, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Burlington and South Hero, VT - Catherine F. Young
died peacefully on February 3, 2011 at the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center in Burlington, Vermont. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday. Kind, gentle and always loving, her family will miss her.
Catherine was born on January 31, 1921 in West Orange, New Jersey, the fourth of the six children of Edward and Mary Ann (Mulhall) Malloy. She graduated from Orange High School with honors. During World War II she worked for Westinghouse making aircraft landing lights.
She married Leonard R. Young of Plainfield, New Jersey on January 12, 1946 after his return from the Pacific theater, where he served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. They made their home in North Plainfield, New Jersey, and raised three daughters there: Maurita Kling of Wiscasset, Maine, Claudia Young Palmer of Ticonderoga, New York, and Pamela Cummings Rice of South Hero, Vermont.
After her husband’s retirement they lived in New Bern, North Carolina for ten years and then moved to Kennebunk, Maine, where they resided until Leonard’s death on July 2, 2009. She moved to Vermont recently to be close to her family.
In addition to her three daughters, Catherine is survived by her younger sister, Gertrude Zimmer, of Rochester, New York; five grandchildren, Rory and Darcy Cummings, and Hannah, Bonnie and Emily Palmer; and one great-granddaughter, Guinivere Cummings.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Montpelier on Saturday, February 12th at 1:00 PM. Family and Friends may call at Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier on Friday, February 11, 2011 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
Catherine and Leonard will be buried together at the Saratoga National Cemetery. Interment will take place in the spring.
Family has requested that memorial contributions may be made in Catherine’s memory to a local food shelf in your area.
- “She walks in beauty like the night” – this line by Lord Byron appeared under Kathryn Ursula Zeller’s high school graduation picture. Known as “Ursula” to her family and friends and “Ray-Ray” to her granddaughter and great-grandsons, she passed away from natural causes on June 3, 2011 with her two daughters at her side; she was 93 years old. Ursula was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY but moved to NJ as a child. She remained in NJ raising her family until after her husband of 50 years, Louis, died in 1986. An avid bowler, bridge player, reader and crossword aficionado, she was active in many organizations in NJ. In 1989 she brought her volunteering spirit to Vermont – to be closer to her daughters. Her volunteering activities included Porter Hospital, CVMC Gift and Benefit Shops, Vermont Historical Society and Lt. Governor Barbara Snelling’s office. More recently Ursula could be found at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library several days a week or at Lost Nation Theater where she volunteered as an usher for matinees and at mailing parties. Because of her achievements in her community, Ursula received a Certificate of Recognition from the Vermont’s Healthy Aging Initiative. Ursula spent her last six months as a resident of the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center where she became fast friends with residents and staff alike. He daughters cannot thank the wonderful staff at BHRC enough for all of their efforts on Ursula’s behalf…outstanding care in a truly caring and compassionate environment. She will be remembered for her strength, great wit, concern for others and willingness to help.
Ursula is survived by her daughters, Patricia A. McDonald and Susan A. Zeller; son-in-law J. Bruce McDonald; granddaughter, Stacey Katen, two great-grandsons; Zacary & Ryan Covert; and several nieces and nephews. At Ursula’s request the family will have a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641; the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602; or Lost Nations Theater, 139 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.