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, age 76, passed away Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016 at the Bel Aire Nursing Facility in Newport. He was born in Montpelier March 16, 1940, son of the late Robert John and Europa L. (Herring) Gidney. Richard served in the U.S. Army for 6 ½ years in the Panama Canal Zone. He was employed in Administration at I.B.M. in Essex Jct., and later with Vermont Federal Bank. He was a member of the Blue Lodge #12, F&AM in Richmond and a 32 degree Mason with Mt. Sinai Temple #3 in Montpelier.
Richard loved traveling in New England, especially during the fall to see the foliage. He enjoyed his fireworks displays for his family and friends, going out for dinner, and being a practical joker. He was an avid sports fan for his great-nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for always being there for people, and being a very giving person, his love for cats, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his two sisters, a brother, a nephew, several nieces, grand-nieces and nephews. Also his special friends were Mark Hope and Roger Reilly. He was predeceased by his parents, and a special feline companion Nancy.
At Richard's request there will be no public funeral services. Memorials may be made to The Make-A-Wish Foundation , 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, Vt. 05401.
, 53, of Coventry, Vermont passed away suddenly on November 24, 2016 in Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital. He was born on November 23, 1963 in Newport, VT, to Beverly Cleveland and Gayton Verge. On June 20, 2009 he married Christine Monteith. He is survived by his wife Christine Goodell, His Children Mariah Goodell, Shane Goodell, Roger Pare and Mathew Pare. His Siblings Burt Goodell and wife Laurie Goodell, Brenda Sherlaw and her Husband Doug Sherlaw , Leo Verge and his Wife Norma Verge, Marlin Stevenson, Gaytan Verge and Susan Roberge. His Grandchildren Paislee Bartley, Sophia Pare, Jameson Pare and many nieces and nephews. Roger was a Window Glazier for most of his life. His hobbies were hunting, camping and fishing. Roger loved spending time with his granddaughter Paislee she was the apple of his eye and he spent every second he could get with her. He had a heart of gold and loved doing things with his family. He worked hard for his family and was a stubborn man who had the biggest sense of humor you could find in a person. He was loved by many for his charm and goofiness. He could pretty much get away with anything he said would just smile after he said it. His favorite singer of all time was Johnny Cash he was always singing his tunes around the house and cried when Johnny cash passed away. Roger was a strong man who cared for his family to the best of his abilities. He will be greatly missed.
A Poem for my Father, The Way I See It Since I can remember, my father's tool belt has been his second pair of pants. He always ran aimlessly around the house trying to fix this or that. Let's just say not much has changed! I've watched my father go from building houses to putting in windows and always being busy, but he always made time to be a good father. His tough edge always wore off as he sat in my room for hours, letting me do his hair or playing Barbie's. Always making me laugh when I hurt, or when he helped yank my first tooth. Watching my father build reminds me of who he is and why we are so much alike. I know where ever life takes me he will always be a foot step behind, if that does not symbolize how a father loves his daughter I don't know what does.
Love You Mariah. Funeral Services will be held December 09, 2016 at The Church of the Nazareth in Newport at 115 Elm St. Newport, VT 05855. Services will be held at 4pm after services we would like family and friends to join us at The Eagles for dinner and celebration of Rogers's life.
54, of Derby, Vermont passed away on February 25, 2016 in Burlington, VT. He was born on January 29, 1962 in Newport to Judy Batchelder Gray and the late Ellis Gray, Sr.
On August 3, 1996 he married Angela Graves who survives him. Ellis was a truck driver for Barrup Farms and previously was a sign painter and lettered cars as his business was known as "The Sign Guy". He formally worked at Gray Transport, Karl Johnson Trucking, Tivoly MFG and Thibodeau Machine Shop. At the age of 15, he started on Jim Lamothe's racecar team in which he was a driver and crew member. Later then worked on Wally Watson and Mike Gosselin's racing team. He enjoyed watching hockey, football, NASCAR races, his children's sporting events, and music and dance concerts. He enjoyed traveling to Watkins Glen, NY every August for their annual family vacation for the NASCAR race. He was a very devoted family man.
He is survived by his wife Angela Gray of Derby, VT, by his children: Alan, Kristin, Elliott, Timothy, Adam, and Charlie all of Derby, VT. He is also survived by his grandchild Kerrighan Rose Gray of Newport, VT, and by his daughter-in-law Kari Maxham of Newport, VT. He is survived by his mother Judy Gray of Derby, VT, by his half sister Melanie Gray of Lyndonville, VT, by his sisters: Candy Patenaude and her husband Paul of Derby, VT, Wendy Hamelin and her husband John of Westfield, VT, and by his brother Scot Gray and his friend Sheila Carpenter of Derby, VT, by three "adopted" children: Rebecca Greenleaf of Island Pond, VT, Tyler Brown of Derby, VT, and Kylie Monfette of Holland, VT, by his stepfather Robert Brosseau Sr. of Barton, VT, his step brothers and sisters: Robert Broasseau Jr. of Derby, VT, Joseph Brosseau of Hardwick, VT and Andre Brosseau and Tammy Huntington of Glover, VT, Theresa Quinlan and her husband Dan of Ellsworth, ME, Debbie Messier and her husband Shawn of Hardwick, VT, by his in-laws- Carl Mears Jr. of Ascutney, VT, Sandra and Richard Carter of Granby, CT, Linda and Lance Bowen of AZ, and James Graves of Holland, VT and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sons: Ellis lll and Denis, by his father Ellis Gray, Sr, by his nephew Paul McKee, by his in-laws- James and Mildred Graves and sister-in-law Sheryl Mears.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with the Rev. Mike DeSena officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday March 19, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the funeral. Family requests a "dress down" service, jeans and any sports related clothing to honor what Ellis loved.
, born July 24, 1967 in Lawrence , MA lived most of her life in Derby and passed away peacefully in the arms of her three loving daughters in Newport on June 10, 2016. She fought a courageous 3 year battle with cancer. Kimberly was a graduate of Vermont Tech and received her degree in nursing and worked many years as a nurse. She was a nurse at Union house in Glover, and before being diagnosed; she spent many years at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, and some time at Derby Green in Derby.
Kim was an exceptional nurse and was known for her precious smile and her incredible sense of humor. She had a natural ability to treat every patient with great kindness.
Kim had a love for cooking. She baked the best homemade cookies and her signature hot mustard was to die for. Kim was very independent and strong-willed. She enjoyed doing home improvement, gardening and made strong friendships with her close neighbors including Felicity and Lester Butterfield, Christine Barrup, and Deb Belise. Anyone could fall in love with her strength and humor. She could light up a whole room with her smile.
She loved her children and caring for her family was most important to her. She enjoyed spending her free time with her children and grandchildren. She will be miss by many.
Kimberly is predeceased by her parents, Grant and Doris MacLean, along with her brother, Grant MacLean Junior. She is survived by her Step-Mother Marcy MacLean of Inverness Fl, sister, Tricia Maclean of Coventry, her brother, Jonathan Cote of Kingston, NH, and sister Jennifer Frasca of Derry, NH. She is further survived by her children and grandchildren, Julia Bolton and her son, Darion Forbes, of Newport, Gabrielle Bolton and her fiance Derek Sanville and their children, Collin, Caydence and Connor Sanville of Newport, VT, and Selena, Christopher, and Kaitlyn Green, of Derby, her step sons, Cedar and Champ Bolton of Newport, and the father of her eldest daughters and very special caretaker, Edwin Bolton of Newport Center. She had several aunts and uncles. She is also survived by her closest friends, including Tammy Chipman, Vanessa Raymond, Amy Blacketer, Hope Bowen, Amy Farley and Shelly Maxwell.
A Celebration of Life mass will be celebrated for Kimberly at 2pm on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace in Newport, Vermont. A family receiving time will begin at 1pm .
, of Derby, Vermont, passed away at his home on May 27, 2016, at the age of forty-nine. The New Year's baby in 1967, he attended the Derby Elementary School and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1985.
He leaves behind his three sons, Matthew, Nathan and son Jesse, who he loved very much, his special daughter Kya Paige, who held his heart in her hands from the moment she was born, and granddaughter Kiersten; his father Del Green and wife Nancy, mother Paula Thibodeau and husband Barry, brother Shawn Green and his children Selena, Christopher and Kaitlyn; step-siblings Sandy and Tom Emery, Barry Jr., Scott and Debby Thibodeau, Susan and Allen Myers and Eric Thibodeau and their families. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles and their families. Bob and Joan Green, Todd and Julie Bedard, Craig and Marcia Bedard, Pamela Bothwell and Harry and Sondra Baker; Susan Green, Cam Green, Sandra Fowler and David Young; his extended Curtis family of uncles and aunts Dave and Kristi Curtis, Craig and Laura Curtis, Joan Curtis and Francine Curtis and their families. His special friends Jessica Brown, Paul Patenaude, Tim Patenaude and Brian Judd, cousin Travis Green and his wife Heather; the Furbush family of Dick, Rick and Pam; Skip and Walter Lamere; and many more wonderful friends, too numerous to mention. He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandparents Bill and Shirley Green and grandmother Ruth Green, maternal grandparents Paul and Frances Bedard, uncles Bill Green Jr. and Richard Green, cousin Tyler Green and aunt Donna Fowler. He was also pre-deceased by uncle and special friend Jim Bothwell.
Shane enjoyed moto-x racing and was a former two-time state champion at the Rider Hill Race Track. He loved hunting from an early age out of the family camp, snowmobiling, horseshoes, barbecues and the annual Connecticut River canoe trips. He was an excellent carpenter and built several homes in the Northeast Kingdom. Above all, he was an unbelievably wonderful and dedicated father to all of his children. His quick wit, big smile, great sense of humor and compassion will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 11:00 A.M.to 4:00 P.M., at the Guillette Pavilion, 884 Salem-Derby Road, Derby, Vermont. A luncheon will be served and all are welcome to celebrate with family and each other – no tears, just storytelling and laughter, the way Shane would want it!
, 77, of Derby, Vermont passed away on July 18, 2016 in Newport. He was born on June 1, 1939 in Newport to Merrill And Ruby (Waterman) Guyette, Sr. In November 1964 he married Kathleen Rideout who survives him. Mr. Guyette entered the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was foreman for Winterset Construction Company. His hobbies included working on cars and tinkering around the house.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Guyette of Derby, VT, by his children: Doug Hillman of Ventura, CA, Thomas Bussell and his wife Patricia Place of Derby, VT, Tim Bussell and his wife Cathy of Derby Line, VT, Don Bussell of Pasorobles, CA, Susan Oster and her husband Mark of New Paris, PA, and Sherry Armstrong of Derby, VT, 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, by his brother Mike Guyette and his wife Kathy of Derby, VT, by his sisters: Marilyn Currier of Newport, VT, Muriel Dunn of Rouses Point, VT, Mary Gonyaw of Hartford, CT, and Carol York of Manchester, NH, by his half brothers: David Guyette and his wife Carol of Newport Center, VT, Robert Guyette of North Troy, VT, and John Guyette and his wife Lisa of North Troy, VT. He was predeceased by his half brother Jimmy Guyette.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, VT 05855.
, 48, of Newport, VT passed away on September 29, 2015 in Newport, VT. He was born on December 11, 1966 in Woonsocket, RI, to Russell and Carolyn (Douglas) Hale. He graduated from North Country Union High School and Community College of Vermont.
He enjoyed fishing, collecting sports cards, Steven Kings Books, Johnny Cash music, and was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates Teams. He loved the Grinch who stole Christmas.
He is survived by his wife Margarita Brown of Newport, VT, by his children: John Hale of NH, Crystal Covey of NH, Jessica Andrews of NH, Joseph Andrews of SC, Adam Higgley of MA, Paul Higgley of VT, Whitney Hale of VT, Juanita Moreno of VT, and James (Medellin) Hale of Newport, VT, and by his grandson Johvanni Villanueva of VT, by his siblings: Dean Hale and his wife Diane of Orleans, VT, Roger Hale and his longtime companion Darlene Baraw of Newport, VT, Lee Hale of Newport, VT, Lorettta and Moe Vincent of Jaffrey, NH, Yvette and Jeffrey Dewing of Glover, VT, and Valerie Tinker of Rockland, MA, and by several Nieces and Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Carolyn and Linwood Hall of Glover, VT, and by his nephew Logan Blais. Friends may call from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday October 2, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston with the Rev. Richard Whitehill officiating.
, son of Frances and Leonard Hall was born in Akron, OH on January 17, 1938 and passed away peacefully on December 14, 2015 from natural causes at the Boston VA Hospital. As requested by Robert cremation has taken place and there will be no services. After his younger years of schooling in Akron he followed in his mother's footsteps of buying & selling real estate by their joint purchase of 'The Island' in Island Pond, VT. After being drafted out of Akron University into the army in 1961 and discharged in 1963 Robert resided on the island during the summer months, enjoying the solitude of the island where he lived without the creature comforts of electricity, telephone or running water.
On November 7, 1977, Robert was confined to a wheelchair from a logging accident which broke his back. Being a true 'Vermonter" at heart, he did not allow this to slow him down and he took up residence on another of his properties, a farm in Derby VT. Robert continued with his real estate and other various enterprises including a greenhouse business and apartment rentals.
He was skilled as a small engine mechanic. One of his greatest pleasures in life came from acquiring a broken piece of machinery and restoring it to functioning capacity. This avocation benefited many of his friends who came to him with various broken equipment that Robert would fix. They will remember his many conversational snippets that were as entertaining to guests as to him. Self-appointed leader of the "Clyde River Christians," "Buddha Bob" had novel ideas about the proper way to conduct a service. Spending time with him lightened the atmosphere and uplifted souls.
Robert is survived by his brother John, sister-in-law Barbara, six nephews and nieces, along with their children and a large eclectic group of friends. He is loved by all whose lives he touched and will be greatly missed. A special memorial service will be scheduled in the spring to celebrate his life.
, a long-time resident of Newport Center, VT, died on February 3, 2016, at the age of 88. She had been living at Tallwood House, a Christian Science residence in Concord, NH. A prolific artist working primarily in watercolors and acrylics, Phyllis operated from her tiny PJ Hammond Art Gallery on Lake Road, which was the former barn of her beloved Morgan horse, Smoky. But Phyllis had a truly international reach. Her work was exhibited in Iceland, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Texas, North Dakota, and Vermont (most recently at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport), and she published three books that captured her love of wildflowers, northern landscapes, and sharing art with children.
Phyllis was born on July 4, 1927, the daughter of Gordon Crothers Sleeper and Martha Moller Sleeper in Long Island, New York. As a youngster, she studied watercolor with Elsa Bley. She attended Wellesley College and later studied with Hyman Bloom and took courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, presaging her life-long love of flowers. Phyllis began traveling to Lake Memphremagog as a child, where her parents owned summer homes, and in 1957 she married Milton Dale Hammond. Phyllis and Milton were married for 54 years until Milton's death in 2012.
Phyllis had a long love affair with northern landscapes (she lived several miles from the Canadian border) and their plant life. Underlying themes of her work were wildflowers, forest floors, mountains, and seeing more spiritually.
In 1998, at the age of 71, her life took a decidedly entrepreneurial turn with the writing and publication of Traveling with Wildflowers: from Newfoundland to Alaska. As a result of the book's publication, Phyllis was invited to speak in Denali National Park, Alaska, St. John's Botanical Garden in Newfoundland, and at many flower shows. An article featuring her and her book appeared in Vermont Magazine. Along with book sales, she sold thousands of lithographs, prints, postcards, and bookmarks based on the artwork in Traveling with Wildflowers, welcoming people from across the country to her gallery by the lake.
Phyllis published two more books. In 2013, Through the Eyes of the Children was written in concert with elementary school children in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, who contributed imaginative essays about Phyllis's travel sketches. In 2014, she published Iceland: A Second Visit…a Necessity, which included 30 of her Icelandic paintings. Along with Alaska and Vermont (with a memorable side trip to Egypt!), Iceland was Phyllis's favorite landscape to paint and place to visit.
Phyllis is predeceased by her brother Gordon Crothers Sleeper, Jr., and is survived by her brother Drew Sleeper and his wife Evelyn Sleeper of Abilene TX, her sister-in-law Emmy-Lou Sleeper of Larchmont NY, six nieces and nephews, and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to MAC Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund 158 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855.
, 70, passed away at her home in Alliance, Nebraska on January 17, 2017 after a long illness.
She was born in Alliance, Nebraska on June 16, 1946 where she spent her early years. Then in the tenth grade her parents moved to Laramie, Wyoming where she finished high school and then attended the University of Wyoming and got her degree in Physical Education.
Her son, Trent Ackerson, was born in Laramie and then they moved to Tucson, Arizona where she met Richard Lafoe from Derby Line, Vermont. They got married in Laramie and moved to Morgan, Vermont and then Holland, Vermont. Their son Alex was born when they lived in Holland.
Kay was a self-employed Bookkeeper and Income Tax Preparer for several businesses in the area and worked with the Weatherization Program for many years. She was active in many community activities starting the Morgan Red Cross Swim Project at Seymour Lake, chaired the first Morgan Green Up Day, was a member of "Dizzy Dames" Home Dem. Club and volunteered at the Morgan Elementary School.
When she moved to Holland she did not stop. Kay was the Holland Delinquent Tax Collector and a representative for the town with the North Country Supervisory Union. She coached the majorettes at NCUHS, worked with Migrant Education in the area and ran for State Representative for Orleans County. She had other odd jobs at the Long Branch and The East Side Restaurant. She enjoyed and was proud of her work with The Border Livestock 4-H Club as she was a 4-Her in her youth. Her last years of working were at Canaan High School where she mentored several children who continued to be in contact with her for many years.
Kay was with us in Vermont for 25 years. Then the Midwest was calling her home first in Montana and then back to her roots in Alliance. There she was active in the church and was in the Bell Choir and volunteered wherever needed in her senior community.
On a more personal note, anyone who knew Kay was aware that if she had an opinion on something she was not afraid to express it. She was an avid reader and had the uncanny ability to remember everything she read. She was very creative with crafts and was always willing to share her talents with anyone who wanted to learn. Her Christmas wreaths were outstanding and she sent them to all her family. She was an avid gardener and had the most beautiful flower beds, her animals meant the world to her, especially Anuke. Spending time by a nice fire in the evenings was her comfort and relaxation.
Kay had an eclectic variety of friends and if you were fortunate to be one of them you got to know the special person she was and the big heart she had.
Kay was predeceased by her mother Ellinor Miller Harding, her father, Perry Harding and recently by her older brother Perry "Butch" Harding leaving her younger brother Greg Harding.
Kay is survived by her two sons: Trent Ackerson and his wife Stacy of Almont, CO and Alex Lafoe of Gunnison, CO. Her grandchildren: Trent Ackerson, JR and his friend Stacie Bingham, Cody Ackerson, Josh Ackerson, Bruce and Birke Lafoe all of Gunnison. She loved all of her boys unconditionally. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Kay, you will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many.
Rest in Peace and Love.
, 100, of Barton, VT, passed on to the Lord on July 5, 2016 in Glover, VT. She was born in Irasburg, VT on July 19, 1915, the daughter of Clement Eugene and Nettie (Healey) Pike.
She married Alexander Harper of Craftsbury on June 24, 1939 who predeceased her in 1991.
Avis graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1934 and in 1938 from the University of Vermont with a major in Home Economics and then taught school in Addison, Vermont.
Mrs. Harper was very active in her community of Barton by teaching school, serving as president of the Barton Ladies Improvement Society for about 50 years, secretary of the Barton Chamber Apartments, Inc, for many years, first board secretary of the Lake Region Union High School and helped start the Barton Medical Clinic. She was also a member of the Lakeside #27 Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, Barton United Church, Daughter's of the American Revolution, and the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association. Avis retired after many years as a Real Estate Broker.
Mrs. Harper leaves her children: Winston Harper and his wife Rachel of Glover, VT, by her daughter-in-law Rose Harper of Barton, VT. She also leaves her grandchildren: Jeffrey Harper and his wife Amanda of Barton, VT, Deborah Lussier and her husband Daniel of Barton, VT, Melissa Doyon and her husband John of Venice, Fl, Sean Harper and his wife Stephanie of Irasburg, VT, and Alexis Harper of Barton, VT, by her great grandchildren: Jon Lussier, Nicholas Lussier, Celeste Lussier, Mia Lussier, Emily Grass, Alexander Rainville, Logan Harper and Sydney Harper, Gauvin Harper, her great great granddaughter Ava Lussier, by her siblings: Lucy Anderson of Rutland, VT, and Elizabeth Dudley of Newport, VT, her sister-in-law Annette Pike of Newport, VT and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her children: Michelle Harper, Woodrow Harper, and by her brother Woodrow Pike and her brothers-in-law Richard Dudley and Stuart Anderson.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday July 9, 2016 at the Irasburg Cemetery with Pastor Rick Menard officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association, in care of Elizabeth Reddington, P. O. Box 148, Barton, VT 05822 or the Barton United Church, in care of David Hathaway, P. O. Box 306 Barton, VT 05822.
, 96, of Orleans, Vermont passed away on Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida. He was born March 19,1919 to Frank and Elletta Hemenway in Orleans, Vermont.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the escort destroyer USS Solar.
Fern worked at Ethan Allen in Orleans Vermont for many years. Some of his favorite hobbies included woodworking, playing horseshoes, and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Shirley Hemenway of Orleans, Vermont, his children, Sandra Wentworth of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; his son, Hale Hemenway and wife Sandy of Rotonda West, Florida and Shirley Devine and husband Allan of Inverness, Florida also Carol Jiang and husband Joseph of Newell, MA, Jacqueline Mei of Ithaca, N.Y. and Eugene Mei of Longmont, Colorado.
He was G G Pa to 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
He is also survived by a sister, Gretta Morrison of Ann Arbor, MI and numerous nieces and newphews.
A family memorial service will be held on December 10, in Englewood, Florida at the Veterans Memorial Park.
A burial memorial service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans, Vermont in late June 2016.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 44 East Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
, 93, of Orleans, Vermont, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2016 in Newport. She was born on June 18, 1923 in Irasburg,Vt. to Howard and Maybelle (Dion) Kennison. On August 20, 1940 she married Fern Hemenway who predeceased her December 7, 2015.
She was employed for five years at Ethan Allen MFG. Among her hobbies she enjoyed quilting, making quilts for all her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was also a seamstress, avid reader and she was well known for her home made raspberry pies and baked beans. She loved to play cards with family and friends.
She was a special Christmas club member for 57 years as she was the last of these members. She was very active in the 4-H Club.
She is survived by her children: Hale Fern Hemenway and his wife Sandra Jean of Fl., Shirley Devine and her husband Allan of Inverness, Fl., Carol Jaing and her husband Joseph of Ma., and Jacqueline Mei of Ny., and Eugene Mei of Colorado. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra Lee Wentworth, by five brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orleans where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Rev. Timothy Naples.
Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery, Orleans. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, VT 05855.
, 66, of Deerfield Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at his daughter's house on April 27 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.
Ross was born in Barton, VT, on Feb. 26, 1950. He grew up on a farm in West Charleston, VT, and attended schools in West and East Charleston, the latter a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He attended Derby Academy in Derby, VT, before graduating from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center, VT. After a brief stint at VT Technical College, he left school to join the army and served two tours of duty as an M.P. (military police) in Vietnam.
Back in the U.S., he worked for a decade or more as an electrical linesman throughout New England. During this period he married and was blessed with a daughter, Heidi. Subsequently the family moved to Florida, where Ross was destined to live for most of his life, although periodically he would backslide (northslide?) to his beloved Vermont.
Ross loved the great outdoors and had little use for the cramped indoors. He tried a desk job or two but couldn't bear the feeling of being enclosed by walls all day. Later in his life he found the job that fit him to a T: working with a moving company that sent huge trucks all over the country, dropping a family's worldly possessions at a home in New Orleans and reloading for a drop in Reno, and on and on. In addition to satisfying his wanderlust, the work offered warm camaraderie among the crew, both with the daytime labors and the evening revelries.
Ross was a warm and gentle soul who loved music, vintage car meets, and a cold, frothy beer. He also kept close communication with family members and visited them throughout the country, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter Heidi Holmes with husband Dean Mallen and their son (and Ross's only grandson) Ezekiel Holmes Mallen; siblings Joyce Holmes, Amaryllis Sheltra, Reginald Holmes with wife Laurel Holmes, Dean Holmes with wife Lisa Irwin, and Bernard Holmes; great-aunt Pauline Darby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, will have calling hours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. A graveside ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at West Charleston Village Cemetery with full military honors beginning at 11:00 a.m.
, age 72, died peacefully in her home on Sunday August 28, 2016. She was born on October 28, 1943 in Westmore to the late George and Thelma (Perkins) Cole of Westmore, VT and grew up on the family farm. She was one of seven children. Eva attended school in the town of Westmore, VT.
Eva married Larry Hosford on her birthday October 28, 1961 and they spent 54 years together and raised 5 children. Eva Was always caring for others and worked as a care giver for several years. She also worked at Cabot Hosiery in Northfield, VT, for a number of years as well as Columbia Forest Products in Newport, VT.
Her favorite past times included cooking for her family and doing crafts. Eva has made numerous craft items for each and every family member and once belonged to craft groups where she would meet with other women and learn different crafts. Eva has sold several of her items at various craft shows and stores around the Northeast Kingdom.
Eva is survived by her husband Larry Hosford, Sr, of over 54 years of East Charleston, her son Larry Hosford, Jr of Springfield, MA and his partner Eric Jimenez, her son David Hosford and his partner Sybil Phaneuf of East Charleston, her son Gary Hosford and his wife Sheryl of Newport, VT, her daughter Vicki Hosford of Derby Line and her partner Ron Gill, and her daughter Darci Potwin and her husband Chris of Sharon, VT. Eva is also survived by her grandchildren: Sarah, David, Matthew, Kristen, Meghan, Calvin, Cole, Tyler, Parker, Phillip, and Ashley, and a great grandson Mason all of who she loved dearly, and also by her brothers and sisters: Charlotte and Clair Dane of Morgan, Shirley Bowen of Derby, Elaine Cole and her husband Rod Kerr of Sutton, Alan and Patricia Cole of Westmore, by her sister-in-law Linda Cole of Newport, her brother-in-law Wayne Hosford and his wife Marlene of Brownington, VT, and by her sister in law Sally Kelley, and by many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to all of the people who cared for Eva during the time of her illness, especially Orleans VNA, Sybil Phaneuf, Ashley DiMambro, Dr. Primeau and his staff, and others who were very close to Eva and gave her comfort when she needed it the most.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Eva's memory can be made to the American Heart Association , Vermont Affiliate,Inc, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, a former state representative who served in top offices in the administrations of both Republican and Democratic Vermont governors for almost three decades, has died. He was 76. Hoyt died Sunday at his home in Norwich. The cause of death was not released. Hoyt was educated in Massachusetts, and came to Vermont in 1969 to serve as deputy tax commissioner in the administration of Republican Gov. Deane Davis. "As legal counsel to the governor, tax commissioner and commissioner of liquor control over his many years in state government, Norrie relied on humor and common sense to fix problems. He could give you bad news, and you'd walk away smiling," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. Hoyt then served as legal counsel to Democratic Gov. Thomas Salmon in 1973 and 1974. He then ran for the Legislature from Norwich, serving as a Democrat in the House from 1975-1983. Hoyt was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 1983 he returned to the Tax Department as deputy commissioner and then served as tax commissioner 1985-1991. In 1992 Hoyt became commissioner of liquor control, overseeing the state's liquor sales monopoly. He held that position until 1998 when he retired from public life. He is survived by his wife Kathy Hoyt, who also served in Vermont state government, and two sons. A celebration of Hoyt's life will be held at his home in Norwich on Sept. 14, 2013.
36, passed away in his home in Barton, December 26, 2016, after a long struggle with brain cancer.
Charles was born June 10, 1980, at George AFB California. He graduated from Crowley High School in Crowley Texas in 1999.
Charles Served five years in the US Army as a Counter Intelligence Agent. He was a disabled veteran who served combat tours in both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and a long time Mensa member.
Charles was an avid gamer, a loyal friend, a loving husband and a devoted son.
Charles is survived by his wife, Felicia (Welton) Hudson of Barton, his mother Deborah Crane-Foote and Step-father Kenneth Foote, both of Barton, his father William C. Hudson of Fort Worth, Texas, his grandmother Grace Crane of Troy, Vermont and his step brother Brian Foote of Brooklyn, New York.
Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Derby Line, Vermont. January 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Susan Lynn Johns officiating.
A Potluck reception following the service in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity that speaks most to your heart.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Folk artist Stephen Huneck
, whose whimsical paintings, sculptures and woodcut prints of dogs celebrated his love of animals and won him a worldwide fan base, has died. He was 60.
Huneck, of St. Johnsbury, committed suicide Thursday in Littleton, N.H. His wife said he was despondent after being forced to lay off employees at his Dog Mountain studio and dog chapel.
"Like many Americans we had been adversely affected by the economic downturn," Gwen Huneck wrote in a letter Friday announcing his death.
"Stephen feared losing Dog Mountain and our home. Then on Tuesday we had to lay off most of our employees. This hurt Stephen deeply. He cared about them and felt responsible for their welfare," she wrote.
Two days later, he shot himself in the head while sitting in a parked car outside the office of his psychiatrist, she said.
"He was one of the most creative and active members of the Vermont crafts community," said Jennifer Boyer, co-owner of the Artisans Hand craft gallery in Montpelier. "I appreciate how much energy he put into his works, which were whimsical and sardonically funny. He really had a unique sense of humor."
A native of Sudbury, Mass., he started out whittling wooden sculptures and later dog-themed furniture, like the wooden pews eventually installed in the chapel, which he built in 2000, a miniature version of the 19th-century churches that dot Vermont's landscape.
Built of wood harvested from his 175-acre Dog Mountain property, it had vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows with images of dogs pieced into them.
"Welcome all creeds, all breeds. No dogmas allowed," says the sign outside.
"When dogs pull up in here, they may never have been here before, but it's like they saw the 'Disneyland' sign," said Huneck in a 2008 interview with The Associated Press. "They just get so excited, so happy," he said.
Dog lovers would make the trip to Vermont just to see the chapel, many writing handwritten notes to their long-gone pets and affixing them to the interior walls, where they remained.
Huneck's books, about his beloved Labrador retrievers, including "Sally Goes to the Beach," ''Sally Goes to the Farm" and "Sally Gets a Job," featured woodcut prints accompanied by quirky captions.
"They were totally unique, very insightful, particularly for dog lovers," said Irwin Gelber, executive director of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a library and art center where Huneck frequently gave readings. "He seemed to create works and captions that just captured that expressed every dog lover's insights into owning and loving animals."
, 90, died September 23, 2015 at the Kindred Care Center in Nashua, NH after declining health surrounded by loving members of his family. He was born May 27, 1926 the son of Winifred and Grace (Thurston) Jacques in Burlington, Vermont. He grew up in Jericho and Underhill VT where he attended school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years from 1946-1948. He married the love of his life in 1947, Lucienne M. (Legrand). They were married 68 years until her death in 2015. After his service to his country, Curt attended the University of Vermont where he received a B.A. of Science in Agriculture in 1952. He managed one of the top Holstein Herds in the US for the next seven years until he started a new career with the Blue Seal Feeds Company as a Dairy Feed Salesman and moved his family to a farm in Westfield Vermont where they raised their eight children. After thirty one years of service he retired as Sales Manager for the Company in 1990. He was a nationally recognized Morgan Horse Breeder showing horses throughout the northeast. He was proud to have his breeding selected to start the breed in England. He also enjoyed beekeeping, gardening and working the land.
He was truly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by
son John and his wife Deborah of Tucson AZ, daughter Jeannette of Nashua NH, daughter Suzanne of Indialantic FL, daughter Dianne Cook and her husband Greg of Rutland VT, daughter Anne Press and her husband Michael of No Name Keys FL, son Curt II and his wife Sharon of Lebanon, NH, son Dennis and his wife Tami of Lizella, GA, son Michael and his wife Pauline of East Kingston, NH, brother in law Donald LeGrand and his wife Jan of St Albans VT, twenty two grandchildren and four great grandchildren and several other relatives. He was predeceased by a sister Alberta Prichard.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 28th at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton, VT from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday September 29th 10:00 am at St Thomas Catholic Church in Underhill Ctr., VT. Burial will follow in the St. Thomas Cemetery after the Mass.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our sister, Suzanne G. Jacques
, October 2, 2016 in Melbourne Beach, Fl. after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on May 23, 1952 in Colchester, Vt. the daughter of her late parents Curtis A. Jacques and Lucienne M. (LeGrand), East Kingston, Nh. She grew up in Derby and Westfield, Vt. and graduated from North Country High School, Class of 1970.
Her twenties found her spirited, fearless, adventurous and full of life. She traveled through Europe, spent a year in New Zealand and Australia and lived in the northeastern states of Vt., Ma., Nh., Me., and Ri. collecting friends and families that she held close to her throughout her life. She settled in Melbourne Beach, Fl. in November, 2003, where she spent the remainder of her years.
A great passion, talent, and love surrounded her life's work in the food industry as she acquired her Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts & Marketing at Johnson and Wales, Ri. She worked tirelessly at being the best that she could be and joy came from the smiles and gratitude she received from her ministry of spreading her culinary gifts to thousands of people she reached over the years.
Suzanne was a great daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by seven siblings: John Jacques, wife Deborah , Tucson, Az. ; Jeannette Jacques, Nashua, Nh.; Dianne Cook, husband Greg, Rutland, Vt.; Anne Press, husband Michael, No Name Keys, Fl.; Curt Jacques, wife Sharon, Lebanon, Nh.; Dennis Jacques, wife Tami, Lizella, Ga., and; Michael Jacques, wife Pauline, East Kingston, Nh., and by 22 niblings, and four great niblings. She was predeceased by her father, Curtis A. Jacques and her mother, Lucienne M. (Legrand).
Funeral services and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Ministries Community Church, 263 NH-125, in Brentwood, NH followed by refreshments for family and friends. Suzanne will be laid to rest in Vermont, Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in St Thomas Cemetery, 16-158 Green Street, Underhill, Vermont.
, 84, of Johnson, Vt. passed away on September 3, 2016 in Newport with his daughters by his side.
He was born on November 27, 1931 in Plainfield, Vt. He was the son of Charles Jaquish Sr. and Gladys (Spencer) Martin. Robert held several jobs in his lifetime. He was the proud owner of Jake's Pizza on Second Street in Newport, VT. He was a member of the Jay Peak ski patrol and an Orleans Country Club Golf Champion in the 1960s.
He is survived by his four daughters Tracie Quirion and her husband Bob of Coventry, Kimberley Benoit and her husband John of South Burlington, Amy Guidice and her husband Rick of Shelburne, Bobbie Jaquish and her partner Murphy Wakefield of Milton. He is survived by his grandchildren Marc Quirion, Patric Quirion, Kyla Jaquish, RJ Rotunno, Kristine Rotunno, Kassidy Rotunno, Gianna Guidice, Sara Guidice and Nora Guidice. He is also survived by his brother Charles Jaquish Jr. and sister-in-law Claire of Irasburg and sisters Jackie Jaquish of Morrisville and Janet Chadwick of Waterbury along with several nieces and nephews.
A graveside burial will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lamoille View cemetery in Johnson, Vt. with the Rev. Francie Prive officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, VT 05860.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords
, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.
Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, a former aide to Jeffords. He had been in declining health, she said.
Jeffords had announced in 2005 that he would not seek a fourth term, citing his and his wife's health problems.
"I have had an enormously satisfying career, one that I would not have traded for any other," Jeffords said when he retired. "In no other job do you have both the freedom and obligation to solve problems and help people on a daily basis."
Vermont's sole congressman, independent Bernie Sanders, was elected to Jeffords' Senate seat in 2006.
Jeffords' children, Laura Jeffords and Leonard Jeffords, released a statement Monday:
"While we are saddened by our father's passing, we take comfort in the knowledge that he lived a full life, from the hills of Vermont to the halls of Congress. We will miss his kindness, his good humor, and his generosity of spirit."
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Monday that Jeffords was a partner and friend who worked for Vermont.
"He was a Vermonter through and through, drawn to political life to make a difference for our state and nation," Leahy said. "Part of his legacy will also stand as an enduring chapter of the Senate's history."
Jeffords served more than 30 years in Washington. He won election to the House in 1974 as a Republican. The post-Watergate year was a strong one for Democrats nationally, but Jeffords was running as Vermont was just beginning its shift from a century of solid Republicanism to its current status as among the most liberal states.
The Rutland native, a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, already had won statewide office as attorney general and was from a well-known Vermont Republican family. His father, Olin Jeffords, had been chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
When he first moved to Washington he lived in his office and a travel trailer as a way to save money.
"He was a very frugal guy, both with his own resources and the resources of the people," said Karen Meyer, a former Jeffords aide.
"He wasn't a fancy dresser, he wasn't a fancy speaker. He didn't ever have a fancy car. He just was a person who appreciated the things he had and didn't want for more," she said.
Jeffords had a black belt in taekwondo and until his departure from the Republican Party was a member of the Singing Senators, with GOP Sens. Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, and Larry Craig.
During his time in Washington, Jeffords stood out as a moderate to liberal Republican during a time when the party was moving to the right. He was a strong backer of legislation supporting education, the environment, job training and help for people with disabilities.
He was the only Republican in the House to vote against President Ronald Reagan's tax cuts in 1981. After election to the Senate in 1988, replacing another moderate Republican, Robert Stafford, Jeffords opposed the first President Bush's appointment of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A decade later, when Republicans had gained control of both the White House and both houses of Congress, Jeffords, upset with President George W. Bush's opposition to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, decided that was the last straw. In May of 2001, he declared he would leave the Republicans and caucus with the Democrats.
Republicans were apoplectic, particularly since Jeffords' switch cost them control of the closely divided Senate. GOP Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi dubbed Jeffords' action a "coup of one," and described it as "the impetuous decision of one man to undermine our democracy."
At the heart of Jeffords' decision was a belief that Republicans in general and President Bush in particular had become too conservative and that he could not remain in a party that favored tax breaks for the wealthy over full funding of education programs for the disabled.
He complained at the time that the Republicans in control of both the White House and Congress "were set out on an agenda that did not fit into what the average American wanted to see."
The Democrats' control of the Senate was brief. Republicans took it back 18 months later, and added to their gains the 2004 elections. But Democrats regained Senate control in 2006.
Jeffords became a hero to Democrats, attracting huge crowds as he traveled the country helping to bring in millions in 2002 and 2004 for Democratic candidates. But he resisted calls that he drop the independent label and become a Democrat himself, saying he could not go against several generations of family history.
"For more than 30 years, Jim has fought to do the right thing, standing against extremism," former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who later served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said when Jeffords announced his retirement. "His work ethic, patriotism and commitment to serving the people of Vermont have made him a model to all of us who know him and have had the honor to work with him."
Jeffords was said to be eager to run for re-election in 2006 to show Republicans that Vermont would elect him as an independent, and he had won the endorsements of state Democratic leaders. The state GOP chairman called him a "turncoat" in a fundraising letter.
Eventually, though, the health problems he faced and those of his wife prompted him to retire. Jeffords' family and staff had questioned whether the then-70-year-old senator was physically and mentally up to a statewide campaign. He had stumbled in a radio interview and was confused about some of his votes.
His wife, Liz, died in 2007 after battling cancer. He later lived in a retirement home in the Washington area and stayed out of the limelight.
, 92, of East Charleston, Vermont, died peacefully after a brief illness on November 11, 2015, surrounded by family at North Country Hospital in Newport, Vermont. She was born Margaret Elizabeth Peter in Union City, New Jersey on October 24, 1923 to Charles and Margaret L. Peter (Seggel). Early on she became known as Betty. In 1926 her family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, where she lived until 1987 when she moved to Vermont.
In the years before the construction of the George Washington Bridge, Teaneck was a rural suburb of New York City. Betty and her sister Connie would walk their doll carriages along US Route 4 which was still under construction. Both recalled finding Native American arrowheads in the fields near their home. Betty often reflected on the contrast of the "Roaring Twenties" and the struggles shared by many during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1941, Betty soon became the secretary to the principal of the school, a position she held until 1952. Working at the high school during the years of World War II had its share of emotional highs and lows. Many of her classmates, as well as her first cousin Harry, were lost in the war. But those were times when the country really came together. Betty loved the music of the "Big Bands" and enjoyed dancing to live performances of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James at places like the legendary Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. One dance was particularly memorable for both Betty and her sister -- held at West Point Military Academy on December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked, and no one even knew where Pearl Harbor was!
On November 24, 1948, she married Wells W. Jenney, of Madison, New York, who became the first elementary instrumental music teacher in the Teaneck school system. In 1952 Betty left her position with the high school to raise a family. Her two sons William and Peter were born in 1953 and 1955, respectively.
In 1958, Ed Kolar, the owner of a boys' camp in northern Vermont, hired Wells to become the camp's music counselor. Thus began a decades-long relationship with Camp Winape in Morgan, Vermont. Betty became the camp's secretary, and Wells eventually became head counselor and then director of the camp. The couple fell in love with Vermont, and the camp was a wonderful experience for their two sons, as well as Betty's two nephews, and a niece who served as the camp nurse for several years.
Betty developed many great friends over the years in Teaneck, especially in the music world, including her dear friend Joan Witzmann, who later became her next door neighbor in Vermont. While at Camp Winape, she became good friends with Sass Kolar, who taught her to make beautiful holiday crafts and needlepoint, and inspired her interest in gardening. In her later years in Teaneck she grew close to her "Spa Ladies," with whom she continued to keep in touch.
When both of her sons were enrolled in school, Betty resumed her career with the Teaneck school system, and coordinated the hiring of substitute teachers for the town. She was able to work at home using a new-fangled machine that allowed teachers to leave a voice message if they needed a substitute. Those were the days when it was rare to have answering machines in private homes.
Although they enjoyed their life in Teaneck, Betty and Wells planned to retire to Vermont and bought property in East Charleston. Sadly, these plans changed when Wells died in June 1978 at age 58.
Betty went back to work full-time as a secretary in Teaneck's elementary schools. She especially loved working with the students at Longfellow School, which was exclusively kindergarten and first grade children. She worked there until her retirement in 1987. During the 1980s Betty was a print and television model for the Perkins Agency in New York City. She made some appearances on an infomercial show of the time, "FYI," hosted by the actor Hal Linden.
Betty made the decision to fulfill the dream of retiring to Vermont and build a home on the property they had bought near Camp Winape, joining her sister and other friends who had also made the move to the area. She moved in on October 4, 1987 in the middle of a snowstorm -- an exciting welcome to the Green Mountain State! She soon made many new friends and became active in local organizations such as the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Circle of Friends, and the Seymour Lake Association. She also belonged to the "Birthday Girls," a group of eight close friends who celebrated each other's special day with luncheons and gift exchanges.
Friends fondly remember Betty hosting a number of "silver teas" at her home for the Four Seasons Garden Club. She loved her own beautiful gardens, and looked forward to going to local greenhouses every spring to pick out the new season's selections. She learned the skills of flower arranging and for 20 years provided the evergreen arrangements for the holiday open house at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, Vermont.
In her later years, Betty became an avid reader of books. Some of her favorite authors were Archer Mayor and C.J. Box. She participated in a number of book discussions with the Circle of Friends and the Dailey Memorial Library in Derby, Vermont.
Betty is survived by son William Jenney of Plymouth, Vermont; son Peter Jenney and his wife Pam and grandson Michael, all of Plano, Texas; granddaughter Paige Balsamo and her husband James and great grandson Ryder Balsamo, all of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is also survived by her sister Constance Colligan and nephew Stephen Colligan, both of East Charleston, nieces Christine Colligan of New York City, Margaret Weiss (Steve) of Congers, New York; nephew Robert Colligan of Cos Cob, Connecticut, grandnieces Joanna, Laura, and Kathryn, and many dear friends.
Betty enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for late spring or early summer 2016. Should friends desire, contributions can be made in her name to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.
, 58, a resident of Morgan, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday July 10, 2016.??He was born in Newport, Vermont on July 18, 1957, the son of Cecil and Claire (Wilford) Johnston. Living most of his life in Connecticut, Stefan worked for the Insurance Industry and The Hartford Courant. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Stefan enjoyed road trips, hunting, fishing and music. In 2007, Stefan moved to Morgan to enjoy the beautiful Northeast Kingdom.
He is survived by his siblings, Aaron and his wife Linda of Morgan, David and his wife Shirley of Randolph, Beth of Newington, Connecticut, Todd of Randolph, Thad of Randolph, his Aunt Pearl and Uncle Donald Bell of Anaheim, California, Uncle Gary Jewell of Essex, 11 nieces/ nephews, 12 grandnieces/grandnephews and 9 cousins. He was predeceased by father and mother, and his Aunts Faye, Mary and Linda. ??A gathering ceremony for family and friends will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 2pm at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Private burial will be at a later time.??Should friends desire, contributions in Stefan's memory may be made to the National Wildlife Federation.
, 92, passed away in the evening of March 7, 2016, at the Cape Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Frances died after a brief illness but also had bravely fought a long battle with Alzheimer's Dementia.
"Fran" was born and grew up in Newport, Vermont "God's Country". Her Parents were the late Veronica "Vera" and Carroll "Ray" Beebe. Fran graduated from Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts in 1943. She then went on to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston where she met and married the love of her life, the late Henry Dowell Jones. Fran and Dowell raised two children, Tom and Debbie in the Boston suburbs of West Newton, then Dover. They remained active members of The Second Congregational Church in West Newton until they moved South in 1974. Fran and Dowell moved to Southern Pines, N.C. for a very active "retirement" where Fran, always the hostess, enjoyed playing bridge, putting on a party, cooking great food, and her volunteer work at Moore Memorial Hospital in Pinehurst. Dowell enjoyed golfing with his "golf buddies", and visiting infirmed church members. They loved their Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church and church family. Summers were spent back in Newport, Vermont. They made a point to stay in touch with their Boston area friends and travelled with them often. After Dowell's death in 2000 Fran eventually moved back to her beloved New England to Cape Cod to be closer to her daughter Debbie and family.
Fran had a wonderful life. She had a husband who had been devoted to her, and a family that cherished the gift of every day she gave us. She was one of those forever young people who loved life, loved to laugh and always had a smile. She taught her children and grandchildren how to embrace life with a positive attitude. She had a knack for finding the humor in just about everything.
Fran will be terribly missed by the loving family that she leaves behind; son Thomas Jones, Tallahassee, Florida; daughter in law Cindy, grandsons; Nathan and Christopher, daughter; Debbie Novak, and husband Skip of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, and grandchildren; Justin and Kristine.
Fran's last year has been a difficult journey made so much better thanks to the time her devoted daughter Debbie, and granddaughter Kristine spent with her as well as the loving care she received from the staff at Whitehall Estates in Hyannis, and then Cape Heritage.
A private family celebration of Fran's life will be planned for this summer in Newport, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association.
, 71, of Charlestown, NH died peacefully on October 4, 2016 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH after courageously battling a long illness. She was born in Burlington, VT on February 28, 1945 the daughter of Roswell and Hazel (Malone) Stearns. Carol worked part-time in healthcare settings over the years and enjoyed a number of activates, including the family genealogy and was extremely proud of returning to school to obtain her degree in psychology. However, far and away her greatest enjoyment was always spending time with her children and their families, as well as being a homemaker. Carol is survived by her children, Mary Fox and her husband, Mark of Chicago, IL, Laurie Judd of Charlestown, Jim Judd and his wife, Lara of Claremont, Deb Dings and her husband, Matt of Claremont, Tim Judd and his wife, Rowena of Apopka, FL and Renee Richards and her husband, Jeff of Charlestown; a daughter-in-law, Mary Judd of Claremont; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Leland Judd Sr., whom she married on June 20, 1962; and a son, Leland "Skip" Judd Jr. who both passed away in 2010. Carol requested that there be no services and only wished for a private ceremony where she will be laid to rest in Newport Center, Vermont with her parents. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a charitable donation in her name to the charity of your choice .
passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 with his family at his side. John is survived by his wife, Cynthia Karasinski and his two sons, Jared and Michael. John was born in Derby Connecticut February 24, 1950 the son of Alexander Karasinski and Anna Sally Saroka Karasinski. John was a man of many talents being a short order cook, a permittee and an embalmer in his younger years before learning carpentry and coming to Vermont to build his home. He worked at Sikorsky in Connecticut. He worked in the finish mill for Ethan Allen in Vermont for 30 years. John won numerous marksmanship awards in his youth. Later he was Captain of Concordia Spares bowling team that won four championships within the American Bowling Congress. He loved bird hunting and taught it to a few young men. He loved to fish and he knew where to find the golden trout. He knew the woods and would spot a deer or hear the drumming of the partridge before any of us could. He loved to go on walkabouts. His brother James Karasinski and his wife, Leta, and their children Erin and Elizabeth survive him. His sister, Pam Micknak and her husband, Bob, and their children Sue Rivard and her husband, Joe, Chris Micknak and his wife, Emily and many grandnieces and nephews also survive him. Throughout his life John always put his family before himself and that loving trait stood out until the very end of his life.
Please join us for a celebration of John's life on Saturday, January 14th at the Westmore Community Hall at 2:00 o'clock. Bring a potluck dessert if you wish.?In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society , Hope Lodge , 237 East Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3412.
, age 74, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Hospice House of Rockingham County, in Wentworth, North Carolina.
She was born November 1, 1942 in Newport, Vermont to the late Lawrence Kelley and Margaret Smith Kelley.
In addition to her parents, her brother, Russell Kelley, predeceased Clara Jean.
She is survived by her children John (Lisa) Chenausky of Mayodan, NC; Dawn Kelly (Heidi Fortin) of Morgan, VT; Brad (Christy) Chenausky of Linville, NC; granddaughter, Avery Kelly; as well as many dear aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews.
Clara Jean spent her younger years near her family home in Derby Line, Vermont among many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. She moved to North Carolina in the 1970s and worked as a nurse and caregiver as she reared her children. She lived gracefully with dementia for the last decade of her life.
The family would like to acknowledge the dedication of the caregivers and medical professionals who have joined us on this journey, especially the staff at North Pointe of Mayodan.
She loved family and friends, the beauty of the outdoors, and she has a special place in her heart for children and the elderly. She was an avid craft maker; from knitting hats for newborn babies at the hospital and making blankets for family members to painting ceramics and working cross-stitch patterns.
A private, family remembrance will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Linville, NC along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a graveside memorial service will be held at 11 am, June 11, 2017, in Derby Line Cemetery, Vermont .
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her honor to Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209 or to The Banner Elk Christian Fellowship, 140 Woods Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
died peacefully at his home in Derby early Friday morning in the loving arm of his wife Sue. Born October 25, 1942 in Hartland Maine, son of the late Berkeley and Marion (Parkman) Keysar (Alley). The family moved to Derby Line in 1948 where Scott grew up on Main St. and was known and loved by everyone for his friendly and outgoing personality. His love of all sports began as a member of Doc Stuart's first Little League team, a baseball and basketball player in high school, a hockey goalie in middle age and an avid Red Sox fan forever. Scott graduated from Derby Academy in 1960 and Vermont Technical College in 1962 with a degree in highway engineering. He immediately commenced his career with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and through his work at District 9 he developed close relationships with fellow employees and town officials. He was responsible for designing, constructing and securing funding for many highway improvement projects throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Scott retired in 2014 after 52 years.
Scott met the love of his life, Susan Tetreault of Newport Center, and they were married on September 30, 1978. They built a home together out of the woods in
Derby, raised their sons Stephen and Jason, and enjoyed their many close friends and family members. Scott was motivated to see his sons complete college, find partners, and one of the greatest joys in his life was to spend time with his two grandchildren. Having done all this, may he rest in peace. Scott is survived by his wife Susan, sons Stephen and his wife Phuong and children Elliot and Lily of Aurora, CO, son Jason and his partner Sara DeFilippi of Brooklyn, NY, sister Nancy Porter and husband Bruce of Bonita Springs, FL, brother Steven Keysar and wife Karlene of South Hero, VT. Also by Scott's sister's in-law Patricia Laber and her husband Scott of Derby, Margaret Derick and husband Mike of Newport and brother's in-law Tom Tetreault and wife Mary of Newport Center and Richard Tetreault and wife Susan of Newport Center. Scott was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday July 29, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport from 9:00-11:00 A.M. followed by a celebration of his life at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenn Saaman officiating. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, VT 05855.
, late of Newport, Vermont and West Palm Beach, Florida, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on April 12, 2016, in Haverhill, MA, from complications due to ovarian cancer. She was born on October 6, 1942, in New Rochelle, NY, to Robert W. Newfang and "Sunny" Gillett Johnson, who predeceased her.
Gail was the beloved wife of Duncan Kilmartin for nearly 52 years. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and husband Tom Williams; Sara Tyler and husband Ben Wyllie; her grandchildren, Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie; her sister and brother-in-law, Marcia Gillett and Dr. Glenn Koponen; and her nephews, Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen..
Calling hours will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10th, at the Derby Community Church, Main Street, Derby, Vermont.
A Celebration of Gail's Life will be held Saturday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m., at the Derby Community Church, Main St., Derby, VT.
Interment will be at the Gillett family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City in June 2016.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Dana Farber Cancer Center, P. O. Box 849168 Boston, MA, 02284-9168 or United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, VT, 05855 or the Derby Community Church, P.O. Box 294 Derby, Vt. 05829.
, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87.
Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia.
Among the most celebrated poets of his time, he won the Pulitzer and National Book Award for the 1982 release "Selected Poems" and later received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. In 1989, he was named Vermont's poet laureate, and the Academy of American Poets gave him the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. His other books included "Body Rags," ''Mortal Acts, Mortal Words," ''The Past" and his final book of poetry, "Strong Is Your Hold," released in 2006.
Kinnell's style blended the physical and the philosophical, not shying from the most tactile and jarring details of humans and nature exploring their greater dimensions. He once told the Los Angeles Times that his intention was to "dwell on the ugly as fully, as far, and as long" as he "could stomach it." In one of his most famous poems, "The Bear," he imagines a hunter who consumes animal blood and excrement and comes to identify with his prey, wondering "what, anyway, was that sticky infusion, that rank flavor of blood, that poetry, by which I lived?"
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, and graduate of Princeton University, Kinnell was influenced in childhood by Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe among others, but was also shaped by his experiences as an adult. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, traveled everywhere from Paris to Iran, opposed the Vietnam War and served as a field worker for the civil rights organization CORE (Congress of Racial Equality). Like his friend and contemporary W.S. Merwin, he began weaving in the events of the time into his poetry.
In "Vapor Trail Reflected in the Frog Pond," from the 1968 collection "Body Rags," he invokes the chanting style of Walt Whitman to condemn American violence:
And I hear, coming over the hills, America singing, her varied carols I hear: crack of deputies' rifles practicing their aim on stray dogs at night,
sput of cattleprod, TV going on about the smells of the human body, curses of the soldier as he poisons, burns, grinds, and stabs
the rice of the world, with open mouth, crying strong, hysterical curses. University of Vermont poet and English Professor Major Jackson, who read one of Kinnell's poems during an August ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse honoring Kinnell, called him one of "the great quintessential poets of his generation."
"In my mind he comes behind that other great New England poet Robert Frost in his ability to write about, not only the landscape of New England, but also its people," said Jackson. "Without any great effort it was almost as if the people and the land were one and he acknowledged what I like to call a romantic consciousness."
Kinnell taught at numerous schools, including Reed College and New York University, and for several years was a visiting poet at Sarah Lawrence College. From 2001-2007, he served as chancellor of the poets academy.
Bristol said her husband will be buried on the hill behind their home.
was killed when Continental flight #3407 crashed near Buffalo on February 12, 2009.
Lang, 19, of Montgomeryville, Pa., was flying north to visit his girlfriend. Lang's parents and brothers learned it was his flight that had gone down shortly after the crash.
"He was incredibly loved," Lonnie Cooper, Lang's brother, told the Bucks County Courier-Times. "He was an incredibly cool guy. All of his friends looked up to him as a leader."
Lang had been attending college at Penn State's Abington campus. Cooper said his brother had not declared a major, but was excited about an upcoming transfer to the main campus in State College.
"He was a huge Penn State fan," Cooper said.
Lang also threw his heart into supporting the Eagles and Phillies. He and his friends were among the many thousands who attended the Phillies World Series celebration parade.
Lang worked in an Army/Navy store in Montgomeryville. He also enjoyed snowboarding and had recently taken a trip to Vermont. "He was into living life to the fullest," said Cooper.
of Sutton passed peacefully from this mortal coil on September 18, 2015 at the age of 87. She will be forever remembered as an indomitable woman with a no nonsense, straightforward approach and a proud Irish spirit!
She was born on November 10, 1927 in Montpelier, Vermont, the daughter of William and Theresa (Failey) Carey. She married Nelson Lay in Montpelier on October 4, 1952 and together, they raised five children, living in multiple VT communities including Bradford, Rutland and Waterbury Center; finally building their "dream home" in Sutton where Shirley's favorite pastime (when she wasn't immersed in household chores) was tending her famously enormous gardens.
Shirley attended Catholic Schools in Montpelier and in addition to some of the finer points of disciplinary techniques for unruly children she adopted the beautiful flowing handwriting of her nuns/educators. Her children always looked forward to her handwritten cards and notes, both for content and aesthetics. To augment household income, and undoubtedly to maintain her sanity for she was a social creature at heart, Shirley worked at many different jobs over the years, eventually retiring from the Farmers Home Administration in Newport, Vt. where she earned a reputation for hard work, fairness and frugality.
In addition to gardening, she enjoyed sewing, church functions, friends and family. She was renowned for her seemingly inhuman endurance when it came to churning out French fries in 90 degree weather at the Barton Fair in support of her church. She was a fiercely devout Catholic. She loved to spend time at the family camp on Lake Seymour and enjoyed (yes enjoyed) picking rocks and building jetties to make for a sandier beach. She loved her children. She loved her grandchildren. She loved animals; especially her dogs. She loved in the manner of her generation which was not so much in words, as deeds. She lived an active and full life!
She is survived by five children: Douglas Lay and wife Kathy of Newport Center, Maureen Russell of Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and husband Ron of Cabot, Daniel Lay and wife Staci of Brunswick ME, David Lay and his partner Shannon of Danville; and eight grandchildren: Devin and Derick Lay; Morgan Russell; Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper; and Declan and Hannah Lay. She was predeceased by her husband Nelson Lay, beloved brother Francis Carey and sister Margaret Larned. She is survived by her Sister Elizabeth Blouin of Montpelier, and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville Friday evening, September 25, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Lyndonville this Saturday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. at St.Elizabeth Church. Committal services will follow at the Sutton Village Cemetery.
(Sister Therese of the Holy Face), a Daughter of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, passed away after long illness on October 31, 2015, at Lafayette Center, Franconia, New Hampshire, at the age of 81. Therese LeGros was born April 13, 1934, in Fitchburg, Masschusetts. She was the daughter of Andre LeGros and Delila Lamy. Therese LeGros professed her vows with her Religious Congregation on August 25, 1956. During her 59 years of religious profession Sister Therese was an educator in Colebrook, New Hampshire; Newport, Vermont; and Champlain, New York; and an administrator in Littleton, New Hampshire.
She was Provincial Treasurer from 1985-1998. While at Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, she oversaw the second phase of development and expansion of the facility in the late 1980's. Sister Therese was a keen lifelong learner and perfected many talents and skills – wood-carving, sketching and painting, various arts and crafts, gardening and care of small animals.
Sister Therese was predeceased by her parents and brothers Juliet, Robert, Wilfred, Romeo, Leon, and Norman. She is survived by her sisters Rita Melanson, Claire Trainque, and Pauline Arsenault of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews; and her Sisters in the religious community.
Memorial donations in Sister Therese's name may be addressed to: Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, NH 03561.
The Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus wish to express great appreciation for the attentive and professional care given Sister Therese during her years of illness at the Mount Sacred Heart Infirmary and at the Lafayette Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mount Sacred Heart, 226 Grove Street on Friday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place later in St.Rose of Lima Cemetery in Littleton.
, 89, of Derby, VT, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2016 in Newport. He was born on July 11, 1927 in North Troy to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard. On June 28, 1969 he married Rita (Midge) Risicato who survives him.
Norbert worked on the family farm in his younger years and farming was dear to his heart. He moved to Massachusetts in 1961 where he worked as a material handler for 15 years at the Colonial Press and 15 years at Weetabix both in Clinton, MA. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Vermont in 2004.
He attended Sacred Heart Schools and was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed camping, farming, loved cars, and going to the family farm. He loved to tease his nieces and nephews, had a great sense of humor, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Rita (Midge) Lessard of Derby, Vt; by sisters: Sister Henrietta Lessard, Jeannine Lessard, and Eleanor Test; and by his nieces and nephews: Irene Levangie, Denise and Tom Johnson, Thomas Lessard, Donald Lessard, Pat and Scott Laber, Susan Keysar, Tom and Mary Tetreault, Margaret and Mike Derick, Richard and Sue Tetreault, Kim Harrison Blackwell, Roger Lessard, Evelyn Lessard and David, Jim and Janet Lessard, Bobby and Dee Lessard, Eddie and Barbara Lessard, and Greg and Robin Lessard.
He was predeceased by the following sisters: Laurence Lessard, Sister Rita Lessard, and Georgette Tetreault; brothers: Paul, Dominic, John, Jules, and Philip Lessard; by niece and nephews: Theresa Harrison, Ronnie Lessard, Scottie Keysar, and Michael Harrison.
Friends may call from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, followed by funeral services at St. Edward's Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment in St. Edward's Catholic Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, VT 05855.
, 88 of Derby Vermont, entered heaven on December 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born on March 6, 1927 in Holland, Vermont the son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau. Paul met the love of his life Rhina Piette; he swept her off her feet and married her on September 13, 1947, whom predeceased him on December 18, 1978.
Paul was loved by so many people. In 1947, he lived in Holland with his wife and children. Then in 1957, he bought a farm in Derby. They then moved to Troy in 1967 on the Colburn Farm and lived there until 1972 when their daughter Lillian and son-in-law Raymond took over the farm. In 1972, after a long discussion of Rhina wanting a dance hall and Paul wanting a sugarhouse, they decided to compromise and build both in one. This is how Paul's Sugarhouse and Dance hall was born. Paul and Rhina held dances on Saturday nights for many years. Paul also catered weddings, banquets and meetings/gatherings of all kinds for any occasion.
Paul loved gardening. He has a beautiful blueberry patch that he enjoyed and he has one of the longest and biggest gardens that he was so proud of. Every day he would be in that garden weeding and raking or just sitting on his bench in the shade enjoying watching his crop grow. His most prized possession and greatest pleasure of all, was his woods. Paul found peace and serenity in his sugar woods. Every day he would be up there cutting up trees that fell over or trees that were dead. He would cut them down for sugar wood or firewood. His woods are clean and so easy to walk through. Most of all, Paul loved the wildlife that he would see daily. Whether it was a deer or turkeys, it brought him happiness to see them visiting him. Sugaring season was another enjoyment in Paul's life; he enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren how to unroll pipeline and tap trees to get the sweet taste of maple. Paul also enjoyed seeing his friends at Tuesday night bingo with the Derby Lions Club hosting. Everyone knows Paul for his famous Maple Baked Beans, his coleslaw and his famous burgers. Paul enjoyed talking and joking with everyone. He always had a twinkle in his baby blue eyes. Dad loved visiting and picking on his friends over at Walt's Sales and Service. In the summer months, Paul loved spending time at the rendezvous (our family campground, parking lot at Paul's Sugarhouse) and spending time with family from all over. Paul would find great joy sitting down with his grandchildren and sharing his stories of growing up as a child and most of all, sharing the secrets and stories of his woods throughout his life. Not only sharing stories, but he would love to get a rise out of his grandchildren. He loved to hear them all laugh. Paul also enjoyed going out for breakfast at Brenda's or The Brown Cow with his daughter Jane, family, and friends.
Paul is a life time member of the Elks Club, Lions Club, and Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.
Paul is survived by his children Linda Letourneau of Floresville, TX, Linn and Dave Elko of Newport, VT, Richard Letourneau and his significant other Julie Chase of Derby Line, VT, Marie Chapman of Derby Line, VT, Jane and Larry Snider of Derby, VT, Leo Letourneau companion Debbie Welch of Newport Center, VT, Lillian and Raymond Bathalon of Troy, Pauline and Jacques Couture of Westfield, VT. Paul has a total of 27 Grandchildren, 39 Great grandchildren and two Great- Great grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Cecile Fortin of Holland, VT., his brothers Andre (Delores) from East Charleston, VT., Joseph (Delia) of Derby, VT., Laurent (Alicia) Derby, VT. and Philip (Barb) Derby Line, VT, by sister and brother in laws, Theresa Girourd, of Washington, Priscilla Fortin, of Newport, VT, Lionel (Simone)Fortin of Holland, VT, Marcel (Rita) Piette of Irasburg, VT, Sylva Piette of Newport VT, Andrew Royer and his wife Annette of Derby, VT and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul is predeceased by his wife Rhina and his parents Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau and by his in-laws, Clarence and Annie Piette. He is also predeceased by his brothers and sister in laws; Toni, Pierre, Leon and his wife Solange, Reginald and his wife Delorese, his sisters Simone Piette, Theresa Fortin and her husband Albert, George and Germaine Fontaine, Bertha Royer, John Fortin, and Roger Girourd.
Family and Friends may call on Sunday December 20, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 at Curtis Britch Converse Rushford Funeral Home on 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, VT (formally Sias Ave.). Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newport, VT with the celebration of a mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should you desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Derby Lions Club P.O. Box 388 Derby, Vermont 05829 or St Paul's Catholic School 54 Eastern Ave. Barton, Vermont 05822.
, 90, of Westmore, VT, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2016 in Barton, VT. She was born on July 1, 1925 in Rosevelt, Oklahoma to William and Grosey (Philly) Connelly. On June 12, 1943 she married William Ross Lockwood who predeceased her on February 17, 2010. She and her late husband owned and operated Bill & Billie's Lodge in Westmore for many years. Her hobbies included tending to her flower gardens and window boxes. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Barton.
She is survived by her children: Betsy Victoria Fecteau of Holland, VT, and Linda Lockwood of Westmore, VT, by her grandchildren: Corena Mae Brooks and her husband Montana, Raymond Paul Parenteau and his wife Linda, Scott Dexter Parenteau, Linda Claire Griswold and her husband Randy, Michael Scheidt and his wife Gigi, Steven Scheidt and his wife Beverly, and James Hamel and his fiancé Kim. She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Aj, Skye, Jade, Abbey, Casey, Kristan, Steven, Jason, Michael, Konnor, and Ponette and by several great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Frankie Merrill of Greenville, Miss, by her brother-in-law Dexter B. Lockwood and his wife Evelyn of Proctor, VT.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzhiemer's Association of VT, Vermont Division,Inc,300 Corner Stone Dr, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495 or to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
A mass of Christian burial will be held in June at St. Paul's Catholic Church followed by interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Westmore.
, 78, of Newport, VT passed away peacefully on November 23, 2015 at his home. He was born on April 3, 1937 in Derby to Kenneth and Rose (Coren) Lucas. On September 7, 1942 he married Sylvia Snay who survives him. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Albert was employed in the maintenance department of Butterfield's Union Twist in Derby Line, VT for many years. His hobbies included fishing, and hunting. He is survived by his wife Sylvia Lucas of Newport, VT, by his children: Mary Cornell and her husband Michael of Burlington, VT, Albert Stephen Lucas and his wife Lucy of Derby, VT, and Arthur Lucas and Laurette Riendeau of Coventry.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and by two brothers: Percy and Earl Lucas. He was predeceased by two sister's, Shirley and Pearl, and by one brother, Leonard.
Per request of the family, funeral services will be for family only.
Military honors will presented to Mr. Lucas by the Vermont National Guard.
passed away peacefully on February 20, 2017, surrounded by family. Catherine was born on February 11, 1929 to George and Katherine Millet. After attending high school, Catherine went on to college in Boston Massachusetts. She was devoted to the teaching field, as an educator in Island Pond, Newport Center, and Derby, Vermont. She went on to become the executive secretary at North Country Union high School for nearly 2 decades. This was a huge part of Catherine's life as she loved being in the school environment and working with young children, often passing out candy to the unfortunate souls reporting to the principals office. Catherine loved with her whole heart. She loved children, taking care of stray animals, and helping whoever she could. She enjoyed playing bridge, watching sports, traveling, camping, gardening, and the ocean. Catherine enjoyed many years at her beloved Echo Lake home, listening to the loons, summer rain storms, and enjoying the occasional cocktail. She is survived by her spouse, Bobby Inman of Westmore, her deceased husband Paul Lucas, whom passed in 2011, her son Steve Lucas and his wife Sherie of West Charleston, her daughter Leslie Lucas of Barre, and her daughter Karen Crowe and husband Alan of East Charleston. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. In place of flowers, please send donations to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, VT 05855. Services will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, on Saturday February 25, 2017 at 12 Noon. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Saturday February 25, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the service. Private burial service will be held in the spring for immediate family and friends at a time to be announced at a later date.
was born in Derby, Vermont on April 10, 1927 and died on January 19, 2016in Mission Hills, CA. Carolyn was born to William and Lillian Willard. She married George MacLeay in 1947. George pre-deceased Carolyn in 2010. They were married for 53 years. They had two daughters and one son. George and Carolyn lived on and operated small farm in Morgan, Vermont for 53 years until George's death in 2010. The farm was aptly named Seldom Rest Farm.
In addition to being to being a house wife, Carolyn worked as a court stenographer for many years and later worked as a secretary for three attorneys in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She once held the record for being able to take shorthand at 300 words a minute.
In 1973 Carolyn became the administrative secretary for Becket School which was a private school for troubled boys founded by headmaster Bill Davis. The Becket boys frequently visited her farm where they enjoyed the horses that were on the farm. Soon the boys were begging to live on the farm. Thus Spring Hill Farm was begun. Due to Carolyn's amazing rapport with these troubled boys and the positive influence of the farm, amazing rehabilitation took place and all of the Becket boys went on to lead happy and productive lives.
Around the same time, Social Services requested the MacLeays to become foster parents. Initially, they took in regular foster children. Amazing results again occurred and Social Services asked the MacLeays to foster some special needs children: Paul Hudson, Mary Lou West, and Darryl Sheldon (a Canadian boy whom the MacLeay's daughter, Kathy, rescued out of deplorable conditions from a mental institution in Canada). Paul, Mary Lou, and Darryl were part of the family from the moment they arrived. As foster parents, George and Carolyn took care of these special needs children for over 38 years. Amazingly, in those 38 years the couple never took one day off without their special charges. Even though the doctors had predicted a short life span for both Paul and Mary Lou, under the watchful eye of George and Carolyn, Paul and Mary Lou have thrived and remained very healthy and happy.
Carolyn also drove a handicapped bus for many years, even driving up mountainous roads to pick up her students in Blizzard conditions. In 1974, the MacLeay family started a summer riding program which averaged30 children from all over the world. Carolyn was mother to all these campers in addition to being the chief cook and bottle washer while simultaneously taking care of her 3 special needs children and driving 80 miles a day to work for 3 attorneys in St. Johnsbury. Even after closing the program, Carolyn continued to receive letters from the campers who tearfully and emotionally wrote how the time they spent in camp was the best experience of their lives and how Carolyn had influenced the choices they made in their lives.
Carolyn was also very active in church and youth activities. She taught Sunday School and directed the youth choir. She was the leader of the Heads to Tails 4-H Club and even wrote and directed a minstrel show that the 4-Hers performed in nursing homes. Part of the "props" included a Shetland Pony named Princess, who was dressed up like a little old lady, complete with hat, shawl, and fashion boots; she rode to the performances in the back seat of the MacLeay's sedan. It created quite a stir when people would pass by and note a pony in the back seat of the car.
Carolyn had a passion for animals. It was not uncommon for her to stay up all night to nurse a kitten, puppy, or hamster who was not doing well. Even though Carolyn declared she was not a horse person, and only sat on a horse once for a few seconds, it was not uncommon to see her running down the road chasing a loose horse! She enjoyed watching her daughters and the summer campers showing their horses even if it meant hanging around the arena for long, long hours.
Carolyn had a great sense of humor. She loved telling jokes and playing pranks on everyone. She was once noted to "break the record" by telling non-stop jokes from 7:00 PM until 5:00 AM!
Carolyn always had a passion for helping people out, and it was not uncommon for the house to be filled with strangers who needed a place to stay, or making herself available to someone who just needed a good listening ear. Even though she was often spread thin by having to multi-task, she had an amazing ability to make everyone feel like they were the most important thing.
A memorial service will be held to honor her amazing life on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Morgan United Church in Morgan, Vermont. All are welcome to attend and to pay tribute to a woman who made such a positive impact in her community and around the world.
, of London, England, South Burlington and Waterbury, Vermont, died unexpectedly May 1, 2016 in Plymouth, England. Kyle was born October 13, 1985 in Burlington, Vermont, the son of John and Deb (Peck) Magnus. He attended Waterbury area schools and graduated from Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, VT, with the class of 2004. He graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 2008.
Kyle excelled at academics and athletics during school and was a member of the soccer, football and basketball teams at Rice and the basketball team at Vassar. He was also an accomplished fisherman, golfer, swimmer, and loved both downhill and water skiing. Kyle enjoyed playing soccer and softball with friends while he was in England. He was very committed to his health and fitness and was a regular at The Train Station gym in Wadsworth, London.
Kyle's friends, teachers, and coaches always held a special place in his heart. He worked as hard at athletics as he did in the classroom. He pushed himself to excel on both fronts and his drive to succeed in the face of challenges played an integral role in shaping his life. His teammates from Rice and Vassar, as well as his roommates at Vassar became some of Kyle's closest friends. In an apartment at 45 Wall Street in New York, Kyle's Rice and Vassar friends, Larry, Cecil, Tyson, John, and Rizzo lived together for several years with six boys in a five-bedroom apartment. There was always a game on TV and fun to be had.
Kyle moved to Manhattan in 2008 to start a career in the financial sector. He joined Dealogic in 2011 and worked in the Manhattan office until April 2013 when he transferred to the London office, where he was working in Client Coverage at the time of his death. Kyle loved his work, his coworkers and friends at Dealogic and was a valued member of the London team. He traveled extensively for work and pleasure and was blessed to visit many special places in the world that included Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and many others. His trips to ski in Chamonix, Val-d'Isere, Tignes and Vermont held a special place in his heart.
Kyle made friends easily at work and in any social situation and developed a loyal, caring and generous circle of friends in London, New York, Philadelphia, Vermont and around the globe. These friendships blended seamlessly to create an international bond that stretched across the Atlantic and around the world for sporting events, concerts, festivals, and holidays.
Kyle introduced many friends to the family lake house on Seymour Lake in Morgan, VT. Large groups descended upon the NEK during the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays to water-ski, tube, play lawn games, eat, laugh and enjoy each other's company. The sparkling, crystal clear water was the perfect backdrop for these epic gatherings.
Kyle met the love of his life, Jane Bardal, on a vacation trip to Barcelona and Ibiza, Spain. Their long distance relationship from Toronto to London over the last year included plans for Jane to move to London this August. She has become a member of our family.
John, Deb, Jess, Erin and Jane recently traveled to London to bring Kyle home. During our trip, we were cared for and welcomed by Kyle's friends and coworkers in London in a way that would only be reserved for immediate family. We cannot express our gratitude in a way that would adequately describe the love and affection we received. We need to give special thanks to Danny, Rich, Luke, Ollie, John, Mike, Teri, Emma, Georgia, Johnnie and Emma for caring for us every step of the way during our journey. The memorial service in London at St. Margaret's Lothbury and the receptions following at Ye Olde Watling Pub and Kyle's flat in Wadsworth with friends and coworkers were warm reminders of who Kyle was and his zest for life.
Kyle is survived by his parents, John and Deb, his sisters Erin and Jess, brother-in-law Adam Baughman, nephew Liam, and girlfriend Jane Bardal of Toronto, Canada. He also leaves his great-aunt Dorothy Morrell, great-aunt and uncle, Joy and Charles Morrell, aunts, uncles and cousins, Jane and Eric Clifford and daughter Elizabeth, Chuck and Kathy Magnus and daughters Katie Hungerford and Sara McHugh, Michael and Kathy Eastman and sons Sean, Tommy and Jack, Barb and Brian Hildreth and sons Rick and Chris, Larry and Liz Peck, aunt Karen Peck and daughters Lindsay DeBlock and Whitney Haber. His family also includes many others, especially in the Magnus, Morrell, Eastman, O'Brien, Higgins, Downes, Rand, Miller and Peck families.
Kyle's family was blessed and honored to have known him for 30 years. We knew we loved him, but we had no idea how much he was loved by everyone he touched. Kyle lived every moment of every day of his life to the fullest, worked as hard as he played, and always said yes to the "extra cheese."
Thank you Mags. It has been an honor and a privilege. You are loved.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3 Saint Peter Street, Winooski, VT on Saturday, May 14th at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow; the location will be announced at a later date. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Kyle R. Magnus Scholarship Fund, c/o Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington VT 05403.
, 86, of Jay, Vermont, beloved husband of Beverly Beaudreau passed away at his home on April 27, 2016. He was born in St. Albans, VT, on July 22, 1929 to Frederick and Marion (King) Martin.
Richard was a member of the Jay Post # 28 American Legion, and was a life member of the Alfred Pepin Post 798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport. He was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed the company of his cats especially Rusty. He also enjoyed talking with his friends at the Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his family. In his younger years he was an instructor of martial arts. He served in the Air Force and Navy for a combined service time of 22 years.
He is survived by his wife Beverly Beaudreau of Jay, VT, by his children: Tina Gardina and her husband Jerome, Cindy Martin and companion Todd, Fred Martin and his wife Lynn, Darlene Love and her husband Wade, Denise Gardner, Lori Ann Sullivan and her husband Thomas, and by his step children: Jayne Loud and her husband Jeffrey, and Nancy Montgomery, 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, by his sister Elizabeth Montague and by his brother-in-law Charles Scammell and his wife Susan.
Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to the American Cancer Society , Vermont Division Inc. 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
A military service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on May 5, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 5, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of the funeral.
was born February 9, 1921 in McAdam, New Brunswick. He was the son of Lula (Phillips) and George Masson and husband of the late Elizabeth (Betty or Lizzie) Filby. He graduated from McAdam Composite High School in 1938. At the time, he was too young to join the Air Force so he completed a machinist course in Moncton, N.B. At age 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). James served as a Sgt. in care of the Boomers and Gunners Armaments Division. He met Betty while stationed at Mossbank, Saskatchewan and they were married on NewYearís Eve, 1943, at the United Church in Ochre River, Manitoba. They enjoyed 71 years of married life together.
After World War II, they settled in McAdam, N.B, and raised three children, Marlene (Dalley) (husband Angus), Ottawa, Ontario, Lawrence, Toronto, Ontario and Robert (Bob) (wife Betty Ann Yetter), Newport, Vermont. He was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Supplies Division which stocked and distributed supplies for trains and buildings. He began his career in McAdam, transferred to Sherbrooke, Quebec when train transportation declined and consequently to Newport, Vermont; the town where he settled after retirement with his family.
James was very active in his community and enjoyed sports. In McAdam, N.B. he served as a Deacon at the Rockland Drive United Baptist church, Superintendent of Sunday School programs, member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Grand Master of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, and a member of the school and hospital board. In Quebec, as president, he was awarded a Lifetime Membership to the Border Curling Club, Beebe, Quebec. James was the team Skip for many years, leading them to victory on numerous occasions. Additionally, he bowled regularly in leagues at Ayresís Cliff, Quebec and Newport, Vermont well into his 90th year.
He was a member of the Newport Community Circle, Forever Young Club, Newport Baptist Church and several bowling leagues. His interests included carpentry, wood working, gardening, hunting, fishing, card games and his family. He loved to dance and was a great dancer; the envy of many.
His brother, George Alfred Masson (1919 -1993) of Stoney Lake, Ontario predeceased him. Often James was his guide in New Brunswick woods during deer hunting season.
He leaves behind three children, Marlene, Lawrence, and Robert (Bob). He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren of Newport, Vermont and Ottawa, Ontario - Robert Masson Jr. (wife Arla), Andrew Dalley (wife Cecilia), Jennifer Masson (husband Rick Morin), Michael Dalley (wife Alana) and Darlene Masson (husband Patrick Haugwitz), and twelve great grandchildren - Hunter and Kaitlyn Masson (Robert), Maeve and Lydia Dalley (Andrew), Christopher, Riley and Gabriel (twins) Morin (Jennifer), Baron, Stuart and Mira Dalley (Michael) and Alex and Sophie Haugwitz (Darlene).
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday October 22, at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport with the Rev. David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place at the McAdam, New Brunswick Cemetery at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the East Main Street Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, VT 05855 or to the Forever Young Club, 222 Main Street, Newport VT 05855
James Masson passed away peacefully, at 95 years, among family on October 17, 2016 at North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt. The family extends their deepest appreciation for his loving and compassionate care by the staff and nurses at the hospital and the Michaud Memorial Manor, Derby Line, Vt.
, 32, beloved son of Vanessa Raymond and Paul Maxwell, died on Tuesday, July 19, 2012, at his home in Coventry, Vermont.
Born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, Jeremy's passion for the outdoors was present in everything he did. An avid hunter and fisherman, Jeremy enjoyed being in nature and the woods so it was only fitting that he worked his way up to becoming a Foreman with Asplundh Tree Experts. His friends and family fondly remember a smile that never left his face, a kind and generous heart and a palpable and genuine love for those who were lucky enough to have known him.
He is survived by his fiancé, the absolute love of his life, Katie Ste. Marie; his mother, Vanessa Raymond and her fiancé David Palmer, and his father, Paul Maxwell. His treasured sister, Torrie Maxwell, his rock, with whom he shared his soul and her fiancé Charles Sanville. His brother and forever "bud," Brandon Maxwell, who learned and laughed by Jeremy's side, always looking-up to his trusted brother and best friend. His brothers Paul Maxwell Jr and Jonah Kontoes and his sister Ashley Maxwell. His adored aunt Teresa La Porte and her husband David. His cousins Shane, Tom, Michael, Jay, Jacob and Linzy. His nieces and nephews Payson, Harlee, Bentley, Keagan, Harper, Hailey and Rayna and his dog, Remington. He was predeceased by his Aunt Melissa Chamberlin and his grandparents, Roland and Estelle Raymond
Should friends desire, and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to assist with funeral expenses. Donations can be mailed to c/o Vanessa Raymond, 363 Hugh Herron Road, Saranac, NY 12981.
Calling hours will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport Interment to follow at Derby Center Cemetery. Friends are asked to also join the family for a reception at the American Legion Post #28, Dominion Avenue, North Troy, VT. Please bring a dish to share.
of Colchester, Vermont passed away unexpectedly Tuesday August 2, 2016.
She was born May 19th, 1963 in Newport, VT to Lawrence and Patricia Kilborn. Karen went to North Country Union High School where she excelled in academics, as well as Track & Field for which she still holds a record in the shot put. Karen applied her bright intellect and passionate nature by going to the University of Rhode Island on a sports scholarship. She graduated with a Pharmacy degree in 1986. She then did her residency at Fletcher Allen Hospital in clinical pharmacy before moving to North Carolina to start her pharmacy career at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. After several years she returned to Vermont to start a family with her husband. They built a home in Colchester and Karen began her distinguished career at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Over the years, Karen advanced to the position of Director of Pharmacy Services where she oversaw more than 300 of her pharmacy colleagues. As the face of her department, Karen took great pride in pushing the hospital's pharmacy forward, always focused on patient care.
Like many great leaders with vision, she surrounded herself with highly capable people, giving them the opportunity to grow into their roles without micro-managing.
Among her many career accomplishments, she was instrumental in adding cutting-edge medication safety technologies as well as developing and implementing the hospital's mail order and specialty pharmacy services.
Karen will be sadly missed by people that knew her well. She was a great Mother and wife, always there for her family no matter the circumstance. Whether it was presents at Christmas time or creative cakes for birthdays, Karen made her children feel special and feel loved. The warmth and tenderness toward her children and the ones she loved made everyone around her better people by simply being in her presence. Karen was also not one to put on a mask and be different person behind the scenes, she was always herself and always honest. Both in her personal and work life, she was never one to back down from supporting people that were trying to do the right thing. Karen was truly a winner in every sense of the word; a true treasure to those privileged enough to know her.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 27 years, David McBride; her two children, daughter Laura of Burlington and son Matthew of Colchester; her father Lawrence Kilborn of Newport; her brother Michael Kilborn and his wife Suzanne of St. Petersburg, FL and sister, Lisa Kilborn Rollins and her husband Peter of Burlington. She also leaves behind a large, loving family of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many friends and co-workers. She was predeceased by her mother Patricia Rushlow Kilborn.
There will be a celebration of Karen's life Monday the 15th of August at 5:00pm at Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Vermont Society of Health-System Pharmacists to support a scholarship in the memory of Karen McBride.
, 85, of Newport, well known businessman and florist, passed away on Monday October 19, 2015 at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 25, 1930 in Rootstown, Ohio; the son of John W. and Cecilia (Knoch) McQuillen.
He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio where he was a star baseball pitcher, later joining a semi pro team called Gasseys, where he was known for his left handed sinker. He later shared these skills in Newport as a Little League coach.
He was a brick mason by trade. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a radar technician during the Korean Conflict, and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He also met the love of his life, Betty Jenks, while stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida. On February 12, 1955 they were married in Newport, Vermont where they owned and operated Farrant's Flower Shop and Greenhouse, which is still operating today.
Jim continued his masonry skills by helping to build North Country Hospital, North Country Union High School, J.J. Newberry's Store, among many other local landmarks and projects.
He held memberships in the American Legion Post #21 in Newport, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport, Charter Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329 in Newport, Charter Member of the Elks B.P.O.E. #2155 of Newport, Knights of Columbus, Gibbons Council 3rd degree #2285 and 4th degree #1157, Honorary member of Newport Rotary Club where he received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for all of his volunteer work, avid member of Newport Country Club, Past President of Newport Jaycees, and Past President of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as zoning commissioner for the City of Newport.
He founded the snow golf tournament at the first Winterfest in Newport. For his accomplishments, his picture was published in Sports Illustrated Magazine. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, his coffee meetings at the Royal Restaurant and later at the Herb March coffee club at Wendy's and Saturday coffee at Maplefields. He looked forward to his regular visits to the VFW, Eagles, and Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty McQuillen of Newport, his children: Kathleen McQuillen of Newport, Karen McQuillen and her husband Jerome Ernest of Centreville, MD; James C. McQuillen of Newport, Terrie McQuillen of Derby and her friend John Garvey of North Troy; Tracie Lanternier and her husband Gregg of Hampstead, NH; John McQuillen of Manchester, ME; and Mary McQuillen and her husband Peter Slocombe of Fairfax, VT; and by his grandchildren: Abigail Laramee and her husband Jason of Derry, NH; Patrick Paul of Manhatten Beach, CA.; Amelia and Troy Ernest of Centreville, MD; Samuel and Daniel Lanternier of Hampstead, NH; Maxwell and Margaret McQuillen of Manchester, ME; and Madeline and Victoria Slocombe of Fairfax, VT; and by a brother Bernard McQuillen and his wife Mary of Kingsville, OH; by two goddaughters Chris (Suzie) Blais of Derby Line, VT; and Phyllis Grech of Waterford, VT; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert McQuillen and his sisters Cecilia Grether, Mary Williams, and Christina Masl.
Friends may call from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday October 25, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vt; where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday October 26, 2015 with Rev. Leopold Bilodeau officiating. Internment will follow in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, VT; with full military honors. Should friends desire contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans , c/o Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vt. 05830.
, 77, of Irasburg, Vermont passed away suddenly on November 24, 2016 in Newport. He was born on December 30, 1938 in Franklin, Vt. to Elphege and Hilda (Garrow) Messier. On May 9, 1959 he married Joyce Lawson who predeceased him on November 16, 1999.
He graduated from Newport Center High School. He was a dairy farmer all of his life on the family farm in Irasburg. His hobbies included hunting, fishing with Jim Greenwood, gardening, mowing his lawn and in his younger years square dancing with Joyce.
He is survived by his companion Margaret Meunier and her family of Newport Center, Vt., by his children: Clifford Messier of Brownington, Vt., Tammy Charland and her husband Donald Jr. of Derby, Vt., Kenny Messier and his wife Ann Marie of Evansville, Vt., Leonard Messier and his wife Robin of Lowell, Vt., by his daughter-in-law Jean Messier of Newport Center, Vt., by his grandchildren: Shaun Messier of Holland, Vt., Rodney Messier of NH, April Messier of Michigan, Derrick Charland of Newport Center, Vt., Jeff Charland of Derby, Vt., Katie Charland of Derby, Vt., Jessica Messier of Newport, Vt., Scott Messier of NY, Tracy Messier of Newport, Vt., Amy Grady of Orleans, Vt., Sarah Fleurie of Barton, Vt., Adam Messier of Newport, Vt., and Sarah Fournier of Lowell, Vt., and 22 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Jeannette Davis and her husband Landon of NY, Pauline Pooler of Newport, Vt., Diane Geoffrey of Lowell, Vt., Pat Royer and her husband Gerry of Derby, Vt., and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son Michael Messier on November 7, 2005.
Friends may call from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday November 28, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 29, 2016 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orleans where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Rev. Timothy Naples. Spring interment in Coventry Village Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
passed away on April 27, 2016 at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby, Vermont. Dolly, as she was known by her friends and relatives, was born on July 9, 1914 in Canada to Clarence and Edith Coapland and moved to Vermont along with her parents and siblings at the age of 6. She remained a Canadian citizen while living the rest of her life in the states, nearly all of that time as a resident of northern Vermont.
The youngest of four children, she was predeceased by her older brothers, Howard and Clifford Coapland, and her older sister Lillian Macie. Her two sons, Laurence Metcalf of Hallsville, Missouri and Donald Metcalf of Roanoke, Virginia also survive her as do her granddaughter Amber Howard from Roanoke, Virginia and her grandson, Troy Metcalf, also from Roanoke, Virginia. Great grand children Keon and Kendal Howard and Brady Metcalf, all from Roanoke, Virginia, survive her as well as does her niece, Linda Herman of Newport, Vermont.
She married John Metcalf in 1939 in Irasburg, Vermont. He died on April 3, 2004 in Visalia, California. They were dairy farmers for much of their marriage.
Dolly was employed by Ethan Allen Mfg in Orleans for about 10 years. Her favorite job would always be driving a school bus for Coventry grade school children during the 1950s and 1960s.
Dolly was a high energy person, always on the go. As a child, she was always on the go on a pair of snow skies that her father made for her. As an adult, she was always on the go in her car until she was well into her 90s. Relatives often complained that she was never at home. When it came time for Dolly to move into a nursing home due to declining health issues, she simply traded her car in for a walker. Nursing home attendants will attest to the fact that Dolly remained actively on the go with her walker.
Dolly had a natural affinity for music and dancing. She played the piano without ever having had a lesson but dancing was her favorite activity. Any kind of dancing would do but square dancing was her first choice, probably because her gregarious nature was well suited for that style of dancing. Another favorite activity was attending yard sales. Basically, she liked anything that involved being around people and when she could no longer dance due to bad knees, meals at the Senior Center satisfied many of her social needs.
Somewhere in that progression, she became an avid fan of Word Search and it occupied much of her time in the nursing home.
A graveside service will be held on May 20, 2016 at 11:00am at the Coventry Cemetery located near the town of Coventry, the same cemetery where her parents are buried.
, age 75, died peacefully at home in Novato, CA surrounded by family on November 8, 2015. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his wife Rosemary (Fry) and their children:
Mary Lynn Kecskemeti, her husband Rich and their daughter Kali Rose of San Francisco, CA; David C. Miller of Clinton, NJ; Richard Andrew Miller, his wife Jessica, and their children Ryan Joseph and Charlotte Rose of Novato, CA ; sister Barbara (Bob) Shaver of Apopka, FL, as well as 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
His parents, George J. Miller and Sophie Christine (Fahrbach) Miller, and two sisters, Carolyn (Gary) Glick of Montoursville, PA and Margaret (Max) Corzilius of Venice, FL predeceased him in death.
Born in the Bronx, NY, Rev. Miller graduated from Central College in Pella, IA and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He accepted a call to the Stanton Reformed Church in 1965. Rev. Miller retired in 2014 after completing 49 years of pastoral ministry, 37 at the Stanton Reformed Church in Stanton, NJ and 12 years at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston, VT. Rev. Miller felt called to a life of service and was always a willing volunteer for church and community activities, believing in helping those in need. He led many Junior and Senior High youth groups and was a teaching pastor for New Brunswick Seminary, mentoring student interns. He served the Classis of Raritan in many positions including President. From 1973 to 1993 he served as the Chaplain in the Hunterdon County Jail. He served as Chaplain to the Readington Township Police for 30 years, and was Chairman of the Readington Township Welfare Board for 20 years. He helped form a Boy Scout Troop in Stanton, and served as Assistant Scoutmaster and later as Scoutmaster. He loved baking bread and helped to form an Adult Ed Baking Guild that met at the Stanton Church.
After retiring with his wife Rosemary to Morgan, Vermont in 2002, Pastor Miller continued to be active in church and community activities. He served as pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston and was active in The Northeast Association of the United Church of Christ. He was a founding and board member of the Morgan Historical Society. A volunteer Chaplain at North Country Hospital he also served on the Ethics Board. He served as Chair of the Select Board in Morgan for several years, and also served as liaison to the Seymour Lake Association.
Richard was a man of many loves; he loved God, he loved his family, he loved books, red wine and music, he loved collecting clocks, and he loved to cook and bake. He always baked the communion bread for church. He loved cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Yankees and NY Rangers. He loved life and he loved people. With his parishioners he rejoiced in family celebrations, counseled in the difficult times, and grieved in the sad times. He preached love and forgiveness, and was accepting of all people. He was truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the people and live his retirement years in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom. He believed we should CELEBRATE LIFE, and that death is a part of life, and it is not the end, but rather a doorway to eternal life.
A memorial service is being held on June 25 in Stanton, NJ, and Interment will be in Clark Cemetery in Morgan. Should friends desire, contributions in Rev. Miller's memory may be made to Plymouth Congregational Church, P.O. Box 46, East Charleston, VT; Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, VT; or the Alzheimer's Association.
, Sr, 69, of Newport, Vermont passed away peacefully on May 30, 2016 with his family at his side. He was born on October 13, 1946 in Newport to Blanche (Farrar) Monfette and the late Alfred Monfette. On September 4, 1965 he married Susan Laramie who survives him. He graduated with his son from North Country Union High School in 1989. Craig was employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans and later worked for the former W.S. Mitchell for 20 years. He retired in 2014 from Ethan Allen.
His hobbies included motorcycling, camping, mowing his lawn with his dog "Tucker", doing crossword puzzles, reading and coloring in adult coloring books.
He is survived by his wife Susan Monfette of Newport, VT, by his mother Blanche Monfette of Newport, VT, by his children: Craig Monfette, Jr and his wife Melba of W. Monroe, LA, Michelle Lamothe, Daniel Monfette and his wife Samantha of Lyndonville, VT, by his grandchildren: Mitchell, Brittany-Sue, Buddy, Brianna, Matthew, Cady, Christian, Sabrina, Kasey, Drew, and Liam, and by his great grandchildren: Kyli, Christopher, Joseph, Hannah, Lilyann, Xander, Emma, Macy, Parker, Addison, and Frank. He is also survived by his siblings: Alfred E. Monfette and his wife Maria of Dalton, GA, Dian McIntosh and her husband John of Manassas, VA, Darlene Grenier and her husband Albert of Newport, VT, by his brother-in-law Raymond Laramie and his wife Diane of Newport, VT, and sister-in-law Pauline Sheehan and her husband Richard of The Villages, FL, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Alfred Monfette, his grandson Joey, great granddaughter Alaina, and by his sister Linda Wheeler and brother Gary Monfette.
Friends may call from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday June 2, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport where funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday June 10, 2016. Interment in St.Mary's Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, VT 05855.
, 65, of Holland, VT passed away on March 2, 2016 in Burlington, VT. Claude was born on July 26, 1950 a son of Leonard and Agathe (Audet) Morin. Mr. Morin owned CJM Farm Equipment in for 36 years. Mr. Morin loved going to farm auctions, going to Florida, loved life on the road, watching sports, and most importantly loved his two children very much. Claude was loved and adored by his family, especially his children. He was a successful self-made businessman who was passionate about this work, family, and friends. He was always the life of the party and loved to socialize and talk with anyone he met. He was kind, funny, smart, and endlessly loving. He will forever be missed and in our hearts. Claude is survived by his two children: Whitney Morin and her wife Sarah Chaisson-Warner of Nashua, NH and Matthew Morin of Holland, VT, by his brothers and sister: Donald Morin and his wife Bonnie of Richmond, VT, Gilles Morin of Holland, VT, Richard Morin and his wife Helen of Morgan, VT, Yolande Bronson and her husband Tim of Derby, VT, Rene Morin of Holland, VT, Mark Morin of Derby, VT, Celine Rathe and her husband Eddie of Colchester, VT, Gerald Morin and his wife Caroline of Merrimack, NH, Andre Morin of Holland, VT and Johnny Morin of Holland, VT, by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles, predeceased by his parents Leonard and Agathe Morin, and by his brother Normand Morin. Friends may call on Saturday March 5, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Curtis-Brtich-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Derby, VT. Funeral service will be held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 1:00PM at St Edward's Catholic Church, Elm Street, Derby Line, VT. Spring interment will be held at St. Edward's Cemetery, Elm Street, Derby Line, VT. Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Kidney Assoc, PO Box 244, Burlington, VT 05401.
, 89, a resident of Hopewell Junction since 1957 and formerly of Fitchburg, MA, died on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Wingate at Dutchess.
Born on May 26, 1926 in Irasburg, VT, he was the son of Lloyd and Hazel Bullis Morton. Preston proudly served our country in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He was employed as a staff engineer for IBM in Poughkeepsie for 32 years until his retirement in 1990, and was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.
Preston was a member of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church and the Hughsonville Fire Department. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and served as a coordinator for many years. A member of the Mall Walkers Club, he had also been a member of the Polish American Club in Poughkeepsie and the Franco American Club in Massachusetts. He was an avid fisherman who loved spending time at the lake, especially Lake Memphremagog. More than anything, he loved sitting and watching the sunset in Vermont.
On July 14, 1951 in Fitchburg, MA, Preston married Barbara Gillis who survives at home. He is also survived by his children, Thomas Morton of Rahway, NJ, James Morton of Hopewell Junction, Nancy Morton of Oregon, and Robert Morton of Hopewell Junction; his grandchildren, Jessica, Allison, Mercedes and Tayna; and 8 great-grandchildren. Calling hours were held on Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by the service at 5:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
, 102, of Irasburg, VT (formerly of McLean, NY), passed away on January 23, 2017, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport, Vermont.
Helen was born in McLean on July 20, 1914, the daughter of Frank G. and Cora L. Trapp, and raised on the family farm, a place she remembered vividly and fondly for the rest of her life. During her high-school years, the family spent summers on the farm and the rest of the year in Syracuse, where Helen met Howard Mosher, her future husband, in an English class at Onondaga Valley Academy. After graduation in 1932, she and Howard spent four years at Syracuse University, where Helen graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a major in French.
Following a year's work as a secretary at Cornell University, Helen married Howard at the family home in McLean in August, 1937. Until Howard's retirement from a career in teaching and school administration in the mid-1970's, the couple lived in six different communities in Upstate New York. Their longest residence was in the Central New York village of Cato, where their two sons went to high school. Bringing her life full circle, Helen and Howard spent their retirement years at the family home in McLean. Two years after her husband's death in 1996, Helen moved to Irasburg, VT, where she was cared for by her older son, Howard Frank, and his wife Phillis.
A woman with a great heart, Helen loved God, her family, and the many friends she made wherever she lived. Her gift for attentive listening made everyone she knew feel important and valued. Approaching each day with gratitude and pleasure, she delighted in conversation, books, and nature. Never forgetting her rural roots, she knew exactly what Robert Frost meant by "the need of being versed in country things."
Along with many friends made late in her life, Helen Mosher leaves behind these family members, all deeply grateful to have known and loved her: two sons, Howard Frank Mosher and Terence Mosher; their wives, Phillis Mosher and Judith Mosher; a grandson, Jacob Mosher; a granddaughter, Annie Williamson; Annie's husband, John Williamson; and two great-grandchildren, Frank James Williamson and True Williamson.
Services will take place at a later time.
, 74, of Irasburg, died on January 29, 2017. He was born in Kingston, N.Y., on June 2, 1942, the son of Howard H. and Helen Emily Trapp Mosher. Mr. Mosher lived most of his adult life in Irasburg, VT. In 1964 Mr. Mosher married the love of his life, Phillis Mosher, graduated from Syracuse University, and moved to the Northeast Kingdom. They had two children, Jake and Annie. Mr. Mosher received his Master's Degree from the University of Vermont in 1968. Mr. Mosher worked as a teacher at the former Orleans High School and the Lake Region Union High School. He also worked for a number of years as a social worker with needy teenagers. As part of his lengthy apprenticeship to writing about the Northeast Kingdom, Mr. Mosher worked for several months as a "helper" to the Kingdom horse logger and former whiskey runner and moonshiner, Jake Blodgett, for whom the Moshers would later name their son. About 1975, Mr. Mosher turned to fulltime writing. He published his first book,?Disappearances, two years later. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mosher published 12 novels, two memoirs and countless essays and book reviews. In addition, his last work of fiction, POINTS NORTH, will be published by St. Martin's press in the winter of 2018. 2 Mr. Mosher is survived by his wife, Phillis; his son, Jake; his daughter, Annie, and son-inlaw John Williamson; his grandson and granddaughter, Frank James and True Williamson; his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Mosher. At the request of Mr. Mosher, there will be no visiting hours. The funeral will be held On June 2, 2017, at the United Church and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joshua House Inc, P.O. Box 156, Irasburg, VT 05845.
, 85, a life-long resident of Ayer's Cliff, Quebec, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 22, 2016 in Magog surrounded by his family. He was born on June 23, 1931 in Boynton, Quebec to Lawrence & Ruth (Rever) Mosher.
He was a farmer his entire life and a true horseman. He loved dealing in cattle & horses and owned hundreds throughout his lifetime. He also loved racing Standardbreds for a span of over 50 years. He knew horses inside & out. Working in the woods with a team of horses always made him smile.
He was extremely hard working and his family meant the world to him. He would light up anytime there was a baby around. He was a proud father and grandfather. Wendle also had a special relationship with his uncle Kenneth Mosher who passed away in 2009.
He is survived by his four children. His wife Rose-Marie and their two daughters, Hollie (Terry) Mosher of Ayer's Cliff, Quebec and Lee (Luke) Mosher of South Stukley, Quebec, and two sons, Casey (Tammy) Mosher & Todd (Danielle) Mosher and their mother Anna Forbes, all of Derby, Vermont. He is also survived by his six grandchildren Alex, Brianna, Brian, Madison, Cash and Knight, and one great-granddaughter Sophie (Brian). Surviving siblings are Sis, Dewey, Ruby, Hilda and Larry. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Colon Mosher and his nephew Dale Mosher.
Resting at the Cass Funeral Home, 900, Clough St. Ayer's Cliff, on Friday, October 28th, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, October 29th from 12 to 1:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Beulah United Church , Ayer's Cliff, on October 29th at 2 p.m. Rev Lee Ann Hogle officiating. Interment in the United Church Cemetery Ayer's Cliff.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked people if they would like to make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.
, 60, of Coventry, VT, beloved husband of Shirley (Blanchard) Nadeau. Passed away at the University of Vermont Medical Center on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.
He was born on November 19th, 1955, in Ipswich, MA to Robert and Priscilla (Sweeney) Nadeau.
On May 8th, 1996, he married Shirley Blanchard who survives him.
He was the owner of R. Nadeau Jr. Metal Salvage.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling to the ocean, boating, watching football (especially the New England Patriots), and NASCAR.
He is survived by his wife, and by his children, Lewis Nadeau, and Casey Nadeau both of Coventry, a grandson, Jack Janci of Coventry, a brother, Ronald Nadeau of Rowley, MA, Sisters, Karen Comeau of Ipswich, MA, and Kim and her husband Ken Cotreau of Beverly, MA, God daughter, Katelyn Comeau of Campton, NH, aunts, Ann Barkclay of Seabrook, NH, and Theresa Jensen of Ipswich, MA, , uncle Charles Nadeau of Coventry, and also by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Michael Comeau.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, VT from 6:00PM-8:00PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont; 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.
, 79 formerly of Albany and Irasburg, passed away peacefully on July 16th at Maple Lane Nursing Home where he'd been a resident since May 23rd.
He was born in Albany, VT on July 2, 1937. He was the son of Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson.
He attended elementary school in Albany and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1956. He dedicated his life to farming on the family farm in Albany, VT until he retired on July 2, 1999.
Following his retirement he lived for 13 years in Orleans before moving to The Meadows housing complex in Irasburg in December, 2012.
During his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling, snowmobiling, tractor and horse pulls at the county fairs, woodworking, his "coffee club" at Bob's Quick Stop in Irasburg and being outdoors. He will fondly be remembered for his easy going, good natured personality, his integrity and honesty and his quick, genuine smile.
Tom never married nor had children of his own but experienced several special bonds and friendships with his hired hands that worked beside him on the farm. In particular his "right hand men," Randy and Raymond Pierce who've kept in touch with him over the past 30 years. He looked forward to their annual summer visits on their trips back to Vermont. He was also a special part of his nieces' families: Shelly Morey and her husband, Michael, of Newport; and Sonya Kittredge and her husband, Paul, of Albany. He enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays with them. Yankee Swaps will never be the same without him!
He is also survived by his brother, Roger and his wife Beatrice of Derby Line, his niece Beccy Hardy and her husband John of Derby Line. Nephews, Scott Nelson of Coventry; Stacey Nelson of Essex; Bill Nelson of Lyndonville; and several nieces and nephews from Washington state who traveled to Vermont and met Tom for the first time just three short weeks ago.
Great nephews: Benjamin Kittredge, Matthew Kittredge, Scott Nelson Jr., John Curtis Hardy, Thomas Hardy, and Cooper Nelson. Great nieces: Tessa Nelson and Jenna Morey. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Janet Nelson, of Albany.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, George Nelson, in 2013 and his sister, Ruth Lamotte, in 2014.
Calling hours will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. followed by a memorial service at 11:00, on Saturday, July 23rd at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral home on Craftsbury Common. Interment will be at the Albany Village cemetery.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School at 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, VT 05855.
, 66, of Newport Center, Vt; died peacefully on Monday October 26, 2015 with his loving family at his side.
He was born on May 20, 1949 in Newport, Vt; the son of Lorraine (Davio) Niles and the late George Bixby Niles.
He graduated from North Country Union High School class of 1968 and later received an Associates Degree in Forestry in 1970 from The Redwood College in Fortuna, CA.
Doug owned Niles Tree Service, where he was a landscaper and was well known for craftsmanship of building stonewalls.
He enjoyed the great outdoors of Vermont where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughters, Tammi Lantagne and her husband (Reg) of Newport Center, Vt; and Tara Selby and her husband Sean of Morgan, VT; and by his mother Lorraine Niles of Newport Center, VT; and by his grandchildren: Alexis and Kevin Lantagne, and Dija and Kristchan Selby, and his brothers, Raymond Niles and his wife (Edna) of Littleton, NH; Timothy Niles of Newport Center, VT; and Kevin Niles and his wife Julie of Lockport, NY; and by nieces and nephews, Kate Schwanke and her husband Matt, Bryce Niles and his wife Tabi, Shane Niles and Dana Niles and his wife Nancy, T.J. Niles, Darcel and Yolanda Niles, Jordan and Mitchell Niles.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire contributions in his memory it may be made to the Douglas Niles Memorial Fund, c/o Community National Bank, 4811 VT. Rt. 5, Newport, Vt. 05855.
, 81, of Newport, Vermont, passed away suddenly on August 31, 2015. He was born July 26, 1934 in Newport, son of E. Antonio and Vivian (Beauregard) Palardy. He had a natural ability in electrical, plumbing, and mechanics and used these abilities in his various employments. Andre resided most of his life in Florida and returned to Newport in his later years.
He was an avid follower of the weather and weather statistics. He enjoyed riding his bike around town, and he loved gardening.
He is survived by his sisters, Yolande Young and her husband Neil of Derby, Vermont, and Jacqueline Palardy and her husband Arthur Bloete of Maine. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Economou.
Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 83 Union Street, Newport, VT 05855.
NEW YORK (AP) - Poet and short story writer Grace Paley
, a literary eminence and old-fashioned rebel who described herself as a "combative pacifist," has died. She was 84.
Paley, who had battled breast cancer, died Wednesday at her home in Thetford Hill, Vermont, according to her husband, playwright Robert Nichols.
"She was a great writer," said Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar Straus & Giroux, which is about to publish a book of new Paley poetry. "Her sense of the vernacular of the particular world she came from was just wonderful. She was able to capture the humor and pathos in a certain New York voice."
A published writer since the 1950s, Paley released only a handful of books over the next half century, mostly short stories and poems. Among her story collections were "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute," 1974, and "Later the Same Day," 1985.
Writing was a passion, but not a compulsion: She never felt the need to put every experience into words. Her fiction, although highly praised, competed for time with work, activism, family and friends.
"None of it happened, and yet every word of it is true," she once said of her fiction. "It's truth embedded in the lie."
Paley, a longtime New Yorker, moved to Vermont in 1988 after having spent summers here. She was named state poet laureate in early 2003. "Artists are known for challenging convention," said Gov. Jim Douglas at the time. "Great artists like Grace Paley do that and more."
In many ways, Paley was not a typical American writer. Her characters did not suffer "identity crises." Instead of living on the road, they stayed home, in Greenwich Village. They discussed politics, dared to take sides and belonged to clubs anxious to have them as members.
"People talk of alienation and so forth," she said in a 1994 interview with The Associated Press. "I don't feel that. I feel angry at certain things, but I don't feel alienated from it. I feel disgusted with it, or mad, but I don't feel I'm not in it."
She was a child of immigrants who seemed to embody a more intimate time, the kind of person strangers at readings would call by her first name. Short and heavyset, she had a round, open face, a warm smile and a friendly disarray of hair.
Born Grace Goodside in New York in 1922, she was one of three children of Russian Jews. Her family spoke English, Russian and Yiddish, but politics proved the universal language. Her parents had opposed the czar in Russia and were supporters of the New Deal. The bitterest neighborhood feuds were not among drug dealers, but between Trotskyites and Stalinists.
"I thought being Jewish meant you were a Socialist," Paley said. "Everyone on my block was a Socialist or a Communist. ... People would have serious, insane arguments, and it was nice. It makes you think the rest of the world is pretty bland."
She started writing poems early and continued to do so even as she married a movie cameraman, Jess Paley, had two children, worked part time as a typist and became involved in community affairs around Greenwich Village.
Paley began writing prose in the 1950s. Novels seemed too long - she never wrote one - so she turned to short stories. Although many of her pieces were rejected by magazines, an editor at Doubleday learned of her work and her first collection, "The Little Disturbances of Man: Stories of Men and Women at Love," was published in 1959.
"I felt some of these stories, writing about women and writing about children, I had a reluctance to write for a while because it seemed to me it was not interesting," Paley said.
The new book, tentatively titled "Fidelity: A Book of Poems," will be published early next year, Galassi said.
Paley's fiction set an easy, informal tone, but was developed out of weeks and months of careful refinement, all sentences read aloud before being committed to paper. Many stories were not so much "stories" as conversations overheard, with fitting titles such as "Listening" and "Talking."
Like longtime neighbors, Paley's characters become familiar faces, especially the compassionate Faith Darwin. It was typical of Paley that she did not look upon Faith as an alter ego but as someone who might have been a "good, close pal."
At the same time, Paley was a self-described "combative pacifist" who joined the War Resisters League in the '60s and visited Hanoi on a peace mission. She was arrested in 1978 during an anti-nuclear protest on the White House lawn and for years could be found every Saturday passing out protest leaflets on a street corner near her New York apartment.
"I happened to like the '60s a lot. I thought great things were happening then and I was glad my children were part of that generation. As an older person in the peace movement, I learned a lot from it. I mean I learned a LOT," Paley said.
"So, I don't know where things went wrong, except, whatever happens in society, the society corrupts, eats up and takes over. ... But at the same time there's always this really small little hill of hope that's right in the middle of this. You see people from that period doing wonderful things, all the things they meant to do." Paley married Nichols in 1972. In the late 1990s, they formed Glad Day Books, which publishes political fiction and nonfiction.
She never let fame or politics obscure her devotion to family, her stepson said.
"A lot of well-known people are hard to access," said Duncan Nichols. "She was just the opposite. She was just a very family person. I think it's absolutely true that she would give someone the shirt off her back."
of Holland, Vermont, moved on to her next adventure on May 3rd, 2016, along with her beloved David Berube. She was born in Henderson, Kentucky on July 29, 1966 to Carolyn Watson and James Carter. Dana was a 1984 graduate of North Country Union High School where she loved to play basketball. She formerly worked for Keene Medical Products and as a Para Educator at E Taylor Hatton School. After a brief period at North County Hospital, Dana became the medical secretary and cherished employee for Dr. Paul Julien at his private practice.
Dana was a vibrant woman with a fearless personality. One could often find her cruising around on her Harley or four-wheeler. She also loved to go snowmobiling with Dave and even placed second with her Ski Doo at the drag races a few years ago. A strong, hardworking woman, Dana took pride in her gardening, wood stacking and fire building abilities. Her dear kitty Charlie could often be found lounging in the sun while Dana did all sorts of yard work and projects at her home in Holland. Dana is survived by her two daughters Shelby and Katlin Parenteau; mother Carolyn and her husband Glenn Brown, father James Carter and his partner Dyan Raymond; sister Julie Carter Fuller and her husband Dale, brother Chris Carter and his wife Chandra; her former husband Edward Parenteau, Jr; along with the rest of her family and friends.
Services will be held at the Morgan United Church (14 Meade Hill, Morgan, VT 05853) on Saturday May 21, 2016. Calling hour at 11:00 a.m. with service at noon.
, 89, of Derby Vt, A very kind and gentle soul, made his journey to heaven on February 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 7, 1926 in Montgomery Center, Vt, to Leo and Anna (Guyette) Parenteau.
As a 17- year old sailor, Edward Parenteau ferried troops onto Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944. He and other men aboard the landing craft were greeted by blistering German artillery fire. The dead and dying soon filled the ocean and beach. Ed miraculously survived unscathed. Ed was a child of the Great Depression. He understood the importance of hard work. As a youngster he lived in Newport for a couple of summers and worked as a bellhop at the Newport House, which was located on Main Street. He used to laugh at how he looked like a little Phillip Morse cigarette sales boy in his blue uniform with gold trim, including a gold trimed hat. Much of his earnings went toward helping his family survive the tough economic times. Anybody who knew Ed, knows he was a patriotic man. The tattoo on his left arm said it all, "Death before Dishonor". When Japanese Forces boombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, an event which launched the United States into WW II, although only in his early teens, Ed was ready to defend his country. Much to concern but reluctant acceptance of his parents, in 1943, Ed lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was only 16. He was stationed aboard LST 337 (a troop and equipment transport and landing ship). Shortly before sunrise on D-Day, he slipped into a much smaller landing craft, a LCVPs. With a crew of four, they ferried hundreds of serviceman right up to Omaha Beach. Ed was often asked by area teachers to visit their classrooms to talk about his wartime experiences, a request he almost always accepted. His story was also featured in various publications, including the Burlington Free Press and Vermont's Northland Journal. He was also interviewed by WCAX News, and Northeast Kingdom Voice television program.Although a very proud veteran and interviewed by many, he always remained humble. Ed and his wife Shirley also enjoyed attending LST reunions, and in 2004 the two of them, along with a group of other area WW II veterans, traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the unveiled WW II Memorial. After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, Ed had the entrepreneurial spirit running through his blood. Amount many endeavors, he was an accomplished carpenter, building a number of area homes. And as an airplane pilot, he, along with Cecil Wright, founded Newport Air Freight in Coventry. Ed also founded Northeast Canoe, making countless high quality canoes. Between 1990 and 1996, Ed and Shirley owned the Brown Cow restaurant in Newport. Before Ed finally retired he drove cars for Key Auto and Hayes Ford. Ed and Shirley were married March 14, 1989. Almost married 28 years together. Ed enjoyed time with his family and friends and traveling to Alaska to visit and go King Salmon fishing. Ed would gather with his World War II buddies at the Irving Oil in Derby Line where they drank coffee and solved the problems of the world on a daily basis. His buddy, Joe Queenin of Derby Line, is now the only survivor of this group of friends. He leaves many loving memories to be cherished forever by his children. Edward J.Parenteau Jr, Alan Parenteau, Gary Parenteau, Debra Lawes and Roger Parenteau. His grandchildren Shelby, Katlin, Travis, Tara Parenteau. Torie Bingham and Sara Schifilliti. Crystal Millspaugh, Karen and Kevin Lawes. Great grandchildren Tripp Schifilliti, Autumn Millspaugh, Kristen Chilafoux.
Step children, Faye MacFarlane, Lance,Tim, Karl Loukes. Grandchildren, Megan Kelley, Jhasmine Lamb, Porsche Nicely. Great grandchildren, Chelsea, Landyn, Rohan, Chevelle, Kobe, Kara. Predeceased by his parents Leo and Anna Guyette. His brothers Melvin, Raymond, Leo, Merle Parenteau. Ed is survived by his wife Shirley and his sisters and their spouses. Amelia and Francis Ormsbee, Glennis and Tom Barry. Friends may call from 2:00 - 4:00 PM with service to follow on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Curtis Britch Funeral Home. 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, Vt. Spring interment will be with full Military Honors. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the O.E.V.N.A and Hospice Inc. 46 Lakemont Rd. Newport, Vt.
, passed away suddenly at her home in Moretown, Vermont, on November 30, 2015. She was beloved by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Patrissi, and her sons Jeremy, Justin, and Jason. Her grand daughter, GiGi Cree Patrissi, is her spitting image.
Cassie grew up in St Johnsbury, Vermont, born on February 1, 1949 to Steve and Joyce Cree. Her heart, however, always stayed at her beloved Willoughby Lake where her family had a camp for many years. In her childhood she loved horses and ice fishing with her dad. She could recite poetry and was a Romantic at heart. She loved all animals and living creatures. She loved our house, which is at the foot of Ward Mountain, where she would feed every animal, large and small, that roamed Vermont. She loved the peace and nature here. She couldn't kill a spider but would catch them and take them outside so they wouldn't come to harm. She had a deep spiritual connection to our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of her favorite jobs was being the last receptionist to Governor Dick Snelling. She was the face of state government at the highest level and she was proud of that. She did a lot of public service in her work during her life including working at Fletcher Allen, serving as an EMT locally, and working and caring for the disabled. She was the changing force in Jason Magoon's life as she became a surrogate mother to him and whom she loved as her own son. Cassie was an advocate of the underdog, the arts, and she loved the deep beauty of this wonderful place we call Vermont. She was an articulate and beautiful girl and a classy lady. She will be missed and leaves a hole in the hearts of those of us who loved her.
Because May was her favorite month and Willoughby Lake her favorite place, there will be a service at the church in Westmore, in May. Cassie will be buried at the north end of the Lake in the cemetery there. Details will be announced to her friends near that time. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Northeast Kingdom Community Action, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855
We share the passing of our dear Father, Basil Percy
, peacefully, and at home as he wished, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Our Father was first and foremost kind. He was patient. He was honest. He was intelligent. He was hard working. He had a beautiful voice and chose his words carefully and tactfully. He listened well and abided by his grandmother's advice "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". He looked like Clark Gable as a young man and loved that comparison. He had a dry wit - typical of many "Old Vermonters". His friendships and connections ran deep. He married his high school sweetheart, Roberta "Bobby" Loukes and they shared 42 years together before she pre-deceased him in 1998. Basil and Bobby enjoyed renovating houses, going to auctions and collecting antiques. There was always a wall being torn down or put up, painting and wallpapering. Our dad loved to refinish furniture. We remember him planning his front garden on graph paper in the winter.
Basil was born August 31, 1934 in Newport, VT to Ethel and Rufus Percy. He graduated from Newport High School, the University of Vermont and received a MEd from St Michael's. He spent most of his adult career in Personnel with IBM in Essex Jct, transferring to Manassas, VA in 1980 and then retired in Lexington, KY. After our mother's death in 1998, Basil moved to Sun City Center, Florida. He became involved in a number of dance clubs and enjoyed playing cards, swimming and continuing his work on the family genealogy. He traced the Percy family back so that Barry & I can claim that we are "7th generation Vermonters".
Basil met his continuing life companion, Barbara Crane. They shared twelve years together of laughter, dancing, swimming and cards with friends. They spent many summers here in Vermont to be close to family and friends.
Basil is survived by his daughter, Lianna Percy of South Burlington, VT and son Barry Percy and daughter-in-law, Nicole of Sun City Center, FL/Williston, VT; Lianna's children McKenna Cutler-Freese (Alex), Camber Freese and Meia Freese. Special friend, Barbara Crane (Sun City Ctr, FL). sister-in-law (Lorraine Revoir Alderfer); brother-in-laws: Alson Loukes (Jewel) and Dean Loukes; several nieces and nephews.
Per his request, a private family ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family.
If you would like to make a monetary donation in his honor, please consider the Lewy Body Dementia Association, American Cancer Society or charitable organization of your choice.
We would ask that you find someone today who needs kindness and extend it in honor of our Father.
(70) of Holland Vermont passed away peacefully on October 19, 2015 at home, surrounded by her family.
Born in Newport, Vermont March 18, 1945, she was the daughter of Victor and Marion Petell.
Survivors include: Three children, Jeremy, Matthew and (grandchildren) Annalise, Autumn and Seneca, Alisa and (granddaughter) Sarah; Two siblings, Victor and Patricia.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Those who've had the privilege of knowing Carolyn, hold a special place in their hearts of her unwavering dedication and devotion to her family and the community. Time spent within the school systems was one of her most satisfying endeavors. Her relentless pursue of establishing "peace" and a positive relationship with each youth she encountered, will forever be remembered.
Her dignity, grace and perseverance, as she walked her final steps among us, was a true reflection of how pure her heart really was.
As we mourn the loss of our mother, grandmother, sister and friend, let us always remember her saying "Live your life with a purpose!"
Carolyn's family wishes to thank everyone for their support and in respecting their privacy during this difficult time. There will be no funeral service.
A public gathering of Family and Friends will take place Saturday October 24, 2015 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) at Holland Elementary School, 26 School Road, Derby Line, VT 05830.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, VT 05855.
, 62, of Coventry, VT passed away on October 2, 2015 in Coventry, VT. Dolores was born on February 1, 1953 in Sommerville, NJ a daughter of Edward and Mercedes (Torpey) Skochin. On June 25, 1993 she married Edmond Petit who survives her. Mrs. Petit loved to go to her camp on Seymour Lake during the summers and spending time with her grandchildren. Dolores is survived by her husband Edmond Petit of Coventry, VT, by a son Matthew Phelps of Coventry, VT, by three step-children: Scott Petit and his wife Heather of Coventry, VT, Robin Ballinger and her husband Owen of Coventry, VT, and Danielle Sorrell and her husband Lance of New York, six grandchildren: Addie and Reese Petit, and Evan and Julia Ballinger, Amelia and Hunter Sorrell, by a brother Kerry Skochin of Derby, VT, a niece Jennifer Skochin of South Carolina, and by a nephew Ryan Skochin of South Carolina. Mrs. Petit is predeceased by her parents Edward and Mercedes Skochin. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , Vermont Division Inc. 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 60, of Newport Center, VT, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2016 in Newport surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 21, 1956 in Warwick, Quebec, Canada, to Andre and Marielle (Martel) Pothier. On August 13, 1977 he married the former Denise Pion who survives him.
Andreo was owner and operator of the Pothier Family Farm in Newport Center. He loved working his farm and tending to the animals. Andreo was a very hard worker and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone. He enjoyed going camping as well as attending family gatherings and events. He loved watching his son Adam play sports at N.C. U.H.S. and show dairy cattle at various events, and also enjoyed watching the New England Patriots Football. He was happy all the kids show interest in 4-H and Dairy. He loved his family and was very proud of all his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Denise Pothier of Newport Center, VT, by his children: Andrea Kinney and her husband John of Newport Center, VT, Joseph Pothier of Newport Center, VT Robert Pothier and his companion Sierra Phillips of East Charleston, VT, Adam Pothier and his companion Mariah Morley of Newport Center, VT, by his grandchildren: Victoria, Makayla, and Jorja Kinney, Emma Pothier, Isiak, Hailey, Colby, Bryce, and Levi Pothier, and Aleeah Pothier.
He is also survived by his siblings: Serge Pothier and his companion Carmel Soulieur of Irasburg, VT, Mario Pothier and his companion Rebecca Germain of Columbia, NH, Susy Pion and her husband Robert of Lowell, VT, and by his brothers-in-law Claude Cotnoir of Oxford, Maine, Gerard Pion and his wife Susan, Ronald Pion and his wife Charlene, Rejean Pion and his fiancé Lori Lewia, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister JoAnne.
Friends may call on Friday August 12, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 A.M. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, immediately followed by funeral services at 11:30 A.M. at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Lowell, VT. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 4-H Dairy Program for Orleans County, checks payable to University of Vermont, and in the Memo-for Orleans County 4-H Dairy Program, 316 Main Street, Suite 101, Newport, Vermont 05855.
, 87, of Newport, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on September 6, 2016.
Joyce was born to Guild and Ellen Jones in North Troy, Vermont on May 31, 1929.
In 1947, Joyce married Gaston Poulin, her loving husband of 69 years
who will greatly miss their shared life of simple pleasures. As they entered their senior years, Joyce and Gaston maintained an exceptional focus and devotion to spending time with family and friends. Joyce's stories, memories and laughter filled their home when their frequent visitors stopped by. Joyce and Gaston, much to the pleasure of their grown children, developed quite a fondness for the Boston Red Sox after their 2004 World Series win. Always ready to share a drink with her adult extended family or a hershey kiss with her great-grandchildren, her love and kindness knew no limits.
Joyce was pre-deceased by her parents, Guild and Ellen Jones, by her sisters, Wilda Smith and Jennie Mae Louis and her grandchild who always held a very special place in her heart, Shawn Stephen Poulin.
Joyce will be deeply missed by her children, Steve Poulin and his wife Valerie of Derby, Peter Poulin and his wife Diana of Newport, Jeffrey Poulin and his wife Tracey of Newport, and Nancy Poulin of Derby.
Joyce's grandchildren will profoundly miss her love. Her grandchildren are: Topher Poulin, Cory Poulin and his wife Julie, Sonya Jones and her husband Troy, Stephanie Estes and her husband Corey, Stephanie Delabruere, Josh Poulin and his wife Jen, Jenna Poutre and her husband Matt, Samantha Cole, Arden Leitheid, Johanna Bartley and her husband Travis and Jessica Poulin.
Joyce was adored and will be greatly missed by her many great grandchildren: Sydney and Ryder Poulin, Zoe, Tanner, Hattie and Slater Jones, Reilley and Colby Estes, Rhiannon, Traven and Kaden Rosamilia, Mya, Star, Quinne and Hudson Poulin, Jaida and Henry Poutre, and Madyson, Colton and Denver Bartley.
Joyce's pure, unconditional love for her family and friends will be her legacy. As we grieve her loss, we will forever cherish how special she made each one of us feel. Not a gathering, visit or call went by without a "Love You" from our beloved Nan. These words will be our comfort as we gather together to celebrate her life.
Visiting hours will take place on Sunday, September 11th 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A celebration of Joyce's life will take place on Monday, September 12th at 11:00am at St. Edward's Church in Derby Line.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's memory may be sent to: United Christian Academy, 65 School St. Newport VT 05855 or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.
, 62, of St. Albans, VT, passed away on February 22, 2016 in Burlington, VT. He was born on March 25, 1953 in Newport to Alice (Paradis) Preseault and the late Fernand Preseault. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in Orleans and entered the United States Navy where he served from 1971-1974.
Michael was a supervisor for Peerless Clothing in St Albans, VT. He was co-owner of the former Newport Beverage and Redemption Center with his Dad in the 80's. Mike loved his family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, and watching NASCAR races. He also loved softball as he followed, played, coached and umpired games in the Northeast Kingdom.
He is survived by his mother Alice Preseault of Irasburg, VT, by his brother Francis Preseault and his wife Patricia of Arlington, VT, by his sister Lori LeBlanc and her husband Rene of Irasburg, VT, by his sister-in-laws Carmen (Gaudreau) Preseault of Bradenton, FL, and Celeste (Pepin) Preseault of Bradenton, FL., twelve nieces and nephews, and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends like Pat Parks of St. Albans, VT.
He was predeceased by his father Fernand Preseault in 2000, by his brothers: Dennis in 1996 and Brian in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Friends may see Michael and family at the funeral home on Saturday February 27, 2016 from 12:00 Noon until the hour of the funeral. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association , Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to St. Paul's School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, VT 05822.
The Village of Derby Line has lost its unofficial mayor, and the world has lost a great community spirit. Joseph "Joe" Queenin
, passed away in Newport on January 25 at 93 years old. His family, who he cherished, were there with him, comforting as he passed over to the other side.
Joe is survived by his beloved son, John, and his wife Penny, two grandsons Joseph J. and Bob J. Queenin both of Derby Line. He was predeceased by great-grandchild Caidence Queenin in June 2010.
?Born on June 1, 1923 to Francis and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Queenin, Joe grew up in Worburn, Massachusetts with the blood of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins running through his veins. He was a diehard fan of the teams until his passing, and without a doubt he has now reconnected with his wife Bev, his wife of 65 years, in Heaven and they are in search of some of the Boston greats who passed before them.
A child of the Great Depression, Joe had a far from perfect childhood. As a teenager he was orphaned, but his only sibling, Hugh, nine years his senior, stepped in for their parents. In February 1941, Hugh, then a reserve Army officer, joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was assigned to the Derby Line Border Station. The two brothers settled in Derby Line in February. Joe attended his junior year at Derby Academy, but come his senior year he transferred to Newport High School, a school, which unlike Derby Academy, had a football team which he joined. He graduated from Newport High in 1942.
As with most people of Joe's generation, Joe remembered exactly where he was when he heard the news that Japanese Forces had bombed the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched the United States into an already raging World War II. He was standing on Newport's Main Street in front of what was then the Royal Restaurant. Angered by the attack, Joe enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. He was followed into full-time military by Hugh, who served as an officer. Following basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Joe shipped out to the Pacific. He saw action on the island of Bougainville, followed by some of the bloodiest fighting of the war on the island of Okinawa.
Upon discharge charge from the military in December 1945, he returned to Derby Line and reconnected with a young woman he met in Derby Line before the war, a woman he corresponded with during the war years. Her name was Beverly Piatti. On May 24, 1946, Beverly became Beverly Queenin. They shared 65 years of marriage before Beverly's passing on September 19, 2011. The love of his family, friends, and neighbors helped him survive the loss, but he never stopped missing Bev, the love of his life. He credited Bev for making him the man he was. For a time, the couple owned a newsstand in Derby Line. Joe went on to retire from the U.S. Post Office in 1984.
Joe had a lifelong love of sports, a love he brought to Vermont. For many years he was a well-known baseball and basketball coach. He also served as a basketball referee. Bev was also fanatical when it came to her sports. The couple passed on their love of sports onto their son John, and their grandsons Joe and Bob. Joe also volunteered for the North Country Union High School Hockey Teams, including manning the penalty box during home games. He also spearheaded the Toys for Kids program in Orleans County, a program which helped provide underprivileged children with gifts for Christmas. In addition, he volunteered at North Country Hospital for many years. His good works were not overlooked. He was honored several times, including in 2013, being named Northeast Kingdom Senior of the Year by the Area Agency on Aging. Joe was also named WCAX's Super Senior in 2014. In addition, he was a frequent guest on the Vermont Voice radio show, and the Northeast Kingdom Voice television show.
Proud of his military service, Joe was a frequent guest in area schools, sharing his memories of World War II, not to brag, but in hopes that the students would not only learn about WW II, but also understand the horrors of war. In 2012, he traveled to California to celebrate the 237th birthday of the Marine Corps, staying aboard the Queen Mary. Then in 2014 he went on a dream trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
He was active until the very end, always concerned for others before himself.
Friends may call on Thursday February 2, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until Noon and from 7-9 P.M. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday February 3, 2017 with Rev. Fred Barker and Scott Wheeler officiating. Spring interment in Derby Line Cemetery with full military honors and escort by Patriot Guard Riders. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Frontier Memorial Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, VT 05855.
, 88, of Newport, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at the North Country Hospital with family by her side. She was born on December 28, 1926, in Jay, Vermont, the daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Belle) Quintal.
Bet spent a lot of time with Albert and Noella Boudreau, and Paul and Cecile Boudreau in helping them raise their families and later moved in with Harry and Pauline Forest in North Troy. In 1960, Bet moved in with her sister Lena in Newport Center and helped her with the milking and other chores. Bet loved hard work and would take vacations in East Kingston, New Hampshire, to help her brother, Louie and his family. During this period, Bet also worked at Indian Head and in 1966 worked at Orleans Manufacturing. In 1973, Bet worked at Butterfields until her retirement in 1988. After retiring, Bet kept active by working at the Brook View Gardens in Barton with Audrey Rockwell until 2007.
Bet is survived by several relatives, Roland and Thomas Deslandes, Robert Quintal, Dennis Quintal, Sally Ann (Quintal) Guilmette, Julie (Quintal) Warren, Julie Mossa and Pauline Sanville along with many friends from her retirement community on Elm Street, Newport.
Bet was predeceased by her sister, Lena Normandin, from Newport, her brother, Louie Quintal from East Kingston, New Hampshire, her niece, Beatrice (Normandin) Deslandes, her nephew, Louis Quintal, Jr. and Lisa Deslandes.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Newport, Vermont.
Should friends desire, contributions in Bet's memory may be made to the Michaud Manor, Activities Fund, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
, 65, of Newport, VT passed away January 29, 2017 in Barton, VT. She was born on April 5, 1951 in Newport to Sylvia (Bond) Prue and the late David J. Prue. On June 26, 1971 she married David Rackleff who survives her.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1969. She attended Community College of Vermont in 1994.
She was Town Clerk in Coventry for many years. Among her hobbies she enjoyed quilting, painting, making crafts, sewing, playing golf and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband David Rackleff of Newport, VT, by her mother Sylvia Prue of Newport, VT, by her children: Dawn Vining and her husband Mike of Georgia, VT, Kelly Hyde and her husband Jeff of Fairfax, VT, her grandchildren: Connor, Aislynn, and Lila, and by her siblings: William Prue and his wife Jeanne of Newport, VT, Sharon Card and her husband Stephen of Derby, VT, and Janice Mayo and her husband Patrick of Cambridge, VT, and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father David J. Prue.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport. Spring interment in Coventry Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
died peacefully on October 31, 2015 at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, Vermont. She was born in Newport, VT on May 11, 1922 and was the daughter of Clarence and Annie (Hanson) Blanchard.
Delle graduated from Newport High School, then moved to Hartford, Connecticut. In 1946 she married Arthur Frank Reilly, who predeceased her in 2001. They had two children, David and Jane.
Delle had a very successful 30 year career with the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Human Resources. Later her work evolved to the creation and teaching of language strengthening courses for administrative personnel.
Delle never lost her love of Vermont and after her retirement and Arthur's major stroke, they returned to their cottage on Lake Memphremagog. Eventually, they joined Delle's sister Claire in the family home on the Bluff Road. Delle's faithful, 19 year devotion to Arthur's care was very much admired by her family and friends.
Delle's natural green thumb expressed itself in her love of gardening and landscaping as was evident around her home on the Bluff Road. After Arthur's passing, she was able to be active in her Church which she very much enjoyed.
Delle was a great lover of animals and it was an important part of who she was. She volunteered for many years at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter at their spay/neuter clinics.
Delle was very much loved by all her many sisters and her brother: Marjorie Marois, Muriel Hudson, Gwendolyn Benaroya, Jan Allison, Claire Blanchard, and Alden Blanchard, their spouses and many nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her children: Jane Housewright and her husband Willis of West Hartford, Connecticut, her son David Reilly of Catoosa, Oklahoma, her daughter-in-law Darlene Reilly-Lengyel of Monroe, Connecticut, her sister Jan (Alta) Allison of Manchester, Connecticut, her brother Alden Blanchard and his wife Marilyn of Newport, Vermont. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kathryn Housewright of Burlington, Vermont, Meghan Housewright of Washington, D.C. and Christopher Reilly of Monroe, Connecticut.
As per Delle's wishes, there will be no wake or funeral service. Burial will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in her memory may do so by contributing to either: The Newport Baptist Church, 834 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
, 60, of Albany passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 with her family by her side.
She was born on December 20th, 1955, the daughter of Lawrence and Dorothy (Durgin) Mason.
Connie loved animals, finding treasures at yard sales and in old buildings, she enjoyed baking chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter fudge, and taking care of her home and family.
She especially loved her grandchildren which were her life. She had an open door policy and welcomed in anyone who showed up.
In her younger years she enjoyed going for motorcycle rides with her husband Rene.
She is survived by her husband Rene, her mother, Dorothy Mason, her two daughters, Lorie LaBounty and her husband James Jr., and Bobbie Jo Roberts-McManus and her husband Christopher, her grandchildren, Alex and Dustin LaBounty, Nicholas and Trevor Miller and Bailey McManus. Also by her Brothers Terry Mason and his wife Emma, Edmond Mason and his wife Laurie, and Craig Mason (who was more like a son) and his wife Stephanie, Sisters, Rebecca Lemieux and her husband Armand, Sherry Pion and her husband Richard, and Virginia Anderson and her husband Roy.
Besides her father she was predeceased by her sister Theresa.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 12:00pm- 4:00pm at the Irasburg Town Hall in Irasburg, Vermont.
, 58, of Albany, Vermont, passed away suddenly on September 27, 2015 in East Albany. He was born on May 17, 1957 in Swedeberg, Quebec to Euclide Roberts and the late Jeannine (Bedard) Roberts.
In 1974 he graduated from Lake Region Union High School. On July 2, 1988 he married Annette Poirier who survives him. Gilles was the Main Tire Technician for the Mobile Unit at Parkview Garage in Barton for the past 22 years. He volunteered at the Orleans County Fair, assisting with the tractor pulls each year. He was a member of AA, sober 33 years, and was a mentor to many others in the program.
His hobbies included: hunting, fishing, cutting wood, maple sugaring, and helping all of his neighbors. He helped local farmers, loved to socialize, and enjoyed going out to eat at Bob's Quick Stop and other locations.
He is survived by his wife Annette Roberts of Conway, South Carolina, by his children: Joshua McCargar and his fiancé Linsay Wells of Barton,Vermont, and Amanda Garcia and her husband Carlos of Conway, South Carolina. He was "Papop" to five grandchildren: Christina, Gavin, Kharlee, Tucker and Leah. Gilles was also survived by his father Euclide Roberts of Westfield, Vermont, and by his siblings: Rene Roberts and his wife Connie of East Albany, Vermont, Andre Roberts and his wife Diane of Troy, Vermont, Dennis Roberts of Weare, NH, Diane Royer and her husband Steve of Irasburg, Vermont, Carole Hodgdon and her husband Paul of Craftsbury, Vermont. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and the Poirier family. He was predeceased by his mother Jeannine Roberts in 2002, by his brother Michael Roberts in 1994, and his sister-in-law, Sue Fogle in January of this year.
Friends may call from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday October 2, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, Vermont. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 3, 2015 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Barton with the Rev. Timothy Naples celebrating a mass of Christian burial. A potluck celebration of life will take place at 2:00 p.m.on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Irasburg Town Hall. Interment will be for family at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair Association, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton, VT 05822.
, 72, of Island Pond, Vermont passed away suddenly on November 2, 2015 at her home. She was born on April 30, 1943 in Rockville Center, NY to Joaquin and Isabelle (Brumley) De Ibero. Jacquelyn was very active with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Brighton Snowmobile Club, and volunteered for 25 years as an aid for the Moriches, NY nursery school. She loved spending time with her grandchildren at the Lake and she enjoyed snowmobiling and being in the outdoors.
She is survived by her husband: Frederick Roese of Island Pond, VT, by her children: Michael Roese of Manorville, NY, John Roese and his wife Karen of East Moriches, NY, Barbara Gastarik and her husband Robert of Manorville, NY, and by her grandchildren: Andrew, Jennifer, Richard, and Rachel. She is also survived by her sister Ann Jones and her husband Bill of Port Saint Lucie, FL, one niece and two nephews. She was predeceased by a brother.
Friends may call from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. and 6:00 -8:00 p.m. on Saturday November 7, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport followed by a service at 8:00 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice .
Hyde Park - Lawrence Burton "Peanut" Royer
went home to be with his Lord after a long battle with cancer surrounded by his loved ones. He passed at home on October 5, 2016 at the age of 69.
Larry is survived by his mother, Norine Bishop Royer of Coventry, VT; his loving wife, Heidi Beaton Royer; his children, Bethany Royer of Johnson; Lorin Royer of Eden Mills; and Zeke Royer and girlfriend, Rayghen Fitzgerald; his grandchildren, Jayden Elkins-Royer, Shane Royer, Mercedes Royer-Adams and Natalie Royer; also Samantha Royer. his siblings, Sandy Poutre and Phil Poutre of Coventry; Ken and Claire Royer of North Carolina; Bev and Ken Hall of Irasburg; Theresa and Bruno Perrault of Newport Center and Maryanne Royer and her partner, Roy Barry of Coventry. His in-laws, Hazel Morley of Orleans; Robin Beaton of Brownington and Vickie and David Obomsawin of Orleans Vermont. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Berton Royer and brothers, Jared Whitcomb and James Leon Royer.
Larry was born in Irasburg, Vermont on January 4, 1947. He was the son of Berton and Norine Royer. One of seven children, Larry was in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. He proudly served in the Vietnam War and heroically paid the price. He was a dedicated earth construction supervisor for many different companies over his life. Larry loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. He truly enjoyed this time spent with his family by his side. One of his joys was sharing time deer hunting with the Royer boys at the family hunting grounds. He loved to golf and had been a member of Copley Country Club for over 30 years. His greatest accomplishment was providing a loving homestead in Hyde Park for the last 38 years for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He could be seen on the sidelines of many of his children and grandchildren's games. In the words of his grandson, Jayden Elkins-Royer, "He was a warrior and a real man that loved his family, he would put himself before anyone and sacrifice anything for the ones he loved. He was kind, gentle, but also hard as nails." He will be dearly missed by all.
Timothy, Chapter 4, Verse 7. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course I have kept the faith."
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Beginning Miracle Fellowship in Morrisville.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661 or Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.
, 55, of Newport, Vermont passed away peacefully on August 2, 2016 in Newport, VT. He was born on February 14, 1961 in Newport to Norman, Sr and Eleanor (Hamelin) Sargent.
Steven is survived by his daughter Jessica Sargent, and by his sisters and brothers: Valerie Sargent, Deborah Hamelin, Kathryn Hall, Norman Sargent, Jr, Richard Sargent and Kevin Sargent. He is also survived by his care giver Chantel Ely. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed going for rides, sitting in the sun, and playing music with old spoons. He was loved by everyone that he came in contact with.
He was predeceased by his parents Norman and Eleanor Sargent, by his niece Jennifer, by his brother-in-law Dean and sister-in-law Bonnie.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday August 6, 2016 at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
, 90, of East Barre Road passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born in Saint Roch d'Orford, Quebec on August 30, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Berard) Lafontaine. She was raised in Rock Forest, Quebec where she attended schools.
On July 20, 1953 she married Marcel Sicard in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newport, VT. She was a homemaker during the time her children were growing up.
She resided in Beebe Plains, Vermont where she was employed at Bogner's in Newport, VT from 1973 to 1984. Upon her retirement in 1984, she moved to Newport, VT. After her husband passed away, she then made her home with her daughter, Jeannette Therrien in Barre, VT.
Among her interests were quilting, knitting, word search, traveling to Florida and Arizona and spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newport, VT and St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre.
Survivors include her daughters, Jeannette (Gilles) Therrien of Barre Town; Diane (Bob) McDowell of Peoria, AZ; Susan (Tim) McGough of Scottsdale, AZ; Cecile (Marc) Griswold of New River, AZ. She is also survived by her sisters, Jeanne Darc Audet of St. Jean, Quebec; Marthe Lafontaine of St. Pie, Que.; brother, Jacques Lafontiane of St. Hubert, Que. as well as 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by one brother, Gerard Lafontaine and one sister, Rita Provincial.
The family would like to take this time to thank the Woodridge Nursing Home for their excellent care and compassion.
A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.
, 50, of Newport, VT passed away suddenly on May 15, 2016 in Newport. He was born on April 1,1966 in Newport to Linda (Griffin) Simoneau and the late Edward Simoneau. Timothy was a loving and nurturing father and husband. He was a correction service specialist for the Vermont Department of Corrections. He was a coach for the Special Olympics of VT. He was very active in the community, he was a coach for wrestling, football youth and junior and senior high school. His hobbies included gardening, reading, fishing, being with his children, playing football and hunting. He is survived by his wife Tammy (Hetrick) Simoneau of Campo, CA, by his children: Samantha Simoneau, Korrie Simoneau, Morgan Simoneau and his fiance Katelyn Bowen, Riley Simoneau, Madison Simoneau, Jayden Simonean and Landon Simoneau all of Newport, VT, by his granddaughter Penelope Longe of Newport, Vt, his sister Michele and her husband Joe Hall and Dainne and her husband Mike Pettengill of Newport, Vt, three nieces: Katelyn, Gwen, and Abigail and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 3-6 pm at the gateway center in Newport, Vt. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Madison Simoneau's Make-A-Wish fund to allow her family to finish her Make-A-Wish therapy pool house project. C/O Tammy Simoneau 108 Clyde St. Newport, VT, 05855. The Children's Hospital Boston, Att: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115, and the Vermont Association for the blind and visually impaired, 62 Kimball Ave S. Burlington, VT, 05403.
was born on April 17, 1926 in Tunapuna, Trinidad, the West Indies. She was the youngest of four children born to Lavinia Joseph Marshall and James Marshall, a merchant marine. Her siblings – Hubert, Pearl and Rodger -- pre deceased her.
In 1934 Her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn. Ivy attended Girls Commercial High School and upon graduating obtained a position with the New York Telephone Company.
Ivy met and married Mustapha Dabiri, a Nigerian engineering student. There were three children born of their union - Michael (deceased), Gloria and Richard (deceased).
After the couple separated, Ivy enrolled in evening classes at Hunter College, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and in the 1960's taught secretarial science at Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn. She thereafter obtained a Master's Degree in Education from Hunter College and joined the faculty of New York City Technical Collage as an Associate Professor in the Commercial Studies Department. As faculty adviser to the department's alumni association Ivy was instrumental in developing career enhancement training and employment opportunities for the department's graduates. She was loved and admired by her students who affectionately called her "Professor D". Ivy was overjoyed when several of her former student attended her 90th Birthday celebration in April,
In 1987 Ivy married George Sinclair, a jazz musician and technician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The couple soon retired and relocated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where Ivy devoted her time to producing television shows for a local TV station, C3TV (Cape Cod Community Television), organizing and promoting jazz concerts, and accompanying George to his performances.
Following George's death and after suffering a stroke, Ivy moved to Vermont to live with her son Richard. She enjoyed walking along Lake Willoughby and spending time with her family and friends. Ivy passed away in Vermont in August of 2016.
Ivy leaves to morn her, her daughter Gloria, granddaughters Atinuke and Oluwakemi; cousin Irving; nieces Malinda, Sharon and Rosline; nephews Kevin, Bryan and Christopher; foster sisters Elizabeth, Cecilia,Lorraine , Zakia, Kathyand Mary Jane, and a host of adoring students and friends.
of lyndonville, Vermont passed away peacefully at the age of 63, on August 19, 2016. Marion was born and raised in Newport, Vt. on October 21, 1952, to the parents John C. Hinman and Marion Alma (Wallace) Hinman.
Marion and Robert (Bob) Souliere married on September 29, 1973. They lived in various places before they settled in lyndonville in February 1982, where they raised their three beautiful children, enjoying life to the fullest.
Marion took much pride in being a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was always involved and attending her children's athletic, school or social events throughout all her years and definitely was their #1 fan. Marion always supported her husband in his professional career and all of his coaching positions throughout the years. She truly took so much pride and joy in her family, they meant everything to her. Hosting family holidays was so special to her. Her passion and commitment as a mother and grandmother continued on as she supported her 7 grandchildren in their daily lives and events.
Marion also had here own business for many years, Wholesome Health. She loved taking care of people. Marion was a social, active woman deeply involved in many activities. She enjoyed social gatherings with her family and friends, knitting (many, many gifts to many people), golfing and collecting various types of antiques.
Marion and Bob purchased a second home in The Villages, Fl. in 2008. It was there she rediscovered her passion for billiards. She participated in many leagues and was recruited to join several elite teams. She loved her time in The Villages, where she made some amazing friends, loved entertaining and enjoyed many activities offered there.
Marion is survived by her husband, Bob of Lyndonville, Vt; her son and daughter·in-law Josh and Stacy Souliere of South Ryegate, Vt; her daughter and son-in-Jaw Jacinta and Greg Jones of Sagamore Beach, Ma; her daughter and son-in-law Julia and Brandon Thrailkill of Lyndonvile, Vt; her 7 loving grandchildren Lilly Jones, Kelsie Jones, Grant Jones, Julian Thrailkill, Grady Souliere, Elena Souliere and Drake Thrailkill; her sister Alta Jenness and husband Ed of Derby Line, Vt; her sister Wenda Aceto and husband Richie of Herndon, Va; her brother Tim Hinman and wife Debbie of North Derby, Vt; her sister Margaret Maxwell and husband Stewart of Coventry, Vt; her mother-in-law Lillian Souliere of Dover, Nh; her sister-in-law Denise Souliere of Dover, Nh; her sister-in-law Lynn Neal and husband Scott of Monmouth, Me; her sister-in-law Faith Robinson and husband Jeff of Riverview, Fl; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, John Carlton Hinman and mother, Marion Alma Hinman, of Newport, Vt.
Marion will always be remembered by her bright blue eyes, her charismatic smile that would light up any room and her loving and caring heart. Her family and friends will always remember her as a friendly, welcomin& loving person who everyone loved and respected. We will truly miss her, very much!
A funeral mass service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on September 17, 2016 at St Elizabeth Catholic Church in lyndonville. A burial will follow at lyndon Center Cemetery. Then a Celebration of Marion's life will follow at Burke Mountain Resort Hotel.
Should you desire to make a donation please consider a fund that was organized for Marion by her friends in The Villages. Also, there will be a Celebration of Marion's life in The Villages, Fl. at a later date.
, 80, of Derby, VT, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2016 in Newport, VT. She was born on November 2, 1935 in Thetford Mine, Que to Philemon and Yvette (Rodrique) Paquet. On July 12, 1958 she married Marcel St. Onge who survives him.
Annette was a former member of the Newport Country Club, and the Rocky Ridge Country Club in Hinesburg, VT. She was an avid sports person playing squash, tennis racquetball, and she was very competitive.
She is survived by her husband Marcel St. Onge of Derby, VT, by her children: Donald St. Onge of Shelburne, VT, Michel St. Onge and his wife Beverly of Hinesburg, VT, and Richard St. Onge and his wife Ann of Underhill, VT. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joshua St. Onge and his wife Ali, Kimberly Cherrier and her husband Eddie, April Andreasen and her husband Nick, Dakota Siple and her companion Chip Tinker, Jeana St. Onge and her companion Eric Kingsbury and Eliza St. Onge, 7 great grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
Services will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association , 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495, or to the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree St, NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
, most beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend, died peacefully at his home in East Charleston on Friday, July 15, 2016, in the company of his loving family. He fought a courageous battle for the past years with a cruel and rare neurological disease, Multiple Systems Atrophy. In spite of the challenges he faced, he never lost his smile or his ability to make others smile.
Born in Moorestown, New Jersey November 23, 1948, to Joseph S. and Constance Stevens, he found his home in East Charleston in the early 1970's. Settling on Echo Lake, he created his homestead and lived a contented and active life. There he raised his family, ran a B&B for many years, planted and maintained an ornamental tree nursery, tended his prolific garden and cultivated his friendships. Eric was an avid trout fisherman and steward of Echo Lake and the surrounding Clyde River watershed. He volunteered to raise trout at the Morgan fish hatchery for over a decade, supporting the efforts of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group. Eric also lived to ride his bicycle, clocking miles and miles as he traversed the highways and backroads of Orleans and Essex counties with his best buddies. With the change of seasons, he'd get out on his backcountry skis, trekking where few would ever think to venture on foot much less skis or snowshoes.
He is best known by many around the North Country for all the years he played lead guitar in rock'n roll bands- the Shuffle Band, Commotions, and BTU's most famously. Many among us have fantastic memories of gigs at the Osborne Hotel, Gantre's, the Valley House hotel in Orleans and many other venues. He also played a mean banjo in his early days, acoustic guitar and most recently dobro, playing bluegrass and other more eclectic tunes with his friends and family in his kitchen band. Above all, he appreciated technical proficiency, in the musicians he admired and in craftsmanship and artistry of all kinds. Eric sought that proficiency in his own musicianship and all else he accomplished.
His countless friends and neighbors, as well as many business and professional acquaintances who became his friends over the years, all will miss his ready smile, his priceless wit and intelligence, his quiet and at times irreverent humor. He was endlessly curious and interested in so many and varied subjects and causes. In his last days, his voracious appetite for reading allowed him to explore the world, beyond his armchair learn of cultures beyond his domain, and continue to meet new people- in fiction and non-fiction- as he so enjoyed doing his whole life long.
His love for his friends, for music and nature and for people from every walk of life was surpassed only by his love for his daughters- Jossamber, and her husband Barnaby Shapiro, of Stowe, and Samantha, and her husband Danny Kinsley, of Winooski- and his wife of thirty-eight years and greatest love, Peggy. He was also the proud and adoring "Poppy" to Jacob and Leila Shapiro and to his third grandchild, Baby Stevens-Kinsley, due in November. He is survived as well by his brother, Joseph W, Stevens, and wife Susan of Haverford, Pennsylvania, by his nephews Joe and Andy and their families, and his "step-son" Moss Jennings, all of California. Special thanks to his medical doctors, the nurses and therapists of Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, and to caregivers Jessica Welch and Jeff Scelza and their daughter Allayna.
Family and all his many friends and neighbors are welcome to gather to celebrate Eric's life on July 23 from 1-4PM at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston. Donations in his memory may be made to Patient Choices Vermont, PO Box 671, Shelburne, VT, 05482/ patientchoices.org or to the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Blair Moulton, CVFD Treasurer, 71 East Echo Lake Rd, West Charleston VT, 05872.
, devoted and faithful husband of Karen, died on January 7, 2016 at North Country Hospital in Newport, Vermont. John sold, appraised and developed real estate. John's avocation was writing books, newspaper and magazine articles and music. He was widely published.
John leaves their son, John Warren Stevens IV, in Washington State, and their daughter Amy Clark Bechtold in Montana. John worked hard and he played hard. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the Spring of 2016.
War Peace Love
Are we Replaced?
Is our personal place refilled?
Genetics-Offspring and theirs?
Will your void be filled by one or many?
Have you influenced just who will fill your void,
Is it a void?
Last poem written by John Warren Stevens lll, December 2015.
, 93 of Newport, VT passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016 in Newport. He was born on April 16, 1923 in Sharon, VT to Harold and Bessie (Tucker) Sumner. On September 15, 1946 he married the former Elsie Lafayette who survives him.
He graduated from Milton High School, Milton, VT, in June of 1941 and then enrolled in the Plattsburg School of Aviation, in Plattsburg, NY. In June of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served with the Second Marine Division in the Pacific Theater until November 1945. John was recalled to serve during the Korean War. He was a rifle range instructor at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
He, Elsie and infant daughter Joanne returned to Milton, VT. He attended and graduated
from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Dairy Manufacturing.
His first employment after graduation was with United Farmers of New England milk plant in Enosburg Falls VT. He then moved to Troy, VT to manage the United Farmers milk plant.
Eventually, United Farmers, Yankee Milk, and Agri Mark all merged with H. P. Hood Company. He was project engineer and plant manager of the dairy manufacturing plants and manager of plant operations for New England and New York for H. P. Hood Company. He was involved in all phases of production from planning an operation, purchasing and installing equipment, hiring personnel, maintaining efficiencies and straightening out problems with labor, equipment failures and quality.
He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Union Lodge F & AM and the IOOF.
He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Newport, VT.
He is survived by his wife Elsie Sumner of Newport, VT, by his children: Joanne Vachon and her husband Serge of Newport, VT, Bill Sumner and his wife Shirley of Derby, VT, and Carol Bushaw of Charlestown, NH. And by 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister in law Jane Lafayette of Milton, VT, His brother in law Paul Mears of Milton, VT, and his brother in law Wayne and wife Norma Lafayette of Milton, VT.
He was predeceased by his infant son in 1948, by his siblings: Elizabeth Sumner, Josephine Briggs and William M. Sumner. By his brother-in-law Douglas Lafayette, brother in law Edward Briggs and his sister-in-law Doris L. Mears.
Friends may call on Friday May 13, 2016 at Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, VT from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Reverend Jane Butterfield and Christine Mosely officiating. Interment will follow at 4:00 P.M. at the Milton Village Cemetery in Milton, VT with full military honors. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, VT 05855 or to the Salvation Army, 250 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
Marilyn (Marni) Elizabeth (Cochran) Surdy
, 85, of Derby, Vermont passed away on July 11, 2016 at her home on Lake Salem. She was born on February 17, 1931 in Derby, Vermont to Ralph and Helen (Crawford) Cochran. She married Dr. Theodore Ernest (Ted) Surdy who predeceased her September 7, 1998.
She graduated from Derby Academy and later received her Bachelor's degree from Boston Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years.
She is survived by her children: Craig Cochran Surdy and his wife Renee Ann, Dr. Theodore Michael (Mickey) Surdy and his wife Nancy, Sandra (Sandie) Ann O'Harrow and her husband Harry, and Dr. James (Jim) Edward Surdy and his wife Kristin, by her grandchildren: Janelle Marie Kandziora and her husband Chris, Craig Ryan Surdy, Theodore Nash Surdy, Taryn Surdy and her husband Ben Kunath, Delaney McConkey and her husband Pat, Cory O'Harrow, Amy Strauser and her husband Scott, Ashly Haugland and her husband Ben, Derek O'Harrow, Jamie Surdy, Marnie Surdy, Connor Surdy, Jordan Cotter and Ashtin Cotter. She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Aiden Kandziora, Mason Kandziora, Asher McConkey, Dryden Strauser, Adison Strauser, Emma Haugland, Emmie Cotter and Beckam Cotter.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.