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, 89, of The Gardens, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born on June 6, 1927 in Barre, she was the daughter of Walter and Blanche (Lafayette) Beams. Betty attended East Montpelier Elementary School, Montpelier High School, and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1945.
In November 1949, Betty married Richard “Red” Acebo in Plainfield. They lived on Bailey Street in Barre. Her husband died June 20, 1997. After his death, she moved to The Gardens in Williamstown. Betty was a homemaker and a stay at home mother raising her son, Charles, and daughter, Vickie. After her children were grown, she worked in the office at Bond Auto Parts and later in the office at the National Life Insurance Company retiring from there in 1990. She was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her son, Charles “Chuck” Acebo and his life partner, Karen Gordon and her daughter, Vickie Acebo-Carns and her husband, Dan; her grandchildren, Tanner Acebo, Jesse Carns, and Allison Santonelli and her husband, Andy; one great-granddaughter, Callia; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; three brothers, Donald, Robert, and Danny Beams; and two sisters, Loretta Ryan and Sandy Desrochers. Her graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. Following the service, family and friends will gather at The Gardens in Williamstown for a time of fellowship and refreshments. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Williamstown Ambulance, PO Box 646, Williamstown, VT 05679 or to the Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 79, of Nuissl Road, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family. He was born on July 24, 1937 in Hanover, NH and died July 26, 2016 at home in Barre Town after celebrating his 79th birthday with family on Sunday. His parents were Scott Harley Ackerman and Flora Belle Gray and he was the eldest of 5 sons.
He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1955. In 1958 he married Lois Whipple; they later divorced and from that union they had 2 children: Scott and Shelley. On February 18, 1977 Dale married Sandra J. Langevin and they made their home in Barre Town for their entire marriage. At that time Dale became stepfather to Lisa and Scott Langevin. Dale's early employment was as a driver for Washington Creamery in South Barre. Dale then worked as a wholesale driver for Booth Brothers Dairy in Barre for over 25 years. In 1978, Dale began his own property maintenance business which he maintained until 2015. Dale liked to travel, go hunting with family, and spend time at camp. He was always helping family and friends with their projects and loved to work as much as he loved his family. Dale entered the U.S. Army in 1956 into the Army Artillery, was deployed to Germany and was honorably discharged in 1958. Dale was baptized Presbyterian and then in October 2015 converted to Catholicism and was a member of St. Edwards Church in Williamstown. Dale was a member of the Jaycees and was awarded the distinguished service award, the outstanding Jaycee award and was a lifetime member of Jaycee I Senate, and served several positions in the Jaycees. He was a lifetime member of the Barre Elks Club and Barre Canadian Club. Dale was involved with local youth sports organizations including Little League baseball, flag football and was a coach for several years. In addition, Dale was instrumental in constructing Playground 2000 along with his lifetime friend Donnie Tarbox. Dale is survived by his wife, Sandra Ackerman of Barre Town, his children: Scott Ackerman and wife Therese of Barre Town, Shelley Matz and husband Joe of Barre Town, Lisa Langevin of Santa Cruz, CA, and Scott Langevin and partner Vicki of Barre City.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Amanda Ackerman Peyerl and spouse Mike Peyerl of Williamstown, Elliott Ackerman of Barre Town, and Margaret Ackerman and partner Jamison Micheli of Farmington, Maine; Tony Matz and partner Alyssa Barnett of Barre City and Ethan Matz of Barre Town; Isabella Romeo of Santa Cruz, CA; Samantha Langevin and partner Nathan Hammer of Bristol, Micaela Langevin and partner Derrick Whitney of Oklahoma City, OK, David Langevin of Barre City; Alyssa Langevin Pratt and spouse Mike Pratt of Barre City; Kendyl Langevin and partner Dylan Mason of Barre City, Jaryd Langevin of Montpelier, Carter, Adam and Kaydee Langevin all at home in Barre City. As well as great-grandchildren: Aliviana Pratt and Macklin Pratt; Brynn Mason; and Matson Romeo, and survived by his brother Bill Ackerman and his wife Rhoda of Chelsea and several nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by his parents and brothers: Fred Ackerman, Roger Ackerman, and Richard Ackerman and nephews Jeff Ackerman and Rodney Ackerman. Dale’s life will be honored and celebrated with his Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Williamstown. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Randolph Center. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486 or the children's charity of your choice.
, living on Prechtl Road for the last 26 years, died March 4th at home after a 1 ½ year battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Karen was born on Long Island in May of 1952 to parents Margaret Hesterann Sheppard and Philip Austin Graves. She graduated high school in Wantagh, LI, NY and later graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1975 with a B.S. in Nutrition. In 1981, she married Clark Agnew Jr of Port Jefferson Station, NY, where they lived until 1989. They then moved to Vermont with their three children and settled in Orange. In the first years of marriage Karen worked as an office manager for Allstate Insurance on Long Island. After homeschooling three children to grade 12 she worked for the State of Vermont as a Homestudy Consultant. In November of last year, she was forced to retire because of her illness. She has been an avid gardener and active in the Websterville Baptist Church during her years here in Vermont. She is survived by her husband Clark, daughters Aislinn Bowles and Elsbeth Elisha, son Clark Philip Agnew and sisters Sandra Smith, Terrill Tom, and Robin Hoagland as well as four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00am at the Websterville Baptist Church in Websterville, with Reverend William Wick and Reverend Brian Fecher officiating. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made if desired to: Websterville Baptist Church, P.O Box 68, Websterville, VT 05678 or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. Her church and the home health care program made this unbearable journey bearable. Her family rests now in the hope that she is eternally safe in her Savior’s embrace.
, 80, of East Road, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born on August 29, 1935 in Manchester, NH, she was the daughter of Bernard and Gladys (Chance) O’Rourke. She attended elementary school in Arlington, MA and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in the Boston Area. Judy was first married to Neil Burns in Arlington. While in the Boston area, she worked for an insurance company. Moving to Vermont, they made their home in Barre and later divorced. On November 9, 1974, Judy married Conrad H. Aldrighetti in Barre Town and together they made their home in Berlin.
She worked as a teller for Merchants Bank for many years. Later, she worked for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice until her retirement.
Judy was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre and in earlier years, she taught Sunday school. She especially enjoyed visiting family and friends. In addition to her husband, Conrad, she is survived by her stepchildren, Donna Aldrighetti of Barre, David Aldrighetti and his wife, Danell of Bethel, Diane Cousino and her husband Scott of Ferrisburgh, and Timothy Aldrighetti and his wife Kim of Bethel; her grandchildren, Derek Aldrighetti of Bethel, William Aldrighetti of Rochester, Demi Aldrighetti of Bethel, Tim Aldrighetti of Bethel, Megan Cousino of Middlebury, Amanda Cousino of Burlington, and Michela Smith of Barre; her great grandchildren, Piper Aldrighetti and Elle Aldrighetti; her siblings, BJ Hawkes and his wife, Alicia of Jackson, NH, Jack Hawkes and his wife, Jacqueline of Springfield, OH, Kathleen Daopalo and her husband, Leonard of Palm Springs, CA, Barbara Sullivan and her husband, Gerald of Falmouth, MA, Maryann Hawkes of Watertown, MA; a brother-in-law, Louis “Junior” Aldrighetti of Barre; and sisters-in-law, Ruth O’Rourke of Abington, MA and Joan Parks of Pennsylvania; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; Margaret and John Hawkes who raised Judy; her sister, Beverly Bjorkman; her brother, Francis O’Rourke; and her brother-in-law, William Bjorkman. A graveside service will be held in the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the spring. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 62, of Camp Street, died peacefully at his home on December 26, 2016, with his loving wife and children at his bedside. If anyone witnessed the breathtaking sunrise that morning, it was Paul’s way of telling his family he had arrived safely in God’s hands.
Born April 4, 1954 in Barre City, he was the son of Robert and Silvia (Watkins) Allen. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1972 and attended Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. On July 27, 1974, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Helen Lajeunesse, and they lived together in Barre Town. Paul started his career in 1968 at the family business, Allen Lumber Co. Working alongside his four brothers, Gary, Burnie, Tom and Steven, he took great pride in the community and being able to continue the family business more than one hundred years later. Paul’s memberships included the Barre Universalist Church, Country Club of Barre, and the Mt. Sinai Shrine Temple #3 of Montpelier. He served on the Washington County Railroad and the Barre Area Development Boards.
Paul loved spending time in his garage with family and friends, Thursday afternoons at the Country Club of Barre, summer time with the family at Partridge Lake in Littleton, NH, and special times with his four grandchildren. In addition to his wife Helen, he is survived by his three children and their spouses, Bob Allen of Vail, CO, Mark and Brianne Allen of Needham, MA, Catherine (Allen) and Todd Quinn of Blairstown, NJ, his four grandchildren, Elsie, Emily, Avery and Sawyer, and his aunt Betty Reid of Barre.
Paul fought a courageous battle against an aggressive cancer diagnosis. When he was told of his short life expectancy, he continued to approach life as he always had, with a positive outlook, strong work ethic, and a love and devotion to his family.
Upon Paul’s request, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Barre Universalist Church on Friday December 30th at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to be sent to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P.O. Box 459 South Hero, VT 05486. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is a summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer, an organization that was very dear to Paul’s heart.
, 91, recently of Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 25, 2016, at Central Vermont Medical Center.
Born in Grasse, France, on April 30, 1925, she was the daughter of Georges H. Marchand and Marthe (Wattier) Marchand. She married Joseph Angell, Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia, on April 5, 1947 and made her home in Wilmington, Delaware after her marriage.
Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Angell Sholk and her husband, Alan, of Barre, Vermont; her son, Steven Robert Angell and his wife, Kathleen Magerr of West Chester, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Jacqueline (Marchand) Sastre of Marseille, France, and Mireille (Marchand) Gabert of Grasse, France. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Eric Sholk of Sudbury, Massachusetts; Lisa Sholk of Waterbury, Vermont; Amy (Sholk) Traverse of Underhill, Vermont; Matthew Angell of Wilmington, North Carolina; Natalie (Angell) Garrison of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Maria Angell of Wilmington, North Carolina. She also is survived by nieces, nephews, and five great-grandsons.
A celebration of her life will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, at a later date. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mayo Healthcare, 610 Water Street, Northfield, VT 05663, or to a charity of your choice.
, 90, a lifelong resident of Middlesex, Montpelier, and Northfield, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away at home early morning Monday, September 12, 2016. She died as peacefully as she lived, surrounded by family, friends, and caregivers.
Martha was born in Waterbury on January 11, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Gertrude (Edwards) Johnson.
She was a graduate of Waterbury High School and an employee of the National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier. Martha married Philip Anthony in 1948 and their time together lasted 67 years.
Martha worked over 30 years as an executive secretary with National Life Insurance Company. Following her retirement, she was active with knitting, cribbage, crafts, and traveling. Martha enjoyed bowling, Waterbury Senior Citizens, Red Hats Society, and volunteer work at Central Vermont Medical Center with her sister, the late Mary Hunter. Martha always could get those word searches, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles completed quickly. Her sons continually asked her for catchy sayings, lines, and verses for poems or other projects. Martha should have been in the greeting card business as her quick wit and fun sayings fit every occasion perfectly.
Survivors include her children James Anthony (Jim) of Gray, TN and Peter Anthony (Pete) of Puyallup, WA; five grandchildren, Melinda Anthony (Mindy), Alicia Anthony, Dan Anthony, Brandi Anthony, and Lindsey Evans; four great-grandchildren, Tucker Anthony, Kurstin Anthony, Haley Anthony, and Autumn Algoe; as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family. She is also survived by a wide circle of special friends, neighbors, and pets.
She is predeceased by her cherished husband Philip Anthony of 67 years who passed away only 15 hours earlier the previous day; as well as her cherished sisters Arabella Slack, Ivis Hickory, and Mary Hunter and brothers Dean Johnson and Carol Johnson.
A celebration of Martha’s life will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Canadian Club in Barre.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 88, a lifelong resident of Middlesex, Montpelier, and Northfield, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin at high noon on Sunday, September 11, 2016. He died as peacefully as he lived, surrounded by family, friends, and caregivers.
Phil was born in Barre on December 2, 1927, he was the son of the late Leo and Myrtle Anthony.
After serving 4 years in the U.S. Navy, he was employed as a heating and air conditioning supervisor at National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier. Phil also was employed as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and held the office of High Bailiff until retiring in 2014. He married Martha Anthony in 1948 and their time together lasted 67 years.
Phil was always active. Anything that needed fixing around the house, cars, etc., he would do it. Phil could always be found around town helping others out with anything needing repair. He was always there to visit friends and lend a helping hand. All the dogs along his path knew when he was around and waited patiently for biscuits and when he visited the dog at the flower shop, he purchased flowers for Martha. Phil also enjoyed a good game of cribbage, hunting, fishing, old western movies, and the company of friends; both people and pets.
Survivors include his children James Anthony (Jim) of Gray, TN and Peter Anthony (Pete) of Puyallup, WA; five grandchildren, Melinda Anthony (Mindy), Alicia Anthony, Dan Anthony, Brandi Anthony, and Lindsey Evans; four great-grandchildren, Tucker Anthony, Kurstin Anthony, Haley Anthony, and Autumn Algoe; as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family. He is also survived by a wide circle of special friends, neighbors, and pets. After spending over 3 years totally dedicated to the care of his cherished wife, Martha Anthony, Phil passed away only 15 hours before her passing.
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Canadian Club in Barre.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, c/o Vermont Sheriff’s Association, 10 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
SOUTH BARRE – Arnold “Art” G. Bashaw, Sr.
, 74, of South Barre Rd., passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Brenda, in heaven.
Art was born on February 23, 1942 in Walpole, NH. From there he lived his childhood in Putney, VT. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Navy. He was part of the 7th fleet where he was a cook on board the USS Hancock, the last wooden deck carrier in the fleet. Art was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
After leaving the Navy, he moved back to Montpelier where he was introduced to a lady, Brenda Adams, who he later married on August 21, 1965 in East Montpelier. He was introduced to Brenda by her mother. Although he went by “Art” Brenda didn’t know his first name was Arnold, as she thought it was Arthur. Brenda passed away May 1, 2014.
Art was an avid reader, a huge Boston Red Sox fan, a collector of antiques, and enjoyed dancing.
He leaves behind two loving sons, Arnold “Gregg” Bashaw Jr., of South Barre, Eric Bashaw and his wife Brandy of Brookfield, VT, and his daughter, Kellie Graff of California. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Raikel, Trey, Kelsie, Desirae, Austin, Riley, Maddox, and Sarah; and two great grandchildren, Mikaella and Lila. He was predeceased by his wife Brenda Bashaw, his brother Raymond Bashaw, and his sister Helen Commons.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
, 7, of Barre, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. Drew suffered from severe, life threatening, complications from a bone marrow transplant he received in May, 2014 to treat a pediatric form of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), which is a genetic blood disorder. Drew had fought a courageous and inspiring battle with his illness that had people from his community, to all the way around the world, supporting him. His loving family was with him at his bedside at the time of his passing.
Born on January 14, 2009 at the Gifford Hospital in Randolph, he was the son of Josh and Marie (Gordon) Bernier. He was baptized at the Barre Congregational Church. Drew attended Kindergarten at Barre City Elementary School and pre-school at The Golden Apple Preschool and Learning Center. Drew adored school and had a special bond with each of his teachers.
Drew was a, caring, funny, outgoing, and friendly seven year old boy who loved exploring and learning all about the world around him. . He loved cooking and organizing with his mom, playing with trucks, going to mud bogs with his dad, working on his dad’s mud truck, scouting for deer, and golfing with his dad. Though his activities became restricted during his illness, he was perfectly happy spending quality time with his mom and dad and hanging out with his friends when he could.. He also loved creating sand art, building legos, acting like the real super hero that he was, and watching his favorite shows on TV, such as cartoons, Swap People, Gold Rush, and Ax Men. He especially loved being a big brother to Sophia, and she loved him from the very first time she laid eyes on him. As his parents, we are very comforted by knowing that Drew will always be there to look over his baby sister. While much of Drew’s time during the last two years of his life was spent at Boston Children’s Hospital, he did not let that bring his infectious spirit down. The hospital became our home and Drew formed such strong bonds with many of the nurses, doctors and staff at 6 West while they were treating him. They joked that Drew was “The Mayor” of 6 West. We are forever grateful to the dedicated workers at Boston Children’s Hospital. Drew rarely complained or cried about his situation and we believe this was due to all the love and support he received. The strength and courage Drew possessed over the last two years was remarkable and it helped us all remain positive and united as a family. Drew overcame incredible odds and physical challenges time and time again throughout his illness and it has been an absolute privilege to be his parents. His will to survive and winning smile will live in the hearts of many forever.
Drew is survived by his parents, Josh and Marie Bernier and his two-year-old sister, Sophia Bernier of Barre; his grandparents, Karen Gordon and Chuck Acebo of Barre Town, Jim and Sue Bernier of East Barre and Elaine and Ron Duke of Marshfield; one uncle, Mike Bernier of Williamstown; three aunts, Christine Elwell and her husband, Brian, of Northfield, Jenn Bernier of Berlin, and Britney Bernier of East Barre as well as many cousins.
His grandfather, Drew A. Gordon of Barre, predeceased him on July 15, 2001. Marie’s father never had the honor of meeting Drew and Josh and I are comforted by the knowledge that both Drew’s are now together playing fetch with our 10 year-old English Bulldog, Maggie, who passed away last fall.
A Service of Remembrance and celebration of Drew’s life will be held at the Barre Auditorium on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Following the service there will be a candlelight vigil outside the Auditorium and they ask that those who wish to partake could bring a small candle for themselves. The family would also like to ask those in attendance to wear their “Drewstrong” apparel or orange shirt.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Drew Bernier to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284
, 84, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2016 at UVM Medical Center in Burlington in the care and loving company of his family.
Gordon is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Lou (Richard) Booth of Barre, son Michael Booth and wife Jill of New River, AZ, son Mark Booth and wife Donna of Barre, daughter Vicki Gauthier and husband Tim of Barre, daughter Lori Booth-Houle and husband Craig of Cave Creek, AZ, stepdaughter Gina Cross and husband Larry of Franklin, stepson Ken Corey and wife Patti of Franklin, sister Catherine Salvador of Barre and Venice, FL, and sister Pauline Tonnesen and husband Bob of The Villages, FL, as well as ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Wallace G. and Beatrice (Paquet) Booth, sister Lucille, brother Norman Booth and wife Madeline, sister Beverly Fromm and husband Joe, brother Marcel Booth and wife Evelyn , brother-in-law John Salvador, and niece Carol LaRoche.
Gordon embraced a busy and wide-ranging life dedicated to family, profession, and community service. He was born in Barre Town on November 22, 1931, and after graduating from Spaulding High School in Barre with the Class of 1950, he began a long, productive career as a dairy farmer, garnering recognition as Vermont Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1969 and Vermont Dairyman of the Year in 1975.
Gordon was actively involved in many farming, community, and business organizations, including a long tenure with Eastern A.I. Cooperative as a delegate and advisory board member, membership in the Barre Rotary Club, and service on the Boards of Directors of Washington Electric Cooperative (including a ten-year term as its President) and Middlebury Cooperative Fire Insurance. During the course of his life, Gordon also devoted many years to political governance and leadership, serving his local community, county, and state with dedication and passion. He greatly enjoyed working on behalf of his constituents, beginning with his membership on the Barre Town and Washington County Republican Committees. Gordon served on the Barre Town Board of Selectmen from 1968-1977, including three years as its Chairman, and then won election to the Vermont House of Representatives and served there from 1979-1996. During his tenure in the Vermont legislature, he sat on a number of committees, including Resources, Institutions, Fish & Wildlife, and Highway. He also served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee from 1981-1984.
Gordon was a man of boundless energy, and in addition to fulfilling his many professional and community responsibilities, he still found time to pursue a variety of family activities and personal interests. He took great pleasure in his role as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, hosting many family barbecues and holiday gatherings. Gordon took particular delight in entertaining his great-grandchildren with tractor rides and many other farm adventures. He enjoyed caring for his farmland and animals, and every spring, working with his family, he produced maple syrup from the woods on his farm. Gordon also took flying lessons for a time, and he enjoyed traveling with Mary Lou as well, including excursions to Alaska, Florida, the American Southwest, and Washington, DC.
Gordon was a lifelong and devoted member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre.
To honor Gordon’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. However, family and friends are invited to a celebration of Gordon’s life at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 79 Summer Street, Barre. Interment will be at St. Sylvester cemetery in Barre Town, with a reception to follow at the Elks Club, 10 Jefferson Street, Barre.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following: Barre Town Fire Department, Attn: Fire Chief Christopher Violette, P.O. Box 116, Websterville, VT 05678 (write “Gordon Booth” on memo line for family to be notified of your donation); or Wounded Warrior Project.
, 43, of South Barre, Vermont passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2016, at home.
Shane was born in Berlin, Vermont on August 28, 1973. He was the loving son of James “Jim” and Rosemary “Pecor” Breer. He was the younger brother of Todd Breer.
He started school at Berlin Elementary School in Berlin, and graduated from U-32 in Montpelier. Shane attended Johnson State College in Johnson, and Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA. For the last four years he attended Norwich University in Northfield. All this learning was towards becoming an elementary school teacher.
In 1994 Shane was proud to begin serving with the US Army as a scout with Troop G, 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Calvary Regiment in Bosnia and South Korea. Upon his return to the US he volunteered for Honor Guard Detail until his honorable discharge in 1999. Shane was honored by several military awards as well as recent rewards from Vermont and Norwich University. While in the Army he and Mary Everett married and became the parents of a beautiful girl, Cheyenne Ashly Breer. Cheyenne was Shane’s love, his light and his world.
Shane had several places of employment after the Army. He worked for J. & R. Builders, Inc., of Barre. He worked for many years at Carpenter Special Products in El Cajon, CA as a machinist. Upon returning to Vermont he worked at GW Plastics in Randolph, and at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury.
Shane loved the Army and for what it stands for. He loved the New York Yankees. He loved so many other sports. Shane loved to learn the history of the United States and the world.
Survivors include his daughter, Cheyenne Ashly Breer; his parents Jim and Rosemary Breer; his brother Todd Breer and niece Tayler Ann Breer. Step-grandmother, Celia Winters. Shane had many cousins and friends that he loved.
He is predeceased by his Grandfather, Wilbur Breer Sr.; Grandmother, Helen Peck; Grandmother, Joyce Pecor; Aunts Nancy Agresti and Viola Breer; Uncles Wilbur Jr., John and Scott Breer and Wayne Pecor, and cousin Maria Michaud.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 1:00 pm in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Veterans’ Place.
SOUTH BARRE – Timothy James “Tim” Brick, Sr
., 63, of South Barre Road, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Born July 1, 1953 in Hanover, NH, he was the son of Daniel F. and Gloria (Jenkins) Brick, Sr. Attending schools in Bradford, he graduated from Bradford Academy in 1972.
He married Linda Gomez at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre City where they spent most of their married life. They later divorced.
Tim had been a truck driver for many years, for Allen Lumber Company, Pouliot and Corriveau Trucking Company and Bellavance Trucking Company, retiring because of his health in 2013.
Playing horseshoes, western movies, country music, visiting family and friends and his membership in the National Rifle Association were things he enjoyed.
Survivors include his son Timothy J. Brick, Jr. and his companion Holli Vidal of Barre City; his brother Daniel F. Brick, Jr. and wife, Marie of Bradford; his sisters Faith Nelson and her husband, Kevin of Plymouth, MI and Margaret “Maggie” Dexter and her husband, Donald of Williamstown and step brother David Taylor also of Bradford and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Nancy Brick.
A graveside service to celebrate his life will be held in the Upper Plain Cemetery in Bradford at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours.
, 86, a former South Barre resident, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She had resided at the Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre for the past two years.
Born on November 29, 1929 in Little Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Frank and Rita Grainer. She attended elementary school in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls Central High School.
On June 28, 1952, Lucille married Sheldon L. “Shelly” Bruce in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre. He died on April 7, 2010.
In earlier years, she worked at the former J.J. Newbury Company, the former Sprague Electric Company, both in Barre, and was later employed by the City of Barre as a clerk. She went on to work for the Vermont National Bank until her retirement in 1993.
Lucille took pride in being a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Shawn Bruce and his wife, Jill of Williamstown; three grandchildren, Jaime Bruce and her fiancé, Gary Powers, Michael Bruce, and Adam LaFlamme; four great-grandchildren, Riley, Jaiden, Carsen, and Grayden; her sister, Dorothy Scanlon of Herkimer, NY; and sisters-in-law, Winnie Grainer and Marylou Grainer.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Andrew LaFlamme and eight brothers and sisters.
Her graveside service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Medical Center, Palliative and Spiritual Care, Comfort Room, PO Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.
, 87, of Church Street, passed away peacefully Friday, August 12, 2016, at his home.
Born on October 8, 1928 in East Barre, he was the son of Henry H. and Hazel A. (Smith) Bullis. He attended the East Barre School and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in the class of 1946.
Ray served in the United States Army from November 1950 to November 1952.
On November 26, 1955, Ray married Mary Claire Beaudoin in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Following their marriage, they made their home in East Barre.
In 1954, Ray and his father, Henry purchased the Blake Grocery Store in East Barre which became the Bullis Store. They operated it for thirty-two years. Ray’s brother, Laurence Bullis also helped in the family business. After selling the store, Ray went to work for Philip-Morris for five years until his retirement.
A lifelong East Barre resident, he was assistant fire chief in the East Barre Fire Department for thirty years and a member of the East Barre Congregational Church.
Ray received the Pelkey Award from Barre Town in recognition of his serving on the Barre Town Cemetery Commission for ten years. He was a member of the Canadian Club, the Elks Club, and the American Legion Post 10, all of Barre.
His interests through the years included camping, gardening, motorcycling, and snowmobiling. He also helped family, friends, and neighbors with his snowplow during the winter season.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Claire Bullis of East Barre; his children, Linda Bullis of East Barre, Lee Anne Bullis of Jericho, and Steven Bullis and his companion Trisha Badeau of Barre; six grandchildren, Kimberlee, Justin, Mark, Cindy, Sean, and Matthew; his brother, Laurence Bullis of East Barre; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Catherine “Kitty” Rubalcaba.
A private funeral service will be held in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours. Interment will take place in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville.
Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Ray’s family wishes to thank Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice for their care and friendships provided to him.
, 69, of Depot Street, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on April 7, 1947 in Cambridge, she was the daughter of John and Izetta (Spaulding) Jewett. She attended school in Williamstown where she had always made her home.
In earlier years, Sheila attended the Williamstown Congregational Church. She enjoyed dancing and going for rides. She especially loved her cats, “Harley Bub” and “Baby”.
Survivors include her sons, Robert Byam and his wife, Erica of Websterville and Shawn Byam and his wife, Pam of East Topsham; her grandchildren, Michael, Jessica, Cody, and Tyler Byam; and great-grandchildren, Brianna Byam and Jake Patton; longtime companion, Robert Martin of Williamstown; brother, Dennie Jewett and his wife, Carol of Barre; sisters, Diane Parrott of Barre and Debra Clark of Orange; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her cats, Harley Bub and Baby.
Besides her parents, three brothers predeceased her.
Her funeral service and the celebration of Sheila’s life will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville. There are no calling hours.
85 of Waterman Street “met his Lord Jesus Christ our Savior” on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Woodridge Health and Rehabilitation Center where he had resided for two years. His family was at his bedside.
Born on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1930 in Barre, he was the son of Amelio and Louise (Righini) Calderara. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1948, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Norwich University in 1952, attended Albany Law School in New York and completed many post graduate, military, public service and social policy courses.
On December 27, 1952 he married Muriel Poitras at St. Monica Parish in Barre where they resided and raised their family.
Following his studies at Norwich University, Wayne served 28 years in the Army Reserve, including two years of active duty in Korea as Tank Unit Commander. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve in 1981.
Wayne began his employment in the insurance business and worked for the State of Vermont for many years until his retirement as Federal Program Analyst for the Agency of Human Services.
He was a long-time and active member of St. Monica Parish, a teacher in Christian Doctrine and a past president of the Religious Education Committee
Wayne enjoyed fine dining with a special love of Italian cuisine, the NY Yankees, Norwich hockey, football games, fishing, playing cards, relaxing at Lake Fairlee and at the family camp on Peacham Pond. Some of his most cherished moments were spent attending his nine grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.
He was well-known in central Vermont for his active and varied involvement in civic affairs. He served as a Representative in the Vermont House Legislature, on the Vermont Republican Committee, on the Board of Civil Authority, Head Start, Green Mountain United Way, the Board of Real Estate Appraisers, the Vermont Retired State Employees Association, the Vermont Child Development Office, and as Day Care Program Director.
Wayne was a Corporate Member of the Central Vermont Medical Center. He was active in Barre Community Baseball, Babe Ruth and Little League assisting with the construction of Barre’s baseball fields. He was a Commissioner of the Barre Housing Authority, Barre Neighborhood Housing Services, the Vermont Council of Social Concerns, Vermont Samaritans Inc., the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, The Board of Directors of Spaulding High School and Barre City Ward 5 Parent/Teachers Organization. Wayne will be remembered as an honored recipient of the Annual Barre Community Services Awards Program in 1991.
He is a 50-plus year member of the Mutuo, the Barre Lions Club, Barre Elks Club, the Canadian Club, Barre Post #10 American Legion and the Mackenzie-Webster Post #790 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Wayne is survived by his children Mark Calderara and his wife, Susan; Wayne Calderara, Jr. and his wife, Alison; Beth and her husband, David Johns; Jan and her husband, Pierre Trepanier; Brian Calderara and his wife, JoEllen, all of Vermont. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Jillian and Ross Calderara, Evan, Jordan and her husband, Kevin Miller, and Avery Calderara, Alexandra and Nicky Johns and Jake Trepanier and his wife, Kelsey, and Aslin Trepanier; two cousins Phyllis Finnie and Dorothy Giudici of Connecticut and his special and dear friend Joan Fadden.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Muriel, of almost 50 years who died on February 25, 2002 and his special cousin, Lorraine Beaulieu.
A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church. Burial with full Military Honors will be held at Hope Cemetery following the ceremony. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be sent to Woodridge Resident Activity Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641 or Mackenzie-Webster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #790, PO Box 185, East Barre, VT 05649.
, 72, of Main Street North, passed away Friday, April 8, 2016 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Born on February 3, 1944 in Springfield, MA he was the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Lindsley) Callahan.
David married Elizabeth Walker on June 14, 1969 in Huntington, MA (The best thing he ever did!)
David had several occupations; He worked as a rodeo cowboy, in the copper mines, as the owner and operator of Callahan Cleaners, and was a community activist for Native American rites and Antipsychiatry.
He loved sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, including incarcerated individuals.
He attended several churches including the 7th Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include his son, David Callahan; daughters, Laura Callahan and Jen Hoffert; and others he thought of as sons, Jeff Hoffert, Matthew Hemphill, Running Bear, Malcolm Sawyer, and Torey Meister; his grandchildren, Faith Hemphill, Jenn Caldwell, Grace and Julia Hoffert; his five step-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Jr. and Paul and three sisters, Patricia, Mary, and Susie.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and sister Cathy.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate David’s life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the 7th Day Adventist Church on 297 Vine Street in Berlin.
, 92, of Lincoln House, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on September 17, 1923 in Barre, she was the daughter of Augusto and Lena (Checchi) Brignola. She attended North Barre Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1942.
On November 24, 1945, Angie married Carlos R. Carpenter in the Barre Congregational Church. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre and for many years resided on Cleary Street until moving to the North Barre Manor in 2006. Carlos died on February 14, 2011.
Angie worked for Vermont Probation and Parole as a bookkeeper and secretary, Barre Electric as a bookkeeper, and then as a secretary for an insurance company in Barre. For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s milk route throughout the Barre area until his retirement in 1982.
She was a member of the Barre Congregational Church, the Ruth Chapter OES in Barre, Masonic Camping Group and the National Camping Travelers, past member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the American Legion Post #10 in Barre and the VFW Post #792 in Montpelier.
Angie was an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed playing cards, fishing, reading, doing crossword puzzles, artwork and drawing, and bowling at the Astro Bowl, Twin City Lanes, and Tom’s Alleys. She also enjoyed her time spent at family camps on Curtis Pond and at Greenwood Lake.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Dupuis and her husband, Jacques of Sanford, ME and Janice Aldrich and her husband, Alan of East Montpelier; her grandchildren, Paul and Sherry Dupuis and their children, Cody and Dylan Dupuis; Dr. Marc Dupuis and his wife, Heidi; Liane and Jonathan Penley and their children, Kaylin, Dominic, and Riley; Jason and Ashley Aldrich and their children, Brady and Cameron.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Carlo Mario Brignola, and one sister, Angela Brignola who died in infancy.
Her funeral Service and Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in the Barre Congregational Church. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Barre Congregational Church, Book of Remembrance, 35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 105, a lifelong resident of Barre, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Lincoln House on Hill Street in Barre.
Born December 29, 1910 in Barre, she was the daughter of Eugenio and Eva (Bertoli) Carusi. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in the Class of 1928.
From 1928 to 1948, Iole worked at the C. W. Averill Company in Barre. She went on to work in the law department of National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier, retiring in 1975.
She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Barre where she was on the altar guild and the Episcopal Church’s Women. Her other memberships included the Ruth Chapter 33 OES, the Friends of the Aldrich Library, the former Barre Women’s Club, the Barre Area Senior Center and was an active volunteer in her community.
Iole enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad and was fond of opera and the classics. She took pleasure in reading, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by a nephew, Kenneth Carusi, of Edneyville, NC; three nieces, Constance Hruby of Victorville, CA, Arlene Carusi of Potomac Falls, VA and Wendy Boeglen of Elizabethtown, KY and her cousin, Sandra Collins of Barre, VT. Her siblings, Ugo Carusi, Eugene Carusi, Eda Corsi, and Olga Valli predeceased her.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Barre. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Lincoln House, Resident Activities Fund, 120 Hill Street, Barre, VT 05641.
Her family would like to thank the staff at the Lincoln House for the wonderful care and friendships given to her while she was a resident.
, 88, of Deerfield Drive passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.
Born June 8, 1927, in the Barre City Hospital, he was the son of Charles Chapman and Gertrude (Jennette) Chapman. He attended local schools and graduated from Spaulding High School.
Following his graduation, Alden joined the U.S. Army and served in Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1951. He was first employed by the Granite City Creamery as an ice cream maker, and then with Modern Printing Company, both in Barre, before retiring from the Northlight Studio Press in East Montpelier.
Alden was an antique car enthusiast and enjoyed assembling dye cast models of his favorite antique cars and was a member of the Vermont Antique Automobile Club.
He is survived by his sister, Helen Boyce, of Windsor, and nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Alden was predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Edna Brigham and Rita Codling.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. There are no calling hours.
WEBSTERVILLE - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond Carl Chase Sr.
, age 82, a longtime resident of Websterville, Vermont, on Jan. 7, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Raymond (Mutt) Chase was born in East Barre, Vermont, to Brydon and Gladys (Taplin) Chase. He enlisted in the United States Army at the young age of 17. Ray was a corporal in the U.S. Army with the 40th Infantry Division and served two tours in Korea. Ray was also stationed in Alabama where he met the southern belle who would capture his heart, Ann (Rebel) Bayne. They married April 30, 1955, and celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Ray worked for 40-plus years in the granite industry and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 790 and the American Legion Post 10. Ray was the commander of the VFW Post 790 for four years.
Anybody who knew Mutt would vouch for his love of horseshoes; at his peak he was a force to be reckoned with. He passed his love of the game to his children (even his girls).
His greatest pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (Bayne) Chase, of Websterville, and his children: Donald and Judy (Pelkey) Chase, of East Montpelier, Vermont, Raymond Carl Chase Jr., of East Barre, Vermont, Deborah (Chase) and Randy Smith, of Newport, Vermont, David Chase, of Websterville, Gary and Stephanie (Habbep) Chase, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire; as well as 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Lillian Clark, and a brother, Elwin and Anne Chase.
Ray was predeceased by his daughter, Anita Beauchesne, and several brothers and sisters.
A graveside service and a celebration of his life will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 70, of Falls Bridge Road, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Graniteville.
Born on February 26, 1946 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of Frank Thomas and Dorothy (Clark) Check. He attended elementary school in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School in 1964.
Following graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps in 1964, served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1968.
On February 24, 1973, John married Geraldine Joyce Becker in Milford, CT. They made their home in Milford before moving to Williamstown in 2000.
He was self-employed owning the J.C. Construction Company as a skilled builder and carpenter.
John was a member of the First Congregational Church of Berlin, where he served on the Board of Deacons. His other memberships include, the Harley Davidson Dresser Association, the Masonic Granite Lodge 35 F. &A.M., the American Legion Post 10, both of Barre, and an ATV Club in Vermont.
He enjoyed motorcycling, riding on his ATV, woodworking, working outdoors and especially loved animals.
Besides his wife, Geraldine Check of Williamstown, he is survived by a brother, Frank Check and his wife, Gloria of San Jose, CA; two special friends and buddies, Johnny Bonney of MD and Richie Bonito of CA; two nieces and cousins.
His parents and brother, Robert Francis Check predeceased him.
His graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Veterans Hospital, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009.
, 92, a life-long resident of Barre, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at her home.
Born July 23, 1924, in Barre, she was the daughter of Angelo and Anita (Ferrati) Piro. Angelina attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in the class of 1943. After graduating, she worked for the Granite City Creamery doing office work.
On November 23, 1946, she married Nevio Chioldi at the Barre Congregational Church. Two sons were born of this union, Stephen Chioldi and Dennis Chioldi. Later Angelina became a homemaker to raise her family.
During this time, since she was an experienced seamstress and being at home, she worked on dressmaking and alterations and did bridesmaid and wedding dresses.
In her younger years, Angelina proved she had an artistic talent. In her later years, she tried painting again and was proud to produce many beautiful pictures, which adorn her home.
For many years, she was a member of the Barre Congregational Church and the Barre Area Senior Center, where she made many friends.
Angelina loved to play cards and spent many hours at the Center joining in all the activity and being with her friends.
Survivors include her son, Dennis Chioldi and his wife, Diane of Barre; a daughter-in-law, Ann Chioldi of Phoenixville, PA; four grandchildren John Chioldi, and Brian Chioldi and his wife, Jen all of Barre, Nicholas Chioldi and his wife, Jaime of Graniteville, and Stephanie Gilbert and her husband, Timothy of Manchester, NH; three great-grandchildren Lucy, Maddie and Mason Chioldi; her sister Gloria Johnson of South Barre; her brother Richard Piro of South Barre; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Nevio in 2000, her son Stephen in 2013, her sister-in-law Genevieve Piro, and her brother-in-law Karl Johnson.
The service to celebrate and honor Angelina’s life will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Following the service, interment will take place in Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 96, of Highland Avenue passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester.
Born on January 21, 1920 in Barre, she was the daughter of Rueben and Mildred (Hollister) Hudson. She attended Barre City Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1937.
On August 25, 1949, she married the love of her life Alexander B. Christie in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre.
Rachel worked at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and retired from the Granite Savings Bank after 32 years of service in 1986.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Barre where she sang in the choir, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Barre Unit #10. In her spare time, she enjoyed attending Spaulding High School football games, and Barre Blackhawk hockey games as well as listening to the Spaulding High School band for over 75 years. She also enjoyed camping at York Beach Maine with her family.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra C. Clark, and her husband, Glenn of Star Lake, NY; her sons Charles T. Christie of Berlin, VT and Thomas A. Christie and his wife, Cyndi, of Concord, NH; and “Rawhide” Christie; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother Robert Hudson, and her daughter-in-law Amanda Christie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spaulding High School Band, Spaulding High School, c/o Spaulding High School, 155 Ayers Street, Barre, VT 05641.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at noon on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at 1:00 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre.
, 60, of Highland Avenue, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington.
Brian was born in Barre on August 6, 1956, he was the son of Payson Erton and Dorothy Jean (Wellman) Churchill. He attended Cabot Elementary School and graduated from Cabot High School in 1975.
On June 19, 1981, Brian married Sandra Marie Hale in Cabot. They made their home in Cabot before moving to Barre in 2003. She died November 11, 2012.
He was employed as a heavy equipment mechanic with the Hill Martin Corporation and Tenco for 30 years. In early years, he worked for Lessard Brothers Concrete, Hutch Concrete, and Reynolds and Sons.
In his spare time, Brian liked spending time outdoors. He was an avid hunter and had a keen interest in guns. He enjoyed four-wheeling and snow machining, watching NASCAR, and in earlier years raced at Thunder Road where he later became a pit crew mechanic. Most of all, Brian enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Churchill and her husband, Brandon Kipp of Barre and Amy Churchill and her husband, Mathew Jacques of Barre; his sister, Karen Churchill Dodge and her husband, Warren of Hardwick; his brothers, Jason Churchill and his wife, Stephanie of St. Johnsbury and James Churchill and his wife, Samantha of Cabot; as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by parents. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the Durant Cemetery in Cabot at noon on Monday, October 3, 2016.
, 81, of Barre, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at his home.
Bernard was born on May 10, 1935 at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, the son of Irving G. and Ruth (Maxham) Clark.
He lived in the Shady Rill section of Middlesex until he was nine years old when the family moved to Barre where he attended Lincoln and Mathewson Graded Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in the Class of 1953.
In April of 1956, he joined the United States Army. He took his basic training at Fort Carson, Colorado followed by serving sixteen months in Heilbronn, Germany. While in the service, he toured Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland as well as several German cities. He was discharged in February of 1958. Following his discharge, he worked for the former Flint Lumber Company in Barre for two years. He went on to attend the Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston where he graduated in 1960. After graduation, he worked for Radio Station WSNO for two years as an announcer.
On July 20, 1963, Bernard married Shirley A. Mason of Washington. They made their home in Barre all of their married life. In 1963, he went to work at the Lacillade Lumber Company in Williamstown as a truck driver. He went on to become their shipping dispatcher and in later years worked in sales as a window and door specialist retiring in 1997 after being employed for thirty-four years. Upon his retirement, he worked at Howard’s Market and Hannaford’s Grocery Store in South Barre as a parcel attendant.
Bernie was an avid baseball fan. He was very proud of his baseball and sport card collection. One of the highlights for him occurred on July 20, 1958. It was Vermont Day at Fenway Park in Boston. In the first game of the doubleheader, (yes they did actually play two games for the price of one back then) Jim Bunning of the visiting Detroit Tigers pitched a no-hit, no run game against the home town Red Sox, 3-0. Bernie made many other trips to Boston to watch the Red Sox play as well as trips to see the Montreal Expos, the New York Yankees, the Washington Senators, and the Portland Sea Dogs. Locally, he attended many games of the old Industrial League with his father in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In later years, he became a fan of the Burlington Baseball teams and more recently the Vermont Mountaineers in Montpelier. He made a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a fan of the former Vermont Frost Heaves basketball team.
Bernie loved to travel and attend concerts. Among his most memorable trips were to Branson, MO, the Grand Canyon, and visits to Disney World in Florida. His favorite concerts were gospel music and country music.
He was a follower of television nightly newscasts, both local and national. He enjoyed serving on his class reunion committee and was a life member of the Canadian Club in Barre. Bernie was active in the First Baptist Church of Barre where he sang in the choir, attended the Men’s Fellowship, had served as the church school superintendent, was a church schoolteacher, and had served on the church’s Property Committee. He also had been a volunteer usher at the Barre Opera House.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Shirley Clark of Barre; his two daughters, Karen Rielly and her husband, Patrick of Williamstown and Marilyn Pearson and her husband, Craig of Berlin; two grandsons, Dylan Rielly and Joshua Pearson; a great-granddaughter, Raelynn Rielly; his sister, Lorraine Glidden of Northfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Howard Glidden and Ronald Mason.
A memorial service celebrating and honoring his life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Barre at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Following the service, family and friends are invited to gather in the church’s fellowship hall for a time of sharing and refreshments. Additional parking can be used next door at the Hedding United Methodist Church parking lot.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A private burial will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre at the convenience of his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446 or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 98, Barre, VT 05641.
BARRE CITY - Our father, friend, grandfather, and brother, Aldo A. Coletti
passed from this life on Wednesday July 6, 2016, at his home in Barre with his son by his side. He had battled cancer the last few months of his life.
He was born on January 31, 1942, the son of Edward and Gertrude Howe Coletti, in the city of Barre, Vt. where he lived all of his life. It is with heavy heart that we share with you his life, well lived. Aldo’s high school years were spent at Marion High School and he graduated from Spaulding High School in 1961 as a class officer. During his school years he was well known for his athletic abilities in basketball, baseball and bowling.
Soon after graduation from High School, Aldo married Margaret Gehlbach in January 1963. They later divorced. Three children were born to them, Aldo L. Coletti of Barre, Brian E. Coletti of Norton, VT and Mark A. Coletti of Williamstown, VT. Also surviving are his brothers, Michael Coletti of Barre and Edward Coletti of Florida and his sister, Loretta Coletti of Barre. His three grandchildren, Gabrielle, Emily and Mathew Coletti and his beloved daughter-in-law , Heather who helped with his final care. His parents Edward and Gertrude predeceased him.
Aldo was never very far from sports activities. He coached Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth League for many years. He always included most of the neighborhood boys in the back of his truck for the games. He always told the kids to go play a good and fair game and have fun. It wasn’t all about winning. He was admired for the patience he showed with all the children. He was an avid bowler and was a member of many championship bowling teams. He was the treasurer for the Barre Horseshoe League. He not only played, but ran many of the tournaments for more years than he could remember.
He loved playing cards and spent many hours at the Elk’s Club and the Mutuo and Moose Clubs of which he was a member, enjoying cribbage and pitch games.
Aldo, was a very talented and respected monumental draftsman, first for Giudici Brothers Granite Co. and then with Houle-Giudici Bros Granite Company until his retirement. His drafting skills were sought after not only in Vermont but in several states throughout the US.
After retirement he had more time for golfing and spending time with his grandchildren. They have many stories and memories about Grandpa that they hold close in their hearts. So now we say goodbye to the man who would growl like an old bear but anytime someone needed him, he would show you his big heart of gold. Rest well from a life well lived.
The graveside service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Division of the American Cancer Society, 45 Swift Street, South Burlington, VT 05403 or Northern New England Chapter – NH, ME, VT Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 114 Perimeter Road, Nashua, NH 03063.
, 69, of Poplar Street, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer with her family by her side on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.
Born on September 11, 1946 in Corinth, Vermont, she was the daughter of Clarence and Olis (Claflin) Thurston. She attended local schools and earned her GED.
Zelta worked as a Laundry Attendant for several Laundromats, the most recent being in Waterbury.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to cook family meals.
Zelta is survived by her children; Rhonda Macauley and her husband Edwin of Orange, Annette Hayward of Montpelier, and Nicholas Magoon of Berlin; 4 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; her sisters, Fleeta Thurston, and Sidonie Macrichie, and her brothers, Sid Thurston and Burton Valiant; and several friends. She was predeceased by her brothers, Armon and Bert Thurston, and her daughter Lisa Ann Spooner.
She will be missed by many. There are no services.
, 90, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at her home of 73 years after a brief illness. Raised in Washington, VT, she was the daughter of Fay and Doris (Fielder) Deberville. Gwen attended the Washington Village School and Spaulding High School. On October 9, 1943, she married John Cyr of Orange and together they operated a dairy farm until John’s death in 1981.
Gwen was a member of St. Monica Church in Barre and previously a member of St. Cecilia Church in Washington until its closing in 1999. In earlier years, she enjoyed traveling in her motorhome taking along friends and family. Her grandchildren have many fond memories of trips to the beach with their Gramma. Her home was always open to friends and she loved hosting ceramic painting sessions, turning out countless numbers of porcelain dolls and ceramic items from her basement kiln. Gwen loved people and enjoyed holding barn dances and weddings at the Cyr barn.
She is survived by her children: Carol Davis of Washington, Susanne Cyr of Orange, Ronald Cyr of Barre, Mary Contois and her husband, George of Orange, VT and Desert Hills, AZ. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Marion Ricard and Lois Englehart and two sisters-in-law, Jean Cyr Boucher and Joan Deberville.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Howard Deberville and Robert Deberville and son-in-law Jerry Davis.
A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Following Mass, interment will take place at the Brook Haven Cemetery in Orange. Everyone is then invited to gather at the Cyr barn. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gwen’s memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 88, of Highland Avenue, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston with her family at her bedside.
Born on July 7, 1928, in York, PA, she was the daughter of Donald and Ramona (Holden) Cook. She moved soon thereafter to Passaic, NJ and later moved to Fair Haven, VT to complete her primary education. She graduated from Fair Haven High School in 1945. For one year, she attended Simmons College in Boston but decided health care was for her and attended Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1949.
Joanne met the man of her dreams on a blind date in Burlington and was married in Fair Haven to Sidney Davis in 1951. They continued to live in Burlington for 3 years where she proudly worked at the once Mary Fletcher Hospital as an R.N. Their son, Scott, was born in Burlington.
The family then moved to Florida while her husband, Sid, was serving in the Navy. Their daughter Susyn was born there, and shortly thereafter, they moved to San Diego, CA for one year. They then headed back to Florida while Sid finished out his tour of duty.
She moved with her husband back to Fair Haven, VT where she had grown up as a child, and lived there 7 more years before moving to their latest residence in Berlin, VT.
Joanne worked for the State of Vermont, Department of Water Resources, Head of Real Estate and other temporary positions prior to working for the Wayside for over 10 years. She took great pleasure in greeting customers and befriending her co-workers.
Joanne was a diligent caretaker for her husband Sidney for the last 10 years of his life. He died on March 10, 2014. She always enjoyed bridge and for many years was a willing participant in the family waterskiing and snow skiing escapades.
She was a talented seamstress, knitter and avid reader. She was a dedicated mother and enjoyed hearing of all her grandchildren’s events.
There was a mutual devotion to Joanne’s caretakers for the past two years. Many thanks to Dawn, Kim and Tricia, for going above and beyond in assuring her wellbeing after Sid’s death. And, many thanks to Linda who met Joanne at the Wayside, who introduced Joanne to the joys of being a Red Sox fan, and was a wonderful friend and confidante.
Joanne will be remembered by her son Scott Davis, his wife, Sarah (Grant), their son Tyler and wife, Ashley and son Ben and fiancée, Danielle. As well, she leaves a daughter Susyn and her husband, Denis Dees, and their two sons Colin and Alex.
The committal will take place Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center to be followed by a memorial service to celebrate and honor her life at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601, the Salvation Army, PO Box 375, Barre, VT 05641, or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, age 43, of US Route 2, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Elmer was born in Berlin on July 23, 1972 and grew up in East Montpelier. He attended East Montpelier School and U-32 High School.
While haunted personally by his own inner struggles, he maintained an outward sense of humor, enjoying nothing more than to make others laugh, captivating them with his infectious smile. He had a big heart, loved his family, and often felt his career kept him from spending as much time as he wanted with them. He had the heart of an explorer, with a love of the open road as a long haul truck driver. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, playing golf, and riding his Harley.
He was also a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Barre and a former member of Bikers for Christ while in Florida. Sadly, he never understood how many lives he touched or how deeply he was loved.
Elmer is survived and will be missed by his wife, Lisa DeForge; three children, Michael DeForge, Elmer DeForge, III, and Felicia DeForge; two stepchildren, Nicole Stratton and Logan Jacobs; one grandson, Jackson Scott; and his parents, Elmer and Carol DeForge and Jacqueline and Everett Jones. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Kay Parton, who thought of him as her son; his former wife, Roseanne (Wilson)DeForge, his three sisters, Leslie Searles, Tammy DeForge, and Anne Hewitt; his best friend, Rob Walbridge; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and the rest of his family and friends.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy, 241 Quarry Hill Road, in Barre.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God of Prophecy in Elmer's memory.
, 70, former long-time Barre resident died unexpectedly on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, after a sudden illness, surrounded by his family.
Born October 31, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY, he was the eldest son of the late Paul Joseph and Kathleen Agnes (Duggan) Denton of Rye, NY.
Paul started his early education in Hicksville, Long Island, NY and continued in White Plains, NY, graduating from Arch Bishop Stepinac High School in 1964.
He went on to graduate from St. Michael’s College in Winooski with a degree in Literature and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in Boston, MA in 1970. After graduating from Harvard, Paul joined the United States Air Force serving as a second Lieutenant in the Philippines and in Austin, TX.
Paul always had an affinity for numbers, a strong work ethic and a flare for business. He was employed at several companies over the years, using his finance skills to manage and support local businesses to profit and thrive. Though “retired”, Paul continued to work, his last place of employment was with the St. Johnsbury Paper Company in St. Johnsbury. In the 1980’s, Paul served as Chairman of the local school board in Barre.
He had a fierce loyalty for his family and for what was “right” and brought his own father to live with him on Crystal Lake in Barton until his death in August 2015.
Survivors include his daughters, Bonnie Parry and her partner, Michael Grandbois, Valerie DuBois and Amanda Denton, all of Barre; and the lights of his life, his 5 grandsons, Casey DuBois, Stephen DuBois, Tucker DuBois, Stuart Parry and Wyatt Parry; his sisters, Kathleen Kammerman of Portland, ME, Christine Denton of Tuckahoe, NY and Elizabeth Worsham of Dunedin, FL; and his brother, Stephen Denton, of New Bedford, MA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends whose lives he touched over the years and that he cherished, though the miles separated them. Also, he will be missed dearly by his “magnificent cats” Bert and Ernie.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in the spring. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care for their compassion and dedication in the care of our father.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans County Humane Society, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, VT 05860.
, 92, of Waterman Street, died peacefully Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at his home in East Barre with his wife of seventy-one years by his side.
Born on February 20, 1924 in Topsham, he was one of twelve children to Leander and Anna (Smith) Dexter.
Leo was raised on a farm in Corinth and Topsham where he lived and worked until he met his wife, Marjorie Avery. They married on July 16, 1944. Following their marriage, they made their home in New Hampshire and Vermont moving to East Barre in 1962.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator and then a heavy equipment mechanic for the Hill-Martin Corporation in Barre until his retirement in 1986.
Leo enjoyed camping, gardening and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Dexter of East Barre; his children, Donald Dexter and his wife, Maggie of Williamstown and Florida, Douglas Dexter and his life partner, Alice Sue Jones of Calais, and daughter, Maryann Hebert and her husband, Alan of East Barre; ten grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eunice McLam and Evelyn Moulton; and nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by five brothers, Harold, Martin, King, Leo’s twin, Lewis, and Everett and four sisters, Bernice, Blanche, Cerola, and Freda.
His funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service.
Entombment will be in the Hooker and Whitcomb Vault in Barre to await spring interment in the Brook Haven Cemetery in Orange.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 51, of Brooklyn Street, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on August 15, 1965 in Marshfield, MA, she was the daughter of Steven H. Berry and Evelyn M. King.
Tammy attended elementary and high school in Mansfield, MA. On August 6, 1983, she married David Doucette in Mansfield, MA. After their marriage, they lived in Attleboro, MA, Pawtucket, RI and Cumberland, RI. They separated, but remained friends and in 2003 they moved to Montpelier. In 2006, she moved to Barre.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed cleaning, camping, and spending time with family. Tammy loved going to the ocean, especially the Maine coast, as well as watching soap operas and scary movies.
Survivors include her husband, David, of Montpelier; her daughters Kristen Doucette of Montpelier and Kaley Doucette of Barre; two grandchildren; her father Steven Berry of Wolcott; her brother Kevin Berry of Brunswick, ME; her sister Bonnie Berry of Bath, ME; her brothers Steven Berry and his wife, Shana of Barre and Donald Berry of Barre; her sister Tina McNulty and her husband, Todd of Morrisville; her sister Kristene Ewen and her husband, Roger of Wolcott; her sister Michelle Haggett and her husband, James of Wolcott; her brother Jason Berry of Hyde Park; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is predeceased by her mother Evelyn King and daughter Jessica Doucette.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced. There are no calling hours.
, 88, of Main Street, died in the presence of his loving family in the Palliative Care Unit at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on July 7, 2016.
Born January 20, 1928 in Barre City, he was the son of Henry R. and Evelyn (Putvain) Dufresne. He attended Barre City Schools and Spaulding High School.
He had been married to Nancy Henry and they later divorced.
A veteran of World War II, he served as a Helmsman aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Henry had been employed as an Expediter at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant, which later became the Sprague Electric Company, from 1949 to 1972, retiring because of ill health.
Henry was known as the “Mayor” of Williamstown and the children remember him as the “Candyman”. He enjoyed card and organ playing, the New York Yankees baseball team, dining at the Wayside Restaurant and entertaining his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His memberships included St. Edwards Catholic Church in Williamstown, the Williamstown Jay Cees, the Community Babe Ruth Baseball League and was a former member of the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his daughters; Karla Dufresne Perkins and her husband, John, and Linda Dufresne Floyd all of Williamstown, Tamara Dufresne Lokatys and her husband, Ronald, of Rochester, VT, and Robin Dufresne Miller and her life partner, Daniel Cota, of Washington, VT, and two sons; Henry G. Dufresne Jr. and his wife, Gay, of Las Vegas, NV and John E. Dufresne and his wife, Rose, of Barre City, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Rosemarie Dufresne; his sister, Barbara Corbett; his brother, Paul Dufresne, and his parents.
His life will be honored and celebrated with the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Williamstown.
Interment will follow in Williamstown’s West Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Williamstown Endowment Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 315, Williamstown, VT 05679 or to the Williamstown Food Shelf, 47 Methodist Lane, Williamstown, VT 05679.
, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Central Vermont Medical Center with her loving family at her bedside.
Born in Barre City on July 27, 1937, she was the daughter of Edson and Grace “Wilson” Colby.
Her early years were spent in East Orange. In 1950 the family moved to Barre City so that Phoebe and her brother, James, could attend Spaulding High School, where she graduated in 1956.
On September 15, 1956 she married Albert Dupont, Jr. They made their home on the Colby Farm in Middlesex and had five beautiful children together.
Phoebe loved her cats and working in her garden, but most important to her was being a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and loving sister.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Dupont of Middlesex and Carl Dupont and Linda Moulton of Warren; two daughters, Rose Kidder and her husband, Francis (Fred), of Orange and Vicky Dupont of East Montpelier. She leaves five grandchildren; John and Samantha, Brent and Chelsea, Derrick, Michael and Britney, and Bobbie Jo and Andrew, and nine great-grandchildren; Lydia, Tucker, Kieran, Isabel, Peyton, Michael Jr, Wyatt, Cooper, and Haydin.
She also leaves one brother, James Colby, and his wife, Camilla, of Falls Church, VA, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert and a son, Ned Dupont.
A Fellowship to celebrate Phoebe’s life will be held in the Orange Center Town Hall on February 20th, 2016 at 1-4 p.m.
The graveside and committal services will be held in the Brookhaven Cemetery in Orange at the convenience of the family in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Organization of their choice, in honor of Phoebe.
, 50 of South Barre, died Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born on November 29, 1965 in St. Petersburg, FL, he was the son of Richard and Patricia Ann (Carney) Ekins. Mark graduated from high school in Florida and later attended the University of Vermont.
Mark most recently worked at Poulin Auto in Barre Town. In earlier years, he owned his own car detailing business and worked for area construction companies. He was an avid sports fan, particularly NASCAR racing and football. He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially dogs.
Survivors include his mother, Patricia; brother, Tony and his wife, Tammy and their three children of Williston, Florida; stepbrothers and a stepsister; aunts, uncles, and cousins. His many friends in the Barre area will fondly remember Mark and miss his sense of humor and his companionship.
His memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 94, of Quarry Hill Apartments, passed away with her loving family at her bedside on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Claire was born in Randolph on October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of Eugene and Wilhelmina (Houle) Benoit. She graduated from Spaulding High School in 1940 and served on the Alumni Committee until 2012. On June 16, 1941, she married Herbert Elmer, II at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church in Graniteville. He died November 26, 1997.
She owned and operated Benoit’s Store in Lower Graniteville with her husband from 1958-1969. She later worked at Granite Savings Bank and Simonetta’s Inc.
In her spare time, she volunteered at the Central Vermont Medical Center Gift Shop. She loved family gatherings and being involved and surrounded by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and grand-nieces and nephews. Also, she loved to travel and wintered in Florida for many years.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Sandy Elmer of Mesa, AZ; her son-in-law Doug Compo of Williamstown; her grandchildren Kevin Elmer, Toby Compo and Martin Elmer all of NH, Ken Elmer, and Brynn Pelkey of VT; her great-grandchildren Ryan Compo, Christopher Pelkey, Taisha Pelkey, Nicole Compo, Kaeden, Zachary, and Natalie Elmer. Along with many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, her son Herbert Elmer III in 2011, her daughter Sandra Compo in 2014, her sisters Marie LeFebvre, Jeanette St. James, Rita Adams, Helen Bottaro, Cecile Patterson, and Lucille “Tookie” Roy; her brothers Ernest Benoit, Wilfred Benoit and Albert Benoit.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church in Graniteville. Following the service, interment will take place in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Lower Websterville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church, 217 Church Hill Road, Graniteville, VT 05654, or Woodridge Nursing Home Patient Activity Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
, of Crescent Lane, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born November 3, 1923, in Buchtel, OH, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Jennie (Russell) Calvert and was married to Howard F. Emerson who passed away in 1993.
She was a housewife and was very active in the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre and had belonged to Ruth Chapter #33 OES.
Helen is survived by 2 sons; Thomas Emerson of Mt. Holly, VT and Andy Emerson and his wife, Shelia of Middlesex; 3 grandchildren Christian Emerson and Joshua and Michael Welch and several great grandchildren. Also surviving is Dottie Bockus of Saugus, MA and Robert Emerson of Peabody, MA whom she and Howard raised as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband she was predeceased by her sister Agnes Williams and 4 brothers Edward, William, Charles and Leroy Calvert.
Helen has requested there be no calling hours or funeral service. Inurnment will be made in the Berlin Corner Cemetery at the convenience of her family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital and Burns Institute, Mt. Sinai Shrine Temple #3, PO Box 742, Montpelier, VT 05601-0742.
, 84, of The Gardens on Vermont Route 14, died Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center where she had been a resident for almost 2 years.
Born in Hardwick on July 1, 1931, she was the daughter of Ruth Evelyn Graham, attending elementary school in Calais and was a member of the Hardwick Academy class of 1949.
On March 9, 1949, she married Mervil E. Fair, making their home in South Woodbury.
In earlier years, she was a Clerk in the South Woodbury Post Office. In 1970, she and her husband moved to Barre and she was employed by the Tax Department of the State of Vermont.
Later, she and her husband, Mervil, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stanley and Kay Fair operated the 4-F’s Ceramics in South Barre. Her husband died November 13, 2006.
She enjoyed the family camp in Craftsbury, fishing, puzzles, her children and grandchildren’s sporting events and was a member of the Greater Barre Craft Guild.
Survivors include her 2 sons; Robert C. Fair and his wife Kathy of Woodbury and David Fair and his wife Joann of Rutland; 4 grandchildren Keri Anton, Andrea Bugbee, Lindsay Savage, and Jason Fair as well as eight great grandchildren; Steven and Kathryn Anton, Sam and Andrew Bugbee, Luke and Lucy Savage and Olivia and Vivian Fair and nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Mervil, she was predeceased by her parents and her half-sisters Barbara Tremblay and Beverly Cutler.
Her committal service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.
, 94 years old, a long-time resident of East Montpelier, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2016 at Woodridge Nursing Home, where he had resided for the past four months.
Francis was born on February 20, 1922 in Knowlton, Quebec, Canada, the son of John and Catherine (Reynolds) Farmer. His early years were spent on the farm at the Farmer homestead, and he enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War II, where he obtained the rank of Corporal and saw action throughout Europe.
Following discharge from the army, he migrated to the United States, became a naturalized citizen, and settled in on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier, where he joined his older brother, John, and Ella McKnight in running a dairy operation.
A hard worker and quiet man, he enjoyed working the land, and caring for the large herd of cows. In his spare time during the farm years, he loved going fishing with friends on his boat and snowmobiling. Following John’s death in 1981 and Ella’s in 1982, he bought his current home in East Montpelier. There, always with a green thumb, he spent many hours pursuing his passions of a large vegetable garden, flowers, and apple trees, which he maintained well into his eighties.
He also enjoyed chair caning, furniture making, watching the many birds at the feeders, solitaire, and picture puzzles. Always the cat lover, cats found a warm spot in his lap and a comfy place in his bed at night. His calls of “Here Kitty,” was a signal to Max to follow him to bed each night, followed by a chuckle from Francis.
The Copping’s became a second family to Francis, and he enjoyed spending holidays with them. He loved Joyce’s holiday feasts and homemade jellies, Clayton’s and Jay’s sense of humor and companionship, Lori’s Christmas parties, watching Sam grow, and male companionship with Gary. He loved long car rides, going out to eat, and the multiple trips we took him on; Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, camping, and climbing Owl’s Head at sunset, well into his eighties. He also enjoyed the good company of his friends, Peter and Mary-Ellen Hill. Due to the care and dedication of his live-in caregiver of thirty years, Robin Copping, he was able to remain in his own home until four months ago. A quiet soul, Francis will be missed by all who knew and cared for him.
He was a long-time parishioner of St. Monica’s Church of Barre.
He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers; Harold, Paul, John, and Lawrence “Pat” Farmer, and by three sisters: Mary Rhichard, Eleanor, and Catherine Farmer.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Farmer of Ashley Falls, MA, a niece, Cathy Farmer McCann and her husband Ed, of New Hartford, CT, and a niece and god-daughter, MaryLynn Melaragno and her husband Renzo of Torrington, CT, nephew Michael Farmer and his wife Deborah of Canaan, CT, nephew and god-son, Jimmy Rhichard and his wife Julie of Knowlton, Quebec, and nephew John Rhichard and his wife Helen of Knowlton, Quebec. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.
Per Francis’ wishes, there will be calling hours on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Barre.
CHELSEA - Beth Margaret (Richardson) Farnham
, age 59 of Chelsea, Vermont, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends, on Friday, May 20, 2016, after a brief and incredibly courageous battle with cancer.
Born on September 10, 1956 to Kermit and Margaret (Goulette) Richardson, Beth joined brother, Kim, and sister, Sue. Her brother, Mark, was born the following year. Beth grew up in Orange, Vermont and spent her summers at her family’s camp in Corinth. She attended Orange Center School and Spaulding High School, where she graduated in 1974. She then went on to attend Champlain College.
On September 18, 1976, Beth married the love of her life, best friend, and constant supporter, David Farnham. Together they welcomed daughter, Melinda, in 1978, and son, Brian, in 1981. Beth loved being a wife and mother. She and David supported their children in their education, extra-curricular activities and dreams.
Early in her career, Beth worked as secretary for her father, Kermit, when he was Lecturer for the National Grange and then provided childcare to families in her home. On June 6, 1988, Beth and David purchased the Chelsea Country Store. In 1997, Beth and David were awarded the “Local Storekeeper Award” for outstanding service to the community and excellence in storekeeping, by the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Country Store. In 1998, they were recognized with the “Harold C. Childs Contribution Award,” for their ongoing support for athletics at Chelsea High School. Together they owned and operated the store for 18 years.
After selling the store, Beth began a career providing care to the elderly. At the time of her cancer diagnosis, she was working at Mountain View of Vershire. She took great pride and joy in providing care for the residents.
Spending time with family and friends was the most important part of Beth’s life. She cherished time spent with them and the conversations that they had. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and cooking. Beth was a past member of the Riverside Grange as well as the First Branch Ambulance Service.
She leaves behind David, her best friend and husband of 39 years. An amazing mother, Beth leaves behind her daughter, Melinda, her husband Jeremy, and her son Brian, and his wife, Amanda. Beth was blessed with five grandchildren, Kylee, Chase, Greyson, Calahan, and Wyatt. She cherished every moment that she had as their Meme.
She is survived by her brother, Kim Richardson, and his wife, Joan, sister, Sue Perreault, and brother, Mark Richardson, and his wife, Sherri. Beth is also survived by her mother-in-law, Josephine Farnham, her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Robert Farnham and his wife, Charlene, Pam Grimard and her husband, Joe, Linda Kuban and her husband, Ed, Carolyn Black, Beverly Farnham, and Patty Driscoll. She is survived by her uncle, William Goulette, aunt, Vivian Butler, and uncle, Tom Goulette, and his wife Janet. Beth is also survived by her cousins, many nieces and nephews and their children with whom she had many great memories of their time spent together.
Beth was blessed by the special friendships of Alan Ackerman, Dede Melvin, and Mark and Brenda Vermette, and their two sons, Tyler and Jonathan, who Beth thought of as her own children.
She was predeceased by her parents, Kermit and Margaret Richardson, father-in-law, Wayne Farnham, brother-in-law, Kevin Farnham, aunt, Barbara Beede, uncle, Stephen Goulette, uncle, Francis Butler, and brother-in-law, James Black.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, in Barre, Vermont. A celebration of Beth’s life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Chelsea, in Chelsea, Vermont. Interment will take place in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Branch Ambulance Service, PO Box 74, Chelsea, Vermont, 05038 or the Last Mile Ride at Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main Street, Randolph, Vermont, 05060.
The family would like to thank the friends and family that supported and cared so deeply for them and Beth during her illness. They would also like to thank the staff at Gifford Medical Center, the staff at the Central Vermont Medical Center’s Oncology and Hematology department and the staff at the National Life Cancer Treatment Center. As well as the First Branch Ambulance Service members.
, 75, formerly of Franklin Street in Montpelier, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.
Born on March 15, 1941 in Moretown, he was the son of Alfred George and Ilene (Wright) Fielders, Sr. He attended schools in Barre and Barre Town.
In earlier years, he had been employed by the former Lacillade Lumber Company in Williamstown and went on to a long career as a truck driver for the former Gallagher Lumber Co. in Middlesex until his retirement in 2005.
Alfred enjoyed walking in Montpelier and visiting with his family before becoming ill. He also loved listening to the radio and country music.
He is survived by his cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Janice Fielders.
His family would like to thank the staff at Rowan Court for the great care they provided to Alfred during his long stay at the nursing home. In addition, for the many gifts of food, he enjoyed and all the thoughtful cards mailed to him to brighten his day.
A private graveside service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Moretown at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Rowan Court, Patient Activity Fund, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 76, of North Main Street, died suddenly on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born July 4, 1940 in Jamaica, NY, he was the son of George H. and Mae (Powers) Fischer.
Frederick attended public schools in New York City, NY. Following his schooling he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served the first of his two enlistments in Germany. In February of 1962 he reenlisted and served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. until he was honorably discharged in 1965. While serving in the Army, Frederick lived in Brooklyn, NY. After his Army service, he settled in Arlington, VT and worked as a chef in a restaurant owned by his brother George before becoming employed at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT. He next spent 17 years employed as a Dock Worker and member of the Teamsters Union at the A&P Tea Company Warehouse in Port Newark, NJ before moving back to Vermont with his 2 children, and worked for the Coca-Cola Warehouse, Dunkin’ Donuts, and eventually retired from Coles Express Trucking in St. Johnsbury.
He was a member of St. Monica’s Parish, Barre American Legion Post #10, and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. In his spare time, he enjoyed shopping, eating out, visiting with his children and grandchildren and he also collected marbles and vintage glassware and always got extra satisfaction when he found that long-sought after “great deal” at one of the several thrift stores that he was known to visit regularly.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Evelyn Bell, whom he met when they both lived in the Washington Apartments and spent eleven wonderful years at each other’s sides; his son, David Fischer of Barre; his daughter, Maureen Allen and her husband, Lonnie, of Morrisville; his grandchildren Chloe McNeil of Barre, and Benjamin and Jeremy Fischer both of Barre; his sister Julie Mignosi and her husband, Salvatore of Brooklyn, NY as well as numerous nieces, and nephews. Most of whom called Fred their favorite uncle.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
A graveside service with full military honors to celebrate his life will be held at the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Center in Randolph Center in the spring. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.
, 89, of Lord’s Road, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, with her family at her bedside.
Born on May 30, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of Raymond and Emily (Pollock) Stetson. She attended schools in Brooklyn, graduating in 1944. For the next 12 years, she worked as a fashion model for Eileen Ford Modeling Agency. She graced the covers of several magazines, including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and Modern Bride.
In 1949, she married her high-school sweetheart Kenneth Fritjofson. They lived in Oceanside, NY, then moved to Barre, VT, in 1967 where Ken served as Superintendent of the Barre Town school district. In 1970, he went into the ministry full time and they returned to Long Island, where they ministered at Calvary Baptist Church in Port Jefferson Station for 20 years.
In 1989, Barbara and Ken returned to Vermont and made their home in Orange, where Ken was pastor of the Orange Alliance Church (now Christ Community Alliance Church) for another ten years. Barbara served faithfully in church activities and in support of her husband’s ministry.
Throughout her life, she was a dedicated Christian and faithful prayer warrior. Her gracious and gentle nature touched all those she knew. She dedicated herself to being a wife and mother. She loved opera and gardening and found her greatest pleasure in spending time with her children and grandchildren. Ken and Barbara enjoyed 54 years of marriage and were totally devoted to one another.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, who died in 2003 and by a brother, Raymond Thomas Stetson.
She is survived by her sister, Marjorie (and Richard) DiDonato of Poughquag, NY, and her four children, Brynne (and William) Reed of Orange; Kenneth Jr. (and Claudia) of Orange; Erik (and Cindy) of Memphis, TN; and Paul (and Joanna) of West Granby, CT. She also leaves twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Community Alliance Church on Route 302 in Orange. A reception will follow at the Orange Town Hall across the road from the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Greta Home and Academy, a part of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. This can be done through http://bit.ly/1Q3Otuq or by calling 1-800-528-1980.
, 61, of Skyline Drive, died Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family had been at his bedside.
Born October 31, 1954 in Barre City, he was the son of Eurbin and Theresa (Gilbert) Frost, Sr. He had attended Barre Schools and Spaulding High School from which he later received his GED.
Alan had worked as a mechanic, carpenter, and Truck Driver for most of his working life.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the out of doors and had been baptized in the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre.
Survivors include his daughters Alana Frost, Tracy Frost and Crystal Peake, all of Barre City; Janelle West of North Troy and Chelsea Marshal of Montpelier as well as 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Also surviving are 2 sisters, Beverly Frost of Barre City and Barbara Penell of Northfield and his brother Eurbin “Sonny” Frost, Jr. of Graniteville and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Nicole Frost, his parents and his brother, Norman Frost.
Alan’s graveside service will be held Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre City.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Division of the American Cancer Society, 45 Swift Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.
, 89, of US Route 302 and formerly of Barre, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on July 18, 1926 in Barre Town, he was the son of Homer Byron and Lida (Brown) Fuller. He attended Barre elementary school and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1944.
Shortly after graduation on October 31, 1944, Homer enlisted in the Unites States Army and served with the 423rd Infantry Regiment in the European Theater in Northern France. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1946.
On October 2, 1946, Homer married Marjorie Phillips. They made their home in Barre Town and later were divorced.
On May 13, 1966, he married Louisa McLeod in Monroe, NH. Following their marriage, they made their home in St. Johnsbury before moving to Barre. She died on September 9, 2003.
Homer worked for the Allen Lumber Company in Barre, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury and Waitsfield first as a truck driver and later was a manager of the lumberyard and credit manager.
He was a member of the Shrine and the Masons of Barre, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. Homer enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and woodworking.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Eggleston and her husband, Gary of Orange; his sons, Bert Fuller and his wife, Nancy of Orange and Jeff Fuller and his wife, Susan of Brookfield; stepdaughter, Diane Vanderbush and her husband, Scott and stepson-in-law, Richard Tomasini, all of Barre; his grandchildren, Rick and Lynn Trepanier, Sara Fleming, Greg and Wendy Fuller, Jim and Andra Bowen, Joshua and Krystal Fuller, and Benjamin Fuller; three great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Tamara Grenier, Rhonda Thygesen, David Anderson, Ron Anderson, and Joanne Garibaldi; and seven step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by three sisters, Edith Peake, Ethel Payne, and Elsie Jackman; two brothers, Clinton Fuller and Clifford Fuller; a stepdaughter, Donna Tomasini; and a step-grandson, Paul Tomasini.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Monday, March 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday in the Hope Cemetery in Barre at the convenience of his family.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, PO Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495.
, 86, of Dairy Hill Road, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at his home with his loving family at his bedside.
Born on October 1, 1930 in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of William A. and Mary (Moore) Funk, Sr.
Philip graduated from Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, NJ and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 serving as a ships serviceman on the USS O’Brien until being honorably discharged in 1956.
In 1955, he married Lois Irene Smith. They made their home in New Jersey before moving to Vermont in 1995. After the death of his wife, Philip moved in with his best friend of 40 years, Arthur Brown and his wife, Wanda where he was loved and cared for by many friends and family.
He worked for Kentile and Celotex as an electrician for over 40 years, and in his spare time enjoyed playing cards, traveling with his best friend Arthur, and making things for his grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Kurutza of PA; his son Philip Funk, Jr., of NJ; grandchildren Mary Doss, Cindy M. Kurutza, Pamela Kurutza and Marie Kurutza; great-grandchildren Brooke Kurutza, Jacey Shimanski, Camden and Nolan Companion; great-great grandson Ashton Kurutza; and his brother Robert Funk, Sr. of Chelsea.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Lois, and his son, David Funk.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Monday, November 14, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
, 76, of Westwood Parkway, died Thursday night, February 4, 2016 at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center where she had been admitted in August of 2011.
She was born July 15, 1939 in Step Rock, AR, the daughter of Ewing and Lucy (Holden) Walls and had attended elementary and high school in San Bernardino and Buena Park, CA.
In earlier years she assisted her parents on their share crop farm in Arkansas and will be remembered for her volunteer service to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Posts in Barre.
Stella was first married to Billie Hayes and they later divorced. She had been a long-time and loving companion to Patrick H. Gomez of Barre who died February 15, 1995. They will be joined together at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the Spring.
Survivors include nephews Bobbie and Fred Wray of Pharr, TX; Eugene Walls of Little Rock, AR and Darrel Walls of Strasburg, VA and nieces Sharon Cook of Ripon, CA; and Marie Schumacher Shelby as well as special friends Michael and Roger McManis, Danielle McAndrew, and Roberta Bliss. Her parents and siblings predeceased her.
A graveside service with inurnment to follow will be made at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the Spring, and will be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activity Fund, Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
, 54, of Barre, Vermont passed away peacefully Sunday, October 30, 2016 at home with his dog by his side.
Randy was born on July 6, 1962 to James and Janetlee Goodall. He graduated from U-32 High School as an all American basketball player. On June 11, 1988, he married Sloan Thompson in Montpelier and they had one daughter, Jenna Goodall, 24. Randy loved science and history and was always eager to learn. He took walks in the woods collecting rocks and panning for gold with his Bernese Mountain Dog, Elsa, and his good friend, Tim Thompson. Randy was loved by many for his sense of humor and heart of gold.
Randy is survived by his daughter Jenna Goodall, who is currently studying her Master’s Degree at The University of British Columbia; former wife Sloan Goodall; mother and father Janetlee and James Goodall; siblings Robin Lee Goodall, Richard Goodall and wife Robin Eide Goodall; niece and nephew Kelsey (Goodall) Hayden and James Brendan Goodall; as well as many loving friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, November 4 at Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 VT Route 14, East Montpelier, VT 05651.
NORTHFIELD FALLS - Cornelius (Ki) Granai Jr.
, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Northfield Falls.
Ki was born on September 29, 1925 in Barre, the son of Cornelius and Ruth (Carpenter) Granai.
He attended school in Barre and was in the Spaulding High School class of 1943.
After high school he was part of the V-12 program and was sent to Bates, Middlebury, and Cornell, becoming a commissioned officer in the US Navy and serving on a sub-chaser in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he studied at Syracuse University on the GI Bill and graduated in the class of 1948. He went on to medical school and was a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, class of 1952. He was called back into the military during the Army’s “doctor draft” and was stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
He met his wife of 68 years, Loraine (Friberg) Granai, at the Lincoln School skating rink in the eighth grade, and they were married in 1947 in the Barre Congregational Church,
Eventually he set up a medical practice on South Main Street in Barre, becoming the first OBGYN in Central Vermont. His black “doctor bag” was always near the door for house-calls. At that time he worked out of the Barre City Hospital and Heaton Hospital in Montpelier. When the Central Vermont Hospital was built, his practice moved to “Hospital Hill” where he was a partner over the years with Dirk Romeyn, Stephen Woodruff, and John Coates. Throughout his career, he delivered thousands of babies. He enjoyed meeting people later in life whose children he had delivered, and the people who told him that he had delivered them. He lived through huge changes in the medical field, but through all of the changes, he remained dedicated to caring for his patients. He had a deep respect for all the medical personnel at Central Vermont Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff. He retired in 1990.
A long-time resident of Barre (and proud of it), he and Loraine moved to Northfield Falls four years ago to be closer to family. That move allowed four generations to tumble around each other daily. His love of family was evident in the way all were welcome with whatever cares they carried into Ki and Loraine’s home. He was a man of integrity who listened, and even if he disagreed, he did so without passing judgment on the person. His steady presence will be greatly missed.
Ki loved spending time with his family any time of year, but he especially enjoyed the summer when the entire family gathered at the family camp in South Hero. Ki and Loraine supported their family in every way possible, including traveling to all the events in which their grandchildren participated. They were the number one fans on the sidelines and in audiences all over New England and beyond.
He was an avid skier for many years, and while he skied in many places, Mad River Glen was his favorite area. Gardening became a passion for him, (woe to any weed), and the gardens around their home on Abbott Avenue in Barre earned a Garden Club award. He also enjoyed traveling, playing golf, reading history-related books and watching old movies, especially ones starring John Wayne. His membership of more than 60 years in the Barre Congregational Church was very important to him. He is survived by: his wife Loraine. Son: Cornelius (Skip) Granai, Providence, Rhode Island
Grandchildren: Cornelius (Tad) Granai, Robert Granai and their mother Mary Manzi, Lily Granai, Kile Granai and their mother Cheryl Granai. Great-Grandchildren: Hannah, Lilah, Ava, Tyler and Ella Granai
Daughter: Mary Corrigan (Edward) Northfield Falls, Vermont. Grandchildren: Kevin Corrigan, Rebecca Corrigan (Adam Feldman), Ann Corrigan, Great-grandchildren: Eli and Owen Feldman
Daughter: Susan Granai (David Van Slyke) Yarmouth, Maine. Grandchildren: Loraine Van Slyke, Anna Van Slyke. German Exchange student/daughter Juliane Walk. Sister: Carolyn Vercoe, Sister-in-law: Joanne Granai. Many beloved nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by: Brother, Edwin Granai, Brother-in-law, Norman Vercoe, his wife’s siblings and spouses, Melvin and Merilyn Friberg and Robert and Sylvia Stewart.
There will be a celebration of Ki’s life beginning at the Barre Congregational Church on Saturday March 19 at 2:00 and continuing at Simply Delicious after the service. All are welcome.
For those wishing to send a note to Loraine, the address is P.O. Box 132, Northfield Falls, VT 05664.
Donations in his memory may be made to any charitable organization, but ones close to Ki’s heart were The Vermont Foodbank 33 Parker Road, Barre, VT 05641 and Home Health and Hospice 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641.
, 47, of Hill Street passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at her home with her Hill Street family and her loving brother, Dave at her bedside.
Born March 14, 1969 in Berlin, she was the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Hohwald) Hathaway. Sarah attended local schools as well as many programs for the gifted and talented.
She made her home in the Central Vermont area and for many years at her incredible home on Hill Street. Sarah was employed by Ben and Jerry’s, a local bagel company and most recently by the Hunger Mountain Co-op.
In her spare time, she loved to draw and paint, creating many beautiful works of art. Sarah also loved Elmo and the movie, “Annie”.Survivors include her brothers David Hathaway and his partner, Monique Payne of East Calais, and Peter Wires of Montpelier; her sister, Nancy Cunningham and her husband, Jon, of Montpelier as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Sarah’s family would like to thank Washington County Mental Health and the Hill Street Staff, especially Jayne Placey for their loving care.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Street Home, 201 Hill Street, Barre, VT 05641.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Barre American Legion Post #10, 320 North Main Street, Barre.
, 56, of Snowbridge Road, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at his home.
Born March 2, 1960 in Barre, he was the son of Roland A. and JoAnn (Gomez) Hayford, Sr. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1978.
Following graduation, Roland briefly moved to Florida to attend school and moved back to Vermont closer to family.
On December 18, 1982, Roland married Marcia Nutbrown at the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre.
He was employed in the food industry and then went to the granite industry where he spent many years at Rouleau Granite and Rock of Ages.
Roland was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and loved to hunt. He played softball in the men’s league and supported his daughters when they played softball and enjoyed watching his granddaughter play sports. He also enjoyed talking to his grandson about playing sports one day. He will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia of 33 years, his three daughters, Hannah Hayford and her boyfriend, James Hood and granddaughter, Caydence Ellis, Hydee Hayford, and Heather Anderson and her husband, Michael “Mike” III and grandson, Michael “Mikey” Anderson IV; his father, Roland Hayford, Sr.; three sisters, Nancy LeClerc and her husband, Dean Preston, Deanna Mandell and boyfriend, Norman Groskin, Allison Moyes and her husband, Doug; mother-in-law, Norma Nutbrown; sister-in-law, Pamela Day and her husband, Charles “Chuck” and brother-in-law, Brad Nutbrown and his wife, Thelma, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, JoAnn R. Hayford and father-in-law, Coleman Nutbrown, Jr.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, on Friday, June 17, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Canadian Club of Barre Town with a time of fellowship and refreshments from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
, 75, of Coburn Road, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester.
David was born in Plainfield on December 29, 1940, the son of Ray Albert and Lillian Harriet (Moody) Hayward. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1959. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Hunt during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
After his naval service, he worked on the Alaskan Pipeline Project, and then was employed by VT Sheds before becoming a Game Warden and a Deputy Sheriff. In 1970, David became a truck driver for M & G Convoy based out of Albany, NY driving all over the East Coast until his retirement in 2000.
His memberships included the National Rifle Association, New York Teamsters Union, Canadian Club, and American Legion Post #10 in Barre. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding around looking for game, four-wheeling and being outdoors.
Survivors include his fiancée, Beverly Lavin of Plainfield; his daughter, Pamela Champine and her fiancé, Brian LaRose of Granville, NY; his stepchildren, Louise Hayes, Brian Hayward, Deb Fernandez, MaryJo Fernandez, and Jonathan Ferris; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews, his sisters, Joan Barsalou of Plainfield and Lois Lafreniere of East Barre.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth Hayward, his sister, Judy Hayward, and his brother, Roger Hayward.
His graveside service with full military honors will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446.
, 76, a resident of Chelmsford for nearly 50 years, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 10, 2016 after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Wheaton) Hayward for over 53 years.
Dwight was born in Montpelier, VT on July 20, 1940, the son of the late Lhoyd and Marian (Travis) Hayward. He was preceded in death by his stepmother Lena (Shaw) Hayward and his sister Barbara Lynch and her husband, Richard.
He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business. Dwight worked his entire career as a CPA before retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2006. He also was a U.S. Army veteran.
Dwight served as a member of the Town of Chelmsford Finance Committee from 1983 until 2011; and was the chairman from 1987 until 1995. In addition, he was a Town Meeting Representative in Chelmsford. Dwight also served as the president of the Sea Tern Association in Moody Beach, ME for many years.
In addition to his loving wife, Dwight is survived by his children, William Hayward and his wife, Lauren of Londonderry, NH and Jill Wagner and her husband, William of North Chelmsford; his grandchildren Justin, Madison and Jessica; a sister, Elizabeth Batchelder and her husband, William of Plymouth, NH; his granddogs, Shade and Violet as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 16 from 4-7 pm in the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St. Chelmsford. His memorial service and burial will be held in his home state of Vermont in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Chelmsford Dog Association" and mailed to: CDA Sponsorship c/o Merrill 23 Maple Rd. Chelmsford, MA 01824. Please be sure to note that the donation is "In Memory of Dwight M. Hayward".
passed away at home in the comfort of her family on Sunday, October 16, 2016. She was born at home on September 8, 1933, and grew up on the family farm in Graniteville, Vermont. Her parents were John Arthur and Esther (Belville) Pallas. Her parents and all of her siblings pre-deceased her: Priscilla Safford, Charlotte Trombly, Jon Pallas, and Fred Pallas. Surviving are her children, Michael J. Healy, Ellen (and Bruce) Adams, John C. (and Shannon) Healy, and David Healy; grandchildren Rochelle, EmmaRae, Kathryn, Micaiah, Dirk, Heather, Michelle and Bruce; great-grandchildren Azailea, Isaac, Ian, Irissa, Omri James, Cameron and Colby. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Let’s not forget her constant companion, Chico the Chihuahua, who brought her great joy in her retirement.
Betty attended the schoolhouse in Graniteville through eighth grade. She then walked many miles to high school in Williamstown, which was, as we all know, uphill both ways. While in high school, Betty enjoyed playing softball on the school team.
Betty was married to (the late) James Norman Healy for many years before divorcing. As a single parent, she worked hard for her family. Betty retired from the State of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles in 1995. Previously, she had worked at Sprague Electric and the Barre Town school system. Betty was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
In her time, Betty was a great bowler. For many years, she held either first or second place with top highest average in the women’s league. She also competed in many tournaments. The house was filled with her bowling trophies. All of her children remember spending countless hours at Twin City Lanes.
After retiring, Betty loved to go to yard sales with her sister and best friend, Charlotte, where she acquired a large collection of dolls. The collection came to be appreciated even more as her four granddaughters came along, and then, great-granddaughters. Forward thinking, Grammie Betty!
Betty’s last few years were spent quietly at home with Chico. Special thanks go out to Kathy Curley for caring so lovingly for our mother these last few months, as well as to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice who made a peaceful ending at home possible for someone who dreaded the thought of going into a nursing home. Their hospice team is amazing.
There will be a graveside service at Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town on Friday, October 21 at 2 o’clock, followed by bowling at Twin City Lanes.
, 96, of Perry Street, went to her final rest in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Mayo Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Facility in Northfield. She had moved to Mayo Assisted Healthcare in October 2015.
Born on October 31, 1919, in Peacham, Vermont, Marion was the third child of Lee Brewster Hatch II and Ethel Howe Hatch.
At the age of 2 ½ years, her family moved to Walden, Vermont. She had some memory of the trip, as her mother who was pregnant was very uncomfortable in the wagon seat so she and her mother walked part of the way. They moved to this larger farm so her father could support a larger family.
Marion grew up with her sister Hazel and brother Lee, walking miles to their designated school at the 4 corners. On very cold days neighbors invited them to stop in to warm up. Marion began her schooling at age 4, as her brother was beginning school and she wished to go with her playmate. It was allowed and she spent most of her time on the teacher’s lap.
Marion graduated from Danville High School, as Salutatorian, in 1935. On September 30, 1936, she and Herbert “Bernard” Heath of Cabot were married in Morrisville. Bernard was a farmer on the South Walden Road. Marion and Bernard had three children: Ida Marion married Mayo Sanborn of Barre; Bernardine Ethel, widow of Gordon Haslam, of Essex Jct.; and Herbert Bernard, Jr., married to Tina Heath of Barre and Naples, Florida.
Her children all attended the Cabot Village School, graduating from Cabot High. She was a past president of, and a very active member of, the Cabot PTA, and began a dental program for Cabot students and transported them to Dr. Romanos, in Barre, for their care.
To fund the dental program, Marion was very instrumental in starting the Cabot 4th of July parade and celebration, still an annual event.
She was the bookkeeper for the Cabot Creamery for 16 years, then went on to become the bookkeeper at the former Harry’s Discount Store on the Barre-Montpelier Road, for 16 years. Marion retired in 1977, at the age of 62.
She had belonged to the Cabot United Church and after moving to Barre, in 1994, had attended the Barre Congregational Church and belonged to the Women’s Fellowship there.
Marion had served in many capacities on the Committee of the Cabot Fall Foliage Festival.
She attended senior activities in Cabot and had belonged to the Montpelier Senior Center where she enjoyed line dancing lessons and teaching. Currently, she had belonged to the Barre Area Senior Center.
She had enjoyed being a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had filled all the Star Points and served as Worthy Matron.
Marion and her husband enjoyed being in Florida and, in 1988, bought their home in Naples. She spent 30 winters there and took part in the Hitching Post Recreation Center activities. She square danced and line danced and took part in their annual talent night.
In retirement, she had crocheted hundreds of afghans, one for every relative and in law, friends and some given for fundraising purposes.
Marion was an attentive, supportive, and loving wife to Bernard and mother to her children, and enjoyed her family which consists of many grandchildren; Jeffrey Sanborn of Morrisville; Scott Sanborn and wife Chong Kyu of Gainesville, VA; the children of Bernardine and the late Jack Barnett: Rick Barnett and wife Lynn of St. Albans; Julie and husband Todd Emmell of Essex Jct.; Pamela and husband Steve Fontaine of Williston; Jaci Barnett and partner Lisa Bindas of Wareham, MA; Theresa (Gokey) and husband Mike Muir of Colchester; Debra Lee Heath and husband Rob Carr of Northfield; Jessie Heath and husband Rick Swan of Fairfax; Laurie Haslam Brewer of Grapevine, TX; Tracy Haslam and husband Dan Reed of Essex Jct. She leaves 19 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Bernard, her siblings including an infant brother, Clarence, and 3 grandsons: Steve Barnett, Timothy Barnett, and Scott Haslam and wife Jane; also by her son-in-law Gordon Haslam, and daughter-in-law Noreen Bashaw Heath.
Marion’s family thanks the staffs of the Mayo Assisted Healthcare, the Central Vermont Medical Center 2 South Wing, the Rowan Court Nursing Home, and the Mayo Rehabilitation and Continuing Care for her care during her last few months.
Family and friends may call from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Barre Congregational Church, with the funeral service at 3:00 p.m. A time of fellowship to follow the service downstairs at the Church. Burial will take place in the Spring at the Cabot Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Book of Remembrance c/o Barre Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 58, of South Barre, died on January 15, 2016, leaving his little family of Cathy and Lucy, and pets Boo and Liz, who all mourn him deeply.
Greg was born to Wayne and Barbara (Johnson) Hilgendorf on 1/25/57 in
Worland, Wyoming and graduated from Billings West High School, Billings,Montana. He was a proud University of Montana Grizzly and maintained many friendships from his Missoula years. His older brother Terry was very dear to him.
He had a long career with the US Geological Survey, and he will be missed by his good friends there. Greg liked woodworking, followed and enjoyed several sports, and took daily walks in woods and fields with his beloved Boo dog. Mostly, he provided for and loved his “girls”.
Greg is survived by many who loved him. He met his wife, Cathy (McKenzie)Hilgendorf, when they both lived in Seattle, WA. They were married in 1993 at Lake Tahoe, in Nevada, surrounded by the most fun and loyal friends a couple could ever want.
In 1994 Greg and Cathy moved to Vermont where they raised their daughter Lucy. Father and daughter had a special bond; they loved each other more than words can tell. He will always watch over Lucy with great pride and will guide her.
In addition to Cathy and Lucy, Greg is survived by his brother Terry
Hilgendorf and wife Pat, of Great Falls, MT and their children Michelle Hilgendorf of Bozeman, MT, Mark and Julia Doney of Great Falls, MT, and Danielle and Brad Ritter of Chicago, IL, and their families. He is also survived by Cathy’s family, incl. Jack McKenzie Sr. and Jake McKenzie of Claremont, NH, Gail McKenzie of Cornish, NH, and Karen and Norris Brock of Tunbridge, VT and their families. Greg left many wonderful friends and neighbors who will forever hold fond memories.
There will be no funeral or calling hours. At a future date, there will be a gathering of family and friends to share comfort, funny stories, and "Greg-isms”.
The best way to honor Greg’s memory is to donate to the Good Samaritan
shelter in Barre VT or do a kindness for an elderly person, such as giving them your time and companionship. Condolences may be sent to Lucy and Cathy at P.O. Box 807, Montpelier VT 05601.
, 24, of Clyde Street, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Members of his loving family were near him at the time of his passing.
Born on August 17, 1992 in Berlin, he was the son of Clifton Hough and Linda Anderson. He went to elementary school in Barre City before moving to Cabot and attending Cabot High School.
Following his schooling, Nicholas held many different jobs, everything from being a mechanic to carpentry to welding, he became known as a “Jack of All Trades”.
Throughout his life he held many different hobbies and interests, the most special of all were things like hunting, fishing, working on cars, restoring old cars, building all types of models and basically anything that he could do with his hands.
Nicholas is survived by his parents, Clifton Hough and his wife, Edith, of East Barre, and Linda Hutt and her husband, Michael, of Claremont, NH; his brother, Clifton Hough III, of Woodsville, NH, his sister, Jody Evans, of Springdale, PA, and a step-sister Sonia Therrian of Barre. He also leaves behind numerous aunts and uncles as well as many close friends.
Per his wishes there will be no formal services held.
, 69, of East Cobble Hill Road, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016, at his home with his family at his bedside.
Born on December 13, 1946 in Windsor, he was the son of Douglas and Hilda (Jock) Hull. He attended schools in Pomfret, South Royalton, and North Hartland and graduated from Hartford High School in White River Jct. in 1964. Bill went on to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington where he graduated in 1968 with a degree in Business Administration.
From 1968 to 1971, he served in the United States Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam.
On June 22, 1974, Bill married Jeanne Lamson in Barre Town. They always made their home on the Cobble Hill Road.
In earlier years, Bill worked for the State of Vermont as a Rehabilitation Specialist in Waterbury. Later, he began his career as an accountant and an income tax preparer working for the firm of Fothergill, Segale, and Valley in Montpelier for many years. He retired from there in June of 2012. He continued to work as an income tax preparer from his home.
Bill was a longtime friend of the East Barre Congregational Church where he had served as a Trustee. His other memberships included the Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the VFW Post 792 of Montpelier.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hull of East Barre; his children, Corinne Relation and her husband, Eric of Orange and Cary Hull and his wife, Kerri of East Barre; four grandchildren, Kaylee Relation, Karsten Relation, Madelyn Hull, and Ava Hull; two brothers, Douglas Hull and his wife, Catherine of Gold Canyon, AZ and Stephen Hull and his wife, Rita of Randolph; a sister-in-law, Pamela Hull of Barre Town; a brother-in-law, Earle “Chip” Chaffee of Woodbury; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, a brother, Marc Hull and a sister, Linda Chaffee predeceased him.
All are welcome to his graveside service and the celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. There are no calling hours.
Following the service, everyone is welcome to join the family for a time of fellowship and luncheon at the Steak House Restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 62, of School Street, died Sunday, July 24, 2016 at her home with her family at her bedside.
Born March 19, 1954 in Northfield, she was the daughter of Lionel and Marion (Ibey) Freeman. She attended Northfield Schools and graduated from Northfield High School in 1972.
On August 31, 1974 she married John M. Huntington in Roxbury. Most of their married life had been spent in Plainfield.
Shirley had been employed for many years as a seamstress at the Vermont Flannel Company in East Barre.
She enjoyed reading, music, watching sports, sewing and most of all, any activity involving her greatest treasure, her grandchildren.
Besides her loving husband John, she leaves her daughters Ruth Huntington and her partner Randall White of Berlin, and Judy Huntington of Plainfield and her son Mark Huntington and his wife, Shannon of East Barre and 3 grandsons Jared Preman, Dylan White and Mason Huntington and granddaughter Jordan Preman as well as her brother Roger Freeman in Massachusetts.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Shirley’s life will be honored and celebrated with her graveside and committal service on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Plainmont Cemetery in East Montpelier.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or the National Life Cancer Center, PO Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.
, born on June 4, 1948 in Morrisville, Vermont, had the most wonderful smile, a laugh that was filled with joy, an incredibly generous heart, and a quick wit. As a girl growing up on the farm in Plainfield, Gloria walked into the fields and thought about her life. Specifically, she pondered the type of person she wanted to be, the type of woman and the type of mother.
Certain things, like her sense of humor, were likely both God-given and inherited from her Davis and Graves kin. Whether she was at work laughing at the investigators who played dollar poker or taking part in pranks, she enjoyed a good joke and loved retelling such stories at the dinner table each night.
While she inherited a generous spirit, she also chose that characteristic and path for her life. Gloria constantly did and kept doing for others. One day she’d be steaming up the kitchen windows baking homemade apple pies for neighbors, and the next day she’d work around the clock to sew Christmas stockings for a newly married couple or quilt a christening blanket for a baby.
Helping Vermonters was also a large part of Gloria’s life. She used her mind and skills supporting administration for various state offices and agencies. She thrived on a challenge, including her work for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. Her last position, prior to retiring early, was as the executive director of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.
In more recent years, Gloria’s dream was to write novels for teens. She always loved hearing and telling a good story, understanding the power they hold. She spent countless hours reading, researching, and developing ideas. Specifically, Gloria wanted to author books that would be relevant to today’s teens but would also invite them to explore the Vermont she grew up in, at least with regard to the lessons that have been passed down through the generations. In the end, while she didn’t publish novels, her legacy was to write on the hearts of many adults and children, including her own child.
Gloria’s parents, Herbert Levi Graves and Leona Arlene Davis, predeceased her, Herbert in an automobile accident on her seventh birthday. While Gloria loved life, part of her always wanted to be with him again; their reunion on the morning of October 28th must have been incredibly sweet. All but two, Elizabeth Woodmansee and Jessie Graves, of Gloria’s aunts and uncles met her when she, in the words of John Gillespie Magee, Jr., “slipped the surly bonds of earth.” Hilda wrapped her in a hug, Lucile greeted her with a laugh, Gertrude and Irene watched with twinkles in their eyes, and Alfred, Clarence, Roy, Wally, and Robert stood by like Vermonter’s often do, stolidly but with real love. Of course, her sister-in-law, another Gloria Jean, was also there and ready to talk about their girls.
Gloria’s husband, Thomas Hurd, and their daughter, Shannon, continue to hold her in their hearts. Her brothers, Gordon and Gary Graves, also do, along with their families. All told, Gloria’s nine nieces and nephews and thirteen great-nieces and great-nephews live on and will carry different pieces of her with them.
Gloria requested that her service be held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Vermont, and we will gather there at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4th.
In lieu of flowers and given Gloria’s love of children and reading, donations may be made to either the Katherine Paterson Children’s Room at the Aldrich Library in Barre, VT or the children’s library at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, VT.
Finally, Gloria’s family wishes to thank the Barre City Fire Department and EMS for their care and professionalism.
, 85, of Vermette Lane, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born October 14, 1930 in East Barre, he was the son of Leon and Harriet (Moore) Hutchins. He attended East Barre Elementary School and Spaulding High School in Barre and later received his GED. Hutch joined the U.S. Navy in December of 1947 and was based out of Norfolk, VA for most of his 23 years of service. He was a Master Chief Boiler Technician aboard the USS Rich and had served in the Mediterranean Ocean. He was honorably discharged in June of 1970.
In September of 1955, Francis married Maryann Boys. She predeceased him. In August of 2003, he married Marie Button. They made their home in Washington. She also predeceased him.
Hutch first lived in East Barre. While he served in the military, he was stationed in Norfolk, VA. After his discharge, he moved to Boston, MA and was employed as a Building Supervisor in the Boston area. He returned to Vermont and resided in Websterville and Washington. While in Washington, Hutch was involved with farming, haying, and had a particular love for raising miniature horses. After retiring, he moved to Ocala, FL. Francis was a member of the American Legion in Florida, VFW Post 790 in Barre Town, and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Barre. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, miniature horses, playing cards, and snowmobiling.
He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Townsend and her husband, Michael and a son, Barry Hutchins and his wife, Michelle, all of Pensacola, FL; four grandchildren, Andrew Hunter, Aaron Hunter, Keri Hutchins, and Brandy Hutchins and four great-grandchildren; a grandson, Chad McGowan, and his wife, Alijha of Jacksonville, FL; a brother, Edward Hutchins and his wife, Janet of Websterville; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sons, Sandy Hutchins and Robert Hutchins; two brothers, Kenneth Hutchins and Kermit Hutchins; and a great-grandson, Anthony McGowan.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington with the date and time to be announced in late summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodridge Nursing Home, Resident Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
, age 20, of Barre, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Logan was born in Berlin on November 28, 1995, and grew up in Plainfield. He attended Twinfield Union School and graduated from Spaulding High School.
Logan was a hard worker, employed at L& D Safety Marking since 2014, recently earning employee of the year. But in his spare time he enjoyed being with friends and family. He loved anything with an engine - mud trucks, motorcycles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and of course, the only car he would have was a Honda. He had a heart of gold, and cared deeply about the people in his life. He would drop everything to help a friend in need. He was never afraid to show affection, and was always the goof to make them laugh.
Logan is survived by his mother, Lisa (Thompson/Stratton) DeForge; father, David Jacobs and his partner Cindy Bean; sister, Nicole Stratton; step brothers and stepsister Michael DeForge, Elmer DeForge, and Felicia DeForge; nephew Jackson Scott, and maternal grandmother Kay Parton. He also leaves behind Gary Stratton, who was like another father to him. Other survivors include aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family and numerous friends.
He is pre-deceased by his stepfather, Elmer DeForge II, maternal grandfather, Robert Thompson and paternal grandparents Harold Jacobs & Marion (Lavery/Jacobs) Spooner.
His funeral service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy, 241 Quarry Hill Road, in Barre Town. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God of Prophecy in Logan's memory, c/o Jeff Kelley, 6 Veeder Avenue, Barre, VT 05641.
, 79, of Spencer Road, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 with her family at her bedside.
Born November 12, 1936 in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of Lawrence W. and Mary A. (Hull) Corey. She attended Calef Junior High School in Johnston, RI, Cranston High School in Cranston, RI and graduated from Joann’s School of Beauty Culture in Providence, RI in 1954.
On February 7, 1957, Virginia married Baynard G. Jacobs at St. Mathews Church in Cranston, RI. Her husband died November 1, 1996.
After their marriage, she and Baynard moved to Vermont and made their home on Main Street in Washington for 33 years before moving to Morrie Road in Washington where they lived until 1996. In 1998, Virginia moved to Spencer Road in Orange.
Virginia was the owner of Home Hair Dressing Salon, and was a nurse’s aide at Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre and a nursing home in South Barre. In 1990, she became a homemaker and cared for her husband until his death.
She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Barre Lodge of Elks #1535 and in her spare time enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends especially during the holidays, reading romance novels and crafting.
Survivors include her children Joseph Jacobs of Barre, Edward Jacobs and his wife, Denise, of Jacksonville, FL, Maralyn Huntington of Orange, and Michael Jacobs and his wife, Tina, of Orange; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; her brother John (Jack) Corey and his wife, Joyce, of Warwick, RI, and 2 nephews.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, a great-grandson, and her in-laws.
Her graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or Central Vermont Council on Aging, 59 North Main Street, Suite 200, Barre, VT 05641.
, 91, of Johnson Street, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her home with her family at her bedside.
Born June 22, 1924 in Canaan, she was the daughter of Alfred and Irene (Thibault) Bouchard. She attended school in Canaan and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre.
She married Benoit O. Jacques in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
Vivian worked at the former Homer Fitts Company in Barre for many years as a clerk and as their window designer. She was a homemaker who took pride in caring for her family and home. She especially loved her daughters, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Vivian was a warm-hearted person who loved people. She touched many lives of those she met.
She was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church and of Court St. Monica Catholic Daughters and was a collector at Sunday Mass. Her interests were reading, music, all types of crafts, cooking for family and friends, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her three daughters, Sondra I. Jacques of Moretown, Veronica A. Bailey of Barre, and Monique M. Tewksbury and her husband, Scott of Barre Town; three grandchildren, Brent Tewksbury and his wife, Kimberly, Erika Bailey, and Shellie Bailey; five great-grandchildren, Logan Bailey, Zoe Tewksbury, Jaxon Bailey Perkins, Dylan Bailey, and Lilly Tewksbury; many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and former husband, three brothers, John Bouchard, Herbert Bouchard, and Alfred Bouchard predeceased her.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Interment will follow in St. Monica Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
The family gives a special thank you to Vivian’s caregivers for their friendship and for their exceptional care, which they provided to her for many years.
, 59, of Summer Street, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at home after a long illness surrounded by her loving family.
Karen was born in Montpelier on June 26, 1957, she was the daughter of Harold and Marion “Hickory” (Olgiati) Jacobs.
She attended Spaulding High School. In 1981, Karen married Mark Johnson of Bradford, they later divorced in 1991.
Karen was employed by Simply Subs, Hannaford’s Supermarket, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Lum’s Restaurant and the Cadillac Café.
In her spare time, she loved fishing, especially ice fishing, and camping. Karen spent a lot of time at Hall’s Lake with her daughter Bridget and family in the early 1980’s. She loved shopping with her “big sister”, spending the summers camping with her sisters Sherry and Marty, fishing with her sister Becky or her brother Larry, and loved road trips that went nowhere. Most of all she loved her family and friends; she always looked out for her brothers David and Larry and was given the nickname, “Warden” because she made all the decisions for her “Honey-Bun, Denti” and her brothers. She was also known as “Clyde” to her Johnson family. Karen’s favorite times of the year were Halloween; she enjoyed seeing all the kids in their costumes, and Christmas.
When Karen came into people’s lives, she would always be there because she had a special way about her that will never be forgotten.
Survivors include Glenn “Honey-Bun” of 25 years “Denti” Moore; her 4 sisters, Jacqueline “Jacobs” Jones and her partner, Bruce, of Northfield, Sherry “Jacobs” Brown of Deland, FL, Marty “Jacobs” Croteau and her husband, Kenny, of Deland, FL, and Becky “Jacobs” McMillan of Barre; her 2 brothers, Larry Jacobs of East Montpelier, and David Jacobs and his partner, Cindy, of Graniteville; her daughter Bridget Simmons and her husband, Richie, of Bradford; her 2 grandchildren Cooper and Charlie Simmons, also of Bradford; 13 nieces and nephews, as well as 24 great nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Stanley Jacobs.
May you rest in peace Karen, you gave so much to all of us to last a lifetime. Thank you for being the person you were you have touched so many lives.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Waterbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 93, of Osborne Road, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin with his family at his side. He was admitted this last Friday. He was very independent and had remained comfortable in his home until that time.
Born May 25, 1922 in Northfield Falls, he was the son of Ward and Ella (Calef) Jones. He attended Lincoln Elementary School in Barre City and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1940.
On September 25, 1949 he married the love of his life, Jean Newton, of Moretown in the Barre Congregational Church. Following their marriage they made their home in St. Johnsbury, West Burke, Montpelier and since 1957 at their present residence where they joined the “Jones Compound”. Jean died August 9, 2013.
In 1946, he began employment with the New England Telegraph and Telephone Company in Bellows Falls as a Lineman. He moved to St. Johnsbury and worked as Central Office Repairman and remained with the company, retiring as District Manager in the Montpelier Office in 1981.
Maurice enjoyed gardening, especially raising asparagus, blueberries and raspberries; as well as apples, both cross country and downhill skiing, fishing, square dancing, and was very instrumental in building the home that he and Jean lived in. He was also interested in genealogy and the history of Northfield. One of the maps that he worked on is in the library.
As a veteran of World War II, he served as a Radio and Advanced Radar Technician in the Army Air Corps in Boca Raton, Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois from 1943 to 1946. He was discharged as a Sergeant.
His memberships included the Barre Congregational Church, Barre American Legion Post #10, the Telephone Pioneers of America and the “251” Club.
Maurice is survived by 3 nieces; Nancy Audet and her husband, Alonzo, of Milan, Ohio; Jody Jones of Newark, Delaware, Elizabeth Jones of Burlington, and his nephew Christopher Jones and his wife, Stephanie, of Granville, VT and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife Jean, he was predeceased by his brother, Loren Jones and his sister, Lorene Jones Armstrong.
His committal service will be held at the convenience of his family at the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Barre Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641, or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 67, of Washington Street, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Barre on February 14, 1949, she was the daughter of Leo and Irene (Papalardo) Smith. She attended elementary school in Moretown before moving to New York where she graduated from high school in 1967.
In 1985, she married Lawrence Kelley in Barre. Following their marriage they made their home in the Central Vermont area for the remainder of their lives.
During her life Betty worked as a bartender, nurse’s aide, seamstress and a “spiritual advisor”. In her spare time, she loved drawing pictures, crocheting, playing bingo and cards, and being an herbalist.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Kelley; her son Robert Papineau and his partner, Karin Steijger; her two daughters, Sherri Russell and her husband, Jason, and Shannon Papineau; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and her sister Mary Carrier and her husband, Eugene.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Calling hours and a time of fellowship to celebrate Betty’s life will held at the Barre American Legion Post #10 on Sunday October 9, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Interment will take place on a later date at the convenience of the family.
, 52, died peacefully at her home on July 28, 2016, surrounded by the love of her family.
She was born in Barre City on August 4, 1963 to the late Lloyd and Patricia Farnham. She met and married the late Timothy Kitchen in Alaska on November 9, 1989. He predeceased her on September 15, 2005.
Linda graduated from Williamstown High School, Williamstown, and went on to further her education in Forestry and Accounting. Linda worked for Unisea on the fishing boats alongside her husband. In 1991 she moved to Vermont and worked at Fairmont Farm, East Montpelier for many years before moving back to Oregon where Tim’s family lived. Linda worked as a Private Caregiver for many years returning to Vermont late 2011 where she resided with her sister, Martha. For the last few years she worked as a Personal Care Attendant for Shawn, a young man who meant the world to her.
Linda had a great love of the outdoors: fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, rides “on the hill” where Martha and Linda could be found sitting on the picnic table watching the sun set and drinking a beer. Linda also achieved a “green belt” in Karate; she enjoyed estate sales, riding the mountain side to see what new things we could find to do and believe me we always came up with something.
Linda is survived by her sister and best friend Martha Stromme, brother Edwin Farnham and his wife, Rilla and sister Amy Molinario and her husband, Robert. She is survived by many nieces and nephews who meant the world to her: Michael Stromme, Richmond; Edwin, Jimmy, Nicholas and Britney of Williamstown, Autumn and Ahna Taylor of Williamstown; Robert and Haleigh Molinario as well as a special grandnephew Daniel Farnham. Linda is also survived by several aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.
The service to honor Linda’s life will be celebrated Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre with interment after the service at West Hill Cemetery, Williamstown. Following the interment there will be a celebration of her life at Martha and Linda’s home, 767 VT Route 14, Williamstown.
, 92, died on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Central Vermont Hospital.
Born on August 30, 1923, in White River Junction, she was the daughter of Dosithee and Carrie (Duprey) Berard.
On March 2, 1957, she married Paul Laliberte in Graniteville. Most of their married life was spent in Barre.
Agnes was a homemaker, a long-time employee of the Country House Restaurant, avid knitter and reader. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Aldrich Public Library.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 2006, and her eldest son, David P. Laliberte, in 2014.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary-Ann Noah Laliberte, of Barre, Lisa Laliberte, of Tampa, Florida and Paula Laliberte, of New York City, a son, Michael Laliberte and his wife, Donna, of Lowell, Massachusetts; two grandchildren, Erin Clark and Katie Clark of Lowell, Massachusetts and four great-grandchildren.
She was also predeceased by her eight siblings, Leo Berard, Rolland Berard, Sister Rita Berard, Sister Leotine Berard, Francis Berard, Paul Berard, Aura (Berard) Williamson and Rev. Dosithee Berard.
A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 12 noon in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 until 11:30am.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.